inspirational writings, spiritual inspiration, thoughts for the day, poetry, prose, stories: higher self, personal growth, spiritual encounters, out of body experiences and white light experiences, from Brad Kalita, founder of gathering light ... a retreat located near crater lake national park in southern oregon.


Words of Wisdom and Inspiration:

Dr. Albert Einstein

"The only real valuable thing is intuition."

"The most beautiful thing we can experience is the mysterious, the source of all
true art and science. People who believe in physics know that the distinction between past,
present, and future is only a persistent illusion."

"A human being is a part of a whole, limited in time and space
experiencing his thoughts as something separated from the rest - a kind of delusion
or prison. Our task must be to free ourselves by widening our circle of compassion to embrace all living creatures and the whole of beauty in nature."

"For not everything that can be counted counts, and not everything
that counts can be counted."

Helen Keller

Use your eyes as if tomorrow you would be struck blind: Hear the
music of voices, the song of a bird, as if you would be struck deaf. Touch each object as if tomorrow your sense of touch would fail - smell perfume of flowers, taste with relish each morsel as if tomorrow you could never smell or taste again.

Henry Fosdick, Professor & Clergyman

I would rather live in a world surrounded by
mystery than a world so small my mind could comprehend.

Whitney Young

"The truth is that there is nothing noble in being superior to somebody else.
The only real nobility is in being superior to your former self."

Martin Luther King, Jr.

Interdependence: The maturity continuum is a movement from dependence to
independence to interdependence. All phases of life start out (personal, professional)
as dependent (take care of me, you do it). Hopefully, in a reasonable period we move to
independence( I take care of myself, I can do it). To reach true maturity we finally say: we can do it, we can cooperate, we can create something bigger than ourselves.

"Human salvation lies in the hands of the creatively maladjusted."

"Darkness cannot drive out darkness; only light can do that.
Hate cannot drive out hate; only love can do that."

"Only when it is dark enough, can you see the stars."

Carl Jung, psychoanalyst

"The truly spiritual person is a free thinker who demands experience
of God rather than mere faith."

Bell Hooks

The moment we choose to love we begin to move towards freedom ...


When the Pharisees asked Jesus when the Kingdom of Heaven would arrive he replied:
"A man cannot say lo it is here or lo it is there, for the kingdom of God is within you."
- For the truth shall be written in your heart to set you free.

Hugh Prather

True humor is fun - it does not put down, kid, or mock. It makes people
feel wonderful, not separate, different, and cut off. True humor has beneath it the
understanding that we are all in this together.

John Ruskin

"The highest reward for a man's toil is not what he gets for it but what he becomes by it."

Victor Hugo

"There is one thing stronger than all the armies in the world,
and that is an idea whose time has come."

Robert Browning

If you get simple beauty and naught else, you get about the best thing God invents.


Forgiveness is remembering without bitterness ...
Love overcomes fear, the final conclusion and the gateway to Heaven.

Perhaps the primary reason for being in this world is to learn
valuable lessons rather achieve what would seem just.

Robert Browning

Ah, but a man's reach should exceed his grasp. Or what's a heaven for?

Samuel Smiles

If we open our hearts to enjoyment, we might find tranquil pleasures. We might live
with the angels that visit us on every sunbeam ... and sit with the fairies who wait on every flower.

Ralph Waldo Emerson

To laugh often and much; to win the respect of intelligent people and the affection of children; to earn the appreciation of honest critics and endure the betrayal of false friends; to appreciate beauty, to find the best in others; to leave the world a little better; whether by a healthy child, a garden patch or a redeemed social condition; to know even one life has breathed easier because you have lived. This is the meaning of success.

Mark Twain

If you don't read the newspaper, you are uninformed;
if you do read the newspaper, you are misinformed.

Dr Wayne Dyer

When we change the way we look at things the things we look at change.

Francis Ford Coppola

You don't have to specialize - do everything that you love and then,
at some time, the future will come together for you in some form.

Martin Buxbaum

Some people, no matter how old they get, Never lose their beauty ...
They merely move it from their faces Into their hearts.

Nelson Mandela

His first speech.

Our greatest fear is not that we are inadequate but we are
more beautiful, more powerful, unlimited than what we can possibly imagine.

- Speaking of Helen Suzman, an activist against the fascism in South Africa.

It is a courage born of the yearning for freedom;
of hatred of oppression, injustice and inequity whether the
victim be oneself or another; a fortitude that draws its strength from the
conviction that no person can be free while others are unfree.

The Tao

There are three treasures which I hold and keep.
Mercy, economy, and daring not to be ahead of others.
From mercy comes courage; From economy generosity
And from humility leadership.

Robert Browning

On the earth the broken arcs; in the heaven a perfect round.

Native American Prayer for Peace

Oh, Great Spirit who dwells in the sky,
Lead us to the path of peace
and understanding let all of us live together
as brothers and sisters. Our lives are so short
here walking upon Mother Earth's surface. Let our eyes
be opened to all the blessings you have given us.
Please hear our prayers. Oh Great Spirit.

Depak Chopra

The beauty you see in life is a reflection of the the beauty you see in yourself.

The love you feel in life is a reflection of the love you see in yourself.

H.H. the XIVth Dalai Lama

If you see yourselves in others
then who can you harm?

Mata Amnitanandamayi

The inner Mother whose true nature is Infinitude and Silence, manifests visibly
through this body so that Her children can have a glimpse of the Mother who is within. Whatever is expressed through Her form is for you, for your spiritual growth. When you open
your heart through spiritual practice, Grace will flow and you will find Her in your own heart where she has always been.

Robert Browning

That's the wise thrush; he sings each song twice over, lest you should
think he never could recapture the first fine careless rapture!

Bob Hope

People who throw kisses are hopelessly lazy.

David Friedman

The direct use of force is such a poor solution to any problem,
it is generally employed only by small children and large nations.

Isaac Newton

If I have seen farther than others, it is because I was standing on the shoulders of giants.

Tsai Chih

Most people hold onto the past, look forward to the future,
and do not embrace the present. Only those who can appreciate what they have now live fully.


Don't let your dreams replace reality or reality to replace your dreams.

Aung San Suu Kyi

The only real prison is fear, and the only real freedom is freedom from fear.

Judy Garland

Always be a first-rate version of your self, instead of a second-rate version of somebody else.

Elisabeth Foley

The most beautiful discovery true soul mates
make is that they can grow separately without growing apart.


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