What would be your reaction if you watched a mainstream movie with friends or family that contained a scene like this? Ostentatious delight or embarrassed chuckles?
Come to think of it, how many people know of your most cherished fantasies? Have you ever felt awkward about keeping them secret?
Here’s a passage that might get you thinking, by the great psychologist Carl Jung:
“I had a dream which both frightened and encouraged me. It was night in some unknown place, and I was making slow and painful headway against a mighty wind. Dense fog was flying along everywhere.
“I had my hands cupped around a tiny light which threatened to go out at any moment. Everything depended on my keeping the little light alive. Suddenly I had the feeling that something was coming up behind me. I looked back, and saw a gigantic black figure following me. But at the same moment I was conscious in spite of my terror, that I must keep my little light going through night and wind, regardless of the dangers.
“When I awoke I realized at once that the figure was my own shadow on the swirling mists, brought into being by the little light I was carrying. I knew too that this little light was my consciousness, the only light I have. Though infinitely small and fragile in comparison with the powers of darkness, it is still a light, my only light.”
– Carl Jung, Memories, Dreams and Reflections
Isn’t that first sentence intriguing? "I had a dream which both frightened and encouraged me.”
Even Jung was frightened and disturbed by his dreams sometimes. But he realised that every light casts a shadow, and we’re biologically wired to perceive shadows as dark. But it’s easy to forget about the beautiful, unique and wondrous light that cast the shadow – that’s You.
I’m writing a post that references this, making this an appropriate time to reblog it. If you’ve ever been troubled – or conflicted – by the fantasies you keep secret, I’d highly recommend it.