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Shadows of the Sacred: Seeing Through Spiritual Illusions
Frances Vaughan, Ph.D.

1 "As we become increasingly aware of our global interdependence as a species, we can also deepen awareness of our spiritual connectedness. We cannot live in total isolation. The crosscultural communion of awakened souls may be a key to cocreating a sustainable future and living in harmony with the earth."

2 "We light the way for each other when we share and extend love, whatever form it takes. Love is not subject to birth or death; it is infinite, changeless and eternal, and it appears in many forms. In this sense, love is the bright, clear radiance of pure nondual awareness."

3 "Quieting the mind can reveal a source of love at the core of our being."

4 "Love is not primarily a relationship to a specific person. It is an attitude, an orientation of character which determines the relatedness of a person to the world as a whole, not toward one 'object' of love." Erich Fromm

5 "The soul comes to rest only in its true home, the Source of love."

6 "Ancient spiritual teachings say that wherever there is other, there is fear."

7 "Reflecting on wholeness and balance as represented by symbols of integration such as the cross and the circle can sometimes help us bring our spiritual life into balance."

8 "As our soul contemplates its Archetype, so that Archetype in turn contemplates the One, which is its Source." Plotinus

9 "Reflect for a moment on the fact that any personal pain is only a microcosm of the suffering of humanity and life on earth. Everyone is in need of healing. All creatures experiencing birth, impermanence, old age, disease and death, encounter pain in some form….Be aware of your desire to extend love and relieve the suffering of the countless sentient beings in the world."

10 "The deeper we go into the depths of the individual psyche, the more we uncover universal themes. I like to think of each of the great traditions as a well that gives us access to the underground stream of living waters of spirituality."

11 "The source of timeless unconditional love, like the Buddha nature, lies hidden within, awaiting only our willingness to see."

12 "Compassion knows that the One is the Many, that the One is expressed equally in each and every being, and so each is to be treated with compassion and care…because each being, exactly as it is, is a perfect manifestation of Spirit. Thus compassion sees that the One is the Many." Ken Wilber, 'Sex, Ecology and Spirituality'

13 "The Eternal Self, or Atman, the seed of divinity within the soul, is birthless and deathless and cannot be destroyed."

14 "When you go around the Earth in an hour and a half, you begin to recognize that your identity is with that whole thing. That makes a change….From where you see it, the thing is a whole, and it's so beautiful." Rusty Schweickart, Apollo 9 astronaut

15 "Wisdom knows that behind the Many is the One." Ken Wilber, 'Sex, Ecology and Spirituality'

16 "The great mystics such as Shankara, Plato and Augustine used the term 'archetype' to designate the first subtle forms that appear as the world manifests out of unmanifest Spirit. They are the fundamental patterns upon which all patterns of manifestation are based. The Greek term, 'arche typon', meant original pattern. These subtle, transcendental forms, then, are the first forms of manifestation."

17 "Journeying from the relative toward the Absolute means at once losing the freedom of living in error and gaining freedom from the tyranny of all the psycho-material determinations which imprison and stifle the soul." Seyyed Hossein Nasr, 'Knowledge and the Sacred'

18 "Shadows are dispelled when we begin to see the world through the eyes of love and acceptance rather than judgment."

19 "Underlying both personal impulses to growth and all creative cultural enterprises is the fundamental impulse that seeks unitive consciousness."

20 "If we open our hearts to the suffering of the world, the healer in each of us is called forth to manifest the qualities of love and compassion and relieve suffering wherever we find it. In our effort to heal others, we also heal ourselves."

21 "The phenomenal world of matter and individualized consciousness is the manifestation of a Divine Ground within which all creatures and partial realities have their being and apart from which they would not exist.'

22 "We are all interdependent."

23 "The soul that empathetically identifies with both the pain and the joy of others begins to see that in the inner world we are not separate from each other. Peace and joy, no less than pain and sorrow, are shared, collective experiences. In the inner world it becomes clear that we can choose what we want to cultivate and that help is available."

24 "Nothing is excluded from the circle of wholeness."

25 "The kingdom of heaven that can be found within is a state of BEING IN LOVE, and this state of mind can be discovered by anyone who truly wants it."

This body of quotes compiled by JoAnn Kite