Monday, October 09, 2006

Human Mind | Carl Jung | Analytical Psychology

The greatest miracle of God is human mind - Imam Ali (r)

Study and understanding this 'miracle', the human mind is a fascinating area. Analytical Psychology is such a branch that deals with it and the foundation of this study was established by Carl Gustav Jung (July 26, 1875 – June 6, 1961).

Carl Jung was one of the creators of modern depth psychology, which seeks to facilitate a conversation with the unconscious energies which move through each of us. He had a deep appreciation of our creative life and considered spirituality a central part of the human journey. His method of interpretation of symbolic expression not only deepens our understanding of personal material, opening the psychodynamics of our personal biographies and dreams, but the deeper, collective patterns which develop within culture as well.

In his memoir, Memories, Dreams, Reflections, Jung wrote that meaning comes “when people feel they are living the symbolic life, that they are actors in the divine drama. That gives the only meaning to human life; everything else is banal and you can dismiss it. A career, producing of children, are all maya (illusion) compared to that one thing, that your life is meaningful.”

Jung also emphasized the importance of balance. He cautioned that modern humans rely too heavily on science and logic and would benefit from integrating spirituality and appreciation of the unconscious realm.

Philamon Foundation is a resourceful website that is working to publish the complete work of Carl Jung.

The Guild of Analytical Psychology and Spirituality has some of the very interesting articles that you may like to explore.

:: Article link (download as pdf)
The Self
The Key to the Secret
Working on One’s Inner Life
The Drama of Psychic Energy in Dreams
Religious Aspects in Jung's Works
Meaningful Coincidences
Genius and the Evolution of Consciousness

More to explore:
:: Carl Jung Page | :: Jungian Psychology | :: Collective Consciousness | :: An outline of Analytical Psychology

:: Understanding the symbology of archetype is another area that one may look into to explore the deeper meanings of symbols and expressions.

:: Money: The Sacred and Profane
Listen to Montreal analyst Jan Bauer explore the meaning and psychology of money in this lecture recorded Oct. 21, 2005 at The Jung Center of Houston
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