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

1 "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."

2 "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.'"

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

4 "As animals of the same kind show the same instinctual phenomena all over the world, man also shows the same archetypal forms no matter where he lives. As animals have no need to be taught their instinctive activities, so man also possesses his primordial psychic patterns and repeats them spontaneously, independently of any kind of teaching."

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

6 "Becoming conscious reconciles the opposites."

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

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

9 "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."

10 "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."

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

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

13 "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."

14 "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)."

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

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

17 "The secret passion which keeps spiritual techniques alive through the centuries is connected with an original experience of wholeness."

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

19 "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."

20 "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."

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

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

24 "There is no energy without opposites."

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

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