“What the germinating force is in the grain of wheat, love is in us.” —Vincent van Gogh 













“Conscious love is . . . the most inclusive of all spiritual paths. It can be walked by any and all . . . It can be practiced by monks, by romantic partners, both gay and straight, with children and aging parents, in a hermitage under the starry skies, with pets, and even with houseplants . . . 









“The bottom line is not the ‘who’ but the ‘how’; the direction of the energy flow. On a path of conscious love the energy is always radiating outward; it is never self-defended or congealed.” —from Cynthia Bourgeault’s The Meaning of Mary Magdalene: Discovering the Woman at the Heart of Christianity115








“Power without love is reckless and abusive, and love without power is sentimental and anemic. Power at its best is love implementing the demands of justice, and justice at its best is power correcting everything that stands against love.”  — from Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.‘s 1967 Speech, “Where Do We Go From Here?”