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Stone Sanctuary, Chapter 2: “Often the hands will solve a mystery that the intellect has struggled with in vain.”

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Not only is it a mystery to me of why the Stone Sanctuary needs to be built, but it is also it is also a mystery as to how my hands find the stones that fit.

There is no conscious process of choosing to look for a stone with certain dimensions and angles — there is only walking among the stones on the ground and letting my hands choose the stone.

It is also not a process that can be pushed; in the wrong mood, the wrong frame of mind, the stones do not find their place.

It felt good to have these two stones find each other.

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“It does not suffice in all cases to elucidate only the conceptual context of a dream content.

Often it is necessary to clarify a vague content by giving it a visible form.

This can be done by drawing, painting, or modeling. 

Often the hands will solve a mystery that the intellect has struggled with in vain.”

Carl Jung
Collected Works
Volume 16 

The Practice of Psychotherapy

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