"A beautiful thing speaks to us of God.
What we love in any creature is only what is a reflection of God.
It is the beautiful which can arouse in us wonder,
and lead us to a response which is not exclusively rational and rightfully so,
in that we are not simply rational beings but so much more."
Cardinal Basil Hume
"Turn your face to the Sun and the shadows fall behind you"
We are not human beings having a spiritual experience.
We are spiritual beings having a human experience.
Pierre Teilhard de Chardin (1881-1955)
Religious experience at its roots is experience of an unconditional and unrestricted being in love.
But what we are in love with remains something that we have to find out.
Bernard Lonergan S.J.
"Ignatian spirituality tells us that we are not alone; that God is not removed from our world. The task is not so much about getting out of our mess in order to find God, but more, much more, about bringing God into our mess. God meets us in our personal experience, in our relationships, dreams, hopes, pains and worries."
From "Finding God in All Things" by Brian Grogan S.J.
"This is the one true joy in life, the being used for a purpose recognized by yourself as a mighty one; the being a force of nature instead of a feverish, selfish little clod of ailments and grievances, complaining that the world will not devote itself to making you happy. ....... I am of the opinion that my life belongs to the whole community and as long as I live it is my privilege to do for it whatever I can. ....... I want to be thoroughly used up when I die,
for the harder I work, the more I live.
I rejoice in life for its own sake.
Life is no 'brief candle' to me.
It is a sort of splendid torch which I have got hold of for the moment, and I want to make it burn as brightly as possible before handing it on to future generations."
George Bernard Shaw.....partly from the 'Dedicatory Letter' in Man and Superman
"If we are truly in the present moment and not being carried away by our thoughts and fantasies, then we are in a position to be free of fate and available to our destiny. When we are in the present moment, our work on Earth begins."
The best and most beautiful things in the world cannot be seen, nor touched...but are felt in the heart.
Helen Keller (1880-1968)
"Go and learn from your teachers and your religions until you are bored. Then seek the answer that feels right within your Soul. When the truth feels right, that is your Soul rejoicing, because the greatest truth is unlimited freedom - whatever allows you to experience any truth you desire."
Creation: A Sioux Story
The Creator gathered all of Creation and said,
"I want to hide something from the humans until they are ready for it.
It is the realization that they create their own reality."
The eagle said, "Give it to me, I will take it to the moon."
The Creator said, "No. One day they will go there and find it."
The salmon said, "I will bury it on the bottom of the ocean."
"No. They will go there too."
The buffalo said, "I will bury it on the Great Plains."
The Creator said, "They will cut into the skin of the Earth and find it even there."
Grandmother Mole, who lives in the breast of Mother Earth, and who has no physical eyes but sees with spiritual eyes, said, "Put it inside of them."
And the Creator said, "It is done."
"You must begin to trust yourself.
If you do not then you will forever be looking to others to prove your own merit to you and you will never be satisfied."
"People travel to wonder at the height of mountains,
at the huge waves of the sea,
at the long courses of rivers,
at the vast compass of the ocean,
at the circular motion of the stars,
and they pass by themselves without wondering."
If we listen to the Holy Spirit around us all,
we have the whole universe at our beck and call.
Sometimes the answer is no.
Sometimes the answer is go.
Sometimes the answer is just say so!
"For those who believe, no proof is necessary.
For those who don't believe, no proof is possible."
"Our hearts are restless until they rest in Thee."
You grow to heaven. You don't go to heaven.
"It is time to show the strength of water, and flow away.
To stand is to be crushed but to flow out is to gather new strength."
"It is a rare life that remains well ordered even in private.
Any man can play his part in the side show
and represent a worthy man on the boards;
but to be disciplined within, in his own bosom,
where all is permissible, where all is concealed - that's the point."
"Christian spiritual writers frequently urge us to imitate the saints or founding fathers and mothers of religious orders; they also recommend that we embrace this or that spirit of the times. Zen, however, teaches us the vital importance of educating our own vision.
There is no one to imitate,
there is no time but now,
there is no path but our own.
It may not be sin at all that keeps us from self-awareness;
it may be imitation and the pious repetition of routine and ritual
that leave us ignorant of who we are."
Robert E. Kennedy, S.J. Zen Spirit, Christian Spirit: The Place of Zen in Christian Life
A venerable saint said:
"If the inner person is not watchful, the outer person cannot be watched."
"Your own road
You shall follow it
Your own truth
You shall learn it
Your own death
You shall endure it "
Dag Hammarskjold, Markings
"You know quite well, deep within you, that there is only a single magic, a single power, a single salvation .. and that is called loving. Well then, love your suffering. Do not resist it, do not flee from it. It is only your aversion that hurts, nothing else."
