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

1 "In the psyche nothing is lost; everyone we have known becomes a part of our inner world."

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

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

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

5 "There is a love that is like a mighty spring gushing up out of the earth; it keeps flowing forever, and is inexhaustible." Isaac of Nineveh, early Christian mysic

6 "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'

7 "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."

8 "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

9 "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

10 "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."

11 "The divinity permeates existence."

12 "Eternity is not a very long time, but a point of awareness unbounded by space and time."

13 "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

14 "Wisdom knows that behind the Many is the One." Ken Wilber, 'Sex, Ecology and Spirituality'

15 "The Eternal Self, or Atman, the seed of divinity within the soul, is birthless and deathless and cannot be destroyed."

16 "We are all interdependent."

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

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

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

20 "Shadows are dispelled when we begin to see the world through the eyes of love and acceptance rather than judgment."

21 "Love activates self-knowledge and expands the inner world."

22 "The kingdom of heaven that can be found within is a state of BEING IN LOVE, and this state of mind can be discovered by anyone who truly wants it."

23 "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'

24 "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."

25 "The great mystics such as Shankara, Plato and Augustine used the term 'archetype' to designate the first subtle forms that appear as the world manifests out of unmanifest Spirit. They are the fundamental patterns upon which all patterns of manifestation are based. The Greek term, 'arche typon', meant original pattern. These subtle, transcendental forms, then, are the first forms of manifestation."

This body of quotes compiled by JoAnn Kite