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Reading The Red Book (11)

“I am all that has been and is and shall be; and no mortal has ever lifted my veil.” (the words inscribed on the statue of Isis of Sais) The title of Chapter IX of The Red Book (Liber Primus) … Continue reading

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Reading The Red Book (10)

“The good and the beautiful freeze to the ice of the absolute idea and the bad and hateful become mud puddles full of crazy life.” C.G. Jung, The Red Book (Liber Primus, chapter VIII) Chapter VIII of The Red Book (Liber Primus) … Continue reading

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Reading The Red Book (9)

“In October [1913], while I was alone on a journey, I was suddenly seized by an overpowering vision: I saw a monstrous flood covering all the northern and low-lying lands between the North Sea and the Alps. When it came … Continue reading

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Reading The Red Book (8)

“But how does the mind free itself of its accumulated violence, cultured violence, self-protective violence, the violence of aggression, the violence of competition, the violence of trying to be somebody, the violence of trying to discipline oneself according to a … Continue reading

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Reading The Red Book (7)

I. “The spirit of the depths is pregnant with ice, fire, and death. You are right to fear the spirit of the depths, as he is full of horror.” II. “You thought you knew that abyss? Oh you clever people! … Continue reading

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Reading The Red Book (6)

The second part of Chapter IV of The Red Book is entitled Experiences in the Desert. Jung continues the intimate dialogue with his soul. He says he wants to be near her and to be alone with her. He expresses … Continue reading

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Reading The Red Book (5)

“The ancients lived their symbols, since the world had not yet become real for them.” C.G. Jung, The Red Book Chapter IV of The Red Book is called “The Desert.” Since ancient times, the desert has drawn mystics and visionaries, … Continue reading

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Reading The Red Book (4)

“Look into your depths, pray to your depths, waken the dead.” C.G. Jung, “The Red Book” The chapter entitled On the Service of the Soul contains a dire warning: soul work is not a light endeavor. Jung describes his fear … Continue reading

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Reading The Red Book (3)

In the chapter Soul and God Jung continues to dialogue with his soul. He regrets that it has taken him so long to find her. Looking back on his life’s events, he sees the soul behind all of them. He … Continue reading

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Reading The Red Book (2)

Chapter 1 of The Red Book bears the title Refinding the Soul. “I have shaken the dust of all the lands from my feet, and I have come to you, I am with you,” says Jung, addressing his soul. He … Continue reading

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