ELIZABETH LESSER QUOTES

American author & co-founder of Omega Institute

Whatever is happening, whatever is changing, whatever is going or not going according to my plans--I release my hold on all of it. I leave behind who I think I am, who I want to be, what I want the world to be. I come home to the great peace of the present moment.

ELIZABETH LESSER, Broken Open: How Difficult Times Can Help Us Grow

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How strange that the nature of life is change, yet the nature of human beings is to resist change. And how ironic that the difficult times we fear might ruin us are the very ones that can break us open and help us blossom into who we were meant to be.

ELIZABETH LESSER, Broken Open: How Difficult Times Can Help Us Grow

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Spirituality is a brave search for the truth about existence, fearlessly peering into the mysterious nature of life.

ELIZABETH LESSER, The New American Spirituality

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First we love within, then we love the world.

ELIZABETH LESSER, The Seeker's Guide: Making Your Life a Spiritual Adventure

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Life is like a school; one can learn, one can graduate, one can skip a grade or stay behind.

ELIZABETH LESSER, The New American Spirituality: A Seeker's Guide

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I accept that life is uncertain--that the goal is not to become more certain about anything but to relax more into the mystery of not knowing what will come next. And then, miracle of miracles, out there in the deep and uncertain water, I come into a peaceful knowing--a faithful wisdom that surpasses control and certainty.

ELIZABETH LESSER, Broken Open: How Difficult Times Can Help Us Grow

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Spirituality is fearlessness. It is a way of looking boldly at this life we have been given, here, now, on earth, as this human being.

ELIZABETH LESSER, The New American Spirituality

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Power is just using energy in a wise way to get things done. Power has been misinterpreted to mean getting my way on the backs of other people. Getting whatever I want, forgetting that there are other beings and species and energies involved.

ELIZABETH LESSER, "What's Possible: An Interview With Elizabeth Lesser", Omega, May 8, 2012

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We have little control over the outer weather patterns as we make our way through the landscape of a life. But we can become masters of the inner landscape. We can use what happens on the outside to change the way we function on the inside.

ELIZABETH LESSER, Broken Open: How Difficult Times Can Help Us Grow

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Fear is a sneaky thief, stealing away precious moments of your life.

ELIZABETH LESSER, Broken Open: How Difficult Times Can Help Us Grow

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When you approach spirituality as an adventure of being alive, you start as you would any adventure--with a sense of mystery and not-knowing. Instead of searching for answers that make you feel safe, you set out into the vastness of life and death, with a willingness to continually grow. You open up to the possibility that your ordinary life is an extraordinary adventure, and that your joys and sorrows have meaning. Spiritual practice becomes your rudder, offering direction and insight and discretion as you venture into the unknown.

ELIZABETH LESSER, The Seeker's Guide: Making Your Life a Spiritual Adventure

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If we do not suffer a loss all the way to the end, it will wait for us. It won't just dissipate and disappear. Rather, it will fester, and we will experience its sorrow later, in stranger forms.

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One of the reasons I love prayer is that it is an antidote to guilt and blame. If we are unhappy with the way we have acted or been treated, instead of stewing in self-recrimination on the one hand, or harboring ill will toward someone else on the other, prayer gives us a way out of the circle of guilt and blame. We bring our painful feelings into the open and say, "I have done wrong," or "I have been wronged." And then we ask for a vaster view--one that contains within it all the forgiveness we need in order to move forward.

ELIZABETH LESSER, Broken Open: How Difficult Times Can Help Us Grow

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Recognition of the harm that patriarchy has caused to people and the planet does not mean that men are wrong and women are right; rather it is a call for new organizational forms and for relishing gender differences within a context of equality.

ELIZABETH LESSER, The Seeker's Guide: Making Your Life a Spiritual Adventure

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Some people, who are deeply involved in an organized, traditional religion, find it very difficult to accept that their way isn't the only way. And that their sacred text isn't the only text and it must be taken literally. This is hard for a lot of people, but it's obviously the direction that the world is going in, and you see it in something like the Eckhart Tolle experience -- people want a more universal spirituality.

ELIZABETH LESSER, "Conversation with Elizabeth Lesser", Feminist

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Love is the secret you unmask yourself to find; it is the foundation of the spiritual life, the destination where all roads of the journey lead.

ELIZABETH LESSER, The Seeker's Guide: Making Your Life a Spiritual Adventure

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But grief is also a tonic. It is a healing elixir, made of tears that lubricate the heart.

ELIZABETH LESSER, Broken Open: How Difficult Times Can Help Us Grow

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If family and society tell you its unfeminine, not really womanly, to be aggressive, to speak up, to have strong opinions, to take up space, then women won't trust their own voice, because to be heard and to be influential, you've got to have a way to sing out with passion and love and self-trust--to sing out your song for everyone to hear.

ELIZABETH LESSER, "What's Possible: An Interview With Elizabeth Lesser", Omega, May 8, 2012

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It isn't so much that God is the unified state of consciousness that each of us came from and will return to, but more so that God is the creative energy flowing between all states of consciousness. God is in the land beyond the mountains, but God is also in the mountains and in the valley of illusions cradled within the mountains. God is not one thing or another, rather God flows between and through all things.

ELIZABETH LESSER, The Seeker's Guide: Making Your Life a Spiritual Adventure

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I do not wish upon anyone a descent into hell. But if your life has to be turned inside out in order for you to know yourself--if the shadow of a shaman crosses your path and you turn and follow it down--I pray that you use its force wisely. I hope that you take the ultimate responsibility for your actions and that you consecrate any destruction to the rebuilding of your higher self and a more radiant life.

ELIZABETH LESSER, Broken Open: How Difficult Times Can Help Us Grow

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