I have recently happened upon a book that i must say looks extremely interesting, and may be of interest to many members here. This book is known as
Liber Novus (The New Book), but it is more commonly associated as the Red Book. It was written by the author and famous Psychiatrist Carl Jung between
the years of 1913 and 1930, but was only published in 2009. Before i begin to describe the outlines of the book, i must say, i have not read it, but
have read little bits.
Carl Jung was a Swiss psychiatrist and the founder of analytical psychology. Jung is considered the first modern psychiatrist to view the human psyche
as "by nature religious" and make it the focus of exploration. Jung is one of the best known researchers in the field of dream analysis and
symbolization. While he was a fully involved and practicing clinician, much of his life's work was spent exploring tangential areas, including Eastern
and Western philosophy, alchemy, astrology, and sociology, as well as literature and the arts.
What caused Carl Jung to write a book consisting of the unknown, the occult, the psyche and the mental wall in which he destroyed to access this
information? It began in 1913 at the age of thirty-eight, whereby Jung experienced a horrible "confrontation with the unconscious". He saw visions and
heard voices, and worried at times that he was "menaced by a psychosis" or was "doing a schizophrenia." With this, he decided that it was a valuable
experience, and in private, induced hallucinations, or, in his words, "active imaginations." He recorded everything he felt in small journals. Jung
began to transcribe his notes into a large, red leather-bound book, on which he worked intermittently for sixteen years. This became what is known
today as the Red Book.
Carl Jung described his life and indeed, the red book as being:
"The years… when I pursued the inner images, were the most important time of my life. Everything else is to be derived from this. It began at that
time, and the later details hardly matter anymore. My entire life consisted in elaborating what had burst forth from the unconscious and flooded me
like an enigmatic stream and threatened to break me. That was the stuff and material for more than only one life. Everything later was merely the
outer classification, scientific elaboration, and the integration into life. But the numinous beginning, which contained everything, was then."
I have read reports that Carl Jung was a nutcase who succumbed to a Schizophrenic, drug fueled breakdown which resulted in the writing of the Red Book
as he delved deeper into his unconscious. While this may be true, i view Carl Jung and the writing of the Red Book as an attempt of understanding, an
attempt to delve into the unknown, an attempt to discover what really possesses the unconscious, an attempt to discover the truth that lies on the
other side of the mental wall.
With all this said, i would like to post some images which Carl Jung drew himself as a result of his understanding and his experiences with the 'other
There are many more pictures, and if the parts that i have read are anything to go by, this book sounds very interesting.
Thank you for reading.
edit on 8-6-2012 by daaskapital because: eta