In Psychology and Religion, Carl G. Jung undertakes a philosophical investigation into the religious dimension of the unconscious. Jung investigates the nature of an inner voice of wisdom as it occurs within a dream sequence. This investigation begins with a discussion of a man and his dreams. He says:
[The dream voice] “utters an authoritative declaration or command, either of astonishing common sense or of profound philosophic import. It is nearly always a final statement, usually coming toward the end of a dream, and it is, as a rule, so clear and convincing that the dreamer finds no argument against it. It has, indeed, so much the character of indisputable truth that it can hardly be understood as anything except a final and trenchant summing up of a long process of unconscious deliberation and weighing of arguments. ” (p. 45)
It seems to me that there are two types of psychic retreats: one type leads to deeper awareness of the eternal Self and the other away from the Self.
The first type of psychic retreat is the simple act of quietly being with one’s Self. To sit with one’s Self, and find stillness within the flow of intensities, allows for one to retreat from the insistent nature of ones own thoughts. This process can provide stillness within the dynamic play of creation. This is the practice of meditation, of finding time to simply be with oneself. Setting aside time in ones daily routine for meditation can offer a time of ‘psychic retreat’. With consistency what begins as a ‘psychic retreat’ can broadens leading the way to Self-realization and enlightenment. Meditation is an essential practice in knowing the eternal truth of the Self.