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Carl Jung

1 "The drama of the archetypal life of Christ describes in symbolic images the events in the conscious life - as well as in the life that transcends consciousness - of a man who has been transformed by his higher destiny." 'A Psychological Approach to the Trinity'

2 "The fact that there is a religious movement upon which many brilliant minds have worked over a period of many centuries is sufficient reason for at least venturing a serious attempt to bring such processes within the realm of scientific understanding."

3 “If the soul would know herself, she must contemplate herself, and gaze into that place where the power of the soul, Wisdom, dwells.” Richard White, letter of February 1567 to Johannes Turrius

4 “We give to God, or the power of God which sustains all things, the name of ‘Anima media natura’, or ‘Soul of the World’.” ‘De arte chymica’

5 "The Self which includes me includes many others also, for the unconscious does not belong to me and is not peculiar to me, but is everywhere."

6 "The physicist's models ultimately rest on the same archetypal foundations that also underlie the speculations of the theologian."

7 "The multiplicity of the empirical world rests on an underlying unity."

8 "God made man to partake of his glory and created him in his image."

9 "Certainly the difficulties and adversities of the struggle for existence may oppress us, yet even the worst conditions need not hinder love; on the contrary, they often spur us on to greater efforts."

10 "Unity embraces the multiplicity of all beings."

11 "Consider: what is behind all this desirousness? A thirsting for the eternal….For desire only burns in order to burn itself out, and in and from this fire arises the true living spirit which generates life according to its own laws."

12 "Although the birth of Christ is an event that occurred but once in history, it has always existed in eternity. For the layman in these matters, the identity of a non temporal, eternal event with a unique historical occurrence is something that is extremely difficult to conceive. He must, however, accustom himself to the idea that 'time' is a relative concept and needs to be complemented by that of the 'simultaneous' existence, in the Bardo or pleroma, of all historical processes. What exists in the pleroma as an eternal process appears in time as an aperiodic sequence, that is to say, it is repeated many times in an irregular pattern." 'Answer to Job'

13 "The soul is a spiritual substance of spherical nature, like the globe of the moon, or like a glass vessel that is furnished before and behind with eyes and sees the whole universe." Caesarius of Heisterbach, medieval Alchemist, 'Dialogus miraculorum', Dist. IV, ch. xxxix

14 "Despite the causal nexus man does enjoy a feeling of freedom, which is identical with autonomy of consciousness. However much the ego can be proved to be dependent and preconditioned, it cannot be convinced that it has no freedom."

15 "The archetypes have, when they appear, a distinctly numinous character which can only be described as 'spiritual'." 'On the Nature of the Psyche'

16 "The power of God reveals itself not only in the realm of the spirit, but in the fierce animality of nature both within man and outside him."

17 "Life, being an energic process, needs the opposites, for without opposition there is, as we know, no energy. Good and evil are simply the moral aspects of this natural polarity."

18 "God is a psychic fact of immediate experience, otherwise there would never have been any talk of God."

19 "Old Heraclitus, who was indeed a very great sage, discovered the most marvelous of all psychological laws: the regulative function of opposites. He called it 'enantiodromia', a running contrariwise, by which he meant that sooner or later everything runs into its opposite."

20 “The source of it all is the Divine Will.” Theatre Chemicum, II

21 "If the life-mass is to be transformed a 'circumambulatio' is necessary, that is, exclusive concentration on the centre, the place of creative change." 'Psychology and Alchemy'

22 "A knowledge of mythology is needed in order to grasp the meaning of a content deriving from the deeper levels of the psyche." 'The Structure of the Psyche'

23 "Just a a 'door' opens to one who 'knocks' on it, or a 'way' opens out to the wayfarer who seeks it, so, when you relate to your own transcendental centre, you initiate a process of conscious development which leads to oneness and wholeness."

24 "The unity of the soul rests empirically on the basic psychic structure common to all souls, which, though not visible and tangible like the anatomical structure, is just as evident as it."

25 "The one attracts the one, and the one rules the one…It is the whole in all things. And it has life and spirit." Zosimos, 3rd century Alchemist, 'Alch. Grecs', III, ix

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