An Account of Fascinating Friendships with Hesse and Jung

Miguel Serrano, a Chilean diplomat and writer was certainly a man with some controversial opinions.

However, I didn’t let that stop me from reading this rather charming yet deep little book documenting his friendship with two 20th century European notables, namely the writer, poet and painter Herman Hesse and psychologist Carl Jung, who both lived in Switzerland.

Serrano didn’t get to know them well until they were in their final years. He includes correspondence with both of them. Herman Hesse was a highly influential author of books like ‘Steppenwolf’ and ‘Siddartha’. His main concern was for the individual to find himself by breaking established rules. Serrano is clearly enchanted by Hesse’s sensitivity.

But it is perhaps Serrano’s late relationship with Carl Jung which is the most significant of the two. Serrano is completely in awe of Jung’s towering intellect and spirituality, and with good reason. Jung is perhaps the nearest anyone has come to achieving a true scientific spirituality by utilising hitherto controversial methods (to some), such as astrology, to gain insight into an individual’s psyche. Bearing this in mind, the lightning bolt which struck Jung’s favourite tree on the day he died seems to gain in significance.

In just over a hundred pages, the author has managed to convey the essence of these two important minds, and he seems to have been blessed with genuine affability to allow him to form deep, significant friendships. Our overall understanding of these two men is all the better for it. I would certainly recommend this book.

Copyright Francis 2021

Soul: The brightness must be lit up, the fire must be kindled. (Reblog)

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Soul: The brightness must be lit up, the fire must be kindled.

Carl Jung on Synchronicity — Writers Ink—Writing and Stuff (Reblog)

The following was posted by Psyche’s Call with Donna May on Facebook. I’ve used the entire quote and without edit. Any copyedit errors belong to the origin, not to me. (Thank you ever so much.) Obviously adding to our other posts on the same subject.     [Sadly “Synchronicity” is all too often tossed about […]

Carl Jung on Synchronicity — Writers Ink—Writing and Stuff

Shadow Archetype Explained | Carl Jung — Eternalised – Philosophy

Everyone carries a shadow, and the less it is embodied in the individual’s conscious life, the blacker and denser it is. At all counts, it forms an unconscious snag, thwarting our most well-meant intentions. – Carl Jung. Exploring your shadow can lead to greater authenticity, creativity, energy, and personal awakening. This introspective process is essential […]

Shadow Archetype Explained | Carl Jung — Eternalised – Philosophy

Jung’s Relationship to Astrology — Becca Tarnas (Reblog)

This evening, Friday, October 23 at 7:00–9:00 pm Pacific time, I will be offering a presentation for the Comox Valley C. G. Jung Society on “Jung’s Relationship to Astrology.” The event is online and open to the public. If you are interested in joining, you can register in advance for the event. Register for this […]

Jung’s Relationship to Astrology — Becca Tarnas

*Carl Jung on astrology.