"God is the very spirit and nature of the universe, the image in which it is created, and knowable thus by sense, by reason, and by love, in gradual approximation. God is in all and in every part, and in him all opposites, including good and evil, coincide."
The Masks of God
"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
"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.)
"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
"Wisdom never forgets that all things have two sides."
"It must be known that, though this ignorant, limited, self-defending, suffering body may regard itself as threatened by some other – the enemy – that one too is the God."
Hero With A Thousand Faces
"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)
"Pluralism is illusory, since all separate forms originate in the indistinguishable oneness of the psychic matrix, deep down in the unconscious." C. G. Jung, Psychological Commentary
The Tibetan Book of the Great Liberation
(W. Y. Evans-Wentz, compiler and editor)
"A synthesis is the result of a thesis AND an antithesis. And true reality resides only in the synthesis."
A Dictionary of Symbols
(J. E. Cirlot)
"When we view reality from the perspective of the Universal Mind, all the usually experienced polarities are transcended. This applies to such categories as spirit-matter, stability-motion, good-evil, male-female, beauty-ugliness, or agony-ecstasy. In the last analysis, there is no absolute difference between subject and object, observer and the observed, experiencer and the experienced, creator and creation. All the roles in the cosmic drama have ultimately only one protagonist, Absolute Consciousness."
The Cosmic Game, Explorations of the Frontiers of Human Consciousness
"Life, being an energic process, needs the opposites, for without opposition there is, as we know, no energy. Good and evil are simply the moral aspects of this natural polarity."
"The operations of the two contraries produce harmony, like the centripetal and centrifugal forces, which are necessary to each other – mutually interdependent – in order that both should live."
The Secret Doctrine
(Helena P. Blavatsky)
"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)
"Duality is only a stage on the evolutionary arc, leading eventually to the realisation of unity."
A Treatise on White Magic
(Alice A. Bailey)
"Everything in nature is dual and can only be known in contrast with its opposite, while the two in combination produce a metaphysical third which is their synthesis and perfect balance."
The Meaning of Masonry
(W. L. Wilmshurst)