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C.G. Jung

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Helen Luke


Marion Woodman

Dalai Lama

David Schnarch

Gregg Furth

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Ram Dass

Thomas Moore

"O, Ferryman of souls across the river of illusion, beware, lest thou thyself be stranded upon the wrong shore."
-Katho Upanishad

"The principle aim of psychotherapy is not to transport one to an impossible state of happiness, but to help (the client) acquire steadfastness and patience in the face of suffering. "
-C.G. Jung

"Never diagnose a (client) until after their therapy is over."
-C.G. Jung

"My work as a psychoanalyst is to help patients recover their lost wholeness and to strengthen the psyche so it can resist future dismemberment."
-C.G. Jung

"The psyche is a natural phenomenon. All aspects of the psyche, even those which seem pathological or destructive, actually serve the function of furthering our psychological development."
-C.G. Jung

"A patient doesn't select his physical ailments. They happen to him. You could just as well ask when you are eaten by a crocodile, 'How did you select that crocodile?'. Nonsense. He has selected you. The patient doesn't even select the symptoms unconsciously. That is an extraordinary exaggeration of the subject to say he was choosing such things. They get him."
-C.G. Jung

"What the doctor fails to see in himself, he will either not see at all in his patient, or see grossly exaggerated."
-C.G. Jung

"The difference in a teacher and a mentor is that a mentor is interested in our soul."
-Robert A. Johnson

"The only hope for healing is to offer a better form of ecstasy, to upgrade so the addict will give up the stupid one."
-Robert A. Johnson

"The goal of inner work is to help clients unblock their bottlenecks and learn how to live in partnership with the unconscious rather than at its mercy."
-Robert Johnson

"It's not too difficult to get the skeletons out of the closet with people, but to get the gold out is a different matter. That is therapy. Psychology is the Art of finding the gold of the spirit."
-Robert Johnson

"The only valid cure for any kind of depression is the acceptance of real suffering. To climb out of it any other way is simply laying the foundation for the next depression."
-Helen Luke

"The ego will endure the worst agonies of neurotic misery rather than consent to one minute of diminishment of its sense of importance."
-Helen Luke

"What analysis is all about is for one hour a week, you sit and hope that for a flash of a moment you will experience connectedness."
-Marion Woodman

"The healing of ourselves as healers has to take place first. Bringing ourselves to wholeness, we become more sensitive to other people. In the change of consciousness that happens within us, we bring about change of consciousness in those around us and in the planet itself."
-Marion Woodman

"If we can abandon our missionary zeal we have less chance of being eaten by cannibals."
-Carl Whitaker.

"Although attempting to bring about World Peace through the internal transformation of individuals is difficult, it is the only way."
-Dalai Lama

"While non-reactivity is a principle asset of a therapist, such a trait is useless if it does not coincide with the ability to feel."
-David Schnarch

"The level of differentiation is the single most important aspect distinguishing a therapist from a technician. Differentiation is the ability to maintain a non-anxious presence in the face of another's anxiety. It does not mean being uninvolved or indifferent. It is the ability to tolerate pain for growth."
-David Schnarch

"In providing therapy, look, discover, accompany. See what happens. Our goal in analysis is not necessarily to wipe out personality characteristics (guilt, etc), but to become conscious of them."
-Gregg Furth

"We don't even have to understand the unconscious. All we have to do is pay attention to it and it will be flattered. If we can't see it ourselves, then we hire a therapist to see it for us, and the unconscious is so excited to be recognized that it immediately becomes less harmful."
-Gregg Furth

"Unless we engage in developing consciousness, we become what was done to us-or its opposite."
-Gregg Furth

"It is not our task to solve another's problems, or take away another's pain. All lessons of life are necessary and produce growth-and therefore joy."
-Letters from the Cosmos

"To seek truth is not the way to paradise, it is the way to reality, to life with all of its complications and problems, turmoil and chaos, and its raging emotions...the way to growing wisdom that will enable us to fulfill our mission."
-Letters from the Cosmos

"All diseases and disorders have some spiritual connection and serve as stepping stones for us to listen to and learn from."
-Marlo Morgan

"If I simply live the principles that appear to be truth for me, I will touch the lives of those I am destined to touch."
-Marlo Morgan

"Sometimes instead of offering up helpful, healing symbols, the unconscious will first produce a series of painful realizations about what is wrong with oneself and one's conscious attitudes-where one is missing the mark. Then one must begin the process by swallowing all sorts of bitter truths."
-Patricia Berry

"If we can give up attachment to our roles as helpers, then maybe our clients can give up attachment to their roles as patients and we can meet as fellow souls on this incredible journey. We can fulfill the duties of our roles without being trapped by over-identification with them."
-Ram Dass

"You don't tell the quality of a master by the size of his crowds."
-Richard Bach

"Of course I'm a fake. We're all fakes on this whole world, pretending to be something we're not. We are not just bodies walking around, not just atoms, molecules. We are unkillable, undestroyable ideas of the IS, no matter how much we believe otherwise."
-Richard Bach

"'Repression of the life force' is a diagnosis that would describe most of the emotional problems that clients present in therapy."
-Thomas Moore

"The aim of soul work is not adjustment to accepted norms or a statistical framework. The goal is a richly elaborated life connected to society and nature. The idea is not to be superficially adjusted, but to be profoundly connected in the heart."
-Thomas Moore

"The therapist's job is not to be an exterminator to take things away. The job is to give the problem back to the client in a way that shows how much they need it, show its value."
-Thomas Moore

"If we pathologize depression, trying to get rid of it, treating it as a symptom in need of cure, then these legitimate emotions have nowhere to go except into abnormal behavior and acting out. An alternative would be to invite these emotions in and give them an appropriate place to stay."
-Thomas Moore

"In the course of our lifetime, our personalities are to be transformed and reorganized in such a way that the Ego with its ambitions and goals is no longer the main reference point. Indeed, the guiding element in our personality is to be the will of God, which in psychological language, we call the Self or Center."
-John Sanford