Pre-Webinar Discussion – Teilhard de Chardin & Carl Jung: A Convergence

In preparation for our upcoming webinar “Teilhard de Chardin & Carl Jung: A Convergence” with Matthew Fox we are inviting you to ponder the following questions and offer your own insights and reflections:

What questions or comments does this topic evoke for you?
How do you see “constructive convergency” working in your lives?

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Junghard

There is indeed a convergence of ideas between Teilhard and Jung, each of whose contributions are complementary. Teilhard was a paleontologist presenting a scientific notion of an evolving christogenesis from an “outer world” perspective (objective/physical) on reality. Jung was a psychiatrist inclined to an “inner world” view (subjective/psycho-spiritual) of reality. Along integral lines, outer and inner worlds are really one world operating out of the same energy and transformative dynamics, with each man specializing in only one of those complementary domains.

Teilhard asserted that Spirit is the highest part of matter, which over deep time evolves by converging, interiorizing, and condensing itself within the psychospiritual core of humans. That is, he envisioned evolution as moving toward a new phylum by crystallizing a center in the interior life of humans (a christogenesis). While Teilhard did not have the background and/or terminology to understand the workings of the interior life and its evolution, Jung’s ideas supplied the integral understanding (and vocabulary) of the psyche/spirit nexus to complement Teilhard’s paleontology model. To name a few (in alphabetical order):

Alchemy – describing the “secret of God” in transforming inner energies

Assimilation – the process of integrating the contents of personal and collective consciousness (interiorly)

Introversion – a concentration of energy on inner psychic processes

Individuation – a synthesis of the Self consisting of the union of contraries (interiorly), mainly conscious and unconscious

Wholeness – psychic stage in which all forces that come to bear on a soul are integrated and reconciled (interiorly)

Wise Old Man — the end of the individuation process embodying wisdom (interiorly)

Teilhard described the convergence process that plays out along visible evolutionary lines, whereas Jung described the evolutionary dynamics that play out invisibly, along transformative/alchemical lines hidden in the interior life. Both describe the death/resurrection choreography of the paschal mystery using different language, and viewed it from different angles; Teilhard, along paleontological lines over the course deep time global history; Jung along psychospiritual lines over the course of the spirit-soul’s individual history.

One man’s work describes the evolutive side of the paschal mystery, the other its involutive side — two aspects of one movement, the push-pull tension of individual (Jung) and collective (Teilhard) history, and the entire created order. Such push-forces go by the theological term hypostatic union, describing the tension that marries the spiritual/material dimensions of the created order.

As inner and outer worlds are one world, Teilhard and Jung represent unintegrated halves of that unity awaiting convergence, the ostensive challenge and task of the upcoming Fox presentation. As for Teilhard/Jung, each saw and ascribed divinity as integral to the process, but without explaining how.

Neither Teilhard or Jung named the energy that motorizes the collective (Teilhard) or personal (Jung) facets of the evolutionary/transformative processes they described, though each implied it. That energy, being One and undivided, is the very definition of God, the key to a science-spirituality synthesis, and the answer to the holy grail quest.

P.S. The union of both luminaries is a hybrid guy by the name of, what else? “Junghard.” Perhaps one day a university course will be offered in, you guessed it, in “Junghardian Metaphysics.”

-Joe Masterleo

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8 Comments

  1. Jeffrey on May 13, 2021 at 2:05 am

    I pray it brings many to unity and awareness, of just how blessed we all are. Let us hope and have faith that our love can bring an end to the powers and principalities ruling this world. That we may present ourselves as those who will not remit anything that seeks to lead us down roads of division, confusion, war, lacking in justice or education or the sustenance to support life for all living things. Making the earth primary as the heart of life itself. So we may someday all see our grandchildren and great grandchildren thriving with purposeful lifes filled with peace, love, hope and faith. Abundant in the fruit of the Holy Spirit. In the name of Jesus we thank you .

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  2. Roger Nowlan on May 12, 2021 at 9:34 pm

    I am interested in seeing what role love (“loving in God”) plays in Jung’s worldview? Is this the “secret of God” alluded to in the write-up for the webinar.
    No matter! I have an open mind and look forward to being inspired by new ideas as we strive for a universal (root-meaning of “catholic”), ever-more God-centred (loving) set of beliefs for humanity.

    Roger Nowlan, Ottawa area, Canada



  3. Kathleen on May 11, 2021 at 2:26 pm

    I’ve experienced both Teilhardian and Jungian programs separately in recent months and have not experienced their convergence so hoping to better experience that in this program. I’m particularly interested in the role of dreams in that convergence.



  4. Maria Amélia Carreira Neves on May 11, 2021 at 9:48 am

    Both, Teilhard Chardin and Carl Jung move us on to understand how outer and inner human being complete each other in the evolution of matter and spiritual cosmic existence.



  5. Maria Amélia Carreira Neves on May 11, 2021 at 9:40 am

    Construtive convergence is seen in the way God has been transforming the eight decades of my life as a human-spiritual being. Teithard Cardin and Car Jung, being different, complete each other celebrating marriage of outer world with inner world



  6. Mark R. Turner on May 11, 2021 at 9:29 am

    Teilhard has been a tremendous help to re-think the grand sweep of Creation. Jung helps us discern what our individual part is in the whole, what it has to do with me and what I am in the grand scheme. Ultimately we need to connect personally and realize we are participating. The individual makes choices which effect the whole. This is an essential aspect of the concept “in the image of God,” and being “co-creators with God.”



  7. Wayne McMillan on May 5, 2021 at 10:26 pm

    My interest is concerning consciousness and what Jung and De Chardin understood about
    Cosmic consciousness.



  8. Dolores on May 3, 2021 at 9:44 pm

    It is still a little hard for me to understand and grasp. I signed up for the webinar and hope Matthew Fox can explain it more in laymen’s terms…and then what do we do with that knowledge? Should be interesting. Thanks!



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