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

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

2 "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."

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

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

5 "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."

6 "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."

7 "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."

8 "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)."

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

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

11 "Becoming conscious reconciles the opposites."

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

13 "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."

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

15 "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."

16 "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."

17 "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."

18 "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.'"

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

20 "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."

21 "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."

22 "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."

23 "God is certainly Being itself."

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

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

This body of quotes compiled by JoAnn Kite