The Creation of Consciousness
What is the role of our own personal awareness in the life of the universe?
First there was the Book of Job in the Bible. It was a story of someone whose attitude toward his personal experience stimulated God to reflect upon His actions. Centuries later, the Swiss psychiatrist Carl Jung explored, both within his own mind and within many dusty books, to find the source of consciousness. It led to his writing the book, Answer to Job. This book, suggesting that human's personal consciousness is designed to contribute an evolutionary force to God's own awareness both re-energized and enflamed religious thought. Years later, a Jungian psychoanalyst, Edward Edinger, wrote a book attempting to explain Jung's book and its implications for you and I, entitled, The Creation of Consciousness: Jung's Myth for Modern Man (Inner City Books).
This book became the center of study for many members of the Association of Learners. These learners attempted to put the books' ideas into their own words, and then comment upon these ideas in terms of their own personal intuition and experience. Many found the ideas stimulating and comforting, as what Edinger revealed somehow supported these learners' own unexpressed inner sense of their connection with the divine. A few students found the dethroning of God's perfection and completeness a bit threatening to their Judeo-Christian background.
What follows are these learners' statements. Read them. Get the book for yourself from your bookstore or Inner City Books. Explore these ideas. Find within your own consciousness a link to the transpersonal. Discover your own role and contribution to the evolving effort to create consciousness and add light to the world.
Edinger's book is divided into four chapters. This site is organized accordingly. Within each chapter is listed learners' efforts to summarize that chapter, followed by personal reactions, where available. Learners who were willing to have their work made public provided it on disk, which is what is given here. The resulting collection is incomplete but sufficient to spark your curiosity to delve further into this important subject. Some of the personal reactions are delayed and given completely at the end of the fourth chapter.
Chapter 1: The New Myth
Chapter 2: The Meaning of Consciousness
Chapter 3: Depth Psychology as the New Dispensation: Reflections upon Jung's Answer to Job
Chapter 4: The Transformation of God
As a step in integration, Henry Reed suggested various "Experiments in Consciousness" to the Learners. These were various exercises intended to invoke the learner's own experiential involvement in the challenges the book represented. Some of the results of these experiments are given here. Some involved having a "Conversation with God." Years later, a series of books by that name became a best seller.
Experiments in Creating Consciousness