Psychologists are familiar with the hidden depths of consciousness powerfully breaking out in ordinary life. This study looks at the influence of deep consciousness on a person’s religious expression and how it might be harnessed and co-ordinated for one’s spiritual wellbeing in the service of God.
Interest in this study arose out of the author’s long time exploration of an Australian spirituality. His conviction was that Aboriginal spirituality must eventually find its place in the mainstream and that the mutual engagement of European and Aboriginal thinking can only be possible at the deepest level of consciousness. This is equally true of interfaith dialogue: unless participants can engage with each other at depth the exercise is doomed to be superficial and ineffective. The enterprise is likewise promising in the rediscovery of the roots of Christian theology, when theologia was perceived as a mystical exercise, too easily dismissed by rational theology as pious poetry. Yet what I have called archetypal theology I hope can be shown to be a valid discipline at its own level, with its own procedure.
Other books by Father Eugene Stockton: Aboriginal Church Paintings – Reflecting on our Faith