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Jackie,
To follow up on your response and the constant internal conflict you are experiencing. No doubt a part of that internal conflict has to do with your life as is today, your job, relationships, etc. Taking an entirely different major in school suggests a desire to make changes in your job situation. The other changes also suggest you are not satisfied with aspects of your life. I look at it this way, 'if you don't like where you are or what you are doing, then change it'. That is what you are doing and it does seem to be as much an internal change as it is an outer. That would be a norm for someone who is dis-satisfied with life and who is approaching the mid-life years {mid-life is natural time for changes, physical, mental and often spiritual}.

But to fully engage and make a true transition one must examine, understand and reconcile the childhood years. This is all a part of Jung's Individuation Process, the self examination/self psychology that can lead to discovering the true self and that place you seek in life. It is through this process I was able to reconcile my life, understand the unconscious reasons for my actions as a younger man and take corrective steps so I did not make the same mistakes.

Our childhood years are when the psyche is formed and those foundations unconsciously control who we become. I believe most everyone has a 'wounded child' within that needs reconciliation. Going back over those years in-depth is a step in that understanding why there are wounds and what they are. You can not resolve or heal the psychological wounds unless you know what they are. Instead of paying a psychologist to do it for you, Jung's Individuation approach lets the individual do it them-self. If followed with discipline it will work wonders. I consider myself living proof of that and there are many others like myself. Examining the inner life is how one comes to wholeness. You have begun that process {yoga and Eastern philosophy are excellent ways to learn about the inner self} and from what I read you are well on your way to a natural path to self discovery without any knowledge of Jung's approach. Now that you have discovered Jung the process, if followed, can help you in your path to wholeness. If you have not already i suggest you read about this process. It is as much a natural process as it is contrived.

“People say that what we’re all seeking is a meaning for life. I don’t think that’s what we’re really seeking. I think that what we’re seeking is an experience of being alive, so that our life experiences on the purely physical plane will have resonances without own innermost being and reality, so that we actually feel the rapture of being alive.”
― Joseph Campbell, The Power of Myth

Jerry

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