Richard G. Petty, MD

Investigating the Universe


“It is every one’s duty to investigate the mysteries and wonderful secrets which the Creator has infused into all things.”    

–Basilius Valentinus (a.k.a. Basil Valentine, German 15th Century Alchemist and Canon of the Benedictine Priory of Sankt Peter in Erfurt, Germany)

“The Triumphal Chariot of Antimony: With the Commentary of Theodore Kerchringius, Doctor of Medicine” (Basil Valentine, Theodor Kerckring, Arthur Edward Waite, Joseph Bouleur)

Primal Revelation

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“The Creator…in pointing with the word, he shows himself, and is revealed. This is the primal revelation, creation itself.”

–Georg Kühlewind (Hungarian Philosopher, Writer, Lecturer, and Meditation Teacher, 1924-2006)   

{‘Becoming Aware of the Logos’ The Imagination of Pentecost: Rudolf Steiner & Contemporary Spirituality Richard Leviton}   

“Imagination of Pentecost” (Richard Leviton)  

Common Pattern of Perception


“In the thick of our views exists a common pattern of perception…. the pattern is a weave of united processes. We now need to see this ‘weave’ in the human nervous system and the cosmos’s system alike. The wider and sharper our vision becomes – and the more flexible our definitions of these systems become – the more the conceptual boundaries between the beholder (brain) and the beheld (universe) will overlap.”   

–Todd Siler (American Visual Artist, Educator, Inventor and Author, 1953-)

“Breaking the Mind Barrier” (Todd Siler)

A Dangerous Luxury

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I get really concerned about a lot of the discussions on websites. Particularly when they have something to do with health and wellness: things that really matter a lot. There’s a lot more to helping people than quoting some facts and statistics, and a personal anecdote or two.

Here’s something written over three decades ago, and is even more true today:

“A point of view can be a dangerous luxury when substituted for insight and understanding.”        

–Herbert Marshall McLuhan (Canadian Communications Theorist and Educator, 1911-1980)   

Understanding Is Joyous


“We are an intelligent species and the use of our intelligence quite properly gives us pleasure. In this respect the brain is like a muscle. When it is in use we feel very good. Understanding is joyous.”    

–Carl Sagan (American Astronomer and Science Writer, 1934-1996)

“Broca’s Brain: Reflections on the Romance of Science” (Carl Sagan)

Understanding the Person You Want to Love

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“We really have to understand the person we want to love. If our love is only a will to possess, it is not love. If we only think of ourselves, if we know only our own needs and ignore the needs of the other person, we cannot love.”          

–Thich Nhat Hanh (Vietnamese Buddhist Monk, 1926-)

“Peace Is Every Step: The Path of Mindfulness in Everyday Life” (Thich Nhat Hanh)

Science and Poetry

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“In science one tries to tell people, in such a way as to be understood by everyone, something that no one ever knew before. But in poetry, it’s the exact opposite.”      

–Paul Adrien Maurice Dirac (English Mathematician and Physicist, Lucasian Professor of Mathematics at Cambridge University from 1932-1969, and, in 1933, Winner of the Nobel Prize in Physics, 1902-1984)   

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