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Memories Dreams Reflections

Today I no longer need these conversations with the anima, for I no longer have such emotions.

But if I did have them, I would deal with them in the same way.

Today I am directly conscious of the anima’s ideas because I have learned to accept the contents of the unconscious and to understand them.

I know how I must behave toward the inner images.

I can read their meaning directly from my dreams, and therefore no longer need a mediator to communicate them.

I wrote these fantasies down first in the Black Book; later, I transferred them to the Red Book, which I also embellished with drawings?

It contains most of my mandala drawings.

In the Red Book I tried an esthetic elaboration of my fantasies, but never finished it.

I became aware that I had not yet found the right language, that I still had to translate it into something else.

Therefore I gave up this estheticizing tendency in good time, in favor of a rigorous process of understanding.

I saw that I so much fantasy needed firm ground underfoot, and that I must first return wholly to reality.

For me, reality meant scientific comprehension.

I had to draw concrete conclusions from the insights the unconscious had given me–and that task was to become a life work. ~Carl Jung, Memories Dreams and Reflections.