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The Noumenon is Beyond Phenomena

God is Noumenon.
Man is a phenomenon.
The image of God.
An image made as a form.
Of Him who is without form.

The image of man.
Is that made of consciousness.
The Spirit within.
Pursuing the Unconscious.
The source of his origin.

Royal Unconscious.
Source of all that is conscious.
The giver of Life.
Of man’s creative impulse.
Biblically — Genesis.

Surpassing tenses.
The Eyeh-Asher-Eyeh.
Or, “The Great I Am.”
Not limited by tenses.
Past, Present, or Future.

Books of the Bible.
Genesis — Revelation.
Require insight.
Better yet, inspiration.
The source of hidden knowledge.

Require vision.
Of that which must be revealed.
By the Noumenon.
Not by man’s conscious powers.
But by that of the Spirit.

God’s ontology.
Is not of mankind’s making.
Cannot be measured.
Not like all phenomena.
That are ruled by consciousness.

Thus, the Noumenon.
Is beyond phenomenon.
Faced with enigma.
Man — using his consciousness.
To know The Great Unconscious.

About this poem

As a scientist and a psychiatrist, Carl Gustav Jung’s academic research and findings were governed by the investigation of things as phenomena that could be measured. Yet, as a psychiatrist and a psychologist, and like all other scientists before him and after him, he remained perplexed in his efforts to measure the source or origin of man’s consciousness, which he attributed to originate ontologically from the unconscious which, ontologically and ironically, cannot be measured, since, as noumenon, or intrinsically connected to noumenon, the unconscious is considered to be the very pre-existing source of man’s consciousness. In his Collected Works (CW 11, Paragraph 935), Jung puts it this way: “Our consciousness does not create itself. It wells up from unknown depths. In childhood it awakens gradually, and all through life it wakes each morning out of the depths of sleep from unconscious condition.” Similarly, in Collected Works 1, Paragraph 172 (CW 1, 172), Jung states: “It is to this unconscious that all those who do creative work must turn. All new ideas and combinations of ideas are premeditated by the unconscious.” In both passages cited, Car Jung is informing us that the noumenon (what Jung refers to as the unconscious, or in a larger and more expansive sense in his Collected Works, as the Collective Unconscious) precedes and is beyond mankind and mankind’s consciousness as phenomena. Finally, to emphasize and amplify Carl Jung’s scientific observations, we can reaffirm with him that all that we experience, all that we know, all that we become aware of, all that we create, are all images that originate from the Divine Source of “The Great I Am.” All our creative efforts provide tangible evidence of God’s creative majesty ever present and ever being made manifest. 

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Written on March 28, 2022

Submitted by karlcfolkes on March 28, 2022

Modified on March 27, 2023

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Closest metre Iambic trimeter
Characters 968
Words 202
Stanzas 8
Stanza Lengths 5, 5, 5, 5, 5, 5, 5, 5

Karl Constantine FOLKES

Retired educator of Jamaican ancestry with a lifelong interest in composing poetry dealing particularly with the metaphysics of self-reflection; completed a dissertation in Children’s Literature in 1995 at New York University entitled: An Analysis of Wilhelm Grimm’s “Dear Mili” Employing Von Franzian Methodological Processes. The subject of the dissertation concerned the process of Individuation. more…

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