The paper amplifies Jung's psychology of ground associated with the culmination of the alchemical process in the unus mundus. It argues that Jung and Dorn identify the experience of the ground with the experience of divinity as the common originary source of individual and totality. It notes the monistic and pantheistic implications of the experience and goes on to amplify the experience through Eckhart's mediaeval mysticism of ground and Paul Tillich's modern philosophical/theological understanding of ground. It concludes that the Jung/Dorn psychological understanding of ground supersedes monotheistic consciousness. Their vision supports the emergence of a societal myth based on the identification of the ground as the source of all divinities and faith in them. This source currently urges a mythic consciousness that would surpass its past and current concretions and so alleviate the threat that monotheistic consciousness in any domain now poses to human survival.

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Keywords Eckhart, Ground, Monism, Monotheism, Pantheism, Tillich, Trinity/quaternity, Unus mundus
Persistent URL dx.doi.org/10.1111/j.1468-5922.2011.01926.x
Journal Journal of Analytical Psychology
Citation
Dourley, J.P. (2011). Jung's equation of the ground of being with the ground of psyche. Journal of Analytical Psychology, 56(4), 514–531. doi:10.1111/j.1468-5922.2011.01926.x