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I'm Lisa Bowman. The Religion Network is an interfaith web site providing inspiration, quotes and religious resources. This Home Page is changed every Monday, Wednesday and Friday. You are warmly
invited to read every quote posted for each theme, or simply to read those that interest you. They are
offered in the belief that inspiration can be found in all spiritual faiths, and that finding the commonality
in religions is more important than pointing up the differences. Religion is precious gift that blesses the
individual and uplifts the community. However you worship, I hope this site enhances your journey. Let
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On Today's Theme:

There are accounts of mystical visions in virtually every religious tradition.
The beautiful sights that mystics have shared and that perhaps we have
not personally seen, stretch our perceptions until they reach a little further
beyond the boundaries we sometimes set around our spirituality. Today we
we offer two visions of the soul, that precious spiritual consciousness
that is uniquely "us" and that links our body to Divine Life.

If cynicism is your initial reaction to the accounts below, I invite
you to suspend your disbelief just long enough to momentarily
soar free of the body, in the purer realm of the soul.

- Lisa Bowman

But however the truth of this thing may be, this one thing I
know, that I am not deceived or deceiving; for what I say,
I see as I say it, and I say it as I see it...

But once it appeared to me -- if I may say it, although I dare not
assert it as certain -- that I had been outside the body. But how
and when my soul left its body, how it threw off the body, I cannot
tell. For so lightly and suddenly, in an instant, as it seemed to me,
did my soul throw off the cloak of flesh, as when one clad in an
open cloak is running along the road, and the cloak slips suddenly
from the shoulders of the runner, who is entirely given over to the
eagerness of his path and his running, and it falls to the ground
without his knowing anything of it...I perceived it only when my
soul, stripped of its flesh, began to contemplate its body,
which lay motionless upon the bed...

...(T)he soul is simple, invisible, and incorporeal; is not divided into
parts like the body...For in all its actions and movements it is wholly
present. Whatever it touches, it touches as a whole and all at once,
and all at once it experiences and apprehends soft or hard; warm or
cold it distinguishes with the fingertip as a whole...In short, the soul
feels, smells, tastes, hears, sees and remembers as a whole...

For as God is everywhere, God is whole in his whole world and
and whole in each of his creatures, animating, moving and
governing all; as the apostle says that in him we live and move
and have our being, in like manner the soul is strong everywhere
in the body, as it were in its world, and animates, moves, and
governs it...And just as he is within and without in his world, and
above and below, so the souls is in its body, governing it
from above, supporting it from below, filling it from
within, encompassing it from without.

Alpais of Cudot (1150-1211)
Possibly a leper, Alpais is said to lived on nothing
but the Eucharist once a week for years.
Excerpted from "Ecstatic Confessions,"
by Martin Buber
Harper & Row, 1985

From the visions of Sister Reinlind von Villingen:
From the German Sister-Books, 13th and 14th centuries

She had a desire that she would have liked to know how her
soul pleased God; and once when she was at her devotions
she saw her soul as pure as crystal. And she saw that God
was united with her soul, like a pure light.

Excerpted from "Ecstatic Confessions,"
by Martin Buber
Harper & Row, 1985

And now, the Last Word:

  For God alone my soul waits in silence;
from him comes my salvation.

Psalm 62: 1
The Holy Bible
Standard Revised Version































































Bonus Quote:

God gave us memories that we might have roses in December.

James M. Barrie (1860-1937)
Scottish novelist; creator of Peter Pan



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Alpais of Cudot;
Reinlind von
Book of Psalms

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