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AION

by C.G. Jung
1959 BY BOLLlNGEN FOUNDATION, NEW YORK, N. Y.
SECOND EDITION 1969 BY PRINCETON UNIVERSITY PRESS
THE PRESENT VOLUME IS NUMBER 9 OF THE COLLECTED WORKS, AND WAS THE EIGHTH TO APPEAR. IT IS IN TWO PARTS, PUBLISHED SEPARATELY, THIS BEING PART II.
Translated from the first part of Aion: Untersuchungen zur Symbolgeschichte (Psychologische Abhandlungen, VIII), published by Rascher Verlag, Zurich, 1951.

 

[C]ontinuing the historical process of assimilation, I add to the many symbolical amplifications of the Christ-figure yet another, the psychological one, or even, so it might seem, reduce the Christ-symbol to a psychological image of wholeness. My reader should never forget, however, that I am not making a confession of faith or writing a tendentious tract, but am simply considering how certain things could be understood from the standpoint of our modern consciousness -- things which I deem it valuable to understand, and which are obviously in danger of being swallowed up in the abyss of incomprehension and oblivion; things, finally, whose understanding would do much to remedy our philosophic disorientation by shedding light on the psychic background and the secret chambers of the soul.... I write as a physician, with a physician's sense of responsibility, and not as a proselyte.

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In his sermon on "The Poor in Spirit" (Matt. 5: 3), the Meister says: "The man who has this poverty has everything he was when he lived not in any wise, neither in himself, nor in truth, nor in God. He is so quit and empty of all knowing that no knowledge of God is alive in him; for while he stood in the eternal nature of God, there lived in him not another: what lived there was himself. And so we say this man is as empty of his own knowledge as he was when he was not anything; he lets God work what he will, and he stands empty as when he came from God." Therefore he should love God in the following way: "Love him as he is: a not-God, a not-spirit, a not-person, a not-image; as a sheer, pure, clear One, which he is, sundered from all secondness; and in this One let us sink eternally, from nothing to nothing. So help us God. Amen."

On the Nature of the Psyche, by C.G. Jung
The Passion of Perpetua, by Marie-Louise von Franz
Psychological Types, by C.G. Jung
Psychology of the Unconscious, by Carl Gustav Jung
Answer to Job, by C.G. Jung
The Red Book: Liber Novus, by C.G. Jung
Alchemical Studies, by C.G. Jung
Seven Sermons to the Dead Written by Basilides in Alexandria, the City Where the East Toucheth the West, by C.G. Jung
WOTAN, by Carl Gustav Jung

The Aryan Christ: The Secret Life of Carl Jung, by Richard Noll
Demian: The Story of Emil Sinclair's Youth, by Hermann Hesse
C. G. Jung: Lord of the Underworld, by Colin Wilson

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