Today is a day for sober and mature reflection, not glee. Mindless celebration is both spiritually inappropriate and politically naive.
Spiritual progress is like detoxification. Things have to come up in order to be released. Once we have asked to be healed, then our unhealed places are forced to the surface.
I think we all need to be looking to the better angels of our own selves. We don't need to be looking for great people so much as becoming great people.
Nothing liberates our greatness like the desire to help, the desire to serve.
And as we let our own light shine we unconsciously give other people the permission to do the same.
The Republican corporatists are worse than the Democratic corporatists, but only to a degree. And Republican corporatists are at least true to their principles, however abhorrent those principles might be to some of us.
Any man who holds a woman back is not a man a woman can afford to be with.
Every ending is a new beginning. Through the grace of God, we can always start again. (Page 120.).
We are living at an extraordinary time in human history. And for many of us things are great. Things are great for me.
The universe is conspiring at this moment to bring you happiness and peace.
Miracles begin when we consider the possibility that there might be another way.
The Light in you is the unalterable truth of who you are. You can deny it and obscure it, but you cannot uncreate it.
Until we have seen someone's darkness, we don't really know who they are. Until we have forgiven someone's darkness, we don't really know what love is.
When we begin to see each other through what the metaphysician calls, the third eye, we begin to know each other on a level that is beyond what our physical eyes can see.
I don't know anybody who doesn't have a lost decade.
No matter what the problem, a miracle can solve it. Remember to ask for one.
We need more than new policies. We need a new worldview, and a new bottom line. We need to replace economic values as our ordering principle, with humanitarian values as our ordering principle.
Abraham Lincoln went through 12 generals before he got Ulysses S. Grant. He had never done a Civil War before.
I honor my grief. I try to be kinder to myself. I give myself time to move through and to process whatever is making me sad.
Making our goal anything other than peace is emotionally self-destructive.
Forgiveness is not always easy. At times, it feels more painful than the wound we suffered, to forgive the one that inflicted it. And yet, there is no peace without forgiveness.
I think those of us on a spiritual journey can help create a new conversation, a new America, and a new world.
It takes courage...to endure the sharp pains of self discovery rather than choose to take the dull pain of unconsciousness that would last the rest of our lives.
Most women I know are priestesses and healers... We are, all of us, sisters of a mysterious order.
If we had the government we deserved we would have the most righteous government, because we deserve the best -- everybody does.
Happiness requires that we give up a worldly orientation-not worldly things, but a worldly attachment to things. We have to surrender all outcomes. We have to live here but appreciate the joke.
A person acting from a motivation of contribution and service rises to such a level of moral authority that worldly success is a natural result.
Try to see the good in others. When you're tempted to judge someone, make an effort to see their goodness. Your willingness to look for the best in people will subconsciously bring it forth.
In God, there is no lack and no recession.
With thoughts of the past and concerns about the future, we rob ourselves of a full experience of the present.
Our key to transforming anything lies in our ability to reframe it.
Love is a hero's journey, and the hero's journey is a noble but difficult path.
There is a point at which we begin to receive a diminishing return on the accumulation of sacred knowledge unless we use it to at least try to improve the world.
At their peak, religion and psychotherapy become one.
When you've written 10 books and have six on the New York Times best-seller list -- and four have been No. 1 -- I think you have a right to be a member of Congress.
The struggle between Israelis and Palestinians is a perfect reflection of the struggle between fear and forgiveness that rages within us all.
God is limitless in His love, and asks that we at least make the effort to be limitless in ours.
The same group of New York pseudo-intellectuals who've put down prayer are the same ones who put down L.A.
War is just an effect, not a cause.
Our spiritual mission is not to ignore the darkness, but to bring light TO the darkness. Ignoring darkness does not dispel it; only the light does. That is the difference between denial and transcendence.
The reason so many of us are obsessed with becoming stars is because we are not yet starring in our own lives. The cosmic spotlight isn't pointed at you, it radiates from within you.
Dear God, I surrender this thought to you, for I would see the miracle that lies behind it. Amen.
Revolutions are not easy.
Nervous breakdowns can be highly underrated methods of spiritual transformation.
Withholding love is a form of self-sabotage, as what we withhold from others we are withholding from ourselves.
If we never take a risk, we'll never know the parts of ourselves that would have emerged if we had.
The only real failure is the failure to grow from what we go through.
If a person is fearful, it is a fearful time. If a person is hopeful, it's a hopeful time. If you look at world events one way, fear is reasonable. If you look at the world another way, hope is justified.
Hope is born of participation in hopeful solutions.
Judaism is interesting in that there is something there that I think you just can't understand if you're not a Jew -- it moves into a realm of true mystery.
Citizens should be looked to for what they can give of their own nobility, virtue, creative thinking, passion, and natural talent for community building and relating to others.
What the ego doesn't want us to see is that our pain doesn't come from the love we weren't given in the past, but from the love we ourselves aren't giving in the present.
Children are happy because they don't have a file in their minds called "All the Things That Could Go Wrong.
Liberation also means that even though I'm a woman I have masculine parts of my temperament which I can safely explore and integrate into my experience.
You receive the light through what you read, through what you hear in meditation, or through some spiritual practice.
We can invoke spiritual compensation when we find ourselves in situations of material lack.
Physical circumstances have very little to do with either our capacity to love or to attract love.
Every moment is an invitation to live out of your weakness or to live out of your strength.
