Quadrant Spring 1981

Quadrant: The Journal of the C.G. Jung Foundation

Meaning and Order: Concerning Meeting Points and Differences Between Depth Psychology and Physics — Marie-Louise von Franz

In his book on synchronicity, C. G. Jung introduces two new concepts into depth psychology concerning the world of so-called chance. One is the concept of “acausal orderedness” and the other that of “synchronistic events.” The former means a regular omnipresent just-so-ness, such as, for instance, the specific speed of light, the quantization of energy, the time-rate of radioactive decay, or any other constant in nature. Because we cannot indicate a cause (for these regularities); we generally express this just-so-ness by a number, which is, however, based on an arbitrarily chosen length of space-time. … Such acausal orderedness does not only exist in the realm of physics; we find it also in the human mind or psyche. …

Psychotherapy and Alchemy VI. Mortificatio— Edward F. Edinger

… the alchemical opus has three stages: nigredo,albedo, and rubedo: the blackening, the whitening, and the reddening. This paper is concerned with the first of these, the nigredo, or blackening, which belongs to the operation called mortificatio.

The two terms, “mortificatio” and “putrefactio,” are overlapping ones and refer to different aspects of the same operation. Mortificatio has no chemical reference at all. Literally it means “killing” and hence will refer to the experience of death. As used in religious asceticism it means “subjection of the passions and appetites by penance, abstinence, or painful severities inflicted on the body.” (Webster) To describe a chemical process as mortificatio is a complete projection of a psychological image. …

Illusion and Reality in the Yogavasistha, or The Scientific Proof of Mythical Experience — Wendy Doniger O'Flaherty

The object of this essay is to demonstrate how an Indian text uses narrative to suggest ways in which one might prove, scientifically, that a mythical experience is as “real” as experiences that normal common sense regards as “real.” We must be careful to distinguish from the very start between a number of layers of reality: perceived reality (the everyday world that we measure in inches and seconds); imagined reality (the realm of dreams, fantasies, madness, and hallucination); artistic reality (the self-consciously created forms that imitate or challenge the images of perceived reality); and metaphorical or analogical reality (verbal signs that view one layer of reality through another). These rough definitions provide a starting point from which it will be possible to see how our text qualifies each category or erases the dividing line between several categories. …

Somatic Consciousness — Arnold Mindell

Psychological discoveries may be as bad as they are good. Freud, for example, discovered the so-called “subconscious.” He said that dreams were the “royal road” to the mysterious thing which we today call the unconscious. His followers focused on dreams and discovered a great deal about symbol channels; however, they also inadvertently neglected other channels of the unconscious such as parapsychological phenomena, divinatorial systems, and body phenomena. Every discovery about the unconscious focuses on some new thing and neglects other important phenomena. That may be one reason why we know a great deal about images and symbols today, but very little about body life. …

Book Reviews

Clinical Uses of Dreams: Jungian Interpretations and Enactments— James A. Hall, M.D. New York: Grune & Stratton. 1977. Reviewed by Adolf N. Ammann.

The Secret Raven: Conflict and Transformation in the Life of Franz Kafka— Daryl Sharp. Toronto: Inner City Books. 1980. Reiewed by Raymond F. Kilduff.

The Psychological Meaning of Redemption Motifs in Fairy Tales— Marie-Louise von Franz. Toronto: Inner City Books. 1980. Reviewed by David L. Hart.

Imago Dei: A Study of C. G. Jung's Psychology of Religion— James W. Heisig. Lewisburg: Bucknell University Press; London: Associated University Presses. 1979. Reviewed by Ann Belford Ulanov.

Methods of Treatment in Analytical Psychology— Ian F. Baker, Editor. Fellbach: Verlag Adolf Bonz. 1980. Reviewed by Jonathan J. Goldberg.

Psyche and Substance: Essays on Homeopathy in the Light of Jungian Psychology— Edward C. Whitmont. Richmond, California: North Atlantic Books. 1980. Reviewed by Ronald A. Grant.

The Aquarian Conspiracy: Personal and Social Transformation in the 1980's— Marilyn Ferguson. “Foreword” by Max Lerner. Los Angeles: J.P. Tarcher, Inc. 1980. Reviewed by Richard Thurn.

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