"We have a remarkable ability for forgetfulness, ingenious methods for not being present, a delicious capacity for oblivion. It's not difficult for us to forget the shocks of childhood, our nature, our destiny, the divine, and all those tasks for which our soul actually came into this world. As Antonio Machado once asked: 'What have you done
With the Garden that was entrusted to you?'"
The Maiden King
"Jung remarked that all successful requests to the psyche involve deals. The psyche likes to make deals. If part of you, for example, is emmensely lazy and doesn't want to do any work, a flat-out New Year's resolution won't do any good. The whole thing will go better if you say to the lazy part, 'You let me work for an hour, then I'll let you be a slob for an hour -- deal?'"
"The only safe nations are those who systematically inoculate themselves by a free press and a vocal prophetic minority against the intoxication of 'divine destinies' and sanctified paranoia." -- Sam Keen
"How could there be so much evil in the world? Knowing humanity, I wonder why there isn't more of it." -- Woody Allen
"When you are in REM sleep, you are operating without the anchors of logic or episodic memory, and you're lacking neurochemicals needed for focusing attention, so all things considered, it smells like the brain wants you to think outside the box, to brainstorm." From R. Stickgold in:
The Mind at Night: The New Science of How and Why We Dream
"It is only as many of the tenets of the Judeo-Christian theologies are seen in the light of their political origins and the subsequent absorption of those tenets into secular life understood, that as women we will be able to view ourselves... not as permanent helpers but as doers, not as decorative and convenient assistants to men but as responsible and competent individuals in our own right. The image of Eve is not our image of woman."
On finding our way in life: "...We have not even to risk the adventure alone; for the heroes of all time have gone before us; the labyrinth is thoroughly known; we have only to follow the thread of the hero path. And where we had thought to find an abomination, we shall slay ourselves; where we had thought to travel outward, we shall come to the center of our existence; where we had thought to be alone, we shall be with all the world." From:
The Hero With a Thousand Faces
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"In modern Western societies, we think of dreams as sleep experiences. But for many cultures, dreaming is fundamentally about waking up. In the language of ancient Egypt, the word for "dream" is "rswt," which means "awakening." The implication is that, in much of ordinary life, we are in the condition of sleepwalkers, following programs and routines. In dreams, we wake up." From:
The Secret History of Dreaming
When God Was a Woman
"Unfortunately, the mythic side of man is given short shrift nowadays. He can no longer create fables. As a result, a great deal escapes him; for it is important and salutary to speak also of incomprehensible things. Such talk is like the telling of a good ghost story, as we sit by the fireside and smoke a pipe." From:
Memories, Dreams, Reflections
"Thus our dream life creates a meandering pattern in which individual strands or tendencies become visible, then vanish, then return again. If one watches this meandering design over a long period of time, one can observe a sort of hidden regulating or directing tendency at work, creating a slow, imperceptible process of psychic growth - the process of individuation." From:
Man and His Symbols
Edited and with an introduction by Carl Jung
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