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Jung now entered the lengthy period of his dark night of the soul, already discussed. He began to emerge from this period in 1916, with his compelling encounter with the spirits of the dead who sought enlightenmentt from him as to who and what they were.
Jung eventually concluded that the dead are dependent on the living for receiving answers to their questions, that is, on those who have survived them and exist in a world of chance: as if onniscience or, as I might put it, omniconsciousness, were not at their disposal, but could only flow into the psyche of the living, into a sould bound to a body. The mind of the living appears, therefore, to hold an advantage over that of dead in at least one point: in the capacity for attainiing clear and decisive cognitions.
Jung was not the first to be aware of the uncanny phenomenon of the dependence of the dead upon the living.
The Irish poet William Butler Yeats, during the four year period when he communicated with the spirit world with his wife, Georgie, also observed that the spiritis seemed to manifest among us as much for their own sake as for ours.
' We are starved', the spirits cried out to Yeats at one point. He wondered what this could mean. did the spiritis have to pass through the mind and imagination of a mortal person to acquire some definition of themselves? Could they have knowledge of their form and their being only if it was spelled out for them in the vocabulary of the living, sensuous world ?
Originally posted by Maddogkull
I am probally misinterpreting this but? Dosent that article just show that there is a afterlife of some sort???? Saying how the dead need the living? Im not arguing just confused