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Archetypes and the Fully Functioning Person

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Next, I want to draw attention to two descriptors that Dr. Harding uses here: disinterested and detached.

In his rightly famous book Insight: A Study of Human Understanding (1957; 5th ed. 1992), the Canadian Jesuit philosopher and theologian Bernard Lonergan (1904-1984) incorporates these two descriptors in his famous tag-line: the disinterest, detached desire to know.

What Dr. Harding refers to as distortions of fact can be included under the biases that Fr. Lonergan discusses.

It strikes me as fair enough to assume that Fr. Lonergan had experienced in his own psyche what Dr. Harding refers to as the raising of the Veil of Isis.

But I am reasonably sure that Fr. Lonergan never thought that he had been involved psychologically in raising the Veil of Isis.

So how could he possibly been involved in psychologically raising the Veil of Isis without even being aware that he was involved in doing this?

First of all, I need to remind you of the title of Dr. Harding's book: Woman's Mysteries.

To this day, the word mysteries can still be used to refer to psychological processes in the human psyche involving the feminine spirit.

But today Christianity is not usually thought of as a mystery religion, as certain ancient religions were thought of.

Nevertheless, when we turn our attention to Fr. Lonergan, we need to note that he had devoted years of his adult life to cultivating Jesuit spirituality.

If you are familiar with the medieval Grail legends, you could think of Fr. Lonergan as a knight on the symbolic quest for the Grail. For all practical purposes, you can think of all men and all women in religious orders in the Roman Catholic Church as knights on the symbolic quest for the Grail.

All adult knights on the symbolic quest for the Grail self-consciously cultivate their spirituality. Their spirituality involves their psycho-spiritual development and growth.

In effect, they must cultivate the feminine spirit on their psyches -- it's unavoidable.

If and when their cultivation of the feminine spirit in their psyches works out optimally for them, then psychologically they experience the raising of the Veil of Isis that Dr. Harding discusses.

Next, I want to mention that Dr. Harding regularly refers to initiations.

In effect, all religious orders in the Roman Catholic Church have initiations built into the course of training in the order, starting with the initiation known as the novitiate. The Jesuits have a two-year novitiate, followed years later by a third year of novitiate-like living and working.

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