REFLECTIONS On The SPIRIT
true history of the Spirit is not preserved in learned volumes but in the living
psychic organism of every individual. ~Carl Jung,
from matter the perceptions on which it feeds and restores them
to matter in the form of movements which it has stamped with its own freedom"
have literally no idea of the way in which what is psychic can arise from
physical elements, and yet cannot deny the reality of psychic events, we are free
to frame our assumptions the other way about for once , and to hold that the
psyche arises from a spiritual principle which is as inaccessible to our
understanding as matter.
For better or worse, therefore, we must turn back to the teachings of our forefathers ,
for it was they who made such assumptions. The ancient view held that the Spirit was
essentially the life of the body, the life-breath, or a kind of life-force which assumed
spatial and corporeal form at birth or after conception, and left the dying body again
after the final breath. The Spirit in itself was considered as a being without extension,
and because it existed before taking corporeal form and afterwards as well, it was
considered as timeless and hence immortal.".....Jung
"That which is born of the flesh
is flesh, and that which is born of the Spirit is Spirit"
"The spirit manifests
itself to a sorcerer, especially a nagual, at every turn.
However, this is not the entire truth. The entire truth is that the spirit
reveals itself to every one with the same intensity and consistency, but
only sorcerers, and naguals in particular, are attuned to such
The important starting idea is that all living creatures, and especially human beings are not merely
physical entities having finite boundaries and chemical processes but have non-physical dimensions
that make us magical - something that has been slowly forgotten in the progress of civilizations and
in the deployment of all our energies towards the physical. Today any talk of metaphysics is laughed
at and ridiculed, so one has to be simultaneously cautious and creative in the use of metaphysical
Firstly we need to sort out the broad relationship between the concepts. The funny thing is that
today many metaphysical concepts have lost their potency and have to be extrapolated from
physical concepts or understood as analogies from them. For example when you use the word
'energy' - it is basically a physical concept that is analogous to the originally metaphysical
concepts of 'spirit' and 'will' - both of which are almost meaningless today.
Similarly, today 'soul' has become meaningless and so we have to understand it in terms of 'essence'
or 'substance' or 'potential'. Also 'mind' and 'consciousness' have both been elbowed out by 'brain'
and 'neuro-chemistry'. The malaise is deep because by the domination of science in all our thinking,
we tend to reject any 'intangible' or 'abstract' concept or ideas as nonsense.
Thus only 'tangible' or 'measurable' or 'quantifiable' things are accepted as valid. The challenge
for art-intellect has become stupendous, if not impossible - the other side of the equation is that
the greater the challenge, the greater the potential for creativity amounting to magic.
The most difficult and essentially incomprehensible metaphysical concept is the concept of Spirit.
It is a concept that cannot be conceptualised. The most obvious thing about the Spirit is that it
is not at all obvious, for it needs a certain minimum quantum of Spirit and a certain minimal
action reflecting it, that one can even know that there is such a thing as Spirit.
" It takes a
minimum amount of power even to know that there is
such a thing as power." .........C. Castaneda
It is both personal as well as impersonal. It has a quantum attribute and yet it cannot be
quantified. It is absolute and yet it is the most fleeting of all manifestations. It contains
all knowledge but no one can "know" the Spirit, only reflect it or make it manifest in
action or expression.
"You only have
problems understanding the Spirit when you think about it,
but when you act, the Spirit easily reveals itself to you.".........C. Castaneda
In the simplest of terms the Spirit represents motion, spontaneity, force :
the animate. In total contrast to the motionless, the inanimate, the
unmoving, the lifeless ( or appearing as such ). The Spirit signifies
creativity and the motion of life and it's opposite signifies decay,
degeneracy, death and destruction.
" The inner essence of man or the
fundamental principle, are abstracts for
you. Or perhaps something a bit less vague, such as character, volition,
courage, dignity, honor. The spirit, of course, can be described in terms
of all of these. And that's what is so confusing - that it is all of these and
none of them." .........C. Castaneda
It is useless and demeaning to speculate on it, and yet the Spirit demands creative expression,
and therefore its expression must be artistic : either as a story that illustrates its manifestation
or as poetry that evokes a stirring response, or as a rhetoric-dialectic exchange in which key
moral issues of a time and place are tackled in a decisive manner, or certain attitudes and values
of a society or culture are critically scrutinized. In all cases the Spirit cannot be referred to directly
as the agent of action. The Spirit is not a direct agent of action. The agent of action that must be
referred to has to be a person who's acts and experiences ( expressions of ) are being referred to :
either living or have lived at a time or place in this world. The Spirit cannot be referred to in
hypothetical terms, for there is nothing hypothetical about it, for it contains in it the entire
reality of the world.
