light among the shadows



 JUNG: CARL GUSTAV: 1875-1961

This is a quote by C.G. Jung in CW 9 : AION: 126

“The psychological rule says that when an inner situation is not made conscious, it happens outside as fate. That is to say, when the individual remains undivided and does not become conscious of his inner opposite, the world must perforce act out the conflict and be torn into opposing halves”. (emphases mine)

The above picture to the left of the A-Z badge shows light falling onto the surrounding darkness. It is meant to show metaphorically, that when we look into our own souls and the darkness that resides within, and if we actively acknowledge it, its power is reduced and the light will shine.

The quote speaks to the unknown within us that yearns to be known. That hidden stranger who waits patiently in the wings, who is willing to guide us so they we may be a little more whole, within and without.

For the purpose of today’s A-Z blog challenge, I am using only a very few powerful quotes of Jung’s which are worthy of reflection.

‘Even a happy life cannot be without a measure of darkness, and the word ‘happy’ would lose its meaning if it were not balanced by sadness. It is far better to take things as they come along with patience and equanimity’.
darkness‘Knowing your own darkness is the best method for dealing with the darknesses of other people’.

‘We cannot change anything until we accept it. Condemnation does not liberate, it oppresses’.

‘Where loves rules, there is no will to power; and where power predominates, there love is lacking. The one is the shadow of the other’.

‘We deem those happy who from the experience of life have learned to bear its ills without being overcome by them’.

Carl Gustav Jung was born in Kesswil, Switzerland. He trained as psychiatrist and formed a friendship with Sigmund Freud which after several years (1907-1913) ended. He was the founder of analytical psychology which emphasises the individual coming to know him/herself and in becoming what one truly is.

30 Comments on JUNG: C.G.

  1. Many thanks for posting “JUNG: C.G. | Garden of Eden Blog”.
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  2. Jung’s name and commentaries have been bandied about for years but until now I’ve not given him much thought. Your delicious post has sufficiently whetted my appetite. The magnificent quotes at the end of this post are enough by themselves to make me want to run out and consume his biography. Thank you for this unexpected delight. Brava!

  3. My Dear Susan,

    Because of your dream series on your blog, I bought several books by and about Carl Jung. I needed to get acquainted with him. Two of the quotations that you have quoted here speak out of my own beliefs and reading Jung’s theory and application has enriched what I already thought.
    So I quote them here:
    ‘Where loves rules, there is no will to power; and where power predominates, there love is lacking. The one is the shadow of the other’.


    ‘Knowing your own darkness is the best method for dealing with the darknesses of other people’.


    • Thanks so much Patricia – so pleased that they spoke to you!

      So many have written ON Jung – in the original he can be tricky. His autobiography, Memories, Dreams, Reflections is a wonderful book. I like James Hillman, Edward Edinger, Marie Louise von Franz (all Jungian analysts) especially – there are more but for the purposes of my response to you these are the ones I immediately mention.



  4. Thought provoking, I’m going to have to look into this one a little closer. Without darkness there would be no reason for light. I think there needs to a healthy balance to have a happy life.


  5. Beautifully written! Love the quotes you selected – inspirational and thought provoking!

  6. Love this post Susan. Psychology has always fascinated me and more than likely always will. I have always appreciated Jung’s work and ideas…way more so than Freud’s. His sayings about the darkness within us are very true in my opinion and I feel that knowing our dark corners really are key in figuring out what is best for us in life. Not to the exclusion of the light, but we really can’t have one without the other.

    • Thanks for commenting Tracy. Freud was a master in his way but Jung went that much further. I love the other Susan’s comment above about the dark chocolate – and her comment about the necessity ‘for the darkness coming into conscious light’ which is really what it is all about.

  7. I went to a few meetings of “Jungians” in Waco, Texas. A wonderful group of men and women who felt the truth and need of hearing Jung’s words and how he felt about life, being human. I would have continued, but we moved! No such chance to find the like in south Georgia at this time. Nice to have found you instead! Thanks.

      • Yep, I have. The closest is an hour to hour and a half away and that isn’t Jung. Spiritual yes, but a bit out of the way to go with any regularity. Oh well! Guess it will come when I’m ready! And, my father told me when I was a teenager turning 17 that the most beautiful flowers grew from manure. I didn’t like that at the time. Now that I’m older, I realize he knew what he was talking about, and that he was complimenting me, in his own way! Thanks!

  8. Jung’s comments are so wise and apt. It is true that if we don’t look into the darkness of our soul we don’t get through to the light. Since I loved the metaphor of the use of the dark chocolate from the comment above… I think people are afraid to bite into the savory dark chocolate for fear of the nuts they may find mixed in… too bad. Thank you for your wisdom.

    • Thank you Gwynn as always.

      I forgot about the nuts! Just to add to the mix! Who knows what we may find if we don’t bite into it but we would never know would we, unless we took that first bite! Like Eve, I guess, taking the apple …

  9. Thank you so much Susan!

    Paul Tillich said: ‘There can be no depth without the way to the depth’ which I think says much about the soul’s need to go deeper, into the ground of our being.

    And there is another saying: ‘As Above, so Below, as Within so Without’ – attributed to Hermes I think.

    The other that comes to mind: “There is no way to the height excepts by way of the depths”.

    All of these quotes speak to the human condition and the soul’s requirement to delve into the ground of our being.

    The analogy of the Swiss dark chocolate is lovely and apt thank you. I would get a bit of tired of milk chocolate after a while of having too much of it – would I ever get tired of dark chocolate? Somehow I don’t think so. It is both sweet and savoury.

  10. Of all the ideas wrapped in the cloak of Jung and analytical psychology, one of the hardest is to be open to the darkness coming into conscious light. Why do we so easily prefer to deny the dark side–rich as the best Swiss chocolate. Darkness contains many nuances and flavors and challenges. And, our psychological journeys take us into the depths we could never imagine because we might not embark upon them if we knew beforehand. But then, we also might not bite into that piece of dark chocolate!

  11. I absolutely love your post today. Psychology fascinates me and I have read a lot of work by Jung and Freud over the years. That first picture you’ve used is amazing, I could look at it for hours and just get lost in thought.

    • Thank you so much Rachael.

      It is a beautiful picture isn’t it – thank you for saying so. It is a lovely image which is evocative to me of light and dark in balance and harmony and each necessary to the other.

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