My contention that man is born equipped with a highly differentiated and fully developed brain with innumerable attributes has often met with antagonism. Most people continue to believe that everything they have become, every reaction of their psychic ego to everyday occurrences, is determined by their education and their environment.
Few people know anything about the ancestral soul and even fewer believe in it.
Aren’t we all the carriers of the entire history of mankind? Why is it so difficult to believe that each of us has two souls?
When a man is fifty years old, only one part of his being has existed for half a century.
The other part, which also lives in his psyche, may be millions of years old. Every newborn child has come into this world with a fully equipped brain.
Although in the early stages of life the mind has not gained complete mastery over the body, it is clearly preconditioned for reacting to the outer world—that is, it has the capacity to do so.
Such mental patterns exert their influence throughout life and remain decisive for a person’s thinking.
The newborn does not begin to develop his mental faculties on the first day of his life.
His mind, a finished structure, is the result of innumerable lives before his and is far from being devoid of content.
It is unlikely that we shall ever discover the remote past, into which the impersonal psyche of the individual reaches only during his lifetime, and that environment and education are decisive influences in this process.
These influences become effective from the first days of a child’s life.
On the whole, the receptivity of a small child’s brain tends to be widely underestimated, but the practicing psychologist has frequent evidence to the contrary.
With neurotics, one constantly comes up against psychic defects that date back to very early childhood experiences.
It is not a rare occurrence for a somewhat severe reprimand administered to a child in his playpen or his bed to affect him during his entire life.
The two souls give rise to frequent contradictions in a person’s thinking and feeling.
Quite often the impersonal and the personal psyche are even in direct opposition.
There are hundreds of examples which demonstrate to the psychologist that two souls live in every man.
Exercising their imagination—which I call the mother of human consciousness—many of my patients painted pictures and described dreams which displayed a strange conformity with definite laws and showed peculiar parallels to Indian and Chinese temple, images.
Where were these people supposed to have obtained knowledge about the ancient temple cultures of the Far East?
I have treated patients who had visions about events which happened hundreds of years ago.
All this can come only from the unconscious, the impersonal soul, the finished brain of the new born in Contemporary man is but the latest ripe fruit on the tree of the human race. None of us knows what we know. ~Carl Jung [Interview in 1932 found in C.G. Jung Speaking; Pages 57-58.