Many / One

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Carl Jung

1 "Psychologically, the archetype as an image of instinct is a spiritual goal toward which the whole nature of man strives; it is the sea to which all rivers wend their way."

2 “O great, greatest, incomprehensible fabric of the world, formed in a circle!” ‘Secret Inscription’ in the Great Magic Papyrus of Paris

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

4 "The accentuation of the centre is a fundamental idea in alchemy. According to Michael Maier, the centre contains the 'indivisible point', which is simple, indestructible, and eternal."

5 "Empirically it can be established, with a sufficient degree of probability, that there is in the unconscious an archetype of wholeness which manifests itself spontaneously in dreams, etc., and a tendency, independent of the conscious will, to relate other archetypes to this centre."

6 "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."

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

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

9 "The human psyche is a complex whole actuated not only by instinctual processes and personal relationships, but by the spiritual needs and supra-personal currents of the time."

10 "We know from experience that the protective circle, the mandala, is the traditional antidote for chaotic states of mind."

11 "The 'imago Dei' [image of God] pervades the whole human sphere."

12 "A species of magical power capable of transforming even brute matter dwells in the human mind." 'Psychology and Alchemy'

13 "Experience has amply confirmed that, in the psyche as in nature, a tension of opposites creates a potential which may express itself at any time in a manifestation of energy. Between above and below flows the waterfall, and between hot and cold there is a turbulent exchange of molecules. Similarly, between the psychic opposites there is generated a uniting symbol."

14 “You, Lord of the worlds, You who are the ground of all grounds, the cause of all causes, You water the tree from that source, which, like the soul in the body, spreads life everywhere.” Tikkune Zohar

15 "Just as conscious apprehension gives our actions form and direction, so unconscious apprehension through the archetype determines the form and direction of instinct."

16 "The 'One' has, as the alchemists say, a 'thousand names.'"

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

18 “The ancients could get along with the Greek wisdom of the ages: Exaggerate nothing, all good lies in right measure.”

19 "Only a fool is interested in other people's guilt, since he cannot alter it. The wise man learns only from his own guilt. He will ask himself: Who am I that all this should happen to me? To find the answer to this fateful question he will look into his own heart."

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

21 "That which brings division ultimately creates union."

22 “Pelagios asks: ‘Why speak ye of the manifold matter? The substance of natural things is one.’”

23 "Christ is the inner man who is reached by the path of self-knowledge, 'the kingdom of heaven within you.'"

24 "Mandalas are birth-places, vessels of birth in the most literal sense, lotus-flowers in which a Buddha comes to life."

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

This body of quotes compiled by JoAnn Kite