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1 "I have capitalized the word 'Nature' because it is the Numen in manifestation, the expression of God's law and will." Laurence J. Bendit, 'The Incarnation of the Angels' Angels and Mortals, Their Co-Creative Power (Maria Parisen, compiler)

2 "Our will, the faculty of our desire and our love, is in ceaseless pursuit of goodness." My Way of Life, The Summa Simplified for Everyone (Walter Farrell and Martin J. Healy)

3 "It is the will that has brought the child to the earth, otherwise it would not have come. It comes by its own will and it stays by its own will." Hazrat Inayat Khan (1882-1927), Sufi master musician, 'The Art of Personality' The Quotable Spirit (Peter Lorie and Manuela D Mascetti, editors)

4 "In the function of willing burns the fire of the future." The Imagination of Pentecost: Rudolf Steiner & Contemporary Spirituality (Richard Leviton)

5 "There is such a thing as the 'unconscious will' of the higher Self which tends always to bring the personality in line with the over-all purpose of the spiritual Self." Roberto Assagioli, contemporary author, 'Psychosynthesis: A Manual of Principles and Techniques' The Quotable Spirit (Peter Lorie and Manuela D Mascetti, editors)

6 "Groups are forming now in their thousands and are to be found in every land, and they will eventually blend and fuse together into one great movement of goodwill, which is spirit in actual expression." Discipleship in the New Age (Alice A. Bailey)

7 "You are what your deep, driving desire is. As your desire is, so is your will. As your will is, so is your deed. As your deed is, so is your destiny." Brihadaranyaka Upanishad IV.4.5 The Seven Spiritual Laws of Success (Deepak Chopra)

8 "Magnified and sanctified be His great name in the world which he has created according to His will." Aramaic prayer The Hidden Jesus: A New Life (Donald Spoto, Ph. D.)

9 "The divine will must be seen first in its primary and eternal activity – as a roaring flame warming all the halls of eternity with the fervor of its love. We must see, in other words, something of the sublime attractiveness of the divine will before we can begin to see rightly its mysterious working with our own will, and with the world." My Way of Life, The Summa Simplified for Everyone (Walter Farrell and Martin J. Healy)

10 "Cultivate a state of goodwill to all. Never by thought or word or deed hurt another." Basic Theosophy (Geoffrey Hodson)

11 "We fulfill our destiny by exercising our free will." The Unfolding Self: Varieties of Transformative Experience (Ralph Metzner)

12 "Goodwill abides at the centre. This centre... is everywhere, and is hence, in a certain sense, to be found in all." Lamps of Western Mysticism (Arthur Edward Waite)

13 "The Ten Commandments, like the Buddhist precepts for living and the Hindu system of raja yoga, provide a template for using our human will to live in accordance with the divine will." Seven Paths to God, The Ways of the Mystic (Joan Borysenko, Ph.D.)

14 "All things are manifestations of His Will." Guru Nanak (1469-1539), Indian disciple of Kabir, 'Psalms and Devotions' The Quotable Spirit (Peter Lorie and Manuela D Mascetti, editors)

15 "You are enveloped in God's will as a soul is enveloped in a body, or water is enveloped by air, or the universe is enveloped by the galaxy." Miraculous Living (Rabbi Shoni Labowitz)

16 "Everything utilizes some portion of the Universal Will in its own peculiar way." Encyclopedia of Ancient and Forbidden Knowledge (Zolar)

17 "The will of the Maker, in His goodness, wills beings always to exist and always to receive His blessings." St. Maximos the Confessor, 'Third Century on Love' The Philokalia, volume 2 (various authors, compiled by St. Nikodimos of the Holy Mountain)

18 "We will wake ourselves up inwardly through our own willed activity, and through this life redeem thinking." The Imagination of Pentecost: Rudolf Steiner & Contemporary Spirituality (Richard Leviton)

19 "I know that in Your hand is the inclination of every spirit….You Yourself have formed the spirit…and from You is the way of all life." The Thanksgiving Scroll Dead Sea Scrolls, A New Translation (Wise/Abegg/Cook, editors)

20 “What first sets the will and intellect in motion is something higher than the will and intellect, i.e., God.” Aurora Consurgens (Marie Louise vonFranz)

21 "Will-to-good has carried all creation on toward a greater glory and a steadily deepening, intelligent responsiveness." The Reappearance of the Christ (Alice A. Bailey)

22 "The glorious imagery of the gifted artist, the divine harmonies of the inspired musician, the keen mentality and patience of the scientist, the profundity of the philosopher, the wisdom of the born teacher – all these powers, and many more, lie hidden within us awaiting the time when we shall arouse them with the magic of the will." Reincarnation: A Hope of the World (Irving S. Cooper)

23 "Spiritual will is the transcendent principle within us which forms as it were the very heart and core of our being." T. K. Taimni The Seven Human Powers: Luminous Shadows of the Self (Shirley J. Nicholson)

24 "Holiness consists of doing the will of God with a smile." Mother Teresa of Calcutta Macmillan Dictionary of Religious Quotations (Margaret Pepper, editor)

25 "If one accepts that all of nature, and everything in the universe, operates according to the will of God, and that nothing works contrary to his purposes, then one must also accept that the angels and daimones, heroes – all things in the universe – are subject to the will of the one God who rules over all." Origen, 'Contra Celsum' The Origin of Satan (Elaine Pagels)

This body of quotes compiled by JoAnn Kite