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C. G. Jung: Letters, 1951-1961
Gerhard Adler and Aniela Jaffe, editors

1 "That Christ is the self of man is implicit in the gospel, but the conclusion Christ = self has never been explicitly drawn. This is an assignment of new meaning, a further stage in the incarnation or actualization of Christ."

2 "Myth is pre-eminently a social phenomenon: it is told by the many and heard by the many. It gives the ultimately unimaginable religious experience an image, a form in which to express itself, and thus makes community life possible."

3 "There is no energy without opposites."

4 "If turmoil and torment become too great, there is still the oneness of the self, the divine spark within its inviolable precincts."

5 "The psychological 'merit' (or rather, significance) of Christ consists in the fact that, as the 'firstling', he is the prototype of the integral man. This image, as history testifies, is numinous and can therefore be answered only by another numinosity. It touches the imago Dei, the archetype of the self in us, and thereby awakens it. The self is then 'constellated' and by virtue of its numinosity compels man toward wholeness, i.e., towards the integration of the unconscious or the subordination of the ego to a holistic 'will', which is rightly conceived to be 'God's will."

6 "Archetypes are forms of different aspects expressing the creative psychic background. They are and always have been numinous and therefore 'divine.' In a very generalizing way we can therefore define them as attributes of the creator. That would explain the compelling character of such inner perceptions."

7 "Everything that is stated or manifested by the psyche is an expression of the nature of things, whereof man is a part."

8 "If you learn about yourself and if eventually you discover more or less who you are, you also learn about God, and who He is."

9 "Why do we ask about God at all? God effervesces in you and sets you to the most wondrous speculations."

10 "I have good reasons to assume that things are not finished with death. Life seems to be an interlude in a long story. It has been long before I was, and it will most probably continue after the conscious interval in a three-dimensional existence."

11 "The depth of the psyche, the unconscious, is not made by man but is divinely created nature."

12 "The realm of the psyche is immeasurably great and filled with living reality. At its brink lies the secret of matter and of spirit."

13 "The archetypes have a life of their own which extends through the centuries and gives the aeons their peculiar stamp."

14 "The Oneness of the Holy Spirit…is the pneumatic state the creator attains to through the phase of incarnation."

15 "Christ is the first-born who is succeeded by an ever-increasing number of younger brothers and sisters."

16 "Be aware of the law of synchronicity. As the old Chinese saying goes: 'The right man sitting in his house and thinking the right thought will be heard 100 miles away.'"

17 "The self is a unit, consisting however of two, i.e., of opposites, otherwise it would not be a totality."

18 "Many paths lead to the central experience. But the nearer one gets to the centre the easier it is to understand the other paths that lead there."

19 "The solidarity and communal life of mankind go to the roots of existence."

20 "Every self has the quality of belonging to the 'self of all selves,' and the self of all selves consists of individual selves."

21 "Whole numbers may well be the discovery of God's 'primal thoughts.'"

22 "Man is the mirror which God holds up to himself, or the sense organ with which he apprehends his being."

23 "Looking at it in one way, we do indeed partake of divinity, as Christ himself pointed out when he said: 'Ye are gods.' (1 John 10:34)."

24 "'Psyche' and 'matter' are not basically incommensurable, but may perhaps be qualities of one and the same existential being."

25 "Christ is in us and we in him! Why shouldn't the workings of God and the presence of the Son of Man in us be real and experienceable? I thank God every day that I have been permitted to experience the reality of the imago Dei in me."

This body of quotes compiled by JoAnn Kite