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I've finally gotten around to reading a book by one of my favorite thinkers and sharing a few excerpts here... (Another added today, 8-20-13.)
Tags: Gustav, biography, book, carl, dreams, jung, memories, mysticism, psychology, reflections
fascinating post, Steve : ) i always love good analysis, especially from the wise old men. we grow up without thinking about the wide range of link to infinity we do have ability to access and that we carry within, and we spend so much time of doing "useless" things in our youth. i remember thinking of cosmic system when i was about 20 years old and full of answers and thoughts about relativity in space, this without having ever asked a question about such things : ) when we getting older and wiser we consciously integrate this link to infinity that we knew about and lived subconsciously before that time. we ask questions that we now have no answers for anymore and see: we are counting the time until we will be reborn to be the child we were with birth, without a thought but fullfilled with cosmic infinity. our relationship begins with a deep love to ourselves because it makes us free to dont treat anybody or hurt others because of our own problems and we should truly keep it until we die. i didnt know Carl Jung, thanks for introducing him to me, Steve. you may know Erich Fromm or Eckart Tolle, both persons that speak from inside the human system, and i dont know a lot more who do the same, but i can say these persons, they speak from my heart because they say things about the human choices we have. there are of course great analysts of the cosmos and mathematics, but at least to me i love those people who understand the human beings as very talented and very sensible creatures who learning to be something different in universe, something unique and special, just as each creature and thing is.
i love to read this pages, thanks for posting them! i feel like in bygone days when i translated foreign letters with a dictonary of foreign words. a three dimensional boxlike universe, all i can say that we have to accept gravity and frontiers because otherwise it would sadden us and theres no need for that : ) so today im reading Hesse's The Glass Bead Game, a novel about mundane and intellectual worlds, their co-existence, an utopia of humanity, a book about the right understanding of education of the young ones. i love this book although it is heavy to read, its Hesse's best work, the most compressed and a last reflection and novel. i read somewhere, that Jung actually would not have written any biographical works about him and that he did not like to do it for a time.
That section is (obviously) very interesting to me, Jana, because it seems that his near death condition/experience left him with the impression that existence—as we generally experience it and know it here on Earth—is comparatively confined or limited compared to the more expanded awareness he experienced. Hard to refute that kind of evidence and seems that if greatly influenced his thinking, writing and actions from that point on. Wouldn't if be nice to not have to be brought to the brink of death to know this sense of freedom.
I personally have this insight or glimpse once in a while myself...that we/I have accepted a very limited expression(s)...and my intention is to bring this more expanded sense of living and joy what I will allow in my life. Other authors come and gone for me over the years, but there's something so utterly timeless about Jung and he has been an inspiration for me for about 35 years now, and I actually feel that he is a kindred spirit...such is the level of my connection. I'm grateful that Jung changed his mind about writing autobiographical material, because I've enjoying reading this book very much...fascinating to know what influenced him.
Jana and Jeffrey, if you've never seen it, there's a wonderful documentary about Jung called, "A Matter of Heart." I own this DVD and watch it from time to time.
a wonderful documentary, Jung's thoughts about unconsciousness as a base or source for initializing thoughts and about dream's reality are a unique conclusion on a theme thats still underestimated so much. i wonder if he draw a line between his ability to reflect his own and others dreams and the merge of the whole universal concept. i like all the ideas about alchemy that were told especially in the last chapter of the documentary.
Steve, thank you for posting more of this book. i love to read these memory-pieces, makes me feel home and think: how wonderful it is to share thoughts and experiences and to be able to fully agree in an others mind and memories, even if i personally had other choices in my life : )
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