Cosmic Consciousness Richard M Bucke This is a classic study in the evolution of the human mind, and is a pioneering work as valuable today as when it was first published in 1901.
"This is the truth given age upon age to all men in all lands - the truth at last to be seen of all, in its fullness and purity: Man is to know himself, and...is not only to soar toward, but absolutely attain to heights of being and of beauty hitherto undreamed of, and bringing fairly within his realization a heaven on earth, in true grandeur and happiness." Paul Tyner
"The wise man recognizes the idea of the good within him." Plotinus
"I have never really doubted for a moment that an Infinite Wisdom and Love DOES encircle all our lives." J. W. W., anonymous author
"The justice of God sees – in that is everything." Honore deBalzac, 'Louis Lambert'
"There is a raying out of all orders of existence, an external emanation from the ineffable One." Plotinus
"God is all. He is not far away in the heaven; He is here. This grass under your feet is He; this bountiful harvest, that blue sky, those roses...you yourself are all one with Him." C. Y. E., anonymous author
"All is well, always has been and will always be." C. M. C., anonymous author
"God IS the Cosmos."
"Lo! The pulsations in all matter, all spirit, throbbing forever – the eternal beats, eternal systole and dyastole of life in things – wherefrom I feel and know that death is not the ending, as we thought, but rather the real beginning – and that nothing ever is or can be lost, nor even die." Walt Whitman, 'Democratic Vistas'
"The consciousness of the Deity and of the Cosmos [are] the same thing."
"The universal scheme is woven in one piece."
"Before and behind births and deaths, the emergence ever-more expanding." Horace Traubel
"Only one in all the infinite universe! The All-loving, the Perfect One!" C. M. C., anonymous author
"In Cosmic Consciousness there is no condemnation, no sin, no evil, no death. This may be a hard saying, but it is true."
"What joy when I saw there was no break in the chain – not a link left out – everything in its place and time. Worlds, systems, all blended in one harmonious whole, Universal life, synonymous with universal love!" C. M. C., anonymous author
"All is well for ever and ever, for there is no place or time where God is not." C. Y. E., anonymous author
"Existence is one eternal immensity of infinite existence, acting with infinite force, in an inevitable, infinite, therefore absolutely perfect order, in whose perfection all things and their action must of necessity be included." C. P., anonymous author
"Love is blessing, is salvation, is our guardian genius." Plotinus
"God and human life…are greater and better than any one has said or can say."
"That which we seek with passionate longing, here and there, upward and outward, we find at last within ourselves. The kingdom within! The indwelling God!" C. M. C., anonymous author
"The universe exists in each of its individual atoms." H. B., anonymous author
"You are a little world formed out of the large one." Jacob Boehme
"I dwell this moment in the eternal Now that has ever been and will be…I am in the midst of immortal things this moment." Richard Jefferies, 'The Story of My Heart'
"That there rise in us waves of consciousness from those around us – from the people to which we belong – is certain." Edward Carpenter, 'Civilization, Its Cause and Cure'
"In the prison One shall come; and the chains which are stronger than iron, the fetters harder than steel, shall dissolve – you shall go free forever." Edward Carpenter, 'Towards Democracy'