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Thoughts on Jungian Individuation

archetypal / June 20, 2014 / 2 Comments

Since it has been many years now since I have delved into Jung’s idea of individuation, I thought it might be nice to spend an evening allowing Jung’s words to refresh my memory. In the early nineties, Jung’s ideas became the seeds within me that would burgeon into what I now consider to be an ever-spiraling soul-house. The concept of individuation plays a large role in our psychology. In general, it is the process by which individual beings are formed and differentiated; in par¬≠ticular, it is the development of the psychological individual (q.v.) as a being distinct from the general, collective psy¬≠chology. Individuation, therefore, is a process of differentiation (q.v.), …..

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Jung’s Coniunctio: The Chymical Wedding and Heraclitus

archetypal / August 20, 2010 / No Comments

In the workings of alchemy, the reconciliation of Sol and Luna is often referred to as The Chymical Wedding. Carl Jung’s theory of the conjunction of polarities in the psyche borrows heavily from this teaching. The ancient Greek philosopher, Heraclitus, tells us that “the way up and the way down are one and the same” (qtd. in Wheelwright 78). The idea that opposites complement each other and are actually the same is still alive today in Jungian psychology. As we will see, Jung relied heavily on the interrelatedness of opposites to explain his entire psychological theory. This article will attempt to show the Heraclitan influence in Jungian thought. The philosophy …..

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