Tuesday, July 14, 2009

I can tell you

I can tell you that it takes great strength to surrender. You have to know that you are not going to collapse. Instead, you are going to open to a power that you don't even know, and it is going to come to meet you. In the process of healing, this is one of the huge things that I have discovered. People recognized the energy coming to meet them. When they opened to another energy, a love, a divine love, came through to meet them. That is what is known as grace. We all sing about amazing grace. It is a gift.

I think that it comes through the work that we do. For some people, it can come out of the blue, but I know that in my own situation, the grace came through incredible vigilance.

-Marion Woodman

I love cats

"I love cats because I enjoy my home; and little by little, they become its visible soul."

-Jean Cocteau

Thousands of years ago

"Thousands of years ago, cats were worshiped as gods. Cats have never forgotten this.”


There are many

"There are many intelligent species in the universe. They are all owned by cats."


Cats are kindly masters

"Cats are kindly masters, just so long as you remember your place."


With the qualities

"With the qualities of cleanliness, affection, patience, dignity, and courage that cats have, how many of us, I ask you, would be capable of becoming cats?"

-Fernand Mery

A meow

"A meow massages the heart.”

-Stuart McMillan

Kittens are born

"Kittens are born with their eyes shut. They open them in about six days, take a look around, then close them again for the better part of their lives."

-Stephen Baker

The smallest feline

"The smallest feline is a masterpiece."

-Leonardo da Vinci

Women and cats

"Women and cats will do as they please, and men and dogs should relax and get used to the idea."

-Robert A. Heinlein

I have studied

"I have studied many philosophers and many cats. The wisdom of cats is infinitely superior."

--Hippolyte Taine

People who hate cats

"People who hate cats, will come back as mice in their next life."

--Faith Resnick

Cats are rather delicate

"Cats are rather delicate creatures and they are subject to a good many ailments, but I never heard of one who suffered from insomnia."

--Joseph Wood Krutch

Dogs come

"Dogs come when they're called; cats take a message and get back to you later."

--Mary Bly

As every

"As every cat owner knows, nobody owns a cat."

--Ellen Perry Berkeley

There are two

"There are two means of refuge from the miseries of life: music and cats."

-Albert Schweitzer

There are no

"There are no ordinary cats."


There are few things

"There are few things in life more heartwarming than to be welcomed by a cat."

-Tay Hohoff

Every life

"Every life should have nine cats."


I purr

"I purr, therefore I am."

-Anonymous Kitteh

There is no more

“There is no more intrepid explorer than a kitten."

-Jules Champfleury

Cats are smarter

"Cats are smarter than dogs. You can't get eight cats to pull a sled through snow."

--Jeff Valdez

There is

"There is no snooze button on a cat who wants breakfast."

-- Unknown

Monday, July 13, 2009

Small projects

Small projects need much more help than great.

~Dante Alighieri

Worldly fame

Worldly fame is but a breath of wind that blows now this way, and now that, and changes name as it changes direction.

~Dante Alighieri

You shall find out

You shall find out how salt is the taste of another man's bread, and how hard is the way up and down another man's stairs.

~Dante Alighieri

For where the instrument

For where the instrument of intelligence is added to brute power and evil will, mankind is powerless in its own defense.

~Dante Alighieri

There is no greater sorrow

There is no greater sorrow than to recall a happy time in the midst of wretchedness.

- Dante Alighieri

The fair request

The fair request ought to be followed by the deed, in silence.

- Dante Alighieri

He who sees a need

He who sees a need and waits to be asked for help is as unkind as if he had refused it.

- Dante Alighieri

I am searching

I am searching for that which every man seeks - peace and rest.

- Dante Alighieri

Pride, envy, avarice

Pride, envy, avarice - these are the sparks have set on fire the hearts of all men.

~Dante Alighieri

O conscience

O conscience, upright and stainless, how bitter a sting to thee is a little fault!

~Dante Alighieri

No one thinks

No one thinks of how much blood it costs.

~Dante Alighieri


Nature is the art of God.

~Dante Alighieri

In the middle of the journey

In the middle of the journey of our life I came to myself within a dark wood where the straight way was lost.

~Dante Alighieri

If the present world

If the present world go astray,
the cause is in you,
in you it is to be sought.

~Dante Alighieri

Heaven wheels above you

Heaven wheels above you,
displaying to you her eternal glories,
and still your eyes are on the ground.

~Dante Alighieri


Heat cannot be separated from fire,
or beauty from The Eternal.

~Dante Alighieri

He listens well

He listens well who takes notes.

~Dante Alighieri


Follow your own star!

~Dante Alighieri

Consider your origins

Consider your origins:
you were not made to live as brutes,
but to follow virtue and knowledge.

~Dante Alighieri


Beauty awakens the soul to act.

~Dante Alighieri

Be as a tower

Be as a tower firmly set;
Shakes not its top for any blast that blows.

~Dante Alighieri


Art, as far as it is able, follows nature, as a pupil imitates his master; thus your art must be, as it were, God's grandchild.

~Dante Alighieri

All hope

All hope abandon, ye who enter here!

