Anima, soul, supreme meaning: Reading Carl Jung’s Red Book in 5 (easy) steps

 

This is Mindfunda's presentation for the Dream Weekend organized by the Dutch society for dreamers: Vereninging voor de Studie van Dromen (VSD) . Unfortunately influenza payed me an uninvited visit. I was not able to attend the weekend. Aad van Ouwerkerk, author and dream worker read my presentation to the visitors. I thank him for doing that.

We all have been there: in total darkness. Lost and alone, looking for a new way of life. A new way of being. Carl Jung began writing the Red Book on the verge of a nervous breakdown. Mindfunda looks at his search for the supreme meaning in five (easy) steps. Because this will be a long post I have divided it into five seperate chapters. By clicking on each part it will guide you to the step I am talking about.

This is a series of blogs about my proces of dreaming my way through the Red Book. I have divided it into five steps:

  1. Carl Jung
  2. Psychic Powers and dreams
  3. Animus/anima dreams
  4. God
  5. the Self.

This blog will talk about the first step: Carl Gustav Jung and what led up to writing the Red Book.

The anima will be everywhere. The anima is the soul. Carl Jung his first concept of the soul was the female principle. The soul he thought he had lost when he gave so much (maybe too much) of himself to science.

anima

 

The first time ever I saw the Red Book at the Jungian institute, I wanted it. I did not actually crave to read it, I just wanted to have it. to open it up from time to time, read, try to read the caligraphy written in German, enjoy the art.

Take a look for yourself if you haven’t had the chance yet (sponsored link to Amazon.com):

Red Book - Carl Jung - Readers Edition (sponsored link to support this blog)
Red Book – Readers Edition (sponsored link to support this blog)

But at a given moment I mailed to some good friends of mine. People who are experienced dreamers. I invited them to read the Red Book with me and to incubate dreams and discuss them:

Jodine Grundy,
 Licensed Professional Counselor and former president of the International Association of Dreams.
Tim Schaming in training by Robert Moss who will make him realize that he already is a dream teacher.
Maria Cernutoproducer / researcher / writer/ makeup artist (and an extra ordinary gifted dreamer, who contributes to the site Dreams Cloud.
Linda Mastrangelo, Dream Worker, Researcher, Writer, Artist, and teacher .
Christian Gerike, Graduate student at Sonoma State University, Psychology Department, graduating on animals and dreaming.
Jenna Farr Ludwigdreamer, blogger on synchronicity and author.

This blog will talk about five (easy) steps:

  1. Carl Jung
  2. Telepathy and dreams
  3. Animus/anima dreams
  4. God
  5. the Self

But the anima will be everywhere. The anima is the soul. Carl Jung his first concept of the soul was the female principle. The soul he thought he had lost when he gave so much (maybe too much) of himself to science.

Carl Gustav Jung and the soul

Carl Jung (1875 -1961) was a psychiatrist living in Switzerland, married to one of the richest ladies of the country: Emma Rauschenbach. He was a charismatic man who was well liked by the ladies. One of those ladies, Tony Wolff, inspired the process described in the Red Book. She was Jung’s anima in the flesh.
The Red Book describes the process of Jung in search of his soul. His first concept of the anima was the soul. Later on he fine-tuned this process, making the anima part of the man’s psyche.

In 1913 Jung had a vision that lasted for about an hour. He saw blood. Red blood covering Europe. In his own words:

I saw a monstrous flood covering all the northern and low-lying lands between the North Sea and the Alps When it came up to Switzerland I saw that the mountains grew higher to protect the country. I realized that a frightful catastrophe was in progress. i saw the mighty yellow waves, the floating rubble of civilization, and the drowned bodies of uncounted thousands, Then the whole sea turned to blood. This vision lasted about one hour. I was perplexed and nauseated and ashamed of my weakness…

Two weeks past by then the visions recurred more vividly then before, and the blood was more emphasized. An inner voice spoke: “Look at it well, it is wholly real and it will be so, You can not doubt it”

Jung decided to stay with, and accept these visions. They later became part of a method called Active imagination. Stepping back into a dream or a vision and reliving the dream. Asking questions. Feeling feelings.
Many of us know about this part of the Red Book. Many of us see Jung as the shaman of the West because of this vision. Like a shaman he foresaw the horror facing many people. What do you think? Was it telepathy?

> Read on in part 2, about: Telepathy and dreams

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Solar eclipse 2015: chance to turn the plot around?

My guys (11 and 9) have a “Newsflash” they read at school and this week it is about the solar eclipse 2015. I am not sure you will be able to see it in your part of the world. In my town it will be visible Friday morning.

Solar eclipse: the chance for a plot twist?

I remembered the solar eclipse of 1999, being at the depressive fin de siècle of that period of time. I was standing at the railway station (very symbolic, in retrospect) going to a job interview.

I did not get the job nor did I want to get hired there. I did however meet some very good people who helped me very much get settled into the capital of the Netherlands, where I worked for a couple of years. But the solar eclipse did not turn out to be the plot turn that it often is in movies and books.

Solar eclipse March 2015
A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur’s court

I hope my guys will see the solar eclipse Friday, I hope their teacher will take them outside or let them experience the magic of the darkness. I remember that when I was a child, I used to take a bath every Saturday afternoon. When I got out of bath all smelly and refreshed I used to walk downstairs where the television was on. One day I watched “A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur’s court”. In that movie Hank Morgan has traveled back in time to Arthur’s’ court and uses the solar eclipse to escape his execution. I can remember Bing Crosby (playing Hank Martin) was staring at the sun and making all kind of magical gestures to let the people think he controlled the sun.

In books and films the solar eclipse makes sure that a solar eclipse ignites a sudden turn of the plot and even explained it. It is like the solar eclipse unleashes spiritual energies. Or is it all play and make-believe, like in “A Connecticut Yankee”? I want to capture the opportunity to become aware of two realities like a shaman does. It feels like a magical time so let’s take the opportunity. Meditate on roads you can take and lives you want to lead. Be in the dark for a while, and listen to the inner voices. The voices of your spirit, the voices of your ancestors.
If you want to watch the spectacle: here is the link to do it.