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Quotes From Women Mystics of All Faiths

August 18, 2008

There were so many women mystics I wanted to include in my recent 5 Religions, 5 Women Mystics series that I decided to do a post on quotes from some of the women I did not include this time around. As with the series, these are all quotes from historic, not contemporary, women mystics.

Accustom yourself continually to make many acts of love, for they enkindle and melt the soul. Saint Teresa of Avila

Pain is never permanent. Saint Teresa of Avila

Spirit and energy should be clear as the night air;
In the soundless is the ultimate pleasure all along. Sun-Buer

There is the Music of Heaven in all things and we have forgotten how to hear it until we sing. Hildegard of Bingen

Prayer is not overcoming God’s reluctance. It is laying hold of His willingness. Julian of Norwich

Sin is behovable (unavoidable), but all shall be well, and all shall be well, and all manner of thing shall be well. Julian of Norwich

Let me tell you how to love all equally…Do not demand anything from those you love. If you make demands, some will give you more and some less. In any case you will love more those who give you more and less those who give you less. Thus your love will not be the same for all. You will not be able to love all impartially. Sarada Devi

As you smell the fragrance of a flower by handing it or the smell of sandalwood by rubbing it against a stone, so you obtain spiritual awakening by constantly thinking of God. Sarada Devi

Reason, you’ll always be half-blind. Marguerite Porete

There is no higher religion than truth. Helena Blavatsky

One life is all we have and we live it as we believe in living it. But to sacrifice what you are and to live without belief, that is a fate more terrible than dying. Joan of Arc

We carry ourselves wherever we go, and we cannot escape temptation by mere flight. Amma Matrona

We must love our nothingness and think only of the ALL which is infinitely lovable. St. Therese of Liseaux

Life is a journey not a destination. St. Therese of Liseaux

Each of you should examine your own mind, to see how you have squandered your lives on your needs and desires. Thoughtless maidens, get hold of your minds! Mandarava

Some keep the Sabbath going to Church, I keep it staying at Home With a bobolink for a Chorister, And an Orchard, for a Dome. Emily Dickinson

The soul should always stand ajar, ready to welcome the ecstatic experience. Emily Dickinson

The 5 Religions, 5 Women Mystics series is composed of posts on Margery Kempe (Christian), Hannah Rachel Verbemacher (Jewish), Sukhasiddhi (Buddhist), Rabia Basri (Islamic), and Mirabai (Hindu). For books on more women mystics, check out the Women’s Spiritual Book List . Or, if you are interested in meditation yourself, try Meditation for Busy Women – Shifting.

2 Comments leave one →
  1. August 19, 2008 2:22 am

    I did two years of research into St. Joan of Arc, common name “Jeanne de Arc” With that research I designed her image and had it engraved in solid Brass now available as a luck key chain piece, inaddition a story on her life/death and her prayer-visit:


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