Tuesday, August 22, 2017

INTRODUCTION TO THIS BLOG...June 20, 2011(edited June 15, 2016)

This blog's purpose will be to share aspects of my spiritual journey of the past thirty two  years. It will consist primarily of short essays I write and personal  *dream reflections. I have attempted to be  quite aware of my dreams  during these same years and have recorded  and reflected on many of them. Some of the earlier  essays are  my responses to a conservative Bible Scholar and  friend who's email essays I think reflect  accurately the conservative standpoint  of Historical Christianity.  Edward Fudge has given me this permission. Portions of his essays will be included with any such posts I make. Edward's email is
edward@edwardfudge.com

During these same  years I have moved from a very conservative view of the Bible and Christian tradition informed by  my non-instrumental Church of Christ background(A heritage I'm very grateful for.) to a point of seeing a need for major re-visioning of parts  of mainline Historic Christianity's usual interpretation of scripture and tradition. After a sad break with the Church of my heritage, in time  I became a licensed minister in the United Church of Christ and Presbyterian Church(USA) where I served three rural churches for twenty years. I was ordained in the United Church of Christ in 2007 through its  'multiple paths to ordination'  pronouncement. I presently am a part time  hospital/hospice chaplain  and am a member of a local United Church of Christ congregation.

Dreams are far more presented as avenues of the 'voice of God' in the Biblical and other Sacred narrative than most any Christian denomination values them in our day. I am of the view  they are a  kind of  'royal road to the unconscious' and thus serve what in Biblical  and ancient times was considered  a 'voice of the Sacred.' I believe this personal  avenue of Spiritual discipline is open to all persons regardless of  interest or affiliation with organized religion.  Essays I continue to write express my concerns, insights  and beliefs about  important areas of  Biblical/Spiritual/Psychological   ideas and realities. At the risk of any reader not having before them the sequence in my  'changes ' of perception in these areas I plan to begin with recent essays and dreams rather than starting in the far past. For one thing this will keep it more interesting and challenging to me for I will be sharing present inner concerns. Then if a reader has questions or comments I may draw from my archives of personal writings something that may fit the particular area of interest.

 I realize I will be inviting friends to this blog who knew me and worked with me before these significant changes outwardly began to take shape. I think I can assure them they would find anything good they experienced then in my character and attitude is still in tact. They would likely observe  they were speaking with the 'same old Jim  Hibbett.' I'm glad for that. Other readers may have known me since much of this change has taken place but they also may find that I  have  more concern with some typical interpretations  and  doctrines regarding the Christ story, along with  hope of how it could be re-visioned, than they are aware. Whoever an interested reader my be I welcome your thought and feedback. Most of what I will share here  has been quite personal and private except for my efforts to share some of it the  last twenty years I was  preaching  and a few editorial pieces in  local news papers.

I do not offer this blog as a place of argument but where a person is invited  to disagree with me and to ask for explanation or clarification of what I express.  I'm blogging to fulfill some sense of responsibility  to make some of my inner journey more public. Perhaps my experience  can be of some encouragement  to others who are still finding their way through the vicissitudes of life including the  various teachings/traditions  of the Christian Church and their applications to daily life and culture; people  who may  have similar questions as I have.  I feel the questions and doubts that arise for some of us and the tentative answers we find can have a major impact on the quality of our lives and indirectly  on the spiritual/psychological/religious needs that face our culture and the world.  Respectfully, Jim Hibbett
*The reader may wish to read the post entitled  'Dreams 101' before reading other Dream Reflections: http://jhibbett.blogspot.com/2011/07/dreams-101.html





CLOSING STATEMENT TO THIS BLOG....December 19, 2012(edited March 20, 2016)

I stated recently on Facebook that my blog post ' A Tribute  To My Parents'  and now one to my 'Six Brothers' were likely my last for I felt I had said all I needed to fulfill the stated purpose of the blog. I've added a few more  but always shift this one to the latest for it does sort of 'wrap up'  the blog.  http://jhibbett.blogspot.com/2011/06/introduction-to-this-blog.html .* But I've since realized I want to add some closing personal thoughts to this project.  I do not plan to  ever post this on Facebook.  I consider it too personal. It will be  read in a more natural way by ones  desiring to purposely read my blog or going there while searching the internet.

I have received very few comments or responses to the blog posts. I have no way of knowing who reads the blog. The blog software does allow me to see how many times each blog post is opened and I have been rather pleased with the number of people who have read the blog over its lifetime. The total number of reads for all posts is presently       34, 252. The ten most read posts have been in this order:  (updated 3.20/16)                                          1. Anne and Rufus Hibbett http://jhibbett.blogspot.com/2012/12/rufus-and-anne-hibbett-tribute-and.html                  
                                                                                                                                                                   2. Introduction To This Blog http://jhibbett.blogspot.com/2011/06/introduction-to-this-blog.html        3.Holy Week: Jesus And Violence....http://jhibbett.blogspot.com/2012/03/holy-week-jesus-and-violence-october-26.html                                                                                                                                                     4. A UFO Experience http://jhibbett.blogspot.com/2012/07/ufo-experiencejune-25-2012-riverton-il.html     5. Remembering My Brothers.... http://jhibbett.blogspot.com/2013/07/remembering-my-brothers.html
 6. Sermon: Repent or Perish   ...   http://jhibbett.blogspot.com/2013/03/sermon-repent-or-perishluke-131-5march.html
  7. Easter Sermon- He Is Not Here  ...  http://jhibbett.blogspot.com/2013/03/sermon-he-is-not-here-march-30-2013.html       8. Sermon: Count Me In....http://jhibbett.blogspot.com/2012/10/count-me-in-mark-1035-45-35-james-and.html
   9.Sermon: Hannah, From Despair To Jubilation..... http://jhibbett.blogspot.com/2012/11/hannah-from-despair-to.html                                     
10. Dream:Glorious Mandala http://jhibbett.blogspot.com/2011/09/dream-glorious-mandala-symbol-of.html

