The Black Books

Briefly, I am just learning that C.G. Jung’s 7-volume set of the Black Books have recently been published. As of right now, the cost is too prohibitive for me to consider purchasing, but I look forward to reading them at some point in the future. In the meantime, I received an email from the Jung Platform with information about a conversational webinar with editor Sonu Shamdasani, free and open to the public, in which he will discuss the books. The date of the hour-long webinar is December 7 and registration is required. From the Jung Platform website:

Hear more about how The Black Books represent Jung’s “inner conversation”, how the visions, fantasies, and imaginations he recorded supported his personal transformation, and how it was the genesis for The Red Book. Machiel and Sonu will also discuss the relevance of the books’ publication for a contemporary understanding of Jung’s Analytical Psychology.

Also, I just discovered this YouTube conversation with Sonu which I am listening to now.:

A blurb the books from Wiki:

The portion of the journal account that is of particular interest begins in the second of the seven journals, on the night of 12 November 1913. Jung’s motivation was to conduct a difficult “experiment” on himself consisting of a confrontation with the contents of his mind, paying no heed to the daily occurrences of his ordinary life. The journal entries continue over several following years and fill the next six notebooks. In these notebooks Carl Jung recorded his imaginative and visionary experiences during the transformative period that has been called his “confrontation with the unconscious.”[1]

8 thoughts on “The Black Books

  1. theburningheart

    I used in Los Angeles, to go to a Gnostic church, where they will talk a lot about Jung, and I have read a few of his books published by the Bollingen Foundation. 🙂

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    1. I enjoyed the video. I’m a fan of Shamdasani’s though!

      I’ve read the Red Book. There’s a lot to it that makes for more difficult reading, but it’s worth the slog through it. It certainly seems to indicate that Jung had a mystic practice besides his intellectual one.

      Thanks, as always, for reading and stopping by, Brigido. 🙂

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  2. It sounds surely a great opportunity, Laura London is an amazing Jungian Lady. I must catch my time. Thank you 🙏💖
    I know this new collection by Jung but haven’t got yet, I have to wait and hope that it gets cheaper 😜😁
    Have a wonderful week and be safe 💕🌹

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