Eduard Heyning

Carl Jung

Jung and the Beyond

Jung and the Beyond is the title of my lecture for the C.G. Jung Vereniging Nederland (IVAP) on November 15th 2014 in the Netherlands. The complete text is on .


The lecture/essay is a reflection on the eleventh chapter of Memories, Dreams, Reflections, the Jung autobiography, titled Life After Death. It is about Jung’s private life, his convictions as told in the memoirs and the fantasies, now made public. Apart from Jung's ideas I reflect on the Sacred Tree symbol, the Mysteries of Eleusis, the I Ching and on Frederic Myers. Jung seems to have believed in the continuation of life after death of the body and in some form of reincarnation. And so, if you ask me, I think he is still here, and – to cite Haraldsson - he “might be ‘just around the corner’ and a part of us.”


The word “Mandala,” is rooted in Sanskrit and literally means "Circle," which is the first enclosed archetype of Sacred Geometry. The single point at the center of the circle is called the "Bindu."

It has been suggested that meditational Mandalas were brought to Tibet by the wandering Guru Padma Sambava in the 8th century A.D. On the other hand, some people believe the practice of creating Mandalas was already happening in Tibet before Padma Sambava arrived. Nevertheless, the construction and meditation of spiritual Mandalas is an important aspect of Buddhism and Hinduism. Mandalas are to be found all over the orient and always used as a tool to facilitate contemplation and meditation. This process of experiencing Mandala, has the potential of moving the witness into his or her spiritual center. The contemplation of Sacred Geometry through the processes of studying or creating Mandalas (open-eyed meditation) can literally lead the student to enlightenment.

[Mandalas] ... are all based on the squaring of a circle. Their basic motif is the premonition of a centre of personality, a kind of central point within the psyche, to which everything is related, by which everything is arranged, and which is itself a source of energy. The energy of the central point is manifested in the almost irresistible compulsion and urge to become what one is, just as every organism is driven to assume the form that is characteristic of its nature, no matter what the circumstances. This centre is not felt or thought of as the ego but, if one may so express it, as the self. Although the centre is represented by an innermost point, it is surrounded by a periphery containing everything that belongs to the self -- the paired opposites that make up the total personality. This totality comprises consciousness first of all, then the personal unconscious, and finally an indefinitely large segment of the collective unconscious whose archetypes are common to all mankind. (Carl Jung)

Aurora Consurgens

The Aurora consurgens is an illuminated manuscript of the 15th century in the Zürich Zentralbibliothek (MS. Rhenoviensis 172). It contains a medieval alchemical treatise, attributed to Thomas Aquinas. Unusually for a work of this type, the manuscript contains thirty-eight fine miniatures in watercolour. The illustrations are allegorical representations of alchemical elements depicted in human or animal form. For example, Mercury is depicted as a serpent; gold as the Sun and silver as the Moon. The music is by Ligeti (1923 - 2006), Sonata per viola, Chaconne Chromatique.

Carl Jung Vereniging Nederland

De groeiende belangstelling in Nederland voor de psychiater en dieptepsycholoog C.G. Jung (1875 - 1961) heeft in 1983 geleid tot het oprichten van de Interdisciplinaire Vereniging voor Analytische Psychologie. Sinds 2005 luidt de naam van de vereniging: C.G. Jung Vereniging Nederland - Interdisciplinaire Vereniging voor Analytische Psychologie. Doel van de vereniging is het bevorderen en toepasbaar maken van Jungs analytische psychologie binnen diverse wetenschapsgebieden. De nadruk ligt daarbij op voorlichting over, onderzoek en de kritische bestudering van Jungs werken. In haar activiteiten richt de vereniging zich in eerste instantie tot hen die een academische of vergelijkbare studie hebben voltooid. Een van de doelstellingen is ook het aangaan en bevorderen van contacten met organisaties in Nederland en in het buitenland, die zich bezig houden met de psychologie van C.G. Jung.