Back in the late 70s or so I had the very great privilege of attending a series of lectures by Ann Bedford Ulanov at Virginia Theological Seminary. She was riveting. Here's something she said that I just found:
Meaning does not come to us in finished form, ready-made; it must be found, created, received, constructed. We grow our way toward it.
(Ann Bedford Ulanov, M.Div., Ph.D., L.H.D., is the Christiane Brooks Johnson Progessor of Psychiatry and Religion at Union Theological Seminary, a psychoanalyst in private practice, and a supervising analyst and faculty member of the C.G. Jung Institute of New York. She is the author or co-author of over a dozen books, including The Feminine in Christian Theology and in Jungian Psychology and Transforming Sexuality: The Archtypal World of Anima and Animus.)