2014-08-20 13:56:21 UTC
Abstract: Individuation as the process of psychological maturation is
connected with the 'spiritual path', the same as the 'narrow path'.
Worldly adaptation as a central aspect of individuation is overvalued.
According to psychology, the symbolic transformations in the unconscious
images fulfil a therapeutic function. This view is criticized as way of
upholding the stagnant ego, which should really undergo an authentic
transformation. The notion of ego abandonment in spiritual tradition
must be taken seriously. Central to psychology is the integration of the
unconscious. But equally important is the opposite process of
'complementation'. Consciousness is not only synthetic, it has also a
'sympathetic' function. Consciousness can give life back to the
unconscious and not only empty it of its goods. To this end, a creative
form of contemplation is recommended, in the way of painting or writing.
The destruction of the stagnant state of personality, and the riddance
of aspects of personality, are part and parcel of individuation. Today,
adaptation and assimilation are overvalued whereas negation is
undervalued. The self in Jungian psychology is a towering ideal, a
conglomerate of contradictory aspects of personality. At a point in
time, the spiritual seeker must abandon the ideal of completeness and
begin to negate his worldly obsessions, which keep him involved in the
many meaningless games of life.
Keywords: integration, complementation, negation, destruction, spiritual
path, art, individuation, apotheosis, alchemy, Gnosticism, C.G. Jung,
Emanuel Swedenborg, Poul Bjerre.
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