Aniela Jaffe – Was Jung a Mystic Quotations
The concept of the unconscious posits nothing, it designates only my unknowing, …The unconscious is a piece of Nature our mind cannot comprehend. ~Carl Jung, MDR, Page 305
It is the psyche which, by the divine creative power inherent in it, makes the metaphysical assertion … not only is it the condition of all metaphysical reality, it is that reality. ~Carl Jung, MDR, Page 305.
That the world inside and outside ourselves rests on a transcendental background is as certain as our own existence. ~Carl Jung, MDR, Page 305
I don’t by any means dispute the existence of a metaphysical God. I permit myself, however, to put human statements under the microscope. ~Carl Jung, CW 12, Para 11
Go not outside, look into thyself: Truth dwells in the inner man… For the soul is created equal with the Godhead. ~Meister Eckhart, Was Jung a Mystic, Page 10
Everything living dreams individuation, for everything strives toward its own wholeness. Nevertheless, only the lending of depth to outer reality through knowledge. ~Carl Jung, Letters II, Apr 23, 1949
Life that just happens in and for itself is not real life; it is real only when it is known, ~Carl Jung, Letters II, Apr 23, 1949
You are quite right: the main interest of my work is not concerned with the treatment of neurosis, but rather with the approach to the numinous. But the fact is that the approach to the numinous is the real therapy, and inasmuch as you attain to the numinous experience, you are released from the curse of pathology. Even the very disease takes on a numinous character.[~Carl Jung, Letters Vol. I, Aug. 31, 1945
‘I am only that!’ Only consciousness of our narrow confinement in the Self forms the link to the limitlessness of the unconscious. In such awareness we experience ourselves concurrently as limited and eternal, as both the one and the other. In knowing ourselves to be unique in our personal combination, that is, ultimately limited, we possess also the capacity for becoming conscious of the infinite. But only then!” ~Carl Jung, MDR, Page 325
God is a contradiction in terms, therefore he needs man in order to be made One. God is an ailment man has to cure. ~Carl Jung, Letters II, Jan 5, 1952
All the endeavor of our human intellect must be concerned with these deep problems, that is, may rise to that simplicity where the opposites coincide. ~Carl Jung, CW16, Page 291, FN 29
All comprehension and all that is comprehended is, in itself, psychic, and to that extent we are hopelessly cooped up in an exclusively psychic world. Nevertheless, we have good reason to suppose that behind this veil there exists the uncomprehended absolute object which affects and influences us … ~Carl Jung, MDR, Page 352
It would be going perhaps too far to speak of an affinity; but at all events the soul must contain in itself the faculty of relationship to God, i.e., a correspondence, otherwise a connection could never come about. This correspondence is, in psychological terms, the archetype of the God-image. ~Carl Jung, CW 11, Para 11
All the endeavor of our human intellect must be concerned with these deep problems, that is, may rise to that simplicity where the opposites coincide.” ~Carl Jung, CW 16, par. 537 fn 29.
The voice of God can still be perceived, if one is only humble enough. ~Carl Jung, Letters Vol. II, Page Letters Vol. II, Page 630
God’ is a primordial experience of man, and from the remotest times, humanity has taken inconceivable pains either to portray this baffling experience, to assimilate it by means of interpretation, speculation and dogma, or else to deny it… ~Carl Jung CW 11, Para 480
The thought that we think … leaves us no peace until we enable it to appear in reality. The thought will become deed, the word will become flesh. And, wonderful! the human, like the God of the Bible, needs only to express his thought, and the world takes form, there is light, or there is darkness; the waters withdraw from the land, or even wild beasts appear. The world is the signature of the word. ~Heine, Was Jung a Mystic, Page 19
Before he sinks in the blue floodwaters
The swan still dreams and sings drunken with death;
The flowers of a summer-weary earth fade, She lets all her fire glow in the grapes;
The sun, showering sparks as it sinks,
Gives the earth one more time glowing fire to drink,
Until, star by star, the wonderful night rises
To receive the drunken one. ~ Joseph von Eichendorff, Was Jung a Mystic, Page 18
We will understand the world when we understand ourselves, because we and the world are integrated halves. Children of God, seeds of God are we. Some day we will be what our Father is. ~Novalis, Was Jung a Mystic, Page 19
Every good man becomes more and more God. Deification, humanness, and the cultivation of oneself are expressions that mean the same thing.” Friedrich Schlegel, Was Jung a Mystic, Page 19
The highest task of formative education is to make it possible for the transcendental Self to equal the ego of the ego. Novalis, Was Jung a Mystic, Page 19
Climb fearlessly my friend into the well of death! There ripples darkly the secret source of love. Friedrich Schlegel, Was Jung a Mystic, Page 21.
