(The line of Western Spirituality began in Egypt and conti...)
The line of Western Spirituality began in Egypt and continued through the time of Christ. Has it become stalled in the years since? Robert Clarke says yes, it has.
(Books such as Holy Blood, Holy Grail assert that Jesus wa...)
Books such as Holy Blood, Holy Grail assert that Jesus was the originator of an actual physical bloodline. Robert Clarke believed that this is a materialist misunderstanding. The Grail legends refer to psychological processes - the marriage of Jesus and Mary Magdalene as the sacred marriage through the unconscious, and the child is the divine child in the inner processes, ultimately what the Greek mysteries called the Logos. Using insights from the work of Carrion and from his own individuation processes, the author investigates the related subjects of the Grail, the philosopher's stone, alchemy, and the visions of saints such as St. Teresa of Avila.
Robert attended secondary school in England. After a materially and educationally poor but spiritually-rich youth in central England, he became severely depressed and disillusioned, having lost the inner certainty of his childhood. Then Clarke stumbled onto the teachings of Carl Jung, and found the path to understanding he had sought.
Before dedicating himself to writing, Robert Clarke took on various well-paid jobs. He worked as an office clerk, assistant manager, shop assistant, printer. He experienced shoveling basalt rock into a furnace, stacking pottery vessels, peeling and frying potato chips, tipping buckets of tar into a mixer.
When Clarke immersed into Jung's ideas, he went on to become an independent scholar and mystic. The record of his many years’ journey through the depths of the collective unconscious was published by Hampton Roads Publishing Company as The Four Gold Keys, in 2002. In 2005, Hampton Roads published An Order Outside Time: A Jungian View Of The Higher Self From Egypt To Christ. Three additional manuscripts have been published posthumously by Hologram Books.
In The Four Gold Keys, Clarke, going by his own spiritualization in the psychic depths, argued that the way out of Western civilization's essential atheism lies in the psychological teachings of Swiss psychologist Carl Jung. In An Order Outside Time, Clarke reinterpreted Western Spirituality, using Jungian symbolism, to show that the great stories of ancient Egypt and of the Old and New Testament were processes of what Jung called individuation.
The ultimate example of individuation, Clarke said, was the Christ, who must now be further understood and developed. And, taking Christ as our symbol of the Self, direct experience of the sacred, by each of us, could enable us to achieve our greatest spiritual potential, both as individuals and as a whole culture.
Quotations: "In time I came to realize that my 'individuation process’ and its symbolism match material found in the world’s myths and religions, and that many initiates the world over must have made similar quests in the past, producing all of the magical and meaningful symbolism. My own material turned out to be a mixture of Christian, medieval alchemical, biblical, ancient Egyptian, and some even from the Holy Grail legends. It was quite obvious that layers descend through the collective unconscious to the distant past, and that the ancient symbolism, having become constellated, is still very much alive and is, in fact, used by spirit/soul reality to convey to us its archetypal messages."
Robert Clarke was "a self-taught introvert who did not study but had a wonderful gift for the analysis of his inner life."
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A reader's review on The Four Gold Keys: "Mr Clarke has written a very generous and brave book. His struggles both consciously and unconsciously are on full display here. What I think shines through, as well as his scholarship, is his rigorous morality."