Well, I was gonna write about healing by saying what a good environment SL is for healing because of the lack of fear, but realised that for some this isn't so because they hold so tightly to their FL (first life) personnas like drowning souls. I'm thinking here of people who put their FL photos on the first page of their Profiles, or who design their avatars to exactly match their FL bodies, and those who immediately tell you everything about their FL, expecting, sometimes demanding that this "revelation" is immediately reciprocated.
I have mentioned before that I find it somewhat mystifying. I realised though that fear is greater for some people in Second Life than in their first life, and wanted to go into that more, as it is unfinished business in my brain...:))
"The unity of consciousness or of the so-called personality is not a reality at all but a desideratum [a desire or wish]" says the great Dr Jung, and to expand on that "The psyche is far from being a homogenous unit - on the contrary, it is a boiling cauldron of contradictory impulses, inhibitions, and affects, and for many people the conflict between them is so insupportable that they even wish for the deliverance preached by theologians" [i.e. being "Saved"].
So the opening of the unconscious (which SL can do....more of that another time) reveals those elements of our psyche which have been swept under the carpet for years. These "contents" do not peacefully gather dust but grow in the darkness, gaining power, and independence. So SL can be like opening Pandora's Box, and a thing to be feared.
Clinging maniacally to FL personnas seems to be how some people cope with the looming loss of control, but the FL personna is just as much an illusion as any role a person might involve their avatar in. The FL personna is as fictitious as any other fairy story.
As is the 'control'.
So, the fear is that "dark" things can be revealed but the duality of good and evil is a construct of western Christianity. The goddess Kali containing light and dark in equal amounts is not a problematic paradox for the Eastern mind, nor is Ying better than Yang; no moral judgement being assigned either one.
I make no excuse for posting this again...
A SLEEP OF PRISONERS
Dark and cold we may be, but this
Is no winter now. The frozen misery
Of centuries breaks, cracks, begins to move;
The thunder is the thunder of the floes,
The thaw, the flood, the upstart Spring.
Thank God our time is now when wrong
Comes up to face us everywhere,
Never to leave us till we take
The longest stride of soul we ever took.
Affairs are now soul size.
Is exploration into God.
Where are you making for? It takes
So many thousand years to wake,
But will you wake for pity's sake!
-- Christopher Fry
Affairs are now soul size. The enterprise is exploration into God. Well... the psyche anyway, God is an autonomous complex.
SL is, potentially, a huge psychic research facility for anyone who wants to use it in that way, and provides a great opportunity for the brave of heart to examine the contents of their "boiling cauldron" without terrible consequences.
Re-uniting the unconscious elements of our psyche with our consciousness is healing and called Enlightenment.