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Carl Jung Neo-Gnostic Occultist

Carl Jung Neo-Gnostic Occultist

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A revealing look at the foundations of modern psychology and its beginnings and influence on our culture...
A revealing look at the foundations of modern psychology and its beginnings and influence on our culture...

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Published by: Spirit of William Tyndale on Mar 16, 2011
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Carl Jung Neo-Gnostic Occultist
A report by Rev. Ed Hird, Past National Chair of ARM CanadaJuly 11, 2010 In 1991, I had the wonderful privilege of attending the Episcopal Renewal Ministries(ERM) LeadershipTraining Institute (LTI) in Evergreen, Colorado. Since then, I and others encouraged Anglican RenewalMinistries Canada to endorse the LTI approach, reporting in the ARM Canada magazine with articlesabout our helpful LTI experiences. ARM Canada, through our LTI Director, Rev. Murray Henderson,has since run a number of very helpful Clergy and Lay LTIs across Canada, which have been wellreceived and appreciated.Through listening to the tapes by Leanne Payne and Dr. Jeffrey Satinover from the 1995 KelownaPrayer Conference, I came across some new data that challenged me to do some rethinking about theJungian nature of the MBTI (Myers-Briggs Temperament Indicator) used in the current ARM CanadaLTIs. Dr. Jeffrey Satinover’s critique of Jungianism came with unique credibility, given his background as an eminent Jungian scholar, analyst, and past President of the C.G. Jung Foundation. I began to do some reading on Carl Jung, and mailed each ARM Board member a copy of the two audiotapes by Payne and Satinover. The ARM Board at our April 1996 meeting took an initial look at theJungian nature of the MBTI, and whether we should continue to use the MBTI in our LTIs. Our ARMBoard agreed to do some investigating on this topic and report back with some information to discussat the November 1996 ARM Board meeting. Currently approximately two and a half million people are ‘initiated’ each year into the MBTI process.[1] According to Peter B. Myers, it is now the most extensively used personality instrument in history.[2] There is even a MBTI version for children, called the MMTIC (Murphy-Meisgeier Type Indicator for Children)[3], and a simplified adult MBTI-like tool for the general public, known as the Keirsey-Bates Indicator. A most helpful resource in analyzing the MBTI is the English Grove Booklet by Rev.Robert Innes, of St. John’s College, Durham, entitled Personality Indicators & the Spiritual Life. Innesfocused on “the two indicators most widely used by Christian groups – Myers-Briggs and theEnneagram.”[4] One of the key questions for the ARM Board to settle is whether the MBTI is anintegral part of Jungian neo-gnosticism, or alternately, that it may be a detachable benevolent portion of Jung’s philosophy in an otherwise suspect context. To use a visual picture, is the MBTI the‘marijuana’, the low-level entry drug that potentially opens the door to the more hard-core Jungianinvolvement, or is it just a harmless sugar tablet? To get at this question, I have broken my analysisdown into smaller, more concrete questions. 1. Is the MBTI actually connected with Carl Jung?The Rev. Canon Charles Fulton, President of ERM, commented in a June 17th, 1996 letter that “Wehave certainly had some concerns over the MBTI over the years and its Jungian nature”. Rev. FredGoodwin, Rector of National Ministries for ERM, commented in a September 18th, 1996 letter that “…we (ERM) no longer use the MBTI in our teachings…we’ve not included it in the last couple of years –  believing that there are many other models and issues that need to be discussed with clergy and layleaders.” In Isabel Briggs-Myers’ book Introduction To Type (1983), she comments that the MBTI is“based on Jung’s theory of psychological types.”[5] In the book People Types and Tiger Stripes written by Jungian practitioner Dr. Gordon Lawrence, he states that “The (MBTI) Indicator was developedspecifically to carry Carl Jung’s theory of type (Jung, 1921, 1971) into practical application.”[6] In the
Grove Book on personality indicators, Robert Innes comments that “Carl Jung’s psychology lies behind…the MBTI”.[7] The Buros Mental Measurement YearBook (1989, 10th Edition) notes that the MBTI “…is a construct-oriented test that is inextricably linked with Jung’s (1923) theory of psychological types.”[8] As to theevidence of validity, Buros characterizes the stability of type classification over time as “somewhatdisappointing.”[9] The Jungian/MBTI stance, as expressed by Dr. Gordon Lawrence, former Presidentof the Association for Psychological Types, is that MBTI “types are a fact”, not a theory.[10] After reviewing the statistical evidence relating to the MBTI, however, Dr. Paul Kline, Professor of Psychometrics at Exeter University, commented that “There has been no clear support for the 8-foldcategorization, despite the popularity of the MBTI.”[11] Mario Bergner, a colleague of Leanne Paynein Pastoral Care Ministries, observed in a July 2nd, 1996 letter that “of all the different types of  psychological testing, forced choice tests (such as the MBTI) are considered the least valid.” Morespecifically, Bergner noted that “the validity of the MBTI is at zero because the test is based on aJungian understanding of the soul which cannot be measured for good or bad.” The official MBTIview, as expressed by Dr. Gordon Lawrence, is that MBTI personality designations are “asunchangeable as the stripes on a tiger”.[12] Bergner, in contrast, does not believe that all of humanitycan be unchangeably boxed into 16 temperament types, and is concerned about cases where people are being rejected for job applications, because they don’t fit certain MBTI categories. 2. What is Carl Jung’s Relation to Neo-Gnosticism?Carl Jung is described by Merill Berger, a Jungian psychologist, as “the psychologist of the 21stcentury”.[13] Dr. Satinover says “Because of his great influence in propagating gnostic philosophy andmorals in churches & synagogues, Jung deserves a closer look. The moral relativism that releasedupon us the sexual revolution is rooted in an outlook of which (Jung) is the most brilliant contemporaryexpositor.”