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“The truth you believe and cling to makes you unavailable to hear anything new.” – Pema Chodron

“We are not going in circles, we are going upwards. The path is a spiral; we have already climbed many steps.” ~ Herman Hesse

“Anti-intellectualism has been a constant thread winding its way through our political and cultural life, nurtured by the false notion that democracy means that ‘my ignorance is just as good as your knowledge.'” — Isaac Asimov

“The best argument against democracy is a five-minute conversation with the average voter.” — Winston Churchill

“What telescopes are for the cosmos, psychedelics are for the mind.”

“The Earth is degenerating today. Bribery and corruption abound. Children no longer obey their parents, every man wants to write a book, and it is evident that the end of the world is fast approaching.” Assyrian Tablet (ca. 2800 BC)

“If quantum mechanics hasn’t profoundly shocked you, you haven’t understood it yet.” -Niels Bohr, Nobel Prize in Physics 1922

“A new consciousness is developing which sees the earth as a single organism and recognizes that an organism at war with itself is doomed. We are one planet. One of the great revelations of the age of space exploration is the image of the earth finite and lonely, somehow vulnerable, bearing the entire human species through the oceans of space and time.” -Carl Sagan

“The total number of minds in the universe is one.” -Erwin Schrodinger, Nobel Prize in Physics 1933

“Since the universe is a vital infinite reality, in perpetual becoming, Romanticism rejects the ideal of an objective, systematic account of a fixed order (of ontology or human affairs or nature or anything else). True knowledge is subjective and non-systematic. … Romanticism, like the esoteric tradition, replaces systematic thought with correspondences, similitudes, harmonies, and analogies.”  ~ Dictionary of Gnosis & Western Hermeticism

“The intellect is extremely important when dealing with creations that already exist in your reality, however the aggressive thrust of emotional impulses are what brings creations to life in the first place.”

‎”Unlike his contemporaries, Goethe didn’t see darkness as an absence of light, but rather as polar to and interacting with light; colour resulted from this interaction of light and shadow.” ~Wikipedia

“Starting out to make money is the greatest mistake in life. Do what you feel you have a flair for doing, and if you are good enough at it, the money will come.” ~ Greer Garson

“The greatest mistake you can make in life is to be continually fearing you will make one.” ~ Elbert Hubbard

“Failure is the condiment that gives success its flavor.” ~Truman Capote

“We mount to heaven mostly on the ruins of our cherished schemes, finding our failures were successes.” ~ A. Bronson Alcott

“Thinking you know when in fact you don’t is a fatal mistake, to which we are all prone.” ~ Bertrand Russell

“Nobody makes a greater mistake than he who does nothing because he could only do a little.” ~ Edmund Burke

“If people never did silly things, nothing intelligent would ever get done.” ~Ludwig Wittgenstein

“Physics is above mathematics and the slave must be trained to suit the master’s convenience.” Sir Oliver Heaviside E.M.T. Vol. II, pg 414

“A real Master is not a teacher: a real Master is an awakener. His function is totally different from a teacher; his function is far more difficult. And only very few people can stay with a Master because to wake up after millions of lives is not an ordinary feat; it is a miracle. And to allow somebody to wake you up needs great trust, great surrender.” OSHO

“Love, as it is often experienced, allows an individual to take his sense of self-worth from another for a time, and to at least momentarily let the other’s belief in his goodness supersede his own beliefs in lack of worth. Again, I make a distinction between this and a greater love in which two individuals, knowing their own worth, are able to give and receive.” ~ Seth

‎”Education is a much more effective weapon for defeating terrorism and fundamentalism, in all its forms, than an endless war.” – Malalai Joya, exiled Afghan MP

“Suppose we’ve chosen the wrong god. Every time we go to church we’re just making him madder and madder” – Homer Simpson’s version of Pascal’s Wager

“In a real sense all life is inter related. All men are caught in an inescapable network of mutuality,tied in a single garment of destiny.Whatever affects one directly affects all indirectly. I can never be what I ought to be until you are what you ought to be, and you can never be what you ought to be until I am what I ought to be.” —Rev. Martin Luther King. Jr.

