A catalog of quotes previously used in “Fanning the Embers”:
- Look deep into nature, and then you will understand everything better. Albert Einstein
- Nothing real can be threatened.
Nothing unreal exists.
Herein lies the peace of God.
A Course in Miracles
- As the feet of the hind are to the mountains,
so is the mind of man to the heights of life;
and as the rear feet of the hind are to the front feet,
so is the subconscious mind of man to the conscious mind.
Glenn Clark from I Will Lift Up Mine Eyes
- When we talk about
settling the world’s problems,
we’re barking up the wrong tree.
The world is perfect. It’s a mess.
It has always been a mess.
We are not going to change it.
Our job is to straighten out
our own lives.
Joseph Campbell, quoted by Diane Osbon in A Joseph Campbell Companion
- God is as incapable of creating the perishable as the ego is of making the eternal.
A Course in Miracles, 4:I:11:6-7.
- PEACE. It does not mean to be in a place where there is no noise, trouble, or hard work. It means to be in the midst of those things and still be calm in your heart.
- What is “magic” but a miracle one cannot fathom?
- Do not seek illumination unless you seek it as a man whose hair is on fire seeks a pond.
- As I consider how this world changes constantly, I realize … God is breathing.
Journal entry – 7/13/?
- To walk alone – that means to walk away from every formula – the ones given to you by others, the ones you learned from books, the ones that you yourself invented in the light of your own experience. That is possibly the most terrifying thing a human being can do: move into the unknown, unprotected by any formula. To walk away from the world of human beings as the prophets and the mystics did is not to walk away from their company but from their own formulas. Then, even though you are surrounded by people, you are truly and utterly alone. What an awesome solitude!
Anthony De Mello from The Way to Love
- The interior eye of man is the higher reason: potential hominis intellective, mens. If this eye be illuminated by Divine Light, then it is truly the inward Sun, by which all things are made visible … The light without shows us the path of our pilgrimage and the Light within reveals the way of salvation.
Karl von Eckartshausen from The Cloud Upon the Sanctuary
- Turn inward for your voyage!
For all your arts
You will not find the Stone
In foreign parts.
Angelus Silesius, Alchemist
- Seeing is not believing,
Believing is seeing.
from the movie The Santa Claus
- To men, some things are good and some are bad.
But to God, all things are good and beautiful and just.
Heraclitus (6th – 5th century B.C.E.)
- The most beautiful and profound emotion we can experience is the sensation of the mystical. It is the sower of all true science. He to whom this emotion is a stranger, who can no longer wonder and stand rapt in awe, is as good as dead. To know that what is impenetrable to us really exists, manifesting itself as the highest wisdom and the most radiant beauty, which our dull faculties can comprehend only in their primitive forms – this knowledge, this feeling, is at the center of true religion.
- I can well imagine a religion in which there are no doctrines, so that nothing is spoken. Clearly, then, the essence of religion can have nothing to do with what is sayable.
- Only illumined consciousness can look upon an evil appearance and perceive the divine reality. Only the Christ in consciousness can strip error of its seeming reality and rob it of its sting.
Joel Goldsmith from The Infinite Way
- The secret of a strong will, therefore, is to concentrate it upon a single object; this can only be achieved by eliminating all competing objects which divide the attention of the will and so fritter away its energies. This is one reason that sacrifice is said to be the first step in the Mysteries, for it is only by sacrificing ruthlessly all irrelevant interests that the single-pointed and potent will is obtained.
Dion Fortune from The Training and Work of an Initiate
- Jesus said, “It is not possible for a man to ride two horses or stretch two bows; and it is not possible to serve two masters, unless he honors the one and insults the other.”
The Gospel of Thomas, saying 47 (interpretation by Blatz)
- Obstinate are the trammels, but my heart aches when I try to break them.
Freedom is all I want, but to hope for it I feel ashamed.
I am certain that priceless wealth is in thee, and that thou art my best friend, but I have not the heart to sweep away the tinsel that fills my room.
The shroud that covers me is a shroud of dust and death; I hate it, yet hug it in love.
My debts are large, my failures great, my shame secret and heavy; yet when I come to ask for my good, I quake in fear lest my prayer be granted.
Rabindranath Tagore from Gitanjali
- The man whose mind is full of light is the one to whom belongs wisdom; as soon as he hears the truth he welcomes it to himself; but he whose mind is without light, who is alien to it, does not take it to himself, nor does he listen to it. And every weak soul that has not learned the truth belonging to her is doomed to be without rest or happiness. God’s enlightening word is sweet when it finds ears to hear it; it does not lodge in a closed mind, makes not its way into a polluted shrine. Let us therefore examine our shrines, so that in cleanliness they may receive the Light.
The Holy Prophet Mani
- For certain is death for the born
And certain is birth for the dead;
Therefore, over the inevitable,
Thou shouldst not grieve.
Bhagavad Gita (Chapter 2)