Richard G. Petty, MD

Opening the Door

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“Anyone of any tribe or nation or language who in any sincere way turns to a Great Spirit, calling Him God or Allah or Life of whatever else he will, opens a door that God may enter his conscious mind and answer his prayers according to his faith.”           

–Agnes Sanford (American Charismatic Christian Healer, teacher and Writer, 1897-1982)  

“Behold Your God” (Agnes Sanford)   

Unity of the Energent Mind

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“Indeed, as proclaimed by all great religious convictions, a unity characterizes this emergent mind and the basic order of the universe.”    

–Karl Pribram (Austrian-born American Neuroscientist, 1919-)   

Unity Cannot Be Numbered


“Unity cannot be numbered itself. It creates innumerable kinds from itself and contains them all within itself.”      

–Macrobius (a.k.a. Ambrosius Theodosius Macrobius, Latin Writer and Philosopher, c.A.D. 375-423)      

“Commentary on the Dream of Scipio by Macrobius (Records of Western Civilization Series)” (Macrobius)

Communion and Union With the Beloved


“In nearly all traditions, sacred psychology assumes that the deepest yearning in every human soul is to return to its spiritual source, there to experience communion and even union with the Beloved.”         

–Jean Houston (American Scholar, Researcher and Author on Human Potentialities, 1937-)

“The Search for the Beloved: Journeys in Mythology and Sacred Psychology” (Jean Houston)

Healing Earthly Woes


“The broad sympathies and discerning insight needed for the healing of earthly woes cannot flow from a mere intellectual consideration of human diversities, but from knowledge of men’s deepest unity – kinship with God.”    

–Paramahansa Yogananda (Indian Spiritual Teacher and, in 1920, Founder of the Self-Realization Fellowship, 1893-1952)                                               

“Autobiography of a Yogi” (Paramahansa Yogananda)

Mystic Awareness


“As gradually and naturally as the embryo of physical life emerges into the physical world, the germ of real life which is latent in human personality takes form and develops to the mystic climax of perfect participation in the Eternal World.”     

–Evelyn Underhill (English Mystic, Poet, Writer and Spiritual Counselor, 1875-1941)   

“The Mystic Way: The Role of Mysticism in the Christian Life” (Evelyn Underhill)

What We Need to Advance


“The conditions of advance are these: global unity of mankind’s noetic organization or system of awareness, but a high degree of variety within that unity; love, with goodwill and full cooperation; personal integration and internal harmony; and increasing knowledge….

We, mankind, contain the possibilities of the earth’s immense future, and can realize more and more of them on condition that we increase our knowledge and our love.”

–Julian Huxley (English Evolutionary Biologist, 1887-1975)   

“The Phenomenon of Man” (Pierre Teilhard de Chardin)

Universe Is a Communion and a Community

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“It is especially important in this discussion to recognize the unity of the total process, from that first unimaginable moment of cosmic emergence through all its subsequent forms of expression until the present. This unbreakable bond of relatedness that makes of the whole a universe becomes increasingly apparent to scientific observation, although this bond ultimately escapes scientific formulation or understanding. In virtue of this relatedness, everything is intimately present to everything else in the universe. Nothing is completely itself without everything else. This relatedness is both spatial and temporal. However distant in space or time, the bond of unity is functionally there.

The universe is a communion and a community. We ourselves are that communion become conscious of itself.”

–Thomas Berry (American Historian, Catholic Priest and Author, 1914-2009)   

The Universe Quietly Revealed

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“The universe quietly reveals its unity. God is polite, knocking only gently. We have to listen carefully if we are to hear the report.”         

–Gerald L. Schroeder (American Orthodox Jewish Physicist, Author and Lecturer, 1938-)   

“The Hidden Face of God: Science Reveals the Ultimate Truth” (Gerald L. Schroeder)

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