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S2 Ep70. The Transition from the Great Mother to the Patriarchy. The Spiritual Crisis of our Time. Part 13.

S2 Ep70. The Transition from the Great Mother to the Patriarchy. The Spiritual Crisis of our Time. Part 13.

May 7, 2022

Having looked at the benevolent and terrible aspects of the Great Mother, and located this duality in the history of our consciousness, I now wish to explore the transition from the Great Mother to the Patriarchy, again understood symbolically and mythologically.

Three to six thousand years ago patriarchal religions replaced Great Mother worship. The masculine became opposed to nature, the realm of the feminine, mythologically portrayed in the dragon fight. This is a fundamental shift in human consciousness and prerequisite to the advancement of patriarchal civilization.

 

S3 Ep25. Jung y la Respuesta a Job. Parte 2. Spanish language series

S3 Ep25. Jung y la Respuesta a Job. Parte 2. Spanish language series

May 1, 2022

En opinión de Jung, Yahvé, a pesar de toda su superioridad, no es consciente de los opuestos en sí mismo, pero Job sí lo es. Yahvé está obligado a cambiar y desarrollarse como resultado de su confrontación con Job. Así, Dios o el inconsciente necesitan de la conciencia para realizarse. Esto le da a la conciencia humana una inmensa importancia en el gran esquema de las cosas. En Respuesta a Job, Jung adopta voces diferentes. Éstas incluyen: El Jung emocional; La voz del terapeuta - ¡Jung psicoanaliza a Yahvé!; La perspectiva teológica - especulaciones altamente metafísicas y teológicas; La voz mística- por ejemplo, que Dios necesite al hombre para hacerse más consciente; La voz esotérica - se mueve hacia las creencias esotéricas gnósticas y cabalísticas; La perspectiva de la psicología junguiana; La voz de la filosofía arquetípica; La voz histórica.

Jung se mueve entre las diversas voces con gran velocidad. Quizás si uno conociera las diferentes perspectivas, entonces este texto sería más comprensible.

 

S2 Ep69. The Terrible Great Mother. The Spiritual Crisis of our Time. Part 12

S2 Ep69. The Terrible Great Mother. The Spiritual Crisis of our Time. Part 12

April 16, 2022

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Nature, besides being benevolent, is also death-threatening and appears malevolent. Survival demands aggression. Destructiveness and selfishness are vital parts of our animal and therefore human psyche. Our savagery is infamous. Thus, we have the opposites of nature, the good and the terrible, within ourselves. These opposites in our experience of nature, the two faces of the Great Mother, the good and the terrible, are paralleled very closely by the psychoanalytic school of Melanie Klein which postulates that all human infants begin life in a paranoid schizoid state in which the good and bad breast alternate as fundamental structuring experiences of the infant psyche. This duality is resolved in the ‘depressive position’ which would find its equivalent in the history of the species as the birth of civilization. Freud also postulated that life and civilization emerged and developed out of two polar forces – love and hate.

S3 Ep24. Jung y la Respuesta a Job. Parte 1. Spanish language series

S3 Ep24. Jung y la Respuesta a Job. Parte 1. Spanish language series

April 1, 2022

En este episodio vamos a:

# Explorar la propia psicología de Jung, especialmente en su infancia, como trasfondo del texto Respuesta a Job.

# Presentar el relato de Jung sobre sus luchas religiosas e incluso teológicas en su juventud.

# Dar un breve relato de la historia de Job como se presenta en la biblia.

# Presentar la pregunta planteada por esta historia bíblica que Jung sintió que tenía que responder.

S2 Ep68. Immersion in Nature and the Great Mother. Spiritual Crisis of our Time. Part 11.

S2 Ep68. Immersion in Nature and the Great Mother. Spiritual Crisis of our Time. Part 11.

March 27, 2022

This episode presents the early stage of the human psyche as it is immersed in nature and the realm of the Great Mother. The themes of fertility and power, applicable to all life forms, saturate the history of humanity, most evidently in this period stretching roughly from 40,000 years ago up to birth of modern civilizations.

S2 Ep68 delayed

S2 Ep68 delayed

March 22, 2022

There will be a delay of a few days in the release of S2 Ep68.

