The mystics find in their heart the image of the sun

Saint Augustin by Philippe de Champaigne--1645-1650. US public domain via wikicommons.
Saint Augustin by Philippe de Champaigne–1645-1650. US public domain via wikicommons.
In the second section of Symbols of Transformation, Carl Jung is taking us into the life of the mystic: a path of soul and of divine heart. Jung speaks of “the teachings of the mystics,” he says:

“when they [the mystics] descend into the depths of their own being they find ‘in their heart’ the image of the sun, they find their own life-force which they call the ‘sun’ for a legitimate and, I would say, a physical reason because our source of energy and life actually is the sun. Our physiological life, regarded as an energy process, is entirely solar” (para. 176).

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The Psyche and the Subtle Body

Chakra picture, William Vroman, 2005, Public Domain
Chakra picture, William Vroman, 2005, Public Domain

Carl Jung appeared to believe that the subtle body was a good metaphor for the human psyche. He said, “I have often felt tempted to advise my patients to conceive of the psyche as a subtle body” (1938, p. 25).

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Immanence as divine play

Immanence is an insight of philosophers, mystics, and sadhus alike: a realization that all of our efforts at transcendence are mere preparations for immanence.

Transcendence prepares us for an immanent turn, when we shift our gaze from fantasies of the ‘beyond’ and realize the truth of a divinity which saturates life. This immanent turn is available as we must move beyond the dualities inherent in thought and open to a world of multiplicity, possibility, and potential. It is an opening which leads us to the insight that the divisions we hold between sacred and profane, between good and evil, between one god and another, are but root illusions.

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Reflection on the deepest strata of the mind

An encounter with the deepest strata of the mind, as might occur in meditation active imagination, can lead to a direct encounter with the deity. This may be the nature of the visions. To encounter the deepest strata of the mind is to encounter the eternal nature of the Self.

Carl Jung’s work revealed that within the mind of every individual is the God image. The God image spontaneously occurs in the minds of human beings. It is immanent to psychic life. Jung says:

” God is a psychic fact of immediate experiencing.”

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