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Crowther, C. Schmidt, M. (2015). States of Grace: Eureka Moments and the Recognition of the Unthought Known. J. Anal. Psychol., 60(1):54-74.

(2015). Journal of Analytical Psychology, 60(1):54-74

States of Grace: Eureka Moments and the Recognition of the Unthought Known

Catherine Crowther and Martin Schmidt

In this paper we consider states of grace in analysis. These encompass a range of phenomena which share an experience of something being received or revealed rather than produced by the ego. It feels that they are events that happen rather than events that are made to occur. They are marked by a profound sense of transformation of feeling tone. The quality of relatedness in the analytic dyad is also heightened. Some of these phenomena have been referred to as experiences of the self, synchronicities, moments of meeting, the unthought known and Eureka moments. The latter are experiences of sudden realization where a meaningful thought or image emerges which results in a dramatic shift in direction of the analysis and a transcendence of impasse. Although many authors describe these phenomena, we find that a Jungian approach provides a loom on which these threads can be woven together. Jung's concept of the transcendent function and his understanding of the gift of grace are particularly illuminating here. We also consider the conditions which allow grace to be experienced and how these inform our analytic practice.

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