Quotes and Reflections
"All things transitory but as symbols are sent,
And therein heaven fulfills her intent."
Goethe (Faust/Part II)
Jung’s concept of the "Self"
In Jungian psychology, there is the notion that each
of us has a lesser self, comparable to the ego, and a
greater Self. The self with the capitol "S" is
symbolic both of the realization of our
own uniqueness and the reconciliation of the divisions
within our human nature. There are many helpful methods
for dealing with the issues of the ego-self. Yet,
according to Jung, without a concept similar to the
Self, the ego’s world easily loses its meaning and
descends into confusion.
For those drawn early on,
as I was, to the theme of the interplay of opposites,
the Self as the source that both reconciles opposite
principles and inspires creativity has special appeal.
It is a concept both poetic and practical, in that
through relationship to the Self, the ego is strengthened
and gains perspective, which in turn leads to humor,
humility, and tolerance.
Joseph Campbell might call the
Self the supreme symbol, capable of civilizing and
elevating us above the inner and outer forces that
compete for our energies, quenching loneliness, and
restoring the magic to everyday things.
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