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.