I am a believer in the Perennial Philosophy as it is a key to the evolution of the human race. It connects all religions and the hero journey into a monomyth, allowing all followers to grasp the power in metaphor. The principles of the philosophy were made popular by modern universalists like Aldous Huxley who simply shed light on the ancient teachings. The principles are as follows:
First: the phenomenal world of matter and of individual consciousness.. is the manifestation of a Divine Ground within which all partial realities have their being, and apart from which they would be nonexistent.
Second: human beings are capable not merely of knowing about the Divine Ground by inference; they can also realize it's existence by a direct intuition… (uniting the knower with that which is known)
Third: man possesses a double nature, a phenomenal ego and an eternal Self, which is the inner man, the spirit, the spark of the divinity within the soul. It is possible for a man, if he desires, to identify himself with the spirit and therefore the Divine Ground, which is of the same or like nature with the spirit."
Numerology Life Path: 25/7
For a complete look at my life: http://www.athleticcapital.com/2011/03/the-discovery-of-my-own-hero-connecting-the-dots/
Dan Adams, a 2007 graduate of College of the Holy Cross, has gained valuable insight from his many experiences on and off the athletic field. A four year letter winner at Holy Cross (FCS), Dan led the NCAA (FCS) in unassisted tackles in 2005 and set an all time NCAA record (FBS, FCS, DIV II, and Div III) for most unassisted tackles in a game (21).
Dan’s tremendous success playing football as an undersized athlete can be attributed to his inability to succumb to the idea of physical or mental limitations. Following graduation and the end of his collegiate career, Dan participated in the 2007 East Coast Bowl, represented the US National Team in the 2007 IFAF World Championships in Kawasaki, Japan (NFL Network), and competed as a contestant on Season 4 of Pros vs Joes All Stars (SpikeTV).
As athletic opportunities became limited, Dan made the conscious choice to apply the lessons he had learned from the athletic experience to a career in sales for a corporate finance company. Dan’s experience in corporate America allowed him to witness the need for an organization comprised of passionate, accountable, and free thinking leaders willing to make an impact on the job market and within local communities. The organization known as Athletic Capital was founded in August of 2010 through the support of many passionate “heroes” wanting to discover true meaning in life as well as inspire positive change in those around them.
In January of 2012, Athletic Capital led its first international initiative, Mission Kilimanjaro, that made it possible for Kyle Maynard, a quadruple amputee, to reach the 19, 341 ft summit of Mt. Kilimanjaro without assistance. The successful attempt by Kyle Maynard and the team set a new World Record and was showcased on various major media outlets including CNN, CBS, FOX, NBC, ABC, ESPN and The Drudge Report. The initiative has had a large scale impact in the veteran and disabled communities, allowing people of all ages and backgrounds to overcome the idea of limitation and take control of the direction of their lives. For more information on this ground breaking initiative that earned Kyle Maynard a 2012 ESPY award, please check out the website, http://www.MissionKilimanjaro.com. Be Your Own Hero!
Dan currently resides in Atlanta, GA and can be reached via email at Dan@AthleticCapital.com
“The artist sees what others only catch a glimpse of.”
“There are three classes of people: those who see. Those who see when they are shown. Those who do not see.”
“The greatest deception men suffer is from their own opinions.”
“I love those who can smile in trouble, who can gather strength from distress, and grow brave by reflection. 'Tis the business of little minds to shrink, but they whose heart is firm, and whose conscience approves their conduct, will pursue their principles unto death”
"For to be free is not merely to cast off one's chains, but to live in a way that respects and enhances the freedom of others. "-Nelson Mandela
"It is always with excitement that I wake up in the morning wondering what my intuition will toss up to me, like gifts from the sea. I work with it and rely on it. It's my partner."-Jonas Salk, (polio vaccine)
The situation in America, the most highly monetized society the world has ever known, is this: some of our needs are vastly overfilled while others go tragically unmet. We in the richest societies have too many calories even as we starve for beautiful, fresh food; we have overlarge houses but lack spaces that truly embody our individuality and connectedness; media surround us everywhere while we starve for authentic communication. We are offered entertainment every second of the day but lack the chance to play. In the ubiquitous realm of money, we hunger for all that is intimate, personal, and unique. We know more about the lives of Michael Jackson, Princess Diana, and Lindsay Lohan that we do about our own neighbors, with the result that we don't really know anyone, and are barely known by anyone either.
