Quotes for
the Journey:

Spirit 2

The spirit is an inward flame;
a lamp the world blows upon
but never puts out.

Margot Asquith


You become spiritually rich when you discover the riches of the kingdom within:  when you have a consciousness of the oneness of all life; when you experience kinship with nature; when you are open to the buoyant spiritual lift of being in tune with the Infinite; when you know the power of meditation and prayer.       -Wilferd A. Peterson

Sometimes people get the mistaken notion that spirituality is a separate department of life, the penthouse of our existence.  But rightly understood, it is a vital awareness that pervades all realms of our being.  Someone will say, "I come alive when I listen to music," or "I come to life when I garden," or "I come alive when I play golf."  Wherever we come alive, that is the area in which we are spiritual.  And then we can say, "I know at least how one is spiritual in that area."  To be vital, awake, aware, in all areas of our lives, is the task that is never accomplished, but it remains the goal.       -David Steindl-Rast
When we expand our awareness, strengthen our center, clarify our purpose, transform our inner demons, develop our will and make conscious choices, we are moving toward deeper connection with our spiritual self.       -Molly Young Brown
Real spirituality is not up in the clouds--it is down on earth, here and now.  Deep spirituality is seeing God every day in the common things, and showing God your appreciation by doing common tasks.       -Fred Van Amburgh
We may speak of love and humility as the true flowers of spiritual growth; and they give off a wonderful scent, which benefits all those who come near.
-Teresa of Avila

God sees the inner spirit stripped of flesh, skin, and all debris.  For his own mind only touches the spirit that he has allowed to flow from himself into our bodies.
   And if you can act the same way, you will rid yourself of all suffering.  For surely if you are not preoccupied with the body that encloses you, you will not trouble yourself about clothes, houses, fame, and other showy trappings.
-Marcus Aurelius
One of them asked Rabbi Scheersohn starkly, "What are you good for?"  And the Rabbi said, "I'm not talking about myself, I'm talking about what my Master was for me.  He was for me the geologist of the soul.  There are great treasures in the soul:  there's faith, there's love, there's awe, there's wisdom, all these treasures you can dig, but if you don't know where to dig, you dig up mud.
   But if you want to get to the gold, which is the awe before God, and the silver, which is the love, and the diamonds, which are the faith, then you have to find the geologist of the soul who tells you where to dig. . . . but the digging you have to do yourself."       -Rodger Kamenetz
I believe that each of us was put on this earth to fulfill his or her potential for humanity, and the soul is that part of us that makes us truly human. The soul is what makes a human being a human being and not simply another creature on God's earth.  The soul is not a physical entity, but instead refers to everything about us that is not physical--our values, memories, identity, sense of humor.  Since the soul represents the parts of the human being that are not physical, it cannot get sick, it cannot die, it cannot disappear. In short, the soul is immortal.       -Harold Kushner
I believe that humans will not merely endure:  they will prevail.  They are immortal, not because they alone among creatures have an inexhaustible voice, but because they have souls, spirits capable of compassion and sacrifice and endurance.       -William Faulkner
When I use the word spirituality, I don't necessarily mean religion; I mean whatever it is that helps you feel connected to something that is larger than yourself.       -Dean Ornish
Whether you know it or not, one of the most important relationships in your life is with your Soul.  Will you be kind and loving to your Soul, or will you be harsh and difficult?  Many of us unknowingly damage our Souls with our negative attitudes and actions or by simple neglect.  By making the relationship with your Soul an important part of your life, however, by honoring it in your daily routine, you give your life greater meaning and substance.  Use your experiences--all of them--as opportunities to nourish your Soul!        -Elisabeth Kuebler-Ross

