Carl Jung says God is reality itself

Carl Jung

these things inside

jung1“To this day God is the name by which I designate all things which cross my willful path violently and recklessly, all things which upset my subjective views, plans and intentions and change the course of my life for better or worse.”

“For the collective unconscious we could use the word God. But I prefer not to use big words, I am quite satisfied with humble scientific language because it has the great advantage of bringing that whole experience into our immediate vicinity.

“You all know what the collective unconscious is, you have certain dreams that carry the hallmark of the collective unconscious; instead of dreaming of Aunt This or Uncle That, you dream of a lion, and then the analyst will tell you that this is a mythological motif, and you will understand that it is the collective unconscious.

“This God is no longer miles of abstract space away…

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Erich Fromm Quotes

Erich Fromm: The Art of Loving

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Erich Fromm‘s books “The Art of Loving” and “The Fear of Freedom” shaped my views a great deal when I was just a teenager. Here are some of my favorite Fromm quotes:
 

As we ascend the social ladder, viciousness wears a thicker mask. 

If a person loves only one other person and is indifferent to all others, his love is not love but a symbiotic attachment, or an enlarged egotism.

Immature love says: ‘I love you because I need you.’ Mature love says ‘I need you because I love you.’

In the nineteenth century the problem was that God is dead. In the twentieth century the problem is that man is dead.

Love is the only sane and satisfactory answer to the problem of human existence.

Man is the only animal for whom his own existence is a problem which he has to solve.

Man’s biological weakness…

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Merton the Anatheist?

Thomas Merton on faith and doubt

Until I have passed by.

Compare these two writers:

You Must Know How to Doubt

You cannot be a man of faith unless you know how to doubt. You cannot believe in God unless you are capable of questioning the authority of prejudice, even though that prejudice may seem to be religious. Faith is not blind conformity to a prejudice–a ‘pre-judgement’. It is a decision, a judgment that is fully and deliberately taken in the light of a truth that cannot be proven. It is not merely the acceptance of a decision that has been made by somebody else. (105)

Merton, New Seeds of Contemplation

The Free Decision to Believe

Happily, during my time in Glenstal [Abbey], as later in Benedictine and Ignatian ashrams in India, the atheist too was a welcome stranger. How could one authentically choose theism if one was not familiar with the alternative of atheism? Or the agnostic space between? Indeed…

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Merton on Businesses

Thomas Merton on Business

Until I have passed by.

Businesses are, in reality, quasi-religious sects. When you go to work in one you embrace a new faith. And if they are really big businesses, you progress from faith to a kind of mystique. Belief in the product, preaching the product, in the end the product becomes the focus of a transcendental experience. Through ‘the product’ one communes with the vast forces of life, nature, and history that are expressed in business. Why not face it?  Advertising greats all products with the reverence and the seriousness due to sacraments.

Merton, Conjectures of a Guilty Bystander

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A Merton Miscellany – Raids on the Unspeakable, Pt 2

Thomas Merton

Until I have passed by.

The Sane Nazi

One of the most disturbing facts that acme out in the [Adolf] Eichmann trail was that a psychiatrist examined him and pronounced him perfectly sane. I do not doubt it at all, and that is precisely why I find it disturbing….The sanity of Eichmann is disturbing. We equate sanity with a sense of justice, with humaneness, with prudence, with the capacity to love and understand other people. We rely on the sane people of the world to preserve it from barbarism, madness, destruction. And now it begins to dawn on us that it is precisely the sane ones who are the most dangerous.

Who are the sane ones in our society?

It is the sane ones, the well-adapted ones, who can without qualms and without nausea aim the missiles and press the buttons that will initiate the great festival of destruction that they, the sane ones, have…

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Love and Oneness in the Bible

John 13:34-35 (CEV)
But I am giving you a new command. You must love each other, just as I have loved you. If you love each other, everyone will know that you are my disciples.
-Jesus

John 17:21 (CEV)
I want all of them to be one with each other, just as I am one with you and you are one with me. I also want them to be one with us. Then the people of this world will believe that you sent me.
-Jesus’ Prayer to God

Jesus the Man

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Many scholars throughout history have written about the assumed dichotomy of Jesus’ two natures: both divine and human. It is clear that Jesus of Nazareth had two sides: one clearly connected to the divine source of all life and one firmly planted in humanity, human life, and the struggles that go along with life on earth. A good example of his human side is shown when Jesus becomes enraged at the people turning a profit in the sacred temple of his tradition. He is frustrated at the corruption in his established tradition, so he violently overturns the tables of the merchants. This is a very human action. There are also many other examples written down in the bible of times when Jesus was both deeply human and deeply tested. Possibly the most poignant example is shown during his final tortured hours in the Garden of Gethsemane. He tells his disciples he is “so sad he feels as if he is dying” and prays that God will take the cup of suffering away from him so that he won’t have to be martyred, but yet at the same time the strength of his divine nature is shown as he also accepts that he has to follow his path through to the bitter end. However, he is clearly not a super hero, he is very afraid, very fragile, and clearly a mortal human being.
In the end, Jesus (as both man and God) used his evolved enlightenment to teach a messsge during his time that attempted to connect all human beings to divinity, just as he was, and he staked his own body and blood on his ideology. His teachings, his life, and his message were aimed at inspiring the same connection in others that he felt with God. He attempted to describe this connection using the patriarchal ideology and language of his time (aka: God the Father). Its unlikely, however, that he ever intended to be the only “son of God” (or child of God). It was obvious he only tried to show a way for each and every person to find what he had (and in this way he truly was a light in the darkness to guide people to a more beautiful existence and a more beautiful place within themselves).
Jesus was the man who was the necessary catalyst for his time. his culture and religion had a gaping hole, a gaping need, and through fate or divine circumstances he was the one who was put in position to possess the void. So, though he referred to himself as the “son of God” he did not intend for himself to be the only “one”, but for all to be unique children of God and to find a connection, as he had, with “the source,” “the ground of all being,” the “eternal energy of the universe” (or however one chooses to refer to what is refered to as God).
However, the essence of Jesus’ life was a deep desire for the unity of all, which is shown in the Bible verse John 17:21. He prays to God, as the end of his life looms before him. “I want all of them to be one with each other, just as I am one with you and you are one with me. I also want them to be one with us. Then the people of this world will believe that you sent me.”