"Economics is extremely useful as a form of employment for economists."- John Kenneth Galbraith
"Strange is out situation here upon earth. Each of us comes for a short visit, not knowing why, yet sometimes seeming to a divine purpose. From the standpoint of daily life, however, there is one thing we do know: that we are here for the sake of others."- Albert Einstein
"Most of the baubles of the rich are substitutions for what they truly need- sports cars substituting for freedom, mansions compensating for the lost connections of the shrunken self, status symbols in place of genuine respect from self and others. A sad game it is, the charade of wealth. Even the security it supposedly brings is a deceit, as life's travails have a way of infiltrating the fortress of wealth, afflicting its inhabitants with distorted forms of the same social ills that affect everyone else. Of course, you can imagine various emergencies and such in which wealth can be a lifesaver, but so what? We are all going to die anyway, and no matter how long you live, the moment will come when you look back upon your years and they seem short, a flash of lightning in the dark of the night, and you realize that the purpose of life is not after all to survive in maximum security and comfort, but that we are here to give, to create that which is beautiful to us."-Charles Eisenstein, Sacred Economics
"When we realize that life itself is a gift, and that we are here to give ourselves, then we are free. After all, what you have taken in this life dies with you. Only your gifts live on."-Charles Eisenstein
If you have built castles in the air, your work need not be lost; that is where they should be. Now put foundations under them."-Henry David Thoreau
Christ would never have made the impression he did on his followers if he had not expressed something that was alive and active in their unconscious. Christianity would never have spread through the pagan world with such astonishing rapidity had its ideas not found an analogous psychic readiness to receive them. It is this fact which also makes it possible to say that whoever believes in Christ is not only contained in Him, but that Christ then dwells in the believer as the perfect man formed in the image of God."-Carl Jung
"A human being is part of the whole, called by us "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 a prison for us, restricting us to our personal desires and to affection for a few persons nearest to us. Our task must be to free ourselves from this prison by widening our circle of compassion to embrace all living creatures, and the whole of nature in its beauty."-Albert Einstein
Happiness does not come into being when you seek it; it is a byproduct, it comes into being when there is goodness, when there is love, when there is ambition, when the mind is quietly seeking out what is true."-J. Krishnamurti
"Most people, even though they don't know it, are asleep. They're born asleep, they live asleep, and they die in their sleep without ever waking up. They never understand the loveliness and the beauty of this thing that we call human existence. You know, all mystics–Catholic, Christian, non-Christian, no matter what theology, no matter what religion– are unanimous on one thing: that is all is well, all is well. Though everything is a mess, all is well. Strange paradox, to be sure. But, tragically, most people never get to see that all is well because they are asleep. They are having a nightmare."-Anthony De Mello
"One of the effects of a homogenous national or global currency is the homogenization of culture. As the money real expands to include more and more of material and social life, our materials and relationships become standardized commodities, the same everywhere money can reach. Nowhere is this more evident than in the United States, the "landscape of the exit ramp", where the same stores, same restaurants, and same architecture dominate every locale. And everywhere we are the same employees and consumers, living in thrall to distant economic powers. Local distinctiveness, autonomy, and economic opportunity disappear. Business profits are sucked away to distant corporate headquarters and ultimately to Wall Street. Instead of vibrant, economically diverse communities with their own local character, we have a monoculture where every place is the same."- Charles Eisenstein
"Unfortunately, the term leisure carries connotations of frivolity and dissipation that are inconsistent with the urgent needs of the planet and its people as the age turns. There is a vast amount of important work to be done, work that is consistent with degrowth because it wont necessarily produce salable product. There are forests to replant, sick people to care for, and entire planet to be healed. I think we are going to be very busy. We are going to work hard doing deeply meaningful things that no longer must fight upstream against the flow of money, the imperative of growth. Yet I also believe we will have more true leisure- the experience of the abundance of time- than we do today. The scarcity of time is one reason we over consume, attempting to compensate for the loss of this most primal of all wealth. Time is life. To be truly rich is to have sovereignty over our own time."- Charles Eisenstein, Sacred Economics
"The goal of the compassionate economy, therefore, is not to provide "jobs", as most liberal politicians seem to think. Once work has become mechanical, it is in a sense too late- inhuman work might as well be done by machines. I cannot help but remark on the inanity of economic programs that seek to make more "jobs", as if we needed more goods and more services. Why do we want to create more jobs? It is so people have money to live. For that purpose, they might as well dig holes in the ground and fill them up again, as Keynes famously quipped. Present economic policies attempt just that: witness the current efforts to reignite housing construction at a time when there are 19 million vacant housing units in the United States!" Charles Eisenstein, Sacred Economics
"If an organization be created for this purpose, it becomes a crutch, a weakness, a bondage, and must cripple the individual, and prevent him from growing, from establishing his uniqueness, which lies in the discovery for himself of that absolute, unconditioned Truth. So that is another reason why I have decided, as I happen to be the Head of the Order, to dissolve it. No one has persuaded me to this decision. “This is no magnificent deed, because I do not want followers, and I mean this. The moment you follow someone you cease to follow Truth. I am not concerned whether you pay attention to what I say or not. I want to do a certain thing in the world and I am going to do it with unwavering concentration. I am concerning myself with only one essential thing: to set man free. I desire to free him from all cages, from all fears, and not to found religions, new sects, nor to establish new theories and new philosophies. Then you will naturally ask me why I go the world over, continually speaking. I will tell you for what reason I do this: not because I desire a following, not because I desire a special group of special disciples. (How men love to be different from their fellow-men, however ridiculous, absurd and trivial their distinctions may be! I do not want to encourage that absurdity.) I have no disciples, no apostles, either on earth or in the realm of spirituality. “Nor is it the lure of money, nor the desire to live a comfortable life, which attracts me. If I wanted to lead a comfortable life I would not come to a Camp or live in a damp country! I am speaking frankly because I want this settled once and for all. I do not want these childish discussions year after year."-J. Krishnamurti
“You may remember the story of how the devil and a friend of his were walking down the street, when they saw ahead of them a man stoop down and pick up something from the ground, look at it, and put it away in his pocket. The friend said to the devil, “What did that man pick up?” “He picked up a piece of Truth, ” said the devil. “That is a very bad business for you, then, ” said his friend. “Oh, not at all, ” the devil replied, “I am going to let him organize it."
