Carl Jung on “Longing” Anthology
I had still not become a man again who carried within himself the conﬂict between a longing for the world and a longing for the spirit. I did not live either of these longings, but I lived myself and was a merrily greening tree in a remote spring forest. And thus I learned to live without the world and spirit; and I was amazed how well I could live like this. Carl Jung, The Red Book, Page 277.
True joy is simple: it comes and exists from itself and is not to be sought here and there. At the risk of en- countering black night, you must devote yourself to me and seek no joy. Joy can never ever be prepared, but exists of its own accord or exists not at all. All you must do is fulﬁll your task nothing else. Joy comes from fulﬁllment, but not from longing. Philemon to Carl Jung; The Red Book; Page 341
If I am not conjoined through the uniting of the Below and the Above, I break down into three parts: the ser- pent, and in that or some other animal form I roam, living nature daimonically, arousing fear and longing. The human soul, living forever within you. The celestial soul, as such dwelling with the Gods, far from you and unknown to you, appearing in the form of a bird. Carl Jung’s Soul to him, Black Books, Appendix C., Page 370.
Could the longing for a god be a passion welling up from our darkest, instinctual nature, a passion unswayed by any outside inﬂuences, deeper and stronger perhaps than the love for a human person?” Carl Jung, CW 7, par 214.
If there were no imperfections, no primordial defect in the ground of creation, why should there be any urge to create , any longing that must be fulﬁlled? Carl Jung, Memories Dreams and Reﬂections, Page 32.
God has a longing for man and it seems there is provision for God to be created in man’s consciousness. Consciousness is the cradle of the birth of God in man. Carl Jung, Conversations with C.G. Jung, Page 39.
There is no consciousness without discrimination of opposites. Carl Jung; CW 9i: 178.
If one honors God, the sun or the ﬁre, then one honors one’s own vital force, the libido. It is a Seneca says: “god is near you, he is with you, in you.” God is our own longing to which we pay divine honors. Carl Jung; The Psychology of the Unconscious.
One must give up the retrospective longing which only wants to resuscitate the torpid bliss and eﬀortlessness of childhood. Carl Jung; The Sacriﬁce; CW 5; Paragraph 643.
For him who looks backwards the whole world, even the starry sky, becomes the mother who bends over him and enfolds him on all sides, and from the renunciation of this image, and of the longing for it arises the picture of the world as we know it today. Carl Jung; The Sacriﬁce; CW 5; Par 643.
We know very well that a man’s ambition is for his concepts to be realized in life, whereas it is the most se- cret longing of all women for their lives to be realized in concepts. Carl Jung, Letters Vol. 1, Page 151
At the founding of the great religions there was to begin with a collective disorientation which everywhere constellated in the unconscious an overwhelming principle of order (the collective longing for redemption.) Carl Jung, Letters Vol. 1, Pages 59-63.
Youthful longing for the world and for life, for the attainment of high hopes and distant goals, is life’s obvious teleological urge which at once changes into fear of life, neurotic resistances, depressions, and phobias if at some point it remains caught in the past, or shrinks from risks without which the unseen goal cannot be attained. Carl Jung, CW 8, Page 406.
Whoever sunders himself from the mother longs to get back to the mother. This longing can easily turn into a consuming passion which threatens all that has been won. Carl Jung, CW 5, Para 352.
If you prove receptive to this “call of the wild,” the longing for fulﬁlment will quicken the sterile wilderness of your soul as rain quickens the dry earth. Carl Jung, CW 14, Para 190.
Consequently, the sight of a child or a primitive will arouse certain longings in adult, civilized persons longings which relate to the unfulﬁlled desires and needs of those parts of the personality which have been blotted out of the total picture in favor of the adapted persona. Carl Jung, MDR, Page 244
Again one has only to think of the craze for Negro dances, for the Charleston and jazz—they are all symptoms of the great longing of the mass psyche for this more complete—development of the powers immanent within us which primitives possess to a higher degree than we do. Carl Jung, C.G. Jung Speaking: Interviews and Encounters, Pages 38-46
For him who looks backwards the whole world, even the starry sky, becomes the mother who bends over him and enfolds him on all sides, and from the renunciation of this image, and of the longing for it arises the picture of the world as we know it today. Carl Jung, CW 5, Para 643