Challenges, Aids and Rewards of the Path of Individuation: Insights from Jung’s Letters

Who looks outside dreams; who looks inside awakes…                                                                                                             Jung (1916)[1]      The opus consists of three parts: insight, endurance and action…. It is conflicts of duty that make endurance and action so difficult.                                                                                                             Jung (1945)[2] The question is, […]

An Example of How Jung Handled a Mental Health Problem

Life is an energy-process. Like every energy-process, it is in principle irreversible and is therefore directed towards a goal…. Life is teleology par excellence; it is the intrinsic striving towards a goal, and the living organism is a system of directed aims which seek to fulfill themselves….                                                                                                 […]

Signs in the Skies: A Jungian Perspective on UFOs

… somebody lifted the iron lid that has been clamped down over my head from without and in came the question: what do you think about the Flying Saucers?—This is the thing that carried me away as soon as I had finished the other work,… Ever since I have been busy on this new errand. […]

Jung on the J & P Attitudes and the Jungian Center’s Recurring Dilemma

I call the two preceding types [T & F] rational or judging types because they are characterized by the supremacy of the reasoning and judging functions. It is a general distinguishing mark of both types that their life is, to a great extent, subordinated to rational judgment. …                                                                                       […]

The Art of Dying Well: A Jungian Perspective on Death and Dying

…death is an important interest, especially to an aging person. A categorical question is being put to him, and he is under an obligation to answer it. To this end he ought to have a myth about death, for reason shows him nothing but the dark pit into which he is descending. Myth, however, can […]

Enjoying the “Afternoon of Life:” Jung on Aging

[Don’t Forget the Upcoming Conference: Check Out Our Page on Preparing for the Great Attunement]   The afternoon of life is just as full of meaning as the morning; only, its meaning and purpose are different….                                                                                                 Jung (1943)[1]   … it would seem to be more in […]

Jung on the Enantiodromia: Part III: A Prediction

The coming of the Antichrist is not just a prophetic prediction—it is an invariable psychological law whose existence… brought him [John, author of the Book of Revelation] a sure knowledge of the impending enantiodromia…                                                                                     C.G. Jung (1950)[1]               In Part I of this essay we defined Jung’s […]

Jung on the Enantiodromia: Part II: A Surprising Example

For anyone acquainted with religious phenomenology it is an open secret that although physical and spiritual passion are deadly enemies, they are nevertheless brothers-in-arms, for which reason it often needs the merest touch to convert the one into the other. Both are real, and together they form a pair of opposites, which is one of […]

The Path of Individuation

The Path of Individuation; Thursdays, July 12, 19, 26; Aug 2, 9, 16, 23, 30; 7-9PM; 55 Clover Lane, Waterbury; $90; to register, call Sue (802) 244-7909 An advanced course that integrates many of the other workshops in the Via Practica as well as several other courses in the Center’s curriculum, to foster students’ integration […]

Jung on the Enantiodromia: Part 1–Definitions and Examples

  I use the term enantiodromia for the emergence of the unconscious opposite in the course of time.                                                                                                              C.G. Jung (1949)[1] In the philosophy of Heraclitus it [enantiodromia] is used to designate the play of opposites in the course of events—the view that everything that exists […]