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

1 "God is certainly Being itself."

2 "There is no energy without opposites."

3 "I know that the psyche is capable of functioning unhampered by the categories of time and space. Ergo, it is in itself an equally transcendental being and therefore relatively non-spatial and 'eternal.'"

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

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

6 "What we need is the development of the inner spiritual man, the unique individual whose treasure is hidden on the one hand in the symbols of our mythological tradition, and on the other hand in man's unconscious psyche."

7 "Becoming conscious reconciles the opposites."

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

9 "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."

10 "Everything living dreams of individuation, for everything strives towards its own wholeness."

11 "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)."

12 "There is as little doubt of the existence of a supreme being as of matter. The world beyond is a reality, an experiential fact."

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

14 "Everything that is stated or manifested by the psyche is an expression of the nature of things, whereof man is a part."

15 "The secret passion which keeps spiritual techniques alive through the centuries is connected with an original experience of wholeness."

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

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 "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."

19 "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."

20 "Christ is the first-born who is succeeded by an ever-increasing number of younger brothers and sisters."

21 "God is the One, the All."

22 "Archetypes are forms of different aspects expressing the creative psychic background. They are and always have been numinous and therefore 'divine.' In a very generalizing way we can therefore define them as attributes of the creator. That would explain the compelling character of such inner perceptions."

23 "The depth of the psyche, the unconscious, is not made by man but is divinely created nature."

24 "Man and his soul, the individual, doesn't just work, eat, sleep, reproduce, and die but also has a meaningful destiny reaching far beyond him."

25 "Why do we ask about God at all? God effervesces in you and sets you to the most wondrous speculations."

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