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

1 "Nothing is inconsequential. Each grain of sand holds amazing secrets. Each event contains mysterious messages. Every encounter with another being is a point of contact upon which the universe pivots. When we enter into this frame of mind, reality as we see it becomes a vast opportunity to experience the interconnectedness of all creation. From this perspective, we come to the realization that every piece is integral in the unfolding of creation, including us."

2 "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."

3 "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."

4 "One's actions, particularly deeds of lovingkindness, profoundly impact upon the universe. Minor actions can have significant consequences;…everything happening to us is connected with a complex weave of variables. Moreover, angelic forces are associated with our thoughts, words and deeds."

5 "All of creation is interconnected and interdependent. There is no subject or object, for each arises simultaneously with the other and cannot exist on its own."

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

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

8 "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."

9 "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."

10 "Love can be viewed as a unity, a ubiquitous oneness."

11 "Our job is not to set up a battleground to eradicate evil, but to search out its spark of holiness. Our task is not to destroy but to build, not to hate but to find a place of yielding, not to polarize but to discover the points of commonality so that we can work together. Learn this lesson, dear friends, it will serve you well."

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

13 "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."

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

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

16 "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."

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

18 "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."

19 "If we see the ongoing relationship betweem God-ing and creation-ing, we fully connect with the understanding that resurrection is a continuous process, happening right now."

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

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

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

23 "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

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

25 "The imaginative mind has marvelous access to other realms of reality. The point is not whether or not we are making things up, but instead, that if we can imagine it, some aspect of it exists – 'As above, so below.'"

This body of quotes compiled by JoAnn Kite