Richard G. Petty, MD

Using Your Gifts


“God gave us faculties for our use; each of them will receive its proper reward. Then do not let us try to charm them to sleep, but permit them to do their work until divinely called to something higher.”     

Saint Teresa of Ávila (a.k.a. St. Teresa de Jesus, Spanish Nun, Mystic and Author, 1515-1582)   

The Treasure in Your Skull


“There is great treasure there behind our skull and this is true about all of us. This little treasure has great, great powers, and I would say we only have learnt a very, very small part of what it can do.”         

–Isaac Bashevis Singer (Polish-born American Writer and, in 1978, Winner of the Nobel Prize for Literature, 1904-1991)   

Your Inner Potential

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“Strive to be conscious of all the possibilities within you. Even when you think you are completely exhausted and at the end of your tether, you still have tremendous resources which will help you to continue on your path.”          

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

Unleashing Your Potential


“Treat a man as he is and he will remain as he is. Treat a man as he can and should be and he will become as he can and should be.”

–Johann Wolfgang von Goethe (German Poet, Playwright and Philosopher, 1749-1832)

Why Not Stretch Yourself?

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“Every life form seems to strive to its maximum except human beings. How tall will a tree grow? As tall as it possibly can. Human beings, on the other hand, have been given the dignity of choice. You can choose to be all or you can choose to be less. Why not stretch up to the full measure of the challenge and see what all you can do?”

–Jim Rohn (American Businessman, Author, Speaker and Philosopher 1930-2009)   

Unfolding Divinity


“While remaining transcendent to all created things, the divine spirit involved itself in the birth of the material universe. The process that followed, the uneven but inexorable emergence of ever higher organization from matter to life to humankind, is then – at the heart of it – the unfolding of hidden divinity.”      

George Leonard (American Aikidoist, President Emeritus of the Esalen Institute and Writer, 1923-2010) and Michael Murphy (American Cofounder of the Esalen Institute and Author, 1930-)

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“The Life We Are Given: A Long-term Program for Realizing the Potential of Body, Mind, Heart, and Soul” (George Leonard, Michael Murphy)

What We Need to Advance


“The conditions of advance are these: global unity of mankind’s noetic organization or system of awareness, but a high degree of variety within that unity; love, with goodwill and full cooperation; personal integration and internal harmony; and increasing knowledge….

We, mankind, contain the possibilities of the earth’s immense future, and can realize more and more of them on condition that we increase our knowledge and our love.”

–Julian Huxley (English Evolutionary Biologist, 1887-1975)   

“The Phenomenon of Man” (Pierre Teilhard de Chardin)

Excedding Your Potential

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“A man’s life is interesting primarily when he has failed—I well know. For it’s a sign that he tried to surpass himself.”     

–Georges Clemenceau (French Politician, and, from 1906-1909 and 1917-1920, Prime Minister of France, 1841-1929)

Written By God’s Fingers

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“Every man’s life is a fairy tale, written by God’s fingers.”

–Hans Christian Andersen (Danish Author, 1805-1875)   

Not “I Think” But “I Can”

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“Consciousness is in the first place not a matter of ‘I think’ but of ‘I can.”   

–Maurice Merleau-Ponty (French Philosopher, Phenomenologist and Social Critic, 1908-1961)   

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