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30 Powerful Quotes from Man and His Symbols by Carl Jung

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In his book, ‘Man and His Symbols,’ Carl Jung explains why we dream and examines the relationship between the unconscious and conscious mind. He also reveals the importance of the primitive perception of life, and how rationalism has resulted in us losing our spiritual values.  

Carl Jung’s book is amazing for individuals that want to know more about dreams. I read the book, and I started analyzing my dreams every day. Surprisingly, I realized that Carl Jung’s ideas on dreams are right.

I gathered the following quotes from the book.

  1. ‘Man, as we realize if we reflect for a moment, never perceives anything fully or comprehends anything completely. He can see, hear, touch, and taste; but how far he sees, how well he hears, what his touch tells him, and what he tastes depend upon the number and quality of his senses.’
  2. ‘Whoever denies the existence of the unconscious is in act assuming that our present knowledge of the psyche is total.’
  3. ‘Freud made the simple but penetrating observation that if a dreamer is encouraged to go on talking about his dream images and the thoughts that these prompt in his mind, he will give himself away and reveal the unconscious background of his ailments, in both what he says and what he deliberately omits saying.’
  4. ‘It occurred to me that it might reasonably follow that dreams have some special and more significant function of their own.’
  5. ‘Only the material that is clearly and visibly part of a dream should be used in interpreting it.’
  6. ‘The two fundamental points in dealing with dreams are these: first, the dream should be treated as a fact, about which one must make no previous assumption except that it somehow makes sense; and second, the dream is a specific expression of the unconscious.’
  7. ‘Part of the unconscious mind consists of a multitude of temporarily obscured thoughts, impressions, and images that, in spite of being lost, continue to influence our conscious minds.
  8. ‘I have found again and again in my professional work that the images and ideas that dreams contain cannot possibly be explained solely in terms of memory. They express new thoughts that have never yet reached the threshold of consciousness.’
  9. ‘In our daily experience we need to state things as accurately as possible, and we have learned to discard the trimmings of fantasy both in our language and in our thoughts thus losing a quality that is still characteristic of the primitive mind.’
  10. ‘We are so accustomed to the apparently rational nature of our world that we can scarcely imagine anything happening that cannot be explained by commonsense.’
  11. ‘Many dreams present images and associations that are analogous to primitive ideas, myths, and rites.’
  12. ‘The general function of dreams is to try to restore our psychological balance by producing dream material that reestablishes, in a subtle way, the total psychic equilibrium.’
  13. ‘Dreams may sometimes announce certain situations long before they actually happen.’
  14. ‘One cannot be naïve in dealing with dreams. They originate in a spirit that is not quite human, but is rather a breath of nature – a spirit of the beautiful and generous as well as of the cruel goddess.’
  15. ‘Dream symbols are the essential message carriers from the instinctive to the rational parts of the human mind, and their interpretation enriches the poverty of consciousness so that it learns to understand again the forgotten language of the instincts.’
  16. ‘It is plain foolishness to believe in ready-made systematic guides to dream interpretation as if one could simply buy a reference book and look up a particular symbol.’
  17. ‘But if we are to see things in their right perspective, we need to understand the past of man as well as the present. That is why an understanding of myths and symbols is of essential importance.’
  18. ‘The overall function of dreams seems to be to compensate for deficiencies or distortions in the conscious mind.’
  19. ‘Certain dreams, visions, or thoughts can suddenly appear; however carefully one investigates, one cannot find out what causes them. This does not mean that they have no cause; they certainly have. But it is so remote or obscure that one cannot see what it is.  In such a case, one must wait either until the dream and its meaning are sufficiently understood, or until some external event occurs that will explain the dream.’
  20. ‘A man likes to believe that he is the master of his soul. But as long as he is unable to control his moods and emotions, or to be conscious of the myriad secret ways in which unconscious factors insinuate themselves into his arrangements and decisions, he is certainly not his own master.’
  21. ‘Since we are dealing with invisible and unknowable things (for God is beyond human understanding, and there is no means or proving immortality), why should we bother about evidence.’
  22. ‘A sense of a wider meaning to one’s existence is what raises a man beyond mere getting and spending. If he lacks this sense, he is lost and miserable.’
  23. ‘The interpretation of dreams and symbols demands intelligence. It cannot be turned into a mechanical system and then crammed into unimaginative brains.’
  24. ‘Nothing is more vulnerable than scientific theory, which is an ephemeral attempt to explain facts and not an everlasting truth in itself.’
  25. ‘Modern man has freed himself from superstition, but in the process has lost his spiritual values to a positively dangerous degree.’
  26. ‘We have stripped all things of their mystery and numinosity, nothing is holy any longer.’
  27. Archaeologists have often described what happens to a primitive society when its spiritual values are exposed to the impact of modern civilization. Its people lose the meaning of their lives, their social organization disintegrates, and they themselves morally decay.’
  28. ‘Man feels isolated in the cosmos because he is no longer involved in nature and has lost his emotional ‘unconscious’ identity with natural phenomena.’
  29. ‘Man today is painfully aware of the fact that neither his great religions nor his philosophies seem to provide him with those powerful animating ideas he needs in face of the present condition of the world.’
  30. ‘We are so captivated by and entangled in our subjective consciousness that we have forgotten the age-old fact that God speaks chiefly through dreams and visions.’

