Theories, notes and quotes

Some favourite quotes that resonate with some learning from experience

“The atom has no physical structure-the emperor has no clothes….atoms are made out of ‘invisible’ energy, not tangible matter” (Bruce Lipton)

bruce lipton matter

‘What we have called matter is energy, whose vibration has been so lowered as to be perceptible to the senses’ (Bruce Lipton)

‘We- like all things in a holographic universe-are ultimately a frequency phenomenon which our mind converts into various holographic forms’ (Michael Talbot)

‘In a holographic universe, location itself is an illusion. Just as an image of an apple has no specific location on a piece of holographic film, in a universe that is organised holographically things and objects also possess no specific location, everything is ultimately non local, including consciousness’ (Michael Talbot)

The real challenge for the individual is to practice evolution, to learn the lessons of the old stories so we no longer need to repeat them, and to remind ourselves that the critical mass of humanity involved with this evolution will change the world from the inside out. we are living in a positive future, practicing Heaven, and designing a bridge across which the whole of humanity will walk.

This is our love story – a universal love story for the entire universe: you, me, everyone, and every living organism too. And, now, on to Act V!
(Bruce Lipton)

“I do not bestow grace on anyone. I just hold sacred space to allow that to occur” Don Jicaram in Shaman Healer Sage by Alberto Villoldo

‘We are luminous beings on a journey through the stars,” the old Indian said to me “we are star travellers, that have existed since the beginning of time.”

I asked him how he knew this. I looked at this medicine man living out the last years of his life. the clear dark eyes glittered with the vibrancy of a young man still in his twenties.

“I know”, he said. “I have seen it.”

(From a newsletter  by Alberto Villoldo)

The medicine wheel, the fourfold path of knowledge…is also called the journey of the four winds. it is the legendary journey that an initiate undertakes to become a person of knowledge…the medicine wheel is the mandala…although there exists no real symbol for it, just as there are no writings, no figure of worship, no human prophet, or son of a deity. none are needed.

The journey through the medicine wheel is a journey taken to awaken vision and to discover and embrace the divine within oneself, to re-establish one’s connection with nature and the mystery of the cosmos, to acquire skills and the wisdom to use them…

The four winds are marked out like the cardinal points of a compass…it begins in the south, the serpent path, where one goes to shed the past, just as the serpent shed its skin. the jaguar path in the west…is where one loses fear and faces death. in the north one takes the dragon path to discover the wisdom of the ancients and to create a union with the divine…the eagle path of the east – the flight to the sun and the journey back to one’s home to exercise one’s vision in the context of one’s life and work….

…it is a charming program, don’t you think?”


“What is it we are questing for? It is the fulfillment of that which is potential in each of us. Questing for it is not an ego trip; it is an adventure to bring into fulfillment your gift to the world, which is yourself. There is nothing you can do that’s more important than being fulfilled. You become a sign, you become a signal, transparent to transcendence; in this way you will find, live, become a realization of your own personal myth” (Joseph Campbell)

“…you end up with an entirely different focus when the tradition of a culture is not founded on the fall from grace, where man was never  banished from the garden of eden and lives close to nature and nature is a manifestation of the divine……We were never banished from the garden you see. The ground was never cursed on our account, as your bible claims. nature is not hostile to us. We are her caretakers”. Don Jicaram

“Perfect love casts out fear. Where there is love there are no demands, no expectations, no dependency. I do not demand that you make me happy; my happiness does not lie in you. If you were to leave me, I will not feel sorry for myself; I enjoy your company immensely, but I do not cling.” Anthony de Mello, Awareness.

“these so called power animals are energies of nature, elemental spirits that we personify as animals. i like to think of them as a merging of you and a force in nature.  a manifestation of an archetypical energy in time or space.  primitive consciousness personifies them as animals, and they assume that form when we connect with them. that is a good theory at least” Don Jicaram

take for example, the lagoon….here is a poetic expression of the psyche. the surface that we are accustomed to seeing is dependent on what lies below. the unseen depths support the surface, yes? …we are used to standing on the shore and seeing the surface of the lagoon. we can deduce very little of what lies below the surface. anyone can fall into the lagoon, but they would have no idea of what dangers the depths may contain. it could be very deep, there could be plants waiting to entangle, there could be piranas…..but if you change your perspective on the water, see where the sun shines beneath its surface and look at it from that point of view, from above, where the eagle flies, then you can see into it’s depths, see what supports the surface, see what lies below…once you acquire the vision, you can know the lagoon and swim where you will…

…that perspective allows you to see not only the present condition of the lagoon , but much of its history, everything that has touched its surface and sunk to the bottom. you can even see the effect that whatever has penetrated it’s surfaces has had on the life on the lagoon. a sunken log that plants have grown on and fish must swim around. everything that has ever changed its character. some things are deeply embedded and are no longer distinguishable, but all of them are visible” Don Jicaram

‘a lagoon is part of a stream. it is a place where the shore widens and the centre deepens and the water slows, but the water is, nevertheless constantly flowing through it…..i can even travel upstream, nearer its source, and affect the lagoon in any number of ways by affecting its source. i can place the object in the stream that, eventually, if nothing interferes along the way, will reach the lagoon, and, if it stays there long enough, it might sink in…..i can place my hand in the water and cause a ripple in the stream that will eventually reach the lagoon and reverberate through it. It might even upend the canoe that you are sitting in, or save you by washing you ashore’ Don Jicaram.
“Happiness is our natural state. Happiness is the natural state of little children, to whom the kingdom belongs until they have been polluted and contaminated by the stupidity of society and culture. To acquire happiness you don’t have to do anything, because happiness cannot be acquired. Does anybody know why? Because we have it already. How can you acquire what you already have? Then why don’t you experience it? Because you’ve got to drop something. You’ve got to drop illusions. You don’t have to add anything in order to be happy; you’ve got to drop something. Life is easy, life is delightful. It’s only hard on your illusions, your ambitions, your greed, your cravings. Do you know where these things come from? From having identified with all kinds of labels!”
Mello, Awareness.

