(Book) Symbols of Transformation

Yesterday, I was in Sacramento CA for work and had some time at lunch to head by one of my favorite book stores “Beers Books”. While browsing around I glanced upon the Psychology section and found a book “Symbols of Transformation” by CG Jung. Thumbing through the pages I was thrilled to find everything I was reading was insightful and enthralling to me. I’ve never been deep into Psychology in any capacity besides a ephemeral interest simply because I like to think about things; but this book has really captivated me! I’ve spent some time jumping around and reading random bits before deciding to start from page one and plow through it. I’m on page 25 and have already come across some great tidbits of information that I thought i would share:

  • Individual consciousness is only the flower and the fruit of a season, sprung from the perennial rhizome beneath the earth; and it would find itself in better accord with the truth if it took the existence of the rhizome into its calculations for the root matter is the mother of all things.
  • I do not consider scientific work as a dogmatic contest, but rather as a work done for the increase and deepening of knowledge.
  • Language was organizing a system emotive and imitative sounds… Thus, language, in its origin and essence, is simply a system of signs and symbols that denote real occurrences or their echo in the human soul.
  • Speech is generated by the intellect and in turn generates intellect.
  • American life is in subtle ways so one sided. The real natural man is just in open rebellion against the utterly inhuman form of life.
  • We have become rich in knowledge, but poor in wisdom.
  • All the creative power that modern man pours into science and [technology] the man of antiquity devoted to his myths.

These are just a few of the great thoughts that I have found in this text. The man is a modern day (or as close to modern day) magician. If consciousness is the catalyst of creation; then the deep dive into the mind of intelligent beings is the act of the mystic. It is exciting to me that I have stumbled upon this wonderful mind and his awesome works. As I work my way through this book I hope to find many more fascinating bits of knowledge.

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