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Memories, Dreams and Reflections, by Carl Jung!
Memories, Dreams and Reflections,
by Carl Jung! Part 1
When the student is ready,
the teacher will appear.
- - Jung died in 1961.
- - If he become lax at his task, he took ill.
- - In "Late Thoughts" are his deepest convictions.
- - Information he was not at liberty to divulge.
- - This book contains Jung's religious testament.
- - his childhood visions
- - His discovery that the psyche spontaneously produces
images with a religious content.
- - His conception of a God who is not entirely good.
- - Thoughts circle around God like the planets around
the sun. - Attracted to Him
- - The God-image in the human psyche
- - His controversial book "Answer to Job"
- - I have suffered enough from incomprehension and from
the isolation one falls into when one says things
that people don't understand.
- - His collected works comprise nearly twenty volumes.
- - My life is a story of the self-realization of the
- - We are a psychic process which we do not control, or
only partly direct.
- - Life is like a plant that lives on its rhizome.
- - The etymology of the word "phallus" - shining,
bright (upward eye - man eater)
- - His father and eight uncles were parsons.
- - As a child he witnessed a large comet on the eastern
- - Jung had neurotic fainting spells.
- - Jung spoke of his higher ego as an old man who lived
in the eighteenth century.
- - Then as now I am a solitary, because I know things
and must hint at things which other people do not
- - A temple in which anyone who entered was transformed
and suddenly overpowered by a vision of the whole
- - This grace was accorded only to one who fulfilled
the will of God without reservation.
- - And when I was there, - I was outside time.
- - The devil, for he too was a creature of God.
- - Goethe's "Faust", a miraculous balm.
- - There was a sudden inner silence, as though a sound-
proof door had been closed on a noisy room. - A
mood of cool curiousity came over me - excited
- - It was as though a breath of the great world of
stars and endless space had touched me, or as if a
spirit had invisibly entered the room.
- - Perpetually present in timelessness until far into
- - In the light of - dawn on
- - He liked Gothic cathedrals.
- - Book: Only in Meister Eckhart did I feel the breath
of life. But the great find resulting from my
researches was Schopenhauer.
- - Kant afforded me an even greater illumination.
- - The best poem is the one which conceals the effort
- - revolves, rises, or falls, had all become one
- - Mountains: Where one can be without having to ask
anything. - God's world
- - the genius loci of Brother Klaus
- - My insight had been slowly ripening for a long time
and had then suddenly broken through in a dream.
- - Tower of Man: From the air they drew a certain
inconceivable something which was conducted down the
copper column into the cellar. - Here I had an
equally inconceivable apparatus, a kind of laboratory
in which I made gold out of the mysterious
substance which the copper roots drew from the
air. - Spiritual essence
- P 89- For the extraordinary idea that in the light of
consciousness the inner realm of light appears as a
gigantic shadow was not something I would have hit
on of my own accord.
- - I knew it emotionally beyond a doubt.
- - Jung had an eighteenth century doctor as a guide.
- - The further from understanding, the longer the
shadows reflected from the divine.
- - We the victims and promoters of a collective spirit
whose years are counted in centuries.
- - At least a part of our being lives in the centuries.
- - From the Latin: Go not outside; truth dwells in the
- - The necessary experience - the most evident of all
experiences - epistemology
- - One of those magical, infinitely profound dreams
which He had sent to me.
- - Yes, He had even allowed me a glimpse into His own
- - No one to say the saving word.
- - God Himself had disavowed theology and the Church
founded upon it.
- - Like all God's creatures are furnished with the
dimmest light, never enough to illuminate the
darkness in which they grope.
- - Six weeks after his death my father appeared to me
in a dream.
- - The devil, properly speaking, had been born with
- - Psychics of the eighteenth century: Zoellner and
- - Kant's "Dreams of a Spirit Seer" (Book)
- - Also read Karl Duprel's book.
- - And read seven volumes of Swedenborg
- - What was of burning interest to me was null and void
for others, and even a cause for dread.
- - And God's thoughts (plants and crystals)
- - No longer would I stand outside the world.
- - Read Nietzsche's book "Thus Spake Zarathustra".
- - Nietzsche had discovered his number 2 only late in
life, when he was already past middle age; whereas I
had known mine ever since boyhood.
- - Nietzsche had spoken naively and incautiously about
this arrheton, this thing not to be named, as though
it were quite in order.
