Many / One

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Carl Jung

1 "Myth is not fiction; it consists of facts that are continually repeated and can be observed over and over again."

2 "Self-realization or – what comes to the same thing – the urge to individuation gathers together what is scattered and multifarious, and exalts it to the original form of the One."

3 "Religions are psycho-therapeutic systems in the truest sense of the word, and on the grandest scale. They express the whole range of the psychic problem in mighty images; they are the avowal and recognition of the soul, and at the same time the revelation of the soul's nature."

4 “And behold it is One thing, One root, One essence with nothing extraneous added.” Nicolaus Melchior, chaplain at King Louis II’s court, 1490-1516

5 "The characteristic feature of…synchronistic occurrences is meaningful coincidence, and as such I have defined the synchronistic principle. This principle suggests that there is an inter-connection or unity of causally unrelated events, and thus postulates a unitary aspect of being which can very well be described as the 'unus mundus' [one world]."

6 "The opposites are necessarily of a characterilogical nature: the existence of a positive virtue implies victory over its opposite, the corresponding vice. Without its counterpart virtue would be pale, ineffective, and unreal." Mysterium Coniunctionis

7 "Mathematics has more than once proved that its purely logical constructions which transcend all experience subsequently coincided with the behaviour of things. This, like the events I call synchronistic, points to a profound harmony between all forms of existence."

8 “There is but one single thing, one medicine.” ‘Abraham le Juif’, from the Paris codex (Fr. 14765)

9 "He [Christ] reigns and rules over all things in equal power and glory (Ps. 8), and by his most powerful word preserveth and upholdeth all things (Hebr. 1) and maketh all things one (Acts 17)." 'Aquarium sapientium'

10 "The fact is that with the knowledge and actual experience of these inner images [archetypes] a way is opened for reason and feeling to gain access to those other images which the teachings of religion offer to mankind."

11 "According to Hippolytus ('Elenchos', IV, 43. 4), the Egyptians said that God was an indivisible unity."

12 "It is psychologically quite unthinkable for God to be simply the 'wholly other', for a 'wholly other' could never be one of the soul's deepest and closest intimacies – which is precisely what God is." 'Psychology and Alchemy'

13 "Christ is the perfect symbol of the hidden immortal within mortal man." 'Concerning Rebirth'

14 “The forms which experience takes in each individual may be infinite in their variations, but they are all variants of certain central types, and these occur universally. They are the primordial images, from which the religions each draw their absolute truth.”

15 "The religions contain a revealed knowledge that was originally hidden, and they set forth the secrets of the soul in glorious images. Their temples and their sacred writings proclaim in image and word the doctrine hallowed from of old, making it accessible to every believing heart, every sensitive vision, every farthest range of thought."

16 "What happens in the life of Christ happens always and everywhere. Christ himself is the typical dying and self-transforming God." Psychology and Religion

17 "No man lives within his own psychic sphere like a snail in its shell, separated from everybody else, but is connected with his fellow-men by his unconscious humanity."

18 "In some way or other we are part of a single, all-embracing psyche."

19 "The God-image is within….Where the understanding is, where the mind is, where the power of investigating truth is, there God has his image.' St. Augustine, 'Enarrationes in Psalmos', XLVIII, Sermo II"

20 "Experience shows that religion is a psychic fact that has existed from time immemorial and expresses itself in a thousand different forms."

21 “There are fiery sparks of the World-Soul, that is of the light of nature, dispersed or scattered at God’s command in and through the fabric of the great world into all fruits of the elements everywhere.” Khunrath (1560-1605)

22 "The self is made manifest in the opposites and in the conflict between them; it is a 'coincidentia oppositorum'."

23 "In accordance with the principle of compensation which runs through the whole of nature, every psychic development, whether individual or collective, possesses an optimum which, when exceeded, produces an enantiodromia, that is, turns into its opposite."

24 "Nowhere are we closer to the sublime secret of all origination than in the recognition of our own selves, whom we always think we know already. Yet we know the immensities of space better than we know our own depths, where – even though we do not understand it – we can listen directly to the throb of creation itself." 'Analytical Psychology and Weltanschauung'

25 "Though there is only ONE truth it speaks in many tongues."

This body of quotes compiled by JoAnn Kite