"The meaning of
events is the way of salvation that you create.
The meaning of events
comes from the life in this world that you
It is the mastery of this world and the assertion of your soul
in this world."
Carl Gustav Jung (July 26, 1875 - June, 6 1961)
Science, symbology and
Science is not, indeed, a perfect instrument,
but it is a superior and indispensable one that works
harm only when taken as an
end in itself.
Scientific method must serve;
it errs when it
usurps a throne.
Scientific method must be
ready to serve all branches of science , because each, by reason of its
insufficiency, has need of support from the others.
Science is a tool of
the rational mind and
with it more doors can
be opened than with bare hands. Science is
part and parcel of our knowledge and only obscures our
insight when it holds that the
understanding given by it is the only category there is.
The East has taught
that understanding through life. We know this way only
vaguely, as a mere
shadowy sentiment culled
from relgious terminology. This assertion may appear bold, perhaps, and is
likely to be met with disbelief, but that is not surprising, considering how
little is known about the relgious cultures of the East.
strangeness of the relgious cultures of the East is so arresting that our
embarrassment as to how and where the Chinese world of
thought might be joined to ours is quite
understandable. When faced with this problem of grasping the ideas of the
East, the usual mistake of Western
man is like that of the student in
Misled by Satan, he contemptuously turns his back on
science, and, carried away by Eastern
mysticism, takes over yoga practices
literally and becomes a pitiable
imitator. He abandons the one safe
foundation of the rational mind, and loses himself in a mist of words and ideas
which never would have originated in European brains, and which can never be
profitably grafted upon them.
An ancient adept has said: "If the
wrong man uses the
right means work in the
In reality, in such matters
everything depends on the man
and little or nothing on the method.
For the method is merely the path, the
direction taken by a man.
way a man acts is the true expression
of his nature.
Commentary on the Secrets of the Golden
Our discourse necessarily brings us to
Christ, because Christ is
the still living myth
in the Abrahamic religions
- Judaism, Christianity, Islam, Samaritanism, Druze, Rastafari, Mandaeism, and
Christ is our culture
hero, who, regardless of
his historical existence, embodies
the myth of the Primordial Man,
the mystic Adam.
It is Christ who resides in the
center of the Christian
mandala, who is the Lord of
the Tetramorph, i.e.,
the four symbols of
the evangelists, which are like the four columns of Christ' throne.
Christ is in us and we are in Christ. Christ' kingdom is the pearl of
great price, the treasure buried in the field, the grain of mustard seed which
will become a great tree, and bring
heaven to Earth.
As Christ is in
us, so also is his heavenly
kingdom. This is in exact agreement with the empirical findings of
psychology, that there is
an ever present
archetype of wholeness which may easily disappear from the purview of
consciousness or may never be
perceived at all until
consciousness illuminated by conversion recognizes it in the figure of
As a result of this anamnesis
state of oneness with the image of God
is restored. It brings about
an integration, a bridging of the split in the personality caused by
the instincts striving apart
in different and mutually contradictory directions.
The only time
the split does not occur is when a individual is still legitimately unaware of
his instinctual life as an animal.
It proves harmful and is impossible to endure
artificial emotional subconsciousness -
an emotional repression -
no longer reflects
the life of the instincts.
There can be no doubt that the original
Christian conception of the imago Dei embodied in Christ meant an all
embracing totality that even
includes the animal side of man.
Nevertheless the Christ symbol lacks
wholeness in the modern psychological sense, since it does not include the
dark side of things but
specifically excludes it in the form of an evil opponent -
So far as we can judge from experience, light and
shadow are so evenly
distributed in man's nature
that his psychic totality appears in a somewhat
In the empirical self, light and
In the Christian
conceptualization the symbolic
archetype is hopelessly split into two irreconcilable halves leading
ultimately to a metaphysical dualism - the final
separation of the
Kingdom of God from the fiery
world of the damned (here on Earth).
opposition led very early to the
the two sons of God.
elder, the left hand of God, was called Satanael. The younger, the right hand
of God, became Christ. The ideal of spirituality striving for the
heights was doomed to clash with the
earthbound passion to conquer matter and
master the Earth.
