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A Return to Love, Reflections on the Principles of A Course in Miracles
Marianne Williamson

1 "The spiritual journey is the relinquishment, or unlearning, of fear and the acceptance of love back into our hearts. Love is the essential fact. It is our ultimate reality and our purpose on earth. To be consciously aware of it, to experience love in ourselves and others, is the meaning of life."

2 "The world is healed one loving thought at a time. Mother Theresa said that there are no great deeds – just small deeds done with great love."

3 "The Spirit can see the seeds of rebirth in any pattern of decline."

4 "Fear is an illusion. Our craziness, paranoia, anxiety and trauma are literally all imaginal. That is not to say they don't exist for us as human beings, and need to be brought to light in order to be released. But they do not replace the love within us. They are literally a bad dream. It is as though the mind has been split in two, with one part staying in touch with love, and the other part veering into fear. Fear manufactures a kind of parallel universe where the unreal seems more real than the real."

5 "Since there is only one mind, all of us are telepathically communicating all the time."

6 "Remember, there's only one of us here: What we give to others, we give to ourselves. What we withhold from others, we withhold from ourselves."

7 "When fear is expressed, we recognize it as anger, abuse, disease, pain, greed, addiction, selfishness, obsession, corruption, violence, and war."

8 "The universe is created to support us in every way. God is constantly expressing His infinite care for us."

9 "We get in life that which we focus on. Continual focus on darkness leads us, as individuals and as a society, further into darkness. Focus on the light brings us into the light."

10 "The perfect you isn't something you need to create, because God already created it. The perfect you is the love within you."

11 "Fear…is the great betrayer of Self."

12 "Mary symbolizes the feminine within us all, who is impregnated by spirit. Her function is to say yes, I will, I receive, I will not abort this process, I accept with humility my holy function. The child born from this mystical conception is the Christ within us all."

13 "We're like the spokes on a wheel, all radiating out from the same center. If you define us according to our position on the rim, we seem separate and distinct from one another. But if you define us according to our starting point, our source – the center of the wheel – we're a shared identity."

14 "Christ….is within us every moment, in every circumstance. He is to our left and to our right, before us and behind us, above us and beneath us. He responds fully to our slightest invitation."

15 "We were born to make manifest the glory of God that is within us. It's not just in some of us; it's in everyone."

16 "Faith is an aspect of consciousness. We either have faith in fear or we have faith in love."

17 "Whenever love is added to any part of the system, there is an increase in every part."

18 "We must have faith in God and in ourselves. Whatever He wills, He can let us know, and whatever He wants done, He can show us how to do it. In every community, there is work to be done. In every nation, there are wounds to heal. In every heart, there is the power to do it."

19 "There is a plan for each of us, and each of us is precious. As we open our hearts more and more, we're moved in the directions in which we're supposed to go."

20 "Faith is believing that the universe is on our side, and that the universe knows what it's doing. Faith is a psychological awareness of an unfolding force for good, constantly at work in all dimensions."

21 "God has created love as the only reality, the only power. And so it is."

22 "The concept of a divine, or 'Christ' mind, is the idea that, at our core, we are not just identical, but actually the same being. 'There is only one begotten Son' doesn't mean that someone else was it, and we're not. It means we're all it. There's only one of us here."

23 "There is a line in a song from the play 'Les Miserables' that says, 'To love another person is to see the face of God.' The 'face of Christ' is the innocence and love behind the masks we all wear, and seeing that face, touching it and loving it in ourselves and others, is the experience of God. It is our divine humanness. It is the high we all seek."

24 "The mind's function is to experience love. Without it, we have no wisdom. Without love, we might be active but we're hysterical."

25 "The love in one of us is the love in all of us. There's actually no place where God stops and you start, and no place where you stop and I start. Love is energy, an infinite continuum."

This body of quotes compiled by JoAnn Kite