"Most men would feel insulted if it were proposed to employ them in throwing stones over a wall, and then in throwing them back, merely that they might earn their wages. But many are no more worthily employed now."-Henry David Thoreau
"We're told to believe in our future in a knowledge-based economy, but nobody has really figured out how to make real money of it. Of those who are making money off of it (Craigslist, Google), they are making pennies per dollar in the the old markets that they've upset or practically eliminated with their innovation. This isn't because we haven't found the right monetization scheme yet. It is because innovation is leading to efficiency and not growth, and that is exerting deflationary pressure on bloated industries. Moreover, it is largely being done by us, the end user, in our free time, because we want to create and share, not just consume."- Charles Eisenstein, Sacred Economics
“So ego, then, is the absence of true knowledge of who we really are, together with its result a doomed clutching on, at all costs, to a cobbled together and makeshift image of ourselves, an inevitably chameleon charlatan self that keeps changing and has to, to keep alive the fiction of its existence. Ego is then defined as incessant movements of grasping at a delusory notion of 'I' and 'mine, ' self and other, and all the concepts, ideas, desires, and activity that will sustain that false construction. The fact that we need to grasp at all and go on and on grasping shows that in the depths of our being we know that the self does not inherently exist. The ego's greatest triumph is to inveigle us into believing its best interests are our best interests, and even into identifying our very survival with its own. This is a savage irony, considering that ego and its grasping are at the root of all our suffering. Yet ego is so convincing, and we have been its dupe for so long, that the thought that we might ever become egoless terrifies us.” -Sogyal Rinpoche
“Our buddha nature, then, has an active aspect, which is our 'inner teacher.' From the very moment we became obscured, this inner teacher has been working tirelessly for us, tirelessly trying to bring us back to the radiance and spaciousness of our true being. When we have prayed and aspired and hungered for the truth for a long time, for many, many lives, and when our karma has become sufficiently purified, a kind of miracle takes place. And this miracle, if we can understand and use it, can lead to the end of ignorance forever The inner teacher, who has been with us always, manifests in the form of the 'outer teacher, ' whom, almost as if by magic, we actually encounter. He or she is nothing less than the human face of the absolute, the crystallization of the wisdom of all the buddhas, and the embodiment of their compassion directed always toward you. For me, my masters have been the embodiment of living truth, undeniable signs that enlightenment is possible in a body, in this life, in this world, even here and even now, the supreme inspirations in my practice, in my work, in my life, and in my journey toward liberation.”-Sogyal Rinpoche
Sir, what is religion? Actually, what is religion? First of all to find out what is religion we must negate what it is not. What it is not; then it is. It's like seeing what is not love. Love is not hate, love is not jealousy, love is not ambition, love is not violence. When you negate all that, the other is, which is compassion. In the same way if you negate what is not religion then you find out what is true religion; that is, what is the truly religious mind. Belief is not religion, and the authority which the churches, the organized religions assume, is not religion. In that there is all the sense of obedience, conformity, acceptance, the hierarchical approach to life. The division between the Protestant, the Catholic, the Hindu, the Moslem, that's not religion. When you negate all that, which means you are no longer a Hindu, no longer a Catholic, no longer belonging to any sectarian outlook, then your mind questions, asks what is true religion? This is free from their ritual, without their masters, without their Saviour; all that is not religion. When the mind discards that, intelligently, because it has seen that it's not religion, then it can ask what is religion. Religion is not what I think, but religion is the sense of comprehension of the totality of existence, in which there is no division between you and me. Then if there is that quality of goodness which is virtue, real virtue not the phony virtue of society, but real virtue, then the mind can go beyond and find out, through meditation, through a deep, quiet silence, if there is such a thing as reality. Therefore a religious mind is a mind that is constantly aware, sensitive, attentive, so that it goes beyond itself into a dimension where there is no time at all."-J. Krishnamurti
"In seeking comfort, we generally find a quiet cornet in life where there is a minimum of conflict, and then we are afraid to step out of that seclusion. This fear of life, this fear of struggle and of new experiences, kills in us the spirit of adventure; our whole upbringing and education have made us afraid to be different from our neighbour, afraid to think contrary to the established pattern of society, falsely respectful of authority and tradition." J. Krishnamurti
"He who wishes to secure the good of others, has already secured his own." – Confucius
"The financial crisis we are facing today arises from the fact that there is almost no more social, cultural, natural, and spiritual capital left to convert into money. Centuries of near continuous money creation has left us so destitute that we have nothing left to sell….Our very human relationships and abilities have been taken away from us and sold back, so that we are now dependent on strangers, and therefore on money, for things very few humans ever paid for until recently: food, shelter, clothing, entertainment, child care, cooking. Life itself has become a consumer item."-Charles Einsenstein
"Just as life does not end with adolescence, neither does civilization's evolution stop with the end of growth. We are in the midst of a transition parallel to an adolescent's transition to adulthood. Physical growth ceases, and vital resources turn inward to foster growth in other realms." Charles Einsenstein
"We have bigger houses but smaller families; more conveniences, but less time. We have more degrees but less sense; more knowledge but less judgement; more experts, but more problems; more medicine but less healthiness. We've been all the way to the moon and back, but have trouble in crossing the street to meet our new neighbor. We built more computers to hold more copies than ever, But have less real communication; We have become long on quantity, but short on quality. These are times of fast foods but slow digestion; Tall men but short characters; Steep profits but shallow relationships. It's a time when there is much in the window but NOTHING in the room."
“You cannot reconcile creativeness with technical achievement. You may be perfect in playing the piano, and not be creative. You may be able to handle color, to put paint on canvas most cleverly, and not be a creative painter…having lost the song, we pursue the singer. We learn from the singer the technique of song, but there is no song; and I say the song is essential, the joy of singing is essential. When the joy is there, the technique can be built up from nothing; you will invent your own technique, you won't have to study elocution or style. When you have, you see, and the very seeing of beauty is an art.”
“I maintain that truth is a pathless land, and you cannot approach it by any path whatsoever, by any religion, by any sect. That is my point of view, and I adhere to that absolutely and unconditionally. Truth, being limitless, unconditioned, unapproachable by any path whatsoever, cannot be organized; nor should any organization be formed to lead or to coerce people along any particular path. If you first understand that, then you will see how impossible it is to organize a belief. A belief is purely an individual matter, and you cannot and must not organize it. If you do, it becomes dead, crystallized; it becomes a creed, a sect, a religion, to be imposed on others”
“A man who says, 'I want to change, tell me how to', seems very earnest, very serious, but he is not. He wants an authority whom he hopes will bring about order in himself. But can authority ever bring about inward order? Order imposed from without must always breed disorder.”
