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Shadows of the Sacred: Seeing Through Spiritual Illusions
Frances Vaughan, Ph.D.

1 "Ancient spiritual teachings say that wherever there is other, there is fear."

2 "If we open our hearts to the suffering of the world, the healer in each of us is called forth to manifest the qualities of love and compassion and relieve suffering wherever we find it. In our effort to heal others, we also heal ourselves."

3 "Eternity is not a very long time, but a point of awareness unbounded by space and time."

4 "It is love that gives worth to being, and the mystical revelation that God is love is the sacred knowledge that can be transformed into wisdom."

5 "Underlying both personal impulses to growth and all creative cultural enterprises is the fundamental impulse that seeks unitive consciousness."

6 "The collective dimension of the psyche encompasses the immense mythical universe and connects the individual soul to what happens to all people in all places at all times. We can therefore resonate to myths and stories from cultures other than our own when they deal with such universal themes as birth and death, joy and sorrow, hope and despair."

7 "Journeying from the relative toward the Absolute means at once losing the freedom of living in error and gaining freedom from the tyranny of all the psycho-material determinations which imprison and stifle the soul." Seyyed Hossein Nasr, 'Knowledge and the Sacred'

8 "New perceptions of possibility for a sustainable society that envision a compassionate consciousness infusing the world, in which love is the unifying force that makes global reconciliation possible, need to be adopted by those who aspire to freedom."

9 "Love as the creative Source of being is always already present."

10 "The great mystics such as Shankara, Plato and Augustine used the term 'archetype' to designate the first subtle forms that appear as the world manifests out of unmanifest Spirit. They are the fundamental patterns upon which all patterns of manifestation are based. The Greek term, 'arche typon', meant original pattern. These subtle, transcendental forms, then, are the first forms of manifestation."

11 "The sole purpose and goal for human life, the supreme ideal of which all other ideals are simply an expression, is to cultivate love….There is no boundary whatsoever to pure love – it embraces humanity and Divinity equally. In this most intense love, no sense of duality can remain." Ramakrishna

12 "Freedom from fear lets us say yes to life. When we have seen past the shadow, everything can be perceived as grace."

13 "Every major culture of the world includes in its mythology archetypal figures representing death and rebirth or transformation." Stanislav Grof

14 "You have only to wake up to who and what you are to discover that Spirit, as the ground of being, is always present wherever you are, whether you know it or not."

15 "Wisdom knows that behind the Many is the One." Ken Wilber, 'Sex, Ecology and Spirituality'

16 "Human beings are part of the cosmic flow, linked to an ever-expanding network of relationships."

17 "The phenomenal world of matter and individualized consciousness is the manifestation of a Divine Ground within which all creatures and partial realities have their being and apart from which they would not exist.'

18 "The divinity permeates existence."

19 "As our soul contemplates its Archetype, so that Archetype in turn contemplates the One, which is its Source." Plotinus

20 "Reflect on all the love expressed by people everywhere who want to give and receive love. Feel the unconditional love of healers everywhere who want to relieve suffering wherever they find it. Remember that you are among them. You can find the source of infinite, healing compassion in the depths of your own heart."

21 "Compassion knows that the One is the Many, that the One is expressed equally in each and every being, and so each is to be treated with compassion and care…because each being, exactly as it is, is a perfect manifestation of Spirit. Thus compassion sees that the One is the Many." Ken Wilber, 'Sex, Ecology and Spirituality'

22 "Healing is a process of remembering, of reconnecting with our wholeness." Christina Grof, 'The Thirst for Wholeness'

23 "The one reality is, for the mystic, an object of love that draws us homeward under the guidance of the heart."

24 "Bless the world by sending peace, love and joy to all beings."

25 "Love expressed as altruism is found in all cultures, not only in social service and philanthropy, but among parents, teachers, healers, mentors, friends and lovers of all persuasions."

This body of quotes compiled by JoAnn Kite