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The Red Book is an account of Carl Jung’s journey in the abstract of his unconscious… handwritten by Carl Gustav Jung, this is the pinnacle for all of his works… the final proof really of Jung’s contributions to understanding the human psyche. The marketed book includes a reproduction of his handwritten manuscript (Swiss) as well as a translation by Sonu Shamdasani and including Jung’s abstract illustrations.
In 1957, Jung gave an interview to Aniela Jaffé about the Red Book and his process; saying:
The years… when I pursued the inner images, were the most important time of my life. Everything else is to be derived from this. It began at that time, and the later details hardly matter anymore. My entire life consisted in elaborating what had burst forth from the unconscious and flooded me like an enigmatic stream and threatened to break me. That was the stuff and material for more than only one life. Everything later was merely the outer classification, scientific elaboration, and the integration into life. But the numinous beginning, which contained everything, was then.
Program Description Professor Sonu Shamdasani introduces the creation and significance of Carl Jung’s Red Book. On view to the public for the first time, the book was the center piece of the exhibition The Red Book of C. G. Jung: Creation of a New Cosmology at The Rubin Museum of Art from October 7, 2009 – February 15, 2010.
SORRY: the source volume is low. This was the best video I could find for what I wanted to quickly demonstrate from Jung’s work.
The Undiscovered Self — Jung — Awakening If you are making a study of Jung’s works, begin instead of with this book with an overview of Jung’s Analytical Psychology, with his theory of archetypes, with self-reflection and with understanding of your own personality… the who are you approach works, in my opinion. Jung’s greatest contribution really is to the questions we all ask of ourselves… who am I? What are my motivations, communication style, and relationships preferences about? You are a lot more effective when you understand yourself as well as people that you must motivate or manage or develop and help or live with. Unless you are planning to spend years at studying Jung, the real importance of his work for you will be that he provides experiences that stimulate asking questions to connect with a higher-self. Use, for example, a personality sorter and begin to know who you are and how prefer to be… if continuing with Jung, read Jung’s earlier published works… it may take 10 or 20 years to evolve a comprehensive knowledge of his work… I’ve been at it for that much or more. Jung’s works came about over many years — his lifetime really.
There are many important aspects of personality. The personality is our way of communicating. As a beginning, you’d discover which psychic energy attitude type is your preference. Orientated by, and related to the object, what is your preference? Are you more Introverted or Extraverted?
An introvert attitude is an abstracting one, motivated from within. That is, energy is internally directed toward the inner self. The primary problem presented to the introvert attitude is how to be withdrawn from the object. The extrovert maintains a positive attitude energy being directed outward toward the outside world.
Strongly orientated extroverts or introverts experience things in quite different ways and this may sometime cause conflict or misunderstandings with others. Jung said that extraversion and introversion are not mutually exclusive and will be self-balancing or compensating through the conscious and unconscious. A strongly extraverted outward consciousness will possess a compensatory strong inward unconscious introvert; and vice-versa. Jung linked this compensatory effect for example to repression of natural tendencies and resulting unhappiness or illness.
Explore the duality of your psyche… set out knowing that you must face your unconscious and even your deepest fears. In the end, an awakening must confront the skeletons in your closet. Beginning with God… forge a path to knowing that the human psyche is “by nature religious.” If you are not open to and interested in spiritual development, Jung is most probably not for you. If you immature in spirit, perhaps Jung is also not for you. If you want to know about reality, about living fully a conscious life, then delve into Jung’s works after finding some spiritual maturity… and come finally about it then to study “The Red Book.” You’ll probably discover his images are interesting too.
Program Description In this seminar Murray Stein and Paul Brutsche, International School of Analytical Psychology, discuss some of the different images in Carl Jung’s Red Book.
The Red Book
Here is a brief description of the fantastic Jung that awaits you:
I categorize the work as
CONFRONTATION WITH THE UNCONSCIOUS… THE FINAL HUMAN FRONTIER
like a future sci-fi may capture, a Jung companion work;
a summary of the revelation of Carl Jung…
Septem Sermones ad Mortuos . The Seven Sermons to the Dead transcribed by Carl Gustav Jung, 1916 written by Basilides
Beginning by Pleroma (the totality of divine power) everywhere is completely and without bounds nor end. There is no-thing and yet this is source of all. We, as Creatura, not in the pleroma, but in self, have from source, the smallest point that is everything and yet nothing. This is knowledge. By our Christian view, knowledge is lost or befuddled by choices (good and evil) and we miss the mark (source) by this sin. The separation by sin causes us to forget source and original knowledge; forever concocting choices as though each moment is separate from timeless all.
From Jung’s work, we understand the Pleroma as a source which is endless and eternal that has no qualities because it has all qualities. Even in the smallest subatomic particle known to science, the Pleroma is present without any bounds, eternally and completely. Yet, the smallest to greatest material of the universe have no place in the Pleroma.
