"In a discussion on the Crucifixion, Jung elaborates on the symbolism of the
two thieves who were crucified on
either side of Jesus, the one who acknowledged and the other who scorned him.
". . . the image of the Saviour crucified between two thieves tells us that the progressive development and differentiation of consciousness leads to an ever more menacing awareness of the conflict and involves nothing less than a crucifixion of the ego, its agonizing suspension between irreconcilable opposites."
- C.G. Jung, Aion
- The Christian Mysteries as the Soul's Seven-Stage Journey to HIGHER GROUND
by Ann K Elliot
"The process of achieving command of all four functions is Individuation,
"even while bound to the cross of this limiting earth, one might open one's eyes at the center, to see, think, feel and intuit transcendence, and to act out such knowledge.: (Campbell, xxvii). These four functions can be seen as a cross. At the top is "Sensation", at the bottom is "Intuition" and left arm of the cross is "Feeling" and the right arm is "Thinking" with the center of the cross "Transcendent Function". The "Transcendent Function" is the term used to describe that faculty of the psyche "by which one is rendered capable of this work of gaining release from the claims of but one or the other pair-of opposites." (Campbell, xxvi)."
- Carl G. Jung
By Chaplain Paul G. Durbin, Ph.D.
"It is the moment of intersection between the human and the divine. Ego and
Self are superimposed.
The human figure representing the ego is nailed to the mandala cross representing the Self. Around it various pairs of opposites are constellated. For instance, on either side of Christ two thieves are crucified."
- Edinger, The Christian Archetype (p. 98)
"In the image of the resurrection we have a promise, the fulfilment of which
only experience can
testify to. The truth of the resurrection does not rest on faith, rather it
produces faith as a
reality that arises from personal experience. Here I quote from H.A. Williams,
"The prelude to resurrection as we experience it in this life is always powerlessness.",
(H. A. Williams: "True Resurrection".)
"The Christian religion, was known to the ancients, and was not wanting at any time from the beginning of the human race until the time that Christ came in the flesh, from whence the true religion, that had existed previously, began to be called Christian."
- St. Augustine
The Fathers of the Church,
The Retractions, I, xiii, 3
"The most likely source of primary Christian mythology was the Tammuz cult in
Tammuz, Jesus was the Bridegroom of the Daughter of Zion. Therefore his bride
was Anath, or
'Virgin Wisdom Dwelling in Zion.' Who was also the mother of God. Her dove
descended on him
at his baptism, signifying (in the old religion) that she chose him for the
broke her bridegroom's reed scepter, scourged him and pierced him for
fructifying blood. She
pronounced his death curse, Mara-natha. As the Gospels said of Jesus, Anath's
'forsaken' by El, his heavenly father. Jesus' cry to El, "My God, my God, why
hast thou forsaken
me?" seems to have been a line written for the second act of the sacred drama,
the pathos of
- Woman's Encyclopedia of Myths and Secrets
by Barbara G. Walker
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