Sri Aurobindo, Jean Gebser and the Evolutution of Consciousness: Insights for Depth Psychology

In this essay I trace the evolution of consciousness from the time of origins and the archaic structure of consciousness, through the magic structure, the mythical structure and the mental structure up to the present incipient integral culture of consciousness using Jean Gebser’s structural categories. I also briefly outline Sri Aurobindo’s description of the evolution of consciousness, adding relevant jewels from his epic poem Savitri. Throughout, I refer to Jung for thoughts on individuation and the individuation process. Humankind currently lives predominantly in what Jean Gebser refers to as the deficient mental structure of awareness.1  There are, however, indications of an emerging new structure of consciousness that is being felt in both its efficient expression as integral and its deficient expression as dissolution and atomization.  Ultimately, the new integral mode of being is experienced as felt-intensity of being along with a diaphanous openness to unitary reality.

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