Friday, March 11, 2011


Today I'm going to pick on Carl Jung, though by no means is this man any more worthy of scrutiny than any other.  Besides, much of his work is amazing and valid.  It's just that he represents a large & growing segment - - one that is anything but new. 

Born to a Christian pastor and a psychologically imbalanced mother in 1875, Carl Jung would grow up to be one of the foremost intellectuals of his day, and ours.  A friend of Freud's, he is often cited as being the Father of Modern Psychiatry.  His work is well known & widespread.  His quotes show up all over the quotable landscape.

At the core of Jung's worldview is this:

Our main task, he believed, is to discover and fulfill
our deep innate potential, much as the acorn contains
the potential to become the oak,
or the caterpillar to become the butterfly.
Jung perceived that this journey of transformation,
which he called individuation, is at the mystical heart
of all religions. It is a journey to meet the self and
at the same time to meet the Divine. 

I dare say, he's probably right about what lies at the mystical heart of all religions.  The operative word here being religion.  Don't get me wrong.  I'm all FOR religion, but only as a cart that follows the proverbial horse. In Jung's case, it is the cart equipped for hauling the horse.  Moreover (I love it when I get to use that word), the cart, self, is granted the great good fortune of defining the Divine. 

I have often thought that if money/possessions, beauty, power & acclaim could instill peace & contentedness in one's soul, then Hollywood and Washington D.C. would be our shining examples.  We see how well that works! 

Thus, it's the counter-intuitive nature of God's view of individuation that has the more powerful outcome.

You were taught, with regard to your former way of life,
to put off your old self ... to be made new in
the attitude of your minds;
and to put on the new self, created to be like
God in true righteousness and holiness.  
Ephesians 4:22-24

In keeping with all things self, Jung coined a term that has me grinning this morning:  Synchronicity.  He tells us it means:   A meaningful coincidence of two or more events where something other than the probability of chance is involved.

Something other than probability?  Synchronicity?  ... Or Someone?

Love the LORD your God with all your heart and
with all your soul and with all your strength.
Deuteronomy 6:4

 ‘Love the Lord your God with all your heart
and with all your soul and with all your mind.’
This is the first and greatest commandment.
And the second is like it:
‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’ 
Matthew 22:37-39

So, what can we say about individuation and synchronicity?  Only what comes directly from the proverbial Horse's mouth.

... since you have taken off your old self with its practices
and have put on the new self,
which is being renewed in knowledge
in the image of its Creator. 
Colossians 3:9-10

Material Source:  Wikepedia


skoots1mom said...

even though jung believed we were fully whole, God's Word recognizes his creation NOT fully whole until we individually recognize our God-hole with our minds and hearts...Then His daily guidance and our acceptance fulfills our wholeness

Great post, girl!!!

Cheryl Barker said...

"Synchronicity? ... Or Someone?" I agree with you, definitely Someone. And how thankful I am for Him!

Have a great weekend!

Just a little something from Judy said...

..."something other than the probability of chance." I thank God today that unlike Jung, God opened my eyes to realize the amazing Truth, that chance has absolutely nothing to do with anything. When that concept becomes a reality in my life, peace will dominate. Great post!

Sonja said...

Can you see me smiling?? That word got me smiling before I even started reading!!

Great sharing of truth my friend... there is no way around it... the bottom line is that it's God's way period!

I loved this! You spelled it out so well.

Karen Lange said...

Wow! Much to ponder here. Have been thinking about various aspects of dying to self and servanthood lately. This is an interesting tie in.
Have a wonderful weekend,

Patrina's Pencil said...

He does sound like a wise soul, but as with all things, we must discern the truth.

A deeper look - will discern the flaw in his thinking. You spelled it out - plain and simple.

' the image of its Creator'... not the other way around.

Patrina <")>><

Janette@Janette's Sage said...

Great post with great don't you need to teach the college kids who are getting it turned around? How easily the enemy takes a partial truth to look like truth.

myletterstoemily said...

i'm with you, sister! psychology 101 trips
up so many college kids. i've even heard
pastors say, "if you can't love yourself,
how can you love the Lord with all your
heart, mind, and strength?"

i can't find any place in my bible that tells
me to love myself. it just assumes that i
will! if i love Him and prefer others before
me, the rest falls right into place.

Pain to Purpose said...

Great verses here! Thank you for the beautiful comment you made on my blog the other day! Thinking of you,