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1 "Our mind divides the world into heaven and earth, day and night, light and darkness, right and left, man and woman, I and you – and the more strongly we sense the separation between these poles, whatever they may be, the more powerfully do we also sense their unity." Karl Menninger (1892-1990), American psychiatrist A Beginner's Guide to Constructing the Universe: The Mathematical Archetypes of Nature, Art & Science (Michael S. Schneider)

2 "God is found not only in the light and glory of creation but also in absolute darkness." Wrestling with the Prophets, Essays on Creation Spirituality and Everyday Life (Matthew Fox)

3 "In God all opposites are abolished." Collected Works (Carl Jung)

4 "The distinction between eternity and time is only apparent – made, perforce, by the rational mind, but dissolved in the perfect knowledge of the mind that has transcended the pairs of opposites." Hero With A Thousand Faces (Joseph Campbell)

5 "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)

6 "'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)

7 "The real world consists of a balanced adjustment of opposing tendencies. Behind the strife between opposites there lies a hidden harmony of attunement which is the world." Heraclitus Soul Centered Astrology, A Key to Your Expanding Self (Alan Oken)

8 "The Intellect (Intellectus) sees opposites unified." Modern Esoteric Spirituality (Antoine Faivre and Jacob Needleman, editors)

9 "The mandala embraces both directions, which is why it is the consummate archetype of East and West alike. As the 'alpha and omega', the center is a union of opposites – a reflection of the true higher Self." ." Michael Flanagin, Ph.D., 'The Mandala in Jungian Psychotherapy' Mandala, Luminous Symbols for Healing (Judith Cornell, Ph.D.)

10 "There is no energy without opposites." C. G. Jung: Letters, 1951-1961 (Gerhard Adler and Aniela Jaffe, editors)

11 "Who is God's opponent? NO ONE." What God Wants (Neale Donald Walsch)

12 "Chaos is infinitely complex order." David Bohm, physicist The Mystic Hours, A Daybook of Interspiritual Wisdom & Devotion (Wayne Teasdale)

13 "Growth and decay, life and death, are both opposites and yet contained, even embraced, by a continuum." Return of the Goddess (Edward C. Whitmont, MD)

14 "The truth is not black or white; it is both. The pairs of opposites of the lower levels merge on the highest level." Stalking the Wild Pendulum: On The Mechanics of Consciousness (Itzhak Bentov)

15 "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)

16 "The darkness within the psyche must be accepted, understood, and ultimately reconciled with the light, in a state of wholeness that is neither light nor darkness but a condition that is both, and yet more than either." The Gnostic Jung and the Seven Sermons to the Dead (Stephan A. Hoeller)

17 "The self is made manifest in the opposites and in the conflict between them; it is a 'coincidentia oppositorum'." Collected Works (Carl Jung)

18 "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." Collected Works (Carl Jung)

19 "Jung's involvement with the mandala culminated in his insight that it represented the center, the midpoint that balance all dualities." Michael Flanagin, Ph.D., 'The Mandala in Jungian Psychotherapy' Mandala, Luminous Symbols for Healing (Judith Cornell, Ph.D.)

20 "From the One proceed all dualities, and in the One they dissolve in undifferentiation." The Tibetan Book of the Great Liberation (W. Y. Evans-Wentz, compiler and editor)

21 "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)

22 "Creation and destruction are simultaneous. Degeneration carries renewal in its core….there is a level in Nature at which all extremes become reconciled and merged." Stalking the Wild Pendulum: On The Mechanics of Consciousness (Itzhak Bentov)

23 "Love is all opposites – the only reality." The Great Ideas, A Syntopicon, vol. 1 (Mortimer J. Adler, editor)

24 "The marriage of opposites, the transcendence of duality, occurs in the realization of the Self." Michael Flanagin, Ph.D., 'The Mandala in Jungian Psychotherapy' Mandala, Luminous Symbols for Healing (Judith Cornell, Ph.D.)

25 "The illusion of duality is the trick of maya. 'Thou art that' (tat tvam asi) is the proper thought for the first step to wisdom." The Masks of God (Joseph Campbell)

This body of quotes compiled by JoAnn Kite