Red Book Ruminations III

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Red Book Ruminations III

Carl Gustav Jung, July 5, 2011

From The Red Book“The part that you take over from the devil—joy, that is—leads you into adventure. In this way you will find your lower as well as your upper limits. It is necessary for you to know your limits. If you do not know them, you run into the artificial barriers of your imagination and the expectations of your fellow men. But your life will not take kindly to being hemmed in by artificial barriers. Life wants to jump over such barriers and you will fall out with yourself. These barriers are not your real limits, but artificial limitations that do unnecessary violence to you. Therefore try to find your real limits. One never knows them in advance, but one sees and understands them only when one reaches them.”

C. G. Jung, The Red Book, p. 263


The Red Book

Copyright © 2009 by The Foundation of the Works of C. G. Jung

Translation Copyright © 2009 by Mark Kyburz, John Peck, and Sonu Shamdasani


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The Red Book, also titled Liber Novus, New Book, is a journal in text and images of C. G. Jung's life from approximately 1914 to 1930. "The years, of which I have spoken to you, when I pursued the inner images, were the most important time of my life," said Jung in 1957. Kept private by his heirs, it was finally published in 2009 by W. W. Norton of New York with extensive annotations by Jung scholar Sonu Shamdasani.

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