Tuesday, March 10, 2009
I am currently reading Memories, Dreams, and Reflections by Carl Jung. His life journey, described in this memoir, is a brilliant declaration, acknowledgement, and affirmation to trust in what is not known, in the individual human being as well as in our "collective unconscious", past and present. In our journey to bring the unconscious to our conscious attention, we can use our dreams, myths, art and symbols, to connect to a forgotten part of ourselves, again, both individually and collectively, and create meaning. Although a trained physician and scientist who respected and revered reason, Jung understood it's limitations. In the chapter, "On Life After Death", he states, "The more the critical reason dominates, the more impoverished life becomes; but the more of the unconscious, and the more of the myth we are capable of making conscious, the more of life we integrate. Overvalued reason has this in common with political absolutism: under its dominion the individual is pauperized." I feel inspired to continue to have faith in the unknown of my personal journey, whether it be my art, my work, or my future. Jung, again,
"As far as we can discern, the sole purpose of human existence is to kindle a light in the darkness of being."