Window of the Soul: The Red Book Images of Carl Jung



The most striking feature of Carl Jung’s Red Book is the visual brilliance of the work. The meticulously crafted calligraphic entries are accompanied by miniature and full page paintings that in part illustrate the text and in part represent an independent line of development in the work. While Jung wrote extensively about symbols and symbolic process in his scientific works, in The Red Book he brings visual representation to his own inner symbolic process.

This seminar focuses on the images Jung created in The Red Book. Special consideration is given to the rise of the transcendent function in Jung’s own psychic life through the visual articulation of his active imagination experiences. Paul Brutsche, an internationally recognized authority on the Jungian method of picture interpretation, surveys the paintings in The Red Book and comments on their development. Murray Stein speaks on Jung’s map-making as represented in the great mandala known as Systema Mundi Totius.



Dr. Murray Stein is a supervising training analyst at The International School of Analytical Psychology in Zurich, Switzerland (ISAP Zurich). He is the author of The Principle of Individuation and many other books and articles in the field of Jungian Psychoanalysis. From 2001 to 2004 he was president of the International Association for Analytical Psychology. He has lectured internationally and presently makes his home in Switzerland.

Paul Brutsche, studied philosophy and psychology, and received his PhD in Philosophy from the University of Zürich. He trained at the C.G. Jung Institute, Zürich. He is a former President of the Swiss Society of Analytical Psychology, of the C.G. Jung Institute and of ISAP Zurich. His special areas of interest are art and picture interpretation

Learning Objectives:

Participants in this seminar should be able:

1.    To analyze the creation, use and flow of symbols in psychological development as theorized in “the individuation process.”
2.    To compare traditional and modern patterns of spirituality.
3.    To describe symbolic process and its impact on the psyche.
4.    To foster the development of symbolic processes in psychotherapy.
5.    To analyze symbols and the creation of symbolic meaning.

Outline of the Seminar:

1. “Jung’s Map-Making: The Creation of a Psychograph,” with discussion, by Murray Stein.
2. “Reflections on the Images in The Red Book and their Symbolic Meaning,” with discussion, by Paul Brutsche.
3. A dialogue between Murray Stein and Paul Brutsche and with the audience.


C.G. Jung, The Red Book (ed. Sonu Shamdasani), Norton, 2009.
Paul Brutsche, “The Red Book in the Context of Jung’s Paintings,” in Jung Journal, Vol.
5, No. 3, 2011.
Murray Stein, “What is The Red Book for Analytical Psychology?” in Journal of Analytical Psychology, Vol. 56, No. 5, 2011.


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