Psychology and Alchemy (Collected Works of C.G. Jung Vol.12)
The doctrine that all evil thoughts come from the heart and that the human soul is a sink of iniquity must lie deep in the marrow of their bones.
Were it so, then God had made a sorry job of creation, and it were high time for us to go over to Marcion the Gnostic and depose the incompetent demiurge.
Ethically, of course, it is infinitely more convenient to leave God the sole responsibility for such a Home for Idiot Children, where no one is capable of putting a spoon into his own mouth.
But it is worth man’s while to take pains with himself, and he has something in his own soul that can grow.
It is rewarding to watch patiently the silent happenings in the soul, and the most and the best happens when it is not regulated from outside and from above. ~Carl Jung, CW 12, Para 126
Whoever speaks of the reality of the soul or psyche is accused of “psychologism.”
Psychology is spoken of as if it were “only” psychology and nothing else.
The notion that there can be psychic factors which correspond to the divine figures is regarded as a devaluation o£ the latter.
It smacks of blasphemy to think that a religious experience is a psychic process; for, so it is argued, a religious experience “is not only psychological.”
Anything psychic is only Nature and therefore, people think, nothing religious can come out of it.
At the same time such critics never hesitate to derive all religions—with the exception of their own — from the nature of the psyche. ~Carl Jung, CW 12, Para 9