ANALYTICAL PSYCHOLOGY PRESS
CREATIVE WORKS by CLINICIANS and SCHOLARS, ROOTED in the WORK OF C. G. JUNG
Integrating ART and SCIENCE
(from Leonardo daVinci's Sketch Books)
But Wilfred Bion writes, "It is very important to be aware that you may never be satisfied with your analytic career if you feel that you are restricted to ... a ‘scientific’ approach...
... [The] aesthetic element of beauty makes a very difficult situation tolerable."
(Ajanta Caves, India, 2nd to 5th Century BCE)
"The right brain* is dominant in psychotherapy."
*specialized in processing body experience, affect, image
"The propensity to make strong emotional bonds to particular individuals [is] a basic component of human nature."
(Mary Cassatt, 19th Century, United States/France)
Affect and empathy are expressed through body language and facial expression, even before we are consciously aware of the emotions.
(Otagi-Nembetsu, 20th Century, Japan)
We experience our bodies from within and can express that experience through images.
Processes of transformation can be expressed symbolically:
The alchemist begins his quest for inner transformation, seeking the fundamental ground of being (symbolized by the four elements).
(Illumination from the Harley Splendor Solis, 16th Century, Germany)
“It is in playing and only in playing that the individual child or adult is able to be creative and to use the whole personality, ...
... and it is only in being creative that the individual discovers the self.”
Playing and Reality
Dreams, Visions, Reverie ...
(Jacob Lawrence, United States, 20th Century)
... are a natural part of life.
(Hildegard von Bingen, 12th Century, Germany)
A feeling of possession is not unknown in contemporary times...
(Note Mary and Christ Child in the background. The demon is released from the soldier, whose blade is near the child.)
We may understand it as being caught in a complex, with its associations, attitudes, and affective state.
(Flight into Egypt, Kalkar, Germany, Nicolaskirke)
Our species has long expressed inner experience through symbols:
This wonderful dragon faces the hero Tristan, whose helmet renders him faceless.
The dragon can be seen as a symbol of unconscious energies and attitudes.
The hero wants to control these forces through courage, skill, rationality, and order.
“The right way to wholeness is made up of fateful detours and wrong turnings.”
C. G. Jung
"If you notice an unconscious fantasy coming up within you, you would be wise not to interpret it at once. ...
... Do not say that you know what it is and force it into consciousness. ...
.. Just let it live with you, leaving it in the half-dark, carry it with you and watch where it is going or what it is driving at."
Marie-Louise von Franz
(Christiana Morgan, 20th Century, United States. Painting of vision while she was working with C.G. Jung.)
"That which we do not bring to consciousness appears in our lives as fate."
C. G. Jung
(Anna Silivonchik, 21st Century, Belarus)
"To know yourself, you must spend time with yourself, you must not be afraid to be alone. Knowing yourself is the beginning of all wisdom."
(Odilon Redon, 19th Century, France)
"I myself believe that the evidence for God lies primarily in inner personal experiences."
We are part of nature.
We have been shaped by nature, and we shape nature, even if we do not recognize it.
(Gundestrup Cauldron, 3rd to 4th Century CE, Celtic)
Orientation to a sacred center and fourfold orientation within space:
The Lakota Black Elk stands under the Tree of Life in the Center of the World
(Painting by Standing Bear, 19th Century, Native American)
Symbols of the Navajo:
A four-fold center provides stability and orientation, while snakes suggest emerging energy and awareness from that center. All are contained, but not enclosed, by a fifth snake-circle.
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