Alchemical Studies (The Collected Works of C. G. Jung, by C. G. Jung

By C. G. Jung

5 lengthy essays that hint Jung's constructing curiosity in alchemy from 1929 onward. An advent and complement to his significant works at the topic, illustrated with forty two patients' drawings and work.

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70. , p. , p. ” 15 N ote the fire analogies. I know a series of E u ro p ea n m andala draw ings in w hich som ething lik e a p la n t seed su rro u n d e d by m em branes is show n floating in the w ater. T h e n , from th e d epths below , fire p enetrates the seed an d m akes it grow, causing a great golden flower to u n fo ld from th e g erm in al vesicle. T h is sym bolism refers to a quasi-alchem ical process of refin­ ing an d ennobling. D arkness gives b irth to lig h t; o u t of the “ lead of th e w ater re g io n ” grows th e n o b le gold; w h at is u n c o n ­ scious becom es conscious in the form of a liv in g process of grow th.

52 If we deny the existence of the auto n o m o u s systems, im agin­ in g th a t we have got rid of them by a m ere c ritiq u e of th e nam e, th e n the effect w hich they still co n tin u e to ex ert can n o longer be u n d erstood, n o r can they be assim ilated to consciousness. T h e y becom e an inexplicable source of d istu rb a n ce w hich we finally assum e m u st exist som ew here outside ourselves. T h e re ­ su lta n t p ro jectio n creates a dangerous situ a tio n in th a t the dis­ tu rb in g effects are now a ttrib u te d to a w icked w ill outside o u r­ selves, w hich is n a tu ra lly n o t to be fo u n d anyw here b u t w ith o u r n e ig h b o u r de Vautre cote de la riviere.

I t is n o th in g less th a n self-know ledge by m eans of self18 Evans-W entz, T h e T i b e t a n B o o k of the D ead . b rood in g (Sanskrit tapas). A sim ilar archetypal con cep t o f a perfect b ein g is that o f the P latonic m an, ro u n d on all sides and u n itin g w ith in h im self the tw o sexes. 4° O n e o f the best m odern parallels is the description which Edward M aitland, the biographer o f A n n a K ingsford,19 gave o f his central exp erien ce. H e had discovered that w h en reflecting qn an idea, related ideas becam e visib le, so to speak, in a lo n g series apparently reachin g back to th eir source, w hich to him was the d iv in e spirit.

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