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 "If the individual is not truly regenerated in spirit, society cannot be either"—CG Jung, The Undiscovered Self


"Meaninglessness inhibits the fullness of life and is therefore equivalent to illness.
Meaning makes a great many things endurable, perhaps everything."

—C. G. Jung, Memories, Dreams, Reflections, p. 340


"Nature and Earth are conscious: they speak to us now through our dreams, intuition, and deep longings..."

—From Speaking with Nature, by Sandra Ingerman and Llyn Roberts


 "Our dreams hold the key to our “awakening” and, by actively engaging with them,
we can initiate and facilitate our own unfoldment."

—Nigel Hamilton, Awakening through Dreams: The Journey Through the Inner Landscape


"We are what we imagine. Our ver existence consists in our imagination of ourselves...
The greatest tragedy that can befall us is to go unimagined." 

—N. Scott Momaday


“Animals wake up the imagination….I’ve found that animal dreams can do this too. They really wake people up.
Animal dreams provoke their feelings, get them thinking, interested, and curious.
As we get more into imagining, we become more animal-like…more instinctually alive.”

 —James Hillman, Dream Animals, p. 2


“A dream is a theatre in which the dreamer is himself the scene, the player, the prompter, the producer,
the author, the public, and the critic.”

—C.G. Jung


"As a plant produces its flower, so the psyche creates its symbols. Every dream is evidence of this process. Thus, through dreams, intuitions, impulses, and other spontaneous happenings, instinctive forces influence the activity of consciousness."
—C.G. Jung


“In Dream Tending, the world of dream is the world of the soul. The more you work with the dream the more you are stunned by the memory, knowledge of the future, subtlety of emotion, and hidden knowledge that is in the image. The power of it is that it brings you together; it rings a bell right through your psyche and your body.

You may have thought something was going on in conscious life but the dream will be telling you the unconscious response from the soul position and it may be quite different from what you anticipated.” 

—Marion Woodman, Dreams: Language of the Soul


"When viewed through a mythological lens, trauma is perceived as a descent of the soul, a dropping or falling down. It is sometimes experienced as a sudden violent attack in which one is pulled down or an agonizing loss of soul too overwhelming for consciousness to contain...It calls for an enlargement of consciousness, which is a potentially transformative psychological and spiritual experience, although it comes at a high price. As Jung wrote to Victor White, 'I wanted the proof of a living Spirit and I got it. Don't ask me at what price.'"

—excerpt from Trauma and Beyond: The Mystery of Transformation by Ursula Wirtz, p. 117


"If beauty is inherent and essential to soul, then beauty appears wherever soul appears."

-- James Hillman. The Thought of the Heart and the Soul of the World


“Ours is not the task of fixing the entire world at once, but of stretching out to mend the
part of the world that is within our reach.” 

― Clarissa Pinkola Estés, Women Who Run With the Wolves


"We are lived by powers we pretend to understand."

~ W. H. Auden


In the last analysis, the current global crisis is a psychospiritual crisis; it reflects the level of conscious evolution
of the human species. It is therefore, hard to imagine that it could be resolved without a
radical inner transformation of humanity on a large scale and its rise to a
higher level of emotional maturity and spiritual awareness."
~ Stan Grof, MD, PhD

"Meaninglessness inhibits the fullness of life and is therefore equivalent to illness.
Meaning makes a great many things endurable—perhaps everything." 
~C.G. Jung


"Together the patient and I address ourselves to the 2,000,000-year-old man that is in all of us. 
In the last analysis, most of our difficulties come from losing contact with our instincts,
with the age-old unforgotten wisdom stored up in us."
~C.G. Jung


"A calling may be postponed, avoided, intermittently missed. It may also possess you completely.
Whatever; eventually it will out.  It makes its claim. The daimon does not go away."

—James Hillman, The Soul's Code


“The future enters into us, in order to transform itself in us, long before it happens.”  ~Ranier Maria Rilke


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 Psychical events are facts, are realities; and when you observe the stream of images within,
you observe an aspect of the world, of the world within.

~C.G. Jung, Jung on Elementary Psychology, 1976, p. 190


"Someone who goes with a half a loaf of bread to a small place that fits like a nest around him,
 someone who wants no more, who is not himself longed for by anyone else.
He is a letter to everyone.
You open it.
It says, Live."


