#JosephCampbell #CarlJung #quote #dreams
Then comes another kind of dream, where you find yourself facing a problem that’s not specific to your particular life or social or age situation. Rather, you’ve run up against one of the great problems of man. These are what Jung called big dreams.
For instance, take the question that I approached a while ago: what is it that supports you in the face of total disaster? At such times, the psyche and ego consciousness are forced to wrestle with the two huge mysteries of the nature of the cosmos and death. No other animal recognizes itself as being pulled between these two great mysteries. Also, deep within yourself lies the mystery of your own being to be dealt with. Your ego consciousness will be confronted with these overwhelming mysteries–the cosmos, death, and your own depth. When you face these sorts of questions–instead of whether you should or should not go to bed with somebody–you are in a field of profound problems. As it happens, the great mythologies of the world also deal with these problems.
Joseph Campbell (Pathways to Bliss, 96)