"There are innumerable ways of developing one's consciousness to higher degrees, and in fact every common-place incident of daily experience may contribute to that end if it be rightly interpreted and its purpose in the general pattern of our life-scheme be discerned."
The Meaning of Masonry
(W. L. Wilmshurst)
"When suffering grows, the invincible force of nature moves to set man's vision right and establish a way of life which will again fulfil the high purpose of his existence. The long history of the world records many such periods in which the ideal pattern of life is first forgotten and then restored to man."
Maharishi Mahesh Yogi On The Bhagavad-Gita
(Maharishi Mahesh Yogi)
"Crisis can be seen as a positive aspect of change."
"Metaphysical views are of the utmost importance for the well-being of the human psyche." 'On the Nature of Dreams'
"There is nothing – no thing, no person, no experience, no thought, no joy or pain – that cannot be harvested and used for nourishment on our journey to God."
A Tree Full of Angels
"Health is contingent upon the body's being coordinated in unity; beauty, upon the mastery of parts by The One; the soul's virtue, upon unification into one sole coherence." Plotinus, 'The Good or The One'
The Essential Plotinus
(Translated by Elmer O'Brien, S.J.)
"A creative system can accommodate abrupt changes and catastrophes with its agility. All life forms are creative. The cosmos is a form of life – one that is as agile as the life forms it has created."
Breaking the Mind Barrier
"There is no complete error, no complete ignorance – ever. In the world what resists us helps us, as the ground which obstructs our feet, but is necessary in walking. There is no escape from the self."
The Glorious Presence
(Ernest E. Wood)
"In fact, we are the beloved of our Creator. We are worthy. We are capable. We are divine creations, just the way we are right now." Christopher H. Jackson, 'Zeal: A Fuel for Spiritual Pioneering'
New Thoughts for a New Millennium
(Michael A. Maday, editor)
"In order to grow and survive we need to uncover some common ground to talk about what we're experiencing from our unique viewpoints. We need to develop a means of communicating with one another that is sensitive to - and even tolerant of - contrasting points of view. Our talking must 'take into account', rather than talk in defense.
Breaking the Mind Barrier
"Every psychic phenomenon is compensated by its opposite, in agreement with the proverb, 'There is no misfortune so great that no good may come of it.'"
"Corresponding to every divine gift, there is in us an appropriate and natural organ capable of receiving it – a kind of capacity, or intrinsic state or disposition." St. Maximos the Confessor, 'Third Century of Various Texts'
The Philokalia, volume 2
(various authors, compiled by St. Nikodimos of the Holy Mountain)