The universe is conspiring in every moment to bring me happiness and peace.
Given how deeply the ways of war have penetrated our collective consciousness, it will take spiritual power to turn the issue around.
Don't think small and expect to have a big life.
Your playing small does not serve the world. Who are you not to be great?
Increasing meaning and joy on the planet is the ultimate goal because within that space all evil is cast out.
The past doesn't determine your future unless you carry it with you into the present. Forgiving yourself and others, you free the universe to begin again at any moment.
For a society as abundant and as blessed as ours, to have as many disadvantaged children as we have does not bode well for our long-term economic future.
I believe there is an evolutionary impulse toward good that is etched on every human heart. It is placed there by the hand of God.
Yes, we see that there are problems in the world. But we believe in a universal force that, when activated by the human heart, has the power to make all things right.
Some people think it's naive to think we can make love our new bottom line. What I believe is naive is thinking human civilization as we know it will survive another two hundred years if we do not.
I'm an author. And writers write books. And writing books is a full-time career.
Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure.
The practice of forgiveness is our most important contribution to the healing of the world.
Do not fear. Look beyond what's dying to what's being born.
The key to intimacy is the commitment to honesty and to the radical forgiveness necessary in order for honesty to be safe.
Your personal power is not something that is going to reveal itself at some later date. Your power is a result of your decision to reveal it. You are powerful in whatever moment you choose to be.
The world we knew as children is still buried within our minds. Our childlike self is the deepest level of our being. It is who we really are, and what is real doesn't go away.
Politics is in a crisis because it's separated from our deep humanity.
Life as we knew it is passing away, and something new is emerging to take its place, The Gift of Change: Spiritual Guidance for a Radically New Life.
We are likely to feel better when we go to bed tonight if we have an internal sense that we spent our lives meaningfully today.
If you think humanity can get itself out of all this mess without divine help, then you're not being hopeful -- you're hallucinating.
It's soul force that removed the English from India. It's soul force that brought down the Berlin Wall. It's soul force that gave life to Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.'s struggle for civil rights.
Imagine everything you're experiencing now being a hundred times more wonderful. Bad turns good; good turns great. That is what is possible.
Claim the possibility of a miraculous shift toward global transformation, allow the thought to move through you like a wave of energy, then emerge ready for the task of doing your part to make it happen.
No true search for enlightenment ignores the suffering of other sentient beings. Ever. We simply need to create a way to address that suffering while remaining in a blissful center.
No conventional therapy can release us from a deep and abiding psychic pain. Through prayer we find what we cannot find elsewhere: a peace that is not of this world.
As long as we remain vigilant at building our internal abundance--an abundance of integrity, an abundance of forgiveness, an abundance of service, an abundance of love--then external lack is bound to be temporary.
In every community, there is work to be done. In every nation, there are wounds to heal. In every heart, there is the power to do it.
I have known healthy, wealthy people who were depressed, and people with critical illnesses who could honestly attest to joy.
I don't believe the United States is going through a midlife crisis. The United States is going through an adolescent crisis.
Real liberation for men means that they can explore and integrate their feminine aspects of consciousness.
The goal of spiritual practice is full recovery, and the only thing you need to recover from is a fractured sense of self.
I see the universe as naturally and infinitely self-correcting.
Even though modern life in many ways is nothing short of exhausting, we need to take responsibility for what is necessary to combat the stress and exhaustion of modern life.
I am a glorious child of God. I am joyful, serene, positive, and loving.
Without nourishing our own souls, we can't nourish the world, for we cannot give what we do not have. As we attend to our souls, we emanate invisibly and involuntarily the light we have received.
The universe is intentional. It is always moving in the direction of greater love, regardless whether or not we consciously align with that love.
These are very serious times, and serious people need to be doing some serious thinking.
I'm not a doom-and-gloom person. But I think there is a difference between transcendence and denial, and much of the Western world is in major denial today.
I went into therapy several times, but it rarely made an impact.
May my heart be your shelter, and my arms be your home.
We shouldn't come up with a pseudo-spiritual excuse for turning away from the pain of the world.
Darkness is merely the absence of light, and fear is merely the absence of love. If we want to be rid of fear, we cannot fight it but must replace it with love.
Use each interaction to be the best, most powerful version of yourself.
Nothing is so dangerous for our security as large groups of desperate people.
Spiritual growth is like childbirth: you dilate, then you contract, you dilate, then you contract again. as painful as it all feels, it's the necessary rhythm for reaching the ultimate goal of total openness.
By my mid-20s, I was a total mess.
As you get older, life gets harder if you're not applying spiritual truths.
Love is not neutral. It takes a stand. It is a commitment to the attainment of the conditions of peace for everyone involved in a situation.
Love in your mind produces love in your life. This is the meaning of Heaven. Fear in your mind produces fear in your life. This is the meaning of hell.
Fear is a psychic tyrant that has no intention of letting its slave go free. It will say whatever it needs to say to confuse your thinking... It will always seek to preserve itself.
If you have a longing in your heart to hear a deeper truth, there's a mysterious way in which that truth will find you.
I now see that is a woman's God-given role to tend to the home and take care of the children: it's just that the entire planet is our home, and every child on it is one of our children.
Politics in America is like stale bread. It's so yada yada that the best among us can hardly stand it.
We are not held back by the love we didn't receive in the past,
but by the love we're not extending in the present.
The love is real in any situation; everything else is just an illusion.
