"Our age has shifted all emphasis to the here and now, and thus brought about a daemonization of man and his world. The phenomenon of dictators and all the misery they have wrought springs from the fact that man has been robbed of transcendence by the shortsightedness of the super-intellectuals. Like them, he has fallen a victim to unconsciousness. But man's task is the exact opposite: to become conscious of the contents that press upward from the unconscious. Neither should he persist in his unconsciousness, nor remain identical with the unconscious elements of his being, thus evading his destiny, which is to create more and more consciousness. As far as we can discern, the sole purpose of human existence is to kindle a light in the darkness of mere being. It may even be assumed that just as the unconscious affects us, so the increase in our consciousness affects the unconscious." Carl Jung "Memories, Dreams and Reflections."
Carl Jung notes that "Man's task is.. to become conscious of the contents that press upward from the unconscious."
He also notes that man's "destiny.. is to create more... consciousness."
Then on the other hand, perhaps consciousness isn't created solely in the brain, but is experienced by the brain. That part of experiencing consciousness is reconnecting to who we are - and more importantly - who we once were.
As I delve into accessing information from the Flipside - the journey I've mapped out for myself in the next book "Hacking the Afterlife" - I find that the more I delve into the idea that consciousness is not only created by the brain - but that it requires access to the "motherboard" - not the idea of a vast "collective unconscious" that Jung suggested - but individual consciousness of each person, that resides back in the mainframe of the computer, and is accessible when we are "outside of our physical bodies" - whatever that implies.
People who've had near death experiences, out of body experiences, under deep hypnosis, sometimes during a drug induced adventure - people are able to "shut off" the filters in the brain that keep us from accessing this information on a daily basis, and allow us to glimpse the nature of things. That being that each one of us has a vast library of previous experiences, lifetimes to draw from - and that library exists between lives.
But as they say; the veil is thinning.
As if the mechanical nature of the filters seems to be easing up, or the energetic construction of the filters seems to be adjusting to allow us more access to this point of view, or information.
How can accessing this information improve my life?
That's ultimately the point of understanding the nature of existence - not to realize that "all is relative" and that "I only exist relatively" (even though that appears to be accurate) but finding a way to process this new information about the nature of our existence so it allows us to enjoy and take advantage of what we're experiencing on a day to day basis.
One profound way that it can affect a person is to realize that what appear to be obstacles, setbacks and trauma, may have some genesis in the between lives realm. Not in terms of "karma" - but in terms of "what kind of puzzle or task can I design for myself that will help me to overcome this issue?"
If every task, obstacle or steback becomes an "apparent lesson" - then we can see them for what they really are. Stumbling blocks that allow us to learn lessons by overcoming them. The dark stone in your path turns out to be the glowing light of understanding once you've accomplished going through it.
What's that got to do with Presidential politics?
Well, imagine for a moment that each person that is running for office represents some part of the human experience. Vanity, compassion, negativity, wisdom, etc. And then imagine that whomever is running for office at this particular time is someone who helps people to examine these human characteristics. Either to fight for their point of view, or to understand through compassion that they need to support someone who is aligned with their own beliefs and life experience.
Hard to imagine that whatever happens on the planet, is part of the learning experience we all go through. Like classes in college, or a giant university, each one of us learns from setbacks, failures, or learns that working harder brings positive results. One can only hope that is the case.
My two cents.