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God Is A Verb, Kabbalah and the Practice of Mystical Judaism
Rabbi David A. Cooper

1 "Free will at its core is…the ability to bestow light."

2 "Love can be viewed as a unity, a ubiquitous oneness."

3 "The Creator's continuous radiation of creative force never ceases from the world; in every instant these vital emanations radiate to Its creations, to all the worlds." Rebbe Levi Yitzhak of Berdichev, 18th century Hasidic master

4 "We are copartners with God-ing in the cosmic process, and each person has the full freedom of choice to change the universe. Nothing we do, say, or think is inconsequential; every action affects not only this reality but also other realities, and all of creation is interconnected."

5 "Our job is not to set up a battleground to eradicate evil, but to search out its spark of holiness. Our task is not to destroy but to build, not to hate but to find a place of yielding, not to polarize but to discover the points of commonality so that we can work together. Learn this lesson, dear friends, it will serve you well."

6 "Human consciousness is informed by a soul force that gives it the capacity to emulate the infinite Bestower."

7 "The world is an integrated whole, not a collection of parts….Individuals and nations are not separate; everyone and everything is interconnected."

8 "Whatever happens anywhere in the universe reverberates throughout the totality of creation. Thus our lives are affected by what is happening everywhere; moreover, whatever we do in our lives affects everything in the universe."

9 "Understand this important teaching: When we accept each moment as a new opportunity for fulfilling our purpose, we are always present, always succeeding, always changing the world for the better."

10 "All living souls in the world cumulatively make up part of a universal soul….the soul giving us vitality is connected to, and draws sustenance from, a universal soul."

11 "Divine providence includes every ripple that has been sent into the universe by every person who has ever lived and every event that has ever taken place."

12 "One's actions, particularly deeds of lovingkindness, profoundly impact upon the universe. Minor actions can have significant consequences;…everything happening to us is connected with a complex weave of variables. Moreover, angelic forces are associated with our thoughts, words and deeds."

13 "Our acts of lovingkindness not only matter, they are the medium through which we can bring the world together in a new era of human relationship."

14 "May our lives be filled with the ongoing truth in which we are saturated with love, caring, and kindness. And may we serve the world from the level of awareness."

15 "Now we are no longer separated from our source, and behold we ARE the source and the source is us. We are so intimately united with It, we cannot by any means be separated from It, for we are It." Abraham Abulafia, 13th century Jewish sage

16 "The linchpin of our relationship with God is founded on the belief that human beings have creative capability to intervene in the 'normal' course of events. One word, one gesture, or even one thought can change the direction of the creative process. This being so, we are led to conclude that human beings play a cocreative role."

17 "Just as we know that there was some kind of paradigm shift from animal consciousness to prehistoric human consciousness, and that human consciousness has gone through stages measured in various ways, such as social awareness, technological development, or basic intelligence…there is yet to come a major paradigm shift toward an entirely new level of awareness. In this advanced state, pain and suffering as we know it will vanish, war will end, our relationships with one another will dramatically be altered, the lion will lie with the lamb, so to speak, and life will be completely different from anything we might imagine."

18 "Nothing is separate, except for the 'sense' of separateness, a feeling which is readily disproven."

19 "Acts of lovingkindness, over the long run, will bring a higher level of consciousness to everyone in the world."

20 "Each time we make use of our free will by giving, we are in copartnership with the infinite Bestower. When this is accomplished with clear awareness of what we are doing, we raise the consciousness of creation."

21 "Mystics throughout time, in all traditions, have said the same thing: We do not have to search for God, because the presence of the Divine permeates all things. If there is a search at all, it is God searching for Itself, so to speak."

22 "Eternal life is available to every one of us, here and now."

23 "There is only one reality, and all multiplicity is imaginary. The world seems pluralistic only because our awareness has limitations."

24 "Resurrection is not something for which we must wait. It is always here. Our challenge is to move from ego consciousness to God consciousness."

25 "God's presence is everywhere, including one's own consciousness

This body of quotes compiled by JoAnn Kite