Founder Patron C G Jung


Windows to Eternity by C.G. Jung produced by kind permission of the Estate of C.G Jung

Jung described the archetype by the analogy of' “the axial system of a crystal which, as it were, performs the crystalline structure in the mother liquid, although it has no material existence of its own ... The axial system determines only the stereometric structure but not the concrete form of the individual crystal” and similarly “the archetype in itself is empty and purely formal.” (CW. 9 i, 74)

It is the possibility of representation and not a fixed image as such that is innate in the psyche. It is the potentiality for certain types of images or actions. The archetype is an hypothesis. Its existence can be deduced only from the archetypal images which appear in the consciousness. Their most direct expression occurs when the archetypes, as primordial images, appear in dreams, unusual states of mind, or psychotic fantasies. The images possess a power and energy of their own, which fascinate the drive to actions entirely against conscious intentions. They inspire both creation and destruction, a work of an art or an outburst of mob frenzy, for they are “the hidden treasure upon which mankind ever and anon has drawn, and from which it has raised up its gods and demons, and all those potent and mighty thoughts without which man ceases to be man.” (CW. 7,104)

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