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Tuesday, September 29, 2009

(article) The Red Book; Holy Grail of the Unconscious has been discovered.



A book by Carl Jung called Liber Novus, a.k.a The Red Book, is being released to the public for the first time. It was discovered secretly locked away in a bank vault in Switzerland. The book is a first hand account from Jung about his own drastic, bizarre, and nearly out of control, decent into his unconscious mind which brought on hallucinations and anxiety that he may be going insane. He worked through this for 16 years and would later attributed every positive accomplishment and inspiration of his subsequent career to that mind bending personal journey. Jung's family has kept this book secret for decades until they were finally convinced to make it available to the public.


This is a story about a nearly 100-year-old book, bound in red leather, which has spent the last quarter century secreted away in a bank vault in Switzerland. The book is big and heavy and its spine is etched with gold letters that say “Liber Novus,” which is Latin for “New Book.” Its pages are made from thick cream-colored parchment and filled with paintings of otherworldly creatures and handwritten dialogues with gods and devils. If you didn’t know the book’s vintage, you might confuse it for a lost medieval tome.

1 comment:

  1. This is inspiring... "would later attribute every positive accomplishment and inspiration of his subsequent career to that mind bending personal journey."

    It's all what we make it, I suppose.

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