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1 "At the origin of everything lies God's simple will and pleasure." Thomas Aquinas, 'On Truth', q. 6, a. 2 Sheer Joy, Conversations with Thomas Aquinas on Creation Spirituality (Matthew Fox)

2 "For Clement of Alexandria, moral freedom is our glory; that we are made in the image of God really means that we have what he calls 'autexousia', a term often trnslated as 'free will', but, more accurately, 'the power to constitute one's own being'." Adam, Eve, and the Serpent (Elaine Pagels)

3 "We must willingly cooperate with the intentions of evolution and spiritual destiny. Our moral failure to develop spiritual cognition would render this future barren." The Imagination of Pentecost: Rudolf Steiner & Contemporary Spirituality (Richard Leviton)

4 "God's will is the path we tread which develops the best for us and for all we encounter." The Findhorn Garden: Pioneering a New Vision of Man and Nature in Cooperation (The Findhorn Community)

5 "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)

6 "We should work together to set forth a path for humanity that includes everybody. That's the Divine Will for the human family, and the best in each religion acknowledges a similar vision." The Mystic Hours, A Daybook of Interspiritual Wisdom & Devotion (Wayne Teasdale)

7 "This divine impulse, striving ever after fuller manifestation of life, is seen everywhere in nature, and has often been spoken of as the Will-to-live. It appears in the seed, which pushes its growing point towards the light, in the bud bursting its prison and expanding in the sunshine. It is the creative genius in the painter, the sculptor, the poet, the musician, the craftsman." Basic Theosophy (Geoffrey Hodson)

8 "In the inmost heart of our being knowledge is love and love knowledge, while our true will is the creative power which springs from their union and which makes them one in action." The Flame and the Light (Hugh I'anson Fausset)

9 "It is His Will that you share His Love for you, and look upon yourself as lovingly as He conceived of you before the world began, and as He knows you still." A Course in Miracles (Helen Schucman and William Thetford)

10 "One must be able to judge one's own actions and impulses of will with the same objective detachment as one can judge the actions and impulses of will of another." Reincarnation and Immortality (Rudolf Steiner)

11 "Everything that has come to pass has been by Your will. And there is no other beside You." The closing Psalm to 'The Manual of Discipline', a 1st century bce Essene text The Other Bible (Willis Barnstone, editor)

12 "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)

13 "As a mother, even at the risk of her own life, protects her son, her only son, so let there be good will without measure between all beings. Let good will without measure prevail in the whole world." Metta Sutta The Perennial Philosophy (Aldous Huxley)

14 "The more we realize ourselves as Souls, the more we come to identify the Spiritual Will which is our essential being." Soul Centered Astrology, A Key to Your Expanding Self (Alan Oken)

15 "The inner reality, core focus, commitment, and intention of God is love itself." The Mystic Hours, A Daybook of Interspiritual Wisdom & Devotion (Wayne Teasdale)

16 "If we knew how to greet each moment as the manifestation of the divine will, we would find in it all the heart could desire….The present moment is always filled with infinite treasures: it contains more than you are capable of receiving….The divine will is an abyss, of which the present moment is the entrance; plunge fearlessly therein and you will find it more boundless than your desire." J. P. DeCaussade, 'Abandonment to the Divine Providence' Behold the Spirit, A Study in the Necessity of Mystical Religion (Alan Watts)

17 "The expansive pressure of the divine will is the Power behind the whole process of evolution." Basic Theosophy (Geoffrey Hodson)

18 "The Will….is a three-dimensional act of the total organism to globally move in time towards some future end….The Will itself is an act of the person's total being. The Will is a moving prehension. It is an intentionality." Spectrum of Consciousness (Ken Wilber)

19 "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)

20 "The divine will is the wholeness, the good and the true in all things. Like God, the universal Being, it is manifest in everything." Jean-Pierre deCaussade (1675-1751), French priest and author Devotional Classics (Richard J. Foster and James Bryan Smith, editors)

21 "In God's will is our peace." Anonymous Encyclopedia of Religious Quotations (Frank S Mead, editor)

22 "The Will of God seeks to accomplish itself through our human will as the self-expression of our essence." The Alternative Gospel (John Baldock)

23 "No thoughts exist apart from God, because God and His Creation share one Will." A Course in Miracles (Helen Schucman and William Thetford)

24 "Every process, every movement from the circling of stars to the vibration of a gnat's wing, is not only under the complete control of God, but also occupies his entire consciousness as if it were the only thing that was happening." Behold the Spirit, A Study in the Necessity of Mystical Religion (Alan Watts)

25 "The goal of the myth is to dispel ignorance by effecting a reconciliation of the individual consciousness with the universal will." Hero With A Thousand Faces (Joseph Campbell)

This body of quotes compiled by JoAnn Kite