Many people are either unwilling
or unable to suffer the pain of giving up
the outgrown which needs to be forsaken.
Consequently they cling, often forever,
to their old patterns of thinking and behaving,
thus failing to negotiate any crisis,
to truly grow up and to experience
the joyful sense of rebirth
that accompanies the successful transition
into greater maturity.

M. Scott Peck

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Believe nothing just because a so-called wise person said it.
Believe nothing just because a belief is generally held.
Believe nothing just because it is said to be of divine origin.
Believe nothing just because someone else believes it.
Believe only what you yourself test and judge to be true.

 – Gautama Buddha

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If the devil exists – and he does not exist as a separate, independent being – he exists only as a personification of the collective ego, as a description of a being who is attempting to live in a way contrary to the will of God. If God is all powerful, which S/he is, because S/he is All That Is, then the devil can stand apart from God only with God’s permission. If there is a devil – if there is evil in the world – it can only exist because God allows it to exist. Why would God allow evil to exist in the world? Why would God allow one of his angels to fall? The answer is “S/he does not.” There is no such thing as evil. There is no such thing as the devil. What you see is not evil, but the perception of evil. You perceive that people are bad. And indeed, their actions seem to confirm this. But they are not bad, although their actions may be unloving and cruel.

Paul Ferrini, Miracle of Love

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When love is present, the body and the world are lifted up. They are infused with light, possibility and celebration of goodness. The world you see when Spirit is present in your heart and your life is not the same world that you see when you are preoccupied with your ego needs.

Paul Ferrini, Miracle of Love

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Before you respond, call time out and give yourself a chance to look at your options. Which response is empowering to you without threatening the other person? Which response honors both of you? You do not have to respond to the fearful words and actions of other people. You can respond to what lies behind their words and actions. You can give them the love and respect they are seeking from you. When they feel that from you, their hostility toward you will cease.

Paul Ferrini, Miracle of Love

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I have said it before and I will say it again: Religious dogma, self-righteousness, and false pride create division, ostracism, and alienation. They are the tools of judgment, not of love. You cannot follow me and think you know what life means or what God intends. My disciples learn to look upon all that happens with an open heart and an open mind. They grow increasingly willing to surrender their narrow beliefs and prejudices. They refrain from condemning themselves or others for the mistakes they make, but try to learn from these mistakes so that they will not repeat them.

Paul Ferrini, Miracle of Love

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It was people such as my wife who told me point-blank at various times in my life that I was drinking the wrong liquids, eating the wrong foods, gaining some weight, being too aggressive or self-indulgent, being too focused on my money, or losing sight of my purpose. These truth-tellers brought the light back into my life where shadows were slowly creeping in.

Wayne Dyer, There’s a Spiritual Solution to Every Problem

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The spiritual path is simply the journey of living our lives. Everyone is on a spiritual path; most people just don’t know it.

Marianne Williamson, A Year of Daily Wisdom

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Where we have an attachment to results, we tend to have a hard time giving up control.

Marianne Williamson, A Year of Daily Wisdom

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It does me no injury for my neighbor to say there are twenty gods or no god. It neither picks my pocket nor breaks my leg.
– Thomas Jefferson

Everything that irritates us about others can lead us to an understanding of ourselves.
– Carl Jung

The release of atomic energy has not created a new problem. It has merely made more urgent the necessity of solving an existing one.
– Albert Einstein

Every tomorrow has two handles. We can take hold of it with the handle of anxiety or the handle of faith.
– Henry Ward Beecher

A man came to a guru and challenged him, “I will give you an orange if you can show me where God is.” The guru answered, “I will give you two oranges if you can show me where God is not.”
– Author Unknown

The spiritual pathway to enlightenment is unique. It is not the same as ‘practicing a religion.’ Religions tend to emphasize historical events, their geographical locations, and past cultures with political alliances. Enlightenment happens in the present moment and is outside time, history, or geography which are there irrelevant.
– David R. Hawkins

There are two sources of error stemming from traditional ‘true’ religions. The first is simply misunderstanding or misinterpretation of the specific teachings of the original great teacher. Because the original listeners, or followers, were not themselves enlightened, the original teachings were contaminated by their egos. This then became magnified by subsequent translators and scribes down through the generations. The warp often is due to the fact that the ego has a tendency to be literal in its hearing of the word rather than the spirit or essence of a teaching. Any translation that teaches anything other than peace of love is in error. This is a basic rule and easy to spot.
– David R. Hawkins

Judgment means that you view the world as you are, rather than as it is.
– Wayne Dyer, Everyday Wisdom

What you think about expands. If your thoughts are centered on what’s missing, then what’s missing, by definition, will have to expand.
– Wayne Dyer, Everyday Wisdom

Fear is the cheapest room in the house.  I would like to see you living in better conditions.
– Hafiz

The intuitive mind is a sacred gift and the rational mind is a faithful servant. We have createda society that honours the servant and has forgotten the gift.
– Albert Einstein

Act as if you are worthy to have what you want, and the universe will prove you correct.
– Alan Cohen

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