on Self-realization

Français : Saint Augustin by Philippe de Champaigne--1645-1650. US public domain via wikimedia Saint Augustin by Philippe de Champaigne–1645-1650. US public domain.

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 sun. Our physiological life, regarded as an energy process, is entirely solar” (para. 176).

Jung is setting the stage for the realization of the divine energy that dwells in the human heart. This energy is expressed in the archetypal image of the sun, it is the creative force of the living soul…

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