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1 "Individuals have personal responsibility to choose in freedom what seems right for them." James H. Hindes, 'The Hierarchies' Angels and Mortals, Their Co-Creative Power (Maria Parisen, compiler)

2 "Fundamentally, I believe history teaches us a categorical lesson: that once a people are determined to become free, then nothing can stop them from reaching their goal." Desmond Tutu (b. 1931), South African cleric, 'The Words of Desmond Tutu' The Great Thoughts (George Seldes, compiler)

3 "Free will is always part and parcel of the present life." St. Gregory Palamas, 'To the Most Reverend Nun Xenia' The Philokalia, volume 4 (various authors, compiled by St. Nikodimos and St. Makarios)

4 "Evolution, by the very mechanism of its syntheses, is constantly acquiring greater freedom." Building the Earth (Pierre Teilhard deChardin)

5 "Every individual in the world has an inalienable right to his free will." Sri Yukteswar, Indian spiritual teacher Autobiography of a Yogi (Paramahansa Yogananda)

6 "There is the freedom to understand your own reality, to develop your abilities further, and to feel more deeply the nature of your own existence as a part of All That Is." Seth Speaks: The Eternal Validity of the Soul (Jane Roberts)

7 "It is only in love that freedom is perfect." Covenant of the Heart, Meditations of a Christian Hermeticist on the Mysteries of Tradition (Valentin Tomberg)

8 "Those who learn the truth about their own nature become free." The Ancient Wisdom (Annie Besant)

9 "Man has freedom of choice and thus the power to create." The Findhorn Garden: Pioneering a New Vision of Man and Nature in Cooperation (The Findhorn Community)

10 “Freedom is something like the other side of the coin of love: where love is at work, freedom must be presupposed; where the highest love is realized, there, too, is the highest realization of freedom.” Man's Search for Himself: Modern and Biblical Images (Leo Scheffczyk)

11 "Love is like a fisherman's hook….He who is caught by it is held by the strongest of bonds – yet the being drawn in by it is pleasant….Therefore look only to this hook, for in being caught you will be blessed. The more you are caught the more you are made free." Meister Eckhart Men Who Have Walked With God (Sheldon Cheney)

12 "The major liberating force in life is Love." Discipleship in the New Age (Alice A. Bailey)

13 "Freedom is not absence of restraint and limitation but a particular, imaginative way of responding to these limitations, or using them to discover and invent." Return of the Goddess (Edward C. Whitmont, MD)

14 "The image of God is the process of divinity itself, and that is a process of growth, of nourishment, of wisdom, light and love. It is the process of life unfolding itself into greater levels of freedom and knowing and expression." The Findhorn Garden: Pioneering a New Vision of Man and Nature in Cooperation (The Findhorn Community)

15 "Each personality is aware to some extent of the true freedom that belongs to its own inner consciousness." Seth Speaks: The Eternal Validity of the Soul (Jane Roberts)

16 "You may, as the free shaper of your own being, fashion yourself in the form you may prefer. It will be in your power to descend to the lower, brutish forms of life; you will be able, through your own decision, to rise again to the superior orders whose life is divine." Pico della Mirandola, 'Oration on the Dignity of Man' The Case for Reincarnation (Joe Fisher)

17 "Man's wisdom is in no way subjugated, and is no one's slave; it has not renounced or surrendered its freedom." Paracelsus, 'Astronomia Magna' (1537) Encyclopedia of Ancient and Forbidden Knowledge (Zolar)

18 "Since the beginning of time,…the vast mass of beings of which we form a part has been tenaciously and tirelessly climbing towards a fuller measure of freedom, of sensibility, of inner vision." Toward the Future (Pierre Teilhard deChardin)

19 "The creation of the world is not only a process which moves from God to humanity. God demands newness from humanity; God awaits the works of human freedom." Nicolas Berdyaev The Coming of the Cosmic Christ (Matthew Fox)

20 "Free and conscious cooperation in the great life of the All alone can make personal life worth living." Mysticism (Evelyn Underhill)

21 "When we truly understand that no one can make us think or feel anything unless we give them permission, we begin to understand the vastness of our freedom. No person or circumstance has the power to change that truth." Worldwide Laws of Life: 200 Eternal Spiritual Principles (John Marks Templeton)

22 "Nature implants in man as well as in every beast a passionate, inherent, and instinctive desire for freedom and self-guidance." The Secret Doctrine (Helena P. Blavatsky)

23 "True freedom does not mean absolutely arbitrary action or irrational choice….Rightly understood, freedom means our ability to act and live in the light of our own human essence, the inner light revealing the purpose of our being as a unique mode of manifestation of Being, a distinctive creative center of the cosmic whole." Haridas Chaudhuri, 'The Meaning of Karma in Integral Philosophy' Karma, The Universal Law of Harmony (Virginia Hanson and Rosemarie Stewart, editors)

24 "The Soul is a way along which God travels to His freedom from His deepest point." Hadewych, 13th century Beguine Mysticism, Its History and Challenge (Bruno Borchert)

25 "Despite the causal nexus man does enjoy a feeling of freedom, which is identical with autonomy of consciousness. However much the ego can be proved to be dependent and preconditioned, it cannot be convinced that it has no freedom." Collected Works (Carl Jung)

This body of quotes compiled by JoAnn Kite