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1 "When you come to recognize that boundaries are illusions, and good and bad incline toward each other, and black and white are variations of light, the dualities dissolve and freedom reigns." Miraculous Living (Rabbi Shoni Labowitz)

2 "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)

3 “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)

4 "'Harmony' (from the Greek 'harmonia', signifying 'fitting together') in music, as elsewhere in the cosmos, comes from the reconciliation of opposites by a third element, bringing them all a new unity." A Beginner's Guide to Constructing the Universe: The Mathematical Archetypes of Nature, Art & Science (Michael S. Schneider)

5 "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)

6 “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)

7 "Everything contains its opposite, as Heraclitus said long ago. 'Men do not know how what is at variance agrees with itself. It is an attunement of opposite tensions, like that of the bow and the lyre'. The poet Blake put it in more modern form, 'Without Contraries is no progression. Attraction and Repulsion, Reason and Energy, Love and Hate are necessay to human existence.'" The Springs of Creative Living, A Study of Human Nature and God (Rollo May)

8 "It is the Mandala that can burst the fetters of man's internal bondage and conflict by leading him to a viewpoint from which the various polarities may be harmonized." Mandala (Jose and Miriam Arguelles)

9 "It is only be recognizing and healing the dualities that exist in ourselves that we can come to a true sense of interdependence with the rest of creation." Dancing in the Flames, The Dark Goddess in the Transformation of Consciousness (Marion Woodman and Elinor Dickson)

10 "The universe seems to be pervaded by pairs of opposites, but…they are not independent realities but rather polar aspects of the one unity, in which they are synthesized." Emily B. Sellon and Renee Weber, 'Theosophy and The Theosophical Society' Modern Esoteric Spirituality (Antoine Faivre and Jacob Needleman, editors)

11 "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)

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

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

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

15 "In a world that is split, divided by the 'Civil War of Man', healing is needed to make whole. Mandala is a whole-ing technique; it is the alchemy of opposites reuniting, a blueprint that can be placed upon anything, or any man or being." Mandala (Jose and Miriam Arguelles)

16 "Represent Unity by a circle; at the Present Moment, outside Time, a scission occurs and forms two streams: one goes to the left, away from the other, which goes to the right; each runs on a half of the circle, the Chinese Yin and Yang. On the opposite side, the antagonists rediscover each other and unite. The circle, or cycle, has never ceased to be, the scission has broken nothing…..This absurdity is the Truth." R. A. Schwaller deLubicz, 'Nature Word', Lindisfarne Nature Word (R. A. Schwaller deLubicz)

17 "Pluralism is illusory, since all separate forms originate in the indistinguishable oneness of the psychic matrix, deep down in the unconscious." C. G. Jung, Psychological Commentary The Tibetan Book of the Great Liberation (W. Y. Evans-Wentz, compiler and editor)

18 "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.)

19 "The rational mind stresses opposites. Compassion and love go beyond pairs of opposites." A Joseph Campbell Companion: Reflections on the Art of Living (Diane K. Osbon, editor)

20 "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)

21 "Every tension of opposites culminates in a release, out of which comes the 'third'. In the third, the tension is resolved and the lost unity is restored." Collected Works (Carl Jung)

22 "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)

23 "The poles open two paths, which both lead to ONE goal at the end." Wassily Kandinsky, painter Breaking the Mind Barrier (Todd Siler)

24 "Our inner development as persons comes about as we are able to bear the wholeness of the opposites, to experience them as mutually completing, as interdependent and interpenetrating, in some sense simultaneous. To see them, in other words, as alive, moving, and interweaving, like the distinct and yet interflowing rivers that course through the oceans." Mary Caroline Richards, poet and teacher, 'Separating and Connecting: The Vessel and the Fire' The Fabric of the Future (M. J. Ryan, editor)

25 "If we carefully scrutinize our own character we shall inevitably find that, as Lao-Tzu says, 'high stands on low', which means that the opposites condition one another, that they are really one and the same thing." C. G. Jung, Psychological Commentary The Tibetan Book of the Great Liberation (W. Y. Evans-Wentz, compiler and editor)

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