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Thursday, October 1, 2015

Carl Jung: Only numinous experiences retain their original simplicity




To Traugott Egloff

Dear Herr Egloff, 8 June 1959

I am very much obliged to you for your kind gift.

It has awakened old memories of my youth, when I read Kiigelgen's book.

The little book you have given me is a valuable document from an age when the newer psychology was putting forth its first tender shoots.

You are quite right when you say that the "truth" is actually staring us in the face but that often we are as though smitten with blindness so that we cannot see it.

Everything could be said much more simply, but this simplicity is just what we ourselves and others lack, with the result that it is more trouble for us to speak really simply than to speak in a rather complicated and roundabout way.

The simplest is the most difficult of all, because, in the process of reaching consciousness, it breaks up into many individual aspects in which the mind gets entangled and cannot find a suitably simple expression.

The trouble may lie in language itself, which is just as much lacking in that needful simplicity as are our powers of conception.

Only numinous experiences retain their original simplicity or oneness which still gives us intimations of the Unus Mundus.

The androgyny of the anima may appear in the anima herself at a certain stage, but it derives at a higher level from unity of the
self.

Just as our masculine consciousness is a concretized aspect of the masculine, so the anima is a concretized aspect of the feminine.

Her masculine aspect is expressed very clearly in the anima figure in the Song of Songs: "terrible as an army with banners."

These opposites are in reality united in the irrepresentable because transcendent self, which in the process of becoming conscious divides into opposites again through progressive dichotomy.

Again with best thanks,

Yours sincerely,

C.G. Jung ~Carl Jung, Letters Vol. II, Page 508-509