Archetypes and Gods

From the online article “On Gods and Stained Glass Windows” on Patheos by John Halstead:

“Water represented, for [Jung], the vivifying energies of the unconscious, what we might call ‘eros’, the energy of life.  This ‘water’, he says, comes from deep down in the unconscious and runs along secret channels before it reaches the daylight of consciousness.  The underground channel though which it runs is the archetype.  The place where the water springs forth is marked by an archetypal image or symbol.  This symbol merely marks the place, the locus, of the experience of the archetype.  But the symbol should not be confused with the experience (drinking the water) or the archetype (the underground channel through which the water flowed) or the collective unconscious (the source of the water).

The point is that when the connection to the source is broken, then religious forms become empty and powerless. . . .”

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