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

1 "Freedom from fear lets us say yes to life. When we have seen past the shadow, everything can be perceived as grace."

2 "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."

3 "The sole purpose and goal for human life, the supreme ideal of which all other ideals are simply an expression, is to cultivate love….There is no boundary whatsoever to pure love – it embraces humanity and Divinity equally. In this most intense love, no sense of duality can remain." Ramakrishna

4 "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

5 "When we are willing to face our fear we may discover that behind the shadows and illusions runs a deep and all-pervading undercurrent of love."

6 "The one reality is, for the mystic, an object of love that draws us homeward under the guidance of the heart."

7 "Love activates self-knowledge and expands the inner world."

8 "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."

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

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 "Every major culture of the world includes in its mythology archetypal figures representing death and rebirth or transformation." Stanislav Grof

12 "Faith can enable a person to receive divine guidance and continue spiritual practice in the face of all kinds of difficulties. Faith is a key to overcoming fear whenever we feel separate and out of touch with the deeper levels of our own being."

13 "Love is a time-honored way of awakening the soul."

14 "By turning to the source of intuitive wisdom that can be found in the depths of the soul, we can discover a universal source of inspiration and renewal."

15 "It is love that gives worth to being, and the mystical revelation that God is love is the sacred knowledge that can be transformed into wisdom."

16 "New perceptions of possibility for a sustainable society that envision a compassionate consciousness infusing the world, in which love is the unifying force that makes global reconciliation possible, need to be adopted by those who aspire to freedom."

17 "The purpose of life on earth is to come to unitive knowledge of the Divine Ground."

18 "Human beings are part of the cosmic flow, linked to an ever-expanding network of relationships."

19 "The circle is a symbol of wholeness, totality and individuation."

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

21 "The deeper we go into our own suffering and sorrow, the more we discover that the seeds of love and healing lie hidden under the pain."

22 "Buddhahood is equally ever-present in the hearts of all sentient beings as their potential for the realization of liberation and enlightenment." Namakai Norbu, 'The Cycle of Day and Night'

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

24 "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."

25 "Oh, grant me my prayer that I may never lose the bliss of the touch of the one in the play of the many." Rabindranath Tagore, 'Gitanjali'

This body of quotes compiled by JoAnn Kite