Tuesday, 17 July 2018

I Am Currently Undergoing the Most Profound Jungian Experience of My Life

The Same Person (Archetype) in Different Bodies

Something remarkable is happening to me at the moment. An experience which is validating so many of the concepts I have picked up from the work of Carl Jung, Joseph Campell, and even James Joyce. A person from my past has returned in the guise of the new person. A perfect archetypal representation of the same individual from my past and one who had profoundly affected me.

It began about three years ago when this person came into my life having read a book I had written, and she thanked me for it. Almost immediately I felt that this woman was interested in me more than just being a fan of my writing. She had a certain charm about her that was somewhat childish and endearing. She had an almost rube-like lack of sophistication, that was most certainly not off-putting. If anything, her naivety revealed a sense of honesty found in such people. The same feeling of wanting sympathy and protection from me was also there. The use of language and her relationship with animals was identical. She was also the same age the previous woman was when I had first met her. For a time I even wondered if it was the same person incognito and playing tricks on me. I checked. It was not her.

However, this has not been a problematic experience by any means. My interaction with this woman has become very healing. In many ways, some of the expressions I had not been given by the initial woman were - on some strange, but highly authentic level - presented/granted to me by this person. I have never once told this new person about my previous experiences.

The entire experience and interaction come with a sense of this new person almost wanting to make amends for the damage and understanding of my pain her previous archetypal manifestation had left within me. It was almost as if I had created her in the same way that James Joyce had created Molly Bloom to deal with his own intense relationship with Nora Barnacle.

I have no intention of ever meeting this person. Her arrival and emails have been enough. They have given me the sense of peace I have longed for all along, including a compelling feeling that my (and your) realities are paintings or stories we can personally refine (both passively and actively) through the archetypal characters we encounter with each manifestation they take within different bodies as they arrive into our lives.

From the perspective of my own life, the meme at the top of this page is 100% true. The same human archetypes come into my life - in repeating cycles - and there appears to be an element of continual personal and responsive refinement, compassion and maturity needed with each time they arrive.
It's incredibly spiritual when you are aware of these cycles and what your own responsibility/reaction is towards them when confronted with the same archetype showing up in a new person. This is the real enlightenment. Not meditation. Getting out there and showing up for life regarding ones improving the outcomes of each archetypal association cycles. These echoes come back to us for a reason.

Nothing last forever except for the experience it leaves us with. That's the map of the territory being made known to us piecemeal as we progress through the course of our own monomyth.

Thomas Sheridan is the Author of Sorcery: the Invocation of Strangeness. 
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  4. Thomas, really enjoyed your recent talk on the Higherside Chats. I tend to disagree with your politics, but love to hear your perspectives and info on mythology and related subjects. I think you're a good person and imagine you've suffered a lot for your work, which I respect very much.
    - This is a very interesting experience. Without knowing more, in Jungian terms it's like your anima has resurfaced to heal the wound she first dealt you. If I can recommend a book I think you'd like, pick up "Love in the Western World" by Denis de Rougemont, which is about the fatal character of eros/romantic love - why we become obsessed, why why want to be transported by love beyond the body, etc. It was a real eye opener for me about a number of issues, including history and religion.
    - I had an experience a few years ago when I had to take a new job. I encountered a young woman at work who put me into a spiritual crisis of sorts - I'm married but have never been anything like a philanderer. I've always been faithful, hardworking, committed to family, etc. I grudgingly took this job after years of trauma that I didn't deal with very well - death of my father, having and raising a disabled child, losing a business I built, etc. This young woman was the very embodiment of every deeply ingrained desire, every regret, every unrealized potential of my personality. We quickly developed a non-physical "relationship" that felt SO deeply familiar, like this was a counterpart from a previous life. In this life we had nothing in common - a 12-year age difference, from different sides of the world, totally different lifestyles, value systems, etc. But there were a lot of odd synchronicities. She had the same birthday as my wife. We were almost precisely 12 years apart, I knew her for 12 months and last saw her on my 12th wedding anniversary. Our first and last names were perfect symbolic inversions of each others' This was not sexual at all, it was like I had met my own lost inner image and we were utterly tuned into each other, knew each other with an almost telepathic clarity. Long story short, I burst the bubble by telling her I couldn't be relating to her like this, she rejected the whole thing in an almost cruel way which I know was insincere, and it opened the floodgates of every bit of dark psychic content I had. My dreams became wildly symbolic (she was often the main character), I heard voices in thunderstorms, began to experience constant synchronicities, metaphysical experiences (literally "manifesting" birds and rainbows) and numeric "clues". Every book I picked up answered every question I had about what was occuring. Any calm I had in my life (which I now realize was a mask) was ripped apart and turned into a (sometimes terrifying) magical experience.
    - This precipitated a "healing crisis" where I've spent the last 3 years digging up and dealing with all the things I had long buried. I'm not yet where it sounds like you are, but I'm confident this is part of a death-and-resurrection cycle where my soul produced or found precisely the person and situation required to drag me out of my complacency and into areas I wouldn't consciously have been willing to confront.
    - Best of luck on your journey, glad to hear you're getting some much-needed healing.

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