We have allowed an unholy alliance of government -- the new monarchy -- and corporate influence -- the new aristocracy -- to take control of events in a way that would have made our Founders shudder.
Newtonian physics is over. You don't act on the world to change the world. You realize the world is a projection of your inner self. If you change, the world changes.
I don't think I represent some new category. I think I do represent kind of a freethinker.
My father's politics were old-fashioned in the sense that he used to say, all the time, "You've got to fight the system!" But my spiritual beliefs have led me to believe that the fight is the problem.
I have no doubt that the lies Trump told on the campaign trail will come crashing back at him in karmic retribution.
We are graced with a greater capacity for direct contact with our own higher power than most of us are in the habit of using.
As we let our light shine, we unconsciously give other people permission to do the same. As we are liberated from our own fear, our presence actually liberates others.
Think of your career as your ministry. Make your work an expression of love in service to mankind.
Personal transformation can and does have global effects. As we go, so goes the world, for the world is us. The revolution that will save the world is ultimately a personal one.
Every bird that sings, sings for you. Every breeze that blows, blows for you. Every sunray shines for you. If you only knew how loved you are.
The miracle often lies outside our comfort zone.
Shrinking away from death is something unhealthy and abnormal which robs the second half of life of its purpose.
The secret of success is to realize that the crisis on our planet is much larger than just deciding what to do with your own life.
I've come to trust not that events will always unfold exactly as I want, but that I will be fine either way. The challenges we face in life are always lessons that serve our soul's growth.
Every relationship, every situation is part of a divinely created and highly specific curriculum for your soul growth.
You don't need a new life, just a new lens through which to view the one you have.
Problems come about when we try to direct the flow of the universe rather than allow it to reveal its own design. Inherent in that design is a love for all living things.
We aren't bodies at all; who we are is the love inside us, and it is that love alone that determines our value. When our minds are filled with light, there is no room for darkness.
The purpose of life as a woman is to ascend to the throne and rule with heart.
Imagine the week ahead unfolding in an ever-increasing flow of miracles. Allow the image to sink into your heart. Receive it with a big yes!
In the absence of love, we began slowly but surely to fall apart.
Imagine that anything is possible, and name the most amazing thing that could happen in 2013.
The concept of a divine, or 'Christ'-mind, is the idea that, at our core, we are not just identical, but actually the same being.
Politics should not be the least heart-filled thing we do, it should be the most heart-filled thing we do.
No company or organization filled with unhappy people will ultimately rise to its highest potential.
So it is that a new politics centers around the arousal of that power, using prayer and meditation to create a force field of transformation.
Every act of kindness on your part is a boost to your own immune system.
Buckminster Fuller was one of those world historic geniuses who reminded us of the extraordinary things that are possible, and inspires all of us to set about doing them!
Be the most wonderful expression of you that you're capable of.
No matter what's happening in your life, you can change the trajectory of events by closing your eyes, reviewing your thought and behavior, and sending love wherever you've been withholding it.
An angry generation will not bring peace to the world; I do believe that.
I'm certainly not saying anything new, and I'm not even saying anything all that different from what everyone else I know is saying right now -- I'm saying what millions of people are saying. I'm just saying it publicly.
The pain itself is a product or a reflection of how I am interpreting whatever it is that is causing me pain.
A Course in Miracles tells us that although 'we think that without the ego, all would be chaos, the opposite is true. Without the ego, all would be love.'
Each of us has a unique part to play in the healing of the world.
I feel that as women we've allowed ourselves to be deluded by certain ideas that hold us back, such as the over-glorification of masculine consciousness.
Change is in the air, as old patterns fall away and new energies are emerging. Consciously release what needs to be released, and welcome with a full embrace the newness you've prayed for and so richly deserve.
The speed of change today is faster than the human psyche seems able to handle, and it's increasingly difficult to reconcile the rhythms of our personal lives with the rapidity of a twenty-four-hour news cycle.
Men in our culture have been spoiled, treated with false reverence instead of respect.
Often we see a couple who has separated or divorced and look with sadness at the ‘failure' of their relationship. But if both people learned what they were meant to learn, then that relationship was a success.
No matter what mistakes we might have made yesterday, today is the day we can retrieve our innocence.
The love in me salutes the love in you.
Life is not a piece of tragic fiction in which, at the end of the reading, we all get up and go out for drinks.
When many people think of "new age" they think of crystals and purple decals and ceramic angels in people's windows and a kind of fuzzy thinking -- which is abhorrent to a serious person.
Some pain is simply the normal grief of human existence. That is pain that I try to make room for. I honor my grief.
We need to change society's ordering principle from economic to humanitarian values, from money as the bottom line to love as the bottom line.
Your future isn't programmed by your past; it's programmed by your thoughts.
When a woman gives birth, two are born: a baby from the womb of its mother and a woman from the womb of her former existence.
Spiritual wisdom is now available to everyone, disseminated to the masses as never before in world history.
Forgiveness is 'selective remembering' -- a conscious decision to focus on love and let the rest go.
A healthy, vital society is not one in which we all agree. It is one in which those who disagree can do so with honor and respect for other people's opinions... and an appreciation of our shared humanity.
Love, when it is a sacred quest, is a space of resurrection and repair. It does more than help us survive a soulless world; it helps us to transform.
Taking the time to meditate is as important as taking the time to breathe. One pumps oxygen into the body, the other pumps peace into the mind.
