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

1 "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."

2 "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."

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

4 "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."

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

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

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

9 "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.'"

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

11 "An old alchemist gave the following consolation to one of his disciples: 'No matter how isolated you are and how lonely you feel, if you do your work truly and conscientiously, unknown friends will come and seek you."

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

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

14 "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."

15 "God is the One, the All."

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

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

19 "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."

20 "God is certainly Being itself."

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

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

23 "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."

24 "That which is eternally present appears in the temporal order as a succession."

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