Carl Gustav Jung, a psychiatrist, neurologist and a depth psychologist is one of many people who had shown connection between numinous experiences with scientific findings (for example: his observation towards astrological birth chart to understand the collective personalities of people based on zodiac and planetary symbols, which is archetypal) and then manly p. hall, a mystic. These two people were the ones who observed the myths, phantasies, unconscious images, in order to understand the map of the soul. In which through introspective subjective observations, they found realisation about how we can become this intelligent being through those myths or phantasies (the collective unconscious). Everything is connected, and we cannot divide it based solely on structured mechanistic observations. It is a wide concept that we cannot view it superficially. But since the subject relating to transpersonal numinous experiences are still very hard to be catergorized in a more structured patterns such as how natural science would do, this become the reasons of the skeptics ongoing questionings towards the aspects considered as irrational or pseudo. Actually, It’s only a matter of how we acknowledged new formulas/encounters of the domain that hasnt fully explored yet. What is still unknown equals to irrationality because we havent fully understand it. But if we keep exploring and acknowledging something much more than just what we have already found out scientifically, it will be as rational as like most other natural sciences.
Existence and meanings not only coming from what makes sense, we humans are still trying to understand the universe, universe is beyond just a single perspective : rationality. The idea of rationality is based on “human physical senses resulting to a capability of acknowledging things able to be observed by the senses as make sense or logical” but universe have more intricacies which humans still unable to solved yet. So hence, what makes things irrational and unrealistic for the skeptics are just the domains which still hasnt fully explored yet.
When you with your human’s brain capacity acknowledge one theory, you prove it as making sense, but something unknown you havent explored yet, you consider it as irrational. That means you close yourself with a limited set of ideas about universe realm (a realm consist of things way more than our own brain’s capability to observe things as rational or irrational). Humans like to be superior as if they already know everything about this universe. But we havent yet achieved that state where we know everything.
In what kind of foundations we have the rights to be able to judge which is true or not just because we see things only in one set of perspective? By having virtue and understanding to the potential of the unknown mystery, it’s a way for us to be wise and never be self righteous in quickly judge things. Some people have inclinations towards what they felt connected to, such as mystery or fantasies, but that’s not determining that those people being irrational. Based on psychoanalytical perspective, we are driven most of the times by unconsciousness which is connected beyond personal early life experiences, it’s connected collectively to the ways of universe. And this is why you mostly tend to see, that some are driven more by their unconscious state (artistic subjective approach in viewing experiencing life), while some others like groups of scientific skeptical objective people would function themselves in their conscious state who prefer pragmatic proven quantifiable datas as the factual reality. There’s nothing right and wrong, science and mystery should be combined and integrated as a whole bigger concept that we have to comprehend, it is beyond just one spectrum of reality.
If we only sense and see everything from the calculative perspective which you need physical proof, it doesn’t fully shows or proofs that that’s the only way reality expressed itself in this universe.. but for example with astrology, it can be felt if you connect to how you function within, how you realise things within, because zodiac characteristic in us people, is a form of collective unconscious, where you are the same and have similar patterns like everyone else, a pattern of behavior with an innate built-in content which corresponded and synchronized with the energy of universe in its own certain time and moment. But you also still have personal unconsciousness that only you experienced since birth. So it is through introspections or psychic intuitions that you find things that cannot be measured through calculative numerical datas only, going within is important to understand that mostly what we do is a projection of our own psyche, what we experience and what we think as reality is a projection of our psyche witnessing existence itself. Similar to what Bion had suggested, in the book of The Mystery of Analytical Work, ”…that geometry, which we imagine is based in the points, lines, and shapes of the outer world, first emerged from the attempt to understand the shapes of inner, imaginal spaces (Bion, 1965 p.105 in Sullivan, 2009, p. 41)”. And the things unknown is everything that still yet need to be researched and explored, so clearly the things which is beyond or outside the quantifiable measurements wouldn’t be able to be measured if you only depend it solely through limited methods in observing universe, because some domains has its own unique system to be understood in other ways, and that doesn’t mean it’s irrational as well.
Consider this, if you are the left brain type of person, you will function as the logical type of person who measured things in calculative manner but do realise that some others have a right brain type of way in observing the universe, and this cannot be compared or judged as either something nonsensical or not, because its also a way of nature in perceiving itself like how the left brain would perceive this universe in a logical pragmatic manner.