This blog runs a high risk of making  me  appear presumptuous, as having a superior attitude regarding  my strong and sometimes unexpected points of view. I would never have believed thirty two years ago that I would have some of  the beliefs and perceptions I now have. Even less would I have believed I would put them on public display. The range of my changes in thought and perception , I think,  have been  more than typical over a life time. Yet I am thankful  that a core aspect of myself which most anyone who knew me then, say more than three decades ago, would find very much in tact. I could probably have a full conversation without  such a person  detecting any significant changes at all.  I always prefer to report some of these changes to most persons  for I am not ashamed of them.

Some might ask, 'Jim, do you consider yourself some kind of prophet who brings a message of something that no one else knows except the mind of the Sacred?' My strong response is an absolute,'NO.' I'm confident that there are many good minds  and hearts who share my basic beliefs, even ones that  my peers and acquaintances might find extremely hard to consider as valid. I also recognize, in light of the prophet question, that an authentic prophet likely does not know that is true of him/her self. Contrary to Christian dogma I doubt that Jesus knew for sure he was a prophet in his own time. I know the gospels at places  show him having such self awareness. But I am secure in the belief that like all human beings his larger place in the world scheme only came to him gradually, if ever in any complete way, as he came into fuller contact with what most call God. (Or today what we can call  The Collective Unconscious or Self , applying Jungian terms.) If this is not how Jesus experienced his life then he can hardly be called human. And if he wasn't fully human in this essential way then our chances of identifying with him or being 'like him' are negligible, actually I think impossible.
 http://jhibbett.blogspot.com/2011/12/jesus-life-and-oursjuly-6-2010-note-to.html Perhaps we are all prophetic in some sense. We all potentially bring something new and unique to consciousness.

 I assume I am no different than others in that way of being a prophet. Such things are  relative according to the experience and gifts of each person. I'm aware that I am barely read or heard in my appeals. This state of mind confirms for me that I am  moved by a genuine and rich religious impulse for I truly and naturally continue to believe that a 'voice crying in the wilderness' may be heard, if not by outer ears then by the inner Collective Unconscious process itself. Our Sacred texts are replete with stories of  those ordinary humans  seeking the ear of God for the good of all and increased consciousness.


It is important to me to communicate something of how I experience myself. I have attempted this explanation in some of the other blog posts and will do so again here. Following the unusual experiences centering around 'vision like'  phenomena beginning in mid- August of 1985 my mind set shifted to another place than I had ever very consciously experienced before. http://jhibbett.blogspot.com/2011/07/individuality-can-embrace-world.html
God

Most of us most of the time  experience our self as what we call 'me'. This seems perfectly natural and seems to be all there is to us and our inner being. However, there are many spiritual and psychological view points expressed in our culture and others that claim we are more than this 'me' or 'ego consciousness' which we feel so familiar with and whose well being we daily seek to insure. (Picture, as in the diagram below, one's inner life being a finite horizontal line. The 'ego consciousness' or 'me' would be at the midpoint of that line.) For nearly thirty years I continue to be fully aware of that same constant 'me' which Jung called 'ego consciousness.'

 But since then I have also experienced in various ways that the center of my personality or of 'who I am' is not centered in that ego as it once was. It has moved to a  different center with the ego 'me' being to the side of the personality rather than at the center as before. (Picture the 'Self'  to the left end of the line. Now draw a 'C' in between the 'me' and the 'Self'. That 'C' represents the new center of one's inner life following an event of  greater awareness of the 'Self.')  The 'Self' is what Jung called this greater sense of the personality and it  is similar to the Collective Unconscious and to our meaning of the Sacred or God.





Top line: The Center of Consciousness is 'Me' or ego consciousness.
Bottom line: The Center of Consciousness is between  'Me' and the 'Self.'

I experience this newly arranged consciousness in several ways. One is that my writing and sometimes my spoken words seem to 'come' from somewhere beyond my own common rational thoughts and reason. I still know I am, as the ordinary 'me', fully responsible for all I say , do or write but I am confident that something which is usually  barely conscious to me is often at work just as much as my conscious effort is for the task at hand.
Location Of My First 'Visions' 18 Years Later. No Houses in 1985.

This shift in the center of my inner person is also experienced as the feeling that I live at nearly all moments on a kind of 'automatic pilot.' Again I am personally responsible for all plans made and actions taken but I am frequently surprised at what those plans and actions end up being compared to how I first thought or planned my activity. Unlike when this change first happened my ego is now  generally able to step in and  take control to prevent any harm or embarrassment but even then it seems it is still all supported by the larger Self. This, I think, is an experience of 'living in the Spirit' and 'Walking by faith, not by sight'  in Biblical language.  I never have any guarantee that taking such 'ego control' will be successful and this has a humbling effect on my attitude. Words and actions my still come from me that are not the direct choice of the 'ego consciousness.' I've learned to usually  trust in such activity.  I'm convinced we  are far less masters of our own house than we generally suppose.

