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How a near-death experience transformed the psychologist’s attitude to the world of mysticism and magic. A 68-year-old Carl Gustav Jung – then the world’s most renowned living psychologist – broke his fibula. While in hospital, he suffered a heart attack. Treated with oxygen and camphor, he lost consciousness and had a near-death and out-of-the-body experience.

Gary Lachman is the author of twenty-one books on the links between culture, consciousness, and the western esoteric tradition, including Dark Star Rising: Magick and Power in the Age of Trump, Lost Knowledge of the Imagination, The Secret Teachers of the Western World, and Aleister Crowley: Magick, Rock and Roll, and the Wickedest Man in the World. He writes for several journals in the UK, US, and Europe and his work has been translated into more than a dozen languages. In a former life he was a founding member of the rock group Blondie and is an inductee to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. He can be reached at www.garylachman.co.uk

The first words of Carl Gustav Jung’s Red Book are

The way of what is to come.

What follows is 16 years of the psychoanalyst’s dive into the unconscious mind, a challenge to what he considered Sigmund Frued’s — his former mentor’s — isolated world view. Far from a simple narrative, the Red Book is Jung’s voyage of discovery into his deepest self.