"Do you wish to see the transfigured Christ? Ascend that mountain and learn to know yourself." Richard of St. Victor, 'Benjamin Minor', cols. 53-56
"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."
"Every tension of opposites culminates in a release, out of which comes the 'third'. In the third, the tension is resolved and the lost unity is restored."
"In the empirical self, light and shadow form a paradoxical unity."
“If a union is to take place between opposites like spirit and matter, conscious and unconscious, bright and dark, and so on, it will happen in a third thing, which represents not a compromise but something new.”
"Myth is not fiction; it consists of facts that are continually repeated and can be observed over and over again."
"The importance of self-knowledge is stressed in the alchemical texts."
"The ideas of the moral order and of God belong to the ineradicable substrate of the human soul." 'General Aspects of Dream Psychology'
"Empirically it can be established, with a sufficient degree of probability, that there is in the unconscious an archetype of wholeness which manifests itself spontaneously in dreams, etc., and a tendency, independent of the conscious will, to relate other archetypes to this centre."
"The archetypes…are to be understood as inborn modes of functioning that constitute, in their totality, man's nature."
“For the One is the whole;…because of the One everything is.” Barnaud
"Let thy imagination be guided wholly by nature. And observe according to nature, through whom the substances regenerate themselves in the ..earth. And imagine this with true and not with fantastic imagination." Rosarium philosophorum, Art. Aurif., II, p. 214 (medieval alchemical text),
“There is in fact one substance in which everything is contained.” ‘VIII Exercitatio in Turbam’
“In the deity, the opposites cancel out.”
"In Hermetic philosophy the arcane substance has a 'thousand names', but essentially it consists of the One and Only (i.e., God)."
"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."
"The breath of eternity lies over everything that is really alive."
"In myths and fairytales, as in dreams, the psyche tells its own story, and the interplay of the archetypes is revealed in its natural setting as 'formation, transformation/the eternal Mind's eternal recreation.'"
“Pelagios asks: ‘Why speak ye of the manifold matter? The substance of natural things is one.’”
"The soul must contain in itself the faculty of relationship to God, that is, a correspondence, otherwise a connection could never come about. This correspondence is, in psychological terms, the archetype of the God-image." 'Psychology and Alchemy'
"Spirit and matter may well be forms of one and the same transcendental being. For instance the Tantrists say that matter is nothing other than the concreteness of God's thoughts."
"Our own psyche [is] constantly at work creating new spiritual forms and spiritual forces which may help us."
"The imagination is to be understood as the real and literal power to create images (Einbildungskraft = imagination) – the classical use of the word in contrast to 'phantasia', which means a mere 'conceit' in the sense of insubstantial thought….Imagination is the active evocation of inner images, an authentic feat of thought or ideation, which does not spin aimless and groundless fantasies 'into the blue' – does not, that is to say, just play with its objects, but tries to grasp the inner facts and portray them in images true to their nature."
"God has expressed himself in many languages and appeared in divers forms."
"That everything proceeds from the One is a fundamental tenet of alchemy."