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Aion: Researches into the Phenomenology of the Self: by C. G. Jung

By C. G. Jung

Aion, initially released in German in 1951, is among the significant works of Jung's later years. The primary subject of the amount is the symbolic illustration of the psychic totality during the suggestion of the Self, whose conventional ancient identical is the determine of Christ. Jung demonstrates his thesis via an research of the Allegoria Christi, specifically the fish image, but additionally of Gnostic and alchemical symbolism, which he treats as phenomena of cultural assimilation. the 1st 4 chapters, at the ego, the shadow, and the anima and animus, supply a useful summation of those key suggestions in Jung's procedure of psychology.

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He is in us and we in him. His kingdom is the pearl of great price, the treasure 62 buried in the field, the grain of mustard seed which will become a great tree, and the heavenly city. 3 As Christ is in us, so also is his heavenly kingdom. 4 [70] These few, familiar references should be sufficient to make the psychological position of the Christ symbol quite clear. Christ exemplifies the archetype of the self. 5 He represents a totality of a divine or heavenly kind, a glorified man, a son of God sine macula peccati, unspotted by sin.

Many of them appear spontaneously in dreams and so on, and many more can be made conscious through active imagination. In this way we find that thoughts, feelings, and affects are alive in us which we would never have believed possible. ” Such a childish attitude on the part of the “normal person” is simply the rule, so that no one without experience in this field can be expected to understand the real nature of anima and animus. With these reflections one gets into an entirely new world of psychological experience, provided of course that one succeeds in realizing it in practice.

32] Whereas the cloud of “animosity” surrounding the man is composed chiefly of sentimentality and resentment, in woman it expresses itself in the form of opinionated views, interpretations, insinuations, and misconstructions, which all have the purpose (sometimes attained) of severing the relation 34 between two human beings. The woman, like the man, becomes wrapped in a veil of illusions by her demon-familiar, and, as the daughter who alone understands her father (that is, is eternally right in everything), she is translated to the land of sheep, where she is put to graze by the shepherd of her soul, the animus.

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