Glossary of Spiritual Wisdom
Excerpts about Jackal
Jackal - Negative Merging
This Beast structure is connected with another primitive structure in the soul which results from frustration about early nourishment and love; this structure we call the Jackal and it has to do with the experience of negative merging (see Chapter 20, The Pearl Beyond Price, Almaas, 1988). The Jackal state is a more animal-like sense in which the quality of the soul is deep suffering, burning frustration, and aggression. When this is happening, you are experiencing the actual negativity in the soul that appeared partly in response to frustration and also in response to being merged with mother in the symbiotic stage when she was in a negative state. These structures of negativity become illuminated when the deeply relaxing and opening effect of Loving Light touches the soul. In this way, the structures can be seen and understood, although they are not easy to work through because they have such early, primitive roots.
Facets of Unity, pg. 35
It is not easy to acknowledge and experience oneself as an all bad destructive force, which accounts for the issues of splitting that are associated with hatred and how it is the distortion of the power of Being. The important point for us here is that the emergence of true nature in the boundless love dimension activates this powerful hatred toward the very goodness of the divine. It becomes personified in the figure of the devil, but the process of its working through takes us to its genesis in early frustration that appears in the soul in the form of a furry jackal.