Richard G. Petty, MD

Your Life Is Part of Something Grand and Joyous

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“Despite the trials and frustrations of the passing day, our lives are parts of something tremendously grand and joyous.”

–Robert Ellwood (American Theosophist, Priest and Author, 1933-)

Have You Yet Heard the Voice of Gaia?

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“Increasing numbers of us have heard the Gaian voice and seen in our experience ways of being together that celebrate and affirm life. More and more we are in conversations where we speak of the great forces of life – love, purpose, soul, spirit, freedom, courage, integrity, meaning. The new story is being born in these conversations. We are learning to give voice to a different and fuller sense of who we are.”    

–Margaret J. Wheatley (American Writer and Expert in Organization Behavior and Systems Thinking, 1944-)   

“The Fabric of the Future: Women Visionaries Illuminate the Path to Tomorow” (Patrice Wynne, Ken Wilber)

Your Purpose

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“Man has come here with a definite purpose. Life is not meant merely for eating drinking and procreating.”          

–Sri Swami Sivananda (Indian Physician and Spiritual Teacher, 1887-1963)

“Vedanta for the Western World” (Christopher Isherwood)   

Purpose, Patience and Ability = “Genius”

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“Someone has defined genius as intensity of purpose: the ability to do, the patience to wait. . . . Put these together and you have genius, and you have achievement.”

–Leo J. Muir (American Educator and Prominent Member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, 1880-1967)   

Real Values

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“Man is lost and is wandering in a jungle where real values have no meaning. Real values can have meaning to man only when he steps on to the spiritual path, a path where negative emotions have no use.”           

–Sathya Sai Baba (Indian Spiritual Teacher, c.1926-2011)   

The Pattern of Life

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“It was curious how life seemed to weave a pattern that was not in the least haphazard, as it so often seemed to be.”          

–R. F. Delderfield (English Novelist and Dramatist, 1912-1972)      

“To Serve Them All My Days” (R. Delderfield)  

Doing What You Must Do

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“You thought, as a boy, that a mage is one who can do anything. So I thought once. So did we all. And the truth is that as a man’s knowledge widens, ever the way he can follow grows narrower; until at last he chooses nothing, but does only and wholly what he must do.”

–Ursula K. Le Guin (American Writer, 1929-)

“A Wizard of Earthsea (The Earthsea Cycle, Book 1)” (Ursula K. Le Guin)

Inner Knowing

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“Somewhere, right at the bottom of one’s own being, one generally does know where one should go and what one should do.”   

–Marie-Louise von Franz (German-born Swiss Jungian Psychologist and Author, 1915-1998)   

“Man and His Symbols” (Carl Gustav Jung)

What To Do When A Dream Takes Hold?

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“When a dream takes hold of you, what can you do? You can run with it, let it run your life, or let it go and think for the rest of your life about what might have been.”

–Patch Adams (Physician and Founder of the Gesundheit Institute, 1943-)

“Gesundheit!: Bringing Good Health to You, the Medical System, and Society through Physician Service, Complementary Therapies, Humor, and Joy” (Patch Adams M.D.)

What Takes Your Breath Away


Life is not measured by the number of breaths we take, but by the moments that take our breath away.”   

–Maya Angelou (African-American Poet, Writer and Performer, 1928-)   

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