Until you make the unconscious conscious, it will direct your life and you will call it fate.— Carl Jung
Powerful Memories Dreams Reflections quotations
I could not say I believe. I know! I have had the experience of being gripped by something that is stronger than myself, something that people call God.
The unconscious is not just evil by nature, it is also the source of the highest good: not only dark but also light, not only bestial, semihuman, and demonic but superhuman, spiritual, and, in the classical sense of the word, "divine."
The privilege of a lifetime is to become who you truly are.
The dream is the small hidden door in the deepest and most intimate sanctum of the soul.
Where wisdom reigns, there is no conflict between thinking and feeling.
The artist is not a person endowed with free will who seeks his own ends, but one who allows it to realize its supreme purpose through him.
One could say, with a little exaggeration, that the persona is that which in reality one is not, but which oneself as well as others think one is.
Freedom stretches only as far as the limits of our consciousness.
People will do anything, no matter how absurd, to avoid facing their own souls.
Faith, hope, love, and insight are the highest achievements of human effort.
They are found-given-by experience.
Every man carries within himself the eternal image of woman, not the image of this or that particular woman, but a definite feminine image. This image is fundamentally unconscious, a hereditary factor of primordial origin.
Intuition (is) perception via the unconscious
The whole nature of man presupposes woman, both physically and spiritually.
His system is tuned into woman from the start, just as it is prepared for a quite definite world where there is water, light, air, salt, carbohydrates etc.
It is high time that we realized that it is pointless to praise the light and preach it if nobody can see it. It is much more needful to preach the art of seeing.
We are living in what the Greeks called the kairos - the right moment - for a 'metamorphosis of the gods', of the fundamental principles and symbols. This peculiarity of our time, which is certainly not of our conscious choosing, is the expression of the unconscious man within us who is changing.
An understanding heart is everything in a teacher, and cannot be esteemed highly enough.
We cannot change anything unless we accept it.
Without consciousness there would, practically speaking, be no world, for the world exists as such only in so far as it is consciously reflected and considered by a psyche. Consciousness is a precondition of being.
Every civilized human being, whatever his conscious development, is still an archaic man at the deeper levels of his psyche.
In actual life it requires the greatest discipline to be simple, and the acceptance of oneself is the essence of the moral problem and the epitome of a whole outlook upon life.
But what will he do when he sees only too clearly why his patient is ill;
when he sees that it arises from his having no love, but only sexuality; no faith, because he is afraid to grope in the dark; no hope, because he is disillusioned by the world and by life; and no understanding, because he has failed to read the meaning of his own existence?
Naturally, every age thinks that all ages before it were prejudiced, and today we think this more than ever and are just as wrong as all previous ages that thought so. How often have we not seen the truth condemned! It is sad but unfortunately true that man learns nothing from history.
The conscious mind allows itself to be trained like a parrot, but the unconscious does not — which is why St. Augustine thanked God for not making him responsible for his dreams.
The judgment of the intellect is, at best, only the half of truth.
The growth of the mind is the widening of the range of consciousness, and each step forward has been a most painful and laborious achievement.
The woman is increasingly aware that love alone can give her full stature, just as the man begins to discern that spirit alone can endow his life with its highest meaning. Fundamentally, therefore, both seek a psychic relation to the other, because love needs the spirit, and the spirit love, for their fulfillment.
Art is a kind of innate drive that seizes a human being and makes him its instrument.
The less we understand of what our fathers and forefathers sought, the less we understand ourselves, and thus we help with all our might to rob the individual of his roots and his guiding instincts, so that he becomes a particle in the mass, ruled only by what Nietzsche called the spirit of gravity.
It is sad but unfortunately true that man learns nothing from history.
In each of us there is another whom we do not know.
You are what you do, not what you say.
The dream is a little hidden door in the innermost and most secret recesses of the soul, opening into that cosmic night which was psyche long before there was any ego-consciousness, and which will remain psyche no matter how far our ego-consciousness extends.
God has fallen out of containment in religion and into human hearts—God is incarnating. Our whole unconscious is in an uproar from the God Who wants to know and to be known.
No psychic value can disappear without being replaced by another of equivalent intensity.