Protect yourself against cold when it begins
and welcome it at its end,
for it acts on bodies as it acts on trees:
at first it scorches and parches;
at the end it causes leaves to sprout.
in the middle of winter
- unknown -
Here is the text of a dream a patient of Carl Jung had. Taken from "Psychology and Religion."
I am entering a solemn house. It is called "the house of inner composure or self collection." In the background are many burning candles arranged so as to form four pyramid like points. An old man stands at the door of the house. People enter, they do not talk and often stand still in order to concentrate. The old man at the door tells me about the visitors to the house and says: "When they leave they are pure." I enter the house now, and I am able to concentrate completely. A voice says:
"What thou art doing is dangerous. Religion is not a tax which thou payest in order to get rid of the woman's image, for this image is indispensable. Woe to those who use religion as a substitute for the other side of the soul's life. They are in error and they shall be cursed. Religion is no substitute, but it is the ultimate accomplishment added to every other activity of the soul. Out of the fullness of life thou shalt give birth to thy religion and only then shalt thou be blessed."
Together with the last sentence a faint music becomes audible, simple tunes played by an organ...As I leave the house I have the vision of a flaming mountain and I feel that a fire which can not be quenched must be a sacred fire.
“To have faith is to trust yourself to the water. When you swim you don’t grab hold of the water, because if you do you will sink and drown. Instead you relax, and float.”
-Alan W. Watts
"Life is either a daring adventure or nothing."
"You can't direct the wind, but you can adjust your sails"