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Lamps of Western Mysticism
Arthur Edward Waite

1 "The driving power of the mind is love."

2 "There is much to be gained by the study of mystic symbolism, in which we find everywhere a disguised humanity. It is a catholic [universal] illustration of the truth that there is but one vase and one matter."

3 "Nature is itself a mirror, wherein we behold ourselves."

4 "The years of spiritual life on earth are as certain moons following conception, during which the form of divine desire is developed within us; and in due season we shall issue forth to see with our own eyes that which all things now foreshadow, all faiths make evident."

5 "We are mind, desire and will, corresponding to the Great Mind, the Great Purpose and the all-embracing Love."

6 "God must be the Father of the soul before the soul can become, in a profound symbolical and mystical sense, the Mother of God."

7 "The secret law which underlies manifested being is that of the Presence of God."

8 "If it be asked what is the test of knowledge concerning Divine Will, there is one answer only, namely, that it becomes known in love."

9 "God [is] All in all for all that lives and has its being in Him."

10 "It is love which cleanses and love alone that sanctifies."

11 "God is in the soul and the soul in God…a mutual and inseparable indwelling, ever renewed in love."

12 "Christianity, Indian Philosophy and Kabalism join in the recognition of an imperishable part of man and in its capacity for Divine Union."

13 "The Cosmic Christ…dwells within us. The realisation of His presence is by love."

14 "The sign of life is in the symbolism; the life itself is in the grace behind the symbolism."

15 "Let us seek in love for the centre of Divine Love; let us strive to cast our whole being therein; let that love be behind all our intentions, our acts within and without."

16 "Let us think…of the oneness to which all our nature testifies."

17 "Our true self is a mirror which contains all things."

18 "He Who is everywhere, without change or shadow of vicissitude, is never absent."

19 "The end of Western Mysticism was the return of the many into the One."

20 "The centre of grace is everywhere and the circumference nowhere."

21 "The science of the soul is a science of active love."

22 "'It is love which makes the world go round', says an old, familiar adage…the truth of all is behind it."

23 "Our human nature is a temple of the Divine Presence."

24 "The love of goodness is the first experience of the natural man, and all spiritual advancement is an extension of the soul's journey through its great distance."

25 "Humanity ends where it began also, in the Divinity which is its home."

This body of quotes compiled by JoAnn Kite