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Carl Jung: Philosophy, Psychoanalysis. Psychoanalyst Carl Jung's Undiscovered Self analysed by Wave Structure of MatterCarl Jung: Philosophy, Psychoanalysis. Psychoanalyst Carl Jung's Undiscovered Self analysed by Wave Structure of MatterCarl Jung: Philosophy, Psychoanalysis. Psychoanalyst Carl Jung's Undiscovered Self analysed by Wave Structure of MatterCarl Jung: Philosophy, Psychoanalysis. Psychoanalyst Carl Jung's Undiscovered Self analysed by Wave Structure of Matter
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The contradiction, the paradoxical evaluation of humanity by man himself is in truth a matter for wonder ... in other words ...'man is an enigma'. (Carl Jung, The Undiscovered Self)

What will the future bring? From time immemorial this question has occupied men's minds, though not always to the same degree. Historically, it is chiefly in times of physical, political, economic, and spiritual distress that men's eyes turn with anxious hope to the future, and when anticipations, utopias, and apocalyptic visions multiply. (Carl Jung, The Undiscovered Self)

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Introduction / Introductory Quotes

How we behave as individuals in regard to our inner world is just as important and may even be more important than how we behave in regard to our outer world. Jung's psychological theory is based upon the primary assumption that the human mind has both a conscious or outer realm and an unconscious or inner realm. Because we tend to live and function in our conscious world, it is here that we try to resolve our individual and societal problems using the same behaviour patterns over and over until they no longer fit the situation. Because of this, Jung believes that the resolution to conscious problems lies in the unconscious realm and as long as humans deny the contents of the unconscious they are also denying a fundamental part of themselves and society. (

If I accept the fact that a god is absolute and beyond all human experiences, he leaves me cold. I do not affect him, nor does he affect me. But if I know that a god is a powerful impulse in my soul, at once I must concern myself with him, for then he can become important… like everything belonging to the sphere of reality. (Carl Jung, Psyche and Symbol, 1958)

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Our conscious mind is limited to the sequential flow of words and their corresponding ideas which arise from our subconscious. Our subconscious mind being formed from knowledge and experiences gathered over our lifetime (and possibly from the lives of our ancestors where knowledge is stored in genetic structures). Thus if we are to have harmony between our conscious and sub-conscious minds and the external world we experience, we must unite these apparently separate things. To do to this at a fundamental level requires understanding what matter is and thus what we are (as humans) and how we are necessarily connected to all other matter in the universe.

Below you will find some interesting (and wise) quotes from Carl Jung. Though I have not yet written them up, I am sure their meaning is self evident when considered from this new foundation. ( I read Carl Jung's 'The Undiscovered Self' several years ago and have subsequently lost my book with all my notes and relevant passages to quote. So for now, this page is a collection of Carl Jung quotes from other sources.)

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The seat of not consciousness but spontaneous religious experience, which brings the individual's faith into immediate relation with God. (Carl Jung, The Undiscovered Self)

Here we must ask: Have I any religious experience and immediate relation to God, and hence that certainty which will keep me, as an individual, from dissolving in the crowd? (Carl Jung, The Undiscovered Self)

To this question there is a positive answer only when the individual is willing to fulfil the demands of rigorous self-examination and self-knowledge. If he follows through his intention, he will not only discover some important truths about himself, but will also have gained a psychological advantage: he will have succeeded in deeming himself worthy of serious attention and sympathetic interest. He will have set his hand, as it were, to a declaration, of his own human dignity and taken the first step towards the foundations of his consciousness -- that is, towards the unconscious, the only accessible source of religious experience. (Carl Jung, The Undiscovered Self)

This is certainly not to say that what we call the unconscious is identical with God or is set up in his place. It is the medium from which the religious experience seems to flow. As to what the further cause of such an experience may be, the answer to this lies beyond the range of human knowledge. Knowledge of God is a transcendental problem. (Carl Jung, The Undiscovered Self)

The religious person enjoys a great advantage when it comes to answering the crucial question that hangs over our time like a threat: he has a clear idea of the way his subjective existence is grounded in his relation to "God". I put the word "God" in quotes in order to indicate that we are dealing with an anthropomorphic idea whose dynamism and symbolism are filtered through the medium of the unconscious psyche. Anyone who wants to can at least draw near to the source of such experiences, no matter whether he believes in God or not. Without this approach it is only in rare cases that we witness those miraculous conversions of which Paul's Damascus experience is the prototype. (Carl Jung, The Undiscovered Self)

That religious experiences exist no longer needs proof. But it will always remain doubtful whether what metaphysics and theology call God and the gods is the real ground of these experiences. The question is idle, actually, and answers itself by reason of the subjectively overwhelming numinosity of the experience. Anyone who has had it is seized by it and therefore not in a position to indulge in fruitless metaphysical or epistemological speculations. Absolute certainty brings its own evidence and has no need of anthropomorphic proofs. (Carl Jung, The Undiscovered Self)

