"Quintessentially, archetypes are about relationship….As inhabitants of the We Are realm, archetypes bridge spirit with nature, mind with body, and self with universe. They are always within us, essential elements within the structure of our psyches."
A Mythic Life, Learning to Live our Greater Story
"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."
(Helena P. Blavatsky)
"There is no excellence among the creatures which is not to be found in a much higher style, and as an archetype, in the Creator." Albertus Magnus (1193-1280)
A Treasury of Philosophy, Vol. 1
(Dagobert D. Runes, editor)
"The fact is that with the knowledge and actual experience of these inner images [archetypes] a way is opened for reason and feeling to gain access to those other images which the teachings of religion offer to mankind."
"We are all made in the image of God. That is the ultimate archetype of man."
The Power of Myth
"The archetype – let us never forget this – is a psychic organ present in all of us."
"The greatest and best thoughts of man shape themselves upon these primoridial images (the archetypes) as upon a blueprint."
"The Absolute or Supreme God is the basic, or final Archetype in which all lesser archetypes originate and are resolved."
The Transforming Mind
(Laurence and Phoebe Bendit)
"The ancient magical and mythological levels of our being, although 'unconscious' to our current modus operandi, need to be recognised as vital capacities of ours. If we fail to integrate them with our rational world view, we are likely to regress into a new barbarism rather than take the next step of conscious evolution."
Return of the Goddess
(Edward C. Whitmont, MD)
"Archetypes are a specific pattern of relationships and a particular set of biopsychic possibilities of development of consciousness."
Occult Preparations for a New Age
"By far the greatest number of spontaneous synchronistic phenomena that I have had occasion to observe and analyse can easily be shown to have a direct connection with an archetype."
Synchronicity, An Acausal Principle
"The archetypes…are the first point where our formless or seamless organismic consciousness starts to take on an animate form."
Spectrum of Consciousness
"In volume 18 of his Collected Works, Jung explained: 'The archetype is an inherited tendency of the human mind to form representations of mythological motifs – representations that vary a great deal without losing their basic pattern.'"
Our Dreaming Mind
(Robert L. Van deCastle, Ph.D.)
"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)
"Through the genome of our species we inherit the archetypal predispositions of our ancestors, and it is on these basic, universal, and persistently active themes that individual cultures work out their sets of variations and transmit them from generation to generation."
Ariadne's Clue, A Guide to the Symbols of Humankind
"The sky is moist and dry, cold and hot, bright and obscured by turns; these are the rapidly alternating forms included under the one ideal or universal form of the sky. The earth is ever passing through many changes of form; it generates produce, it nourishes the produce it has generated, it yields all manner of crops, with manifold differences of quality and quantity; and above all, it puts forth many sorts of trees, differing in the scent of their flowers and the taste of their fruits. Water takes different forms, now standing, and now running. Fire undergoes many changes, and assumes godlike forms;…they are like our mirrors, and reproduce the ideal or universal form in visible copies with rival brilliance."
(Walter Scott, translator)
"The archetypes are in us, and eternal." Charles Lamb, 'The Essays of Elia (1821)
C. G. Jung: Letters, 1951-1961
(Gerhard Adler and Aniela Jaffe, editors)
"The idea of wholeness is an archetype of deep significance." Gerhard Adler (b. 1904), English Jungian analyst, 'Studies in Analytical Psychology'
The Choice Is Always Ours
(Dorothy B. Phillips, Chief Editor)
"The 'Ideal Forms' are the archetypal or formative ideas…the eternal and subjective concepts of things subsisting in the divine mind prior to becoming."
The Secret Doctrine
(Helena P. Blavatsky)
"The archetypes serve as blueprints to guide the growing forms. They are like the perfect song on a conceptual level which individual singers bring into being in their unique way."
Ancient Wisdom, Modern Insight