The eyes of the sphinx opened.
I saw that they were green and beheld therin a tree.
The branches of the tree reached up into the white snow. Carl Jung, Visions Seminar, Page 512.
The plant is identical with the basic laws of nature because it is entirely rooted in the earth; absolutely at one with nature.
An animal has the faculty of moving away and seeking its own place, it is literally less attached to the laws of the earth.
The life of man is detached to a very high degree; we have produced an artiﬁcial world for ourselves that is very far from the laws of nature, and it has an entirely diﬀerent rhythm.