Once upon a time, about 45 years ago, I was confused about love, so I started reading and compiling quotations about love.
My reading led to collecting 800 pages of quotes I then sorted into different expressions of love: illusory love; self-love; friendly love; couple and romantic love; family, filial love, love for parents and the elderly; altruistic, platonic, community love; love for culture and nature; love for life and love for the world; and agape, cosmic, universal love for the source and the creation.
Compiling quotes for years, I learned more and more about love's many dimensions. I called the writings Love's Journey, as if it was the Energy of Love journeying in the universe, into the different forms of love: personal, interpersonal, through families and in communities.
I saw that the values of empathy, compassion and loving-kindness are built into our institutions of education, health, human services and cultural activities to help people heal, enlighten and grow in loving-kindness. People have the capacity to care in so many ways.
After many years of research and writing, in 2009, I finally published the Love's Journey book as 7 Keys to Love ~ Opening Love’s Door to Joy & Wellbeing. Many people liked the book very much. You can see their comments below.
At this time, I provide copies to new friends, at workshops, and to people and organizations in the community, hopefully to plant the seeds of love in our world. You can contact me if you would like a copy.
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"Don't pity the dead, Harry.
Pity the living and, above all, pity those without love."
"Love and compassion are necessities, not luxuries.
Without them humanity cannot survive."
"I've come to believe that our job here on earth is to learn to love ourselves as the Creator loves us. Only then can we truly love others. Sandy Hinden observes that 'Self-love starts with valuing yourself...' It starts a chain reaction of inner appreciation leading to outer success. 7 Keys to Love is a truly transformational book that must be read at least twice, to benefit from the insights and wisdom shared."
Lifelong Entrepreneur and Rotarian
"I am so impressed with your book 7 Keys to Love. I read it, then put it down, then read it again. I keep it, not by the bed, but in the bed! Relationships are often tenuous... but you write about the 'ideal' and of course, this is something to be devoutly wished."
Actress, Vocalist, Humorist
“7 Keys to Love book is THE book this year and every year! What can one ask for more than LOVE? Love in between individuals, Love in all its shapes. The answers to all our questions are waiting for us right in the heart of Sanford Hinden’s book. Once you read this precious content, your daily life with your own self, your partner, your community, the world, will get much better. Don’t even think twice, we all NEED some loving, some guidance, sometime… Make yourself and others a gift: have those 7 Keys to Love and unlock the doors of PEACE in the world!”
Visual Communication Designer
"If everybody would read 7 Keys to Love, it would be a wonderful world."
"The 7 Keys to Love should be mandatory reading for humans! Why isn't this the text book for a class some point between 1st and 12th grade you must take a few times? If more people read this book, and used the information in their daily living, we would all be a lot happier. I loved this book and it should be a must read for everyone. Great job Sandy."
"I strongly encourage teens and adults who want to make this world a better place read 7 Keys to Love - Opening Love's Door to Joy & Well-being. Sandy will show you how to enrich yourself through finding compassion for yourself and others in your community, and in your circle of family and friends. He shows you how to extend that love to nature and enhance your creativity."
Mary Donohue, RN, M.S. Ed.
"7 Keys to Love is the best pathway I know to emotional prosperity."
"Sandy, keep spreading the word. The word is Love and it's the most important word in the world – and our only hope for peace and survival. There are not enough people talking about what's so vital for our planet – Love."
Author, Graphic Designer
"Uplifting and refreshing for the soul, 7 Keys to Love is the book everyone should have on the bookshelf, to refer to over and over again."
Fair Media Council
"The one thing everyone desires, the best gift you can ever give to your family, the foundation for a happy family, is LOVE. Unconditional love is often hard to practice on a day-to-day basis and it is now possible with the 7 Keys to Love by author and speaker Sandy Hinden."
Barbara Gaughen Muller
President, Santa Barbara Chapter
United Nations Association
“Sandy Hinden has written an amazing, powerful, compassionate and important book for our times! I have been awed, inspired, encouraged, and enlightened by the diversity of his knowledge, experience and insights. He has produced a masterful, practical, and essential work on Love in all its aspects as a force for Healing in the world. He has shown that through healing ourselves first through Love, we can go on to heal our personal and work relationships, our communities, and, ultimately, the world.
Sandy Hinden has combined a deep understanding of psychology and spirituality with a practical hands-on methodology for how to do this. The years of dedication he has given to work in the areas of world peace, ecology, and non-violent communication has culminated in this wonderful work.
The title 7 Keys to Love ~ Opening Love's Door to Joy & Well-being truly describes what can happen when we implement these keys. The Workshops he offers to put these teachings into practice ourselves, in families, in relationships, and in communities are great tools that need to be given around the country and world in schools, churches, community centers, prisons, hospitals, etc..
I am re-reading the book and have ordered ten copies to give to friends and colleagues!”
Dr. Judith Alstadter
Concert Pianist, Music Educator
Workshop / Retreat Facilitator
"Sandy Hindan’s book 7 Keys to Love is about love for all. The youth of America and the world need information about this important subject – love – that is not part of the school curriculum (yet). Remember the song ‘I want to know what love is. I want you to show me.’ Youth want more information about this most important aspect of life. 7 Keys to Love provides it. It corrects mistakes early, when two people are in love, providing fast, critical understand of values and skills. I suggest all youth, parents and grandparents purchase 7 Keys to Love and all teachers and school administrators be trained in 7 Keys to Love. It is knowledge that takes some of us a lifetime to learn."
"I hope 7 Keys to Love will lead to many invitations to give talks and organize workshops. There is indeed nothing more important in this world than to find love, and practice it. Thank you for helping people, theoretically and practically, in this great task."
Dr. Peter van den Dungen
Founder and Coordinator,
International Network of Museums for Peace