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

1 "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."

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

3 "Consciousness is the ground of being; it is the one and only, the absolute." Amit Goswami

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

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

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

7 "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."

8 "We are each a microcosm of the great macrocosm, according to Theosophy and other wisdom traditions; the structure of our nature mirrors that of the universe."

9 "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."

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

11 "Our little wills are encompassed by a universal, divine order."

12 "The Self of the universe and the Self of man are one, and in knowing the Self we know That which is at the root of the universe and of man alike." Annie Besant, 'Self and Its Sheaths'

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

14 "There is an immortal center of being in us."

15 "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."

16 "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'."

17 "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'

18 "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."

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

20 "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

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

22 "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

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

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

25 "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."

This body of quotes compiled by JoAnn Kite