I have been going through emails to and from my friend Robert Clarke, who moved over to the other side early Thursday morning English time — late Wednesday in America — and came across this that he sent me just slightly more than one year ago. What he (and his dream) says isn’t fashionable. Don’t we know it! But it’s true, which is more important. Most of the people who are looking for the causes of our present disintegration are looking in the wrong places, perhaps because they cannot bring themselves to reconsider opinions that brought them to the ground that they thought was firm beneath their feet.
… But as to the present world banking crisis, which I personally don’t follow, the unconscious has given dire warnings for some time that we are heading for disaster. I had a dream in which all of the cathedrals and churches in the West had gone, replaced now by tower office blocks – cathedrals of business as the dream said. The Tower of Babel was also mentioned. The dream was saying that modern man has become completely possessed by materialistic values and never acquires enough; he wants more and more and more.
In another dream I saw a map of the world with each area coloured according to its religion. So when I looked at the key at the bottom, the colour yellow had ‘Buddhist’ next to it, blue had ‘Muslim’, and so on. When I looked at red, however, which was the colour for the West, and expected it to say ‘Christian’, it actually said ‘atheist/materialist’. Then the red over the West was a poison that was gradually spreading across the world, meaning great danger for it.
The foundations of a culture supposed to be spiritual ones, giving solid roots in eternity. Yet man has not been developed out of nature solely or even primarily for his own benefit. He has been developed to do a job for God, to help full reality to evolve higher and further, and for this there has to be close association between material and spiritual worlds. But I had another dream which said that if man fails in this task, as he is surely doing, then another animal will be evolved to take his place. I was actually shown a long line of different animals all waiting to be evolved specially in turn until one is found that will truly help God and be a responsible caretaker of the planet.
Jung said that this complete fall into matter – and therefore complete dissociation from spirit – has always been the greatest danger for mankind, from the beginning, because it will mean the greatest catastrophe.