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1 "All spiritual teachings are directed toward inspiring us to recognize that the power to make choices is the dynamic that converts our spirits into matter, our words into flesh. Choice is the process of creation itself." Anatomy of the Spirit: The Seven Stages of Power and Healing (Caroline Myss)

2 "Man is free, for he is in the image of divine liberty; and that is why he has the power to choose." Paul Evdokimov, Russian Orthodox theologian The Lion Christian Quotation Collection (Hannah Ward & Jennifer Wild, compilers)

3 "This is the law from the beginning, that he who would have virtue must choose it." Clement of Alexandria, 'On Spiritual Perfection' Alexandrian Christianity (John E. L. Oulton, editor)

4 "Mankind will always have the choice and the challenge to express its highest self or fall prey to its darker desires." Saint Germain's Prophecy for the New Millennium (Elizabeth Clare Prophet)

5 "You may, as the free shaper of your own being, fashion yourself in the form you may prefer. It will be in your power to descend to the lower, brutish forms of life; you will be able, through your own decision, to rise again to the superior orders whose life is divine." Pico della Mirandola, 'Oration on the Dignity of Man' The Case for Reincarnation (Joe Fisher)

6 "When you suffer in mind or body, the road forks. You can go the route of feeling sorry for yourself, dwelling on your pain and the unfairness of a life which dealt you that card…or you can determine to let this experience open you to learning more about human life in all its dimensions." Finding Deep Joy (Robert Ellwood)

7 "As human beings, we can choose to see each element of creation as separate. Or we can choose to see the one life that is within them all." The Findhorn Garden: Pioneering a New Vision of Man and Nature in Cooperation (The Findhorn Community)

8 "Yes, today it is your choices – the choices that you make, beloved – that will determine the course of this civilization." Saint Germain's Prophecy for the New Millennium (Elizabeth Clare Prophet)

9 "God gives us a realm of responsibility and moral freedom. We must make our choices and live with the consequences. That's how God teaches." Azizah Y. al-Hibri, Founder of Muslim Women Lawyers for Human Rights Genesis: A Living Conversation (Bill Moyers)

10 "Help me, O God, to choose the right way; that I may ever be a channel of blessings to others." Edgar Cayce A Million Years to the Promised Land (Robert W. Krajenke)

11 "The major spiritual traditions are formed around one essential lesson: Make your choices wisely, because each choice you make is a creative act of spiritual power for which you are held responsible." Anatomy of the Spirit: The Seven Stages of Power and Healing (Caroline Myss)

12 "Of all the powers that you possess as a human being, the greatest power is the power to CHOOSE. What you are right now is the sum total of the choices you have made in your life. The power to choose is also a power, or ability, to create WHO YOU ARE!" Worldwide Laws of Life: 200 Eternal Spiritual Principles (John Marks Templeton)

13 "Because we can choose our inner feelings and thoughts, we have the possibility of self-control and self-direction. This gives us some control over our environment and our world. Our evolution is now self-induced, through our own decisions and efforts. Although the full development of self-consciousness and choice is not yet apparent, we are capable to some extent of choosing what we wish to express and be and what our world will be." Ancient Wisdom, Modern Insight (Shirley Nicholson)

14 "Humanity is truly at an evolutionary choice point: we know in our hearts that either we are going to have to grow up very fast, change ourselves in radical ways, or we will destroy major portions of the biosphere and perhaps ourselves as well. We have a desperate need for greater awareness of our own inner dynamics and processes if we are going to survive the present global crisis." The Unfolding Self: Varieties of Transformative Experience (Ralph Metzner)

15 "Man has the privilege and possesses the possibilities of choosing the good." Encyclopedia of Ancient and Forbidden Knowledge (Zolar)

16 "No matter what the circumstance, we can choose to infuse it with light." Everyday Grace, Having Hope, Finding Forgiveness, and Making Miracles (Marianne Williamson)

17 "To create meaning in our lives, we have to go back to basics….It's morality. It's doing the right thing. It's choosing the right way to be for the good of the whole." Terry Lynn Taylor Angels: The Mysterious Messengers (Rex Hauck, editor)

18 "Man must choose daily whether to self-destruct or to self-exalt and whether to destruct or to exalt the God within." Understanding Yourself: A Spiritual Approach to Self-Discovery and Soul-Awareness (Mark L. and Elizabeth Clare Prophet)

19 "The consciousness of mankind is being prepared for great leaps and discoveries – in a gentle way wherever possible…God is giving man a great change…..Now man must choose." Mother Meera (b. 1960) Revelations: The Wisdom of the Ages (Paul Roland)

20 "The disposition which makes us capable of receiving divine blessings depends on ourselves." St. Maximos the Confessor, 'Third Century of Various Texts' The Philokalia, volume 2 (various authors, compiled by St. Nikodimos of the Holy Mountain)

21 "Developed in one's own unique way by each individual who undertakes to do so, the thinking capacity can become reliable intuition, allowing one to find the motivation for what one 'must' do and to choose it freely. In such choices, individuality and cognition unite to produce freedom, freely undertaken actions that are both fully individual and socially constructive." Gertrude Reif Hughes, Introduction Intuitive Thinking As A Spiritual Path: A Philosophy of Freedom (Rudolf Steiner)

22 "We must regain our respect for our uniqueness of mind and power of will so that we may utilize them to aid us in examining and selecting the most sound and growth-producing alternatives among the many choices the future will offer." Personhood: The Art of Being Fully Human (Leo F. Buscaglia, Ph.D.)

23 "We choose. We choose what carries energy in our lives. We choose what we pay attention to. We choose what mental and emotional impulses and responses drive us." Calling the Circle: The First and Future Culture (Christina Baldwin)

24 "Human individuals possess the momentous power of choosing either selflessness and union with God, or the intensification of separate selfhood." The Perennial Philosophy (Aldous Huxley)

25 "We can choose to live in joy." A Joseph Campbell Companion: Reflections on the Art of Living (Diane K. Osbon, editor)

This body of quotes compiled by JoAnn Kite