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Making Peace With God, A Practical Guide
Harold Bloomfield, M.D. & Philip Goldberg, Ph.D.

1 "It may seem at times that the universe is not only unfriendly but cruel. However, if the mystics and masters who have penetrated the depths of reality are to be believed – and if the ordinary individuals who have tasted union with God can be considered reliable – then we have to conclude that the universe is not only friendly but radiant with love and peace, even as the surface whirls in apparent chaos and destruction."

2 "We yearn for the Divine because we ARE divine. It is our essential nature, the part of our identity that is created 'in the image and likeness of God' – and we are drawn to realize it the way rivers are obliged to run toward the sea and plants bend toward the sun."

3 "God's very essence is love."

4 "What Ralph Waldo Emerson stated in the nineteenth century – 'I know with certainty that who I am does not end at the top of my head' – was echoed in the twentieth century by neuroscientists like Wilder Penfield and Karl Pribram. To them and others, consciousness is nonlocal, not confined to specific points in time and space but inextricably woven into the cosmic fabric."

5 "The peace of God is in every moment, whether you've made peace with God or not. 'There is a crack in everything', sang Leonard Cohen. 'That's how the light gets in'. By fixing the radar of consciousness fully on the present, you may very well locate the crack where divine Presence shines through."

6 "We are all roommates, cohabitating in a universe of unbroken wholeness."

7 "God can be seen as infinite generosity, ever and always giving him- or herself away like the sun gives away light – or, to use biblical imagery, like a burning bush that is not consumed by its flame. As manifestations of the sacred, created so to speak in the image and likeness of God, our very nature is generosity. The more access we have to the inexhaustible source of love and goodness at the center of our being, the easier and more natural it is to give some of it away."

8 "God's will may not come to you in verbal or visual messages, or as anything you can articulate. It might just come as a deeply felt sense of where to go, what to do and how to act in the world from moment to moment. Clues might arrive in dreams, reveries or flashes of intuition, or in synchronistic meetings and moments, like a seemingly chance encounter with another person or a passage in a book you open in a random instance."

9 "Think of the enlightened ones as having earned the equivalent of an advanced degree. Their descriptions of communion with the Infinite are so remarkably similar, despite their differences in language, culture and religious context, that they can be considered as reliable as repeated observations in science."

10 "Use me, God. Show me how to take who I am, who I want to be, and use it for a purpose greater than myself." Oprah Winfrey

11 "Every place is hallowed ground. There is nowhere that God is not."

12 "Prayer is the energy feedback God gets from us, His creation. Prayer completes the circuit of God's energy and helps to keep it flowing." Rabbi Zalman Schacter-Shalomi

13 "The tools of illumination are the will to know, the will to love and the will to serve." Wu Li

14 "From the individual to the universal, all that we see is the play and display of Creative Intelligence."

15 "One's self is the Self of the universe."

16 "Every spiritual tradition contains teachings that say, essentially, God is not hiding; God is present here and now, within and without, always and ever, in every here and every now….'Wherever you turn is God's face', said the prophet Muhammad, who also said, 'Whoever knows himself knows God.' Why? Because God is in us as us."

17 "There are joys which long to be ours. God sends ten thousand truths, which come about us like birds seeking inlet." Henry Ward Beecher, 19th century American minister

18 "In the final analysis, Creation is basically good."

19 "Yearning for God in every thought, directing every breath toward the One, intending no harm, that is prayer." Bawa Muhaiyaddeen

20 "Deep down the universe is benign."

21 "What we know as the Golden Rule has been stated and restated through the ages by every religion and every ethical philosophy. In ancient Jerusalem, Rabbi Hillel told a young seeker, 'What is hateful to you, do not do to others. That is the whole of the Torah. The rest is commentary.' In China, Confucius echoed Hillel: 'What you do not want done to yourself, do not do to others.' Islam puts it this way: 'No one of you is a believer until he desires for his brother that which he desires for himself.' In Leviticus it reads as a commandment, 'Thou shalt love thy neighbor as thyself,' words repeated by Jesus when the Pharisees challenged him, and later reframed in the Sermon on the Mount as, 'Always treat others as you would like them to treat you.' Perhaps Jesus had heard that Aristotle had said, three hundred years earlier, 'We should behave to our friends as we would wish our friends to behave to us."

22 "All the great teachers have said: As you make your way through the mists of uncertainty, trust that the combined wisdom of your heart and mind will lead you to the truth."

23 "We know enough now to state unequivocally that everything is connected, that we are all part of one another and everything each of us does affects the rest of the planet. We are also blessed with communication and transportation technologies that shrink the globe and bring together minds and bodies in ways that illuminate the unity of our diverse species. Most of all, we have the spiritual technologies to make Oneness a conscious reality not just an abstract idea, and to make kindness and compassion a felt experience not just a noble aspiration."

24 "We are blessed beings, eternally embraced by divine love."

25 "The miracle is that, even in the midst of immense distress, human beings have managed to find the light."

This body of quotes compiled by JoAnn Kite