“The beginning of love is the will to let those we love be perfectly themselves,
the resolution not to twist them to fit our own image.
If in loving them we do not love what they are,
but only their potential likeness to ourselves,
then we do not love them:
we only love the reflection of ourselves we find in them”.

Thomas Merton, No Man Is an Island

“All you have to do is revise your point of view.
Instead of trying to achieve perfection,
simply relax and enjoy human imperfectability.
With that perspective you achieve the ultimate godhead.
You see man as infinite possibility always in the process of becoming.
You see finally that man, in emulating the creative process, is nothing less than God.”

Robert H. Rimmer, That Girl from Boston

“After all, it isn’t the facts of one’s environment,
but one’s attitude toward them,
that determines whether one will be defeated or victorious.”
~ Dr. David R. Hawkins (muscle testing scale)


“Nothing in the world — indeed nothing even beyond the world —
can possibly be conceived which could be called good without qualification except a good will.”
~ Emmanuel Kant


Kant’s Categorical Imperative:

* Act only according to that maxim by which you can also will that it would become a universal law.
* Act in such a way that you always treat humanity, whether in your own person or in the person of any other, never simply as a means, but always at the same time as an end.
* Every rational being must so act as if he were through his maxim always a legislating member in a universal kingdom of ends.




 “It’s a reflection of our emerging magnificence
that we can know the pain of unfulfilled human purpose.”
~ Unknown


 “When you are in touch with what doesn’t work,
then the purpose of existence can find its way through you
to correct how it’s not being fulfilled.”
~ Unknown


“I believe that the individual of the future,
like the individual today, faces the lonely task
of transforming herself with or without the agreement
and understanding of those around her.
She needs only to know transforming herself means
coming up against internalized cultural edges
(beliefs that are not hers in origin).  If this is to occur,
she will have to disturb the status quo of the world around her as well.”   

– Arnold Mindell


Whatever affects one directly, affects all indirectly.
I can never be what I ought to be until you are what you ought to be.
This is the interrelated structure of reality.   ~ MLK


“I am a lover of what is, not because I am a spiritual person,
but because it hurts when I argue with reality.” ~ Byron Katie


“Human dignity is the experience of wound that teaches you to love the world.
The loss of human dignity
is the experience of wound that you call the whole world.” ~ Zenzhan Dao



“…Leo Myers death taught me more than I could ever have learned from his books, although it required some years for me to understand its full significance. His wisdom had been only in his head. It had never penetrated his human substance. A man might spend a life reading spiritual books and studying the writings of the great mystics. He might feel that he had penetrated the secrets of the heavens and the earth, but unless this knowledge was incorporated into his very nature and transformed him, it was sterile. I began to suspect that a simple man of faith, praying to God with little understanding but with a full heart, might be worth more than the most learned student of the spiritual sciences…”
Charles Hasan Le Gai Eaton


“What is REAL?” asked the Rabbit one day…  “Does it happen all at once, or bit by bit?”
“It doesn’t happen all at once,” said the Skin Horse…”You become.
It takes a long time. That’s why it doesn’t often happen to people who break easily, or have sharp edges, or who have to be carefully kept. Generally, by the time you are real, most of your hair has been loved off, and your eyes drop out and you get loose in the joints and very shabby. But these things don’t matter at all, because once you are Real you can’t be ugly, except to people who don’t understand.”
The Velveteen Rabbit
Margery Williams


No nation is truly defeated which retains its spiritual self-possession.
No nation is truly victorious which does not emerge with soul unstained.
~ Evelyn Underhill


“The hottest place in Hell is reserved for those who remain neutral in times of great moral conflict.”
~ Martin Luther King, Jr.



“It seems so much easier in these days to live morally than to live beautifully.
Lots of us manage to exist for years without ever sinning against society,
but we sin against loveliness every hour of the day.” ~ Evelyn Underhill


Dark Error’s other hidden side is truth. ~ Victor Hugo, La Légende des Siècles.


Everything has two handles, the one by which it may be carried,
the other by which it cannot. If your brother acts unjustly,
don’t lay hold on the action by the handle of his injustice,
for by that it cannot be carried; but by the opposite,
that he is your brother, that he was brought up with you;
and thus you will lay hold on it, as it is to be carried.
~ from the Enchiridion of Epictetus


Whoever then would be free, let him wish nothing, let him decline nothing.
Which [he who] depends on others else, he must necessarily be a slave. ~ Epictetus


When any person harms you, or speaks badly of you, remember that he acts or speaks from a supposition of its being his duty. Now, it is not possible that he should follow what appears right to you, but what appears so to himself. Therefore, if he judges from a wrong appearance, he is the person hurt, since he too is the person deceived. For if anyone should suppose a true proposition to be false, the proposition is not hurt, but he who is deceived about it. Setting out, then, from these principles, you will meekly bear a person who reviles you, for you will say upon every occasion, “It seemed so to him.”              ~ Epictetus

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To be kind is often more important than to be right.
Many times what people need is not a brilliant mind that speaks
but a special heart that listens. ~ Unknown

When there is no enemy within, the enemies outside cannot hurt you.
~  Winston Churchill


Nobody does anything inappropriate given their model of the world.

  ~ Neale Donald Walsch


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, gorgeous, talented, fabulous?  Actually, who are you not to be?  You are a child of god.  our playing small doesn’t serve the world.  There’s nothing enlightened about shrinking so that other people won’t feel insecure around you.  We are all meant to shine, as children do.  We were born to make manifest the glory of God that is within us.  it’s not just in some of us.  It’s in everyone.  as we let our own light shine, we give other people permission to do the same.  As we’re liberated from our own fear,
our presence automatically liberates others.

~  Marianne Williamson


“The greatest tragedy in life is not death:  the greatest tragedy takes places when our talents and
capabilities are underutilized and allowed to rust while we are living.”


To bring forth what is within you will free you.
Not to bring forth what is within you will destroy you.

~ Gospel of Thomas