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Welcome To The Religion Network!
I'm Lisa Bowman, editor of The Religion Network, a multi-faith Web site. This site provides inspirational quotes through an
exploration of a new spiritual theme every Monday, Wednesday and Friday. The Religion network is offered with the
conviction that inspiration can be found in all spiritual faiths, and furthermore, that finding the commonalities
among the world's religions is more healing than pointing up their differences.

Religion as an institution is a precious gift, blessing individuals and uplifting communities. However you choose to
worship, I hope this site enhances your journey. If you'd like to know my story, click on biography.



Emmet Fox, J. C. Bell, Book of Proverbs, Mel Brooks, Woody Allen

Dear Readers,

Years ago, Chuck and I had the privilege of attending a unique wedding ceremony conducted by an actor
from the televsion series, "Dr. Quinn, Medicine Woman." Larry Sellers, who is of Osage/Cherokee/Lakota
heritage, played Cloud Dancing on the show.
Larry's a real-life holy man of the Lakota Pipe Beliefs and takes
his direction from the Heyoka (Thunder Cloud) spirits. At the wedding, which was held outside under some
tall oak trees, he performed the ceremony as a Contrary; one who speaks the opposite of what is meant.

For instance, Larry would say things like, "May you never know happiness," or "May you be barren and with-
out children all your days." It was a remarkable thing to witness, and required one to pay attention in order
to mentally translate everything into its positive, intended message. If I were a school teacher, I think I'd
try it out, because I'm convinced the kids would not only pay attention, but would have smoke coming
out their ears as they worked to figure out what their instructor was really saying...and learning it.

Keep the concept of a Contrary in mind as you read today's Emmet Fox quotes. It works!

- Lisa

Photo by Chuck Bowman                        All rights reserved

Knock everything systematically. No matter
you hear of, deprecate it and predict the worst.

Mind everyone else's business.
This will insure your neglecting your own.

Never perform today what you can
possibly postpone until tomorrow.

Leave the important things to some else
instead of seeing to them personally.

Have no organized arrangements.
Trust to luck for everything.

Be a sanctimonious humbug, and when you bungle
things say it is "the Lord's will" or that the trouble
is that you are too good for your surroundings.

Sit down and wait for something to turn up.

Finally, conduct your life in all respects
as if there were no God.

Excerpted from "Around the Year with Emmet Fox"
HarperSanFrancisco, 1952



In any case, think about yourself,
that is the main point, and if you
will keep this up faithfully for
fifteen or twenty minutes, there
can be no doubt about the result.

Excerpted from "Around the Year with Emmet Fox"
HarperSanFrancisco, 1952

When you are looking for obstacles,
you can't find opportunities.

J. C. Bell
American inventor

From "Lessons for Success,"
Edited by Lorraine A. Darconte
MJF Books, 1991


Every day is miserable for the depressed,
but a light-hearted man has
a continual feast.

Proverbs 15:15
New American Bible


Look, I don't want to wax philosophic, but I will say
that if you're alive you've got to flap your arms and
legs, you've got to jump around a lot, for life is the
very opposite of death, and therefore you must at
least think noisy and colorfully, or you're not alive.

Mel Brooks (1926-       )
American film writer, actor, director, producer

The Last Word:

Entrust your works to the Lord,
and your plans will succeed.

Proverbs 16:3
New American Bible

- On the other hand -

If you're not failing every now and again,
it's a sign you're not doing anything
very innovative.

Woody Allen (1935 -    )
American film director, actor and writer
















































































Totally Random Bonus Quote:

All of humanity's problems stem from man's
inability to sit quietly in a room alone.

Blaise Pascal
French mathematician, physicist and religious philosopher





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