Oxherding pictures No 9

Camilo Gallardo

Jungian Analyst


The carrier of this consciousness is the individual, who does not produce the psyche on his own volition but is, on the contrary, pre-formed by it and nourished by the gradual awakening of consciousness during childhood. ~Carl Jung



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Individuation is the process by which a person becomes a psychological individual, a separate indivisible unity or whole, recognizing his innermost uniqueness. The self is our life’s goal, the most complete expression of individuality. It is our journey towards understanding ourselves. It involves becoming the most integrated, whole version of our unique self as possible. At its highest level, individuation is the art of personal transformation. 

Individuation could therefore be understood as the drive of the Self to consciousness.




The new myth:

"The new myth postulates that the created universe and the most exquisite flower, man, make up a vast enterprise for the creation of consciousness; that each individual is a unique experiment in that process; and that the sum total of consciousness created by each individual in his lifetime is deposited as a permanent addition in the collective treasury of the archetypal psyche."

 "The new myth tells us that each individual ego is a crucible for the creation of consciousness and a vessel to serve as a carrier of that consciousness, i.e., vessel for the incarnation of the Holy Spirit.

The individual psyche is the Holy Grail, made holy by what it contains.  Consciousness is a psychic substance which is produced by the experience of the opposites suffered, not blindly, but in living awareness. This experience is the coniunctio, the mysterium coniunctionis that generates the Philosopher's Stone which symbolized consciousness.  Each individual is, to a greater or lesser extent, a participant in cosmic creation, one of the buckets in the great Manichaean wheel of light, who contributes to his "widow's mite" to the cumulative treasury of the archetypal psyche realized.

 Every human experience, to the extent that it is lived in awareness, augments the sum total of consciousness in the universe.  This fact provides the meaning for every experience and gives each individual a role in the on-going world-drama of creation." 


The Creation of Consciousness: Jung's myth for modern man by Edward Edinger.