Saturday, February 6, 2010

Jung & Kundalini - Lecture 4 : November 2nd, 1932

The psyche is so complex and interwoven that the chakra system offers useful symbols to see sub systems as a whole. Jung makes a quick parallel that modern philosophy has formulated Gestalt therapy as a way of looking at sub systems as a whole. In the East, especially India, psyche means the intuition of the self. The ego and consciousness are parts of the self.

Jung brings back the aspects stuhla (actual), stuhla (concept) and para (metaphysical) and states again that western society lives in the anahatha chakra from a stuhla aspect. From a stuhla aspect, the East, as a society lives in the muladhara chakra, animals and humans that live in harmony with nature and earth.

However, from a stuhla perspective the west as a society lives in the muldhara chakra since it is mainly ego conscious and it’s primary pursuit is material things. Even though western individuals may live vissudha or even the ajna chakra.

The west can only move to a higher chakra from a stuhla perspective when (a) it has lived the muladhara to the fullest and (b) it recognizes that in fact it is actually in the muldadhara chakra (self-realization). The east, as a culture traditionally starts by seeing the world from a cosmic point of view (ajna).

Kundalini is a useful tool for the west because it introduces concepts and language to describe experiences with the unconsciousness.

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