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David Cox: Jung and St. Paul – Quotations

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Jung And St Paul A Study Of The Doctrine Of Justification By Faith And Its Relation To The Concept Of Individuation

Unfortunately our Western mind, lacking all culture in this respect, has never yet devised a concept nor even a name, for the union of opposites through the Middle Path that most fundamental item of inward experience, which could respectably be set against the Chinese concept of Tao. ~Carl Jung, Jung and St. Paul, Page ix

Individuation means precisely the better and more complete fulfilment of the collective qualities of the human being, since adequate consideration of the peculiarity of the individual h more conducive to better social achievement than when the peculiarity is neglected or suppressed. ~Carl Jung, Jung and St. Paul, Page 6

The step to higher consciousness leads away from all shelter and safety. The person must give himself to a new way completely, for it is only means of his integrity. Then he can go further. ~Carl Jung, Jung and St. Paul, Page 21

I do nothing; there is nothing I can do except wait, with a certain trust in God, until, out of a conflict borne with patience and courage, there emerges the solution destined although I cannot foresee it for that particular person. ~Carl Jung, Jung and St. Paul, Page 22

The archetype fulfils itself not only psychically in the individual, but objectively outside the individual.  ~Carl Jung, Jung and St. Paul, Page 40

The other centre of personality lies on a different plane from the ego since, unlike this, it has the quality of “eternity” or relative timelessness. ~Carl Jung, Jung and St. Paul, Page 145

The only person who escapes the grim law of enantiodromia is the man who knows how to separate himself from the unconscious, not by repressing it … but by putting it clearly before him as that which he is not. ~Carl Jung, Jung and St. Paul, Page 191

The dissolution of the anima means that we have gained insight into the driving forces of the unconscious, but not that we have made these forces ineffective.  ~Carl Jung, Jung and St. Paul, Page 195

The danger [of possession by the magician] ‘lies not only in oneself becoming a father-mask, but in being overpowered by this mask when worn by another. ~Carl Jung, Jung and St. Paul, Page 195

Experience shows ‘that the carrier of the projection is not just any object but is always one that proves adequate to the nature of the content projected that is to say, It must offer the content a “hook” to hang on.” ~Carl Jung, Jung and St. Paul, Page 252

To believe that God is the Summum Bonum is impossible for a reflecting consciousness. ~Carl Jung, Jung and St. Paul, Page 261

The behaviour of the archetypes cannot be investigated at all without the interaction of the observing consciousness. ~Carl Jung, Jung and St. Paul, Page 296

Since both theories are in a large measure correct -that is to say, since they both appear to explain their material it follows that a neurosis must have two opposite aspects, one of which is grasped by the Freudian, the other by the Adlerian theory. ~Carl Jung, Jung and St. Paul, Page. 31

It is useful, however to distinguish between conscious and unconscious, since the presence of two attitudes is extremely frequent, the one conscious and the other unconscious. ~Carl Jung, Jung and St. Paul, Page 62

By ego I understand a complex of representations which constitute the centrum of my field of consciousness and appears to possess a very high degree of continuity and Identity. Hence I also speak of an ego-complex. The ego-complex is as much a content as it is a condition of consciousness.  ~Carl Jung, Jung and St. Paul, Page 37

The resistance of the conscious mind to the unconscious and the depreciation of the latter were historical necessities in the development of the human psyche. ~Carl Jung, Jung and St. Paul, Page 116

Myth is the primordial language natural to these psychic processes, and no intellectual formulation comes anywhere near the richness and expressiveness of mythical imagery. ~Carl Jung, Jung and St. Paul, Page 121-122

In connection with the period of the Roman Empire he speaks of that inner laceration of the later classical epoch which found its outward expression in an unexampled, chaotic confusion of hearts and minds . . ~Carl Jung, Jung and St. Paul, Page 124

And at the present time, too, we are once more experiencing this uprising of the unconscious destructive forces of the collective psyche. The result has been mass-murder on an unparalleled scale. This is precisely what the unconscious was after.  ~Carl Jung, Jung and St. Paul, Page 124-125

Individuality manifests itself partly as the principle which selects, and sets limit to, the components adopted as personal. ~Carl Jung, Jung and St. Paul, Page 131

