God, please grant us deliverance from our psychic states

Hans Holbein the Younger (1498–1543), Danse Macabre. XXI. The Preacher, US Public Domain, Die imposante Galerie
Hans Holbein the Younger (1498–1543), Danse Macabre. XXI. The Preacher, US Public Domain, Die imposante Galerie

Carl Jung says, “the unity of consciousness or of the so-called personality is not a reality.” In other words, we are split within.  At the most basic level this is a split between the conscious and the unconscious dimensions of the psyche. This basic split is the “fallen state,” creating all sorts of “impulses, inhibitions, and affects.”

“The psyche is far from being a homogeneous unit- on the contrary, it is a boiling cauldron of contradictory impulses, inhibitions, and affects, and for many people the conflict between them is so insupportable that they even wish for the deliverance preached by theologians. Deliverance from what? Obviously, from a highly questionable psychic state. The unity of consciousness or of the so-called personality is not a reality at all but a desideratum.” (Carl Jung, CW 9i, para 191)

Refereces:

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

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