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

1 "We are copartners with God-ing in the cosmic process, and each person has the full freedom of choice to change the universe. Nothing we do, say, or think is inconsequential; every action affects not only this reality but also other realities, and all of creation is interconnected."

2 "Herein lies the ultimate truth of existence, the God-ing and creation-ing as one process everlasting."

3 "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."

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

5 "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."

6 "Every aspect of creation interrelates with every other….every thought, word, or action reverberates throughout the entire creation."

7 "The greater our awareness, the more our perception of multiplicity dissolves."

8 "Each part in the universe is in dynamic relationship with every other part."

9 "Divine providence includes every ripple that has been sent into the universe by every person who has ever lived and every event that has ever taken place."

10 "May we be blessed to grow together in increasing awareness, to bring a new consciousness to the world, and to experience true peace in our time."

11 "In Lurianic Kabbalah, there is only one primordial soul in the world….From this one soul, sparks were disseminated throughout the universe."

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

13 "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."

14 "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."

15 "The Holy One is the Soul of souls, the Spirit of spirits." Zohar 1:103b

16 "Whatever happens anywhere in the universe reverberates throughout the totality of creation. Thus our lives are affected by what is happening everywhere; moreover, whatever we do in our lives affects everything in the universe."

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

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 "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."

20 "We are connected via our souls to the source of creation, and we can transform the flow of creation."

21 "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."

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

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

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

25 "Just as we know that there was some kind of paradigm shift from animal consciousness to prehistoric human consciousness, and that human consciousness has gone through stages measured in various ways, such as social awareness, technological development, or basic intelligence…there is yet to come a major paradigm shift toward an entirely new level of awareness. In this advanced state, pain and suffering as we know it will vanish, war will end, our relationships with one another will dramatically be altered, the lion will lie with the lamb, so to speak, and life will be completely different from anything we might imagine."

This body of quotes compiled by JoAnn Kite