Penny over at Art Journey has recently asked the question 'do you believe in fairies'. This got me thinking; I am no great scholar of myths and legends but it seems to me that many of them are universal and are similar in belief systems, cultures and countries across the globe. This would indicate in my own personal view of the world that there is truth in them otherwise how could they exist in such a diversity of places.
Jung talks of the collective unconscious"..... there exists a second psychic system of a collective, universal, and impersonal nature which is identical in all individuals. This collective unconscious does not develop individually but is inherited. It consists of pre-existent forms, the archetypes, which can only become conscious secondarily and which give definite form to certain psychic contents.”.
I don't really understand a lot of this stuff but where does this collective unconscious come from? To me it seems that as we have become more 'civilised' and further away from nature we have mislaid much of our wonder and faith in our world. To me the collective unconscious is a bit like the force in Star Wars, outside there somewhere waiting for us to tap into it.