Every place where a great spirit expresses its thoughts, is Golgatha. ~Heinrich Heine, Was Jung a Mystic, Page 22
In 1955 the Federal Institute of Technology (E.T.H.) in Zürich awarded C.G. Jung, then 80 years old, an honorary doctorate in the natural sciences. Among other things acknowledged in the Laudatio was: “the interpretation … of the individuation of mankind.” Aniela Jaffe, Was Jung a Mystic, Page 28
Whoever does not love the mystery, does not know God; he continuously looks past Him, the proper and true God, and worships not Him but the image of Him made to our specifications. ~Karl Rahner, Was Jung a Mystic, Page 29
Even on the highest peak we shall never be ‘beyond good and evil’ … for, as in the past, so in the future the wrong we have done, thought or intended will wreak its vengeance on our souls, no matter whether we turn the world upside down or not. ~Carl Jung, CW 11, Para 267
Ethical decision is concerned with very much more complicated things, namely conflicts of duty, the most diabolical things ever invented and at the same time the loneliest ever dreamt of by the loneliest of all, the Creator of the world. ~Carl Jung, Letters Vol. II, Page 519
Naturally, he [Jung] formed for himself a personal picture of the man Jesus: “I am, as a matter of fact, so profoundly impressed by the superiority of this extraordinary personality … ~Carl Jung, Was Jung a Mystic, Page 39.
The Creator sees Himself through the eyes of man’s consciousness, and this is the reason why God had to become man. ~Carl Jung, Was Jung a Mystic, Page 35
It is because we are here in the presence of a man alone that I would like to invite all those who feel isolated to reflect upon this book, to listen to this message, if they are truly alone … This theology is not learned in books or by historical critique of writings, but in the night and in the suffering of the soul, in the sublime inner battle fought without compromise, or cowardice, or abdication. ~Henry Corbin, Cited C.W. IX, Para. 106)
All discussion of godly things is senseless if it does not occur in a state of deep emotion. ~Paul Tillich, Was Jung a Mystic, Page 34.
If we describe God as evolving, we must bear in mind at the same time that He is perhaps so vast that the process of cognition only moves along His contours, as it were, so that the attribute ‘evolving’ applies more to it than to Him. ~Carl Jung, Letters Vol. II, Page 252
One must be able to suffer God … my inner principle is: God and man. God needs man in order to become conscious, as He needs limitation in time and space. Let us therefore be for Him that limitation in time and space, an earthly tabernacle. ~Carl Jung, Letters Vol. I, Page 65
The godly is not only the formless abyss in which all is engulfed, although it is that too; it contains in its outward orientation the guarantee of form. Gershom Scholem, Was Jung a Mystic, Page 31.
