A Tragic Delusion

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When Jesus departed thence, two blind men followed him, crying, “Son of David, have mercy on us.” … Jesus said to them, “Do you believe that I am able to do this?” They said, “Yes, Lord.” Then he touched their eyes, saying, “According to your faith be it unto you.” And their eyes were opened. — Matt. 9:27–30.

What this story tells us symbolically is that their Faith enabled the inner ‘Eye of the Soul’ to open. They ‘awoke from sleep’.

All of the Bible’s inner teaching is aimed at preparing the Eye of the Soul to open, so that Divine Light can enter and we will be able to see. This actual preparation, however, is precisely what is missing from our modern versions of religion. “With a truly tragic delusion,” Carl Jung noted, “these theologians fail to see that it is not a matter of proving the existence of the light, but of blind people who do not know that their eyes could see. It is high time we realized that it is pointless to praise the light and preach it if nobody can see it. It is much more needful to teach people the art of seeing.” (Jung, Carl, Psychology and Alchemy, Princeton University Press, Princeton, NJ, 1968, p. 13)