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Carl Jung

1 "The power of God reveals itself not only in the realm of the spirit, but in the fierce animality of nature both within man and outside him."

2 "The self is the total, timeless man and as such corresponds to the original, spherical, bisexual being who stands for the mutual integration of conscious and unconscious."

3 "In God all opposites are abolished."

4 "The inner spiritual man bears a resemblance to Christ."

5 "Mankind as a whole is included in God's human nature."

6 "Only from indistinguishable night can the light be born. This is what nature and natural experience teach."

7 "If we study the introspective method of medieval natural philosophy, we find that it repeatedly used the circle, and in most cases the circle divided into four parts, to symbolize the central principle."

8 "The urge and compulsion to self-realization is a law of nature and thus of invincible power."

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

10 “Heraclius said: This magistery proceeds first from one root, which afterwards expands into several things, and returns again to the one.” Morienus, ‘De transmutatione metall’

11 "The individuation process subordinates the many to the One. But the One is God, and that which corresponds to him in us is the 'imago Dei', the God-image."

12 "Every advance, every conceptual achievement of mankind, has been connected with an advance in self-awareness." 'General Aspects of Dream Psychology'

13 "The importance of self-knowledge is stressed in the alchemical texts."

14 "Mandalas…are produced spontaneously, without external influence, even by children and adults who have never come into contact with any such ideas….The mandala symbolizes, by its central point, the ultimate unity of all archetypes as well as the multiplicity of the phemonenal world, and is therefore the empirical equivalent of the metaphysical concept of a 'unus mundus' [one world]."

15 "Circular is the matrix of the perfect form."

16 "The tension of opposites that makes energy possible is a universal law, fittingly expressed in the yang and yin of Chinese philosophy."

17 "The invisible centre is Adam Kadmon, the Original Man."

18 "There was a time when the utterances of mythology were entirely original, when they were numinous experiences, and anyone who takes the trouble can observe these subjective experiences even today."

19 "Even though mythology may not be 'true' in the sense that a mathematical law or a physical experiment is true, it is still a serious subject for research and contains quite as many truths as a natural science; only, they lie on a different plane. One can be perfectly scientific about mythology, for it is just as good a natural product as plants, animals or chemical elements."

20 "That which brings division ultimately creates union."

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

22 "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."

23 "As the medical lore of the ancient Egyptians shows, myths as well as rites have a psychotherapeutic value, and they still have today."

24 "All this, then, was the plan of the everlasting god for the god who was going to be. According to this plan he made the body of the world smooth and uniform, everywhere equidistant from its center, a body whole and complete, with complete bodies for its parts. And in the centre he set the soul and caused it to extend throughout the whole body, and he further wrapped the body round with soul on the outside. So he established one world alone." Plato, 'Timaeus'

25 "Mathematics has more than once proved that its purely logical constructions which transcend all experience subsequently coincided with the behaviour of things. This, like the events I call synchronistic, points to a profound harmony between all forms of existence."

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