“In obedience there is always fear, and fear darkens the mind.”

“You attract what you are, not what you want“ – Wayne Dyer

“Once you’ve come to the conclusion that what what you know already is all you need to know, then you have a degree in disinterest.”- John Dobson

“Walter Heisenberg, the originator of the Uncertainty Principle, is said to have remarked, ” Your Theory is crazy, but not crazy enough to be true.””

“From “sex drugs and rock and roll” to Tantra, visionary plant shamanism, and trance dance: #2012″ – Daniel Pinchbeck

“My life is its own definition. So is yours. Let us leave the priests to their hells and heavens, and confine the scientists to their dying universe, with its accidentally created stars. Let us each dare to open our dream’s door, and explore the unofficial thresholds, where we begin.” – Jane Roberts

“In obedience there is always fear, and fear darkens the mind” – Jiddu Krishnamurti

“A human being is part of a whole, called by us the Universe, a part limited in time and space. He experiences himself, his thoughts and feelings, as something separated from the rest a kind of optical delusion of his consciousness. This delusion is a kind of prison for us, restricting us to our personal desires and to affection for a few persons nearest us. Our task must be to free ourselves from this prison by widening our circles of compassion to embrace all living creatures and the whole of nature in its beauty.” ~ Albert Einstein

“You can not find happiness by chasing after it. Happiness comes from doing what you love to do, and from being who you truly are.”

“You don’t love a woman because she is beautiful; she is beautiful because you love her.” ~Anonymous

“You don’t really deserve to be loved unless you have the balls to be hated.”
– Stephane Hemon

“Self-deception: a renewable resource that actually increases the more you use it.” ~ Roissy

“Success comes from acting out of confidence, conviction, commitment, and deservedness, no matter what critics, haters, and competitors are saying and thinking–with no fear of failure (and with no problem bouncing back undiscouraged if one doesn’t succeed at first).

Conversely, walking down the path to your goals with fear, doubt, and uncertainty as your traveling companions is a sure way to slow down–if not completely bring to a halt–your journey.

Even when successful, having a feeling of undeservedness when you reach your goal will ultimately lead to self-sabotage.” ~ Neil Strauss

“The cure for boredom is curiosity. There is no cure for curiosity.” ~Dorothy Parker

“So a student goes to the dojo and asks the master how long it will take him to become a master himself. The master says “First, you must learn patience.” And the student asks “Yeah, yeah, how long is THAT going to take?”” via Lyle Mcdonald

“When God is on our side we commit any crime; we’re absolved individually from that crime by believing that we have a higher sanction.” – Reverend Kevin Annett

“I searched for God and found only myself. I searched for myself and found only God”. ~ Sufi Proverb

“Maturity is a cage adults make that children race towards, so that one day, they may be just as miserable as them.” ~paraphrased from Neil Strauss

” We have this idea that love is supposed to last forever. But love isn’t like that. It’s a free-flowing energy that comes and goes when it pleases. Sometimes it stays for life; other times it stays for a second, a day, a month, or a year. So don’t fear love when it comes simply because it makes you vulnerable. But don’t be surprised when it leaves, either. Just be glad you had the opportunity to experience it. ” ~paraphrased by Neil Strauss via Joel Cramer

“When considering opposing religious ideologies and ways of life you must always admit to yourself that you might/could be wrong in your current outlook. Otherwise serious inquiry is pointless.”

“It is the dilemma, between identity”s constant attempts to maintain stability and action’s inherent drive for change, that results in the imbalance, the exquisite creative by-product that is consciousness of self. For consciousness and existence do not result from delicate balances so much as they are made possible by lack of balances, so richly creative that there would be no reality were balance ever maintained.” ~ The Seth Material

“Genuine intellectual inquiry is always subversive. It challenges cultural and political assumptions. It critiques structures. It is relentlessly self-critical. It implodes the self-indulgent myths and stereotypes we use to elevate ourselves and ignore our complicity in acts of violence and oppression. And it makes the powerful, as well as their liberal apologists, deeply uncomfortable.” ~ Paraphrased from Noam Chomsky/Chris Hedges

