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Wednesday, September 21, 2016

Carl Jung: ...prayer is not only of great importance but has also a great effect upon human psychology.




To Philip Magor

Dear Mr. Magor, 23 May 1950

I have thought a long time over your request, because I don't know exactly what I could tell you.

You are sure to know the home truth that prayer is not only of great importance but has also a great effect upon human psychology.

If you take the concept of prayer in its widest sense and if you include also Buddhist contemplation And Hindu meditation (as being equivalent to prayer), one can say that it is the most universal form of religious or philosophical concentration of the mind and thus not only one of the most original but also the most frequent means to change the condition of mind.

If this psychological method had been inefficient, it would have been extinguished long ago, but nobody with a certain amount of human experience could deny its efficacy.

This is about all I can tell you in a few words.

Otherwise l should have to write a whole treatise.

Sincerely yours,

C.G. Jung ~Carl Jung, Letters Vol. I, Page 558

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