"I do not know what started me off perceiving the stream of life.
Probably the unconscious itself.
Or perhaps my early dreams.
They determined the course from the beginning.
Knowledge of processes in the background early shaped my relationship to the
As a child I felt myself to be alone,
and I am still, because I know things
and must hint at things
which others apparently know nothing of,
and for the most part
do not want to know.
Loneliness does not for the most part come from having no people about one,
but from being unable to communicate the things that seem important to oneself,
or from holding certain views which others find inadmissible.
The loneliness began with the experiences of my early dreams,
and reached its climax at the time I was working on the unconscious...
It is important to have a secret, a premonition of things unknown. It fills life with something impersonal, a numinosum. A man who has never experienced that has missed something important. he must sense that he lives in a world which in some respects is mysterious; that things happen and can be experienced which remain inexplicable; that not everything which happens can be anticipated.
belong to this world.
Only then is life whole.
For me the world has from the beginning been infinite and ungraspable. "
—Carl Jung, Memories, Dreams, Reflections