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1 "Once you have brought bondage to the dyad into subjection to the dignity and nature of the One, you will have subjected the whole of creation to God; for you will have brought into unity what was divided and will have reconciled all things." Nikitas Stithatos, 'On Spiritual Knowledge' The Philokalia, volume 4 (various authors, compiled by St. Nikodimos and St. Makarios)

2 "That which brings division ultimately creates union." Collected Works (Carl Jung)

3 "The primal Self contains all the archetypal potential and all the dynamic oppositions necessary to achieve the goal of individuation." Ariadne's Clue, A Guide to the Symbols of Humankind (Anthony Stevens)

4 "From the living comes death, and from the dead, life; from the young, old age; and from the old, youth; from waking, sleep; and from sleep, waking; the stream of creation and decay never stands still….Construction and destruction, destruction and construction – this is the norm which rules in every circle of natural life from the smallest to the greatest. Just as the cosmos itself emerged from the primal, so must it return once more into the same – a double process running its measured course through vast periods, a drama eternally re-enacted." Heraclitus Jung's Psychology and Its Social Meaning (Ira Progoff, Ph.D.)

5 "Light and darkness, life and death, right and left, are brothers of one another. They are inseparable." The Gospel of Philip, (3rd century Christian Gnostic sacramental catechism) The Other Bible (Willis Barnstone, editor)

6 "For every essential energy within us, there is potentially an equal, opposite energy to balance it – for example, doing and being, giving and receiving, power and vulnerability. The more we can develop and embrace these opposites of life within ourselves, the more conscious, integrated, and balanced we become. Life is always guiding us in the direction that will help us develop the qualities that we most need." The Path of Transformation, How Healing Ourselves Can Change The World (Shakti Gawain)

7 "Augustine in his mode, and Hegel later in his different mode, adopted and enunciated the fact that any spiritual force will first bring into being its true opposite, and then, balance having been achieved, will conjoin with that opposite to bring into being a product of the two. This causes a new imbalance, so that new pairs of opposites, new unions and new resultants follow." The Sword and The Serpent (Melita Denning and Osborne Phillips)

8 "Life is a cyclic interplay of polar energies….The waning of the energy of one pole…is always associated with the waxing in strength of the other pole." Dane Rudhyar, 'The Pulse of Life' Ancient Wisdom, Modern Insight (Shirley Nicholson)

9 “If a union is to take place between opposites like spirit and matter, conscious and unconscious, bright and dark, and so on, it will happen in a third thing, which represents not a compromise but something new.” Collected Works (Carl Jung)

10 "The tension of opposites that makes energy possible is a universal law, fittingly expressed in the yang and yin of Chinese philosophy." Collected Works (Carl Jung)

11 "It is the law of the universal Logos that everything is defined by, tends toward, and is ultimately balanced by its opposite, so that all opposites ultimately constitute a unity." The Passion of the Western Mind: Understanding the Ideas That Have Shaped Our World View (Richard Tarnas)

12 "Becoming conscious reconciles the opposites." C. G. Jung: Letters, 1951-1961 (Gerhard Adler and Aniela Jaffe, editors)

13 "God appeared to me as the highest unity of all contrasts." Letter of Nicholas of Cusa to Cardinal Julianus Mystics after Modernism (Rudolf Steiner)

14 "Only from indistinguishable night can the light be born. This is what nature and natural experience teach." Collected Works (Carl Jung)

15 "The pair of opposites is always there until one can find the center. Then in the center one can move and then go freely." Jean Erdman, Joseph Campbell's wife The Hero's Journey (Phil Cousineau, editor)

16 “Contemplate all things, even the things that are opposites, in a simple unity within the universal Cause.” Pseudo-Dionysius, The Complete Works (John Farina, Editor-in-Chief)

17 "Only by acknowledging both poles in the pair as inseparable can we overcome relative duality and get to their common source in the Monad. In our deepest Self we are beyond all polarity." A Beginner's Guide to Constructing the Universe: The Mathematical Archetypes of Nature, Art & Science (Michael S. Schneider)

18 "Duality and the opposites are, in short, terms of relation or of thought, but not of reality." Spectrum of Consciousness (Ken Wilber)

19 "It must be known that, though this ignorant, limited, self-defending, suffering body may regard itself as threatened by some other – the enemy – that one too is the God." Hero With A Thousand Faces (Joseph Campbell)

20 "The psyche's movement to harmony and wholeness is a balancing of opposites." Spiritual Pilgrims, Carl Jung & Teresa of Avila (John Welch, O. Carm.)

21 "The powers of the right and the left unite in the harmony of wisdom." The Acts of John, The Apocryphal New Testament Collected Works (Carl Jung)

22 "'True reality', according to Marcus Schneider, 'resides only in the synthesis' of opposites. This is what the Tarot message is all about, and it certainly is the capsule meaning not only of alchemy and astrology but also of Jungian psychology." Tarot Revelations (Joseph Campbell & Richard Roberts)

23 "The eye of wisdom continues to see the play of opposites, of course, but it is no longer blinded to the all-embracing unity that underlies, interpenetrates, and harmonizes them." Translators The Upanishads, selections translated by Alistair Shearer and Peter Russell (Alistair Shearer and Peter Russell, translators)

24 "What we call opposites are only complementary parts of a greater whole." The Findhorn Garden: Pioneering a New Vision of Man and Nature in Cooperation (The Findhorn Community)

25 "There is one eternal Law in nature, one that always tends to adjust contraries and to produce final harmony." The Secret Doctrine (Helena P. Blavatsky)

This body of quotes compiled by JoAnn Kite