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C.G. Jung Speaking Interviews and Encounters

It might be said of her that she [Toni Wolff] was “Virgin” as defined for us by Esther Harding, meaning simply an unmarried woman who, since she belonged to no man, belonged to herself and to God in a special way. Toni Wolff to Sallie Nichols; C. G. Jung, Emma Jung and Toni Wolff – A Collection of Remembrances, Pages 47-51

Your book is a remarkably clear survey of analytical psychology. ~Carl Jung to Esther Harding’s “Psychic Energy” Letters, Vol. 1, Page 468.

I am glad that you and others carry on the work I once began. The world needs it badly. ~Carl Jung to Esther Harding, Letters Vol. 1, Page 469.

My best thanks are due to the late Esther Harding for suggesting that I should write this book. ~Barbara Hannah, Jung: His Life and His Work, Page 151

Indeed all during his illness, he told us, ideas were flooding up, even in his delirium, which he is still trying to evaluate and record. ~Esther Harding, C.G. Jung Speaking: Interviews and Encounters and   Pages 171-179

He went on to say that when speaking to an extravert he has to cut down his thought; also when he is speaking to an introvert he has to cut down, for the thought of an introvert, even if expanded into a book, would not be fully expressed. ~Esther Harding, Conversations with Jung, Page 8

Dr. Jung went on to speak of the strength of womanhood, how it is stronger than any [imitation of the] male adaptation, and how a woman who is woman from the crown of her head to the tip of her toe can afford to be masculine, just as a man who is sure of his masculinity can afford to be tender and patient like a woman. ~Esther Harding, Conversations with Jung, Page 8.

He [Jung] replied, “Yes. God spoke and created from the chaos-and here we are all gods for ourselves. ~Esther Harding, Conversations with Jung, Page 8

He said, “Be afraid of the world, for it is big and strong; and fear the demons within, for they are many and brutal; but do not fear yourself, for that is your Self.” ~Esther Harding, Conversations with Jung, Page 8

He [Jung] went on to speak of the three realities that make up the individuated state; God; the Self; and Relatedness. ~E Harding, Conversations with Jung, Page 11

And just as it is impossible to individuate without relatedness, so it is impossible to have real relationships without individuation. For otherwise illusion comes in continually, and you don’t know where you are. ~E Harding, Conversations with Jung, Page 11

He [Jung] felt, we had to view him like that, that Hitler is not to be taken primarily as a human man, but as an instrument of ‘divine’ forces, as Judas, or, still better, as the Antichrist must be. ~E Harding, Conversations with Jung, Page 12

He [Jung] said he felt that the observed phenomena could only be explained with the hypothesis that time is a psychic phenomenon, i.e., a conditioning of our psyches, or of our consciousness. ~E Harding, Conversations with Jung, Page 13

He twice dreamed of Baynes after his death, each time in connection with Churchill, and each time when Churchill was actually in Switzerland, though C. G. did not know this at the time. ~E Harding, Conversations with Jung, Page 13

Speaking of the foolishness of the wise, he [Jung] said one must always recognize it but one does not know what a dream means, especially one’s own dream. ~E Harding, Conversations with Jung, Page 15

Nature is just what we do not know. ~ Carl Jung, E Harding, Conversations with Jung, Page 17

The flowering of his genius, that began so early, ripened into a harvest that will satisfy the spiritual hunger of mankind in the years to come, but it will take the work of many succeeding generations to garner all the wealth of meaning Jung discovered in his long and fruitful life. ~Esther Harding, Contact with Jung, Pages 179 -194

It was during her second visit to Zurich in 1922, that Eleanor met Doctor Esther Harding. This was the English woman with whom she later founded the first Jungian group in New York, together with an old friend of Eleanor’s, Kristine Mann. ~Diana Baynes, Jung’s Apprentice, Page 126

Esther Harding was born in 1888 in Shropshire, England, the daughter of a dental surgeon, and the fourth of six sisters. She was taught at home by a governess until the age of eleven and was an avid reader. ~Thomas Kirsch, The Jungians, Page 61

She [Esther Harding] graduated in 1914 and began working in a hospital for infectious diseases. There she wrote her first book, The Circulatory Failure of Diphtheria; she also contracted the disease.  ~Thomas Kirsch, The Jungians, Page 61

The estates of Eleanor Bertine and Esther Harding, who died in 1970 and 1971 respectively, provided an endowment for the Foundation which enabled them finally to buy a five-story brownstone house in midtown Manhattan which is its present home. ~Thomas Kirsch, The Jungians, Page 68

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Edinger, a medical doctor from Yale, had his analysis with Esther Harding, which he described in most positive terms; he became a member of the New York professional association in 1956.  ~Thomas Kirsch, The Jungians, Page 71


Being that has soul is living being. Soul is the living thing in man, that which lives of itself and causes life. Therefore God breathed into Adam a living breath, that he might live. ~Carl Jung, CW 9i, Para 56


With her (Soul) cunning play of illusions the soul lures into life the inertness of matter that does not want to live. She makes us believe incredible things, that life may be lived. ~Carl Jung, CW 9i, Para 56


She [Soul] is full of snares and traps, in order that man should fall, should reach the earth, entangle himself there, and stay caught, so that life should be lived; as Eve in the garden of Eden could not rest content until she had convinced Adam of the goodness of the forbidden apple. ~Carl Jung, CW 9i, Para 56\


Were it not for the leaping and twinkling of the soul, man would rot away in his greatest passion, idleness. ~Carl Jung, CW 9i, Para 56


But to have soul is the whole venture of life, for soul is a life-giving daemon who plays his elfin game above and below human existence, for which reason—in the realm of dogma—he is threatened and propitiated with superhuman punishments and blessings that go far beyond the possible deserts of human beings. ~Carl Jung, CW 9i, Para 56


The Lucifer legend is in no sense an absurd fairytale; like the story of the serpent in the Garden of Eden, it is a “therapeutic” myth. ~Carl Jung, CW 11, Para 291