The collective unconscious. Archetypes. Dream interpretation. Many of the ideas that float around modern “New Age” thinking are derived from the musings of Carl G. Jung in his development of analytical psychology. What we commonly call analysis.
From whence came his ideas? Jung was an avid explorer of mysticism, eastern philosophy, seances, mythology, witchcraft, ufo’s, schizophrenics, and more. But more importantly, he explored his own “unconscious” shadow self or dark side. He journaled this process in a large red book, “filled with paintings of otherworldly creatures and handwritten dialogues with gods and devils.”
After many years hidden away in a Swiss bank vault, the book is being published. The New York Times has produced an interesting article on the background and history of the work and the impact it’s had on the players involved.
While I don’t agree with Jung’s approach or outlook on some matters, he did help open the door of the west to taking a look at our inner life. Without that, it would have remained largely unconscious.
I can’t say if the book will be beneficial or not, but it is the record of one person’s journey within. Fortunately, we now know of better ways.