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Carl Jung on “..a man who was practically invulnerable even to rapier thrusts

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Letters of C. G. Jung: Volume 2, 1951-1961

To Stephen I. Abrams

Dear Mr. Abrams, 11 July 1960

Cases with a continuous output of positive ESP or other paranormal effects are very interesting indeed.

They were puzzling to me inasmuch as archetypal constellations are usually more or less momentary and don’t

extend over longer periods.

I have followed up a case of a man who was practically invulnerable even to rapier thrusts through kidney and liver.

His remarkable achievement lasted over several years. It was accompanied by a pious and devoted attitude. He was unselfish and idealistic.
Two bad friends succeeded in persuading him that there was money in it. The next experiment killed him.

In this case it was quite obvious that he owed his invulnerability to an intensely religious attitude which is an archetypal constellation.

It is possible also that other conditions like physical traumata, diseases and physiological constellations can maintain an abaissement of consciousness which enables unconscious effects to cross the thresh old.

I should not wonder at all if synchronistic phenomena would manifest in the form of physiological effects.

I don’t feel particularly optimistic with reference to the possibility of control and predictability.

The mathematical theory of information is beyond the reach of my understanding, but it sounds interesting nevertheless.

It is quite possible, even probable, that man has a much greater amount of ESP at his disposal than one generally supposes.

This must be so if it is true that synchronicity belongs to the basic qualities of existence (or being.) Good luck to your adventure,

Sincerely yours,

C.G. Jung Carl Jung, Letters Vol. II, Pages 576-577