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  • #1
    Evelyn Underhill
    “In mysticism that love of truth which we saw as the beginning of all philosophy leaves the merely intellectual sphere, and takes on the assured aspect of a personal passion. Where the philosopher guesses and argues, the mystic lives and looks; and speaks, consequently, the disconcerting language of first-hand experience, not the neat dialectic of the schools. Hence whilst the Absolute of the metaphysicians remains a diagram —impersonal and unattainable—the Absolute of the mystics is lovable, attainable, alive.”
    Evelyn Underhill, Mysticism: A Study in the Nature and Development of Spiritual Consciousness

  • #2
    Evelyn Underhill
    “art is the link between appearance and reality.”
    Evelyn Underhill, Mysticism

  • #3
    William Blake
    “The Prophets Isaiah and Ezekiel dined with me, and I asked them how they dared so roundly to assert, that God spoke to them; and whether they did not think at the time, that they would be misunderstood, & so be the cause of imposition.

    Isaiah answer'd, I saw no God, nor heard any, in a finite organical perception; but my senses discover'd the infinite in every thing, and as I was then persuaded, & remain confirm'd; that the voice of honest indignation is the voice of God, I cared not for consequences but wrote.”
    William Blake, The Marriage of Heaven and Hell

  • #4
    Alberto Caeiro
    “What comes, when it comes, will be what it is.”
    Alberto Caeiro, The Collected Poems of Alberto Caeiro

  • #5
    Alberto Caeiro
    “Accept the universe
    As the gods gave it to you.
    If the gods wanted to give you something else
    They’d have done it.

    If there are other matters and other worlds
    There are.”
    Alberto Caeiro, The Collected Poems of Alberto Caeiro

  • #6
    Sarah Ban Breathnach
    “Always remember, it’s simply not an adventure worth telling if there aren’t any dragons.”
    Sarah Ban Breathnach

  • #7
    Kingsley Amis
    “Consciousness was upon him before he could get out of the way.”
    Kingsley Amis

  • #8
    Brian Cox
    “We are the cosmos made conscious and life is the means by which the universe understands itself.”
    Brian Cox

  • #9
    Judith Lewis Herman
    “The ORDINARY RESPONSE TO ATROCITIES is to banish them from consciousness. Certain violations of the social compact are too terrible to utter aloud: this is the meaning of the word unspeakable.

    Atrocities, however, refuse to be buried. Equally as powerful as the desire to deny atrocities is the conviction that denial does not work. Folk wisdom is filled with ghosts who refuse to rest in their graves until their stories are told. Murder will out. Remembering and telling the truth about terrible events are prerequisites both for the restoration of the social order and for the healing of individual victims.

    The conflict between the will to deny horrible events and the will to proclaim them aloud is the central dialectic of psychological trauma. People who have survived atrocities often tell their stories in a highly emotional, contradictory, and fragmented manner that undermines their credibility and thereby serves the twin imperatives of truth-telling and secrecy. When the truth is finally recognized, survivors can begin their recovery. But far too often secrecy prevails, and the story of the traumatic event surfaces not as a verbal narrative but as a symptom.

    The psychological distress symptoms of traumatized people simultaneously call attention to the existence of an unspeakable secret and deflect attention from it. This is most apparent in the way traumatized people alternate between feeling numb and reliving the event. The dialectic of trauma gives rise to complicated, sometimes uncanny alterations of consciousness, which George Orwell, one of the committed truth-tellers of our century, called "doublethink," and which mental health professionals, searching for calm, precise language, call "dissociation." It results in protean, dramatic, and often bizarre symptoms of hysteria which Freud recognized a century ago as disguised communications about sexual abuse in childhood. . . .”
    Judith Lewis Herman, Trauma and Recovery: The Aftermath of Violence - From Domestic Abuse to Political Terror

  • #10
    Erwin Schrödinger
    “Consciousness cannot be accounted for in physical terms. For consciousness is absolutely fundamental. It cannot be accounted for in terms of anything else.”
    Erwin Schrödinger

  • #11
    T.F. Hodge
    “There are two paths of which one may choose in the walk of life; one we are born with, and the one we consciously blaze. One is naturally true, while the other is a perceptive illusion. Choose wisely at each fork in the road.”
    T.F. Hodge, From Within I Rise: Spiritual Triumph Over Death and Conscious Encounters with "The Divine Presence"

