Thus the emancipation of consciousness and the fragmentationof archetypes are far from being a negative process in thesense that primitive man experiences an “animated” world, whilemodern man knows only an “abstract” one. Pure existence in theunconscious, which primitive man shares with the animal, isindeed nonhuman and prehuman. The fact that the dawn ofconsciousness and the […]Read more "Emancipation of Consciousness"
The activity of the hero in his fight with the dragon is that of the acting, wiling, and discriminating ego which, no longer fascinated and overpowered, and abandoning its youthful attitude of passive defense, seeks out the danger, performs new and extraordinary deeds, and battles its way to victory. The supremacy of the Great Mother, […]Read more "Heroic Consciousness: Seek out the Danger"
The cardinal discovery of transpersonal psychology is that the collective psyche, the deepest layer of the unconscious, is the living ground current from which is derived everything to do with a particularized ego possessing consciousness: upon this it is based, by this it is nourished, and without this it cannot exist. The group psyche which, […]Read more "Rarity of Consciousness"
The ego complex is a content of consciousness as well as a condition of consciousness, for a psychic element is conscious to me so far as it is related to the ego complex. But so far as the ego is only the center of my field of consciousness, it is not identical with the whole […]Read more "Conceptualizing the Ego"
This indivisibility of group, individual, and external world is found wherever psychic contents–contents, that is to say, which our present-day consciousness recognizes as psychic and which it therefore relegates to the world within us are projected upon the world at large and are experienced as though they were outside ourselves. Contents of this kind are […]Read more "The Difficulty of Seeing Our Own Projections"
The third type of hero does not seek to change the world through his struggle with inside or outside, but to transform the personality. Self-transformation is his true aim, and the liberating effect this has upon the world is only secondary. His self-transformation may be held up as a human ideal, but his consciousness is […]Read more "The Aim of the Self-Centered"
The Aim of the extroverted type of hero is action: he is the founder, leader, and liberator whose deeds change the face of the world. The Introverted type is the culture-bringer, the redeemer and savior who discovers the inner values, exalting them as knowledge and wisdom, as a law and a faith, a work to […]Read more "Aim of the Intro and Extraverted Hero"