“The Years, of Which I have Spoken To You,
–when I pursued the inner images, were the most important time of my life. Everything else is derived from this. It began at that time, and 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, the scientific elaboration, and the integration into life. But the numinous beginning, which contained everything, was then.”
-Carl Jung, 1957
I’ve posted about the Red Book several times. If you’ve missed them here are three of those posts.
- Carl Jung, another drug-free recovery from psychosis
- In the news with a highlight on Carl Jung and his Red Book
- Carl Jung had what would today be called an extended psychotic episode