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

1 "The Creator's continuous radiation of creative force never ceases from the world; in every instant these vital emanations radiate to Its creations, to all the worlds." Rebbe Levi Yitzhak of Berdichev, 18th century Hasidic master

2 "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."

3 "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."

4 "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."

5 "We are the accumulation of a set of archetypes that interact with the world drama that enfolds us."

6 "Human consciousness is informed by a soul force that gives it the capacity to emulate the infinite Bestower."

7 "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."

8 "The world is an integrated whole, not a collection of parts….Individuals and nations are not separate; everyone and everything is interconnected."

9 "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."

10 "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."

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

12 "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."

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

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

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

16 "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."

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

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

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

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

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

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

23 "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."

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

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