A new high quality building was being constructed in place of an old depleted one. After the well constructed building was completed, I insisted that the new door be made to look like the one on the old building. I was wanting to make sure that people who were accustomed to coming to the old building would know they were still welcome at the new one.
|Knock And It Shall Be Opened Unto You.|
I had the sense of 'revelation' well before August' 85 but did not recognize it as such. When I would write a new article for my church bulletin in the early eighties one friend half-jokingly would ask, 'Are you sure you wrote that?' And at times I felt in some significant way I had not been the full author. It was a 'revelatory-type' experience that placed such psychological works as 'Love and Will' in my hands and even Elton Trueblood's spiritual 'Man For Our New Age.' Also Paul Tillich's 'The Courage To Be' , and a book entitled 'Seasons Of A Man's life' where I first saw Jung mentioned. My first specific exposure to Jung( I read of his anima concept.) were experienced like 'revelation' well before I could name such experiences. I believe this kind of 'revelatory' experience is rather common but in our culture often not seen for what it is. One unusual 'introduction' I experienced like that more than any is the ancient Chinese book of wisdom, the I Ching. The timing was just right for each of these and others. They somehow appeared just when I was needing what they offered. I think this can be a common experience people have when they know they are in a genuinely 'yearning' or 'learning' mode in personal or professional life. Exactly what the person needs is somewhat 'revealed' to them in such a natural but numinous way.
I now see such reading of specific authors was preparing my internal 'wine skins' so I could more likely 'hold' the 'new wine' that would come to me through more extraordinary means beginning in mid August 1985.These 'vision' like experiences were the most 'miraculous' toned kind of revelation for me and dreams have been a consistent and ongoing path for such openings into the Collective Unconscious to me for 30 years. I think during these times I experienced what I can only be called 'miracle' and 'ecstasy'.
|Ecstasy Of St. Francis...1595 painting|
|Wineskin similar to Jesus' day|
Jung believed 'making it sensible' to others is the real achievement and that is where failure often happens, no matter what intelligence is involved. 'Revelation' can be experienced by genius, fool or responsible average person; only what is done with it marks the fuller quality of the contribution. Does this 'new building' have a 'door' where others feel a natural welcome to enter it? Or in other words, are the newer archetypes being generated from the Unconscious matching up with the most deeply felt needs and values of the culture, or at least significant parts of it?
I have no strong evidence that I have accomplished this 'making sensible' goal with my 'stuff' but it seems I have made a reasonable effort to over these past 25 years. This dream pictures me making that effort. By making the new door look like the old I am seen trying to make the new more accessible to those who are used to viewing the world from one of the old and fading, though originally successful, social/political and religious/spiritual conventions. It is absolutely true that the same doors that have led humanity into its past sustaining collective religions and loves are the same ones that must be entered now to find the new and more appropriate-for- our-time ones. For all such doors lead to the deep archetypes of the Collective Unconscious.
I intuit this possibility for our day but see only spotty evidence of it being yet broadly accomplished. It seems more like where there is sensitive consciousness, each culture and religion and each individual is experiencing the labor of the birth of a new level of consciousness and none of us has a fully clear picture of what a changed and new world might look like. We live in a time of unparalleled need and anticipation of greater wholeness. May we each find a welcoming door to that new place. Jim