The Symbolic Quest is best expressed by Edward. C. Whitmont.
The labyrinth is an excellent spatial representation which depicts the process of healing the psyche. I revisited this awareness when I read Edward C. Whitmont’s chapter on Therapy (1969,1991) in The Symbolic Quest: Basic Concepts of Analytical Psychology. Here’s what he had to say:
The labyrinth is one of the oldest of symbols; it depicts the way to the unknown center, the mystery of death and rebirth, the risk of the search, the danger of losing the way, the quest, the finding and the ability to return. If we follow the path of the labyrinth from the floor of Chartres Cathedral we can observe that in the course of its tortuous evolution it not only connects the periphery with the center (the Self) but actually fills out and covers the total plane surface of the circle; in striving for the center the path integrates the total circle, the total…
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