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The Fabric of the Future
M. J. Ryan, editor
Women visionaries illuminate the path to tomorrow.

1 "Those like James Hillman and others in the school of archetypal psychology are suggesting something that the ancient neo-Platonists knew – certainly the Gnostics knew – that it is not psyche which exists in us but we who exist in psyche. And that the life of psyche is existent within the realm of God." Jean Houston, 'Living in One's and Future Myths'

2 "Our traditional Native American greeting in the Seneca language is 'Na:weh Skennio' – thank you for being! Whether you know it or not, each of you represents a spark of inspiration within the Great Mystery. You are needed. You touch the lives of many and are responsible for changing the lives of others for the better. For all that you do and for who you are, I thank you for being." Jamie Sams, 'Messages for the Women of the Millennium'

3 "Spirit is crying out to us to become expressions of the gifts she offers in all we do and are. She is calling us to profound, radical, lasting change." Woodeene Koenig-Bricker, 'The Age of the Spirit'

4 "Part of the information that we need now is an awareness of the indivisibility of our relationship with each other – peoples of all races, nationalities, ethnicities, and classes – and with the Earth and all her creatures." China Galland, 'The Black Madonna and the Limits of Light: Looking Underneath Christianity, A Teaching for Our Time'

5 "In the old days, checking in with your soul was called 'prayer'. Daily prayer, in the morning and at night, is a time to turn your attention within. Teach the practice of prayer to your children; it's a mind-relaxing skill, and it allows the inner picture to synthesize. It doesn't matter what name you use for God; it only matters that you feel you are talking to God, to your conception of the divine. Then you will be linked with that energy. The flow will be with you." Z Budapest, 'Harmonizing with the Fates'

6 "Now we are being called upon to expand our definition of love, to understand it and embody it in all of its richness and complexity." Daphne Rose Kingma, 'A Profound Infusion of Love'

7 "A life of love and effort on behalf of the collective good promises the satisfaction of knowing that you are doing what you were born to do." Marianne Williamson, 'Spiritual Politics'

8 "Love is an energy. We don't experience it in the abstract. We experience it through the medium of our relationships. And so it is that the infusion of love that is being asked for above all is an enriching of all our relationships, our relationships with our spouses and lovers, with our parents and children, with the people with whom we work, and even with our enemies and strangers." Daphne Rose Kingma, 'A Profound Infusion of Love', quoted

9 "The (mythic) stories of spiritual principals who are everywhere and all at once recalls the finding in quantum physics concerning the ways in which everything is part of everything else – every electron having knowledge and influence upon every other electron – and each one of us is ubiquitous throughout the great hologram that is our universe." Jean Houston, 'Living in One's and Future Myths'

10 "We are a family. White Buffalo Woman reminds us that we are more than family, we are one with each other. 'Whatever you do to any other thing or being in the circle of life', she exhorts us, 'you do to yourself, for you are One.'" Brooke Medicine Eagle, Native American healer, 'Creating a Path of Beauty'

11 "Globally, we are at the birthing gate. We are at a time in history where collectively we are laboring to give birth to a new world." Angeles Arrien, anthropologist and author, 'Transformation in the Millennium'

12 "Any step that I take in my life of true healing, of true integration so that I really shift my experience, affects everyone in the world and affects what's happening in the world." Shakti Gawain, speaker/workshop leader, 'Moving Toward the New Millennium'

13 "Some wheels of life are turning just now, some already have turned, some will begin to turn at any moment. These forces in concert were called many things – Divine Providence, Fate, the Astrological Ages. All these names denote a kind of order, a dependable system which we don't quite fully understand but that we know is present." Z Budapest, 'Harmonizing with the Fates'

14 "We are opening our senses to the web of relationships, the deep ecology, in which we have our being. Like our primordial ancestors, we begin again to see the world as our body and (whether we say the word or not) as sacred." Joanna Macy, Ph.D., 'The Great Turning'

15 "Increasing numbers of us have heard the Gaian voice and seen in our experience ways of being together that celebrate and affirm life. More and more we are in conversations where we speak of the great forces of life – love, purpose, soul, spirit, freedom, courage, integrity, meaning. The new story is being born in these conversations. We are learning to give voice to a different and fuller sense of who we are." Margaret J. Wheatley, 'Reclaiming Gaia, Reclaiming Life'