  • #12
    John Bradshaw
    “Hell, in my opinion, is never finding your true self and never living your own life or knowing who you are.”
    John Bradshaw, Healing the Shame that Binds You

  • #13
    C.G. Jung
    “One does not become enlightened by imagining figures of light, but by making the darkness conscious. The latter procedure, however, is disagreeable and therefore not popular.”
    C.G. Jung

  • #14
    William James
    “My experience is what I agree to attend to.”
    William James

  • #15
    W.G. Sebald
    “How I wished during those sleepless hours that I belonged to a different nation, or better still, to none at all.”
    Winfried Georg Sebald, Vertigo

  • #16
    “I honestly didn't believe I could bear any more suffering. I was convinced that the child within me was just too young to endure all this, much less understand it. She just wanted to be normal. But another part of me knew that to become normal, all the pieces of this puzzle had to become conscious.
    p164”
    Suzie Burke, Wholeness: My Healing Journey from Ritual Abuse

  • #17
    Jean-Yves Leloup
    “Once again, we are reminded that awakening, or enlightenment is not the property of Buddhism, any more than Truth is the property of Christianity. Neither the Buddha nor the Christ belongs exclusively to the communities that were founded in their names. They belong to all people of goodwill, all who are attentive to the secret which lives in the depths of their breath and their consciousness. (14)”
    Jean-Yves Leloup, Compassion and Meditation: The Spiritual Dynamic between Buddhism and Christianity

  • #18
    “The words we choose to use when we communicate with each other, carry vibrations. The word ‘war’ carries a whole different vibration than the word ‘peace’. The words we use are showing how we think and how we feel. The careful selection of words, helps to elevate our consciousness and resonate in higher frequencies.”
    Grigoris Deoudis

  • #19
    Alaric Hutchinson
    “Vulnerability really means to be strong and secure enough within yourself that you are able to walk outside without your armor on. You are able to show up in life as just you. That is genuine strength and courage. Armor may look tough, but all it does is mask insecurity and fear.”
    Alaric Hutchinson, Living Peace: Essential Teachings for Enriching Life

  • #20
    Gloria Steinem
    “so whatever you want to do, just do it...Making a damn fool of yourself is absolutely essential.”
    Gloria Steinem

  • #21
    Gloria Steinem
    “Empathy is the most radical of human emotions.”
    Gloria Steinem

  • #22
    Gloria Steinem
    “Laughter is a rescue. p.204”
    Gloria Steinem, My Life on the Road

  • #23
    Gloria Steinem
    “A pedestal is as much a prison as any small, confined space.”
    Gloria Steinem

  • #24
    Gloria Steinem
    “We need to remember across generations that there is as much to learn as there is to teach. ”
    Gloria Steinem, Herstory : Women Who Changed The World

  • #25
    Gloria Steinem
    “Decisions are best made by the people affected by them.”
    Gloria Steinem, My Life on the Road

  • #26
    Gloria Steinem
    “If you find yourself drawn to an event against all logic, go. The universe is telling you something.”
    Gloria Steinem, My Life on the Road

  • #27
    Gloria Steinem
    “Her searches after knowledge were arbitrary and without context. It was as if she were shining a small flashlight of curiosity into the dark room of the world.”
    Gloria Steinem, Marilyn

  • #28
    Gloria Steinem
    “Anybody who is experiencing something is more expert in it than the experts.”
    Gloria Steinem, My Life on the Road

  • #29
    Gloria Steinem
    “The word 'still' has entered my life. People say to me, 'You're still traveling, you're still wearing blue jeans.”
    Gloria Steinem

  • #30
    Gloria Steinem
    “Only women could bleed without injury or death; only they rose from the gore each month like a phoenix; only their bodies were in tune with the ululations of the universe and the timing of the tides. Without this innate lunar cycle, how could men have a sense of time, tides, space, seasons, movement of the universe, or the ability to measure anything at all? How could men mistress the skills of measurement necessary for mathematics, engineering, architecture, surveying—and so many other professions? In Christian churches, how could males, lacking monthly evidence of Her death and resurrection, serve the Daughter of the Goddess? In Judaism, how could they honor the Matriarch without the symbol of Her sacrifices recorded in the Old Ovariment? Thus insensible to the movements of the planets and the turning of the universe, how could men become astronomers, naturalists, scientists—or much of anything at all?”
    Gloria Steinem, Moving Beyond Words: Essays on Age, Rage, Sex, Power, Money, Muscles: Breaking the Boundaries of Gender



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