A New Myth of God

A New Myth of God


A New Myth of God: The Religious Function of the Psyche

This course explores some of the difficulties with the Judeo-Christian myth which has been at the core of the Western psyche for millennia. The image of God at the center of this myth is no longer alive for many people. This course will articulate a New Myth that is emerging from the heart of Jungian religious writing. This myth involves our conscious relationship with personal experiences of the divine as mediated by transpersonal levels of the psyche.


This course is divided into ten, one-hour sessions. The introductory session, The Religious Function of the Psyche is presented in both audio and video format to better acquaint the student with the instructor.

Session 1 | The Religious Function of the Psyche
Session 2 | Personal Spirituality
Session 3 | The Transpersonal Self
Session 4 | The Archetype as Synthetic Principle: Making Psychology and Spirituality Synonymous
Session 5 | Mythical, Symbolic and Imaginal Aspects of the Psyche’s Religious Function
Session 6 | A Psychological View of Some Traditional Religious Ideas
Session 7 | A Depth Psychological View of Some Traditional Religious Ideas
Session 8 | Sin and Evil: A Psychological Approach
Session 9 | Psychotherapy and the Spiritual Practice
Session 10 | The Rationale for a Contemplative Psychology


Outcome 1: To recognize and write about his or her personal numinous experience,
and those of others, no matter what form they take, based upon the quality
of the experience.

Outcome 2: To recognize some of the manifestations of the transpersonal Self
within his or her own soul and also within the experience of people who request
spiritual counseling.

Outcome 3: To recognize and describe the concept of the archetype, and its
manifestations in dreams, myths, religions, and other symbolic systems.

Outcome 4: To recognize and describe the meaning of the symbol in mythology
and religion, and relate the symbol to personal experience.

Outcome 5: To describe the psychological aspects of some traditional
religious ideas and teachings.

Outcome 6: To articulate a depth psychological approach to suffering and evil,
and the differences between this approach and traditional religious attitudes.

Outcome 7: To articulate the meaning to be found in suffering.

Outcome 8: To develop a written statement describing the depth psychological
approach to religion and religious experience from a Jungian point of view.


Lionel Corbett , MD | British-trained psychiatrist and Jungian analyst, particularly interested in the synthesis of psychoanalytic and Jungian ideas. His primary dedication has been to the religious function of the psyche, especially the way in which personal religious experience is relevant to individual psychology, and to the development of psychotherapy as a spiritual practice. Dr. Corbett is author of the books The Religious Function of the Psyche and Psyche and the Sacred: Spirituality Beyond Religion.