A visit paid to Jung by Alwine von Keller

Alwine’s decision to become a Jungian analyst, arrived at slowly, is reflected in her words:

‘I began to work on the Interior Life in my own Anima and only gradually, gradually, on the very same, invisible treasure in others.

This was my work’ (von Keller undated a, introduction).

She is remembered as an analyst endowed with great intuition, sensibility, and capacity for empathy. We are able to understand her vision of psychotherapeutic work from some notes taken from her diary:

‘I consider psychological work to be a way to allow the unfolding of the metaphysical nucleus of the soul and to contribute to its realization in time and space.

Since the meaning of life is for me contained in this very unfolding and in its reference to our day-to-day existence, I liken this work to yoga, which is to say, a continual religious exercise, which, accordingly, takes first place, in whatever way it is performed’ (Ritsema 1966, p. 4). Journal of Analytical Psychology, 2011, 56, 238