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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 "I don't know what your destiny will be, but one thing I do know: the only ones among you who will be really happy are those who have sought and found how to serve." Albert Schweitzer

2 "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."

3 "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."

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

5 "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

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

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

8 "Myth is a kind of lensing system for the mind of God. It carries the codings of existence." Jean Houston

9 "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

10 "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'

11 "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

12 "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

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

14 "Deep ecology is supported by modern science…but it is rooted in a perception of reality that goes beyond the scientific framework to an intuitive awareness of the oneness of all life, the interdependence of its multiple manifestations and its cycles of change and transformation." Fritjof Capra, 'The Turning Point'

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

16 "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

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 "The first peace, which is the most important, is that which comes within the souls of people when they realize their relationship, their oneness, with the universe and all its powers, and when they realize at the center of the universe dwells the Great Spirit, and that this center is really everywhere, it is within each of us."

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 "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

21 "Empathy increases our sensitivity to other people so that we know their essence. Describing this practice, French writer Honore deBalzac writes, 'Listening to people talking I could enter into their lives, feel their tattered clothes on my back, walk with my feet in their shoes; their desires, their needs, all passed into my soul, or my soul passed into theirs.'"

22 "According to the late mythologist Joseph Campbell, mythic tales reconnect us to the trnascendent source that undergirds daily life, while disconnection from this realm invites anxiety and soul sickness."

23 "The underlying matrix unites all life forms in an unbroken community of species."

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

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

This body of quotes compiled by JoAnn Kite