A chance…

“That which our everyday ego thinks, does, feels, etc. throughout the day escapes into the outer world and finally gets lost there.  But when something meaningful, which can be recognized by means of a strong emotion, breaks into our life, then there is a chance for us to make its archetypal (that is, spiritual) meaning conscious.  In this way a piece of something eternal and infinite is realized in our earthly existence, and that means, in a literal sense, that it has become real.”  (Marie-Louise von Franz, On Dreams and Death, p. 119)

“The reason why consciousness exists, and why there is an urge to widen and deepen it, is very simple:  without consciousness things go less well.
(Jung, CW8, par. 695)

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