Richard G. Petty, MD

Waking a Tremendous Slumbering Spiritual Power

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“Humanity was sleeping – it is still sleeping – imprisoned in the narrow joys of its little closed loves. A tremendous spiritual power is slumbering in the depths of our multitude, which will manifest itself when we have learnt to break down the barriers of our egoisms and, by a fundamental recasting of our outlook, raise ourselves up to the habitual and practical vision of universal realities.”         

–Pierre Teilhard de Chardin (French Jesuit Priest, Mystic, Paleontologist and Author, 1881-1955)   

“The Divine Milieu (Perennial Classics)” (Pierre Teilhard de Chardin)

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)

The Power of Conscience

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“A pure conscience gives one the strength of lions, and by a guilty conscience even lions are turned into rabbits.”

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

Irrational Authority

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Some of the big barriers to regaining your Innate Freedom:

“Power on the one side, fear on the other, are always the buttresses on which irrational authority is built.”

–Erich Fromm (German-born American Psychologist and Philosopher, 1900-1980)   

“Man for Himself: An Inquiry Into the Psychology of Ethics” (Erich Fromm)

The Responsibility of Power

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“The problem of power is how to achieve its responsible use rather than its irresponsible and indulgent use – of how to get men of power to live for the public rather than off the public.”     

–Robert F. Kennedy (American Senator and, from 1961-1964, Attorney General of the United States, 1925-1968)   

“The Pursuit of Justice” (Robert F. Kennedy)

The Flow of Power

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“Power! Did you ever hear of men being asked whether other souls should have power or not? It is born in them. You may dam up the fountain of water, and make it a stagnant marsh, or you may let it run free and do its work; but you cannot say whether it shall be there; it is there. And it will act, if not openly for good, then covertly for evil; but it will act.”    

–Olive Schreiner (a.k.a. Ralph Iron, South African-born Writer and Feminist, 1855-1920)

Love and Live in Power

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“We love and live in power; it is the spirit’s end. Mind must subdue; to conquer is its life.”

–Philip James Bailey (English Poet, 1816-1902)

“Festus” (Philip James Bailey)

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