by John Rhodes
World renowned Swiss born psychiatrist,
Carl G. Jung (1875-1961), was one of the finest explorers of the
ever mysterious human mind. He was a pioneer in the field of human
psychology and an expert in interpreting the symbols that our
subconscious brain uses when communicating with our higher, awakened
consciousness. So remarkable was Jungís insight into human
psychology that his numerous books were translated in several
languages and distributed around the world.
Carl Jungís work introduced the world to the concepts of
synchronicity and the three part psyche (ego, personal unconscious,
and collective unconscious). Over the years, his books and articles
have shared with us his deep understanding of aspects of human
psychology and their relationships with spiritual nature.
According to Jung, the most fundamental symbols that our brain uses
to communicate subconscious messages are known as Archetypes. Some
of these primordial symbolic images are:
the Ego (me, myself and I)
the Anima-Animus (gender role playing)
the Persona, (the image a
person "acts out" or outwardly projects)
mysterious, yet inherently frightening, Shadow Self or veiled side
of our Ego.
What this author finds most interesting about
Carl Jung, the ífather
of modern psychology,í is that the serpent was one of the most
important symbols that he ever discovered during his personal
spiritual journey through life. To Jung, it was a reflection of the
Omnipotent and Omnipresent power of "God" that lives within every
human. In fact, the serpent was such an important image to him that,
despite the social risks of bearing such a maligned and
misunderstood symbol, he proudly displayed it on the ring that
encircled his finger.
When asked about the ring on his finger during an interview, he
" It (the ring) is Egyptian. Here
the serpent is carved, which symbolizes Christ. Above it, the
face of a woman; below the number 8, which is the symbol of the
Infinite, of the Labyrinth, and the Road to the Unconscious. I
have changed one or two things on the ring so that the symbol
will be Christian. All these symbols are absolutely alive within
me, and each one of them creates a reaction within my soul."
from " Interviews and
Encounters," W. McGuire and R. F. C. Hull p.468
Shamans around the world, by whatever
cultural label they are called, have often spoken of how important
the image of a serpent is in their worship of God and their visions
of the "other side." Whether stirred from slumber by meditation or
dreams, once this primordial living symbol within man is awakened,
it can provoke extremely powerful emotional reactions of either
paralytic fear or enduring fascination and love.
For many years, anthropologists have been puzzled as to why the
serpent image was the most common symbol used by ancient man to
represent the image of God. How is it that this wondrous creature
came to play such a powerful role in human psychology and
spirituality? Why did Carl Jung, Moses, the Freemasons, the
and so many other groups of people throughout history looked upon
the image of a serpent and, through handling the image without fear,
represented it as a symbol of our our unquestioned love for God and
our divine spirituality. Why are dreams of snakes, dragons, lizards
or other reptilian animals seem so real and provocative at times?
The answer to these questions may be found in the fact that,
according to evolutionary science, reptiles were at the root of a
genetic matrix from which all land vertebrate life evolved. Millions
of years of biological divergence from the trunk of the vertebrate
"Tree of Life" resulted in a world full of back boned animals that,
despite their dissimilar outward appearance, share the same parental
lineage---an encoded past locked in their DNA. A code which we
humans share with other land vertebrate life forms.
Considering the entire history of our human emergence into the
animal world is forever recorded (repressed) deep within our genetic
code, certain aspects of our ancient animal nature may lay dormant,
just under the surface of our expression, ready to be drawn upon by
accident or intentional focus.
By embracing the Gnostic (serpent symbolized) Christian faith, Carl
Jung himself may have been intuitively drawing upon the very best of
his own pre-human inheritance while searching for the source of the
human soul. By spending untold thousands of hours studying tradition
religions and symbolism, Jung just might have discovered why the
Serpent / Dragon image was humanityís most powerful psychological
motivator; the spark that had the potential to illuminate the face
of oneís own inner ID-Entity.
