Because of these men, we ask more questions—and when we have emotional or spiritual problems, most of us will not end up in a mental hospital, but will practice talk therapy (psychotherapy), or will go to 12 step groups like AA (did you know that Jung wrote and influenced the founder of Alcoholics Anonymous, Bill W.?) or we will have the courage to buy a “self-help” or esoteric book without judging ourselves crazy. We are able now to reject what we are supposed to belief and forge our own way—for now we do see, as Krishnamurti once said: “Truth is a pathless land.” Jung would agree, add that you are both the Seeker and that which is sought….the Self.
But the “story” that has grabbed and obsessed me all these years is not their teachings, but their lives. Their courage and their curiosity. Their daring to live lives that were shocking then and now, despite the profoundness of their teachings. They would have preferred their lives to be private and secret. But it is out of the stories of their lives, and how their ‘teachings’ and wisdom evolved that has grabbed and obsessed my heart and mind for so many years.
The “Herr Doctor Professor” wrote this private masterpiece during and after his nervous breakdown, and declares that all his major insights into the collective unconscious came from this delving into his own unconscious process through active imagination. He was his own experiment...he was the "scientist" who drew mostly on his own experiments with himself. I would call this the work of a mystic, an artist, and a rather pedantic scholar, rather than a scientist.
Jung was much more "unchosen"(more about that later) and instead was expected to follow in Sigmund Freud’s shadow, to be famous, and to stay within the boundaries of Freud’s psychoanalytic circles of the time—and mostly to stay away from any ideas about God, the occult, and the "dark mud of occultism". Jung rejected it. In his later years he deeply delved into alchemy, astrology and the world of the Spirit.
My hope is that this blog, and eventually this book, will give you an unexpected joy and optimism and courage in a time when we seem to need it most. ~Elizabeth Spring~ December, 2012 www.elizabethspring.com and firstname.lastname@example.org