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*These quotes are meant to provoke thought and discussion; not all are ideas which I totally agree with,
but they all have caused me to think about life and reality.


"Do not seek to follow in the footsteps of the wise. Seek what they sought." - Basho

"When we try to pick out something by itself, we find it hitched to everything else in the universe." - John Muir

"Perhaps imagination is a faculty of perception." - Unknown

"An it harm none, do what you will." - Wiccan Rede

"When the student is ready, the teacher appears." - Unknown

"Without deviation from the norm, progress is not possible." - Frank Zappa

"People who judge don't matter; people who matter don't judge." - Unknown

"We are not humans having a spiritual experience; rather, we are spiritual beings having a human experience." - Unknown

"Inside us lies every possibility that is available to a sentient being. Every darkness, every light. It is the choices we make that decide who or what we will be." - Charles De Lint

"Our spirit is the real part of us, the body but its garment.
A man would not find peace at the tailor's because his coat comes from there;
neither can the spirit obtain true happiness from the earth
just because his body belongs to earth." - Pir-o-Murshid Hazrat Inayat Khan

"There is a light within every soul; it only needs the clouds that overshadow it to be broken, for it to beam forth." - Pir-o-Murshid Hazrat Inayat Khan

"We should be careful to take away from ourselves any thorns that prick us in the personality of others." - Pir-o-Murshid Hazrat Inayat Khan

"Higher yet and higher out of clouds and night,
nearer yet and nearer rising to the light -
light, serene and holy where my soul may rest,
purified and lowly, sanctified and blest." - Wolfgang Goethe, "Rising to the Light"

Reflections on Awareness - Unknown

Symptoms of Inner Peace

- Unknown

"Desiderata" - Max Erhman

"A circle is not a line; it has no beginning and no end. A circle is not a pyramid; it has no top or bottom. A circle is not an asterisk; it is not run from the center." - Unknown

"Imagination is the beginning of creation. You imagine what you desire; you will what you imagine; and at last you create what you will." - George Bernard Shaw

Some Dowsing Principles and Comments From: kirk@inneraction.com

"Love is the ultimate outlaw. It just won't adhere to any rules. The most any of us can do is sign on as its accomplice." - Tom Robbins, "Still Life With Woodpecker"

"I believe that the within and without are intimately connected, and that it is our ego that gets in the way and tells us we are separate from everything else." - Dietmar Stoll

"Dowsing is as much a part of your humanity as passing wind.
It is a natural part of you that you are taught to suppress
or even deny as much as possible." - Bob Brewer

"We are so numb we don't even know what a direct experience is. We have an experience, then we think about it and we think the thinking about it is the experience." - Stephen Levine

"Feelings serve as calls to awareness. Fear is a useful emotion. "Beware"=BE AWARE!" - Unknown

Usui Reiki Principles - Dr. Mikao Usui

"Creative energy is the essence of all healing...We physicians do nothing, we only help and encourage the physician within." - Dr. Albert Schweitzer

"You can sit on a couch with a pleasant woman for 2 hours and it seems like two minutes, or you can sit on a hot stove for 2 minutes and it seems like 2 hours. That's relativity." - Albert Einstein

"The greatest tragedy is to live out someone else's life thinking it was your own." - David Whyte

"He who would seek revenge had better dig two graves." - Ancient Chinese Proverb

"Nature is reminding us that it used to exist without human beings." - Mikhail Gorbachev

"Medicine is a science of uncertainty and an art of probability." - Sir William Osler

"Life can only be understood backwards, but it must be lived forwards." - Soren Kierkegaard

"Whenever we pray, we always pray `mitakuye oyasin',
for all our relations. We pray for all of the black people,
all of the yellow people, all the white people, and all the red people.
We pray for all our relations." - Lakota Elder, American Indian

"Liberty without Learning is always in peril, and Learning without Liberty is always in vain." - John F. Kennedy

"A mind that is stretched by a new experience can never go back to its old dimensions." - Oliver Wendell Holmes

"Twelve Ways to Speed Things Up" - Andrew Lutts

"Adhere To - Faith, Unity, Sacrifice.
Avoid - Back-biting, Falsehood and Crookedness.
Admire - Frankness, Honesty and Large-heartedness.
Control - Tongue, Temper and Tossing of the mind.
Cultivate - Cosmic Love, Forgiveness and Patience.
Hate - Lust, Anger and Pride." - Sivananda (born 1887)

