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Carl Jung's concept of the collective unconscious came from recognition that our unconscious contains more than just our personal unconscious. Jung saw that even when there hasn't been opportunity for cultural transmission, there are archetypes or themes that are expressed universally in dreams, the arts and daily life. Jung believed that these archetypes are part of our heritage, just as ducks inherit the instinct to fly in a V formation. He did not believe that archetypes were transmitted by genes; instead he believed that we unconsciously tap into a collective unconscious, which C. George Boeree, Ph.D., explains as "the reservoir of our experiences as a species; a kind of knowledge we are all born with. And yet we can never be directly conscious of it. It influences all of our experiences and behaviors, most especially the emotional ones, but we only know about it indirectly, by looking at those influences." (a)

Jung's concept of a collective unconscious is important because, like psychic phenomena, it suggests that we can access information from another time or place. Jung said that we tap into the collective past of our species, but he didn't provide a mechanism for us to do this. The concept of resonance provides a means for genetically similar members of the same species to be interconnected and the idea about time being that information from the past can be accessed because it coexists with the present suggests that we are unconsciously in resonance with members of our species from the past.(b)

However, Jung's archetypes may simply be recurrent themes that reflect human nature. (c) Our choice of symbols may just reflect the way our brains are wired. Linguists have discovered that people's assignments of nonsensical words to objects follows certain patterns. In other words, even though there have been hundreds of languages, they share certain common similarities and didn't develop entirely randomly. The way a word looks or sounds will evoke one type of object over another. For example, a soft, round object is more likely to be assigned a name like "bubble" with a soft sound and round letters, rather than a harsh-sounding name with spiky letters like "brittle."

Because of the complexity of our brains, scientists have thought that most of Jung's archetypes can be explained by the human brain's configuration. But when we look at species with tiny brains, we see more compelling evidence for a "reservoir for the experiences of a species." The scientific mystery of the homing or migratory abilities of various animals implies such a reservoir.

A good example is the migration of monarch butterflies, since it takes more than one butterfly generation to do the complete migration. Monarchs born in Canada near the Great Lakes consistently travel south two thousand miles in order to winter in Mexico. They die on their way back in Texas or another southern state. Their offspring continue to journey back to the original location in Canada. Over the course of a year the butterflies produce three to five generations and the last one flies to Mexico in the winter. Although no single monarch ever completes the entire cycle, the migration route varies little from season to season. In fact, thousands of monarch butterflies are observed to go through the same exact grove of eucalyptus trees year after year.

By itself, the genetic code is not sufficient to explain the monarch's behavior. Neither is their brain's wiring. Like the uncanny similarities between identical twins raised apart, the monarchs' behavior may be due to resonance. The monarchs may tap into their collective unconscious by being in resonance with monarchs from preceding generations.

The idea that information from the past can be obtained by resonance between genetically similar beings may provide an explanation for the bizarre anecdotal reports of heart transplant recipients. Some recipients discovered postoperative changes in their reactions to things that were later found to be characteristic of the heart donors. Paul Pearsall, a psychoneuroimmunologist who studies the brain and its connections to our immune system, collected seventy-three cases and published them in "The Heart's Code."

One of the most famous postoperative accounts was published by Claire Sylvia in "A Change of Heart." She developed a craving for chicken nuggets six weeks after her heart and lung transplant, while having dreams about a man named Tim. The identities of donors are kept confidential, but Claire wanted to investigate the source of her dreams. She shared her experience with a psychic who helped her locate Tim's obituary. Claire was able to contact Tim's parents and found out that he was her donor. She also learned that her donor was a big consumer of chicken nuggets and actually died with some in his pocket.

One way to make sense of these dramatic transplant accounts is that the donated organs were still in resonance with the deceased donors. Like the monarch butterflies, it suggests an ability to be in resonance with a genetically related being from the past. The organs appear to either retain or be in connection with information about the donor, which then impacts the behavior of a sensitive recipient. These accounts also imply that our brains aren't the only part of our bodies that can tap into this reservoir of personal experiences. They suggest the possibility of the body being a hologram.
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(a) C. George Boeree, Ph.D., is a professor of psychology at Shippensburg University of Pennsylvania and this quote is from Wikipedia's definition of collective unconscious.

(b)The ESP Enigma - The Scientific Case for Psychic Phenomena by Diane Hennacy Powell, M.D. (Chapter 10: Consciousness and the Web of Life)

(c) The contents of collective unconscious are called archetypes. Examples of archetypal symbols include the rose, snake and sun. The rose is frequently associated with romance, the sun with god and the snake with rebirth.
Great post Rey - enjoyed reading it.

Jung's concept of the collective unconscious brought to mind what some might call the akashic field or akashic records.
Also interesting in this respect is the work of Rupert Sheldrake. He has a theory that (in my words) everything has an effect on a shared "Morphological field" where patterns that are more common and more recent leave a sort of imprint which is picked up by all subsequent "creatures" of the same type. This accounts for many phenomena from crystallisation patterns to the typical shapes of leaves and limbs.
DennisMe would you care to elaborate further regarding; "This accounts for many phenomena from crystallisation patterns to the typical shapes of leaves and limbs."
"A perceptual experience is a photograph of a moving reality." Chopra
"We are just points of attention within one infinite conscious." Icke
Heidi,
its hard to condense it down but what it boils down to is that this theory can explain many currently unexplained phenomena.

Here's Rupert Sheldrake himself commenting on Jung's collective unconscious:
http://www.sheldrake.org/research/morph ... nconscious

Dennis
Nassim Haramein, is a physicist whose unified field theory explains, in mathematical terms, how "we are one".

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bn35qoCjLYA

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tbE5bVl8r2g

his work is very interesting because he takes a holistic approach and sees how spirituality and science converge

quantum physics, sacred geometry, crop circles, meditation, psychology, the flower of life, ancient civilisations, dead sea scrolls, the arc of the covenant, the vatican & nasa, free masons, Hebrew Scriptures...the list goes on and on...he IMO is a good introduction! x
Thank you for the link DennisMe. I look forward to reading the article.

I'm very curious about the UTube video links that you've submitted mbee.
It's very much appreciated.

There is a plethora of information on this website. Thank you both for your time and efforts!
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