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Spiritual Genius, The Mastery of Life's Meaning
Winifred Gallagher
The author interviews several people who are spiritual geniuses, those who are masters of Life's meaning and how to express this in their life experiences.

1 "God is in everything! Do you hear me? In everything!..... we're WITHIN the divine! God is the one through whom being is made!" Rabbi Lawrence Kushner

2 "I understand God in terms of love, compassion, justice. The Qur'an says everything in the world has been created for a just purpose." Riffat Hassan, Muslim Feminist teacher

3 "The whole world is much more globally connected. That means we're aware of our neighbors as being fully human just as they are, not as we think they should be. We can't go backwards from this point. We've got to move forward." Bette Edl, American Franciscan hermit

4 "The world's apparent brokenness conceals a hidden unity." Rabbi Lawrence Kushner

5 "There's only oneness." Karunamayi, Hindu spiritual mother

6 "I just have to hold people in my prayer and love them and smile and treat them as if they're doing the best they can." Bette Edl, American Franciscan hermit

7 "Pray to make your question clearer, then the answer will come." Bette Edl, American Franciscan hermit

8 "Once a person truly awakens to the hidden holiness that underlies and unifies creation, his or her inevitable behavioral response is goodness, or treating others as the 'self' that all share."

9 "That God is one means there's a oneness at the core of all being in whom everything…converges." Rabbi Lawrence Kushner

10 "Everything a person does affects all being." Rabbi Lawrence Kushner

11 "I believe people are sacramental – the means by which God communicates God's nature to us." Dr. Tony Campolo, American Baptist minister

12 "Reality is not only more unified but better than it seems to us. As God told the medieval mystic Dame Julian of Norwich, 'You will see for yourself that every sort of thing will be all right."

13 "Everything is here for a reason and connected to everything else."

14 "God doesn't just hear our prayers but prays them through us as well. There's a huge transformation when you forget your self and realize that your hands and eyes are God's. Once you're with, or the same as, God, you aren't praying for your own needs, because you have none." Rabbi Lawrence Kushner

15 "When you talk about God, you're talking about what connects everything to everything else." Rabbi Lawrence Kushner

16 "Islam teaches justice and respect for the human being and does not condone oppression."

17 "Pure consciousness, called the universal Self, is all that exists."

18 "The sacred isn't just 'up there' or in some afterlife but down here, right now."

19 "God loves us a billion times more than a mother! Far beyond anything we can experience in our minds and intellects!" Karunamayi, Hindu spiritual mother

20 "God is mysteriously the source of our true self." Rabbi Lawrence Kushner

21 "The awareness that comes out of prayer and the stillness of listening to the Spirit is releasing an energy for a new beginning. For now, we're in that place where we're groaning with all creation to be born anew." Bette Edl, American Franciscan hermit

22 "Spiritual genius is the uniquely human ability to seek life's meaning. It's the voice inside us that keeps asking What's it all about? Who am I? How can I make a difference? This inclination to wonder why we exist is not rarefied, but a basic human trait… We're born with a craving to know our larger purpose."

23 "We're all cast in the divine image, whether we're Eskimos or Hottentots, so we're more alike than otherwise." Huston Smith

24 "Once one has truly realized the mind's true nature…you just see incredibly expansive interconnection." Tenzin Palmo, English Buddhist nun

25 "I do think we're all connected. When a part of society does something special, there are ripples." Rosalie Bertell, Grey Nun of the Sacred Heart

This body of quotes compiled by JoAnn Kite