Consciousness in Jung and Patañjali

Consciousness in Jung and Patañjali

by Leanne Whitney

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Consciousness in Jung and Patañjali by Leanne Whitney

The East-West dialogue increasingly seeks to compare and clarify contrasting views on the nature of consciousness. For the Eastern liberatory models, where a nondual view of consciousness is primary, the challenge lies in articulating how consciousness and the manifold contents of consciousness are singular. Western empirical science, on the other hand, must provide a convincing account of how consciousness arises from matter. By placing the theories of Jung and Patañjali in dialogue with one another, Consciousness in Jung and Patañjali illuminates significant differences between dual and nondual psychological theory and teases apart the essential discernments that theoreticians must make between epistemic states and ontic beliefs. 

Patañjali’s Classical Yoga, one of the six orthodox Hindu philosophies, is a classic of Eastern and world thought. Patañjali teaches that notions of a separate egoic "I" are little more than forms of mistaken identity that we experience in our attempts to take ownership of consciousness. Carl Jung’s depth psychology, which remains deeply influential to psychologists, religious scholars, and artists alike, argues that ego-consciousness developed out of the unconscious over the course of evolution. By exploring the work of key theoreticians from both schools of thought, particularly those whose ideas are derived from an integration of theory and practice, Whitney explores the extent to which the seemingly irremediable split between Jung and Patañjali’s ontological beliefs can in fact be reconciled. 

This thorough and insightful work will be essential reading for academics, theoreticians, and postgraduate students in the fields of psychology, philosophy of science, and consciousness studies. It will also appeal to those interested in the East–West psychological and philosophical dialogue.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781315448145
Publisher: Taylor & Francis
Publication date: 08/03/2017
Series: Research in Analytical Psychology and Jungian Studies
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 158
File size: 2 MB

About the Author

Leanne Whitney received her PhD in depth psychology from Pacifica Graduate Institute in Santa Barbara, California. She works as a transformational coach, Yoga teacher, and documentary filmmaker. Leanne’s professional papers include Depth psychology through the lens of Classical Yoga: a reconsideration of Jung’s ontic reality and Jung and non-duality: some clinical and theoretical implications of the self as totality of the psyche co-authored with Dr. Lionel Corbett.

Table of Contents

Acknowledgements  

Introduction 

1.Patañjali 

An Overview of Patañjali 

Patañjali on Consciousness/Unconsciousness 

Patañjali on Mind/Psyche 

Patañjali on Ego/Self 

Patañjali on the Transformation of Human Consciousness 

References 

Notes 

2. Jung 

An Overview of Jung 

Jung on Consciousness/Unconsciousness 

Jung on Mind/Psyche  

Jung on Ego/Self 

Jung on the Transformation of Human Consciousness 

References 

3. Jung and Patañjali Back-to-Back 

Jung and Patañjali on Consciousness/Unconciousness 

Jung and Patañjali on Mind/Psyche 

Jung and Patañjali on Ego/Self 

Jung and Patañjali on the Transformation of Human Consciousness 

In Summary 

References 

Notes 

4. Jung on Yoga 

The Teological Function of the Psyche 

Jung on Yoga: Conclusion 

References 

Notes 

5. A Synthesis of Jung and Patañjali 

The Efficacy of the Unconscious 

Validating the Consciousness of the Unconscious 

References 

Notes 

6. Conclusion 

References 

Afterword

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