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Jung Discussing Stewart White’s Frequency Vibrations

Carl Jung Writes About Witnessing Supernatural Events and Discusses the Soul Vibrations through Examination of Stewart White’s “The Betty Book.”

Jung Psychology and the OccultIt is interesting to note that the beginnings of American spiritualism coincided with the growth of scientific materialism in the middle of the nineteenth century. Spiritualism in all its forms therefore has a compensatory significance. Nor should it be forgotten that a number of highly competent scientists, doctors, and philosophers have vouched for the truth of certain phenomena which demonstrate the very peculiar effect the psyche has upon matter. Among them were Friedrich Zollner, William Crookes, Alfred Richet, Camille Flammarion, Giovanni Schiaparelli, Sir Oliver Lodge, and our Zurich psychiatrist Eugen Bleuler, not to mention a large number of less well-known names. Although I have not distinguished myself by any original researches in this field, I do not hesitate to declare that I have observed a sufficient number of such phenomena to be completely convinced of their reality. To me they are inexplicable, and I am therefore unable to decide in favour of any of the usual interpretations.

Although I do not wish to prejudice the reader of this book, I cannot refrain from drawing attention to some of the issues it raises. What, above all, seems to me worth mentioning—especially in view of the fact that the author (White) has no knowledge of modern psychology—is that the “Invisibles” favour an energic conception of the psyche which has much in common with recent psychological findings. The analogy is to be found in the idea of “frequency.” But here we come upon a difference that should not be overlooked. For whereas the psychologist supposes that consciousness has a higher energy than the unconscious, the “Invisibles” attribute to the spirit of the departed (i.e., to a personified unconscious content) a higher frequency” than to the living psyche. One should not, however, attach too much importance to the fact that the concept of energy made use of in both cases, since this is a fundamental category of thought in all the modern sciences.

The “Invisibles” further assert that our world of consciousness and the “Beyond” together from a single cosmos, with the result that the dead are not in a different place from the living. There is only a difference in their “frequencies,” which might be likened to the revolutions of a propeller: at low speeds the blades are visible, but at high speeds they disappear. In psychological terms this would mean that the conscious and the unconscious psyche are one, but are separated by different amounts of energy. Science can agree with this statement, although it cannot accept the claim that the unconscious possesses a higher energy since this is not borne out by experience.

According to the “Invisibles,” the “Beyond” is this same cosmos but without the limitations imposed on mortal man by space and time. Hence it is called “the unobstructed universe.” Our world is contained in this higher order and owes its existence principally to the fact that the corporeal man has a low “frequency,” thanks to which the limiting factors of space and time become operative.

If you are interested in learning more about famed psychologist Carl Gustav Jung’s views on spiritualism, the soul and death, the book Jung: Psychology and the Occult contains the bulk of his articles on these topics. You can order this book by clicking here.

(Jung, Carl. Psychology and Spirtualism. Reprinted in Jung: Psychology and the Occult. PPS 167-168.)



  1. ITC Voices says:

    Thank you! You may also be interested in his repressed essay entitle “Seven Sermons to the Dead.” He was visited by spirits and attempted to channel what they said. It’s short and I’ve read it several times, but I fear it was written out of delusion rather than channeling. Still, it is a Jung essay that is a first hand account of his dealings with the supernatural. For that reason, you will not find it in any of his collected works but there are copies out there on Amazon (including Kindle).

  2. Kym-n-Mark says:

    Thanks, Tim, for providing this intriguing sample from Jung’s article. We’ve read his monogram on UFOs bht hadn’t come across this essay. Interesting food for thought, esp in light of more recent studies relating to frequency and vibration. As always, your glosses and research into the literature add to the conversation and stimulate thought.

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