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God Is A Verb, Kabbalah and the Practice of Mystical Judaism
Rabbi David A. Cooper

1 "We can experience in the depths of our beings the realization that for each step we take, the Divine steps with us; each breath we draw is connected with the breath of the universe."

2 "Our entire life is a perpetual experience of resurrection, if only we were able to perceive it in this way."

3 "One aspect of the soul is always joined with the center of creation, and this is our eternal link with truth."

4 "Mystics teach that there is a universal connection among all things; modern science offers the same message."

5 "Each moment, as God-ing unfolds, we begin anew. Each moment is an opportunity to be fully who we are, or even who we think we want to be. It is always available to us."

6 "Each time we make use of our free will by giving, we are in copartnership with the infinite Bestower. When this is accomplished with clear awareness of what we are doing, we raise the consciousness of creation."

7 "The linchpin of our relationship with God is founded on the belief that human beings have creative capability to intervene in the 'normal' course of events. One word, one gesture, or even one thought can change the direction of the creative process. This being so, we are led to conclude that human beings play a cocreative role."

8 "Perhaps you feel that having an intimate relationship with the Divine is beyond you, reserved for others….This is not so. It is part of our heritage; it is yours and mind to have. All we need do is learn how to let go of our fear, for fear maintains the barriers of separation."

9 "The ancient kabbalistic idea is a holistic, energetic model of the universe. It cuts across layers of reality and includes every possible dimension of creation….According to this Jewish mystical viewpoint, everything and every 'non-thing' that ever was or will be in creation is interconnected."

10 "Understand this important teaching: When we accept each moment as a new opportunity for fulfilling our purpose, we are always present, always succeeding, always changing the world for the better."

11 "Now we are no longer separated from our source, and behold we ARE the source and the source is us. We are so intimately united with It, we cannot by any means be separated from It, for we are It." Abraham Abulafia, 13th century Jewish sage

12 "Our acts of lovingkindness not only matter, they are the medium through which we can bring the world together in a new era of human relationship."

13 "Resurrection is not something for which we must wait. It is always here. Our challenge is to move from ego consciousness to God consciousness."

14 "Free will at its core is…the ability to bestow light."

15 "Eternal life is available to every one of us, here and now."

16 "God's presence is everywhere, including one's own consciousness

17 "All living souls in the world cumulatively make up part of a universal soul….the soul giving us vitality is connected to, and draws sustenance from, a universal soul."

18 "Everything in the universe is a vessel that 'wills' to receive the light of the infinite bestower. Each molecule, plant, animal, rock and human is a vessel; each has the 'will' to be exactly what it is."

19 "May our lives be filled with the ongoing truth in which we are saturated with love, caring, and kindness. And may we serve the world from the level of awareness."

20 "The dimension of this moment is supported in its entirety by the nature of the Divine. Thus there is a vital relationship between God and every aspect of creation. Each breath I draw is initiated, sustained, and nourished by the power of creation. Each event is permeated by the magic of the Divine Presence."

21 "Acts of lovingkindness, over the long run, will bring a higher level of consciousness to everyone in the world."

22 "You may fall to the lowest depths, heaven forbid, but no matter how low you have fallen, it is still inappropriate to give up hope. The ability to return to God surpasses everything, and so there is no room for despair. Even sins can be transformed into virtue; even your failings and shortcomings can be brought back to God."

23 "Mystics throughout time, in all traditions, have said the same thing: We do not have to search for God, because the presence of the Divine permeates all things. If there is a search at all, it is God searching for Itself, so to speak."

24 "The process of expanding awareness in ourselves and the world is the fundamental reason for our existence."

25 "The ultimate truth of the Divine is Oneness."

This body of quotes compiled by JoAnn Kite