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Divine Light and Fire, Experiencing Esoteric Christianity
Peter Roche deCoppens

1 "The mind takes on the form of the object it beholds, and the vital energies of a human being will run along the lines traced and focused upon by the mind and will, and vivify the areas or objects on which both are focused."

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

3 "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."

4 "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)."

5 “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.”

6 “The Divine Essence, or God, is Androgynous, above and implying all genders, masculine and feminine, personal and transpersonal, singular and plural.”

7 "Prayer, the basic exercise of the spirit, must be actively practiced by men and nations. For if the power of prayer is again released and used in the lives of common men and women, if the spirit declares its aims clearly and boldly, there is yet hope that our prayers for a better world will be answered." Alexis Carrell, Nobel Laureate, 'Homme c'est Inconnu'

8 "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."

9 “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.”

10 “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.”

11 "Archetypes use the analogical-allegorical method rather than the descriptive-analytical one. This means that they are multidimensional, having not one set of meanings, preestablished and socially standardized, but many sets of meanings and correspondences….they are not static and closed but rather dynamic and open, with ever-new emergent levels that come to the foreground as new layers and states of consciousness are activated; they are based on the principle of correspondence and homology, derived from the classical assumption that all things in the universe are interrelated and that the microcosm (human nature) is a reflection of the macrocosm (the world."

12 "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."

13 “It is within the power of every one of us, even the weakest, poorest, and least educated, to contribute to the welfare of the world.”

14 “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.”

15 “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.”

16 "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."

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

18 "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."

19 "Symbols, images, and archetypes are indeed, and function as, a bridge or connection between the known and the unknown, the conscious and the Deep Mind, actuality and potentiality. They are elements in a progressive developmental path or curriculum by which the many can become one, by which the profane can be linked with the sacred, and by which the supreme synthesis of finding Union with God can be realized – the true purpose and destiny of all human beings on earth."

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

21 "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."

22 “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.”

23 "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."

24 “The spirit of man, itself essentially divine, is capable of immediate communion with God, the One Reality.” Evelyn Underhill, ‘Practical Mysticism’

25 “Never forget that God is Love, make it your constant care to spread love around wherever you go.” Charles W. Leadbeater, ‘Science of the Sacraments’

This body of quotes compiled by JoAnn Kite