“Governments want efficient technicians, not human beings, because human beings become dangerous to governments – and to organized religions as well. That is why governments and religious organizations seek to control education.”
“When you call yourself an Indian or a Muslim or a Christian or a European, or anything else, you are being violent. Do you see why it is violent? Because you are separating yourself from the rest of mankind. When you separate yourself by belief, by nationality, by tradition, it breeds violence. So a man who is seeking to understand violence does not belong to any country, to any religion, to any political party or partial system; he is concerned with the total understanding of mankind.”
“You must understand the whole of life, not just one little part of it. That is why you must read, that is why you must look at the skies, that is why you must sing, and dance, and write poems, and suffer, and understand, for all that is life.”
“Freedom and love go together. Love is not a reaction. If I love you because you love me, that is mere trade, a thing to be bought in the market; it is not love. To love is not to ask anything in return, not even to feel that you are giving something- and it is only such love that can know freedom.”
"Consumption calls upon no one's gifts, calls forth none of anyone's true being. Community and intimacy cannot come from join consumption, but only from giving and co-creativity."-Charles Eisenstein
"We make choices (even those having nothing to do with money) according to what we can "afford", and we commonly associate freedom with wealth. But when we pursue it, we find that the paradise of financial freedom is a mirage, receding as we approach it, and that the chase itself enslaves. The anxiety is always there, the scarcity always just one disaster away. We call that chase greed. Truly, it is a response to the perception of scarcity."-Charles Eisenstein
"Unfortunately, many of us are so wounded that we prefer not to interact and share, but to retreat farther into the hell of separation and the illusion of independence until its fabric unravels. As various crises converge and this happens to more and more people, the urge to restore community will grow."-Charles Eisenstein
Those who lack the economic means to inflate the self often inflate the physical self instead, which is one reason why obesity disproportionately afflicts the poor. Addictions to shopping, to money, and to acquisition arise from the same basic source as do addictions to food: both come from loneliness, from the pain of merely existing cut off from most of what we are."- Charles Eisenstein
What you are the world is. And without your transformation there can be no transformation of the world.
Truth is truth, one, alone; it has no sides, no paths; all paths do not lead to truth. There is no path to truth, it must come to you. Truth can come to you only when your mind and heart are simple, clear, and there is love in your heart; not if your heart is filled with the things of the mind. When there is love in your heart, you do not talk about organizing for brotherhood; you do not talk about belief, you do not talk about division or the powers that create division, you need not seek reconciliation. Then you are a simple human being without a label, without a country. This means that you must strip yourself of all those things and allow truth to come into being; and it can only come when the mind is empty, when the mind ceases to create. Then it will come without your invitation. Then it will come as swiftly as the wind and unbeknown. It comes obscurely, not when you are watching, wanting. It is there as sudden as sunlight, as pure as the night; but to receive it, the heart must be full and the mind empty.
A consistent thinker is a thoughtless person, because he conforms to a pattern; he repeats phrases and thinks in a groove.
I maintain that Truth is a pathless land, and you cannot approach it by any path whatsoever, by any religion, by any sect.
Tradition becomes our security, and when the mind is secure it is in decay.
What is needed, rather than running away or controlling or suppressing or any other resistance, is understanding fear; that means, watch it, learn about it, come directly into contact with it. We are to learn about fear, not how to escape from it.
A man who is not afraid is not aggressive, a man who has no sense of fear of any kind is really a free, a peaceful man.
"So what is sacred? That can only be understood or happen when there is complete freedom, from fear, from sorrow, and when there is this sense of love and compassion with it's own intelligence. Then when the mind is utterly still, that which is sacred can take place."- J. Krishnamurti
“Everything in your life is there as a vehicle for your transformation.
“I would say that the thrust of my life has been initially about getting free, and then realizing that my freedom is not independent of everybody else. Then I am arriving at that circle where one works on oneself as a gift to other people so that one doesn't create more suffering. I help people as a work on myself and I work on myself to help people.” ― Ram Dass
“The most important aspect of love is not in giving or the receiving: it's in the being. When I need love from others, or need to give love to others, I'm caught in an unstable situation. Being in love, rather than giving or taking love, is the only thing that provides stability. Being in love means seeing the Beloved all around me.” ― Ram Dass
“The most exquisite paradox… as soon as you give it all up, you can have it all. As long as you want power, you can't have it. The minute you don't want power, you'll have more than you ever dreamed possible.” ― Ram Dass
If you think your life is about DOINGNESS, you do not understand what you are about. Your soul doesn't care what you do for a living-and when your life is over, neither will you. Your soul cares only about what you're BEING while you're doing whatever you're doing. It is a state of BEINGNESS the soul is after, not a state of doingness.
"Our plans miscarry because they have no aim. When a man does not know what harbor he is making for, no wind is the right wind."-Seneca
"The work of art is above all a process of creation, it is never experienced as a mere product."- Paul Klee
"There is nothing that will not reveal its secrets if you love it enough."-George Washington Carver
"If you realize what the real problem is- losing yourself, giving yourself to some higher end or to another- you realize that this itself is the ultimate trial. When we quit thinking primarily about ourselves and our own self-preservation, we undergo a truly heroic transformation of consciousness." – Joseph Campbell
"Powers over others is weakness disguised as strength. True power is within and it is available to you now."-Eckhart Tolle
"Honest concern for others is the key factor in improving our day to day lives. When you are warm-hearted, there is no room for anger, jealousy or insecurity. A calm mind and self-confidence are the basis for happy and peaceful relations with each other. Healthy, happy families and a healthy peaceful nation are dependent on warm-heartedness."-Dalai Lami
"Purpose, like any great love, redeems us. Perhaps not from the inferno, but from the void. Of a life, starved by insatiable self-regard, that comes to feel desperately empty — because, in truth, it has been. There is no singular, simple, final meaning to life. And it is the scars of purpose that, finally, don't just merely give meaning to life — but endow us with a greater privilege — giving life to meaning."
