Two Peas in a Pod

Karl Constantine FOLKES 1935 (Portland)

Two peas in a pod:
Individuation and
Being “born again.”
Together — separated.
By discernment, seen as ONE.

About this poem

Analytical psychology speaks of the ego, the psyche, and Individuation; and Christian faith doctrine speaks of The Adversary (“Ha-Satan”), the Holy Spirit, and of being “born again” into wholeness or holiness; or regenerated in spirit. Analytical psychology and Christian faith doctrine are like the proverbial two peas in the same pod that are seemingly apart yet, teleologically, demonstrating expressions of the same goal — return to wholesomeness, or transcendence of the human soul beyond the normal fractured ego self of narrowed experience and behavior. Swiss psychiatrist Carl Gustav Jung puts it this way: “Individuation appears, on the one hand, as the synthesis of a new unity which previously consisted of scattered particles, and on the other hand, as the revelation of something which existed before the ego and is in fact its father or creator and also its totality” (Carl Jung, Collected Works, Volume 11, paragraph 400). 

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Written on May 15, 2022

Submitted by karlcfolkes on May 15, 2022

Modified by karlcfolkes on June 08, 2022

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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 1991 at New York University entitled: An Analysis of Wilhelm Grimm’s ‘Liebe Mili’ (translated into English as “Dear Mili”), Employing Von Franzian Methodological Processes of Analytical Psychology. The subject of the dissertation concerned the process of Individuation. more…

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  • teril
    Your mind is impressively vast! I love the way that you continuously call our attention to similarities between concepts, beliefs, disciplines, faiths.
    LikeReply1 year ago


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