“Nobody can escape from all these kinds of changes, that technology makes possible, but which economics makes absolutely essential”.
(Charles Handy – talking on “Visions of heaven and hell” C4).
“….the main interest of my work is not concerned with the treatment of neuroses but rather with the approach to the numinous. But the fact is that the approach to the numinous is the real therapy, and inasmuch as you attain to the numinous experiences you are released from the curse of pathology. Even the very disease takes on a numinous character.”
Jung : Letter to a friend
‘Only those who will risk going too far can possibly find out how far one can go’ – (T S Elliot)
My heart burns like fire
But my eyes are as
Cold as dead ashes.
“Your pain is the breaking of the shell that encloses your understanding. And could you keep your heart in awe and wonder at the daily miracles of life, your pain would not seem less wondrous than your joy . . . .”
( Kalil Gibran )
( Bakunin )
If at first you don’t succeed, skydiving is not for you
The second mouse, gets the cheese
One does not become enlightened by imaging
figures of light, but by making the darkness
conscious. The latter procedure, however,
is disagreeable and therefore unpopular.
( Carl Jung )
For 50 years of a fine marriage, Nasrudin made sandwiches for saturday lunches he and his wonderful wife shared. One day she said that she was angry:
“For years now you have given me the end slices of every loaf of bread we eat together. I hate them, they are the worst slices and you always give them to me.”
Nasruddin sat silently for a second and said
“But they are my favourite pieces”
“Holiness is in right action and courage on behalf of those who cannot defend themselves. And goodness – what God desires – is here in your mind and in your heart. In what you decide to do every day, you will be a good man . . . . . . . or not”.
(The Hospitaler : from the film, “Kingdom and Heaven”).
“you are not too old
and it is not too late
to dive into your increasing depths
where life calmly gives out
it’s own secret”
— Rainer Maria Rilke
The myriad of named things
spring from an inexhaustible matrix,
these point beyond themselves
to the all encompassing unity.
The enigma of things deepens
into the fathomless beyond,
from mystery to mystery is the gateway
into the streaming wonder of existence.
( Lao Tzu ).
“Whatever the great masters says, however they expand the scriptures,
of what use is all their learning to another? That which flows out from
your own heart – that embraces heaven and earth”.
( Ganto )
A Native American elder once described his own inner struggles in this manner: ”Inside of me there are two dogs. One of the dogs is mean and evil. The other dog is good. The mean dog fights the good dog all the time.” When asked which dog wins, he reflected for a moment and replied, ”The one I feed the most.” ~ Author unknown
We don’t see the world as it is. We see it as we are.
“When one door closes another one opens. But we often look so long and regretfully upon the closed door that fail to see the one that has opened up for us”
( Alexander Graham Bell )
One afternoon at Cheers, Cliff Clavin was explaining the Buffalo Theory to his buddy Norm. Here’s how it went: ”Well ya see, Norm, it’s like this… A herd of buffalo can only move as fast as the slowest buffalo. And when the herd is hunted, it is the slowest and weakest ones at the back that are killed first. This natural selection is good for the herd as a whole, because the general speed and health of the whole group keeps improving by the regular killing of the weakest members. In much the same way, the human brain can only operate as fast as the slowest brain cells. Excessive intake of alcohol, as we know, kills brain cells. But naturally, it attacks the slowest and weakest brain cells first. In this way, regular consumption of beer eliminates the weaker brain cells, making the brain a faster and more efficient machine. That’s why you always feel smarter after a few beers.
“Apophenia is the spontaneous perception of connections and meaningfulness of unrelated phenomena. The term was coined by K. Conrad in 1958. . . . . The propensity to see connections between seemingly unrelated objects or ideas most closely links psychosis to creativity … apophenia and creativity may even be seen as two sides of the same coin.”
“Make no friends with an elephant keeper
if you have no room for an elephant”.
( Saadi of Shiraz )
“I was listening to National Public Radio the other day when someone asked the question” ‘Once you wake up, can you wake up any more?’ Yes, I thought. In a way my whole life has been about waking up and then waking up some more.” Sue Monk Kidd from The Dance of the Dissident Daughter
I used to think my brain was my most important organ. But then I thought: wait a minute, who’s telling me that?
– Emo Phillips
“It is through light and a clear idea that the mind sees the essence of things, numbers and extensions. It is through a vague idea or through feelings that the mind judges the existence of creatures and that it knows its own existence”
( Malebranche 1638 – 1715 )
It is manifest… that every soul and spirit hath a certain continuity with the spirit of the universe, so that it must be understood to exist and to be included not only there where it liveth and feeleth, but it is also by its essence and substance diffused throughout immensity… The power of each soul is itself somehow present afar in the universe… Naught is mixed, yet is there some presence.
— Giordano Bruno in Cause, Principle, and Unity — 1584
“I believed that I wanted to be a poet, but deep down I wanted to be a poem.”
Jaime Gil de Biedma