The Secret of Great Art

As far as we can follow the creative process, it consists in activating the eternal symbols of mankind which lie dormant in the unconscious and in shaping and elaborating them to produce a finished work of art. ‘But,’ says Jung, 'he who speaks in primordial images speaks with a thousand voices; he enthralls and overpowers, while at the same time he lifts the idea he is trying to express out of the occasional and the transitory into the realm of the ever-enduring. He transmutes our personal destiny into the destiny of mankind, thereby invoking in us all those beneficent forces that have always enabled mankind to find refuge from every peril and to outlive the longest night. That is the secret of great art.’

Excerpt from “The Psychology of C.G.Jung” by Jolande Jacobi

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