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1 "Everything in nature is a blend of these two forces [yang and yin]. What is demanded is a holistic point of view so that an over-identification with either one of the terms is avoided. The light implies the dark, the male, the female – there is no absolute separation, for both create the whole…Within the whole which they comprise, the alternation of these two forces create the processes of nature and the entire universe, visible and invisible." Mandala (Jose and Miriam Arguelles)

2 "The powers of the right and the left unite in the harmony of wisdom." The Acts of John, The Apocryphal New Testament Collected Works (Carl Jung)

3 "The emergence of the mandala in the spiritual and artistic imagination of various pioneering figures of our century anticipates a new consciousness that can contain these opposites simultaneously." Michael Flanagin, Ph.D., 'The Mandala in Jungian Psychotherapy' Mandala, Luminous Symbols for Healing (Judith Cornell, Ph.D.)

4 "The poles open two paths, which both lead to ONE goal at the end." Wassily Kandinsky, painter Breaking the Mind Barrier (Todd Siler)

5 “The pairs of opposites constitute the phenomenology of the paradoxical Self, man’s totality.” Collected Works (Carl Jung)

6 "Our inner development as persons comes about as we are able to bear the wholeness of the opposites, to experience them as mutually completing, as interdependent and interpenetrating, in some sense simultaneous. To see them, in other words, as alive, moving, and interweaving, like the distinct and yet interflowing rivers that course through the oceans." Mary Caroline Richards, poet and teacher, 'Separating and Connecting: The Vessel and the Fire' The Fabric of the Future (M. J. Ryan, editor)

7 "The truth is not black or white; it is both. The pairs of opposites of the lower levels merge on the highest level." Stalking the Wild Pendulum: On The Mechanics of Consciousness (Itzhak Bentov)

8 "It is the Mandala that can burst the fetters of man's internal bondage and conflict by leading him to a viewpoint from which the various polarities may be harmonized." Mandala (Jose and Miriam Arguelles)

9 "Who is God's opponent? NO ONE." What God Wants (Neale Donald Walsch)

10 "The Book of Manu declares: 'Whoso holds himself free from the opposites, that one is redeemed.'" The Garden of the Golden Flower, The Journey to Spiritual Fulfilment (Longfield Beatty)

11 "'True reality', according to Marcus Schneider, 'resides only in the synthesis' of opposites. This is what the Tarot message is all about, and it certainly is the capsule meaning not only of alchemy and astrology but also of Jungian psychology." Tarot Revelations (Joseph Campbell & Richard Roberts)

12 "The pair of opposites is always there until one can find the center. Then in the center one can move and then go freely." Jean Erdman, Joseph Campbell's wife The Hero's Journey (Phil Cousineau, editor)

13 "The all-containing Divine Essence…comprises all dichotomies. The Absolute becomes differentiated in polarized manifestations, and through these the vital tensions of the world-process are brought into existence and maintained." Myths and Symbols in Indian Art and Civilization (Heinrich Zimmer, edited by Joseph Campbell)

14 "Wisdom never forgets that all things have two sides." Collected Works (Carl Jung)

15 "In the state of consciousness natural to the field within the mandala – that of Self-realization, or nonduality – such opposites as inner and outer, or subjective and objective, male or female, matter and spirit, are all grasped as connected, married, ultimately unified." Michael Flanagin, Ph.D., 'The Mandala in Jungian Psychotherapy' Mandala, Luminous Symbols for Healing (Judith Cornell, Ph.D.)

16 "God is found not only in the light and glory of creation but also in absolute darkness." Wrestling with the Prophets, Essays on Creation Spirituality and Everyday Life (Matthew Fox)

17 "From the living comes death, and from the dead, life; from the young, old age; and from the old, youth; from waking, sleep; and from sleep, waking; the stream of creation and decay never stands still….Construction and destruction, destruction and construction – this is the norm which rules in every circle of natural life from the smallest to the greatest. Just as the cosmos itself emerged from the primal, so must it return once more into the same – a double process running its measured course through vast periods, a drama eternally re-enacted." Heraclitus Jung's Psychology and Its Social Meaning (Ira Progoff, Ph.D.)

18 "Once you have brought bondage to the dyad into subjection to the dignity and nature of the One, you will have subjected the whole of creation to God; for you will have brought into unity what was divided and will have reconciled all things." Nikitas Stithatos, 'On Spiritual Knowledge' The Philokalia, volume 4 (various authors, compiled by St. Nikodimos and St. Makarios)

19 "The self is a unit, consisting however of two, i.e., of opposites, otherwise it would not be a totality." C. G. Jung: Letters, 1951-1961 (Gerhard Adler and Aniela Jaffe, editors)

20 "In all chaos there is a cosmos, in all disorder a secret order, in all caprice a fixed law, for everything that works is grounded on its opposite." 'Archetypes of the Collective Unconscious', CW 9, 1 Basic Writings of C G Jung (V S DeLasslo, editor)

21 "The distinction between eternity and time is only apparent – made, perforce, by the rational mind, but dissolved in the perfect knowledge of the mind that has transcended the pairs of opposites." Hero With A Thousand Faces (Joseph Campbell)

22 "Proponents of these diverse (Gnostic) views agreed that the divine is to be understood in terms of a harmonious, dynamic relationship of opposites – a concept that may be akin to the Eastern view of yin and yang." The Gnostic Gospels (Elaine Pagels)

23 "Everything contains its opposite, as Heraclitus said long ago. 'Men do not know how what is at variance agrees with itself. It is an attunement of opposite tensions, like that of the bow and the lyre'. The poet Blake put it in more modern form, 'Without Contraries is no progression. Attraction and Repulsion, Reason and Energy, Love and Hate are necessay to human existence.'" The Springs of Creative Living, A Study of Human Nature and God (Rollo May)

24 "What we call opposites are only complementary parts of a greater whole." The Findhorn Garden: Pioneering a New Vision of Man and Nature in Cooperation (The Findhorn Community)

25 "Augustine in his mode, and Hegel later in his different mode, adopted and enunciated the fact that any spiritual force will first bring into being its true opposite, and then, balance having been achieved, will conjoin with that opposite to bring into being a product of the two. This causes a new imbalance, so that new pairs of opposites, new unions and new resultants follow." The Sword and The Serpent (Melita Denning and Osborne Phillips)

This body of quotes compiled by JoAnn Kite