ursusanglicanus (ursusanglicanus) wrote,

Precious metal mining

Right now in my spiritual reading and thinking, like a precious metal miner, I am following three veins, centred around three authors. In each case following an intuition, which has become a near-certainty since Covid, that there is more to Christianity, or in religious experience starting out from Christianity, than what I have been taught or have experienced until now.
First author is St John of the Cross, whose Noche Oscura (Dark Night) I have just finished, and where I am starting on the Cántico spiritual. For my money one of the persons who, at least in the Western tradition, who came closer to God than almost anyone I know.
C.G. Jung (right now through his co-workers Emma Jung and Marie-Louisa von Franz, with the Graalslegende). I am particularly interested in how Jung relates the Christ figure to the self in the fully individuated human adult, with this figure serving to ‘echo out’ the ‘true self’ in each of us. A sort of reciprocating knowing oneself better <> knowing Christ better, to look hard at Christ is to look hard at yourself.

Third, Symbolique du Corps Humain (Symbolism of the Human Body) by Annick de Souzenelle. I blow hot and cold on AdeS, a central figure of Western Orthodoxy in its more ‘New Age’ version in its 1980s heyday, prior to its precipitous decline in the late 1990s. I like very much her fundamental intuitions as to the role the way energy flows reflect spiritual maturation, and her concept that psychic-spiritual imbalances inevitably have physiological consequences, even if I am less keen with her Jewish-Kabbalist framework. The Christianity I was brought up with fought shy of the body, mutilating itself and its followers psycho-spiritually in the process.

None of these authors is easy, but it is precisely this fighting with, and at times questioning, difficult authors, who have at times to be read two or three times, wqhere their value lies. You have to give them time to sink in, through into the subconscious where the really important spiritual movements take place. Deep ploughing, rather than the earth-scratching (harrowing, if you will excuse the pun) that most modern spiritual authors offer.
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