The ancient tenet of "Know Thyself," to "Seek the Kingdom of God
within" and even the modern word "Insight" all point those on the
spiritual path in the same direction: inwards. By recognizing or
re-imagining ourselves as descendants of the ancient reptiles, we
might be able to rekindle a relationship between who we are today
and the animal we used to be, but have been conditioned to fear,
namely the reptiles of the ancient past.
Could Carl Jung have realized through his studies that the ancient
Hebrew, Egyptian, Aztec, Hopi and Far Eastern priest-kings (amongst
others) either knowingly or unknowingly evolved snake symbolism so
as to promote psychological and possibly psychical stimulation?
Although we may never know for sure, the symbol of a serpent on
Jungís ring and his own comments as to their meaning in his life
quite obviously touched something deep within him and spiritually
propelled him along his journey though life.
Carl Jung rejected the traditional (old fashioned) interpretation of
the serpentís role in Christian religion and embraced it as a symbol
of the power of Jesus within his soul. Could a man so educated in
human psychology and religious symbolism, so respected throughout
the world by millions of people, have been secretly entertaining
evil in his heart? No, itís much more than that. Jung found a secret
that religious leaders and secret societies have withheld from the
ícommon maní for far too long. His peaceful, patient nature, along
with his courage to search beyond the borders of entrained
perception, provided him a window through which he leaned the
benefit and powerful side of our mysterious and provocative
It is interesting to note that, according to the ancient
Book of the Dead, the darker side of oneís own nature (their
"Shadow") sometimes reveals itself in the serpentine form in the
afterlife. It becomes a form of mirror through which a person can
encounter the feelings or thoughts they repressed when alive. In
other words, the frightening serpentine forms we see in the
afterlife, are not symbols of evil, as western tradition has
conditioned us to believe, but they are symbol of all that we fear
to see in ourselves.
Tibetan priests teach people who are about to die that, unless they
act neutral or passive towards these reptilian forms in the
afterlife, they will become engaged in conflict with something that
can never be ignored or destroyed and they will forever be trapped
in that particular stage of the afterlife.
"You will hate them! You will panic!
You will faint! Your own visions having become devils, you will
wander in the life cycle."
The Tibetan Book of the Dead
Translation: Robert Thurman,
Bantam 1994. p162
If this psychological mirroring is true
after death, then it might also apply to our "Dream life." So, if
you or someone you know constantly dreams of dragons, snakes,
lizards, or even Reptoids, it might be wise to follow this ancient
Tibetan advice. Donít fear these reptilian images, but rather
recognize them, not as foreign or independent life forms, but as
reflections of your own Self ID-Entity which must be embraced to
reach total spiritual balance.
When our conscious mind shuts down during sleep, our subconscious
reptilian íR-Complexí brain (which regulates respiration and heart
rate) rules the darkness of our dreams. It could be that in some
dreams we have, the most powerful, healing and loving archetypal
symbol that Jung discovered occasionally stirs to life, emerges from
the cave of our subconscious and acts as a stimulant to
psychological and spiritual transformation.
There is no greater form of personal transformation than from a
physical reality to a non-physical afterlife. In considering this
remarkable journey in which we all will embark one day, two things
come to this authorís mind:
First, the scientific fact that free energy in a vacuum never
travels in a straight line. It always moves forward while
oscillating as a waveform. This forward, oscillating motion results
in an elongated spiral or vortex of energy. The ancients somehow
intuited this knowledge and symbolized it as a serpent moving along
the deep waters of space.
Secondly, numerous ancient cultures picture the "Tree of Life" as
having serpents entwined around its trunk or at its roots. While the
leaves reach out to receive the energy of the sun, the roots receive
the nutrition of the soil and water. One cannot exist without the
other. In life we often acknowledge the leaves, but ignore the roots
of our existence.
So, as Carl Gustav Jung exhaled his final breath, his life energy
was released from his physical form and he embarked on an even more
fascinating journey than life. He ventured forth, at peace knowing
The image of the serpent has
been corrupted by the will of man,
yet beyond the scope of his vision, it readies itself at
preparing to return him to the Godhead upon his death.