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.
|Publisher:||Taylor & Francis|
|Series:||Research in Analytical Psychology and Jungian Studies|
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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
An Overview of Patañjali
Patañjali on Consciousness/Unconsciousness
Patañjali on Mind/Psyche
Patañjali on Ego/Self
Patañjali on the Transformation of Human Consciousness
An Overview of Jung
Jung on Consciousness/Unconsciousness
Jung on Mind/Psyche
Jung on Ego/Self
Jung on the Transformation of Human Consciousness
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
4. Jung on Yoga
The Teological Function of the Psyche
Jung on Yoga: Conclusion
5. A Synthesis of Jung and Patañjali
The Efficacy of the Unconscious
Validating the Consciousness of the Unconscious