may well experience moments of happiness, but
they are ephemeral and can neither be willed into
being nor perpetuated by hope. Rather, Jungian
psychology, as well as much of the rich religious
and mythological tradition from which it draws
many of its insights, avers that it is the swamplands
of the soul, the savannas of suffering, that provide
the context for the stimulation and the attainment
of meaning. As far back as 2600 years ago, Aeschylus
observed that the gods have ordained a solemn
decree, that through suffering we come to wisdom.
the final analysis we do not solve our problems,
for life is not a problem to be solved but an
experiment to be lived. It is enough to have suffered
through into deeper and deeper meaning. Such meaning
enriches and is its own reward. We cannot avoid
the swamplands of the soul, but we may come to
value them for what they can bring us.
We must be still and still moving
Into another intensity
For a further union, a deeper communion
Through the dark cold and the empty desolation.