Reading Jung

…Philemon and other figures of my fantasies have brought to me the crucial insight that there are things in psyche that I do not produce, but which produce themselves and have their own existence..[..]..”If you see people in a room you would not think that you made those people, or that you were responsible for them”. It was he who taught me the psychic objectivity, the reality of the psyche…

from “Memories, Dreams, Reflections”, CG Jung’s Biography

Jung by saying the above, in addition to it, seems to be saying that the subconscious has an independent existence of its own, not in literal sense but that it functions on its own without any interference from the usual conscious self that we relate to.

But herein lays an imperative question. What does the subconscious feeds upon? Does it works upon the same material that our six senses provide or has some other means too? Or does it have different ways of deciphering/interpreting/processing the same things that our senses provide to us?

Well, I am still half way through the book. Probably things will be more clear when am though it. It’s been a fascinating read till now. Jung was quite a learned man not just in his area but also in Literature, Philosophy, Mythology etc. And so understandably has quite a literary fair in his writing. Some of his description of things and events has a magnificent surreal quality.


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