“We judge the mystical experience not by its veracity, which is unknowable, but by its fruits: does it turn someone’s life in a positive direction?” William James (paraphrased)
“Generally, the great ones have begun with a deep skepticism about popular or traditional religion and man’s power to influence God or the gods. Their insights have been derived from an overwhelming experience of a reality beyond themselves rather than a postulate. They have matured with moral growth rather than intellectual effort. They are usually skilled thinkers, but when they have offered explanations, the explanation is clearly a by-product, rather than an object in itself.
Wherever the great mysticism has come, it has offered to replace popular or local religion with a new and universal allegiance. Folk beliefs about gods and spirits give place to a metaphysic of the utmost generality for those who can rise to it. The mystic’s passion is satisfied only with the sense of the Ultimate Reality, the God, Godhead or Godness that is the back of the world of mind and nature.” R.B. Blakney
“People are not happy because their lives are easy. They are happy because it is a choice they make. They decide to be happy regardless of what is happening around them or to them. You do not find happiness. It does not come to you. Happiness can only come from you.” Aria E. Appleford
“I’ve noticed something about people who make a difference in the world: They hold the unshakable conviction that individuals are extremely important, that every life matters. They get excited over one smile. They are willing to feed one stomach, educate one mind, and treat one wound. They aren’t determined to revolutionize the world all at once; they’re satisfied with small changes. Over time, though, the small changes add up. Sometimes they even transform cities and nations, and yes, the world.” Beth Clark
“Lots of people say they want real love but they have no idea what it means. When they come across someone who loves them unconditionally it can be very confronting, even painful. Rather than deal with that lack in themselves and take the opportunity to grow, they simply get rid of the source of that pain, and sometimes . . . that is you.” Aria E. Appleford
“You will Never Get Into Yourself Until you Get Over Yourself. Just Be Quiet and Lean Into what you Fear. Just Be Quiet and Do Something You Love. Just Stop Thinking You Have it So Hard and Start Feeling~ and You Will See that Feeling is What You are Truly Seeking. Realize You Have the Ability to Change Everything~ After All~Everything is What you Really Are♥~” Sacred Feminine Gypsy Heart
“Life moves on, whether we act as cowards or heroes. Life has no other discipline to impose, if we would but realize it, than to accept life unquestioningly. Everything we shut our eyes to, everything we run away from, everything we deny, denigrate or despise, serves to defeat us in the end. What seems nasty, painful, evil, can become a source of beauty, joy, and strength, if faced with an open mind. Every moment is a golden one for him who has the vision to recognize it as such.” Henry Miller