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DIAGRAM OF THE STRUCTURE OF THE UNCONSCIOUS. A = ego consciousness; B = personal unconscious; C = group unconscious; D = unconscious of large-scale national unities; E = universal archetypal structures When someone is working on his own unconscious, as soon as he reaches C, he makes contact—at first invisibly—with the group; and when he goes yet deeper, he makes contact with the great national unities (stratum D) or sometimes even the whole of humanity (stratum E). This individual then changes not only himself but also has an imperceptible influence on the unconscious psyche of many other people. That is why Confucius (Kung Tzu) said: “The superior man abides in his room. If his words are well spoken, he meets with assent at a distance of more than a thousand miles.5 The collective unconscious is actually like an atmosphere that contains and affects all of us. One of the images of greatest significance in our common Center E is the image of a divine human being or a collective hero, which we find in nearly all cultural communities (Christ, Osiris, Avalokiteshvara). In

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