Come on a journey of self discovery to experience the birth of Christ Within. Strengthen your personal connection to the Divine Within and open to receive the gifts of new ways of being and relating to yourself, others, and God as you imagine into Mary and Joseph’s human experience with the birth of Jesus.
In 28 meditations on scriptures related to the birth of Christ, Jungian Analyst Kathleen Wiley shows you their meaning for your psyche/soul. She considers the stories and images as symbols of inner worlds, including thoughts, feelings, sensations, intuitions, perceptions, impulses, and emotions.
By contemplating the scriptures, you can embrace and value who you are as everything in your nature holds a seed of the Divine. In her therapy/psychoanalytic practice of 25+ years, Kathleen Wiley has helped many people overcome their barriers to healing. Using her rich insights into how the mind works, she has credentials & expertise to provide practical keys to unlock the answers people are seeking in life.
Targeted Age Group:: adult
What Inspired You to Write Your Book?
After receiving an academic degrees in Christian Education and Counseling, I was drawn to train professionally as a psychoanalyst in the tradition of Carl Jung because I see his work as the best marriage of psychology and spirituality.
I began writing meditations on the scriptures with an eye towards what they mean about our psyche/soul. I consider the stories and images as symbols of our inner worlds, including our thoughts, feelings, sensations, intuitions, perceptions, impulses, and emotions. By contemplating the scriptures in this manner, we can access understanding of our selves as living beings who are manifestations of God. We begin to embrace and value who we are as everything in our nature holds a seed of the Divine.
The Mystery of Darkness: Job 23:1–9, 16–17
What we fear seeing in our selves almost always holds the key to greater living. We are restored to health and vitality in life as we willingly engage the unknown, the darkness and mystery of Self. The birth of the Christ child invites us to see beyond what we know and to willingly dialogue with parts of our nature that are problematic.
Verses 4, 15b, 17, “I would state my case before him and set out my arguments in full….when I think about him, I am afraid…yet I am not reduced to silence by the darkness nor by the mystery which hides him.”
In "An Answer to Job,"" Jung wrote about the psychological meaning of Job’s suffering and its outcome. Jung’s concluding premise was that God needed Job in order to see himself (God) more clearly. Job’s attempts to stay in relationship to God, even when Job felt ignored, were finally met by God. Staying in relationship with God is what vindicated Job in the end.
Even though he was afraid, Job was bold enough to be willing to talk with God. As Job suffered, he struggled to understand what was happening and why. He reflected on his life, and he stated what he saw, believed, and experienced. He acknowledged the presence of the darkness and mystery of life, but he continued to speak from his experience and viewpoint.
Psychologically, Job’s struggle with God symbolizes the ego’s struggle with the Self (totality of psyche/soul, God Within). Ego is synonymous with the conscious self. Ego is formed by what we see and know about our selves. The darkness and mystery of the Self is all that is unconscious, including our reflexive personal patterns and automatic archetypal/instinctive templates.
Our suffering often originates from unconscious patterns that wreak havoc with our ego’s emotions, feelings, perceiving, thinking, etc. We may feel “[the Self’s] hand is heavy on me in my trouble.” At these times, the ego may try to go it alone. We may resort to known patterns of behaviors and relationships with others and our selves even if the patterns are problematic and limiting. The ego’s reliance only on what is known, without openness to seeing the unconscious Self, is ultimately self -defeating. It is in the willingness to engage the unknown, the darkness and mystery of the Self, that we are restored to health and vitality in life.
Take a few minutes to acknowledge where you are suffering in any way—physically, emotionally, mentally, spiritually. Look to see what you know about the situation and yourself. Pay attention to the emotions and affects (pervasive moods or overshadowing feelings) that are present and note what they trigger in your body and mind. State what you know to yourself and the Self.
In this way, build a relationship between yourself and what is present. Open to see the workings of the darkness and mystery of the Inner Divine Spirit that can bring healing/wholeness.
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