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Drawing the Larger Circle, How to Love and Be Loved
Jack and Cornelia Addington
The authors claim that it is imperative in our times to send out ever-widening circles of love, especially to those who find it difficult to love.

1 "Love is everywhere present, in and through all of life. It only needs to be recognized and used, and when we understand this we find that there is no obstacle that can stand in its way."

2 "It is not a matter of 'I ought to love'; not 'I will love'; not 'I hope to love some day'; but 'I love you now'. You may not like what a person does; you may not approve of him, but you cannot afford to not love him. Think to yourself: 'I love God in this person.'"

3 "Love is the self-givingness of the Spirit through the desire of Life to express Itself in terms of creation. Love is free from condemnation, even as it is free from fear. Love is a cosmic force whose sweep is irresistible. Love is the central flame of the universe, nay, the very fire itself. Love is self-givingness through creation, the impartation of the Divine through the human." Ernest Holmes, 'The Science of Mind'

4 "God is love, God is infinite and everywhere present in exactly the same degree."

5 "Love lives in and through each one of us. It's like electric power lying dormant. We have to turn the switch. It's there, but it's not ours until we accept it and use it."

6 "People say to me, 'how can I pray for another?' It's really very simple. Sit down and surround the person you are thinking of with love. Love him. Love her. Feel this love through your whole being. Then right thoughts and right words and right ideas will come to you. The real work is done when you start loving."

7 "Man, the image and likeness of God, the very expression of God, is one with the Presence; but only his recognition of his oneness will bring unity into his experience."

8 "We are secure forever in the knowledge of unchanging love."

9 "The Path is constructed by the aspirant as the spider spins its web out of the centre of his own being."

10 "If people seem to be difficult, I silently bless them until enemies become friends – friends who have caused me to experience more love. There is no problem which love cannot heal. For this I give thanks."

11 "Love embraces all. Love forgives all. Love swallows up all of our failures and gives us back its grace. It is so freely given."

12 "Love is always received – it may take time for it to be understood, but it is always received for what it is."

13 "Fortunately, more and more people are discovering the power of love to heal and restore human beings."

14 "There is no condition – no matter how fixed and intolerable – which cannot be overcome by love. There is no person, regardless of what depths he has sunk to, who cannot be helped, improved, and lifted up by love."

15 "Learning to love more is the most vauable thing you can ever do."

16 "There are no barriers where love is the bridge."

17 "Truly, 'all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are called according to his purpose' (Romans 8:28). What is his purpose? – love shared, love made manifest, love everywhere present."

18 "In Truth, I have never been separated from God for a single instant."

19 "Down deep we know we need to love more."

20 "Perfect love casts out fear. Perfect love is right within you, ready to be sent forth in ever-widening circles. Learn how to release that perfect love within that casts out fear."

21 "None of us achieve emotional maturity until we have learned not only to love our neighbor, to say 'I care' and mean it, but have learned to love ourselves."

22 "God's love is perfect in and through His creation. We, being the image and likeness of God, can feel this love and know that it is there for us. We can start by recognizing the expression of love in the beauty of nature surrounding us. We begin to realize that this is God expressing His love. We can feel this love expressing through us. We are the image and likeness of God, that we, too, may love. God is love, and when we love we are like Him."

23 "The Christ in me salutes the Christ in you. The Christ in me understands the Christ in you."

24 "Within each person is a center of love....Now is the time to send it forth, like ripples from a pebble cast into the still waters of a lake in ever-widening circles."

25 "First keep the peace within yourself, then you can also bring peace to others." Thomas a'Kempis, 'The Imitation of Christ'

This body of quotes compiled by JoAnn Kite