The C.G. Jung Institute of Santa Fe
Fall 2017 - Summer 2018
Jung in the World:
Chaos and Order
“I repeat the principle, one more time, that ‘Apocalypse’ imagery for the individual signifies disaster only if the ego is alienated and antagonistic toward the realities that the Self is bringing into consciousness. It is then that the archetype of the Apocalypse must manifest catastrophically. But if the ego is open and co-operates with the ‘coming of the Self,’ the very same imagery can signify, as Jung puts it, a ‘broadening out of man to the whole man.’”
— Edward Edinger, Archetype of the Apocalypse, p. 182, with quote from C. G. Jung, Mysterium Coniunctionis, CW 14, Para. 209
“The only thing that really matters now is whether man can climb up to a higher moral level, to a higher plane of consciousness, in order to be equal to the superhuman powers which the fallen angels have played into his hands. But he can make no progress with himself unless he becomes very much better acquainted with his own nature. Unfortunately, a terrifying ignorance prevails in this respect, and an equally great aversion to increasing the knowledge of his intrinsic character. . . . We can, of course, hope for the undeserved grace of God, who hears our prayers. But God, who also does not hear our prayers, wants to become man, and for that purpose he has chosen, through the Holy Ghost, the creaturely man filled with darkness – the natural man who is tainted with original sin and who learnt the divine arts and sciences from the fallen angels. The guilty man is eminently suitable, and is therefore chosen to become the vessel for the continuing incarnation, not the guiltless one who holds aloof from the world and refuses to pay his tribute to life, for in him the dark God would find no room.
Since the Apocalypse [of John, which burdened man with the dark side of God] we now know again that God is not only to be loved, but also to be feared. He fills us with evil as well as with good, otherwise he would not need to be feared; and because he wants to become man, the uniting of his antinomy must take place in man. This involves man in a new responsibility. He can no longer wriggle out of it on the plea of his littleness and nothingness, for the dark God has slipped the atom bomb and chemical weapons into his hands and given him the power to empty out the apocalyptic vials of wrath on his fellow creatures. Since he has been granted an almost godlike power, he can no longer remain blind and unconscious. He must know something of God’s nature and of metaphysical processes if he is to understand himself and thereby achieve gnosis of the Divine.”
— C. G. Jung, Answer to Job in Psychology and Religion, CW 11, Para. 746ff.