29 January 1930

Practically nobody realizes that one has to climb to a very high standpoint in order to see the full extension of the psychological problem. We all start with the idea that psychology is one small aspect of life. One even thinks in derogatory terms of it as “nothing but,” only this or that, but when one follows up the royal road of dreams, one after a while discovers that the problem of human psychology is by no means small. One is impressed by the fact that the unconscious of man is a sort of mirror of great things. It mirrors the totality of the world–a world of reflex images.

Looked at from the standpoint of the conscious, this world is the reality and that the reflex. But the reflex is just as living and real, just as big and complicated. There is even the standpoint that the external world is a reflex of the unconscious. It is only the Western minority who believe that this is the reality, and that the other the mirage, the world of images. While the whole East, the majority, think the only reality lies in those images, and what we say in reality is just a sort of degenerate phantasmagoria which they call the veil of Maya.

That is Plato’s idea–that the original things are hidden, and the realities of our own conscious life are only limitations of the real thing.