Seven Sermons to the Dead

Many believe that one of Carl Jung’s greatest achievements was his The Red Book (published posthumously in 2009 ( https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Red_Book_(Jung)). The ony piece of work related to the Red Book that Jung shared publicly was the Seven Sermons to the Dead (Septem Sermones ad Mortuos) which (he printed privately in 1916) which was included in 1962 in his Memories, Dreams, Reflections (https://www.amazon.com/Memories-Dreams-Reflections-C-Jung/dp/0679723951), a year after his death. Seven Sermons appears to represent the final pages of the Red Book and to be a kind of summary of the mythopoetic philosophy of the Red Book.

Many who read the Seven Sermons (and the Red Book) seem to miss the context in which Carl Jung wrote these explorations.  As far as I can understand, both pieces of work represent the journey that Jung took into his own mind. For much of his life Jung actively explored his own consciousness/unconsciousness through fantasy. In this fantasy he encountered many guides and the one who grew closest to was called Philemon. He often said that Philemon provided him with wisdom that he could not otherwise have consciously known. Philemon became a powerful influence for Jung’s psychoanalytic work and his unque insights into the human condition.  In later life Jung indicated that he no longer needed Philomen, as he could now depend on his own wisdom.

“In his introduction to Liber Novus, Shamdasani explains:

“The text of The Red Book draws on material from The Black Books between 1913 and 1916. Approximately fifty percent of the text of The Red Book derives directly from The Black Books, with very light editing and reworking. The “Black Books” are not personal diaries, but the records of the unique self-experimentation which Jung called his ‘confrontation with the unconscious.’He did not record day to day happenings or outer events, but his active imaginations and depictions of his mental states together with his reflections on these. The material which Jung did not include in The Red Book is of equal interest to the material which he did include.”” 

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Black_Books_(Jung).

And further :

“If one does not place Jung’s confrontation with the unconscious in a proper perspective, or understand the significance of the Red Book, one is in no place to understand fully Jung’s intellectual development from 1913 onwards, and not only that, but his life as well: it was his inner life which dictated his movements in the world. … For Jung’s work on his fantasies in Black Books and the Red Book formed the core of his later work, as he himself contended. The Red Book is at the center of Jung’s life and work. [Understanding Jung] without an accurate account of it would be like writing the life of Dante without the Commedia, or Goethe without Faust.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sonu_Shamdasani.

Like Virgil’s gift to Dante in his allegory, The Divine Comedy (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Divine_Comedy), Philemon provided Jung with both a journey of discovery and the insight to understand the journey.  The journey of course ultimately being about life and reality.

The Seven Sermons to the Dead and The Red Book works of great insight and represent a very powerful inner journey. But what I find so striking, is that people ignore the example that Jung has set for us. Someone else who encouraged such inner exploration was Roberto Assagioli (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Roberto_Assagioli) with his Psychosynthesis (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Psychosynthesis). Assagioli developed many methods for internal exploration – which can be used for psyhcotherapy, healing and general exploration of one’s own mind.

I’ve sometimes spoken here and on the TSMs about my own Internal World’s methods (ISS/ICW : https://etandi.wordpress.com/category/internal-worlds-method/) as a means of using the imagination to learn about the nature of one’s consciousness/unconsciousness and to make contact with ETs and those who have died etc. One of the reasons I’ve spoken about this, is because like Jung and Assagioli, I too discovered the power of the imagination to reveal much that is hidden and to move beyond the usual limitations of the ordinary mind. Such methods are at least as powerful as the use of psychdelics, without any of the dangers or potentials for misunderstanding.

The Seven Sermons and The Red Book are powerful and illuminating works but we should not consider them the only creations of their type. Many of you have heard me speak about Alapo – a kind of higher dimensional aspect I’ve been working with (https://etandi.wordpress.com/2016/10/29/alapo-on-consciousness-and-deepening-the-well-of-experience-part-1/ / https://etandi.wordpress.com/2014/11/24/tsm21-a-reading-from-my-book-on-consciousness/). In the last few years I’ve transcibed about 500 pages of dilalogue that has taken place between the two of us. Alapo has also become a sort of boundless guide – with whom I can speak or meet internally. Unlike Jung, I’m not trying to create any kind of personal mythopoetic magnum opus but Like Jung, I seek to understand the self through something more than the conventional view of the self. I sense that in coming decades many other people, who seek understanding about the self and the nature of reality, will attempt similar experiements like my own and those of Jung and Assagioli and is so doing create their own mythopoetic master pieces that draw from the collective wisdom of mankind and the wisdom of the totality of all their lives (or at least one of them).

I can easily imagine a similar work as a result of internal world contact with actual ETs !

Perhaps it will be you who will write the next Sermon ! 😉

The Seven Sermons to the Dead (Septem Sermones ad Mortuos here : http://gnosis.org/library/7Sermons.htm.

 

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About brightgarlick

Ecclectic kinda guy, who loves life and saviours each day as it is.

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