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Jung’s Soul: “Then, listen, you think little of me.

Do you still not know that you are not writing a book to feed your vanity, but that you are speaking with me?

How can you suffer from scorn if you address me with those words that I give you?

Do you actually know who I am?

Have you grasped me, defined me, and made me into a dead formula?

Have you measured the depths of my chasms, and explored all the ways down which I am yet going to lead you?

Scorn cannot challenge you if you are not vain to the marrow of your bones.”

Your truth is hard. I want to lay down my vanity before you, since it blinds me.

See, that is why I also believed my hands were empty when I came to you today.

I did not consider that it is you who fills empty hands if they just stretched out willingly to sacrifice.

Yet they do not want to.

Because I thought that l have to offer it and forgot about you, as if I did not know that I am your vessel, empty without you but brimming over with you.  ~Jung’s Soul, The Black Books, Vol. II, Page 167

“When I came out of the fantasy, I realized that my mechanism had worked wonderfully well, but I was in great confusion as to the meaning of all those things I had seen.

The light in the cave from the crystal was, I thought, like the stone of wisdom.

The secret murder of the hero I could not understand at all.

The beetle of course I knew to be an ancient sun symbol, and the setting sun, the luminous red disk, was archetypal.

The serpents I thought might have been connected with Egyptian material.

I could not then realize that it was all so archetypal, I need not seek connections.

I was able to link the picture up with the sea of blood I had previously fantasized about. / Though I could not then grasp the significance of the hero killed, soon after I had a dream in which Siegfried was killed by myself. It was a case of destroying the hero ideal of my efficiency.

This has to be sacrificed in order that a new adaptation can be made; in short, it is connected with the sacrifice of the superior function in order to get at the libido necessary to activate the inferior functions” (Introduction to Analytical Psychology, p. 48).

(The killing of Siegfried occurs below, in the entry for December 18, 1913).

Jung also anonymously cited and discussed this fantasy in his ETH lecture on June 14, 1935 (Hannah, Modern Psychology, Vols . 1 and 2, p. 223). ~The Black Books, 169-170, fn 102