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Wednesday, June 10, 2015

Jung at Bollingen. On lighting lanterns, water-pumping, wood-cutting, fire making, and cooking




Jung at Bollingen. Of lighting lanterns, water-pumping, wood-cutting, fire making, and cooking, Jung said, "These simple acts make man simple." ~Wounded Healer of the Soul, Page 72.

The feeling of repose and renewal that I had in this tower was intense from the start.

It represented for me the maternal hearth. . . in which I could become what I was, what I am and will be. . . .

At Bollingen I am in the midst of my true life, I am most deeply myself.

Here I am, as it were, the "age-old son of the mother". . . personality No.2, who . . . exists outside time. . . .

I have done without electricity, and tend the fireplace and stove myself.

Evenings, I light the old lamps.

There is no running water, and I pump the water from the well.

I chop the wood and cook the food.

These simple acts make man simple; and how difficult it is to be simple!

In Bollingen, silence surrounds me almost audibly, and I live "in modest harmony with nature."

Thoughts rise to the surface which reach back into the centuries, and accordingly anticipate a remote future. . . .

There I . . . see life in the round, as something forever coming into being and passing on. ~Carl Jung, Memories Dreams and Reflections, Pages 255-256.