Most are in-between: I have spent many a night trying to find my high school math classroom in a long corridor of empty rooms. The other night I went to bed so hungry that I dreamed that I was eating scraps off of dirty dishes in the sink.
A precious few are so real that my heart breaks on awakening: I have to say goodbye to people who have long since passed away in real life, or realize that a friend that I love, but never get to see, isn't in the next room waiting to have breakfast together.
Carl Jung, the Swiss psychologist, captured scenes from his unconscious during a period of great transition in his life. Some say it was a period of psychosis, others call it a time of "creative illness." During this time, Jung recorded his dreams and illustrated them in the style of an illuminated manuscript, bound in red leather. The "Red Book", as it has become known, is 205 pages of text and illustration, all by the hand of Carl Jung. 53 pages are full image, 71 containt both calligraphic text and artwork, and 81 pages contain calligraphic text alone.Click on the image above to make it bigger!
For decades, The Red Book remained private. Only a handful of Jung's relatives and a very few scholars had ever seen it. Finally, Sonu Shamdasani, an adviser to the Jung family convinced the heirs to allow it to be published and shared with the public. LA's Hammer Museum recently closed an exhibit - I'm not sure where The Red Book travels next.
A .pdf excerpt of Carl Jung's The Red Book is published on Scribd. This is the best place to view clean, sharp renderings of the illuminations. You can see more of them, a little bit fuzzier, at this promotional site.