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together, through the principle of synchronicity, to perform what is necessary for Lucius’s transformation.7 Later the same thing will happen when they have to fix the moment of his initiation. From now on Lucius acts entirely under the guidance of dreams, even in connection to the amount of money that he needs for his initiation. If, in our times, a minimum fee is fixed for analytic sessions and if the therapist dreams that he must take a patient for less, what is he to do? I would do it, but insurance and professional rules prohibit most therapists from doing so. Intervention into the social order by the gods is destroyed by all kinds of bureaucracy or totalitarianism. Therefore, only a minimum organization is desirable in a society, for otherwise it kills the spontaneous spirit and destroys the secret work of the transcendent function. A too intensive organization and too many laws exclude the secret play of the gods and prevent the appearance of something irrational, which can be the germ of transformation. One believes in norms and that plans must be established, and by doing so one inhibits the possibility of a much greater spontaneous psychic event. If such a thing happens, it is either not noticed, pushed aside, or devalued. Thus the natural human community is disrupted and replaced by an artificial one. One speaks of “coming closer together,” one believes that one works toward it by “organizing” human relationships, while suppressing the one thing that will be effective: the irrational play of dreams. Mystery cults were secret communities formed by those who were “one” in spirit, wherein the irrational play could move freely. In the same way, there was a vibrant spirit in the primitive churches, a spiritual impulse which was neither utilitarian nor “reasonable.” Yet there everything was organized by the gods. It was and still is the “invisible church.”8 Above all, Lucius must recover his human form. The Goddess commands him to take part in a procession which is arranged in her honor the next day, and says to him: Moreover, think not that amongst so far and joyful ceremonies, and in so good company, that any person shall abhor thy ill-favoured and deformed figure, or that any man shall be so hardy as to blame and reprove thy sudden restoration to human shape, whereby they should gather or conceive any sinister opinion of thee; and know thou this of certainty, that the residue of thy life until the hour of death shall be bound and subject to me;

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