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Metamorphosis of the Gods—Shifting the Collective Unconscious

Drawing by Carl G. Jung, from The Red Book,

Tao & Zen  (image and quotes below from this site)

“Really interesting archetypal illustration drawn by Carl G. Jung. This man who looks like a wizard with wings he called Philemon, a kind of wisdom guide that came to Jung in his dreams, that he would talk to… with flowers blooming at his heart level, perhaps symbolize that he is holding the wisdom of nature in his hands? Buddha has also been represented holding a flower, symbolizing the transmission of the dharma that cannot be spoken, but is found in our connection to Nature…”

“’In his memoirs, Jung reported that he would often converse with Philemon as he strolled in the garden of his lakeside home in Küsnacht, Switzerland. Speaking with Aniela Jaffé, his close friend and colleague, he recalled, ‘Philemon was simply a superior knowledge, and he taught me psychological objectivity and the actuality of the soul. He formulated and expressed everything which I had never thought.’”

Source: Who is Philemon?…/who-is-philemon/

“’We are living in what the Greeks called the right time for a ‘metamorphosis of the gods,’ i.e. of the fundamental principles and symbols. This peculiarity of our time, which is certainly not of our conscious choosing, is the expression of the unconscious [mind] within us who is changing. Coming generations will have to take account of this momentous transformation if humanity is not to destroy itself through the might of its own technology and science. Reason alone does not suffice. You can take away a man’s gods, but only to give him others in return.’”       ~Carl Jung, The Undiscovered Self (1958)


Carl Gustav Jung, a Swiss psychiatrist and psychoanalyst who founded analytical psychology…” (Wiki) was another one of my aspirational heroes (the ‘BIG 3’ for me—Einstein, Fuller, Jung) during my early research on better understanding myself and others; with my favorite Jung book being his autobiography called, Memories, Dreams, Reflections.  

In his autobiography Jung admitted to being somewhat psychically gifted and extremely intuitive (connected higher to sources of wisdom). Those gifts lead him to developing his own philosophy on psychoanalysis separate from Freud’s at the time; as well as creating his ‘archetype theory’ which was basically this: “(Archetypes) are the psychic counterpart of instinct. It is described as a kind of innate unspecific knowledge, derived from the sum total of human history, which prefigures and directs conscious human behavior.” (Wiki on “Jungian Archetypes”) 

Meaning that we unconsciously recognize and naturally react in specific ways to certain ‘archetypal images and situations’ when we encounter them in our lives.

The ‘recognizing’ part is the unconscious aspect of how archetypes affect us, but the ‘reaction’ part is the more predictive human behavior because of that unconscious recognition.

Jung was artistically gifted as well, and loved to create personal ‘mandalas.’ “Carl Jung refers to the mandala as ‘the psychological expression of the totality of the self.’  Interestingly, Carl Jung, the Swiss psychiatrist, explored the psychological effects of mandalas, while studying Eastern religion.” (Wiki)

He was a fascinating guy to study.


Published by Rebecca A. Holdorf

Rebecca A. Holdorf, has a Masters in English, and is a certified hypnotist specializing in Past-Life Exploration and Spirit World Exploration. She is also a Usui and Karuna REIKI Master Teacher presently located near Davenport, Iowa. Author of five books, she also conducts workshops and training in Self-empowerment, True-self Actualization and REIKI. Her company is Foundations of Light, LLC, web address is . Contact her at .

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