Red Book

Orazio Borgianni – Christ in the Garden of Gethsemane

Have you heard of those dark ones who roamed incognito alongside those who ruled the day, conspiratorially

causing unrest? Who devised cunning things and did not shrink from any crime to honor their God?

Beside them place Christ, who was the greatest among them. It was too little for him to break the world, so

he broke himself And therefore he was the greatest of them all, and the powers of this world did not reach him. But

I speak of the dead who fell prey to power, broken by force and not by themselves. Their

hordes people the land of the soul. If you accept them, they fill you with delusion and rebellion against what rules

the world. From the deepest and from the highest they devised the most dangerous things. They were not of a

common nature, but fine blades of the hardest steel. They would have nothing to do with the small

lives of men. They lived on the heights and accomplished the lowest. They forgot only one thing: they did not live

their animal.

The animal does not rebel against its own kind. Consider animals: how just they are, how well-behaved, how

they keep to the time-honored, how loyal they are to the land that bears them, how they hold to their accustomed

routes, how they care for their young, how they go together to pasture, and how they draw one another to the

spring. There is not one that conceals its overabundance of prey and lets its brother starve as a result. There is not

one that tries to enforce its will on those of its own kind. Not a one mistakenly imagines that it is an elephant when

it is a mosquito. The animal lives fittingly and true to the life of its species, neither exceeding nor falling short of it.

He who never lives his animal must treat his brother like an animal. Abase yourself and live your animal so

that you will be able to treat your brother correctly. You will thus redeem all those roaming dead who strive to feed

on the living. And do not turn anything you do into a law, since that is the hubris of power.

When the time has come and you open the door to the dead, your horrors will also afflict your brother, for

your countenance proclaims the disaster. Hence withdraw and enter solitude, since no one can give you counsel if

you wrestle with the dead. Do not cry for help if the dead surround you, otherwise the living will talce flight, and

they are your only bridge to the day. Live the life of the day and do not speak of mysteries, but dedicate the night to

bringing about the salvation of the dead.

For whoever well-meaningly tears you away from the dead has rendered you the worst service, since he has

torn your life branch from the tree of divinity. He also sins against restoring what was created and later subjugated

and lost. “For the earnest expectation of the creature waiteth for the manifestation of the sons of God. For the

creature was made subject to vanity, not willingly, but by reason of him who hath subjected the same in hope,

because the creature itself also shall be delivered from the bondage of corruption into the glorious liberty of the

children of God. For we know that the whole creation groaneth and travaileth in pain together until now.”

Every step upward will restore a step downward so that the dead will be delivered into freedom. The creating

of the new shrinks from the day since its essence is secret. It prepares the destruction of precisely this day in the

hope of leading it over into a new creation. Something evil is attached to the creation of the new, which you cannot

proclaim loudly. The animal that looks for new hunting grounds cowers slinking and sniffing on dark paths and does

not want to be surprised.

Please consider that it is the suffering of the creative that they carry something evil in them, a leprosy of the

soul that separates them from its danger. They could praise their leprosy as a virtue and could indeed do so out

of virtuousness. But this would be doing what Christ does, and would therefore be his imitation. For only one

was Christ and only one could violate the laws as he did. It is impossible to commit higher infringements on his

path. Fulfill that which comes to you. Break the Christ in yourself so that you may arrive at yourself and ultimately

at your animal which is well-behaved in its herd and unwilling to infringe its laws. May it suffice in terms of

transgression that you do not imitate Christ, since thereby you take a step back from Christianity and a step beyond

  1. Christ brought salvation through adeptness, and ineptitude will save you. Carl Jung, The Red Book, Page 297.