By Marie-Louise von Franz

Marie-Louise von Franz, for a few years a coworker with C.G. Jung, is an stated authority at the mental interpretation of fairytales, goals, myths, and alchemy. during this booklet, initially a chain of lectures on the Jung Institute in Zurich, she turns her recognition to the that means of the irrational. With penetrating perception she examines the mental baclground to time, quantity, and techniques of divining destiny corresponding to the I Ching, astrology, Tarot playing cards, palmistry, cube, random styles, and so on. Contrasting Western clinical attitudes with these of the chinese language and so-called primitives, she explains and illustrates Jung's rules on archetypes, projection, psychic strength, and synchronicity.

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This other aspect Jung has picked up and has created the idea of psychic energy. We can look at psychological processes as being energic processes which even follow certain laws. For instance, we conceive that an individual is a relatively closed system, so there is conservation of energy. Therefore, if someone lacks energy in consciousness we assume it to be somewhere in the unconscious, and vice versa. We reckon with a certain conservation of energy, that the amount of psychic energy at the disposition of an individual is more or less the same, and therefore if it disappears in one form it reappears in another, an idea which has proved exceedingly fruitful.

This radical Shih is now generally translated by ''to exhibit, to manifest, to make known, or to proclaim" to make manifest, so to speak, the hidden will of the divinity, of Tao. And that was also the radical for calculation; arithmetic was nothing other, for the original Chinese mind, than a means of divining or guessing the divine will, trying to find that out by number, and that continued in China until quite recently. The description by Richard Wilhelm of the I Ching as like a network of an electrical circuit where you light up a certain problem (Figure 7) is not a chance one.

For hours a small child will amuse itself making bubbles and producing such rhythmical sounds. Primitives too can only perform any kind of action if accompanied by such rhythmical movements, which is why they always drum or sing when they work. They cannot work on their own volition; they have to mobilize their psychic energy, their gana, as the South Americans, for instance, call it. " If you cannot arouse his gana he will not do any work. I have a neighbour in Bollingen who is still like that.

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