Matter of Heart, A documentary on CG Jung

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I recently watched a documentary about Carl Jung on youtube called Matter of Heart (1986). It is a good primer on Jung’s Analytical Psychology.

I urge you to click the link to this video and take the time to watch this 1 hour and 45 minute video on what I believe to be the most important message on psychological and spiritual growth of our time.

Perhaps his most important message is that psyche is really real. In fact, psyche is the only real thing in this world; everything else is an illusion. In this idea Jung began the marriage between the eastern and western philosophy of psyche.

These Jungian analysts have a urgent message about saving the planet from ultimate catastrophe. donna cerca donna Milano Confront your shadow, reconcile the opposites within, and wrestle like Jacob with god itself. (This is what Jung called the individuation journey.) And then, and only then, do we have a chance to skirt by the looming world wars threatening all life on this planet.

How Deep Do Dreams Go?

Here is a talk I gave on March 15, 2014 to the All Reality group in Santa Monica.
I speak about the split between ego and soul, how this shows up in dreams, and then move into the inner world by talking about lucid dreaming and astral projection.

A PATH WITH HEART: Necessary Healing

In this audio/video I take you through chapter four of A PATH WITH HEART: Necessary Healing by pointing out the four fundamentals of mindfulness: healing the body, healing the heart, healing the mind, and healing through emptiness. I pull from Ken McLeod, Rollo May, and Christine Caldwell to deepen the material.

I took longer than usual to complete this audio blog post because I wanted to make strong distinctions in regards to body, heart or emotions and mind. The very essence of psychological work is in this chapter. An entire book could be written (probably has but I have not read it yet) on the coppia cerca uomo Parma Four Foundations of Mindfulness. They are: “awareness of the body and senses, awareness of heart and feelings, awareness of the mind and thoughts, and awareness of the principles that govern life.” Kornfield continues,

The development of awareness in these four areas is the basis for all of the Buddhist practices of insight and awakening.

And I would add it is the basis of psychological insight and awakening.

Here is the visual/audio portion for Chapter 4, Necessary Healing. I had to break it into two parts.

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PART ONE

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When Propaganda is the Norm, then Truth becomes a Conspiracy

I feel like the world has radically changed this year, but actually it is my worldview. Over the last few months in my research I have come to realize the structures of society have been built upon propaganda with the purpose of separating the true knowledge of our beingness, of our potential and of our spiritual nature from us. Not by accident but by design our society has been formed to separate us from our souls and turn us into consuming and warring automatons.

“Many are called, but few are chosen.” Never before in my life has this rung more true than now in 2012. I feel an urgency to get the truth out about our existence, but because what passes as history and news is propaganda perpetuated by the bullies at the gate, truth and facts are considered conspiracies. How ironic when what is considered true by the majority is the conspiracy. This saddens me deeply.

We have enormous potential as human beings, most of these potentials lie in our untapped spiritual (or psychic) abilities. Currently, we use only 1/10th of our brain. The rest is waiting to come online like a gigantic computer waiting to connect to the internet. I’ve often joked with my friends calling the internet training wheels in the material world for our connecting capacities in the spiritual world. Imagine being able to connect with someone telepathically like we do now with our cell phones, seems far fetched, right? That’s my point about the norm being propaganda; so much so that it makes our true nature seem far fetched, like some new age crap.

I’m not a psychic and I can’t talk to people telepathically because I, too, grew up believing in what I was taught at school, at church, and in what our news outlets tell us. These teachings conditioned us to turn away from our true spiritual nature and follow earthly authority. The tragedy, as I see it, is that most of this conditioning has been perpetuated by religion. Religion has posed as something spiritual when in actuality it is the opposite. My childhood religion exterminated 68 million people in the middle ages. Again, truth or conspiracy?

