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

1 "Prayer is the energy feedback God gets from us, His creation. Prayer completes the circuit of God's energy and helps to keep it flowing." Rabbi Zalman Schacter-Shalomi

2 "We are all roommates, cohabitating in a universe of unbroken wholeness."

3 "From the individual to the universal, all that we see is the play and display of Creative Intelligence."

4 "We yearn for the Divine because we ARE divine. It is our essential nature, the part of our identity that is created 'in the image and likeness of God' – and we are drawn to realize it the way rivers are obliged to run toward the sea and plants bend toward the sun."

5 "All of life's events can be made sacred, whether it's visiting friends, cooking a meal, bathing your child or paying your bills."

6 "It may seem at times that the universe is not only unfriendly but cruel. However, if the mystics and masters who have penetrated the depths of reality are to be believed – and if the ordinary individuals who have tasted union with God can be considered reliable – then we have to conclude that the universe is not only friendly but radiant with love and peace, even as the surface whirls in apparent chaos and destruction."

7 "The more you appreciate the world, the more you love it; the more you love the world, the more you appreciate it. This loving appreciation is no mere emotion. It is an immense, dynamic, coherent state of consciousness in which everything is embraced as part of one adorable whole."

8 "The tools of illumination are the will to know, the will to love and the will to serve." Wu Li

9 "God's love is the cosmic glue that binds us, one to the other and all to the One. It is here, now. It is there, then. It is. Love emanates from existence itself, like heat emanates from fire."

10 "God is transcendent and also immanent, formless and form, beyond time and space and within time and space, perfect unity and infinite diversity, one and many, motionless and perpetual motion."

11 "All the great teachers have said: As you make your way through the mists of uncertainty, trust that the combined wisdom of your heart and mind will lead you to the truth."

12 "I am He whom I love and He whom I love is I." Al-Hallaj

13 "God can be seen as infinite generosity, ever and always giving him- or herself away like the sun gives away light – or, to use biblical imagery, like a burning bush that is not consumed by its flame. As manifestations of the sacred, created so to speak in the image and likeness of God, our very nature is generosity. The more access we have to the inexhaustible source of love and goodness at the center of our being, the easier and more natural it is to give some of it away."

14 "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."

15 "At its core, the Quintessential Self is radiant light, the essence of essence, the holiest of holies, the part of you that touches God."

16 "The memory of oceanic Oneness is part of our soul's code. It is buried deep in our awareness; our very brains are programmed to reclaim it."

17 "Deep down the universe is benign."

18 "What we know as the Golden Rule has been stated and restated through the ages by every religion and every ethical philosophy. In ancient Jerusalem, Rabbi Hillel told a young seeker, 'What is hateful to you, do not do to others. That is the whole of the Torah. The rest is commentary.' In China, Confucius echoed Hillel: 'What you do not want done to yourself, do not do to others.' Islam puts it this way: 'No one of you is a believer until he desires for his brother that which he desires for himself.' In Leviticus it reads as a commandment, 'Thou shalt love thy neighbor as thyself,' words repeated by Jesus when the Pharisees challenged him, and later reframed in the Sermon on the Mount as, 'Always treat others as you would like them to treat you.' Perhaps Jesus had heard that Aristotle had said, three hundred years earlier, 'We should behave to our friends as we would wish our friends to behave to us."

19 "Now is the 'some day' of our myths, a time to realize humanity's ancient dream of Heaven's peace on Earth. One by one we awaken ourselves; all in one we awaken the planet. We human beings, fashioned out of stardust millions of light-years ago, are capable of remembering and re-experiencing our original home in the peace of God. With that awareness, we can cocreate with God a world that is fully worthy of our stature as spiritual beings in human form – a civilization that delivers divine peace to every soul, turning Homo sapiens into Homo universalis, the human race into human Grace."

20 "We are all the children of one God."

21 "Think of the enlightened ones as having earned the equivalent of an advanced degree. Their descriptions of communion with the Infinite are so remarkably similar, despite their differences in language, culture and religious context, that they can be considered as reliable as repeated observations in science."

22 "How about practicing by seeing the spark of the Divine in the next person you encounter, as in the traditional Hindu greeting, 'Namaste'? From there it can spread, one step at a time."

23 "In the view of every wisdom tradition, the essence of the universe is love and light and goodness. Our grand purpose is to awaken to our essential nature, which is the very same love and light and goodness."

24 "The love of God is eternally present, like gravity or electro-magnetism. We don't have to earn it, we have to awaken to it."

25 "What Ralph Waldo Emerson stated in the nineteenth century – 'I know with certainty that who I am does not end at the top of my head' – was echoed in the twentieth century by neuroscientists like Wilder Penfield and Karl Pribram. To them and others, consciousness is nonlocal, not confined to specific points in time and space but inextricably woven into the cosmic fabric."

This body of quotes compiled by JoAnn Kite