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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 "The archetype is a structural element of the psyche that we find everywhere and at all times; and it is that in which all individual psyches are identical with each other, and where they function as if they were the one undivided Psyche the ancients called 'anima mundi' [world soul]."

3 "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.'"

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

5 "That Christ is the self of man is implicit in the gospel, but the conclusion Christ = self has never been explicitly drawn. This is an assignment of new meaning, a further stage in the incarnation or actualization of Christ."

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

7 "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."

8 "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."

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

10 "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."

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

12 "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."

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

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

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

16 "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."

17 "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."

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

19 "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."

20 "There is as little doubt of the existence of a supreme being as of matter. The world beyond is a reality, an experiential fact."

21 "Becoming conscious reconciles the opposites."

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

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

24 "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."

25 "Myth is pre-eminently a social phenomenon: it is told by the many and heard by the many. It gives the ultimately unimaginable religious experience an image, a form in which to express itself, and thus makes community life possible."

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