Journey to Hell: The Path to Self-Knowledge | Eternalised

“The mind is its own place, and in itself can make a heaven of hell, a hell of heaven.”

J. MILTON, Paradise Lost

“Hell — as precise as a ticket for a traffic violation;
Purgatory — false as all allusions to Heaven;
Paradise — window dressing of fictions and vapidity…
Dante’s trilogy constitutes the highest rehabilitation of the Devil ever undertaken by a Christian.”

CIORAN, All Gall Is Divided: The Aphorisms of a Legendary Iconoclast

Hell is understood as the archetype of ultimate suffering. It is no imaginary place, but rather a state of consciousness that we all experience at some point in our lives. Hell is an unavoidable journey in life. In ancient mysteries or rituals of passages, the hero must descend into a dark place in order to give birth to a new consciousness and gain access to a new stage of life. It is the most profound psychological death and rebirth of the self.

We will be exploring the journey into hell as the path to self-knowledge, self-transformation, and ultimately, self-transcendence. Only in the region of danger can one find the treasure hard to attain. As Carl Jung stated, “No tree, it is said, can grow to heaven unless its roots reach down to hell.”