The Unconscious Beckons…

As we begin to explore what Preston Harold has to say about the unconscious, I think it would be a good idea to quote him at length.  This will get us started on the right foot…

Because today’s psychological concepts and terminology are both confused and confusing, and because Jesus symbolized and dramatized the psychological makeup of man, a brief outline of the parallel between psychology and Jesus’ teaching cannot be traced with ease and desirable clarity.  But as Lancelot Law Whyte, author of “The Unconscious Before Freud,” says of his work:

“However inadequate the present study, the attempt is necessary… For today faith, if it bears any relation to the natural world, implies faith in the unconscious.  If there is a God, he must speak there; if there is a healing power, it must operate there; if there is a principle of ordering in the organic realm, it’s most powerful manifestation must be found there.”


What is the Biblical definition of “a principle of ordering in the organic realm?” Why, it’s GENESIS.  According to Whyte, the most powerful manifestation of GENESIS is found in our unconscious.  Harold continues…

Jesus conveyed that the psyche of man is divided: in the Book of Hebrews the author speaks of the Logos penetrating “to the very division of soul and spirit, joints and marrow – scrutinizing the very thoughts and concepts of the heart.  And no created thing is hidden from him; all things lie open and exposed before the eyes of him with whom we have to reckon.” (Heb. 4:12-13)  ImageThe origin of the unconscious is unknown, but it was incipient in Jesus’ day.  Whyte writes: “…in a tentative and speculative manner many thinkers in different cultures had already divided the mind into two or three higher and lower parts; the Egyptians, the Hebrews, and Hindus…”

The concept offered by this study is that Jesus identified Himself with the mission of enlightening man by revealing to him his own unconscious mind, that He saw this task as a mission of redemption, that He introduced the principles of functional psychic operations, and both symbolized and demonstrated the Authority and power in the unconscious versus the conscious in man.  

We will have much more to say concerning the divided psyche of man soon.  In the meantime, the next post will look at the “Authority and power” that Jesus demonstrated in the unconscious.  Until then, peace…

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