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

1 "Oh, grant me my prayer that I may never lose the bliss of the touch of the one in the play of the many." Rabindranath Tagore, 'Gitanjali'

2 "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'

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

4 "What you are seeking is already hidden in the depths of your own being. 'Tat Tvam asi', thou art that. Love, lover and beloved are one."

5 "To recognize an inner source of love is to access a source of self-healing without which therapeutic techniques and medicines are of limited value. Healing hearts and minds depends on opening to love."

6 "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."

7 "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."

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

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

10 "The divinity permeates existence."

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

12 "Journeying from the relative toward the Absolute means at once losing the freedom of living in error and gaining freedom from the tyranny of all the psycho-material determinations which imprison and stifle the soul." Seyyed Hossein Nasr, 'Knowledge and the Sacred'

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

14 "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'

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 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

18 "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."

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

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

21 "The Self is one with Spirit, as the Source of all being."

22 "Compassion knows that the One is the Many, that the One is expressed equally in each and every being, and so each is to be treated with compassion and care…because each being, exactly as it is, is a perfect manifestation of Spirit. Thus compassion sees that the One is the Many." Ken Wilber, 'Sex, Ecology and Spirituality'

23 "We are all interdependent."

24 "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."

25 "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."

This body of quotes compiled by JoAnn Kite