“We are not human beings having a spiritual experience. We are spiritual beings having a human experience.” – Pierre Teilhard de Chardin

“Condemnation without investigation is the height of ignorance.” ~ Albert Einstein

“Space and Time – illusions. How? There is no space nor time. Everything exists within the same nothingness. All this is One No-thing. There is nothing but a singularity which contains all energy, you and me, unending and unchanging. It is our desire to exist that creates the illusion of separation among us. We indulge in our desire to be engulfed by illusion. To experience the joy of discovery again.” ~ Aaron Skables

“There would be no passion in this world if we never had to fight for what we love.” ~ Susie Switzer

“Identity, because of its characteristics, will continually seek stability, while stability is impossible . . . It is this dilemma between identity’s constant attempts to maintain stability and action’s inherent drive for change that results in the imbalance, the exquisite creative by-product that is consciousness . . . identity must seek stability while action must seek change, yet identity could not exist without change, for it is the result of action and a part of it . . . every action is a termination. And yet without the termination, identity would cease to exist, for consciousness without action would cease to be conscious.” ~ Seth

[Note the correspondence to quantum physics regarding: “. . . every action is a termination.” In quantum physics the detection process acts on the wave motion creating the particle view or identity. In effect our existence and consciousness is the process of momentarily stopping the change (the waves and motion) to create the NOW, stability and existence, that is, like creating a stable ‘time layer’ moving through the waves of probabilities.]

“The media perpetuates it, but it doesn’t cause it. … The media just picks up on it and presents the same message with as much negativity as it can possibly find, because we are a negative-driven culture. We don’t do things because they are right thing to do; we do things because we don’t want the wrong things to happen.” I think on that a long time.

“Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere. We are caught in an inescapable network of mutuality, tied in a single garment of destiny. Whatever affects one directly, affects all indirectly.”  ~Martin Luther King, Jr.

“He who undervalues himself is justly undervalued by others.”

“Matter is not made of matter.” Hans-Peter Duerr, Prof Physics, Max Planck Institute

“Matter, as we know it, exists only in the mind.”

“Matter derives from mind, not mind from matter.” ~ Tibetan Book of the Great Liberation

“Space and time are the framework within which the mind is constrained to construct its experience of reality.” ~ Immanuel Kant

“The most beautiful thing we can experience is the mystical. It is the source of all true art and science. ”  Albert Einstein

“I Am” is the name of God. God is none other than the self. ~ Ramana Maharishi

“Atman IS Brahman” ~ The Upnishads

“Man cannot mistrust his own nature and at the same time trust the nature of God, for God is his word for the source of his being—and if his being is tainted, then so must be his God.” ~ Seth

“Fanatics have tunnel vision, so that any beliefs not fitting their purposes are ignored. Those that challenge their own purposes, however, become instant targets of scorn and attack.” ~ Seth

“Any fool can criticize, condemn and complain… and most fools do.” – Benjamin Franklin

“The man who trades freedom for security does not deserve nor will he ever receive either.” – Benjamin Franklin

“When you’re one step ahead
of the crowd you’re a genius.
When you’re two steps ahead,
you’re a crackpot.”
— Rabbi Shlomo Riskin

“All truth passes through three stages:
First, it is ridiculed;
Second, it is violently opposed; and
Third, it is accepted as self-evident.”
— Arthur Schopenhauer

“If your actions inspire others to dream more, do more and become more, you’re a leader.”

” If you hate a person, you hate something in him that is part of yourself. What isn’t part of ourselves doesn’t disturb us.” – Hermann Hesse

“Figure out who you are seperate from your family and the man or women you’re in a relationship with. Find out who you are in this world and what you need to feel good alone. I think that’s the most important thing in life. Find a sense of self because with that, you can do anything else.” -Angelina Jolie

“See if you can catch yourself complaining in either speech or thought, about a situation you find yourself in, what other people do or say, your surroundings, your life situation, even the weather. To complain is always nonacceptance of what is. It invariably carries an unconscious negative charge. When you complain, you make yourself a victim. Leave the situation or accept it. All else is madness.” – From the book: The Power of Now

Your whole idea about yourself is borrowed– borrowed from those who have no idea of who they are themselves.” ~ Osho

“All proofs inevitably lead to propositions that have no proof. All things are known because we want to believe in them.”

