"Light presupposes darkness. Darkness fosters vision, obscurity demands clarification, diversity calls for unity and discord for harmony."
"From the unreal to the real is not from one thing to another, but from the complexity of duality and multiplicity to the simplicity of unity."
The Glorious Presence
(Ernest E. Wood)
"There is something in the spirit of man that knows that the dualism, however apparently binding, runs out, exhausts itself, and leaves a core of assurance that the ultimate destiny of man is good." Howard Thurman
One River, Many Wells: Wisdom Springing from World Faiths
"What would the rainbow be were it not limned against the lowering cloud?"
"Growth and decay, life and death, are both opposites and yet contained, even embraced, by a continuum."
Return of the Goddess
(Edward C. Whitmont, MD)
"Every power in nature and in spirit must evolve an opposite as the sole means and condition of its manifestation: and all opposition is a tendency to reunion." Samuel Taylor Coleridge
Homage to Pythagoras, Rediscovering Sacred Science
(Christopher Bamford, editor)
"The emergence of the mandala in the spiritual and artistic imagination of various pioneering figures of our century anticipates a new consciousness that can contain these opposites simultaneously." Michael Flanagin, Ph.D., 'The Mandala in Jungian Psychotherapy'
Mandala, Luminous Symbols for Healing
(Judith Cornell, Ph.D.)
"The powers of the right and the left unite in the harmony of wisdom." The Acts of John, The Apocryphal New Testament
"God appeared to me as the highest unity of all contrasts." Letter of Nicholas of Cusa to Cardinal Julianus
Mystics after Modernism
"Behind the opposites and in the opposites is true reality, which sees and comprehends the whole."
"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)
"Duality is only a stage on the evolutionary arc, leading eventually to the realisation of unity."
A Treatise on White Magic
(Alice A. Bailey)
"Proponents of these diverse (Gnostic) views agreed that the divine is to be understood in terms of a harmonious, dynamic relationship of opposites – a concept that may be akin to the Eastern view of yin and yang."
The Gnostic Gospels
"Use the mighty gift of the pairs of opposites to find oneness, to rise, and turn to what you are."
To Hear the Angels Sing
"I believe in the Word become flesh, in the spirit-filled body, where yang and yin are wedded into a living form."
"The all-containing Divine Essence…comprises all dichotomies. The Absolute becomes differentiated in polarized manifestations, and through these the vital tensions of the world-process are brought into existence and maintained."
Myths and Symbols in Indian Art and Civilization
(Heinrich Zimmer, edited by Joseph Campbell)
"Old Heraclitus, who was indeed a very great sage, discovered the most marvelous of all psychological laws: the regulative function of opposites. He called it 'enantiodromia', a running contrariwise, by which he meant that sooner or later everything runs into its opposite."