Carl Jung’s Secret Diary

Posted by RichD | Posted in Uncategorized | Posted on 21-09-2009



Carl Gustav Jung

In the world of Journals there are certain works that stand out as benchmarks.  Oscar Wilde, Leonardo DaVinci, Anne Frank. None of these has been as intriguing to me as the secret Diary of Carl Jung.  Well let’s face it, if you put the word “Secret” in front of anything it automatically becomes intriguing, right?

I have often read about the secret diary, or the Red Book, as its sometimes called, in works of historical fiction or speculative histories.  Being a total mystery, the book lends itself easy to plot devices of all sorts.

Jung took himself on a deliberate adventure into his own world of unconsciousness and spirituality and recorded it all beautifully in his Red Book.  It is from this adventure that he developed the majority of his ideas on psychology.  He explores the ideas of Archetypes, Collective Unconscious, and Anima/Animas.  It’s all in there.

From the images I’ve seen he did this in a very beautiful and focused manner.  The few pages I’ve seen on the Internet look like the pages of a medieval manuscript, complete with calligraphy and illumination.

Here are some Quick Links to use if you want to check it out.

Some images are here on the World of Psychology page

A review of the upcoming publication of the book at  Amazon

A cool little work of fiction that utilizes the red book as a plot device is The Voynich Project: Nephilim Rising

Your Handwriting Does Not Suck

Posted by RichD | Posted in Uncategorized | Posted on 08-09-2009


Before she died, my grandmother spent some time writing out a quick history of her family and all the relatives she could think of.  It was just written in a steno notebook, and the notes were pretty much made as she thought of them, but she wanted to leave a little information for the family and I’m glad she did.  These few pages turned out to be things of beauty.  Over looking the dog-eared pages and the haphazard organization of notes, my grandmother had the most wonderful handwriting!  It was elegant and consistent.

My own handwriting has always been substantially less than stellar.  To start with, I’m a lefty.  Nothing works for us.  Notebook spirals cut into our wrists, ink smears, and your hand hides the letter as you make them.  I mixed cursive and printing with wild abandon.  I capitalized letters for no reason (often in the middle of words).  I felt I was just one handwriting analysis away from being committed to an asylum.  Heaven forbid I try to write something on unlined paper.

I’ve found a lot of people think they have this problem.  In an age when computer keyboards are ubiquitous, no time is spent on penmanship.  No one practices and when they scrawl something across the page they think of it as some sort of birth defect.  “I have lousy handwriting” gets the same inflection with “I was born with a vestigial tale.”

This lack of beauty in their handwriting keeps a lot of people from journaling.  Who wants to fill a book with proof of their weak skills?

I decided, one summer to see if I could fix my own scrawl up a bit.  You know what? It was surprisingly easy to do.  I found a great book to help me out.  Its called  Write Now: A Complete Self-teaching Program for Better Handwriting

Its a simple workbook that you can follow that will teach you some of the basics of improving your own handwriting.

Here’s a list of things I learned about improving my handwriting that summer:

  • Consistency is key.  When you decide on how to draw a letter (Capitol or Lowercase) stick with it.  Make all your small a’s look the same.  Cross all your t’s in the same spot.  Ascenders and descenders are the same lengths and bend in consistent fashions. The hump on your h should be the same height as the humps on m’s and n’s” This will go a long way to making your handwriting legible
  • Pay attention to letter and word spacing.  Letters go VERY close together.  Words should be separated by about an average letters width (technically the width of an m).
  • Start SLOW.  You will need time to build the letter forms into muscle memory.  Draw them slowly at first and very quickly you will get smooth with them.  If you see your handwriting deteriorating, slow down again.
  • Practice Practice Practice.  When schools actually taught penmanship (when my grandmother learned) they spent HOURS on drills and copying materials.  It burned the skill into their minds and muscles.  Just like any other skill or sport, proficiency comes with repetition of correct form.  Make beautiful “to-do” lists.  Copy a page from your paperback.  Get in some practice.

When you are happy with your handwriting, you will use it much more often.

Oh and here is a quick link concerning how to hold your pen.