The two parts now seem to be in reasonably good harmony. This means to me that my consciousness and the unconscious are in a  generally healthy relationship. This is not always  particularly exciting. It can at times be down right boring yet it seems to always be a source of hope and steadiness.  This kind of mind set is also the foundation of my  explanation for the source of anything that deserves the description of 'creativity', 'revelation', 'ecstasy' or ' miracle.' Let me say clearly that what I am describing here also is something I strongly suspect that every thoughtful person experiences at some level. The degree of the experience must be relative depending on one's natural temperament, curiosity, unique life experience, and the degree to which one stumbles into having strong needs which seem impossible to address with ones ego personality alone. http://jhibbett.blogspot.com/2012/08/dream-eros-and-wholness-relatedapril-15.html

As accepting, forgiving and non- judgmental as my writings show me to value and as I am generally graced to practice, I think my writings carry a very real judgment,of which I gradually became conscious, on my present culture, my religion, my family, my country and myself. I will attempt to describe this judgment below. I expect this judgment is one reason that very few who read my posts find within themselves any interest or willingness to openly respond in either an affirming or disagreeing way. I even have a similar reaction personally to much of what is discussed.



One way to describe the  'judgment' that my written material, which I consider to frequently involve contents from our Collective Unconscious, is it being similar to  the kind of  imagery  associated with how the archetypal  Biblical figure Noah's  life and message served as a judgment toward himself and his culture. This would always be a judgment that one is, at least initially, unconscious of. Such things are far greater than anyone's involved  personal ego but can   appear later to owe themselves to some 'plan' of the Collective. Hebrews 11:7.



The bulk of my written essays and dream reflections are centered on my life-long, and gradually becoming conscious, search for an understanding and experience of the fullness of love. I came to describe such potential  love between two human partners as being grounded in the energy described by the central Greek words for love: Agape( Unconditional valuing and unquestionable dependability toward the beloved), Phileo(The strong appreciation of the presence of the beloved, the liking of , friendship with), and Eros(The strong desire for physical expression of care and appreciation via touch and, where appropriate, sexual stimulation and intercourse.) Of these only Agape is partly brought into reality by human will. Phileo and Eros have always been considered as coming by the grace of the Sacred, the supreme gifts of God. Another aspect that is essential for Eros to give its fullness of ecstasy and sustained presence  is that the two lovers experience an unprotected fullness of trust in each other. Nothing must be held back as a protection of oneself against the possible hurts of rejection, betrayal or disappointment. Few must be the times where such trust has been granted, claimed and experienced by love partners. Yet without such complete trust Eros eventually escapes the relationship. http://jhibbett.blogspot.com/2012/11/where-is-heavennovember-12-2012.html 



It is my belief that humanity has forever been evolving spiritually and psychologically toward such love being experienced and sustained over the full life of a committed partnership. And that such love experience in turn will create an environment that transforms all non sexual relationships toward  love, joy and peace in our families and communities, toward 'peace and good will to all persons.'  In short a very new far more developed kind of human experience would be opened up on the planet.**

But Eros is the piece of such a balanced whole love which  has fallen on hardest times over the past 3000 years. It has been suspect and often denigrated as being always of lower value and even thought of as sinful by its very nature. Another thing that has worked against a sustained experience of Eros is that Eros insists that  the human lovers be in a fully mutual relationship. For 3000 years Western cultures have been built on hierarchical structures of patriarchy where the human  love relationship is understood as  man being  superior and dominant in most every way to woman.  Woman has often been devalued  by the same forces that have devalued Eros. The lack of mutuality in the woman-man relationship  has undergone nearly unimaginable positive changes in recent decades with democratic systems demanding the legalization of non-discrimination, thus mutuality,  of the sexes and of sexual orientations.

It is not just 'woman' who has been marginalized but the 'feminine' principle which is also a part of a man's balanced personality and of human religions and  civil institutions.  There remain major problems but I have found great hope that Western humanity is on the cusp of a quantum jump in the human capacity to give and receive such balanced love described above. This belief has come from nearly a life time of my being motivated by something deeply natural and spiritual  to search these things out. This 'plan', like described above, has come nearly completely from the larger personality, or Self, with my ego consciousness only coming gradually to recognize, allow and cooperate with such an ambulating path of discovery over my lifetime. 
http://jhibbett.blogspot.com/2012/07/looking-back-individual-life-is.html

So presently the most serious thing lacking for  humans to fully be what we are intended to become  is the experience of such personal love, both giving and receiving. This then is the judgment that my overall inner experience and  'message' brings toward us all. It is as if the Sacred, God, the Source of all that is or can be is saying to us,   'You have been weighed in the balance and found wanting' like King Nebuchadnezzar was told by the 'handwriting on the wall.' Daniel 5:27. What is it of which we have been found wanting ? We have not yet fully experienced love, the very thing we were created for. I sense that Sacred judgment  saying, ' You have not yet experienced  fully loving or being  loved yet I see you erroneously believing and somewhat arrogantly claiming you have.'  To have a word for an experience does not mean one has fully experienced its meaning. This is a very sober judgment. Yet it is not one without a highly motivating  hope and anticipation attached centrally to it. Neither is it a judgment of shame or reprimand for a lack of moral character.

 It is simply a statement that we humans have not yet arrived at the highest level of love and spiritual life that we are capable of and  destined to reach. It is a judgment when heard that generates humility in all persons, from the most religious to the most secular. It is a uniting judgment that brings all persons back to our real common ground and focuses on our highest common good and need. It is a judgment designed to propel us into the future that is humanity's destiny. It implies we are on the cusp of increasing numbers of people coming into the very experience that we are presently judged as not fully having and as sometimes thoughtlessly and  arrogantly claiming we have.

 We assuredly can be encouraged that we come nearer to such love simply by becoming aware  it is our common and individual  goal and by giving our sincere support to its arrival and full realization. The question comes to me, 'Jim, have you experienced such love?' And I must confess with most others, 'No, I have not.' The only way I, and  some others, may differ  is that in ways beyond my comprehension there was embedded in me during my most unusual times a definite sense of having had just the kind of experience of love we are all destined to have.

