Tuesday, July 14, 2009

Thought for the Day: Jung on Questions Left Unfinished by Those Who Have Gone Before

When I was working on the stone tablets, I became aware of the fateful links between me and my ancestors. I feel very strongly that I am under the influence of things or questions which were left incomplete and unanswered by my parents and grandparents and more distant ancestors.

Carl Jung, Memories, Dreams, and Reflections (as cited, Thomas Moore, Care of the Soul [NY: HarperCollins, 1992], p. 209).

Jung wrote this as he built a stone tower in which to live in later life. He began to feel such connection to his ancestors as he did so that he chiseled the names of his paternal ancestors on stone tablets and put them in the courtyard of the tower.