[14] One could say without overstatement that Carl Jung is the Father of Neo-Gnosticism &the New Age Movement. That is why Satinover comments that “One of the most powerful modernforms of Gnosticism is without question Jungian psychology, both within or without the Church”.[15]Carl Jung “explicitly identified depth psychology, especially his own, as heir to the apostolic tradition,especially in what he considered its superior handling of the problem of evil.”[16] Jung claimed that“In the ancient world, the Gnostics, whose arguments were very much influenced by psychicexperience, tackled the problem of evil on a broader basis than the Church Fathers.”[17] Dr. Satinover notes that “Whatever the system, and however the different stages are purportedly marked, the ultimateaim, the innermost circle of all Gnostic systems, is a mystical vision of the union of good and evil.”[18] Jung, says Satinover, “devoted most of his adult life to a study of alchemy; he also explicated bothantique hermeticism and the ‘christian’ gnostics; his earliest writings were about spiritualism…”[19]In his autobiography Memories, Dreams, Reflections, Jung claimed: “The possibility of a comparisonwith alchemy, and the uninterrupted intellectual chain back to Gnosticism, gave substance to my psychology.”[20] Most people are not aware that Jung collected one of the largest amassing of spiritualistic writings found on the European continent.[21] Dr. James Hillman, the former director for the Jungian Institute in Zurich, commented, “(Jung) wrote the first introduction to Zen Buddhism, he… brought in (Greek Mythology), the gods and the goddesses, the myths,…he was interested inastrology…”[22] In 1929, Jung wrote a commentary on the Secret of the Golden Flower, which he said was “not only aTaoist text concerned with Chinese Yoga, but is also an alchemical treatise.”[23] He comments that“…it was the text of the Golden Flower that first put me on the right track. For in medieval alchemy
we have the long-sought connecting link between Gnosis (i.e. of the Gnostics) and the processes of thecollective unconscious that can be observed in modern man…”[24] Dr. Richard Noll comments that“the divinatory methods of the I Ching, used often by Jung in the 1920s and 1930s, were a part of theinitial training program of the C.G. Jung Institute of Zurich in 1948, and its use is widely advocatedtoday in Jungian Analytic-Training Institutes throughout the world.”[25] During the hippie movement of the 1960’s, the Rock Opera Hair boldly proclaimed the allegeddawning of the Age of Aquarius. Once again Carl Jung foreshadowed this emphasis in a 1940 letter tohis former assistant, Godwin Baynes: “1940 is the year when we approach the meridian of the first star in Aquarius. It is the premonitory earthquake of the New Age.”[26] In Jung’s book Aion, he holds that“…the appearance of Christ coincided with the beginning of a new aeon, the age of the Fishes. Asychronicity exists between the life of Christ and the objective astronomical event, the entrance of thespring equinox into the sign of Pisces.”[27]
In a letter written by Jung to Sigmund Freud, he said:“My evenings are taken up very largely with astrology. I made horoscopic calculations in orderto find a clue to the core of psychological truth…I dare say that we shall one day discover inastrology a good deal of knowledge which has been intuitively projected into the heavens.”
Jung’s family had occult linkage on both sides
, from his paternal Grandfather’s Freemasonryinvolvement as Grandmaster of the Swiss Lodge[29], and his maternal family’s long-term involvementwith seances and ghosts. John Kerr, author of A Most Dangerous Method, comments that Jung washeavily involved for many years with his mother and two female cousins in hypnotically inducedseances. Jung eventually wrote up the seances as his medical dissertation.[30] Jung acquired a spiritguide and guru named ‘Philemon’[who was described by Jung as ‘an old man with the horns of a bull...and the wings of a fisher’]. Before being Philemon, this creature appeared to Jung as ‘Elijah’,and then finally mutated to ‘Ka’, an Egyptian earth-soul that ‘came from below’.[31] It may be worthreflecting upon why Jung designated his Bollingen Tower as the Shrine of Philemon.[32] Jung himself was the son of a Swiss Pastor caught in an intellectual faith crisis. When younger, CarlJung had a life-changing dream of a subterranean phallic god which reappeared “whenever anyonespoke too emphatically about Lord Jesus.”[33] Jung commented that “…the ‘man-eater’ in general wassymbolized by the phallus, so that the dark Lord Jesus, the Jesuit and the phallus were identical.”[34]This “initiation into the realm of darkness”[35] radically shaped Jung’s approach to Jesus: “Lord Jesusnever became quite real for me, never quite acceptable, never quite lovable, for again and again I wouldthink of his underground counterpart…Lord Jesus seemed to me in some ways a god of death…Secretly, his love and kindness, which I always heard praised, appeared doubtful to me…”[36] Thenext major spiritual breakthrough in his life was what Jung described as a “blasphemous vision”[37] of God dropping his dung on the local Cathedral. This vision, said Jung, gave him an intense “experienceof divine grace”.[38] 3. How serious is the Jungian Reconciliation of Good and Evil?Leanne Payne says of Dr. Jeffrey Satinover that “like (C.S.) Lewis, he knows that we can never reconcile (synthesize) good and evil, and this synthesis is the greatest threat facing not onlyChristendom but all mankind today.”[39] Dr. Satinover sees the temptation facing our generationthat”…on a theological plane, we succumb to the dangerous fantasy that Good and Evil will bereunited in a higher oneness.”[40] One of Jung’s key emphases was that the “dark side” of human nature needed to be “integrated” into asingle, overarching “wholeness” in order to form a less strict and difficult definition of goodness.[41]“For Jung”, says Satinover, “good and evil evolved into two equal, balanced, cosmic principles that

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