Wednesday, July 15, 2009

In the Forest

Although this tree trunk was just on the edge of the much-visited Palewell Common, it had the feel of the forest about it. Early Celts held the forest to be sacred space and so equated the forest with a shrine or nemeton. The forest is a strange place where scenes like this one are commonplace - even if they are regenerative. The forest can evoke panic - a bit like the unconscious. Think of the fairy tales which take place in the forest - Hansel and Gretel, Snow White and the rest. Jung said that, something like fearing the darkness and the deep roots of the trees in the forest, a client could induce panic in consideration of what might lie in his or her unconscious.