The Importance of Myth

by Janelle on November 28, 2011

In 1917 Jung described the archetypes, inter alia, as “deposits of the constantly repeated experiences of humanity” which are “grounded in the peculiarities of the living organism itself and … therefore direct expressions of life whose nature cannot be further explained.”

In my therapeutic work, I have come to find, time and time again that much of the isolation and despair that people describe seem to come from being cut-off from myth, oral narratives and the imagination. There is a quality of a vacuum-like experience of one’s individual suffering, which is deeply unsettling and unsettled. Myths, stories, dreams, connect the individual to the experience of feeling, “I am not the only one…” and more so that these human feelings, sensations, predicaments are to be sensed and revered as a sacred connection to inter alia. These “repeated experiences” of humanity are not only important to know about to assuage feelings of alienation, they breathe life into the experience of being human by aligning the individual with all that came before; the unseen, the unknowable.

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