Resacralizing Reality: A Jungian Perspective on a Sacred Earth Community

Sue Mehrtens is the author of this and all the other blog essays on this site. The opinions expressed in these essays are her own and do not necessarily reflect the views or opinions of other Jungian Center faculty or Board members.     Resacralizing Reality: A Jungian Perspective on a Sacred Earth Community   […]

“Jung’s Divided Family:” Jung on Theory

“Jung’s Divided Family:” Jung on Theory     Theories in psychology are the very devil…                                                                         Jung (1938)[2]   The psychotherapist should realize that so long as he believes in a theory and in a definite method he is likely to be fooled by certain cases, namely by those clever […]

Jung and the Sylvan Grooves of Academe

Jung and the Sylvan Grooves of Academe   “And seek for truth in the groves of academe.”                                                 Horace, Epistles[1]   “That is a thing which is utterly lacking in our universities: the relation of master and disciple….”                                                Jung (1937)[2]   “The great trouble is that new ideas are rarely recognized by contemporaries. Most […]

Jung and the New Agers

Good does not become better by being exaggerated, but worse, and a small evil becomes a big one through being disregarded and repressed. The shadow is very much a part of human nature, and it is only at night that no shadows exist.[1]                                                                                                 Jung (1942) One does not become enlightened by imagining figures of […]

Jung on Belief, Doubt and Trust

“… nobody assumes that God is an immediate experience. In the Christian church they talk so much of the necessity of believing in God that one really becomes doubtful whether God can be an experience. You see, if we have the experience, we don’t need to believe. So the Greek word pistis, which means confidence, […]

The Healing Power of the Numinosum

… the doctor has an urgent case on his hands. He cannot wait… but will seize upon anything that is “alive” for the patient and therefore effective…. by dint of careful and persevering investigation, he must endeavor to discover just where the sick person feels a healing, living quality which can make him whole…. Jung […]

Our Apocalyptic Time: Another Interpretation of Our Current Reality

“Transitions between the aeons always seem to have been melancholy and despairing times, as for instance the collapse of the Old Kingdom in Egypt… between Taurus and Aries, or the melancholy of the Augustinian age between Aries and Pisces. And now we are moving into Aquarius, of which the Sibylline Books say: Luciferi vires accendit […]

Jung’s “Platonic Month” and the Age of Aquarius

“… We live in the age of the decline of Christianity, when the metaphysical premises of morality are collapsing…. That’s why the young are experimenting like young dogs. They want to live experimentally, with no historical premises. That causes reactions in the unconscious, restlessness and longing for the fulfillment of the times… When the confusion […]

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….                                                                                                 […]