By C. G. Jung
5 lengthy essays that hint Jung's constructing curiosity in alchemy from 1929 onward. An advent and complement to his significant works at the topic, illustrated with forty two patients' drawings and work.
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W e m ust be able to let things h ap p en in the psyche. For us, this is an a rt of w hich m ost people know nothing. Consciousness is forever interfering, helping, correcting, and negating, never leaving the psychic processes to grow in peace. I t w ould be sim ple enough, if only sim plicity were n o t th e m ost difficult of all things. T o begin w ith, the task consists solely in observing objectively how a fragm ent of fantasy develops. N o th in g could be sim pler, an d yet rig h t h ere the difficulties begin.
A t all events, th e sep aratio n of consciousness a n d life c an n o t very w ell be u n d e r stood as a n y th in g else th a n w h at I describ ed e a rlie r as an a b e rra tio n or u p ro o tin g of consciousness. T h e re can be n o d o u b t, eith er, th a t th e realizatio n of th e oppo site h id d e n in th e u n c o n scious— the process of “ reversal”— signifies re u n io n w ith th e u n conscious laws of o u r being, an d the p u rp o se of this re u n io n is the a tta in m e n t of conscious life or, expressed, in C hinese term s, th e realizatio n of th e T a o .
T h e n , from th e d epths below , fire p enetrates the seed an d m akes it grow, causing a great golden flower to u n fo ld from th e g erm in al vesicle. T h is sym bolism refers to a quasi-alchem ical process of refin ing an d ennobling. D arkness gives b irth to lig h t; o u t of the “ lead of th e w ater re g io n ” grows th e n o b le gold; w h at is u n c o n scious becom es conscious in the form of a liv in g process of grow th. 16) In this way th e u n io n of consciousness a n d life takes place.