"Joy multiplies when it is shared among friends, while grief diminishes with every division. That is life." - Drizzt Do'Urden

"Unless we put medical freedom into the constitution, the time will come when medicine will organize itself into an undercover dictatorship...denying equal privileges. All such laws are un-American and despotic... " - Benjamin Rush, Physician - Signer, Declaration of Independence

"To qualify as a human being, one must take part in humanitarian acts. A human being is not one who looks like one, it is one who acts like one." - Unknown

"There is an ancient saying that 'we doubt everything and everybody, except our own ignorance'." - Unknown

"WARNING: the side effect of restoration of perfect health is gaining access to the unlimited potential of your mind." -Unknown

"We dance round in a ring and suppose, but the secret sits in the middle and knows." - Robert Frost

My Declaration of Self-Esteem - V. Satir

Touching - Unknown

The Human Hand - J. Mason Taylor M.D. (1908)

"For we in medicine are on the threshold of once again realizing that there are far greater powers at work in the minds and bodies of our patients and ourselves than we can understand or control by 'technical' means alone." - Dr. Michael L. Connell

"We are the curators of life on earth. It is our birthright." - Dr. Helen Caldicott

"The first wealth is health." - Ralph Waldo Emerson

"Socrates reported to his Greek countrymen that in one respect, the Barbarian Tracians were in advance of civilization. They knew the body could not be cured without the mind. This is the reason why the cure of many diseases is unknown to the physicians of Hellas, because they are ignorant of the whole." - Dr. H.F. Dunbar - Essay - 'Emotions and Bodily Change' - 1951

"The wish for healing has ever been the half of health." - Seneca

"Miracles are only things that happen under laws we don't yet understand." - Virginia Samdahl

"I would not interfere with any creed of yours
or want to appear that I have all the cures.
There is so much to know...so many things are true...
The way my feet must go may not be best for you.
And so, I give this part of what is light to me,
to guide you through the dark,
but not tell you what to see." - Unknown

"You are always your own best guru, your own best teacher. the answers are always inside you." - Sai Baba

Quotes from Sai Baba - A Relection on the Usui 5 Principles

"Where love is, great changes and healing take place." - Mari Hall - Reiki Master

"Reiki is not in the mind; it is in the heart. Feeling it is always the greatest teacher." - Mari Hall - Reiki Master

"After we can truly love ourselves, we are able to love others without any prejudices." - Mari Hall - Reiki Master

"Your mind is a truly powerful tool: it creates your reality in every moment. You are as well as you think you are capable of being." - Mari Hall - Reiki Master

"Knowledge is of two kinds. We know a subject as our own, or we know where we can find information on it." -Dr. Samuel Johnson

Things I Can Learn From A Dog - Unknown

"We normally think of Love as a noun; it is more effective as a verb." - Lawton R. Smith

"Physicians think they are doing something for you if they label it as a disease." - Immanuel Kant

"The essential when watching a patient is
to preserve the mind and turn the thoughts within,
to quiet the breath and turn inward one's gaze,
to keep the heart attentive - showing a line of fine inquiry:
then one can reach the spiritual light, search through all obscurities,
and decide upon the question of life and death,
without one single mistake in a thousand cases." - Unknown Ancient Clinician

"More than one skillful physician has said that if one asks the right questions, the patient will make the diagnosis for you in his or her own words." - Andrew Weil M.D.

"There are two ways to heal: one may remove or mask symptoms and improve function, or one may restore a person to health. Both phenomena may occur at the same time, or may be totally different, including the means." - Lawton R. Smith

"In our every deliberation we must consider the impact of our actions with regard to the last seven generations and the next seven generations." - The Great Law of the Iroquois Confederacy

"To drink a Cup of Tea requires 3 things be present.
A Cup, Brewed Tea, and a Person to drink the Tea.
The Cup is the vessel that the Tea is poured into and that holds the Tea,
but it is not the Tea. The Tea is the Tea, it is not the Cup.
Only the Person can decide to pick up the Cup with the Brewed Tea and drink it.
The Cup can't decide for the Person and the Tea can't decide for the Person.
The Person has to want to drink the Tea to be refreshed by it.
The Reiki energy is the Tea and only the Person can decide
to partake of the Tea and be nourished and healed by it.
A Reiki Practitioner is only the Cup that carries the Tea to the Person." - Unknown Reiki Saying

"The worst of all deceptions is self-deception." - Plato

"Before study, a flower is just a flower. During study, a flower becomes infinitely complex and beautiful. Once mastered, a flower is just a flower again." - Ancient Saying

"Let a man strive to purify his thoughts.
What a Man thinketh, that is he;
this is the eternal mystery...
Dwelling within himself with thoughts serene,
he will obtain imperishable happiness.
Man becomes that of which he thinks." - Upanishads (c. 800 B. C.)

