Jung says in Memories, Dreams, Reflections p 340:
The need for mythic statements is satisfied when we frame a view of the world which adequately explains the meaning of human existence in the cosmos, a view which springs from our psychic wholeness, from the co-operation between conscious and unconscious. Meaninglessness inhibits fullness of life and is therefore equivalent to illness. Meaning makes a great many things endurable – perhaps everything.
Wilna van der Walt is a registered medical practitioner with a lifelong interest in depth psychology from a Jungian perspective.
Underneath the flux of everyday life lies the seed of one’s personality. As in the acorn, the complete oak tree is potentially there, and it wishes to fulfill the manifestation of its own truth (see The world within – CG Jung in his own words). Its whole life is the story of this process of becoming. If one is able to connect to the deeper story of one’s life, it gives one a sense of meaning and purpose beyond the mere intellectual understanding of one’s everyday world.
The journey of self-discovery gradually opens up the pattern of one’s deep life. Together with the therapist or counsellor one undertakes this search for truth and connectedness. The connection to one’s deep life grows slowly, like a tree, for only swamp plants shoot up overnight.
Jungian depth psychology takes special note of dreams and their messages and aims at restoring the connection to one’s deep symbolical life. Another way of assisting dream work and of entering the dusk space of dreams and finding one’s own symbolical language, is by way of creative play. Jung called this ‘active imagination’.
Often, a person finds himself unwillingly on the chair of the psychologist or counsellor, there because life brought about some impossible crisis. Mostly this is viewed as weakness, although it takes really a lot of effort and courage to confront one’s own depths. What is not generally known is that a crisis may be utilised as potential growth and expansion of one’s personality.