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)

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