"That which is boundless in you abides in the mansion of the sky, whose door is the morning mist,
and whose windows are the songs and the silences of the night"

~ Kahlil Gibran, The Prophet


"A man who is possesses by his shadow is always standing in his own light and falling into his own traps" -C.G. Jung


One way to the experience of the Self is by means of our psychopathology, since an archetypal strand of the Self is found within it. We can carry our own wounds with the realization that they both derive from the Self and are healed by the Self. Our struggle now is for conscious participation in this process rather than for vicarious sacrifice; each individual must make his or her own sacrifice as demanded by the Self.
~Lionel Corbett, The Religious Function of the Psyche (pp. 110-11)


“If our religion is based on salvation, our chief emotions will be fear and trembling.
If our religion is based on wonder, our chief emotion will be gratitude.” ~C.G. Jung


One looks back with appreciation to the brilliant teachers, but with gratitude to those who touched our human feelings. The curriculum is so much necessary raw material, but warmth is the vital element for the growing plant and for the soul of the child. ~C.G. Jung


"The wound is the place where the Light enters you" ~ Rumi

 "This devastation of the world as a sensory living body and the reduction of place to vast and unqualified space has led us to the architectural and ecological catastrophes we now suffer"
~James Hillman, in Archetypal Psychology


“Psychology is ultimately mythology, the study of the stories of the soul”
~James Hillman in The Life and Ideas of James Hillman, p. 576

In sleep, fantasy takes the form of dreams. But in waking life too,we continue to dream beneath the threshold of consciousness, especially when under the influence of repressed or other unconscious complexes.
~Carl Jung


"Just as conscious contents can vanish into the unconscious,
new contents, which have never yet been conscious, can arise from it."
~ C.G. Jung, Man and His Symbols 


A man whose heart is not changed will not change any other's ~C.G. Jung

 You didn’t come into this world. You came out of it, like a wave from the ocean. You are not a stranger here. ~ Alan Watts


       Humankind is being led
along an evolving course,
through this migration
of intelligences
and though we seem
to be sleeping
there is an inner wakefulness,
that directs the dream
and that will eventually
startle us back
to the truth of
who we are

-- from The Essential Rumi, Translated by Coleman Barks

"Meaninglessness inhibits the fullness of life and is therefore equivalent to illness. Meaning makes a
 great many things endurable--perhaps everything."

~ C.G. Jung, Memories, Dreams, Reflections

"Practicing art, no matter how well or badly, is a way to make your soul grow" ~ Kurt Vonnegut

 "The upheaval of our world and the upheaval in consciousness is one and the same."
~C. G. Jung, Modern Man in Search of Soul


The salvation of the world consists in the salvation of the individual soul ~ C.G. Jung


"Each morning, we return from the dream soul trying to adjust to the day world, that moment
when the two souls exchange places in the driver’s seat." ~ James Hillman

 “The desacralisation of consciousness is responsible for the environmental crisis, and the sooner we can recover a sense of the sacred, the sooner will the earth be able to recover from the damage that has occurred.”-David Tacey


"The unborn work in the psyche of the artist is a force of nature that achieves its end either with tyrannical might or with the subtle cunning of nature herself, quite regardless of the personal fate of the man who is its vehicle.

The creative urge lives and grows in him like a tree in the earth from which it draws its nourishment."

~C.G. Jung


"In all chaos there is a cosmos, in all disorder a secret order, in all caprice a fixed law,
for everything that works is grounded on its opposite." ~C.G. Jung


"Western science is approaching a paradigm shift of unprecedented proportions, one that will change our
concepts of reality and of human nature, bridge the gap between ancient wisdom and modern science, and
reconcile the differences between Eastern spirituality and Western pragmatism"
~Stan Grof, Beyond the Brain


Letting go gives us freedom, and freedom is the only condition for happiness. If, in our heart, we still cling to anythingundefinedanger, anxiety, or possessionsundefinedwe cannot be free. ~Thich Nat Hanh

Detached psychologies of departure, of separation, propaganda, and consumption, must give way to engaged psychologies of homecoming if we hope to keep our footing on this warming, changing Earth ~Craig Chalquist


Symbols are spontaneous products of the archetypal psyche...To see the symbolic image behind the symptom immediately transforms the experience ~ Edward Edinger, Jungian analyst


If there is anything that we wish to change in the child, we should first examine it.... C.G. Jung

"...wholeness which we always were without knowing it" ~C.G. Jung



"As I grow familiar with my dreams I grow familiar with my inner world" ~ James Hillman






Synchronicity is an ever present reality for those who have eyes to see ~ C.G. Jung



As any change must begin somewhere, it is the single individual who will experience it and carry it through... ~C.G. Jung




Matter is spirit moving slowly enough to be seen ~Teilhard de Chardin


Nights through dreams tell the myths forgotten by the day ~C.G. Jung



Your vision will become clear only when you can look into your own heart.
Who looks outside, dreams; who looks inside awakes."
 ~ C. G. Jung


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