Aion: Researches into the Phenomenology of the Self: by C. G. Jung

By C. G. Jung

Aion, initially released in German in 1951, is without doubt one of the significant works of Jung's later years. The relevant subject of the quantity is the symbolic illustration of the psychic totality in the course of the thought of the Self, whose conventional ancient similar is the determine of Christ. Jung demonstrates his thesis through an research of the Allegoria Christi, particularly the fish image, but additionally of Gnostic and alchemical symbolism, which he treats as phenomena of cultural assimilation. the 1st 4 chapters, at the ego, the shadow, and the anima and animus, offer a useful summation of those key suggestions in Jung's approach of psychology.

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63 12 The God-image is not in the corporeal man, but in the anima rationalis, the possession of which distinguishes man from animals. “The God-image is within, not in the body. ” 14 From this it is clear that the God-image is, so to speak, identical with the anima rationalis. The latter is the higher spiritual man, the homo coelestis of St Paul. 15 Like Adam before the Fall, Christ is an embodiment of the God-image, 16 whose totality is specially emphasized by St. Augustine. “The Word,” he says, “took on complete manhood, as it were in its fulness: the soul and body of a man.

These four constitute a half immanent and half transcendent quaternity, an archetype which I have called the marriage quaternio. 42 7 The marriage quaternio provides a schema not only for the self but also for the structure of primitive society with its cross-cousin marriage, marriage classes, and division of settlements into quarters. The self, on the other hand, is a God-image, or at least cannot be distinguished from one. Of this the early Christian spirit was not ignorant, otherwise Clement of Alexandria could never have said that he who knows himself knows God.

It is not the concept that matters; the concept is only a word, a counter, and it has meaning and use only because it stands for a certain sum of experience. Unfortunately I cannot pass on this experience to my public. I have tried in a number of publications, with the help of case material, to present the nature of these experiences and also the method of obtaining them. Wherever my methods were really applied the facts I give have been confirmed. One could see the moons of Jupiter even in Galileo’s day if one took the trouble to use his telescope.

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