I think moral outrage is born not of anger but of love. It comes from the highest in us, not from a low-level sense of anger or cynicism.
The deepest feelings always show themselves in silence.
The holidays are only holy if we make them so.
Charles Manson ate apples. That doesn't mean I'm not going to.
When we approach love and creativity with the level of conviction that the powers-that-be in the world today are approaching hatred and destruction, then and only then will we have a chance.
On any given day, in any given moment, something could happen that opens up for you an entirely new path. Be still, be alert, be ready.
When you realize that the real breakthroughs come from levels of higher consciousness, then you also realize that the achievement of maturity and wisdom is the most powerful generator of new beginnings possible.
No one is any more or any less important than you are.
Every decision you make reflects your evaluation of who you are.
Choosing joy involves spiritual surrender, and sometimes we would rather hold on to the pain than surrender our egos.
I also think the women's movement has unintentionally contributed to the dishonoring of motherhood. It happened because we made such a big deal about our right to go out into the world.
It is not too late. You are not too old. You are right on time-And you are better than you know.
The way of the miracle-worker is to see all human behavior as one two things: either love, or a call for love.
Something beautiful can happen to people when their world falls apart: humility, nobility and wisdom emerge just when our knees hit the floor.
The world as we know it is falling apart at the seams, because it's an inadequate container for the truth of who we are.
Things don't spiral out of control when we surrender them; they spiral out of control when we try to control them!
If someone thinks homosexuality is immoral, they have a right to believe that.
When the wisdom of the heart replaces the chatter of the mind, The power of Love flows forth.
If our emotional stability is based on what other people do or do not do, then we have no stability. If our emotional stability is based on love that is changeless and unalterable, then we attain the stability of God.
Donald Trump is an innocent child of God, and the democratically chosen president-elect of the United States. We must deeply bow before the first and deeply respect the second.
Beyond drama and chaos, beyond anxiety and fear, lies a zone of endless peace and love. Let's all take a very deep breath, slow down for just a moment and remember this. That alone will open the door.
We tend to lack humility toward love, to patronize it rather than bow before it, to put mundane considerations before the emotional need to hold someone in our arms.
People are starting to wake up to the fact that a media political party-complex basically decide our candidate, then create the illusion for the rest of us that in fact we're the ones who did the deciding.
Angels are thoughts of God -- to pray to an angel is to look to a level of pure thinking, divine thinking, and to ask that it replace our thoughts of fear.
I feel that if your soul was branded by the sixties, you never lost the brand. It's like going into a nightclub and having your hand stamped so that you don't have to come back but you can come back.
The implication was that if you had any skepticism whatsoever, you were anti-science. I think there's a difference between having skepticism about science and having skepticism about the pharmaceutical industry.
I believe the human race is ready to make a quantum leap forward spiritually and morally.
To the extent to which we believe in this world, we are heir to the laws which rule this place.
Love is what we are born with. Fear is what we learn.
Imagine the most outrageously positive possibility for your life, claim it, and consider it done.
The purpose of daily prayer is the cultivation of a sense of the sacred. Sacred energy renews us.
You are emerging from the cocoon of your former self. There are no limits to the extent of the transformation that's possible for you.
The solution to low self-esteem is to get over yourself and get a higher purpose.
Dear God, I give this time of quiet to You. Please dissolve my thoughts of stress and fear And deliver me to the inner place Where all is peace and love. Amen.
Every thought creates form on some level and all that our physical experience is -- is a reflection of our thoughts.
When we do not recognize our cosmic function, our own hearts break, and so does the heart of the world.
Most people focus too much on what's going to happen next, and not enough on what's happening now.
The Universe is either expressing a miracle or is pregnant with the next one.
Just as you wouldn't leave the house without taking a shower, you shouldn't start the day without at least 10 minutes of sacred practice: prayer, meditation, inspirational reading.
Divine organization is inherent in all things.
Light is to darkness what love is to fear; in the presence of one the other disappears.
We don't know how to be women because we were taught it was not OK to be girls. Our most natural impulses were thwarted and distorted.
Spiritual growth increases our sense of what's possible. And as we sense new possibility, we can step into that possibility. With every word, every thought, every action, we choose what we wish to call forth in life.
To be truly seen and understood -- in all our innocence and glory and yes, our brokenness, too -- is to be delivered into the spiritual ethers where both seen and seer are healed.
The most powerful thought is a prayerful thought. When I'm praying for you, I am praying for my own peace of mind. I can only have for myself what I am willing to wish for you.
Silence is the Sabbath of the soul. Therein we rest, and therein we hear everything.
I think the vast majority of Americans would have supported military action to stop the second plane from hitting the World Trade Center, if that had been possible. I would have been among them.
Being a parent gives you historical perspective. You have thoughts about how you fit into a larger generational drama -- those who came before and those who will come after.
Think of one person who you are tempted for any reason to withhold love from, and pray for their happiness. In that moment your pain will stop.
I don't feel there is any spiritual or metaphysical justification for turning our backs on human suffering.
If we only identify with the mortal world, then we identify with a level of scarcity and lack and brokenness, and that will be our experience.
Bless more blame less.
The world is terrified of joyful women. Make a stand. Be one anyway.
Sex is not the ultimate high, but the ultimate high hangs out around sex. The ultimate high is the dance with another person, played so deep down and with such abandon that glee returns to grown-ups.
I think of prayer as a spiritual lifeline back to where I most want to be.