I spent the last decade undoing the conspiracies that have been called historical , scientific and religious facts, and reconnecting with my soul, my eternal vessel. “The man who loves his life will lose it, while the man who hates his life in this world will keep it for eternal life.”Only by questioning everything and everybody can one truly know the truth for themselves. When you connect with the center of your being truth resonates deeply and expands you. If it is false your being falls into dissonance and causes you to constrict. (Based on kinesiology or muscle-testing methods.)

For me this inquiry began when I realized a dream I had was referring to Atlantis. At the time, I knew nothing about Atlantis other than Plato spoke about it. Six months later, I have not only come to understand that the rumors of Atlantis are true, but that ancient advanced civilizations have existed on earth for hundreds of thousands of years. The archeological artifacts supporting this proposition exist in the oceans around the globe. (See this youtube video for details about these ancient civilizations.) If this truth got out the very foundations of our current worldviews regarding history, religion and evolution would crumble. And quite frankly, it is time for peace on earth.

We’ve been told evolution is random; we’ve been told evolution is onward and upward; we’ve been told time is linear; we’ve been told we evolved from apes; we’ve been told we are the most advanced civilization in the history of man; we’ve been told we were born in sin; we’ve been told only Christians are going to heaven; we’ve been told capitalism is the best system of commerce; we’ve been told our nature is selfish; and we’ve been told God is Dead; we’ve been told we need to work hard to get ahead; we’ve been told nature is evil. And the lies go on and on.

For at least the last two thousand years those in charge (Kings, Popes, and Bankers) have tried to keep the populace stupid and at war with each other. This is why the witches and gnostics were burned at the stake because they had access to higher realms of consciousness. If a populace has access to their highest potentials then those in charge lose their earthly power.

We have a chance once again to come online with these higher powers of psyche. And we must succeed because the only option we have to save this planet from demise is to wake up to our higher potentials.

Considered yourself called out of the robotic slumber, and may you be chosen to lead us forward.

A PATH WITH HEART: Stopping the War

In this chapter (chapter two) Kornfield likens the war in our head between all the ego voices to the wars in the world. He suggests the way to have peace in the world is to stop the war inside. He suggests that adapting to our society leads one into denial and addiction saying

We use addictions to support out denials.

To wake up to these voices can be overwhelming and depressing, but if you persist you will eventually find peace inside. The most important thing to remember when you begin to pay attention to the voices inside is to simply uomo cerca donna Trapani notice without judging. It’s important to NOTstart a war with these voices for that only exacerbates the war.

In Jungian terms the process of paying attention and accepting “what is” is called taking back one’s shadow because what gets denied gets repressed into our unconscious. It distorts reality. So to take back one’s shadow is to see wholly.

Another important point in this process of “stopping the war” is to NOT identify with the voices. You are the observer of the voices; that is your true self. The voices have created the false self or what Jung called the persona.

Here is the audio portion for chapter two.

A PATH WITH HEART: Did I Love Well?

In the next several blog posts I am adding an audio note. My intention is to take you through a book I consider to be fundamental to spiritual development. Each blog post will cover one chapter in the journey. I encourage you to read or re-read my blog post called Reading with Soul in Mind before getting started with this series of blog lessons.

The first book in this series of In Depth with DR BREN: Lessons from her Soul Journey is Jack Kornfield’s A Path with Heart: A Guide Through the Perils and Promises of Spiritual Life. I chose this book because it teaches the fundamentals of getting to know oneself, both ego and soul.

This first audio blog post is on Chapter One: Did I Love Well?

Evolution is a spiraling process between the Eternal and the Now

The conflict to be resolved in our era is — the rift between those who believe that evolution is an upward and outward linear progress in time and space, and those who believe evolution is a spiraling process inside time and space, bouncing between the eternal and the now, between the unmanifest and the manifest, between the archetype and the complex, between the godhead and his co-creator, Sophia, for its ever-changing identity. The former believe the future is unknowable, the later believe the eternal is unknowable. So the former chases after the future, and the later chases after creation.

