Carl Jung quote - "The Red Book: Liber Novus"

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Carl Jung quote - "The Red Book: Liber Novus"

Postby Hermitas » Tue Feb 05, 2019 11:10 am

This isn't a Thelemic text, but sometimes as I'm reading Jung's Liber Novus, I am struck how much he starts to sound like an initiate.

This next bit hit me like a truck.

The tension of the future is unbearable in us. It must break through narrow cracks, it must force new ways. You want to cast off the burden, you want to escape the inescapable. Running away is deception and detour. Shut your eyes so that you do not see the manifold, the outwardly plural, the tearing away and the tempting. There is only one way and that is your way; there is only one salvation and that is your salvation. Why are you looking around for help? Do you believe that help will come from the outside? What is to come will be created in you and from you. Hence look into yourself. Do not compare, do not measure. No other way is like yours. All other ways deceive and tempt you. You must fulfill the way that is in you.

Oh, that all men and their ways become strange to you! Thus might you find them again within yourself and recognize their ways. But what weakness! What doubt! What fear! You will not bear going your way. You always want to have at least one foot on paths not your own to avoid the great solitude. So that maternal comfort is always with you! So that someone acknowledges you, recognizes you, bestows trust in you, comforts you, encourages you. So that someone pulls you over onto their path, where you stray from yourself, and where it is easier for you to set yourself aside. As if you were not yourself! Who should accomplish your deeds? Who should carry your virtues and your vices? You do not come to an end with your life, and the dead will besiege you terribly to live your unlived life. Everything must be fulfilled. Time is of the essence, so why do you want to pile up the lived and let the unlived rot?

Carl Jung, The Red Book: Liber Novus, A Reader's Edition p. 384
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Re: Carl Jung quote - "The Red Book: Liber Novus"

Postby seekinghga » Tue Feb 05, 2019 3:19 pm

I could ask the question "what does an 'initiate' sound like?" But I won't. :)
"And they that read the book and debated thereon passed into the desolate land of Barren Words. And they that sealed up the book into their blood were the chosen of Adonai, and the Thought of Adonai was a Word and a Deed; and they abode in the Land that the far-off travellers call Naught."
- LXV 5:59
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Re: Carl Jung quote - "The Red Book: Liber Novus"

Postby Corvinae » Tue Feb 05, 2019 3:40 pm

Thanks for sharing.
That was cool.

In the words of my beloved Dion Fortune....
"There is only one initiator"
Love is the Law.
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