- - What an insult it is to talk to one's fellows about
anything that is unknown to them.
- - My mother's no. 2 looked at me.
- - Feeling that I was a united double nature carried me
as if on a magical wave.
- - Dementia praecox or schizophrenia
- - Bizet's music put me in a springlike, nuptial mood.
- P120- Key to treatment - is the patient's secret, the rock
against which he is shattered.
- - One patient uttered; I am the Lorelei, I am Germania
and Helvetia of exclusively sweet butter.
- - Another patient: She heard voices which were
distributed throughout her entire body, and a voice in
the middle of the thorax was "God's voice". - After
six years the voices were only on the left half of
- - for incest is traditionally a prerogative of royalty
- - Jung realized the importance of symbolism and
mythology in treating psychosis in 1909.
- - He related the "collective views".
- - The psyche is the half of the world which comes into
existence only when we become conscious of it.
- - The collective unconscious is common to all; it is
the foundation of what the ancients called the
sympathy of all things.
- - A Chassidim rabbi is called a Zaddik, kind of a
saint and also possessed second sight.
- P139- An apostate to the Jewish faith. He betrayed the
secret and turned his back on God. (???)
- - She had no mythological ideas, and therefore the
most essential feature of her nature could find no
way to express itself.
- - Jung had sensed the presence of the numen.
- - The idea of development was always of the highest
importance to me.
- - Most of his patients were non-believers.
- - Mass is a symbol.
- - But to live and experience symbols presupposes a
vital participation on the part of the believer.
- - The healing spa: The pool of Bethesda.
- - The light wind is the pneuma which bloweth where it
- - Christ, the numen by the pool?
- - Wherever there is a reaching down into innermost
experience, into the nucleus of personality, most
people are overcome by fright.
- - The risk of inner experience, the adventure of the
spirit, is in any case alien to most.
- - We might have psychic reality
- - Jung's patients: One-third cured, one-third improved,
one-third no change.
- - Doctor/patient: The rapport consists, after all, in
a constant comparison, in the dialectical confrontation
of two opposing psychic realities. They must
become a problem to each other to impinge.
- - Neurotic - that is, divided against themselves.
- - felt this dichotomy to the depths of his being.
(Division by two?)
- - The spirit does not dwell in concepts, but in deeds
and in facts.
- - Anything can be settled by an intellect that is not
subject to the controll of feeling. - And yet the
intellectual still suffers from a neurosis if feeling
- - Patients paraded an endless stream of images.
- - (Although Jung respected Freud, he had reservations,
as I do.)
- - did not know that everything which arises out of the
unconscious has a top and a bottom, an inside and an
- - Freud: A man in the grip of his daimon.
- - Single motivating psychic force - like politive and
negative electrical charges.
- - It is no secret that "Zarathustra" is the proclaimer
of a gospel.
- - Numinous - both a god and a devil.
- P154- The pendulum of the mind oscillates between sense
- - Nothing has any existence unless some small - and
oh, so transitory - consciousness has become aware
- - Libido equates to transformation
- - Study the polarity and dymanics of the psyche.
- - Jung studied occultism over several decades.
- - It was as if my diaphragm were made of iron and were
becoming red-hot. - He caused a loud report; an
example of a so-called catalytic exteriorization
- - Jung tells of peat-bog corpses in N. Germany,
Holstein, Denmark, and Sweden. These are mummified
bodies of pre-historic men.
- - Jung believed that myths veiled deep mysteries, such
as the symbols and meaning of life.
- - People who know nothing about nature are of course
neurotic, for they are not adapted to reality.
- - As for a totally rational approach to life, that is,
as experience shows, impossible.
- - Freud himself had a neurosis.
- - The spiritual significance of incest as a symbol.
- - Be sure to read Jung's book about the libido.
Especially the chapter called "The Sacrifice".
- - Sex: Its spiritual aspects and its numinous meaning.
The expression of the chthonic spirit - the dark
face of God.
- - "When mystified" he analized Freud.
- - The assimilation of the fundamental insight that
psychic life has two poles still remains a task for
- - Now you possess a key to mythology and are free to
unlock all the gates of the unconscious psyche.
- - I had explained the myths of peoples of the past; I
had written a book about the hero, the myth in which
man has always lived.
- - Only in the first hours of the night can I (the
Dove) transform myself into a human being, while the
male dove is busy with the twelve dead. - Then she
flew off into the blue air.