16 "We are all beautifully interwoven into a single consciousness." Daphne Rose Kingma, 'A Profound Infusion of Love'

17 "The only way to come home to spirit is to allow our love nature, Eros, to be stronger than fear. Easy to say, difficult to practice. We need to bless those who challenge us to be fully loving; they mirror to us where we may withhold our love by being close-hearted, half-hearted, and weak-hearted. They are great teachers for us, and remind us that the greatest remorse for human beings is love unexpressed." Angeles Arrien, 'Transformation in the Millennium'

18 "Everything in nature is cyclical and opposites are in balance. In the natural world you have opposites, like day and night, but they're not in opposition; they're complements to each other. They're part of one whole, and you have to have both. One isn't 'good' and the other 'evil'. The more that we can start to look at the world in this way again, the more integrated we can be." Starhawk, author and founding minister of the Covenant of the Goddess, 'Envisioning the Future'

19 "We have a magnificent metaphor for the presence of love in our midst. Our fabulous technological ingenuity has created a world that is now linked by a pulsating electronic web, a global nervous system which demonstrates in a very concrete way that as a body of humanity we are all beautifully linked together, that we are all incredibly connected…… the real challenge now is for us to see that it is love that is truly the web of our connection, that we are all of a piece as human beings and spirits, that we share the same joys and woes, that we partake of the same eternal spiritual destiny." Daphne Rose Kingma, 'A Profound Infusion of Love'

20 "One day while taking a walk I asked the universe a question: What is our story? What is happening on planet Earth? I knew it must be one story, for it was one Earth. With that question, I went into a slight daydreaming type walk. Suddenly, I had an 'out-of-Earth' experience. My mind's eye was lifted into outer space. Floating as the astronauts did, I experienced our planet as a living organism struggling to coordinate itself as a whole. I felt the pollution choking our lungs, the hunger torturing our bodies, the weapons killing ourselves. I felt the pain in the whole system for one frightful instant in time. Then, a miracle seemed to happen. I felt as though I were seeing a few frames ahead in the movie of creation. In this moment of expanded reality, an unbearable pain intensified throughout the whole planetary body, very much like the pain before giving birth to a child. There was a flash of light, an unearthly light, the kind that the mystics see. It came from within us, and from beyond us. We saw the light together. The floodgates of our hearts opened. Love streamed forth. The barriers that separated us dissolved. The air cleared, the waters cleared. Healings abounded. I heard the inner words: 'Our story is a birth. We are one body. What the avatars have come to tell us is true. Go tell the story of our birth, Barbara!'" Barbara Marx Hubbard, 'Awakening to Our Genius, the Heroine's Journey'

21 "Goodness is our inherent nature." Cheri Huber, Zen teacher, 'There Is Nothing Wrong with Us'

22 "There's a level on which we are all one consciousness, deeply connected to the one mass consciousness." Shakti Gawain, speaker/workshop leader, 'Moving Toward the New Millennium'

23 "The universe is impersonally invested in evolving toward goodness and uses any available conduit for the purposes of doing so." Marianne Williamson, 'Spiritual Politics'

24 "Everywhere I am seeing not only the harvesting of the world's potentials but the harvesting of the great mythic stories. It is as if we are in a time of radical restorying. It is as if the soul of the world is rising." Jean Houston, 'Living in One's and Future Myths'

25 "We are being invited to an opening of our hearts and a deeper awareness of our souls, to an experience of the energy of love which is, in fact, our essence and to infuse it into every arena of our existence. What this means, very simply, is that we need to love more. We are being called to more conscious love, more kinds of love, more capacity to love, more freedom to love, more valuing of love, more trusting that love will carry us to where we need to go, more capacity to feel love that is constantly being offered to us in a myriad of forms – by lovers and strangers, by plants and animals and trees, by flowers and children, and by the gentle Earth itself. We are being asked to become creators of the changes through which, subtly, and with beauty, our world will become ever more infused with love." Daphne Rose Kingma, 'A Profound Infusion of Love'

This body of quotes compiled by JoAnn Kite