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Archetypes of the Collective Unconscious

The “child” is therefore renatus in novam infantiam.

It is thus both beginning and end, an initial and a terminal creature.

The initial creature existed before man was, and the terminal creature will be when man is not.

Psychologically speaking, this means that the “child” symbolizes the pre-conscious and the post-conscious essence of man.

His pre-conscious essence is the unconscious state of earliest childhood; his post-conscious essence is an anticipation by analogy of life after death. In this idea the all-embracing nature of psychic wholeness is expressed.

Wholeness is never comprised within the compass of the conscious mind-it includes the indefinite and indefinable extent of the unconscious as well.

Wholeness, empirically speaking, is therefore of immeasurable extent, older and younger than consciousness and enfolding it in time and space.

This is no speculation, but an immediate psychic experience.

Not only is the conscious process continually accompanied, it is often guided, helped, or interrupted, by unconscious happenings.

The child had a psychic life before it had consciousness.

Even the adult still says and does things whose significance he realizes only later, if ever.

And yet he said them and did them as if he knew what they meant.

Our dreams are continually saying things beyond our conscious comprehension (which is why they are so useful in the therapy of neuroses).

We have intimations and intuitions from unknown sources. Fears, moods, plans, and hopes come to us with no visible causation.

These concrete experiences are at the bottom of our feeling that we know ourselves very little; at the bottom, too, of the painful conjecture that we might have surprises in store for ourselves. ~Carl Jung, CW 9i, Para 99