“God is the name by which I designate all things which cross
my path violently and recklessly, all things which alter
my plans and intentions, and change the course of my life,
for better or for worse.”
The maṇḍala is a symbol for the wholeness of Self, which, loosely defined by me, includes the ego (the center of consciousness), the conscious mind (assumed to exist in the brain somewhere, although that has yet to be proven – the intelligence of our intellect, and the wisdom of the heart), the personal unconscious (previous thoughts, instincts, feelings, and experiences forgotten, but held in memory), and all that timely remains unconscious (self-knowledge that has yet to emerge) in our psyches up to Now.
The Self, according to Peter Shepherd: It is a “God-image” within the psyche. Although Jung was criticized for allegedly implying that the Self is God, he stressed that the Self is not God itself but rather only an image of God, a representation of God as it would be depicted within the psyche (although he did call the Self the “God within us” in Psychology and Religion on page 334). An encounter with the Self feels like a “religious experience” with God; Jung said that the occurrence leaves us vitalized” and “enriched.” In addition to being a symbol of God in the psyche, the Self could also be considered a symbol of what the religions call the “soul.”
With “Aion”, Jung presents the Christ within us as another symbol for the Self in its entirety. These archetypes are also portrayed as constellations, or congregations, of ideas in our psyche that he claimed to exist a priori to the birth of consciousness within ourselves. Therefore, we come into the world with a map, of sorts, that is lacking in instructions, but chock-full of instinctual natures (drives that steer our will/wheel) that are somehow imprinted on the electrical structures of the brain. Libido is a term described as the energy that turns the wheel. The wheel runs a route that is consciously directed whilst we are awake, but when we are asleep, the wheel’s direction is subject to the will of the unconscious; i.e., God, daemon, our sympathetic nervous system, etc.
Carl thought astrology was worth pursuing, but he got caught up in the ideas and thoughts of The Gnostics and the alchemists. He searched for a train of thought, like a silver thread or a fine lifeline, that connected these historical figures, right on up through the annals of time, to himself and his theories. In his great mind, he was the one who received the baton from his ancestors, and in honor of those who had run the race before him, he was to raise the torch and blaze a trail until the time came when he thought he had accomplished all he could in one lifetime, and he laid his pen to rest with the hope that after his passing, another would heed the call and continue the race.
The Age Of Blind Faith is slowly coming to an end, or so it seems to me. Church-goers are dwindling in number, whilst atheists groups continue to add members. Jung wished to save Christianity by proving its contemporary poignancy; by proving it is for real; that it is a living myth with a living Savior who makes History today. It is not only an age-old story, it’s a Truth that He walks amongst us today. Jesus Christ is pertinent today! He stands for The Truth, whether it comes from scientists, or artists, or any other vocation, it matters not.
Getting over it with Carl Jung has been, and continues to be a blessing. I highly recommend a healthy dose of his writings and teachings. “Memories, Dreams, Reflections”, a semi-autobiography (1963), is the perfect book for beginning your journey to the depths of his brilliant and insightful mind, where you’ll find many a psychological truth. May The Truth always astound you. God bless! Uncle Tree
Below is a link to an article about C.G. Jung, written by a Jewish Professor of Psychology, concerning the Book Of Job. It’s simply the best commentary on Carl’s views that I have ever seen. This explains his ideas ten times better than I could do. The Bible story, how to read it, what it means, and why God had to change His own nature due to His ongoing relationship with His chosen people – is given here. Jung made many prophetic statements during and after W.W.II. This article tells which ones were ‘on the money’ based on how things are today.