In the darkness of the unconscious a treasure lies hidden, the same “treasure hard to attain” which in our text, and in may other places too, is described as the shining pearl, or, to quote Paracelsus, as the “mystery,” by which is meant a fascinosum par excellence. It is these inherent possibilities of “spiritual” or “symbolic” life and of progress which form the ultimate, though unconscious goal of regression.

Karl Jung — Symbols of Transformation

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