Wednesday June 29, 2016
F: 3:45 a.m. Yesterday I compiled the Rita and TGU transmissions we have received – or the conversations we have held, however you want to look at it – and it appears that we have enough for yet another book, and I’m getting the sense that maybe it’s time to stop, or pause, and work on making a more concise statement. I guess we’ll see. I’ve had that feeling before. But maybe others could do that, and maybe others can’t do what I’m doing. Only, it seems too open-ended to be more than a continuing process.
TGU: Or perhaps your work is more in the nature of example and encouragement, and it is for others to construe meaning as they can.
F: Could be. I don’t know. I am reading Jung on Active Imagination and making a few notes. I see that he is writing – and the editor is compiling – with something in mind different from what I am thinking about. He and she are considering active imagination as a technique toward self-knowledge; I am too, only I am thinking of it as opening the means of communication rather than of transforming the psyche.
TGU: And how different is that, really?
F: Oh, I know. And yet – as you know – very different. People can’t use it my way if they aren’t pretty stable to begin with. But if they’re sort of common-sensical about it, it can help a lot.
TGU: And they’ll have their own internal resources steering them away from traps, land-mines, and dead-ends.
F: I think maybe I will type up the quotations I’ve written here, and then hope to write my review of John Nelson’s novel I, Human, for New Dawn magazine. And then we’ll see.
TGU: Bring to other things the resolution and habitual application you have brought to these conversations, and things will be accomplished. There is no need to rush.
[From Tuesday, June 28, 2016]
4:35 a.m. I need to write a review of John’s I, Human, and I’d just as soon have some help with it. So, anybody who can help get John’s message across, I’m asking for assistance.
[There follows a page of suggestions on the approach.]
3:30 p.m. Well, today didn’t go as I’d hoped. Maybe we can still get in a session.
TGU: Or maybe we have come, with yesterday’s session, to another place to pause. You have Rita’s second book coming out. It is not too soon to compile her third and perhaps final book, then you can see if what we have done holds together.
F: I could wish we could come up with a more finished product.
TGU: Every means of presentation has the defects of its qualities – but, bear in mind, that also means it has the qualities; it isn’t just defects.
F: True enough.
Quotes from Jung on Active Imagination, omitting the step of adding quote marks around each passage by instead prefacing each quote with a “Q:” (to indicate that it is an exact quotation).
Q: When I endured these assaults of the unconscious I had an unswerving conviction that I was obeying a higher will, and that feeling continued to uphold me until I had mastered the task. P. 25
Q: After the deed I felt … the grief a man feels when he is forced to sacrifice his ideal and his conscious attitudes. This identity and my heroic idealism had to be abandoned, for there are higher things than the ego’s will, and to these one must bow. P. 28
Q: Philemon and other figures of my fantasies brought home to me the crucial insight that there are things in the psyche which I do not produce, but which produce themselves and have their own life…. In my fantasies I held conversations with him, and he said things which I had not consciously thought. For I observed clearly that it was he who spoke, not I. He said I treated thoughts as if I generated them myself, but in his view thoughts were like animals in the forest, or people in a room, or birds in the air, and added, “If you should see people in a room, you would not think that you had made those people, or that you were responsible for them.” It was he who taught me psychic objectivity, the reality of the psyche…. [T]here is something in me which can say things that I do not know and do not intend, things which may even be directed against me. P. 30
Q: When I look back upon it all today and consider what happened to me during the period of my work on the fantasies, it seems as though a message had come to me with overwhelming force. There were things in the images which concerned not only myself but many others also. It was then that I ceased to belong to myself alone, ceased to have the right to do so. P 36
Q: However, it was clear to me from the start that I could find contact with the outer world and with people only if I succeeded in showing – and this would demand the most intensive effort – that the contents of psychic experience are real, and real not only as my own personal experience, but as collective experiences which others also have…. I did all in my power to convey to my intimates a new way of seeing things. I knew that if I did not succeed, I would be condemned to absolute isolation. P. 37
Q: The dream brought with it a sense of finality. I saw that here the goal had been revealed. One could not go beyond the center. The center is the goal, and everything is directed toward that center. P. 40.
Q: The problem is identical with the universal question: How does one come to terms with the unconscious?
This is the question posed by the philosophy of India, and particularly by Buddhism and Zen. Indirectly, it is the fundamental question, in practice, of all religions and all philosophies. For the unconscious is not this thing or that; it is the Unknown as it immediately affects us.
The method of “active imagination,” hereinafter described, is the most important auxiliary for the production of those contents of the unconscious which lie, as it were, immediately below the threshold of consciousness, and, when intensified, are the most likely to irrupt spontaneously into the conscious mind. [He cites three dangers in the process.] … The method of active imagination, therefore, is not a plaything for children. The prevailing undervaluation of the unconscious adds considerably to the dangers of this method. On the other hand, there can be no doubt that it is an invaluable auxiliary for the psychotherapist. Pp. 42-43
Q: In the last resort it is highly improbable that there could ever be a therapy that got rid of all difficulties. Man needs difficulties; they are necessary for health. What concerns us here is only an excessive amount of them. P. 46
Q: It might be objected that this treatment of the dream involves suggestion. But this ignores the fact that a suggestion is never accepted without an inner readiness for it, or if after great insistence it is accepted, it is immediately lost again. A suggestion that is accepted for any length of time always presupposed a marked psychological readiness which is merely brought into play by the so-called suggestion. P. 48
F: Which last sounds to me like, “Does it resonate?” And that’s as far as I have gotten. I pass all this along for what it’s worth to you.