by cheri block
Santa Fe, New Mexico
Boiling at 98 degrees (even the cacti are complaining)
Thank you students. Your interpretations were, to varying degrees, indications of your psyches.
Paul: You could have been a member of our seminar today. Your question, Is psyche really different from soul or just another unreligious name for it? is just the type of question that led to answers, some based on textual references (good) and some creatively grabbed from the atmosphere, a touchy-feely realm known only to the individual seminar member.
Peter: You need to study the paragraph longer than 51 seconds. A guy with your intellect can do better than that.
Richard: Very good, Richard! I am tempted to over-interpret your one word answer: Dig. Do you dig it? The subject matter? Or should I dig deep for meaning? Your brevity, while mysterious, confounds the inquisitive mind. Students like you want attention. What do you dig? Why do you dig it? Please, Mr. Manchester, do elaborate (said the frustrated teacher).
Phil: You and about 10 other seminar members should meet together for dinner. I assume you are an INTJ…how am I doing?
Andreas: Tidy summary. Very good. Your profoundometer needs recalibrating, Sir.
Ted: Nice try, taking the paragraph that I carefully selected and then venturing into your own area of interest. At least five people in the seminar did this today. The tutors tried to reel them in but the pond was deep.
Note that smack in the middle of Jung’s paragraph on the previous post is the sentence “then the psyche becomes something in its own right”.
My Jungian synchronicity must have been channeling the tutor Greg, whose opening question for the 20 adults sitting around a big wooden table was the following: What did Jung mean when he wrote on page 190 that “All that I experience is psychic”?
May I answer this question?
Just a little guess?
May I use some of Jung’s metaphors to help? OK. Here we go.
Jung’s definition of the psyche (all-encompassing in matter and spirit) is found in his sentence on page 184:
The psyche may be regarded as a mathematical point and at the same time as a universe of fixed stars. It is a small wonder, then, if to the unsophisticated mind, such a paradoxical being borders on the divine. If it occupies no space, it has no body. Bodies die, but can something invisible and incorporeal disappear? What is more, life and psyche existed for me before I could say “I” and when this “I” disappears, as in sleep or unconsciousness, life and psyche still go on…