“I pray … that they may all be one, as you, Father, are in me and I in you, that they also may be in us … “

Jn 17: 20, 21

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Jesus prays that we might all be one.  One.  And as one, be one in the Father and in the Son.  One that we may be in them, as one.

This is an image of wholeness, of our completion – ultimate reality.

Yet, what is the course of wholeness?  How is it achieved?  Is it realized by this oneness? Or is there a course in life, steps to be taken that effect a wholeness or at least open us to a more whole way of being?

Surely, Jesus seeks that we might be in Him and in the Father.  That, itself, suggests a wholeness.  Likewise the teachings of Jesus offer a way to fullness, wholeness as do the laws of the Old Testament, the words of the Prophets, the stories of the Jewish people, the words and deeds of the Apostles, and the acts and lives of waves upon waves of disciples, martyrs, saints, religious and faithful lay men, women and children throughout the ages.

That said, one can learn Carl Jung, M.D., whose work focused on the “quest for (human) wholeness.”

For Jung wholeness was the ultimate human achievement.

He thought of our “oneness” as an experience within human existence dependent on the development of the self as a sacred reality; that is, that the individual fully developed takes his or her place within the universe.

Yes, for Jung – the full human as he or she is made an intricate and intentional part of God’s cosmic totality.

To Carl Jung the journey to full growth focused on unity of the human psyche/soul/spirit and the full development of self.  He saw that it was possible for the whole human person to be unified with all of existence.

This, of course, brings to mind Jesus in the above words from the Gospel of John.  I like to see that what Jung teaches us is evidence of the oneness that Jesus desires for us.

In the human person Jung saw a unique, divine existence and that to each accrues the need to grow in full and honest (self-examining) development.  This was, for him, something of a religious path, a responsibility of human existence.  Like, Jesus – he saw the fragmentation in others and longed for their completion, wholeness – a oneness.

Jung’s explorations and explanations sanctified the human person and human existence – leaving us the responsibility to work at growing and the full development of our sacred being.

… it must be confessed that the human soul is not that which God is, so it must be presumed that among all the things which He created, nothing is nearer to God than it.

St. Augustine, in De Quantitate Animae

Pray that you might take to the task of full and honest self-examination so you may grow to wholeness and the surpassing tranquility it brings.

Shalom.

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