Jenna Lilla limns the way of soul in the work of Carl Jung
One of the root ideas of Carl Jung is the transcendent function. The transcendent function is a psychic process that occurs through the dialectical relationship between the conscious and unconscious aspects of the mind.
The transcendent function occurs when the conscious mind comes into a dynamic relationship with the unconscious. This process takes place through dreams, imagination, and working with the tensions of paradox. The unconscious presents symbolic material in the form of images, and it is up to the conscious mind (and ego) to integrate and grow from the material. Jung says:
“once the unconscious content has been given form, and the meaning of the formulation is understood, the question arises as to how the ego will relate to this position, and how the ego and the unconscious are to come to terms”.
The conscious and unconscious aspects of the mind work together to conceptualize life experience. The conscious mind holds the capacity for language and reason, while the unconscious is the realm of archetypes, imagination and dreams– giving rise to deep, ineffable truths. By opening to the unconscious, the conscious mind can begin to give form and meaning to these deep ineffable truths. The ineffable truths are archetypal in nature. They are known, but unknown: intuited, but unspoken. They take disguise in art and projective relations equally. But their true home is in the realms of the imagination.