Carl Jung is one of the most important figures in psychology. His unique approach as a psychiatrist, as well as being the founder of analytical psychology has made his body of work very influential. Carl Gustav Jung spend most of his life investigating many spiritual aspects, including astrology and alchemy, Western and Eastern philosophical thought and Occultism. Because of this many regarded him as a mystic.
Jung put forth the idea that “Art Therapy” can be used as a tool to treat anxiety, trauma and fear. Believing art can heal and restore someone who suffers from emotional stress and trauma.
His theory of collective unconscious, synchronicity is just some of his major contributions to psychology. The very popular “psychometric indicator”, “The Myers-Briggs Type Indicator or (MBTI) has been developed by Jung’s theories. Jung had a strong affinity to the spiritual realms and reflected much of it in is work and practice.
“Jung emphasized the importance of balance and he cautioned that modern humans rely too heavily on science and logic and would benefit from intergrating spirituality and appreciation of the unconscious realm.” Jung believed that humans should set upon a quest for “wholeness” (the merging of the conscious and unconscious of our psyche). This process which he referred to as “individuation”, Jung felt very strongly that the spiritual experience was crucial to our overall well being. Jung focused his work in 1940 and after mainly on alchemy. Jung held that “life has a spiritual purpose beyond material goals.” Or rather we must discover and fulfill our deep innate and unique potential.
Psychology and Alchemy was published by Jung in 1944. In this work Jung analyzed the symbols of the alchemical process and pointed out the relationship in synch with the psychoanalysis process.
“He argued that the alchemical process was the transformation of the impure soul (lead) to perfected soul (gold), and a metaphor for the individuation process.”
Carl Jung throughout his life as a clinical and therapist, he always considered himself a scientist. But due to his tangential ideas and thinking, many tried to discredit him and others that because of his ideas and thoughts as “paranormal” in nature. As a child Carl Jung “Claimed that one night he saw a faintly luminous and indefinite figure coming from his mother’s room, with a head detached from the neck and floating in the air in front of the body.”
One of Carl Jung’s quotes reflects his theories and thoughts on the collective unconscious. “We meet ourselves time and time again in a thousand disguises on the path of life”. Another one of his quotes points out his views on Individuation, “Until you make the unconscious conscious, it will direct your life and you will call it fate.”
In conclusion, Carl Gustav Jung was a Swiss psychiatrist, brilliant thinker and father of analytical psychology. His extensive study of Buddhism, Christianity, Gnosticism, Hinduism, Taoism, as well as many other spiritual traditions, led him to believe that we must all embark on a journey of transformation (individuation), which he stated that is the mystical heart of all religions. “It is a journey to meet the self and at the same time to meet the Divine. Unlike Sigmund Freud, Jung thought spiritual experience was essential to our well being.”