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Encounter With the Self: William Blake’s Illustrations of the Book of Job

By Edward F. Edinger

From the author's preface: "There is within the subconscious a transpersonal middle of latent attention. the invention of this middle, which Jung known as the Self (and which empirically can't be special from the God-image), is just like the discovery of extraterrestrial intelligence. guy is not any longer by myself within the psyche and within the cosmos. The vicissitudes of existence tackle new and enlarged that means ... first and foremost, the come upon with the Self is certainly a defeat for the ego; yet with perseverance, gentle is born fromthe darkness. One meets the "Immortal One" who wounds and heals, who casts down and increases up, who makes small and makes huge - in a be aware, the person who makes whole."

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Activity 40:15, 41:1, Revised commonplace model. web page fifty six Unconsciousness has an animal nature. like any previous gods Yahweh has his animal symbolism with its unmistakable borrowings from the a lot older theriomorphic gods of Egypt, specially Horus and his 4 sons. Of the 4 animals of Yahweh just one has a human face. that's most likely devil, the god-father of guy as a religious being. Ezekiel's imaginative and prescient attributes three-fourths animal nature and basically one-fourth human nature to the animal deity, whereas the higher deity, the single above the "sapphire throne," simply had the "likeness" of a guy.

20 To stay through the publication protects one from that fireside except or until eventually the satanic eye of Yahweh is activated and units off one other functionality of the drama of activity. 18. activity 7: 1314, Jerusalem Bible. 19. Jung, Psychology and Alchemy, CW 12, par. 19. 20. Jung, resolution to task, par. 733. web page forty six web page forty seven photo 12 right here a brand new guy, a fourth one formerly unmentioned, enters the pictureElihu. a metamorphosis of psychic surroundings is indicated through the presence of stars for the 1st time. it really is as if Job's come upon with the abyss had prompted a metamorphosis.

6 four. Damon, Blake's task, p. four. five. Jung, resolution to activity, par. 579, word three. 6. For extra at the "eye of God" subject matter, see Edward F. Edinger, The production of cognizance (Toronto: internal urban Books, 1984), pp. 42ff. web page sixteen web page 17 photo 1 This photograph exhibits Job's preliminary country of prosperity and contentment. He and his relatives are accrued less than the tree of existence in a kingdom of prayer. it really is to be famous that the animals are asleep and the musical tools are placing at the tree. A nation of innocence and somnolence prevails.

Why make this gift of light to a man who does not see his way, whom God baulks on every side? 15 the final word questions have now been requested and the remainder of the drama will express the implied solutions, embedded in symbolic imagery. One may possibly even say that those sour questions have been the contents of the vial poured on activity by way of devil. no less than those questions are a end result of Job's getting used as a selected vessel to carry divine contents. activity has been faced with the last word, metaphysical questions of life.

The clash turns into acute for Yahweh because of a brand new 23. Ibid. , 38: 211. web page 50 issue . . . . the recent issue is anything that hasn't ever happened earlier than within the background of the area, the unheard-of undeniable fact that, with out figuring out it or in need of it, a mortal guy is raised by means of his ethical behaviour above the celebs in heaven, from which place of virtue he can behold the again of Yahweh, the abysmal international of "shards. "24 we'd ask what does Jung suggest by means of Job's "moral behaviour? " i believe he refers to Job's refusal to simply accept accountability for occasions that he is familiar with he didn't reason.

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