Footage from Uncompleted Documentary

C.G. Jung filmed carving the square stone at Bollingen. Click to watch documentary footage.

C.G. Jung filmed carving the square stone at Bollingen. Click to watch documentary footage.

I’ve uploaded to YouTube a never-completed documentary of C.G. Jung at Bollingen Tower, the retreat he built on the north shore of Lake Zürich in Switzerland.

INTRODUCTION

In 1951, Jung was filmed at his Bollingen retreat by two Americans, Jerome Hill, an artist and film-maker from Minnesota, and Maud Oakes, an author and researcher, whose book Where the Two Came to Their Father was the first major publication of the Bollingen Foundation. That book described a ritual and ceremonial sequence given to Maud by and old Navajo Medicine Man, along with its accompanying sand paintings. Maud had long been interested in Jung and his new psychology of the collective unconscious. She had met him in 1937 in New York, when she, along with her friends, Paul and Mary Mellon, attended a lecture he gave there.

Maud’s cousin, Jerome Hill, had the inspiration to do a film on Jung, who was celebrating his 75th birthday in 1950. At first Jung refused, but after some time he relented and agreed to begin in 1951. This film was never completed. Jerome Hill went on to make an award-winning documentary on Dr. Albert Schweitzer.

The following excerpts are taken from Jerome Hill’s original footage of Jung in his garden, telling the story of the large stone he had carved in honor of his 75th birthday. Jung reads and translates passages in Greek and Latin which refer to the ancient wisdom of the alchemists and of the Greek god of physicians, “Asclepius” and his familiar sprite figure, “Telesphoros.”

Narrated by Jungian analyst Suzanne Wagner, Ph.D.

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LINKS

The Stone Speaks: The Memoir of a Personal Transformation by Maud Oakes

The Two Crosses of Todos Santos by Maud Oakes

The Wisdom of the Serpent: The Myths of Death, Rebirth, & Resurrection by Joseph L. Henderson & Maud Oakes

Remembering Jung: A Conversation About C.G. Jung & His Work with Maud Oakes Video DVD

Marion

Marion Woodman and Daryl Sharp. Photo by the C.G. Jung Foundation of Ontario.

Marion Woodman and Daryl Sharp. Photo by the C.G. Jung Foundation of Ontario.

Marion Woodman died peacefully on July 9, 2018, just five weeks short of her 90th birthday. You can read her obituaries in the New York Times, the Toronto Star, and on the C.G. Jung Foundation of Ontario website.

She was the first Jungian analyst I ever read. Her book, Addiction to Perfection, changed everything for me. It answered so many questions, made everything make sense. It is why I embarked on a symbolic life.

Marion introduced me to the concept of the dark feminine. I, with my Roman Catholic upbringing, had never heard of such a thing. Marion showed me all of me. And when I shared that with my friend, the brilliant photographer Lenny Foster, he went out and photographed the Black Madonna carving given to him by Father William Hart McNichols. You can see the photo on his Instagram page.

I will always be grateful to Daryl Sharp and Inner City Books for publishing Marion’s books. You can find a list of them below.

I’ve uploaded a lecture she presented at the C.G. Jung Center Evanston {Chicago} on January 28, 2005 called “Revisioning the Feminine: A New Paradigm for Men & Women.” It’s one hour and 19 minutes long and around 64 MB. You can play it right here in your browser or download it directly to your computer.


Her husband, Ross

“Ross Woodman passed away in his sleep at home on March 20, 2014. He was 91 years old. Dr. Woodman earned his Ph.D. from the University of Toronto. He was an avid collector of contemporary art and was a tireless champion of artists and the arts. For nearly forty years Ross was a Professor in the Department of English at the University of Western Ontario where he taught Romantic literature until his retirement in 1989. In 1993 he received the Distinguished Scholar Award from the Keats-Shelley Association of America. For many in the BodySoul family, Ross was a cherished teacher and spirited guide. It was a privilege to watch Marion and Ross teaching together in their home, for Seminars and onsite at BodySoul Intensives. As one MWF member shared, ‘Ross and Marion respected and listened to each other as if hearing each other’s words for the first time.’ Another shared ‘we were all Ross’s ‘lovelies.’ Why? Because. We were seen, heard, respected, valued, and cherished… And, because they were both great teachers, they naturally called everything by its proper name.’” ~Marion Woodman Foundation


Favorite Quotes

ADDICTION TO PERFECTION

“This book is about taking the head off an evil witch. Lady Macbeth, glued to the sticking-place of insatiable power, unable to countenance failure to the point of rejecting life, will serve as a symbol of the woman robbed of her femininity through her pursuit of masculine goals that are in themselves a parody of what masculinity really is.”