"Think twice before you speak, because your words and influence will plant the seed of either success or failure in the mind of another."
"I have learned through bitter experience the one supreme lesson to conserve my anger, and as heat conserved is transmuted into energy, even so anger controlled can be transmuted into an energy which can move the world." -Mahatma Gandhi
"I have learned this at least by my experiment; that if one advances confidently in the direction of his dreams, and endeavors to live the life which he has imagined, he will meet with a success unexpected in common hours."-Henry David Thoreau
"By honors, medals, titles no true man is elated. To realize that which we are, this is the honor for which we are created."-Angelus Silesius
"Many a businessman feels himself the prisoner of the commodities he sells; he has a feeling of fraudulency about his product and a secret contempt for it. Most important of all, he hates himself, because he sees his life passing him by without making any sense beyond the momentary intoxication of success."-Erich Frommer
"The hook is your desire to be approved of by others. The bait is any kind of reward. The minute you go for the bait, the game is playing you. You are no longer playing the game. You get serious." Laurence Boldt
Remember, titles are societal abstractions, but life is living. Titles were won in the past in hope of exercising the benefits they grant in the future. Life is here and now. Titles focus on differentiation. Life is a unified field. While titles can be extended, they cannot grow. Life grows. Life is FOR-GIVING Life. Life gives naturally, endlessly, the way a plant gives its bounty of food/ and yet in the seed, nothing is lost. If you realize that it's a game AND CHOOSE TO BE AWAKE, you can be in the world and not of it, with or without titles or ridicule. You can play "winning" or "changing the social game" without getting serious, without losing your playfulness. That truth is, we always have a choice. Choose to recognize the choices you've made, and you open yourself to new ones. You get back in the game."-Laurence Boldt
"Never for a moment do we lay aside our mistrust of the ideals established by society, and of the convictions which are kept by it in circulation. We always know that society is full of folly and will deceive us in the matter of humanity. It is an unreliable horse, and blind into the bargain. Woe to the driver if he falls asleep."- Albert Schweitzer
"He who possesses the most must be most afraid of loss."-Da Vinci
"There are costs and risks to a program of action, but they are far less than the long range risks and costs of comfortable inaction."-JFK
"Make it thy business to know thyself, which is the most difficult lessen in the world."-Miguel de Cervantes
"Choose always the way that seems the best, however rough it may be. Custom will soon render it easy and agreeable."-Pythagoras
"When you are inspired by some great purpose, some extraordinary project, all your thoughts break their bounds: Your mind transcends limitations, your consciousness expands in every direction and you find yourself in a new, great, and wonderful world. Dormant forces, faculties, and talents become alive, and you discover yourself to be a greater person by far than you ever dreamed yourself to be." -Patanjali
I am enough of an artist to draw freely upon my imagination. Imagination is more important than knowledge. Knowledge is limited. Imagination encircles the world.
"There is no getting away from the difficulties in this life. You're either going to have the creative challenges that come with realizing this vision of yours, or the neurotic problems that arise from the suppression of desire. Creative changes test you and spur you to your best. Neurotic problems are simply the murky water of unsuppressed desire. Let's face it, your deepest desires aren't going away. Talk to people in nursing homes, See if many don't still have the idea of the thing they always wanted to do, but didn't…. Let your desire become so strong that no fear from within or obstacle from without can stop your commitment to give your best."-Laurence Boldt
"The religion of the future will be a cosmic religion. It should transcend personal God and avoid dogma and theology. Covering both the natural and the spiritual, it should be based on a religious sense arising from the experience of all things natural and spiritual as a meaningful unity."-Albert Einstein
"We cannot live only for ourselves. A thousand fibers connect us with our fellow-men; and along those fibers, as sympathetic threads, our actions run as causes, and they come back to us as effects."-Herman Melville
"Cowardice asks the question, Is it safe? Expediency asks the question, Is it politic? Vanity asks the question, Is it popular? But conscience asks the question, Is it right? And there comes a time when one must take a position that is neither safe, nor politic, nor popular, but he must take it because his conscience tells him it is right."-Martin Luther
“Nature loves courage. You make the commitment and nature will respond to that commitment by removing impossible obstacles. Dream the impossible dream and the world will not grind you under, it will lift you up. This is the trick. This is what all these teachers and philosophers who really counted, who really touched the alchemical gold, this is what they understood. This is the shamanic dance in the waterfall. This is how magic is done. By hurling yourself into the abyss and discovering its a feather bed.” ― Terence Mckenna
"When your thinking rises above concern for your own welfare, wisdom which is independent of thought appears."=Yamamoto Tsunemoto
"To believe in your own thought, to believe that what is true for you in your private heart is true for all men– that is genius."-Emerson
"Man's capacities have never been measured, nor are we to judge of what he can do by any precedent, so little has been tried."-Henry David Thoreau
"All the world is full of suffering, it is also full of overcoming it."-Helen Keller
"Every great movement must experience three stages: ridicule, discussion, adoption."-John Stuart Mill
"The constituents of matter and the basic phenomena involving them are interconnected; they cannot be understood as isolated entities but only as integral parts of a unified whole."-Fritjol Capra, Physicist
"An entirely new system of thought is needed, a system based on attention to people, and not primarily attention to goods."- E.F. Schumacher
"Make a gift of your life and lift all mankind by being kind, considerate, forgiving, and compassionate at all times, in all places, and under all conditions, with everyone as well as yourself. This is the greatest gift anyone can give."- David R. Hawkins
"So many people live within unhappy circumstances and yet will not take the initiative to change their situation because they are conditioned to a life of security, comformity, and conservatism, all of which may appear to give one peace of mind, but in reality nothing is more damaging to the adventurous spirit within a man than a secure future. The very basic core of a man’s living spirit is his passion for adventure. The joy of life comes from our encounters with new experiences, and hence there is no greater joy than to have an endlessly changing horizon, for each day to have a new and different sun."- Christopher McCandless
"The usual person is more than content, he is even proud, to remain within the indicated bounds, and popular belief gives him every reason to fear so much as the first step into the unexplored."-Joseph Campbell
"Nurture your minds with great thoughts. To believe in the heroic makes heroes."-Benjamin Disraeli
"The word "hero" is etymologically related to heresy and heretic. All three are derived from the Greek "hairetikos", meaning "able to choose". A hero is a chooser. A hero chooses the questions of his or her life, and thereby his or her quest."
