The Great Self Within: Anthropos and Pleroma in Gnostic Myth and Psychological Reality

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Robert Moore, PhD. 1 hour 17 minutes. Audio.

Topics: Myth and Fairy Tale, Religion and Spirituality.

The Great Self Within: Anthropos and Pleroma in Gnostic Myth and Psychological Reality

In the mythic traditions of the human species, we find widespread reports of a Great Self that dwells within the human soul. Gnosticism gives us one of the most interesting examples of this spiritual phenomenon. Robert Moore addresses the psychological deep structures underlying Gnostic myths of the Anthropos (the supreme divinity) and the Pleroma. Parallels with Jung’s understanding of the collective unconscious and the archetypal Self are examined and discussed in terms of their clinical and spiritual significance.

This lecture is part of the conference A Cosmology of Inner Space: The Gnostic Vision in Jung’s Psychology and the World Today.

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© 1993 Robert Moore.
Ⓟ 1993 CG Jung Institute of Chicago.


Moore, Robert

Robert Moore, PhD was Distinguished Service Professor of
Psychology, Psychoanalysis and Spirituality in the Graduate Center of
the Chicago Theological Seminary where he was the Founding Director of
the new Institute for Advanced Studies in Spirituality and Wellness. An
internationally recognized psychoanalyst and consultant in private
practice in Chicago, he served as a Training Analyst at the C.G.
Jung Institute of Chicago and was Director of Research for the Institute
for Integrative Psychoanalysis and Psychotherapy and the Chicago Center
for Integrative Psychotherapy. Author and editor of numerous books in
psychology and spirituality, he lectured internationally on his
formulation of a neo-Jungian psychoanalysis and integrative
psychotherapy.  His publications include THE ARCHETYPE OF INITIATION: Sacred Space, Ritual Process and Personal Transformation; THE MAGICIAN AND THE ANALYST: The Archetype of the Magus in Occult Spirituality and Jungian Psychology, and FACING THE DRAGON: Confronting Personal and Spiritual Grandiosity.

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