TODAY'S THEME: In the Light of Spirit
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Often when I awaken from the body to myself and step from
otherness into myself, I behold a most wondrous beauty. It is
then that I believe most strongly in my belonging to a higher
destiny, and in my strength enact the perfect life, and have
become One Thing with the Divine, and since I am founded
in that, I attain that might and soar above all that is knowable.

...(W)e must hasten to get out and become impatient with our
bondage, so that there may be no part of us with which we
do not touch God. Then we may gaze on him here, and on
ourselves, too, in the manner of gazing that does good:
ourselves in glory, full of spiritual light...

Plotinus (204-269)
Greek; widely considered the father of Neoplatonism
Excerpted from "Ecstatic Confessions,"
by Martin Buber


When the Spirit comes it touches those to whom It is sent
with subsistent Love. It brings men in some way into the
actual presence of Love, the Love that exists between Father,
Son and Spirit. Depending on their receptivity, the Spirit em-
powers men to become the reality they are being touched by:
lovers, in other words. Through the Spirit, one's eyes can come
to perceive, hesitantly at first, murkily for a long time, but un-
mistakably, nonetheless, new vistas and undreamed-of panoramas
of reality, "for the Spirit reaches the depths of everything, even the
depths of God" (I Corinthians 2:10). First and foremost what
one sees is the truth of his own being in the love that
the Father and Son have for him...The truth of one's
being loved is the truest thing about
one's own identity...

Excerpted from "The  Conspiracy of God: The Holy Spirit in Men,"
by John C. Haughey, S. J.
Doubleday and Company, 1973


You don't know how fortunate you are to have
been born as a human being. In that you are blessed
more than any other creature. The animal is not able
to meditate and have God-communion. You have
your freedom to seek Him...

Paramahansa Yogananda (1893-1952)
Hindu, founder of the Self-Realzation Fellowship

One moon dispels the darkness of the heavens.
Similarly, one soul who is trained to know God,
a soul in whom there is true devotion and
sincere seeking and intensity, will dispel
the spiritual darkness in others
wherever he will go.

Paramahansa Yogananda


With awareness, faith, and hope we can restore confidence
in ourselves and others even in the face of overwhelming
adversity. When we allow G-d in, G-d tells us, "I am with
you. I will protect you wherever you go." That assurance
becomes the source of light that we see at the end of the
tunnel. No matter how daunting the challenge, whatever
the enemy or the battle, when we connect to G-d
we have the power to overcome and conquer
anything and everything.

Rebbe Menachem Mendel Schneerson (1902-1994)
Prominent Hasidic rabbit of the Chabad-Lubavitch movement
Excerpted from "Toward a Meaningful Life,"
by Simon Jacobson
Perennial Currents, 2002


The person who, after having been careless,
becomes attentive, illuminates the earth like
the moon emerging from the clouds.

The Buddha (5th century)
Founder of Buddhism

If a person speaks or acts with a pure mind,
then happiness follows, like the
shadow that never leaves him.

Buddha (5th Century)
Founder of Buddhism


We can never do more or better than we are
able to do at the moment. We punish our-
selves and make ourselves feel crazy by
expecting more than our reasonable
best for now...

Striving for excellence is a positive quality.
Striving for perfection is self-defeating.

There are days when our best is less than we
hoped for. Let those times go...Start over
tomorrow. Work things through until
our best becomes better.

Excerpted from "The Language of Letting Go,"
by Melody Beattie
Hazeldon, 1990


There were the first men -- those who
witnessed our origin. There are others who
will witness the great scenes of the end.
To us, in our brief span of life, falls
the honor and good fortune of coinciding
with a critical change of the noosphere.

In these confused and restless zones in
which present blends with future in a
world of upheaval, we stand face to face
with all the grandeur, the unprecedented
grandeur, of the phenomenon of man...

Excerpted from "The Phenomenon of Man,"
by Pierre Teilhard de Chardin (1893-1952)
Priest, paleontologist and philosopher
Harper & Row, 1965

And now, the Last Word:

The challenge we face today is to truly unite the
forces of matter and spirit. This means acknowledging
the dichotomy between body and soul within ourselves,
and creating a harmony between our material and spiritual
drives. Our unique generation offers a unique challenge:
to find a language that can reach deeper into the soul, an
unconventional language to deal with an unconventional
problem, to apply eternal spiritual truths to conventional life.

From "Toward a Meaningful Life,"
by Simon Jacobson
Perennial Currents, 2002


































































Bonus quote:

Should we all confess our sins to one another we
would all laugh at one another for our lack or originality.

Kahlil Gibran



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