"Conscious and unconscious do not make a whole
when one of them is suppressed and injured by the
other. If they must contend, let it at least be a fair
fight with equal rights on both sides. Both are
aspects of life. Consciousness should defend its
reason and protect itself, and the chaotic life of the
unconscious should be given the chance of having
its way too - as much of it as we can stand. This
means open conflict and open collaboration at
once. That, evidently, is the way human life should
be. It is the old game of hammer and anvil:
between them the patient iron is forged into an
indestructible whole, an 'individual'. This, roughly,
is what I mean by the individuation process."
- C. G. Jung, Essay: A Study in the Process of Individuation
"...active fantasy is one of the highest forms of psychic activity. For here
the conscious and the unconscious personality of the subject flow together into
a common product in which both are united. Such a fantasy can be the highest
expression of the unity of a man's individuality, and it may even create that
individuality by giving perfect expression to its
- Jung 1971/21 (p. 428)
"This fourth stage is the anticipation of the lapis. The imaginative activity of the fourth function--intuition, without which no realization is complete--is plainly evident in this anticipation of a possibility whose fulfilment could never be the object of empirical experience at all; already in Greek alchemy it was called "the stone that is no stone." Intuition gives outlook and insight; it revels in the garden of magical possibilities as if they were real. Nothing is more charged with intuitions than the lapis philosophorum. This keystone rounds off the work into an experience of the totality of the individual."
- Jung 1954/46
"Ants are as much like human beings as to be an embarrassment.
They farm fungi, raise aphids as livestock, launch armies into war,
use chemical sprays to alarm and confuse enemies, capture slaves,
engage in child labor, exchange information ceaselessly.
They do everything but watch television."
- Lewis Thomas
The Lives of a Cell
"The self, I thought, was like the monad which I am, and which is my world. The
mandala represents this monad, and corresponds to the microcosmic nature of
...When I began drawing the mandalas...I saw that everything, all the paths I had been following, all the steps I had taken, were leading back to a single point--namely, to the mid-point. It became increasingly plain to me that the mandala is the center. It is the exponent of all paths. It is the path to the center, to individuation."
- Carl Jung
Memories, Dreams, Reflections
"Circle, sphere, and round are all aspects of the Self-contained, which is
without beginning and end; in its
preworldly perfection it is prior to any process, eternal, for in its roundness
there is no before and no
after, no time; and there is no above and no below, no space. All this can only
come with the coming of
light, of consciousness, which is not yet present; now all is under sway of the
unmanifest godhead, whose
symbol is therefore the circle.
The round is the egg, the philosophical World Egg, the nucleus of the beginning, and the germ from which, as humanity teaches everywhere, the world arises. It is also the perfect state in which the opposites are united--the perfect beginning because the opposites have not yet flown apart and the world had not yet begun, the perfect end because in it the opposites have come together again in a synthesis and the world is once more at rest."
- Erich Neumann
The Origins and History of Consciousness
"It is not that I understood from the moment I was born but
that after exhaustive investigation and grinding
discipline in an instant I knew myself."
- Dance of Ecstasy
by Michael Wassil
"The sage does not attempt anything very big, and thus achieves greatness."
- Lao Tsu
(Tao Te Ching 63)
"What were once obstructions to the deepest meditation (samadhi) can now serve as talismanic aids in benefitting both Nature and Humanity."
- The Threads of Union: An Introduction to the Yoga Sutras of Patanjali - Part VI
by Raghavan Iyer
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