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Divine Light and Fire, Experiencing Esoteric Christianity
Peter Roche deCoppens

1 “Self-knowledge, a knowledge of human nature and of human consciousness, and a spiritual science of man and of human consciousness are essential and, indeed inevitable.”

2 "Symbols, images, and archetypes…are the key regulators and main 'switches' of human consciousness and of one's inner life. It is through them that all alterations, focusing, and expansion of human consciousness take place, for they are the regulators, accumulators, and transformers of human consciousness. They enable a person to connect himself (and his field of consciousness) temporarily and to identify with something greater and larger than he is and, thus, slowly to transcend himself and actualize his latent energies, faculties, and potentialitites."

3 “This is the time of history when the Great Synthesis can come about….What is most urgently needed are the teachings of the Spiritual Tradition, backed up by personal observation and experience.”

4 "The mind takes on the form of the object it beholds, and the vital energies of a human being will run along the lines traced and focused upon by the mind and will, and vivify the areas or objects on which both are focused."

5 "In the heart and roots of each religion, one can find God, the Source and Essence of all, acting by various means but with the same fundamental purpose – to bring about the incarnation, evolution, actualization, and redemption of human beings in this earthly life."

6 “Of all knowledge open to a human being, self-knowledge is both the most important and the indispensable prerequisite for any other kind of systematic knowledge.”

7 "We are ready to move from analysis to synthesis, from the knowledge of the head to thinking with the heart, which can bring us to the beating heart of reality, to the tabernacle of our being, the Inner Christ."

8 “All the world religions, if properly understood, loved, and lived lead to the same ‘inner Temple’, to the One God and God-Experience.”

9 “It is clearly the Will of God that human beings evolve, actualize their potentialities, and learn to see and understand Him better and to comprehend His plan better, that they might have the opportunity and privilege to cooperate in this wondrous scheme of Creation.”

10 "It is Love that is truly fundamental, the wellspring and motive force for both knowledge and action….Love is itself both form and substance of knowledge, a means of cognition, a way of true knowledge that comes from communion and union with the object of that knowledge."

11 “It is important to remember that when someone truly works on self-actualization and personal growth, he or she also works for the world (as one becomes more conscious, knowledgeable, loving, capable, responsible), just as one who truly works for the world is working on his own development and perfection (since every objective action in the world has a subjective reaction in the psyche and on the person). Hence, the two are really two sides of the same coin.”

12 "In the sacred traditions of the past, we can find a holistic structure of creation and of human nature (also interesting in the light of modern theoretical physics)."

13 “Never forget that God is Love, make it your constant care to spread love around wherever you go.” Charles W. Leadbeater, ‘Science of the Sacraments’

14 “The Grace of God, the Divine Light, and Spiritual Energies, are poured incessantly upon the world, in many ways and at many levels.”

15 “God is Love; in all the love that exists in the world, in all that we love, he is there as that love. And in this love, which began and binds and redeems the world, he is with us, working his plan with us, never abandoning us.”

16 "We know a thing only by uniting with it; by assimilating it; by an interpenetration of it and ourselves. It gives itself to us, just in so far as we give ourselves to it….The great Sufi who said that 'Pilgrimage to the place of the wise is to escape the flame of separation' spoke the literal truth. Wisdom is the fruit of communion." Evelyn Underhill, 'Practical Mysticism'

17 "The language of imagery and analogy is the language of the Deep Mind and of the sages."

18 "Prayer, the basic exercise of the spirit, must be actively practiced by men and nations. For if the power of prayer is again released and used in the lives of common men and women, if the spirit declares its aims clearly and boldly, there is yet hope that our prayers for a better world will be answered." Alexis Carrell, Nobel Laureate, 'Homme c'est Inconnu'

19 “At this historical juncture, it is important to develop a philosophy of life and become wise in the art of living that philosophy. In doing this we are guided by our purpose on earth: the realization of happiness in the service of God and each other.”

20 "The sacred traditions affirm that each human being is made in the image and likeness of God. Each has a 'Divine Spark', or Kernel of the Ultimate Reality, around which is gathered and organized form and force, matter and energy."

21 “All the great religions do come from the same Source for the purpose of helping evolving humanity on its path of self-actualization.”

22 “The Divine Essence, or God, is Androgynous, above and implying all genders, masculine and feminine, personal and transpersonal, singular and plural.”

23 “The spirit of man, itself essentially divine, is capable of immediate communion with God, the One Reality.” Evelyn Underhill, ‘Practical Mysticism’

24 "Living synthesis is found and expressed in the images, symbols, myths and allegories of all the world religions."

25 “From the beginning of human history man has been a religious being, aspiring to discover and consciously reunite with his Source, the Essence of all that is.”

This body of quotes compiled by JoAnn Kite