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Friday, 4 April 2008

Memories, Dreams, Reflections

Memories, Dreams, Reflections (Erinnerungen, Träume, Gedanken) is the title of the last work by the great Swiss psychologist and psychiatrist Carl Gustav Jung (1865 - 1961). He wrote this semi-autobiographical book in collaboration with Aniela Jaffé. It was published 2 years after his death. If I were to recommend an accessible way of approaching Jung's thought and method, I would urge that you read this book first of all.

One of Jung's original contributions to the illumination of the human mind and soul was his idea of the Collective Unconscious - later renamed by him the Objective Psyche. In contrast with the Personal Unconscious, the Collective Unconscious is "a reservoir of the experiences of our species", and is manifested in common archetypes and symbols across all cultures and peoples, and through the intuition of dreams.

My Camino was an experience shared alike by pilgrims of all ages and nationalities and sexual orientations and skin colours and socio-economic groupings and religious faiths; pilgrims of the past, the present and the future. A kind of Collective Camino Unconscious at work. And by extension this applies to any pilgrimage, every pilgrimage. Indeed, to the pilgrimage we call Life itself.

The photos were all taken in simple pilgrim albergue lodgings on the Camino Francés in northern Spain. They show Jim at Astorga, Philippe at Mansilla, and Tere, Fernando and Irene at Belorado.


Anonymous said...

Jung. A voice of depth and sanity amidst much 20th Century psychological nonsense.

Loren said...

I've followed Jung's theory, but mostly from secondary sources.

I put the book on my Amazon wish list.

am said...

These are fine photo portraits, solitary walker. They lift my spirits. A reminder that although one is solitary, one does not travel alone.

In 1979, my mother and father gave me a hardback copy of C.G. JUNG: WORD AND IMAGE for Christmas. I am grateful to my mother for also sending me a copy of MEMORIES, DREAMS, REFLECTIONS.

See http://www.amazon.ca/C-G-Jung-Image-C-G/dp/0691018472