I have just come across this great quote from Carl Jung, the founder of psychoanalytical psychology – someone I am a big fan of. I thought I would share it here as it is very much this issue I am hoping the spiritual mountain days will begin to address in each of us.
“Through scientific understanding our world has become dehumanised. Man feels himself isolated in the cosmos. He is no longer involved in nature and has lost his emotional participation in natural events, which hitherto had a symbolic meaning for him. Thunder is no longer the voice of god, nor is lightening his avenging missile. No river contains a spirit, no tree means a man’s life, no snake is the embodiment of wisdom and no mountain still harbours a great demon. Neither do things speak to him nor can he speak to things, like stones, springs, plants and animals. He no longer has a bush-soul identifying him with a wild animal. His immediate communication with nature is gone forever, and the emotional energy it generated has sunk into the unconscious. This enormous loss is compensated by the symbols of our dreams. They bring up our original nature, its instincts its peculiar thinking. Unfortunately, one would say, they express their contents in the language of nature, which is strange and incomprehensible to us. ” C. J. Jung
We can address this loss to an extent by spending conscious time in nature – time where we can both explore our inner world and become aware of the reflections of ourselves in the outer natural world. We can begin to build on our relationship with nature such that we can heal and understand ourselves more fully.