GNOSIS — Embodied Knowledge
Jung referred to Eros as a form of knowledge in The Red Book and he wrote of art as maternally creative. His patient and art student Morgan said: I must be mother and that nothing will ever stand between me and the forces which are around me—that I will be eternally alone—looking at these naked things [visions] always unprotected, and then measuring them to the capacity of these several individuals—veiling them and transforming these things that I see to meet the needs of each one—while I see them in the raw. I have the feeling that this may be the real awakening consciousness of women. It makes me feel appallingly alone (Jung, 1997, p. 16).
In ways, this art-based methodology can be seen as a women’s psychology or at least a way of perceiving and creating a women’s psychology, something that Jung said had not been done and was needed in the new age. In this section we will explore this gendered approach.
“Your body remains with you, my beloved, your living body. The enlightening thought comes from the body." C. G. Jung