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Divine Light and Fire, Experiencing Esoteric Christianity
Peter Roche deCoppens

1 "Symbols, images, and archetypes…are the key regulators and main 'switches' of human consciousness and of one's inner life. It is through them that all alterations, focusing, and expansion of human consciousness take place, for they are the regulators, accumulators, and transformers of human consciousness. They enable a person to connect himself (and his field of consciousness) temporarily and to identify with something greater and larger than he is and, thus, slowly to transcend himself and actualize his latent energies, faculties, and potentialitites."

2 “It is clearly the Will of God that human beings evolve, actualize their potentialities, and learn to see and understand Him better and to comprehend His plan better, that they might have the opportunity and privilege to cooperate in this wondrous scheme of Creation.”

3 “Self-knowledge, a knowledge of human nature and of human consciousness, and a spiritual science of man and of human consciousness are essential and, indeed inevitable.”

4 "The Temple in which we now find ourselves, the physical Temple and the Temple 'not made with hands, eternal in the Heavens', the psyche, is sacred ground, the place where one stands in the living presence of God."

5 "The sacred traditions affirm that each human being is made in the image and likeness of God. Each has a 'Divine Spark', or Kernel of the Ultimate Reality, around which is gathered and organized form and force, matter and energy."

6 “The God who has hung our solar system in space, and has poured His life into it that we and His other creatures might come into being, superintends the progress of that tremendous Experiment with benevolent, paternal interest.” Charles W. Leadbeater, 'Science of the Sacraments'

7 "Symbols are units, instruments, and media designed to convey and elicit thoughts, feelings, and intuitions, the core of the symbol being its ability to activate and focus the intuition."

8 "We are ready to move from analysis to synthesis, from the knowledge of the head to thinking with the heart, which can bring us to the beating heart of reality, to the tabernacle of our being, the Inner Christ."

9 “The Grace of God, the Divine Light, and Spiritual Energies, are poured incessantly upon the world, in many ways and at many levels.”

10 "The language of imagery and analogy is the language of the Deep Mind and of the sages."

11 “True saints, seers, and sages have existed and do exist in ALL religions.”

12 "We know a thing only by uniting with it; by assimilating it; by an interpenetration of it and ourselves. It gives itself to us, just in so far as we give ourselves to it….The great Sufi who said that 'Pilgrimage to the place of the wise is to escape the flame of separation' spoke the literal truth. Wisdom is the fruit of communion." Evelyn Underhill, 'Practical Mysticism'

13 “Of all knowledge open to a human being, self-knowledge is both the most important and the indispensable prerequisite for any other kind of systematic knowledge.”

14 “It is important to remember that when someone truly works on self-actualization and personal growth, he or she also works for the world (as one becomes more conscious, knowledgeable, loving, capable, responsible), just as one who truly works for the world is working on his own development and perfection (since every objective action in the world has a subjective reaction in the psyche and on the person). Hence, the two are really two sides of the same coin.”

15 "It is Love that is truly fundamental, the wellspring and motive force for both knowledge and action….Love is itself both form and substance of knowledge, a means of cognition, a way of true knowledge that comes from communion and union with the object of that knowledge."

16 “God is Love; in all the love that exists in the world, in all that we love, he is there as that love. And in this love, which began and binds and redeems the world, he is with us, working his plan with us, never abandoning us.”

17 "Living synthesis is found and expressed in the images, symbols, myths and allegories of all the world religions."

18 “Human consciousness and the human mind, heart, and will are not static and fixed but alive, dynamic, unfolding.”

19 "In the sacred traditions of the past, we can find a holistic structure of creation and of human nature (also interesting in the light of modern theoretical physics)."

20 “This is the time of history when the Great Synthesis can come about….What is most urgently needed are the teachings of the Spiritual Tradition, backed up by personal observation and experience.”

21 “It is not a question of ‘killing’ or destroying evil, but rather of recognizing it, in order to reequilibrate it and transmute it into the good by harnessing its energies: one can say, of ultimately redeeming it.”

22 “All the world religions, if properly understood, loved, and lived lead to the same ‘inner Temple’, to the One God and God-Experience.”

23 “At this historical juncture, it is important to develop a philosophy of life and become wise in the art of living that philosophy. In doing this we are guided by our purpose on earth: the realization of happiness in the service of God and each other.”

24 "Each one of the great living religions..has one central and overriding purpose: to bring about a conscious communion and then living union, both internal and external, with God, the Ultimate Reality."

25 “From the beginning of human history man has been a religious being, aspiring to discover and consciously reunite with his Source, the Essence of all that is.”

This body of quotes compiled by JoAnn Kite