Carl Gustav Jung said that “The unconscious contains the wisdom and experience of untold ages, and thus forms an unparalleled guide “and “a source of higher wisdom”. He was talking about the collective unconscious that manifests in archetypal symbolism.
In Transformations and Symbols of the Libido, Jung describes the content s of the unconscious as primordial images, or Gods of dominating laws, powers and principles. He came up with the term Archetypes that describes these primordial laws. This is why I call it the Faces of God; aspects of what we and Creation are made of.JayniBloch (6 of 13)
The language of the unconscious is symbolic. Therefore the human brain receives images of these laws unconsciously during experiences like synchronicities and dreams which need to be translated into meaningful communications; kind of translated so that our logical mind can accept it as meaningful. When our cognitive minds discard these unconscious laws that express itself in symbolism, our psyches becomes susceptible to our dark, unknowingly negative, nature. The collective unconscious affects us profoundly when we stay unconscious of these powers that are both constructive and destructive. It is important to know of these powers and laws, but not to identify with them, despite the fact that we automatically do so from a place of deep desire for an individual identity. We are all unique and individualistic, yet we are social beings, and also part of a universal and collective process of evolution, that connects us to humanity and the universe. Despite our individual story there is a story that is bigger than the individual that pulls us into it whether we want to or not. This is what I want to explain in my workshops and writing, so that you will be able to understand how your individual story connects you to the bigger story of humanity.
In his 1918 paper “On the unconscious”, Jung describes human nature as standing between two worlds: the world of perceiving the external and the world of perceiving the unconscious. The world of the unconscious is a world of laws even though it is not measurable in ways that today’s sciences teach us. Modern sciences instils that the measurable is objective and the unmeasurable is subjective. The Archetypes, or the primordial God images that represent the dominant laws and principles in life itself, are objective in itself and cannot change, although it can manifest in infinite potentialities. These same objective principles with infinite manifestation potential, is subjectively experienced and observed by the human psyche that identifies with particular aspects of these objective laws. We are intimately attached and entangled with these archetypal themes as they appear in our lives as processes of development as well as character traits in the ego-states of our personality, which we experience unconsciously though our subjective interpretations of the archetypes. I thus believe that we perceive the external world subjectively and have to discover the objective world of the unconscious where we encounter and perceive the principles of life, the faces of god, of which we are unwillingly part of anyway. Become willingly part of this world and your life changes radically. In Chapter 6 of my book The Riddle in the Mirror, a journey in search of healing (2012), I explain many of these concepts.
We naturally identify unconsciously with the archetypes, but this unconscious identification poses a danger to us, because while we believe that we are in control of our choices in life these archetypal laws rule. In other words, we do not know that we identify with unconscious laws that rule our lives until the day we become conscious of these laws. Up until the point of consciousness, we are vulnerable to live lives ruled by the unconscious powers, and not even know that we have no free will in our lives. The power of these laws overrides our conscious minds and conscious will and can only support us when we are conscious of these laws. Free choice is only possible when we realize how the collective archetypes demand our ‘obedience’ while unconscious.
Jung further describes in 1921 the personal identity, or ‘I’ as “the subject of my consciousness while the Self is the subject of my totality; hence it also includes the unconscious psyche.” He alludes to the personality as an entity that contains many parts and qualities but where the person only identifies with particular parts of their innate potential. I describe in detail how I theoretically construct the personality with its ego states and how they resemble the archetypes with its enormous potential in Chapter 6 of my book the Riddle in the Mirror.
What I have found in my own life, as well as my professional experience, is that we live through archetypal cycles of life in which the archetypal theme tries to reach our conscious minds through dreams, experiences and synchronicities. This means that these archetypal cycles carry a theme within it that impresses on our experiences with images directly from the collective unconscious that resembles that specific archetypal theme we encounter, without prior acquaintance with them. In other words, the theme impresses its symbols on us despite our knowledge of the theme, but when we know about the theme, we are so much better equipped to deal with life because we know what it is about to support us with. The spontaneous emerging of themes and images in dreams for instance demonstrates the universality and collective reality of this unconscious world. Be willing to recognize it and regard its symbolism for it contains an important lesson for us to add to our awareness in our progress in life.
Join my workshops or send requests for me to present workshops in your area. My workshops take you through a journey of understanding the archetypes and how to use them for your personal emotional and spiritual development and healing. I have studied, investigated and experienced them during my fascination and research of them for over 25 years. You will understand why there are themes in your life that does not disappear easily and learn how to use these themes constructively. You will also connect the psychological defense mechanisms with these themes and understand where your defense comes from.
Love and Blessings to you all,

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