"I think that what we're seeking is an experience of being alive, so that our life experiences on the purely physical plane will have resonances within our own innermost being and reality, so that we actually feel the rapture of being alive." -Joseph Campbell
"The Warrior is totally alive because he is ready to die. He accepts his life and his death. Most people accept neither. They live in terror of death and muddle through life half-asleep, scarcely aware of the opportunities that lie all around them.Muhammad said, "Die before you die."
"Refuse to believe that anyone is fundamentally better or worse than you, and you liberate psychic energy that can be channeled into creating the outcomes you envision."
"The hero's motivation is love. He is moved by something bigger than his self interest. Inspired and nourished by a larger-than-self purpose, his life is so radically transformed that without anything changing- everything is different. The suffering he experiences is no longer personal suffering, but human suffering. The work he does is no longer personal work, but humanity's work. The energies that he employes are no longer mere personality traits, but aspects of great mythological archetypes."
"Modern man does not understand how much his 'rationalism' (which has destroyed his capacity to respond to numinous symbols and ideas) has put him at the mercy of the psychic underworld. He has freed himself from superstition (or so he believes), but in the process, he has lost his spiritual values to a positively dangerous degree."
"It is not as fact but as metaphor that the mythic stories speak to us. To approach myth as fact is to miss the point. Similarly, to view your life as "nothing but the facts" is to miss an opportunity for a marvelous adventure, a conscious encounter with the universal energies and dilemmas of the human experience. In this encounter, we take the hero's journey, we experience life as art, we put "soul" into our work."-Laurence Boldt
"History is a nightmare from which I am trying to awake."-James Joyce
"When we live in the bliss, there is no difficulty that is insurmountable. If we miss the bliss, there is no compensation that is adequate."
"Our demons are our own limitations, which shut us off from the realization of the ubiquity of the spirit… each of these demons is conquered in a vision quest."- Joseph Campbell
"Because you have to face a wide brushstroke of obstacles, life is often disappointing to you, but you see disappointments as opportunities to delve into the hidden truths of life and use this knowledge to better yourself and your life. This spiritual and practical knowledge you glean is your vehicle to happiness."
"Let early education be a sort of amusement; you will then be better able to find out the natural bent."-Plato
"The closing years of life are like the end of a masquerade party; when all the masks are dropped." Schoepenhaur
"How vain it is to sit down to write when you have not stood up to live."-Thoreau
"Fame is proof that people are gullible."-Emerson
"That which we call sin in others is experiment for us."-Emerson
"Most ignorance is vincible ignorance. We dont know because we don't want to know."-Aldous Huxley
"Every man takes the limits of his own field of vision for the limits of the World."-Schoepenhauer
"Most of one's life… is one prolonged effored to prevent oneself thinking."-Huxley
"There is no great genius without some touch of madness."-Seneca
"Colleges hate geniuses, just as convents hate Saints."-Lincoln
"Nothing is a stronger influence psychologically on their environment, and especially on their children, then the unlived lives of the parents."-Jung
"All my best thoughts were stolen by the ancients."-Emerson
"Experience does not err; it is only your judgement that errs in expecting from her what is not in her power."- Leonardo Da Vinci
"Do not walk behind me; I may not lead. Do not walk in front of me; I may not follow. Walk beside me, so we may walk as one."
"A true measure of your worth includes all the benefits others have gained from your success."
"We cannot hold a torch to light another's path without brightening our own."
"Never look down on anyone unless you're helping them up."
"Real education should educate us out of self into something far finer; into a selflessness which unites us with all humanity."
"Start by doing what is necessary; then do what is possible; and sudeenly you are doing the impossible."
"Remember, no one can make you feel inferior wihout your consent."- Eleanor Roosevelt
"There are two things to aim for in life; first, to get what you want; and, after that, to enjoy it. Only the wisest of mankind can achieve the second."
"Do whatever comes your way to do as well as you can. Think as little as possible about yourself. Think as much as possible about other people. Dwell on things that are interesting. Since you get more joy out of giving joy to others, you should put a good deal of thought into the happiness that you are able to give." Eleanor Roosevelt
"Anyone who has never made a mistake has never tried anything new."-Albert Einstein
"How far you go in life depends on your being tender with the young, compassionate with the aged, sympathetic with the striving, and tolerant of the weak and strong. Because someday in your life you will have been all of these."
"The young do not follow our preaching- they follow us."
"True will power and courage are not on the battlefield, but in every day conquests over our inertia, laziness, and boredom."-D.L. Moody
"Courage is the decision to place your dreams above your fears."
