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Thoughts for Inspiration, Courage,
And Love

I put together these quotes shortly after 9/11/01. In the selection process, I sought to reflect a variety of cultures and spiritual viewpoints. I admit to a slight leaning towards those reflecting the idea that peace IS the way. My intention is not to preach to anyone OR to make anyone who doesn't share those specific beliefs feel excluded. The visitors to Beyond the Rainbow and newsletter subscribers hold a range of opinions. We share a desire to expand emotionally and spiritually. My desire is that the quotations I have chosen may stimulate that growth.

Some of the quotations I chose mention "God." From my point of view, they might also have mentioned "Goddess," "All That Is," "Source Energy" or "Universal Love." At Beyond the Rainbow we have a broad appreciation of what constitutes Spirit. To reflect this, I have also included some prayers from the Druidic tradition.

I apologize that there aren't more quotations by women. Time restrictions prevented me from searching more deeply, but if I do this again, I intend to make up for the lack.

There are 31 quotes here, one for each day of the month of October. However, I have not ordered them necessarily with the idea that they should be used consecutively.

I have been scanning them until I see one that feels appropriate to whatever focus I want or need for a particular day. Then I meditate on the particular quotation and perhaps copy it on a piece of paper, carry it around with me and look at it periodically.

If you like the idea of selected quotations serving as the focus for some future newsletters, please let me know. If you have a favorite quotation, please send it to me.

Blessings and love to you all,
Connie
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All of us must discover for ourselves that love is a force as real as gravity and that being upheld in love every day, every hour, every minute is not a fantasy -- it is intended as our natural state." --Deepak Chopra

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Just to be is a blessing.
Just to live is holy.
-- Rabbi Abraham Heschel
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Fear says, "I want you to be safe."
Love says, "You are safe."
-- Emmanuel
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I am open to the guidance of synchronicity,
and do not let expectations hinder my path.
I find hope in the darkest of days,
and focus in the brightest.

I do not judge the universe.
-- Dalai Lama, The Millennium prayer
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As you walk your path of life and love
guide yourself into spirituality
Be patient with yourself;
there is no rush when it comes to
advancing on whatever path you choose.
We have chosen to come again,
A new day dawns as WE awaken
to the marvel of heaven on earth.
WE are spiritual beings
wearing human cloaks.

Trust yourself and go within.
As the rambling begin to quiet,
listen to the whispers of your
inner self; your intuition; your spirit.
Keep what is good for you.
Love ALL unconditionally.
ONE becomes a Way of Life.

-- Mayan Code of Honor
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May we live in peace without weeping.
May our joy outline the lives we touch without ceasing.
And may our love fill the world, angel wings tenderly beating.
-- An Irish Blessing
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We must be the change we wish to see. -- Mahatma Gandhi
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Beauty is before me, and beauty behind me,
Above me and below me hovers the beautiful.
I am surrounded by it, I am immersed in it.
In my youth, I am aware of it,
And, in old age I shall walk quietly the beautiful trail.
In beauty it is begun. In beauty it is ended.
-- Navajo Prayer
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In the midst of winter, I finally learned that there was in me an invincible summer.
-- Albert Camus

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The love of one's country is a splendid thing. But why should love stop at the border? --Pablo Casals

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Have courage for the great sorrows of live, and patience for the small ones; and then when you have accomplished your daily task, go to sleep in peace.
God is awake.
--Victor Hugo
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Grant, O God/Goddess, Thy Protection;
And in protection, strength;
And in strength, understanding;
And in understanding, knowledge;
And in knowledge, the knowledge of justice;
And in the knowledge of justice, the love of it;
And in that love, the love of all existences;
And in the love of all existences, the love of God/Goddess.
God/Goddess and all goodness.
--Amended From: The Book Of Druidry by Ross Nichols
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The more man meditates upon good thoughts, the better will be his world and the world at large. -- Confucius
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'You see things; and you say Why?' But I dream things that never were; and I say 'Why not?' -- George Bernard Shaw

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Who will hold my hand? Who will send the energy on to weave a circle of light?
I call on the light,
I call to the Lord and the Lady, whatever you wish to call them,
I call to the four corners of the Earth,
Strengthen this circle and let the power grow,
Let the love flow!
--A Druidic Prayer
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Someday, after we have mastered the winds, the waves, the tides and gravity, shall harness for God the energies of love. Then for the second time in the history of the world, we will have discovered fire. -- Teilhard de Chardin

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Faith is free and available to all people at all times. It only requires that one fully embrace possibility, and the ultimate value is in the depth of the embrace. -- Patch Adams, M.D.

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Every blade of grass has its Angel that bends over it and whispers, "Grow, grow." -- The Talmud

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Life shrinks or expands in proportion to one's courage.-- Anais Nin

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Most of the shadows of the world are caused by standing in one's own sunshine.
-- Ralph Waldo Emerson

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One word frees us of all the weight and pain of life. That word is love -- Sophocles

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If you would learn the secret of right relations look only for the divine in people and things, and leave all the rest to God. -- J. Allen Boone

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Those who lose dreaming are lost. -- Australian Aboriginal proverb
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While you are proclaiming peace with your lips, be careful to have it even more fully in your heart. -- St. Francis of Assisi

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We look forward to the time when the Power of Love will replace the Love of Power. Then will our world know the blessings of peace. -- Gladstone

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If in our daily life we can smile, if we can be peaceful and happy, not only we, but everyone will profit from it. This is the most basic kind of peace work.
-- Thich Nhat Hanh

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Peace is not merely a distant goal that we seek, but a means by which we arrive at that goal. -- Martin Luther King, Jr.

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What lies behind us and what lies before us are tiny matters, compared to what lies within us. -- Ralph Waldo Emerson

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To know what you prefer instead of humbly saying Amen to what the world tells you you ought to prefer, is to have kept your soul alive.
-- Robert Louis Stevenson

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It is not because things are difficult that we do not dare; it is because we do not dare that they are difficult.
-- Seneca

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Truly, it is in the darkness that one finds the light, so when we are in sorrow, then this light is nearest of all to us. -- Meister Eckhart

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