Monday, January 22, 2018

Carl Jung - spirituality

Anyone who wants to know the human psyche will learn next to nothing from experimental psychology.  He would be better advised to abandon exact science, put away his scholar's gown, bid farewell to his study, and wander with human heart throught the world.  There in the horrors of prisons, lunatic asylums and hospitals, in drab suburban pubs, in brothels and gambling-hells, in the salons of the elegant, the Stock Exchanges, socialist meetings, churches, revivalist gatherings and ecstatic sects, through love and hate, through the experience of passion in every form in his own body, he would reap richer stores of knowledge than text-books a foot thick could give him, and he will know how to doctor the sick with a real knowledge of the human soul. -- Carl Jung (from "New Paths in Psychology", in Collected Papers on Analytic Psychology, London, 1916). Carl Jung lived from 1875 to 1961. He was born in Switzerland and his father was a pastor and his grandfather was a Rosicrucian freethinker who, some thought, was an illigitimate son of Goethe. He took a medical doctorate before specialising in psychology and 'the art of living' which involved reconciling the polarities of character and there by bringing about the goal of therapy, 'individuation'. He had many paranormal experiences, such as telepathy, precognition, psychokinesis and was interested in symbolism and metaphors as a way of understanding the mind, coining the words 'collective unconscious' to describe the inner workings of the mind of humanity. 

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