Even though Jesus Christ called on Christians to be spiritually alert, today spiritual discernment is at an all-time low within the Christian community. For example, though the vast majority of Christians have never heard of the heavily demonized Carl Jung, father of occult New Age spirituality, his influence in the church is extensive and is for example found in sermons, books, and the widely used Myers-Briggs Type Indicator (MBTI). Another example of Jung's legacy can be seen in Robert Hicks's book The Masculine Journey, which was given to each of the 50,000 men who attended the 1993 Promise Keepers conference. (C.G.Jung's Legacy to the Church, psychoheresy-aware.org) The founders of modern psychology are Freud and Jung. Both men were keenly interested in the occult, but whereas the materialist Freud argued that religions and Christianity in particular are delusionary and evil, the Gnostic Jung understood that psychoanalysis belonged to the sphere of religion, thus he contended that all religions are imaginary but useful in that they revealed aspects of the unconscious and could thus tap into a person's psyche (soul). In Jung's view, religions were useful psychoanalytical tools and if a person wanted to use Christian symbols that was fine with him.
Jung believed that there was a deeper, more significant layer of the unconscious which he described as a "storehouse of latent memory traces inherited from man's ancestral past, a past that includes not only the racial history of man as a separate species but his pre-human or animal ancestry as well." ( C. G. Jung. The Archetypes and the Collective Unconscious, 1969, p. 4)
Jung identified the memory traces as archetypes and held that they were innate, unconscious, and generally universal, meaning that this collective unconscious (Abraxas) is shared by all people, therefore universal. However, because it is unconscious, only adepts (mystics, channelers, spiritists) are able to tap into it.
Jungianism is grounded in Gnostic neo-Platonism, Darwin's theory of evolution, monism, reincarnation, and ancient mythology. That Jungianism constitutes a distinctly Eastern view of reality can be seen in his Gnostic view of God as Abraxas, the collective unconscious present in each person's unconscious, a common feature of all monistic systems of mysticism.
The heavily-demonized Jung delved deeply into the occult. He practiced necromancy, and had daily contact with familiar spirits, which he called archetypes. Much of what he wrote was inspired by his familiar spirits, one of which he called Philemon. At first he thought Philemon was part of his own psyche, but much to his shock and dismay, he later on arrived at the truth. Jung says:
"Philemon and other figures of my fantasies brought home to me the crucial insight that there are things in the psyche which I do not produce, but which produce themselves and have their own life. Philemon represented a force which was not myself. In my fantasies I held conversations with him, and he said things which I had not consciously thought. For I observed clearly that it was he who spoke, not I. . . . Psychologically, Philemon represented superior insight. He was a mysterious figure to me. At times he seemed to me quite real, as if he were a living personality. I went walking up and down the garden with him, and to me he was what the Indians call a guru." ( Jung, Memories, Dreams, Reflections, p. 183)
The eerily uncomfortable feeling that nonphysical intelligences exist causes the scientific community to strain hard at discovering a scientific theory that will explain away their existence. As part of the scientific community, Jung was reluctant to accept the existence of Philemon and discussed the proof of identity (of familiar spirits) with Professor Hyslop, a long-time friend of William James. Hyslop believed that, all things considered, these metaphysic phenomena "could be explained better by the hypothesis of spirits" rather than by evolved aspects of the collective unconscious, which led Jung to admit:
"I am bound to concede he is right....I have to admit that the spirit hypothesis yields better results in practice than any other." (America: The Sorcerer's New Apprentice, Hunt & McMahon, p. 121)
Though influential psychiatrist M. Scott Peck claims to be a Christian, he nevertheless embraces Jung's Darwinian faith and revelations from Philemon and other familiar spirits. Since we cannot scientifically explain how it is that the unconscious possesses knowledge which we have not consciously learned, Scott says, "we can only hypothethize (that) our unconscious is God...."
Peck goes on to say:
"To explain the miracles of grace and evolution we hypothesize the existence of a God who...wants us to become Himself (or Herself or Itself). We are growing toward godhood....I am indebted for this analogy to Jung..." (ibid, p. 230)
In the contemporary post-Christian West, where belief in demons and possession are contempuously dismissed as unscientific, millions of scientifically enlightened Westerners are tuning into the Universal Soul through psychospiritual technologies and experiencing ecstasy, higher states of consciousness, and astral travel, all of which are viewed as the very essence of psychologic sophistication.
A spiritual transformation---a counter-conversion---is sweeping over and across the West. Scientifically enlightened Westerners are embracing occultism, with its seductive promise of supernatural powers, immortality and divinity. But these powers come at a steep price as the demonized Jung discovered too late, for not only did Philemon really exist, but Jung was his servant:
"Know you not," Paul asks, "that to whom you yield yourselves servants to obey, his servants you are to whom you obey; whether of sin unto death, or of obedience unto righteousness?" (Romans 6:16)