Like the other experiences I've mentioned above I strongly assume such an experience is embedded in us all via the Collective Unconscious. The Collective Unconscious  is a way of conceptualizing how all humans are viscerally and spiritually connected at the deepest levels of reality.  And that we  have within us the collective experience of  all evolved nature , culminating in our own species from its beginning in the mist of ages past.

I will end this post by giving some examples in story and history where ones, who in other ways were highly developed spiritually and morally, are found wanting in this specific area -of lacking yet a full love experience. The Old Testament character Uriah is praised for his excellence of loyalty to the soldiers he led and his supposed willingness to postpone personal pleasure but I see the judgment hanging over him, “Uriah, you were given opportunity by the King to be with your wife and love her but you chose to be praised for your comradery and loyalty to the army.  You could have as easily done both if love had been  your goal. You stand convicted of not having fully experienced love.” In this respect Carl Jung was right in one of his dreams to not fully bow to the figure Uriah like his less conscious father did. Without knowing it perhaps Jung was judging Uriah as not having fully loved thus not deserving the worshiping bow. http://jhibbett.blogspot.com/2011/10/love-will-have-its-way-eventually-july.html

Consider Job who shows himself  perfect in all moral respects and even of a higher level of conscious awareness and loyalty than the image of the God he struggles with in the story told in the Book of Job. Surely, as unfair and hypocritical as Yahweh's judgment of Job seems to be, it must be a true judgment that Job has not experienced the fullness of love with a beloved partner. Also even the Old Testament God image of Yahweh is found to be a patriarchal icon relating non mutually to that which he calls his bride, Israel. Yahweh is shown time and again of treating her not mutually but as his possession.

When such possessiveness drives her away, just like a modern abusive husband, he blames her completely and calls her an adulterous whore. Then following the same pattern he self righteously receives her back and promises to never so mistreat and dishonor her again. Here we see that the very thing the Eternal Sacred has been pushing the human creature to experience has yet to experience  Its Self. In fact it appears that only by such love being experienced by the mortal is the Sacred itself able to achieve the experience of complete and whole love. So the very thing that will eventually make humans all they were destined to be is the same event that will result in the full and final  moral consciousness of the Ultimate God.                        http://jhibbett.blogspot.com/2011/08/cooperative-suffering-of-god-and-human.html 
Another  historical example of this same judgment is what I have come to see regarding Carl Jung himself. I have nearly completed reading the Biography of Carl G. Jung by Frank McLynn who appears to be a very thorough and honest writer of Jung's life. He does seem to be quite  antagonistic of Jung but he also seems to make a strong effort to base his conclusions on the available facts. Primary resources  are quite numerous including Jung's writings , letters and reports along with statements of people who knew him. Being  antagonistic of Jung, McLynn may tend to arrive at the most negative interpretations of Jung's questionable behaviors and dispositions but not so much that he can be accused of creating a picture of Jung that is not overall reasonably accurate. I have stated that the writings of Carl Jung were life saving for me when I experienced my own confrontation with the Unconscious which brought me to the brink of serious psychological breakdown, similar to what Jung experienced. I was being helped and influenced mostly by Jung's later so-called mature writings. I found there something that gave me a nearly mesmerizing hope that in the greatest darkness one can expect to discover the brightest light. That was a message of radical hope for me for which I will be forever most grateful to Dr. Jung.

It is commonly thought that Jung either went through a period of being  clinically psychotic or came very close to going over the  line of sanity. I do not think that is true. In the depths of his encounter with the strong aspects of the 'other' world he continued normal  day time relating to his family. He kept seeing patients regularly and followed  a normal daily routine. I think also  we can be confident that any conversation he had with real people was never that of an unbalanced or delusional person.

That being said anyone who reports having visions that are as real as the outer world and having conversations with historic and imaginal  figures  is going to risk being greatly misunderstood by  most  people  in our culture who have not had such experiences.  I wish to say here I think this same kind of  mental evaluation was true of me when I went through my own experiences of things that our culture  does  not consider rational or normal.  I know  when I was having such experiences it required much energy to keep clear the difference of  what was my inner  imaginal world  and my outer life or what we all call normal reality. To handle ones self  and manage to stay balanced  during such times is a sign of a very strong mental capacity, not the opposite.
Carl Gustav Jung

It was much later that I began  reading  to gain knowledge of the man himself. That began with my reading of his very late biography Dreams, Memories and Reflections. It avoids much mention of any serious character flaws or failures of Jung. Later I read the letters of the horrendously complicated and explosive relationship of Jung and Freud. Here both men are shown to be extremely psychologically dependent on each other and both acting in ways that show marked evidence of being under the persuasion of some  dark forces, both suffering strong levels of unconsciousness. At first they nearly viewed one another as gods, with Freud openly  picking Jung to be his crown prince to defend and take over his kingdom of psychoanalysis and Jung being attached to Freud in an openly admitted strong father complex. Much made available in their letters  clearly shows the mere humans both these geniuses were. And most  will be embarrassed  if looking  to them as examples of  consistent mature and responsible behavior in their  unusually  close relationship. Their relationship finally broke down completely and it is hard to tell which was the most bitter about the outcome. It is clearly obvious however that only after ending the relationship with Freud was Jung able to do his most important work on his own personal psyche and to produce his most mature writings and gifts to human progress.