People hear you on the level you speak to them from. Speak from your heart, and they will hear with theirs.
Become more accepting. With every interaction, surrender any tendency to judge another person. Pray for a more accepting heart.
Embracing joy heals depression. Then we become the ones who teach the meaning of joy to our children, as well as allowing them to teach it to us.
Joy is our goal, our destiny. We cannot know who we are except in joy. Not knowing joy, we do not know ourselves.
If you allow yourself to deepen with midlife, your experience of everything deepens, including your experience of God.
Always seek less turbulent skies. Hurt. Fly above it. Betrayal. Fly above it. Anger. Fly above it. You are the one who is flying the plane.
Children are not children. They are just younger people.
People who are meditating every day and involved in a serious spiritual practice don't usually wake up in the morning and want to rush out to eat a bunch of junk food.
The spiritual journey is the unlearning of fear and the acceptance of love.
A long-term romance is like a rose bush. In any given season, a blossom might fall off. But if the plant is well nourished, then the season will come around again, and new blossoms appear.
Look at Fukushima. Should we or should we not agree with the U.S. government that none of that radioactive energy is making its way here? Hello!
You must learn a new way to think before you can master a new way to be.
A lot of my traditional audience does not appreciate my foray into politics.
The ultimate high is a creative surge of inner knowing, bursting forth through personal constriction and given as a gift to the universe around us.
Love is insistent on its own continuation. Every fraction of a second, someone somewhere falls in love, a former enemy becomes a friend, and a newborn baby is born into the world.
At midlife, you're pregnant with the best self you can be -- someone who has learned enough from both successes and failures to add up to a fine human being.
If you want to end darkness you cannot beat it with a baseball bat, you have to turn on a light.
You don't want to try to protect yourself from the pain of a crisis. You want to learn everything you can from it.
To trust in the force that moves the universe is faith. Faith isn't blind, it's visionary.
Being a mother makes everything more urgent.
We incarcerate more African-American men today than were slaves in 1850.
Political propaganda seeks to affect the way people perceive the world in order to affect the way they behave.
You need not apologize for being brilliant, talented, gorgeous, rich, or smart.
I personally am not a total pacifist. I do believe there is such a thing as a just war. I believe, for instance, the effort to destroy the Nazi regime militarily was justified military action.
To the ego mind, surrender means giving up. To the spiritual mind, surrender means giving in and receiving.
A tulip doesn't strive to impress anyone.
It doesn't struggle to be different than a rose.
It doesn't have to.
It is different.
And there's room in the garden for every flower.
Everything we do is infused with the energy with which we do it. If we're frantic, life will be frantic. If we're peaceful, life will be peaceful. And so our goal in any situation becomes inner peace.
You will fear the darkness only to the extent that you yourself are not providing light.
Once the light of our awareness is cast on any darkness, then it cannot hide and it cannot remain. Such is the law of consciousness.
Everyone archetypally is a parent to future generations.
I place my life in the hands of God each day. And I trust that He knows what He's doing, even when I do not.
Each of us has an inner room where we can visit to be cleansed of fear-based thoughts and feelings. This room, the holy of holies, is a sanctuary of light.
What we really need to avoid is this epidemic of false positivism and false happiness, which says if it hurts, it must be bad. Sometimes it hurts because you have a conscience.
We are to love our enemies that they might be returned to their right minds.
When you understand the law of divine compensation, you realize that in the presence of spiritual consciousness, there is more than enough compensation for any diminishment in materiality.
I think there is a place where self-awareness becomes self-preoccupation if you don't take what you have discovered and bring it to bear on the conditions of the world.
Movies can be instruments of enlightenment.
Who am I to be brilliant, gorgeous, talented, and fabulous?
Any conversation which does not include the context of the journey of the heart is by definition untrue to who we are as human beings.
Motherly love -- putting the care of children before every other consideration -- is the ultimate intelligence of nature.
It takes great courage and personal strength to hold on to our center during times of great hurt. It takes wisdom to understand that our reactiveness only fans the flames of false drama.
I've known Dennis Kucinich for a long time, and I don't think I have illusions about him. Sometimes I find him pompous, male chauvinistic, intellectually unbending. But he is a good man, and a serious one.
God is the electricity and we are the lamps.
We receive His peace when we ask Him for it. We keep His peace by extending it to others. Those are the keys and there are no others.
Unforgiveness is like drinking poison yourself and waiting for the other person to die.
Whatever situation you're in: Send love, place it in God's hands, open your heart to everyone involved -- and it will turn out miraculously.
There is nothing enlightening about shrinking so that other people.
Pray for Trump's sanity and clarity, because his power to cause real damage to our country is enormous.
Major political parties have a role, but they are incapable of initiating fundamental change because they are fundamentally tied to the status quo. They are the status quo.
Whether the Sikhs want to worship in Wisconsin or the Christians want to worship in Texas or the Jews want to worship in New York, we're living under the magnificent umbrella of a Constitution that says we can.
Spiritual growth involves giving up the stories of your past so the universe can write a new one.
Conscious awareness is the source of our healing...Only when you say the truth can the truth set you free. This is not a negative process, but at times it is a difficult process.
There is no greater gift to future generations than that we do the work God has asked us to do: love one another, that the world might be made right.
I had an experience that probably is shared by many parents. When my daughter was born, I felt viscerally connected to generations before and after me in a way that took me by surprise.
I'm better than I used to be.
