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The Mystic Hours, A Daybook of Interspiritual Wisdom & Devotion
Wayne Teasdale
In this book, Teasdale provides a powerful look at spiritual wisdom, filled with quotations from all the great mystics and spiritual traditions.

1 "The spiritual journey is not to a place, but to the ultimate reality of Divine Consciousness. There is thus no distance involved in the inner sojourn. The spiritual journey is a process that reveals the end, the destination, the goal that is essentially changeless: union with God. And each one of us is a member of the Divine Family."

2 "Life is always a moral question that lies before us sweetly, dependent on our gratitude and constant struggle to cause as little suffering as possible to all and everything around us." Paul Hawken, entrepreneur and environmentalist

3 "Before the Unconditioned, the conditioned dances: 'Thou and I are one!' this trumpet proclaims." Kabir

4 "The Divine surrounds us on all sides and within the depths of the mind, even in the unconscious and on the frontiers of imagination."

5 "Think about yourself: your temple of God, the body; your spirit of God, the soul; the flow of God, the mind." Yogi Bhajan

6 "We have to have faith in our own abilities to take us to a place of safety for humanity and other sentient beings."

7 "To know the sweetness of the Infinite within us, that is the cause, the reason, the purpose, the only purpose of our being." Nicholas of Cusa

8 "Paradoxically, it's most often our smallest, most anonymously done good works that have the greatest spiritual impact in and on this world." Thom Hartmann, author and radio talk show host

9 "The greatest accomplishment in life is to be who or what you are, and that is what God wanted you to be when he created you." Abbot Thomas Keating

10 "Trials, difficulties, and challenges bring us to our senses about our lives. They can serve as vehicles of realization, helping us to understand why we are here and how necessary the spiritual journey is for us. They awaken us to the serious purpose of life and inspire us not to waste this opportunity on a halfhearted existence."

11 "The Divine Essence has infinite concern, compassion, kindness, mercy, and sensitivity for US. This love has an infinite number of dimensions, and each dimension is itself endless. The Divine Reality is not a cold philosophical, analytical intelligence, though it is pure intelligence also, but a warm radiance of light. We arise eternally in this love; it maintains us in being, nourishing us in each moment; and it is our final destiny to be united to this love forever."

12 "The shape things take is not within your power; the motives of your actions are." Sri Nisargadatta Maharaj, Indian spiritual master

13 "What we find here is evidence of a cosmic plan, which leads to union with the Divine. We are destined for this high estate of eternal happiness."

14 "Each person has a mission, a work they must contribute to the whole….To fulfill this task, we need to touch the inner fire that propels us forward, the passion to do good, to serve both the Divine and the human family. We know in the depths of our being that our nature holds our sacred purpose. We only need to be true to it, to pursue it without fail."

15 "Your trials did not come to punish you, but to awaken you." Paramahansa Yogananda

16 "No matter where you are, remember that forgiveness offers you peace of mind and everything else you could possibly ever want or hope for. It is an elixir, giving you your wholeness and leading you into the heart of God." Gerald Jampolsky, psychiatrist, founder of the Center for Attitudinal Healing

17 "The apprehension of the intrinsic interconnectedness of all leads organically to a compassion for all, especially in the concrete existential situations of life as we meet others each day. Simply put, when we realize we are all in this together, our kindness and understanding grows. We are all related; we are all responsible for one another."

18 "I thank God for my handicaps, for through them I have found myself, my work, and my God." Helen Keller

19 "People see God every day; they just don't recognize him." Pearl Bailey, American singer

20 "Compassion is the keen awareness of the interdependence of all things." Thomas Merton

21 "In each situation we are immersed in his peace because God is our permanence, our coherence, our future. We are united to that reality which does not pass away."

22 "If we are to realize our potential, we must recognize our nature as sharers in God's being, participants in the infinite love that God is."

23 "The will of God is manifest in each moment, an immense ocean which the heart only fathoms in so far as it overflows with faith, trust and love." Jean Pierre deCaussade

24 "We cannot really die in any permanent way, but are ever called on from one transition to another until we are transformed. Once we know how to be here in the integrity of the moment, we enter the Eternal Now and we know we wil always be."

25 "God's will embraces the totality of our development and faith. Trust and love are the keys that open us to the fullness of God's will for us."

This body of quotes compiled by JoAnn Kite