We sink into a final depth Apuleius calls it “a kind of voluntary death.”

It is a surrender of our own powers, not artificially willed but forced upon us by nature; not a voluntary submission and humiliation decked in moral garb, but an utter and unmistakable defeat crowned with the panic fear of demoralization.

Only when all props and crutches are broken, and no cover from the rear offers even the slightest hope of security, does it become possible for us to experience an archetype that up till then had lain hidden behind the meaningful nonsense played out by the anima.

This is the archetype of meaning, just as the anima is the archetype of life itself. ~Carl Jung, CW 9i, Para 66