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The Seven Human Powers: Luminous Shadows of the Self
Shirley J. Nicholson

1 "Spiritual and divine powers lie dormant in every human Being." H. P. Blavatsky, 'Key to Theosophy'

2 "Individual consciousness in its pure, unclouded state is one with God or the One Life that sustains the cosmos."

3 "Many theologians consider the human will to be comparable to God's will, which created the world. Theosophy and the esoteric tradition consider will in its highest aspect to be the core of our nature, for spiritual will is an expression of our most essential self."

4 "The union of the separate Will with the one Will for the helping of the world is the goal which seems to be more worthy of reaching after than any the world can offer." Annie Besant, 'Study in Consciousness'

5 "We are one with a divine field of consciousness, with Brahman or God."

6 "I believe, as did the Buddha, that to be ourselves and to find our way, we need to know who we are. Seeking self-knowledge is not a waste of time or selfishness but down-to-earth and practical. It has results in the world."

7 "There is only one consciousness in a cosmic sense." Saul-Paul Sirag, scientist

8 "At the level of pure consciousness…we are one with everything, a focus of that which is undivided and universal."

9 "Religious traditions generally consider that humans do have free will."

10 "In our times, we are under the admonition at the entrance to the shrine of the Delphic oracle: 'Know thyself.'"

11 "Spiritual will is the transcendent principle within us which forms as it were the very heart and core of our being." T. K. Taimni

12 "In the highest form of will, the personality and even the transpersonal self are inspired by the universal will, call it God or atma, for the good of the whole."

13 "In conscious union with the One, the high purpose of human life is fulfilled."

14 "There is an inner direction and meaning that inheres at the transpersonal level in every life."

15 "Each of us, far from being separate and independent, has our being in a system of interpenetrating universal fields at different levels. We are supported by and are part of the entire cosmos."

16 "Even as the self knows itself as the transcendental subject, it expands and becomes all." V. K. Chari

17 "The individual center of consciousness is one with the universal, all-encompassing divine consciousness."

18 "At times when you are very quiet and when desire and emotion have become stilled, you can observe the quiet shaping of yourself from within – can see the form you are intended to take, the work you should do – your function in the environment and the scheme of things….it is a deep and intelligent observation of your own nature and propensities. When you have seen yourself clearly, then it stops all the speculation and striving, all the doubt and uncertainty….In the rarefied atmosphere of truth, your words, your thoughts, your acts will bring manifest form to that quiet vision." Virginia Tower

19 "As human consciousness develops it grows more and more conscious of the universal consciousness in which it is grounded." Bede Griffith

20 "We are evolving toward the goal of conscious unity with all."

21 "Self-knowledge is vital. All other forms of knowledge are of secondary importance; for a man's action, feeling, reasoning, and thinking are dependent on his idea of the Self." Shankaracharya, 'Self-Knowledge', ch. xv

22 "As physicists posit a unified field encompassing all known physical fields, atma, the One Life, Brahman, God can be thought of as a unified field in which all the principles, fields, and levels of cosmos inhere."

23 "One pervasive consciousness runs through us and everything else. As numberless ponds and even muddy puddles reflect the one moon, the light of consciousness in each of us has but one source."

24 "This view of consciousness as a fundamental attribute of the divine is taught, not only by Eastern philosophers, but also by Christian mystics such as Meister Eckhart, by Pythagorean and Platonic philosophers, and even by some scientific theorists."

25 "Nothing can exist alone and isolated, but everything partakes in the being of all things. The Buddhist teacher Thich Nhat Hanh calls this connection among all things 'interbeing'."

This body of quotes compiled by JoAnn Kite