Jennifer Embry

Sound: Anima’s Temenos and Dancing Voice as part of the CG Jung Institute symposium I feel, therefore I am

This paper begins exploring Rene Descartes’ archetypal construct “Je pense donc je suis” alongside the name of this symposium “I feel, therefore I am” through the lens of C.G. Jung’s unconscious aspects of the personality, animus and anima.  There is a fundamental distinction between the primacy of the rational, linear consistency and logic and the value of the irrational, feeling and connective energy. Integrating the opposites and waiting for the transcendent to emerge are fundamental to psychic development as one-sidedness defines neurosis.  Wholeness requires inclusion and the reunion of ‘scattered particles’ within one’s psychic structure. Om (or Aum) is credited in our collective consciousness to be the sound of cosmic creation occurring throughout the universe.

Sounds, whether audible and inaudible as silence, carry meaning and their resonance and/or dissonance structure emotional experience itself.  The inherent movement in sound has been studied scientifically by Pythagoras (6th century BC), a Ionian Greek philosopher as he worked with mathematics and the physical universe, by early alchemists in their laboratories as they attempted to process base metals into gold, and today in the fields of cymatics, medicine, astronomy, physics and many more. Jung was interested in the way movement and sound outlier responses to 100 words (the ‘Association Experiment’) could lead the analyst to uncover unconscious energetic blockages that have archetypal underpinnings. Whether you conjugate  religio as religare or religere, all religions utilize sounds communally to increase and amplify the connections between human experience and the Divine. Sound is of the eternal and helps us to understand universal order and to recognize psychic disharmony.  Both science and Spirit augment the process of bringing what is unconscious into consciousness.

Dreams, a process of ‘listening in’ to the neglected parts of ourselves, tell us of something previously unknown through images, metaphor and essence.  Dream images tend to be visual, but they can also be auditory, proprioceptive or kinesthetic.  The feeling state of the dreamer at the time of waking is significant to its interpretation and the sound coming through informs us that psychic energy is flowing.  Feelings, memory, body, the numinous and the communication between them weave together as sound in our dream and meditative states. The body also holds and makes sounds naturally.  Each chakra, energy center, carries a certain sound and color. The body’s organs seem to metabolize different feelings within our body giving us yet another sound or language with which to recognize latent or active feelings, create meaning and enhance communication between mind, body and soul.  This paper will explore the significance of the ear and hearing as the body’s first sense, its prima materia.


Jennifer Jones Embry, Jungian Analyst, MBA, LPC graduated from the C.G. Jung Institute, Kusnacht in July, 2014.  She is also a graduate of BodySoul, a program developed and led by Marion Woodman, Ann Skinner and Mary Hamilton.  The title of her thesis was “Resonance:  Eros of Body, Soul and Spirit”.  She has taught several courses at the Jung Center, Houston, Texas and is currently creating through songwriting.  Her first album, “Swan” (also the name of her first symbol paper) will be released March 1, 2022.


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