LECTURE: Early in The Red Book Jung says, “You live your life fully if you also live what you have not yet lived. This is knowledge of the heart” you can attain…only by living your life to the full.” This means facing the dead. The dead are what we should have lived and have not, and irreparable losses we have suffered. To live these, because my life wants itself whole, also means to approach the border between personal and impersonal psyche, to create personal meaning in the impersonal events that happen to us, and to yield personal strivings to the Well-Being between us and others in society madness and creativity mingle.
Ann Belford Ulanov Ph.D., L.H.D., is a Jungian analyst in private practice in New York City. She is the Christiane Brooks Johnson Memorial Professor of Psychiatry and Religion at Union Theological Seminary; a member of the Jungian Psychoanalytical Association; author of numerous books and articles, including, with her late husband Barry Ulanov, Cinderella and her Sisters: The Envying and the Envied, and by herself The Unshuttered Heart: Opening to Aliveness and Deadness in the Self and Spiritual Aspects of Clinical Work.