S2 Ep67. Human Nature: the HIgher Self. Part B. Spiritual Crisis of our Time. Part 10

S2 Ep67. Human Nature: the HIgher Self. Part B. Spiritual Crisis of our Time. Part 10

March 2, 2022

This episode explores the emergence of the Higher Self within the evolution of the hominid species. For example, evidence of care of the sick and dying in the our hominid ancestors over half a million years ago; burial of the dead with symbolic objects over 100 thousand years ago, cave paintings, sculpted earth goddesses and the like from 30 thousand years ago. It is hypothesised that the higher self and even love emerged as a transcendent response to the intense awareness of death, especially in Homo Sapiens.

S3 Ep23 Jung y Alquimia Parte 3. El proceso de transformación.  Spanish Language Podcast

S3 Ep23 Jung y Alquimia Parte 3. El proceso de transformación. Spanish Language Podcast

March 1, 2022

Seis procesos involucrados en la Gran Obra Alquímica - descrito por Anne Baring. Ellos son:

Primero. El rescate del espíritu perdido escondido en la naturaleza y en nosotros mismos.

Segundo. El proceso de transformación que implica este rescate.

Tercero. La muerte de la vieja conciencia simbolizada por el Viejo Rey y la Reina.

Cuarto. La formación de la nueva conciencia simbolizada por el Joven Rey y la Reina.

Quinto. La formación del Hermafrodita – la unión de los dos elementos transformados

Sexto. La integración de cuerpo, alma y espíritu.

S2 Ep66. What is Human Nature? Part A. The Spiritual Crisis of our Times. Part 9

S2 Ep66. What is Human Nature? Part A. The Spiritual Crisis of our Times. Part 9

February 9, 2022

The first four components of our evolved human nature are outlined. These are:

Animal inheritance which is not just our aggressive and sexual impulses (the id) but the inherited reservoir of evolved genetic intelligence.

Emotional structure: as life evolved instincts evolved into emotion. As the primate brain expanded a far greater and more differentiated emotional structure developed.

Ego consciousness  combines rational intelligence plus a distinct personality. It is a master coordinator to allow the brain to focus and plan and is the integration of multiple brain functions so that a version of ‘reality’, both subjective and objective, can exist. As Self-awareness develops in early humans, they became acutely aware of death. The ego is also the tool for repression of parts of the psyche. Homo sapiens became the world’s first repressed creature. The ego, however, is also a vehicle of meaning in a world which possessed no conscious expression up to this time. Homo sapiens is the problematic embodiment of meaning and awareness in an animal.

The unconscious. With the emergence of Homo sapiens the ego provided an automatic filter for consciousness which increasingly repressed impulses, instincts, and emotions. Three dimensions of the unconscious are relevant: the psycho-somatic unconscious, the emotional or personal unconscious, and the collective unconscious.

In the next episode I will continue with the essentials of human nature and focus on higher consciousness and the archetypeof the Self. Finally I will ask what, if any, is the purpose of human nature?

S3 Ep22. Jung y Alquimia Parte 2. Alquimia, Alma, Individuación. Spanish language.

S3 Ep22. Jung y Alquimia Parte 2. Alquimia, Alma, Individuación. Spanish language.

February 1, 2022

Dos poderosas corrientes de alquimia provinieron del antiguo Egipto y Babilonia por un lado y de Persa y la España islámica por el otro. Estos se unieron en el florecimiento de la alquimia en la Europa de la Edad Media. Después de la iluminación científica, la alquimia prácticamente desapareció. Carl Jung jugó un papel importante en el re descubrimiento de la alquimia. Fue llamado a este trabajo por su propio mundo de sueños, y pasó muchas décadas de investigación explorándolo hasta que descifró su significado psicológico y espiritual. Incluso descubrió que las imágenes alquímicas se parecían tanto a las de los sueños de sus pacientes como a las de él mismo. El trabajo alquímico se convirtió en el marco para su descubrimiento del proceso de individuación, tan central en la psicoterapia que ofrecía al mundo.

