Psychology and Religion: West and East (The Collected Works of C. G. Jung, Volume 11)

As I am a doctor and a specialist in nervous and mental diseases, my point of departure is not a creed but the psychology of the homo religious the man who takes into account and carefully observes certain factors which influence him and, through him, his general condition.

It is easy to denominate and define these factors in accordance with historical tradition or ethnological knowledge, but to do the same thing from the standpoint of psychology is an uncommonly difficult task.

What I can contribute to the question of religion is derived entirely from my practical experience, both with my patients and with so-called normal persons.

As our experience with people depends to a large extent upon what we do with them, I can see no other way of proceeding than to give you at least a general idea of the line I take in my professional work. ~Carl Jung, Psychology and Religion, Paragraph 11.

Image: Jean Fouquet: The Trinity with the Virgin From Mary the Book of Hours of Etienne Chevalier (Chantilly)

The mandala encloses the three identical male figures composing the Trinity and a fourth, female figure, together with the four symbols of the evangelists, three in the form of animals and one (Matthew) in the form of an angel. Mary is Queen of the Angels.

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