The Unus Mundus

The Unus Mundus

When he created the concept of synchronicity, Jung laid a foundation which might lead us to see the complementary realms of psyche and matter as one reality. … Synchronistic events … seem to point towards a unitary aspect of existence which transcends our conscious grasp and which Jung has called the unus mundus (Psyche and Matter, by Marie Louise von Franz).

Jung’s idea of synchronicity involves an acausal interconnectedness that is meaningful between matter and Soul.  This idea of the unus mundus, one world, is exactly what I’ve been discussing concerning Giordano Bruno’s theory of matter, how Soul permeates every iota of the atomic structure of our Universe.

Jung may have created the idea of synchronicity, but he most certainly did not lay “the foundation which might lead us to see the complementary realms of psyche and matter as one reality.” Giordano Bruno, having been influenced by Hermetic teachings,  accomplished this feat in the late sixteenth century, around the time of the birth of the man who would cleave reality in two for centuries to come (Descartes).

…the spirituality of all causation; the eternity of matter; its divinity as the potentiality of all life; its realization in the universe as a “formed” thing; the infinite whole and the innumerable parts, as different aspects of the same: … diversity and difference as aspects of one and the same substance (Giordano Bruno, Cause, Principle, and Unity, McIntyre translation)…

The Unus Mundus is a Hermetic principle that sees all things as one world, all interconnected, all an organic whole. According to the Kybalion,

The great Second Hermetic Principle embodies the truth that there is a harmony, agreement, and correspondence between the several planes of Manifestation, Life and Being. This truth is a truth because all that is included in the Universe emanates from the same source, and the same laws, principles, and characteristics apply to each unit, or combination of units of activity, as each manifests its own phenomena upon its own plane.

Matter and Soul are one reality. They may be viewed as two sides of the same coin, but, in essence, they are one, the Unus Mundus. This complementarity corresponds to Niehls Bohr’s Principle of Complementarity in quantum mechanics. Bruno and the Hermeticists foresaw many of these discoveries over 300 years beforehand.

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5 thoughts on “The Unus Mundus

  1. Hello Mark

    Thanks for posting this- the following passage by Plotinus is interesting in this regard-

    'This One-All, therefore, is a sympathetic total and stands as
    one living being; the far is near; it happens as in one animal with its separate parts: talon, horn, finger, and any other member are not continuous and yet are effectively near; intermediate parts feel nothing,but at a distant point the local experience is known. Correspondent things not side by side but separated by others placed between, the
    sharing of experience by dint of like condition- this is enough to
    ensure that the action of any distant member be transmitted to its distant fellow. Where all is a living thing summing to a unity there is nothing so remote in point of place as not to be near by virtue of a nature which makes of the one living being a sympathetic organism'.

    Plotinus Fourth Ennead, Third Tractate Translated by Stephen Mackenna and B. S. Page

  2. Another great post, Mark. I personally see this world that our senses perceive as Soul expressing what it is in physical terms. I have never read Giordano Bruno, and you have piqued my interest.

  3. Seth,

    A lot of the original writings by Bruno are in Latin and have not been translated, although some have. There are some good books about him. The one by Ramon G. Mendoza is excellent. It's called The Acentric Labyrinth. Highly recommended.



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