Tag Archives: the unconscious

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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The Seeds of the Sixties

“His disciples said to him, ‘When will the kingdom come?’ ‘It will not come by watching for it. It will not be said, ‘Look, here!’ or ‘Look, there!’ Rather, the Father’s kingdom is spread out upon the earth, and people … Continue reading

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Dark Matter

“You’re sitting here with us, but you’re also out walking in a field at dawn. You are yourself the animal we hunt when you come with us on the hunt. You’re in your body like a plant is solid in … Continue reading

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Symbolism of the Lighthouse

The world’s first lighthouse, the Pharos, was erected in the ancient city of Alexandria. One of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World, it turned the insignificant port of Pharos into one of the greatest cities of the ancient world. … Continue reading

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Stamped on the Underside of My Memory

“Every aurate woman I have loved in my life, and I use the word loved in its widest sense, has left her impression on me, as the old gods of creation are said to have left their thumbprints on the … Continue reading

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Two Shimmering Thoughts by Jung on His Birthday

1.“The unconscious can be reached and expressed only by symbols, and for this reason the process of individuation can never do without the symbol.” Carl Gustav Jung, Collected Works Volume 13, “Alchemical Studies,” section 44 2.“What takes place between light … Continue reading

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Jung on Alchemy (1): The Moist and Earthly Foundation

My upcoming series of posts is going to be based on three works of C.G. Jung: 1) Psychology and Alchemy, volume 12 of the Collected Works 2) Alchemical Studies, volume 13 of the Collected Works 3) Mysterium Coniunctionis, volume 14 of the Collected … Continue reading

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