“And though in Shakespeare’s tragedy it is Macbeth who is beheaded, the head he loses is fatally infected by the witches’ evil curse. Macbeth and Lady Macbeth are metaphors of the masculine and feminine principles functioning in one person or in a culture…”

“The deteriorating relationship between them clearly demonstrates the dynamics of evil when the masculine principle loses its standpoint in its own reality, and the feminine principle of love succumbs to calculating, intellectualized ambition.” 

“Shakespeare’s beheading of his hero-villain is, in the total context of the play, the healing of the country. This book is about a beheading. It has been hewn out of the hard rock of an addiction to perfection.” 

“A Greek version of the witch motif concerns Medusa, a beautiful woman until she offended the goddess Athena… In reprisal, Athena changed Medusa’s hair into snakes and made her face so hideous that all who looked on her were turned to stone.” 

“If we look at the modern Athenas sprung from their father’s foreheads, we do not necessarily see liberated women. Many of them have proven beyond question that they are equal to or better than men: excellent doctors, excellent mechanics, excellent business consultants. But they are also, in many cases unhappy women.”

“‘I have everything,’ they say. ‘Perfect job, perfect house, perfect clothes, so what? What does it all add up to? There’s got to be more than this. I was born, I died, I never lived.’ Often, behind the scenes, they are chained to some addiction: food, alcohol, constant cleaning, perfectionism, etc.”

“I am convinced that the same problem is at the root of all addictions. The problem manifests differently, of course, with the individual, but within everyone there are collective patterns and attitudes that unconsciously influence behavior.”

“One of these patterns is illustrated in Athena’s cruel revenge on the once beautiful Medusa, whose snaky locks twist and writhe in constant agitation, reaching, reaching, reaching, wanting more and more and more.”

“Is it possible that the modern Athena is not in contact with her Medusa because somewhere back in the dark patriarchal ages she was shut up in a cave? Our generation scarcely knows of her existence, but she is making her presence increasingly felt…”

“This book looks into the heart of the driven Athena, the anguish of the writhing Medusa, and suggest ways of releasing the maiden into her vibrant womanhood before she is sacrificed to the perfection of death.”

“Only by loving our own maiden, and allowing her to find the deep down passion within herself, can we dare to open ourselves to the raging goddess at the core of the addiction. Only through love can we transform her and allow her to transform us.” 

The I Ching, the Chinese Book of Changes, recognizes the continual shifts that go on within the individual. The Yang power, the creative masculine, moves ahead with steadfast perseverance toward a goal until it becomes too strong, begins to break—and then the Yin, the receptive feminine, enters from below and gradually moves toward the top. Life is a continual attempt to balance these two forces.” 

“With growing maturity the individual is able to avoid the extreme of either polarity, so that the pendulum does not gain too much momentum by swinging too far to the right only to come crashing back to the left in a relentless cycle of action and reaction, inflation and depression.”

“Rather one recognizes that these poles are the domain of the gods, the extremes of black and white. To identify with one or the other can only lead to plunging into its opposite. The ratio is cruelly exact. The further I move into the white radiance on one side, the blacker the energy that is unconsciously constellating behind my back: the more I force myself to perfect my ideal image of myself, the more overflowing toilet bowls I’m going to have in my dreams.” 

“As human creatures, not gods, we must go for the grey, the steady solid line that makes its serpentine way only slightly to left and right down the middle course between the opposites.” 

“Essentially I am suggesting that many of us—men and women—are addicted in one way or another because our patriarchal culture emphasizes specialization and perfection.… Working so hard to create our own perfection we forget that we are human beings.”


THE OWL WAS A BAKER'S DAUGHTER

“In essence I am suggesting that 20th-century women have been living for centuries in a male-oriented culture which has kept them unconscious of their own feminine principle.” 

“Now in their attempt to find their own place in a masculine world, they have unknowingly accepted male values—goal-oriented lives, compulsive drivenness, and concrete bread which fails to nourish their feminine mystery.”  

