THE REINTEGRATION OF THE ARCHETYPAL FEMININE IN BLACK AND WHITE
Journal of Sandplay Therapy, Volume 6, Number 2, 1997
Keywords: Collective Unconscious, archetypal feminine, Kuan Yin, Mammy, matriarchal compassion, amirta
Abstract: This article explores the archetypal feminine as a transcendent image in the psyche, in both her dark and light forms. Two images in particular are explored in depth: Kuan Yin, the bodhisattva of compassion, and the Mammy as an element of the Black Madonna. These images are depicted in the case of a seven year old girl who lost two mothers and was living with a rejecting grandmother. It shows with amazing clarity, Jung’s concept of the collective unconscious as this 7 year old child uses Kuan Yin in the tray, and speaks of her with amazing internal knowledge, impossible for her to have known.