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Experiencing the Soul
Eliot Jay Rosen, editor
Essays on experiencing the Soul by The Dalai Lama, Elisabeth Kubler-Ross, Jean Houston, Ram Dass, Gerald Jampolsky, and many others.

1 "I believe that on a higher level, everyone embodies the archetypal aspects of Jesus, Krishna, Mohammed, et cetera. These archetypes of our ideals serve to heal our sense of soul-loss. They help us remember a part of us that we often forget about in everyday life." Fred Alan Wolf, Ph.D., 'The Soul and Quantum Physics'

2 "Death is no more than a passing from one room to another."

3 "Between those two points, from the Big Bang, at the beginning of time – to the Big Crunch, at the end of time – all the matter in the universe appears, expands to a maximum point, and then contracts again into nothing. And through it all, an ultimate intelligence – call it what you will – guides and directs the various activities of everything in the universe – including all living life forms – in unfathomable, unseen ways." Fred Alan Wolf, Ph. D., 'The Soul and Quantum Physics'

4 "'Know ye not…that the Spirit of God dwelleth in you?' (1 Corinthians 3:16). Indeed it does; we are part of Him! We think that WE are beating these hearts, that WE are taking in this oxygen, that WE are running these bodies. No, it is GOD who is doing all of this." Sri Daya Mata, disciple of Paramahansa Yogananda, 'The Soul's Need for God'

5 "Love is always stronger than hate. The positive is always stronger than the negative. For me, it's nice to know that even though the world is in terrible shape with all the fighting, politics, and negativity going on, nothing is stronger than love." Dr. Elisabeth Kubler-Ross, 'Experiences of My Soul in Life and Death'

6 "Humans are loved by God beyond our comprehension, and we will feel how blessed we are when we learn compassion instead of judgment, empathy instead of pity, and realize that this life in the physical body is a very small part of our total existence." Dr. Elisabeth Kubler-Ross, 'Experiences of My Soul in Life and Death'

7 "Soul is eternal; its language is metaphor, which belongs in this moment and in the timeless, spaceless moment." Marion Woodman, 'From Psyche to Soul - The Healing Power of Archetypes'

8 "The human heart can go to the length of God….Dark and cold we may be, but this is not winter now….The frozen misery of centuries, cracks, breaks, begins to move….The thunder is the thunder of the float of the flow of the upstart Spring….Thank God our time is now….when wrong comes up to meet us everywhere….Never to leave us 'til we take the longest stride of soul folk ever took….Affairs are now soul-sized….The enterprise is exploration into God….What are you waiting for?....It takes many thousands of years to wake….But will you wake, for pity's sake?" Christopher Fry, 'Sleep of Prisoners'

9 "One thing I am convinced of is that life is an ongoing teaching-learning experience that continues after physical death. Those who feel that life comes to an end at death – life DOES NOT come to an end. Death is the closing of one door and the opening of another." Jean Houston, Ph.D., 'We Are Citizens of a Multidimensional Universe'

10 "Truly the face you see of the person in front of you is none other than your own,…we're all altars of the Divine One." Joan Borysenko, Ph. D., 'Glimpses of Eternity – My Mother's Last Gift Upon Her Passing'

11 "The essence of our being is love." Gerald Jampolsky, 'Attitudinal Healing - The Essence of Our Being Is Love'

12 "Death is simply a shedding of the physical body like the butterfly shedding its cocoon. It is a transition to a higher state of consciousness where you continue to perceive, to understand, to laugh, and to be able to grow." Dr. Elisabeth Kubler-Ross, 'Experiences of My Soul in Life and Death'

13 "All beings are connected. We are all children of one parent, our Creator." Dr. Elisabeth Kubler-Ross, 'Experiences of My Soul in Life and Death'

14 "In the many roles I've played in my life, in the many things I've done, the common thread I had to transcend was the invisible boundary of fear within me. When I felt this fear, I felt shrunken, condensed, and bound. It was only when I broke the boundary of this fear that I suddenly found that there was nothing to it – this fear was a result of my own thinking. When I broke the boundary of this fear and looked back at it, it was like seeing a shadow disappear." Edgar D. Mitchell, Ph.D., sixth person to walk on the moon, 'The Final Frontier: From Outer Space to Inner Space'

15 "By 'essence', I mean that part of our nature we recognize as the god in hiding, the source quality or soul quality that links us to our highest becoming, that transcends time and space, life and death." Jean Houston, Ph.D., 'We Are Citizens of a Multidimensional Universe'

16 "Follow the universal principles that are stressed in the scriptures of both East and West. Let your mind dwell on: 'What can I do for others? How can I be honest, truthful, straightforward? How can I be kind? How can I be generous and unselfish?' These are principles that lead us Godward." Sri Daya Mata, disciple of Paramahansa Yogananda, 'The Soul's Need for God'

17 "The question of immortality is a question of inner existence, a question which the individual must confront by looking into his own soul." Soren Kierkegaard, philosopher

18 "Our true mind is not restricted to our intellectual or cognitive power, but is a fundamental goodness or 'good heart' that is at the core of every being." Christine Longaker, founding director of the Buddhist Rigpa Fellowship, 'What Counts at the Moment of Death'

19 "The universe is extraordinarily vast and complex, and at the same time, it seems to have this seamless web of interconnectivity and kinship. We are indeed participants in a much larger life." Jean Houston, Ph.D., 'We Are Citizens of a Multidimensional Universe'

20 "Oh, God, what's it all about? In my view, even blackness and despair has been designed into God's system. You may not completely believe or even remember this in this moment, but on some level, a part of you has actually created all of it." Fred Alan Wolf, Ph.D., 'The Soul and Quantum Physics'

21 "We who dwell on this earth belong to one humanity; There is but one God, and we are His children." Sant Darshan Singh, 'The Cry of the Soul'

22 "The seeds of a global, nondenominational, experientially based spirituality has been sown as we enter the next millennium. More people are directly experiencing the core perennial truths spoken about by the mystics and saints throughout history." Alex Grey, American visionary artist

23 "The challenge of the next millennium will be to develop an adequate scientific understanding of consciousness itself....the door is always open to directly experiencing this universal consciousness for ourselves." Dr. Amit Goswami, teacher of theoretical physics, 'How Consciousness Creates the Material Universe'

24 "The reality is that spirit and love are interconnected and never go away. It's a timeless love, an eternal love. What is really true, what never changes, is the essence of God's love that we're all part of." Gerald Jampolsky, 'Attitudinal Healing - The Essence of Our Being Is Love'

25 "By using archetypal symbols that resonate on a universal level, art can evoke the complete range of possible life experiences, including the boundless nature of our souls." Alex Grey

This body of quotes compiled by JoAnn Kite