The spiritual path is universal. The path is not only a path toward God, but also toward a deeper relationship and knowledge of the innermost Self. All religions offer myths and symbols aimed at clarifying the difference between that which is finite and that which is infinite. God is infinite, eternal, limitless, changeless, joyful and absolute, as is the innermost Self.
Mystics, yogis, and sages realized the infinite and eternal nature of the Self. Their words and images are a legacy to those upon the Spiritual Path. While we can turn the work of the Sages for guidance, the Spiritual Path demands our active participation and personal understanding in order to become alive for us. The truth is not academic; it is ours when we realize the eternal within our own hearts.
The spiritual work of Carl Jung is of help in our endeavor to illuminate the true nature of the Self, in part because he documented the frequency with which spiritual symbols and archetypes present spontaneously within psychic life.
By focusing on the symbolism and poetic reverie found within myth and ancient spiritual texts, Jung mapped the various symbolic forms which express of the highest spiritual realizations of human beings. Spiritual symbolism provides guidance on the Spiritual Path: urging us forward toward the wholeness and integration inherent in unchanging dimensions of psychic life.
The theories of depth psychology are of great service to those who wish to know the eternal and infinite. The psychology of Jung clarifies and develops insight into the nature of archetypes and symbolism, as well as their relation to the innermost Self. Carl Jung showed that spiritual symbols emerge spontaneously within personal dreams, meditation, visions, and artistic representations.
Personal dreams and artistic representations sometimes offer symbols similar to those found in ancient spiritual texts and art. If we understand that spiritual symbolism emerges equally in dreams, meditation, sacred texts, and art then we may open to the sacred truth as it occurs within our innermost Self. Spiritual symbols can and do help us develop wholeness and integration. The art, poetry and philosophy of the Sages and Yogis is there as an aid for all future travelers upon the Spiritual Path. We can borrow from the symbolic interpretations of the Sages so as to understand our own dreams and imagination. Through reading the spiritual teachings, we can learn the ways that spiritual symbolism guides psychic energy toward the highest potentials of Self-realization.
Spiritual symbols transcend concrete existence, emerging from and call us to the Innermost Self. The spiritual path always entails a move inward, into inner life and spiritual life. Spiritual symbols populate the inner-world, guiding us on the Spiritual Path. We move inward and homeward toward unity with a deep and profound reality. Contemplation of sacred texts and art inspires spiritual reverie and Self-inquiry, encouraging insight into the nature of the Innermost Self.
My hope is that this blog, the Spiritual Path, inspires spiritual reverie and encourages spiritual Seekers to read both the contemporary theory of depth psychology and the ancient spiritual teachings of the Sages.
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