Carl Gustav Jung - On Life After Death (64.0 Kb)
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WHAT I HAVE to tell about the hereafter, and about life after death, consists entirely of memories, of im ages in which I have lived and of thoughts which have buffeted me. These memories in a way also underlie my works for the latter are fundamentally nothing but attempts, ever renewed, to give an answer to the question of the interplay be tween the "here" and the "hereafter." Yet I have never written expressly about a life after death for then I would have had to document my ideas, and I have no way of doing tha... More >>>
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WHAT I HAVE to tell about the hereafter, and about life after death, consists entirely of memories, of im ages in which I have lived and of thoughts which have buffeted me. These memories in a way also underlie my works for the latter are fundamentally nothing but attempts, ever renewed, to give an answer to the question of the interplay be tween the "here" and the "hereafter." Yet I have never written expressly about a life after death for then I would have had to document my ideas, and I have no way of doing that. Be that as It may, I would like to state my ideas now. Even now I can do no more than tell stories-"mythologize." Perhaps one has to be close to death to acquire the necessary freedom to talk about it. It is not that I wish we had a life after death. In fact, I would prefer not to foster such ideas. Still, I must state, to give reality its due, that, without my wishing and without my doing anything about it, thoughts of this nature move about within me.
I can't say whether these thoughts are true or false, but I do know they are there, and can be given
utterance, if I do not repress them out of some prejudice. Prejudice cripples and injures the full phenomenon of psychic life. And I know too little about psychic life to feel that I can set it right out of superior knowledge. Critical rationalism has apparently eliminated, along with so many other mythic conceptions, the idea of life after death. This could only have happened because nowadays most people identify themselves almost exclusively with their consciousness, and imagine that they are only what they know about themselves.
Yet anyone with even a smattering of psychology can see how limited this knowledge is. Rationalism and doctrinairism are the disease of our time they pretend to have all the answers. But a great deal will yet be discovered which our present limited view would have ruled out as impossible. Our concepts of space and time have only approximate validity, and there is therefore a wide field for minor and major deviations. In view of all this, I lend an attentive ear to the strange myths of the psyche, and take a careful look at the varied events that come my way, regardless of whether or not they fit in
with my theoretical postulates.
Carl Gustav Jung (German pronunciation: ; 26 July 1875 - 6 June 1961) was a Swiss psychiatrist, an influential thinker and the founder of analytical psychology (also known as Jungian psychology). Jung's approach to psychology has been influential in the field of depth psychology and in countercultural movements across the globe. Jung is considered as the first modern psychologist to state that the human psyche is "by nature religious" and to explore it in depth. He emphasized understanding the psyche through exploring the worlds of dreams, art, mythology, religion and philosophy. Though not the first to analyze dreams, he has become perhaps the most well known pioneer in the field of dream analysis. Although he was a theoretical psychologist and practicing clinician, much of his life's work was spent exploring other areas, including Eastern and Western philosophy, alchemy, astrology, sociology, as well as literature and the arts.
Jung emphasized the importance of balance and harmony. He cautioned that modern people rely too heavily on natural science and logical positivism and would benefit from integrating spirituality and appreciation of unconscious realms. He considered the process of individuation necessary for a person to become whole. This is a psychological process of integrating the conscious with the unconscious while still maintaining conscious autonomy.Individuation was the central concept of analytical psychology.
Jungian ideas are not typically included in curriculum of most major universities' psychology departments, but are occasionally explored in humanities departments. Many pioneering psychological concepts were originally proposed by Jung, including the Archetype, the Collective Unconscious, the Complex, and synchronicity. In addition, the popular career test currently offered by high school and college career centers, the Myers-Briggs Type Indicator, is entirely based upon Jung's theories.
Carl Gustav Jung's Analytical Psychology offers help in dealing with psychological difficulties and also encourages and supports the development of the personality. Analytical Psychology can therefore be well applied for the therapeutic treatment of psychological disturbance -- and also for depth analysis and counseling with healthy people. Such people might be struggling with important life questions and decisions, suffering under difficult circumstances or generally interested in their own personal development.