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Question: Do you occasionally resort to stimulants of any kind (alcohol, morphine, hashish, etc.)?Answer: Oh no ! Never ! A new idea is intoxicating enough. Carl Jung, CW 18, Page 787
Although I have never taken the drug [Mescalin] myself nor given it to another individual, I have at least devoted 40 years of my life to the study of that psychic sphere which is disclosed by the said drug; that is the sphere of numinous experiences. ~Carl Jung, Letters Vol. II, Page 222.
It is on the contrary an excellent demonstration of Marxist materialism: mescalin is the drug by which you can manipulate the brain so that it produces even so-called “spiritual” experiences. That is the ideal case for Bolshevik philosophy and its “brave new world.” ~Carl Jung, Letters Vol. II, Page 224.
The idea that mescalin could produce a transcendental experience is shocking. The drug merely uncovers the normally unconscious functional layer of perceptional and emotional variants, which are only psychologically transcendent but by no means “transcendental,” i.e., metaphysical. ~Carl Jung, Letters Vol. II, Page 223.
Man has to cope with the problem of suffering. The Oriental wants to get rid of suffering by casting it off. Western man tries to suppress suffering with drugs. But suffering has to be overcome, and the only way to overcome it is to endure it. We learn that only from him.” [And here he pointed to the Crucified.] ~ Carl Jung, Letters, Vol 1, Page 236.
Look at the rebellion of modern youth in America, the sexual rebellion, and all that. These rebellions occur because the real, natural man is just in open rebellion against the utterly inhuman form of American life. Americans are absolutely divorced from nature in a way, and that accounts for that drug abuse. ~Carl Jung, Conversations with C.G. Jung, Page 35.
But I never could accept mescalin as a means to convince people of the possibility of spiritual experience over against their materialism. ~Carl Jung, Letters Vol. II, Page 224.
There are some poor impoverished creatures, perhaps, for whom mescalin would be a heaven-sent gift without a counterpoison, but I am profoundly mistrustful of the “pure gifts of the Gods.” ~Carl Jung, Letters Vol. II to Victor White dated 10 April 1954
That is the mistake Aldous Huxley makes: he does not know that he is in the role of the “Zauberlehrling,” who learned from his master how to call the ghosts but did not know how to get rid of them again. ~Carl Jung, Letters Vol. II to Victor White dated 10 April 1954
I should indeed be obliged to you if you could let me see the material they get with LSD. It is quite awful that the alienists have caught hold of a new poison to play with, without the faintest knowledge or feeling of responsibility. ~Carl Jung, Letters Vol. II to Victor White dated 10 April 1954
There is finally a question which I am unable to answer, as I have no corresponding experience: it concerns the possibility that a drug opening the door to the unconscious could also release a latent, potential psychosis. ~Carl Jung, Letters Vol. II, Pages 222-224.
The result [taking Mescalin] is a sort of theosophy, but it is not a moral and mental acquisition. ~Carl Jung, Letters Vol. II, 12August1957
It [taking Mescalin] is the eternally primitive man having experience of his ghost-land, but it is not and achievement of your cultural development. ~Carl Jung, Letters Vol. II, 12August1957
To have so-called religious visions of this kind [taking Mescalin] has more to do with physiology but nothing with religion. It is only that mental phenomena are observed which one can compare to similar images in ecstatic conditions. . ~Carl Jung, Letters Vol. II, 12August1957