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Carl Jung

1 "The accentuation of the centre is a fundamental idea in alchemy. According to Michael Maier, the centre contains the 'indivisible point', which is simple, indestructible, and eternal."

2 "The spirit is at work in science, in art, philosophy, and religious experience…for there is something in man that is of divine nature….This spirit wants to live."

3 "We understand another person in the same way as we understand, or seek to understand, ourselves."

4 "The mandala represents the idea of totality."

5 “O great, greatest, incomprehensible fabric of the world, formed in a circle!” ‘Secret Inscription’ in the Great Magic Papyrus of Paris

6 "Time and again the alchemists reiterate that the opus [spiritual work] proceeds from the one and leads back to the one."

7 "Just as conscious apprehension gives our actions form and direction, so unconscious apprehension through the archetype determines the form and direction of instinct."

8 "The wholeness of the personality…includes the collective unconscious, which as experience seems to show is everywhere identical."

9 “There is in fact one substance in which everything is contained.” ‘VIII Exercitatio in Turbam’

10 "According to Hippolytus ('Elenchos', IV, 43. 4), the Egyptians said that God was an indivisible unity."

11 "The mandala…portrays an autonomous psychic fact, characterized by a phenomenology which is always repeating itself and is everywhere the same. It seems to be a sort of atomic nucleus."

12 "Man has not served God rightly unless he has also served him in beauty."

13 "The unconscious is the universal mediator among men. It is in a sense the all-embracing One, or the one psychic substratum common to all."

14 "The individuation process subordinates the many to the One. But the One is God, and that which corresponds to him in us is the 'imago Dei', the God-image."

15 “All things proceed from the meditation of the One.”

16 "'Time' is a relative concept and needs to be complemented by that of the 'simultaneous' existence, in the Bardo or pleroma, of all historical processes. What exists in the pleroma as an eternal process appears in time as an aperiodic sequence."

17 “There are fiery sparks of the World-Soul, that is of the light of nature, dispersed or scattered at God’s command in and through the fabric of the great world into all fruits of the elements everywhere.” Khunrath (1560-1605)

18 "Christ espoused the sinner and did not condemn him. The true follower of Christ will do the same, and, since one should do unto others as one would do unto oneself, one will also take the part of the sinner who is oneself."

19 "Beneficent forces ever and anon have enabled humanity to find a refuge from every peril and to outlive the longest night."

20 "All the most powerful ideas in history go back to archetypes. This is particularly true of religious ideas, but the central concepts of science, philosophy, and ethics are no exception to this rule. In their present form they are variants of archetypal ideas, created by consciously applying and adapting these ideas to reality. For it is the function of consciousness not only to recognize and assimilate the external world through the gateway of the senses, but to translate into visible reality the world within us." 'The Structure of the Psyche'

21 "This idea of immortality of the individual and of his imperishable worth can be found on the earliest archaic levels."

22 "Beauty, greatness, and holiness…are vital realities without which human existence would be superlatively stupid."

23 "However infinitely varied individual consciousness may be, the basic substrate of the unconscious psyche remains uniform." 'Constitution and Heredity in Psychology'

24 "The universal principle is found even in the smallest particle, which therefore corresponds to the whole." 'Synchronicity: An Acausal Principle'

25 "Christ did not merely symbolize wholeness, but, as a psychic phenomenon, he was wholeness." 'Aion'

This body of quotes compiled by JoAnn Kite