Here are some quotations from the New Century Edition of Heavenly Secrets:
Secrets of Heaven, #9-10
9. The third stage is one of repentance. During this time, at the prompting of the inner self, we speak devoutly and reverently and yield a good harvest. [acts of heavenly kindness for instance.] These effects are lifeless nonetheless, since we suppose they come of our own doing. They are called the tender plant, then the seed-bearing plant, and lastly the fruit tree.
10. In the fourth stage, love stirs and faith enlightens us. Before this time we may have spoken devoutly and yielded a good harvest, but we did so in a state of trial and anguish, not at the call of faith and kindness. In consequence they are now kindled in our inner self and are called the two lights.
The arcana of wisdom of the three heavens contained in [the Word] are the mystical things of which many have spoken.
~ Emanuel Swedenborg, Apocalypse Explained, #1079.
William Blake, Ancient of Days (God as an Architect) 1794
Who is man?
The reflection of the Eternal Light.
What is the world?
A wave on the Everlasting Sea.
How could the reflection be cut off from the Light?
How could the wave be separate from the Sea?
Know that this reflection and this wave are that very Light and Sea.
~ Jami, Diwan, tr by W.C. Chittick
The Jesus of your spirit is inside you now.
Ask that one for help, but don't ask for body-things...
Don't ask Moses for provisions
that you can get from Pharaoh.
Don't worry so much about livelihood.
Your livelihood will turn out as it should.
Be constantly occupied instead
with listening to God.
~ Rumi, Mathnawi II:450-454
When my Beloved appears,
With what eye do I see Him?
With His eye, not with mine,
For none sees Him except Himself
~ ibn al-`Arabi, Tarjuman al-Ashwaq,
in The Mystics of Islam,
translated by Reynold A Nicholson
I cannot but open up to the things of the Word that are called mystical, that is, its interior things, which are the spiritual and the celestial things of the Lord's Kingdom.
~ Emanuel Swedenborg, Heavenly Secrets, #4923.
Be ablaze with entusiasm.
Let us be an alive,
before the altar of God !
~Hildegard of Bingen
Prayer of St Francis
Lord, make me an instrument of your peace.
Where there is Hatred, let me sow Love.
Where there is Injury, Pardon.
Where there is Doubt, Faith.
Where there is Despair, Hope.
Where there is Darkness, Light, and
Where there is Sadness, Joy.
O Divine Master,
Grant that I may not so much
seek to be consoled as to console;
To be understood, as to understand;
To be loved, as to love;
For it is in giving that we receive,
It is in pardoning that we are pardoned,
And it is in dying that we are born to Eternal Life.
Unbreakable, O Lord,
Is the love
That binds me to You:
Like a diamond,
It breaks the hammer that strikes it. My heart goes into You
As the polish goes into the gold.
As the lotus lives in its water,
I live in You.
Like the bird
That gazes all night
At the passing moon,
I have lost myself dwelling in You.
O my Beloved. - Return.
Be not lax
Be not lazy
in the festive service of God.
"Jacob's Dream" Mead Clarke: “Christian Parlor Magazine Vol III” (1847)
“A vision of beauty burst upon the soul of Jacob, as he laid his head upon a stone, and dreamed."
To see a world in a grain of sand
And a heaven in a wild flower,
Hold infinity in the palm of your hand
And eternity in an hour.
~ William Blake, Auguries of Innocence