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In 1929 he described his aim as being one of bringing about “a psychic state in which my patient begins to experiment with his own nature.”

Clearly his own self-experimentation, and its results, were the template of this therapeutic practice.

During this period, he continued to instruct his patients in how to induce visions in a waking state.

In 1926, Christiana Morgan came to Jung for analysis.

She had read Psychological Types and turned to him for assistance with her problems with relationships and with depression.

In a session in 1926, she noted Jung’s advice to her on how to produce visions:

Well, you see these are too vague for me to be able to say much about them.

They are only the beginning.

You only use the retina of the eye at first in order to objectify.

Then instead of keeping on trying to force the image out you just want to look in.

Now when you see these images you want to hold them and see where they take you- how they change.

And you want to try to get into the picture yourself- to become one of the actors.

When I first began to do this I saw landscapes.

Then I learned how to put myself into the landscape, and the figures would talk to me and I would answer them ….

People said he has an artistic temperament.

But it was only that my unconscious was swaying me.

Now I learn to act its drama as well as the drama of the outer life & so nothing can hurt me now.

I have written 1000 pages of material from the unconscious (Told the vision of a giant who turned into an egg).

He described his own experiments in detail to his patients and told them to do as he had done.

His role was one of supervising them in experimenting with their own stream of images.

Jung went so far as to suggest that some of his patients prepare his or her own Liber Novus.

Morgan noted him saying:

I should advise you to put it all down as beautifully as you can- in some beautifully bound book.

It will seem as if you were making the visions banal- but then you need to do that-then you are freed from the power of them.

If you do that with these eyes for instance they will cease to draw you.

You should never try to make the visions come again.

Think of it in your imagination and try to paint it.

Then when these things are in some precious book you can go to the book & turn over the pages & for you it will be your church- your cathedral the silent places of your spirit where you will find renewal.

If anyone tells you that it is morbid or neurotic and you listen to them- then you will lose your soul- for in that book is your soul. ~The Black Books, Vol.1, Page 92-93