Carl Jung: Only numinous experiences retain their original simplicity


Carl Jung Depth Psychology

To Traugott Egloff

Dear Herr Egloff, 8 June 1959

I am very much obliged to you for your kind gift.

It has awakened old memories of my youth, when I read Kiigelgen’s book.

The little book you have given me is a valuable document from an age when the newer psychology was putting forth its first tender shoots.

You are quite right when you say that the “truth” is actually staring us in the face but that often we are as though smitten with blindness so that we cannot see it.

Everything could be said much more simply, but this simplicity is just what we ourselves and others lack, with the result that it is more trouble for us to speak really simply than to speak in a rather complicated and roundabout way.

The simplest is the most difficult of all, because, in the process of reaching consciousness, it breaks…

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