Elizabeth Gilbert Quotes

Authors: A B C D E F G H I J K L M N O P Q R S T U V W X Y Z
Categories: A B C D E F G H I J K L M N O P Q R S T U V W X Y Z
Culturally, though not theologically, I'm a Christian. I was born a Protestant of the white Anglo-Saxon persuasion. And while I do love that great teacher of peace who was called Jesus, and while I do reserve the right to ask myself in certain trying situations what indeed He would do, I can't swallow that one fixed rule of Christianity insisting that Christ is the only path to God. Strictly speaking, then, I cannot call myself a Christian. Most of the Christians I know accept my feelings on this with grace and open-mindedness. Then again, most of the Christians I know don't speak very strictly. To those who do speak (and think) strictly, all I can do here is offer my regrets for any hurt feelings and now excuse myself from their business. 'Traditionally, I have responded to the transcendent mystics of all religions. I have always responded with breathless excitement to anyone who has ever said that God does not live in a dogmatic scripture or in a distant throne in the sky, but instead abides very close to us indeed-much closer than we can imagine, breathing right through our own hearts. I respond with gratitude to anyone who has ever voyaged to the center of that heart, and who has then returned to the world with a report for the rest of us that God is an experience of supreme love. In every religious tradition on earth, there have always been mystical saints and transcendents who report exactly this experience. Unfortunately many of them have ended up arrested and killed. Still, I think very highly of them. 'In the end, what I have come to believe about God is simple. It's like this-I used to have this really great dog. She came from the pound. She was a mixture of about ten different breeds, but seemed to have inherited the finest features of them all. She was brown. When people asked me, 'What kind of dog is that?' I would always give the same answer: 'She's a brown dog.' Similarly, when the question is raised, 'What kind of God do you believe in?' my answer is easy: 'I believe in a magnificent God

Elizabeth Gilbert
culturally quotestheologically quoteschristian quotesborn quotesprotestant quoteswhite quotesanglosaxon quotespersuasion quoteslove quotesgreat quotesteacher quotespeace quotescalled quotesjesus quotesreserve quotessituations quotesswallow quotesfixed quotesrule quoteschristianity quotesinsisting quoteschrist quotespath quotesgod quotesstrictly quotesspeaking quotescall quoteschristians quotesaccept quotesfeelings quotesgrace quotesopenmindedness quotesspeak quotesstrictly quotesstrictly quotesoffer quotesregrets quoteshurt quotesexcuse quotesbusiness quotestraditionally quotesresponded quotestranscendent quotesmystics quotesreligions quotesbreathless quotesexcitement quotesgod quoteslive quotesdogmatic quotesscripture quotesdistant quotesthrone quotessky quotesabides quotesclose quotesindeedmuch quotescloser quotesimagine quotesbreathing quoteshearts quotesrespond quotesgratitude quotesvoyaged quotescenter quotesheart quotesreturned quotesworld quotesreport quotesrest quotesexperience quotessupreme quoteslove quotesreligious quotestradition quotesearth quotesmystical quotessaints quotestranscendents quotesexperience quotesended quotesarrested quoteskilled quoteshighly quotesin quotesend quotessimple quotesthisi quotesdog quotespound quotesmixture quotesten quotesbreeds quotesinherited quotesfinest quotesfeatures quotesbrown quotespeople quotesasked quoteswhat quoteskind quotesdog quotesthat quotesgive quotesanswer quotesshes quotesbrown quotesdog quotessimilarly quotesquestion quotesraised quotesin quotesanswer quoteseasy quotesi quotesmagnificent quotes
Simply put, I got pulled through the wormhole of the Absolute, and in that rush I suddenly understood the workings of the universe completely. I left my body, I left the room, I left the planet, I stepped through time and I entered the void. I was inside the void, but I also was the void and I was looking at the void, all at the same time. The void was a place of limitless peace and wisdom, The void was conscious and intelligent. The void was God, which means that I was inside God. But not in a gross, physical way - not like I was Liz Gilbert stuck inside a chunk of God's thigh muscle. I just was part of God. In addition to being God. I was both a tiny piece of the universe and exactly the same size as the universe. ("All know that the drop merges into ocean, but few know that the ocean merges into the drop, " wrote the sage Kabir - and I can personally attest now that this is true.) It wasn't hallucinogenic, what I was feeling. It was the most basic of events. It was heaven, yes. It was the deepest love I'd ever experienced, beyond anything I could previously imagined, but it wasn't euphoric. It wasn't exciting. There wasn't enough ego or passion left in me to create euphoria and excitement. It was just obvious. Like when you've been looking at an optical illusion for a long time, straining your eyes to decode the trick, and suddenly your cognizance shifts and there - now you can clearly see it! - the two vases are actually two faces. And once you've seen through the optical illusion, you can never not see it again. "So this is God, " I thought. "Congratulations to meet you." -

Elizabeth Gilbert