INSIGHT — Collective Vision
Jung (1997) spoke of the art of visionary artist Christiana Morgan, referring to “intuition” and “a softening in the region of the fontanelle, as if a third eye were developing there, and in her next fantasy, a bird was alighting on her head and trying to enter through the new eye” (p. 23).
This was a return to the collective vision of humanity’s ancestral past as “the creative eye, which is in everybody” and is “the same everywhere, because the creative point of shivabindu is the world itself reduced to a nonspatial intensity” (p. 307) that combines “the two eyes as the male and female eye, the male eye identified with the sun, and the female eye, the left eye, with the moon” (p. 309). Jung referred to this collective vision as “participation mystique,” using the term of sociologist Lucien Lévy-Bruhl and the “the secret of artistic creation and of the effectiveness of art” (p. 172).
“The process of active imagination is making conscious of the material which lies on the threshold of consciousness. Consciousness is an effort and you have to sleep in order to recuperate from the task." C. G. Jung