UNCONSCIOUS — The Primordial Sea
In Jungian depth psychology the unconscious seen as a primordial sea of images and the realm of the soul who teaches through imaginal knowing. As a mirror into the underworld of the soul, the unconscious can be seen as an ally in your individuation. Jung: “The unconscious is not just evil by nature, it is also the source of the highest good: not only dark but also light, not only bestial, semi-human, and demonic but superhuman, spiritual, and, in the classical sense of the word, ‘divine.’” (The Practice of Psychotherapy).
Depth psychology plumbs the unconscious depths of the soul as a part of the natural rhythm of the tides and of nature: “The unconscious on one side is nothing but nature, and on the other hand it is overcoming of nature; it is yea and nay in itself, two things in one. So we shall never understand what the unconscious is, as we shall never understand what the world is, because it is and it is not.” (Jung, 1997, p. 89). The unconscious is deep like the ocean and its depths are the heart of depth psychology and imaginal research, containing the archetypal prima materia of art and of this process. Jung (1961) himself titled the chapter on the creation on The Red Book in Memories, Dreams, Reflections: “Confrontation with the Unconscious.”
“Until you make the unconscious conscious, it will direct your life and you will call it fate." C. G. Jung