Thursday, September 15, 2011
Carl Jung on Conflict
"The most intense conflicts, if overcome, leave behind a sense of security and calm that is not easily disturbed. It is just these intense conflicts and their conflagration which are needed to produce valuable and lasting results." - Carl Jung
This is Jung's stone tower at Bollingen. It took him 40 years to build, carving it all by hand. It is full of spiritual symbols, mandalas, stone carvings and sculptures. I hold that Jung's integration of psychology and spirituality was like a breath of fresh air coming behind the inward, neurotic gaze of Freud. For a fascinating look at Jung's inner life, I highly recommend "The Tao of Jung" by David Rosen. It provides a great glimpse of Jung's personal, professional and spiritual life with great photos and drawings of the different symbols at Bollingen.