This lecture will discuss Jung's notion that the Self acts as the spiritus rector or guiding spirit behind the development of the personality. It is as if there is a blueprint or ground plan for our development that leads us to our unique telos or destiny. Jung asks us to consider what would have happened, for instance, if Saul of Tarsus had allowed himself to be talked out of his trip to Damascus! According to Jung, if we follow the promptings of the Self, we are faithful to the law of our own being, and we avoid living a collective life. We are given a particular vocation, which Jung suggests acts like a law of God from which there is no escape. There is an "undiscovered vein within us" that is like "a flow of water that moves irresistibly to its goal." In Jung's words: Personality is Tao.
In this lecture, I will describe various dreams and visions of the type that give us a clue about the presence of this spirit. In the process, we will view personality development as a process of the incarnation of the Self, especially focusing on emotion as the presence of spirit in the body. We will look at the processes of mirroring and idealization from an archetypal perspective, consider the problems of suffering and evil, examine the notion of depth psychology as a spiritual practice, and discover some of the implications of the Self as the Totality of the psyche. In the Saturday workshop, I hope that participants will be willing to share personal experiences of the presence of a guiding spirit.
For this program, we intend to offer CEUs for Social Workers. (dunyazade)