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“Alchemy, the masters teach, is the process of linking the spiritual to the material. The alchemist is the bridge between the worlds. It is a process of working inside a mirror, knowing always that in the end, the part will reflect the whole. As inside, so outside.”
Thomas Lloyd Qualls, Painted Oxen
“At one time or another we are all called to leave the safety of our homes, the certainty of what we know, the illusions of who we are. Not everyone will heed this call, of course. And those who do will risk losing themselves completely. But if we choose to ignore the invitation, we risk never knowing who we might have become. We risk dying without knowing what it is to live.”
Thomas Lloyd Qualls, Painted Oxen
“Prometheus stole fire from the gods. We are each the heirs of that divine spark. Used wisely, the spark fuels one's journey and lights the way. Treated carelessly, the spark consumes its owner and everything in its path.”
Thomas Lloyd Qualls, Painted Oxen
“Without bridges, there are no connections. Without bridges, there are only chasms. Without bridges, there are only longings. We cannot wait for the land to flatten and the stream to narrow before we seek to cross.”
Thomas Lloyd Qualls, Painted Oxen
“A dream is not to be taken lightly. A dream is a powerful ally, coming to your aid. A magic tale, written in invisible ink. A golden thread, tying together the worlds.”
Thomas Lloyd Qualls, Painted Oxen
“Every answer can be followed by another question.”
Thomas Lloyd Qualls, Painted Oxen
“Life must be taken a step at a time. All else is madness.”
Thomas Lloyd Qualls, Painted Oxen
“We think our world into being.”
Thomas Lloyd Qualls, Painted Oxen
“Holding onto misery only brings more misery into focus. All possibilities exist. But the mind has only room for one thing at a time.”
Thomas Lloyd Qualls, Painted Oxen
“Whatever some people might say, it seems to me that a world in which I can fly, bend space and time, and meet with people who have been dead for years, deserves more consideration than it gets. If I weigh the waking world on one side of the scale and the dream world on the other, which one is more substantial? Doesn’t a world of endless possibilities seem more likely to contain the whole of our lives than the fraction of the world that we call real?”
Thomas Lloyd Qualls, Painted Oxen
“The reflection on the surface of the water is often mistaken for the mysteries that lie beneath. Likewise, the reflection of the moon is mistaken for its own light. In the quest for wisdom, each person must emerge from the illusions of the world and begin the journey towards the sacred mountain.”
Thomas Lloyd Qualls, Painted Oxen
“Sometimes a journey is not about the traveler. It is not about a destination. It is about the bringing together of worlds. It is about lighting a path.”
Thomas Lloyd Qualls, Painted Oxen
“His mission is not to wait until the world ends, but to find a way to the other side before it does. To prop open the door before it can be locked. To tie a suture before the fatal wound is made. To let in the moonlight before the sun is allowed to rise.”
Thomas Lloyd Qualls, Painted Oxen
“You dream of a new world to come, a new world to be birthed, a new dream to be dreamt. In the dream, a flower grows, a lotus from which the creator and the creation will unfold. From which light will begin to shine upon this vast dark sea, unveiling all the magic sleeping within. From this flower, infinite worlds and universes will be born. Each will contain a seed of light. And these seeds will light the heavens for all to guide their journeys by.”
Thomas Lloyd Qualls, Painted Oxen
“To work in the dark, you must be able to hold your own light, and still be intimate with the darkness.”
Thomas Lloyd Qualls, Painted Oxen
“You move into the darkness, wrapping it around you like a heavy cloak. You dive into it naked like a midnight swim, slip beneath its covers and invite it to envelope you, as a dream. You lose yourself in the richness of its mysteries. You start to become the darkness. It starts to become you.”
Thomas Lloyd Qualls, Painted Oxen
“The monk wakes from a dream into a world of mists and thunderclouds. The clouds play children's games with him. They show him dissolving images of yaks and sheep, serpents and hawks, angels and dragons. He closes his eyes and the clouds count to ten. He opens his eyes and they look for him.”
Thomas Lloyd Qualls, Painted Oxen
“Things are often not what they seem. And then, sometimes they are. The trick is to learn what is real.”
Thomas Lloyd Qualls, Painted Oxen
“Sometimes I have trouble telling my dreams from reality. The farther I travel from some experience, the more unsure I am that it actually happened. Just like a dream, the closer I am to it, the more sure I am that it's real.”
Thomas Lloyd Qualls, Painted Oxen
“The world is as big as our ideas of it.”
Thomas Lloyd Qualls, Painted Oxen
“But I don’t think fighting monsters is all that courageous. I think the ultimate act of courage is standing still in the face of a monster. Courage is looking closely enough into its jaws to see it for what it is: an illusion. The monster isn’t real. It’s your fear of the monster that is real. And just about anything in life can look like a monster if the light is just right.”
Thomas Lloyd Qualls, Painted Oxen
“I believe we should demand the things our souls need. And not compromise. Not push these desires to the slagheap because we’ve been told they serve no useful purpose in our adult lives. Not tell our souls to go to their rooms because we are having this party for adults called life, and they will just be in the way because we’ll be talking about things the soul wouldn’t understand anyway. Not say it’s okay if we aren’t granted these things we need, because other people’s lives suck too.”
Thomas Lloyd Qualls, Painted Oxen
“All of life is constantly in motion. Desire keeps us moving. Desire inspires us to be brave, to dream, to create. Desire is our divine connection with the creative force of the universe.”
Thomas Lloyd Qualls, Painted Oxen
“The universe is abundant and supports each of us. In order to see this, though, we must open all of our senses.”
Thomas Lloyd Qualls, Painted Oxen
“Awareness is more essential than a hundred skills. To be aware is to be open. And to be open is to know the path of every master who has roamed the earth.”
Thomas Lloyd Qualls, Painted Oxen
“If this is a dream, I hope I remember it.”
Thomas Lloyd Qualls, Painted Oxen
“A word is a bridge. It is a wave of light and sound that spans the perceived distance between one thing and another.”
Thomas Lloyd Qualls, Painted Oxen
“In the beginning was the word. And the word was split into infinity. All words, then, are part of the whole. Just as we are each part of the whole. There are individual words, as we are individual beings. Each word carries with it the memory of the whole logos. Just as we each carry the memory of the whole universe.”
Thomas Lloyd Qualls, Painted Oxen
“The moon speaks in slivers and halves.”
Thomas Lloyd Qualls, Painted Oxen
“From my low perch, I watch the world as it passes by on these dirty side streets. There are no westerners in this corner of the city. Just locals going about their business. Weighing out brightly colored spices, walking back from the fish market, stopping at the paan shop, socializing over tea. Old men in lungis and flip-flops walking hand in hand and dirty-faced children who are all bright smiles and wild eyes. I am comfortable here. Sitting on this board, in this tiny chai stall, hidden away from the recognizable world. For the moment, I have disappeared.”
Thomas Lloyd Qualls, Painted Oxen

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