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Carl Jung ::: The Red Book

December 6 2013

About the Red Book, Jung said:

The years… when I pursued the inner images, were the most important time of my life. Everything else is to be derived from this. It began at that time, and the later details hardly matter anymore. My entire life consisted in elaborating what had burst forth from the unconscious and flooded me like an enigmatic stream and threatened to break me. That was the stuff and material for more than only one life. Everything later was merely the outer classification, scientific elaboration, and the integration into life. But the numinous beginning, which contained everything, was then.

The Red Book, otherwise known as Liber Novus, was not released to the public by the Jung’s heirs until 2001 and wasn’t published until 2009. It documents Jungs personal inner journey and is as deep an illustration into mystery as has been journeyed.

You can preview The Red Book here (PDF download)

Lectures on The Red Book can be found here and are fascinating:

The following two videos were part of a day long symposium at the American Library of Congress in June 2010 – The talk in Part I by James Hillman from 01:08:00 through 01:42:00 in particular is simply beautiful. Commencing with a quote from Wystan Hugh Auden; “We are Lived by Powers We Pretend to Understand”, Hillman rolls up his sleevs and dives in. You will be left deeply thankful for having shared in his perspective. Part II is dry until we arrive at John Bebee at around 01:26:00… Then some more gold…

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