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Carl Jung

1 "Myth is the primordial language natural to these (unconscious) psychic processes, and no intellectual formulation comes anywhere near the richness and expressiveness of mythical imagery." 'Psychology and Alchemy'

2 "In my experience it is of considerable practical importance that the symbols aiming at wholeness should be correctly understood…They are the remedy with whose help neurotic dissociations can be repaired, by restoring to the conscious mind a spirit and an attitude which from time immemorial have been felt as solving and healing in their effects."

3 "I believe in the Word become flesh, in the spirit-filled body, where yang and yin are wedded into a living form."

4 “The oneness and essence of the physical world is the anima mundi [world soul].”

5 "Wherever the spirit of God is extruded from our human calculations, an unconscious substitute takes its place." 'On the Nature of the Psyche'

6 "To know where the other person makes a mistake is of little value. It only becomes interesting when you know where YOU make the mistake, for then you can do something about it."

7 "Beneficent forces ever and anon have enabled humanity to find a refuge from every peril and to outlive the longest night."

8 "Even though mythology may not be 'true' in the sense that a mathematical law or a physical experiment is true, it is still a serious subject for research and contains quite as many truths as a natural science; only, they lie on a different plane. One can be perfectly scientific about mythology, for it is just as good a natural product as plants, animals or chemical elements."

9 "God is contained in the individual creature."

10 “’As all things proceed from the One….so all things are born of this one thing’, says the ‘Tabula smaragdina’.”

11 "Mankind as a whole is included in God's human nature."

12 "When I say as a psychologist that God is an archetype, I mean by that the 'type' in the psyche. The word 'type' is, as we know, derived from (the Greek word for) 'blow' or 'imprint'; thus an archetype presupposes an imprinter." 'Psychology and Alchemy'

13 "The existence of the atom and its components may well consist in a continually repeated process of rejuvenation, and one comes to similar conclusions in trying to account for the numinosity of the archetypes."

14 "Spirit and matter may well be forms of one and the same transcendental being. For instance the Tantrists say that matter is nothing other than the concreteness of God's thoughts."

15 "Archetypes were, and still are, living psychic forces that demand to be taken seriously, and they have a strange way of making sure of their effect. Always they were the bringers of protection and salvation."

16 "However infinitely varied individual consciousness may be, the basic substrate of the unconscious psyche remains uniform." 'Constitution and Heredity in Psychology'

17 "Imagination is a concentrated extract of the life forces, both physical and psychic." 'Psychology and Alchemy'

18 "There is no balance, no system of self-regulation, without opposition. The psyche is just such a self-regulating system." 'On the Psychology of the Unconscious'

19 "God is near you, he is with you, he is within you." Seneca to Lucilius (Gummere translation)

20 "The spirit is at work in science, in art, philosophy, and religious experience…for there is something in man that is of divine nature….This spirit wants to live."

21 "Light presupposes darkness. Darkness fosters vision, obscurity demands clarification, diversity calls for unity and discord for harmony."

22 "The self is the total, timeless man and as such corresponds to the original, spherical, bisexual being who stands for the mutual integration of conscious and unconscious."

23 "The collective unconscious, as the ancestral heritage of possibilities of representation, is not individual but common to all, and perhaps even to all animals, and is the true basis of the individual psyche."

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 "The fourth maxim of Zen is 'Seeing into one's nature and the attainment of Buddhahood.' When a monk asked Hui-neng for instruction, the Master told him: 'Show me your original face before you were born.' A Japanese Zen book says: 'If you wish to seek the Buddha, you ought to see into your own nature; for this nature is the Buddha himself.' A satori experience shows a Master the 'original man.' Hui-neng said: '.. See what at the moment your own original features are, which you had even before coming into existence.'"

This body of quotes compiled by JoAnn Kite