Helen M. Luke: The situation in analysis is contained. You see, it’s almost like the mirror is, it’s like pouring water into a bowl, a container. And a person can look into it. Simone Weil said the only purpose of any education should be to train attention. I like that. We’re still learning it.
Lorraine Kisly: That is the material of reflection: attention. Isn’t it? And that is a very mysterious element.
Helen M. Luke: Yes, mysterious to our minds because it is not a rational thinking effort. It is living in the moment: past and future become one. The basic meaning of the word attend is to be present. It is not equivalent to the being present of nature–there is specifically human content. Attention involves seeing, listening, caring, and courtesy, which arise from the inclusion of the human act of intention and concentration beyond thought. Thus, the subject and the object are one. In those moments, the mirror is clear.
–Helen M. Luke, in conversation with Lorraine Kisly from “The Only Freedom,” PARABOLA, Summer, Volume XI, Number 2, “Mirrors,” 1986. Helen M. Luke was a Jungian counselor, writer, and frequent contributor to PARABOLA over the years.