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Memory of Emma Jung by Elizabeth B. Howes


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

Memory of Emma Jung by Elizabeth B. Howes

In 1955, I had the privilege of working analytically with Mrs. Jung for several months.

Many times since then I have found myself saying to groups, when speaking of my contact with the Jung’s, that I found Mrs. Jung the most integrated person in Zurich.

I said it quite spontaneously first, and on further reflection knew it was true.

I found myself deeply moved by a woman who had so obviously found herself and her own authenticity in the midst of so many collective pressures.

She was the wife of Carl Jung, which was certainly not an easy task. And she maintained-or rather, achieved-an individuality separate from his.

She became a scholar in later years which culminated in her excellent book, The Legend of the Holy Grail.

Also she became a wise and sensitive analyst, pointing simply and directly to what needed to be looked at.

She was a joy to work with. Today, many women speak of the need for a “role model.”

Mrs. Jung was definitely that, in her fine balance of creative animus and feminine functioning.

She seemed never to go too far in either direction Mrs. Jung’s quiet, penetrating, active and participating attitude helped one always to know that one was working in a religious process where the unconscious was revealing-in even the slightest way-powers greater than the ego.

But always I remember how she stressed the role of the ego in the development of consciousness.

Mrs. Jung said to me, ‘There are egos and egos and egos. The problem is to find the right one.”

To me, as I saw her, she had found hers and had related it to the deeper archetypal powers making for wholeness. ~ C. G. Jung, Emma Jung and Toni Wolff – A Collection of Remembrances, Page 34.