When the time is right a new trend can bloom almost overnight. What follows are some of the conditions that are associated with new trends catching on:
- Fresh material -
- New facts to illuminate unresolved issues
- A dramatic context
- Powerful personalities
- The passage of time
- Ideas or experiences which challenge basic assumptions concerning the nature of reality and the acquisition of the knowedge of reality
In this connection I received an E mail yesterday that had a link to an article that is to be published in the weekend edition of the New York Times magazine. The link is:
The story is:
The Holy Grail of the Unconscious
written by Sara Corbett September 16th, 2009
The first paragraph of the article is:
"This is a story about a nearly 100-year-old book, bound in red leather, which has spent the last quarter century secreted away in a bank vault in Switzerland. The book is big and heavy and its spine is etched with gold letters that say “Liber Novus,” which is Latin for “New Book.” Its pages are made from thick cream-colored parchment and filled with paintings of otherworldly creatures and handwritten dialogues with gods and devils. If you didn’t know the book’s vintage, you might confuse it for a lost medieval tome."
The author of the New Book is Carl Jung detailing his personal descent into madness and presumably his ascent into wholeness resulting in his finding a variation of analysis he called Analytical Psychology.
Now for my prediction:
Jung's ideas have been highly influential in areas which have captured many people's interest. For example he coined the term New Age.
Among the areas he has directly influenced are:
- an explosion of interest in exploring and utilizing the content and methods associated with the esoteric occult: i.e. astrology, tarot, kaballah, readers and readings; UFO phenomena and the myriad spin offs of this content; the study of archetypes; precognitive and lucid dream contents and use; the joining together of quantum physics and human psychology which has resulted in a collective mantra of 'worshipping' the experience of at-one-ment - expressed in the phrase everything is interconnected; a heightened interest in the magical, mystical transcendent occult so called transpersonal realm of the so called collective unconscious; and last but not least: Jung's fascination and life long dedication to identifying, naming, experiencing, and persistent attempts to understand the nature and uses of meaningful coincidences- synchronicities.
In this light it is quite likely that the publication of his NEW BOOK next month is likely to result in a revival of interest in Jung, the Jungians, Jungian theories, and concepts.
On a personal note I hope I am accurate as in three months I predict there will be an equally noteworthy book that will place Jung's basic ontological and epistemological assumptions, derived theories, and concepts in a radically different perspective. This book will fit the criterion I outlined at the beginning of this article.
More to follow ............