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

1 "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.'"

2 "There is no energy without opposites."

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

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

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

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 "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."

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

9 "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."

10 "God is certainly Being itself."

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

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

13 "I find that all my thoughts circle round God like the planets round the sun, and are as irresistibly attracted by him. I would feel it the most heinous sin were I to offer any resistance to this compelling force."

14 "Becoming conscious reconciles the opposites."

15 "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."

16 "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."

17 "I'm inclined to believe that something of the human soul remains after death, since already in this conscious life we have evidence that the psyche exists in a relative space and in a relative time, that is in a relatively non-extended and eternal state."

18 "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."

19 "God is the One, the All."

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

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

22 "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."

23 "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."

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

25 "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)."

This body of quotes compiled by JoAnn Kite