Temenos. A Greek word meaning a sacred,
psychologically, descriptive of both a personal
container and the sense of
privacy that surrounds an analytical
Jung believed that the need to establish or preserve a temenos is often indicated by drawings or dream images of a quaternary nature, such as mandalas.
The symbol of the mandala has exactly this meaning of a holy place, a temenos, to protect the centre. And it is a symbol which is one of the most important motifs in the objectivation of unconscious images. It is a means of protecting the centre of the personality from being drawn out and from being influenced from outside.["The Tavistock Lectures,"CW18, par. 410.]