The Mythological Perspective and the Unfolding of the Divine Life

In this paper I discuss the way of the heart, indicating that it involves coming to terms with shadow values. I begin with observations on talks given by Marion Woodman and Robert Johnson. I then discuss myth as revelation of a divine life, following a statement made by Jung in his autobiography. Myth has traditionally played several important functions for society, including describing a meaningful cosmology, relating consciousness to the awe and mystery of life, supporting a moral order and guiding people psychologically in their quest for knowledge. The two creation myths of Genesis are the two most significant myths of the Western psyche. During the Middle-ages, the fall and redemption of humankind through Jesus Christ became the major guiding myth. Today we have no myth unless one takes science and technology driven by consumerism as our guiding principle.

I briefly discuss Tolikein’s The Lord of the Rings, seeing it as indicative of a new myth with the need to integrate qualities of light and darkness. I then discuss Sri Aurobindo’s Savitri, which I see as the most important visionary revelation of our time and the embodiment of a new guiding myth. What is essential today is the assimilation of the major opposites in life, including dark shadow values, without losing one’s connection to our higher cultural attainment and maintaining one’s own identity. The goal of life is to become increasingly conscious of the opposites in the Godhead while becoming a vessel for divine conflict.

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