"Though no one can go back and make a brand new start, anyone can start from now and make a brand new ending."
"The history of free men is never really written by chance but by choice; their choice."-Dwight D. Eisenhower
"A person hears only what they understand."
"We can do no great things- only small things with great love."- Mother Theresa
"We deny our talents and abilities because to acknowledge or confess them would commit us to use them."
"Eyes that look are common; eyes that see are rare."
"What I hear I forget. What I see, I remember. What I do, I know."-Chinese Proverb
"The mediocre teacher tells; the good teacher explains: the superior teacher demonstrates; the great teacher inspires." William Arthur Ward
"The truth is, fear and immortality are two of the greatest inhibitors of performance."
"We cannot live only for ourselves. A thousand fibers connect us with our fellow men; and among those fibers, as sympathetic threads, our actions run as causes, and they come back to us as effects."― Herman Melville
"Each of us will one day be judged, by our standard of life, not by our standard of living; by our measure of giving, not by the measure of wealth; by our simple goodness; not by our seeming greatness." William Arthur Ward
"Until you commit your goals to paper, you have initiatives that are seeds without soil."
"People spend their lives in the service of their passions, instead of employing their passions in the service of their lives."
"Wealth is not measured by just what we have, but rather by what we have for which we would not take money."
"You will become as small as your controlling desire, as great as your dominant aspiration."
"Your greatness is measured by your horizons."-Michelangelo
"The biggest tragedy in America is not the great waste of natural resources though this is tragic; the biggest tragedy is the waste of human resources because the average person goes to the grave with his music still in him."
"There is nothing noble in being superior to your fellow man; true nobility is being superior to your former self."― Ernest Hemingway
"To whom fate comes from the outside, it kills him as the arrow kills the deer. To whom fate comes from within, it empowers him and makes him into a God."-Herman Hesse
“We must become so alone, so utterly alone, that we withdraw into our innermost self. It is a way of bitter suffering. But then our solitude is overcome, we are no longer alone, for we find that our innermost self is the spirit, that it is God, the indivisible. And suddenly we find ourselves in the midst of the world, yet undisturbed by its multiplicity, for our innermost soul we know ourselves to be one with all being.”
"For example, the true happiness and blessedness of man consists only in wisdom and in knowledge of the true, but not at all in the fact that one is wiser than others, or that the others lack true knowledge. For this does not increase his wisdom at all, that is, his true happiness. So someone who is glad for that reason is glad because of someone else's evil, and therefore is envious and evil. He knows neither true wisdom nor peace of true life."-Spinoza, Ethics
"For as soon as this abuse began in the church, the worst men acquired a great desire to administer the sacred offices; the love of propagating divine religion degenerated into sordid greed and ambition, and the house of worship itself into a theater where one hears not learned ecclesiastics, but orators, each possessed by a longing, not to teach the people, but to carry them away with admiration for himself, to censure publicly those who disagree, and to teach only those new and unfamiliar doctrines which the people most admire. From this, of course, there had to come great quarrels, envy, and hate, whose violence no passage of time could lessen." -Spinoza, Ethics (1600's)
Identification with everything that lives is impossible without self purification; without self-purification the observance of the law of Ahimsa must remain an empty dream; God can never be realized by one who is not pure of heart. Self-purification therefore must mean purification in all the walks of life. And purification being highly infections, purification of oneself necessarily leads to the purification of one's surroundings." Gandhi, The Story Of My Experiments With Truth
"But the path of self purification is hard and steep. To attain to perfect purity one has to become absolutely passion-free in thought, speech and action; to rise above the opposing currents of love and hatred, attachment and repulsion. I know that I have not in me as yet that triple purity, in spite of constant ceaseless striving for it. That is why the world's praise fails to move me, indeed it very often stings me." Gandhi, The Story of My Experiments With Truth
"But I know that I have still before me a difficult path to traverse. I must reduce myself to zero. So long as a man does not of his own free will put himself last among his fellow creatures, there is no salvation for him."-Gandhi
"The grinding poverty and starvation with which our country is afflicted is such that it drives more and more men every year into the ranks of the beggars, whose desperate struggle for bread renders them insensible to all feelings of decency and self respect. And our philanthopists, instead of providing work for them and insisting on their working for bread, give them alms."- Gandhi, The Story of My Experiments With Truth.
"The separation from wife and children, the breaking up of a settled establishment, and the going from the certain to the uncertain- all this was for a moment painful, but I had inured myself to an uncertain life. I think it is wrong to expect certainties in the world, where all else but God that Truth is uncertainty. All that appears and happens about and around us is uncertain, transient. But there is a Supreme Being hidden therein as a Certainty, and one would be blessed if one could catch a glimpse of that Certainty and hitch one's wagon to it. The quest for that truth is the summum bonum of life."- Gandhi, The Story of My Experiment With Truth
"Though I have had two serious illnesses in my life, I believe that mans has little need to drug himself. 999 cases out of a thousand can be brought round means of a well regulated diet, water and earth treatment, and similar household remedies He who runs to the doctor for every little ailment, and swallows all kinds of vegetable and mineral drugs, not only curtails his life, but, by becoming the slave of his body instead of remaining its master, loses self-control, and ceases to be a man." Gandhi, The Story of My Experiments With Truth
“When I despair, I remember that all through history the way of truth and love have always won. There have been tyrants and murderers, and for a time, they can seem invincible, but in the end, they always fall. Think of it–always.”- Mahatma Gandhi
“Some are slaves of ambition or money, but others are interested in understanding life itself. These give themselves the name of philosophers (lovers of wisdom), and they value the contemplation and discovery of nature beyond all other pursuits.” -Pythagoras
“Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate. Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure. It is our light, not our darkness that most frightens us. We ask ourselves, Who am I to be brilliant, gorgeous, talented, fabulous? Actually, who are you not to be? You are a child of God. Your playing small does not serve the world. There is nothing enlightened about shrinking so that other people won't feel insecure around you. We are all meant to shine, as children do. We were born to make manifest the glory of God that is within us. It's not just in some of us; it's in everyone. And as we let our own light shine, we unconsciously give other people permission to do the same. As we are liberated from our own fear, our presence automatically liberates others.”