Unfortunately I do relate to some of the shortcomings that are pointed out in Jung's disposition. I have never had any strong desire to 'be like' Carl Jung. My interest was that his writings helped me to stay on track in my efforts to find and  be myself. I quickly felt a connection with him for his words gave me meaning and hope. He is criticized for over amplifying his ideas to the point of muddying any clear structure. But in my need such amplifications were very therapeutic and helpful. I was not asking in my use of Jung, 'What is he like?' I was asking, 'Can he assist me?'  A sinking man does not ask questions of the one tossing him a rope. I only began to have some curiosity in  who he was  much later.  I think of his amplifying style as one writing from the larger part of the personality he called the Self. This would be similar to what is religiously called revelation. I am not shy to consider his mature writings as having such a quality. At least it served that kind of religious or spiritual need for me. I know my own writings tend to be irritatingly  wordy and repetitious with me always feeling I have something more to say.

I am not oblivious that my times of deepest engrossment into some deeper aspects of the Unconscious took a heavy toll on my wife and our three children. I was physically away from home for eleven months. I was able to keep regular communications with each child but I had little to give of myself during that important time in their lives. And for some years following much of my energy was still turned inward even when things had an outward appearance of calm. I have deeply  grieved any harm or suffering my life process brought to these  four most  faithful ones in my life. I know that it was only them who kept me anchored to the earth and outer reality during my long period of assimilating the contents of the Collective Unconscious which had entered into my conscious awareness. My oldest son with whom I presently live has continued  to provide a home environment  that contains  me in a  more 'normal'  and healthy  life style than I would have otherwise. I'm sure  neither of us saw such a need or planned for such reasons this time of our living together.

Of course I would welcome the chance to have a visit with Carl Jung  but I am not certain at all that  we would hit it off. I can imagine him taking an interest in my story, if for no other reason than because I express an unhesitating admiration for his work and have found so many of his constructs personally applicable. And Jung seems to have been at times as easily flattered  as he was charming. Jung appears to have had at times a gruff and   sharp aspect in his relating to others. One  admiring Jungian scholar speaks of Jung has having trouble at times of being kind  even to those closest to him. This is a shadow aspect that Jung wrote so much about as being a part of  even the most well developed persons. A part that many fail to ever acknowledge in themselves. He taught that becoming aware of one's shadow was a first major step in spiritual/psychosocial development.

As for similarities, for one thing I am very aware of my tendency to harbor a superior feeling toward persons who seem to lack the capacity or effort to grow, to change their minds, to reach new conclusions or to take a stand when such seems needed in their life. I also suffer with boredom when I am hearing an individual or a speaker who is what I call 'only passing the water down the bucket brigade' rather than offering anything unique or authentic. Or when I sense one has not fully and consciously worked to internalize their material before asking me to be their audience. I feel it is a waste of time for it strikes me they have not done their homework.

 This is far too critical and I have to remind myself that many are those who are far more irritated and bored by what I have to say or speak. I know these are moral issues that challenge me. I think I manage to keep some petty cynical attitudes to myself  more than Jung did,  who either chose to express his brashness openly or was maybe unable to contain it. I've read where he credits some of his cutting replies to patients and colleagues  as the Spirit speaking through him in ways that were not his own. This may sound like the diagram of the self  I described above. This demonstrates how such a model  of ones inner world  becomes dangerous business. But should we expect the authentic life to have no risks or dangers?

 I also have been embarrassed to have had fantasies of death wishes toward some on more than one occasion in my life. That hardly increases ones sense of being a good Christian. I know I also demand more than my due of  time for my private life, contemplation and writing. I am amazed that life's responsibilities have cooperated to allow me far more such time than I would have ever expected or deserve. Perhaps my failure is feeling guilty for this rather than simply being  grateful? I think I fall hard on the 'Introverted Intuition With Extroverted Feeling' , with Sensation being my weakest function, category on Jung's personality scale. So I identify with some of Jung's personal Introverted Intuition experiences and complications.

Toni Wolff
Perhaps the most disturbing aspect of Jung's personal life are  some  affairs during  his married life.  I'm left with serious doubt  that  Jung's reported  affairs were  consistently ones where the balanced love I describe above was happening. Yet who can judge such matters of heart where intimate human love is involved. I do not consider Jung a sexually promiscuous person. He took  intimate relationships very seriously including his life long marriage with Emma. It appears to me that much of  his recorded inner experiences had to do with the conflicts he had  regarding his intimate encounters outside his marriage. These conflicts and the attempts at resolution and to understand his own complex nature  are very  likely the origins of his mature psychological  concepts and writings.  Jung's  extra marital  behavior was a great suffering and disappointment to his wife Emma. In his later years Jung's mistress, or more practically second wife,  Toni Wolff  lived part time with the Jungs. Emma Jung, though overall terribly hurt and humiliated, once confessed it seemed at times to her that Toni was able to give Jung what he desperately needed that Emma could not. She even reportedly said, 'It seems like the more he gives to her the more he also gives to me.' Toni wolff is credited by most as Jung's primary help in getting through his most dangerous times of nearly becoming losing himself in his Confrontation with the Unconscious.

 He is reported as saying  toward the end of  life that Toni Wolff's steadfast  support and love for him during very difficult times was nothing less than heroic. He apparently did not consistently  treat her well and appreciatively in later years. We should not judge any real human being as if they were not.