S2 Ep65. The Spiritual Crisis of our Times. Part 8. The Cosmos is a Mighty Womb

S2 Ep65. The Spiritual Crisis of our Times. Part 8. The Cosmos is a Mighty Womb

January 18, 2022

While the precursors of our consciousness lie in our animal and hominid evolutionary past its origins are in the intelligence of life itself and beyond that in the intelligence of the cosmos. This viewpoint requires a paradigm shift away from a dead and mechanistic universe in which the emergence of life and consciousness are accidents. The alternative vision is that the cosmos is intelligence or spirit itself and has an ordering principle or logos. Matter is no longer primary but coexistent with spirit. Intelligence precedes Homo sapiens, primates and indeed all life forms. It is woven into the cosmos and the emergence of life and consciousness are the expression of it as indeed is its evolution into higher forms.

From a materialist view human consciousness is ultimately inexplicable. From the metaphysical perspective of immanence it is quite different: human consciousness is the living spirit of the universe.

S3 Ep21. Jung y Alquimia Part 1. El Transfondo. Spanish Language podcast.

S3 Ep21. Jung y Alquimia Part 1. El Transfondo. Spanish Language podcast.

January 1, 2022

¨Las experiencias de los alquimistas eran mis experiencias y su mundo era mi mundo. Este fue, por supuesto, un descubrimiento trascendental: me había topado con la contraparte histórica de mi psicología del inconsciente. La posibilidad de una comparación con la alquimia, y la cadena intelectual ininterrumpida de regreso al gnosticismo, dieron sustancia a mi psicología. Cuando examiné detenidamente estos textos antiguos, todo encajó: las imágenes de la fantasía, el material empírico que había reunido en mi práctica y las conclusiones que había sacado. Ahora comencé a comprender qué significaban estos contenidos psíquicos cuando se analizaban en perspectiva histórica." Carl Jung.  Psicología y Alquimia.

S2 Ep64. The Spiritual Crisis of our Times. Part 7. Creation Myths and Science.

S2 Ep64. The Spiritual Crisis of our Times. Part 7. Creation Myths and Science.

December 28, 2021

The astronomer’s lens, peering out to the creation of our universe, is human consciousness, like a mirror to its deep centre, forever examining its origins, birth, and even the pre-conditions of its existence. But ultimate knowledge forever vanishes beyond our scope. In the moment of dating the universe we realise there must be others preceding it; that the cosmos must be infinite and eternal as Giordano Bruno intuited in the 16th century; that there have been endless cycles of creation and dissolution.

The intelligence of mankind gazes at the universe only to realise that we are an expression of this infinite intelligence itself. That which we have called God or Brahman we then name cosmos; that which we named cosmos we now call Self. Consciousness and the universe are inextricably linked. One searches for the creator, forever finding oneself

S2 Ep63. The Spiritual Crisis of our Time. Part 6. The Elephant in the Room.

S2 Ep63. The Spiritual Crisis of our Time. Part 6. The Elephant in the Room.

December 15, 2021

The three most significant events in the history of life on earth are discussed: the emergence of life, consciousness, and self-consciousness.

Science has no explanation of how these came into being. This appears to be an enormous problem which no amount of evasion can explain away.

The crisis of the Self is at the centre of the crisis of modern times.

S2 Ep63. The Spiritual Crisis of our Times. Part 6. Now released. See above.
S3 Ep20. La Influencia del Taoísmo en la Psicología Junguiana. Part 4. La situación en China.

S3 Ep20. La Influencia del Taoísmo en la Psicología Junguiana. Part 4. La situación en China.

December 1, 2021

Este episodio examina al menos 15 puntos muy similares entre el taoísmo y la psicología junguiana, por ejemplo:

Para los taoístas la "acción por non-acción" es para el psicólogo profundo occidental la liberación interna del dominio cognitivo; la importancia de lo femenino en ambas tradiciones; la “circulación de la luz” le recordó a Jung el camino circular hacia el centro, el camino hacia el ser superior; el movimiento circular tiene también el significado de la auto-incubación; las referencias al lado más oscuro en terminología junguiana está cerca de la concepción de la sombra; la creencia taoísta de que se podía lograr un estado iluminador encontraría su equivalente en el concepto de Jung de la experiencia del Ser. Numerosas referencias al símbolo del mandala en el texto resuenan con la creciente fascinación de Jung por el símbolo del Self.

En el seguno parte del episodio examinamos el estado de taoísmo y otra religiones en la China moderna.

