Karl Gustav Jung - founder of Analytical Psychology
Rumi, Jung and mythological messages from the body-mind
by Sharon G. Mijares, Ph.D.
Do we hear the stories rising from the cellular structures within our bodies? So often we limit consciousness to our cerebral hemispheres and fail to hear the narratives whispering, or perhaps shouting, within the consciousness of our tissues and organs. We have given a lot of attention to the brain and very little to the body. Carl Jung (1969) theorized that a neural substrate could contain a form of archetypal consciousness. The Sufi poet Rumi spoke of the magical power of the breath to awaken our awareness of archetypal presences within the body. In the beginning of his poem, "A Goal Kneels," Rumi shares this insight,