- P172- Book: Read "Tabula Smaragdina", about the emerald
table, and the alchemy of Hermes Trismegistos,
written upon it.
- - There upon I said to myself, "Since I know nothing
at all, I shall simply do whatever occurs to me."
Thus I consciously submitted myself to the impulses
of the unconscious.
- - Memories are accompanied by emotion. - There is
still life in these things.
- - In 1912 he had two visions of the flood of Northern
Europe. In 1914 he foresaw the land froze to ice in
the middle of Summer.
- - Jung studied dreams and fantasies.
- - I had to do certain yoga exercises in order to hold
my emotions in check.
- - Then I abandoned this restraint upon the emotions
and allowed the images and inner voices to speak.
- - Had I left those images hidden in the emotions, I
might have been torn to pieces by them.
- - It was during Advent of the year 1913 - December 12
to be exact. - I was sitting - Then I let myself
drop. Suddenly it was as though the ground
literally gave way beneath my feet, and I plunged
down into dark depths.
But then, abruptly, at not
too great a depth, I landed on my feet in a soft,
sticky mass. In twilight - Before me was the
entrance to a dark cave, in which stood a dwarf
with a leathery skin.
- - Through icy water to the other end of the cave
where, on a projecting rock, I saw a glowing red
crystal I grasped the stone, lifted it, and
discovered a hollow underneath. There was running
water. - A corpse - He was followed by a gigantic
black scarab, and then by a red, newborn son - then
- - The above "a hero and solar myth".
- - The rebirth symbolized by the Egyptian scarab.
- - The dawn of the new day should have followed
- - December 18, 1913 he had another dream where he
helped kill Seigfried, and was told: "If you do not
understand the dream, you must shoot yourself!"
- - Archetypes speak the language of high rhetoric -
sometimes feeling it with my mouth.
- - Below the threshold of consciousness everything was
seething with life.
- - For there are higher things than the ego's will.
- - Symbols: The brown skinned native is the primitive
shadow. - Rain is the tension between consciousness
and the unconscious was being resolved.
- - New forces were released in me which helped me to
carry the experiment with the unconscious to a con-
- - I frequently imaged a steep descent. I even made
several attempts to get to a very bottom. The first
attempt to 1000 feet depth, second time at the edge
of a cosmic abyss. First came the image of a crater.
(Dead?) Then came Salome and Elijah. - Whom he did
not understand. - Then a black serpent.
- P182- Meditation: One frequently encounters an old man
who is accompanied by a young girl.
- - The snake was an indication of a hero-myth.
- - Salome is an anima figure. She is blind because she
does not see the meaning of things.
- - Salome, the erotic element.
- - The two represent "Logos and Eros".
- - Then Jung had a dream of a winged old man with four
keys. - With bull's horns!
- - He had dialogues with personalities he met there.
One figure (Egypto - Hellenistic - Gnostic) repre-
sented superior insight. New figures appeared for
each new areas of learning.
- - Philemon disentangled for me the involuntary crea-
tions of my imaginations.
- - Between the kingfisher's wing and the head of Ka
floats a round, glowing nebula of stars. - I am he
who buries the gods in gold and gems. - Ka the
earth or metal demon. - Like the Anthroparion of
Greek alchemy. - A tiny man who does your bidding.
Ka made earth real - also obscured the halcyon
- - Jung integrated his two natures through the study of
- - Others may do these efforts.
- - I recognized it as the voice of a patient, a talented
psychopath who had a strong transference to me.
She had become a living figure within my mind.
- - Visions of Zosimos of Panopolis, an important
alchemist of the third century.
- - After feeling great inner resistance, Jung suggested
she use his speech centers, and she did.
- - The soul, called the anima, is the feminine part of
a man. Woman has a male part of her spirit called
- - He wrote to display his views to his anima.
- - The old Greek maxim: Give away all that thou hast,
then shalt thou receive.
- - The eccential thing is to differentiate one self
from these unconscious contents by personifying
- - Thus the insinuations of the anima, the mouthpiece
of the unconscious, can utterly destroy men.
- - I always turned to the anima when I felt that my
emotional behavior was disturbed. I would then ask
the anima: Now what are you up to? What do you
see? I should like to know? - As soon as the image
was there, the unrest or the sense of oppression
vanished. - Today I no longer have such emotions.
- - Mandala drawings, which have a magical effect upon
the psyche, were first written in the Black Book;
later in the illustrated Red Book.
