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C. G. Jung: Letters, 1951-1961
Gerhard Adler and Aniela Jaffe, editors

1 "Christ is in us and we in him! Why shouldn't the workings of God and the presence of the Son of Man in us be real and experienceable? I thank God every day that I have been permitted to experience the reality of the imago Dei in me."

2 "God is certainly Being itself."

3 "I have good reasons to assume that things are not finished with death. Life seems to be an interlude in a long story. It has been long before I was, and it will most probably continue after the conscious interval in a three-dimensional existence."

4 "Synchronicity…is an all-pervading factor or principle in the universe, i.e., in the Unus Mundus [One World]."

5 "Man and his soul, the individual, doesn't just work, eat, sleep, reproduce, and die but also has a meaningful destiny reaching far beyond him."

6 "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."

7 "Christ is the first-born who is succeeded by an ever-increasing number of younger brothers and sisters."

8 "The secret passion which keeps spiritual techniques alive through the centuries is connected with an original experience of wholeness."

9 "Everything living dreams of individuation, for everything strives towards its own wholeness."

10 "The 'Holy Ghost' is an impelling force, creating wider consciousness and responsibility and thus enriched cognition. The real history of the world seems to be the progressive incarnation of the deity."

11 "An old alchemist gave the following consolation to one of his disciples: 'No matter how isolated you are and how lonely you feel, if you do your work truly and conscientiously, unknown friends will come and seek you."

12 "I know that the psyche is capable of functioning unhampered by the categories of time and space. Ergo, it is in itself an equally transcendental being and therefore relatively non-spatial and 'eternal.'"

13 "The archetypes have a life of their own which extends through the centuries and gives the aeons their peculiar stamp."

14 "The psychological 'merit' (or rather, significance) of Christ consists in the fact that, as the 'firstling', he is the prototype of the integral man. This image, as history testifies, is numinous and can therefore be answered only by another numinosity. It touches the imago Dei, the archetype of the self in us, and thereby awakens it. The self is then 'constellated' and by virtue of its numinosity compels man toward wholeness, i.e., towards the integration of the unconscious or the subordination of the ego to a holistic 'will', which is rightly conceived to be 'God's will."

15 "Why do we ask about God at all? God effervesces in you and sets you to the most wondrous speculations."

16 "Emotions have a typical 'pattern' (fear, anger, sorrow, hatred, etc.); that is, they follow an inborn archetype which is universally human and arouses the same ideas and feelings in everyone."

17 "I find that all my thoughts circle round God like the planets round the sun, and are as irresistibly attracted by him. I would feel it the most heinous sin were I to offer any resistance to this compelling force."

18 "I do KNOW of a power of a very personal nature and an irresistible influence. I call it 'God.' I use this term because it has been used for this kind of experience since time immemorial. From this point of view any gods, Zeus, Wotan, Allah, Yahweh, the Summum Bonum, etc., have their intrinsic truth. They are different and more or less differentiated expressions or aspects of one ineffable truth."

19 "Man is the mirror which God holds up to himself, or the sense organ with which he apprehends his being."

20 "If turmoil and torment become too great, there is still the oneness of the self, the divine spark within its inviolable precincts."

21 "That which is eternally present appears in the temporal order as a succession."

22 "The centre is the indivisible monad of the self, the unity and wholeness of the experiencing subject."

23 "There is no energy without opposites."

24 "Be aware of the law of synchronicity. As the old Chinese saying goes: 'The right man sitting in his house and thinking the right thought will be heard 100 miles away.'"

25 "Every self has the quality of belonging to the 'self of all selves,' and the self of all selves consists of individual selves."

This body of quotes compiled by JoAnn Kite