Richard G. Petty, MD

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.)

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)

Higher Intuition


“Intuition is a comprehensive grip of the principle of universality, and when it is functioning there is…a complete loss of the sense of separateness. At its highest point, it is known as that Universal Love which has no relation to sentiment or to the affectional reaction but is, predominantly, in the nature of an identification with all beings.”           

–Alice A. Bailey (English Writer, Spiritual Teacher and Founder of the Arcane School, 1880-1949)   

“Glamour: A World Problem” (Alice A. Bailey)

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)   

The Vast Presence

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“The silence of landscape conceals vast presence. Place is not simply location. A place is a profound individuality. With complete attention, landscape celebrates the liturgy of the seasons, giving itself unreservedly to the passion of the goddess. The shape of a landscape is an ancient and silent form of consciousness. Mountains are huge contemplatives. Rivers and streams offer voice; they are the tears of the earth’s joy and despair. The earth is full of soul ….. Civilization has tamed place. Left to itself, the curvature of the landscape invites presence and the loyalty of stillness.”       

–John O’Donohue (Irish Poet, Author, Catholic Priest and Hegelian Philosopher, 1956-2008)

“Anam Cara: A Book of Celtic Wisdom” (John O’Donohue)

Changing Our Opinions


“The future and the past have different appearances… the disproportion will always be great between expectation and enjoyment, between new possession and satiety… the truth of many maxims of age gives too little pleasure to be allowed till it is felt… the miseries of life would be increased beyond all human power of endurance, if we were to enter the world with the same opinions as we carry from it.”          

–Samuel Johnson (English Biographer and Essayist, 1709-1784)   

{The Rambler, Number 196}

“The Works of Samuel Johnson, Volume 03 – The Rambler, Volume II” (Samuel Johnson)

Finding the Sacred in the Ordinary

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“The secret of finding the sacred in ordinary life is not in applying moralisms and ideologies to current affairs but in grasping the inherent profundity and indeed spirituality of every situation.”           

–Thomas Moore (American Psychotherapist and Writer)

“The Soul’s Religion: Cultivating A Profoundly Spiritual Way of Life” (Thomas Moore)

A Spiritual Canticle

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“The soul is able to see a marvelous fitness and disposition of the wisdom of God in the diversities of all His creatures and works…. each after its manner testifies to that which God is in it.”    

–Saint John of The Cross (Spanish Christian Mystic and Poet, 1542-1591)

“A Spiritual Canticle of the Soul and the Bridegroom Christ” (St. John of the Cross)

Revelation of the Sacred


“Any cultural moment whatever can provide the fullest revelation of the sacred to which the human condition is capable of acceding.”     

–Mircea Eliade (Romanian Historian of Religion, Philosopher, Novelist and Professor at the University of Chicago, 1907-1986)                                      

“Shamanism: Archaic Techniques of Ecstasy (Mythos: The Princeton/Bollingen Series in World Mythology)” (Mircea Eliade, Willard R. Trask, Wendy Doniger)

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