I just finished reading a collection of essays and letters by Carl Gustav Jung entitled ‘On Synchronicity and the Paranormal’. It truly is a wonderful book which taught me a lot about Jung’s lesser known background. I’ve read about many of the concepts he explores before but I wasn’t aware of the depth he went into. I’ll probably be posting several quotes by him in the future which I found interesting.
There was a great drought where Richard Wilhelm lived; for months there had not been a drop of rain and the situation became catastrophic. The Catholics made processions, the Protestants made prayers, and the Chinese burned joss-sticks and shot off guns to frighten away the demons of the drought, but with no result. Finally the Chinese said, ‘We will fetch the rain-maker’. And from another province a dried up old man appeared. The only thing he asked for was a quite little house somewhere, and there he locked himself in for three days. On the fourth day the clouds gathered and there was a great snow-storm at the time of the year when no snow was expected, an unusual amount, and the town was so full of rumours about the wonderful rain-maker that Wilhelm went to ask the man how he did it. In true European fashion he said: ‘They call you the rain-maker, will you tell me how you make the snow?’ And the little Chinese said: ‘I did not make the snow, I am not responsible.’ ‘But what have done these three days?’ ‘Oh, I can explain that. I come from another country where things are in order. Here they are out of order, they are not as they should be by the ordinance of heaven. Therefore the whole country is not in Tao, and I also am not in the natural order of things because I am in a disordered country. So I had to wait three days until I was back in Tao and then naturally the rain came.’