Where Your Help
This collection of quotes is centered around the
theme of recovery and personal growth. At present, some of them are not that widely circulated,
yet, they are of relevance to ourselves, to our families and to our society during these
challenging days of transition. Most are taken directly from text material, with accuracy
attributable to the material. Some are recalled from memory, as noted, and (due to
neurotransmitter-based encoding) slight variance from the original statement is possible.
This is a growing page, always under construction, so please feel free to return, or even
suggest an entry.
|Lives based on having are
less free than lives based either on doing or being.
William James (1842-1910)
I've traveled to most of the developing world and
I've never met a needy person. I've met only self-reliant, self-sufficient, dignified
human beings who are in some way blocked from expressing their natural gifts.
¾ Michael Toms
I would not measure
thee by thy deeds but by thy vastest dreams.
¾ Kahlil Gibran
For behind all seen things lies
something vaster; everything is but a path, a portal, or a window opening on something
more than itself.
Antoine de Saint-Exupery
need to claim the events of your life to make yourself yours. When you truly possess all
you have been and done, which may take some time, you are fierce with reality.
-- Flonda Scott Maxwell
I believe that God is in me as the
sun is in the colour and fragrance of a flower ¾ the Light in
my darkness, the Voice in my silence.
¾ Helen Keller
There is a Dream dreaming us.
based on having are less free than lives based either on doing or being.
-- William James
The cultivation and expansion of needs is
the antithesis of wisdom. It is also the antithesis of freedom and peace.
Every increase of needs tends to increase one's dependence on outside forces over which
one cannot have control, and therefore increases existential fear.
-- E. F. Schumacher
If you bring forth what is inside of
you, what you bring forth will save you. If you don't bring forth what is inside of
you, what you don't bring forth will destroy you.
-- Jesus Christ
Let the beauty we love be what
|Security is mostly a
myth. It doesn't exist in nature. Life is either a daring adventure or life is nothing at
Helen Keller (from memory)
prejudice known to
humanity is to be found in our own self-imposed limitations
manifestations of power, restraint impresses men most.
Thucyolides 471?-400? BC
The most fatal illusion
is the settled point of view. Since life is growth and motion, a fixed point of view
kills anybody who has one.
-- Brooks Atkinson
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 were born to make manifest the Glory of God that is within us. It is not just in
some of us: it is 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.
We are not separate from Being, we are in it . . .
Reality is nothing more than a
--(paraphrase) Lily Tomlin
When the moon rises in the
Heart of heaven
And a light breeze touches the
mirror-like surface of the lake,
That is indeed a
moment of pure joy,
But few are they who are aware of it.
What can we gain by sailing to the
moon if we are not able to cross the abyss that separates us from ourselves?
The more of ourselves we put into
having, the less of ourselves we have
If you bring forth what is within you,
what you bring forth will save you. If you do not bring forth what is within you, what you
do not bring forth will destroy you.
¾ Jesus Christ, in the Gospel of Thomas
We have buried so much of the delicate
magic of life.
¾ D. H.
But, as Douglas E Harding has pointed
out, we tend to think of this planet as a life-infested rock, which is as absurd as
thinking of the human body as a cell-infested skeleton. Surely all forms of life,
including man, must be understood as "symptoms" of the earth, the solar system,
and the galaxy in which case we cannot escape the conclusion that the galaxy is
-- Alan Watts
There are vast realms of
consciousness still undreamed of Vast ranges of experience, like humming of unseen harps,
we know nothing of, within us.
Ye shall know the truth
and the truth shall make you free.
True prayer and love are really learned in the hour when prayer becomes
impossible and your heart turns to stone
-- Thomas Merton
Because everything we do and
everything we are is in jeopardy, and because the peril is immediate and
unremitting, every person is the right person to act and every moment is the
right moment to begin.
My sky and my earth cannot
contain me but I am contained entirely in the heart of he who adores me
|It is a very
grave mistake to think that the enjoyment of seeing and searching can be promoted by means
of coercion and a sense of duty.
¾ Albert Einstein
I live my life in growing orbits which
move out over the things of the world. And I have been circling for a thousand years, And
I still don't know if I'm a falcon, or a storm, or a great song.
Rainer Maria Rilke
I believe the greatest gift I can
conceive of having from anyone is to be seen by them, to be understood and touched by
them. The greatest gift I can give is to see, hear, understand, and touch another person.
When this is done I feel a contact has been made.
When we think we're separate, we
lose power. Whenever I say 'my,' I have lost power. Power is not my power
. . . It is only gainable as a part of the larger whole. Then you communicate with
the rest of yourself -- which may be a tree. You, reciprocally, are moved by the
universe. Whenever you shut down connectedness, you get depressed . . . It's fearful
to know we're connected to everything in the universe, because then we're responsible.
|He who has few things to desire cannot
have many to fear.
William Blake (1757-1827)
True healing means drawing the
circle of our being larger and becoming more inclusive, more capable of loving. In this
sense, healing is not for the sick alone, but for all mankind.
Every morning we must love what is
lost in us and begin again.
¾ Beth Ferris
The world today hangs on a
single thread, and that thread is the psyche of man.
¾ C. G. Jung
The mother who gives up her life for
her children does them no kindness but rather burdens them with the legacy of a life
The only gift is a portion of
thyself . . . the poet brings his poem; the shepherd his lamb... the girl, a handkerchief
of her own sewing.
-- Ralph Waldo Emerson
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