“Their unconscious femininity rebels and manifests in some somatic form. In this study, the Great Goddess either materializes in the obese, or devours the anorexic. Her victim must come to grips with her femininity by dealing with the symptom.” 

“Only by discovering and loving the goddess lost within her own rejected body can a woman hear her own authentic voice. This book suggests practical ways of listening, and explores the meaning of the feminine”

On complexes: Jung “pointed out that an outward situation may release a psychic process in which certain contents gather together and prepare for action. This he called a ‘constellation’; this is an automatic process which the individual cannot control. ‘The constellated contents are definite complexes possessing their own specific energy.’”

“An active complex puts us momentarily under a spell of compulsive thinking and acting.”  

“The more unconscious the individual is, the greater autonomy the complex has, even to the point where it may assimilate the ego, the result being a momentary alteration of personality” 

“In the Middle Ages, this was called possession or bewitchment. ‘The via regia to the unconscious, however,’ said Jung, ‘is not the dream, as [Freud] thought, but the complex, which is the architect of dreams and of symptoms.’”


THE PREGNANT VIRGIN

“All my life I had hated my body. It was not beautiful enough. It was not thin enough. I had driven it, starved it, stuffed it, cursed it, and even now kicked it, and there it still was, trying to breathe, convinced that I would come back and take it with me, too dumb to die. And I knew the choice was mine.” p. 178

“I stayed first in Delhi, attempting to orient myself in that totally foreign world. … People shouted ‘Good evening’ in the morning and I knew something was wrong when I shouted back ‘Good evening.’ As my exhaustion grew, my ego could no longer make decisions and strange situations began to develop. I realized my own terror was constellating death around me.” p. 176

“‘You’re in culture shock,’ she said. ‘I’ve lived here for ten years. I can recognize it. We’ll go to your hotel, gather your luggage and I’ll take you to your plane. You must go home. Now.” ~an American woman to Marion Woodman in India, p. 177

“‘I can’t do that,’ I said. ‘I can’t live with that defeat. I’d have to come back and try again and I can’t do that either.’ ‘You cannot stay,’ she said. ‘Peace Corps people go into culture shock and sometimes take knives to each other.’ But I did stay.” 

“India was my fire. Certainly it is not everyone’s. We each are thrown into our own fire and the room in the Ashoka Hotel was mine. There was no one to phone, no one to visit, nothing to do. All escapes were cut off. I had to move into my own silence and find out who was in there.”

Sparks

Lighting the Torch by Peter Birkhäuser, in Light From the Darkness: The Paintings of Peter Birkhäuser, p. 77

QUOTES FROM EPISODE 35 WITH J. GARY SPARKS:

“Jung looked at how our inner work, when it goes to a depth sufficient to the demands that our soul is putting on us, when the work goes that deep, inevitably it brings the individual back out to the society to address the society with the lessons learned from the inner journey.”

Toybee talks at length about things like what he calls ‘withdrawal and return.’ An individual who is going to make a difference has to withdraw from the world – that’s Jung’s Red Book, for example – and look at themselves and find out what is making them tick, rightly and wrongly. And then return back to the world and articulate it. … That’s an ordeal. This is not follow your bliss. This is follow your ordeal. That it is, and it can, push people to the absolute limits of their endurance.”

“I tell people look, you don’t fit in? Good! Don’t! But, you are now taking a terrific responsibility on your shoulders because you’ve got to find out what’s right within you that's seeking birth, and when that’s born you’ve got to articulate it. And get ready for a battle.”

“What helps me, I think, as an analyst here is people think if they have a problem – ‘Oh, there’s something wrong with me’ – rather than, ‘Maybe I’m being tapped with my version of what’s wrong with the the society. And actually this is not that there’s something wrong with me, there’s something right with me [that’s] trying to be born.”

The creative person experiences the divine grace of being allowed to light his small torch at the fire of the Creator. [Peter Birkhäuser] once dreamed that he was given this grace. The animal face in the fire in the form of an eight-petalled flower signifies enlightenment and order in the chaos.
— Marie-Louise von Franz, Light From the Darkness: The Paintings of Peter Birkhäuser, p. 76

“Toynbee’s critique is concerned with are there people working on the society’s problem in themselves? Is there a transfer of the ‘field of action’ from the outside to the inside where I begin to work on what’s wrong out there, inside myself? If that happens, there’s hope. If the problems are simply fixed, it’s a temporary solution and the solution that is enacted will itself be a future problem. Genuine change has to begin on the inside.”

