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The Little Hidden Door

"The dream is a little hidden door in the innermost


and most secret recesses of the soul, opening into that


cosmic night which was psyche long before there was any


ego consciousness, and which will remain psyche no


matter how far our ego consciousness extends.... All


consciousness separates; but in dreams we put on the


likeness of that more universal, truer, more eternal man


dwelling in the darkness of primordial night. There he


is still the whole, and the whole is in him,


indistinguishable from nature and bare of all egohood.






If the human soul is anything, it must be of


unimaginable complexity and diversity, so that it cannot


possibly be approached through a mere psychology of


instinct. I can only gaze with wonder and awe at the


depths and heights of our psychic nature. Its


non-spatial universe conceals an untold abundance of


images which have accumulated over millions of years of


living development and become fixed in the organism. My


consciousness is like an eye that penetrates to the most


distant spaces, yet it is the psychic non-ego that fills


them with non-spatial images. And these images are not


pale shadows, but tremendously powerful psychic factors.


. . . Beside this picture I would like to place the


spectacle of the starry heavens at night, for the only


equivalent of the universe within is the universe


without; and just as I reach this world through the


medium of the body, so I reach that world through the


medium of the psyche.

Carl Jung, quoted from 'Jung and the Story of Our Time'


by Laurens van der Post


Van der Post illuminates Jung's work without getting into the scholarly or pedantic mode, and brings the world of Jung's time to bear on our understanding of the man and his work


Gerard

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