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

3 "The archetype is a structural element of the psyche that we find everywhere and at all times; and it is that in which all individual psyches are identical with each other, and where they function as if they were the one undivided Psyche the ancients called 'anima mundi' [world soul]."

4 "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."

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

6 "Man and his soul, the individual, doesn't just work, eat, sleep, reproduce, and die but also has a meaningful destiny reaching far beyond him."

7 "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."

8 "God is the One, the All."

9 "The centre is the indivisible monad of the self, the unity and wholeness of the experiencing subject."

10 "Everything living dreams of individuation, for everything strives towards its own wholeness."

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

12 "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."

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

14 "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."

15 "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."

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

17 "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."

18 "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."

19 "The Deity has taken its abode in man with the obvious intention of realizing Its Good in man."

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

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

22 "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."

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

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

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

This body of quotes compiled by JoAnn Kite