"The most basic work for peace is to return to ourselves and create harmony among the elements within us – our feelings, our perceptions, and our mental states…When we have peace within, real dialogue with others is possible."
Living Buddha, Living Christ
(Thich Nhat Hanh)
"The Neoplatonic-Hermetic movement believed that the human being was in essence a microcosm of the greater universe, and that therefore self-knowledge – knowledge of the soul – was the path through which one might reconnect with one's divine origins."
The Mythic Tarot
(Juliet Sharman-Burke and Liz Greene)
"The Seer, the That in you which knows, in actuality is not separate from what it sees – it IS what it sees, for the Knower sees a thing by being that thing, as St. Thomas Aquinas stated, 'Knowledge comes about in so far as the object known is within the knower.' (Summa Theologica I, q. 59, a. 2)"
Spectrum of Consciousness
"The Perennial Philosophy teaches that it is desirable and indeed necessary to know the spiritual Ground of things, not only within the soul, but also outside in the world and beyond world and soul, in its transcendent otherness."
The Perennial Philosophy
"The collective unconscious, as the ancestral heritage of possibilities of representation, is not individual but common to all, and perhaps even to all animals, and is the true basis of the individual psyche."
"The realm of the psyche is immeasurably great and filled with living reality. At its brink lies the secret of matter and of spirit."
C. G. Jung: Letters, 1951-1961
(Gerhard Adler and Aniela Jaffe, editors)
"Who we really are is a power bigger than all our problems, both personal and collective. And when we have remembered who we are, our problems – which are literally nothing other than manifestations of our forgetfulness – will disappear."
The Gift of Change, Spiritual Guidance for a Radically New Life
"The deeper the Self-realization of a man, the more he influences the whole universe by his subtle spiritual vibrations."
Autobiography of a Yogi
"Grounded in self-knowledge, I am grounded in awareness of oneness with you at a level that precedes and transcends the differences between us. I know you with an empathic, heartfelt knowledge of what it means to be a human being."
Christian Meditation: Experiencing the Presence of God
"When the dialogue partner becomes for me a source of my own self-understanding, he/she is also a source of my understanding of God."
The Unity of Reality
"Each 'cosmic event' of self-knowledge affects the whole universe, helping to bring grace to the world." Willis Barnstone, preface to 'The Gospel of Truth and the Valentinian Speculation'
The Other Bible
(Willis Barnstone, editor)
"Every advance, every conceptual achievement of mankind, has been connected with an advance in self-awareness."
"According to the Gospel of Thomas, the kingdom of God symbolizes a state of transformed consciousness. One enters that kingdom when one attains self-knowledge. The Gospel of Thomas teaches that when one comes to know oneself, at the deepest level, one simultaneously comes to know God as the source of one's being."
The Origin of Satan
"Fundamentally, all beings, all of us, are brought forth from the divine creative essence, are virtually parts of the Highest Being. This is a concept insisted upon in later Hinduism and Buddhism. It is but a logical consequence of earlier basic concepts. It is implied in the monistic idea developed in the philosophy of the Upanishads and illustrated through the pictorial script of classic Hindu mythology – the idea, namely, of man's Inner Self (atman) as identical with the only Universal Self (brahman)."
Myths and Symbols in Indian Art and Civilization
(Heinrich Zimmer, edited by Joseph Campbell)
"What we know of ourselves and the universe in which we live is an integral part of the One's own Self-revealing, Self-knowing state….The One knows itself through us – through our eyes, and ears, and minds, through our entire being."
The Alternative Gospel