Better than I was yesterday.
not as good as I'll be tomorrow.
You've done the bourgeois thing, perhaps, but let's not call that love.
The sense of endings as well as beginnings in the air is now so obvious in so many dimensions of our experience that a critical mass has been reached.
To me, drone use is a moral issue.
God is definitely out of the closet.
I try to remind myself not to go anywhere or do anything without asking for spiritual direction through prayer and meditation.
We are material beings for but a moment in time, but we are spiritual beings forever.
Old systems do not fold willingly, particularly when they control gargantuan amounts of wealth and power. But like empires of old -- from the Romans to the Hapsburgs to the colonial British -- even the largest do fall.
We want spiritual principles to be more than beautiful abstractions; we want them to actually transform our lives.
You have to make a space in your heart, in your mind and in your life itself for authentic human connection.
Generation after generation can't just be loaded with more and more nuclear weapons and not ultimately dance to that music.
I'm proud to say I was part of a movement in which we sang 'All You Need Is Love' at political rallies.
As we mature through the years, we access more deeply information we had only abstractly understood before.
I trust that when people meet, we meet for a transcendent reason, and that the challenges we face in life are always lessons that serve our soul's growth.
Withholding love is a form of self-sabotage, as what we withhold from others, we are withholding from ourselves.
The transformation from body identification to spirit identification is the purpose of our lives.
Would a man ever be called vain for speaking his mind?
We need love -- an awesome love grounded in the evolutionary potential for life on Earth -- to become the organizing principle for human society.
The Latin root of the word 'politics' means 'of the people.' Politics is about something bigger than electoral politics; in that sense, I feel like I'm already involved.
By the time something reaches the cover of Time magazine, it's old news anyway.
Anything having to do with what is happening inside people has political significance to me. That is why I like the term "holistic politics.
Attack thoughts towards others are attack thoughts towards ourselves.
It doesn't take money to turn off the television and cultivate real bonding time.
Love knows how to form itself. God will do his work if we do ours. Our job is to prepare ourselves for love. When we do, love finds us every time.
I would never, ever in my life say, 'I want to go to Washington to heal the soul of Washington.'
I think we're ripe for social revolution now. There is the necessary yearning, and the necessary, or at least incipient, outrage. And there is an inchoate knowing that all is not right.
Christ is born into the world through each of us.
The purpose of prayer is the alignment of the mind with the thoughts and the will of God.
We do not heal the past by dwelling there. We heal the past by living in the present.
Part of forgiving people is releasing them from our own agendas.
The universe is not only self-organizing, it is also self-correcting.
Anyone who is speaking of a greater compassion, a greater humanitarian concern, is a leader paving the path we all need to follow.
Marriage, like everything else in the world, is holy or unholy depending on the purpose the mind ascribes to it.
When I went to college in the 1970s, the Women's Liberation movement was all the buzz.
Magic happens when you tell the universe what you want it to do for you; miracles happen when you ask how you can be of service to the universe.
A threat to our freedom is a threat to our freedom, whether from a terrorist or from a trade deal.
Life is a book that never ends. Chapters close, but not the book itself. The end of one physical incarnation is like the end of a chapter, on some level setting up the beginning of another.
It is our own thoughts that hold the key to miraculous transformation.
Our most meaningful conversations go on late at night when we're on the phone with our friends or talking to our lovers.
I was very much a child of the 1960s. I protested the Vietnam War and grew up in a fairly politicized home. My father was like a cross between William Kunstler and Zorba the Greek. I grew up among left-wing lawyers.
Forgiveness is the only thing that cleans the slate, dissolving the old so the new can come in.
Love will not just heal your life or mine. Love will heal the world.
The spiritual commitment is to make every situation an object of devotional connection.
I deepen my experience of God through prayer, meditation, and forgiveness.
A princess attracts a prince, and a queen attracts a king. Women who whine attract men who whine. Women full of the lioness heart attract men who are full of the lion.
In the presence of resistance, we clam up. In the presence of approval, we blossom into goddesses.
Where there is peace, there cannot be chaos; the two cannot coexist at the same time.
Karma means that all actions have consequences. Grace means that in a moment of atonement -taking responsibility, making amends, asking for forgiveness -- all karma is burned.
My hope is that I'm getting better and wiser. With every book, I have more of myself to pour onto the page.
Anyone who isn't confused or conflicted on the topic of Israel probably isn't looking into it too deeply.
Many people are despairing of the possibility of finding love. And some of the people who are despairing the most are in their thirties and forties and looking just great.
Fuzzy thinking is, after all, just one step above not thinking at all. But to take the ideas of serious transformational thinkers and philosophers and throw the "new age" label at them is also abhorrent.
Relationships never end, because they're of the mind; only bodies can separate. When you're missing someone, know it just means that on a soul level they've come to visit.
What emerges from the silence is the deafening sound of an old world disintegrating.
The world is meant to be a safe and nurturing environment for children. The fact that it isn't is a sacred call to action for every conscious woman.
I'm always honored to be speaking alongside Deepak Chopra.
Your relationship to food is but a reflection of your relationship to yourself, as is everything in your life.
The choice to be used as an instrument of love, right here, right now, is a choice for personal empowerment.
Governments move armies, but only individuals can move hearts.
God isn't a noun but a process...a continual, infinitely creative outpouring of love and light onto all living things.
The key to abundance is meeting limited circumstances with unlimited thoughts.
