Richard G. Petty, MD

Other Ways of Knowing

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“I will be mindful of the first principle of our great period, never to rely on and let myself be disconcerted by reason, always to know that faith is stronger than so-called reality.”

–Hermann Hesse (German-born Swiss Novelist, Poet and, in 1946, Winner of the Nobel Prize for Literature, 1877-1962)

Journey to the East



“We would not – from here – counsel anyone to be guided by influences from without. … If these come as in inspirational writings from within, and not as guidance from others – that is different … the inspirational may develop the soul of the individual, while the automatic may rarely reach beyond the force that is guiding or directing.”

–Edgar Cayce (American Healer, Mystic and Psychic, 1877-1945)

The Rise and Rise of Intuition

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“Intuition becomes increasingly valuable in the new information society precisely because there is so much data”.

–John Naisbitt (American Futurist and Author, 1929-)   

Intuition Guides Reason


“Intuition will tell the thinking mind where to look next.”    

-Jonas Salk (American Biologist who developed a vaccine to help prevent poliomyelitis, 1914-1995)

Inner Knowing


“We have a theology in our biology. It is instinctual, just as birds know their paths, beavers build dams, and whales communicate with one another. We are born with knowledge of natural laws, through which the divine reveals or animates its presence in our bones, blood, tissues – our cellular beings.”           

–Caroline Myss (American Medical Intuitive, Mystic and Author, 1952-)   

“Entering the Castle: Finding the Inner Path to God and Your Soul’s Purpose” (Caroline Myss)

Signals of the Truth

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“When intuition points to something unwelcome to the ego, the intellect looks for and usually finds an excuse to reject it. A man who really and sincerely wants to find the Truth should be on the lookout for hints, clues, and signs which would be useful to his Quest, for they constitute the response from the Overself to his aspiration. The Overself can furnish him with the Truth and puts these signals in his way.”

–Paul Brunton (a.k.a. Raphael Hurst, English Philosopher, Traveler, Spiritual Teacher and Author, 1898-1981)

Knowing Your Personal Mission

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“Knowing our personal mission further enhances the flow of mysterious coincidences as we are guided toward our destinies. First we have a question, then dreams, daydreams, and intuitions lead us toward the answers, which usually are synchronistically provided by the wisdom of another human being.”

–James Redfield (American Author, 1950-)   

After Making the Intuitive Leap…


I meet a great many people who tell me that they have had a great intuitive insight into the nature of the universe, and that they just need a bit of help in proving that they are right.

Someone once went so far as to promise me a mention in his Nobel Prize acceptance speech, if I’d just do all the work to prove his theories…

True story!

Next time that I get such a request I think that I’ll send back this quote by one of the great scientists of our time:

“…there is no prescribed route to follow to arrive at a new idea. You have to make the intuitive leap. But the difference is that once you’ve made the intuitive leap you have to justify it by filling in the intermediate steps. In my case, it often happens that I have an idea, but then I try to fill in the intermediate steps and find that they don’t work, so I have to give it up.”

–Stephen W. Hawking (English Theoretical Physicist and Lucasian Professor of Mathematics at the University of Cambridge, 1942-)   

Your Intuition: Contacting, Listening and Acting

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“By learning to contact, listen to, and act on our intuition, we can directly connect to the higher power of the universe and allow it to become our guiding force.”           

–Shakti Gawain (American Writer and Teacher on Human Potential, 1948-)



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“Intuition is the supra-logic that cuts out all the routine processes of thought and leaps straight from the problem to the answer.”

–Robert Ranke Graves (English Poet, Critic, Historian, Mythographer and Novelist, 1895-1985)

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