This change became visible at the time of the
Renaissance, the age of
Enlightenment, the 'rebirth', or
born again, and it referred to the
renewal of the
We know that this
Holy Spirit was chiefly
a mask; it was not the
Holy Spirit of antiquity that
was reborn but
the Holy Spirit of
Imperial Christianity, which had undergone strange pagan transformations,
exchanging the heavenly goal for a worldly one.
No tree can grow to heaven until it's roots
reach down to hell.
Although the attributes of Christ undoubtably
mark him out as an embodiment of self, looked at from the psychological aspect
of duality Christ corresponds to
only the 'good' half of the symbolic
archetype of self.
anti-Christ, Satan, corresponds to the 'evil' half.
Both are Christian symbols,
and they have the same meaning as the
image of the
Savior crucified between two thieves.
These symbol tells us that the progressive
development and differentiation of
consciousness leads to an ever more
menacing awareness of the
conflict of desires and involves
nothing less than a
crucifixion of the desires of the ego, its agonizing suspension between
relative abolition of the desires of the ego affects only those supreme and
ultimate decisions which confront us in
situations where there are insoluble conflicts of duty. In otherwords
the ego is a suffering bystander
who decides nothing but must submit to a decision and surrender
Christ - a Symbol of Self
One of the
unbreakable rules in scientific
research is to take an object as known only so far as the inquirer is in a
position to make scientifically true
statements about it.
"True" in this
sense simply means what can be verified by
The object of inquiry is the
inquire into the substance of what has been observed is possible in
natural science only where there is an
Archimedean point outside.
For the psyche no
such outside standpoint exists, since only the psyche can observe the psyche. Great as the importance of
faith, conviction and experience is
for the individual and for collective life, psychology completes lacks the means to prove
its validity in a scientific sense.
The word 'spirit' possesses
such a wide range of application that it requires considerable effort to make
clear to oneself all the things it can mean.
Some say 'spirit' is the
principle that stands in
opposition to matter.
this we understand an immaterial substance or
form of existence which on the
highest and most universal level is called 'God.'
We imagine this
immaterial substance also as the vehicle of psyche
phenomena or even of life itself.
Others restrict spirit to certain psyche
capacities or functions or qualities, such as the capacity to think and reason
in contradistinction to the more psychical sentiments. Here spirit means the
sum total of all the phenomena of
rational thought, or of the intellect,
including the will, memory,
power, and aspirations motivated by
Spirit has the further connotation as
when we say that a individual is 'spirited,' meaning that he is
versatile and full of ideas,
with a brilliant, witty, and surprising turn of mind. This special
development in man's idea of
spirit rests on the recognition
that its invisible
presence is a
psychic phenomenon, ie., one's own
spirit, and that this consists
not only in uprushes of life but in formal contents too.
first, the most prominent are the images and
shadowy presentations that
reside in our inner field of vision; among the
second, thinking and reason, which organize the world of
In this way a
spirit superimposed itself upon
spirit and even swung over to
the opposite position, as though the
latter were merely naturalistic.
the cosmic principle of order and as such
was given the name of ' God.' The
corresponding development of
spirit in the reverse took
place under anti-Christian auspices is
premise underlying this reaction is the exclusive certainty of the
spirit's identity with
psychic functions, whose dependence upon brain and
One had only to give the
One Substance another
name and call it 'matter', to produce
the idea that the spirit was
entirely dependent on nutrition and the
environment, and whose
highest form was the intellect
In view of the intimate connection that exists between
certain psychic processes and their physical parallels we cannot very well
accept the total immateriality of the psyche.
Although the idea of
immateriality does not in itself exclude that of reality,
popular opinion invariably associates
reality with materiality.
Spirit and matter may well be
forms of one and the same transcendental being.
The Phenomenology of
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