Modern Psychological Classification of the Mind. Part III

We must emphasize again that this classification is only a means to describe the mind. It is not intended that this description represents the mind in real terms, for this is impossible.

The lower and rational aspects of the mind contain the traits that define our individual personality. The superconscious and collective unconscious realms are, on the other hand, suprapersonal. That is, they transcend individuality and are the common ground of all of us. Actually, the superconscious division can probably be regarded as an integral part of the collective unconscious, but we have divided them for convenience of description. The superconscious realm is that part of the collective unconscious from which we get our most sublime illuminations. The rest of the collective unconscious contains the accumulated experience of existence: that which is beautiful and that which is ugly, that which seems relevant and that which seems irrelevant to our lives. Of course these are subjective responses, for the collective unconscious is really neutral in its nature; it is no more than a recording of that which has happened and that which is. It is the voice of tbe universe without personal preferences. It is designated good or bad only by our individual tastes, likes and dislikes.

The reader should be careful not to assume that the collective unconscious and the superconscious aspects of the mind are fenced in and situated in a certain location. It is in a sense everywhere, under, above, within and without; it transcends the individualized mind.

Further, there is an increasing tendency to understand that the collective unconscious (cosmic mind) not only contains the blueprint of the past but also the blueprint of the future. Thus, each of us has the potential not only to be aware of our ancestral past, but of the future, of things to come. We don’t ask you to believe this, but this easily explains the widely experienced phenomena of prophecy. A person who tells future events is merely a person who manages to be aware of this particular part of the collective unconscious.

The reader should also take care not to presume that there is a rigid demarcation between the personal and impersonal aspects of the mind. This division in fact does not exist; each merges into the other as imperceptibly as the earthly atmosphere blends with and fuses into the surrounding space.

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *