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1 "The life of God consists in the eternal practice of love; and this life is wholly beautiful, possessed of a loving disposition toward beauty and never receiving any check in the practice of love. And because beauty is boundless, love shall never cease." Gregory of Nyssa (b. 335), 'De Anima et Resurrectione', 8

2 "They [the Fathers of the Eastern Church] were aware that God is One."

3 "This Light shines already in the darkness, in the night and the day, in our hearts, in our spirits…. this Light without turning or change or any decline, unalterable, never eclipsed. It speaks and acts and lives and gives forth life, and whatever it touches it transforms into Light. God is Light." Gregory Palamas, 'Symeon the New Theologian', Hom. LXXIX, 2

4 "The totality of humanity is God." Gregory of Nyssa (b.335)

5 "Prayer is the delight of the joyful, the consolation of the weary, the crown of the bride, the feast on the birthday, the shroud that covers us in our graves." Gregory of Nyssa (b.335), 'De precatione', I

6 "Let the true light shine on me, so that I may see the glory, that glory which was there before the world began, and deign, O invisible One, to take shape within me, so that seeing your incomprehensible beauty, I shall possess your image,…so that I can become like unto you,…becoming myself a God by divine grace." St. Symeon the New Theologian, 'Logos'

7 "Love unites us to God, love covers up a host of sins, love suffers everything, and is patient with everything. There is nothing vulgar, nothing vain, about love. Love knows no schism, creates no discord, does everything in harmony." 'First Clement', 49

8 "The fountain of blessing wells up unceasingly." Gregory of Nyssa (b.335)

9 "All who walk upon the earth, all the animals and all the winged creatures, partake of the Holy Spirit."

10 "O you who are possessed with the desire to contemplate the true good….do not despair of being able to see the object of your desires….You have only to return to the purity of the image established in you in the beginning: you will find in yourself what you seek, for once the spirit is cleansed, you will find the blessed vision in the serenity of your heart. There you will find purity, holiness, simplicity, all those gentle radiances of the divine nature by which God is seen." Gregory of Nyssa, 'De beatitudinibus', 6

11 "Gregory [Palamas, Eastern Church Father] believed that this light which a man sees when he dives deep within himself – that glittering treasure chest, jewel-encrusted and sparkling with blinding rays – was God Himself."

12 "All things are administered from above for good." Clement of Alexandria

13 "Let love be magnified from the mouth and the heart." Early Christian Hymn

14 "Fire is in all things, is spread everywhere, pervades all things,...shining by its very nature and yet hidden….It comprehends; never in need, mysteriously increasing itself and showing forth its majesty according to the nature of the substance receiving it, powerful and mighty and invisibly present in all things." Dionysius the Aeropagite, 'The Celestial Hierarchy', XV

15 "The divinity informs, pervades, embraces and has its dwelling place in the universe. For all things depend on Him who is, and nothing can exist which does not have its being in Him who is." Gregory of Nyssa (b.335), 'Oratio Catechetica', 25

16 "God pours Himself out in an ecstasy of love. He does not remain in the Heavens and call to Himself the Servant He loves. No, He Himself descends and searches out for such a servant, and comes near, and lets His love be seen, as He seeks what is like Himself….All this is true, but we have not yet declared the highest thing of all: for not merely does God enter into close fellowship with His servants and extend to them His hand, but He has given Himself wholly to us, so that we are become temples of the living God." Nicholas Cabasilas, theologian, 'Sacrae liturgiae interpretatio', II, 132

17 "Put your faith in the Lord of the spirits, the Lord of the fire, the Maker of the universe."

18 "the Word of God [Logos], which was in the beginning with God, is not a vast multiplicity of words, and is never spoken in the plural. It is a word formed of many strands, but each one is a part of the whole, being part of the Word." Origen, 'Commentary on John', V, 5-6

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Tracy Harris
Thursday, March 6, 2014
Being Radiant

What a lovely group of amazing work. Thank you for this.

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Tuesday, December 17, 2013
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I would like to contact Richard Roberts to ask permission to reprint the cover art from his Tales for Jung Folk on our website. We have a spiritual astrology section, and this would be a great addition to it--as an personification of the energies of Saturn. Can you help me find Richard? Many thanks, Betsy Caprio, D.Min.

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Tuesday, October 8, 2013
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Thursday, September 12, 2013
Canada Abbotsford

When someone hurts someone we love, our first instinct is to attack them back, that is not who we are... We need to learn to listen to our spirit and not our minds...

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Wednesday, October 17, 2012
PONO Switzerland - Hawaii

ALOHA :-) how can i get in touch with the author richard roberts book of tarot and revelations? any suggestions welcome, it?s on family matters!

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Tuesday, April 17, 2012

Do you know where can I find books from Agnes Sanford in The Netherlands? Thanks for your help

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Monday, November 21, 2011
The Dator Formarum Foundation Utrecht, the Netherlands

LS, I would like to contact B. Borchert personal. Would you know how? Kind regards, Willem Peter

Friday, September 23, 2011
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Dreams are the things That makes up REALITY ?

Kuan Yin (as Channeled by Lena Lees & Transcribed by Hope Bradford)
Friday, June 10, 2011
Oracle of Compassion: the Living Word of Kuan Yin

"A helpful mindset is simple-living and high-thinking”, continues Kuan Yin. “Science is constantly evolving. There are now recyclable batteries, ink cartridges, etc. Keep up to date on the latest technologies. Be aware, set examples and create trends that will positively influence people’s lives and the environment. As I said earlier, however, this is also a discussion about love and developing a greater capacity to love. It can help everyone. We’re all one huge family, a great continuum. Don’t underestimate the power of the love created in your homes and families. This love has an immense potency, the power to influence other’s lives in a positive way.”-Kuan Yin

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Wednesday, May 11, 2011
Soulistry-Artistry of the Soul

Recently discovered this site through Circle Connections and thought others might like to know of another resource where inspirational quotations offer much "food for thought" insofar as the quotations are accompanied by Soulistry Soul-Questions ... questions which encourage one to go-within and reflect on the quotation from a variety of perspectives. The Soulistry book has just been released and is available on Amazon.com as well as other online booksellers and local bookstores. Thank you for helping me to share news of Soulistry (full title of the book btw is "Soulistry-Artistry of the Soul: Creative Ways to Nurture Your Spirituality").

Roslyn Rus
Monday, June 21, 2010
Toronto, ON Canada

Dear Bruce: What a remarkable synchronicity it is, to open up this page, and find several amazing quotes from the much-beloved ecospiritual community of Findhorn! This is just another "coincidence" for me, as part of a seemingly-ongoing set of experiences regarding Findhorn and the Nature Spirits. Thank you for including the Spirit of Findhorn on your website! ... By the way, I have been trying to log-in to my page, so that I may update my email address, but am at the moment unable to do so; as of last week, I haven't been able to access my Gmail account, and have set up a new Gmail address: roslynrus33@gmail.com . I shall send you an email directly regarding this. Many blessings, Roslyn.

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Tuesday, February 9, 2010
IlluminatingSpirit - Samantha Spiritual Gathering Westhampton, NY

At Samantha's Spiritual Gathering the mission and purpose is to empty the chalice/temple (self) of all things co-mingled on the Earth plane with earthly people and to Allow the self/being on all levels, to fill up with the Spirit of the Divine Creator... that Spirit which is enmeshed, saturated, and intertwined with your Spirit. Bringing that Spirit down into the Chalice of your beingness...your physical body as well, helps everyone to be empowered through their own Spirit guided by the Divine Creator of many names. The Global Network is a Gathering, sharing Spirit to Spirit and I am humbly grateful to partake in sharing from my space of Spirit. Thank You, Samantha Paitakis

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Sunday, January 3, 2010
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Wonderful to find this site, via the Wisdom Page! We have a perpetual calendar with the same kind of quotes which you & your viewers might enjoy. Makes a great gift for under $20! And there's an daily emailed version (for free) which accompanies the printed one. Keep up the good work. You never know who's being inspired by your beautiful site. I know I was!

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Sunday, November 1, 2009
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Let Synthesis be!!

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Good work, The guidance and the transformation of the soul... The light of initiation... Thank...

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Bruce Schuman
Monday, May 18, 2009
Interspirit Foundation Santa Barbara CA USA

Thanks for being here. Many blessings to you, and may the wind of spirit always be at your back. And thanks -- to JoAnn, for the stunning work she has done here in gathering this vision.