"When we're young we run and play "let's pretend" to be anything and everything - just for fun. Our imagination is the key. As we grow up we are told by others who are very serious That reality is time and space and gold; that games and visions are delirious. Life goes on and we agree what other people think is best: to play our part in reality just like them and all the rest. Every game has a start, a middle and conclusion. When the time comes to depart just make a new illusion! You are Spirit ! Life Eternal ! You'll make a future and new friends ! Through your dreams you are immortal; like children playing "let's pretend"."
--- from The Oracle of Pan by Lawrence R. Spencer
Carl Gustav Jung ( 26 July 1875 – 6 June 1961) was a Swiss psychotherapist and psychiatrist who founded analytical psychology. Jung proposed and developed the concepts of the extraverted and the introverted personality, archetypes, and the collective unconscious. His work has been influential in psychiatry and in the study of religion, literature, and related fields. The central concept of analytical psychology is individuation – the psychological process of integrating the opposites, including the conscious with the unconscious, while still maintaining their relative autonomy. Jung considered individuation to be the central process of human development.
Before the Beginning I was No Thing: a Source of Awareness, of Being, of Universes. Thought, ideas, emotion, objects and time are Things I conceived. I agreed to play a game in which No Things became Things. We played and betrayed ourselves into an unrelenting void of shivering dark and incandescent light. In my basest state, a human being, I am a Warrior of Survival: a game that grinds every soul into dust. I have lost the game. We have defeated ourselves. The physical universe is not our home. I, alone, am the Source of Serenity in the Icy Flames of Eternity. Remember who we are: No Thing.
by Lawrence R. Spencer. 2012.