A Greater Democracy Day by Day - By Sally Mahe

Quotations

Bringing Together Democracy and Spirit

December 2009 Quotes:

1. "I would love to live as a river flows, carried by the surprise of its own unfolding."

- John O'Donohue -

November 2009 Quotes:

1. "If we can all believe a body is a sacred thing then we shall have the beginning of democracy."

- Walt Whitman -

August 2009 Quotes:

1. "Universality of democracy is humanity's response - inaccurate as yet - to the pure energy of Love. True democracy will become possible through right use of the systems of education and by a steady training of the people to recognize the finer values, the more correct point of view, the higher idealism, and the spirit of synthesis and cooperative unity."

- Alice Bailey (excerpt taken from World Goodwilll Newsletter, 2008 #2. "The Meaning of Demcoracy" -  www.worldgoodwill.org

July 2009 Quotes:

1. The question: With so much wisdom, experience and expertise, why do we seem so overmatched by the pressing issues of the day?
The affirmation: We are entering a new era of partnership that has the potential to transform our collective capacity to deal with the issues that most challenge our Earth community.


- Charles Gibbs, United Religions Initiative - quotation taken from a summary of  recent conference, "Faith Inspired Networks and Organizations - Their Contribution to Develop Programs and Policies." Co-convened by the World Bank and World Faith's Development Dialgoue.

2. "There is almost a sensual longing for communion with others who have a large vision. The immense fulfillment of the friendship between those engaged in furthering the evolution of consciousness has a quality impossible to describe."

- Pierre Teilhard de Chardin, priest and paleontologist -

June 2009 Quotes:

1. "All this world is heavy with the promise of greater things, and a day will come in the unending succession of days, when beings who are now latent in our thoughts and hidden in our loins, shall laugh and reach out their hands amidst the stars."
- H.G. Wells - author, early 20th century futurist -

May 2009 Quotes:

1. "People do not change because of intellectual convictions or ethical inclinations, but rather through transformed imaginations." 
- Madonna Kolbenschlag (1935-2000)  Catholic Sister of Humility of Mary, feminist theologian, author, psychotherapist and social philosopher. 

2. "True democracy depends on one's own individual, independent conscious choice. Democracy creates the conditions for individual sovereignty. We are supremely qualified to be leaders and co-creators. We have the power only by being unique. When your heart says, "this is what I want to do!" and you act upon it - it is the very best you can do."

- Roy Littlesun, teacher, Hopi tradition -

April 2009 Quotes:

1. "Democracy is a promise that the excluded voices are needed to form a greater whole." 
- Alan Briskin  - Co-founder of the Collective Wisdom Initiative - a consultant, artist, and researcher

2. "To give is to receive. The supernatural powers are the gifts that come in the giveaways. When you give you open up a high corridor of energy for yourself - a power of greatness that has the power of awareness within it so that it descends upon you and places in you whatever that gift is that you are supposed to get."
- Joseph Rael, Native American shaman and mystic -

3. "Hope is a state of mind, not of the world. Hope in this deep sense is not the same as joy that things are going well or willingness to invest in enterprises that are obviously heading for success...but rather an ability to work for something because it is good."
- Vaclav Havel, former President Czech Republic -

March 2009 Quotes:

1. "The whole point of politics is to make a stand for soul. The nature of our system tends to rob individuals and communities of their soul and the role of the politician is to defend against that."
"Never, I thought have I heard such a noble expression of politics."
- Roger Housden commenting on a quote by Tom Hayden, found in Sacred America, The Emerging Spirit of the People, Roger Housden, Simon and Schuster, 1999.

2. "For we no longer think of democracy as a form of government. We know now that it is far more than that.
It is the substance of our life. It is the flame at the heart of humanity that binds us together, makes us one, not many."
- Mary Parker Follett -

3. "Democracy is less a way of governing than a way of being in the world."
- Peter Drucker - author, teacher and management expert -

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