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

Carl Jung points out that in modern times we have lost connection to the idea of God within; we denigrate this idea by calling it ‘mystical.’ Jung adds:

“And even if they do cherish a certain belief in God, they would be deterred from the idea of a God within by their religious education, which has always depreciated this idea as “mystical.” (Pyschology and Religion; para. 101)

Carl Jung’s own imaginal experience, as well as his clinical work with individuals, led him to see the immanent truth of a spontaneous appearance of the deity within psychic life. Jung says,

“It is precisely this ‘mystical’ idea which is forced upon the conscious mind by dreams and visions. I myself, as well as my colleagues, have seen so many cases developing the same kind of symbolism that we cannot doubt its existence any longer.” (para. 101)