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

1 "God can be seen as infinite generosity, ever and always giving him- or herself away like the sun gives away light – or, to use biblical imagery, like a burning bush that is not consumed by its flame. As manifestations of the sacred, created so to speak in the image and likeness of God, our very nature is generosity. The more access we have to the inexhaustible source of love and goodness at the center of our being, the easier and more natural it is to give some of it away."

2 "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."

3 "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

4 "Now is the 'some day' of our myths, a time to realize humanity's ancient dream of Heaven's peace on Earth. One by one we awaken ourselves; all in one we awaken the planet. We human beings, fashioned out of stardust millions of light-years ago, are capable of remembering and re-experiencing our original home in the peace of God. With that awareness, we can cocreate with God a world that is fully worthy of our stature as spiritual beings in human form – a civilization that delivers divine peace to every soul, turning Homo sapiens into Homo universalis, the human race into human Grace."

5 "At its core, the Quintessential Self is radiant light, the essence of essence, the holiest of holies, the part of you that touches God."

6 "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'."

7 "Deep down the universe is benign."

8 "God's very essence is love."

9 "The peace of the awakened individual spreads, not only through acts of goodness but by pulsating outward like radio waves through prayer, meditation and the pure emanations of the soul."

10 "The peace of God is in every moment, whether you've made peace with God or not. 'There is a crack in everything', sang Leonard Cohen. 'That's how the light gets in'. By fixing the radar of consciousness fully on the present, you may very well locate the crack where divine Presence shines through."

11 "The time of the lone wolf is over. Gather yourselves. We are the ones we have been waiting for." Tomas Baneya, Hopi (Native American) elder

12 "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."

13 "We yearn for the Divine because we ARE divine. It is our essential nature, the part of our identity that is created 'in the image and likeness of God' – and we are drawn to realize it the way rivers are obliged to run toward the sea and plants bend toward the sun."

14 "Yearning for God in every thought, directing every breath toward the One, intending no harm, that is prayer." Bawa Muhaiyaddeen

15 "Gently remind yourself that everything you see, hear, touch, taste and smell contains the same divine spark as you do. 'God himself culminates in the present moment,' wrote [Henry David] Thoreau, 'and will never be more divine in the lapse of all the ages.'"

16 "Every spiritual tradition contains teachings that say, essentially, God is not hiding; God is present here and now, within and without, always and ever, in every here and every now….'Wherever you turn is God's face', said the prophet Muhammad, who also said, 'Whoever knows himself knows God.' Why? Because God is in us as us."

17 "God's love is the cosmic glue that binds us, one to the other and all to the One. It is here, now. It is there, then. It is. Love emanates from existence itself, like heat emanates from fire."

18 "The memory of oceanic Oneness is part of our soul's code. It is buried deep in our awareness; our very brains are programmed to reclaim it."

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

20 "The more you appreciate the world, the more you love it; the more you love the world, the more you appreciate it. This loving appreciation is no mere emotion. It is an immense, dynamic, coherent state of consciousness in which everything is embraced as part of one adorable whole."

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

22 "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."

23 "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

24 "The tools of illumination are the will to know, the will to love and the will to serve." Wu Li

25 "Every place is hallowed ground. There is nowhere that God is not."

This body of quotes compiled by JoAnn Kite