"The good doctor is one who keeps the patient amused while nature works the cure." - Unknown

"If we may credit certain hints contained in the lives of the saints, love raises the spirit above the sphere of reverence and worship into one of laughter and dalliance: a sphere in which the soul says:  'Shall I, a gnat which dances in Thy ray,
Dare to be reverent?'  " - Coventry Patmore - Catholic poet

"I have believed for a long time that human nature is a reciprocity of what is inside the skin and what is outside: that it is definitely not "rolled up inside us" but our way of being one with our fellows and our world. I call this field theory." - Gardner Murphy

"Forgiveness is giving up all hope of a better past." - Unknown

"Not one of us knows what effect his life produces, and what he gives to others; that is hidden from us and must remain so, though we are often allowed to see some little fraction of it, so that we may not lose courage. The way in which power works is a mystery." - Albert Schweitzer (1875-1965)

"The worth of a book is to be measured by what you can carry away from it." - James Bryce

"The perfect Way [Tao] is without difficulty,
Save that it avoids picking and choosing...
If you want to get the plain truth,
Be not concerned with right and wrong.
The conflict between right and wrong
Is the sickness of the mind." - Seng-ta'an {Zen Master}

"All truth goes through three stages. First it is ridiculed.
Then it is violently opposed. Finally, it is accepted as
self-evident." - Schopenhauer

"Irrevocable commitment to any religion is not only intellectual suicide; it is positive unfaith because it closes the mind to any new vision of the world. Faith is, above all, open-ness - an act of trust in the unknown." - Alan Watts

"To define is to limit, to set boundaries, to compare and to contrast, and for this reason, the universe, the all, seems to defy definition....Just as no one in his senses would look for the morning news in a dictionary, no one should use speaking and thinking to find out what cannot be spoken or thought." - Alan Watts

"Self-knowledge leads to wonder, and wonder to curiosity and investigation, so that nothing interests people more than people, even if only one's own person." - Alan Watts

This is It
and I am It
and You are It
and so is That
and He is It
and She is It
and It is It
And That is That. - James Broughton

"Nothing is left to you at this moment but to have a good laugh!" - Chinese Zen Master on enlightenment

Some Quotes of Albert Einstein

"A friend is one who knows the song in our heart -- and sings it to us when we forget it." - Unknown

"Accustomed to the veneer of noise,
to the shibboleths of promotion, public relations,
and market research,
society is suspicious of those who value silence. - John Lahr

"Laughter is the language of the gods." - Buddhist saying

"People are about as happy as they make up their minds to be." - Abraham Lincoln

"Sometimes history knocks at the most ordinary door to see if anyone is at home. Sometimes someone is." - Unknown

"Never, ever, regret or apologize for believing that when one man or one woman decides to risk addressing the world with truth, the world may stop what it is doing and hear." - Unknown

"Grandfather, Sacred One, teach us love, compassion, honor...that we may heal the earth, and heal each other..." - Ojibwe Prayer; "For All Of Our Relations"

"We've all been should upon enough." - Stephen Levine

"There is no place for dogma in science. The scientist is free to ask any question, to doubt any assertion, to seek for any evidence, to correct any error. Where science has been used in the past to erect a new dogmatism, that dogmatism has found itself incompatible with the progress of science; and in the end, the dogma has yielded, or science and freedom have perished together." - J. Robert Oppenheimer The Open Mind

"For us believing physicists the distinction between past, present, and future is only an illusion, even if a stubborn one." - Albert Einstein

"A bodily disease which we look upon as whole and entire within itself, may, after all, be but a symptom of some ailment in the spiritual part." - Nathaniel Hawthorne

"True knowledge is a virtue of the talented, but harmful to those without discernment. Spring water free of impurity, entering the ocean, becomes undrinkable." - Nagarjuna (c. 100-200 A.D.)