“Few will have the greatness to bend history itself, but each of us can work to change a small portion of events. It is from numberless diverse acts of courage and belief that human history is shaped. Each time a man stands up for an ideal, or acts to improve the lot of others, or strikes out against injustice, he sends forth a tiny ripple of hope, and crossing each other from a million different centers of energy and daring those ripples build a current which can sweep down the mightiest walls of oppression and resistance.” RFK
"Out of the night that covers me, Black as the Pit from pole to pole, I thank whatever gods may be
In the fell clutch of circumstance
Beyond this place of wrath and tears
It matters not how strait the gate, How charged with punishments the scroll.
Invictus by William Earnest Henley
Once the game is over, the outcome is history. Fame is fleeting and glory fades. The only lasting value in the competitive experience is the lessons we learn and live." -Dan Millman
"Our strength grows out of our weakness. The indignation which arms itself with secret forces does not awaken until we are pricked and stung and sorely assailed. A great man is always willing to be little. Whilst he sits on the cushion of advantages, he goes to sleep. When he is pushed, tormented, defeated, he has a chance to learn something; he has been put on his wits, on his manhood; he has gained facts; learns his ignorance; is cured of the insanity of conceit; has got moderation and real skill. The wise man throws himself on the side of his assailants. It is more his interest than it is theirs to find his weak point. The wound cicatrizes and falls off from him like a dead skin and when they would triumph, lo! he has passed on invulnerable. Blame is safer than praise. I hate to be defended in a newspaper. As long as all that is said is said against me, I feel a certain assurance of success. But as soon as honeyed words of praise are spoken for me I feel as one that lies unprotected before his enemies. In general, every evil to which we do not succumb is a benefactor. As the Sandwich Islander believes that the strength and valor of the enemy he kills passes into himself, so we gain the strength of the temptation we resist."
Ralph Waldo Emerson "Compensation, 1841"
"Ch'ing, the chief carpenter, was carving wood into a stand for musical instruments. When finished, the work appeared to those who saw it as though of supernatural execution; and the Prince of Lu asked him, saying, "What mystery is there in your art?"
"No mystery, Your Highness, " replied Ch'ing. "And yet there is something. WHen I am about to make such a stand, I guard against any diminution of my vital power. I first reduced my mind to absolute quiescence. Three days into this condition, and I have become oblivious of any reward to be gained. Five days, and I become oblivious of any fame to be acquired. Seven days, and I become unconscious of my four limbs and my physical frame. Then, with no thought of the Court present in my mind, my skill becomes concentrated, and all disturbing elements from without are gone. I enter some mountain forest, I search for a suitable tree. It contains the form required, which is afterwards elaborated. I see the stand in my mind's eye, and then set to work. Beyond that there is nothing. I bring my own native capacity into relation with that of the wood. What was suspected to be of supernatural execution in my work was due solely to this."-Chuang Tzu
"A hundred years ago, hardly anything was known of Sanskrit, Pali, or Chinese. The ignorance of European scholars was sufficient reason for their provincialism. Today, when more or less adequate translations are available in plenty, there is not only no reason for it, there is no excuse. And yet most Europeans and American authors of books about religion and metaphysics write as though nobody ever thought about these new subjects, except the Jews, the Greeks, and the Christians of the Mediterranean basin of Western Europe. This display of what, in the twentieth century, is an entirely voluntary and deliberate ignorance is not only absurd and discreditable; it is also socially dangerous. Like any other form of imperialism, theological imperialism is a menace to permanent world peace. The reign of violence will never come to an end until, first, most human beings accept the same, true philosophy of life; until, second, this Perennial Philosophy is recognized as the highest factor common to all the world religions; until, third, the adherents of every religion renounce the idolatrous time-philosophies, with with, in their own particular faith, the Perennial Philosophy of eternity has been overlaid; until, fourth, there is a world-wide rejection of all the political pseudo-religions, which place man's supreme good in future time and therefore justify and commend the commission of ever sort of present iniquity as means to that end. If these conditions are not fulfilled, no amount of political planning, no economic blue prints however ingeniously drawn, can prevent the recrudescence of war and revolution." Aldous Huxley, The Perennial Philosophy
"Literary or scientific, liberal or specialist, all our education is predominately verbal and therefore fails to accomplish what it is suppose to do. Instead of transforming children into fully developed adults, it turns out students of the natural sciences who are completely unaware of Nature as the primary fact of experience, it inflicts upon the world students of the humanities who know nothing of humanity, their own or anyone else's."-Aldous Huxley (The Doors of Perception)
"But the man who comes back through the Door in the Wall will never be quite the same as the man who went out. He will be wiser but less cocksure, happier but less self-satisfied, humbler in acknowledging his ignorance yet better equipped to understand the relationship of words to things, of systematic reasoning to the unfathomable Mystery which it tries, forever vainly, to comprehend." Aldous Huxley, The Doors of Perception
"Give up defining yourself – to yourself or to others. You won't die. You will come to life. And don't be concerned with how others define you. When they define you, they are limiting themselves. Whenever you interact with people, don't be there primarily as a function or a role, but as the field of conscious Presence. You can only lose something that you have, but you cannot lose something that you are." -Eckhart Tolle
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