Knowing your own darkness is the best method for dealing with the darkness in other people.

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Anybody whose calling it is to guide souls should have his own soul guided first

In India since ancient times they have had the custom that practically everybody of a certain education, at least, has a guru, a spiritual teacher who teaches you and you alone what you ought to know. Now everyone needs to know the same thing and this king of knowledge can never be taught in the same way. That is a thing which is utterly lacking in our universities: the relation of a master and disciple… Anybody whose calling it is to guide souls should have his own soul guided first, so that he knows what it means to deal with the human soul. Knowing your own darkness is the best method for dealing with the darkness in other people.

letter to a student, by Carl Jung (1875 -1961)
from Jung and Eastern Thought, by Harold G. Coward

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