I am in the group that chases after creation because we believe this is the way to know the eternal. This is a central tenet of Jungian psychology; and it is what separates the Freudians from the Jungians. Is the origin of Ego connected to the Self Archetype [God] or is the ego simply a construct created in the battle between pleasure and pain? If you quiz the biologists, who profess the latter, you will find they do not see their domain springing from physics.

I’m not sure if we can prove one way or another that spirit came before matter, or visa versa. I think this is the one, and only, place faith is required. Certainly we can read through the documents of anthropologists and archeologists and see the preponderance of material supporting the theory that spirit gave birth to matter. However, only those who are inclined to read and believe these reports will get it. It seems so obvious to me. To follow the opposing argument back to its roots you find a belief in chaos, in meaninglessness, and man’s superior ability to tackle both, or to be lost in existentialism. And therefore the man, or corporation, who has the loudest proclamation will win.

And if one believes this to be truth, then Nature has no voice; women’s intuition has no voice. The irony of this silly progression in irrationality is their biological origins were abandoned. How does one say biology is the beginning of everything and then abandon nature’s laws? Perhaps only those prone to illogical thinking can explain this, or those prone to ruling the world like the stupid lords before. But those who have investigated their rational and irrational ways of being along with their socially embedded beliefs will not fall for these paroxysms of stupid atheists and scientists.

If you have a choice – then choose life not death, choose humanity not corporations, choose self not ego, choose We not I.

Psyche aims towards Wholeness with a Religious Fervor


Carl Jung lists nine occasions for successful termination of analysis in the (1953/1968) “Introduction to the Religious and Psychological Problems of Alchemy.” However he says, “there is a relatively large number of patients for whom the outward termination of work with the doctor is far from the end of the analytical process” (p. 4). It was in his investigation of these cases that continued the conscious-unconscious dialectical relationship after termination that his “belief that there is in the psyche a process that seeks its own goal independently of external factors” (p. 5) was confirmed. According to Jung the unconscious in these individuals was aiming towards wholeness with a religious fervor. This took the work further than a purely medical consideration into the realm of religion and alchemy.

Jung took up the task of resurrecting the soul of the European Christians seeking wholeness from the superficialities presented in the current expression of Christianity. While he did not blame Christianity he saw the veneration of the object of Christ as that which prevents the Christian from “reaching down into the depths of the psyche and giving … a wholeness. … the divine mediator stands outside as an image, while man remains fragmentary and untouched in the deepest part of him” (p. 7). By separating man from Christ with dead symbols and rituals Christianity has perpetuated the neurosis he sought to cure.

Jung recognized the difference between Western and Eastern religions were their object focus. While the Western man was focused on the external objects leaving his living soul unacknowledged, the Eastern man was focused on the internal objects of his soul often leaving the external world devoid of spiritual meaning. Jung names the differences between the Western and Eastern man.

Western man is held in the thrall by the “ten thousand things”; he sees only particulars, he is ego-bound and thing-bound, and unaware of the deep root of all being. Eastern man, on the other hand, experiences the world of particulars, and even his own ego, like a dream; he is rooted essentially in the “Ground,” which attracts him so powerfully that his relations with the world are relativized to a degree that is often incomprehensible to us. The Western attitude, with its emphasis on the object, tends to fix the ideal – Christ – in its outward aspect and thus to rob it of its mysterious relation to the inner man. (p. 7-8)

In this distinction Jung saw the need for the Westerner to follow an introverted path like the Easterner toward the inner man. Furthermore Jung saw that the extraverted focus contributed to the void and the devaluation of the Westerner’s soul.