One grows more and more astonished to discover, from attentive observation, how much of our so-called individual psychology is in reality collective. ~Carl Jung, Jung and St. Paul, Page 131

Consciousness, no matter how extensive it may be, must always remain the smaller circle within the greater circle of the unconscious, an island surrounded by the sea.  ~Carl Jung, Jung and St. Paul, Page 290-291

The goal is only important as an idea; the essential thing is the opus which leads to the goal: that is the goal of a lifetime. ~Carl Jung, Jung and St. Paul, Page 291

[We are] to take [the contents of the irrational function] not as concrete realities that would be a regression but as psychic realities, real because they work. ~Carl Jung, Jung and St. Paul, Page 291

Presumably the psyche does not trouble itself about our categories of reality; for it, everything that works is real. ~Carl Jung, Jung and St. Paul, Page 291

Should any of my readers feel tempted to add an apologetic “only” to the God-images as we perceive them, he would immediately fall foul of experience, which demonstrates beyond any shadow of doubt the extraordinary numinosity of these Images. ~Carl Jung, Jung and St. Paul, Page 291

The place of the deity [in the modern mandala] seems to be taken by the wholeness of man’ .. . it is evident’, lie continues later, ‘that in the modern mandala man the complete man has replaced the deity. ~Carl Jung, Jung and St. Paul, Page 312

The self is not only the centre but also the whole circumference which embraces both conscious and unconscious; it is the centre of this totality, just as the ego is the centre of the conscious mind. ~Carl Jung, Jung and St. Paul, Page 303

The self is the total, timeless man and as such corresponds to the original, spherical, bisexual being who stands for the mutual integration of conscious and unconscious. ~Carl Jung, Jung and St. Paul, Page 306

‘in the Christian projection the descensus spintus sancti stops at the living body of the Chosen One, who is at once very man and very God, whereas in alchemy the descent goes right down into the darkness of inanimate matter whose nether regions, according to the Neopythagoreans, are ruled by evil. ~Carl Jung, Jung and St. Paul, Page 326

Nobody who finds himself on the road to wholeness can escape that characteristic suspension which is the meaning of crucifixion. For he will infallibly run into things which thwart and “cross” him: first, the thing he has no wish to be (the shadow); second, the thing he is not (the “Other”, the individual reality of the “You”) and third, his psychic non-ego (the collective unconscious) ~Carl Jung, Jung and St. Paul, Page 301

When I examined the way of development of those persons who quietly, and as if unconsciously, grew beyond themselves, I saw that their fates had something in common. Whether arising from without or within, the new thing came to all those persons from a dark field of possibilities ; they accepted it and developed further by means of it … in no case was it conjured into existence through purpose and conscious willing, but rather seemed to flow out of the stream of time. ~Carl Jung, Jung and St. Paul, Page 302

This body is a symbol for a remarkable psychological fact, which, because it is objective, appears at first projected or expressed in forms furnished by the experiences of organic life, that is, as fruit, embryo, child, living body, etc. This fact could best be expressed in the words: It is not I who live, it lives me. The Illusion as to the superior powers of the conscious leads to the belief; 1 live. If, by the recognition of the unconscious, this illusion is shattered, the unconscious appears as something objective of which the ego is a part. ~Carl Jung, Jung and St. Paul, Page 302-303

Thus the dissolution of the mana personality through conscious assimilation of its contents leads us, by a natural route, back to ourselves as an actual, living something, poised between two world-pictures and their darkly discerned potencies. This “something” is strange to us and yet so near, wholly ourselves and yet unknowable, a virtual centre … I have called this centre the self. ~Carl Jung, Jung and St. Paul, Page 303

1 have been deeply impressed ‘with the fact that the new thing prepared by fate seldom or never corresponds to conscious expectation. It is a still more remarkable fact that, though the new thing contradicts deeply rooted instincts as we know them, yet it is a singularly appropriate expression of the total personality, an expression which one could not imagine in a more complete form. ~Carl Jung, Jung and St. Paul, Page 303-304

