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We are not human beings having a spiritual experience. We are spiritual beings having a human experience. Pierre Teilhard De Chardin (1881)

Date added: 03/06/2012

Like the monist I plunge into the all-inclusive One; But the one is so perfect that as it receives me and I lose myself in it, I can find in it the ultimate perfection of my own individuality. Pierre Teilhard De Chardin (1881)

Date added: 09/25/2011

Someday, after mastering the winds, the waves, the tides and gravity, we shall harness for God the energies of love, and then, for a second time in the history of the world, man will have discovered fire. Pierre Teilhard De Chardin (1881)

Date added: 09/25/2011

We must try to penetrate our most secret self, and examine our being from all sides. . . . And so, for the first time in my life perhaps (although I am supposed to meditate every day!), I took the lamp and, leaving the zone of everyday occupations and relationships where everything seems clear, I went down into my inmost self, to the deep abyss whence I feel dimly that my power of action emanates. But as I moved further and further away from the conventional certainties by which social life is superficially illuminated, I became aware that I was losing contact with myself. At each step of the descent a new person was disclosed within me of whose name I was no longer sure, and who no longer obeyed me. And when I had to stop my exploration because the path faded from beneath my steps, I found a bottomless abyss at my feet, and out of it came--arising I know not from where--the current which I dare to call my life. Pierre Teilhard De Chardin (1881)

Date added: 04/01/2016

Every day in many ways, day after day, we walk through ourselves, meeting robbers, ghosts, giants, old men , young men, wives, widows, brothers-in-law. But always meeting ourselves. James Joyce (1882)

Date added: 09/25/2011

Hold to the now, the here, through which all future plunges to the past. James Joyce (1882)

Date added: 03/23/2013

You often say, "I would give, but only to the deserving."
The trees in your orchard say not so,
Nor the flocks in your pastures.
They give that they may live, for to withhold is to perish,
Kahlil Gibran (1883)

Date added: 09/25/2011

When you are joyous, look deep into your heart and you shall find it is only that which has given you sorrow that is giving you joy. When you are sorrowful look again in your heart, and you shall see that in truth you are weeping for that which has been your delight. Kahlil Gibran (1883)

Date added: 03/13/2012

The path of love is a dynamic balance of opposites, a painful creative tension of uncertainties, Kahlil Gibran (1883)

Date added: 09/25/2011

And forget not that the earth delights to feel your bare feet and the winds long to play with your hair. Kahlil Gibran (1883)

Date added: 03/13/2012

If you reveal your secrets to the wind, you should not blame the wind for revealing them to the trees. Kahlil Gibran (1883)

Date added: 03/13/2012

You give but little when you give of your possessions. It is when you give of yourself that you truly give. Kahlil Gibran (1883)

Date added: 03/13/2012

Life without love is like a tree without blossoms or fruit. Kahlil Gibran (1883)

Date added: 03/13/2012

Keep me away from the wisdom which does not cry, the philosophy which does not laugh, and the greatness which does not bow before children. Kahlil Gibran (1883)

Date added: 10/11/2013

Every further stage of ourselves is within us, above us. Below us lies what we are already, what we have done before. Below us, behind us, is the passive surrender to things, the inertia of the past, the habits of years, and the passive, sensual mind -- the mind of the senses -- with its sole belief in appearances and passing time. At any point in our lives we are thus between two opposing forces: the force of the realized and the force of the unrealized, what we are and have been, and what we may be. And what we may be is already there, as unhappy feeling, as incompleteness. Dr. Maurice Nicoll (1884)

Date added: 09/25/2011

A man must relate himself to new forces, coming from that which he has not realized, through seeing things differently, through touching ideas that have transforming power and that can only be proved by his own experience of them and never evidentially, by an appeal to the outer world of the sense. Dr. Maurice Nicoll (1884)

Date added: 09/25/2011

The mystic ocean of existence is not to be crossed as something outside ourselves. It is in oneself. Dr. Maurice Nicoll (1884)

Date added: 09/25/2011

Whatever forms Christianity assumed in later times, however distorted it became, it must be remembered that its introduction was heralded by John the Baptist preaching change of mind as the first step towards "eternal" life. And this change of mind was connected by him with the teaching on the Kingdom of Heaven -- an idea so difficult to grasp and so contrary to all sense-thinking and external evidence that it remains a new idea for all time. Dr. Maurice Nicoll (1884)

Date added: 09/25/2011

We have no right to believe that our ordinary level of consciousness is the highest form of consciousness, or the sole mode of experience possible to man. We cannot say that the range of the internal experience of oneself is necessarily limited either to dream-states or to ordinary consciousness. We have to consider the possibility, not only that there is a level above our ordinary level of consciousness, to which we are only occasionally awakened, but that our ordinary consciousness becomes integrated into a larger system when this happens. Dr. Maurice Nicoll (1884)

Date added: 09/25/2011

Everything is wrong in the world, everything in a state of confusion, because man has not this truth, and so remains unfinished. Dr. Maurice Nicoll (1884)

Date added: 09/25/2011

I imagined that unity of being could be reached within the customary state of consciousness. I believed, in other words, that a radical change of being could take place as one was, merely through some adjustments. This is probably what most of us think, for we do not realize that in order to change anything in ourselves everything else must change, lest by trying to change one thing we create wrong results in other directions. Change of being is not a patchwork process. All sorts of minor modifications are no doubt possible in people without necessarily harmful results. Dr. Maurice Nicoll (1884)

Date added: 09/25/2011

The beauty lies in realizing that you have a right not to be negative, and without that realization you cannot remember yourself. All Self-Remembering has to do with the fact that you came down to this earth, and life here does not correspond with what you came down from, and something in you knows it -- that is, has not forgotten it, and that means remembers it. Dr. Maurice Nicoll (1884)

Date added: 09/25/2011

The creation of a permanent "I" must take place somewhere beyond the sphere of self-love. It must be brought into existence through a series of acts which cannot be initiated by self-love and so cannot start from the admiration of oneself. And for this reason many things are necessary before such acts can be self-initiated. The whole standpoint must change. The standpoint of materialism or sensualism cannot provide the right basis from which to start. Only the recognition that there are higher degrees of reality, and the emotions that such a recognition can rouse, can begin to give the right starting point. For such emotions do not lie in the sphere of the self-love. Dr. Maurice Nicoll (1884)

Date added: 09/25/2011

The starting-point for some entirely new state of oneself, above what life produces, can never lie along the direction of what is generally approved or applauded, for it will then only administer to the self-love, which is the point of danger. Dr. Maurice Nicoll (1884)

Date added: 09/25/2011

Man cannot understand more because he is in a state of inner disorganization. The quality of his consciousness is too separative and coarse. Yet he starts out in his investigations of the universe without any idea that he will be unable to penetrate beyond a certain point because he himself is an unsuitable instrument for this purpose. Dr. Maurice Nicoll (1884)

Date added: 09/25/2011
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