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As Above, So Below: Paths to Spiritual Renewal in Daily Life
Ronald S. Miller and the editors of New Age Journal

1 "Creative choice is your birthright. Please own it." John Bradshaw

2 "Meditative insight reveals that this personal self is co-extensive with everything else in creation – the atmosphere we breathe, the trees that oxygenate the atmosphere, and the sun that fuels the Earth's energy processes."

3 "The topic of unselfish love has been placed on the agenda of history and is about to become its main business." Pittrim Sorokin

4 "The One and the many, time and eternity, are all One." Reshad Field, Sufi scholar, 'Steps to Freedom'

5 "Undoubtedly, the most fundamental principle of Judaism's entire visionary way is that the cosmos is a coherent and meaningful whole." Edward Hoffman

6 "The present moment is a powerful goddess." Goethe

7 "In the ultimate depth of being, we find ourselves no longer separate but, rather, part of the unity of the universe. That unity includes the sufferer and the suffering, and the healer and that which heals. Therefore, all acts of healing are ultimately our selves healing our Self." Ram Dass

8 "As human beings we are made to surpass ourselves and are truly ourselves only when transcending ourselves." Huston Smith

9 "The destiny of the world is determined less by the battles that are lost and won than by the stories it loves and believes in." Harold Goddard

10 "We must take our rightful place in nature – not as its self-centered and profligate 'master' with the divine right of kings to exploit and despoil, but as one species living in harmony with the whole." R. D. Laing

11 "In keeping with the Gaia Hypothesis, formulated by English scientist James Lovelock, deep ecologists view the world as a living organism whose many species make up a single breathing entity."

12 "As is the human body, so is the cosmic body. As is the human mind, so is the cosmic mind. As is the mircrocosm, so is the macrocosm. As is the atom, so is the universe." The Upanishads

13 "Works like the Zohar, the 'bible' of Kabbalistic lore, stress over and over that all the various dimensions of existence are intimately interwoven." Edward Hoffman

14 "There is but One Life and Law: and he that worketh it is One. Nothing is inner, nothing is outer; nothng is great, nothing is small; nothing is high, nothing is low, in the Divine Economy." Hermetic Axiom

15 "God made man because he loves stories." Elie Wiesel

16 "All the religions fit together into an organic whole, and we need the contribution of each tradition for the health and renewal of our world." Reb Zalman

17 "As a culture-wide paradigm shift makes its presence felt, people are searching frantically for a New Story to give their lives meaning….the New Story involves our reunion with the natural world, based on the interconnectedness of all living systems."

18 "We can listen to the voice of the Earth as she shakes and sings her song expressing her tiredness. She is calling us to attention, to be alert, to recognize that now is the time to transform selfish thought and action to compassionate caretaking. Do we want a world of peace and harmony? Are we willing to make that peace within ourselves? Will we call it forth? It is your choice. Your thought and action make a difference." Dhyani Ywahoo, Cherokee teacher

19 "No limits are set to the ascent of man, and to each and every one the highest stands open. Here it is only your personal choice that decides." Hasidic saying

20 "To transcend mind in Spirit is not to lose mind or destroy mind but merely to include mind in the higher order wholeness of the superconscient." Ken Wilber

21 "When we extend awareness and identify with other animals, mountains, and rivers, we are realizing the ecological self, the transpersonal mode of being that interconnects us with all of life."

22 "The center of human nature is rooted in ten thousand ordinary acts of kindness that define our days." Stephen Jay Gould

23 "Instead of understanding the world in parts, we need to think about the whole." Wes Jackson

24 "God is so omnipresent….that God is an angel in an angel, and a stone in a stone, and a straw in a straw." John Donne

25 "The marvelous reveals itself in the mundane; in the garden, the park, the vacant lot, the desert. You see it in the sudden appearance of a cluster of fungus on a tree after a week of rain or at home dusting off furniture, revealing the surface underneath. To really see through, you must believe it is possible to do so and then simply do it! Before long, life becomes an experience of constant revelation." June Singer, 'Seeing Through the Visible World'

This body of quotes compiled by JoAnn Kite