Originally posted on The Allergic Pagan:
Jungians are sometimes accused of being ego-centric navel gazers in the Pagan community. There is a certain truth to this. But technically Jungianism is not ego-centric. It may be fairly called Self-centric, but only in the sense in which “Self” refers to the “Big Self” distinguished from the ego.
Jung wrote that individuation should not be confused with individualism:
“Again and again I note that the individuation process is confused with the coming of the ego into consciousness and that the ego is in consequence identified with the self, which naturally produces a hopeless conceptual muddle. Individuation is then nothing but ego-centredness and autoeroticism. But the self comprises infinitely more than a mere ego, as the symbolism has shown from of old. It is as much one’s self, and all other selves, as the ego. Individuation does not shut one out from the world, but gathers the world to…
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