To P. W. Martin
Dear Mr. Martin, 20 August 1945
I was very pleased with your kind letter of June 4th.
It is long ago since I heard of you last.
Happily enough we have been spared in Switzerland.
So easily it could have happened that the Germans would have invaded our country too.
It would not have been so easy as France or Austria though.
We were decided to fight.
I’m glad to know that you are still interested in the psychology of the unconscious.
I know it is exceedingly difficult to write anything definite or descriptive about the progression of psychological states.
It always seemed to me as if the real milestones were certain symbolic events characterized by a strong emotional tone.
You are quite right, the main interest of my work is not concerned with the treatment of neuroses but rather with the approach to the numinous.
But the fact is that the approach to the numinous is the real therapy and inasmuch as you attain to the numinous experiences you are released from the curse of pathology.
Even the very disease takes on a numinous character.
I hope it won’t take so long any more until travelling becomes possible. again.
We have been secluded from the rest of the world for about 5 years.
In the days before the radio it would, have been very bad indeed, but the radio was very helpful in this war.
One always could keep in touch with the decent world beyond that infernal hovel of lies and crimes.
Please remember me to Mrs. Martin!
C.G. Jung ~Carl Jung, Letters Vol. I, Pages 376-377
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