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Shadows of the Sacred: Seeing Through Spiritual Illusions
Frances Vaughan, Ph.D.

1 "The sole purpose and goal for human life, the supreme ideal of which all other ideals are simply an expression, is to cultivate love….There is no boundary whatsoever to pure love – it embraces humanity and Divinity equally. In this most intense love, no sense of duality can remain." Ramakrishna

2 "Love as the creative Source of being is always already present."

3 "The divinity permeates existence."

4 "The source of timeless unconditional love, like the Buddha nature, lies hidden within, awaiting only our willingness to see."

5 "New perceptions of possibility for a sustainable society that envision a compassionate consciousness infusing the world, in which love is the unifying force that makes global reconciliation possible, need to be adopted by those who aspire to freedom."

6 "As one goes further and further on the path of truth, the freedom becomes greater at every step." Hazrat Inayat Khan, Omega Institute Newsletter, 1985

7 "If we open our hearts to the suffering of the world, the healer in each of us is called forth to manifest the qualities of love and compassion and relieve suffering wherever we find it. In our effort to heal others, we also heal ourselves."

8 "Love is a time-honored way of awakening the soul."

9 "Love as a universal experience that illuminates the spiritual path is a source of healing and guidance at every step along the way. By clearing away the blocks to our awareness of love's presence we reawaken to its original blessing."

10 "A diamond will cut a piece of glass, no matter what words we use for 'diamond', cut', and 'glass' – and a soul can experience God, no matter what words we use for 'soul', 'experience', and 'God'." Ken Wilber, 'Paths Beyond Ego'

11 "Faith can enable a person to receive divine guidance and continue spiritual practice in the face of all kinds of difficulties. Faith is a key to overcoming fear whenever we feel separate and out of touch with the deeper levels of our own being."

12 "The soul comes to rest only in its true home, the Source of love."

13 "As our soul contemplates its Archetype, so that Archetype in turn contemplates the One, which is its Source." Plotinus

14 "The collective dimension of the psyche encompasses the immense mythical universe and connects the individual soul to what happens to all people in all places at all times. We can therefore resonate to myths and stories from cultures other than our own when they deal with such universal themes as birth and death, joy and sorrow, hope and despair."

15 "Reflect on all the love expressed by people everywhere who want to give and receive love. Feel the unconditional love of healers everywhere who want to relieve suffering wherever they find it. Remember that you are among them. You can find the source of infinite, healing compassion in the depths of your own heart."

16 "Buddhahood is equally ever-present in the hearts of all sentient beings as their potential for the realization of liberation and enlightenment." Namakai Norbu, 'The Cycle of Day and Night'

17 "The phenomenal world of matter and individualized consciousness is the manifestation of a Divine Ground within which all creatures and partial realities have their being and apart from which they would not exist.'

18 "Esoteric wisdom teaches that death is not an end, but a transformation, and that death is followed by rebirth."

19 "Body dies, but the soul and spirit that animate it live on." Huston Smith, 'Forgotten Truth'

20 "We light the way for each other when we share and extend love, whatever form it takes. Love is not subject to birth or death; it is infinite, changeless and eternal, and it appears in many forms. In this sense, love is the bright, clear radiance of pure nondual awareness."

21 "When you go around the Earth in an hour and a half, you begin to recognize that your identity is with that whole thing. That makes a change….From where you see it, the thing is a whole, and it's so beautiful." Rusty Schweickart, Apollo 9 astronaut

22 "Giving is the highest expression of potency. In the very act of giving, I experience my strength, my wealth, my power. This experience of heightened vitality and potency fills me with joy." Erich Fromm, 'The Art of Loving'

23 "Underlying both personal impulses to growth and all creative cultural enterprises is the fundamental impulse that seeks unitive consciousness."

24 "Unity consciousness is not a future state which results from some practice….for unity consciousness is present eternally." Ken Wilber, 'No Boundary'

25 "Quieting the mind can reveal a source of love at the core of our being."

This body of quotes compiled by JoAnn Kite