The Art of Inner Work -VIII-

December 10, 2022

“The initial question to be directed to the invisible world would be: “Who or what has come alive in [me]? Who or what has entered my psychic life and created disturbances and wants to be heard?” To this you should add: “Let it speak!” Then switch off your noisy consciousness and listen quietly inwards and look at the images that appear before your inner eye, or hearken to the words which the muscles of your speech apparatus are trying to form. Write down what then comes without criticism. Images should be drawn or painted assiduously no matter whether you can do it or not.
Once you have got at least fragments of these contents, then you may meditate on them –afterwards-. Don’t criticize anything away! If any questions arise, put them to the unconscious again the next day. Don’t be content with your own explanations no matter how intelligent they are. Remember that your health is seriously at stake, and that the unconscious has an unknown and far-reaching control over it. Treat any drawing the same way. Meditate on them afterwards and every day go on developing what is unsatisfactory about them. The important thing is to let the unconscious take the lead. You must always be convinced that you have mere after-knowledge and nothing else. In this case the unconscious really does know better.”

~ C.G. Jung, Letter to Count Keyserling

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