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1 "Mythological imagery springs from the collective unconscious, the transconscious, and it is therefore not contaminated by merely social conventions, language, logic, or the illusions of any particvular cult or individual. Furthermore, the language of mythology is associative and integrative, and…hence it more clearly and truly reflects the actual physical reality of the seamless coat of the universe, of the mutual interdependence and interpenetration of all things and events." Spectrum of Consciousness (Ken Wilber)

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

3 "The point of archetypal images, like the point of myths, is not problem solving but imagining, questioning, going deeper. Archetypal images free us from identifying ourselves with our literal failures and successes or from seeing our lives as banal, or trivial. The aim in attending to these images is to awaken us to a sense of our yet unrealized latent possibilities, to save us from our sense of isolation and meaninglessness. It is to open up our lives to renewal and reshaping. Attending to the images creates a new bond between our personal lives and the collective experience of humankind." Mirrors of The Self, Archetypal Images That Shape Your Life (Christine Downing, editor)

4 "Allegories, symbols, types, are permeated on all sides with spiritual meanings." A New Encyclopedia of Freemasonry (Arthur Edward Waite)

5 "The various journeys and testings of myth and legend image the initiations by which the soul fits herself to conceive and bear the divine child, the spiritual consciousness." The Flame and the Light (Hugh I'anson Fausset)

6 "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)

7 "The human form is the symbol of all symbols." Pierre Deghaye, 'Jacob Boehme and His Followers' Modern Esoteric Spirituality (Antoine Faivre and Jacob Needleman, editors)

8 "All myths are transparent to transcendence: that is, they are psychic metaphors, revelatory of universal axioms." Robert Walter, Foreword World Mythology (Roy Willis, General Editor)

9 "The myths are metaphorical of spiritual potentiality in the human being, and the same powers that animate our life animate the life of the world." The Power of Myth (Joseph Campbell)

10 "The collective dimension of the psyche encompasses the immense mythical universe and connects the individual soul to what happens to all people in all places at all times. We can therefore resonate to myths and stories from cultures other than our own when they deal with such universal themes as birth and death, joy and sorrow, hope and despair." Shadows of the Sacred: Seeing Through Spiritual Illusions (Frances Vaughan, Ph.D.)

11 "We must make the holy journey to the heart of the sacred symbols." Pseudo-Dionysius, The Complete Works (John Farina, Editor-in-Chief)

12 "We have seen in far-flung shamanic traditions distant in time and place, whether in initiation rites, dreams, shamanic lore, rock painting, or monumental sculpture, mankind riding on precisely the same symbols to precisely the same truths or, we might say, experiences." The Strong Eye of Shamanism, A Journey Into the Caves of Consciousness (Robert E. Ryan, Ph.D.)

13 "God made man because he loves stories." Elie Wiesel As Above, So Below: Paths to Spiritual Renewal in Daily Life (Ronald S. Miller and the editors of New Age Journal)

14 "It is a myth, not a mandate, a fable, not a logic by which people are moved." Irwin Edman The World's Religions (Huston Smith)

15 "Myths and rites constitute a mesocosm – a mediating, middle cosmos, through which the microcosm of the individual is brought into relation to the macrocosm of the all." The Masks of God (Joseph Campbell)

16 "A knowledge of mythology is needed in order to grasp the meaning of a content deriving from the deeper levels of the psyche." 'The Structure of the Psyche' Collected Works (Carl Jung)

17 "The oldest, the most profound, the most universal of all symbols is the human body." Manly P. Hall, 'Masonic, Hermetic, Quabbalistic and Rosicrucian Symbolical Philosophy' The Flowering Tree (Gladys V. Jones)

18 "The new creative myths, the global vision, are being born not anew 'out there' but in the mythogenic zone of the awakened human heart." Joseph Campbell The Hero's Journey (Phil Cousineau, editor)

19 "Mythological expression has its own teleological directedness. It is a 'tool of the gods' which necessarily leads back to its source in the Divine." The Strong Eye of Shamanism, A Journey Into the Caves of Consciousness (Robert E. Ryan, Ph.D.)

20 "Like flowers and trees, or poems and songs, the plays or stories of life manifestation grow, expand and differentiate the unfolding process of existence." The Alchemy of Healing (Edward C. Whitmont, MD)

21 "Without an informed knowledge and understanding of the universal motifs of mythology, the search for meaning and for essential transformation of the human psyche is difficult indeed. Aristotle said that 'myths are a compact of wonders', and in comparatively modern times, H. P. Blavatsky has called attention to the fact that myths are the primary agencies by which spiritual realities were communicated from age to age and from generation to generation." Stephan A. Hoeller, 'Sophia: The Gnostic Archetype of Feminine Soul-Wisdom' The Goddess Re-Awakening: The Feminine Principle Today (Shirley Nicholson, Compiler)

22 "Myth is able to encompass the archetypal dimensions of the unconscious mind, which transcends early conditioning and cultural setting. A mythic outlook also reminds you that you are part of a larger picture than your immediate concerns." David Feinstein and Stanley Krippner, 'Personal Mythology' Marilyn Ferguson's Book of PragMagic (Marilyn Ferguson)

23 "We can no longer hold our loves at home and project our aggressions elsewhere; for on this spaceship Earth there is no 'elsewhere' any more. And no mythology that continues to speak or to teach of 'elsewheres' and 'outsiders' meets the requirement of this hour." Myths To Live By (Joseph Campbell)

24 "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)

25 "The unconscious can be reached and expressed only by symbols, and art, myth, dream, and fantasy, with their symbolic propensities, are effective psychopomps, leading the mind to an anamnesis of the origins of psychic life. The result of this anamnesis (an 'unforgetting' or rediscovery) is, on the one hand, an accession to power and vitality resultant from this integration. On the other hand, the mind experiences a perception of something akin to essential form and divinity at the heart of the creation and begins to sense an underlying acausal pattern of continuous creation. The two aspects coalesce in spontaneous images, often taking the form of a mandala and emphasizing a unifying centrality surrounded by a symmetrical quaternary or circular structure suggesting a microcosmic-macrocosmic identity between creature and the cosmic creation." The Strong Eye of Shamanism, A Journey Into the Caves of Consciousness (Robert E. Ryan, Ph.D.)

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