Richard G. Petty, MD

The Web of Life

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“Working with every conceivable kind of insect and animal from the protozoa upward, biologists have discovered a world of wondrously vast and orderly linkages and feedback loops between our environment and all organisms.”  

–David Loye (American Psychologist, Evolutionary Systems Theorist and Author, 1925-)   

“The Sphinx and the Rainbow: Brain, Mind, and Future Vision” (David Loye)

The Breath of God


“All have the breath of God in them. The air you breathe – is it not full of God, is it not your life force? All of creation shares in it, contributes something to it.”

–The Findhorn Community               

“The Findhorn Garden: Pioneering a New Vision of Man and Nature in Cooperation” (The Findhorn Community)   

The Interdependent Web of Being

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“The Logos connects everything in the interdependent web of being.”         

–Richard Leviton (American Writer, Editor and Mystic, 1950-)

“Imagination of Pentecost” (Richard Leviton)

Shaking the Web of Interrelatedness

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“There is a mystical truth in the saying about the ‘web of interrelatedness’: When a leaf falls to the earth, the universe is shaken. Just so, when one writes a single word, the universe is shaken.”

–William Samuel (American Writer, Spiritual Seeker, Mystic and Teacher, 1924-1996)

“The Child Within Us Lives” (William Samuel)

The Great Chain of Being


“Everything is bound up with everything else in a pattern both absolute and universal. We are links in the great chain of being, in which the hierarchy of the human body parallels the hierarchies of the nature, the state, the cosmos.”    

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

“A Mythic Life: Learning to Live our Greater Story” (Jean Houston)

Structured by Growth

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“From the smallest individual detail to the vastest aggregations, our living universe (in common with our inorganic universe) has a structure, and this structure can owe its nature only to a phenomenon of growth.”           

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

“The Divine Milieu (Perennial Classics)” (Pierre Teilhard de Chardin)

A Mystic Bond


“Of a truth, men are mystically united: a mystic bond of brotherhood makes all men one.”

–Thomas Carlyle (Scottish Historian and Essayist, 1795-1881)

“On Heroes, Hero-Worship, and The Heroic in History” (Thomas Carlyle)

Interlocking and Interdependent Communication Patterns

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“There are millions of interlocking and interdependent communication patterns among all the physical forms of the Earth, and with training human beings can perceive and understand those patterns of communication. It is part of our species’ purpose to do so.”

–Stephen Harrod Buhner (American Poet, Writer, Ecologist and Psychotherapist, 1952-)    

“One Spirit, Many Peoples: A Manifesto for Earth Spirituality” (Stephen Harrod Buhner)

Like a Single Cell

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“What is (the earth) most like?…..It is most like a single cell.”         

–Lewis Thomas (American Physician, Writer and Educator, 1913-1993)   

“Lives of a Cell: Notes of a Biology Watcher” (Lewis Thomas)

After a Near-Death Experience


“Through the years, people have related, oh, five hundred or six hundred near-death experiences to me. When people come back out of that experience of light, they’ll often say that they have a sense that everything is interconnected. In some way that’s hard to put into words, we’re all the same. We all share one mind. And it doesn’t stop with people, it has to do, too, with trees and plants and living things.”     

–Joan Borysenko (American Psychologist, Writer, Mystic and Speaker, 1945-)

“Angels: The Mysterious Messengers” (Rex Hauck)

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