 

S2 Ep62. The Spiritual Crisis of our Time. Part 5. The Influence of Taoism in the West and its Fate in China

S2 Ep62. The Spiritual Crisis of our Time. Part 5. The Influence of Taoism in the West and its Fate in China

November 17, 2021

We begin by examining the impact of Taoism, especially with respect to the influence of the Taoist book the Secret of the Golden Flower upon Carl Jung and his school of Analytical Psychology.

We continue by considering modern China with a focus on Taoism which is one of its indigenous religions. What happens in this country is of immense importance not only for its size (over 1/6th of the world population) but also because of its growing importance. 

S3 Ep19.  La Influencia del Taoísmo en la Psicología Junguiana. Part 3.  El Secreto de la Flor de Oro.  Spanish Language Podcast

S3 Ep19. La Influencia del Taoísmo en la Psicología Junguiana. Part 3. El Secreto de la Flor de Oro. Spanish Language Podcast

November 1, 2021

El texto de El Secreto de la Flor de Oro dice que “solo a través de la contemplación y la tranquilidad surge la verdadera intuición: por eso el método de retroceso es necesario … al concentrar los pensamientos a través de la circulación de la luz, se puede volar; al concentrar los deseos, uno cae … el cuerpo como la madera seca, el corazón como las cenizas enfriadas".

El texto refiere al proceso de circulatio y distillatio, como alquimia, uniendo los opuestos, creando la coniunctio, la unión de los opuestos, el niño divino, la psique transformada. El corazón celestial se eleva a la cumbre de lo creativo, donde se expande en completa libertad.

Jung quiere hacer que los oscuros conceptos orientales de El Secreto de la Flor de Oro sean más accesibles e intenta mostrar su similitud con unos conceptos en Occidente, especialmente de su propia escuela de psicología que ofrece una puente de comprensión entre Occidente y Oriente

El centro de gravedad de la personalidad cambia su posición. Deja de ser el ego, que es simplemente el centro de la conciencia, y, en su lugar, se ubica lo que podría llamarse un punto virtual entre lo consciente y lo inconsciente. Este nuevo centro podría llamarse el “Self”. El Flor de Oro en sí es un símbolo de la mandala.

Jung comenta: “La integración y el nacimiento de esta personalidad superior es el logro que se pretende en El Secreto de la Flor de Oro cuando habla del “fruto sagrado”, el “cuerpo de diamante”, o de cualquier otro tipo de cuerpo indestructible, es decir, invulnerable a los enredos emocionales y los trastornos violentos; en una palabra, simbolizan una conciencia liberada del mundo”.

 

S2 Ep61. The Spiritual Crisis of our Time. Part 4. The Emergence of Science and the Challenge to Religion.

S2 Ep61. The Spiritual Crisis of our Time. Part 4. The Emergence of Science and the Challenge to Religion.

October 23, 2021

We examine in chronological order:

1. The difficulties with the Catholic Church in the Middle Ages;

2. The Renaissance and its spiritual and imaginative possibilities;

3. Protestantism, religious wars, vast colonial conquest;

4. The rise of the Scientific Enlightenment and the Industrial Revolution.

Capitalism has demanded considerable freedoms in order to function including freedom from Church and excessive State intervention. A brief overview of the history of Astronomy is given, followed by the emergence of the life sciences - all based on a materialist-reductionist world view.

God is, at first, the clock-maker, who winds up the cosmic clock and then retires to let it run by its own mechanical laws. Later he is made redundant and then rumoured to be dead. But will he rise from the dead – as the scripture have foretold?

S2 Ep60. The Spiritual Crisis of our Times. Part 3. Separation of Church and State

S2 Ep60. The Spiritual Crisis of our Times. Part 3. Separation of Church and State

October 2, 2021

The decline of religion and magical ways of thinking is often attributed to the  scientific enlightenment but the battle between Church and State was fought for many centuries in the Middle Ages prior to the scientific enlightenment, in which the role of the Church was diminished and that of the State was augmented. This dramatic history, sometimes bloody and treacherous, was played out in many countries but it was well documented in England. The roles of the Renaissance, Protestantism and Humanism are also discussed.

But as the scientific and industrial revolutions gained force the very idea of the soul began to disappear in the West except for a few outposts such as Romanticism and mysticism. But is science lending itself in the late 20th and early 21st centuries to a renewed spiritual vision of the cosmos?

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