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Lamps of Western Mysticism
Arthur Edward Waite

1 "We are mind, desire and will, corresponding to the Great Mind, the Great Purpose and the all-embracing Love."

2 "Nature is itself a mirror, wherein we behold ourselves."

3 "Under all outward illusion, and beneath all external phenomena, the Absolute is to be found within."

4 "The end of Western Mysticism was the return of the many into the One."

5 "The Divine in man is not in separation from the Divine in the cosmos…it is one with one."

6 "Begin where one may in the universe, all roads lead ultimately to God."

7 "The love of goodness is the first experience of the natural man, and all spiritual advancement is an extension of the soul's journey through its great distance."

8 "The first realisable truth concerning the soul of man is the native nobility of that which can dream of union with God, can also attain it,…and by the experience of such attainment discovers that in the soul itself…is God realised and known in the sacred nature of things."

9 "The centre of grace is everywhere and the circumference nowhere."

10 "The sign of life is in the symbolism; the life itself is in the grace behind the symbolism."

11 "Goodwill abides at the centre. This centre... is everywhere, and is hence, in a certain sense, to be found in all."

12 "Christianity, Indian Philosophy and Kabalism join in the recognition of an imperishable part of man and in its capacity for Divine Union."

13 "The grace behind Nature is Divine Immanence, and we know that it flows in through all channels; it stands at the door and knocks; it is with us all days."

14 "Everything that exists is the outward sign of an inward intent of God."

15 "Goodness communicates its lights to men and remakes them to the likeness of His Sovereign Perfection."

16 "Our human nature is a temple of the Divine Presence."

17 "The secret law which underlies manifested being is that of the Presence of God."

18 "I think personally that God is All in all – yesterday, today and forever."

19 "Humanity ends where it began also, in the Divinity which is its home."

20 "The years of spiritual life on earth are as certain moons following conception, during which the form of divine desire is developed within us; and in due season we shall issue forth to see with our own eyes that which all things now foreshadow, all faiths make evident."

21 "God must be the Father of the soul before the soul can become, in a profound symbolical and mystical sense, the Mother of God."

22 "Let us think…of the oneness to which all our nature testifies."

23 "God is of infinite perfection, incomprehensible intelligence and supereminent unity."

24 "Our true self is a mirror which contains all things."

25 "Consciousness in eternal love is the state in which God is All in all."

This body of quotes compiled by JoAnn Kite