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Carl G. Jung The Alchemist & The Artist

    "As indicated by the name which was used to describe-the "spagyric" art or the oft-repeated saying "solve et coagula"

(dissolve and coagulate) , the alchemist saw the essence of his art in separation and analysis on the one hand and synthesis and consolidation on the other."    C.G. Jung

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Comment by Nemo on October 6, 2015 at 1:57pm

[Carl Jung on the “Secret of Life.”]


Dear N., Bollingen, August 1959

As promised, I will try to sketch my "reaction":

I was drawn into the dream which oneself is, and in which there 
is no I and no You any more.

It begins with the great parents, the King and Queen, who
own many forests, fields, meadows, and vineyards.

Late in life someone finds his inheritance, a tiny little bit of land, 
where he grows his vine and tree of life (vita = life, vitis = vine, 
vinum = wine).

He has to acquire it for himself because he has been expelled from
paradise and has nothing more, or rather he has but doesn't know

It is walled round like a holy place.

There he sees everything that has ever happened to him: 
sun and rain, heat and cold, sickness, wounds, tears and pain, 
but also fruitfulness and increase, sweetness and drunkenness, 
and therewith access to the All, the Whole.

Though he doesn't know it, somebody else is there, an old man who
knows but doesn't tell.

When one has looked and laboured for a long time, one knows 
oneself and has grown old. - The "secret of life" is my life, which is 
enacted round about me, my life and my death; for when the vine 
has grown old it is torn up by the roots.

All the tendrils that would not bear grapes are pruned away.

Its life is remorselessly cut down to its essence, and the sweetness 
of the grape is turned into wine, dry and heady, a son of the earth 
who serves his blood to the multitude and causes the drunkenness 
which unites the divided and brings back the memory of possessing 
all and of the kingship, a time of loosening, and a time of peace.

There is much more to follow, but it can no longer be told.

Ever yours,


~Carl Jung, Letters Vol. II, Pages 514-515

Comment by Nemo on April 7, 2015 at 1:50pm

Jung talking about the Philosophers' Stone

Comment by Nemo on March 6, 2015 at 6:41pm

"The supreme meaning is the path, the way and the bridge

to what is to come. That is the God yet to come.

It is not the coming of God himself, but his image 

which appears in the supreme meaning. God is an image,

and those who worship him must worship him in  the images

of the supreme meaning.  The supreme meaning is not a 

meaning and not an absurdity, it is an image and force

in one, magnificence and force together.

The supreme meaning is the beginning and the end.

It is the bridge of going across and fulfillment.

The other Gods died of their temporality, yet the 

supreme meaning never dies, it turns into meaning 

then into absurdity, and out of the fire and blood of 

their collision the supreme meaning rises up rejuvenated

anew. The image of God has a shadow. The supreme meaning

is real and casts a shadow. For what can be actual and

corporal and have no shadow?

The shadow is nonsense. It lacks force and has no 

continued existence through itself. But nonsense is the

inseparable and undying brother of the supreme meaning.

Like plants, so men also grow, some in light, others in

the shadows. There are many who need the shadows

and not the light. 

The image of God throws a shadow that is just as great 

as himself. The supreme meaning is great and small,

it is as wide as the space of the starry Heaven

and as narrow as the cell of the living body."

The Red Book    Liber Primus    The Way Of What Is To Come

Carl Jung

Comment by Nemo on February 11, 2015 at 10:20am

 I understood that the God whom we seek in the absolute was not to be found in absolute beauty, goodness, seriousness, elevation, humanity or even in godliness….I understood that the new God would be in the relative. If the God is absolute beauty and goodness, how should he encompass the fullness of life, which is beautiful and hateful, good and evil, laughable and serious, human and inhuman? How can man live in the womb of the God if the Godhead himself attends only to one-half of them? p.243         Liber Novus   The Red Book          C.G. Jung

Comment by Nemo on September 29, 2013 at 6:44pm

"Philemon was a pagan and brought with him

an Egypto-Helenic atmosphere with

a Gnostic was he who taught

me psychic objectivity, the reality of the psyche.

Through the conversations with Phileomon,

the distinction was clarified between myself

and the object of my thought...

Psychologically, Phileomon represented

spiritual insight."

The Red Book                    Carl G. Jung

Comment by Nemo on August 21, 2013 at 9:20am

Comment by Nemo on May 20, 2013 at 7:24pm

" The dream is a little hidden door in the innermost

secret recesses of the soul, opening into that cosmic

night which was psyche long before there was any

ego-consciousness, and which will remain psyche

no matter how far our ego-consciousness may extend.

For all ego-consciousness is isolated: because 

it separates and discriminates, it knows only

particulars, and it sees only what can be related to 

the ego. It's essence is limitation, even though

it reaches to the farthest nebulae  among the stars.

All consciousness separates; but in dreams we put

on the likeness of that more universal, truer,

more eternal man dwelling in the darkness of 

primordial night. There he is still whole, and the

whole is in him, indistinguishable form nature

and bare of all egohood.

It is from these all-uniting depths that the dream

arises, be it never so childish, grotesque, or immoral.

So flowerlike is it in its candor and veracity

that it makes us blush for the

deceitfulness of our lives."  -Jung

Comment by Nemo on April 28, 2013 at 12:41pm

SwanRa, your new book sounds great! I'll keep a look out for it.

It's always exciting when you open a book and a phrase will reach out from the pages and you hear the voice speaking the words written...


Comment by SwanRa on April 27, 2013 at 9:50pm

Gift from a friend arrived today: Carl Jung Wounded Healer of the Soul by Claire Dunn. This is a Special edition 2012 reprint previously published biography of CG to high acclaim in 2000. I opened to the page where St. Carl says.....

" It is the truth, a force of nature that expresses itself through me - I am only a channel - I can imagine in may instances where I would become sinister to you. For instance, if life had led you to take  an artificial attitude, then you wouldn't be able to stand me, because I am a natural being.

By my very presence I crystallize; I am ferment. The unconscious of people who live in an artificial manner senses me as a danger. Everything about me irritates them, my way of speaking, my way of laughing. They sense my nature. "

Comment by anki on April 12, 2013 at 4:57am


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