"There is no way to talk about the spirit, because the spirit can only be
Sorcerers try to explain this condition when they say that the spirit is nothing you
can see or feel. But it is there looming over us always. Sometimes it comes to some
of us. Most of the time it seems indifferent. In many ways the spirit was a sort of
wild animal. It kept its distance from us until a moment when something enticed it
forward. It was then that the spirit manifested itself."........Castaneda
The reference to the Spirit in no case can be a subject of agreement or consensus. The Spirit can only be
referred to in a personal context, where certain actions and experiences are involved. The Spirit cannot
be directly unraveled, and yet the Spirit in its manifestations must be interpreted and acted upon or
"For a sorcerer, the spirit is an abstract simply because he knows it without
or even thoughts. It is an abstract because he can't conceive what the spirit is .
Yet without the slightest chance or desire to understand it, a sorcerer handles
the spirit. He recognises it, beckons it, entices it, becomes familiar with
it, and expresses it with his acts."........Castaneda
The Spirit always manifests as a paradox ; as a trick ; as an omen or indication
and finally also as magic. It is then up to a subject's ( a subject of Nature - the
domain of the Spirit's manifestation ) developed ability and knowledge to
discern the design of the Spirit, to interpret the omen, to unravel the paradox,
to act decisively upon the indications, to see the trick
and to marvel in the magic.
[The word trickery is in its
normal usage in a negative context, closest associated with deception, that is,
trickery is invariably meant to be a form of deception. But the thing about negatives is that a negative of
a negative can become a positive. Deception used for the sake of removing deception is not negative or
unethical, but positive and ethical, for it is the best way of enhancing awareness apart from being full
of humor - the best jokes involve trickery and deception. ]
civilized man has forgotten the trickster. He
remembers him only
figuratively and metaphorically, when, irritated by his own ineptitude, he speaks
of fate playing tricks on him or of things being bewitched. He never suspects that
his own hidden and apparently harmless shadow has qualities whose dangerousness
exceeds his wildest dreams. If we take the trickster as a parallel to the individual
shadow, then the question arises whether the trend towards meaning, which we saw
in the trickster myth , can be observed in the subjective and personal shadow.
Experience confirms this. The trickster is a collective shadow figure. And since the
individual shadow is never absent as a component of personality, the collective
figure can construct itself out of it continually"......C G Jung.
An exploration into the mysterious leads to paradoxes and from each
paradox resolved, comes a deeper mystery. The mystery and the paradox
is timeless, but the resolution of any paradox is valid only for the
present, and for the person that unravels it.
" The primitive
mentality finds it quite natural to personify the invisible presence
as a ghost or demon. The souls or spirits of the dead are identical with the
psychic activity of the living, they merely continue it. The view that psyche is
a spirit is implicit in this. When therefore something psychic happens in the
individual which he feels as belonging to himself, that something is his own
spirit. But if anything psychic happens ( to him ) which seems to him strange,
then it is somebody else's spirit."
" The special
development in man's idea of spirit rests on the recognition that
its invisible presence is a psychic phenomenon, i.e., one's own spirit, and that
this consists not only of up-rushes ( primary manifestation ) of life but of formal
( secondary or derived ) products too. Among the first, the most prominent are
the images and shadowy presentations that occupy our inner field of vision ;
among the second, thinking and reason, which organize the world of images.
The hallmarks of Spirit
are, firstly, the principle of spontaneous movement
and activity ; secondly the capacity to produce images independently of
sense perceptions ; and thirdly, the autonomous and sovereign
manipulation of these images." ......C. G. Jung
AND SOUL : Spirit as the Interface
between the Timeless ( Soul ) and the
Socrates, is the food of the soul? Surely, I said,
knowledge is the food of the soul.”
The arts are a
very human way of making life more bearable. Practicing
an art, no matter how well or badly, is a way to make your soul grow.
(Kurt Vonnegut, Jr.)
“You use a glass
mirror to see your face;
you use works of art to see your soul.”
―George Bernard Shaw
Does the concept of Spirit make the concept of Soul redundant ? Not quite.
