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Carl Jung

1 "Christ is the inner man who is reached by the path of self-knowledge, 'the kingdom of heaven within you.'"

2 "We understand another person in the same way as we understand, or seek to understand, ourselves."

3 "God fashioned the sphere of light round himself. 'God is an intelligible sphere whose centre is everywhere and whose circumference is nowhere'(cf. St. Bonaventure, Itinerarium, 5). The point symbolizes light and fire, also the Godhead in so far as light is an 'image of God' or an 'exemplar of the Deity.' This spherical light modelled on the point is also the shining or illuminating body that dwells in the heart of man."

4 “The pairs of opposites constitute the phenomenology of the paradoxical Self, man’s totality.”

5 "God made man to partake of his glory and created him in his image."

6 "Myths are first and foremost psychic phenomena that reveal the nature of the soul."

7 "My body is a shell in which a chick lies closed about; brooded by the spirit of eternity, it waits its hatching out." Angelus Silesius, 'The Cherubinic Wanderer'

8 “We give to God, or the power of God which sustains all things, the name of ‘Anima media natura’, or ‘Soul of the World’.” ‘De arte chymica’

9 "Our psyche spreads far beyond the confines of the conscious mind."

10 "The collective unconscious….is not individual but common to all men, and perhaps even to all animals, and is the true basis of the individual psyche."

11 "From the unconscious there emanate determining influences which, independently of tradition, guarantee in every single individual a similarity and even a sameness of experience, and also of the way it is represented imaginatively."

12 "The way in which man inwardly pictures the world is still, despite all differences of detail, as uniform and as regular as his instinctive actions."

13 “According to Basilius Valentinus, the earth is inhabited by a spirit that is its life and soul. All created things, minerals included, draw their strength from the earth-spirit. This spirit is life…and it gives nourishment to all the living things it shelters in its womb.”

14 "However infinitely varied individual consciousness may be, the basic substrate of the unconscious psyche remains uniform." 'Constitution and Heredity in Psychology'

15 "I need a knowledge of the innermost foundations of my being, in order that I may base myself firmly on the eternal facts of the human psyche."

16 "The archetype – let us never forget this – is a psychic organ present in all of us."

17 "Archetypal ideas are part of the indestructible foundations of the human mind. However long they are forgotten and buried, always they return….continually reproducing themselves in new forms representing the timeless truths that are innate in man's nature."

18 “’As all things proceed from the One….so all things are born of this one thing’, says the ‘Tabula smaragdina’.”

19 "They [mandalas] are among the oldest religious symbols of humanity and may even have existed in paleolithic times (cf. the Rhodesian rock paintings). Moreover they are distributed all over the world."

20 "In the symbol the WORLD ITSELF is speaking."

21 “For the alchemists the world was an image and symbol of God.”

22 "The archetypes have, when they appear, a distinctly numinous character which can only be described as 'spiritual'." 'On the Nature of the Psyche'

23 "The spirit is dynamic, as indeed it must be if the psyche is not to lose its self-regulating equilibrium."

24 "It seems to me that we are at the threshold of a new spiritual epoch. I do not wish to pass myself off as a prophet, but one can hardly attempt to sketch the spiritual problem of modern man without mentioning the longing for rest in a period of unrest, the longing for security in an age of insecurity. It is from need and distress that new forms of existence arise."

25 "The unconscious, as the totality of all archetypes, is the deposit of all human experience right back to its remotest beginnings. Not, indeed, a dead deposit, a sort of abandoned rubbish-heap, but a living system of reactions and aptitudes that determine the individual's life in invisible ways."

This body of quotes compiled by JoAnn Kite