- Series: Bollingen (Book 99)
- Hardcover: 1500 pages
- Publisher: Princeton University Press; y First edition edition (December 1, 1997)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0691099715
- ISBN-13: 978-0691099712
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Visions : Notes of the seminar given in 1930-1934 (2 Volume Set) (Bollingen) y First edition Edition
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"The Visions seminars constitute a brilliant and demanding masterpiece that was too long circulated in small circles and kept secret from the general public. The publisher and editor are to be congratulated for bringing this noteworthy historical work into the public domain." -- Polly Young-Eisendrath, editor of The Cambridge Companion to Jung
"An extraordinary archival treasure of Jung's work in progress, his style and evolving encounters with the unconscious, his own and his analysands'. Claire Douglas and Princeton University Press are to be applauded for bringing together this inimitable work by the grand master of analytical, archetypal and depth psychology, Carl Gustave Jung." -- Clarissa Pinkola Ests, Ph.D., diplomate senior Jungian
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"The Visions seminars constitute a brilliant and demanding masterpiece that was too long circulated in small circles and kept secret from the general public. The publisher and editor are to be congratulated for bringing this noteworthy historical work into the public domain."--Polly Young-Eisendrath, editor of The Cambridge Companion to Jung
"An extraordinary archival treasure of Jung's work in progress, his style and evolving encounters with the unconscious--his own and his analysands'. Claire Douglas and Princeton University Press are to be applauded for bringing together this inimitable work by the grand master of analytical, archetypal and depth psychology, Carl Gustave Jung."--Clarissa Pinkola Estés, Ph.D., diplomate senior Jungian analyst, author of Women Who Run With the Wolves, The Gift of Story, and The Faithful Gardener
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Christiana Morgan (1897-1967) was a 28-year old American woman when she began psychotherapy in Zurich with C. G. Jung, M.D. (1885-1961). Dr. Jung taught her a trance-like practice that he referred to as active imagination - a practice that he himself had engaged in at length after his famous break with Freud.
In Christiana Morgan's trance-like experiences, images from her unconscious appeared to her. These images are referred to as visions. She wrote up her visions. Jung encouraged her also to make paintings of her visions - as he himself had done at an earlier time as of a result of the visions he had had. Because of her earlier art education, she was able to make vivid paintings skillfully.
In her biography of Christiana Morgan, TRANSLATE THIS DARKNESS: THE LIFE OF CHRISTIANA MORGAN (1993), Claire Douglas says, "In May 1927, Christiana had the last vision of the series" (page 172).
Each of the two volumes titled VISIONS: NOTES OF THE SEMINAR GIVEN IN 1930-1934 BY C. G. JUNG, edited by Claire Douglas (1997), includes a selection of Christiana Morgan's vivid paintings.
They are worth the price of these two expensive volumes to see and to be able to examine, because the archetypal spirit of the feminine that she experienced is rising still in women and men in American culture today.
But it would be valuable to have all of Christiana Morgan's paintings of her visions and all of her written accounts of her visions gathered together in one volume with a suitable introduction - perhaps by Claire Douglas.
Now, in Jung's visions, he explored the Wise Old Man archetype and the anima archetype in his psyche. When he started his active imagination exercises to explore his unconscious, he was about ten years older than Christiana Morgan was when she started her explorations. Moreover, Dr. Jung had already acquired his professional persona credentials as a medical doctor and psychiatrist - and was already a rising star professionally. But it would not be an exaggeration to say that he then devoted the rest of his long and productive life to working out the meaning and significance of his explorations of the unconscious.
All human beings, irrespective of gender identity, come equipped with the Wise Old Man archetype in their psyches.
In addition, all human beings, irrespective of gender identity, come equipped with both a feminine Lover archetype (which Jung refers to as the anima archetype in men) and a masculine Lover archetype (which Jung refers to as the animus archetype in women). One or the other of these two Lover archetypes is involved in projections in experiences of romantic love.
For these reasons, many men and women have been able to learn about themselves and their psyches by studying Jung's work.
Now, in my estimate, Christiana Morgan explored the Great Mother archetype in her unconscious. But Jung did not explore the Great Mother archetype in his unconscious. For this reason, he was out of his depth in trying to be Christiana Morgan's psychotherapist. Figuratively speaking, he was blown away by her and her visions.
The Great Mother archetype is a powerful archetype. Of course all archetypes are powerful. All archetypes have the power to overpower ego-consciousness. Nevertheless, the Great Mother archetype may be more powerful than the archetypes that Jung had integrated into his ego-consciousness by the time when Christiana Morgan was his patient.
However that may be, the Great Mother archetype is a mighty powerful archetype for American women and American men today to try to integrate into their ego-consciousness.
Now, Claire Douglas ventures to say that Christiana Morgan's "undeveloped, though passionate, capacity for feeling lies darkly in the unconscious, invisible; it then gets defined by men as an empty receptacle, uncannily sucking in men's projections [of their anima archetypes]. It is the woman's own energy and libido that inspire, but men take this unseen mercury to back the mirror of their own reflection. Morgan's visions offered her a vital alternative [to being a figure for men's projections of their anima archetypes]. They [her visions] created a battle within her" (page 174).
Tragically, life did not work out as well for Christiana Morgan after her visions of the Great Mother archetype as life worked out for Jung after his visions of the Wise Old Man archetype and the anima archetype.
Nevertheless, Christiana Morgan's vision paintings reproduced in these two volumes not only serve to remind us of her experience of the unconscious but also serve to remind us of just how difficult our own struggles with the rising spirit of the feminine in our psyches will be.
This quotation is out of context, of course, but its flavor illustrates what I mean: "I am afraid," decides Jung, "women often have a tendency to talk of things as they ought to be or as they desire them to be, or as they should become, but never as they are." UGH!! Still more alarming is how infrequently the audience openly questioned such outrageous remarks by the great man.
If you can get past all that and Jung's endless demonstrations of how smart he is, then you'll find treasures and glowing grottoes of psychological insight here and there, such as his brief description of how the Self differentiates out of the collective unconscious.
This edition has an informative intro that sums up some of the other issues brought into the seminar and why it was prematurely terminated.