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date: 06 December 2019

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This chapter includes a brief description of the life and work of Carl Gustav Jung, MD, with particular attention to his personal experience of the objective psyche and its articulation into a theoretical framework. Special emphasis is placed upon the transpersonal/spiritual dimension of the psyche and the applicability of Jung's theory and practice to achieve a dynamic relationship with the self. The individual's experience with the transpersonal aspect of the psyche is illustrated with examples from symptoms, dreams, and the phenomenon of synchronicity. Jung's psychological equivalent of a spiritual journey, known as the individuation process, is described and illustrated as an option for those for whom other, perhaps more traditional religious faiths and practices are no longer meaningfully effective. In conclusion, recommendations are made for future study and research.

Keywords: active imagination, analysis, archetype, individuation, individuation process, numinous, objective psyche, Self, synchronicity, transcendent function

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