Richard G. Petty, MD

The Rhythm of Walking

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Earlier today I was explaining to a very fit young man that one of the reasons for his difficulties is that he rarely walks, and when he does, he has no rhythm and completely fails to move his arms. It has to do with activating both sides of the brain and improving the flow of blood and energy in the body.

He thought that I was completely daft until I showed him the impact on his anxiety and depression, simply by walking properly. He was stunned. Perhaps we shall have another convert!

“The rhythm of walking generates a kind of rhythm of thinking, and the passage through a landscape echoes or stimulates the passage through a series of thoughts. The creates an odd consonance between internal and external passage, one that suggests that the mind is also a landscape of sorts and that walking is one way to traverse it. A new thought often seems like a feature of the landscape that was there all along, as though thinking were traveling rather than making.”           

–Rebecca Solnit (American Writer, 1961-)   

“Wanderlust: A History of Walking” (Rebecca Solnit)

The Play of Energy and Consciousness

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“Energy and consciousness are in a continual state of interaction: energy is shaped and directed by consciousness which is itself driven by energy.”       

–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)   

What Is The Other?


“What is the Other?” they ask.

“The Other is the one who taught me what I should be like, but not what I am.”

“The Other believes that it is our obligation to spend our entire life thinking about how to get our hands on as much money a possible so that we will not die of hunger when we are old. So we think so much about money and our plans for acquiring it that we discover we are alive only when our days on earth are practically done. And then it’s too late.”

And you? Who are you?” I am just like everyone else who listens to their heart: a person who is enchanted by the mystery of life. Who is open to miracles, who experiences joy and enthusiasm for what they do. It’s just that the Other, afraid of disappointment, kept me from taking action.”

“But there is suffering in life,” one of the listeners said. “

And there are defeats. No one can avoid them. But it’s better to lose some of the battles in the struggle for your dreams than to be defeated without ever even knowing what you’re fighting for.” That’s it?” another listener asked.

“Yes, that’s it. When I learned this, I resolved to become the person I had always wanted to be. The Other stood there in the corner of my room, watching me, but I will never let the Other into myself again—-even though it has already tried to frighten me, warning me that it’s risky not to think about the future. From the moment that I ousted the Other from my life, the Divine Energy began to perform its miracles.”         

–Paulo Coelho (Brazilian Writer, 1947-)                                           

“By the River Piedra I Sat Down and Wept: A Novel of Forgiveness” (Paulo Coelho)   

Interconnection and Intent


“Science and religion tell us that we are energetically interdependent; that matter and energy are the same throughout the universe. Our spiritual interconnectedness and intuitive signals form, in effect, an energetic Internet.”         

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

“Invisible Acts of Power: Personal Choices That Create Miracles” (Caroline Myss)

A Vast Ocean of Energy


“We inhabit a vast ocean of energy which is outside the reach of our senses and our measuring instruments.”       

–David Bohm (American-born Theoretical Physicist and Philosopher, 1917-1992)

Harnessing Wisdom and Energy


I get a lot of questions about the way in which I juxtapose a lot of hard science with comments and quotes that I have extracted from a lifetime studying philosophies from many cultures and peoples around the globe.

This is one part of the answer:

“Unless the wisdom of the East and the energy of the West can be harnessed and used harmoniously, the world will be destroyed.”        

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

Energy Consciousness

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“A transcendent energy consciousness informs the whole world and informs you.”

–Joseph Campbell (American Writer, Editor and Mythologist, 1904-1987)   

“The Hero’s Journey: Joseph Campbell on His Life and Work (The Collected Works of Joseph Campbell)” (Joseph Campbell)

Willpower Is A Force


“The willpower is a force, an energy that does everything. It is the result of thoughts and desires.”

–Peter Konstantinov Deunov (a.k.a. Master Beinsa Douno, Bulgarian Spiritual Master and Founder of a School of Esoteric Christianity, 1864-1944)     

“Prophet for Our Times: The Life and Teachings of Peter Deunov” (Peter Duenov)   

Limitless Energy

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This short statement is absolutely true, and forms the basis of my “Turbocharge Your Energy” programs. Though I do give you quite a lot of explanation about the origins of all this energy! It is surprising but true that virtually anyone can access a startling source and supply of energy at will.

“It is astonishing how much energy the body is capable of pouring out and then replenishing. This is a magical act, because you never really understand where all the energy comes from.”  

–Robert Bly (American Poet, 1926-)

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Movement of Energy in Consciousness

“Vasistha’s Yoga” (Venkatesananda)

“Action is nothing but the movement of energy in consciousness, and it inevitably bears its own fruit.”      

–Yoga Vasistha (Hindu Advaita Sacred Book, c.A.D.9th-11th Century)   

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