Richard G. Petty, MD

You Are Divine

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“Man is divine. But he is not aware of his own divinity. He mistakenly thinks he is this little body. but he is not this body. Man is something infinite, immutable, eternal.”   

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

Shaking the World

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“Saint Teresa was a great contemplative? Yes, and Saint Teresa is the only woman ever to have reformed an entire Catholic monastic tradition (think about it). Gautama Buddha shook India to its foundations. Rumi, Plotinus, Bodhidharma, Lady Tsogyal, Lao Tzu, Plato, the Baal Shem Tov–these men and women started revolutions in the gross realm that lasted hundreds, sometimes thousands, of years, something neither Marx nor Lenin nor Locke nor Jefferson can yet claim. And they did not do so because they were dead from the neck down. No, they were monumentally, gloriously, divinely big egos, plugged into a deeper psychic, which was plugged straight into God.”

–Ken Wilber (American Philosopher, 1949- Revolution)                                            

“One Taste: Daily Reflections on Integral Spirituality” (Ken Wilber)

Where Is The Divine?


“The divine is not something high above us. It is in heaven, it is in earth, it is inside us.”      

–Morihei Ueshiba (Japanese Martial Artist and Founder of Aikido, 1883-1969)

Actualizing the Experience of God

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“The purpose is to have a ‘real’ experience of Divinity embedded within us, so that we can take up residence in the heart, become a Citizen of Source, merge into an experience of something Eternal, and access Christ / Buddha / Melchizedek / Divine Mother / God Consciousness within us in a deeply revealing real way. It is time to actualize the God Experience that we talk about, teach about, and believe we know about. It is time to study just how far that knowledge goes inside of us.”

–Wistancia Stone (American Psychic and Author)   

The Purpose of Practice


“The purpose of every practice — spiritual practice, meditation, breathing techniques, and kriya, all this — is to uncover something that blocks the expression of Divine Love.”

–Sri Sri Ravishankar (Indian Spiritual Teacher and, in 1982, Founder of the Art of Living Foundation and the International Association for Human Values, 1956-)   

The Eternal Witness


“Whatever that be which thinks, which understands, which wills, which acts, it is something celestial and divine and on that account must necessarily be eternal.”           

–Marcus Tullius Cicero (Roman Political Figure and Orator, c.106-43 B.C.)   

Consciously Using Time


“When you consciously use time
To do something Divine,
You enter into timeless Time.

When you are consciously thinking
Of something divine, eternal Life come
And shakes hands with you.”

–Sri Chinmoy (a.k.a. Chinmoy Kumar Ghose, Indian Philosopher and Spiritual Teacher, 1931-2007)   

Truth Is A Pathless Land

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“Truth is a pathless land, and you cannot approach it by any path whatsoever, by any religion, by any sect. That is my point of view, and I adhere to that absolutely and unconditionally.

Truth, being limitless, unconditioned, unapproachable by any path whatsoever, cannot be organized; nor should any organization be formed to lead or to coerce people along any particular path. If you first understand that, then you will see how impossible it is to organize a belief.

A belief is purely an individual matter, and you cannot and must not organize it. If you do, it becomes dead, crystallized; it becomes a creed, a sect, a religion, to be imposed on others.”   

–Jiddu Krishnamurti (Indian Spiritual Teacher, 1895-1986)   

“Krishnamurti: 100 Years” (Evelyne Blau)

Nature’s Expression of Thoughts and Ideas

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“In fact, every organic form which we see around us is Nature’s expression of various thoughts and ideas. These thoughts and ideas are representative of Spiritual qualities.”

–“Zolar” (a.k.a. Bruce King American Astrologer, 1897-1976)   

“Zolar’s Encyclopedia of Ancient and Forbidden Knowledge.” (Zolar)

Happy Birthday to Charles Dickens


Today is the 200 hundredth anniversary of the birth of Charles Dickens. Born this day in 1812, he only lived to be 58 years old, dying from the effects of a number of cerebrovascular accidents.

He said a great many things of importance in his life.

Here are a few of my favorites:

“Nature gives to every time and season some beauties of its own; and from morning to night, as from the cradle to the grave, it is but a succession of changes so gentle and easy that we can scarcely mark their progress.”

“A boy’s story is the best that is ever told.”  

“There is a wisdom of the head, and… a wisdom of the heart.”                     

“A loving heart is the truest wisdom.”                      

“Accidents will occur in the best-regulated families; and in families not regulated by that pervading influence which sanctifies while it enhances… in short, by the influence of woman, in the lofty character of wife, they may be expected with confidence, and must be borne with philosophy.”           

“Such is hope, Heaven’s own gift to struggling mortals, pervading, like some subtle essence from the skies, all things both good and bad.”

“An idea, like a ghost, must be spoken to a little before it will explain itself.”

“Change begets change. Nothing propagates so fast. If a man habituated to a narrow circle of cares and pleasures, out of which he seldom travels, step beyond it, though for never so brief a space, his departure from the monotonous scene on which he has been an actor of importance would seem to be the signal for instant confusion. The mine which Time has slowly dug beneath familiar objects is sprung in an instant; and what was rock before, becomes but sand and dust.”

“The sum of the whole is this: walk and be happy, walk and be healthy. ‘The best of all ways to lengthen our days” is not, as Mr. Thomas Moore has it, “to steal a few hours from night, my love;” but, with leave be it spoken, to walk steadily and with a purpose. The wandering man knows of certain ancients, far gone in years, who have staved off infirmities and dissolution by earnest walking,–hale fellows close upon eighty and ninety, but brisk as boys.”

“Charity begins at home, and justice begins next door.”                               

“Cheerfulness and contentment are great beautifiers and are famous preservers of youthful looks.”                                    

“Every human creature is a profound secret and mystery to every other.”

“Every man, however obscure, however far removed from the general recognition, is one of a group of men impressible for good, and impressible for evil, and it is in the nature of things that he cannot really improve himself without in some degree improving other men.”     

“Reflect upon your present blessings of which every man has many, not on your past misfortunes, of which all men have some.”

“I never could have done what I have done without the habits of punctuality, order, and diligence, without the determination to concentrate myself on one subject at a time…”

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