Just as the concept of matter can hardly be discarded, so is the case with the
concept of soul. The use of this concept is as widespread in religion as the
concept of matter in science. It is the proper usage of any concept that makes
it valid. And for that a relationship between concepts has to be understood or
shown in an enlightening expression that throws a light upon them.
The Soul and the body of a living being is most commonly depicted in all
religions as the immortal and mortal parts, but the relationship between
them is never quite made clear, and so this dichotomy if taken too rigidly
does not advance our knowledge of human nature. It is also questionable
whether this is a very useful dichotomy, because, after all, the essence
or Soul of a being only manifests through the exercise of the bodily or
material faculties, like the nervous system. The Soul therefore can
hardly be said to be separate from the bodily form, but rather can
said to be incorporated in the corporeal existence of bodily form.
But what if there are no actions or expressions of a being that reflect
immortality ? Can that be what is meant as the soulless condition ?
Only two possibilities emerge : one, that such beings are indeed soulless
or the second that there is a Soul of the being but is inactive or lost
or "sold out". Both these mean one thing only : that if there is no
action or expression reflecting it, then it is as good as there being
no Soul. But no person has the right to proclaim another as soulless,
and so we find that the concept of Soul tends to lose its usefulness
and is thus highly abused in organized religion, and it seems that
the concept of Spirit is heading that way too, with the current fervor
with which the word 'spiritual' is being abused.
Nevertheless, since it is pointless to invent new terms at this stage of
human devolution, it is better to use the existing terms, but only when
absolutely necessary for expression. It therefore becomes imperative
that instead to discarding all metaphysical concepts, an enhanced
understanding of the relation between them developed.
The relationship between the metaphysical concepts of Spirit and Soul is
not a clear cut one and often leads to confusion. But there are certain
distinctions that do clarify the points of difference. The Soul is clearly the
concept of the timeless essence, whereas the Spirit is both timeless as well
as "present in time and space" in its manifestation, thus the paradoxical
nature of the Spirit . Thus the Soul manifests through the Spirit, and it
can be said that without Spirit, the Soul is useless or as good as not
there. The following statements virtually mean the same thing :
1. Your Spirit is dead.
2. Your Spirit is not free.
3. You have lost your Soul.
4. You have sold your Soul to the Devil.
“For what shall
it profit a man, if he gain the whole world,
and suffer the loss of his soul?”
the cotton, contentment the thread, modesty
the knot and truth the twist.
This is the sacred thread of the soul; if you have it, then go
ahead and put it on me.”
The Spirit thus signifies all aspects of Being, in its existence as well
as in its essence.
The Spirit signifies forceful presence, action, manifestation, moral
strength and power, whereas the soul signifies the depth, the
quality, the character, the essence of Being. The Soul of a person
is the essential character of a person, the Spirit is the strength of
that character and its rightful direction. The Soul signifies talent,
capability or potency and the Spirit signifies the creative
manifestation of that talent or capability.
The Soul signifies the "innate knowledge" of a person : the knowledge
to do good, to act rightly, justly, fairly and morally uncompromisingly
in any situation, whereas the Spirit signifies the created, instantaneous,
or spontaneous knowledge required for the rightful act in a peculiar or
unique situation that demands a creative response. Innate knowledge is
the inherent knowing within a being ( not acquired ) of distinguishing
between right and wrong, between good and bad.
“The soul is made
of stuff so mysteriously elastic that a single
event can make it big enough to contain the infinite.”
“To be a poet is
too have a soul so quick to discern that no shade of quality
escapes it, and so quick to feel that discernment is but a hand playing with
finely ordered variety on the chords of emotion: a soul in which knowledge
passes instantaneously into feeling, and feeling dashes back as a new organ
of knowledge.” ―George Eliot
Innate knowledge that signifies the Soul or essence of a being often
comes into conflict or opposition with acquired knowledge ( that
which has been acquired from the society in which one has been
brought up ). In most cases, acquired knowledge suppresses, even
obliterates innate knowledge, not by destroying it , for it cannot
be destroyed, but by submerging it and thus making it ineffective.
All struggles, crises within a living being, specifically human being,
are a struggle or battle or conflict between the innate essence of the
being and the powerful forces for survival, pleasure, or social forces
which are usually and inherently mundane, superfluous and
People will do
anything, no matter how absurd, in order to avoid facing their own souls.
