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Drawing the Larger Circle, How to Love and Be Loved
Jack and Cornelia Addington
The authors claim that it is imperative in our times to send out ever-widening circles of love, especially to those who find it difficult to love.

1 "I know no feeling of separation from any living soul for we are all one as the love of God works in and through His perfect creation."

2 "The Path is constructed by the aspirant as the spider spins its web out of the centre of his own being."

3 "God lives in and through you as love."

4 "God's love is perfect in and through His creation. We, being the image and likeness of God, can feel this love and know that it is there for us. We can start by recognizing the expression of love in the beauty of nature surrounding us. We begin to realize that this is God expressing His love. We can feel this love expressing through us. We are the image and likeness of God, that we, too, may love. God is love, and when we love we are like Him."

5 "There are no barriers where love is the bridge."

6 "It is not a matter of 'I ought to love'; not 'I will love'; not 'I hope to love some day'; but 'I love you now'. You may not like what a person does; you may not approve of him, but you cannot afford to not love him. Think to yourself: 'I love God in this person.'"

7 "The Christ in me salutes the Christ in you. The Christ in me understands the Christ in you."

8 "Perfect love casts out fear. Perfect love is right within you, ready to be sent forth in ever-widening circles. Learn how to release that perfect love within that casts out fear."

9 "Love is everywhere present, in and through all of life. It only needs to be recognized and used, and when we understand this we find that there is no obstacle that can stand in its way."

10 "There is an old saying, 'It is better to light one candle than to curse the darkness.' When we tell someone 'I love you', when we spread love, even the little that each one is able to do, we are lighting a candle in the darkness and our light shines a long way."

11 "Without love we lose the will to live. Our mental and physical vitality is impaired, our resistance is lowered, and we succumb to illnesses that often prove fatal. We may escape actual death, but what remains is a meager and barren existence, emotionally so impoverished that we can only be half alive." Smiley Blanton, M.D., 'Love or Perish'

12 "Love, being omnipresent, is the common denominator of all of life. As we express love we immediately find that we have something very definite in common with every part of life."

13 "None of us achieve emotional maturity until we have learned not only to love our neighbor, to say 'I care' and mean it, but have learned to love ourselves."

14 "Now, we see that if love does not supplant hate we will destroy ourselves. Hate, resentment and fear are destructive. Love, rightly used, is constructive and it is through love and understanding that a strong and enduring civilization will emerge."

15 "Down deep we know we need to love more."

16 "Love is all-inclusive. Every small attempt on our part to let the love of God express through us brings us closer to the ultimate cosmic experience of all-inclusive love."

17 "The love we realize within ourselves and pass on to others will bring sanity to a disturbed world."

18 "Fortunately, more and more people are discovering the power of love to heal and restore human beings."

19 "People say to me, 'how can I pray for another?' It's really very simple. Sit down and surround the person you are thinking of with love. Love him. Love her. Feel this love through your whole being. Then right thoughts and right words and right ideas will come to you. The real work is done when you start loving."

20 "Within each person is a center of love....Now is the time to send it forth, like ripples from a pebble cast into the still waters of a lake in ever-widening circles."

21 "Man, the image and likeness of God, the very expression of God, is one with the Presence; but only his recognition of his oneness will bring unity into his experience."

22 "The brotherhood of man is bound together by love."

23 "Love the power of love within you – this is loving God within."

24 "Each person is a center of infinite love….Through recognition, the use of infinite love within a person can grow."

25 "God's love is always creative. It knows exactly what to do and how to do it. It is through love that all progress and advancements are made."

This body of quotes compiled by JoAnn Kite