Self-reflection or—what comes to the same thing—the urge to individuation gathers together what is scattered and multifarious, and exalts it to the original form of the One, the Primordial Man.
In this way our existence as separate beings, our former ego nature, is abolished, the circle of consciousness is widened, and because the paradoxes have been made conscious the sources of conflict are dried up.
This approximation to the self is a kind of repristination or apocatastasis, in so far as the self has an “incorruptible” or “eternal” character on account of its being pre-existent to consciousness.
This feeling is expressed in the words from the henedictio fontis: “Et quos aut sexus in corpore aut aetas discernit in tempore, omnes in unam pariat gratia mater infantiam”
(And may Mother Grace bring forth into one infancy all those whom sex has separated in the body, or age in time).
The figure of the divine sacrificer corresponds feature for feature to the empirical modes of manifestation of the archetype that lies at the root of almost all known conceptions of God.
This archetype is not merely a static image, but dynamic, full of movement.
It is always a drama, whether in heaven, on earth, or in hell. ~Carl Jung, CW 11, Para 401-402