Carl Gustav Jung on the replacement child

carl_jung-glassesJung was a replacement child

Carl Gustav Jung was born on July 26, 1875 after his mother Emilie mourned the deaths of three children: a daughter stillborn on July 19,1870, a second daughter stillborn on April 3, 1872 and a son named Paul named after his father, born on August 18, 1873 who died five days later.(Deirdre Bair, Jung, A Biography, 2004, p. 18)

“I know only that I am without knowing what I am” (p. 304, Red Book)

“I feel very strongly that I am under the influence of things or questions which were left incomplete and unanswered by my parents and grandparents and more distant ancestors. It often seems as if there were an impersonal karma within a family which is passed on from parents to children.” C.G. Jung (Memoires, Dreams and Reflections, p. 233)

On healing the replacement child: Finding identity

“The psyche is transformed or developed by the relationship of the ego to the contents of the unconscious“ which is “the central concept of my psychology: the process of individuation,” says Carl Gustav Jung. (MDR, p.209)

Jung on the legacy of the dead: trans-generational impact

“These… are the dead, not just your dead, that is all the images of the shapes you took in the past, which your ongoing life has left behind, but also the thronging dead of human history, the ghostly procession of the past, …I see behind you, behind the mirror of your eyes, the crush of dangerous shadows, the dead, who look greedily through empty sockets of your eyes, who moan and hope to gather up through you all the loose ends of the ages, which sigh in them. Your cluelessness does not prove anything. Put your ear to that wall and you will hear the rustling of their procession.” Carl Gustav Jung, The Red Book, Liber Secundus, p. 296

“the dead will besiege you terribly to live your unlived life”. (C.G. Jung, RB, page 308)

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