Symbols of the Self Arise from the Depths of the Body

Sapta Chakra, from a Yoga manuscipt in Braj Bhasa lanaguage with 118 pages. 1899. US Public Domain via wikimedia.
Sapta Chakra, from a Yoga manuscipt in Braj Bhasa lanaguage with 118 pages. 1899. US Public Domain via wikimedia.

In the image above, we see a Yogi revealing his subtle body.

In The Archetypes and The Collective Unconscious, Carl Jung notes that “symbols of the self arise in the depths of the body.” This is a profound statement, and speaks to the interrelationality between body, psyche and Self. Jung says:

“The symbols of the self arise in the depths of the body and they express its materiality every bit as much as the structure of the perceiving consciousness. The symbol is thus a living body, corpus et anima.” (Carl Jung, Cw 9i, para 291)

It may be that the subtle body is the place and space from which the ‘symbols of the Self’ emerge. Many religions speak of the subtle body: Taoism speaks of “the diamond body”; Vajrayana, “the light body”‘ Tibetan Buddhism speaks of “the rainbow body”‘ Sufism speaks of “the supracelestial body”; Kriya Yoga speaks of “the body of bliss”; Alchemests speak of “the immortal body”.

Reference:

The Archetypes and The Collective Unconscious (Collected Works of C.G. Jung Vol.9 Part 1)

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