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"Kundalini yoga presented Jung with a model of something that was almost completely lacking in Western psychology--an account of the development phases of higher consciousness.... Jung's insistence on the psychogenic and symbolic significance of such states is even more timely now than then. As R. D. Laing stated... 'It was Jung who broke the ground here, but few followed ...more
Paperback, 128 pages
Published July 21st 1999 by Princeton University Press (NJ) (first published 1933)
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Erik Graff
Feb 12, 2009 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: students of tantrism, of analytical psychology
Recommended to Erik by: no one
Shelves: psychology
Every few years the Bollingen Foundation comes out with a new supplementary volume to The Collected Works of C.G. Jung. The typical addition is like this one: typescript notes of a seminar or seminars worked up for publication, with critical apparati. Like the regular numbered texts of the series, the standards are high, the notes thorough. Unlike the regular series, however, there are no paragraph numbers in this volume--a problem should a revised edition ever be issued.

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Sandy
Dec 10, 2016 rated it really liked it
As usual, Carl Jung proceeds to a deeper understanding of any topic he pursues. Jung practiced yoga most of his adult life even into older age and his preferred type of yoga was Kundalini. His focus was physical and spiritual "so that you may become finally conscious of yourself, then hatred, fear is no more."
His understanding of human nature and what we need to do to heal our psychological wounds is, once again, astounding. Take this quote as an example: "Of course, it is most regrettable tha
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Nick Mather
This is actually notes of a seminar Jung gave in 1932. While he does not escape approaching Kundalini Yoga via an attitude of European orientalism, I think credit should be given that he was the first, I think, psychologist to look at Indian traditions for insights into the stages of higher consciousness and human psychology. It should also be remembered that he is interpreting what little was known at the time of Tantra through the lenses of depth psychology rather than interpreting the symboli ...more
Gregory
Jun 11, 2017 rated it it was amazing
This was an amazing read and a great companion to Jung's Red Book (dream diary). His thoughts about chakras, spirituality and what drew him to the East are noteworthy and potent. Highly recommended!
Eva
Aug 22, 2010 rated it it was amazing
C. Jung at his best, comparing east and west, and how much we all have in common; if only we think, and follow our psychical instincts.
Cynthia
Apr 30, 2019 rated it really liked it
This was a second read. Very interesting but dense.
L.Y.
Dec 28, 2019 rated it liked it
Shelves: mind-shaper
- You get an inflation and you identify with god.
- Individuation is not that you become an ego-you would then become an individualist. An individualist is a man who did not succeed in individuating, he is philosophically distilled egotist.
- Therefor nobody understands what the self is, because the self is just the thing which you are not, which is not the ego.
- but then you discover that you are not master in your own house
- It is a mistake to think that we are the center. We think we are gods o
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Sara Palacio
Oct 20, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Este ha sido un gran viaje. Aquí he descubierto pedazos míos, he entendido algunos sueños y he aprendido sobre el camino para despertar a Kundalini desde Occidente. Se trata de un libro de conferencias con apartados profundos sobre la consciencia, lo inconsciente y la individuación.
M●13RA
Aug 28, 2019 rated it really liked it
8.3/10
Lew Stanisława
Sep 15, 2019 rated it did not like it
Can't finish reading this for all the racist shit inside is driving me crazy.
Knit Spirit
Mar 12, 2018 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
J'ai abandonné ce livre en cours de route, trop ennuyeux à lire malgré tout l'intérêt que je porte au yoga.
Le retranscription des conférences n'est pas un format agréable à lire.
Karina
Sep 25, 2018 rated it it was amazing
This book was a real TRIP
Pixie Kris
Sep 21, 2017 rated it liked it
Represented differently than how I'm used to encountering the topic, which made it interesting in a another way than I was expecting.
Carl
Jun 29, 2016 rated it it was amazing
"You see, it is utterly important that one should be in this world, that one really fulfills one's entelechia, the germ of life which one is. Otherwise you can never start Kundalini; you can never detach. You simply are thrown back, and nothing has happened; it is an absolutely valueless experience. You must believe in this world, make roots, do the best you can, even if you have to believe in the most absurd things–to believe, for instance, that this world is very definite, that it matters abso ...more
Luciana Vichino
Jun 06, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Jung dá a sua visão da kundalini yoga, fazendo paralelos com a psicologia ocidental e as etapas do processo de individuação. Chakra a chakra ele apresenta os paralelos com a psicologia e cada capítulo é uma palestra proferida com perguntas e respostas, o que facilita a leitura deixando-a mais agradável e dinâmica.
É um livro para quem já tem algum conhecimento dos temas abordados e interesse em aprofundá-lo utilizando um abordagem diferente e desafiadora.
Afinal o caminho para a iluminação deve se
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Cvetomir Denchev
Some interesting lectures in which the images, concepts and philosophy of Tantric Yoga and Hinduism are being compared with modern day analytical psychology. I was looking foreward to reading those materials because I had some background knowledge on both subjects.
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Shelves: spirit
A good introduction to the intersection of western psychology and eastern philosophy. I wish there was more.
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Carl Gustav Jung (/jʊŋ/; German: [ˈkarl ˈɡʊstaf jʊŋ]), often referred to as C. G. Jung, was a Swiss psychiatrist and psychotherapist who founded analytical psychology. Jung proposed and developed the concepts of extraversion and introversion; archetypes, and the collective unconscious. His work has been influential in psychiatry and in the study of religion, philosophy, archeology, anthropology, l ...more

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“But what is passion, what are emotions? There is the source of fire, there is the fullness of energy. A man who is not on fire is nothing: he is ridiculous, he is two-dimensional. He must be on fire even if he does make a fool of himself. A flame must burn somewhere, otherwise no light shines; there is no warmth, nothing.” 1 likes
“Thus Jung’s interest, in contrast with Dasgupta’s, were with yoga not as “philosophy and religion” but as psychology. Hence his definition of yoga was a psychological one: “Yoga was originally a natural process of introversion. . . . Such introversions lead to characteristic inner processes of personality changes. In the course of several thousand years these introversions became gradually organized as methods, and along widely differing ways.”44 Jung’s concern was not primarily with the canonical and organized methods and teachings of yoga but with the putative natural processes of introversion that originally underlay them.” 0 likes
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