JUNGIAN STUDY OF MYSTICAL EXPERIENCES IN MURIEL MAUFROY’S RUMI’S DAUGHTER

  • Dr. Muhammad Imran1,Dr. Abdul Ghaffar Bhatti2,Muhammad Afzaal3,Gul Rukh Raees4

Abstract

Psychology, with its several theories and emergent notions to explain the profundities of human psyche, has contributed a great deal in enriching the understanding of mysticism and mystical experiences across regions and cultures. It has provided effective theoretical tools to address the critical debate between mysticism and health. The most contentious issue, however, with regard to the juxtaposition of mystical experience and psychological disorder(s) has been open to discussion and research even in the contemporary age. The present paper attempts to nullify the previously held assumptions that confuse mystic’s experience of the Divine with psychosis. Going beyond making comparisons, the research analyses the mystical experiences in the framework of Jung’s theory of individuation, a process by which a subject makes his unconscious conscious, thereby achieving self-consciousness and of course, a higher level of personality development. Through a detailed analysis of the novel Rumi’ Daughter, the study reveals that mystical journey essentially involves a process of self-knowledge and self-realization. Archetypal method of analysis is applied to the text to relate the stages of mystical journey with those of psychological development as gleaned from Jungian theory. The findings suggest that mystics are ultimately enabled to dissolve their ego-consciousness and connect with the higher consciousness referred to as the Self by Carl Jung. This also leads the researchers to invalidate the juxtaposition of mystical quest for self-knowledge with the experiences of psychologically diseased individuals.

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Published
2020-11-04
How to Cite
Dr. Muhammad Imran1,Dr. Abdul Ghaffar Bhatti2,Muhammad Afzaal3,Gul Rukh Raees4. (2020). JUNGIAN STUDY OF MYSTICAL EXPERIENCES IN MURIEL MAUFROY’S RUMI’S DAUGHTER. Epistemology, 7(1), 318-331. Retrieved from http://journal.epistemology.pk/index.php/epistemology/article/view/158