“there’s only one thing that i know
how to do well
and i’ve often been told
that you only can do what you know
how to do well
and that’s be you
be what you’re like
be like yourself”
(they might be giants)

“The world is like a ride in an amusement park, and when you choose to go on it you think it’s real, because that’s how powerful our minds are. and the ride goes up and down and round and round, and it has thrills and chills and is very brightly coloured, and it’s very loud. and it’s fun, for a while.

some people have been on the ride for a long time, and they’ve begun to question, ‘is this real, or is this just a ride?’, and other people have remembered, and they’ve come back to us and they say ‘hey, don’t worry. don’t be afraid, ever, because this is just a ride.’

it’s just a ride… doesn’t matter, because … it’s just a ride.

and we can change it anytime we want. It’s only a choice….a choice, right now, between fear and love….the eyes of love, instead see all of us as one.
ere’s what we can do to change the world right now, to a better ride:

take all that money we spent on weapons and defense each year and instead spend it feeding, clothing, and educating the poor of the world, which it would many times over, not one human being excluded, and we can explore space together both inner and outer, forever…in peace” (bill hicks)


‘hatred does not cease by hatred, but only by love’

‘whatever this power is, I cannot say, all I know is that it exists’ alexander graham bell 1847-1922 (working on the telephone)

love is an element though physically unseen is as real as air or water. it is acting, living moving force…it moves in waves and currents like those of the ocean. Prentice Mulford.

‘the power for happiness, for good, for everything we need of life is within each one of us. the power is there – unlimited power’ robert collier 1885-1950


‘If the doors of perception were cleansed every thing would appear to man as it is, Infinite’ (blake)

‘In some sense man is a microcosm of the universe; therefore what man is, is a clue to the universe’.
(David Bohm 1917-1992 quantum physicist)

Yes my good sister — dont be afraid my good sister, were all in Heaven — but we don’t know it! — Oh, he laughs, we dont know it!
(visions of gerard by jack Kerouac)

‘respond intelligently even to unintelligent treatment’ Lao Tzu 6th bc, founder of Taoism.

‘I am still determined to be cheerful and happy in whatever situation I may be, for I have also learned from experience that the great part of our happiness or misery depends upon our dispositions, and not upon our circumstances’. (Martha Washington)

“energy follows thought” (anon)

Violence doesn't end violence,

“violence does not end violence, it extends it” (toby whithouse)

“everything in the physical is a miracle. it is magic because our essence is spiritual essence that is manifesting through a physical body. and if we can manifest something as magnificent as the human body, we can certainly manifest a little better health, abundance, prosperity, and fufilment within our lives” (ted andrews, the healers manual)

‘out beyond the areas of wrongdoing and rightdoing, there is a field, i’ll meet you there‘ (rumi)


“Oftentimes have I heard you speak of one who commits a wrong as though he were not one of you, but a stranger unto you and an intruder upon your world. But I say that even as the holy and the righteous cannot rise beyond the highest which is in each one of you,
So the wicked and the weak cannot fall lower than the lowest which is in you also.
And as a single leaf turns not yellow but with the silent knowledge of the whole tree,
So the wrong-doer cannot do wrong without the hidden will of you all.
Like a procession you walk together towards your god-self.
You are the way and the wayfarers
(Kahlil Gibran)

“True compassion is more than flinging a coin to a beggar; it comes to see that an edifice which produces beggars needs restructuring. ”  (Martin Luther King, Jr.)

“if someone arrives late for an appointment and we need reassurance that she cares about us, we may feel hurt. if instead, our need is to spend time purposively and constructively, we might feel frustrated. but if our need is for 30 minutes of quiet solitude, we may be grateful for her tardiness and feel pleased. thus it is not the behaviour of the other person but our own need that causes our feeling.”
(rosenberg ‘non violent communication’)

‘anger indicates that we have moved up to our head to analyze and judge somebody rather than focus on which of our needs are not being met’  (rosenberg ‘non violent communication’)

“Until you make the unconscious conscious, it will direct your life and you will call it fate.” (carl jung)

‘i’d rather be whole than good'(carl jung)

Man standing with arms outstretched surrounded by light

Glad Day, c. 1794

He who binds to himself a Joy
Doth the winged life destroy;
But he who kisses the Joy as it flies
Lives in Eternity’s sunrise.

“You, the people, have the power, the power to create machines, the power to create happiness! You, the people, have the power to make this life free and beautiful, to make this life a wonderful adventure” (Chaplin)

“Don’t you know that the only thing you can say you actually know is something you experienced? Other than that it’s hearsay”
(from ‘The Wind is My Mother by Bear Heart)


“Life is not measured by the number of breaths we take, but by the moments that take our breath away”.  Maya Angelou

“To know even one life has breathed easier because you have lived. This is to have succeeded.” Ralph Waldo Emerson


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