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1 "The unconscious, as the totality of all archetypes, is the deposit of all human experience right back to its remotest beginnings. Not, indeed, a dead deposit, a sort of abandoned rubbish-heap, but a living system of reactions and aptitudes that determine the individual's life in invisible ways." Collected Works (Carl Jung)

2 "Growth at all levels must include spiritual development as its most subtle and valuable aspect. The life of the spirit, manifest in the psyche, must evolve in accordance with certain principles and forms, which, in turn, must be related to all the other levels of human existence...to designate these principles and forms Jung has adopted the term 'archetypes.' Violet Staub deLaszlo, introduction Basic Writings of C G Jung (V S DeLasslo, editor)

3 "The archetype is a structural element of the psyche that we find everywhere and at all times; and it is that in which all individual psyches are identical with each other, and where they function as if they were the one undivided Psyche the ancients called 'anima mundi' [world soul]." C. G. Jung: Letters, 1951-1961 (Gerhard Adler and Aniela Jaffe, editors)

4 "According to the Ancient Wisdom, the world issues by means of archetypes, the Divine Ideas or forms of Plato. These are nonmaterial matrices or guiding fields, geometric in nature, which shape forms from within." Ancient Wisdom, Modern Insight (Shirley Nicholson)

5 "This beautiful world is a reflection and an image of the Original, the Divine Spirit." Plotinus Men Who Have Walked With God (Sheldon Cheney)

6 "We are all made in the image of God. That is the ultimate archetype of man." The Power of Myth (Joseph Campbell)

7 "The extraordinary degree of similarity between symbolic manifestations and the agreement about what they signify across history and across the planet points to their archetypal roots in the phylogenetic psyche (the collective unconscious) of humanity." Ariadne's Clue, A Guide to the Symbols of Humankind (Anthony Stevens)

8 "If these primal spiritual forces – these archetypal powers – can work through the collective unconscious to touch and influence [us] through our myth and ritual and imagination, including imaginative prayer, then we can in actual fact alter the course of history." Myth, History & Faith (Morton Kelsey)

9 "Mandalas are also formed with the hands, danced, and represented in music (for instance Bach's 'Art of Fugue')….When a mandala is being formed, everything round and square known to man works on it too. But the impetus for its formation comes from the unconscious archetype." C. G. Jung: Letters, 1951-1961 (Gerhard Adler and Aniela Jaffe, editors)

10 "Space is not an empty void, but a reservoir filled with the models of all things that ever were, that are, and that will be." Isis Unveiled (Helena P. Blavatsky)

11 "Shamans exercise their psychospiritual senses, and through this special form of imaginal knowing gain access to a visionary world that is not unlike the 'archetypal world' of Carl Jung. There shamans, dreamers, and visionaries return again and again, extending consciousness and reality at the source level of gnosis and creative process, a place where the self moves freely amid archetypes and universals, listening to the pulse and dynamic transorming patterns of the Universal Dance." Jean Houston, Foreword Shamanism: An Expanded View of Reality (Shirley Nicholson, Compiler)

12 "The feminine aspect of the God-image, as an archetype, is in fact form without limitation, eternal and yet manifest and repeatable in an infinite number of individuals." Aurora Consurgens (Marie Louise vonFranz)

13 "The archetypes of the psychic processes – in which the great universal truths about the nature of man are contained – rest in the deepest recesses of the objective unconscious." Jung's Psychology and Its Social Meaning (Ira Progoff, Ph.D.)

14 "Every major culture of the world includes in its mythology archetypal figures representing death and rebirth or transformation." Stanislav Grof Shadows of the Sacred: Seeing Through Spiritual Illusions (Frances Vaughan, Ph.D.)

15 "All things have their life and being from the wisdom of God…for according to the wisdom of God, which is the life of all things, was made all that was made…and this [wisdom] is that archetypal world, after whose likeness this sensible world was made." Hugh of St. Victor Aurora Consurgens (Marie Louise vonFranz)

16 "Ideas, by the analysis St. Anselm makes of them, are thenselves things; and for them to be is indication of something concerning the nature of things." Richard McKeon, introduction to St. Anselm Selections From Medieval Philosophers (Richard McKeon, editor and translator)

17 "The point of archetypal images, like the point of myths, is not problem solving but imagining, questioning, going deeper. Archetypal images free us from identifying ourselves with our literal failures and successes or from seeing our lives as banal, or trivial. The aim in attending to these images is to awaken us to a sense of our yet unrealized latent possibilities, to save us from our sense of isolation and meaninglessness. It is to open up our lives to renewal and reshaping. Attending to the images creates a new bond between our personal lives and the collective experience of humankind." Mirrors of The Self, Archetypal Images That Shape Your Life (Christine Downing, editor)

18 "Joy is the quality which grows out of self-realisation….We are told that there is an archetype, a pattern, a way, a goal, and a light which shines upon the Path. But, realising this, do I know anything of the joy which should irradiate my way?" Discipleship in the New Age (Alice A. Bailey)

19 "In the mythopoetic fantasy, the soul experiences its own subjective reality. Myth is unashamed subjectivity. It depicts how the soul perceives existence. 'Once upon a time' implies forever and 'here' implies everywhere. This gives the fairy tale its moving impact. It evokes timeless truth." Return of the Goddess (Edward C. Whitmont, MD)

20 "Culture is not an arbitrary invention but a precipitate of archetypal dynamics." Return of the Goddess (Edward C. Whitmont, MD)

21 "Psychologically, the archetype as an image of instinct is a spiritual goal toward which the whole nature of man strives; it is the sea to which all rivers wend their way." Collected Works (Carl Jung)

22 "Archetypes are universal in that they are the same to everyone everywhere and in every era." A Beginner's Guide to Constructing the Universe: The Mathematical Archetypes of Nature, Art & Science (Michael S. Schneider)

23 "They (the Archetypes) are, indeed, an instinctive trend, as marked as the impulse of birds to build nests, or ants to form organized colonies." Carl Jung Man and His Symbols (Carl Jung)

24 "The archetypes precipitate as ever more complex forms in the material world in accordance with the cyclic development of consciousness….The sequential unfolding of the archetype's potential from simple to complex proceeds cyclically, according to an inner order." Ancient Wisdom, Modern Insight (Shirley Nicholson)

25 "Instincts and archetypes share in common the fact of being essentially collective, that is, universal and regularly occurring." The Meaning in Dreams and Dreaming (Maria F. Mahoney)

This body of quotes compiled by JoAnn Kite