Spirituality is an inner fire, a mystical sustenance that feeds our souls.  The mystical journey drives us into ourselves, to a sacred flame at our center.  The purpose of the religious experience is to develop the eyes by which we see this inner flame, and our capacity to live its mystery.  In its presence, we are warmed and ignited.  When too far from the blaze, we are cold and spiritually lifeless.  We are less than human without that heat.  Our connection to God is life itself.       -Marianne Williamson
Because we reside within Godís spirit and Godís spirit resides within us, we are, quite literally, surrounded by and infused with the divineóthough we may frequently fail to recognize Godís presence.  And this surrounding, infusing spirit of God is fully and irreversibly committed to the well being of creation and to its ongoing transformation.  Furthermore, the divine spirit is intimately and actively involved in your life, in my life, and in every life.        -Gary Egeberg


Our rushing and our busyness create a fog layer that encloses us, surrounding us with thicker and thicker layers externally and building denser and denser fog layers within.  Pretty soon, we have lost touch with that which guides our lives.  We need contact with our spirituality to be the people we would like to be.       -Anne Wilson Schaef
The essence of who I am--my spiritual identity--never changes.  I am wise, healthy, flexible, and free through the spirit of God within me.  I do not have to conform to trends and fads--not the real person who I am.  And the real me never shrinks from learning new things.  An awareness of my spirituality is such a confidence booster that I live and learn while remaining ever true to my spiritual identity.  The real me is a free, spiritual being!       -unattributed
Spiritual beings do not sweat life's small stuff.  They also know that most of what drives us crazy in life is small stuff.  The only thing that isn't small stuff is the reason you're on earth in the first place:  to find that portion of the world's lost heart that only you can ransom with your love and authentic gifts and then return it, so that all of us can experience Wholeness.       -Sarah Ban Breathnach
When you do things from your soul you feel a river moving in you, a joy.  When action come from another section, the feeling disappears.       -Jalal ad-Din Rumi
Say not, "I have found the truth," but rather, "I have found a truth."
Say not, "I have found the path of the soul."  Say rather, "I have met the soul walking upon my path."  For the soul walks upon all paths.
The soul walks not upon a line, neither does it grow like a reed.
The soul unfolds itself, like a lotus of countless petals.       -Khalil Gibran
One certainly has a soul; but how it came to allow itself to be enclosed in a body is more than I can imagine.  I only know if once mine gets out, I'll have a bit of a tussle before I let it get in again to that of any other.       -George Gordon
A spiritual retreat is medicine for soul starvation.  Through silence, solitary practice, and simple living, we begin to fill the empty reservoir.  This lifts the veils, dissolves the masks, and creates space within for the feelings of forgiveness, compassion, and loving kindness that are so often blocked.       -David A. Cooper
Living in a society that undervalues the spirit, we who embrace it are tempted to apologize for our interest.  We must stop apologizing, for no subject is more important.  It is, after all, love's retrieval.  It is the answer to global hatred.  To invalidate the spiritual life is to shoot at the fireman who is putting out the fire.     -Marianne Williamson, Illuminata
Most of the people I know who have what I want--which is to say, purpose, heart, balance, gratitude, joy--are people with a deep sense of spirituality. . . . They follow a brighter light than the glimmer of their own candle; they are part of something beautiful.  I saw something once. . . that said, "A human life is like a single letter of the alphabet.  It can be meaningless.  Or it can be a part of a great meaning."     -Anne Lamott, Traveling Mercies

While everyone has a different experience of what is soulful, these experiences do have similar beginnings.  We start by giving ourselves permission to be soulful, to take seriously this aspect of ourselves, our soul and our soul needs.     -Jean Shinoda Bolen, Handbook for the Soul
I believe the appearance that we're separate from God leads us to think that we can control our life.  In truth, because our life is the life of God, It can manage itself.  But we resist letting God manifest through us because some part of us wants to stay the same.  Rather than change ourselves, we want to change the world and other people.  But spiritual growth is just the opposite.  It's about letting go of opinion, false thought, and erroneous perceptions so this other dimension can emerge.       -Michael Beckwith
If we have not developed a reservoir of spiritual wealth, no amount of money is likely to make us happy.  Spiritual wealth provides faith.  It gives us love.  It brings and expands wisdom.  Spiritual wealth leads to happiness because it guides us into useful or loving relationships.     -John Marks Templeton, Worldwide Laws of Life

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