Spirit of Drink

I want to share an excerpt from the writings of Dr. Carl Jung that he wrote in a letter to Bill Wilson, founder of Alcoholics Anonymous. Wisely, he states what a chronic alcoholic, who has lost hope is experiencing in the grips of alcoholism.

“His craving for alcohol was the equivalent, on a low 

level, of the spiritual thirst of our being for wholeness, 

expressed in medieval language: the union with God . . .  

You see, Alcohol in Latin is “spiritus” and you use the 

same word for the highest religious experience as 

well as for the most depraving poison. The helpful 

formula therefore is: spiritus contra spiritum.”

— Excerpts from letter of Dr. Carl Jung to Bill W.

Spirit, like God, denotes an object of psychic experience which cannot be proved to exist in the external world and cannot be understood rationally. Dr. Carl Gustav Jung

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