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

1 "As animals of the same kind show the same instinctual phenomena all over the world, man also shows the same archetypal forms no matter where he lives. As animals have no need to be taught their instinctive activities, so man also possesses his primordial psychic patterns and repeats them spontaneously, independently of any kind of teaching."

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

3 "The paths leading to a common truth are many. Therefore each of us has first to stand by his own truth, which is then gradually reduced to a common truth by mutual discussion. All this requires psychological understanding and empathy with the other's point of view. A common task for every group in quest of a common truth."

4 "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."

5 "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."

6 "The Oneness of the Holy Spirit…is the pneumatic state the creator attains to through the phase of incarnation."

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

8 "Looking at it in one way, we do indeed partake of divinity, as Christ himself pointed out when he said: 'Ye are gods.' (1 John 10:34)."

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

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

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

12 "'Psyche' and 'matter' are not basically incommensurable, but may perhaps be qualities of one and the same existential being."

13 "Whole numbers may well be the discovery of God's 'primal thoughts.'"

14 "The solidarity and communal life of mankind go to the roots of existence."

15 "The 'imago Dei' [God-image], is the archetype of the self in us."

16 "Archetypes are forms of different aspects expressing the creative psychic background. They are and always have been numinous and therefore 'divine.' In a very generalizing way we can therefore define them as attributes of the creator. That would explain the compelling character of such inner perceptions."

17 "Becoming conscious reconciles the opposites."

18 "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."

19 "Man (Anthropos) is the visible manifestation of the original One, i.e., God."

20 "The archetypes are in us, and eternal." Charles Lamb, 'The Essays of Elia (1821)

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

22 "God is certainly Being itself."

23 "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."

24 "Many paths lead to the central experience. But the nearer one gets to the centre the easier it is to understand the other paths that lead there."

25 "The archetypal world is 'eternal', i.e., outside time, and it is everywhere."

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