-The Oedipal Child Archetype-
Although he may be deficient in his experience of the nurturing masculine, he is able to access the positive qualities of the archetype. He is passionate and has a sense of wonder and deep appreciation for connectedness with his inner depths , with others, and with all things. He is warm, related, and affectionate. He also expresses, through this experience of connectedness to Mother(the primal relationship for almost all of us), the origins of what we can call spirituality. His sense of the mystic oneness and mutual communion of all things comes out of his deep yearning for the infinitely nurturing, infinitely good, infinitely beautiful Mother.
This Mother is not his real, mortal mother. She is bound to disappoint him much of the time in his need for connectedness and perfect, or infinite, love and nurturing. Rather, the Mother that he is sensing beyond his own, beyond all the beauty and feeling (what the Greeks called “eros”) in the things of the world, and that he is experiencing in the deep feelings and images of his inner life is the Great Mother - the Goddess in her many forms in the myths and legends of many peoples and cultures.
A young man who once came into analysis in part because he was trying to work through his mother issues reported a remarkable insight that his own unconscious handed him. About halfway through his analysis, while visiting his mother, he and she got into one of their frequent quarrels. He could not get her to see his point. And he blurted out in disgust, “God, All-Mother, Mighty!” He And his mother were stopped cold in their argument. Both were embarrassed and laughed nervously, because both realize the significance of his slip of the tongue. From that moment on, he began to direct his spiritual sense of All – Mother, Mighty, toward the archetypal Great Mother of his own mortal Mother. He began to stop experiencing his mother as the great mother and began to be able to relieve her, and all other women, from carrying so heavy burden as God – likeness for him. Not only did his relationships with his girlfriend and his mother improve, but his spirituality began to deepen significantly. He began to