‘The mandalas used in ceremonial, are of great significance because their centres usually contain one of the highest religious figures: -either Shiva himself often in the embrace of Shakti or Buddha, Amitabha, Avalokiteshvara, or one of the great Mahayana teachers, or simply the dorje, symbol of all the divine forces together, whether creative or destructive in nature. ~Carl Jung, Jung and St. Paul, Page 312

‘Yet it cannot be denied that the great symbol of the Christian faith, the Cross, upon which hangs the suffering figure of the Redeemer, has been emphatically held up before the eyes of Christians for nearly two thousand years. This picture is completed by the two thieves, one of whom goes down to hell, the other into paradise. One could hardly imagine a better representation of the “oppositeness” of the central Christian symbol. ~Carl Jung, Jung and St. Paul, Page 327

Was the urge of the unconscious perhaps only apparently reaching out towards the person…but in a deeper sense towards a god? Could the longing for a god be a passion welling up from our darkest, instinctual nature, a passion unswayed by any outside influences, deeper and stronger perhaps than the love for a human person? ~Carl Jung, Jung and St. Paul, Page  70

Although Freud always speaks of the incest fantasies as though they were repressed, further experience has been shown that in very many cases they were never the contents of the conscious mind at all, or were conscious only as the vaguest adumbrations, for which reason they could not have been repressed intentionally. ~Carl Jung, Jung and St. Paul, Page 134

There are men who to all appearances are very disreputable and do not put the least restraint upon themselves, but basically this is only a pose of  wickedness, for in the background they have their moral side which has fallen into the unconscious just as surely as the immoral side in the case of the moral man. ~Carl Jung, Jung and St. Paul, Page 142

But if the life-mass is to be transformed a circumambulatio is necessary, i.e., exclusive concentration on the centre, the place of creative change- During this process one is ”bitten” by animals; in other words, we have to expose ourselves to the animal impulses of the unconscious without identifying ourselves with them and without “running away.” ~Carl Jung, Jung and St. Paul, Page 144

Contrary to certain views I am not of the opinion that the “transference to the doctor” is a regular phenomenon indispensable to the success of the treatment. Transference is projection, and projection is either there or not there. But it is not necessary. In no sense can it be “made”, for by definition it springs from unconscious motivations. The doctor may be a suitable object for the projection, or he may not. ~Carl Jung, Jung and St. Paul, Page 254

In an outward form of religion where all the emphasis is on the outward figure, the -archetype is identical with externalized ideas but remains unconscious as a psychic factor. When an unconscious content is replaced by a projected image to that extent, it is cut off from all participation in and influence on the conscious mind. Hence it largely forfeits its own life, because prevented from exerting the formative influence on consciousness natural to it. ~Carl Jung, Jung and St. Paul, Page 286

There Is a destination, a possible goal, beyond the alternative stages dealt with In [the] last chapter. That is the way of individuation. Individuation means becoming a single, homogeneous being, and, In so far as “individuality” embraces our innermost, last, and incomparable uniqueness., It also implies becoming one’s own self. We could therefore translate individuation as “coming to self-hood or “self-realization. ~Carl Jung, Jung and St. Paul, Page 30

It [the anima] can put extraordinary ideas into my head, induce in me unwanted and unwelcome moods and emotions, lead me to astonishing actions for which I can accept no responsibility, upset my relations with other people in a very irritating way, etc. I feel powerless against this fact, and what is worse, I am in love with it. ~Carl Jung, Jung and St. Paul, Page 193

By consciousness I understand the relatedness of psychic contents to the ego in so fur as they are sensed as such by the ego. In so far as relations are not sensed as such by the ego, they are unconscious. Consciousness is the function or activity which maintains the relation of psychic content with the ego. Consciousness Is not identical with psyche, since, in my view, psyche represents the totality of all the psychic contents, and these are not necessarily all bound up directly with the ego i.e. related to It in such a way that they take on the quality of consciousness. There exist a great many psychic complexes and these are not all, necessarily, connected with the ego. ~Carl Jung, Jung and St. Paul, Page 37

The great question now is: in what do these unconscious processes consist? And how are they constituted? Naturally, so long as they are unconscious, nothing can be said about them. But sometimes they manifest themselves, partly through symptoms, partly through actions, opinions, affects, fantasies, and dreams. ~Carl Jung, Jung and St. Paul, Page 48-40

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