C.G. Jung: “There is no linear evolution; there is only a circumambulation of the self…”

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“I began to understand that the goal of psychic development is the self.

There is no linear evolution; there is only a circumambulation of the self. Uniform development exists, at most, at the beginning; later, everything points toward the centre.

This insight gave me stability, and gradually my inner peace returned.”

C.G. Jung
Memories, Dreams, Reflections

4 Responses to C.G. Jung: “There is no linear evolution; there is only a circumambulation of the self…”

  1. Do you happen to know what page number this quote is from in MDR? “ There is no linear evolution; there is only circumambulation of the self” I am trying to find it for a thesis I am writing. I love the website! Thanks! Tara

  2. References:

    “There is no linear evolution; there is only circumambulation of the self …. I knew that in finding the mandala as an expression of the self I had attained what for me was the ultimate.”

    — Jung, C.G. 1969. Memories, Dreams, Reflections. 196-199; Princeton, NJ. Princeton University Press. also cited in Coward, Harold G. 1985. In Jung and Eastern Thought, 51. SUNY Press; and Bryden, Barbara E. 2005. Sundial: Theoretical Relationships Between Psychological Type, Talent, and Disease, 196, 289. CAPT.

  3. At a lecture on labyrinths, the speaker implied that the back and forth motion helps balance the liquids in the body.

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