Jung raised much needed attention to the neglected aspect of the 'feminine' principle in  Western culture. I found his construct of the 'anima' very instructive as an expression of the Collective Unconscious. It, I think, has the potential of bringing the value of woman to her equal place with man in all ways in the real world. That is how it has affected me. I would credit Jung's anima construct  as being part of the impetus for the  amazing progress of  women's movements in the West which began in earnest contemporarily or after Jung first developed it. I think Jung's story shows him to have been fascinated by women and enjoying the presence of women in his life as friends and colleagues significantly  and consistently  more than he did men. But I don't know that he experienced women consistently as his equal even though he encouraged many women to become trained psychotherapists using his approach.
Sabina Spielrein - Pioneer Psychiatrist

An emotional affair which  began when Jung was quite young was with  a patient Sabina Spielrein. His work of helping her heal from her mental illness was dramatically successful. (This is a central part of the recent book and movie: A Very Dangerous Method.) This in many ways, I would presume, placed her in his debt and as his inferior. And their intimate affair  must have assuredly  had these non mutual dynamics to it. But in time, with his encouragement,  she completed her own highest level of education as a psychiatrist and I think pushed toward becoming an equal in every way with him. He to some extent, but not adequately, gave her credit for some of his seminal ideas including even perhaps the 'anima' concept.  I'm suggesting that in her increased strength  and accomplishments their later relationship may have potentially  reached the status of a fully mutual  and trusting one. But I fear Jung was not able yet to function for a long haul in such a  mutual relationship with a woman. I think the overall record shows Jung fully human with significant character flaws and that he, like most of us, may never have experienced consistently the potential fullness of  intimate love, given and received. So the judgment of the same Sacred voice is toward Jung as well, “You have been weighed and found wanting. You have not experienced fully giving and receiving love with a beloved.”

 Jung's last pages in his biography written near life's end  is a confession of the mystery of love and that he has no explanation for love as to how it comes or goes or its complete nature. So maybe the charge cannot be made of Jung finally that he presumptuously ' believed and claimed to have fully loved when likely he hadn't.' http://jhibbett.blogspot.com/2011/09/dream-help-of-womanmay-10-2011.html
Paul Tillich, Renown Theologian 1886-1965

One other historical case I will mention  involves the promiscuous issues that cloud the personal life of renowned theologian Paul Tillich. He too brought nearly unbearable sorrow and humiliation to his wife Hannah by his affairs. Unlike many of Jung's, Tillich's mistresses did not seem to eventually have strong negative feelings toward him. Whether this means that Tillich may have had encounters that more mirror the three components of love and trust I describe above is for  each one to discern. Tillich offered up an ontological view of God that rubs against most traditional theistic views of the meaning of God. Such concepts became  important to me in my effort to make better sense of the place of God in our human understanding and of my developing my sense of  Human/Divine love.  Interestingly Tillich, a contemporary of Jung, made positive statements about Analytical Psychology but he never availed himself  of  having such services. He may have been concerned  of what he might find? He once lamented his fear of being remembered as a philanderer more than a  highly contributing theologian. I will remember him primarily  for the later.   I mention Tillich because he is another authentic voice that spoke very constructively to me on my own personal journey. I am in much debt to his discoveries and thoughts in the area of modern theology.

It has been good for me to face the reality that Carl Jung whose authentic and prolific work so much helped me, from such a distance, was more fully enlivened by human imperfection than I cared before to imagine. I am grateful that I have been spared from duplicating some of his most glaring ethical failures and embarrassments. I am fully aware that the archetypes that became so active and frighteningly alive in me could have taken me down paths that would have been much more destructive, embarrassing and humiliating than they have been. Without Jung's warning I suspect that would have been more true in  my actual case. How can I thank him well enough for that? All good and 'new' things come through very imperfect humans. For Jung to have brought so much back from the Collective Unconscious is a tribute to his genius, courage and endurance to say the very least.

His capacity for depth of thought, creative conceptualizing, and communication of deep thought are in my opinion without equal. He would be the first to admit that when the treasures of the Unconscious are first lifted into the daylight of human consciousness they are usually not a pretty sight, nor is the one who brings them home. One can't dive into a cesspool, find a pearl and bring it back, and himself still look very presentable. I think of it as the initial appearance of a new born baby while still covered in its bloody placenta. It is only after years of caring attention to such new revelations from the Unconscious that they may be seen by the masses for the beautiful and essential gifts to humankind they are. I am of the opinion that Jung came courageously through his ordeal with the Collective Unconscious far more gracefully  than any other person in his day could have hoped for. And the gifts he brought back are undoubtedly yet to be fully appreciated.  Jim H.

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**  I have only  recently found support for this basic imagery in the 1950's posthumous  book The Phenomenon Of Man by  Jesuit Priest and renowned Paleontologist Pierre Teilhard de Chardin.






Sunday, August 20, 2017

THE HUMAN SPECIES YEARNS FOR ITS OWN HEALING AND NEW CLARITY OF UNDERSTANDING... August 20, 2017


If we aren't anticipating changes in understanding and reconciliation beyond the "conservative vs. liberal" and "Republican vs Democrat" splits, then we're likely only wanting to win over others. 

It's unlikely advances in our present human crises will result in either side winning, but rather a "new psychological view point" which no one could have  planned. I must constantly remind myself of this, or else participate in what easily becomes a mean-spirited polarization; a following after a political ideology or religious system  as a "one and only" way. Such perspectives, tempting and common, make us rigid, inflexible and  less-useful vessels for creative solutions.

Expecting a new view point is  likely a more healthy way to think and hope about resolving logically insurmountable splits and divisions. The "union of opposites," whenever it happens, strikes human consciousness as a miracle and creates a genuinely new view point. This more depth hopeful  view of an evolving solution is part of the ancient wisdom rediscovered by C G Jung and found in the highest spiritual teachings of humanity.

I suspect humanity is on the verge of transcending our best, but presently failed, efforts at loving the Earth and each other. No person or group will be able to take credit for that should it happen. We will just "know" that humanity and creation is ONE far more than we do now. The human species could be saved from self-destruction by its own painful path toward increased psychological consciousness of such possibilities. And a large part of humanity could be gripped by a genuine and natural religious attitude which loves its own species and the Earth with her delicate processes. This my hope.

