C.G. Jung Letters, Vol. 1: 1906-1950

To Mr. 0.

Dear 0., 20 May 1947

The two animals that maul each other under water represent a fight of opposites in your unconscious.

The fight takes place there because it doesn’t take place in your consciousness.

It forms a tail-devouring Ouroboros to the exclusion of yourself and that’s the reason why you are still a baby and have such a huge anima on account of it.

But even a baby can grow up and assert itself.

Small babies do assert themselves, as a matter of fact.

If you creep inside your anima-mother you simply go to sleep and then the animals can go on mauling each other into eternity. – If there are many diamonds or many oranges that is a disintegration and multiplication of the One.

Of course it’s wrong, but it derives from the fact that you allow yourself to be torn asunder.

That’s the baby-state all right and the mauling.

It’s all very well to feel dependent upon the whole world, but this is not the point.

The point is that you are not dependent and that you begin to feel yourself as not dependent.

It is all escapism to feel dependent.

By such an attitude you just lame yourself and that’s the reason why you cannot put yourself upon your own feet.

The right way is your own way, and you should make yourself go on that way.

That will lead you somewhere.-I’m not intending to discuss dreams with you.

I want to see you at your own work first.

Please consider every word I say in this letter.

Perhaps it puts some light into you.

Yours sincerely,

C.G. Jung ~Carl Jung, Letters Vol.1, Page 463.