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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Immanence: God within

Sacred Heart of Jesus. The legend cites Psalm 63:7, Accedet homo ad cor altum (modern numbering: Psalm 64:6)
Robert la Longe, Sacred Heart of Jesus- 1705

“They search out iniquities; they accomplish a diligent search: both the inward thought of every one of them, and the heart, is deep.” (Psalm 64:6, King James Bible)

The image above depicts an interpretation of Palm 64:6. It is an image of the sacred heart. God is known through the inward thought: within the heart, within the deep.

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Thoughts on Carl Jung’s notion of ‘psychic facts’

“God is a psychic fact of immediate experience, otherwise there would never have been any talk of God. The fact is valid in itself, requiring no non-psychological proof and inaccessible to any form of non-psychological criticism. It can be the most immediate and hence the most real of experiences, which can be neither ridiculed nor disproved.” — Carl Jung, CW 8, para 625

There are two basic perspectives from which philosophy postulates God. One is of God transcendent to life– outside of or beyond life. The other is of God immanent to life– within life and the world around us.

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Quaternity and Divinity: Symbol of God within

Mandala from 18th century with Christ, US Public Domain via wikimedia
Mandala from 18th century with Christ, US Public Domain via wikimedia

In the above image we see Christ taking up the central position in the mandala. Notice the mandala is also a quaternity. Carl Jung speaks to the quaternity:

“the quaternity is the sine qua non of divine birth and consequently of the inner life of the trinity.” (Carl Jung, CW 12, para 125)

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Psychotheology: archetypes and the God image

The work of Carl Jung is an endeavor to elucidate the sacred dimensions of psychic life.

Jung’s investigations began with the theories of Freudian psychoanalysis. The aim of analysis was to act as an archaeologist of psychic life, digging up the old repressed and forgotten memories of early childhood.

Like Freud, Jung endeavored into analysis, aiming to dig up old forgotten memories. As he did so, he found not only repressed memories but a wealth of images– spiritual in content. Jung realized that the psyche spontaneously produces an occurrence of religious and mythic symbols.

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