The Mirror Does Not Flatter

carl-jung-600x328“Whoever looks into the mirror of the water will see first of all his own face…The mirror does not flatter, it faithfully shows whatever looks into it.” Carl Jung

In this quote, Carl Jung uses water as a metaphor to represent our unconscious thoughts. In the context of learning to swim, it is valid to consider what he is saying literally as well as metaphorically.

If you look into the mirror of the water and your reflection shows signs of fear or anxiety, when you enter the water it will not flatter you, it will not support you the way it potentially could.

Learn to look at the water with genuine serenity and when you enter, the water will reflect a feeling of calmness and restfulness back at you.