Rāmāyana: Contemplative Mythic View Through the Lens of Depth Psychology
The perspectives of Yoga and Depth Psychology, both call for the integration of opposites.
This integration may be realized through the development of contemplative myth, sacred relationship, and embodied ritual. Tantra Yoga and Jungian conceptions of the psyche conjoin to birth an experience of awakened consciousness that extends beyond the confines of East and West.
As Joseph Campbell relayed in his many works on the subject, “Myths do not belong, properly, to the rational mind. Rather, they bubble up from deep in the wells of what Carl Jung called the collective unconscious” (Myths, xvii). When you approach mythology with contemplative inquiry, you will find messages that guide your choices and behaviors. Myths are soul stories. They provide valuable insight regarding your most cherished relationships. They reveal your life’s purpose and point you in the direction of your deepest desires.
The woven tapestry of India’s mythic tales have informed the practice and theory of Yoga. Among the treasury of colorful story and mystic wisdom lies a rich psychological sophistication that roots the fantastic images into a timeless relevance. Of these vibrant texts, perhaps none more aptly demonstrates Carl G. Jung’s basic archetypal constituents of the psyche as does the heroic poem: Rāmāyana (Adventures of Rāma).
Through the lens of Jungian Psychology, this work becomes an ode to the recovery of the feminine principle within the psyche…and within our collective society. It calls for the reunion of the mundane and the sacred, the Earth and the Spirit, the ego and the soul. It celebrates your ultimate wholeness as a complete being. It beckons you to wake up–to realize the infinite potential of your personal empowerment.
In this story, Hanuman is the archetypal image of that awakening.
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