“Give a man a fish, and you feed him for a day. Teach him to fish, and you feed him for a lifetime.”

“The mystery of life is not a problem to be solved, but a reality to be experienced.”
—–Buddislamic text

“Sometimes when you cage the beast the beast gets angry” – Wolverine, X-Men:The Last Stand.

“The only true happiness is when you don’t need happiness to be happy.”

“Homer Simpson once pointed this out to his wife Marge, “But Marge, what if we picked the wrong religion? Every week, we’re just making God madder and madder!”.”

“When all the world recognizes beauty as beauty, this in itself is ugliness.
When all the world recognizes good as good, this in itself is evil.” – Lao Tzu, Tao Teh Ching

“If nothing we do matters then all that matters is what we do” –Angel

“The road to hell is paved with good intentions.”

“Great minds discuss ideas. Average minds discuss events. Small minds discuss people.” ~ Eleanor Roosevelt (half truth)

“Men who are not free always idealise their bondage.”  – Boris Pasternak

“What makes a free thinker is not his beliefs, but the way in which he holds them. If he holds them because his elders told him they were true when he was young, or if he holds them because if he did not he would be unhappy, his thought is not free; but if he holds them because, after careful thought, he finds a balance of evidence in their favor, then his thought is free, however odd his conclusions may seem.” -Bertrand Russell, 1944

“We forfeit three-fourths of ourselves in order to be like other people.” – Arthur Schopenhauer

“Humility and inner peace go hand in hand. The less compelled you are to try to prove yourself to others, the easier it is to feel peaceful inside.”-Richard Carlson

“Initially, language was meant to express and release, not to define and limit.” – Seth

“The acceptance of pain is the end of suffering.”

“Space and time are not conditions in which we live. They are modes in which we think.” ~ Albert Einstein

“Your Life isnt defined by the state you are in- but in which DIRECTION your life is progressing.”

“Mahatma Gandhi was a very unique man. Many times Evangelists sat on his doorstep for whole hours trying to convert him to Protestant Christianity. Gandhi did not accept the teaching of Evangelists, neither did he reject them. He understood and respected them, and that was all. Many times Mahatma said, “I am Brahman, Jewish, Christian, Muslim, etc.” Mahatma understood that all religions are necessary because they contain the same Eternal Values. Accepting or rejecting any doctrine or concept reveals a lack of mental maturity. When we reject or accept something, it is because we have not understood it. Whenever understanding exists, accepting or rejecting is unnecessary. The mind that believes, the mind that does not believe and the mind that doubts is an ignorant mind. The path of wisdom does not lie in believing, not believing or doubting. The path of wisdom consists in inquiring, analyzing, meditating, experimenting. Truth is the unknown from moment to moment. Truth has nothing to do with what one believes or stops believing; neither does it have anything to do with skepticism.

Truth is not a matter of accepting or rejecting it is something to experience, live and understand.”
“None are more hopelessly enslaved than those who falsely believe they are free.” – Johann Wolfgang Goethe

“The rich buy themselves things that make them rich, the poor buy things that make themselves poor.” (half truth)

“If nothing was impossible and you had no fears, what would you do tomorrow?”

“Be yourself, everyone else is taken.”

“Until one learns to lose one’s self he cannot find himself.” ~Walter Russell

“Whoever does not know Self – does not know anything, but whoever knows Self – already has acquired the Knowledge about the Depth of the Universe.”

“Reality is often stranger than fiction.”

“Ultimately you must understand yourself, and come to some kind of truce with the warring forces of your nature. In the end, it’s the life and truth of the soul which are your real goal.”

“A boring day is a day lost forever.”

“If even just one other life has in any way benefited from your actions, then you can know your life has been successful.”

“Television is the first truly democratic culture — the first culture available to everybody and entirely governed by what the people want. The most terrifying thing is what people do want.” ~Clive Barnes