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Carl Jung

1 "The alchemist…knew definitely that as part of the whole he had an image of the whole in himself."

2 “The ancients could get along with the Greek wisdom of the ages: Exaggerate nothing, all good lies in right measure.”

3 "All the most powerful ideas in history go back to archetypes. This is particularly true of religious ideas, but the central concepts of science, philosophy, and ethics are no exception to this rule. In their present form they are variants of archetypal ideas, created by consciously applying and adapting these ideas to reality. For it is the function of consciousness not only to recognize and assimilate the external world through the gateway of the senses, but to translate into visible reality the world within us." 'The Structure of the Psyche'

4 "In fact, the whole of mythology could be taken as a sort of projection of the collective unconscious." 'The Structure of the Psyche'

5 "It is psychologically quite unthinkable for God to be simply the 'wholly other', for a 'wholly other' could never be one of the soul's deepest and closest intimacies – which is precisely what God is." 'Psychology and Alchemy'

6 "As I have already emphasized, the spontaneous symbols of the self, or of wholeness, cannot in practice be distinguished from a God-image."

7 "Experience has amply confirmed that, in the psyche as in nature, a tension of opposites creates a potential which may express itself at any time in a manifestation of energy. Between above and below flows the waterfall, and between hot and cold there is a turbulent exchange of molecules. Similarly, between the psychic opposites there is generated a uniting symbol."

8 "The fourth maxim of Zen is 'Seeing into one's nature and the attainment of Buddhahood.' When a monk asked Hui-neng for instruction, the Master told him: 'Show me your original face before you were born.' A Japanese Zen book says: 'If you wish to seek the Buddha, you ought to see into your own nature; for this nature is the Buddha himself.' A satori experience shows a Master the 'original man.' Hui-neng said: '.. See what at the moment your own original features are, which you had even before coming into existence.'"

9 "In the empirical self, light and shadow form a paradoxical unity."

10 "The greatest and best thoughts of man shape themselves upon these primoridial images (the archetypes) as upon a blueprint."

11 “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.”

12 “In the one thing are hidden all parts.” Laurentius Ventura, 16th century Venetian physician

13 "The multiplicity of the empirical world rests on an underlying unity."

14 "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."

15 "Everything has grown from this One, and through this One. It is the Uroboros, the serpent that fertilizes and gives birth to itself."

16 "Beneficent forces ever and anon have enabled humanity to find a refuge from every peril and to outlive the longest night."

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 "The energy of the central point is manifested in the almost iresistible compulsion and urge to become what one is, just as every organism is driven to assume the form that is characteristic of its nature, no matter what the circumstances."

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

20 "Ultimately, every individual life is at the same time the eternal life of the species." 'Psychology and Religion'

21 "A species of magical power capable of transforming even brute matter dwells in the human mind." 'Psychology and Alchemy'

22 "Christ is the still living myth of our culture. He is our culture hero who embodies the myth of the divine Primordial Man. He is in us and we in him." 'Aion'

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

24 "The characteristic feature of…synchronistic occurrences is meaningful coincidence, and as such I have defined the synchronistic principle. This principle suggests that there is an inter-connection or unity of causally unrelated events, and thus postulates a unitary aspect of being which can very well be described as the 'unus mundus' [one world]."

25 "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."

This body of quotes compiled by JoAnn Kite