Matter of Heart

Matter of Heart

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Matter of HeartThe psyche is the greatest of all cosmic wonders and the sine qua non of the world as an object. It is in the highest degree odd that Western man, with but very few – and ever fewer – exceptions, apparently pays so little regard to this fact. Swamped by the knowledge of external objects, the subject of all knowledge has been temporarily eclipsed to the point of seeming nonexistence.

Matter of Heart is a compelling portrait of Carl Gustav Jung, whose extraordinary genius and humanity reached far beyond the sometimes exclusive realm of psychiatry into redefining the essential nature of who we are and what we hope to become.

More than a linear biography, the film presents a fuller perspective on this humanist, healer, friend, and mentor, through the skillful interweaving of rare home movies, valuable archival footage, and a wealth of interviews with such notables as Sir Laurens van der Post, Marie-Louise von Franz, and Joseph Henderson, M.D. (More at

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6 years ago

No offense, @gsjikwblao, but it doesn't sound like you understand Jung or Jungian psychology AT ALL.

11 years ago

thanks for enlightening us @gsjikwblao, now I dont have to check the unconscious. A little bloviational eh?
I agree, by the way, with those who think this film is important and amazing

11 years ago

The "shadow self" or the nature or tendencies that all humans are under the influence of and are totally unaware of is a natural by-product of the processing of information through the five physical senses by way of a significant intellect capable of making accurate predictions about the future based on knowledge of the past. Because we engage this information from the separate perspective of our physical bodies we are motivated to make money the most important thing in our lives. Because we are smart, we know we will suffer in the future if we do not engage the more moderate process of effort in the present to avoid it. This causes others, seeing us proceeding through life making money our highest priority, and not allowing the suffering of others to jeopardize our objectives, to reason within themselves, that they must do the same. This "collective unconscious" can be understood to be the fundamental effect of the individual physical bodies into which our awareness is anchored. This separate perspective is in diametric opposition to our convicting consciences. These two fundamental motivations are the two halves of our construction that Jung said must be identified if we are to identify our false belief systems, all of which spring from the excessive influence of our individual perspective when our convicting consciences are in a low-lying state of influence. Therefore, this knowledge can only emerge and spread widely in the human race when our convicting consciences become more influential.
This event is an inevitable evolutionary process that is born of our initial nature. The ""Great Catastrophe" that Jung wrote about in the final years of his life are in reference to the majority of the human race falling to the "shadow self" as their convicting consciences dwindle under the destructive influence of our fear of physical suffering generating, intellectual minds, independent of our convicting consciences.
I knew almost nothing about Jung prior to watching this documentary and so I was amazed by his insight. What he understood is the very thing that is contained in a new interpretation of the Bible that the Bible itself warned would emerge as we enter into the new millenium. This interpretation, which is completly seemless and not personal, goes a little farther then Jung's understanding in that it gives specific information on exactly how this evolution into an increased sensitivity conscience is accoplished. I would recomend to all fans of Jung to read "The Third Measure of Meal" by Frank Jakum. Jung himself would have been facinated by this book.
He would have found comfort in the knowledge that his "great catastrophe" is nessasary to spawn the universal understanding that would immediately follow.

Jay Magnus
12 years ago

I think you people lied to me, it was the most boring thing I've ever seen or has ever been made.

12 years ago

This is a very important and informative documentary about one of the most important scientist and writer in the 20th century. I am so glad it was made and that the people that were filmed and recorded were while they were still alive. The film and words of C.G. Jung was outstanding.

The music by John Adams was an excellent choice as well. Excellent documentary and well worth viewing.

Thank you for including it on this website.

13 years ago

To see and hear to Carl Gustav Jung,has been an unexpected luxury.

Than You for sheering.

13 years ago

This is probably the most important and vital film I ever needed to watch. Thank You