Politicians need to ask themselves, ‘What’s the minority population in me? What’s the police brutality in me?’

Sparks mentions Zainab Salbi’s talk at the Healing Trauma Summit. She said rage against the perpetrator is a necessary step but it doesn’t heal. ‘The healing step for me was when I began to see there is a tyrant in myself.’ … “That second part of healing is when we can see we are doing to others what has been done to us. … Her point is, it won’t be healed until we also see we are the perpetrators as well as the victims. That’s a huge step. When we withdraw the projection.”

“This word ‘projection’ is very complicated because people think when you say ‘withdraw the projection’ that the person you’re projecting onto doesn’t have those qualities. They may very well have those qualities, but so do you.”

“Personally, I support the rage against a corrupt patriarchal power structure. Now the question is whether we can begin seeing that corruption lives in us as well.”

Gary on my disgust at the political outrage I’m seeing: “I think it’s important to allow those emotions their place. Then to stop and say, ‘Where am I in this? Where is the distorted power structure in my own life?’”

“Look at what Jungian psychology has become, a sort of a bourgeois pablum that is way far from what Jung ever envisioned.”

“People are simply not interested in solving problems.”

Toynbee looked at “how a disintegrating society works on our soul destructively.”

Jungian analyst Joseph Henderson said, ‘Jung was a man who in theory shouldn’t have existed, but he did.’

“I had an analysand come to me. Very likable guy who had moved here from another state. And his previous analyst said, ‘You’re over-identified with Jung.’ Well, I just started swearing. I couldn’t stop. … Jungian psychology is not about Jung. That’s my feeling. All Jung did was hold a mirror up to processes inside us, and identify processes nobody else in the modern age and in a modern framework has seen. Namely, that hearing is a mystery, that the ego has its responsibilities but there is a world way beyond that which either helps us or doesn’t help us. That there is a mystery to events that we don't understand, yet we have to take responsibility for them. That there’s a link between our inner work and the outer world. That’s exactly what he says at the beginning of The Red Book. That’s all Jung did was just saw what the <bleep> is going on inside us. And if I pay attention to that, that’s an indication of my health. I’m interested in what’s going on inside me and inside the world. And for that I get accused of being over-identified with Jung. It’s a sickness on the part of whoever said that to that analysand. All Jung did was articulate the nature of the collective unconscious. Yes, I am personally interested in Jung, as I am interested in Mozart, Beethoven, Shostakovich, Stravinsky, Hemingway, Fitzgerald – I’m interested in creative people, because that’s a lot of what shows up in my practice. And they’re different. So in a way, yes, I am interested in Jung as a creative personality. But as far as Jungian psychology goes, it is not about Jung. Jung just saw what is going on inside us without any blinders on. And yes, I’m gonna devote myself to that because I see how that helps people.”

“You know, people come to me as a last resort. I’m usually the fifth or sixth therapist they’ve seen. And they say to me, ‘If this hadn’t worked, I would have killed myself.’ And the reason it works is because they are touched by this mystery that seizes them. I don’t tell them how to think, I don’t tell them what their parents did to them, I don’t tell them what they should do, we just listen to that world that Jung has described, and they fall in love with themselves because they see the beauty inside themselves that Jung has seen. And I sure as hell am not going to let anybody belittle that.”

“Jungian psychology is not about ideas, it’s about experiences.”

“It’s simple: Freud was an atheist and Jung was not.”

“The war was being played out inside himself.”

“If you endure the conflict, it resolves.”

“That’s why I think The Red Book is so important – it shows how he [Jung] came upon his psychology by noticing it happening in himself. And he spent the next forty years writing about it.”

“I fear people are only getting half an analysis. … If you only go in, you won’t come out. … The Self says, ‘No, you go back out there and do this.’ … Dreams [must be] taken seriously.”

To go back out into the world “not as a should but as an is. … That’s what we come to in a fully lived, mature analytic process.”

“How does disease and the body carry symbolic significance? How does the psyche relate to the outer world?” {See Anne Maguire’s work.}

“Jung had one very big problem that nobody wants to talk about.” {Listen to the episode to find out what that is!}

Listen to the full episode with J. Gary Sparks