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1 "Every visible object, every abstract thought, every emotional reaction is but the symbol of an eternal principle." The Secret Teachings of All Ages (Manly P. Hall)

2 "The world's sacred poetry, ritual, prayer, and art are filled with images of incarnated divinity, or the eternity that lies in the temporal, or the transpersonal that animates our personal lives." Thomas Moore, introduction Spiritual Literacy, Reading the Sacred in Everyday Life (Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat)

3 "I believe that a large proportion of the mythological conception of the world which reaches far into the most modern religions is…psychology projected into the outer world." Sigmund Freud, 'Psychopathology of Everyday Life' The Garden of the Golden Flower, The Journey to Spiritual Fulfilment (Longfield Beatty)

4 "Symbolism is what might be called a magnetic force, drawing together phenomena which have the same rhythm and even allowing them to interchange." A Dictionary of Symbols (J. E. Cirlot)

5 "Myth has been said by Annie Besant, as well as by C. G. Jung, to be the true history of man both individual and as a species, and to represent his attempts at spiritual self-realization in the form of dramatic stories." Laurence J. Bendit, 'Karma and Cosmos' Karma, The Universal Law of Harmony (Virginia Hanson and Rosemarie Stewart, editors)

6 "Mythology is the history of the self." The Visionary Window: A Quantum Physicist's Guide to Enlightenment (Amit Goswami, Ph.D.)

7 "Myth unites humanity within the symbol, it embraces humanity." Lectures on the I Ching: Constancy and Change (Richard Wilhelm)

8 "I agree that those mythic forms are collectively inherited in the psyche. And I agree entirely with Jung that it is very important to come to terms with those mythic archetypes." Grace and Grit: Spirituality and Healing in the Life and Death of Treya Killam Wilber (Ken Wilber)

9 “People of different societies and cultures the world over think and feel and react in similar ways. They have the same types of dreams, hopes, fears, problems….and all this is reflected partly in language, myth, and literature, partly in folklore, ritual, and religion.” Arcana Mundi (Georg Luck)

10 "All natural and cultural objects may be invested with a symbolic function which emphasizes their essential qualities in such a way that they lend themselves to spiritual interpretation." A Dictionary of Symbols (J. E. Cirlot)

11 "Every mythic image points past itself. Every deity opens to mystery." Joseph Campbell The Hero's Journey (Phil Cousineau, editor)

12 "Symbol is an externally perceived sign that works mysteriously on the human consciousness so as to suggest more than it can clearly describe or define." Avery Dulles, 'Models of Revelation' Introduction to Theology (Thomas P. Rausch, editor)

13 "It becomes increasingly apparent to me, after several decades of work with extending human capacities, that capacities evolve and change in response to the larger cultural and mythic patterns of which we are a part. We can only extend our capacities when we are conscious of these larger patterns and assume our role as their co-creator." The Search for the Beloved (Jean Houston)

14 "The soul-journey resembles very much the sort of adventure one encounters in folklore and myth." Paul Zeig (1935-1984), American author, 'The Adventurer' The Quotable Spirit (Peter Lorie and Manuela D Mascetti, editors)

15 "These tales are the purveyors of deep insights that have sustained mankind through the long vicissitudes of its existence…The myth presents its theme in a majestic way; it carries spiritual force; and the divine is present." Bruno Bettelheim, 'The Uses of Enchantment Reincarnation: The Phoenix Fire Mystery (Cranston/Head, editors)

16 "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." Collected Works (Carl Jung)

17 "The visible world was made to correspond to the world invisible and there is nothing in this world but is a symbol of something in that world." Abu Hamid Muhammad al-Ghazali, eleventh century visionary The Way of The Earth, Encounters with Nature in Ancient and Contemporary Thought (T. C. McLuhan)

18 "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' Collected Works (Carl Jung)

19 "The Mandala is the Mother of symbols." Mandala (Jose and Miriam Arguelles)

20 "The first task of any systematic comparison of the myths and religions of mankind should be to identify these universals (or, as C. G. Jung termed them, archetypes of the unconscious) and as far as possible to interpret them." The Inner Reaches of Outer Space, Metaphor as Myth and as Religion (Joseph Campbell)

21 "It is a fact that symbols, by their very nature, can so unite the opposites that these no longer diverge or clash, but mutually supplement one another and give meaningful shape to life." Memories, Dreams, Reflections (Carl Jung (edited by Aniela Jaffe))

22 "A common theme in worldwide mythology is the human as microcosm, a miniature model of the whole universe…this view was long considered a key to the understanding of the Self. The ancient philosophers saw their inner lives arranged according to nature's own harmonies, for in nature, geometry, and their spiritual lives they discovered the same principles." A Beginner's Guide to Constructing the Universe: The Mathematical Archetypes of Nature, Art & Science (Michael S. Schneider)

23 "The meanings present in mythologies, ancient and otherwise, could help to undo the alienation and rootlessness prevalent in the individual and collective psyches of our culture." Gnosticism: New Light on the Ancient Tradition of Inner Knowing (Stephan A. Hoeller)

24 "Myths, as they now come to us, and as they break up to let their pregnant motifs scatter and settle into the materials of popular tale, are the purveyors of a wisdom that has borne the race of man through the long vicissitudes of his career." The Flight of the Wild Gander (Joseph Campbell)

25 "A symbol always means more than you can put your finger on. Its field of meaning is constantly expanding. The more you ponder a symbol, the more it means to you. As you contemplate a symbol, it generates a growth of consciousness." Symbols, Guiding Lights Along the Journey of Life (Kathleen R. Prata)

This body of quotes compiled by JoAnn Kite