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

2 "God is the holy one of all being through whom everything is connected to everything else." Rabbi Lawrence Kushner

3 "Mind has great power, and its nature is the same for all beings. So, at a very deep level, one person's enlightenment is enlightenment for all." Tenzin Palmo, English Buddhist nun

4 "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

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

6 "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."

7 "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

8 "God is the self of the universe, so in finding your true inner self, you find God." Rabbi Lawrence Kushner

9 "We're each part of something that's much bigger and better than what meets the eye, and if we keep that in mind, our hearts will be in the right place. Life will be all right, because its ups and downs will be seen as what they are – threads in a great fabric whose beauty depends on bright and dark colors."

10 "Because we have free will, we can choose to behave in ways that either enhance or hinder the movement of creation toward perfect completion in the divine."

11 "The story line in all religions tells of a happy ending that blossoms as a result of ordeals necessarily confronted and surmounted. These trials add to the ultimate glory." Huston Smith

12 "Do you see what people appear to be, or the sacred presence coming through them? Dr. Tony Campolo, American Baptist minister

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

14 "Plotinus speaks of the One as 'that fountain always on'." Huston Smith

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

16 "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

17 "Find the divine in everything. There has to be a part of you that knows that, at the end of the day, it's all working for God." Rabbi Lawrence Kushner

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

19 "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

20 "We can choose to develop awareness,…. which allows us to be responsible agents instead of helpless victims." Tenzin Palmo, English Buddhist nun

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

22 "All religions are equally valid means to the same end: awakening the selfless, unconditional love that…is unreservedly given to all without expectations."

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

24 "Physics, biology, and other sciences increasingly reveal a complementary picture of the universe as a vast web of interrelationships."

25 "Things are more integrated, unified, whole than they seem to us." Huston Smith

This body of quotes compiled by JoAnn Kite