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1 "Looking at a circle is like looking into a mirror. We create and respond irresistibly to circles, cylinders, and spheres because we recognize ourselves in them. The message of the shape bypasses our conscious mental circuitry and speaks directly to the quiet intelligence of our deepest being. The circle is a reflection of the world's – and our own – deep perfection, unity, design excellence, wholenes, and divine nature." A Beginner's Guide to Constructing the Universe: The Mathematical Archetypes of Nature, Art & Science (Michael S. Schneider)

2 "Psychoanalysts have noted that the joining of the square with the circle (in such forms as the star, the rose, the lotus, concentric circles, the circle with a visible central point, etc.) is symbolic of the final stage in the process of individuation, or, in other words, of that phase of spiritual development when imperfections (irregular shapes) have been eliminated…for the sake of concentrating upon the achievement of Oneness." A Dictionary of Symbols (J. E. Cirlot)

3 "The Point within a Circle…is the Divine Spirit indwelling creation and abiding in the nature of man." A New Encyclopedia of Freemasonry (Arthur Edward Waite)

4 "The Circle is the Thought; the diameter (or the line) is the Word; and their union is Life." The Secret Doctrine (Helena P. Blavatsky)

5 "The animate world is the larger circle, man is the smaller circle. He is the microcosm. Consequently, everything without is within, everything above is below. Between all things in the larger and smaller circles reigns 'correspondence'." Collected Works (Carl Jung)

6 "In the circle of life all things are present and connected." Manual for the PeaceMaker (Jean Houston with Margaret Rubin)

7 "Your psyche is spherical, whole and complete. When you are approaching an experience of that wholeness, you begin to notice circles and spheres. The sun and moon are magnificent spherical mandalas, and isn't it a wonderful gift that both by day and by night, the heavens present the symbol of your wholeness to you?....The sphere contains the center point of your cohesive power. It can be used as an imaging device to aid in your movement toward wholeness." Reflections of an Elder Brother: Awakening from the Dream (Mary-Margaret Moore)

8 "Each circle you see or create is a profound statement about the transcendental nature of the uni-verse." A Beginner's Guide to Constructing the Universe: The Mathematical Archetypes of Nature, Art & Science (Michael S. Schneider)

9 "The mandala is an archetypal image whose occurrence is attested throughout the ages. It signifies the wholeness of the self. This circular image represents the wholeness of the psychic ground." Memories, Dreams, Reflections (Carl Jung (edited by Aniela Jaffe))

10 "The centre of a circle is regarded as the indivisible source of all the radii extending from it;…pre-existing in God are all the inner essences of created things." St. Maximos the Confessor, 'Second Century on Theology' The Philokalia, volume 2 (various authors, compiled by St. Nikodimos of the Holy Mountain)

11 "It seems the circle has resided within us since the dawn of time, and is a form familiar to us at a deeply resonant level. Over and over again, when this mythic resonance is activated, people experience a sense of 'having been here before' as they enter the circle." Calling the Circle: The First and Future Culture (Christina Baldwin)

12 "Circular is the matrix of the perfect form." Collected Works (Carl Jung)

13 "In Black Elk's vision, the hoop of his people will be reunited only when the tree of the center flowers once again. This is the vision of a Mandala of global consciousness." Mandala (Jose and Miriam Arguelles)

14 "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)

15 "One by one you take your place in the mandala of saints and bodhisattvas." Quietly Comes the Buddha: Awakening Your Inner Buddha Nature (Elizabeth Clare Prophet)

16 "A mandala [is] an ordering pattern or pattern of order which is either consciously devised or appears spontaneously as a product of unconscious processes." Collected Works (Carl Jung)

17 "In neo-platonic philosophy, the soul is explicitly related to the shape of the sphere." A Dictionary of Symbols (J. E. Cirlot)

18 “Caesarius of Heisterbach says that the soul has a ‘spherical nature.’” Collected Works (Carl Jung)

19 "Beyond the body, beyond the sun and stars, past everything you see and yet somehow familiar, is an arc of golden light that stretches as you look into a great and shining circle. And all the circle fills with light before your eyes. The edges of the circle disappear, and what is in it is no longer contained at all. The light expands and covers everything, extending to infinity forever shining and with no break or limit anywhere. Within it everything is joined in perfect continuity. Nor is it possible to imagine that anything could be outside, for there is nowhere that this light is not. This is the vision of the Son of God, whom you know well….Here is the memory of what you are; a part of this, with all of it within, and joined to all as surely as all is joined to you." A Course in Miracles (Helen Schucman and William Thetford)

20 "We are the countless centres of one and the same sphere." Writings in Time of War (Pierre Teilhard deChardin)

21 "If man has alienated himself from the source, the center within, then it is the purpose of a Mandala ritual for our time to be used as a primal tool for investigating and opening that center, once again granting the individual an identification with the cosmic forces and their source." Mandala (Jose and Miriam Arguelles)

22 "The circle is the original sign, the prime symbol of the nothing and the all; the symbol of heaven and the solar eye, the all-encompassing form beyond and through which man finds and loses himself." Mandala (Jose and Miriam Arguelles)

23 "In nature the One circle gives rise to the Many, in the shapes and orbits of the planets, in the roundness of berries, nests, eyeballs, and the cycles of time." A Beginner's Guide to Constructing the Universe: The Mathematical Archetypes of Nature, Art & Science (Michael S. Schneider)

24 "The shape of the world exists everlastingly in the knowledge of the true Love which is God: constantly circling, wonderful for human nature, and such that it is not consumed by age and cannot be increased by anything new….in its workings the Godhead is like a wheel, a whole." Hildegard of Bingen, Mandala, Luminous Symbols for Healing (Judith Cornell, Ph.D.)

25 "The mandala focuses attention on the center. The circle allows a center to emerge and the center then organizes the chaos about it. Patterns of meaning develop in relationship to the center." Spiritual Pilgrims, Carl Jung & Teresa of Avila (John Welch, O. Carm.)

This body of quotes compiled by JoAnn Kite