Jung's Recommendations

C.G. Jung Speaking: Interviews & Encounters, edited by William McGuire & R.F.C. Hull

C.G. Jung Speaking: Interviews & Encounters, edited by William McGuire & R.F.C. Hull

In an interview with Georges Duplain in 1959, Jung was asked what recommendations he could make for "the passage that is about to take place, whose difficulties you fear." Jung's answer: 

"A spirit of greater openness towards the unconscious, an increased attention to dreams, a sharper sense of the totality of the physical and the psychic, of their indissolubility; a livelier taste for self-knowledge. Better established mental hygiene, if you want to put it that way. The religions have tried to be this, but the result is not entirely satisfactory, don't you agree?

"What is very important is to exist, and that's rarer than one realizes. To have a daily task and to accomplish it; and at the same time to attend to what is going on, inside oneself as well as outside, conscious of all life's forms, all its expressions. To follow the major rules, but also to give free rein to the least familiar aspects of oneself. Drawing, and the fantasies and visions that it brought about, was a valuable thing. Now we take photographs, and that doesn't fill the same need at all. In return, the painters recognize no limits to the most impassioned fantasy. They are becoming specialists in certain needs for expression; but all of us have these needs, we can't divide up the personality's inside work the way we think we can divide its outside activity. That breaks up something essential in it and causes an appalling psychic illness. In writing about flying saucers, I explained why men are so attentive to anything resembling a circle or a ball, the symbols of unity, of the totality of a person's being, of what I have called the Self. There is a terrible spiritual famine in our world, but there are also people who don't want to be beak-fed or fed with infant's pap."

C.G. Jung Speaking, pp. 413-414