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The Purpose of Human Life

All life is informed and shaped by Transcendent Energy Consciousness
All life is informed and shaped by Transcendent Energy Consciousness

Dr. Jaime G. Corvalan, MD, FACS

Transcendent energy consciousness is what gives form and function to everything. This consciousness is in everything in our world of duality, because consciousness is what informs all things. For instance, a flower is the way it is because transcendent energy consciousness give it its form; everything, from bees and birds, to worms, bacteria, trees, rocks – everything we perceive around us is informed by consciousness. This happens in a non-dual way – that is, transcendent energy consciousness is beyond the world of time and space (which is what defines duality, or our reality). This consciousness is not dual, but it informs everything in duality.

All societies depend upon a central, living myth that gives its members a meaning for existence. Today, we face what Dr. Jung called a crisis of mythlessness. The traditional myths of Western society have value, they point to something beyond this world, but they are increasingly losing their capacity to provide us with a relevant meaning for our existence. Dr. Jung, like Krishnamurti, both indicated that religious myths are valuable not because they are literally true but because they have symbolic value (something that represents transcendent nature).

What we need is a universal, transcendent myth, one that is non-local and gives us purpose and meaning. Dr. Jung indicates that we are currently in about a 600 year process of developing a new myth, one in which humanity and the divine are co-creators of our existence. That is, humanity’s conscious knowing combined with the divine’s unconscious being is what structures reality. Both compliment and affect each other.

So, the purpose of human life is the structuring or unfolding of consciousness. Humanity is necessary for the completion and perfection of the creation of the divine, or transcendent energy consciousness. Every individual participates in the manifestation of consciousness, acting as a light in the dark of what otherwise would just be mere existence.


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Aligning Soul and Ego

Individuation is the process of integrating the psyche – of becoming one’s true self.

• Symbolism of Alchemy
– The Psychological Symbolism of the Conunctio in Alchemy

• Wholeness and Gnosticism
– Self-Knowledge as Knowledge of the Divine, Gnostic Gospels, the Necessity of the Union of the Self

• What is Individuation?
– Jung’s Process of the Re-Unification of the Psyche, Integrating the Shadow

• The Authentic Self
– Aligning Soul and Ego allows you to live authentically

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Symbolism & Archetypes

Symbolism is the language of the soul, and archetypes are symbols of immense power.

• The Soul, Body and Spirit
– Subtle Matter, Aligning Soul and Body

• Concretizing the Symbolic
– Symbols point to the Transcendent, Dangers of Taking Symbols Literally

• Rituals, Symbols, Sacraments
– The Manifest to the Transcendent

• Jungian Archetypes
– A Priori, Innate, Universal Prototypes, Five Jungian Archetypes

• Learning the Language
– Listening to Your Soul by listening to your dreams, Active Imagination

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What is Consciousness?

Consciousness is a feature and function of time and space, it is how we know duality.

• What is Duality?
– The Dual Nature of Reality

• What is Consciousness?
– Definition, Spectrum of Consciousness, Duality Consciousness, Understanding Time and Space

• Soul, Body and Mind
– The Meaning of Soul, the Connection of Soul to Mind and Body

• What is the Unconscious?
– Jung’s Concept of the Unconscious, the Shadow and the Ego, Masculine and Feminine Energies

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Violence of the Collective Shadow

Projecting the Shadow

One of the most dangerous aspects of human society is the rampant tendency to project one’s own shadow onto “the other,” onto other states, cultures, individuals, groups or societies, rendering onto them all of the worst, most vile characteristics that lie hidden in one’s own shadow. While this certainly happens at an individual level, it has created horrific consequences when it involves the projection of the collective shadow: wars, genocides, torture, rape and more are the consequences of shadow projection.

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What is Consciousness?

Edward Edinger, in his seminal work, The Creation of Consciousness: Jung’s Myth for Modern Man, notes that Dr. Jung felt that “the experience of consciousness is made up of two factors, “knowing” and “withness,” i.e., knowing in the presence of an “other,” in a setting of twoness.” Essentially, Jung is saying that consciousness emerges from the experiencing of opposites.

Using the language of psychology and psychoanalysis, he further defines the concept of individuation as the “process whereby a series of psychic contents – complexes and archetypal images – make connection with an ego and thereby generate the psychic substance of consciousness.”

Consciousness is our awareness of our existence within this realm of duality. The degree of our awareness is of key importance as it allows us to transcend our more base needs and behaviors and eventually allows us to operate from the heart and soul.

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Knowing the Shadow

Our Persona is how we wish to be seen by the world, the so-called psychological clothes we adopt that mediate between our true selves and what we show to the world. That part of us that we fail to see or know, that which hasn’t entered into our consciousness adequately, is called the Shadow, a term coined by the eminent psychoanalyst Dr. Carl Jung.

How the Shadow Originates

Jungian Analyst and author Robert A. Johnson shows that, while we are all born whole, we enter into the world of duality and so we begin to divide our lives into culturally acceptable and unacceptable parts. The refused and unaccepted parts don’t go away; instead, they take on a life of their own. If they go unacknowledged, they can accumulate and erupt with terrible effect.

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Dr. Carl Jung

By consciousness I understand the relation of psychic contents to the ego, in so far as this relation is perceived as such by the ego. Relations to the go that are not perceived as such are unconscious. Consciousness is the function or activity which maintains the relation of psychic contents to the ego. Consciousness is not identical with the psyche because the psyche represents the totality of all psychic contents, and these are not necessarily all directly connected with the ego, i.e., related to it in such a way that they take on the quality of consciousness.”

– C.G. Jung, Psychological Types, CW 6, par. 700

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Kant and the Theory of Forms

Kant understood that true forms exist a priori to (before) our experience; this was an idea derived from Plato’s Theory of Forms. The images of these forms are always and ever-present in our minds; we know with apodictic certainty that space in one place will follow the same rules and forms in another, no matter whether here on Earth of millions of light years away!

Einstein had this same, incredible insight; he saw that everything is related to the speed of light, which gives form and structure (in matter and energy) to everything within our universe. The speed of light is a constant and constitutes everything within the universe; we are, essentially, beings of light! This insight reflects Kant’s understanding that we exist within a field; his insight relates to the psyche while Einstein’s came, of course, in the realm of physics.

Before Kant, it was generally held that a priori knowledge must be analytic, meaning that what is stated in the predicate must already be present in the subject and therefore be independent of experience (for example, “An intelligent man is intelligent” or “An intelligent man is a man”). In either case, the judgment is analytic because is arrived at by analyzing the subject.

It was thought that all certain a priori judgments are of this kind: that in all of them there is a predicate that is only part of the subject of which it is asserted. If this were so, attempting to deny anything that could be known a priori (for example, “An intelligent man is not intelligent” or “An intelligent man is not a man”) would involve a contradiction. It was therefore thought that the Law of contradiction is sufficient to establish all a priori knowledge.