King Solomon, who supposedly was the wisest of all men, described his youth as his winter and his advanced years as his summer. We can be older than we used to be yet feel much younger than we are.
Fill you mind with the meaningless stimuli of a world preoccupied with meaningless things, and it will not be easy to feel peace in your heart.
Imagine a temple inside your mind, a haven from the chaos of the world. Visit often.
Most women I know are priestesses and healers, although many don't know it yet, and some never will. We are all of us sisters of a mysterious order.
For many, many people, getting married is one of the most important things they will ever do in the pursuit of happiness.
I don't think pain is a prerequisite for growth, but on the other hand, most of us choose very painful ways to learn.
Tragedy takes us to the very state of consciousness which, were we to hold to it, would go far toward preventing further tragedies.
One of the shocks of a 50th birthday is realizing the fundamental fact that your youth is irrevocably over.
As a cell contains a natural intelligence by which it fosters the healthy functioning of the body, I, too, have natural intelligence that fosters the perfect unfolding of my life.
Empires always have the hubris to think they are indestructible, when in fact they are always unsustainable.
Miracles occur naturally as expressions of love. When you choose to love, you choose to work miracles.
Ego says, "Once everything falls into place, I'll feel peace." Spirit says, "Find your peace, and then everything will fall into place."
The more mature we are, the more receptive we are.
We cannot get to our knowledge because the world is too loud. And we tend to make it louder as we cry out in pain, pretending we are singing.
The desire for transcendence is intimately connected with the desire for creativity. It is just as essential to who and what we are.
You must learn to master a new way to think before you can master a new way to be.
If I choose to bless another person, I will always end up feeling more blessed.
A hero is someone who stands in the community and speaks their hopes and speaks their passion. That's almost an act of heroism nowadays because higher consciousness is so trivialized.
In our ability to think about something differently lies the power to make it different.
Every change is a challenge to become who we really are.
Instead of praying: 'Dear God, bring me someone fabulous,' try: 'Dear God, make me into someone fabulous.'
In Taoist philosophy, 'yin' is the feminine principle, representing the forces of earth, while 'yang' is the masculine principle, representing spirit.
When it comes to politics today, the devils' not in the details; the devil's in the big picture, more often than not just hiding in plain sight.
It's tempting, when confronted by political malfeasance, to become so absorbed with its symptom that we give too little attention to treating its cause.
Just like a sunbeam can't separate itself from the sun, and a wave can't separate itself from the ocean, we can't separate ourselves from one another. We are all part of a vast sea of love, one indivisible divine mind.
The path to self-esteem lies in getting over yourself. There is nothing to esteem about our smaller dramas; it's our commitment to something beyond ourselves that is truly estimable to ourself and others.
Success means we go to sleep at night knowing that our talents and ablities were used in a way that served others.
The first step in forgiveness is the willingness to forgive.
Our task, in the aftermath of September 11, was and continues to be the transformation of the effects of evil into something beautiful and good.
Martin Luther King said it was time to inject a new dimension of love into the veins of human civilization. I don't think anyone is calling Martin Luther King a New Age woo-woo.
America is a great country, and we've done a lot of good in the world. But we are a collection of people, not saints. We have our own sins to atone for.
Once we truly understand that God's will is that we be happy, we no longer feel the need to ask for anything other than that God's will be done.
There is nothing Madison Avenue can give us that will make us more beautiful women. We are beautiful because God created us that way.
The key to happiness is the decision to be happy.
Enlightenment is the only real antidote to the world's despair.
The masculine DOES while the feminine IS. Major in the feminine, but minor in the masculine.
When we are truly aware of our spiritual glory, a varicose vein or two is not that big a deal.
Yes, hardships come. But I see in my life and in the lives of others how often something that does not have to be held as a hardship is dealt with by the mind as though it is.
Behind every dark cloud there is an every-shining sun. Just wait. In time, the cloud will pass.
Miracles occur naturally as expressions of love. The real miracle is the love that inspires them. In this sense everything that comes from love is a miracle.
Fear unchecked grows exponentially. Love poured forth has the power to remove it. Thus is the power of God in our lives.
Allopathic doctors used to laugh condescendingly at those who posited that psychological, emotional and spiritual factors were important contributors to the sickness as well as healing of the body.
Human civilization as we know it is like the Titanic headed for the iceberg, whether the iceberg be nuclear, environmental or terrorism-related.
The man I love may decide tomorrow that he loves me no more -- but if my heart remains open, I will endure the storm.
The miracle is when you shift. The miracle is when you know there is no hill -- you're removing the hill. The miracle is when you realize the time of physical decline can be a time of spiritual incline.
If we do not like what we see in the world, we must face what we don't like in ourselves. As we change, the world will change with us.
Behind every fear, there is a miracle waiting.
For every person who might reject you if you live your truth, there are ten others who will embrace you and welcome you home.
I know politics is emotionally brutal; I've already had experience with the reality of smear campaigns, so I understand there will not be a path of roses laid before me.
Always be open to new beginnings. To the universe, every moment is the start of the next big thing in your life.
If I had to choose between a narrow-minded woman or a man who was an enlightened thinker, I would vote for the man.
If you give your life as a wholehearted response to love, then love will wholeheartedly respond to you.
Sometimes sadness is appropriate. Not something to run from, not something to numb...just something to feel.
Think of everything you've ever experienced that was painful; that's the meaning of Good Friday. Think of all the ways that love ultimately healed your heart; that's the meaning of Easter.