~Dante Alighieri

We must overact

We must overact our part in some measure, in order to produce any effect at all.

~Dante Alighieri

A mighty flame

A mighty flame followeth a tiny spark.

~Dante Alighieri

Sunday, July 12, 2009

We not only live among men

We not only live among men, but there are airy hosts, blessed spectators, sympathetic lookers-on, that see and know and appreciate our thoughts and feelings and acts.

~Henry Ward Beecher

For every soul

For every soul, there is a guardian watching it.

~The Koran

So in a voice

So in a voice, so in a shapeless flame, Angels affect us oft, and worshipped be.

~John Donne

What know we

What know we of the Blest above but that they sing, and that they love?

~William Wordsworth

If some people really see angels

If some people really see angels where others see only empty space, let them paint the angels: only let not anybody else think they can paint an angel too, on any calculated principles of the angelic.

~John Ruskin

Be an angel

Be an angel to someone else whenever you can, as a way of thanking God for the help your angel has given you.

~Eileen Elias Freeman

God does not deal directly

God does not deal directly with man: it is by means of spirits that all the intercourse and communication of gods with men, both in waking life and in sleep, is carried on.


I have seen a thousand

I have seen a thousand times that Angels are human form, or men, for I have conversed with them as man to man, sometimes with one alone, sometimes with many in company.

~Emanuel Swedenborg

Give of yourself

Give of yourself as the Angels do, and wonderful things will come to you.


Perhaps children's innocence

Perhaps children's innocence, wherever it comes from, contributes to the fact that they seem to see angels more often.

~John Ronner

Every man contemplates

Every man contemplates an angel in his future self.

~Ralph Waldo Emerson

To see the angel

To see the angel in the malady requires an eye for the invisible, a certain blinding of one eye and an opening of the other to elsewhere.

~James Hillman

Few people realize

Few people realize the profound part angelic forces play in human events.

~Billy Graham

An Angel can

An Angel can illumine the thought and mind of man by strengthening the power of vision, and by bringing within his reach some truth which the Angel himself contemplates.

~St. Thomas Aquinas

So far as the Angels

So far as the Angels are recipients of that spiritual heat and light they are loves and wisdoms, not loves and wisdoms for themselves, but from the Lord.

~Emanuel Swedenborg

For he shall give

For he shall give his angels charge over thee to keep thee in all thy ways.

~Psalm 91:11

It is impossible

It is impossible to see the Angel unless you first have a notion of it.

~James Hillman

And whoever disbelieves

And whoever disbelieves in God and his angels and his books and his messengers and the last day, he indeed strays far away.

~The Koran

I believe

"I believe most at-home accidents happen in the bathroom because our Guardian Angels give us our privacy".

~Cathy L. Poulin

There is

There is, therefore, a more perfect intellectual life in the angels. In them the intellect does not proceed to self-knowledge from anything exterior, but knows itself through itself.

~St. Thomas Aquinas

Smells are

Smells are the fallen angels of the senses.

~Helen Keller


Angels (it's said) would be often unable to tell whether they moved among living or dead. The eternal torrent whirls all the ages through either realm for ever, and sounds above their voices in both.

~Rainer Marie Rilke

God assures us

God assures us that his angels are always nearby, ready to help. This is what matters.

~Timothy Jones

but we all are men

...but we all are men, in our own natures frail, and capable of our flesh; few are angels...

~William Shakespeare

We feel isolated

We feel isolated and lonely, and it's not necessary. Each of us has a guardian angel who works with us as much as we will allow.

~Eileen Elias Freeman

Making the outer

"Making the outer meet the inner
is the function of the artist."

—Joseph Campbell

Wednesday, July 8, 2009

Words reduce reality

"Words reduce reality to something the human mind can grasp, which isn’t very much."

— Eckhart Tolle

You find peace

"You find peace not by rearranging the circumstances of your life, but by realizing who you are at the deepest level."

— Eckhart Tolle

Life is the dancer

"Life is the dancer and you are the dance."

— Eckhart Tolle

Death is a stripping away

"Death is a stripping away of all that is not you. The secret of life is to "die before you die" --- and find that there is no death."

— Eckhart Tolle

Give up defining yourself

"Give up defining yourself - to yourself or to others. You won't die. You will come to life. And don't be concerned with how others define you. When they define you, they are limiting themselves, so it's their problem. Whenever you interact with people, don't be there primarily as a function or a role, but as the field of conscious Presence. You can only lose something that you have, but you cannot lose something that you are."

— Eckhart Tolle

Man made God

"Man made God in his own image..."

— Eckhart Tolle

whenever there is inspiration

"...whenever there is inspiration...and enthusiasm...there is a creative empowerment that goes far beyond what a mere person is capable of."

— Eckhart Tolle

You do not become good

"You do not become good by trying to be good, but by finding the goodness that is already within you, and allowing that goodness to emerge."

— Eckhart Tolle

Don't let a mad world

"Don't let a mad world tell you that success is anything other than a successful present moment."

— Eckhart Tolle

Can you look

"Can you look without the voice in your head commenting, drawing conclusions, comparing, or trying to figure something out?"

— Eckhart Tolle


"Nonresistance is the key to the greatest power in the universe."