I don’t overlook God’s fearful greatness, but I should consider myself a coward and immoral if I allowed myself to be deterred from asking questions. ~Carl Jung, Letters Vol. II, Page 61
It is unfortunately true: (the human) has and holds a mystery in his hands and at the same time is contained in his mystery. What can he proclaim? Himself or God? Or neither? The truth is that he doesn’t know who he is talking of, God or himself. ~Carl Jung, Letters Vol. II, Page 255
It is because we are here in the presence of a man alone that I would like to invite all those who feel isolated to reflect upon this book, to listen to this message, if they are truly alone … This theology is not learned in books or by historical critique of writings, but in the night and in the suffering of the soul, in the sublime inner battle fought without compromise, or cowardice, or abdication. ~Carl Jung, CW 11, Para 746
Without thorough knowledge of ‘good and evil,’ ego and shadow, there is no recognition of the Self. ~Carl Jung, Letters Vol. II, Page 154
It is quite possible that we look at the world from the wrong side and that we might find the right answer by changing our point of view and looking at it from the other side, i.e., not from outside, but from inside. ~Carl Jung, Letters Vol.. II, Page 580
No one can know what the ultimate things are. We must therefore take them as we experience them. And if such experience helps to make life healthier, more beautiful, more complete and more satisfactory to yourself and to those you love, you may safely say: ‘This was the grace of God.’” ~Carl Jung, CW 11, Para 167
The world beyond conscious comprehension is a reality, an experiential fact. We simply cannot understand it. ~Carl Jung, Letters Vol. II, Page 435
We can in imagination and belief go beyond the psyche, just as in fantasy we can go beyond the three-dimensional world. But we can have immediate knowledge only of the psychic ~Carl Jung, Letters Vol. II, Page 487
I lend the strange myths of the soul an attentive ear, ~Carl Jung, MDR, Page 303
My sister died in her thirties. She was a remarkable person, I never had a close relationship to her. I have told you about her and her marvelous attitude. I always admired her. She died after an operation that was considered to be only minor, but she was fully aware that it was a matter of life and death. ~Carl Jung, MDR, Page 12
(Man) ought to have a myth about death, for reason shows him nothing but the dark pit into which he is descending. Myth, however, can conjure up other images for him, helpful and enriching pictures of life in the land of the dead. If he believes in them, or greets them with some measure of credence, he is being just as right or just as wrong as someone who does not believe in them. ~Carl Jung, MDR, Page 306
I only know – and here I am expressing what countless other people know – that the present is a time of God’s death and disappearance. The myth says he was not to be found where his body was laid. ‘Body’ means the outward, visible form, the erstwhile but ephemeral setting for the highest value. The myth further says that the value rose again in a miraculous manner, transformed. It appears as a miracle, for when a value disappears, it always seems to be lost irretrievably. So it is quite unexpected that it should come back. The three days’ descent into hell during death describes the sinking of the vanished value into the unconscious, where, by conquering the power of darkness, it establishes a new order, and then rises up to heaven again, that is, attains supreme clarity of consciousness. The fact that only a few people see the Risen One means that no small difficulties stand in the way of finding and recognizing the transformed value. ~Carl Jung, CW XI, Para. 149).
One can only say that one has never had such an experience, and the other will say: ‘Sorry, but I have.’ And with this, the discussion comes to an end. It is really of no importance what the world thinks about the religious experience; the one who has had such an experience possesses as a great treasure a thing which will be a source of life, meaning and beauty, and which will lend to the world and humanity a new splendor … where is the criterion by which such an experience shall be judged invalid and such a faith mere illusion? Is there actually a higher truth regarding ultimate things than that which helps one to live? ~Carl Jung, CW XI, Para 167.
It (Answer to Job) is a book that moved me deeply. I find it the most beautiful and profound of your books, whereby I mean to say that it is actually not a ‘book’ any more. In a certain sense, it is an argument with God, an entreaty similar to Abraham’s when he remonstrated with God because of the fall of Sodom. It is, for me personally, an entreaty against a god who let six million people be slaughtered, for Job is precisely Israel. I don’t mean that in the ‘narrow’ sense; I know full well that we are only the paradigm for all of mankind, in whose name you speak, protest and comfort. And exactly the deliberate one-sidedness, yes, the frequent incorrectness of what you say, is for me an inner proof of the necessity and righteousness of your attack – which actually is no attack at all, as I well know. Erich Neumann, Letters Vol. II, Page 243.
It is because we are here in the presence of a man alone that I would like to invite all those who feel isolated to reflect upon this book, to listen to this message, if they are truly alone … This theology is not learned in books or by historical critique of writings, but in the night and in the suffering of the soul, in the sublime inner battle fought without compromise, or cowardice, or abdication. ~Henry Corbin, Was Jung a Mystic, Page 35