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Covenant of the Heart, Meditations of a Christian Hermeticist on the Mysteries of Tradition
Valentin Tomberg
The power of these meditations is that they reflect the author's personal spiritual journey into the depths of God's kingdom within...within the soul, within personal relations, within nature, within the cosmos.

1 "God…is the center of all selves."

2 "Intuition is the faculty of knowledge which results from instinct that is illumined by reason."

3 "The Creator is simultaneously knowing, the knower, and that which is known. In fact, His manner of knowing does not consist in Him directing His thinking to things that are outside of Him; in that He Himself thinks and is knowing. He knows of everything and sees everything which is. Nothing exists that is not one with Him and which does not subsist in His own substance. He is the prototype of every being, and all beings are in Him in their purest and complete form, so that the perfection of created beings actually exists in the mind of that Perfect One." Moses of Cordova, 'Commentary to the Zohar', Pardies Rimmonium, 55a

4 "The being or substance of the true self of man, the breath of life, which is breathed out by God, is the breath of love, of God's love, which is the origin – and also the very being itself – of the life of the soul."

5 "It is only in love that freedom is perfect."

6 "Just as the human being needs the air to breathe for his physical life, so he also has need of breathing in God – through prayer and meditation – for his soul life."

7 "Through the world of temporal existence there streams the breath of the presence of eternal being."

8 "Moral logic, the logic of divine wisdom,…comes about in the human being from the union – or even fusion – of the thinking of head and heart."

9 "Oneness or unity encompasses all numbers, and all numbers should be reduced back to unity."

10 "Faith is not simply a matter of holding something to be true but of experiencing the breath of eternal God, bestowing being."

11 "Always, in all eternity, there will exist for each and every being a creative work and a field for creative work."

12 "Just as the self of the human being is the centerpoint of the plurality of manifestations of his life of soul, so is the ONE God, transcending the self, the centerpoint of the world."

13 "The spiritual life of mankind is maintained through the breath of the Spirit…and the great religions of mankind are quite conscious of this fact."

14 "As an idea, the resurrection is the realisation that God is divinely generous, that he does not take away again what he has once given and granted, but that his gifts – existence, consciousness, freedom, and creative activity – are valid for all eternity."

15 "Just as the seed determines the future ways and stages of growth, so the Good Shepherd decides the ways of development of the true being of mankind and leads them along these ways."

16 "The moral law inscribed in the human soul – Kant's categorical imperative – signifies the reality of the presence in the human being of what the Bible calls the 'image and likeness of God', that is, the principal archetype of Man."

17 "God is not a phenomenon that exists alongside other phenomena. He is the very source of 'selfness', more intimate and more inward than the most intimate and most inward that we know."

18 "Love is the self's life element, its substance, and its power of growth."

19 "God is eternal Being. And the true self of man is eternally coming into being as the breath of life from eternal Being. The Self of man rests in the breath of the Godhead."

20 "Love is and remains for all time the sanctuary of freedom."

21 "Every movement, even the slightest, exerts an effect ultimately upon the whole world."

22 ""It is impossible for a peaceful and concentrated reader (i.e., for a meditative reader) of the Gospels not to begin to love the person of Jesus Christ, and also not to sense him as a working and actual reality."

23 "There are many levels of freedom. But the highest is that of love."

24 "Impulses of will are immersed in the streams of world-will-energy and are 'plugged in' to them."

25 "The archetype of the human being is God…'God created man in his own image, in the image of God he created him' (Genesis 1:27)."

This body of quotes compiled by JoAnn Kite