Definition copyright © Daryl Sharp, condensed from: C. G. Jung Lexicon: A Primer of Terms and Concepts (Studies in Jungian Psychology by Jungian Analysts)
The deepest layer of the unconscious, which is ordinarily inaccessible to awareness. Its nature is suprapersonal, universal and non-individual. Its manifestations are experienced as alien to the ego, numinous or divine. The contents of the collective unconscious are the archetypes and their specific symbolic representations, i.e., archetypal images.