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C. G. Jung: Letters, 1951-1961
Gerhard Adler and Aniela Jaffe, editors

1 "God is certainly Being itself."

2 "Emotions have a typical 'pattern' (fear, anger, sorrow, hatred, etc.); that is, they follow an inborn archetype which is universally human and arouses the same ideas and feelings in everyone."

3 "Christ is in us and we in him! Why shouldn't the workings of God and the presence of the Son of Man in us be real and experienceable? I thank God every day that I have been permitted to experience the reality of the imago Dei in me."

4 "An old alchemist gave the following consolation to one of his disciples: 'No matter how isolated you are and how lonely you feel, if you do your work truly and conscientiously, unknown friends will come and seek you."

5 "Looking at it in one way, we do indeed partake of divinity, as Christ himself pointed out when he said: 'Ye are gods.' (1 John 10:34)."

6 "The paths leading to a common truth are many. Therefore each of us has first to stand by his own truth, which is then gradually reduced to a common truth by mutual discussion. All this requires psychological understanding and empathy with the other's point of view. A common task for every group in quest of a common truth."

7 "The realm of the psyche is immeasurably great and filled with living reality. At its brink lies the secret of matter and of spirit."

8 "Whole numbers may well be the discovery of God's 'primal thoughts.'"

9 "Becoming conscious reconciles the opposites."

10 "Many paths lead to the central experience. But the nearer one gets to the centre the easier it is to understand the other paths that lead there."

11 "The 'imago Dei' [God-image], is the archetype of the self in us."

12 "If turmoil and torment become too great, there is still the oneness of the self, the divine spark within its inviolable precincts."

13 "That Christ is the self of man is implicit in the gospel, but the conclusion Christ = self has never been explicitly drawn. This is an assignment of new meaning, a further stage in the incarnation or actualization of Christ."

14 "In every feature Christ's life is a prototype of individuation."

15 "Man is the mirror which God holds up to himself, or the sense organ with which he apprehends his being."

16 "The archetypes are in us, and eternal." Charles Lamb, 'The Essays of Elia (1821)

17 "Myth is pre-eminently a social phenomenon: it is told by the many and heard by the many. It gives the ultimately unimaginable religious experience an image, a form in which to express itself, and thus makes community life possible."

18 "There is no energy without opposites."

19 "'Psyche' and 'matter' are not basically incommensurable, but may perhaps be qualities of one and the same existential being."

20 "The self is a unit, consisting however of two, i.e., of opposites, otherwise it would not be a totality."

21 "Man (Anthropos) is the visible manifestation of the original One, i.e., God."

22 "God is the One, the All."

23 "The archetypal world is 'eternal', i.e., outside time, and it is everywhere."

24 "Every self has the quality of belonging to the 'self of all selves,' and the self of all selves consists of individual selves."

25 "I find that all my thoughts circle round God like the planets round the sun, and are as irresistibly attracted by him. I would feel it the most heinous sin were I to offer any resistance to this compelling force."

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