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Experiencing the Soul
Eliot Jay Rosen, editor
Essays on experiencing the Soul by The Dalai Lama, Elisabeth Kubler-Ross, Jean Houston, Ram Dass, Gerald Jampolsky, and many others.

1 "The essence of our being is love." Gerald Jampolsky, 'Attitudinal Healing - The Essence of Our Being Is Love'

2 "By 'essence', I mean that part of our nature we recognize as the god in hiding, the source quality or soul quality that links us to our highest becoming, that transcends time and space, life and death." Jean Houston, Ph.D., 'We Are Citizens of a Multidimensional Universe'

3 "Love is always stronger than hate. The positive is always stronger than the negative. For me, it's nice to know that even though the world is in terrible shape with all the fighting, politics, and negativity going on, nothing is stronger than love." Dr. Elisabeth Kubler-Ross, 'Experiences of My Soul in Life and Death'

4 "Our true mind is not restricted to our intellectual or cognitive power, but is a fundamental goodness or 'good heart' that is at the core of every being." Christine Longaker, founding director of the Buddhist Rigpa Fellowship, 'What Counts at the Moment of Death'

5 "One thing I am convinced of is that life is an ongoing teaching-learning experience that continues after physical death. Those who feel that life comes to an end at death – life DOES NOT come to an end. Death is the closing of one door and the opening of another." Jean Houston, Ph.D., 'We Are Citizens of a Multidimensional Universe'

6 "Death is simply a shedding of the physical body like the butterfly shedding its cocoon. It is a transition to a higher state of consciousness where you continue to perceive, to understand, to laugh, and to be able to grow." Dr. Elisabeth Kubler-Ross, 'Experiences of My Soul in Life and Death'

7 "The challenge of the next millennium will be to develop an adequate scientific understanding of consciousness itself....the door is always open to directly experiencing this universal consciousness for ourselves." Dr. Amit Goswami, teacher of theoretical physics, 'How Consciousness Creates the Material Universe'

8 "What a vast world of love and joy is within the soul! We don't have to acquire it; it is already ours." Sri Daya Mata, disciple of Paramahansa Yogananda, 'The Soul's Need for God'

9 "And after death...you will begin to see that your life here is almost nothing but the sum total of every choice you have made during every moment of your life. Your thoughts, which you are responsible for, are as real as your deeds. You will begin to realize that every word and every deed affects your life and also touches thousands of lives." Dr. Elisabeth Kubler-Ross

10 "The human heart can go to the length of God….Dark and cold we may be, but this is not winter now….The frozen misery of centuries, cracks, breaks, begins to move….The thunder is the thunder of the float of the flow of the upstart Spring….Thank God our time is now….when wrong comes up to meet us everywhere….Never to leave us 'til we take the longest stride of soul folk ever took….Affairs are now soul-sized….The enterprise is exploration into God….What are you waiting for?....It takes many thousands of years to wake….But will you wake, for pity's sake?" Christopher Fry, 'Sleep of Prisoners'

11 "What we call 'God' continues to create – with infinite intelligence – every billionth of a billionth of a second, now, and for billions and billions of years to come. What is created with and in this perfect Intelligence reflects and modifies everything at every instant and at every level. This happens from the smallest electron to the largest galaxy – including all forms of life in the universe." Fred Alan Wolf, Ph.D., 'The Soul and Quantum Physics'

12 "Humans are loved by God beyond our comprehension, and we will feel how blessed we are when we learn compassion instead of judgment, empathy instead of pity, and realize that this life in the physical body is a very small part of our total existence." Dr. Elisabeth Kubler-Ross, 'Experiences of My Soul in Life and Death'

13 "The spiritual origin of man and where we come from – THAT is the next great area of exploration." Dr. Elisabeth Kubler-Ross

14 "Soul is eternal; its language is metaphor, which belongs in this moment and in the timeless, spaceless moment." Marion Woodman, 'From Psyche to Soul - The Healing Power of Archetypes'

15 "Each child is created in the special image and likeness of God for greater things - to love and to be loved." Mother Teresa

16 "In the many roles I've played in my life, in the many things I've done, the common thread I had to transcend was the invisible boundary of fear within me. When I felt this fear, I felt shrunken, condensed, and bound. It was only when I broke the boundary of this fear that I suddenly found that there was nothing to it – this fear was a result of my own thinking. When I broke the boundary of this fear and looked back at it, it was like seeing a shadow disappear." Edgar D. Mitchell, Ph.D., sixth person to walk on the moon, 'The Final Frontier: From Outer Space to Inner Space'

17 "Let's practice what Christ taught, what Buddha taught, what Krishna taught – love for God and for God in every being. We need to spread the universality of God's love, of God's light – by our own example, by how we live our lives….That Divine Love is the most powerful force in the universe." Sri Daya Mata, disciple of Paramahansa Yogananda, 'The Soul's Need for God'

18 "As someone who has lived with many traditional cultures around the world, I have found that every one of these cultures supports the belief that life is continuous – that there is part of the self that simply does not die when it's the body's time to go." Jean Houston, Ph.D., 'We Are Citizens of a Multidimensional Universe'

19 "The seeds of a global, nondenominational, experientially based spirituality has been sown as we enter the next millennium. More people are directly experiencing the core perennial truths spoken about by the mystics and saints throughout history." Alex Grey, American visionary artist

20 "Truly the face you see of the person in front of you is none other than your own,…we're all altars of the Divine One." Joan Borysenko, Ph. D., 'Glimpses of Eternity – My Mother's Last Gift Upon Her Passing'

21 "The universe is extraordinarily vast and complex, and at the same time, it seems to have this seamless web of interconnectivity and kinship. We are indeed participants in a much larger life." Jean Houston, Ph.D., 'We Are Citizens of a Multidimensional Universe'

22 "We are here on Earth to learn to love." Betty J. Eadie, author and transformational speaker

23 "In the painting 'Universal Mind Lattice', which was based on a mystical visionary experience, I was part of one vast luminescent, transparent lattice system of love energy. It was as if the veil of supposed 'reality' had been stripped from the material world to expose the bedrock reality, the scaffolding of spirit. I understood it as the intricate interconnectedness of the one and the many, on a level of awareness that was infinite and eternal. This was the ethical ground of compassion, where all beings and things are known to be part of us." Alex Grey, American visionary artist, 'The Visionary Art of Alex Grey'

24 "By using archetypal symbols that resonate on a universal level, art can evoke the complete range of possible life experiences, including the boundless nature of our souls." Alex Grey

25 "The question of immortality is a question of inner existence, a question which the individual must confront by looking into his own soul." Soren Kierkegaard, philosopher

This body of quotes compiled by JoAnn Kite