— Eckhart Tolle

Through the present moment

"Through the present moment, you have access to the power of life itself, that which has traditionally been called "God." As soon as you turn away from it, God ceases to be a reality in your life, and all you are left with is the mental concept of God, which some people believe in and others deny. Even belief in God is only a poor substitute for the living reality of God manifesting every moment of your life."

— Eckhart Tolle


"Doing is never enough if you neglect Being."

— Eckhart Tolle

The primary cause

"The primary cause of unhappiness is never the situation but you thoughts about it."

— Eckhart Tolle

Whatever you fight

"Whatever you fight, you strengthen, and what you resist, persists."

— Eckhart Tolle

Is there a difference

"Is there a difference between happiness and inner peace? Yes. Happiness depends on conditions being perceived as positive; inner peace does not."

— Eckhart Tolle

If you get

"If you get the inside right, the outside will fall into place."

— Eckhart Tolle

Even a stone

"Even a stone, and more easily a flower or a bird, could show you the way back to God, to the Source, to yourself. When you look at it or hold it and let it be without imposing a word of mental label on it, a sense of awe, of wonder, arises within you. Its essence silently communicates itself to you and reflects your own essence back to you."

— Eckhart Tolle

One thing we do know

"One thing we do know: Life will give you whatever experience is most helpful for the evolution of your consciousness. How do you know this is the experience you need? Because this is the experience you are having at this moment."

— Eckhart Tolle

The ego

"The ego wants to want more than it wants to have."

— Eckhart Tolle

A genuine relationship

"A genuine relationship is one that is not dominated by the ego with its image-making and self-seeking. In a genuine relationship, there is an outward flow of open, alert attention toward the other person in which there is no wanting whatsoever."

— Eckhart Tolle

Life isn't

"Life isn't as serious as my mind makes it out to be."

— Eckhart Tolle

Sometimes letting things go

"Sometimes letting things go is an act of far greater power than defending or hanging on."

— Eckhart Tolle


"Awareness is the greatest agent for change."

— Eckhart Tolle

Tuesday, July 7, 2009

Wherever you go

"Wherever you go in the midst of movement and activity, carry your stillness within you. Then the chaotic movement around you will never overshadow your access to the reservoir of creativity, the field of pure potentiality."

-- Deepak Chopra

The affairs of the world

"The affairs of the world will go on forever. Do not delay the practice of meditation."

-- Milarepa

Freedom is

"Freedom is man's capacity to take a hand in his own development. It is our capacity to mold ourselves."

-- Dr. Rollo May

Most people

"Most people do not really want freedom, because freedom involves responsibility, and most people are frightened of responsibility."

-- Sigmund Freud

In a world

"In a world filled with noise, we need to quiet ourselves to hear God’s voice."

--Paul Borthwick

Meditation helps me feel

"Meditation helps me feel the shape, the texture of my inner life. Here, in the quiet, I can begin to taste what Buddhists would call my true nature, what Jews call the still, small voice, what Christians call the holy spirit."

-- Wayne Muller

All man's miseries

"All man's miseries derive from not being able to sit quietly in a room alone."

-- Blaise Pascal

It is not my business

"It is not my business to think about myself. My business is to think about God. It is for God to think about me."

-- Simone Weil

Faith is not complacent

'Faith is not complacent; faith is action. You don’t have faith and wait. When you have faith, you move."

-- Betty Eadie

When we take one step

"When we take one step toward God, he takes seven steps toward us."

-- Hindu Proverb

Change is created

"Change is created by those whose imaginations are bigger than their circumstances"

~ Unknown

Your imagination

"Your imagination is your preview to life’s coming attractions."

~ Albert Einstein

Monday, July 6, 2009

Life is just an experiment

Life is just an experiment.
We live in a test tube,
where we are constantly mixed and tested
to see how we will react or respond.

~David Bolen

I am just a bud

I am just a bud
I have dreamed of a season
A new world is upon me
A warm light nurtures my spirit
My fragrance smells of life.

~David Bolen

We merely lease space

We merely lease space in the universe to accommodate the existence of our eternity in its various forms.

~David Bolen

Experience happens

Experience happens when you least expect it.

~David Bolen

You need not cry

You need not cry, for the well is full
You need not mourn the past,
for the present is upon us.
You need not grieve,
for the essence of existence is the
Transformation of form.

~David Bolen

In the invisible world

In the invisible world of existence lies the intelligence that eludes the scope of our mental vision.

~David Bolen

As students of life

As students of life we never pass or fail; we just become more aware of our possibilities.

~David Bolen

True greatness

True greatess is when people get over our deaths but don't get over our lives.

~David Bolen

Most people

'Most people are walking around, umbilical cord in hand, looking for a new place to plug it in.'

~Cavett Robert

Money can't buy you happiness

'Money can't buy you happiness but it will buy you a yacht big enough to pull up alongside it.'

~David Lee Roth

There are no more prizes

'There are no more prizes for predicting rain.
There are only prizes for building arks.'

~Lou Gerstner


"Composting is easier to do than to describe, and, like lovemaking, magic when you do it well."

~Sim Van der Ryn


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