: a piece of material (such as iron or steel) that is able to attract certain metals
: something or someone that attracts people or things



Magnet (n.): mid-15th century (earlier magnes, late 14th century), from Old French magnetemagnetite, magnet, lodestone,” and directly from Latin magnetum, from Greek ho Magnes lithosthe Magnesian stone,” from Magnesia, region in Thessaly where magnetized ore was obtained. Figurative use from 1650s. It has spread from Latin to most Western European languages, but it was superseded in French by aimant. Chick magnet attested from 1989.



“There is a magnet in your heart that will attract true friends. That magnet is unselfishness, thinking of others first; when you learn to live for others, they will live for you.”

Paramahansa Yogananda (1893-1952, Mukunda Lal Ghosh, Indian yogi and guru, who introduced westerners to the teachings of meditation and Kriya Yoga through his book, “Autobiography of a Yogi”)

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“The unthankful heart… discovers no mercies; but let the thankful heart sweep through the day and, as the magnet finds the iron, so it will find, in every hour, some heavenly blessings!”

Henry Ward Beecher (1813-1887, 19th century Congregationalist minister, preacher, and social reformer who supported abolition and women’s suffrage; also the brother of author, Harriet Beecher Stowe)

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“Memory is a magnet. It will pull to it and hold only material nature has designed it to attract.”

Jessamyn West (1902-1984, author of short stories and novels; best known for “The Friendly Persuasion”; a Quaker, she helped found the Palmer Society in 1921)

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“Might and wrong combined, like iron magnetized, are endowed with irresistible attraction.”

Nathaniel Hawthorne (1804-1864, author of such novels as “The Scarlet Letter,” “The House of the Seven Gables,” and the short story, “Young Goodman Brown,” among others)

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“Once you get to the Enlightenment, the way that powers get to be hyperpowers isn’t just by conquest. It’s through commerce and innovation. Societies like the Dutch Republic and the United States used tolerance to become a magnet for enterprising immigrants.”

Amy Chua (b. 1962, lawyer and author; the John M. Duff Jr. Professor of Law at Yale Law School; also wrote the book, “The Battle Hymn of the Tiger Mother”)

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“If what you seek is true and genuine companionship, then give true and genuine companionship in order to create a vibrational magnet for that what you are seeking.”

Franklin Gillette (writer and author, best known for “Compatibility: The Code of Harmony for Love and Unity”)

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“One can still say that quantum mechanics is the key to understanding magnetism. When one enters the first room with this key there are unexpected rooms beyond, but it is always the master key that unlocks each door.”

John H. Van Vleck (1899-1980, physicist, mathematician, and the recipient of The Nobel Prize in Physics in 1977 for his contributions to the understanding of the behavior of electrons in magnetic solids)

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“There is a magnet in your heart that will attract true friends. That magnet is unselfishness, thinking of others first; when you learn to live for others, they will live for you.” — Paramahansa Yogananda


I am extremely blessed to have attracted the most magnificent friends in my life.  It took some time, but the wait was well worth it!  How fortunate I am to have such wise teachers of authenticity, honesty and character, who are not only generous in their time and love for me, but who also generously contribute their gifts to the world.

I am acutely aware that in order for me to have been a magnet to such relationships, I had to work very hard in my initiation to transform and be the most loving and authentic person that I was capable of being, a still ongoing process.

I also have had the most amazing opportunities to connect with great strangers wherever and whenever possible.  Ever since living in New York City after the 911, one of my spiritual practices is to connect to, in a meaningful way, one to three strangers every day.  That assignment continues to bestow upon me many mysterious encounters and pleasant surprises.

Today, for instance, when on line at the supermarket and as the cashier, a young college-age woman, was ringing up my groceries I started choking and turned my head several times to cough into my shirt sleeve in hopes of composing myself, to no avail.  The cashier next to us, another young woman jumped out of her station offered me not only a couple of paper towels to cough into, but digs into her pocket for a cough drop.  I smiled in relief and thanked her for being so sweet and generous.

Sojourners, let us focus in and be all that we can as magnetize to our world more love, compassion, and harmony.


Faithfully Yours, Tonya










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