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

2 "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))

3 "In the state of consciousness natural to the field within the mandala – that of Self-realization, or nonduality – such opposites as inner and outer, or subjective and objective, male or female, matter and spirit, are all grasped as connected, married, ultimately unified." Michael Flanagin, Ph.D., 'The Mandala in Jungian Psychotherapy' Mandala, Luminous Symbols for Healing (Judith Cornell, Ph.D.)

4 "God is beyond opposition; in him is a reconciliation of contraries." Richard McKeon, introduction to John Scotus Eriugena Selections From Medieval Philosophers (Richard McKeon, editor and translator)

5 "The energy behind the elemental pair of opposites, fire and water, is one and the same." Hero With A Thousand Faces (Joseph Campbell)

6 "Are not all things which have opposites generated out of their opposites?" Socrates The Case for Reincarnation (Joe Fisher)

7 "No duality can be an originating source; the source of every duality is a monad." Pseudo-Dionysius, The Complete Works (John Farina, Editor-in-Chief)

8 “The pairs of opposites constitute the phenomenology of the paradoxical Self, man’s totality.” Collected Works (Carl Jung)

9 "Most opposites, when stretched far enough apart, paradoxically come full circle only to be rejoined at some point of confluence, some moment or area of tenseless harmony." Breaking the Mind Barrier (Todd Siler)

10 "The harmony of the world arises from opposites held in tension, as in the lyre and the bow. What depths are hidden in this image! By the harmonizing of divergent forces, unity is attained." The Essential Steiner (Rudolf Steiner, edited by Robert A. McDermott)

11 "Dynamic nondualism illuminates the means for reconciling all differences, whether in knowledge, religion, or political ideology. It permits understanding the dualities of existence as interactive or mutually defining polarities. These pervasive dualities are not irreconcilable opposites but necessary and indispensable to every constructive and creative happening, including the process of evolution itself." Anna Freifeld Lemkow, 'Karmic Process in Science and Society' Karma, Rhythmic Return to Harmony (V. Hanson, R. Stewart & S. Nicholson, editors)

12 "When we view reality from the perspective of the Universal Mind, all the usually experienced polarities are transcended. This applies to such categories as spirit-matter, stability-motion, good-evil, male-female, beauty-ugliness, or agony-ecstasy. In the last analysis, there is no absolute difference between subject and object, observer and the observed, experiencer and the experienced, creator and creation. All the roles in the cosmic drama have ultimately only one protagonist, Absolute Consciousness." The Cosmic Game, Explorations of the Frontiers of Human Consciousness (Stanislav Grof)

13 "Duality is only a stage on the evolutionary arc, leading eventually to the realisation of unity." A Treatise on White Magic (Alice A. Bailey)

14 "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)

15 "Non-dual knowledge is the abolition of all particular view points which restrict and distort reality." T. R. V. Murti, 'Central Philosophy of Buddhism' Spectrum of Consciousness (Ken Wilber)

16 "Both yin and yang have their common origin in an undivided One." The Secret of the Golden Flower (Richard Wilhelm, translator)

17 "Life, being an energic process, needs the opposites, for without opposition there is, as we know, no energy. Good and evil are simply the moral aspects of this natural polarity." Collected Works (Carl Jung)

18 "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)

19 "The world as unity of opposites, from the formed towards the forming, is essentially a world from present to present; the moment of the eternal present which is the unity of opposites." Kitaro Nishida, 'Intelligibility and the Philosophy of Nothingness', East-West Press 1958 Spectrum of Consciousness (Ken Wilber)

20 "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)

21 "Hot cannot be derived from cold, nor high from low. An opposition either exists in its binary form or it does not exist at all, and a being without opposites is completely unthinkable, as it would be impossible to establish its existence." 'On the Nature of the Psyche', CW 8 Basic Writings of C G Jung (V S DeLasslo, editor)

22 “In the deity, the opposites cancel out.” Collected Works (Carl Jung)

23 "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)

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 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)

This body of quotes compiled by JoAnn Kite