Alchemical language is a mode of therapy; it is itself therapeutical. – Alchemical Psychology
Jung’s conviction is that the most effective way to redeem or transform the world is first of all to transform the little piece of it that is oneself. – „The Mystery of the Coniunctio”
A collective attitude is always a threat to the individual, even when it is a necessity. It is dangerous because it is very apt to check and smoother all personal differentiation.
Deviation from the truth of the blood begets neurotic restlessness … Restlessness begets meaninglessness, and the lack of meaning in life is a soul sickness whose full extent and full import our age has not yet begun to comprehend.
I said that we have no schools for forty-year-olds. That is not quite true. Our religions were always such schools in the past, but how many people regard them like that today? How many of us older ones have been brought up in such a school and really prepared for the second half of life, or old age, death and eternity?
Why is there such a vast self-help industry in this country? Why do all these selves need help? They have been deprived of something by our psychological culture, a sense that there is some purpose that has come with them into the world.
If we keep this in mind, we can perhaps summon up courage to consider the possibility of a „psychology with a psyche” – that is, a theory of the psyche ultimately based on the postulate of an autonomous, spiritual principle.
If you do not acknowledge your yearning (…) then you do not live your life, but an alien one. But who will live your life if you do not live it? If you give up your self, you live it in others; thereby you become selfish, and thus you deceive others.
Also he whose soul is a garden, needs things, men, and thoughts, but he is their friend and not their slave and fool.
Thus the rational attitude of culture runs into its opposite, namely the irrational devastation of culture.
Immediate self-observation is not enough, by a long way, to enable us to learn how to know ourselves. We need history, for the past continues to flow through us in a hundred channels.
Ironically, a large part of the job of psychotherapy is releasing the soul from the collective neurosis which in the guise of religion sanctifies estrangement of the soul from its own images and experiences.
Something in us wishes to remain a child, to be unconscious or, at most, conscious only of the ego; to reject everything strange, or else subject it to our will; to do nothing, or indulge our own craving for pleasure or power.
Only a life lived in a certain spirit is worth living. It is a remarkable fact that a life lived entirely from the ego is dull not only for the person himself but for all concerned. The fullness of life requires something more than just an ego; it needs spirit.
The reason for evil in the world is that people are not able to tell their stories.
„Where love stops, power begins, and violence, and terror.”