Richard G. Petty, MD

The Web As a Metaphor For Love

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“We have a magnificent metaphor for the presence of love in our midst. Our fabulous technological ingenuity has created a world that is now linked by a pulsating electronic web, a global nervous system which demonstrates in a very concrete way that as a body of humanity we are all beautifully linked together, that we are all incredibly connected… the real challenge now is for us to see that it is love that is truly the web of our connection, that we are all of a piece as human beings and spirits, that we share the same joys and woes, that we partake of the same eternal spiritual destiny.”       

–Daphne Rose Kingma (American Author, Speaker and Expert on Relationships)       

‘A Profound Infusion of Love’ in:

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

Are You An Integral Aspect of a Unified Energetic Field?

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That question sounds like a mouthful but it actually reflects an important strand in contemporary thinking. And one that will likely have profound effects on all our lives.

“What we encounter in everyday life are not discrete individuals and solid objects, but integral aspects of a unified energetic field.”          

–Stanislav Grof (Czech-born American Physician, Psychiatrist, Writer and a Founder of Transpersonal Psychology, 1931-)        

“Cosmic Game, The: Explorations of the Frontiers of Human Consciousness” (Stanislav Grof)

A Hierarchy of Wholes

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“The harmonious cooperation of all beings arose, not from the orders of a superior authority external to themselves, but from the fact that they were all parts in a hierarchy of wholes forming a cosmic pattern, and what they obeyed were the internal dictates of their own natures. Modern science and the philosophy of organism, with its integrative levels, have come back to this wisdom, fortified by new understanding of cosmic, biological, and social evolution.”   

–Joseph Needham (English Biochemist, Embryologist, and Historian of Science who wrote and edited Science and Civilization in China, 1900-1995)

“Science and Civilisation in China. Volume 1: Introductory Orientations” (Joseph Needham)

Nature Speaks


“I love to think of nature as an unlimited broadcasting station, through which God speaks to us every hour, if we will only tune in.”

–George Washington Carver

 (African American Inventor and Botanist, 1864-1943)

Life: An Endless Series of Little Details, Actions, Speeches and Thoughts


“A mountain is composed of tiny grains of earth. The ocean is made up of tiny drops of water. Even so, life is but an endless series of little details, actions, speeches, and thoughts. And the consequences whether good or bad of even the least of them are far-reaching.”    

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

A Breeze Blowing Through the World


“A breeze is blowing through the human masses; one that draws us all by a sort of living affinity towards the splendid realization of some foreseen unity. Disputed, suspect and often scorned, unitary aspirations in politics, in thought, in mysticism, arise everywhere around us; and because their subject is not what is material and plural but what is spiritual and common to all in each one of us, no force of routine or egoism seems capable of arresting them; irresistibly they infiltrate and gradually dissolve old forms and false barriers.”          

–Pierre Teilhard de Chardin (French Jesuit Priest, Mystic, Paleontologist and Author, 1881-1955)              

“Pierre Teilhard De Chardin: Writings (Modern Spiritual Masters Series)” (Pierre Teilhard de Chardin, Ursula King)

The Play of Universal Forces


“All life is the play of universal forces. The individual gives a personal form to these universal forces. But he can choose whether he shall respond or not to the action of a particular force. Only most people do not really choose – they indulge the play of the forces. Your illness, depressions etc. are the repeated play of such forces. It is only when you can make oneself free of them that one can be the true person and have a true life – but one can be free only by living in the Divine.”         

–Sri Aurobindo (a.k.a. Aurobindo Ghose, Indian Nationalist Leader, Mystic, Philosopher and Creator of Purna (Integral) Yoga, 1872-1950)

Recognizing the Universal

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“In recognizing the universal in singular things the human mind is intellectually participating, however indirectly, in the original pattern by which God created that thing.”

–Richard Tarnas (American Philosopher, Cultural Historian and Professor of Philosophy and Psychology at the California Institute of Integral Studies, 1950-)

“The Passion of the Western Mind: Understanding the Ideas that Have Shaped Our World View” (Richard Tarnas)

Universal Principles

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“Studying, contemplating, and living in agreement with universal principles is a social responsibility and can be a spiritual path. It is becoming clear that when we cooperate with nature’s ways we succeed; when we resist, we struggle. Implications for our environmental crises are obvious.”

–Michael S. Schneider (American Teacher, Writer and Adjunct Professor at the California College of the Arts, 1951-)

“A Beginner’s Guide to Constructing the Universe: Mathematical Archetypes of Nature, Art, and Science” (Michael S. Schneider)  

The Web of Life

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“A body may be considered divorced from its relations with other bodies…only conceptually.

In fact, it can never be so detached: death itself being unable to detach it from its relation with the Universal forces, of which the one Force of Life is the synthesis.”

–Helena Petrovna Blavatsky (Russian Author, Translator and Founder of the Theosophical Society, 1831-1891)

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