Before we judged things from one side of perspective, do realise that in this universe there are other myriad of ways in perceiving the universe and existence and energies. The things which can be seen or be measured by you, you can definitely validated it, but there are other things which cant be measured in one single method. This doesnt proof any statements in what these people had observed and contemplate and experienced since ancient ago as false. We cannot betray ourselves when we are also part of the cosmic matter, so what those people did, who felt things in different way than in ”scientific domain” is basically being the part of cosmic matter which express itself through other ways of being.
We clearly cannot be ignorant to the fact that we also still have incapability to fully comprehend everything seen or unseen, that means those things unseen isnt irrational, it’s just something still need to be explored. It’s not mere “made up fantastical images or fantasies”
The realm of meanings doesnt always have to bemeasured by science. To find meanings or articulating things around us, doesnt always have to be through science as the primary method to dechiper things. So, try appreciate the realms or unknown domains that doesn’t fully need science as the prime method to dissect as a matter of whether its irrational or rational or whether it is validated by science or not. How we can understand spirituality through science for example? How we can understand what some others experienced as philosophical? Hence, some humans go to the depths to search meanings in a rather subjective way, besides observing existence in pragmatical scientific approach. It’s only like a different nature. Like some of us act as alchemist, and the others as the mathematicians, ofcourse it will differ, and even when we compare to a philosopher.
I, personally, don’t deny science at all, but what some of us are observing now from what i have shown or said is from another domain of knowledge that needs to be appreciated as a subject to be understood in other ways. Because we tend to point out things which we can only sense from the basic 5 senses, but something else can be observed through subjective approach, not always in a sense that we have to approach it in calculative manner, this is numinous area we are talking about, its spiritual. Like how some truly experienced the weird experience or memories of connected with alien, are they just imagining things or something deeper unrecognized hasnt been fully deciphered by us yet?
And from the birth of early idea of science, the intellectuals of the scientific world now wont be existed, everything starts from the prototype of ideas, the prototype from everything exist also not just what can be measured with basic 5 senses. For example the difference between measuring someone’s behavior through either cognitive brain processing (science) or psychoanalysis (unconscious process based on early life experiences, which is subjective and personal) clearly we can’t compare both as to which is the superior one that can handle someone’s mental well being.
We cant deny what has started from ancient knowledge, we are always connected to what we always express, we express or project what happened within us, and manifested it as a living mirror ofwhat resides within us, within us is not limited, it connects to everything in this universe, thats why i was referring all this with the collective unconscious, because astrology in some ways also part of that psychic manifesto content within our unconscious. For some, astrology is nonsense, but how about the fact that so many people resonated to its basic symbolism which has personal meaning to the unconscious state of the person. In Psychology, this is called Archetype, a collective psychic image which resides in everyones unconscious, we dony realise it fully when we are born, but gradually we realise our patterns of behaviors or there exist our inclinations to certain ways of beings, and sometimes those things appear through images of dreams or through myths or fantasies, we find familiarity from stories that explained how we behave or identify our internal self with, that’s what astrology is about, and its much more than that, for me personally, it’s related to both quantum physics and spirituality (but this is a sensitive subject which need deeper thorough constant researches).
Try read the book titled Cosmic Influences on Human Behavior by Dr. Michel Gauquelin, and then read the research of the influence of the moon to plants, this surely shows evidence that it can also affect us humans cause we are also a living being. And trees does give effect to us, forest bathing called Shinrin Yoku able to reduce depression and mental problems in schizophrenic patients. even though there is no full blown proofs yet, but nowadays there are many people do research and expand the knowledge of so called pseudoscience in objective way, such as institute of parapsychology, trying to understand deeper about clairvoyance, claircognizance, spirits or orbs or entities. This is a wild territory to be understood as a subject, but definitely we humans are trying our best to decipher things assumed as outside the norms or nonphysical matters.
All of these things need further research, so before admitting that something not yet explored as nonsense, its better to have an open mind of the possibilities of something yet unexplored, instead of keep being in resistance to things that were dechiphered from many ages ago. Of ccourse the evolution of science as well always developed, same thing as well for the knowledge of nonphysical matter, it derived from ancient civilization, definitely we shouldn’t deny it and assumed as incompetent when it is being compared to the concrete realism.
there’s a quote saying “quantum physics tells us that nothing is observed is unaffected by the observer. That statement, from science, holds an enormous and powerful insight. It means that everyone sees a different truth because everyone is creating what they see”. So there’s nothing wrong or right i believe from whatever is processing through our diverse mind. Everything observed is felt by each different individuals, some sensed things in a more mechanistic way, some sensed things in a more intuitive way.
Written by Eliza Hutapea