I was taking the long road to school from Klein-Hiiningen, where we lived, to Basel, when suddenly for a single moment I had the overwhelming impression of having just emerged from a dense cloud.

I knew all at once: now I am myself! It was as if a wall of mist were at my back, and behind that wall there was not yet an “I.”

But at this moment I came upon myself.

Previously I had existed, too, but everything had merely happened to me.

Now I happened to myself.

Now I knew: I am myself now, now I exist. 

Previously I had been willed to do this and that; now I willed.

This experience seemed to me tremendously important and new: there was “authority” in me.  Carl Jung, Jung: A Biography, Page 37.

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