Christ the ideal took upon himself the sins of the world. But if the ideal is wholly outside then the sins of the individual are also outside, and consequently he is more of a fragment than ever, since superficial misunderstanding conveniently enables him, quite literally to “cast his sins upon Christ” and thus to evade his deepest responsibilities – which is contrary to the spirit of Christianity. Such formalism and laxity were not only one of the prime causes of the Reformation, they are also present within the body of Protestantism. If the supreme value (Christ) and the supreme negation (sin) are outside, then the soul is void: its highest and lowest are missing. The Eastern attitude (more particularly the Indian) is the other way about: everything, highest and lowest, is in the (transcendental) Subject. Accordingly, the significance of the Atman, the Self, is heightened beyond all bounds. But with Western man the value of the self sinks to zero. Hence the universal depreciation of the soul in the West. (p. 8)

Jung is not suggesting the European should starting meditating and seeking gurus in Indian. In fact, he was quite vociferous about the problems of slapping an Eastern religion on top of Western psychology. I suspect he was using the introverted attitude of the Easterner as a validation that religion is also (to say the least) a psychological problem. Jung knew he was impinging on the territory of the theologians; and he knew he would be discounted by his medically-oriented colleagues. Yet he felt it necessary to traverse these grounds exclaiming “A little more Meister Eckhart would be a very good thing sometimes” (pp. 9-10)!

Jung was fortunate to have the financial means and Freud’s shoulders to stand on allowing him to reach into the forbidden territory of religion. Jung could do nothing less than pursue wholeness albeit quite antithetical to the scientific inquiry which throws out what does not fit. His search for repeatable patterns, the way to give his work validity in the sciences, brought him face-to-face with world myths and religions where the repeatable themes were recognizable Jung warned that “an exclusively religious projection may rob the soul of its values so that through sheer inanition it becomes incapable of further development and gets stuck in an unconscious state” (p. 10). He finds it inconceivable that “soul” could be thought of as “nothing but” and psychology as some wholly-untouchable other separate from religion. Jung said,

Even the believing Christian does not know God’s hidden ways and must leave him to decide whether he will work on man from outside or from within, through the soul. So the believer should not boggle at the fact that there are somnia a Deo missa (dreams sent by God) and illuminations of the soul which cannot be traced back to any external causes. It would be blasphemy to assert that God can manifest himself everywhere save only in the human soul. Indeed the very intimacy of the relationship between God and the soul precludes from the start any devaluation of the latter. (pp. 10-11)

In this short statement Jung elevates the devalued soul to an intimate of God who might on occasion receive dreams and illuminations from God via the psyche. Jung even goes so far as to conjecture that “this correspondence [between God and the soul] is, in psychological terms, the archetype of the God-image” (p. 11). As an archetype this puts the material squarely in Jung’s psychological province. This completes his argument for rescuing the soul robbed of its nourishment by Christianity, trapped in the unconscious and unable to move towards wholeness which opened his inquiry into alchemy.

In the introduction to Jung’s Psychology and Alchemy he suggested that alchemy was

rather like an undercurrent to the Christianity that ruled on the surface. It is to this surface as the dream is to consciousness, and just as the dream compensates the conflicts of the conscious mind, so alchemy endeavours to fill in the gaps left open by the Christian tension of opposites. (1953/1968, p. 23) [CW 12, ¶26]

Jung saw alchemy compensating for the Church’s one-sided obsession with good to the exclusion of evil. He saw the executed (and externalized) symbols of Christianity come alive in the laboratories of alchemists. To Jung these ancient texts were a gold mine of symbols compensating, completing, and bringing the Christian consciousness to wholeness.

Jung wrote,

This was a time when the mind of the alchemist was still grappling with the problems of matter, when the exploring consciousness was confronted by the dark void of the unknown, in which figures and laws were dimly perceived and attributed to matter although they really belonged to the psyche. Everything unknown and empty is filled with psychological projection; it is as if the investigator’s own psychic background were mirrored in the darkness. What he sees in matter, or thinks he can see, is chiefly the data of his own unconscious which he is projecting into it. In other words, he encounters in matter, as apparently belonging to it, certain qualities and potential meanings of whose psychic nature he is entirely unconscious. (pp. 227-228)

To Jung the unconscious projection of the alchemist’s psychic content onto matter was a “Passion Play” of a different kind.

