"Only through emotions can you encounter the force field of your soul."
- Gary Zukav
"In hiding our vulnerability and woundedness by fostering a relationship of dominance, we prevent healing, our own healing and the healing of others. In fact, relationships of dominance not only do not lead to healing, they often lead to destruction, the destruction of others and our own destruction. I discovered this fact while being a minister. . . "
- Douglas C. Smith
"By means of all created things, without exception, the divine assails us, penetrates us, and molds us. We imagined it as distant and inaccessible, whereas in fact we live steeped in its burning layers."
- Teilhard de Chardin
Many of us believe that 'doing the right thing' is about knowing and obeying 'the rules' so that God, or the Bogey-man, can't play 'gotcha' with us - even if we transgress a rule in good faith, ignorance, or compassion.
Others consider 'intention' to be the golden rule - though deluded people always arrange to believe that they have only the best intentions (for they know best).
What I know is this: If you do good to yourself and others in gentleness, you will end up a very different person than one who followed every rule perfectly, yet reduced compassion to a slogan.