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rubbing of the stone was to show him that he should become involved in this aspect of life, because the very “friction” (marriage!) that arises in this manner would polish his own being. When the stone becomes shiny, it becomes like a mirror, in which the bear-woman can see herself. Only by taking on earthly suffering can the human psyche be properly polished into a mirror of divine power. The dreamer, however, takes flight upward, that is, into all kinds of reflections, through which he may seek to evade the task of life. But the dream shows him that if he does this, his psyche, his anima, will remain undifferentiated. This is represented by the many impersonal women, who moreover remain split between a primitive faction and a higher-status one. The lioness and her son, who now appear, embody the mystery of individuation, for they are trying to shape round stones (!), which are an image of the Self, and in fact they too are a royal couple and as such an image of inner wholeness. In medieval symbolism, for instance, the philosopher’s stone—a well-known symbol of inner wholeness—is often represented by a pair of lions or a human couple riding on lions. The inner urge toward individuation often first comes into play concealed behind the passion of love for another person. The aspect of this that goes beyond the natural attachment to the opposite sex is ultimately directed toward the mystery or one’s own realization of wholeness. For this reason, when one has fallen passionately in love, one also feels that becoming one with the beloved is the only worthy goal in life. So long as the inner wholeness appears as a pair of lions, this means that the Self remains hidden in an overpowering passion.42 Only when the lions have become a king and his queen has the urge toward individuation reached the stage of human consciousness, and then it appears as the dreamer’s distant goal in life. Before the lions had been transformed, the primitive women alone sang in a sentimental fashion; that is, the dreamer’s feeling is still primitive and at the same time, sentimental. By contrast, in honor of the lions who have become human, the civilized and the primitive women join together in a song of praise. In an expression of acknowledgment on the feeling level, all the women together sing one song; that is, the inner split has been transformed into harmony. Still another form in which the Self manifests is illustrated by the

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