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1 "When I say as a psychologist that God is an archetype, I mean by that the 'type' in the psyche. The word 'type' is, as we know, derived from (the Greek word for) 'blow' or 'imprint'; thus an archetype presupposes an imprinter." 'Psychology and Alchemy' Collected Works (Carl Jung)

2 "In the psyche, at a depth which cannot be called 'personal', there exist the great archetypal images. These images are demonstrably related to the true Archetypes; and although, in dreams for instance, they may sometimes move in the personal levels of the psyche and participate in actions which reflect personal conditions, still their more profound character is manifest." The Sword and The Serpent (Melita Denning and Osborne Phillips)

3 "Archetypes, that is, universal and inherited patterns, taken together, constitute the structure of the unconscious….archetypes are the forms or river-beds along which the current of psychic life has always flowed." Collected Works (Carl Jung)

4 "I believe that on a higher level, everyone embodies the archetypal aspects of Jesus, Krishna, Mohammed, et cetera. These archetypes of our ideals serve to heal our sense of soul-loss. They help us remember a part of us that we often forget about in everyday life." Fred Alan Wolf, Ph.D., 'The Soul and Quantum Physics' Experiencing the Soul (Eliot Jay Rosen, editor)

5 "If these primal spiritual forces – these archetypal powers – can work through the collective unconscious to touch and influence [us] through our myth and ritual and imagination, including imaginative prayer, then we can in actual fact alter the course of history." Myth, History & Faith (Morton Kelsey)

6 "Sooner or later nuclear physics and the psychology of the unconscious will draw closer together as both of them, independently of one another and from opposite directions, push forward into transcendental territory, the one with the concept of the atom, the other with that of the archetype." Collected Works (Carl Jung)

7 "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.'" Collected Works (Carl Jung)

8 "As the intellectual historian Richard Tarnas points out,'Platonic Forms are not conceptual abstractions that the human mind creates by generalizing from a class of particulars. Rather, they possess a quality of being, a degree of reality that is superior to that of the concrete world. Platonic archetypes form the world and also stand beyond it. They manifest themselves within time and yet are timeless. They constitute the veiled essence of things.'" Sacred Contracts: Awakening Your Divine Potential (Caroline Myss)

9 "The Absolute or Supreme God is the basic, or final Archetype in which all lesser archetypes originate and are resolved." The Transforming Mind (Laurence and Phoebe Bendit)

10 "The ancient mathematical philosophers probed into the archetypal patterns and found them in nature." A Beginner's Guide to Constructing the Universe: The Mathematical Archetypes of Nature, Art & Science (Michael S. Schneider)

11 "The archetype does not stem from forms or from figures or objective beings, but from images within the human spirit." A Dictionary of Symbols (J. E. Cirlot)

12 "The soul, which is immortal, has an arithmetical, as the body has a geometrical, beginning. This beginning, as the reflection of the great universal Archaeus, is self-moving, and from the centre diffuses itself over the whole body of the microcosm." Isis Unveiled (Helena P. Blavatsky)

13 "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." Collected Works (Carl Jung)

14 "In volume 18 of his Collected Works, Jung explained: 'The archetype is an inherited tendency of the human mind to form representations of mythological motifs – representations that vary a great deal without losing their basic pattern.'" Our Dreaming Mind (Robert L. Van deCastle, Ph.D.)

15 "Archetypes are a specific pattern of relationships and a particular set of biopsychic possibilities of development of consciousness." Occult Preparations for a New Age (Dane Rudhyar)

16 “Archetypes are universal themes – cross-cultural, transhistorical, and transreligious in world consciousness, i.e., in the collective Self.” Mary Within (David Richo)

17 "By using archetypal symbols that resonate on a universal level, art can evoke the complete range of possible life experiences, including the boundless nature of our souls." Alex Grey Experiencing the Soul (Eliot Jay Rosen, editor)

18 "The Godhead IS, and his 'isness' contains goodness, love, wisdom, in their essence and principle." Meister Eckhart The Perennial Philosophy (Aldous Huxley)

19 "The archetypes precipitate as ever more complex forms in the material world in accordance with the cyclic development of consciousness….The sequential unfolding of the archetype's potential from simple to complex proceeds cyclically, according to an inner order." Ancient Wisdom, Modern Insight (Shirley Nicholson)

20 "The essential realizations of the pivotal work of Jung's career were, first, that since the archetypes or norms of myth are common to the human species, they are inherently expressive neither of local social circumstance nor of any individual's singular experience, but of common human needs, instincts, and potentials." Joseph Campbell, 'The Portable Jung' Integral Psychology: Consciousness, Spirit, Psychology, Therapy (Ken Wilber)

21 "In the mythopoetic fantasy, the soul experiences its own subjective reality. Myth is unashamed subjectivity. It depicts how the soul perceives existence. 'Once upon a time' implies forever and 'here' implies everywhere. This gives the fairy tale its moving impact. It evokes timeless truth." Return of the Goddess (Edward C. Whitmont, MD)

22 "The integrity of an individual life, no less than of the collective life that is culture, depends upon the myths. Their archetypal themes give form and meaning. Falling out of meaning, out of touch with archetypal structuring, means disintegration." Return of the Goddess (Edward C. Whitmont, MD)

23 "As our soul contemplates its Archetype, so that Archetype in turn contemplates the One, which is its Source." Plotinus Shadows of the Sacred: Seeing Through Spiritual Illusions (Frances Vaughan, Ph.D.)

24 "Archetypes are perennial themes that reside at the level of the collective, universal soul. These themes are representations of our collective soul's yearnings, imagination, and deepest desires. These themes have existed forever. We see them in the writings of ancient cultures, in literature throughout the ages. Their shapes shift depending on where we are in history, but their core remains the same." Spontaneous Fulfillment of Desire (Deepak Chopra)

25 "Nature itself rests on an internal foundation of archetypal principles symbolized by numbers, shapes, and their arithmetic and geometric relationships." A Beginner's Guide to Constructing the Universe: The Mathematical Archetypes of Nature, Art & Science (Michael S. Schneider)

This body of quotes compiled by JoAnn Kite