From Pleroma, mystically, there is Creatura (creatures). “We submerge into the Pleroma itself, and we cease to be created beings. This we become subject to dissolution and nothingness.”
Jung on Individuation:
We, also, are the total Pleroma; for figuratively the Pleroma is an exceedingly small, hypothetical, even non-existent point within us, and also it is the limitless firmament of the cosmos about us. When we strive for the good and the beautiful, we thereby forget about our essential being, which is differentiation, and we are victimized by the qualities of the Pleroma which are the pairs of opposites.
Individuation Individuality is the higher self. The Jungian process of getting there is individuation; the striving after the true being self. So, individuality is in an evolution. Individuality does not ever die nor dissolve unless under special circumstances, perhaps the individual may cease to be, by choice. Individuality remains eternally. Individuation is the process of coming to a psychological wholeness via self-discovery of opposites. Personality does not know why nor how, nor about an incarnated history… as with every birth memory of the past is gone… we come into the world, babes in the flesh, crying and needy. Yet, individuality has an overview of incarnations and of some knowledge of the meaning of everything. Upon an awakening, some people claim to have knowledge of past lives. I do not promote beliefs that these are actual lives of an individual. However, the reported experiences are much like this. I maintain openness to possibility of multiple incarnations. How this may work is beyond the scope of this post. However, we certainly do learn of our individuation via the generations of material that is available to us as much as by self-examination.
Incarnation In traditional Christianity, incarnation is a belief that Jesus, God the Son or the Logos (Word), “became flesh,” being conceived in the womb of the Virgin Mary, also known as the Theotokos (God-bearer). This is a process that is mysterious and mystical. My understanding of incarnation do not exclude possibility re-incarnations; although, I don’t presently see this as a single person re-incarnating as I more fully explore what is the human experience of incarnation histories. See also: here As for Jung’s work, individuation is a process; becoming aware of oneself—that is of the fundamental composition. Individuation is the way toward discovery of a truest self. Liber Novus (printed on the book cover — a subtitle) means in Latin “New Book” but for Jung it meant the new way. Jung certainly put it there to say, “This is the book of the new way.” I like to say, its “The New Way Book.” I’ve met and interacted with more than ten thousand people in my time here… I am writing about this one lifetime. I’ve come to know that we all make choices for reasons. Our choices stem from states of consciousness.
…1. Nothing exists …2. Everything exists
It is logically impossible for the idea, God, to not exist, therefore, everything exists is “more” correct, as it may seem. We’d take into consideration potentials as well. Therefore, there is more to be than already is. This will always be the case, I’d say. So, neither state is of itself true, in my opinion. The idea, God, is ever expanding and yet, unchanging. Wait… then, can there be another course of thinking that is more accurate?
…1. Nothing exists …2. Everything exists …3. Multiplicity is
While the idea, God, is an idea that is represented as a singular being (although not a being in the sense of what we’d normally propose as being), we may perceive God as three or more differentiated beings (the aspects of one). Christianity is what I know best… so, I’ll say from that experience that the idea, God the Father, God the Son, and God the Holy Spirit is three ideas of the one God. We typically declare in Christian views that they are three beings in unity, as one God.
Anima and Animus In reality, every female and every male is a psychological amalgamation of feminine and masculine characteristics (see: contrasexual). Anima (feminine) plus Animus (masculine) contrasexuality derives from the ultimate triune… Eros (masculine–independent archetype: god of love) and Logos (feminine dependant archetype: the principle governing the cosmos) that forms a soul-image. In a simple statement, two bring about a third and the amalgamation of the two in each. It is simple, yet elegant too. Look at love verse hate, and then wonder, what is the third aspect of that duality (autonomy vs. unity)? Is it choices? Choices come about in the differentiated world of men and women. If analyzed to their core, each choice is a factor of two opposing views (or two plus two more, and perhaps another pair and so on).
Jung, Brief Biography (Amazon)
Carl Gustav Jung (1875-1961) was a Swiss psychiatrist, an influential thinker and the founder of analytic psychology (also known as Jungian psychology). Jung’s radical approach to psychology has been influential in the field of depth psychology and in counter-cultural movements across the globe. Jung is considered as the first modern psychologist to state that the human psyche is “by nature religious” and to explore it in depth. His many major works include “Analytic Psychology: Its Theory and Practice,” “Man and His Symbols,” “Memories, Dreams, Reflections,” “The Collected Works of Carl G. Jung,” and “The Red Book.”
Jung, Beliefs (Youtube)
Carl Jung and Gnosticism
Program Description This is a clip from a British documentary, however the exact source is not identified.
Program Description The World Within – C.G. Jung in His Own Words
A 1990 Documentary about Carl Gustav Jung that explains his standpoints mainly by using footage of him talking.
More Carl Jung videos (YouTube playlist)
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