KC Friends of Jung President Emeritus
Carl and Emma Jung moved into their newly-built mansion on Seestrasse in Kusnacht, on the banks of Lake Zurich, in 1908 just five years after their marriage. At the time, Carl was an unknown assistant medical director at the Burghoelzli mental home in Zurich. Funds for construction came from Emma’s inheritance from her wealthy father, who had died young just a few years earlier.
C.G. Jung would live in this home, form his practice here, write here, meet clients from all over the world here and die here at age 86. In his small study on the second floor, Jung began writing the RED BOOK in 1913, detailing his volcanic confrontations with the unconscious, the imagery of which formed the basis of all his later writings and work. Over the front door of his home are inscribed the famous Delphic inscription: “Vocatus atqua non vocatus, Deus Aderit” [Called or not called the God is present]
A richer understanding of Jung’s inner world and practice is made more vivid by understanding the place where he lived and worked during his long and prolific life. In August of 2013, Greg Rieke visited Jung’s home, a guest of Mrs. Andreas Jung, wife of Jung’s grandson, Andreas Jung, who live in his famous ancestor’s home. They sat together in Jung’s study, next to the shelves of books on alchemy and ancient philosophy, perfectly preserved as it had been at the time of Jung’s death in 1961.
Greg will share his fascinating journey to Zurich, his visit to Jung’s home and grave, his conversation with Mrs. Jung and observations about Jung’s physical inner world. Greg will give a brief history of Jung’s home and “castle” in nearby Bollingen.
The presentation will be followed by a time of fellowship for the KC Friends of Jung to renew acquaintances and reconnect to Jung’s world and the ideas that have brought us all together over the past 20 years. Please join us!
Greg Rieke is President Emeritus of the Kansas City Friends of Jung.