Hope you learned something from Carl Jung’s amazing book.

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  1. Jungian dream analysis is always helpful… there is so much depth to it – and I love how individualized things are from this perpective. Thanks for all the quotes!

    • Isaac Wechuli

      March 7, 2020 at 6:29 am

      Welcome Julie, I also love how he analyses dreams. At first, I was uninterested in his work, but after realizing that dreams are meaningful, I committed to studying his work and i started with Man and His Symbols. The book is awesome

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21 Truths to Remember as We Face the Coronavirus Pandemic

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  1. Every problem has a limited lifespan.
  2. Fear and worry weaken the immune system.
  3. We were born to die.
  4. Most individuals that overcome suffering are those who never stop believing.
  5. There’s always something good in everything. You just have to find it.
  6. Nothing lasts forever: this too shall pass.
  7. If you get the coronavirus, the pain won’t last forever because you’ll either get treated or you’ll die.
  8. There’s no disease that man can’t treat or prevent.
  9. Every virus has its weaknesses, we just have to know them.
  10. Worrying over what you can control is insensible, but worrying about what you can’t control is foolish.
  11. World War 1 and World War 2 were worse than this pandemic.
  12. About 80% of Coronavirus infections are mild.
  13. The death and infection statistics provided by the media might be exaggerated just to cause panic. Remember, the Illuminati controls the media.
  14. Your fear will rise to abnormal levels when you watch too much news about the virus.
  15. You are afraid because you are focusing on the future.
  16. ‘The mind that is anxious about future events is miserable.’  – Seneca
  17. ‘We suffer more in imagination than in reality.’ – Seneca
  18. Exercise boosts the immune system.
  19. How we’ll interpret this pandemic will determine our state of mind.
  20. The virus is killing many Italians because Italy has the oldest population in Europe.
  21. The media is not to be 100% trusted because it is controlled by the Illuminati (a secret society of evil people with an evil purpose.)

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Top 30 More Insightful Truths You Must Know Right Now – Part 3

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This is the part-3 of the ‘top 30 insightful truths you must know right now’ sequel.

I love providing you with these truths because I realized that you love them.

Enjoy:

  1. Take a closer look at nature, and you’ll realize that bad times have a good purpose. For instance, the bushfires that occur during the dry season, in the African Savannah, burn dead and old grass, thus paving the way for the growth of young, greener plants that will feed animals during the wet season.
  2. There’s no such thing as pure bad or pure good because every good thing has its disadvantages while every bad thing has its advantages.
  3. The truth within you is greater than the information in sacred scriptures.
  4. Modern society is sad because people are trying to find happiness in things, and they ignore establishing a relationship with the source of all these things.
  5. Many great truths are beyond reason.
  6. Modern society is suffering because people have abandoned virtue.
  7. Solitude boosts creativity because it gives us space to produce new ideas.
  8. Rise above habitual thinking, and you’ll attain a higher state of consciousness.
  9. There was an advanced ancient civilization that was wiped out by the Great Flood.
  10. If your thoughts affect your body, which is matter, then it’s sensible to argue that thought affects all forms of matter.
  11. No human being will ever have all his questions answered.
  12. Man needs a purpose. Without a purpose, he dies inside.
  13. You don’t own life. Life owns you.
  14. The world is governed by greedy psychopaths who don’t care about the effect of their actions on people and nature.
  15. We exist in an infinite field of consciousness.
  16. Your life will become magical if you know how to use the transcendent reality within you.
  17. Only those that realize the truth within themselves can understand the truth in sacred scriptures.
  18. You’ll stop reading sacred scriptures when you rise into your true self because the rising will expose you to everything that needs to be known.
  19. No matter how many ‘how to be worry-free’ books you read, you’ll still experience worry and anxiety.
  20. Stop hating because hate opens you up to the influence of the person you are hating.
  21. The surest way to rise above worry is to rise above egoic concerns.
  22. We all have an impulse to achieve greatness within us, but most of us ignore it because we want to live a risk-free life.
  23. Most of us will never achieve greatness because we are afraid of standing-out or appearing different.
  24. The spirit of the Creator doesn’t exist in you. Instead, you exist in the Spirit of the Creator.
  25. The Creator, through its creation, ensured that man knew it exists so that man strives to establish a relationship with it.
  26. Most secret societies are not evil. They mainly strive to awaken members’ souls and enable them to attain a higher understanding of reality.
  27. The killing of witches in Europe aimed at discouraging people from practicing occultism, which was a big threat to the ruling classes.
  28. It’s easier to hear the whispers of your higher-self/Holy-Spirit/God when your mind is free from worry, stress, and anxiety.
  29. Hell is what you experience when you become unvirtuous, i.e., when you lack faith, hope, humility, love, courage, discipline, hard work, generosity, wisdom, self-discipline, and other virtues.
  30. It is perseverance, and not the degree of certainty that determines your level of faith.
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