Richard G. Petty, MD

Life Is Movement

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“Life is movement—we breathe, we eat, we walk—we move!”         

–John Pierrakos (Greek-born American Psychiatrist and Founder of Core Energetics, 1921-2001)

“Eros, Love & Sexuality : The Forces That Unify Man & Woman” (John C. Pierrakos)

Gifts From The Source

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“Whatever the Source is, however it is named or imagined, the truth is the same: Our gifts are donated from that originating point. Each interpretive system of spiritual and mystical culture understands this. The crucial point in life is to use these gifts wisely: not to squander them, but to commit them to the benefit of the whole community of life.”

–Wayne Teasdale (American Catholic Monk and Proponent of Interfaith Dialogue, 1945-2004)   

“The Mystic Hours: A Daybook of Inspirational Wisdom and Devotion” (Wayne Teasdale)

Transcending and Including the Ego


Some years ago I caused something of a scandal when I pointed out that the original Sanskrit root of the word “Yoga,” meant “Union,” and that the objective of the spiritual path was not to get rid of the ego and of our imperfections, but instead to embrace and transform them.

Much later I discovered that I was not alone in my understanding:

“Transcending the ego” thus actually means to transcend but include the ego in a deeper and higher embrace, first in the soul or deeper psychic, then with the Witness or primordial Self, then with each previous stage taken up, enfolded, included, and embraced in the radiance of One Taste. And that means we do not “get rid” of the small ego, but rather, we inhabit it fully, live it with verve, use it as the necessary vehicle through which higher truths are communicated. Soul and Spirit include body, emotions, and mind; they do not erase them.”         

–Ken Wilber (American Philosopher, 1949-)   

“The Essential Ken Wilber: An Introductory Reader.” (Ken Wilber)

Take the Broad Road


“Small minds select narrow roads; expand your mental vision and take to the broad road of helpfulness, compassion and service.”           

–Sathya Sai Baba (Indian Spiritual Teacher, c.1926-2011)

An Integrated Symbiotic Whole

“The Future Is Now: The Significance Of Precognition” (Arthur W. Osborn)

“Whenever we look at nature and at all phenomena we find it impossible to put our fingers on boundary lines which are definite limits of independent existence. A thing which seems to be separate from one point of view is found from another to be related, and therefore dependent on other existences. Nature is an integrated symbiotic Whole.”

–Arthur W. Osborne (English-born Australian Theosophist and Writer, 1891-1976)

Investigating the Universe


“It is every one’s duty to investigate the mysteries and wonderful secrets which the Creator has infused into all things.”    

–Basilius Valentinus (a.k.a. Basil Valentine, German 15th Century Alchemist and Canon of the Benedictine Priory of Sankt Peter in Erfurt, Germany)

“The Triumphal Chariot of Antimony: With the Commentary of Theodore Kerchringius, Doctor of Medicine” (Basil Valentine, Theodor Kerckring, Arthur Edward Waite, Joseph Bouleur)

Alone In the Ocean of Spirit

Every SIngle Action Affects Us All

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“Everyone in the world is affected by every individual action.”        

–Felix Layton (English-born American Theosophist, 1910-1991)

“Karma: Rhythmic Return to Harmony” (Quest Books)

Everything Is Its Own Cause

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“Seeking out causes is a pastime of the mind. There is no duality of cause and effect. Everything is its own cause.”          

–Sri Nisargadatta Maharaj (Indian Spiritual Teacher and Exponent of Jnana Yoga and Advaita Doctrine, 1897-1981)   

Inscribed In the Human Heart

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“The transcendent element of an inward Gnosis is indelibly inscribed in the human heart; all the trivialities of the everyday world due to inattention and consequent ignorance are unable to extinguish its remembrance.”    

–Stephan A. Hoeller (Hungarian-born American Writer, Scholar and Religious Leader, 1931-)   

“The Gnostic Jung and the Seven Sermons to the Dead (Quest Books)” (Stephan A. Hoeller)

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