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Making Peace With God, A Practical Guide
Harold Bloomfield, M.D. & Philip Goldberg, Ph.D.

1 "Evidence suggests that the original meaning of the phrase that has come down to us as 'fear of God' was something more like awe. And awe, wrote Abraham Joshua Heschel, 'enables us to perceive in the world intimations of the divine, to sense in small things the beginning of infinite significance, to sense the ultimate in the common and the simple, to feel in the rush of the passing the stillness of the eternal'."

2 "It is in our best interest to be kind and compassionate. Kindness not only comes back to us, often in rewards too subtle to notice, but it brings us closer to God by making us feel worthy of grace and protecting us from toxic relationships that throw tension and distress in the way of peace."

3 "Your heart beats on its own. Your lungs take in oxygen and expel carbon dioxide without your willful assistance. Nature puts you to sleep and wakes you up. Why shouldn't life-supporting choices flow just as freely from a mind that's attuned to the evolutionary currents of the cosmos?"

4 "Choices send ripples throughout the universe, altering the world for better or for worse. Since we're already changing the world with every action we take, why not do it with the highest intention?"

5 "It may seem at times that the universe is not only unfriendly but cruel. However, if the mystics and masters who have penetrated the depths of reality are to be believed – and if the ordinary individuals who have tasted union with God can be considered reliable – then we have to conclude that the universe is not only friendly but radiant with love and peace, even as the surface whirls in apparent chaos and destruction."

6 "There are joys which long to be ours. God sends ten thousand truths, which come about us like birds seeking inlet." Henry Ward Beecher, 19th century American minister

7 "The love of God is eternally present, like gravity or electro-magnetism. We don't have to earn it, we have to awaken to it."

8 "We know enough now to state unequivocally that everything is connected, that we are all part of one another and everything each of us does affects the rest of the planet. We are also blessed with communication and transportation technologies that shrink the globe and bring together minds and bodies in ways that illuminate the unity of our diverse species. Most of all, we have the spiritual technologies to make Oneness a conscious reality not just an abstract idea, and to make kindness and compassion a felt experience not just a noble aspiration."

9 "Love is the delicate magnetic force that unifies diversity and brings wholeness to variety."

10 "In the view of every wisdom tradition, the essence of the universe is love and light and goodness. Our grand purpose is to awaken to our essential nature, which is the very same love and light and goodness."

11 "God is transcendent and also immanent, formless and form, beyond time and space and within time and space, perfect unity and infinite diversity, one and many, motionless and perpetual motion."

12 "Home sweet home for the soul is to be face-to-face with the Holy."

13 "There is no place you can go where God can be left behind."

14 "I am He whom I love and He whom I love is I." Al-Hallaj

15 "How about practicing by seeing the spark of the Divine in the next person you encounter, as in the traditional Hindu greeting, 'Namaste'? From there it can spread, one step at a time."

16 "The ideal of man is to see God in everything, but if you cannot see Him in everything, see Him in one thing, in that thing which you like best, and then see Him in another. So on you can go." Swami Vivekananda

17 "Use me, God. Show me how to take who I am, who I want to be, and use it for a purpose greater than myself." Oprah Winfrey

18 "All of life's events can be made sacred, whether it's visiting friends, cooking a meal, bathing your child or paying your bills."

19 "Undoing the damage we have inflicted upon one another through the centuries begins with each of us choosing the good, the kind and the compassionate at every turn."

20 "We are blessed beings, eternally embraced by divine love."

21 "We are all roommates, cohabitating in a universe of unbroken wholeness."

22 "Think of the enlightened ones as having earned the equivalent of an advanced degree. Their descriptions of communion with the Infinite are so remarkably similar, despite their differences in language, culture and religious context, that they can be considered as reliable as repeated observations in science."

23 "One's self is the Self of the universe."

24 "We are all the children of one God."

25 "In the final analysis, Creation is basically good."

This body of quotes compiled by JoAnn Kite