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

[Carl Jung on Prayer]

Dear N. N., 10 September 1943

Here I send you merely a greeting to tell you that I have understood your letter.

I have thought much about prayer.

It-prayer is very necessary because it makes the Beyond we conjecture and think about an immediate reality, and transposes us into the duality of the ego and the dark Other.

One hears oneself speaking and can no longer deny that one has addressed “That.”

The question then arises: What will become of Thee and of Me? of the transcendental Thou and the immanent I?

The way of the unexpected, not-to-be expected, opens, fearful and unavoidable, with hope of a propitious turn or a defiant “I will not perish under the will of God unless I myself will it too.”

Then only, so I feel, is God’s will made perfect.

Without me it is only his almighty will, a frightful fatality even in its grace, void of sight and hearing, void of knowledge for precisely that reason.

I go together with it, an immensely weighty milligram without which God had made his world in vain.

Best wishes,

Yours ever,

Jung [Letters Volume 1, Page 338]


To Carl Hamburger

Dear Colleague, 9 October 1943

Colours are only a partial instance of the question of clarity in general.

Just as consciousness is largely reduced in dreams, so is the completeness of the image.

Hence there are many dreams which are entirely abstract.

Eidetic clarity is a function of the intensity of the residual consciousness in the dream.

Exactly as in the waking state, when with restricted consciousness the clarity of the image is reduced too.

Thus colours are by no means wholly absent in dreams, but only when the perceiving consciousness is on a relatively low level.

With collegial regards,

Yours sincerely,

C.G. Jung [Letters Volume 1, Page 339]