Richard G. Petty, MD

Transcending Mankind

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“It is peculiar to mankind to transcend mankind.”    

–Karl Wilhelm Fredric von Schlegel (German Philosopher, Writer, Critic and a Founder of German Romanticism, 1772-1829)

A Question About Brains


“In proportion to our body mass, our brain is three times as large as that of our nearest relatives. This huge organ is dangerous and painful to give birth to, expensive to build and, in a resting human, uses about 20 per cent of the body’s energy even though it is just 2 per cent of the body’s weight. There must be some reason for all this evolutionary expense.”         

–Susan Blackmore (English Writer, Lecturer and Broadcaster, 1951-)   

Unfolding Your Soul

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“The rose brings forth fragrance, color, and beautiful structure; so the soul, with its unfoldment, shows personality, atmosphere, and refined manner.”     

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

Breaking to Create

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“Truly every new idea is a violation of some older idea; as the awakening of tomorrow is a violation of today’s slumber. As long as man continues to evolve, in other words, to separate himself from chaos, and to express himself in a higher form, he must always shatter something. In shattering, he disobeys: in breaking, he creates.”    

Jeanne de Vietinghoff (Belgian Writer and Philosopher, 1875-1926)         

Evolution Is The Law of Life


“Evolution is the law of life. Everything must evolve, even minerals; they evolve very slowly, but they do evolve. There is a force in minerals which works to bring to light all the qualities and virtues they contain. Precious stones and precious metals are more highly evolved minerals, possessing beneficial virtues. Plants also evolve, and the more they do the more they provide nutritious, healing flowers and fruits. It’s the same with animals and people, and it’s even true for our planet and the whole solar system.

Everything must progress and improve; where this law is impeded, destruction occurs. Entire human cultures, worlds and constellations have disappeared, because they have opposed the law of evolution. So, try to take this law seriously: your whole life will be transformed by it, and you will create a magnificent future for yourself.”

–Omraam Mikhaël Aïvanhov (Bulgarian Spiritual Master, 1900-1986)   

Everything In Its Time

“The Book of the Heart: Embracing the Tao” (Loy Ching-Yuen)

“We can hold back neither the coming of the flowers nor the downward rush of the stream; sooner or later, everything comes to its fruition.”      

–Loy Ching-Yuen (Chinese Taoist T’ai Chi Ch’uan Master, 1873-1960)   

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)   

Cooperation and Creativity


“Life is a triumph of cooperation and creativity. Indeed, since the creation of the first nucleated cells, evolution has proceeded through ever more intricate arrangements of cooperation and coevolution.”         

–Fritjof Capra (Austrian-born American Physicist, Futurist and Writer, 1939-)   

“The Web of Life: A New Scientific Understanding of Living Systems” (Fritjof Capra)

Spiritual Evolution

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“We have always been involved in spiritual evolution. We are spiritual beings, we have always been spiritual beings and we will always be spiritual beings.”           

–Gary Zukav (American Author, 1942-)

Have You Heard the Call?

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“Each of us is called from within to stabilize ourselves as co-creative humans, humans capable of accessing the eternal aspect of God and simultaneously awakening to the evolving aspect – humans expressing our God-given creative essence as Spirit-in-action in the world.”    

–Barbara Marx Hubbard (American Futurist, Public Speaker and Writer, 1929-)   

“New Thought for a New Millennium: Twelve Powers for the 21st Century” (Unity Books (Unity School of Christianity))
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