Psyche is Life: Instincts and Archetypes are Two Sides of the same One

The first two lines of Hermes Trismegistus’ Emerald Tablet, the touchstone for all of spiritual alchemy, sets forth the Doctrine of Correspondence between the spiritual world and the material world. Throughout human history alchemists and mystics alike have obsessed over the tablet’s meaning believing it holds all the holy truths of our world, heaven and earth. The second rubric, in particular, speaks to the transformation of the One Mind into the One Thing and then into material creation.

In truth, without deceit, certain, and most veritable.

That which is Below corresponds to that which is Above, and that which is Above corresponds to that which is Below, to accomplish the miracles of the One Thing. And just as all things have come from this One Thing, through the meditation of the One Mind, so do all created things originate from this One Thing, through Transformation.

A major concept in Jungian Psychology is the idea of archetypes. A lesser, but no less important, topic in Jungian Psychology is the idea of instincts. Jung considered the instincts to be an ectopsychic factor similar to archetypes. For Jung instincts form structures and patterns of human behavior, whereas archetypes form images in the mind. Both instincts and archetypes are ectopsychic factors, together they form the above and below of psychic life.

Unlike most psychologists and biologists these days, Jung equated psyche with life thus making his case that instincts are ectopsychic in nature.

If we started with the hypothesis that the psyche is absolutely identical with the state of being alive, then we should have to accept the existence of a psychic function even in unicellular organisms. In that case, instinct would be a kind of psychic organ, and the hormone-producing activity of the glands would have a psychic causation.

This is a critical hypothesis in Jungian Psychology that Psyche is Life. For some reason conventional wisdom has this backwards considering consciousness (psyche) an evolutionary achievement emerging in the gray matter of our brains. The answer to the age old question who came first the chicken or the egg? is neither! Psyche came first.

What can be quite confusing about depth psychology is a linear reference to the above and the below. When one plums the depths of one’s soul the feeling is going down, not up. Perhaps this is why most images of the above are round like the mandala. Accordingly, we think of the unconscious as being down, the source of instincts, but it is also up, the source of the archetypes.

In Jungian Psychology ego is the center of consciousness in the below and the self is the center of the unconscious in the above. During the first half of life, whi.e the self did give birth to the ego it is mostly unaware of its relationship with the self. The instincts drive the development of ego. The task of the second half of life is for ego to become aware of it s origins in the self. All of Jungian Psychology can be summed up in its aim of bringing the ego into dialectical relationship with the self, the below and the above in a co-creating relationship. Then, and only then, does one becomes a magician capable of miracles of the One Thing.

Right Brain connected to Soul, Left Brain connected to Ego

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I’d like to take this idea of the separation between the left and right brain (ego and soul) one step further by bringing in the mystical ideas of creation. On the first day of creation God created earth out of the light and dark properties in the spiritual world. On the second day of creation God created the firmament separating heaven from earth. This firmament is the gulf between time and eternity.

A similar separation is seen in the brains of all vertebrate animals. The left brain (ego) is concerned with time and the right brain (soul) is concerned with eternity. When Jesus said, The kingdom of heaven is within, he meant it literally.

The right brain gives us access to heaven through meditation and active imagination. As ego is the center of our personality in the world, soul is the center of our identity in heaven. An aphorism of the new age movement — we are all connected and one — tends to make more sense when we understand that our soul is a spark from the lights of heaven, or what Jungians would call Anima Mundi, the World Soul.

The dichotomy between time and eternity, between man and God, between earth and heaven, manyness and oneness is embedded in our bilobed brains. With this said so many spiritual concepts begin to settle into a new light. The light of both and. We are both animal and spirit. We are both on earth and in heaven. We are both dual and nondual.

What a spectacularly complex creature we are!