The shuttling to and fro of arguments and affects represents the transcendent function of opposites. The confrontation of the two positions generates a tension charged with energy and creates a living, third thing—not a logical stillbirth in accordance with the principle tertium non datur but a movement out of the suspension between the opposites, a living birth that leads to a new level of being, a new situation. (C.G.Jung)
On the Importance of Numinous Experience in the Alchemy of Individuation Murray Stein, Ph.D.
RIVER DHARMA (2017) Stephen Calhoun
2012 S.Calhoun – The Transcendent Function
…a concept from Analytical Psychology.
From the activity of the unconscious there now emerges a new content, constellated by thesis and antithesis in equal measure and standing in a compensatory relation to both. It thus forms the middle ground on which the opposites can be united. If, for instance, we conceive the opposition to be sensuality versus spirituality, then the mediatory content born out of the unconscious provides a welcome means of expression for the spiritual thesis, because of its rich spiritual associations, and also for the sensual antithesis, because of its sensuous imagery. The ego, however, torn between thesis and antithesis, finds in the middle ground its own counterpart, its sole and unique means of expression, and it eagerly seizes on this in order to be delivered from its division.[“Definitions,” C.G. Jung CW 6, par. 825.]
h/t lexicon, New York Association for Analytical Psychology
note on the art: this piece, when reproduced, will be quite large, and the intention is that it offer several viewer perspectives between the up-close and stepping-farther-back standpoint.
Archive of my visual experimentation.