The Unknown

“Theoretically, no limits can be set to field of consciousness, since it is capable of indefinite extension. Empirically, however, it always finds its limit when it comes against the unknown” (Carl Jung, CW 9ii, para. 2)

All that is affirmed is experienced against the backdrop of all that is negated. All that is known originates against the backdrop of the unknown. The conscious mind emerges out of the unconscious.

From the womb of the great unknown we are born, and into the unknown we shall perish. We are contained within the circumference of the unknown. Within the depths of our being we encounter the unknown and within the other there is always an unknown frontier yet to be discovered.

The questions I have for you are as follows: What is your relationship to the unknown? Is it a primal abyss from which you feel you must flee? Is it a chasm which seeks to devour you? The womb from which you turned turn away so long ago?

Maybe it is the emptiness in which you find refuge. The primal mother whom offers you an eternal abode. Or even the depths of Self in which you discover hidden chambers of being.



  1. Aion: Researches into the Phenomenology of the Self (Collected Works of C.G. Jung Vol.9 Part 2)

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