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

1 "Compassion sees the One in the many. Wisdom sees the many as One."

2 "Reflecting on wholeness and balance as represented by symbols of integration such as the cross and the circle can sometimes help us bring our spiritual life into balance."

3 "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."

4 "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

5 "Love expressed as altruism is found in all cultures, not only in social service and philanthropy, but among parents, teachers, healers, mentors, friends and lovers of all persuasions."

6 "The one reality is, for the mystic, an object of love that draws us homeward under the guidance of the heart."

7 "You have only to wake up to who and what you are to discover that Spirit, as the ground of being, is always present wherever you are, whether you know it or not."

8 "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'

9 "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."

10 "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'

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

12 "There is no freedom from fear in a world of illusion, for the mind always projects the shadow onto something or someone perceived as other."

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

14 "It is love that gives worth to being, and the mystical revelation that God is love is the sacred knowledge that can be transformed into wisdom."

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

16 "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."

17 "The circle is a symbol of wholeness, totality and individuation."

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

19 "Nothing is excluded from the circle of wholeness."

20 "If I put a person on a pedestal, I feel separated and somehow less than him or her. Likewise, if I look down on someone, for whatever reason, I separate myself. It is possible to see others on the same level, not looking up or down. When I do this I can see others as equally valuable parts of the whole fabric of reality of which we are all a tiny part."

21 "By turning to the source of intuitive wisdom that can be found in the depths of the soul, we can discover a universal source of inspiration and renewal."

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

23 "Love yourself and others equally, not more or less. Love is kind. Be kind to yourself and to all beings. Ask yourself how you could love yourself and others better."

24 "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.'

25 "Love is stronger than death. It does not die when the body dies and cannot be limited by laws or logic. Love pervades existence, even in the midst of suffering."

This body of quotes compiled by JoAnn Kite