Week 4

Chagall, “The Thinker”

“The guilty one is eminently suitable, and is therefore chosen to become the vessel for the continuing incarnation, not the guiltless one who holds aloof from the world and refuses to pay his tribute to life, for in him the dark God will find no room.”       (Carl Jung, Answer to Job)

To set the mood, take time to listen to Brahm’s Cello Concerto, 2nd movement here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=I1Gz26m_siE

Matthew 1:21-22

How do you think the people experienced Jesus’ authority?

Matthew 5:21-35  

Note the first line of vv. 21,27,33 & 38. Remember, we understand these words in the context of v.17: “Think not that I have come to abolish the law and the prophets; I have come not to abolish them, but to fulfill them.”

What kind of authority is Jesus taking on here?

Mark 11:27-33

This comes after Jesus cast out the moneychangers from the temple.

How do you think the Jewish authorities are feeling?

What question do they ask of Jesus?

How does Jesus respond?

What does he keep open?

Why does he ask a question about John the Baptist?

What is Jesus doing by asking this?

Luke 12:13-15

What is asked of Jesus?

What has become of the questioner’s relationship with his inner authority?

What is Jesus response?  Note switch from man to “them.”

What is Jesus trying to do here?

What happens when we turn from our inner source of authority?

Take 5 minutes to write of a recent situation when you have given away authority?

** Stand and mime the following:

  • 1) Giving authority
  • 2) Denying authority
  • 3) Identifying with authority
  • 4)  Relating to authority

What message from the body most impressed you?

** Draw symbol of relationship to inner authority (15 min)

** Set it in front of you and let it remind you of the presence of inner authority.

Luke 10:38-42

What would you say about Martha’s attitude here?

Why does she speak to Jesus and not to Mary about it?

How does Jesus respond?

How does Martha feel?

What is said about Mary? What has she chosen?

What is it that “shall not be taken away?”

What is the “one thing” that is needful?

Identify the Martha part in you.  The Mary part.  (write down)

How might we strengthen the Mary part?

Think of a situation in which you feel caught, as Martha was. What is the ‘one thing’ you need?

Luke 12:54-59

What words could replace “judge”?

What are you doing when you judge?

What is the difference between a creative and a non-creative judgment?

How do you feel when someone makes and uncreative judgment toward you? 

How do you feel if you receive a creative judgment? 

**Write: In what situations do you make uncreative judgments?

What inner source do we turn to in order to make creative judgments?

Matthew 7:1-2

What is Jesus saying here? Put it in other words.

When we judge others, what happens?

What psychological mechanism are these a description of?

Where do they come from?

Why do we have them?

What is possible when one recognises a projections?

“Every projection is an attempt of the self to realise itself: a deeply religious process.”  (Carl Jung)

What should one do with them?

What is the proper role of the ego here?  The other?  Symbol?

How do you work with the other on whom you project?

Matthew 8:12

What do we need to know about ourselves to work on this law?

How do you usually expect this law to work?


How do you feel when you feel guilty? 

What are the realities that lead to guilt?

What are some things we are likely to do as a result of feeling guilty?

If you find yourself hanging on to guilt, what might be behind it?

To what image of God is guilt-maintenance pointing?

What kind of image of God needs to be behind the exercise of creative judgments and creative guilt? 

Where do you see this God?

Luke 12:51-53

What is the essence of this teaching?

Why division? 

What kind of guilt will this produce?

“I came not to bring peace…to part thee from brother, sister…because they are foes…in these things thy soul is destroyed.”  (Meister Eckhardt)

How is creative guilt part of this? 

Luke 5:8

What does Peter say here?

What kind of guilt is Peter expressing? 

What is Peter in the presence of?

What are its qualities? 

Luke 7:36-50

Of what kind of guilt might the woman have been a victim?

**Identify a part of you that has been prostituted and write about the kind of guilt that has been produced.

When creativity serves the ego, it works for the masculine element and the status quo. When guilt is creative, is leads to change.

** Draw the guilt if it had a chance to turn toward healing

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