Richard G. Petty, MD

Moving in Curves

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“The movement of every energy and trend takes a curved direction. This is why there is no straight-line, lapse-free evolution in human nature or history. And the curve develops itself with time into a circle, and this again with further time into a spiral.”           

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

The True Nature of Things

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“The Sioux idea of living creatures is that trees, buffalo and man are temporary energy swirls, turbulent patterns. You find that perception registered so many ways in archaic and primitive lore. I say that it is probably the most basic insight into the nature of things, and that our more common, recent Occidental view of the universe as consisting of fixed things is out of the main stream, a deviation from basic human perception.”  

–Gary Snyder (American Pulitzer Prize Winning Poet, 1930-)   

Mind, “Energy” and Soul


“Prana is implicate to matter but explicate to mind; mind is implicate to prana but explicate to soul; soul is implicate to mind but explicate to spirit; and the spirit is the source and suchness of the entire sequence.”       

–Ken Wilber )American Philosopher, 1949-)

“Eye to Eye: The Quest for the New Paradigm” (Ken Wilber)

An Energetic Internet


“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: Channeling Grace in Your Everyday Life” (Caroline Myss)

Willpower: The Energy of the Creative Principle

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“Willpower is the energy of the Creative Principle in the Universe. It is the power that creates, sustains, and destroys. Because everything is emanated from this principle, the Core of every atom, cell, form, entity, and soul has its own willpower.

It is the inner Core or inner Divine Spark that is a portion of that energy of the Creative Principle of the Universe. It is this willpower that gradually paves the way for you to direct your steps toward Home, toward the source of the Creative Principle.”

–Torkom Saraydarian (Armenian-born American Spiritual Teacher, Musician and Writer, 1917-1997)   

An Empty Mind WIth A Body Full of Light and Heat


“Always keep your mind as bright and clear as the vast sky, the great ocean, and the highest peak, empty of all thoughts. Always keep your body filled with light and heat. Fill yourself with the power of wisdom and enlightenment.”  

–Morihei Ueshiba (Japanese Martial Artist and Founder of Aikido, 1883-1969)

Concentrate Your Energy. And Don’t Stop!

“The Magic Of Believing” (Claude M. Bristol)

“One essential to success is that your desire be an all-obsessing one, your thoughts and aim be coordinated, and your energy be concentrated and applied without letup.”           

–Claude M. Bristol (American Writer, 1891-1951)   

Causes of Fatigue

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“One of the chief causes of fatigue is boredom. Our fatigue is often caused not by work, but by worry, frustration and resentment. We rarely get tired when we are doing something interesting and exciting.”          

–Dale Carnegie (American Educator and Author, 1888-1955)   

Compassion and Energy

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“Compassion automatically invites you to relate with people because you no longer regard people as a drain on your energy.”     

–Chögyam Trungpa (Tibetan Buddhist Meditation Teacher, Scholar, Artist and Founder of Naropa University, 1940-1987)

Aging and Exercise

It is a common observation that it becomes more difficult to do a lot of exercise as we get older, and the biceps no longer bulge quite as much after an hour in the gym. We have to exercise harder to get the same results.

Metabolism slows down as well, and for years it has been assumed that those events are linked: we slow our metabolism and find exercise harder because we gradually lose muscle mass.

But new research shows that it isn’t quite so simple, and the results should encourage any of us over forty to stay in the gym.

A new study published in the journal Cell Metabolism will likely help our understanding of that difficulty, as well as unlocking another of the secrets of type 2 diabetes.

As we become older, we hide more fat in our muscles and livers, and this fat has been linked to the age-related rise in insulin resistance that may go on to cause type 2 diabetes and hypertension.

A research team from the Howard Hughes Medical Institute based at Yale University School of Medicine compared the skeletal muscle of rats aged three-month-old and two-year-olds.

They found that an enzyme called AMP-activated protein kinase (AMPK) slowed down its activity in the older animals. AMPK’s role in skeletal muscle is to stimulate the body to burn off fat and to provide fuel for the cells. It does this by producing mitochondria – the power packs of the cell. So AMPK activity in our skeletal muscle does at least three things: it stimulates glucose uptake, increases fat oxidation and promotes the production of new mitochondria.

It has been known for some time that the skeletal muscles of marathon runners have a much greater mitochondrial content and a greater capacity to burn fat. This is probably linked to high levels of AMPK activity.

The animals were exposed to a chemicals that produce that produce acute or chronic stimulation of AMPK. They were also exercised and some were fed more food, each of which should stimulate the production of new mitochondria.

The researchers found that the older rats had lower AMPK activity than the younger animals. In addition, the muscle of young rats who did more exercise had double the normal AMPK activity while in older rats this effect was severely blunted.

The message is this: as we age it is not muscle mass but enzyme activity that falls first. We have to work harder when trying to maintain the same benefits from exercise as we did when we were young.

We know that loss of skeletal muscle mass and function as we age is a major problem that has a significant effect on quality of life of older people. If this study is confirmed in humans it would have enormous implications. In the older rats, the AMPK activity was almost gone, implying that no amount of exercise would bring those muscles back. But it would be good to know if we can work out some other methods for bringing those enzymes back to life.

Although the paper doesn’t mention it, there is also some evidence that AMPK activity may be important in controlling feeding behavior in the hypothalamus at the base of the brain and the “stress hormone” norepinephrine plays a critical role in the way in which exercise stimulates AMPK. As we get older we usually find that our tempers are less fiery and part of the reason for that is that we produce less norepinephrine.

Start exercising early in life, and never get out of the habit. For if you do, you might lose that AMPK activity forever.

“Wholesome physical exercise reconstitutes energy, stemming the aging process, making the body light and firm, while safeguarding against fatigue and inducing cheerfulness.”

–Sushruta Samhita (Indian Surgeon who wrote the book the Sushruta Samhita, c. 6th Century B.C.E.)

“Exercise is the chief source of improvement in our faculties.”

–Hugh Blair (Scottish Presbyterian Minister and Writer, 1718-1800)

“It is exercise alone that supports the spirits, and keeps the mind in vigor.”

Marcus Tullius Cicero (Roman Political Figure and Orator, c.106-43 B.C.E.)

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