"If we see the opposites in ourselves, we are less likely to judge and blame others. If we have identified too closely with the light, have too idealized an image of ourselves, then our shadow will surely come up and hit us on the backside. The same is true if we have identified with our negative side; we could be struck from behind by our goodness. Either position is a denial of our wholeness."
Dancing in the Flames, The Dark Goddess in the Transformation of Consciousness
(Marion Woodman and Elinor Dickson)
"Light presupposes darkness. Darkness fosters vision, obscurity demands clarification, diversity calls for unity and discord for harmony."
"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)
"Growth and decay, life and death, are both opposites and yet contained, even embraced, by a continuum."
Return of the Goddess
(Edward C. Whitmont, MD)
"Darkness is the womb or matrix for light (spirit), which is conceived when darkness reaches its maximum."
(Joseph Campbell & Richard Roberts)
"In the empirical self, light and shadow form a paradoxical unity."
"The mandala embraces both directions, which is why it is the consummate archetype of East and West alike. As the 'alpha and omega', the center is a union of opposites – a reflection of the true higher Self." ." Michael Flanagin, Ph.D., 'The Mandala in Jungian Psychotherapy'
Mandala, Luminous Symbols for Healing
(Judith Cornell, Ph.D.)
"The universe seems to be pervaded by pairs of opposites, but…they are not independent realities but rather polar aspects of the one unity, in which they are synthesized." Emily B. Sellon and Renee Weber, 'Theosophy and The Theosophical Society'
Modern Esoteric Spirituality
(Antoine Faivre and Jacob Needleman, editors)
"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)
"God is beyond opposition; in him is a reconciliation of contraries." Richard McKeon, introduction to John Scotus Eriugena
Selections From Medieval Philosophers
(Richard McKeon, editor and translator)
"Dust as we are, the immortal spirit grows like harmony in music; there is a dark inscrutable workmanship that reconciles discordant elements." William Wordsworth (1770-1850), English poet, 'The Prelude'
The Great Thoughts
(George Seldes, compiler)
"Life is a cyclic interplay of polar energies….The waning of the energy of one pole…is always associated with the waxing in strength of the other pole." Dane Rudhyar, 'The Pulse of Life'
Ancient Wisdom, Modern Insight
"As the holy man and visionary Black Elk stood on the summit of Harney Peak, he had a mystical perception of the universe, a cosmos of harmony and balance transcending all polarities: 'Then I was standing on the highest mountain of them all, and round about beneath me was the whole hoop of the world and while I stood there I saw more than I can tell and I understood more than I saw, for I was seeing in a sacred manner the shapes of things in the spirit, and the shape of all shapes, as they must live together like one being.'"
Shamanic Voices, A Survey of Visionary Narratives
(Joan Halifax, Ph.D.)
"From the unreal to the real is not from one thing to another, but from the complexity of duality and multiplicity to the simplicity of unity."
The Glorious Presence
(Ernest E. Wood)
"If we carefully scrutinize our own character we shall inevitably find that, as Lao-Tzu says, 'high stands on low', which means that the opposites condition one another, that they are really one and the same thing." C. G. Jung, Psychological Commentary
The Tibetan Book of the Great Liberation
(W. Y. Evans-Wentz, compiler and editor)