The Greatness of Soul in All Its Varying Forms

In mythos and fairy tales, deities and other great spirits test the hearts of humans by showing up in various forms that disguise their divinity. They show up in robes, rags, silver sashes, or with muddy feet. They show up with skin dark as old wood, or in scales made of rose petal, as a frail child, as a lime-yellow old woman, as a man who cannot speak, or as an animal who can. The great powers are testing to see if humans have yet learned to recognize the greatness of soul in all its varying forms.”

― Clarissa Pinkola Estés

Every Human Creature: Some Quotes

“A Wonderful fact to reflect upon, that every human creature is constituted to be that profound secret and mystery to every other. A solemn consideration, when I enter a great city by night, that every one of those darkly clustered houses encloses its own secret; that every room in every one of them encloses its own secret; that every beating heart in the hundreds of thousands of breasts there, is, in some of its imaginings, a secret to the heart nearest it!” –Charles Dickens, A Tale of Two Cities


“We do not understand what is happening here, and it is not as I imagined it would be…. It is more deeply stirring to my blood than any imagining could possibly have been.” –The Last of the Mohicans [film]


“The best thing for being sad… is to learn something. That’s the only thing that never fails. You may grow old and trembling in your anatomies, you may lie awake at night listening to the disorder of your veins, you may miss your only love, you may see the world about you devastated by evil lunatics, or know your honour trampled in the sewers of baser minds. There is only one thing for it then — to learn. Learn why the world wags and what wags it. That is the only thing which the mind can never exhaust, never alienate, never be tortured by, never fear or distrust, and never dream of regretting. Learning is the only thing for you. Look at what a lot of things there are to learn.” –T.H. White, The Once and Future King


“If the soul could have known God without the world, the world would never have been created.” –Meister Eckhart


“Nothing is more practical than finding God; that is, than falling in love in a quite absolute, final way. What you are in love with, what seizes your imagination, will affect everything. It will decide what will get you out of bed in the mornings, what you will do with your evenings, how you spend your weekends, what you read, who you know, what breaks your heart, and what amazes you with joy and gratitude. Fall in love, stay in love, and it will decide everything.” –Fr. Pedro Arrupe, S.J.


“Love is the extremely difficult realization that something other than oneself is real.” –Iris Murdoch


“You who are hurt! Here find healing You who are weary! Here find rest You who are old! Here you will grow young again, For this is the land of youth, the shining land, the isle of apples. Here is all that ever was, none are forgotten All that has passed comes around again For here, What is remembered lives, What is remembered lives. – Starhawk


“Aloysha, my boy, so I want to live and go on living, even if it’s contrary to the rules of logic. Even if I do not believe in the divine order of things, the sticky young leaves emerging from their buds in the spring are dear to my heart; so is the blue sky and so are some human beings, even though I often don’t know why I like them…. I’ll get drunk on my own emotion. I love those sticky little leaves and the blue sky, that’s what! You don’t love those things with reason, with logic. You love them with your innards, with your belly.” –Fyodor Dostoevsky, The Brothers Karamazov


“God was in this place and I, I did not know it.” –Genesis 28:16


“There is another world, and it is this one.” –Paul Eluard


“If I were God, I would make a world just like this one…”

“If I were God, I would make a world just like this one, where everyone comes raw and naked and dependent into it; where everyone enters bloody between the legs or through the cut belly of a woman; where nothing is for certain and there is so much to learn. I would make the world unfair as this world is unfair, because only in a world like this one is it possible that maybe the rich will take down their fences; maybe the poor will get together and break the fences down; maybe those who know how to read will teach those who don’t. Maybe the fed will feed the hungry. Maybe the lion will lie down by the lamb.”

­–Pat Schneider, If I Were God



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Psychology Class

I scored an A in my psychology class! And this is what my professor wrote to me:

“You were such a wonderful, deep, insightful presence in the course. You added so much to your fellow students and to me. Your big connections to multiple levels of knowing and experience is needed in science and in Psychology. I hope you find a way to stay connected to it. You have an analytical and very expansive way of looking at the world. Very refreshing for me. All my best!” –Professor Corey



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“Swiftly arose and spread around me…”

“Swiftly arose and spread around me the peace and knowledge that pass all the argument of the earth, and I know that the hand of God is the promise of my own, and I know that the spirit of God is the brother of my own, and that all the men ever born are also my brothers, and the women my sisters and lovers, and that a kelson of the creation is love, and limitless are leaves stiff or drooping in the fields, and brown ants in the little wells beneath them…”

– Walt Whitman, Leaves of Grass




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