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

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

2 "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."

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

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

5 "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'

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

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

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

9 "Healing is a process of remembering, of reconnecting with our wholeness." Christina Grof, 'The Thirst for Wholeness'

10 "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."

11 "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."

12 "Love the beauty inside yourself and other people as much as the beauty of nature, light, color and sound perceived by the physical senses."

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 "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."

15 "Reflect for a moment on the fact that any personal pain is only a microcosm of the suffering of humanity and life on earth. Everyone is in need of healing. All creatures experiencing birth, impermanence, old age, disease and death, encounter pain in some form….Be aware of your desire to extend love and relieve the suffering of the countless sentient beings in the world."

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

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

18 "As we become increasingly aware of our global interdependence as a species, we can also deepen awareness of our spiritual connectedness. We cannot live in total isolation. The crosscultural communion of awakened souls may be a key to cocreating a sustainable future and living in harmony with the earth."

19 "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

20 "For the awakened soul perception is a mirror, and the play of light and shadow reveals the bright radiance of eternity."

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

22 "Freedom from fear lets us say yes to life. When we have seen past the shadow, everything can be perceived as grace."

23 "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."

24 "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'

25 "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'

This body of quotes compiled by JoAnn Kite