Considered a prodigy and possible heir to the throne Psychoanalysis, Carl G. Jung remains one of the main bases of psychology, anthropology, archeology, literature, philosophy and religious studies. His vision, creativity and personal experience gave life to psychological concepts as synchronicity, archetypical phenomenon, collective unconscious, psychological complex, introversion and extroversion; however he also inquired, without using a specific term, on transgenerational trauma and zen experience.
Throughout his travels Jung was able to study many elements that shaped the idea of collective unconscious (that Pangea that provides the same archetypical information to each of the cultures of humanity-despite the geographical distance and temporal), including the concept found Zen during his trip to India, without knowing the specific term. It was there where he realized the importance of symbolism and the life of the unconscious, the beauty of becoming a "spiritual unity" and the value held in transcendental issues.
He, at the time, He explained that the neurosis was from the time a person feels inadequate or have not responded well to the important questions of life:
They are seeking a position, a wedding, a reputation, an external money success, which causes them to be unhappy and neurotic despite achieving what they were looking. The lives of these people It does not have enough content, meaning. If they were able to develop into a more spaced personality, General neurosis her disappear.
In the book of An Introduction to Zen Buddhism D. T. Suzuki, Jung insisted on approaching the Zen philosophy:
I should warn the reader friendly and attentive not to underestimate the spiritual depth of this, or to assume that everything around what zen is easy and cheap. Credulity assiduously cultivated the West to the East is in this case less dangerous, for there is so incomprehensible words in Indian cultures.
There is also no complicated techniques and hatha-yoga, which releases the false European hopes that spirituality can be obtained with just sit and breathe.
The opposite, Zen intelligence and control demand, like all great projects need to become realities.
What Jung referred to this zen experience? Years later, in the 2015, actor Peter Coyote experienced the glimpse of shunyata, which for Jung expressed the spiritual depth of this:
I had the distinct feeling that the whole central part of my body had disappeared or had become transparent. He could feel the wind whistling through me. I felt light as a feather and momentarily free of all problems; like the back of my head had disappeared in space behind my eyes to the universe. Before me was the world: extraordinarily vivid and vibrant, intensely bright. I had not taken any drugs, and yet he was truly placed.
[...] I can not describe what happened next because at that moment the language and thought entirely dissolved. The boundaries between “here inside” and “out there” they disappeared. The world remained recognizable, as he had always been, but completely naked discursive and language concepts. Everything seemed to be a ghost of himself, bright but without weight or substance. “I” He had been replaced. The closest I can come to describing what felt like a consciousness without physical location, inseparable from the whole universe. Everything was exactly as it had become. The world was perfect, no time, Eternal, going and coming, as he had always been. Every question that had harbored ever on Zen practice undid. The timid and fearful that I had defended, enlarged, comforted and tried to improve my life was downloaded from their labors and everything was fine without him. There was nothing that “do”. Irrefutably knew that this was exactly what he had wanted since the first time I read a book on Zen when he 16 years.
Could it be that Carl G. Jung envisioned the importance of apprehending Zen philosophy as part of major projects of mental health of people?