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The confrontation with the unconscious


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Letters of C. G. Jung: Volume I, 1906-1950 (Vol 1)

To Dr. S.

In the confrontation with the unconscious there are indeed a considerable number of arid patches to be worked through.

They cannot be circumvented.

At such time it is a good thing to have some occupation which has the character of an opus divinum.

Something like a careful shaping of images, such as many patients paint or carve in wood or stone.

These primitive methods have the great advantage that the unconscious continues to work on these patterns, is enthralled and transformed by them.

Naturally I can’t go into further details as you have to take your own material for a starting-point.

With kind regards,

Yours sincerely,

C.G. Jung ~Carl Jung, Letters Vol. I, Page 245