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Carl Gustav Jung | People will do anything, no matter how absurd

“People will do anything, no matter how absurd, in order to avoid facing their own souls” Carl Gustav Jung (Psychology and Alchemy (952) Kontext: People will do anything, no matter how absurd, in order to avoid facing their own souls. They will practice Indian yoga and all its exercises, observe a strict regimen of diet, learn the literature of the whole world – all because they cannot get on with themselves and have not the slightest faith that anything useful could ever come out of their own souls. Thus the…

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Carl Gustav Jung | confrontation with the world of darkness

“Filling the conscious mind with ideal conceptions is a characteristic of Western theosophy, but not the confrontation with the shadow and the world of darkness. One does not become enlightened by imagining figures of light, but by making the darkness conscious. The later procedure, however, is disagreeable and therefore not popular.” Carl Gustav Jung “Das Füllen des Bewusstseins mit idealen Vorstellungen ist ein Merkmal der westlichen Theosophie, nicht aber die Konfrontation mit dem Schatten und der Welt der Finsternis. Man wird nicht erleuchtet, indem man sich Lichtgestalten vorstellt, sondern indem…

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Carl Gustav Jung | The Concept of the Collective Unconscious

“My thesis, then, is as follows: In addition to our immediate consciousness, which is of a thoroughly personal nature and which we believe to be the only empirical psyche (even if we tack on the personal unconscious as an appendix), there exists a second psychic system of a collective, universal, and impersonal nature which is identical in all individuals. This collective unconscious does not develop individually but is inherited. It consists of pre-existent forms, the archetypes, which can only become conscious secondarily and which give definite form to certain psychic…