Here is a list of quotes from Carl Jung. Feel free to add your favorites.
Every form of addiction is bad, no matter whether the narcotic be alcohol, morphine or idealism.
Everything that irritates us about others can lead us to a better understanding of ourselves.
Nobody, as long as he moves about among the chaotic currents of life, is without trouble.
The healthy man does not torture others – generally it is the tortured who turn into torturers.
The meeting of two personalities is like the contact of two chemical substances: if there is any reaction, both are transformed.
The shoe that fits one person pinches another; there is no recipe for living that suits all cases.
As far as we can discern, the sole purpose of human existence is to kindle a light in the darkness of mere being.
There can be no transforming of darkness into light and of apathy into movement without emotions.
A man who has not passed through the inferno of his passions has never overcome them.
Great talents are the most lovely and often the most dangerous fruits on the tree of humanity. They hang upon the most slender twigs that are easily snapped off.
In all chaos there is a cosmos, in all disorder a secret order.
It all depends on how we look at things, and not how they are in themselves.
Knowing your own darkness is the best method for dealing with the darknesses of other people.
Knowledge rests not upon truth alone, but upon error also.
Often the hands will solve a mystery that the intellect has struggled with in vain.
Show me a sane man and I will cure him for you.
Shrinking away from death is something unhealthy and abnormal which robs the second half of life of its purpose.
The debt we owe to the play of imagination is incalculable.
The least of things with a meaning is worth more in life than the greatest of things without it.
The pendulum of the mind alternates between sense and nonsense, not between right and wrong.
The word “happiness” would lose its meaning if it were not balanced by sadness.
There is no coming to consciousness without pain.
We cannot change anything until we accept it. Condemnation does not liberate, it oppresses.
Who has fully realized that history is not contained in thick books but lives in our very blood?
Who looks outside, dreams; who looks inside, awakes.
I think in some ways the morality that is placed upon the play of light is due to the human experience. Is it not true that more violent crime and domestic battery takes place at night, under cover of darkness, or "in the shadows?" Perhaps people take these "real-life" experiences of how their brethren behave at these times and apply them to the larger idea of what symbolizes good and evil.
I think there is a confusion with semantics. I do not view the feminine as the Dark, even though it is commonly represented that way, especially in the Yin & Yang comparisons.
My own experience is that the masculine and feminine are the same energy, just traveling in opposite directions. That is my observation of the experience. I have never read that perspective anywhere. Love is the energy that holds the two together and stabilizes the soul. Wholeness is the perfect union of the opposites. It is also nirvana.
Anna, most open warfare takes place in the harsh light of day. Most human being are born at night. I don't think of night or day in moral terms, or rather I don't see how this idea would stand up.
If you think of the yin yang symbol you see that each contains the seed of it's opposite. But we will persist in seeing these things as good and bad... spin the thing fast enough... be at the centre of that wheel maybe and perhaps then we're not so confused by mere form.
There is a poem about light perhaps I'll post it up...
Lou, I understand your point here. I was referring to human perception of light and dark or night and day, and not neccessarily the facts. It is true that night and day contain no morality in and of themselves, but it seems to me that humans perceive the night as a place for evil to hide. My sister does not worry for me driving home in the light of day, but if it's at night she wants me to call her when I reach my destination. To me this means that she asscociates the night with the possibility of crime and my getting injured.
I would love to read the poem you are referring to :)
Thanks Anna, but I can't seem to put it on here... perhaps someone else might be able to... but it's John O'Donohue's 'for light', from his book of blessings, he seemed to be that rare thing, a sweet and truthful soul.
May the light of your soul guide you.
May the light of your soul bless the work
You do with the secret love and warmth of your heart.
May you see in what you do the beauty of your own soul.
May the sacredness of your work bring healing, light and renewal to those
Who work with you and to those who see and receive your work.
May your work never weary you.
May it release within you wellsprings of refreshment, inspiration and excitement.
May you be present in what you do.
May you never become lost in the bland absences.
May the day never burden you.
May dawn find you awake and alert, approaching your new day with dreams,
Possibilities and promises.
May evening find you gracious and fulfilled.
May you go into the night blessed, sheltered and protected.
May your soul calm, console and renew you.
Not the one I was thinking of Lee. 'For Light' effectively starts with an ode to the dark for 'minding the interior'. It speaks 'the glare of neon times' and of false light that might cast your shadow clear.
The author is interesting to me also because he was a catholic so you might assume he'd be dualistic to his boot heals.
Discovering Jung, who died in the year I was born, was transforming to me from the point of view of thinking 'wow, this man really gets it' otherwise I'd have to believe that being 'nice' was really what life was about, even as a child you sense something off about the people who are entirely convinced of the fabrication they present as themselves and the righteousness of that. The very folk who are so ready to cast their shadow... for we all have this interplay of light and shadow, and no amount of cleansing will rid us of our wholeness. Thank God.
"The Mass is the summation and quintessence of a development which began many thousands of years ago and, with the progressive broadening and deepening of consciousness, gradually made the isolated experience of specifically gifted individuals the common property of a larger group. ~Carl Jung
"The Psyche is Real."
Upon this quotation hangs all of Dr. Jung's work.
Indeed it does Lewis. Oh well, perhaps we could elaborate a bit on "the transcendent function." If I had seen this comment before I replied to your comment on the video clip "I know God Exists," I may have replied a bit differently. Nevertheless, it does stand on its own, and you are likely to find yourself in agreement with my comments. That would be my first guess, anyway.