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Modern Esoteric Spirituality
Antoine Faivre and Jacob Needleman, editors
Volume 21 of 'World Spirituality: An Encyclopedic History of the Religious Quest'. Topics discussed include: Renaissance Kabbalah, Paracelsus and his followers, Freemasonry, and C. G. Jung in the context of Christian esotericism and cultural history.

1 "The human form is the symbol of all symbols." Pierre Deghaye, 'Jacob Boehme and His Followers'

2 "Evolution does not cease with achievement of the human condition, but becomes internalized as the search for union with the true, spiritual Self. The goal of evolution, which is self-development, self-realization, and self-transcendence, is therefore inherent in its processes." Emily B. Sellon and Renee Weber, 'Theosophy and The Theosophical Society'

3 "A potential immensity of love and wisdom is inherent in the structure of the human self." Antoine Faivre

4 "Eternal nature is the kernel hidden within our apparent nature." Pierre Deghaey, 'Jacob Boehme and His Followers'

5 "Eternal nature is the Being in which the divinity is incarnated in order to render itself visible."

6 "In human beings there is the sign of all things; the human being is like a particularly finely polished diamond, in which all the world is reflected." Heinrich Schipperges

7 "Ideas are the original forms (formae principales), the stable and immutable ground of things….They are a part of divine intelligence."

8 "Each level of the universal hierarchy of beings contains all possible reality, in each case from a different aspect."

9 "According to Philo, it is the Logos or Word that is the mediator by which God sees the plan of the world and according to which he creates it." Antoine Favre

10 "It may well be that the meeting of spiritual paths – the assimilation not only of one's own spiritual heritage but of that of the human community as a whole – is the distinctive spiritual journey of our time." Ewert Cousins

11 "If we know the main sections, the basic actions, the central pillar of mathesis in number and quality, so we know for certain that the same number and quality of basic actions, main sections, must recur in nature." L. Oken, 'Abriss des Systems der Biologie'

12 "The Intellect (Intellectus) sees opposites unified."

13 "Wisdom is God's design. It is the plan of his works. It will be their completion as well. The cycle of eternal nature is related at once to the plan and its realization. It is Wisdom that instigates it." Pierre Deghaye, 'Jacob Boehme and His Followers'

14 "The creation of our world contributes to the purpose of the divine economy, which is the visibility of God….Contemplation of our own nature shows the way." Pierre Deghaye, 'Jacob Boehme and His Followers'

15 "The universe seems to be pervaded by pairs of opposites, but…they are not independent realities but rather polar aspects of the one unity, in which they are synthesized." Emily B. Sellon and Renee Weber, 'Theosophy and The Theosophical Society'

16 "The history of nature has to do not just with individual, finite, imminently perishable being, but with an imperishable basis of all that can be seen, which unites it all and gives it soul. It teaches a love which loves in all things, a universal soul which sets everything, even that which is most remote and apart, in a living interplay that gives to all that can be seen, from the firmament of heaven to the ephemeral insect, one rhythm of time and law of life." G. H. Schubert, 'Allgemeine Naturegeschichte', 4

17 "God is the hidden treasure who desires to be known and created the world to this end." Pierre Deghaye, 'Jacob Boehme and His Followers'

18 "In the structure of the world and in nature generally,…purpose and unconscious teleology can be recognized….The universe is a kind of organism." Dietrich vonEngelhardt, 'Natural Science in the Age of Romanticism'

19 "In equal respect for nature and the spirit lies the key to every true art of living." C. G. Carus, 'Lebenserinnerungen und Denkwurdigkeiten'

20 "St. Augustine taught that once the soul is noble, harmonious, and ordered, it is capable of seeing the source from which all truth flows." Antoine Faivre

21 "Wisdom is the love of God. It is the desire of love that aspires only to give itself, to communicate itself." Pierre Deghaye, 'Jacob Boehme and His Followers'

22 "Imagination (imaginatio is related to 'magnet', magia, imago) is a tool for the knowledge of the self, of the world, of myth; it is the eye of fire penetrating the surface of appearances in order to make meanings, connections, burst forth, to render the invisible visible…and to forge a link with a treasure that contributes to the enlargement of our prosaic vision."

23 "Paracelsus…teaches that the perceptible universe looks toward a divine reality that it strives to imitate."

24 "Christianity, Hinduism, Kabbalah, alchemy…all admitted the existence of a unique 'ubiquitous agent', flowing through everything and from which everything issued. In other words, they already knew that matter was one and living." Francoise Bonardel, 'Alchemical Esotericism and the Hermeneutics of Culture'

25 "The archaic level of spirituality survives within the later traditions as a foundational stratum, preserved in ritual and myth."

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