Wednesday, December 24, 2008

We become powerful

"We become powerful in the face of our fears when we have a sense that we make a difference in this world. Affirmations of purpose communicate the truth that we are all meaningful participants in this Universe and that we are worthy of giving and receiving love. Some affirmations of purpose are:
- I know that I count and I act as though I do.
- I spread warmth and love everywhere I go.
- I am a healing force in the Universe."

-- Susan Jeffers

Tuesday, December 16, 2008

We look at it

We look at it and we do not see it;
Its name is The Invisible.
We listen to it and do not hear it;
Its name is The Inaudible.
We touch it and do not find it;
It's name is The Subtle.

~Lao Tzu

For nothing

For nothing worthe proving can be proven
Nor yet disproven: wherefore thow be wise,
Cleave ever to the sunnier side of Doubt.

~Alfred, Lord Tennyson

Monday, December 15, 2008

With silence

With silence only as their benediction God's angels come
Where, in the shadow of a great affliction, the soul sits dumb.

~James Greenleaf Whittier
(writing to a friend on the death of his sister)

So great

So great is the power of angels in the spiritual world that, if I should make known all that I have witnessed in regard to it, it would exceed belief. Any obstruction there that might be removed because it is contrary to Divine order the angels cast down or overthrow merely by an effort of the will and a look.

~Emanuel Swendenborg

So many wings

So many wings come here
dripping honey
and speak here
in your home Oh God.

~Aztec Poem

I believe we are free

I believe we are free, within limits, and yet there is an unseen hand, a guiding angel, that somehow, like a submerged propeller, drives us on.

~Rabindranath Tagore

That's all

That's all an angel is, an idea of God.

~Meister Eckhart

For He will

For He will command His angels concerning you to guard you in all your ways' they will lift you up in their hands, so that you will not strike your foot against a stone.

~Psalms 91:11,12


Outside the open window
The morning air is all awash with angels.

~Richard Wilbur

The angels keep

The angels keep their ancient places -
Turn but a stone and start a wing!
'Tis ye, 'tis ye, your estranged faces
That miss the many-splendoured thing.

~Francis Thompson

Though they are so great

Though they are so great, so glorious, so pure, so wonderful, that the very sight of them (if we were allowed to see them) would strike us to the earth, as it did the prophet Daniel, holy and righteous as he was, yet they are our fellow-servants and our fellow-workers, and they carefully watch over and defend even the humblest of us.

~Cardinal Newman

Angels can fly

Angels can fly because they take themselves lightly.

~Scottish Saying

Saturday, December 13, 2008

Good thoughts

Good thoughts will produce good actions and bad thoughts will produce bad actions. Hatred does not cease by hatred at any time; hatred ceases by love.


Wednesday, December 10, 2008


Nowhere can man find a quieter or more untroubled retreat than in his own soul.
~Marcus Aurelius

If the past

"If the past is angry, then I must be tolerant and loving .If the past is lost in a dark place, I will light a torch to illuminate the way. If the past is in need, then I will have compassion and respect for it. If the past is lonely, I will be its loving friend."

When the superficial

When the superficial wearies me, it wearies me so much that I need an abyss in order to rest.
~ Antonio Porchia

What I give

"What I give form to in daylight is only one percent of what I have seen in darkness."
~M.C. Escher

Thursday, December 4, 2008

My brother used to ask

My brother used to ask the birds to forgive him; that sounds senseless but it is right; for all is like the ocean, all things flow and touch each other; a disturbance in one place is felt at the other end of the world. It may be folly to beg forgiveness of the birds, but the birds would be happier at your side - a little happier anyway - and children and all animals, if yourself were nobler than you are now. It's all like an ocean, I tell you. Then you would pray to the birds, too, consumed by all-embracing love in a sort of transport and pray that they will forgive you your sin. Prize this ecstasy, nowever senseless it may seem to men.


Excite the soul

Excite the soul, and the weather and the town and your condition in the world all disappear; the world itself loses its solidity, nothing remains but the soul and the Divine Presence in which it lives.

~Ralph Waldo Emerson


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