C.G. Jung as Artisan: Cross Connections with India, Considerations in Times of Crisis is a richly illustrated, carefully interwoven tapestry of cosmological cycles with depths of travelling, trade, and commercial significance through geographical history and politics, and the spread of philosophical, religious, and scientific ideas, personally engaged. The author’s life-long engagement with aspects of India started with her birth there in pre-Independence days. Jung’s short but extensive 1937–38 journey to India was on behalf of the Silver Jubilee of the Indian Science Congress Association in conjunction with the British Association for the Advancement of Science. Travel as alchemical and psychological exploration is epitomized in the difficult passage through the Isthmus of Suez and the later Suez Canal — ancient and contemporary mercurial transitional pivot between ‘East’ and ‘West’, with Alexandrian highlights. This was crucial to Jung’s transitioning opus, and the rebirth of the child of perpetual emergence, a potential harmony of unity and multiplicity, the core of the personality, the jewel in the lotus.
India’s fabulous cloth creations, coupled with thousands of years of flourishing skills of natural dyeing, have a complex place in ‘global’ trade. Loss of this pre-industrial natural alchemy leaves the world of ‘fashion’ and its fabrications as second only to the oil industry as global polluters. An archived business card indicted that Jung had visited “cloth merchants and manufacturers” in the South India city of Madurai when he and his travel companion had branched off on their own enquiries. Further tiny clues in Jung’s biography, freshly discovered, provide threads of fabric’s significance woven in the matrix of Jung’s life and depth psychology. They further thread us across time and space to a particular contemporary group of Indian and Canadian artisans, the “good ship Maiwa”, inspired by Gandhi’s Kadhi politics, living ancient skills engaging eco-ethics and economy — Sophia’s wisdom of the sensual, living a sustainable alchemy, an experiential knowing, a quick silver of the practice of healing and creating beauty.
Physicist Wolfgang Pauli, deeply inspired by his travel to India, highlighted for Jung the significance of symbol laden primary number and its Euclidean geometry for what the “unknown woman” wants to say — ancient and contemporary, wholehearted and particular, scientific and religious, causal progress and acausal contexts — that Jung began to illuminate at the end of the Second World War. Here it is further embroidered through the tenfold geometric tetractys of the 2nd or 3rd century Axiom of Maria, — the prophetess, the Jewess, still a potential spirit guide towards non-denominational conversations. The overall direction of this book is to prepare ground for an expanded sense of Self through which to consider Depth Psychology in its grounded and dancing aesthetic contribution to global, practical, and political well-being, resonating in some of the earliest Indian art and design. Jung recognized that the future of psychology lies not so much in ‘therapy’ but in a unified knowledge of Nature’s ordering, and humankind’s place within it, a re- honouring of the Lord of the Dance who subdues ignorance.
What Others Are Saying
“It is the extraordinary achievement of Jung as Artisan to take up where Jung left off in his alchemical, astrological, dreaming, wood carving, stone carving, painting, sketching, expansive writing, etc., intimations of wholeness and interdependence. Going deeply into Jung’s actual voyages beyond Europe, Rand makes them into a relinquishment of Eurocentrism. She connects esoteric Jung to pragmatic theorist Jung to artisan Jung, he who offers the twenty-first century a practice and a way. Through Jung as Artisan, we make our painful way to a new cosmovision.”
—Susan Rowland, PhD, Professor, Depth Psychology and Archetypal Studies, Pacifica Graduate Institute, California
Author of Jungian Arts-Based Research and the Nuclear Enchantment of New Mexico, 2021
“Dr. Rand’s experience as a depth psychologist, traveller, teacher, and artisan come together in this masterpiece of trans-disciplinary connections that allow for the emergence of a unique perspective which is both profound and timely. Weaving together personal experiences, academic research and highly cultivated insights, the author creates detailed links between depth psychology, modern quantum physics, artisan-based activities and pressing social issues. The importance of creating art with our hands is emphasized as being a key factor to assist through times of darkness and disintegration in order to allow for the emergence of new attitudes that can re-enchant ourselves and the world that we want to create and contribute to. Dr Rand’s voice is an urgent call to personal responsibility as we enter an age of individuality.”
—Duanita G. Eleniak, PhD, Art Therapist, Social Worker, Philosopher of Consciousness Studies
“Dr. Rand’s masterpiece, Considerations in Times of Crisis, lets me, the reader, experience the excitement and terror of living life in interconnected worlds. Following threads of her own life, Dr. Rand lovingly weaves a rich tapestry and lets us feel the uncomfortable tensions between and amongst its layers. Her insights, filtered through a canopy of cultural diversity, richly nourish the reader throughout.”
—Eberhard Riedel, PhD, Author of Collective Trauma: A Human Ecosystems Perspective (2020)
“In C. G. Jung as Artisan, Evangeline Rand takes the reader on a remarkable tour through the psychology of C. G. Jung, on a route that runs from the spice trade and Indian textile art to quantum mechanics. Her command of such wide-ranging material is impressive, and she presents it with grace and style. A pleasure to read as well as to learn from. Highly recommended.”
—George Hogenson, PhD, Jungian Analyst
Table of Contents
-SECTION I. GROUNDING PSYCHOPHYSICAL THEORY: DREAMING, PLAYING, AND MATHEMATICAL VESICA ROOTS
-SECTION II. SUEZ CANAL AND ISTHMUS: HINTS OF A GEOGRAPHICAL AND HISTORICAL “VESICA” FOR TRANSITIONAL TRAVELLING IN TIME AND SPACE
-SECTION III. NEW BIRTH: HANDS-ON MAIWA ETHICS FOR DEPTH PSYCHOLOGY
-SECTION IV. WOMAN WARRIOR WISDOM: W.W.W
-EPILOGUE: A COW AT THE CAPITOL
-ABOUT THE AUTHOR