Many / One

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Carl Jung

1 "The One is the midpoint of the circle."

2 "The 'imago Dei' [image of God] pervades the whole human sphere."

3 "The soul must contain in itself the faculty of relationship to God, that is, a correspondence, otherwise a connection could never come about. This correspondence is, in psychological terms, the archetype of the God-image." 'Psychology and Alchemy'

4 "The multiplicity of the empirical world rests on an underlying unity."

5 "A knowledge of mythology is needed in order to grasp the meaning of a content deriving from the deeper levels of the psyche." 'The Structure of the Psyche'

6 “For the alchemists the world was an image and symbol of God.”

7 "Behind the opposites and in the opposites is true reality, which sees and comprehends the whole."

8 "Mathematics has more than once proved that its purely logical constructions which transcend all experience subsequently coincided with the behaviour of things. This, like the events I call synchronistic, points to a profound harmony between all forms of existence."

9 "The greatest and best thoughts of man shape themselves upon these primoridial images (the archetypes) as upon a blueprint."

10 "It is psychologically quite unthinkable for God to be simply the 'wholly other', for a 'wholly other' could never be one of the soul's deepest and closest intimacies – which is precisely what God is." 'Psychology and Alchemy'

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

12 "This whole essence is but one thing only, like the mind of a man. Even as he is in soul and body, so also is this whole essence." Jacob Boehme

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

14 "God has expressed himself in many languages and appeared in divers forms."

15 "The self is a union of opposites par excellence."

16 "The idea of the 'anima mundi' [soul of the world] coincides with that of the collective unconscious whose center is the self."

17 "Mandalas are birth-places, vessels of birth in the most literal sense, lotus-flowers in which a Buddha comes to life."

18 “There is but one single thing, one medicine.” ‘Abraham le Juif’, from the Paris codex (Fr. 14765)

19 "Nowhere are we closer to the sublime secret of all origination than in the recognition of our own selves, whom we always think we know already. Yet we know the immensities of space better than we know our own depths, where – even though we do not understand it – we can listen directly to the throb of creation itself." 'Analytical Psychology and Weltanschauung'

20 "The goal of psychological, as of biological development is self-realization….self-realization – to put it in religious or metaphysical terms – amounts to God's incarnation."

21 “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.”

22 "The circle, as the symbol of completeness and perfect being, is a widespread expression for heaven, sun, and God; it also expresses the primoridal image of man and the soul."

23 "In myths and fairytales, as in dreams, the psyche tells its own story, and the interplay of the archetypes is revealed in its natural setting as 'formation, transformation/the eternal Mind's eternal recreation.'"

24 "In the history of the collective as in the history of the individual, everything depends on the development of consciousness. This gradually brings liberation from imprisonment in unconsciousness, and is therefore a bringer of light as well as of healing."

25 "Psychologically, the archetype as an image of instinct is a spiritual goal toward which the whole nature of man strives; it is the sea to which all rivers wend their way."

This body of quotes compiled by JoAnn Kite