C.G. Jung Letters, Vol. 1: 1906-1950

To Mr. 0.

Dear Mr. 0., 30 April 1947

Having studied your dream-material and having had a personal impression of your actual state of mind I have come to the conclusion that there is something wrong in the whole handling of your case,

in spite of the fact that everything seems to be correct.

The fact is that you have an uncannily extensive material one can hardly hope to cope with, at least I couldn’t muster the amount of energy that would be required to deal with your dreams properly.

In order to keep up with them one would need at least 3 hours a week.

As you know, the principle of my technique does not consist only in analysis and interpretation of such materials as are produced by the unconscious, but also in their synthesis by active imagination.

Of the latter I have seen nothing yet.

But this is precisely the “technique” which seems to be indicated in your situation.

You are not only informed enough but also intelligent enough to go on for a long stretch on the assumption that I’m buried and that there is no analyst for you under the changing moon except the one that is in your own heart.

As you will understand, this does not mean at all that you analyse and interpret your dreams according to the rules of the thumb, but that you do what we call in the German language the “Auseinandersetzung mit dem Unbewussten,” which is a dialectical procedure you carry through with yourself with the aid of active imagination.

This is the best means I know to reduce an inordinate production of the unconscious.

It doesn’t seem right that a man like yourself is still dependent upon analysts.

It is also not good for you, because it produces again and again a most unwholesome dissociation of your opposites, namely pride and humility.

It will be good for your humility if you can accept the gifts of the unconscious guide that dwells in yourself, and it is good for your pride to humiliate itself to such an extent that you can accept what you receive.

I don’t intend to behave as if I were a corpse already.

I’m therefore quite willing to help in your attempt in this direction, but I refuse in your own interest to plague myself with your material which is only helpful when you acquire its understanding by your own effort.

Pride is a wonderful thing when you know how to fulfill its expectations.

Did you never ask yourself who my analyst is?

Yet, when it comes to the last issue, we must be able to stand alone vis a vis the unconscious for better or worse.

Yours sincerely,

C.G. Jung ~Carl Jung, Letters Vol. 1, Page 458-459.