Carl Jung’s Descent Into Darkness

Jung “saw visions…heard voices…and even induced hallucinations, or in his words, ‘active imaginations.'” Jung would later write, “In order to grasp the fantasies which were stirring in me ‘underground,’ I knew that I had to let myself plummet down into them.” Jung was seemingly oblivious to the spiritual risks of such dark pursuits.

(Bill Delzell – Voices)  Human beings long for spiritual transcendence. And in an effort to achieve this lofty goal, multitudes of people choose to engage in various religious practices. Others try a different route turning to sexual promiscuity or drugs in search of a spiritual high, but this approach only produces physical, mental and spiritual bondage. And then there are those who intentionally open their soul to mysterious spirit guides in hopes of discovering hidden knowledge.

Carl Jung chose this third option about a century ago, and the spirit guides that communicated with this famous psychologist dominated his thinking and shaped his worldview in ways he never fully understood. Like his friend and colleague Sigmund Freud, Jung became obsessed with the realm of the unconscious. And it was here that Jung’s unhealthy fixation brought about a descent into darkness.

In a letter to Freud in 1911, Jung wrote: “There are strange and wondrous things in these lands of darkness. Please don’t worry about my wanderings in these infinitudes. I shall return laden with rich booty for our knowledge of the human psyche. For a while longer I must intoxicate myself on magic perfumes in order to fathom the secrets that lie hidden in the abyss of the unconscious.”

Jung had a dream in 1913 in which a figure by the name of Philemon appeared to him. “In his memoirs, Jung reported that he would often converse with Philemon as he strolled in the garden of his lakeside home in Switzerland.” Jung wrote, “Philemon was simply a superior knowledge, and he taught me psychological objectivity and the actuality of the soul. He formulated and expressed everything which I had never thought.” This willingness to converse with a spirit guide carried Jung deeper into the dark and seductive realm of the occult. View article →


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