The Soul is the dwelling place of the Infinite Spirit. A temple, a dwelling not made with hands.
We put our houses in order when we expect guests. The mind is the guest chamber of celestial visitors. Should we not then have a care that it is swept and garnished?
HOME is a condition rather than a place.
As God lives in us so should we live in others. The selfish soul seeks to dwell in its own joys, and finds but narrow domain. The expanded soul seeks to promote and dwell in the joy of others, and has the universe for its abiding place.
Until you make peace with who you are,
you will never be content with what you have.
- Doris Mortman
So we shall let the reader answer this question for himself: who is the happier man, he who has braved the storm of life and lived or he who has stayed securely on shore and merely existed?
― Hunter S. Thompson
Ignore those that make you fearful and sad, that degrade you back towards dis-ease and death.
The purpose of life is to live it, to taste experience to the utmost, to reach out eagerly and without fear for newer and richer experience.
― Eleanor Roosevelt
The more a person realizes the true state of his existence, the less they are deluded. The more fully they understand themselves and their surroundings, the better they can command them, until, becoming an Adept, they can pass into another state of existence, in which they realize a new order of things and a new variety of sensations, as real to them as the physical ones they experienced during the objective life of the animal only.
Religious ignorance is the most difficult of all forms of ignorance to clear up because it is closely allied with the irrationalities of the emotional life. A bad mathematician can with practice cure his weakness; so can poor spellers or insufficient linguists; but a person suffering from religious ignorance is not only entirely oblivious of his limitations, but is generally proud of them, resisting fanatically any effort to improve his state. Also, if you interfere with his convictions, no matter how stupid or malicious they may be, you are trespassing upon his inalienable right to freedom of worship and belief. You can call him ignorant in any of the branches of the arts, sciences, or trades, and he will likely agree with you, but if you tell him that his religious viewpoints are without a semblance of sanity he will rise in righteous wrath and hate you until the end of his days.
Yet if you pin one of these zealots down and demand of him what he actually knows about philosophy, transcendentalism, mysticism, magic, metaphysics, and new thought, he will probably not be able to give you even a reasonably good definition of any one of these terms. He is full of convictions, but his notions hang on such a shaky framework that they would be regarded as utterly worthless in any department of accredited scholarship.
- Manly P. Hall
via The Illuminor
Real, true prayer is not a repetition of a form of words, but a certain loving receptive state of faith, a child-like attitude of the mind and heart of man, asking the Father of All. The promise is: “Ask and it shall be given.” That of which we form a conception, and which we long for and desire, becomes a living reality, a real thing in the universal life principle; and what we thus ask in loving faith is soon reflected back to us somewhat as a sound is returned, or water in raindrops to refresh the earth, and that what we ask in love with an aspiration, or breathing, out of the Soul into the all-surrounding Spirit of Life, is returned to us as an inspiration or inbreathing. This is the economy of all occult properties, which is reaction. “As ye sow, so shall ye reap”.
Very few persons ever realized the potential influence of thought and mind, when directed toward another person, either near or far off in space. According to the Economy of Spirit and Soul, to think of another interiorly, within the inner temple, occasions a Spiritual presence of that person, for distance is annihilated and place is nothing. The person’s living image, the true man, the inner personality, seems to stand before us, and the very thought-words we say to it are said to him. When the thoughts are grounded in love and sympathy, an interior conjunction of minds is effected, a mental octave of concord, a true condition of rapport.
The action of a spiritually attuned mind in its octaves of vibration upon other minds is very noticeable. The mere presence of such an individual causes high and lofty refreshment, while to a low, animal, sensuous mind there is combat and hostility at once, even if no word is spoken. The strong influence which lofty, pure minds exert over other minds, without the use of spoken words and independently of the ordinary channels of communication through any of the five senses, is a subject of the greatest importance to the occult student.
When the psychical or natural man becomes the Spiritual man, or transformed from the lower to the higher degree of our being, it is that new birth of the Spirit which is eternal life.
Man often becomes what he believes himself to be. If I keep on saying to myself that I cannot do a certain thing, it is possible that I may end by really becoming incapable of doing it. On the contrary, if I have the belief that I can do it, I shall surely acquire the capacity to do it even if I may not have it at the beginning.
― Mahatma Gandhi