They will practice Indian yoga and all its exercises, observe a strict regimen of diet,
learn theosophy by heart, or mechanically repeat mystic text from the literature of the
whole world – all because they cannot get on with themselves and have not slightest
faith that anything useful could ever come out of their own souls. Thus the soul has been
turned into a Nazareth Gradually from which nothing good can come. Therefore let us fetch
it from the four corners of the earth – the more far-fetched and bizarre it is the better.
~ Carl Jung,
The strength of the Spirit has the power to transform both the
innate knowledge as well as acquired knowledge. Thus Spirit
has transformative potential whereas Soul has inherent or
The Soul signifies the potential of a being, the Spirit signifies the
sustenance, realization and enhancement of that potential.
The Spirit refines and enhances the potential of a being.
The Spirit is the bridge, the connection between the timeless
and the space-time existence.
The Spirit is the "Wings of the Soul."
"Oh! that my soul
had winged its flight,
When first I saw the morning light,
To worlds of liberty!"...George Horton
The soul is the "reference standard" of any real knowledge or knowing,
whereas Spirit is the means to get to that knowing and more so the force
of the instantaneous applicability of a knowing in a particular time
and situation. To use a physical analogue : The Soul represents
potential energy and the Spirit represents kinetic energy.
To use a broader analogue, and with the knowledge that the metaphysical
has to borrow from the physical in order to linguistically express itself,
the soul and the spirit are taken for consideration here as analogues to
the basic concepts of electricity : voltage (potential) and current (flow of
energy). As a cautionary note it must be pointed out that these physical
concepts refer to definitive quantities that are measurable by instruments
or by mathematical calculations, namely Power =Voltage X Current, and
thus are far from perfect analogs to metaphysical concepts of soul and
spirit, since one of the fundamental tenets of metaphysical concepts is
that these cannot be represented as definitive quantities that can be
measured or even detected by instruments nor can these be subject to
mathematical representations in equations. Therefore this analog can
only be used in broad, general terms to signify that the third concept
of 'power' can represent the multiplied force of the strength of both
soul and spirit. Thus it can be said that a 'powerful being' is one who
has both 'depth of soul' and 'strong spirit' resulting in high energetic
action. Note that if you replace the 'spirit' with 'will' the validity of
the relationship remains but the moral dimension is altered, that is, a
'powerful being' can be both powerfully moral or powerfully immoral.
Spirit represents pure being, soul represents the essence of being.
Since the potential of a being is incorporated in the body and brain as
well as the non-physical ( Soul ), whereas the force for attaining or
expressing that potential is exclusively the Spiritual, the dichotomy
of body and soul is not the whole picture.
The Spirit as the moving force is thus the true counterpart of the
potential inherent in body-soul. The absence of Spirit means that
only the potential of the body is manifest by the force of Will, but
which mostly is the Will of the masses : the force of social,
" Mana is not simply a
force, a being, but also an action, a quality and a
state. The word is at one and the same time 'a noun, an adjective, a
verb'. Mana can take on a multiplicity of meanings , it is a 'floating sig-
nifier' - an indefinable 'X ' analogous to the zero phenome brought to
light by structural linguistics. Such a phenome has no meaning in it-
self, but can take on a variety of meanings, depending upon the con-
text, and its differential relationship with other terms.
"This implies that
Mana can only be interpreted synchronically, at a
given moment, rather than in an evolutionary sense where meaning
would be derived from the past - that is, diachronically".......Mauss
MEANING OR PURPOSE OF A SOUL
THE SPIRIT TO ACCOMPLISH IT
“All my writings
may be considered tasks imposed from within, their source
was a fateful compulsion. What I wrote were things that assailed me from within
myself. I permitted the spirit that moved me to speak out.” ~Carl Jung
It is the strength of the Spirit that gives meaning to a soul in its
corporeal existence. The Spirit provides a sense of "needing or having
a purpose and a sense of accomplishing or attaining", whereas the Soul
signifies the talent or direction or goal that needs to be attained or
fulfilled. Meaning comes from the need, the Spirit to attain, accomplish,
achieve or express the unique talent ( Soul ) that Nature gives to each
of it's creatures.
Without this force of having to or needing to accomplish or attain, there
is no meaning to be found. The meaning of one's life is to be found in this
having of purpose to fulfill and the process of accomplishing this
An attained goal is not an absolute end in itself, rather the purpose
behind it is only the means for the fulfillment of life. The end of
something, of a goal, of a life, if well done, is at best the start or
beginning of something better, and if badly done, only serves
as the means as well as the challenge for someone else.
