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However, the angels also taught humans many new arts and sciences. On account of the protest of the loyal angels, God sees Himself obliged to put a stop to the destruction. Then follows the vision of the “Son of Man.” C. G. Jung interpreted this myth in “Answer to Job.”3 It represents a premature invasion of human consciousness by contents of the collective unconscious (hence the new arts). This produces an inflation, an arrogant puffed-up quality, an exaggerated sense of self-importance in people. The vision of the Son of Man points to the actual solution that is being sought by the unconscious. In our modern dream the solution is the wedding feast of the king and queen. This signifies a union of the psychic opposites. This liberating image can only have its freeing effect if the dreamer takes upon himself the hard work of climbing to the higher level of consciousness that is necessary for the realization of this image. The ascent signifies what Jung called individuation, that is, self-realization. The dreamer has this great task posed to him by his unconscious. In the first half of life, better adjustment to the external world often means the healing of a neurosis. In the case of certain young people and in almost all people over forty, however, there can be no healing if the persons in question do not find something within themselves that they can call the meaning of their life, a solution, or rather, their solution to the general problem of the times. For many, a return to their spiritual roots and a renewed understanding and better grasp of the old truths is enough. With others, however, the unconscious seems to be seeking the realization of something that has never been there before, something creatively new—yet something new that does not do away with the old but rather adds something to it, like the new annual ring on a growing tree. These last individuals are those with a creative nature. Such people are never spared the crises and suffering of spiritual birth-giving—the isolation, being misunderstood—but not the thrill of accomplishment either. In the world view of Carl Jung, that which is eternally the same, the old handed down by tradition, and the creatively new do not constitute any kind of absolute antithesis. Indeed the world of archetypes presents basic psychic structures that remain selfidentical over millennia, but which at the same time are a driving dynamic element behind every new creation, because they are in movement and reconstellate themselves anew in century-spanning processes of transformation.

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