Instincts...are highly conservative and of extreme antiquity as regards both their dynamism and their form. Their forms, when represented to the mind, appears as an image which expresses the nature of the instinctive impulse visually and concretely, like a picture ... (Carl Jung, The Undiscovered Self)

Instinct is anything but a blind and indefinite impulse, since it proves to be attuned and adapted to a definite external situation. This latter circumstance gives it its specific and irreducible form. Just as instinct is original and hereditary, so too, its form is age-old, that is to say, archetypal. It is even older and more conservative than the body's form. (Carl Jung, The Undiscovered Self)

These biological considerations naturally apply also to Homo sapiens, who still remains within the framework of general biology despite the possession of consciousness, will, and reason. The fact that our conscious activity is rooted in instinct and derives from it its dynamism, as well as the basic features of its ideational forms, has the same significance for human psychology as for all other members of the animal kingdom. (Carl Jung, The Undiscovered Self)

Human knowledge consists essentially in the constant adaptation of the primordial pattern of ideas that were given us 'a priori'. These need certain modifications, because, in their original form, they are suited to an archaic mode of life, but not to the demands of a specifically differentiated (modern) environment. If the flow of instinctive dynamism into our life is to be maintained, as is absolutely necessary for our existence, then it is imperative that we remold these archetypal forms into ideas which are adequate to the challenge of the present .... (Carl Jung, The Undiscovered Self)

Nothing estranges man more from the ground plan of his instincts than his learning capacity, which turns out to be a genuine drive toward progressive transformations of human modes of behaviour. It, more than anything else, is responsible for the altered conditions of our existence and the need for new adaptations which civilization brings. It is also the source of numerous psychic disturbances and difficulties occasioned by man's progressive alienation from his instinctual foundation, i.e., by his uprootedness and identification with his conscious knowledge of himself, by his concern with consciousness at the expense of the unconscious. The result is that modern man can know himself only in so far as he can become conscious of himself .... (Carl Jung, The Undiscovered Self)

This task is so exacting and its fulfillment so advantageous, that he forgets himself in the process, losing sight of his instinctual nature and putting his own conception of himself in place of his real being. In this way he slips imperceptibly into a purely conceptual world where the products of his conscious activity progressively replace reality. (Carl Jung, The Undiscovered Self)

Separation from his instinctual nature inevitably plunges civilized man into the conflict between conscious and unconscious, spirit and nature, knowledge and faith ... In contrast to the subjectivism of the conscious mind, the unconscious is objective, manifesting itself mainly in the form of contrary feelings, fantasies, emotions, impulses and dreams, none of which one makes oneself, but which come upon one objectively ... The religious person, so far as one can judge, stands directly under the influence of the reaction from the unconscious. (Carl Jung, The Undiscovered Self)

Carl G. Jung The Undiscovered Self, by Mentor Books with Little, Brown & Company, and Atlantic Monthly Press; 1957, 1958.

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The artist is not a person endowed with free will who seeks his own ends, but one who allows art to realize its purposes through him. As a human being he may have moods and a will and personal aims, but as an artist he is 'man' in a higher sense - he is 'collective man,' a vehicle and moulder of the unconscious psychic life of mankind. (Carl Jung, Psychology and Literature, 1930)

The shoe that fits one person pinches another; there is no recipe for living that suits all cases. (Carl Jung)

Nobody, as long as he moves about among the chaotic currents of life, is without trouble. (Carl Jung)

Everything that irritates us about others can lead us to an understanding of ourselves. (Carl Jung)

The creation of something new is not accomplished by the intellect but by the play instinct acting from inner necessity. The creative mind plays with the objects it loves. (Carl Jung)

Nothing has a stronger influence psychologically on their environment and especially on their children than the unlived life of the parent. (Carl Jung)

The meeting of two personalities is like the contact of two chemical substances: if there is any reaction, both are transformed.
(Carl Jung)

Where love rules, there is no will to power, and where power predominates, love is lacking. The one is the shadow of the other.
(Carl Jung)

As far as we can discern, the sole purpose of human existence is to kindle a light in the darkness of mere being. (Carl Jung)

We cannot change anything unless we accept it. Condemnation does not liberate, it oppresses. (Carl Jung)

That the gods of Buddhist iconography and their symbols and functions do not belong in the realm of metaphysics, but to that of psychology, has been correctly pointed out by C.G. Jung in his Commentary on the Secret of the Golden Flower. Carl Jung speaking of the great Eastern philosophers:
'I suspect them of being symbolical psychologists, to whom no greater wrong could be done than to take them literally. If it were really metaphysics that they mean, it would be useless to try to understand them. But if it is psychology, we can not only understand them, but we can greatly profit greatly by them, for then the so-called ‘metaphysical’ comes within the range of experience. If I accept the fact that a god is absolute and beyond all human experiences, he leaves me cold. I do not affect him, nor does he affect me. But if I know that a god is a powerful impulse in my soul, at once I must concern myself with him, for then he can become important… like everything belonging to the sphere of reality.' (Jung, Psyche and Symbol, 1958)

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