Jung on the Gnostic Adam

The figure of Adam is a highly important symbolic figure in Gnostic and Hermetic writings, and C.G. Jung wrote extensively about it. He represents primordial man,” the “original being, ‘ the “man of Earth,” the condition of primal innocence and unity with all life as described in the Bible’s account of the Garden of Eden. Feelings of being returned to a natural state of innocence, before guilt, shame and unworthiness arose, are common in these Adamic ecstasies; and so are feelings of connectedness and bonding with fellow human beings, animals and all the form and energies.”1

  1. Eisner, Bruce. Ecstasy: the MDMA Story. Ronin Publishing, 1993.  6. []

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