Paul Stein provides analytic dialogue with a man’s and a woman’s innate imaginal soulful desire to re-member, re-collect, re-cognize, and re-embody their “forgotten,” if ever known, sacred ritual images of birthright in “wholeness” projected onto a “mate” or “parental governing bodies” “to have” and “to hold” for them. Not a good idea. There is an inner symbolic opposite partner behind that numinous ego-enthralling projection that rational one-sided Western ego is ignorant of and fondly believes the numinous libidinal autonomy of that “subtle-body partner,” or “mate,” or “country” “it” is projected into, is the sole property of its rational superior ignorant ego. That does not work to well either. Clients have found that a little dialogue, a little depth, and a little relationship with psyche’s internalized, differentiated, re-membered, and re-cognized symbolic inner “bride” and “groom” shadow in a man’s and a woman’s dreaming-body story about its whole “individual cultural self” “in-relationship(s)” in context is helpful.
The eyes are the mirrors of the soul and its dreaming-body image of innate desire to become a whole individual man and woman touches the heart of every relationship and the ideas we have about it.
“Loss of soul amounts to a tearing loose of part of one’s nature; it is the disappearance and emancipation of a complex, which thereupon becomes a tyrannical usurper of consciousness, oppressing the whole man (and woman). It throws him (and her) off course and drives (them) to actions whose blind one-sidedness inevitably leads to self-destruction.” (Jung, Aspects of the Feminine, 10).
Because it is only through individual men and woman’s “dreaming-body projections” of “wholeness” “in-relationship(s)” that “culture” is created, analytic dialogue with the unknown archetypal shadow of psyche’s symbolic inner opposite “bride” and “groom” projections of “wholeness” is a “therapy of culture” and imaginal basis of “our” “constitutional democracy.”
“One does not become enlightened by imaging things of light but by making the darkness consciousness….How many marriages are wrecked for years, and sometimes forever, because he sees his mother in his wife and she her father in her husband, and neither ever recognizes the other’s reality.” (Jung, The Practice of Psychotherapy; Essays on the Psychology of the Transference and other Subjects, 219).
“The psychological rule says that when an inner situation is not made conscious, it happens outside as fate. That is to say when the individual remains undivided and does not become conscious of his (or her) inner symbolic opposite, the world must perforce act out the conflict and be torn into opposing haves.” (Jung, Word and Image, 216)
“Men (and women-ps) have always lived in the myth and we think we are able to be born today and live in no myth and without history….That is a mutilation of the human being….American life is in subtle ways so one-sided. The real natural man (and woman) is just in open rebellion against the utterly inhuman form of life….It is unfortunately, only too clear that if the individual is not truly regenerated in spirit, society cannot be either, for society is the sum total of individuals seeking redemption.” (Jung, The Undiscovered Self )
“We are the great danger. Psyche is the great danger. How important it is to know something about it. But we know nothing about it. A child is not born a tabula rasa as one assumes….A child is born a high complexity with existing determinants that never waiver through the whole life, that gives the child his (or her) character….We are born into (an archetypal) pattern. We are a pattern. We are a structure that is pre-established through the genes. It is a biological order of our mental functioning, as for instance our biological or physiological function follows a pattern, or the behavior of any bird or insect follows a pattern, and that is the same with us. Man (and woman) have a certain pattern that makes (them) specifically human, and no man (or woman) is born without it, we are only deeply unconscious of these facts because we live all by our senses and outside of our selves. If a man (and a woman) could look into (themselves they) would discover it.”
(Jung, The World Within, In His Own Words, http://youtu.be/O67a8_XXqK4)
“The underlying idea of the psyche proves it to be a half bodily, half spiritual substance, an anima media natura…an hermaphroditic being capable of uniting the opposites, but who is never complete in the individual unless related to another individual. The unrelated human being lacks wholeness, for he (or she) can achieve wholeness only through the soul, and the soul cannot exist without its other side, which is always found in a ‘You.’ Wholeness is a combination of I and You, and these show themselves to be parts of a transcendent unity whose nature can only be grasped symbolically….I do not, of course, mean the synthesis or identification of two individuals, but the conscious union of the ego with everything that has been projected into the ‘You.’ Hence wholeness is the product of an intrapsychic process which depends essentially on the relation of one individual to another. Relationship paves the way for (cultural) individuation and makes it possible, but is itself no proof of wholeness.” (Jung, The Practice of Psychotherapy; Essays on the Transference Phenomena and other Subjects, 244-245).
“The dark depths of the unconscious are no longer to be denied by ignorance and sophistry —at best a poor disguise for common fear—nor are they to be explained away with pseudo-scientific rationalizations. On the contrary it must now be admitted that things exist in the psyche about which we know little or nothing at all, but which nevertheless affect our bodies in the most obstinate way, and that they possess at least as much reality as the things of the physical world which ultimately we do not understand either. No line of research which asserted that its subject was unreal or a ‘nothing but’ has ever made any contribution to knowledge. (Jung, Dreams, 165)
“The archetype—let us never forget this—is a psychic organ present in all of us. A bad explanation means a corresponding bad attitude to this organ, which may thus be injured…For the archetype is an element of our psychic structure and thus a vital and necessary component in our psychic economy. It represents or personifies certain instinctive data of the dark, (ancestral) psyche, the real but invisible roots of consciousness….Since the unconscious is the psyche of all the body’s autonomous functional complexes, its ‘fantasies’ have an etiological significance that is not to be despised. (Jung, C.G. and Kerenyi, C., Essays on a Science of Mythology; The Myth of the Divine Child and the Mysteries of Eleusis, 79, 91)
“Every creative person is a duality or a synthesis of contradictory aptitudes. On the one side (a man and a woman) is a human being with a personal life while on the other side (they are) an impersonal, creative process…The ‘artist’ is not a person endowed with free will who seeks his (or her) own ends, but one who allows art to realize its purposes through (him or her). As a human being (they) may have moods and a will and personal aims, but as ‘artists’ he is ‘man’ (and she is ‘woman’)—in a higher (or whole) sense—(they are a) ‘collective man’ (and woman)—one who carries and shapes the unconscious, psychic life of mankind. To perform this difficult office it is sometimes necessary for (them) to sacrifice happiness and everything that makes life worth living for the ordinary human being. “ (Jung, Modern Man in Search of Soul )
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