Wednesday, August 16, 2017

THE PRESIDENT HAS BLURRED THE NATION'S MORAL FOUNDATIONS TODAY.... August 16, 2017

Today, in total contradiction to the reasonable statement he made yesterday(obviously insincerely)regarding the Charlottesville, VA tragedy, the President served up maybe the most uninformed, divisive and dangerous arguments that have ever come from a sitting President of America.

If still more people, who sincerely voted for him as an agent of some change, do not see what he really represents then we are in serious trouble as an authentic democratic nation. By leveling out a Group of people that defined itself as full throated racists, that is the KKK, Neo Nazism, White Nationalists and true White Supremacists, as containing 'very fine people' totally blurs the moral and ethical foundations of our nation. He just made it far easier and more safe to hate in America.

Everyone of normal intelligence on that side of the gathering in Charlottesville, VA knew exactly what the message of that group was. They saw all the symbols of evil racism being worn and carried. They saw the threatening torches and open guns, the helmets, the swastikas, the racist shields being carried. They all saw the Nazi hand signs in the air. They heard the hateful anti-Jewish and anti-Color chants.

No, no one present in that group was not of the very same mindset as any official KKK, Neo Nazi , White Nationalist or White Supremacist. If ever there has been guilt by association it is true of all who walked among those hate symbols, smells and sounds. It was this same racist energy that led to the murder of an innocent woman that day.

(It should be noted  it is alwsys a moral mistake to dehumanize persons even  when they have  fallen into murderous states of mind. Many of these persons are  misguided  followers not leaders. Most are likely  victims of trauma and abuse themselves. So they remain  valuable humans who are capable of being freed from the hate state of mind they have succumbed to.)

These groups exist only to assert the superiority white persons over all others. If that does not alarm every American I do not know what would. None of us can afford to be uninterested in Politics anymore. If ever Americans in modern times needed to search their souls this may be the most urgent.

And equating servants of the nation's origin and its original documents like Washington and Jefferson with Confederate Leaders who, however courageous or sincere, fought to preserve slavery is as mistaken and unethical view of history that can be imagined in post modern times. To align our social or moral values in 2017 on the Confederate effort to preserve slavery could not be a more clear way of identifying as a present day loser and on the wrong side of history and evolution.

Monday, August 14, 2017

SUBTLE RACISM IS A HATE/ VIOLENCE VOLCANO WAITING TO ERRUPT. ...Charlottesville, VA August 14, 2017

SUBTLE RACISM.. The most dangerous kind for it is the place in the human heart where racial and ethnic Terrorism is quietly nurtured.

The most insidious racism in our culture now is SUBTLE, not overtly in the open like American slavery where it started as a foundation stone in our American psyche. Every white person is responsible to deal with this for it's in our evolutionary DNA. This is why it is dangerous and hard to notice, sometimes even by those who are innocently its victims. 

It is an attitude, a frame of mind that unfortunately is often not conscious to its owner. In this form racism is not  about personally mean words or actions to ones who are 'other' when encountered in personal life. But instead shows itself in a failure to be much aware of obstacles and lesser rights, opportunities and privileges that the 'others' are afforded by the social structure compared to those of the privileged dominant group. 

Subtle Racism can be felt as a student not receiving due attention. 

Such subtle racism will not be concerned about these discrepancies under the law and will exert no energy to correct them. But will usually see such activity as no ones responsibility or 'business' and find it irritating and as only 'stirring up trouble.' Such peaceful but resistant protest activity is actually an essential behavior for any healthy democracy.

Subtle racism can with clear conscience insist, " I have black friends.", " I never mistreat anyone."  and  " Our races get along well in our town until someone stirs things up." And when such subtle racism continues to not be made conscious and owned it WILL time and again break into the open volcano -like either personally or collectively as overt and hostile violence. Charlottesville, VA is a most recent example. And as usual there is a strong voice present that seeks to protect the open racist hostility claiming it is simply 'one side' of the problem, thus not naming it for the Terrorism activity that it surely involves. This is why many are expecting the President to be more clear and forceful about naming it Terrorism, the same as he has done with ISIS supported  Terrorism.
Charlottesville, VA   August 12 2017

Presently groups who are openly hostile racists and whose declared message is one of claimed white superiority and privilege under the law are feeling embolden in our American culture. They will openly suggest that their voice of open hate and claimed superiority is a constitutional right they enjoy. They of course do have freedom of thought and speech rights in America but no citizen has a right to purposely intimidate or threaten others with bodily harm. Such behavior has another name which it should always be called. It is TERRORISM, behaving and using symbols intended to make others afraid of bodily harm.  (As always when conflicting protests of any kind become physical either side can lose control and become guilty of physical violence. But this should never be used as an excuse to not declare what is intentionally a  Terrorism activity from the start. )
https://www.thoughtco.com/examples-of-subtle-racism-2834960




Saturday, July 15, 2017

A BREAKTHROUGH OF REASONING CONSCIOUSNESS - THE MONKEY TRIAL IN TN of 1925....July 15, 2017



This was an amazing event(The Scopes Monkey Trial of 1925 ) where natural reason pushed itself up through the prevailing and socially required religious superstitions of the past millennia.

Few things like the discovery that nature has all come down to us by the way of gradual and uncertain evolution- not some immediate creation of things by an exact pre-planned perfect design. This coming to consciousness in a little Tennessee town shook our Western mentality like few events ever have in America. (This story is told in the movie Inherit The Wind.) And even still this world view changing information has not soaked in to a relative large part of the American public. Strong political and religious mentalities still fearfully resent it. It is still resisted by what is called Intelligent Design, another name for Creationism, which is a direct confrontation of the findings and the spirit of serious science.
Evolution's Erratic Path Is Captured In Fossil Record.


