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Carl Jung

1 "Indeed the very intimacy of the relationship between God and the soul precludes from the start any devaluation of the latter."

2 "There are powerful forces at work which in the end destroy all that is violent and unjust, and consequently it does not pay to build on false principles."

3 "We know from experience that the protective circle, the mandala, is the traditional antidote for chaotic states of mind."

4 "The archetypes have, when they appear, a distinctly numinous character which can only be described as 'spiritual'." 'On the Nature of the Psyche'

5 "Light presupposes darkness. Darkness fosters vision, obscurity demands clarification, diversity calls for unity and discord for harmony."

6 "You see them there side by side, in the same town, in the same street, in the same temple, within the same square mile: the most highly cultivated mind and the primitive. In the mental make-up of the most spiritual you discern the traits of the living primitive, and in the melancholy eyes of the illiterate villager you divine an unconscious knowledge of mysterious truths."

7 "Wholeness wants to be transformed from a latent state of unconsciousness into an approximate consciousness of itself."

8 "Metaphysical views are of the utmost importance for the well-being of the human psyche." 'On the Nature of Dreams'

9 "For what, pray, can be added to the One, what is lacking to it, or on what can it be supported? For in truth nothing exists beside that One." Gerhard Dorn, medieval Alchemist

10 "Myth is not fiction; it consists of facts that are continually repeated and can be observed over and over again."

11 "The inner spiritual man bears a resemblance to Christ."

12 "One of the toughest roots of all evil is unconsciousness, and I could wish that the saying of Jesus, 'Man, if thou knowest what thou doest, thou art blessed, but if thou knowest not, thou art accursed, and a transgressor of the law,' were still in the gospels….It might well be the motto for a new morality."

13 "The self is the whole man, whose symbols are the divine child and its synonyms."

14 "In the last analysis every life is the realization of a whole, that is, of a self."

15 "Our psyche spreads far beyond the confines of the conscious mind."

16 "There is no balance, no system of self-regulation, without opposition. The psyche is just such a self-regulating system." 'On the Psychology of the Unconscious'

17 "The self is made manifest in the opposites and in the conflict between them; it is a 'coincidentia oppositorum'."

18 "In the symbol the WORLD ITSELF is speaking."

19 "The soul is a spiritual substance of spherical nature, like the globe of the moon, or like a glass vessel that is furnished before and behind with eyes and sees the whole universe." Caesarius of Heisterbach, medieval Alchemist, 'Dialogus miraculorum', Dist. IV, ch. xxxix

20 "The most important of the fundamental instincts [is] the religious instinct for wholeness."

21 "All religions including the primitive with their magical rituals, are forms of psychotherapy which treat and heal the suffering of the soul, and the suffering of the body caused by the soul."

22 "All pristine things…have a touching, magical beauty, for in its nascent state each thing after its kind is the most precious, the most desirable, the tenderest thing in the world, being a reflection of the infinite love and goodness of the Creator."

23 "If we study the introspective method of medieval natural philosophy, we find that it repeatedly used the circle, and in most cases the circle divided into four parts, to symbolize the central principle."

24 "Self-realization or – what comes to the same thing – the urge to individuation gathers together what is scattered and multifarious, and exalts it to the original form of the One."

25 "The characteristic feature of…synchronistic occurrences is meaningful coincidence, and as such I have defined the synchronistic principle. This principle suggests that there is an inter-connection or unity of causally unrelated events, and thus postulates a unitary aspect of being which can very well be described as the 'unus mundus' [one world]."

This body of quotes compiled by JoAnn Kite