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Carl Jung

1 "They [mandalas] are among the oldest religious symbols of humanity and may even have existed in paleolithic times (cf. the Rhodesian rock paintings). Moreover they are distributed all over the world."

2 "Metaphysical views are of the utmost importance for the well-being of the human psyche." 'On the Nature of Dreams'

3 "All this, then, was the plan of the everlasting god for the god who was going to be. According to this plan he made the body of the world smooth and uniform, everywhere equidistant from its center, a body whole and complete, with complete bodies for its parts. And in the centre he set the soul and caused it to extend throughout the whole body, and he further wrapped the body round with soul on the outside. So he established one world alone." Plato, 'Timaeus'

4 "The self is the whole man, whose symbols are the divine child and its synonyms."

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

6 "The spirit is dynamic, as indeed it must be if the psyche is not to lose its self-regulating equilibrium."

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

8 "There was a time when the utterances of mythology were entirely original, when they were numinous experiences, and anyone who takes the trouble can observe these subjective experiences even today."

9 "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."

10 "The animate world is the larger circle, man is the smaller circle. He is the microcosm. Consequently, everything without is within, everything above is below. Between all things in the larger and smaller circles reigns 'correspondence'."

11 "Man is an image of the great world, and is called the microcosm or litle world….Therefore, to know the heaven and earth of man, is the same as to have a full and complete knowledge of the whole world and of the things of nature." 'Theatrum Chemicum', VI

12 "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."

13 “The spirit of life is not only indwelling in all living things, but immanent in everything that exists, as the world-soul.”

14 "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.'"

15 "Nothing is achieved by merely negative criticism. It is justified only to the degree that it is creative."

16 "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

17 "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."

18 "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."

19 “However much its names may differ, yet it is ever one thing alone.” ‘Rosarium’, Art. Aurif., II

20 "Christ did not merely symbolize wholeness, but, as a psychic phenomenon, he was wholeness." 'Aion'

21 "The most important of the fundamental instincts [is] the religious instinct for wholeness."

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

23 "We understand another person in the same way as we understand, or seek to understand, ourselves."

24 “God is known as One.” The Zohar

25 "That which brings division ultimately creates union."

This body of quotes compiled by JoAnn Kite