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Red Book, Middle Way

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Jung’s Red Book, finally published only in 2009, is a highly ambiguous text describing a succession of extraordinary visions, together with Jung’s interpretation of them. Red Book, Middle Way offers a new interpretation of Jung’s Red Book, in terms of the Middle Way, as a universal principle and embodied ethic, paralleled both in the Buddha’s teachings and elsewhere. Jung explicitly discusses the Middle Way in the Red Book (although this has been largely ignored by scholars so far) as well as offering lots of material that can be understood in its terms. This book interprets the Red Book in relation to the archetypes met in its visions – the hero, the feminine, the Shadow, God and Christ, and follows Jung’s process of integrating these different internal figures. To do this Jung needs to find the Middle Way between absolutes at every point, in a way similar to the Buddha.

Published: Oct 1, 2020

Section Chapter Authors
Introduction Robert Ellis
Chapter 1
The Middle Way in the Red Book and in the Buddha’s Quest Robert Ellis
Chapter 2
God as Integrative Archetype Robert Ellis
Chapter 3
The Wise: Elijah and Philemon Robert Ellis
Chapter 4
Christ as the Middle Way Robert Ellis
Chapter 5
The Tree of Life and the Mandala Robert Ellis
Chapter 6
Integrating the Shadow Robert Ellis
Chapter 7
The Soul and the Anima Robert Ellis
Chapter 8
Death of the Hero Robert Ellis
Chapter 9
Embodied Meaning and the Scholars Robert Ellis
Chapter 10
Complaints of the Dead Robert Ellis
Chapter 11
Gnostic versus Agnostic Robert Ellis
Chapter 12
Towards a Jungian Integrative Ethic Robert Ellis
Conclusion Robert Ellis


An interesting and unusual take on Jung’s Red Book, that helps us to see how the Red Book may be pertinent to both the detailed issues of our own life and the existential territory that we must all pass through. It has caused me to think deeply and at times furiously.
Ian Rees, Psychotherapist, Annwn Foundation