CG Jung’s use of myth in our lives

Another believer in the significance of myth to human life was psychologist Carl  Gustav Jung.  He saw the journey of each individual echoed in the journey of the collective ‘hero’.  Relegated to the background for a number of years, recent times has seen a resurgence of use of myth – either personal or collective – in the context of personal healing and the fulfilment of human potential, as well as in psychotherapy.

The recent interest in meditation, specifically meditation not associated with a particular religion or belief system, or what Hewitt (1992) calls ‘Meditation for Better Health and Psycho-Physical Relaxation’ has caused a rise in popularity of techniques of ‘Creative Visualisation’ as well as ‘Mind Control’.  The use of altered states of awareness to enhance performance in many spheres – for instance sports performance has also gained a rise in popularity.  It may therefore be useful to consider the relationship between myth and the unconscious, and whether we find anything there of value in our quest for Peace of Mind.

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How stories & myths influence the mind, pop songs included!

The significance of myth

Stories and myths, including pop-songs, influence the mind! It seems to me that humans have tried to make sense of life through myth since the beginning of time. Poets, pop singers as well as story writers still do so. Myth and the power of the story has been a part of human civilisation since the dawn of time.  Ancient cultures gave special status to their storytellers, who in the days before the written word, were also the historians and the Wise Men or truth-sayers.  With our love of science and rationality, we nod our heads sagely, and understand that it was the only way our primitive ancestors had any degree of self-knowledge, or a sense of history.  We feel that in our modern times we have no need for frivolity such as stories and mythology.  Only crazy people and children understand the true nature of myth.  Bill Moyers in his introduction to the late Joseph Campbell’s “The Power of Myth” (1988) reflects on Campbell’s sentiments (p xii):

“Why do (we) need the mythology?” … the familiar, modern opinion (is) that “all these Greek gods and stuff” are irrelevant to the human condition today.  What … most do not know – is that the remnants of all that “stuff” line the walls of our interior system of belief, like shards of broken pottery in an archaeological site.”

When you hear a track on the radio doesn’t it ‘take you back’ to when this or that event was happening in your life?  Often you can remember the significant events surrounding that song verbatim!

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Joseph John Campbell (March 26, 1904 – October 30, 1987) was an American mythologist, writer and lecturer, best known for his work in comparative mythology and comparative religion. His work is vast, covering many aspects of the human experience. His philosophy is often summarized by his phrase: “Follow your bliss.”[1]

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… Love …

The cure for all the ills and wrongs, the cares, the sorrows and crimes of humanity, all lie in that one word “Love”.  It is the divine vitality that produces and restores life.  To each and every one of us it gives the power of working miracles, if we will.

Lydia M. Child (1802-1880)