"There will be times when praying leaves me cold, times when it comforts me and fills me with peace, and other times when it discomforts me, annoys me, leaves me feeling 'disgruntled'.
St Ignatius teaches me to take note of these feelings, since they can tell me about what is happening deep within me.
He uses the terms 'consolation' and 'desolation' to describe two ways of feeling.
Consolation is happening when I feel drawn closer to God, to unselfishness and generosity. This might be accompanied by gratitude or peace or new hope, but equally it could be an experience of grief or regret, or sympathy for somebody's suffering. Consolation is the feeling when barriers between myself and God are being broken down, and this can be initially painful.
Desolation is the opposite of all this. It is happening when I feel withdrawn or alienated from God and turned in on myself, when I am determined to 'put my faith in earthly things' or shut God out of some area of my life. Again, this is not always felt as sadness, but may be accompanied by a shallow, self-satisfied kind of happiness.
With time, I can begin to notice the difference."
from Sacred Space - Irish Jesuits website
"Things turn out best for people who make the best out of the way things turn out"
"Expect the best; convert problems into opportunities. Be dissatisfied with the status quo; focus on where you want to go, instead of where you're coming from; and most importantly, decide to be happy, knowing it's an attitude, a habit gained from daily practice, and not a result or payoff."
Denis Waitley - The Winners Edge
"Kryon, what if I shine my light and it affects another person? Doesn't that interfere with free choice? Kryon, you said that this is not evangelical work. Have I not interfered with their lives? Tell me how this works."
Dear ones, the lighthouse is not proactive. It is not evangelical. It simply shines. Let's say you walk into a dark room where it's difficult to see. Others in the room are simply walking in a darkened room, doing their best. As the lighthouse you are, you shine the light in their direction, and suddenly it illuminates where they are going. They now have a choice to see the path or not - to head in another direction, or the one that is now illuminated. I ask you, have you interrupted their choice? NO. You have instead given them some silent options.
Kryon, Channelled by Lee Carroll, Book VIII, Page 190
You are free.
You have never not been free.
If you would know yourself to be freedom without condition, you need only stop trying to escape.
If you would know yourself to be peace, you need only stop fighting.
If you would know yourself to be love, you need only stop looking for love.
If you would know yourself to be the perfect realization of truth, you need only stop searching for truth.
If you would know yourself, only stop.
Be as you are.
John Sherman, October 2001
"Knowing others is intelligence; knowing yourself is true wisdom.
Mastering others is strength; mastering yourself is true power"
And Jesus said to them, "If you fast, you will bring sin upon yourselves, and if you pray, you will be condemned, and if you give to charity, you will harm your spirits. When you go into any region and walk about in the countryside, when people take you in, eat what they serve you and heal the sick among them. After all, what goes into your mouth won't defile you;
what comes out of your mouth will."
Taken from the Gospel of Thomas
"Friends are angels who lift us to our feet when our wings have trouble remembering how to fly"
"Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate. Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure. It is our light not our darkness that most frightens us. We ask ourselves 'Who am I to be brilliant?' Actually who are you not to be? You are a child of God. Your playing small doesn't serve the world. There is nothing enlightened about shrinking so that other people won't feel insecure around you. We were born to manifest the Glory of God that is within us. It is not just in some of us, it's in everyone, and as we let our own light shine, we unconsciously give other people the permission to do the same. As we are liberated from our own fear, our presence automatically liberates others."
Nelson Mandela, From his Inaugural Speech, 1994
"It is the greatest of all mistakes to do nothing because you can only do a little.
Do what you can".
"Every problem contains within itself the seeds of its own solution.”
'Nature's intent is neither food, nor drink, nor clothing, nor comfort, nor anything else from which God is left out. Whether you like it or not, whether you know it or not, secretly Nature seeks and hunts and tries to ferret out the track in which God may be found'
"For there to be peace on earth, I allow it to begin within me"
This allows others to experience your vibration of peace and establish it within themselves.
One can acquire everything in solitude....except character.
"In search of the divine, we go everywhere
We go places of pilgrimage,
visit temples of God...
Follow many paths and disciplines,
And ignore our bodies...
Your body is the most sacred place place of pilgrimage
you'll ever come to.
In the dwelling place of the divine spirit
Is the true temple of God.
Go within and explore the glory of God within you."
Yogi Amrit Desai
"There is but one cause
of human failure and that is man's lack of faith in his true Self".
"I have sometimes been wildly, despairingly, acutely miserable,
but through it all I still know quite certainly
that just to be alive is a grand thing."
"Your vision will become clear only when you look into your heart...
Who looks outside dreams; who looks inside wakes"
C G Jung