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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 "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'

2 "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'

3 "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'

4 "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'

5 "What a vast world of love and joy is within the soul! We don't have to acquire it; it is already ours." Sri Daya Mata, disciple of Paramahansa Yogananda, 'The Soul's Need for God'

6 "The spiritual origin of man and where we come from – THAT is the next great area of exploration." Dr. Elisabeth Kubler-Ross

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 "Let's practice what Christ taught, what Buddha taught, what Krishna taught – love for God and for God in every being. We need to spread the universality of God's love, of God's light – by our own example, by how we live our lives….That Divine Love is the most powerful force in the universe." Sri Daya Mata, disciple of Paramahansa Yogananda, 'The Soul's Need for God'

9 "When I look into the eyes of children, I see their divine origin." Sarah Hinze, author, 'Meeting the Souls of Our Children Before Birth'

10 "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'

11 "Each child is created in the special image and likeness of God for greater things - to love and to be loved." Mother Teresa

12 "And after death...you will begin to see that your life here is almost nothing but the sum total of every choice you have made during every moment of your life. Your thoughts, which you are responsible for, are as real as your deeds. You will begin to realize that every word and every deed affects your life and also touches thousands of lives." Dr. Elisabeth Kubler-Ross

13 "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'

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

15 "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'

16 "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'

17 "We are here on Earth to learn to love." Betty J. Eadie, author and transformational speaker

18 "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'

19 "In the painting 'Universal Mind Lattice', which was based on a mystical visionary experience, I was part of one vast luminescent, transparent lattice system of love energy. It was as if the veil of supposed 'reality' had been stripped from the material world to expose the bedrock reality, the scaffolding of spirit. I understood it as the intricate interconnectedness of the one and the many, on a level of awareness that was infinite and eternal. This was the ethical ground of compassion, where all beings and things are known to be part of us." Alex Grey, American visionary artist, 'The Visionary Art of Alex Grey'

20 "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

21 "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

22 "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'

23 "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'

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 "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'

This body of quotes compiled by JoAnn Kite