“By developing his system of depth psychology, Jung incorporated certain aspects of the Hermetic tradition. The progressions from Gnosticism and alchemy were seen by him as ‘manifestations of unconscious archetypal elements not adequately expressed in the varying forms of Christianity’. … He saw one of the most important aspects of of the individualization process (the journey toward Self) as the union of opposites. …
“Such a union. Leading to androgyny, would also account for the Gnostic stories about the love and union between Christ and Sophia. … The unions are ‘sacred marriages’ in the drive towards perfection. G. S. Mead makes the point that:
‘Hermes … is practically one of the very numerous permutations and combinations of the Sophia mythos—one of the many settings-forth of the mystic lore of love of the Christ and the Sophia, or Wisdom., of the Son of God and his spouse or sister, the Holy Spirit. … But when we say Gnostic we mean much that is also Hellenic mysticism, and therefore much that is also Hermetic.” ~Bernard Simon
Jung and Gnostic Mysticism
Carl Gustav Jung is one of he most famous psychiatrists and psychologists. He was also a philosopher and student/teacher of mysticism. Especially Gnostic and related teachings. Any student of mysticism or spiritual growth would do well to read some of his books. He coined the word “Synchronicity” for apparent coincidences that are not coincidences at all, but meaningful.
Your cleaning out a drawer and come across an unusual type of battery that you don’t even remember having. Your tempted to throw it away, but decide to put it aside for a while. An hour later, the battery in some device dies, and it needs the battery you just found. That’s an example of synchronicity.
Jung was also big on archetypal symbols and their meaning. I used to write often about the spiritual meaning of symbols, but I don’t do it much anymore.
Gnostic Mysticism and Alchemy
Yes, Gnosticism and alchemy are related, just as Gnostic mysticism is related to the ancient mystery schools of Egypt and Greece. Real alchemy wasn’t about changing base metals into gold. It was about changing the dull consciousness of the average person into the golden Christ Consciousness of the fully awakened. This is what all the Gnostic groups and mystery schools were doing. Continue reading “Gnostic Mysticism and the Teachings of Jung”