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1 "We can relate to almost every archetype because our psyches and spirits are connected to the great collective of all the archetypal patterns." Sacred Contracts: Awakening Your Divine Potential (Caroline Myss)

2 "As our soul contemplates its Archetype, so that Archetype in turn contemplates the One, which is its Source." Plotinus Shadows of the Sacred: Seeing Through Spiritual Illusions (Frances Vaughan, Ph.D.)

3 "Archetypal ideas are part of the indestructible foundations of the human mind. However long they are forgotten and buried, always they return….continually reproducing themselves in new forms representing the timeless truths that are innate in man's nature." Collected Works (Carl Jung)

4 "Shamans exercise their psychospiritual senses, and through this special form of imaginal knowing gain access to a visionary world that is not unlike the 'archetypal world' of Carl Jung. There shamans, dreamers, and visionaries return again and again, extending consciousness and reality at the source level of gnosis and creative process, a place where the self moves freely amid archetypes and universals, listening to the pulse and dynamic transorming patterns of the Universal Dance." Jean Houston, Foreword Shamanism: An Expanded View of Reality (Shirley Nicholson, Compiler)

5 "The significance of the lotus is not to be found by analysing the secrets of the mud from which it grows; its secret is to be found in the heavenly archetype of the lotus that blooms for ever in the Light." A Greater Psychology, An Introduction to Sri Aurobindo's Psychological Thought (Sri Aurobindo, edited by A. S. Dalal)

6 "Archetypal images provide us with a 'self-portrait' of the psyche." Mirrors of The Self, Archetypal Images That Shape Your Life (Christine Downing, editor)

7 "The extraordinary degree of similarity between symbolic manifestations and the agreement about what they signify across history and across the planet points to their archetypal roots in the phylogenetic psyche (the collective unconscious) of humanity." Ariadne's Clue, A Guide to the Symbols of Humankind (Anthony Stevens)

8 "The ancient mathematical philosophers probed into the archetypal patterns and found them in nature." A Beginner's Guide to Constructing the Universe: The Mathematical Archetypes of Nature, Art & Science (Michael S. Schneider)

9 "The integrity of an individual life, no less than of the collective life that is culture, depends upon the myths. Their archetypal themes give form and meaning. Falling out of meaning, out of touch with archetypal structuring, means disintegration." Return of the Goddess (Edward C. Whitmont, MD)

10 "The archetype does not stem from forms or from figures or objective beings, but from images within the human spirit." A Dictionary of Symbols (J. E. Cirlot)

11 "This world is but the shadow of God….All that is in the invisible archetypal sphere is revealed in the sensible corporeal world by the light of Nature." The Secret Teachings of All Ages (Manly P. Hall)

12 "Everything which will later become this or that particular thing is contained invisibly in the seminal reasons implanted at creation; the world blooms out of its primitive elements as a tree develops from its seed." Richard McKeon, introduction to St. Augustine Selections From Medieval Philosophers (Richard McKeon, editor and translator)

13 "Growth at all levels must include spiritual development as its most subtle and valuable aspect. The life of the spirit, manifest in the psyche, must evolve in accordance with certain principles and forms, which, in turn, must be related to all the other levels of human existence...to designate these principles and forms Jung has adopted the term 'archetypes.' Violet Staub deLaszlo, introduction Basic Writings of C G Jung (V S DeLasslo, editor)

14 "The soul, which is immortal, has an arithmetical, as the body has a geometrical, beginning. This beginning, as the reflection of the great universal Archaeus, is self-moving, and from the centre diffuses itself over the whole body of the microcosm." Isis Unveiled (Helena P. Blavatsky)

15 "The 'imago Dei' [God-image], is the archetype of the self in us." C. G. Jung: Letters, 1951-1961 (Gerhard Adler and Aniela Jaffe, editors)

16 "The Godhead IS, and his 'isness' contains goodness, love, wisdom, in their essence and principle." Meister Eckhart The Perennial Philosophy (Aldous Huxley)

17 "The archetypes are abstract patterns formulated in the Divine Mind." The Secret Teachings of All Ages (Manly P. Hall)

18 "The archetypes of the collective unconscious are psychic components undergoing transformation in the direction of consciousness." Richard Roberts Tarot Revelations (Joseph Campbell & Richard Roberts)

19 "Archetypes are the architects of our lives. They are the energy companions through whom we can learn to understand ourselves." Sacred Contracts: Awakening Your Divine Potential (Caroline Myss)

20 "For all the beautiful things in the world would never have been what they are if they hadn't been molded after the archetype of true beauty, the Uncreated, the Blessed, the Imperishable." Philo (c. 15bc-45ad), Alexandrian Jewish philosopher God, A Companion for Seekers (David Schiller)

21 "Archetypal images are found in virtually all cultures and during all ages, thus representing a kind of universal language." The Unfolding Self: Varieties of Transformative Experience (Ralph Metzner)

22 "Because these (archetypal) symbols are collective or transpersonal, to touch the archetype is actually to begin to transcend oneself, to find deeply within an intimation and pointer to the deeply beyond." Spectrum of Consciousness (Ken Wilber)

23 "The sky is moist and dry, cold and hot, bright and obscured by turns; these are the rapidly alternating forms included under the one ideal or universal form of the sky. The earth is ever passing through many changes of form; it generates produce, it nourishes the produce it has generated, it yields all manner of crops, with manifold differences of quality and quantity; and above all, it puts forth many sorts of trees, differing in the scent of their flowers and the taste of their fruits. Water takes different forms, now standing, and now running. Fire undergoes many changes, and assumes godlike forms;…they are like our mirrors, and reproduce the ideal or universal form in visible copies with rival brilliance." Hermetica (Walter Scott, translator)

24 "The human body (is) a miniature replica of the earth's surface. For it resembles our outer planet remarkably, being composed of the same elements in the same proportion: three quarters water and one quarter solids, both organic and inorganic, with swift internal flows, occasional eruptions and gentle daily tides. And there is a corresponding similarity between the atom and the solar system, where the sun represents the proton and the planets the electrons that orbit around it. Such preponderant structures notably demonstrate how material forms are ordered in regular and meaningful ways by nonmaterial abstractions, such as symmetry and conceptual archetypes. This applies to everything from crystals to supergalaxies, all of which in essence may be considered alive." Seven Mysteries of Life, An Exploration in Science and Philosophy (Guy Murchie)

25 "To recognize is to compare the sense perception outside with the original pictures inside, and to judge that it conforms to them. Proclus has expressed the matter very finely in his simile of awakening, as from a dream. For just as the sensorily presented things in the oute world recall to us those which we formerly perceived in the dream, so also the mathematical relations given in sensibility call forth those intelligible archetypes which were already given inwardly beforehand, so that they now shine forth truly and vividly in the soul." Kepler, 'Harmony of the World', quoted by Werner Heisenberg (1901-1976), 'Science and the Beautiful' Quantum Questions, Mystical Writings of the World's Great Physicists (Ken Wilber, editor)

This body of quotes compiled by JoAnn Kite