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1 "It is God's Will that constitutes the existence of all things that are." Libellus IX:2 Hermetica (Walter Scott, translator)

2 "The will toward mystery has an urge to unite, to love and be loved, to enter into the mystery of self and other. To go past such duality to the One that lies beyond thought or thinker, to the heart of the unspeakable wholeness and delight that patiently awaits our inward arrival." Turning Toward the Mystery: A Seeker's Journey (Stephen Levine)

3 "The divine will is the wholeness, the good and the true in all things. Like God, the universal Being, it is manifest in everything." Jean-Pierre deCaussade (1675-1751), French priest and author Devotional Classics (Richard J. Foster and James Bryan Smith, editors)

4 "The soul directly reveals its royal and excellent quality in that it is governed and ruled autonomously by its own will." Gregory of Nyssa, De Hominis Opificio 4,1 Adam, Eve, and the Serpent (Elaine Pagels)

5 "The Great Spirit is the life that is in all things – all creatures and plants and even rocks and the minerals. All things – and I mean all things – have their own will and their own way and their own purpose." Rolling Thunder, Native American elder Spiritual Literacy, Reading the Sacred in Everyday Life (Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat)

6 "We (may) aim at a petty end quite aside from the public good, but our act arranges itself by irresistible magnetism in a line with the poles of the world." Ralph Waldo Emerson, 'Compensation' Karma, The Universal Law of Harmony (Virginia Hanson and Rosemarie Stewart, editors)

7 "Divinity is the expression of the will or purpose of the One in Whom we live and move and have our being." The Rays and The Initiations (Alice A. Bailey)

8 "In the highest form of will, the personality and even the transpersonal self are inspired by the universal will, call it God or atma, for the good of the whole." The Seven Human Powers: Luminous Shadows of the Self (Shirley J. Nicholson)

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

10 "The goal of all the initiatory process is to admit mankind into realisation of and identification with the will or purpose of Deity." The Rays and The Initiations (Alice A. Bailey)

11 "In the inmost heart of our being knowledge is love and love knowledge, while our true will is the creative power which springs from their union and which makes them one in action." The Flame and the Light (Hugh I'anson Fausset)

12 "Each time we make use of our free will by giving, we are in copartnership with the infinite Bestower. When this is accomplished with clear awareness of what we are doing, we raise the consciousness of creation." God Is A Verb, Kabbalah and the Practice of Mystical Judaism (Rabbi David A. Cooper)

13 "Groups are forming now in their thousands and are to be found in every land, and they will eventually blend and fuse together into one great movement of goodwill, which is spirit in actual expression." Discipleship in the New Age (Alice A. Bailey)

14 "I know that in Your hand is the inclination of every spirit….You Yourself have formed the spirit…and from You is the way of all life." The Thanksgiving Scroll Dead Sea Scrolls, A New Translation (Wise/Abegg/Cook, editors)

15 "I recognize and affirm that I am a center of pure self-consciousness. I am a center of will, capable of observing, directing, and using all my psychological processes." Roberto Assagioli, 'The Act of Will' Soul Centered Astrology, A Key to Your Expanding Self (Alan Oken)

16 "In His will is our peace: it is the sea into which all currents and all streams empty themselves, for all eternity." Dante Alighieri (1265-1321), Italian poet God, A Companion for Seekers (David Schiller)

17 "We must regain our respect for our uniqueness of mind and power of will so that we may utilize them to aid us in examining and selecting the most sound and growth-producing alternatives among the many choices the future will offer." Personhood: The Art of Being Fully Human (Leo F. Buscaglia, Ph.D.)

18 "Magnified and sanctified be His great name in the world which he has created according to His will." Aramaic prayer The Hidden Jesus: A New Life (Donald Spoto, Ph. D.)

19 "The mind of God is love, and the love of God is intelligence, and these two aspects of one great quality are brought into play for the working out of His will and purpose." The Light of the Soul (Alice A. Bailey)

20 "The whole is built by the will of God." Freemasonry and Its Ancient Mystic Rites (C. W. Leadbeater)

21 “What first sets the will and intellect in motion is something higher than the will and intellect, i.e., God.” Aurora Consurgens (Marie Louise vonFranz)

22 "Meaning and purposefulness are not the prerogatives of the mind; they operate in the whole of living nature." Carl G. Jung, 'Man and His Symbols' The Strong Eye of Shamanism, A Journey Into the Caves of Consciousness (Robert E. Ryan, Ph.D.)

23 "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)

24 "If we knew how to greet each moment as the manifestation of the divine will, we would find in it all the heart could desire….The present moment is always filled with infinite treasures: it contains more than you are capable of receiving….The divine will is an abyss, of which the present moment is the entrance; plunge fearlessly therein and you will find it more boundless than your desire." J. P. DeCaussade, 'Abandonment to the Divine Providence' Behold the Spirit, A Study in the Necessity of Mystical Religion (Alan Watts)

25 "Unity reigns and it is impossible for it not to reign." Nature Word (R. A. Schwaller deLubicz)

This body of quotes compiled by JoAnn Kite