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Lamps of Western Mysticism
Arthur Edward Waite

1 "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."

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

3 "It is love which cleanses and love alone that sanctifies."

4 "We are dwelling already in that love which is wedded to its source in God."

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

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

7 "Knowledge is an inward state of our own essential being."

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

9 "God is in the soul and the soul in God…a mutual and inseparable indwelling, ever renewed in love."

10 "Every urge of our activity is a mode of love and every dedication has love as the root thereof."

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

12 "The driving power of the mind is love."

13 "That One is the beginning and end of all."

14 "We are parts of a whole, and the whole must draw us as soon as we open our doors: this is grace working upon and within us."

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

16 "There is much to be gained by the study of mystic symbolism, in which we find everywhere a disguised humanity. It is a catholic [universal] illustration of the truth that there is but one vase and one matter."

17 "Let us seek in love for the centre of Divine Love; let us strive to cast our whole being therein; let that love be behind all our intentions, our acts within and without."

18 "'It is love which makes the world go round', says an old, familiar adage…the truth of all is behind it."

19 "We are an immeasurable faculty of reception in the knowledge which comes from love."

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

21 "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."

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

23 "There is no aspiration and no ambition to compare with the search after truth. The necessity of truth is as imperative as that of love, but indeed the distinction is idle because truth is love."

24 "God is immanent in the soul, and we conceive Him also as abiding in the universe, or that cosmic order to which we belong and of which we form a part."

25 "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."

This body of quotes compiled by JoAnn Kite