I had never seen Carl Jung “in person” before this. Isn’t YouTube great?
As for God, Carl says he “KNOWS” God exists, he doesn’t just “BELIEVE” it is so. I think that’s what all of us spiritual folk strive for. A knowing. That’s why I so believe in the Mystic Tradition inherent in all Faiths.
Carl Jung is someone whom I have admired and resonated with for such a long time. Come to think of it, in spite of that, I don’t know if I have ever read one of his books! I just know he’s been on my radar, in one way or another, since I was a teenager. Recently I have been revisiting that relationship. I listened in on a Teleseminar given by Michael Conforti of the Assisi Institute last week. Michael was speaking about The Red Book, a personal journal of Carl Jung’s which he started writing in about 1912. Jung never anticipated that it would be released to the public, though it just recently has been, after careful consideration by his family. The lecture by Michael was fascinating. He read various passages from the book and then elaborated from there. I was surprised, given my love for anthropology, that he was originally interested in being an archaeologist. He was interested in the “wisdom traditions”, the “bedrock of archetypal symbols” and modern people with “antique souls”. I also liked the concept he brought up of “Divine Madness” as being “smitten with Spirit”, and that it takes a special psyche to be able to endure the “darkness” and not run away. “Everything is dark before new life comes in.” There were so many things of interest that were said, I wish I had a better memory, or could at least read my notes!
Then today, as I was working on a client of mine, she shared with me how she had recently purchased The Red Book, that she had just found out about Jung a year ago or so, and had tried to read some of his books, but found them difficult. However, her experience with The Red Book has been phenomenal and she highly recommended it to me. She said it is so intimate, and revealing, so personal, so affirming, filled with his art, and beautifully translated. It’s expensive, but worth the price she said. So maybe now is the time for me to take the next step in my Jungian journey. I think it just might be synchronicity. 🙂