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Soul on Paper

July 30, 2013 , , ,

Carl Jung, Leo Swiss shrink and alchemist, invited his patients to record their own visions as he did in his Red Book. He councils patients to record their visions in order to interpret the voice of the soul:

“Think of it in your imagination and try to paint it. Then when these things are in some precious book you can go to the book & turn over the pages & for you it will be your church-your cathedral-the silent places of your spirit where you will find renewal. If anyone tells you that it is morbid or neurotic and you listen to them-then you will
lose your soul-for in that book is your soul. ~Red Book; Page 216.

Today we have digital means of making art which I enjoy as self expression.  What Carl is talking about here, however, is hand on paper. He tells the patient to use good paper and art supplies to document all visions.  He explains that by drawing the vision the magnetism it contains is neutralized.  He suggests that the expression of the detail is an important way to build self understanding.  I will continue to enjoy my digital art making, but think it is time to spend more time with hand on paper.  I love to draw mandalas and other geometric patterns.  I wonder if I begin now if I can produce a Red Book worth saving.  Have you started your Red Book?

birth chart Jung

birth chart Jung

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wow.. that I did not know about Jung (*alchemist) nor did I get to the part about the red book.. It doesn’t have to be drawings or specific images though specific would be helpful.. but even words.. the poetry of our alter ego, our inner self and our soul..


Stevie Wilson (@LAStory)

July 30, 2013

It doesn’t have to be anything..that is the individual part..right words, charts, what it means to you is what it means..



July 30, 2013

fascinating stuff. I’d love to get to understand mine


July 31, 2013

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