The dead who
besiege us are souls who have not fulfilled the principium
individuationis, or else they would have become distant stars. Insofar as
we do nto fulfill it, the dead have a claim on us and besiege us and we
cannot escape them. ~Carl Jung
SPIRIT and PARADOX
Any paradox or contradiction or dilemma that presents itself under
certain conditions that demand a decisive response is crucially
indicative of a fundamental moral or ethical issue involved.
This situation demands a response in which not only Spirit, but
also intelligence becomes necessary. And in an exceptional case, a
broad based knowledge structure as well as knowledge relevant
to the situation.
A paradox or contradiction arises when one is confronted with two
opposing points of view, both valid within the given context and yet
And if the situation demands that a definitive course of action is
needed, a moral dilemma arises.
This almost never happens when a person goes along with the socially
acceptable norms and behavior. For example, a person's country may
go to war with another, and if that person is in full conformity with
the society of that country, especially in such matters, no dilemma
or question about choice or decision arises, and there is no contra-
diction, no conflict that takes place, even if the person has to die
as a result.
"There is a spirit and a need and
a man at the beginning of every
great human advance. Every one of these must be right for that
particular moment of history, or nothing happens".
.......Coretta Scott King
In general, no conflict, contradiction or paradox arises when there
is no point of deviation between an individual and the society in
which the individual lives, that is, when an individual is in full
( or nearly full ) conformity with the norms of the family and
society or culture.
It is only when an individual feels strongly uneasy, disturbed,
and upset about certain conditions, happenings or values of the
family, society, religion or culture, that an individual experiences
a conflict. This first experience of a conflict is the indication of
the deeper self of the individual that manifests in a manner that
indicates that its source is beyond the neuro-physiology
of the person.
As a matter of explanation, it can be said that the source of
such a conflict is in the non-physical component of the self.
( among the possible terms : the psyche or the soul of the
It is only in the process of expressing this deep felt conflict that
the resolution of the conflict takes place through the realizations
attained through the process. But the conflict may resolve in a
manner that is detrimental to the Self, when a wrong choice has
been made. In this case the failure of the Spirit of the person
leads to a state of a loss of the Spirit and thus the loss of the
person's very core or essence.
This leads to a deceptive state of existence that even goes un-
noticed by the person - the ultimate loss of individuality -
the loss of Selfhood.
And that is the all too common tragedy of a human being, that
not even perceived as a tragedy.
" Despair is the Self's
mis-relation to itself - the Self's failure to
accept itself as it is. Despair is the estrangement from the source
of our very being. One form of despair is especially characteristic
of Christendom ( or any organized religion for that matter ) - it
produces the crowd. This despair is spiritless ness so profound
that it does not even recognize itself as despair.
An individual is farthest from
being conscious of himself as Spirit
when he is ignorant of being in despair. But precisely this - not to
be conscious of oneself as Spirit is despair - which is spiritless-
ness. Whether the state is a thoroughgoing morbundity - a merely
vegetative life or an intense energetic life - the secret of which is
still - despair.
This despairing spiritless ness - the ignorance of what it is to be a
Self and what it is to be an individual before God is precisely what
creates the crowd - the public - the mass-man.
Only that life was wasted who went on living so deceived by life's
joys and sorrows that he never became decisively and eternally
conscious as Spirit - as Self - or what amounts to the same thing :
never became aware, and in the deepest sense, never gained the
impression that there is a God and that he, he himself, His-Self
exists before God.
Surrounded by hordes of men absorbed in all sorts of secular
matters - more and more shrewd about the ways of the world,
such a person forgets himself - does not dare to believe in
himself - finds it too hazardous to believe himself - and far
easier and safer to be like the others : to become a copy,
a number, a mass-man. "
LACK or LOSS OF SPIRIT :
THE SELF and SPIRIT
The tragedy of being human is in not even knowing that the Spirit and
the intelligence ( a function of the Will ) of an active human being are
dynamic counterparts of each other and therefore more often than not,
The bigger tragedy is that one of them tends to devour the other, and
that the Spirit is the most likely casualty.
The even bigger tragedy is that this happens almost un-noticed, un-
realised and un-acknowledged, and thus leads to a downwards
spiral morally, although the intelligence becomes sharper and more
active, even hyper-active.
In the other case, where intelligence becomes the casualty, the effect
is opposite : the person becomes inactive, even hyper-inactive, or
the only activity left is religious or meditative activity that leads
to a state of bliss, or what is termed as bliss by the person in such
a state. Or there may be activity but only of one kind : in which
there is no conflict or challenge ; mostly a routine social
function, like a healer or religious leader.
