Richard G. Petty, MD

The Eternal Dance

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“It is this Eternal Dance that is always, at every moment, creating, destroying, and recreating all things; all things in all worlds and at every subtle level of all known and unknown universes are the constantly changing and evolving expressions of this secret lightning-dance, this vast blissful ecstatic dance, the Dance of the Sacred Marriage between the “masculine” and “feminine” poles and powers of the Godhead…”

–Andrew Harvey (Indian-born English Philosopher, 1952-)

“Enlightenment for Everyone: A Practical Guide to Realizing Your True Nature” (Paul Ferrini)

If You Don’t Like It, Change It


I just heard someone complain about how much she disliked her current place of work. I suggested – very gently – that if she so hated it, then she needed to change it or change her way of thinking. Sadly my advice went down like a lead balloon.

So I offered this fine statement instead:

“Sister, there were people who went to sleep last night, poor and rich and white and black, but they will never wake again. And those dead folks would give anything at all for just five minutes of this weather or ten minutes of plowing. So you watch yourself about complaining. What you’re supposed to do when you don’t like a thing is change it. If you can’t change it, change the way you think about it.”

–Maya Angelou (African-American Poet, Writer and Performer, 1928-)   

Why Change?

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“We generally change ourselves for one of two reasons: inspiration or desperation.”

–Jim Rohn (American Businessman, Author, Speaker and Philosopher 1930-2009)   

“The Treasury of Quotes” (Jim Rohn)

Life Is Progress

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“Life is progress, and ceasing to progress is death.”

–Hazrat Inayat Khan (Indian Founder of Universal Sufism and the Sufi Order International, 1882-1927)   

Change Is the Law!

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“Change is the law of life. And those who look only to the past or present are certain to miss the future.”  

–John Fitzgerald Kennedy (American Statesman and, from 1961-1963, 35th President of the United States, 1917-1963)

Changing the World

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“Never doubt that a small, group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world. Indeed, it is the only thing that ever has.”          

–Margaret Mead (American Anthropologist and Writer, 1901-1978)   

Self Observation


“Self-observation brings man to the realization of the necessity of self-change. And in observing himself a man notices that self-observation itself brings about certain changes in his inner processes. He begins to understand that self-observation is an in….”    

–George Gurdjieff (Armenian-born Adept, Teacher and Writer, c.1873-1949)

Change Yourself, Change the World


“In the power to change yourself is the power to change the world around you.”    

–Anwar al-Sadat (Egyptian Soldier and Politician, 1918-1981)   

First Reform Yourself!


“The world’s best reformers are those who start with themselves.”  

–George Bernard Shaw (Irish Dramatist, Socialist and, in 1925, Winner of the Nobel Prize for Literature, 1856-1950)   

Participating In Change

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“In a time which ends and cancels recorded history, there is no need to prove anything, only to participate in the changing of the vibration of the globe itself. To be a part of this is to be on the side of all that is true and good and beautiful. Therefore, one should have the courage to eliminate with ease whatever is inconsistent with the golden light of the future.”       

–Sri Raghavan Iyer (Indian-born Prodigy, Rhodes Scholar, Academic, Philosopher, Theosophist, and, from 1965-1986, Professor of Political Science at the University of California, Santa Barbara, and Father of Pico Iyer, 1930-1995)

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