Now days, through quantum physics, we are familiar with the importance that consciousness plays in the way the physical world is shaped. But Jung brought this to our attention even earlier through his study of alchemy. This study led him to insights about the play of the physical and the psychic which allow us to experience the sacredness of the world again. Following on from Friday’s Jung Society lecture on the Anima Mundi (World Soul) we will explore this connection through discussion and the construction of rituals which allow us to tap into this connection.
Quotes from Jung
The principle of conscious life is: “Nihil est in intellectu, quod non prius fuerit in sensu. (Nothing is in the intellect that was not first in the senses)” But the principle of the unconscious is the autonomy of the psyche itself, reflecting in the play of its images not the world but itself, even though it utilizes the illustrative possibilities offered by the sensible world in order to make its images clear. The sensory datum, however, is not the causa efficiens (efficient cause eg. The silversmith is the effiecint cause of the chalice) of this; rather, it is autonomously selected and exploited by the psyche, with the result that the rationality of the cosmos is constantly being violated in the most distressing manner. But the sensible world has an equally devastating effect on the deeper psychic processes when it breaks into them as a causa efficiens. If reason is not to be outraged on the one hand and the creative play of images not violently suppressed on the other, a circumspect and farsighted synthetic procedure is required in order to accomplish the paradoxical union of irreconcilables. ~ Jung CW 12.186
We are steeped in a world that was created by our own psyche. From this we can judge the magnitude of the error which our Western consciousness commits when it allows the psyche only a reality derived from physical causes. The East is wiser, for it finds the essence of all things grounded in the psyche. Between the unknown essences of spirit and matter stands the reality of the psychic-psychic reality, the only reality we can experience immediately. ~ Jung CW 8.748