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Behold the Spirit, A Study in the Necessity of Mystical Religion
Alan Watts

1 "If we knew how to greet each moment as the manifestation of the divine will, we would find in it all the heart could desire….The present moment is always filled with infinite treasures: it contains more than you are capable of receiving….The divine will is an abyss, of which the present moment is the entrance; plunge fearlessly therein and you will find it more boundless than your desire." J. P. DeCaussade, 'Abandonment to the Divine Providence'

2 "In the Eternal Now we shall find that strait and narrow gate, that needle's eye, through which we are taken into the infinite life of God."

3 "Every discernible part or process is a sort of microcosm or hologram. That is to say, the whole is expressed in or implied by every part, as is the brain in each one of its cells."

4 "The motive power of any vital religion is the divine love."

5 "Scientists – now familiar with field theory, ecological dynamics and the transactional nature of perception – can no longer see man as the independent observer of an alien and rigidly mechanical world of separate objects. The clearly mystical sensation of self-and-universe, or organism-and-environment, as a unified field or process seems to fit the facts."

6 "The Incarnation is of effect for each and all, in every time and place, because as an historical and local event it is the projection into time and space of an eternal and universal reality. It occurs not only at a distance of two thousand years in Palestine, but within all human nature, all human beings, past, present, and future."

7 "We now know beyond doubt that large and widely scattered numbers of otherwise sane and sober people have had experiences of 'cosmic consciousness' in which the sense of life becomes perfectly clear. The antagonisms of good and evil, life and death, being and nothing, self and other are felt as the poles or undulations of a single, eternal and harmonious energy –exuding a sense of joy and love."

8 "In its created being (the soul) incessantly receives the impress of its Eternal Archetype, like a flawless mirror, in which the image remains steadfast and in which the reflection is renewed without interruption by its ever-new reception in new light." John of Ruysbroeck, 'Adornment of the Spiritual Marriage'

9 "We are living in touch with God. Everything we come in contact with, the whole of our daily circumstances, and all our interior responses, whether pleasure or pains, are God's working. We are living in God – in God's action, as a fish in the water." J. P. DeCaussade, 'Abandonment to Divine Providence'

10 "The eternal life of God is GIVEN to man here and now in the 'flesh' of each moment's experience."

11 "The presence of God as the Eternal Now is a truth which, at least in part, should be able to penetrate our consciousness with ease. God has made it that way out of love."

12 "Love, in the divine sense, is the giving of one's whole being to another, and when we say that God is love we mean that he gives his entire infinite Self to every single object of his love, to every creature that he has made."

13 "God is the most obvious thing in the world. He is absolutely self-evident – the simplest, clearest and closest reality of life and consciousness."

14 "God's divinity is united inseparably to me. I move my foot, and lo! It glows like God himself." 'Divine Hymns of Love', quoted in'Orthodox Spirituality'

15 "God and union with God are Reality; nothing is more real, more concrete, more actual, and more present."

16 "To man and to atom, to star-cloud and to earth, to sun and to snow crystal, to mountain and to worm, to sage and to fool, to saint and to sinner, God, to whom size and number offer no obstacle, gives eternal and inescapable union with his very Self."

17 "Every process, every movement from the circling of stars to the vibration of a gnat's wing, is not only under the complete control of God, but also occupies his entire consciousness as if it were the only thing that was happening."

18 "God out of unchangeable and infinite love has given union with himself to the soul."

19 "Everywhere the will of God reigns supreme."

20 "Every moment is the message of God's will; every external event, everything outside us, and even every involuntary thought and feeling within us is God's own touch." Dom John Chapman

21 "God has wedded himself to humanity, has united his divine essence with our inmost being."

22 "The mystic knows that in some mysterious and indescribable manner God and his universe are one."

23 "The splendour of God…is that without let to his absolute holiness and self-sufficiency, he has made himself one in love and one in life with every finite and errant member of his universe – here and now."

24 "Here, where there is neither past nor future, the doors of perception are cleansed, and we see everything as it is – infinite."

25 "When we say that man is made in the image of God, we mean that he is free. This is one of the deepest of human intuitions, and it can only be denied at the price of surrendering rational thought."

This body of quotes compiled by JoAnn Kite