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).
“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.
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.