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Carl Gustav Jung's teachings
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The Value of Plain Language and Doubting Well

I can only hope and wish that no one becomes 'Jungian.' - Carl G. Jung

Basic Jung points suit self-help without much insistence. On the following pages Jung is quoted, rendered and translated ad lib. Carl Jung went into many sorts of constructs. Many of them have to be classified as speculative. You may do better [Link]. Still, many of his inventions are of worth, even though quite mystic and suggestive.

Blind and blunt belief in his outlooks was not what Jung aspired to. Instead, sound scepticism and health-giving doubt must be much encouraged and given space and quality time enough to flourish tidily in scholarly cirles. Scepticism and doubts can be followed up by sound, existential probing, and much good may be had from it. [On doubting] The whole scientific enterprise can be seen as sound doubt put into rigmarole and fit disciplines. Regulated doubt forms the basis of research in general. It is applied through testings of "alternative hypotheses", and the regulated, strict ways of handling such stiff "doubts of a sort". [Arne Naess, Vitenskapsfilosofi, 1980].

So if you doubt, go for your own benefit. Basic research methodology functions according to the way of doubting stringently to your own future or possible benefit. [More]

Unless and until we have done sound investigations we may be venting opinions when we imagine we do better things.


Meet Your Dream ☼

1. Plumb what confronts you in two main ways, and preferably by uniting them in deep meditation

Keep your head and trust yourself too.

Uniting "head and heart" is one goal of TM (Transcendental Meditation). In this context 'head' can represent both mind, thinking and assessing, that is, using the head. And 'heart' may signify deep delving (contemplation). Also, the inward 'heart' is of the Spirit, like the term Seele in Jungian thought.

According to Wing-tsit Chan there is another way of kenning or plumbing in Taoism: It is akin to the "stomach" feeling, and .

These ways of kenning may work well if cultivated tactfully, and much depends on one's training in life.

2. A Yin-yang balance is a Way (Tao), and it should not be impolite if that is possible. It can ascend

Think well enough, yet do not make thoughts your aim.

Just hold on when there is nothing in you except the will to say "Hello, Sunshine!"

Aim for a likeable ascent in yin-yang harmony. It does not have to look bold to others.

Thus there can be a rising yin-yang balance inside.

Along with it, do not let loving friends hurt you, particularly not the very dear ones.

Good studies, maybe for tens of years, often makes a big difference.

A recipe in your hands is: "get cool and polite and win the day too".

3. Fixations can follow elations

Steer out of any gross fixations.


A Tao is also to be plumbed in deep meditation. ◦Transcendental Meditation was named Deep Meditation first. It can solve deep life traumas. [◦More]


Consciousness Can Grow ☼

Consciousness can grow and mature, and it that case: bien. Or can be made to appear civilized in other ways, such as through conformism and getting sedated by drugs. Thus it may be stiffles and a lid is put on top of much "unfinished business", with a veneer of appearances.

1. Mind gradually senses things

It can be quite difficult to rise above the current situation and from that vantage point gauge the spirit of one's own time.

Nobody can fall really low unless he has a great depth to plunge inside.

Depth corresponds to a potential height,

And the blackest darkness to a hidden light.

These are yin-yang teachings

A feeling of getting unsure can be much nearer to the truth than the gang-tall bluff of sureness.

In the long run it is the better adapted man who can triumph if he cares to.

The biological instinctual mind gradually passes over into the physiology.

The archetype describes a field which exhibits none of the peculiarities of the physiological and cannot be regarded as psychic.

What is "inside" of us has an a priori structure that antedates all conscious experience.

The mind is part of the inmost mystery of life,

Its structure is something given,

And this is a mother, a matrix or form -

Which main experiences - everyday experiences - are linked to.

Infantilism is to deride these possibilities,

It can be to act like a dullard.

The young person of marriageable age has an ego-consciousness,

(girls more than men, as a rule).

This means in practice that the young man (or woman) can have only an incomplete understanding of himself.

It is a great and surprising discovery to some, yet far from the final peak,

Another "first step" of a long climb for those who care.

2. Growth of mind is often accompanied by problems due to conform others, and conform residues in oneself

The mental life of civilised man is full of problems.

Our mental processes are made up to a large extent of reflections, doubts, experiments

Most persons seem almost wholly foreign to the unconscious, instinctive mind.

Growth of consciousness is accompanied by growth problems.

The concept of the void makes for horror. (4)

Absurd political and social ideas in time turn bleak and conform to look at.

A joker may find himself forced to act serious.

3. Collective maturity looks like a sham, and stems from inferiority too

The main focus of existential therapy is not to be neuroses and the like, but the one who is having these problems, his family and social group. They work together for most part.

Many who mature well may need to develop good, staunch individuality from there on.

Hence, it is the mature person who needs ongoing education the most, he naturally likes to learn things more and better, perhaps not along collective lines, as individuality rises on top of collectivism and seems different.

Who wants to know the human mind may learn much from experimental psychology.

And suburban pubs, churches, ecstatic sects,

Women of passion and gossip and giraffes.

He may appreciate that some heal the sick with knowledge from alternative sources.

To remain a child too long is childish.

Everything of mental origin has a double face;

One face looks forward,

And there is ambivalence to deal with.

