By now, many of you may have already read last Sunday’s New York Times magazine article about Carl Jung’s Red book ” an eccentric, hand-written mixture of memoir, meditation, and analysis. It’s an interesting story, but here’s the passage I thought would resonate with all you journalists and diary-keepers:
I should advise you to put it all down as beautifully as you can ” in some beautifully bound book It will seem as if you were making the visions banal ” but then you need to do that ” then you are freed from the power of them Then when these things are in some precious book you can go to the book & turn over the pages & for you it will be your church ” your cathedral ” the silent places of your spirit where you will find renewal. If anyone tells you that it is morbid or neurotic and you listen to them ” then you will lose your soul ” for in that book is your soul.
Those words were found in a self-published book written by a former client of Jung’s; according to her, it was how Jung advised her to access the hidden depths of her mind.
If you read the piece, don’t forget to check out the images of Jung’s amazing artwork and calligraphy. (There’s no direct link, unfortunately, but you’ll be able to find them if you click the “Multimedia” link at the left side of the page.