If only those who still fear the implications of evolution could realize that evolution does not push one away from any real experience of God but simply opens the door to discovering more the actual nature of God. That God is not the all powerful perfect mind, and perfectly content within itself, being behind everything. But an imperfect evolving mind not yet completed while  still being an all pervading mysterious and  partially guiding  universal reality. A psychological reality continually  affecting us all and now earnestly seeking us humans to participate much more consciously and fully in what it started. We now can come to know that no long term epoch changing good can come to the world unless a respectful mutuality between God and Human begins to happen far more concretely than it ever has in the past.

So in ways far beyond the reasoned and rational even a little Tennessee town cannot resist the pressure of unconscious forces(that surely must come from the inner activity of a living and changing God) which nudge us all to let our idea of God change and evolve. Tiny Dayton, TN finds itself building a monument, like the ancients naturally did for their new gods, to push us all in the direction of a new epoch of Sacred -Human compassionate consciousness. This is a very hopeful sign that God's evolution continues to operate within us and seek our conscious awareness and participation.




A test of Bible Belt tolerance: Can the town of the Scopes “monkey trial” stomach a new statue of the famed agnostic lawyer Clarence Darrow?
nytimes.com





Thursday, July 13, 2017

A NEWLY EVOLVING VIEW OF OUR CHRISTIAN HERITAGE...July 13, 2017

Carl Jung, child of a long line of protestant pastors, in 'Psychology and Western Religion' answers questions which I'm sure are  what my educated thoughtful Christian friends would put to me. His answers are very sane, logical and reasonable for he takes seriously that the Bible stories are speaking symbolic truths which are true at a deeper level than if we, as most still do, take these stories as primarily physical happenings. I often wish that more persons in my circles could find a way to consider the view point which such new assumptions offer. Many traditional questions are answered on this path and we are not called on to surrender other important kinds of knowledge that humans have gained, for example the general theory of scientific evolution and other sound scientific principles? Much of my life experience as preacher, science teacher, human development counselor and Hospice chaplain has been a search for how solid science and the religious stories I was taught can be harmonized for a more whole world view. Careful consideration of  these ideas and what follows express where I have found a significantly more authentic harmony.

Adam and Eve Harnessing The Living Serpent(A modern dream)
A great hurdle for 'believers', and ones who feel they must reject the idea of God, is to let loose of God being  imaged as an all powerful being that is absolutely good and perfect, and thus bearing no responsibility as a source of some of the suffering and sin in the world? Anything that brings suffering , chaos and harm to humans it is generally insisted is humanity's fault alone. If we would just get our act together all would be well we are told. God has nothing to change within itself unless we become blasphemers. And equally challenging from our orthodox views is   to embrace the concept, quite common in the Biblical narrative, of God needing the human; not simply because God is lonely but because God does not fully know itself, the same problem we humans, made in 'God's image' have in not fully knowing our deeper selves.
Only human consciousness, which must have- to God's incomparable  unfathomable credit- been  the original  dream and barely conscious hope  of God which has come true, can give God what God  needs within itself  to move the universe to a fuller more compassionate consciousness. And thus toward a truly better world that we claim to desire.
Moses Pleads With God To Be Compassionate
Every human, perhaps some more than others, can do his/her share in giving God this necessary gift. This involves the personal  sacrificial(for it involves a psychological/spiritual suffering which most of us never planned to acquire) gift of  our evolved coconsciousness. A consciousness,  which at least at some essential  moments,  is  more moral and compassionate than God's alone. Nothing else in nature can supply this for it is the human alone where such consciousness has evolved and we can assume  potentially  can continue to evolve. This is the gift  which the human ego consciousness has captured through thoughtful living and  suffering. And this is the human's needed gift to God  who obviously   remains forever ineffable and far 'more' than the human ego can ever comprehend. As God receives this gift the resulting  increased consciousness of God ( For no consciousness can develop without comparing itself to a consciousnesses outside itself.  So God needs the human. It is only our human bias and psychological need for God to be perfect, similarly as a developing child must think of its parents as perfect, that keeps us from realizing this is as true of God as of us.) can finally transform the world toward a much expanded 
Gospel speaks of Jesus and Serpent having something in common
peace,  love and truth. 


This approach finally begins to answer the question that humans have asked for millennia even on the best day, “Something seems wrong in the world.” And instead of blaming the human for it all(which is overwhelmingly not true or fair) a new understanding  can reach  us: God's and Human's  presently still evolving consciousness mutually share in the problem and solution. The problem, natural to both God and human, is about our not having yet arrived (No unbearable shame  in this for all is still evolving. There was not a time in the past when everything  or anyone was only good, ever.) at a strong enough ethical consciousness so that love  more truly has its way in God, nature and humans.
Abraham counseled God  to show compassion to Sodom.

A Slaughtering Tsunami Rightly Called An 'Act of God'?
We, I think, should consider that it likely raises the dignity and responsibility  of humans exponentially to know they are needed by God for his/her consciousness raising capacity (Surely granted,  is only there  by God's dreamlike foreknowledge, and only now made more conscious in both God and human.) than to only be loved by God. And similarly it is a greater compliment to be able to say to a friend or lover, " You have made me more conscious, aware of the fuller meanings of life. " than even to say, " l love you."  For the greatest most mature  loves in this world   are necessarily the product of  increased consciousness, whether that be God's or a Human Being's.