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Dover Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Sep-22-09 04:21 PM
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Discovered - Jung's Little Red Book (NYT Magazine)



The Holy Grail of the Unconscious

By SARA CORBETT
Published: September 16, 2009

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 didnt know the books vintage, you might confuse it for a lost medieval tome.

And yet between the books heavy covers, a very modern story unfolds. It goes as follows: Man skids into midlife and loses his soul. Man goes looking for soul. After a lot of instructive hardship and adventure taking place entirely in his head he finds it again.

Some people feel that nobody should read the book, and some feel that everybody should read it. The truth is, nobody really knows. Most of what has been said about the book what it is, what it means is the product of guesswork, because from the time it was begun in 1914 in a smallish town in Switzerland, it seems that only about two dozen people have managed to read or even have much of a look at it.

Of those who did see it, at least one person, an educated Englishwoman who was allowed to read some of the book in the 1920s, thought it held infinite wisdom There are people in my country who would read it from cover to cover without stopping to breathe scarcely, she wrote while another, a well-known literary type who glimpsed it shortly after, deemed it both fascinating and worrisome, concluding that it was the work of a psychotic.
So for the better part of the past century, despite the fact that it is thought to be the pivotal work of one of the eras great thinkers, the book has existed mostly just as a rumor, cosseted behind the skeins of its own legend revered and puzzled over only from a great distance.

Which is why one rainy November night in 2007, I boarded a flight in Boston and rode the clouds until I woke up in Zurich, pulling up to the airport gate at about the same hour that the main branch of the Union Bank of Switzerland, located on the citys swanky Bahnhofstrasse, across from Tommy Hilfiger and close to Cartier, was opening its doors for the day. A change was under way: the book, which had spent the past 23 years locked inside a safe deposit box in one of the banks underground vaults, was just then being wrapped in black cloth and loaded into a discreet-looking padded suitcase on wheels. It was then rolled past the guards, out into the sunlight and clear, cold air, where it was loaded into a waiting car and whisked away.

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http://www.nytimes.com/2009/09/20/magazine/20jung-t.htm...


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Dover Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Sep-22-09 04:29 PM
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1. The Role of Their Dreams

Actors Use Dreams To Better Understand The Characters They Play





WHILE preparing for her role as Addison Montgomery Shepherd, or the villainous Mrs. Dr. McDreamy to fans of the hit series Greys Anatomy, Kate Walsh reached into the depths of her dream life.

Working with an acting coach and in workshops with other actors, using an increasingly popular technique influenced by Jungian psychology in which actors study and play the characters in their dreams, Ms. Walsh mined her unconscious for clues to understanding her character.

When youre hooking into your unconscious or working on a dream, said Ms. Walsh, who played an ob-gyn on the show and now plays her on its spinoff, Private Practice, youre connected in a real way that you are not manufacturing or trying to force.

Ms. Walsh has used many other acting tools, including observing real doctors in delivery rooms and researching gynecology and obstetrics. But she said that using material from dreams over the last five years to develop her role has made it that much deeper.


In the last decade, dream work, as it is known, has spread into actors studios and classrooms across the country, taking its place among the ever expanding techniques of actor training and in the long-running debate over what leads to the most authentic performances.

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http://www.nytimes.com/2009/05/07/fashion/07dreams.html...
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Jane Austin Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Sep-22-09 04:29 PM
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2. Very interesting,
but why do I have to scroll two or three times over to see it.

Why are the margins set so wide?

Thanks.
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Dover Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Sep-22-09 04:31 PM
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4. Because I don't know how to reduce the size of the image. If anyone knows how, tell me now
and I'll change it before my editing time runs out.

Thanks
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Jane Austin Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Sep-22-09 10:34 PM
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12. OK, thanks.
I wouldn't know how to do that either. :)
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myrna minx Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Sep-22-09 04:29 PM
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3. Thanks for posting this - I have a friend who will love this article.
:hi:
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Dover Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Sep-22-09 04:34 PM
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5. You're welcome. I agree it's fascinating. Thank goodness the NYT still has the budget to send
their writers to the story, and the interest to cover this.
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CrownPrinceBandar Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Sep-22-09 04:41 PM
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6. I'm excited about seeing this published.............
Edited on Tue Sep-22-09 04:45 PM by CrownPrinceBandar
I read some Jung back in college and really didn't connect with it. My life wasn't nearly quiet enough to give it my full attention back then. However, I'm considering picking up a copy of Memories, Dreams, Reflections or "Man and His Symbols" and trying it again. I'm hoping I may get a bit more out of it this time.
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Dover Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Sep-22-09 04:49 PM
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8. Me too! My first introduction to Jung was in my late teens.
His book titled, Modern Man In Search Of A Soul, captivated me. And then I just couldn't get enough, although that is not to suggest that I was prepared to comprehend it all back then. His work has continued to inform my life as I have grown, and I'm so grateful for it.
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TrogL Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Sep-22-09 04:41 PM
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7. Nonsense - the heirs knew where it was all along
It's only now, finally, being released to the general public in a heavily footnoted edition.
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Dover Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Sep-22-09 05:01 PM
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10. I stand corrected...n/t
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juno jones Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Sep-22-09 05:00 PM
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9. The work of a magus.
Edited on Tue Sep-22-09 05:06 PM by juno jones
Jung and his symbolic archetypal universal unconscious has kept me enthralled for many years.

I will enjoy being able to read and appreciate this opus. The illustrations are wonderous and analogus to the symbolically illustrated books of the alchemists and Blake.
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Dover Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Sep-22-09 05:03 PM
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11. Yes! My thoughts exactly! Can't wait.....n/t
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lostnfound Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Oct-20-09 07:20 PM
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13. It's out, it's out! I received it this moning and it's beautiful.
And thus far, in my opinion, readable, for those with a certain bent. It felt like Christmas to me; it was the excitement of a kid about to open his Christmas present.
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Blue_Tires Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Oct-21-09 01:55 PM
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16. i'll try to go out and get it...
thanks for the reminder
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TrogL Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Oct-21-09 05:24 PM
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17. Where!?! I was gonna order it on Amazon
But if it's in the stores I want mine now!!
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Hestia Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Oct-21-09 12:42 PM
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14. The Classic Hero's/Heroine's Journey -- we all find ourselves and grow into our authentic selves.
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nolabear Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Oct-21-09 12:54 PM
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15. Jung would have LOVED Where the Wild Things Are.
Just in case anyone's wondering if it's a good movie.
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katty Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Oct-21-09 06:36 PM
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18. studied Jung for years, such incredible insight
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grahampuba Donating Member (72 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Oct-21-09 07:57 PM
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19. Liber?
interesting to see this titled as a Liber writing.
most writings that were alchemical and occult based were issued as Liber somethings..

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