Question: Tell us something about Carl Jung and his influence on psychology.
Response: Freud and Jung would generally be recognized as the most fundamental figures in psychology. There is a small part of psychology that is scientific; i.e., giving tests or dealing with learning problems and so forth, which can be objectively documented. We are criticizing psychotherapy. Freud and Jung are the major figures behind this fraud. Of course, many others followed them. Lately Freud is being increasingly discredited. Carl Jung is coming more and more into the fore among Christians because Freud was an atheist. He criticized anybody who believed in God or had religious experiences. Carl Jung, on the other hand, was very much a religious person. This fact attracts many Christians, particularly inner healers, most of whom are heavily Jungian. Carl Jung has a strong influence in the Episcopal and Presbyterian church, the Presbyterian and Lutheran renewal, the Catholic church, Paulist Press and so forth.
Jung’s influence is growing, particularly in religious circles, because he talked about religion, religious experiences and so forth. But he was a heavily demonized occultist and his major theories came from his spirit guide Philemon. Most people who follow Carl Jung either don’t know the demonic source of his theories or choose to ignore it.
Shirley MacLaine, in her book Out On a Limb, says, “this book is about a search for my self.” It’s self-centered. She says she is in touch with ascended masters, these higher forms, these spirit entities. She says this sort of thing has always been in the world, but it used to be practiced by just a special elite. Only a few people were involved in séances, in spiritualism and so forth, but it is now becoming very widespread for a number of reasons. Carl Jung had a large part to play in this. At first Jung claimed that these higher forms were simply archetypes that were being dredged up, projections and exteriorizations of thoughts within. The entities that are encountered, Jung would say, are not an actual reality, which modern man finds acceptable.
However, Carl Jung, not too long before he died, began to have second thoughts about the real existence of these spirit entities. Maybe they were real after all. Some of you may know that he was involved in séances. He saw ghosts. Carl Jung grew up in a haunted house. So did his mother. As a teenager she kept the spirits at bay long enough for her father (Jung’s grandfather), who was a medium, Master Mason and Protestant minister, to write out his Sunday sermon. Even later in life Jung tells of spending several weekends in a vacation house that turned out to be haunted. He was awakened one weekend by a loud boom on the wall right by his head. There opposite him on the pillow was the face of a woman with half her head blown away and she was as real as life. Of course he leaped out of bed a bit frightened, but he had seen this kind of thing many times. He was involved in this sort of thing and he explained it as an exteriorization of inner thoughts. We know from the Bible it was demonic.
Carl Jung said psychology is the study of the psyche. And psyche in Greek means “soul.” Carl Jung said he didn’t know what soul was. But of course, he didn’t accept the biblical view of the soul and spirit. Instead, psychologists made a science of mind. They called it the science of human behavior. They decided they were going to be able to explain how human beings behave and why they behave and how to reprogram their behavior and change their behavior, not through morals, not through God, not through redemption, not through the blood of Jesus Christ, but through scientific principles. That was Carl Jung’s basic belief.