In his work Psychology and Religion: West and East C.G. Jung writes, “No matter what the world thinks about religious experience, the one who has it possesses a great treasure, a thing that has become for him a source of life, meaning, and beauty, and that has given a new splendour to the world and to mankind” (para. 167). Jung’s understanding of religion as based on personal experience of the God within, was made evident in a 1959 BBC interview in which John Freeman asked Jung if he believed in God, to which Jung replied, “I don’t need to believe… I know.” This talk will explore Jung’s relationship to religious experience, the mystical or, what Jung refers to as, the numinous.
Carl Jung and the Mystical Dimension of the Psyche
with Sr Marie Claude Teer