The Divine Child represents the emergence of a new, enlivening idea or energy, a renewal and expansion in consciousness. According to Jung “As bringers of light, that is, enlargers of consciousness, they overcome darkness, which is to say that they overcome the earlier unconscious state” (CW 9i, Para 288). The Divine child as a manifestation of the Self calls for an evaluation and restructuring of our current psychic structures, whether internally within an individual or collectively in a culture or humanity as a whole.
The Divine Child has a special relationship with the Creator. They have special powers which they bring as gifts to the world. The various stories of the Divine Children often involved miraculous births in unexpected places following prophesies of their anticipated arrival. The Divine Child is frequently birthed into an unwelcoming, hostile and dangerous world – their births evoking resistances from those in power and their lives threatened by the existing rulers. This is reminiscent of the old kings in fairytales who refuse to die and make way for the new. This is symbolic of the old order (old ways of governance and societal structure) resisting necessary change and renewal.
Jesus Christ and Sri Krishna are some examples of the Divine Child, both having reshaped the spiritual destiny of humanity, symbolizing divine love. Jesus was born in a stable from a virgin mother, while King Herod tried to murder him leading the massacre of the innocents. Sri Krishna’ uncle also plotted to kill him when it was prophesied the child would be responsible for his death.
What needs to be birthed in ourselves and what parts of ourselves have to ‘die’ for the new to emerge to enable us to become more conscious?
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