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Understanding Yourself: A Spiritual Approach to Self-Discovery and Soul-Awareness
Mark L. and Elizabeth Clare Prophet
Reaches beyond the bounds of the outer personality into the infinite world of the soul, offering a unique perspective into how to master the components of our being.

1 "Truly the admonishment 'Man, know thyself!' leads him upward and onward into the unfailing light."

2 "You must come each day to a greater understanding of yourself in order to be able to rightly represent the purposes of life. You are love and you love love. You are wisdom and you love wisdom."

3 "Truly, each person is the child of the Eternal One."

4 "The Eternal permeates the substance of mortality with its essential reality."

5 "The kindness you give will open the door to a spiritual path of joyous self-discovery."

6 "In one sense, all life is one. And this is the highest sense."

7 "Man is not alone. He is a unity in a diversity which in turn is held within an even greater unity."

8 "'Know thyself' is an ancient proverb attributed to several sources, among them Thales and Solon of Athens (two of the Seven Wise Men of Greece) and Socrates. Cicero speaks of it as a precept of Apollo. It was one of the maxims inscribed in gold letters over the portico of the temple of Delphi."

9 "Where the Spirit is not present, where the Spirit is denied, where the Spirit is quenched, there is no fount of reality that brings the buoyancy of interspiritual and interpersonal realizations to the consciousness."

10 "Each one can walk the earth in dignity overshadowed by God presence. Each one can embrace the gift of love, both giving and receiving that special gift of charity that is meet for all. Yes, all can espouse the Be-attitude of affirming God's Be-ness in one another."

11 "As people seek to commune with the essence of their own being, they must see that God has implanted his divine seed within them, even as he has implanted it in nature. As fourteenth-century mystic Meister Eckhart wrote: 'There is something in the soul that is so akin to God that it is one with Him. God's seed is within us.'"

12 "Man must truly know himself – as a divine being."

13 "Man must choose daily whether to self-destruct or to self-exalt and whether to destruct or to exalt the God within."

14 "Yes, man the microcosm contains the grid of the macrocosm."

15 "Each individual must daily strive to understand the totality of his being and his relationship to the whole."

16 "The mystics of the world's religions have contacted the divine spark, describing it as the seed of divinity within. Buddhists, for instance, speak of the 'germ of Buddhahood' that exists in every living being. In the Hindu tradition, the Katha Upanishad speaks of the 'light of the Spirit' that is concealed in the 'secret high place of the heart' of all beings. It describes this Spirit as 'smaller than the smallest atom, greater than the vast spaces."

17 "You all are clothed by the One."

18 "Truly the living God is crowned in every atom."

19 "It is well to remember the words from Hebrews: 'Faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen.' When you are childlike in your faith, that faith will sustain you in your determination to find your freedom from the darkness that would hide your True Self."

20 "The great teachers of mankind have walked the earth showing men how to live by dispensing both practical and spiritual wisdom. Their instructions have been simple. They have taught men not to hate but to love. Their admonishments were codified in the Ten Commandments and in the founding principles of the world's major religions. These principles include a belief in one Supreme Being."

21 "God said to Abram, 'Go to your self, know your self, fulfill your self." The Zohar

22 "If you want to awaken all of humanity, then awaken all of yourself." Lao Tzu

23 "Every child of God's heart must discover who he is. To do so, he must know his intrinsic worth."

24 "The greatest masters…have ultimately obtained reality through their abiding faith in the constancy of cosmic law."

25 "The key to the redemption of the social system lies in the victory of divine law in the being of individuals. What the individual becomes, the collective world is."

This body of quotes compiled by JoAnn Kite