In the 20th Century, Carl Jung was a pioneering psychologist that contributed significantly to developing the field of psychology. He is most known for his Depth Psychology, or Jungian Therapy, for insightful theories about the unconscious.
In particular, Jung is known for his writings about “archetypes”, meaning universal truths, that live in humanity’s “collective unconscious.” Among these terms, Jung’s writings also speak about the true “Self”, which is the deep and mysterious part of a person’s personality. Beyond one’s daily consciousness, the Self is most important because a person’s ego consciousness has a need to gain unification with this divine archetype—for a better life!
Becoming One With The Self
Jung’s notion of the Self is possible to know per his approach of unifying with this archetype of wholeness. This unification brings forth a divine knowing within through the psycho-spiritual process of “individuation.” Thus, when Jung’s approach is chosen, we make a decision to profoundly develop ourselves within. And this can only be decided by us alone.
The goal of individuation is for one’s limited ego—to unify with the divine archetypes, especially the Self—for conscious expansion toward psycho-spiritual completeness. In this condition of wholeness, all of our untapped potential and possibilities will finally be realized. The spiritual traits of our unconscious will finally be experienced and have an opportunity to the resurface, continuously, within our ego’s consciousness, as it’s incorporated into our daily character.
Is The Self Real?
Behind the archetypes is the ultimate truth about what it means for a person to become superconscious or human, per se, by the Self. That hidden and mysterious truth of the Self is symbolically depicted in many ways: a jewel, a hidden treasure, Christ Consciousness, Buddha Consciousness, Krishna Consciousness, the Pleroma, and much more. Thus, when a person focuses their ego toward the unconscious via visions, myths, and dreams, the archetypes (of the Self) present themselves to guide our daily conscious choices. Therefore, our ego’s limited consciousness lights up like a bulb with—truthfulness, compassion, balance, etc.—per our integration of these Self-like qualities.
However, when a gap arises, due to our worldly distractions or lack of awareness, the archetypes can manifest in negative ways. We risk being surprised by our spontaneous complexes of anger, pride, excessiveness, and so much more.
Through healthy conscious choices, one can learn from the darkness within, and eventually come back to the light of consciousness, e.g., such as known in: Dante’s poem, the Gnostic myth of Sophia. This means the archetypes, as an extension of the Self will lead a person’s ego consciousness to gain an ultimate healing and wisdom of one’s Self, e.g., inner Christ-likeness. As Jung spoke about, per his writings, this integration of the archetypes—per individuation—is key to a person’s ego gaining an ego-Self relationship within.
This inner found treasure truly helps a person’s daily consciousness to be influenced—profoundly—by the divine consciousness of the real Self.
Regaining the Self through Jungian Therapy!
Jungian Therapy can be an important means to one’s recovery of the Self. Therefore, as you continue onward, or start your path toward this wholeness, I wish you the most profound encounter with your greatest gift—the Self!