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Spiritual Literacy, Reading the Sacred in Everyday Life
Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat

1 "It feels as if everyone who acts compassionately, works to raise consciousness, to save the planet, to make a difference in some significant way is linked to everyone else who also does." Jean Shinoda Bolen, 'Crossing to Avalon'

2 "The Weaver of Oneness wants us to be united with each other – neighbors with neighbors, communities with communities, religions with religions, nations with nations."

3 "All things are interconnected. What happens in one place affects all places."

4 "We obviously have close ties to partners, family, and friends, but we are also part of layers and layers of communities."

5 "The world is alive and moving toward you with rare epiphanies and wonderful surprises. Remember you are standing on holy ground."

6 "Life is a sacred adventure. Every day we encounter signs that point to the active presence of Spirit in the world around us."

7 "Your encounters with others reveal your connection with the Oneness."

8 "Treat everyone you meet just like you would if you just had your breath taken away by the most beautiful person in the world. Treat each situation in the day as though you were head-over-heels in love." Scout Cloud Lee, Native American elder

9 "Anything can become a disclosure of grace. We experience intimations of the divine in a lover's embrace, a rainbow, a baby's smile, a bird's flight overhead, a friend's forgiveness, a dolphin's leap, or the selfless service of a volunteer."

10 "Even the common articles made for daily use become endowed with beauty when they are loved."

11 "All the inhabitants of the world – the trees, flowers, fields, streams, hills, rocks, dolphins, bears, birds, and babies – are our relations, as Native Americans express it."

12 "If you love it enough, anything will talk with you." George Washington Carver, American who discovered over 200 uses for the peanut plant

13 "No matter what form our job or activity takes, the content is the same as everyone else's: we are here to minister to human hearts. If we talk to anyone, or see anyone, or even think of anyone, then we have the opportunity to bring more love into the universe." Marianne Williamson, 'A Return to Love'

14 "Every happening great and small is a parable whereby God speaks to us." Malcolm Muggeridge, Christian journalist

15 "It is very significant indeed that physics now sees the whole universe as a web of dynamic interrelationships. When we come to the human person, our lives are also a network of interrelationships." Bede Griffiths

16 "Let Spirit flow through you in little acts of kindness, brief words of encouragement, and manifold expressions of courtesy. These deeds will add to the planet's fund of good will."

17 "This is the heart of our humanity – being here, open and giving to others."

18 "Our lives extend beyond our skins, in radical interdependence with the rest of the world." Joanna Macy

19 "I propose we fall in love several times a day for the rest of our lives. You could fall in love with the galaxies – there are one trillion out there!....You could fall in love with fish and plants, animals, and birds, and with people, especially those who are different from us." Matthew Fox

20 "We are here to awaken from the illusion of separateness." Thich Nhat Hanh, Buddhist poet

21 "God is creating the entire universe, fully and totally in the present now." Meister Eckhart, 13th century mystic

22 "The world's sacred poetry, ritual, prayer, and art are filled with images of incarnated divinity, or the eternity that lies in the temporal, or the transpersonal that animates our personal lives." Thomas Moore, introduction

23 "Practice reverence for life. The sacred is in, with, and under all things of the world. Respond with appropriate respect and awe."

24 "When I touch the flower, I touch my consciousness, your consciousness, and the great planet Earth at the same time….If you really touch one flower deeply, you touch the whole cosmos….When you touch one, you touch many, when you touch many, you touch one….Look more deeply, and you will see yourself as penetrating everywhere, interbeing with everyone and everything." Thich Nhat Hanh, Vietnamese Buddhist monk, 'Cultivating the Mind of Love'

25 "Love is the pattern that stitches the universe together."

This body of quotes compiled by JoAnn Kite