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

1 "The One Light illumines all creation."

2 "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."

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

4 "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."

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

6 "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

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

8 "Our deepest spiritual core is outside the sphere of individual selfhood. It is universal and impersonal, one with the divine or Brahman, the one essence of all."

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

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

11 "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'

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

13 "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

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

15 "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."

16 "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."

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

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

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

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

21 "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."

22 "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."

23 "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."

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

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

This body of quotes compiled by JoAnn Kite