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1 "The ancient magical and mythological levels of our being, although 'unconscious' to our current modus operandi, need to be recognised as vital capacities of ours. If we fail to integrate them with our rational world view, we are likely to regress into a new barbarism rather than take the next step of conscious evolution." Return of the Goddess (Edward C. Whitmont, MD)

2 "The idea of wholeness is an archetype of deep significance." Gerhard Adler (b. 1904), English Jungian analyst, 'Studies in Analytical Psychology' The Choice Is Always Ours (Dorothy B. Phillips, Chief Editor)

3 "The archetype is that which is believed always, everywhere, and by everybody." Collected Works (Carl Jung)

4 "To recognize is to compare the sense perception outside with the original pictures inside, and to judge that it conforms to them. Proclus has expressed the matter very finely in his simile of awakening, as from a dream. For just as the sensorily presented things in the oute world recall to us those which we formerly perceived in the dream, so also the mathematical relations given in sensibility call forth those intelligible archetypes which were already given inwardly beforehand, so that they now shine forth truly and vividly in the soul." Kepler, 'Harmony of the World', quoted by Werner Heisenberg (1901-1976), 'Science and the Beautiful' Quantum Questions, Mystical Writings of the World's Great Physicists (Ken Wilber, editor)

5 "Because these (archetypal) symbols are collective or transpersonal, to touch the archetype is actually to begin to transcend oneself, to find deeply within an intimation and pointer to the deeply beyond." Spectrum of Consciousness (Ken Wilber)

6 "Culture is not an arbitrary invention but a precipitate of archetypal dynamics." Return of the Goddess (Edward C. Whitmont, MD)

7 "We can relate to almost every archetype because our psyches and spirits are connected to the great collective of all the archetypal patterns." Sacred Contracts: Awakening Your Divine Potential (Caroline Myss)

8 "As animals of the same kind show the same instinctual phenomena all over the world, man also shows the same archetypal forms no matter where he lives. As animals have no need to be taught their instinctive activities, so man also possesses his primordial psychic patterns and repeats them spontaneously, independently of any kind of teaching." C. G. Jung: Letters, 1951-1961 (Gerhard Adler and Aniela Jaffe, editors)

9 "Archetypes are the architects of our lives. They are the energy companions through whom we can learn to understand ourselves." Sacred Contracts: Awakening Your Divine Potential (Caroline Myss)

10 "The sun makes of our planet an alchemical retort in which the ocean waters are lifted to heaven and then, their impurities distilled away, are returned to the earth in drops of rain. This continuous circular process epitomizes the natural interrelationship between heaven and earth – between the archetypal figures of the collective unconscious and man's ego reality." Sallie Nichols, Jungian author Angels and Mortals, Their Co-Creative Power (Maria Parisen, compiler)

11 "The fact is that with the knowledge and actual experience of these inner images [archetypes] a way is opened for reason and feeling to gain access to those other images which the teachings of religion offer to mankind." Collected Works (Carl Jung)

12 "Symbols are among the most profound expressions of human nature…certain images are universal and timeless, occurring n the East and West, in the ancient past and in our hurly-burly present….such universal images, or archetypes, carry dynamic, creative forces that move us deeply." Sacred Origins of Profound Things (Charles Panati)

13 "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)

14 "Numbers keep recurring not because we make them do so but because they are inherent in the proportions of nature that express the timeless mathematical archetypes." A Beginner's Guide to Constructing the Universe: The Mathematical Archetypes of Nature, Art & Science (Michael S. Schneider)

15 "The archetypes of the collective unconscious are psychic components undergoing transformation in the direction of consciousness." Richard Roberts Tarot Revelations (Joseph Campbell & Richard Roberts)

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

17 "Mankind has common instincts of imagination and of action. All conscious imagination and action have been developed with unconscious archetypal images as their basis, and always remain bound up with them." C. G. Jung The Secret of the Golden Flower (Richard Wilhelm, translator)

18 "Archetypal images provide us with a 'self-portrait' of the psyche." Mirrors of The Self, Archetypal Images That Shape Your Life (Christine Downing, editor)

19 "The archetypal world is 'eternal', i.e., outside time, and it is everywhere." C. G. Jung: Letters, 1951-1961 (Gerhard Adler and Aniela Jaffe, editors)

20 "Psychologically, the archetype as an image of instinct is a spiritual goal toward which the whole nature of man strives; it is the sea to which all rivers wend their way." Collected Works (Carl Jung)

21 "The universality of an archetype affirms the reality of the principle in question." A Dictionary of Symbols (J. E. Cirlot)

22 "This beautiful world is a reflection and an image of the Original, the Divine Spirit." Plotinus Men Who Have Walked With God (Sheldon Cheney)

23 "Truth did not come into the world naked, but it came in types and images." The Gospel of Philip (3rd century ad Christian Gnostic catechesis) The Other Bible (Willis Barnstone, editor)

24 “Archetypes represent the precipitate of psychic functioning of the whole ancestral line, i.e., the heaped-up, or pooled, experiences of organic existence in general, a million times repeated, and condensed into types. Hence, in these archetypes all experiences are represented which since primeval time have happened on this planet.” Basic Writings of C G Jung (V S DeLasslo, editor)

25 "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)

This body of quotes compiled by JoAnn Kite