Liber Novus is a book of wisdom and deserves to be studied. Both in terms of its place in Jung's development and as a work of art, its publication is a landmark. In effect, Jung's auditory hallucinations can be used to support Jaynes's theory about the voices in the bicameral mind. Nothing less than the central book of Jung's oeuvre, it is being published now in a full facsimile edition with a contextual essay and notes by the noted Jung scholar Sonu Shamdasani and translated by Mark Kyburz, John Peck, and Sonu Shamdasani. It is an astonishing example of calligraphy and art on a par with The Book of Kells and the illuminated manuscripts of William Blake.
Jung's exploration of the unconscious was quite an important mile point in the the annals of the Unconscious. Unlike the average hard-cover book, ordering up another ten thousand copies of a book like this is not a simple matter. It will now be possible to study Jung's self-experimentation through primary documentation rather than fantasy, gossip, and speculation, and to grasp the genesis of his later work. That there could be so much more that Jung had to share and communicate about the human soul seems not just improbable, but impossible. Hereafter cited as Liber Novus.
That was the stuff and material for more than only one life. We like to keep things fresh. It is more effective as an Epilogue than an Introduction, as it sets the wrong tone for this remarkable exploration of the Unconscious. It is possibly the most influential hitherto unpublished work in the history of psychology. The Philemon Foundation intends to make the completed body of C. It provides a unique window into how he recovered his soul and constituted a psychology.
To buy this book at the lowest price,. During over two decades reading Jung, this is the book I dreamed of some day seeing. His manuscript is now increasingly cited as Liber Novus, and under this title implicitly includes draft material intended for but never finally transcribed into the red leather folio proper. This publication of The Red Book is a watershed that will cast new light on the making of modern psychology. Butthe numinous beginning, which contained everything, was then.
This publication opens the possibility of a new era in understanding Jung's work. This particular edition is in a Hardcover format. Interspersed among more than two hundred lovely illuminated pages are paintings whose influences range from Europe, the Middle East, and the Far East to the native art of the new world. It was here that he developed his principal theories of the archetypes, the collective unconscious, and the process of individuation that would transform psychotherapy from treatment of the sick into a means for the higher development of the personality. But the numinous beginning, which contained everything, was then. My entire life consisted in elaborating what had burst forth from the unconscious and flooded me like an enigmatic stream and threatened to break me. Jung in 1957, referring to the decades he worked on The Red Book from 1914 to 1930.
And you may get different meanings as you read it in different periods of your life. As a result of the mystique about dreams, he understood the visual and auditory hallucinations as dream-like experiences. Even if it can be assumed that he did get a glimpse into the unconscious, and did see something along the lines of what he drew and painted, I'd have to say that these images are so carefully executed -- and I believe, years after the initial drawing -- that I would have to conclude that most of his conscious mind was necessary to produce what we see here. Early on he had speculated that our libidinal energies are either outer-directed or inner-directed, i. This publication of The Red Book is a watershed that will cast new light on the making of modern psychology. Why is the this edition important, even essential? The dialogues that form these active imaginations can be regarded as a form of thinking in a dramatic form. Both books contain the same textual material, but arranged differently.
My entire life consisted in elaborating what had burst forth from the unconscious and flooded me like an enigmatic stream and threatened to break me. Sales have been amazing for a volume of this size and cost. Jung in 1957, referring to the decades he worked on The Red Book from 1914 to 1930. It is a work of art to be appreciated for a long time to come. As for me, it will be a daily treat to read and ponder one bit at a time. Best, you'll see many symbols and wonders of the soul that, whilst being all too familiar, remain elusive, beckoning, and truly awesome to behold.
No: old loves half- articulated, moments forced out of the stream of perception to play 'statue', and never released- they had no blood to shed. Ignatius Loyola and perhaps other Jesuits experience conversations with biblical figures in which the biblical figures carried on their side of the conversations? But the numinous beginning, which contained everything, was then. If this bicameral form of thinking is still active and alive in educated people in Western culture today, then it is presumably involved in producing dreams when we are asleep, and in producing visual and auditory hallucinations when we are awake. I know - based on the several seminars about Liber Novus I have taught over the last three years - that most people simply never make it past this visual experience; they do not read Jung's account of what happened to him between 1913 and 1916. Opening to another way of seeing and being can be frightening or liberating depending on the individual. Although Jung labored on the artful transcription of this corpus of manuscript material into the calligraphic folio of the Red Book for sixteen years, he never completed the task.
Interspersed among more than two hundred lovely illuminated pages are paintings whose influences range from Europe, the Middle East, and the Far East to the native art of the new world. Now, Jung's self-induced hallucinations did not involve using guided meditations. May 2010 update -- We now have around 50,000 copies printed, and still lots of backorders, but production is catching up with demand. Jung and the Red Book. The most influential unpublished work in the history of psychology. After that, there are several hours of free lectures online from my seminars on Liber Novus.