[Carl Jung and “Individuation is by no means a rare thing or a luxury of the few…”]

To Erlo van Waveren

Dear Mr. van Waveren, 25 September 1946

It has taken a very long time until I was able to get so far in my correspondence that I could answer your letter.

One could say that the whole world with its turmoil and misery is in an individuation process.

But people don’t know it, that’s the only difference.

If they knew it, they would not be at war with each other, because whosoever has the war inside himself has no time and pleasure to fight others.

Individuation is by no means a rare thing or a luxury of the few, but those who know that they are in such a process are considered to be lucky.

They get something out of it, provided they are conscious enough.

Of course it is a question whether you can stand such a procedure.

But this is the question with life too.

Millions of people couldn’t stand it, as you know from recent events.

Individuation is just ordinary life and what you are made conscious of.

If anybody should marvel at it, he must have been unprepared for what life holds in store for everybody.

My best wishes!

Yours sincerely,

C.G. Jung, ~Carl Jung, Letters Vol. 1, Page 442.

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