Letters Volume II

To the Rev. Kenneth Gordon Lafleur

Dear Sir, 11 June 1960

Thank you very much for your friendly letter.

I am glad to know that my ideas met an echo in yourself.

One sentence in your letter has puzzled me.

You write:

“I hope that you will not be too discouraged concerning the possibility of religion’s part in the necessary process of individuation of personality.”

I don’t see where you get the impression that I might be discouraged in this respect, since I was the first to emphasize the enormous role religion plays particularly in the individuation process, as I was the first to raise the question of the relation between psychotherapy and religion in its practical aspects.

I should hardly risk all these misunderstandings if I had been discouraged.

I can tell you moreover that it needed some courage to deal with the religious question at all.

I should appreciate it therefore all the more if you could kindly enlighten me about the meaning of the sentence quoted above.

Yours sincerely,

C.G. Jung ~Carl Jung, Letters Vol. II, Page 566