Marie-Louise von Franz was a Swiss Jungian psychologist and scholar, renowned for her psychological interpretations of fairy tales and of alchemical manuscripts.
In her book Archetypal Patterns in Tales, von Franz wrote that in early times bridges were numinous because they were the only places where you could cross the larger rivers. There weren’t many ferries or boats in most countries.
To cross the water, she explained, you had to walk up the banks of the rivers to the bridge, then back down on the other side. Bridges were numinous because they offered the only means to reach faraway countries.
Your Writing Prompt:
Today, write about the bridge.
Set your timer for ten minutes and go! No judging, no stopping. Keep your pen moving (or your fingers typing) no matter where this prompt takes you in your freewriting today.
“It feels like spoken words, this bridge. I want it but fear it. God, I want so desperately to reach the other side – just like I want the words. I want my words to build bridges strong enough to walk on. I want them to tower over the world so I can stand up on them and walk to the other side.”
~ MARKUS ZUSAK