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1 "God is found not only in the light and glory of creation but also in absolute darkness." Wrestling with the Prophets, Essays on Creation Spirituality and Everyday Life (Matthew Fox)

2 "Experience has amply confirmed that, in the psyche as in nature, a tension of opposites creates a potential which may express itself at any time in a manifestation of energy. Between above and below flows the waterfall, and between hot and cold there is a turbulent exchange of molecules. Similarly, between the psychic opposites there is generated a uniting symbol." Collected Works (Carl Jung)

3 "In the context of wholeness, the opposites appear as no more than phases in an endless cycling process, for each turns incessantly into its opposite, exchanging places with it. Life…bends back upon itself to come, full circle, to the realization that all is one and all is well." The World's Religions (Huston Smith)

4 "Polarities are but the two extremes perceptible to us of one and the same motion." Mandala (Jose and Miriam Arguelles)

5 "The distinction between eternity and time is only apparent – made, perforce, by the rational mind, but dissolved in the perfect knowledge of the mind that has transcended the pairs of opposites." Hero With A Thousand Faces (Joseph Campbell)

6 "In the state of consciousness natural to the field within the mandala – that of Self-realization, or nonduality – such opposites as inner and outer, or subjective and objective, male or female, matter and spirit, are all grasped as connected, married, ultimately unified." Michael Flanagin, Ph.D., 'The Mandala in Jungian Psychotherapy' Mandala, Luminous Symbols for Healing (Judith Cornell, Ph.D.)

7 "There is strong shadow where there is much light." Johann Wolfgang vonGoethe (1749-1832), 'Gotz von Berlichingen', act 1 Bartlett's Familiar Quotations, 16th edition (John Bartlett)

8 "God appeared to me as the highest unity of all contrasts." Letter of Nicholas of Cusa to Cardinal Julianus Mystics after Modernism (Rudolf Steiner)

9 "Duality is only a stage on the evolutionary arc, leading eventually to the realisation of unity." A Treatise on White Magic (Alice A. Bailey)

10 “Contemplate all things, even the things that are opposites, in a simple unity within the universal Cause.” Pseudo-Dionysius, The Complete Works (John Farina, Editor-in-Chief)

11 "The urge to reconcile all duality and to create synthesis out of polarization is at the core of much of our individual and collective self-development." Soul Centered Astrology, A Key to Your Expanding Self (Alan Oken)

12 "Wisdom never forgets that all things have two sides." Collected Works (Carl Jung)

13 "A synthesis is the result of a thesis AND an antithesis. And true reality resides only in the synthesis." A Dictionary of Symbols (J. E. Cirlot)

14 "Two souls contend…In me and both sould strive for masterdom…Which from the other shall the other shall the scepter rend…The first soul is a lover, clasping close…to this world tentacles of corporal flame…The other seeks to rise with mighty throes…To those ancestral meadows, whence it came." Faust (Goethe)

15 "Throughout nature the formal principle of thesis-antithesis or dualism and the overcoming of it is observed." Dietrich vonEngelhardt, 'Natural Science in the Age of Romanticism' Modern Esoteric Spirituality (Antoine Faivre and Jacob Needleman, editors)

16 "It is the law of the universal Logos that everything is defined by, tends toward, and is ultimately balanced by its opposite, so that all opposites ultimately constitute a unity." The Passion of the Western Mind: Understanding the Ideas That Have Shaped Our World View (Richard Tarnas)

17 "Augustine in his mode, and Hegel later in his different mode, adopted and enunciated the fact that any spiritual force will first bring into being its true opposite, and then, balance having been achieved, will conjoin with that opposite to bring into being a product of the two. This causes a new imbalance, so that new pairs of opposites, new unions and new resultants follow." The Sword and The Serpent (Melita Denning and Osborne Phillips)

18 "Our individual natures are manifestations of the unfolding movement of the yin and yang principles, which in turn encompass and represent every opposite that exists. Yang represents light; yin dark. Yang represents male; yin female. Each opposite produces the other, and in their entirety they encompass the Tao, or the Way." The Mystic Hours, A Daybook of Interspiritual Wisdom & Devotion (Wayne Teasdale)

19 "I believe in the Word become flesh, in the spirit-filled body, where yang and yin are wedded into a living form." Collected Works (Carl Jung)

20 "Non-dual knowledge is the abolition of all particular view points which restrict and distort reality." T. R. V. Murti, 'Central Philosophy of Buddhism' Spectrum of Consciousness (Ken Wilber)

21 "All of life is built upon the law of opposites, as in the negative and positive poles of electricity, day and night, heat and cold, summer and winter, good and evil. The constant friction between these opposites causes development, change, adjustment – in other words originality, or the free-will which functions throughout all creation, and through which creation itself learns eventually to become creative." The Finding of the Third Eye (Vera Stanley Alder)

22 "The self is a union of opposites par excellence." Collected Works (Carl Jung)

23 "When you come to recognize that boundaries are illusions, and good and bad incline toward each other, and black and white are variations of light, the dualities dissolve and freedom reigns." Miraculous Living (Rabbi Shoni Labowitz)

24 "The truth is not black or white; it is both. The pairs of opposites of the lower levels merge on the highest level." Stalking the Wild Pendulum: On The Mechanics of Consciousness (Itzhak Bentov)

25 "The operations of the two contraries produce harmony, like the centripetal and centrifugal forces, which are necessary to each other – mutually interdependent – in order that both should live." The Secret Doctrine (Helena P. Blavatsky)

This body of quotes compiled by JoAnn Kite