What is worse is that the loss of intelligence eventually leads to
a slow death of the Spirit also, again un-acknowledged. ( because
of a lack of meaningful existence, which cannot come about
without the exercise of one's intelligence )
To be creative it is necessary to have a balance between
Spirit and intelligence, to balance the two dynamic forces
of Spirit and Will. Of the two, Will is more powerful and
dominating, and so needs to be exercised and developed
very carefully. At some stage it must be able to compli-
ment the Spirit, or else it invariably obliterates the
The loss of Spirit reflects in the behavior of intelligent
human beings in many ways, some of which are :
1. A distinct lack of balance in the belief system, which
tends to make the person hold strong, one sided beliefs.
2. Lack of flexibility in the understanding and attitudes
of the person.
3. Clever and sophisticated evasion of responsibility.
4. Inability to resolve contradictions meaningfully,
only taking an opportunistic stand that favors that
person at that time.
5. Strong tendency to manipulate and exploit other
people, but without being obvious about it.
6. Tendency to develop a well groomed social image
and status, sensitive to general opinion.
7. Cannot tolerate isolation or obscurity.
8. Wealth and/or fame is of the highest value.
"The action of the
Holy Spirit does not meet us in the atmosphere of
a normal, bourgeois ( or proletarian ), sheltered regular life, but only
in the insecurity outside the human economy, in the infinite spaces,
where one is alone with the providentia Dei...........Jung
said the speaker, "execute themselves. They are out of
time, out of space, and not subject to circumstance: Thus, in the soul
of man there is a justice whose retributions are instant and entire.
He who does a good deed is instantly ennobled. He who does a mean deed
is by the action itself contracted. He who puts off impurity thereby
puts on purity. If a man is at heart just, then in so far is he God;
the safety of God, the immortality of God, the majesty of God, do enter
into that man with justice. If a man dissemble, deceive, he deceives
himself, and goes out of acquaintance with his own being. Character is
always known. Thefts never enrich; alms never impoverish; murder will
speak out of stone walls. The least admixture of a lie--for example,
the taint of vanity, any attempt to make a good impression, a favorable
appearance--will instantly vitiate the effect. But speak the truth,
and all things alive or brute are vouchers, and the very roots of the
grass underground there do seem to stir and move to bear your witness.
For all things proceed out of the same spirit, which is differently
named love, justice, temperance, in its different applications, just as
the ocean receives different names on the several shores which it
washes. In so far as he roves from these ends, a man bereaves himself
of power, of auxiliaries. His being shrinks . .. he becomes less and
less, a mote, a point, until absolute badness is absolute death. The
perception of this law awakens in the mind a sentiment which we call
the religious sentiment, and which makes our highest happiness.
Wonderful is its power to charm and to command. It is a mountain air.
It is the embalmer of the world.
It makes the sky and the hills sublime, and the silent song of the
stars is it. It is the beatitude of man. It makes him illimitable.
When he says 'I ought'; when love warns him; when he chooses, warned
from on high, the good and great deed; then, deep melodies wander
through his soul from supreme wisdom. Then he can worship, and be
enlarged by his worship; for he can never go behind this sentiment.
All the expressions of this sentiment are sacred and permanent in
proportion to their purity. [They] affect us more than all other
compositions. The sentences of the olden time, which ejaculate this
piety, are still fresh and fragrant. And the unique impression of
Jesus upon mankind, whose name is not so much written as ploughed
into the history of this world, is proof of the subtle virtue of this
infusion." .......Emerson quoted by William James
The woman is
increasingly aware that love alone can give her full stature,
just as the man begins to discern that spirit alone can endow his life with its
highest meaning. Fundamentally, therefore, both seek a psychic relation to the other,
because love needs the spirit, and the spirit love, for their fulfillment. ~Carl Jung
neither a spiritual deadweight nor a self-deception, it is neither
a mere symptom of mental disharmony nor an absurd attempt on the part of the human
soul to cast out what is past and immutable. . .On the contrary, Repentance, even from the
purely ethical aspect, is a form of self-healing of the soul, is in fact its only way of regaining
its lost powers. And in religion it is something yet more: it is the natural function with which
God endowed the soul, in order that the soul might return to him whenever it strayed from him"
(Max Scheler, On The Eternal In Man).
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