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on Self-realization in the light of archetypal psychology

Immanent Divine

God is a psychic fact of immediate experience.

In Carl Jung’s view, God is first and foremost a subjective experience; and religious images (archetypes) are products of the psyche, spontaneously produced within dreams and imagination. With this insight, Carl Jung’s path offers a shift in perspective. God is no longer seen solely in terms of an objective, transcendent otherness toward whom I must have faith. From the depth perspective, a new horizon opens in which I realize God as a subjective, immanent truth. This truth is realized through dreams, imagination, and visions. This shift is an immanent turn– a shift in perspective,  from transcendence to immanence.

Post- Jungian thinkers have postulated that we are entering a new chapter in Western religious history (Edinger, 1984; Corbett, 1966). Religion is no longer solely based on faith, but on a subjective experience of God. God is no longer seen as solely transcendent to life, but also immanent to life. With this transition more and more people are coming to understand that the psyche is a medium of religious experience, and thus we are no longer dependent on authority to define our relationship to God.

Carl Jung spoke of “the secret immanence of the divine spirit of life in all things.” When Carl Jung addresses the divine spirit, he is not only speaking of the divine within the world around us, but also the divine spirit as immanent to the human psyche, discovered within the depths of our being. This is a central theme in Carl Jung’s writings: the path towards the Self is the same path as the path toward God. This is the paradox of divinity.

Discovering the nature of the Divine is a journey into the sacred realms of the psyche. Carl Jung’s writings reveal the soul’s path, as a path toward Self-realization. This path is far from straight and narrow. It is more of an imaginal journey that winds its way through the hills and valleys of our inner worlds, spiraling around the truth so that we may begin to understand and articulate the nature of both self and other.

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8 comments on “Immanent Divine

  1. kaycers
    August 26, 2013

    Thank you for this post. It REALLY resonates with me and my experience with God. I love your blog and appreciate the work you do very much!! May I re-post this and share my insights on it on my blog?

    • Jenna Lilla PhD
      August 26, 2013

      Thank your for your appreciation. And yes, please feel free to re-post and comment on anything I write.

      • kaycers
        August 26, 2013

        Thank you!

  2. kaycers
    August 26, 2013

    I’ll comment back here when it’s posted in case you would like to check it out!

  3. Gary
    August 31, 2013

    Hi Jenna. I wonder what is your perspective on “The Book of Life” from a deep Jungian analytical and evolved consciousness?

    • Jenna Lilla PhD
      August 31, 2013

      Hello Gary,
      To Answer your question fully would take some time, to let my imagination work with the imagery and mythology around the book of life. I would go back to the original biblical texts from Revelations and contemplate the ideas, not as literal but as symbolic. Revelation is an act of revealing divine truth, so I would ask myself, “What divine truth does this reveal?” I am busy with other thoughts now, but eventually hope to work more with the archetypal meaning of revelation.

      Here are some passages from Revelations 20 which address the book of life:
      12 And I saw the dead, small and great, stand before God; and the books were opened: and another book was opened, which is the book of life: and the dead were judged out of those things which were written in the books, according to their works.

      13 And the sea gave up the dead which were in it; and death and hell delivered up the dead which were in them: and they were judged every man according to their works.

      14 And death and hell were cast into the lake of fire. This is the second death.

      15 And whosoever was not found written in the book of life was cast into the lake of fire.

  4. Gary
    September 1, 2013

    I thank you for the time and thought you put into your reply. I am contemplating the book of life in the symbolic context of the Akashic records. Where this contemplation will take me is troubling, esp. since I have no real experience with psychic noumena or “astrology.” I hope that the “other thoughts” you are working with are fruitful. Blessings

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