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Mystics after Modernism
Rudolf Steiner
'...reveals the naked essence of God-Consciousness with words that burn into the soul and annihilate the illusions of the separate self." Ikosmos.Com, leading website of integral spirituality

1 "With me it was as when a seed is hidden in the earth. Contrary to all reason, it grows up in storm and rough weather. In the winter, all is dead, and reason says, 'Everything is ended for it'. But the precious seed within me sprouted and grew green, oblivious of all storms." Jacob Boehme

2 "We read in the works of old sages the useful proverb 'know thyself'….People should look not only at themselves and think of how they should act toward others but also understand their inner and outer nature in spirit and nature – from which they come, are made of, and are intended for." Valentin Weigel (1553-1588), mystical writer, 'Know Thyself'

3 "In self-knowledge, the innermost core of the world comes to life with spiritual meaning. For the human being, the experience of self-knowledge means acting within the core of the world."

4 "There is an inmost center in us all, where truth abides in fulness." Robert Browning

5 "Eternity is the everlasting Now." Johannes Tauler

6 "We become what we know. This is a process of awakening to the self. But it is not a little self, but a self that is ultimately one with the universe. Thou art that, 'Tat Tvam asi', as the Hindus say. Our self expands. With it, our consciousness is raised, our understanding is deepened. This is an infinite process." Christopher Bamford, foreword

7 "Stop! What are you chasing after? Heaven is within you. If you are looking for God anywhere else, you will always miss him." Angelus Silesius (1624-1677), 'Cherubinic Wanderer', vol. 1

8 "This sacred spark of the divine nature within us has a natural, strong, almost infinite longing for that eternal spirit of God from which it came forth." Jacob Boehme

9 "Each thing is under the influence of all the remaining things of the cosmic whole. This universal whole appears as a great harmony, of which every individual entity is a part."

10 "No dust mote is so poor, no dot is so small, but the wise person sees God in it in his glory. – In a mustard seed, if you can understand it, is the image of all higher and lower things." Angelus Silesius (1624-1677), 'Cherubinic Wanderer', vol. 4

11 "According to Paracelsus, there is a deep connection between the human being and the entire universe that is hidden in the natural foundation of existence."

12 "The bird is in the air, the stone lies on the land, the fish lives in the water, and my spirit is in God's hands." Angelus Silesius (1624-1677), 'Cherubinic Wanderer', vol. 1

13 "The mystics did not look to the divine as something external to be repeated within them, but as something real in them to be awakened." Christopher Bamford, foreword

14 "When we rise to a higher level of understanding, we feel within ourselves the eternal and necessary impulse of the universe, just like the flower of the field; we act just as the flower does in blooming."

15 "Plato's head and mine interpenetrate; all heads that grasp the same single idea interpenetrate."

16 "God is not merely MIRRORED within human beings but he LIVES IN THEM."

17 "Reason understands the laws of things – that is, spirit in nature. It can also raise itself above nature and, in the spirit, grasp from one side the divine essence underlying all nature."

18 "Human consciousness can participate in the living, creative thoughts that underlie the world." Christopher Bamford, foreword

19 "God appeared to me as the highest unity of all contrasts." Letter of Nicholas of Cusa to Cardinal Julianus

20 "The 'whole' comprises and embraces all beings. Without and outside this whole, there is no true being. All things have their being in the whole, for it is the essence of all things." Julius Pfeiffer, 'Theologia deutsch'

This body of quotes compiled by JoAnn Kite