[Carl Jung on “Resurrection.”]
The utter failure came at the Crucifixion in the tragic words, “My God, my God, why hast thou forsaken me?”
If you want to understand the full tragedy of those words you must realize what they meant: Christ saw that his whole life, devoted to the truth according to his best conviction, had been a terrible illusion.
He had lived it to the full absolutely sincerely, he had made his honest experiment, but it was nevertheless a compensation.
On the cross his mission deserted him. But because he had lived so fully and devotedly he won through to the Resurrection body. ~Carl Jung, C.G. Jung Speaking, pp. 97f.
The state of imperfect transformation, merely hoped for and waited for, does not seem to be one of torment only, but of positive, if hidden, happiness.
It is the state of someone who, in his wanderings among the mazes of his psychic transformation, comes upon a secret happiness which reconciles him to his apparent loneliness.
In communing with himself he finds not deadly boredom and melancholy but an inner partner; more than that, a relationship that seems like the happiness of a secret love, or like a hidden springtime, when the green seed sprouts from the barren earth, holding out the promise of future harvests.
It is the alchemical benedicta viriditas, the blessed greenness, signifying on the one hand the “leprosy of the metals” (verdigris), but on the other the secret immanence of the divine spirit of life in all things. ~Carl Jung, Mysterium Coniunctionis, CW 14, par. 77, note 215.
When Nietzsche said “God is dead,” he uttered a truth which is valid for the greater part of Europe. People were influenced by it not because he said so, but because it stated a widespread psychological fact. The consequences were not long delayed: after the fog of -isms, the catastrophe. ~Carl Jung, Psychology and Religion, CW 11, par. 145.
We are living in what the Greeks called the Kairos the right moment for a “metamorphosis of the gods,” of the fundamental principles and symbols. This peculiarity of our time . . . is the expression of the unconscious man within us who is changing. ~Carl Jung, The Undiscovered Self,” Civilization in Transition, CW 10, par. 585.