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Jung, Bacon, and Joseph Smith

In my notes I found this quote from this book “The Gnostic Jung and the Seven Sermons to the Dead”. I have no idea where I found the quote. But, it comes from the book’s epilogue:

Contemplating the mysterious panorama of the Seven Sermons, one is reminded of a saying of the philosopher Bacon: “Animus ad amplitudinem Mysteriorum pro modulo suo dilatetur; non Mysteria ad angustias animi constringantur.”

The book goes on to say this is translated as:

Let the mind, so far as it can, be open to the fulness of the mysteries; let not the mysteries be constrained to fit the narrower confines of the mind."

This quote from Francis Bacon reminds me of one of my favorite Joseph Smith quotes, from Chapter 22 of his Teachings of the Presidents of the Church book:

I want to come up into the presence of God, and learn all things; but the creeds set up stakes [limits], and say, ‘Hitherto shalt thou come, and no further’’; which I cannot subscribe to.

And this other Joseph Smith quote on the same subject matter, from the same chapter:

The great thing for us to know is to comprehend what God did institute before the foundation of the world. Who knows it? It is the constitutional disposition of mankind to set up stakes and set bounds to the works and ways of the Almighty.

There is a quote along these same veins by H.A. Overstreet in his book “The Mature Mind” that I’ve lost. I’ll have to go re-read the book and find it again.

As a side note, that book “The Gnostic Jung” talks about how Jung was visited by a bunch of spirits one day and wrote a book called “The Red Book” that wasn’t published until 2009!? But, a summary of the Red Book, called “The Seven Sermons to the Dead” was published in his lifetime. I didn’t know any of this. I thought he was just the archetype guy. I’ll have to read into it.