Jun 23, 2008

A commemoration to Carl Gustav Jung – The unrecognized spiritual guru of the last century

Carl Gustav Jung, born on 26th July , 1875 in the small Swiss village of Kessewil, is the pupil who surpasses his master. And later in his life, Jung descends so profoundly deep to the very edge of human soul, plunging into the collective realm beyond the individual mind. A realm that he notices in the form of common symbols used by peoples worldwide, collective intuitive perceptions that all people share as a part of this collective psychological frame that serves as a foundation for the individual mind. In his life Carl Jung traveled the world, wrote a considerable volume of books and accumulated empirical experience with his practice as clinical psychoanalitician, as well as his personal experiences of plunging deep into the unconscious and hidden layers of his mind.

Jung's unique approach to psychology has been influential in countercultural movements in Europe, the United States and elsewhere since the 1960s. He emphasized understanding the psyche through exploring the worlds of dreams, art, mythology, world religion and philosophy. Although he was a theoretical psychologist and practicing clinician, much of his life's work was spent exploring other realms, including Eastern and Western philosophy, alchemy, astrology, sociology, as well as literature and the arts. His most notable ideas include the concept of archetypes, the collective unconscious and synchronicity.

Jung emphasized the importance of balance and harmony. He cautioned that modern people rely too heavily on science and logic and world societies would benefit much from integrating spirituality and appreciating the unconscious realms.

“Your vision will become clear only when you look into your heart. Who looks outside, dreams. Who looks inside, awakens.
(A citation about observing and analyzing yourself)

Until the very end of his life, Jung preached in lectures, articles, books and documentaries the need for realization and integration of the unconscious part of our personality and self. He emphasized on the deepening psychological controversies and tension that accumulates in the modern human, who lives in an externally advancing world and yet achieving little to no conscious mental advancement to balance and harmonize humanity on the whole. And that is why the world is in this grotesque shape today, this mental primitiveness that is the average standard for the contemporary individual – slave to delusions, mental passivity, religious and political ideologies.. A patient and later on close friend until his death in 1961, Marie-Louise von Franz, shares one of his last confessions saying to her one day with grim and heavy feeling that he “..was not able to open people`s eyes, so that they wake up from the dream of this insanity.”. And indeed, he lived through both world wars and grieved helpless and unheard amids the confusion that permanently settled in the world since then.

Today Jung exists in the shadow of his early-age teacher and mentor Sigmund Freud, being largely not understood and his profound revelations about the nature of human soul ignored into the dusty pages of books. He lived before his time and humanity was not ready yet for such a profound step in their spiritual evolution.

"As far as we can discern, the sole purpose of human existence is to kindle a light in the darkness of mere being. There is no coming to consciousness without emotional pain."

There are no angels and demons in the skies above, those images are impressions of man himself. We behave more like demons driven by our primitive emotions, but we have the potential to transform into angels a.k.a a more mentally advanced and heightened beings.

"The darkness which clings to every personality is the door into
the unconscious and the gateway of dreams, from which those two twilight
figures, the shadow and the anima, step into our nightly visions or, remaining
invisible, take possession of our ego-consciousness."
Carl G. Jung

Carl Jung, first row on the right, and Freud in the middle

Matter of Heart - An archive video material about C.G.Jung through the eyes of all those people who knew him in person.