HINDSIGHT — Looking Backward
The left or lunar eye looks backward into prehistory according to Jacob Boehme, while the solar (and mystical) right eye looks forward to eternity (who Jung called a visionary genius). Jung’s art-based process works with the soul in the “primitive sense” as he referred to her, a soul that is “prehistoric” and “archaic,” representing all that is alive from the past in us today. This is a collective soul that contains the living dead of prehistory in art and artists.
“We must grant that the artist does not function in an official capacity—the very opposite is nearer the truth. He nevertheless resembles the types I have named in one respect, for the specifically artistic disposition involves an overweight of collective psychic life as against the personal. Art is a kind of innate drive that seizes a human being and makes him its instrument. The artist is not endowed with free will who seeks his own ends, but one who allows art to realize its purposes through him. As a human being he may have moods and a will and personal aims, but as an artist he is “man” in a higher sense—he is “collective man”—one who carries and shapes the unconscious, psychic life of mankind. “ (Jung, 1933, p. 169).
“The secret of artistic creation and of the effectiveness of art is to be found in a return to the state of participation mystique--to that level of experience at which it is man ho lives, and not the individual, and at which the weal or woe of the single human being does not count, but only human existence." C. G. Jung