When the heart is pierced, there is pain, yes, but also an invitation to a greater becoming.
Love is a wave flowing in the direction of bliss for all living things. It will carry you if you allow it to flow through you.
The greatest force of personal liberation is the decision to widen our circle of compassion, moving from focus on self to focus on service.
We're hallucinating. And that's what this world is: a mass hallucination, where fear seems more real than love. Fear is an illusion. Our craziness, paranoia, anxiety and trauma are literally all imagined.
Whatever we put out, it's coming back to us. The universe keeps a perfect set of books.
Everything we do is infused with the energy with which we do it. If we're frantic, life will be frantic. If we're peaceful, life will be peaceful.
Often miracles are happening right in front of our eyes, but we think they should look different, so we miss them though they're right there.
Your past is over; it cannot touch you. Forgive all involved, including yourself.
My father was a deeply committed humanitarian. He was a fighter for social justice. He was spirited in the deepest sense.
I've never seen service as separate from my spiritual practice or my spiritual teaching.
And no one will listen to us until we listen to ourselves.
Spiritual 'exercise' keeps your mind in shape the way physical exercise keeps your body in shape.
Miracles arise from conviction. Be convicted about these things: Miracles can happen. Miracles do happen. Love makes them happen.
The undue influence of money on our politics is like a cancer underlying other cancers, the issue underlying all other issues.
In every heart there is an inner room, where we can hold our greatest treasures and our deepest pain.
A change of heart leads to change in behavior, and a change in behavior leads to changing the world.
A miracle is a shift in perception from fear to love-from a belief in what is not real, to faith in that which is. That shift in perception changes everything.
Now if you know what makes one person's life change, then you know what makes a nation change -- because a nation is simply a large group of individuals.
In the Kabbala, it says that we receive the light in order to impart the light, and thus we repair the world.
The spiritual journey has to do with learning to think more deeply and take as long a time as we need. That's the path to wisdom.
We are afraid to allow ourselves to blossom fully because of the general disapproval that fills our air whenever a 'little lady' forgets her place.
The worlds of Truth (love) and illusion (fear) are like parallel universes; with every thought we make a choice which one to inhabit.
Religion is like a map. The route isn't important. It's the destination that matters.
The problem with most intimate relationships is that they are not romantic. They do not involve a deeper knowing, and thus there is diminished possibility of sacred, transformative sharing.
I believe the Israelis have been wronged, but they also have a lot to apologize for. And I believe the Palestinians have been wronged, but they have a lot to apologize for, as well.
There is no amount of money I can make which could buffer my daughter from the horrors that will explode in our society if we do not address the huge amount of suffering in our midst.
The Queen is coming to reclaim her girls.
I am a student of universal spiritual principles, and I read theology and spiritual writings, so my grasp of basic spiritual principles is fairly good.
I tell my mother I went to God in spite of my religious education. I feel that my religious education was inadequate, but that doesn't mean that Judaism was inadequate.
Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate. Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure. It is our Light, not our Darkness, that most frightens us.
The daughters of God don't brake for jerks.
We are always pregnant with a truer version of ourselves.
Spiritual progress is like a detoxification.
We need to shift from an economic to a humanitarian organizing principle for human civilization. And women, en masse, should be saying so.
We were born to make manifest the glory of God within us.
Our deepest human need is not material at all. Our deepest need is to be seen.
In the hands of the ego, marriage is a prison. It is exclusive. It is a place where people are constantly reminded of their failures and limited by the energies of another person. It is rife with judgment and blame.
Real love is comforting, to be sure, but not always at first.
Marriage can be a magnificent lesson in becoming our best selves; that is true.
The world cannot evolve if girls refuse to become women.
If anything is naive and lightweight, it's the traditional political conversation.
Living in this world, under the dominance of the ego mind, is difficult. That's the struggle.
We need more than a new politics; what we need is a new worldview. We need a fundamentally different bottom line.
When we are without joy, we grope in the dark. When we are centered in joy, we attain our wisdom. A joyful woman, by merely being, says it all. The world is terrified of joyful women.
The spiritual path is simply the journey of living our lives. Everyone is on a spiritual path; most people just don't know it.
There's no reason to think that you'll be capable of loyalty to a diet until you address your basic disloyalty toward yourself.
The fact that people in Hollywood are open to what I teach is not because they're more desperate than anyone else, but because they're more touched by it. That's not their weakness. It's their strength!
Love is all around us all the time. Love is the ethers that we swim in. Love is the amniotic fluid of the soul.
The moment of surrender is not when life is over. It's when it begins.
No matter what is happening in the world of appearances, beyond the veil of illusion there is love and only Love.
In my first book, 'A Return to Love', I wrote about things in the outer world that need to change -- how we need to ameliorate deep poverty, heal the earth, end war.
You can live in your total potential creative capacity in an instant-with your heart open to give and receive love.
The only way to end a culture of violence is to proactively create a culture of peace.
Until we have met the monsters in ourselves, we keep trying to slay them in the outer world.
The opportunities for infinite possibility exist no matter what age we are.
Jesus is a personal symbol of the Holy Spirit. Having been totally healed by the Holy Spirit, Jesus became one with him. Every thought, action, and deed of Jesus was guided by the Holy Spirit instead of ego.
When we surrender to God, we let go of our attachment to how things happen on the outside, and we become more concerned with what happens on the inside.