Jung’s “Black Books”: In Search of Darkness to Unleash the Light | The work will be published in seven volumes

Jung’s “Black Books”: In Search of Darkness to Unleash the Light | The work will be published in seven volumes
Jung’s “Black Books”: In Search of Darkness to Unleash the Light | The work will be published in seven volumes

Intimate writings shed light on the personal cosmology of the Swiss psychiatrist and psychologist Carl Gustav Junga complex and controversial figure who played a key role in the early stages of psychoanalysis and was the founder of analytical psychologyIn 1913 he began a path of self-experimentation that he referred to as “the confrontation with his soul”: an involvement with his waking fantasies, which he recorded in a series of notebooks that he called The black books, a work hitherto unpublished in Spanish by El hilos de Ariadna, the same publisher that launched it in 2010 The red bookwill publish in A magnificent collection of seven volumes in a boxed containerThis 1,832-page edition, which will hit bookstores in August, includes in the first volume a revealing essay by the prominent specialist Sonu ShamdasaniJungian scholar and translator, president and founder of the Philemon Foundation, a selection of Jung’s vibrant figurative works and the facsimile version as a translation of each of the notebooks.

Editors María Soledad Costantini and Leandro Pinkler write in the introduction that if in The red book They observed that this previously unpublished text began its journey in search of its readers in a context of “pressing crisis of meaning in the contemporary world”; with the release of The black books “The situation of a psychic epidemic on a planetary scale is even more evident,” say those responsible for the Spanish edition. “In keeping with this civilizing climate, the number of people seeking to expand their consciousness is increasing. Jung’s message, arising from the depths of his own experience, has the power to transmit what is the neuralgic point of existence: Human beings have the mission of immersing themselves in darkness to release the light hidden in the shadows.. From this perspective, the so-called death of God, the desacralization of the world in environmental destruction and alienation in technological hypnotism are the symptoms of the loss of the soul,” warn Costantini and Pinkler. “A phrase challenges us with relentless vigor in The black books: ‘You are in God when you are in yourself.’ The extraordinary legacy of the work of Carl Gustav Jung reveals its main key in this visionary book in which the process of the rebirth of the image of God in the soul unfolds,” comment the editors of Ariadne’s Thread.

Bernardo Nante, PhD in Philosophy, president of the Human Vocation Foundation and specialist in Jung’s work (1875-1961), supervised the translation of The black books performed by Laura Carugati, Romina Scheuschner and Gaston Rossi. Carugati and Scheuschner had already worked with Nante on the translation of The red book, also published by El hilos de Ariadna in 2010. Nante had access to the facsimile copy of the German manuscript of The black books in 2019 the English translation that was published in 2010. “I was deeply surprised by the richness of the material that completes and deepens The red bookparticularly its images, and whose text covers the period beginning in November 1913 until April 1916. The black bookshowever, begin on the same date and end in December 1932. Although there are parts in which the texts coincide, everything was translated from scratch,” the specialist confirmed to Page 12. “Because it is a visionary work, in addition to the mastery of the German language, it is necessary to take into account all of Jung’s work and his vast and varied cultural sources. The three translators worked harmoniously in tandem, led by Laura (Carugati). The work, which lasted thirteen months, consisted of periodic deliveries to me that were already very carefully made, which I supervised, and my observations or suggestions were always made in the context of a constructive dialogue that led to a very careful final version,” adds Nante, author of The Red Book by CG Jung. Keys to understanding an inexplicable book.

The black books complete to The book red, confirms Nante the communicating vessels between the works. “Jung initially noted his experiences with the unconscious in the first (The black books) and did not manage to copy them all. This work that is now published gives us a context of The red book and allows us to understand a little more both the images and the continuation of this mysterious experiment,” says Nante and clarifies that the two works give an account of the inspiring core of the extensive psychological theoretical work and psychotherapeutic praxis. “From the point of view of his contribution to culture, in The black books The reality of the soul, which must be cared for, is clearly and experientially noted. Ignoring it or trying to dominate it leads to catastrophe for the individual, the community and nature. The soul is autonomous and its creativity contains darkness and light that, if properly addressed, can be guiding and even lead to the rebirth of an image of God or of totality and meaning, but if not, it generates dangerous disorientation. This is an intimate work by Jung, not a diary which records everyday themes or theoretical reflections but of a noctarywith visions, dreams and reflections. The work does not propose recipes or doctrines. It does not oppose confessions nor does it present itself as a new religion. Rather, it is an invitation for each person to make his or her own process based on his or her personal and cultural context.”

“This century-old work is even more relevant than in its time and it seems synchronic that it is only now coming to light,” analyzes Nante. “The greatest value lies in the impact that its reading causes; in this sense, more than an aesthetic experience it is a sacred experience, beyond whether the reader belongs to a confession or none. The work does not propose a doctrine but rather the care of one’s own interiority, which until now has been neglected, which allows us to heal the culture, characterized by individualistic relativisms or fundamentalisms,” explains the specialist. “Jung was able to anticipate the advent of both world wars, not because he was a prophet, but because it was enough for him to notice that the symbolism that is constellated in the interiority of individuals is linked to historical events. That is to say, “Beyond politics, ethics, and the legality that are so necessary, it is necessary to take care of the depth of each human being”Nante stresses, recalling that in the 1920s the Swiss psychiatrist and psychologist often mentioned that “modern man believes he has overcome the mythical gods, but today the gods have become phobias and obsessions, they produce medical curiosities and generate psychic epidemics.” To conclude, Nante insists: “Jung does not propose an alternative religion or ideology because he maintained that the worst thing that could happen to him is that there were Jungians, but he invites us to take care of our own depth.”

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