Some quotes pertaining to spirituality and the concept of GOD.
|Carl Jung has had a profound influence on the thinking that led to the foundation of AA. Here we present a sampling of his thoughts on subjects that are pertinent to the recovering alcoholic. Jung could not be called a "believer," he was more of an agnostic but he did value internal experience as possessing reality, just as the scientist attributes reality to the outside world.|
word 'belief' is a difficult thing for me. I don't believe. I must have
a reason for a certain hypothesis. Either I know a thing, and then I know
it --I don't need to believe it."
" when we have a relationship to a particular thing or experience with it - belief/faith ceases to be a factor. The truth is this, I have had the experience of being gripped by something that is stronger than myself, something that people call God. I could not say I believe. I know! I have had the experience of being gripped by something that is stronger than myself, something that people call God."
"God is the name by which I designate all things which cross my path violently and recklessly, all things which alter my plans and intentions, and change the course of my life, for better or for worse."
"If I accept the fact that a god is absolute and beyond all human experiences, he leaves me cold. I do not affect him, nor does he affect me. But if I know that a god is a powerful impulse in my soul, at once I must concern myself with him, for then he can become important like everything belonging to the sphere of reality."
"Meaninglessness inhibits fullness of life and is therefore equivalent to illness. Meaning makes a great many things endurable - perhaps everything. No science will ever replace myth, and a myth cannot be made out of any science. For it is not that 'God' is a myth, but that myth is the revelation of a divine life in man. It is not we who invent myth, rather it speaks to us as a Word of God."
"God, an inner experience. not discussable as such but impressive, Psychic experience has two sources, the outer world and the unconscious. All immediate experience is psychic. There is physically transmitted (outer world) experience and inner (spiritual) experience.. The one is just as valid as the other. God is not a statistical truth, hence it is just as stupid to prove the existence of God as to deny Him People speak about belief when they have lost knowledge. Belief and disbelief in God are mere surrogates. The naive primitive doesn't believe, he knows, because the inner experience means as much to him as the outer.. He has no theology and hasn't yet let himself be befuddled by booby trap concepts."
"We cannot change anything until we accept it. Condemnation does not liberate, it oppresses."
"Knowing your own darkness is the best method for dealing with the darknesses of other people."
"Every form of addiction is bad, no matter whether the narcotic be alcohol or morphine or idealism."
"Man needs difficulties; they are necessary for health."
"Everything that irritates us about others can lead us to an understanding of ourselves."
"I cannot love anyone if I hate myself. That is the reason why we feel so extremely uncomfortable in the presence of people who are noted for their special virtuousness, for they radiate an atmosphere of the torture they inflict on themselves. That is not a virtue but a vice."
"Through pride we are ever deceiving ourselves. But deep down below the surface of the average conscience a still, small voice says to us, something is out of tune."
"An inflated consciousness is always egocentric and conscious of nothing but its own existence. It is incapable of learning from the past, incapable of understanding contemporary events, and incapable of drawing right conclusions about the future. It is hypnotized by itself and therefore cannot be argued with. It inevitably dooms itself to calamities that must strike it dead. "
"The shoe that fits one person pinches another; there is no recipe for living that suits all cases. "
has a stronger influence psychologically on their environment and especially
on their children than the unlived life of the parent. "
"Loneliness does not come from having no people about one, but from being unable to communicate the things that seem important to oneself, or from holding certain views which others find inadmissible. "
it will not kill your body, because it is imaginary. But it will eventually
kill your soul. "