Richard G. Petty, MD

Developing Divine Qualities


“By pondering upon the good, the beautiful, and the true, we transmute our lower instincts into higher divine qualities. The attractive power of God’s instinctual nature, with its capacity to synthesize, to attract and to blend, cooperates with the unrealized potencies of man’s own nature, and makes his eventual at-one-ment with God, in life and purpose, an inevitable, irresistible occurrence.”

–Alice A. Bailey (English Writer, Spiritual Teacher and Founder of the Arcane School, 1880-1949)

“Esoteric Psychology: A Treatise on the 7 Rays (A treatise on the seven rays) Book 2” (Alice A. Bailey)   

Good Will, Light Hearts and Strong Values

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“Almost anything can be dealt with if people are of good will and light hearts and strong values.”  

–Robert Fulghum (American Author and Unitarian Clergyman, 1937-)

“Uh-Oh” (Robert Fulghum)

Reverence for Life

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Yesterday I made a comment about reverence. It is such an important aspect of life that I thought that you might like another today:

“Reverence for life affords me my fundamental principle of morality, namely that good consists in maintaining, assisting, and enhancing life, and that to destroy, to harm, or to hinder life is evil.”      

–Albert Schweitzer (Alsatian-born Theologian, Philosopher, Mission Doctor and, in 1952, Winner of the Nobel Peace Prize, 1875-1965)  

Witholding Judgment

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A small shift in your thinking can help you to reap enormous rewards. It doesn’t mean being a Polyanna, just thinking pausing and evaluating people and situations differently:

“Experienced spiritual researchers know what strength they gain by always looking for the good in everything and withholding their critical judgment. This practice should not remain simply an outer rule of life, but must take hold of the innermost part of the soul.”

–Rudolf Steiner (Croatian-born Austrian Mystic, Occultist, Social Philosopher, Architect and Founder of Anthroposophy, 1861-1925)     

“How to Know Higher Worlds: A Modern Path of Initiation” (Rudolf Steiner)  

Don’t Underestimate Your Own Goodness!


“The failure to appreciate the resourcefulness of human existence – which we call basic goodness – has become one of the world’s biggest problems.”   

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

“Shambhala: The Sacred Path of the Warrior (Shambhala Classics)” (Chogyam Trungpa)

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