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Friday, June 12, 2015

Elizabeth Howes on Emma Jung




I found Mrs. Jung the most integrated person in Zurich. . . .

I found myself deeply moved by a woman who had so obviously found
herself and her own authenticity in the midst of so many collective pressures.

She was the wife of Carl Jung, which was certainly not an easy task.

And she maintained - or rather, achieved- an individuality separate from his.

She became a scholar in later years which culminated in her excellent book, The Legend of the
Holy Grail.

Also she became a wise and sensitive analyst, pointing simply and directly to what needed to
be looked at.

She was a joy to work with... .

Mrs. Jung's quiet, penetrating, active and participating attitude helped one always to know that one was working in a religious
process where the unconscious was revealing – in even the slightest way - powers greater than the ego.

But always I remember how she stressed the role of the ego in the development of consciousness.

Mrs. Jung said to me, "There are egos and egos and egos. The problem is to find the right one."

To me, as I saw her, she had found hers and had related it to the deeper archetypal powers making for wholeness. ~Elizabeth Howes, J.E.T., Page 75.

Image:

Emma Jung, 1955.

Wife, teacher, analyst, writer, mother of five, grandmother, Emma's
dignity and equanimity is apparent in this portrait in the year of her death.