The living body becomes your living symbol

But deep mind can never enter wholly into that sense-perceived reality.

In some circles mind runs the risk of becoming a mere allegory

In rationalistic and therefore inadequate explanation.

To speak of the morning and evening (of life) is not mere sentimental jargon. It can be much symbolical too.

We thus give expression to psychological truths at times.

To postulate many ideals of educating the personality is not for children. They enact ideals from inside. ✪ 

Personality - a well-rounded mental whole that is capable of resistance and abounding in energy - is an adult ideal.

The fire of affects and emotions may be like steel meeting flint;

It is a woman's outstanding characteristic that she can do anything for the love of a man.

A mother-complex is not got rid of by blind collectivism.

Further, man may divinize his relations unless he is careful, and tough.

A person must pay dearly for the creative fire.

The creative impulse can drain him till he is driven to develop dark sorts of vanity, infantile traits - inferiorities speak of no classy life.

Modern man is held in thrall by the "ten thousand things"; (7)

He sees only particulars and looks quite ego-bound,

Not aware of a deep root uniting and filling all who exist.

The true genius intrudes and disturbs too.

There are dangers and potential healing behind a brilliant or great truth.

The advance of culture shows a betterment of consciousness. (9)

Single minds take their steps and advance, and improvements begin around them too. It happens in some places.

Solid advancements begin with the individual and fundamental facets of being.


Minds gradually get more aware and come to conform to ideals or Ways that matter to adult personalities.


Artist Fitness ☼

1. Some strive for knowledge their whole life

You can let immature science commit the greatest follies.

The blackest darkness is truly unsure.

Our whole life is unsure if close to the truth, unless many stand banded together.

Infantilism needs to act like a dullard. and despite it an usurping fool thinks himself largely conscious and knowing.

2. A mere vacuum inside lets itself be over-ridden, but not bitten

Who has lost the historical symbols cannot be satisfied with substitutes.

Many a vacuum inside gets filled with political and social ideas.

Their gist says softly:

You cannot get along well if you are other-ridden or a drunkard.

3. So-called nonsense and psychological insights go well along together, or balance each other

The object of therapy is not the neurosis but had better be the totality of a man's life as a sensible fellow, maybe an individual, graced in his own family or clan.

For successful outcome, let staunch individuality and sagacity go hand in hand, or . . .

(I am privately of the rest of the opinion).

It is in fact the mature person who can have the greatest need

In the horrors of prisons, pubs, clerical sects,

Through the experience of nonsense by this: The largest heart must bleed the most. It happens.

To remain a child too long comes close to the foremost symbol of the reborn Christian.

The uniqueness of the mind is simply "world" inside!

The symbolised shape of the self-and-world is speaking up as a unique mind.

Then exposed to all sorts of attempts in vain.

Yes, to speak of the morning and spring of life is not mere sentimental jargon and astrology.

We thus give expression to psychological truths, facts.

The high ideal of educating the personality is not for children. ✪ 

Fire of affects and emotions is for them, on the other hand.

A mother-complex is not got rid of by blindly reducing the mother to human proportions. That is why mankind has always instinctively added the pre-existent divine mom and dad up beyond the clouds.

A tomboy must pay dearly then.

The god-aimed creative impulse can drain him the most, it is presumed.

Hammering inferiorities are the his best survivor means

If good can come of evil self-interest.

A creative or outstanding person may after long be turned into an "object of many", another item among the "ten thousand things" that are easily remembered without an advocate. I suggest that Albert Einstein has turned into such an icon or emblem to some. (7)

The true advocate genius nearly always intrudes and disturbs. The Barnasha (son of man) did.

He says the wrong things at the right time.

Thereby the law-patting advance always begins with some expert lawyer or law-maker of a sort, perhaps conscious of an isolation from being free-wheeling and adjusted to lush natural delights at times. (9)

Allow him to get conscious.

If he succeeds, he creates a tension and culture's fare. I could name many examples.


To remain childlike in many ways and for long could be a culmination of development. "The Paramahamsa is like a five year old child," says Ramakrishna. (1974, 207)


Do what you have to so as to avoid getting scapegoated like Giordano Bruno and other serious martyrs of science. A few good jokes may help a bit.

A deep mind without problems can get along well with all sorts of narcissists and other-ridden people only after a long time, is the bet.

"The object of therapy is to be able to go hand in hand". This is a new definition that competes with Alfred Adler's cherished "work and enjoy" and so on. It stresses fine attunement, loveable co-life, and that is much.

For more successful therapy outcome, let staunch individuality and sagacity go hand in hand to remain a child "too long" - prolonged "childness" is a humanoid feature, and a prerequisite for much learning. We can express thereby the high ideal of educating the personality. Artistic development helps things like these, and yet the god-aimed creative impulse can cause much isolation at long last. Balance is needed also.


Carl Gustav Jung, C. G. Jung psychology, Jungian considerations, Carl Jung studies, Jungian reviews, analytic psychology, Jungian reflections, Literature  

Naess, Arne. Vitenskapsfilosofi. 3rd ed. Oslo: Universitetsforlaget, 1980.

Ramakrishna. Tales and Parables of Sri Ramakrishna. 5th ed. Madras: Ramakrishna Math, 1974.

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