Saturday, September 4, 2010

C. G. Jung: The Red Book & BBC

BBC Twenty Minutes

The early part of the 20th Century was a time of great spiritual, intellectual and artistic upheaval in Western Europe. In Vienna, Arnold Schoenberg and his pupils Anton Webern and Alban Berg, whose music we will hear in the second half of tonight's Prom, were rewriting the rules of classical music. Sigmund Freud was practising psychoanalysis in Vienna, and Jung was developing his theories of analytical psychology; the two worked closely together for several years.
Europe was heading for the First World War and on the eve of the war Jung had an almost catastrophic spiritual crisis which led him to enter in to a long and complex period of self-analysis.

Jung recorded his psychological experiments on himself in a beautiful manuscript which he called Liber Novus (the New Book). Bound in red leather, it became known as the Red Book.

The Red Book as covered by The Cockroach Catcher in two posts:

C. G. Jung: Memories, Dreams & The Soul

Tuesday, September 22, 2009


Jung told one of his patients:
“I should advise you to put it all down as beautifully as you can — in some beautifully bound book,” Jung instructed. “It will seem as if you were making the visions banal — but then you need to do that — then you are freed from the power of them. . . . Then when these things are in some precious book you can go to the book & turn over the pages & for you it will be your church — your cathedral — the silent places of your spirit where you will find renewal. If anyone tells you that it is morbid or neurotic and you listen to them — then you will lose your soul — for in that book is your soul.”                                                         Read more >>>>>>>>


Henri Cartier-Bresson

C. G. Jung: The Red Book

Sunday, September 20, 2009

 "This is a story about a nearly 100-year-old book, bound in red leather, which has spent the last quarter century secreted away in a bank vault in Switzerland. The book is big and heavy and its spine is etched with gold letters that say “Liber Novus,” which is Latin for “New Book.” Its pages are made from thick cream-colored parchment and filled with paintings of otherworldly creatures and
handwritten dialogues with gods and devils. If you didn’t know the book’s vintage, you might confuse it for a lost medieval tome."

"And yet between the book’s heavy covers, a very modern story unfolds. It goes as follows: Man skids into midlife and loses his soul. Man goes looking for soul. After a lot of instructive hardship and adventure — taking place entirely in his head — he finds it again."  Read more >>>>>>>>                           
      C. G. Jung: The Red Book
           W.W. Norton & Company                                                                                       

“The purpose of analysis is not treatment,”
“That’s the purpose of psychotherapy. The purpose of analysis, is to give life back to someone who’s lost it.”
STEPHEN MARTIN, Jungian.
The Exhibition: Rubin Museum of Art

Related: 

Anna Freud and Common Sense

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