Many / One

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Carl Jung

1 "It is worth man's while to take pains with himself, and he has something in his soul that can grow."

2 "Myth is the primordial language natural to these (unconscious) psychic processes, and no intellectual formulation comes anywhere near the richness and expressiveness of mythical imagery." 'Psychology and Alchemy'

3 "God is near you, he is with you, he is within you." Seneca to Lucilius (Gummere translation)

4 "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."

5 "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'

6 "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."

7 "Love makes a man better, hate makes him worse – even when that man is oneself."

8 “There is in fact one substance in which everything is contained.” ‘VIII Exercitatio in Turbam’

9 "It can be ascertained with reasonable certainty from the literary records of the past that at least the universal human facts were felt and thought about in very much the same way at all times. Were this not so, all intelligent historiography and all understanding of historical texts would be impossible. Naturally there are differences,…but these differences are mostly on the surface only and lose their significance the more deeply one penetrates into the meaning of the fundamental motifs."

10 “Self-knowledge is not possible without knowledge of God.”

11 "The 'One' has, as the alchemists say, a 'thousand names.'"

12 "Myth is not fiction; it consists of facts that are continually repeated and can be observed over and over again."

13 "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'

14 “The world-soul pervades all things.”

15 "The collective unconscious…is identical in all individuals and is therefore ONE."

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

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

18 "Wholeness wants to be transformed from a latent state of unconsciousness into an approximate consciousness of itself."

19 “It is a great mystery, one unique mother of all mortal things, and they have all originated in her.” Paracelsus

20 "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]."

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

22 "Time and again the alchemists reiterate that the opus [spiritual work] proceeds from the one and leads back to the one."

23 "In my experience it is of considerable practical importance that the symbols aiming at wholeness should be correctly understood…They are the remedy with whose help neurotic dissociations can be repaired, by restoring to the conscious mind a spirit and an attitude which from time immemorial have been felt as solving and healing in their effects."

24 “The elements are conjoined in the circle of true friendship.” Petrus Bonus

25 "Though synchronistic phenomena occur in time and space they manifest a remarkable independence of both these indispensable determinants of physical existence and hence do not conform to the law of causality."

This body of quotes compiled by JoAnn Kite