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Carl Jung’s Fireside Chats


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C.G. Jung, Emma Jung and Toni Wolff: A Collection of Remembrances

Jung in his late seventies no longer taught at the C. G. Jung Institute, though Emma did.

But twice yearly he invited diploma candidates, like Peter Lynn, to his Kusnacht house for
“fireside chats.” ~Claire Dunne, Wounded Healer of the Soul, Page 167.

He would stand by the fireplace, pipe in mouth, and ask for questions on anything and everything, encouraging us to
engage him in dialogue.

My most vivid recollection of these extraordinary evenings is the experience of Jung as a giant whose head touched
the clouds and whose feet were rooted in the very center of the earth.

Within the same sentence he would connect an earthy, peasant-type joke (laughing uproariously) with an obscure
pre-Christian myth, both directly relevant to the question under discussion.

I used to come away from these gatherings with a great sense of awe, having glimpsed ultimate issues in a thoroughly human
context. ~ Peter Lynn, J.E.T., Page 41.