… it is not a matter of proving the existence of light, but of blind people who do not know what their eyes can see … it is pointless to praise the light.  It is much more needful to teach people the art of seeing.

Carl Jung, M.D.

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This is an excerpt from Carl Jung’s Collected Works.  In this observation Jung is talking about the soul (the psyche) and its essential role in seeing, understanding and experiencing what is sacred.

Jung’s view was that religion must be experienced inwardly to be understood and that such experience leads us to our soul (or psyche).

For him the soul contained our essence and the cumulative truth and experience derived from human existence, and that the soul’s deification is God’s work, not man’s.  In this, in the soul, each of us contain a unique self that is made by God. This is Jung’s view.

That being said, to see and not be blind is to know yourself within, to journey inward – to live at a depth that secular culture impedes, dismisses, discourages and in so doing dismembers the human person, fragments the person, demystifies existence, produces legions of neurotic and even psychotic individuals and groups.

Just this weekend I had two conversations with dear friends whose family members are unhappy and disordered.  In listening to them I thought of Jung and his insights, especially as to the soul and the healthy self and the place for faith in human wellbeing and I thought of how common it is that those who seek an inward journey to feel isolated and out-of-step because others around them are out of touch with their soul, their true self and pursue, as a consequence, conduct that is both destructive and incomprehensibly irrational.

Yes, Jung sees these disordered people as blind, distant from their soulful nature and identity.

You would be wise to understand the woeful exchanges with others as being, at least possibly, the consequence of their soullessness, their blindness.

Think about what Jung is saying.  We are populated by people who do not see, who cannot experience what is sacred, eternal.  Does this not speak to many of the conflicts we encounter, even in routine transactions and interactions?

To drum faith out of culture as secularists do is to end up with this observation from Jung from his Analytical Psychology: Its Theory and Practice – “We have stripped all things of their mystery and numinosity: nothing is holy any longer.”

Then Jesus said to him, “What do you want me to do for you?  The blind man said to him, “My teacher, let me see.”  Jesus said to him, “Go your faith has made you well.”  Immediately he regained his sight and followed him on his way.”

Mk 10:51-52

Shalom.

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