Bill Wilson Writes a Letter to Carl Jung

The Year

1961

January 30th

Bill Wilson Writes a Letter to Carl Jung

  In a 1961 letter to Swiss-German psychoanalyst Dr. Carl Jung VIEW HERE:, Bill Wilson expresses his gratitude for Jung’s long-ago message to Rowland Hazard, who was treated by Jung and who would later lead friend Ebby Thatcher to the Oxford Group. Bill wrote, “You frankly told [Rowland] of the hopelessness of further medical or psychiatric treatment,” [and also of the possibility of] “a spiritual awakening or religious experience — in short, a genuine conversion.” Bill described these statements as “beyond doubt the first foundation stone upon which [A.A.] has been built.”
  Jung responds with a gracious letter (below) confirming that the most appropriate antidote to alcoholism is spirituality, which is emphasized in the Twelve Steps.


The January 30th letter from Carl Jung to Bill Wilson
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 By 1961, more than 500,000 copies of the Alcoholics Anonymous Big Book have been sold, plus editions translated into Spanish, French, and German.
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