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The Unfolding Self: Varieties of Transformative Experience
Ralph Metzner

1 "Each human being is, in essence, a divine spirit of pure light. This light can come 'down' or 'through', into mind and body, into outward expression and manifestation."

2 "Ancient sacred texts refer to the intelligence of the heart, the eye of the heart. This is the heart center, where we see with the feeling light of love."

3 "With some variations in language and emphasis, the essential human process of evolutionary growth is described in similar terms in all major cultures and sacred traditions the world over."

4 "The atom is, in many ways, seen to behave as much like a wave as a particle. It can perhaps best be regarded as a poorly defined cloud, dependednt for its particular form on the whole environment, including the observing instrument…Both observer and observed are merging and interpenetrating aspects of one whole reality, which is indivisible." Fritjof Capra, 'The Tao of Physics'

5 "As we penetrate into matter, nature does not show us any isolated building blocks, but rather appears as a complicated web of relations between the various parts of the whole." Fritjof Capra, 'The Tao of Physics'

6 "Out of the turmoil and darkness of dying comes the sparkling vitality of the newborn self. This new self is connected to the eternal source of all life, that source from which we all derive, the divine essence within."

7 "The alchemists were concerned with nature as a living, divinely infused interrelated totality."

8 "From the many to the one, from duality to unity – the direction of growth and evolution is toward integration, toward oneness."

9 "According to Christ's teaching, every man and woman has, and is, a being of light within."

10 "We fulfill our destiny by exercising our free will."

11 "The human psyche is purified, transformed and loved by the fire of God, with which it becomes increasingly unified."

12 "We may transcend a sense of separateness by meditating on the perception of oneness."

13 "The individual and the world are linked by a relationship of micro-macro-correspondence."

14 "We have an eye of contemplation, which sees with higher or spiritual light the ultimate reality of oneness."

15 "The true origin, root, and source of our life is the One Spirit."

16 "Divinity is the fire of life within every being."

17 "The Inner Self abides always in the heart…One should draw him out, as one may the wind from the reed. Him one should know as the pure, the immortal." Katha Upanishad

18 "By going to my center, my central axis, I can experience the central axis, pole, or pillar of the world – the cosmic hub, the navel of the world (omphalos)."

19 "The mandala is the central symbol of individuation, integration, or wholeness. One could say that a key component of the transformation of vision in psychospiritual development is the perceiving of the visual field as a kind of mandala. American Indian vision seekers have reported that they see the 'circle of the Sky' touch the 'circle of the Earth', forming one great hoop…it is Buckminster Fuller's sphere of 'omnidirectional awareness', moving always with us."

20 "The networks of thought energy, the collective tapestry of consciousness, links all humans and all forms of life."

21 "Those who are asleep live each in a private world; those who are awake live in the one Great World." Herakleitos, ancient Greek sage

22 "Pilgrimages by groups of people to holy places – whether Chaucer's rowdy band of travelers on the road to Canterbury, devout Christian monks on the way to Jerusalem, or Muslim caravans on the road to Mecca – all share the same purpose: travelers seeking God, seeking to find the Self."

23 "Whether we speak of union with God or with the Tao, of cosmic consciousness or of wholeness, there is a common core here in all of us. We are one in this – further, we are interconnected with the natural world and the cosmos in which we live."

24 "Modern scientists have concluded that all phenomena are interrelated in complex networks of energy transformation. Teilhard deChardin's concept of the noosphere, a network of thought ecompassing the planet, is one such idea. The notion of networks of individuals who share a common interest and provide information and support to one another has enormous potential for furthering individual and social transformation."

25 "A ray of clear light travels throughout all creation."

This body of quotes compiled by JoAnn Kite