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1 "The mandala embraces both directions, which is why it is the consummate archetype of East and West alike. As the 'alpha and omega', the center is a union of opposites – a reflection of the true higher Self." ." Michael Flanagin, Ph.D., 'The Mandala in Jungian Psychotherapy' Mandala, Luminous Symbols for Healing (Judith Cornell, Ph.D.)

2 "Everything in nature is a blend of these two forces [yang and yin]. What is demanded is a holistic point of view so that an over-identification with either one of the terms is avoided. The light implies the dark, the male, the female – there is no absolute separation, for both create the whole…Within the whole which they comprise, the alternation of these two forces create the processes of nature and the entire universe, visible and invisible." Mandala (Jose and Miriam Arguelles)

3 "In all chaos there is a cosmos, in all disorder a secret order, in all caprice a fixed law, for everything that works is grounded on its opposite." 'Archetypes of the Collective Unconscious', CW 9, 1 Basic Writings of C G Jung (V S DeLasslo, editor)

4 "Light and darkness, life and death, right and left, are brothers of one another. They are inseparable." The Gospel of Philip, (3rd century Christian Gnostic sacramental catechism) The Other Bible (Willis Barnstone, editor)

5 “In the deity, the opposites cancel out.” Collected Works (Carl Jung)

6 "Only from indistinguishable night can the light be born. This is what nature and natural experience teach." Collected Works (Carl Jung)

7 "The primal Self contains all the archetypal potential and all the dynamic oppositions necessary to achieve the goal of individuation." Ariadne's Clue, A Guide to the Symbols of Humankind (Anthony Stevens)

8 "God is the simultaneous mutual implication of all things, even the contradictory ones." Nicholas Cusanus (1401-1464) 'Apologia doctae ignorantiae' The Masks of God (Joseph Campbell)

9 "What we call opposites are only complementary parts of a greater whole." The Findhorn Garden: Pioneering a New Vision of Man and Nature in Cooperation (The Findhorn Community)

10 "All of life is built upon the law of opposites, as in the negative and positive poles of electricity, day and night, heat and cold, summer and winter, good and evil. The constant friction between these opposites causes development, change, adjustment – in other words originality, or the free-will which functions throughout all creation, and through which creation itself learns eventually to become creative." The Finding of the Third Eye (Vera Stanley Alder)

11 "The illusion of duality is the trick of maya. 'Thou art that' (tat tvam asi) is the proper thought for the first step to wisdom." The Masks of God (Joseph Campbell)

12 "In the state of consciousness natural to the field within the mandala – that of Self-realization, or nonduality – such opposites as inner and outer, or subjective and objective, male or female, matter and spirit, are all grasped as connected, married, ultimately unified." Michael Flanagin, Ph.D., 'The Mandala in Jungian Psychotherapy' Mandala, Luminous Symbols for Healing (Judith Cornell, Ph.D.)

13 "The rational mind stresses opposites. Compassion and love go beyond pairs of opposites." A Joseph Campbell Companion: Reflections on the Art of Living (Diane K. Osbon, editor)

14 "The poles open two paths, which both lead to ONE goal at the end." Wassily Kandinsky, painter Breaking the Mind Barrier (Todd Siler)

15 "In the view of Nicolas of Cusa, the mystery of God's infinity is best expressed by affirming that in God all contradictions are somehow reconciled." The Great Ideas, A Syntopicon, vol. 1 (Mortimer J. Adler, editor)

16 "It is the law of the universal Logos that everything is defined by, tends toward, and is ultimately balanced by its opposite, so that all opposites ultimately constitute a unity." The Passion of the Western Mind: Understanding the Ideas That Have Shaped Our World View (Richard Tarnas)

17 "Two souls contend…In me and both sould strive for masterdom…Which from the other shall the other shall the scepter rend…The first soul is a lover, clasping close…to this world tentacles of corporal flame…The other seeks to rise with mighty throes…To those ancestral meadows, whence it came." Faust (Goethe)

18 "Augustine in his mode, and Hegel later in his different mode, adopted and enunciated the fact that any spiritual force will first bring into being its true opposite, and then, balance having been achieved, will conjoin with that opposite to bring into being a product of the two. This causes a new imbalance, so that new pairs of opposites, new unions and new resultants follow." The Sword and The Serpent (Melita Denning and Osborne Phillips)

19 "Both yin and yang have their common origin in an undivided One." The Secret of the Golden Flower (Richard Wilhelm, translator)

20 "God is beyond opposition; in him is a reconciliation of contraries." Richard McKeon, introduction to John Scotus Eriugena Selections From Medieval Philosophers (Richard McKeon, editor and translator)

21 "Throughout nature the formal principle of thesis-antithesis or dualism and the overcoming of it is observed." Dietrich vonEngelhardt, 'Natural Science in the Age of Romanticism' Modern Esoteric Spirituality (Antoine Faivre and Jacob Needleman, editors)

22 "A synthesis is the result of a thesis AND an antithesis. And true reality resides only in the synthesis." A Dictionary of Symbols (J. E. Cirlot)

23 "You may call this [life] energy positive and negative, even label it good and evil, but when the fruit of the Tree of Knowledge is digested, you will see that all things are one, having emerged from the wars of opposites to unity." The Findhorn Garden: Pioneering a New Vision of Man and Nature in Cooperation (The Findhorn Community)

24 "Everything in nature is dual and can only be known in contrast with its opposite, while the two in combination produce a metaphysical third which is their synthesis and perfect balance." The Meaning of Masonry (W. L. Wilmshurst)

25 "The One…will again reassert his soverign claim, and gather all the fragmented and estranged shreds of being into the reconciled opposites of the one Word." Earthy Mysticism: Contemplation and the Life of Passionate Presence (William McNamara)

This body of quotes compiled by JoAnn Kite