Ego and Archetype
Christ as Paradigm of the Individuating Ego
I myself have been saying autonomy and dealing with the loss of a friend who I projected my anima (that I identified as Hypatia) onto. This is very consoling to read.
“The end of this passage makes clear the purpose of inciting discord. It is to achieve the solitary condition, the state of being an autonomous individual. This can be achieved only by a separation from unconscious identification with others. In the early stages, the separatio is experienced as painful strife and hostility. Parents and family are the most frequent objects of unconscious identification. Jesus singles out the father for special mention:
And call no man your father on earth, for you have one Father who is in heaven.
Parents have power over their grown children only because the latter continue to project the images of the archetypal parents to their personal parents. To call no man father means to withdraw all projections of the father archetype and discover it within…
…’…if a man will lose his ego for my sake, he will find the Self.’ [paraphrasing Jesus]
‘It is no easy matter to live a life that is modelled on Christ’s, but it is unspeakably harder to live one’s own life, as truly as Christ lived his.’ [Jung]
…blessed are those who are aware of their spiritual poverty and are humbly seeking what they need. Understood psychologically, the meaning would be: The ego which is aware of its own emptiness of spirit (life meaning) is in a fortunate position because it is now open to the unconscious and has the possibility of experiencing the archetypal psyche (the kingdom of heaven).
Blessed are those who mourn, for they shall be comforted. Mourning is caused by the loss of an object or person who was carrying an important projected value. In order to withdraw projections and assimilate their content into one’s own personality it is necessary to experience the loss of the projection as a prelude to rediscovering the content or value within. Therefore, mourners are fortunate because they are involved in a growth process. They will be comforted when the lost projected value has been recovered within the pysche.”