Richard G. Petty, MD

Life Is Movement

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“Life is movement—we breathe, we eat, we walk—we move!”         

–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)

Collective Wisdom

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“Between four and six thousand years ago the ancient peoples in Europe built stone circles and decorated them with interlocking scroll loops. Similar motifs appear all over the world. The psychologist Carl Jung said such images are archetypes or universal structures in the collective unconscious of humankind. Could such a collective wisdom perhaps be expressing its intuitions of the wholeness within nature, the order and simplicity, chance and predictability that lie in the interlocking and unfolding of things?”

–John Briggs (American Distinguished Professor and Co-Chair of the Department of English Language, Comparative Literature, and Writing at Western Connecticut State University) and F. David Peat (English Physicist, Author and Director of the Pari Center for New Learning, 1938-)   

“Turbulent Mirror: An Illustrated Guide to Chaos Theory and the Science of Wholeness” (John Briggs)

Spiritual Power

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“Spiritual power is a force which history clearly teaches has been the greatest force in the development of men. Ye, we have been merely playing with it and never have really studied it as we have the physical forces. Some day people will learn that material things do not bring happiness, and are of little use in making people creative and powerful. Then the scientists of the world will turn their laboratories over to the study of spiritual forces which have hardly been scratched.”           

–Charles Proteus Steinmetz (a.k.a. Carl August Rudolph Steinmetz, German-born American Mathematician, Electrical Engineer and Inventor, 1865-1923)

Having Your Life Shine Forth

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“Gentleness, tenderness, caring deeply – these are the ways, however humble, by which the very best in a person’s life can shine forth.”  

–Geoffrey Hodson (English-born New Zealand Theosophist, Mystic, Teacher and Author, 1886-1983)      

“The Call to the Heights: Guidance on the Pathway to Self-Illumination (Quest Book) by Hodson, Geoffrey published by Quest Books Paperback” (–N/A–)  

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)  

Expressing Your Unique Life Force


“There is a vitality, a life force, an energy, a quickening, that is translated through you into action, and because there is only one of you in all time, this expression is unique.”

–Martha Graham (American Dancer, Teacher and Choreographer, 1894-1991)

Feeling the Force

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“If a man doesn’t delight in himself and the force in him and feel that he and it are wonders, how is all life to become important to him?”

–Sherwood Anderson (American Writer and Poet, 1876-1941)   

“Winesburg, Ohio” (Sherwood Anderson)

The Stream of Life

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“The same stream of life that runs through the world 
runs through my veins night and day runs through the world and dances in rhythmic measures. It is the same life that shoots in joy through the dust of the earth in numberless blades of grass and breaks into tumultuous waves of leaves and flowers. It is the same life that is rocked in the ocean-cradle of birth and of death, in ebb and in flow. I feel my limbs are made glorious by the touch of this world of life. And my pride is from the life-throb of ages dancing in my blood this moment.”        

–Rabindranath Tagore (Indian Poet, Playwright, Essayist, Painter and, in 1913, Winner of the Nobel Prize for Literature, 1861-1941)   

“Gitanjali: Offerings of Song and Art” (Rabindranath Tagore)

The Living Earth


“The earth is not a dead body, but is inhabited by a spirit that is its life and soul. All created things, minerals included, draw their strength from the earth spirit. This spirit is life.”      

–Basilius Valentinus (a.k.a. Basil Valentine, German 15th Century Alchemist and Canon of the Benedictine Priory of Sankt Peter in Erfurt, Germany)   

“The Way of the Earth: Encounters With Nature in Ancient and Contemporary Thought” (T. C. McLuhan)

The Breath of Life

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“God blesses equally every beast of the field and every living creature, in the water as in the air, and He endows them all with life, which is a breath of His own Spirit.”           

–Helena Petrovna Blavatsky (Russian Author, Translator and Founder of the Theosophical Society, 1831-1891)   

“Isis Unveiled (Volumes 1 and 2)” (Helena Petrovna Blavatsky)

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