Jung On The Experience Of God

Posted: December 29, 2014 in Consciousness, Contemplation, Jung, Psychology
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“God is a psychic fact of immediate experience, otherwise there would never have been any talk of God. The fact is valid in itself, requiring no non-psychological proof and inaccessible to any form of non-psychological criticism. It can be the most immediate and hence the most real of experiences, which can be neither ridiculed nor disproved.” Prof. C.G Jung.

By Prints & Photographs Division Library of Congress (Commons File:Jung 1910-rotated.jpg) [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons

By Prints & Photographs Division Library of Congress (Commons File:Jung 1910-rotated.jpg) [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons

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  1. cabrogal says:

    While I can agree with the gist of what Jung is saying, as is so often the case I think his arguments are flawed.

    There’s a lot of talk about dragons, elves and little green men in flying saucers too …

    I think where Jung and so many others get it wrong is in their attempt to put matters of subjective experience on a (pseudo-)scientific footing by trying to objectively prove them. Or at least to argue them from a position of faux objectivity.

    If we want to seriously examine such matters as the mystical experience we need to dump the post-enlightenment notion that only the objective and measurable is real and start giving credence to subjective experience. Let’s face it, subjectivity is the only ‘reality’ we truly have access to.

    Science is a powerful tool for organising and increasing knowledge but when you try to make all experience comply with its methods you must ignore or explain away a huge chunk of reality. I think the New Athiests demonstrate the logical outcome of such an approach.

    You can’t transcend dualism merely by pretending one side of a duality doesn’t exist – whether that be evil as opposed to good, mind as opposed to brain or the subjective as opposed to the objective.

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