- - His life work was translating the unconscious.
- - Goethe's words: Now let me dare to open wide the
gate, past which men's steps have ever flinching
- P189- The second part of Faust, too, was more than a lit-
erary exercise. - It is a link in the "Aurea Catena"
which has existed from the beginnings to philosoph-
ical alchemy and Gnosticism down to Nietzsche's
"Zarathustra". It is a voyage of discovery to the
other pole of the world.
- - The "Golden Chain" is a series of great wise men,
linking heaven and earth.
- - Jung secretly authored "The Seven Sermons to the
Dead", by Basilides in Alexandria. Written on
request of ghost-air thick with ghosts.
- - For the unconscious corresponds to the mythic land
of the dead.
- - Soon after the disappearance of my soul the dead
appeared to me, and the result was the Septem
- - From then on, my life belonged to the generality.
Service to psyche was his greatest wealth.
- - Understand and draw ethical conclusions from the
symbolic images that arise.
- - If we pay heed to what the inner personality desires
and says, the sting vanishes.
- - Mandalas are small circular drawings of his inner
- - The scientific analysis of myths which I had begun
in "Wandlungen und Symbole".
- - I had to let myself be carried along by the current-
to the mid-point.
- - The mandala is the center.
- - Mandala: It is the exponent of all paths. It is
the path to the center, to individuation.
- - The goal of psychic development is the self.
- - There is no linear evolution, there is only a
circumambulation of the self.
- - Uniform development exists, at most, only at the
beginning; later, everything points toward the center.
This insight gave me stability.
- - I knew that in finding the mandala as an expression
of the self I had attained what was for me the ultimate.
Perhaps someone else knows more, but not I.
- - Books: His Great Mandala, called "Window on
Eternity". The picture is reproduced in "The Secret
of the Golden Flower", of 1927 that had a golden
castle in the center. The Chinese like mandalas.
This Taoist - alchemical treatise was given him by
Richard Wilhelm. The text on the golden castle, the
germ of the immortal body. The text gave me un-
dreamed of confirmation of my ideas about the man-
dala and the circumambulation of the center.
- - A magnolia grows on the sacred island. Each quarter
had a secondary center.
- - Liverpool is the "Pool of Life".
- P198- The center is the goal.
- - The center has a healing function.
- - I hit upon this stream of lava, and the heat of its
fires reshaped my life.
- - This incandescent matter
- - The material that burst forth from the unconscious,
and at first swamped me.
- - My encounter with alchemy was decisive for me. - He
also studied the Gnostic writers.
- - Jung calls Gnosticism "neo-Platonism".
- - Alchemy is the link to Gnosticism.
- - Alchemists' preoccupation with the secrets of matter
- - higher god who gave to mankind the krater (mixing
vessel), the vessel of spiritual transformation. -
So that those who strove for higher consciousness
might be baptized in it. - Alchemical YAS - in
which the transformation of substances took place.
- - The krater was called a feminine principle.
- - Mother of God and Bride of Christ has been received
into the divine thalamus (Bridal Chamber).
- - The Bride is united with the Son in the heavenly
bridal chamber, and as Sophia (Wisdom) she is united
with the Godhead.
- - Thus the feminine principle is brought into
immediate proximity with the masculine Trinity.
- - Unconscious: The shadow side of the mind.
- - Jung says alchemy reached its height in the seven-
- - Late alchemy texts need interpretation to reveal
- - Alchemy book: "Artis Auriferae Duo" (1593)
- - The alchemists were talking in symbols.
- - Book: The sixteenth century "Rosarium Philosophorum"
a lexicon of key phrases with cross references. It
was ten years in the writing, and contains thousands
of alchemy terms.
- - Jung had four years of vivid fantasies.
- - We must not be indifferent to our attitude toward
the unconscious images.
- - the problem of types; for it is one's psychological
type which from the outset determines and limits a
person's judgment. - a clinical angle
- - Book: Seitteler's "Prometheus"
- - The unconscious is a process - and that the psyche
is transformed or developed by the relationship of
the ego to the contents of the unconscious.
- - Paracelsus - alchemy as a form of religious phylosophy.
End of Part 1! See Part 2!
This book, written when Jung was old and full of wisdom,
contains some of his best work, easily understood, and has laid the
groundwork for our understanding of archetypes, and gives
rare insight into Jung's personal religious experiences.
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