Gnosticism was for C.G. jung the chief prefiguration of his
analytical psychology. In this volume Robert Segal, an authority on
theories of myth and Gnosticism, has searched the Jungian corpus
for Jung's main discussions of this ancient form of spirituality.
The progression in Gnosticism from sheer bodily existence to the
release of the immaterial spark imprisoned in the body - and the
reunion of that spark with the godhead - represents for Jung the
psychological progression from ego consciousness to the ego's
rediscovery of the unconscious, and the ego's integration with the
unconscious to forge the self.Included in this volume are both
Jung's sole work devoted entirely to Gnosticism, "Gnostic Symbols
of the Self," and his own Gnostic myth, "Seven Sermons to the
Dead." The book also contains key essays by Father Victor White and
Gilles Quispel, whose "C.G. Jung und die Gnosis" is here translated
for the first time. In his extensive introduction Segal discusses
the parallel for Jung between ancient Gnostic and contemporary
Jungian patients, the Jungian meaning of Gnostic myths and of the
Seven Sermons, Jung's possible misinterpretation of Gnosticism, and
the common characterization of Jung himself as a Gnostic.
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