Images from Carl Jung’s “Red Book,” courtesy of W.W. Norton.
Back to On Point: Carl Jung’s Secret Book
as an artist who has mined the unconscious for source material, the release of this book is seminal to all artists and spiritual seekers. The archtypes revealed here speak to all of us, such as the cross in the circle, a universal symbol that is seen in the archeological record from all over the world. The images we see everyday in our media are far scarier and more dangerous.
Wow! Jung’s “Man and His Symbols” has always been one of my favorite books, appealing to both the artist within me (I have an undergraduate degree in fine arts) and the clinician (I have a master’s degree in clinical social work). This journal, from just these glimpses, shows me that Jung was as much an artist/ visionary as a scientist/ philosopher/ psychological theorist. The work itself reminds me of William Blake’s visionary paintings, although those were more figurative, but Jung’s work appears to be even more diversely rooted in many, many (and universal) spiritual traditions. His visual approach to describing the collective unconscious has always intrigued me, and now I can’t wait for the release of this book. Why did his family repress this work for so many generations? The line between crazy/ genius is subjective, and Jung was clearly a genius.
Norton is to be congratulated on such a magnificent publication. I am afraid, however, that many who buy the book will not read it and that even fewer will understand its meaning. To give this work some context, people should read Jung’s autobiography, MEMORIES, DREAMS, REFLECTIONS, especially chapter 6 “Confrontation with the Unconscious.”
Murray Stein, Ph.D.
At last Carl Gustav Jung’s Red Book is coming forth.
We would all be well served to remember Jung’s own struggle with the proper context for the books images, and his own reluctance, even aversion, to allowing himself to be convinced and persuaded, by admirers, that these were valuable images of “Fine Art.”
Of course, that they ARE to we the viewers, and yet for Jung, as one reads in his very accessible autobiography, (which I read at least once a year), “Memories, Dreams, Reflections,” these images, had to be constantly grounded and firmly taken hold of.
Jung knew enough as a seasoned inner traveller at this point, to always ground the images of the unconscious, rather than be lifted out of reality by their Numenous power.
For some, Images take us with them, for Jung, who we must all be grateful to for such hard work, the search for the facts of the Unconscious, out-weighed subjective “Beauty,” for its own sake.
Seeing these images, I am even more impressed than ever by the power of Jung’s own strength of being, of character, and of his constant return to honesty as a maxim for life and truth, and for not being literally “Blown Away,” by the power of these images.
Thank You Carl Gustav Jung, for teaching me everything I have ever learned about being Human, more clearly than any other writer.
Journey’s within are dangerous, they are not for every human being. Some of us are forced, as Jung was, to take the journey, and to confront the uncoscious.
For those who would idly play with these energies, a compassionate warning, do not venture in, unless you are compelled by your very Soul to make the journey.
….Mind Knows, ego observes….
For those interested in Jung’s final conclusions,
this quote offers much:
“man has need of the word, but in essence number
is sacred.” Jung….
Surely, an immeasurable addendum for all of us who follow Jung’s legacy with our patients, and our own life.
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