Jung says your journal is your Church

A former client of Carl Jung‘s shared his advice on how to process the thoughts and visions from the deeper and sometimes frightening parts of her mind:

“I should advise you to put it all down as beautifully as you can — in some beautifully bound book,” Jung instructed. “It will seem as if you were making the visions banal — but then you need to do that — then you are freed from the power of them… Then when these things are in some precious book you can go to the book and turn over the pages and 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.”

Carl Jung’s own personal “cathedral” was published in 2009, after many years of hesitation from his family. It is called The Red Book, and it is amazing indeed. Here are some images from the book, hand-written and drawn by Carl Jung himself: