My dear Mrs. N., 25 November 1932
I am glad you put your questions so plainly, it is much easier then to answer them.
It is under all conditions a most advisable thing to keep to the conscious and rational side, i.e., to maintain that side.
One never should lose sight of it. It is the safeguard without which you would lose yourself on unknown seas.
You would invite illness, indeed, if you should give up your conscious and rational orientation.
On the other hand, it is equally true that life is not only rational.
To a certain extent you have to keep your senses open to the non-rational aspects of
existence. . . .
The unconscious itself is neither tricky nor evil – it is Nature, both beautiful and terrible. . . .
The best way of dealing with the unconscious is the creative way. . . Carl Jung, Letters Vol. 1, Pages 108-109.
Jung has said that the unconscious long identified as the oceanic in man, is Nature.
The seeker of himself often feels cast adrift, setting a course between light and dark but ultimately moved along by unseen currents deep within. Claire Dunne, Wounded Healer of the Soul, Page 87.