In the image above we see God as “Father”.
The Father God is an archetypal representation of spirit in its highest form. Carl Jung makes this clear when he says that spirit is the “immaterial substance or form of existence which on the highest and most universal level is called ‘God'” (para. 385).
On the one hand, it is said that ‘spirit’ permeates all things. Spirit is considered the “immaterial substance” and thus “the vehicle of psychic phenomena or even of life itself” (ibid).
On the other hand, it is said that spirit and nature form an antithesis. Jung says: “Here the concept of spirit is restricted to the supernatural or anti-natural, and has lost its substantial connection with psyche and life.” (ibid)
The idea of spirit as something that “transcends not only external nature but also human experience” leads to a “supernatural” view of spirit (Bradly, p. 146). Such a view in turn leads to the idea of the Father God as “an omnipotent being, terrible alike in power and in righteousness.”
- Carl Jung, Archetypes and the Collective Unconscious – CW 9i (1934–1954) (1981 2nd ed. Collected Works Vol.9 Part 1)
- Badley, John Haden Form and spirit : a study in religion. Routledge and Kegan Paul, London, 1951.