Richard G. Petty, MD

Accepting Oneness

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“Acceptance of the oneness of the Universe is essential for those feeling fragmented and alone and lacking a sense of spiritual connection.”        

–Meredith L. Young-Sowers (American Writer and Creator of the Stillpoint Model of Integrative Life Healing, 1944-)      

“Agartha The Essential Guide to Personal Transformation in the New Era” (Meredith Lady Young)   

The Sacred World


It’s valuable to see that the insights of the Eastern nondual and mystical traditions have also been talked about in the Western Churches since the early Middle Ages, and probably even before that. Yet many of our current generation of theologians seem to have forgotten!

“God’s power is in every natural thing, since God is in all things by the divine essence, presence, and power.”       

–Saint Thomas Aquinas (Italian Dominican Friar, Theologian and Philosopher, 1225-1274)           

“Sheer Joy: Conversations With Thomas Aquinas on Creation Spirituality” (Matthew Fox)

Symbols of Oneness


“The common origin of the human race is proved by the universal themes of folklore [and] legend…. Orientalism, the study of comparative religion, mythology, cultural anthropology, the history of civilization and art, esotericism, psychoanalysis, and symbolological research have all combined to provide us with ample material to substantiate psychological truth, and this essential oneness.”

–J.E. Cirlot (a.k.a. Juan Eduardo Cirlot Laporta, Spanish Poet, Art critic, Hermeneutist, Mythologist, Musician and Writer, 1916-1973)   

“A Dictionary of Symbols (Dover Occult)” (J. E. Cirlot)

Feeling Part of Everything


“One day when I was sitting quiet and feeling like a motherless child, which I was, it came to me: that feeling of being part of everything, not separate at all….I knew that if I cut a tree, my arm would bleed.”          

–Alice Walker (African-American Writer, 1944-)      

The Color Purple: In Spiritual Literacy, Reading the Sacred in Everyday Life

Oneness With God


“To man and to atom, to star-cloud and to earth, to sun and to snow crystal, to mountain and to worm, to sage and to fool, to saint and to sinner, God, to whom size and number offer no obstacle, gives eternal and inescapable union with his very Self.”

–Alan W. Watts (English-born American Philosopher, Writer, Speaker and Expert in Comparative Religion, 1915-1973)  

“Behold the Spirit: A Study in the Necessity of Mystical Religion” (Alan W. Watts)   

Like the Spokes On A Bicycle

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“Look at the spokes of a bicycle wheel. At the rim, each spoke is separated from all the others. At the hub, each spoke is one with all the others. Each of us is like one of those spokes, connected with all the others at the center, at our spiritual hub.”    

–Marianne Williamson (American Author, Unity Church Minister and Lecturer on Spirituality, 1952-)                                            

“The Gift of Change: Spiritual Guidance for a Radically New Life” (Marianne Williamson)  

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)

The Oneness of the Universe


“Whatever we see or think about is the manifestation of the Mother, of the Primordial Energy, the Primal Consciousness. Creation, preservation, and destruction, living beings and the universe, and further, meditation and the meditator, bhakti [devotion] and prema [divine love]-all these are manifestations of the glory of that Power.”       

–Sri Ramakrishna (a.k.a. Sri Ramakrishna Paramahansa, Indian Hindu Mystic and Promoter of Universal Religion, 1836-1886)     

Inhaling the Sky


“Each time you inhale you are drawing into yourself an average of about one atom from each of the breaths contained in the whole sky.”

–Guy Murchie (American Artist, Photographer, Member of the Bahá’í Faith and Author, 1907-1997)          

“The Seven Mysteries of Life” (Guy Murchie)   

Loosening the Hold of Duality


“The method for abandoning the hold which duality has on consciousness is not simple. The more comfort and pleasure available to man, the less his chance for a strong enough push to force him to give up even the temporary happiness of his achievements. And yet he must eventually do this ( internally ) to bring the full focus of consciousness to bear on the experience of the eternally inherent self or soul, with all its blissful freedom of real existence.

This is why God loves most the so-called destitute and helpless.

The greater the helplessness, the greater can and should be the dependence upon God for His help, which is ever more ready than are the sincere and earnest wishes for it. The greater the bindings, the greater the chances for quick, permanent relief, through fully conscious experience of man’s own original and everlasting freedom.

The unlimited and everlasting spiritual freedom of the self or soul exists eternally and infinitely in one and all, and is equally available to every man and woman irrespective of class, creed or nationality. Spiritual freedom can and does transcend all the illusory phenomena of duality, because divine Oneness is always divine Oneness, before the beginningless beginning and beyond the endless end. Contrarily, the illusion of all material binding from first to last is always illusion, and even its illusory existence depends upon the play of the eternal spiritual freedom of the soul.

It is only in spiritual freedom that one can have enduring happiness and unhampered self-knowledge. It is only in spiritual freedom that one finds the supreme certainty of truth-realization. It is only in spiritual freedom that there is a final end to sorrow and limitation. It is only in spiritual freedom that one can live for all, and yet remain detached in the midst of all activity.”

–Meher Baba

 (Indian Spiritual Teacher who, from July 1925 maintained Silence, 1894-1969)   

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