"In the Hindu view, our individual egos are like islands in a sea: We look out
at the world and
each other and think we are separate entities. What we don't see is that we are
connected to each
other by means of the ocean floor beneath the waters.
The outer world is called
illusion, and is thought of as God's dream or God's dance. That is, God creates
it, but it has no
reality of its own. Our individual egos they call jivatman, which means
individual souls. But
they, too, are something of an illusion. We are all actually extensions of the
one and only Atman,
or God, who allows bits of himself to forget his identity, to become apparently
independent, to become us. But we never truly are separate. When we die, we
wake up and realize
who we were from the beginning: God."
"We can depict the layers of the Collective Unconscious as rock strata in the
Jolande Jacobi has done in her book on Jung's Psychology, with persons being
little hills rising
above the plain of the collective. If we cover the plain with water, the
persons become islands
which are apparently separate, but in reality are connected below by common
strata of rock
(the collective). The water level is the boundary between conscious and
Everything below water is "unconscious," some of it personal, some of it
collective. We all seem
to be little islands, separate and distinct, wandering around and talking to
each other across
the waves, arguing about war and property rights and high taxes. Yet we are
and at some level (in the basic clay of life) we are all One, for good or ill."
In Man and His
Symbols, Jung shows us the same archetypes in the untutored dreams of
in medieval alchemy, in Hindu mythology, and in Persian folk tales. Joseph
Campbell and Alan
Watts have continued and extended this study of a vast and strange inner world,
until quite recently. How does Jung account for the universality of symbolic
themes? He sees it as
evidence for the collective unconscious, which I have called "the waters of
life," or "the ocean," a
realm of consciousness which could be called the collective Soul of humanity.
Where is this
collective Soul? Everywhere. Nowhere. Soul and divinity are not in nature, and
thus have no size or
position. Nature is in Soul, rather than vice versa. This is the Unitary
"Jung... also postulated the concept of the collective unconscious. In it are
tendencies to form universal images--archetypal images; these can be images of
animals, people, anthropomorphic
beings (such as the vampire or gods and goddesses), objects (a tree, a house, a
cross or a mandala, for example),
abstract ideas (made concrete by the images), and patterns such as the hero's
journey, as in Joseph Campbell's
Hero With a Thousand Faces."
1. Separation "The hero ventures
forth from the world of common day..."
into a region of supernatural
wonder. . .'
The hero sets forth, or 'is lured,
"...or else voluntarily
proceeds to the threshold of
2. Initiation "fabulous forces are
there encountered and a decisive
victory is won . . .'. At the
"threshold of adventure," the hero
may meet a guardian whom he
'may defeat or conciliate'; then he
may go "alive into the kingdom of
the dark (brother-battle,
dragon-battle; offering, charm),
[Odysseus' moly] or be slain by an
opponent and descend in death
"...[Dionysus]. The hero meets
'familiar yet strangely intimate'
powers who test him / her...,"
Ladies of the Road
'magical aid (helpers).' After a
'supreme ordeal,' the hero gains a
reward: union with earth goddess
(sacred marriage), recognition by a
father-creator, divine status, or the
theft of some boon (bride theft,
Prelude: Song of the Gulls
"...the hero comes back
from this mysterious adventure with
the power to bestow boons [gifts] on his
fellow man'. The hero returns either
with protection, or "he flees and is
pursued." The hero comes back
'from the kingdom of dread (return,
resurrection),' sometimes bringing
"..................There are several signs
in eyes that see all the way to the ocean. Bewilderment
is one. Those who study foam and flotsam near the edge
have purposes, and they'll explain them at length!
Those who look out to sea become the sea,
and they can't speak about that. On the beach
there's desire-singing and rage-ranting,
the elaborate language-dance of personality,
but in the waves and underneath there's no volition,
no hypocrisy, just love forming and unfolding."
- Say I Am You Rumi
"In astrology, Pisces is a water sign and ruled by Neptune. Pisces
is considered to be the most mystically inclined of all the signs
and, as the last of the twelve, it represents the return to the great
ocean from which life first evolved, and where all boundaries are
dissolved. Often dreamy and diffuse, they are seen as also being
gentle, creative, intuitive and sensitive.
The constellation of Pisces falls immediately before the vernal
equinox. In terms of the psyche it symbolizes that inner, shadowy
world in which we talk either with God or the Devil. In horoscopic
terms this translates as a highly impressionable and receptive nature..."
"Pisces brings together all that is learned by the
first eleven Signs to help man reach the
pinnacle of his potential. Pisceans are
selfless and spiritual, often strongly intuitive,
and they are receptive to the collective
"Planet: Neptune. Pisces is the home of Jupiter (Zeus, king of the gods) and his
brother Neptune (Poseidon, king of the sea). Jupiter provides a thirst for
understanding, with a natural lucky streak. Neptune bestows sensitive and
spiritual qualities, but it also opens interest in deception and intrigue.
Neptune is about everything that
isn't quite real: illusion and disillusionment, fantasy, drama and art, and
spirituality. All of these things are important to people born under Pisces;
they tend to be strongly spiritual (not necessarily religious) and artistic.
are idealistic, but sometimes their dreams are vague and impractical.
Symbol: Two Fishes. They reflect the dual nature of life; each fish swims in
different directions, representing reality and nonreality, consciousness and