"Pythagoras said that the most divine art was that of healing. And if the healing art is most divine, it must occupy itself with the soul as well as with the body; for no creature can be sound so long as the higher part in it is sickly." - Apollonius of Tyana

"Nature is the cure of illness. Leave thy drugs in the chemist's pot if thou can't heal the patient with food." - Hippocrates

"The whole universe is one mathematical and symphonic expression, made up of finite representations of the infinite." - F. L. Kunz

"The more high technology around us, the more the need for human touch...HighTech/High Touch. The principle symbolizes the need for balance between our physical and spiritual reality." - John Naisbitt

"---Say not, "I have found the truth," but rather, "I have found a truth."
---Say not, "I have found the path of the soul." Say rather,
"I have met the soul walking upon my path."
---For the soul walks upon all paths.
---The soul walks not upon a line, neither does it grow like a reed.
---The soul unfolds itself, like a lotus of countless petals." - From The Prophet, by Kahlil Gibran

"If the man is wrong and the way is right, the way follows the man and becomes wrong.
If the man is right and the way is wrong, the way follows the man and becomes right." - Taoist saying (possibly Lao Tzu)

"The surest sign of intelligent life in the universe is that they haven't attempted to contact us." - Bill Watterson

"Three things it is everyone's duty to do:
Listen Humbly, Answer Discreetly, and Judge Kindly." - Irish Triad

"Although you may follow in my footsteps you must remember this.
If your eyes are watching where I stepped then you will see only my path, what glorious wonder you shall never see till you look up and find your own path." - Rev. Joseph Running Wolf Sparti

"I have sworn upon the altar of Almighty God eternal hostility against every form of tyranny over the mind of man." - Thomas Jefferson

"Life and healing is not all light, love, and happiness. It sometimes requires change, sometimes darkness, and sometimes suffering. This is the nature of life. Life is difficult. To not accept this fact, is to deny the potential for more." - Jan Olimpo

"If the world is basically "mere stuff" like clay, it is hard to imagine that such inert dough can move and form itself. Energy, form, and intelligence must therefore come into the world from outside. The lump must be leavened. The world is therefore conceived as an artifact, like a jar, a statue, a table, or a bell, and if it is an artifact, someone must have made it, and someone must also have been responsible for the original stuff. That, too, must have been "made." In Genesis the primordial stuff "without form, and void" is symbolized as water, and, as water does not wave without wind, nothing can happen until the Spirit of God moves upon its face. The forming and moving of matter is thus attributed to intelligent Spirit, to a conscious force or energy inFORMing matter so that its various shapes come and go, live and die." - Alan Watts, THE BOOK

"Your eyes are of little use if your mind is closed." - Arab Proverb

"There is enough for the needy, but not enough for the greedy." - M. K. Ghandi

"Joy multiplies when it is shared among friends, while grief diminishes with every division. That is life." - Drizzt Do"Urden

"At the height of laughter, the universe is flung into a kaleidoscope of new possibilities". - Jean Houston

"The universe is full of magical things patiently waiting for our wits to grow sharper." - Eden Phillpots

"Things sometimes go wrong so that we'll be able to tell the difference when things go right." - Unknown

"All that is comes from the mind." - The Pali Canon c. 500-600 B.C.

"Destiny is not a matter of chance, it is a matter of choice." - William Jennings Bryan

"The foundation of understanding is the willingness to listen." - Unknown

"Do not respond to a person according to what they have been; respond to that person according to the person they are becoming." - Lawton R. Smith

"Iron rusts from disuse,
stagnant water loses its purity
and in cold weather becomes frozen;
even so does inaction
shape the vigor of
the mind." - Leonardo Da Vinci

"Thousands of candles can be lighted from a single candle, and the life of the candle will not be shortened. Happiness never decreases by being shared."- Buddha (B.C. 568-488)

"Patience - A minor form of despair, disguised as a virtue." - A. Bierce

"Time is too slow for those who wait.
Time is too swift for those who fear.
Time is too long for those who grieve.
Time is too short for those who laugh.
But for those who love, time is eternity." - David Laflamme

"I exist as I am - that is enough; If no other in the world be aware, I sit content." - Walt Whitman - Song of Myself

"And all knowledge is vain, Save when there is work
And all work is empty save when there is love
and when you work with love you bind yourself
and one another with God." - Khalil Gibran

"We cannot be all things to all people. The harder lesson to learn is that we cannot be all things to ourselves. Sometimes who we think we are is different from who we are actually meant to be." - Unknown

"May you live your life as if the maxim of your actions were to become universal law." - Kant

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