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

1 "Emotions have a typical 'pattern' (fear, anger, sorrow, hatred, etc.); that is, they follow an inborn archetype which is universally human and arouses the same ideas and feelings in everyone."

2 "The archetypes are in us, and eternal." Charles Lamb, 'The Essays of Elia (1821)

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

4 "In every feature Christ's life is a prototype of individuation."

5 "The archetypal world is 'eternal', i.e., outside time, and it is everywhere."

6 "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.'"

7 "The way to the cognition of God begins with the cognition of oneself."

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

9 "There is as little doubt of the existence of a supreme being as of matter. The world beyond is a reality, an experiential fact."

10 "The 'Holy Ghost' is an impelling force, creating wider consciousness and responsibility and thus enriched cognition. The real history of the world seems to be the progressive incarnation of the deity."

11 "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."

12 "I know that the psyche is capable of functioning unhampered by the categories of time and space. Ergo, it is in itself an equally transcendental being and therefore relatively non-spatial and 'eternal.'"

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

14 "Mandalas are also formed with the hands, danced, and represented in music (for instance Bach's 'Art of Fugue')….When a mandala is being formed, everything round and square known to man works on it too. But the impetus for its formation comes from the unconscious archetype."

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

16 "The 'imago Dei' [God-image], is the archetype of the self in us."

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

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

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

20 "Synchronicity…is an all-pervading factor or principle in the universe, i.e., in the Unus Mundus [One World]."

21 "What we need is the development of the inner spiritual man, the unique individual whose treasure is hidden on the one hand in the symbols of our mythological tradition, and on the other hand in man's unconscious psyche."

22 "Man (Anthropos) is the visible manifestation of the original One, i.e., God."

23 "I do KNOW of a power of a very personal nature and an irresistible influence. I call it 'God.' I use this term because it has been used for this kind of experience since time immemorial. From this point of view any gods, Zeus, Wotan, Allah, Yahweh, the Summum Bonum, etc., have their intrinsic truth. They are different and more or less differentiated expressions or aspects of one ineffable truth."

24 "The paths leading to a common truth are many. Therefore each of us has first to stand by his own truth, which is then gradually reduced to a common truth by mutual discussion. All this requires psychological understanding and empathy with the other's point of view. A common task for every group in quest of a common truth."

25 "God is the One, the All."

This body of quotes compiled by JoAnn Kite