Jung and Mythology

      In the prologue of Memories, Dreams, Reflections, Jung introduced his autobiography as a telling of his personal myth (1961/1989, p. 3). “I can only make direct statements, ‘only tell stories.’ Whether or not the stories are ‘true’ is not the [...]

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Life-Lines: Measuring the Currents of Libido

Figure 1. Carl Jung       Although C.G. Jung (Figure 1) does not go to great lengths to explain the concept of a life-line, that he introduced the concept merits additional commentary. Jung alluded to life-lines only a few [...]

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The Mandala: Jung’s Pattern of Wholeness

Figure 1. Carl Jung       Carl Jung (Figure 1) viewed the appearance of a mandala—a circular or squared symbol of wholeness—as highly beneficial to one’s own personal development. Mandalas can appear in a person’s dreams, visions, or fantasies, and [...]

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Alchemical Metaphors in Personal Development

      This blog explores the principal alchemical metaphors of personal development and transformation. These ideas are based on the work of Carl Jung who during the second half of his career conducted an extensive survey of alchemy and its relationship to the [...]

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Dreams (Part 3 of 3)

      The next and final dream in the series takes place a week later. The dream contains several similar leitmotivs that suggest a direct connection with the first and second ones. This is what the man recalled from this [...]

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Dreams (Part 2 of 3)

     The next dream in the series takes place a few months later. The dream contains several similar leitmotivs that suggest a direct connection with the first one. This is what the man recalled from his dream: July 4, 2014 – Last [...]

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Dreams (Part 1 of 3)

Figure 1. Carl Jung.       In 1936, C.G. Jung (Figure 1) first introduced his essay “Dream Symbols of the Process of Individuation.” Jung (1944/1970) later renamed the same essay "Individual Dream Symbolism in Relation to Alchemy" and published it in [...]

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The Transcendent Function: Building a Symbolic Bridge

In the wake of his confrontation with the unconscious (1913-1916), C. G. Jung wrote a short essay titled “The Transcendent Function;” and although the essay was not published until 1957, it is in my opinion one of his most important works. [...]

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Active Imagination: The Interior Vision

Active imagination is a method devised by C. G. Jung to engage, interpret, and integrate fantasy-images and other subliminal contents that arise from the unconscious. Jung originally referred to the method as spontaneous fantasy or non-directed thinking. Jung (1928) suggested that [...]

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Projections: Navigating the Darkness

”The psychological rule says that when an inner situation is not made conscious, it happens outside, as fate. That is to say, when the individual remains undivided and does not become conscious of his inner opposite, the world must perforce act out [...]

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