|Belltower - Berlin, 2003 (Slide)|
Psychologist Carl Gustav Jung wrote in his autobiography Memories, Dreams, Reflections:
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. The unexpected and the incredible belong in this world. Only then is life whole. For me the world has from the beginning been infinite and ungraspable.
We all must have a small personal secret. It's our connection with the hidden, introverted side of ourselves, the one we turn to when our soul curls up and relies on its own warmth.
A secret makes us feel good. That's it. It makes us feel protected, hidden because it is protected and hidden. We are our secret and nobody else is aware of it.
A secret is a projection of ourselves; we identify with it, we create a connection with it. We are it.
A secret is the little pebble from your hometown creek that you always carry with you, in your pocket, touching it whenever you need to reconnect with your deeper self.
It is the mantra you recite on the subway train, making sure nobody can hear you or see your lips moving.
It is the faces you pull when you're alone in the elevator and the doors finally close; but when they reopen, the cutest cherub in the floor is back: serious, determined, reliable. We're damn professionals here!
It is the diary you fill in at the end of each day, or whenever you have something personal to write in it.
A tiny, personal secret helps us balance our social life and the personal, more intimate side of ourselves.
We often travel and try to have experiences of all sorts and kinds; we sometimes forget, instead, that major sources of inspiration can be found inside of ourselves, in that secret chamber that contains, after all, worlds of mysteries and wonders!
Do you have a secret?
What is it?