Life is change

Growth is optional

Choose wisely

–Karen Kaiser Clark

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Every living thing comes from the One living Spirit. Everything originates in the One Sacred spirit. All that can be seen is created the One Sacred spirit. Everything visible and invisible is caused by the One Sacred spirit. From this we can see that all that exists has its origin quite clearly in the One Sacred spirit. Because of this Heaven and Earth are stable and nothing changes. Heaven has no need of support to stop it falling down. If it wasn’t for the One Sacred spirit, how could it stand? If the One Sacred spirit was not, what would keep Heaven and Earth firm? This shows how the One Sacred spirit has mysterious powers. No tent pole holds up Heaven yet Heaven cannot remain where it is by itself. It does so because of the One Sacred spirit’s power. Were we to see the tent pole supporting Heaven we wouldn’t believe in the One Sacred spirit’s powers. In fact it is the One Sacred spirit at work.

–The Sutra of Origins (from The Jesus sutras)

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Only when we see ourselves in our true human context, as members of a race which is intended to be one organism and “one body,” will we begin to understand the positive importance not only of the successes but of the failures and accidents in our lives. My successes are not my own. The way to them was prepared by others. The fruit of my labors is not my own: for I am preparing the way for the achievements of another. Nor are my failures my own. They may spring from the failure of another, but they are also compensated for by another’s achievement. Therefore the meaning of my life is not to be looked for merely in the sum total of my achievements. It is seen only in the complete integration of my achievements and failures with the achievements and failures of my own generation, and society, and time. It is seen, above all, in my own integration in Christ.

 

–Thomas Merton (no man is an island, page 16)

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Rabbi Bunam went to the market to buy beans. The farmer was not happy with Reb Bunam’s offer and asked him, “Could you try to do better than that?” This question captivated the rabbi. From that day on, he often persuaded his disciples to engage in self examination solely by repeating that very appeal made at the market, in the same earnest intonation: “Could you try and do better than that?”

 

–The Kabbalah of Food (Rabbi Nilton Bonder)

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Change will not come if we wait for some other person or some other time.

We are the ones we’ve been waiting for.

We are the change that we seek.

–BARACK OBAMA, speech, Feb. 5, 2008

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Introduction to Sufism

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