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– C. G. Jung, CW13, “Alchemical Studies”

“An ancient adept has said: ‘If the wrong man uses the right means, the rich means work in the wrong way.’ This Chinese saying unfortunately only too true stands in sharp contrast to our belief in the right method irrespective of the man who applies it. In reality everything depends on the man and little or nothing on the method. The method is merely the path, the direction taken by man; the way he acts is the true expression of his nature. If it ceases to be this, the method is nothing more than the affectation, something artificially pieced on, rootless and sapless, serving only the illegitimate goal of self-deception. It becomes a means of fooling oneself and of evading what may perhaps be the implacable late of one’s being.”
– C. G. Jung, CW13, “Alchemical Studies”, par. 4

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