individual self & Supreme Self

Chidambaram Shiva dances the ananda tandava, the eternal dance of creation and destruction-1820. US Public Domain via wikimedia.
Chidambaram Shiva dances the ananda tandava, the eternal dance of creation and destruction-1820. US Public Domain via wikimedia.

There is a deeper subjectivity within the individual, a subjectivity which lies beyond the bounds of the ego. Carl Jung speaks of this subjectivity in terms of the Self and Self-realization. The Self is the nature of one’s own subjectivity, as well as that which lies beyond individual subjectivity. Woven within the writings of Carl Jung is the idea that the archetype of the Self blends with and merges with the God image. In Aion Jung says:

The spontaneous symbols of the self, or of wholeness, cannot in practice be distinguished from a God-image. (CW 9ii)

We see this realization presented in the ancient texts of Vedanta and Tantra. For instance, in the Tantra Sara, Abhinavagupa says:

“The individual self is the Supreme Self or God Him- self, but with the only difference of being enwrapped with the veil of ignorance resulting from Mala That the individual self should realize himself as the Supreme Self, the All-powerful Lord”.

Reference:

Aion: Researches into the Phenomenology of the Self by Carl Jung