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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

Man has inner necessities. His emotional life is not satisfied by outer things. His organization is not only to be explained in terms of adaptation to outer life. He needs ideas to give meaning to his existence. There is that in him that can grow and develop -- some further state of himself -- not lying in "tomorrow," but above him. Dr. Maurice Nicoll (1884)

Date added: 09/25/2011

The path of self-knowledge has this aim in view, for no one can know himself unless he turns inwards away from sense-perception, and unless he learns what to seek for. By oneself this is impossible. A man cannot get to know himself alone. His imagination stands in the way. There is no sufficient point in himself from which he can view himself aright, no sufficient knowledge. The establishing of this point is a matter of long work upon oneself with the assistance of those in whom this point is already established. Dr. Maurice Nicoll (1884)

Date added: 09/25/2011

If we could penetrate to the eternal reality of our own being we would find the one and only solution for every situation -- in the right sense of our own existence, primarily in itself. Dr. Maurice Nicoll (1884)

Date added: 09/25/2011

Along this sham path life is chiefly a dressing-up, an emptiness, a make-believe, in which we seek to be like something rather than really to be something. In this sense, then, no one is really doing. Dr. Maurice Nicoll (1884)

Date added: 09/25/2011

The notion that we are not awake, that we are not at a level of consciousness where we can understand anything rightly, and where it is impossible to know or have anything real, and where we cannot be in control of ourselves because we are not conscious at the point where control would be possible -- is found throughout Platonic, Christian and many other teachings. But consider how difficult -- how impossible -- it is for us to admit that we are asleep in life. It cannot be an admission. It can only be a gradual realization. And such an experience can only be brought about by the influences of efforts and ideas belonging to the nearly-lost science of awakening. The translators of the gospel could not have properly understood this idea for they translated the Greek "ypnyopew" as "watch" ("Watch, therefore, and pray," etc.). And this word "watch" is found in many places in the New Testament, but its real meaning is to be awake. And the force of this meaning is incalculably greater than that expressed by the term "watch." Dr. Maurice Nicoll (1884)

Date added: 09/25/2011

Without this effort we fall every moment, prone and lifeless, into the overwhelming stream of time and event, and the circle of our reactions. For at every moment we can sink down into our habitual state of consciousness -- where no integration is possible -- where, indeed, we are, and can only be, divided up into innumerable little contradictory parts, which continually steal us from ourselves. Then we lie asleep in appearances, lost to ourselves, for then the sense of ourselves is derived only from the ever-changing response to the flicker of appearances. Then every event carries us away. Every event fastens its mouth upon our energy and consumes it. Life carries us away, now up, then down. Dr. Maurice Nicoll (1884)

Date added: 09/25/2011

We know that when the rich man asked how he could gain eternal life the answer was: "If you will be perfect follow me." The meaning, in the Greek, is to reach one's goal. Sin meant, in the original, "missing the mark." The psychological idea emerges quite clearly when we consider the real meaning of these two words. The goal is to perfect oneself, to become complete, and sin is all that that causes one to miss the goal. Dr. Maurice Nicoll (1884)

Date added: 09/25/2011

To realize that you have not got something and that you need it, this is real asking. Dr. Maurice Nicoll (1884)

Date added: 09/25/2011

Nor do we think that many of our insoluble difficulties, perplexities, and unanswered questions necessarily exist because of the kind of consciousness we naturally possess, and that a new degree of consciousness would either cause our awareness of them to disappear or bring about an entirely new relation to them. Dr. Maurice Nicoll (1884)

Date added: 09/25/2011

Truth is not something lying in time, in the future, but is something here, now, only above us, above our present consciousness. Dr. Maurice Nicoll (1884)

Date added: 09/25/2011

In the presence of greater meaning all lesser meanings that fill our ordinary mind full to the brim, shrink to their true proportions, and cease to steal from us. For in the presence of greater meaning we are redeemed from everything small and trivial and absurd. Dr. Maurice Nicoll (1884)

Date added: 09/25/2011

When you know that you are eternal you can play your true role in time. When you know you are divine you can become completely human. When you know you are one with God you are free to become absolutely yourself, individual and holy and my child. Dr. Maurice Nicoll (1884)

Date added: 09/25/2011

All insight, all revelation, all illumination, all love, all that is genuine, all that is real, lies in now -- and in the attempt to create now we approach the inner precincts, the holiest part of life. For in time all things are seeking completion, but in now all things are complete. Dr. Maurice Nicoll (1884)

Date added: 09/25/2011

Everything I say must be understood not as an affirmation but as a question. Neils Bohr (1885)

Date added: 09/25/2011

When we get out of the glass bottle of our ego, and when we escape like squirrels in the cage of our personality and get into the forest again, we shall shiver with cold and fright. But things will happen to us so that we don't know ourselves. Cool, unlying life will rush in, and passion will make our bodies taut with power. We shall laugh, and institutions will curl up like burnt paper. D. H. Lawrence (1885)

Date added: 09/25/2011

History is the display of the supposed advantages of power and intelligence which some men possess over others, of the struggle for existence hypocritically described by ideologists as the struggle for justice and freedom of the ebb and flow of old and new forms of human righteousness, each vying with the rest in solemnity and triviality. . . . Yet one drop of eternity is of greater weight than a vast ocean of finite things. Karl Barth (1886)

Date added: 09/25/2011

...anything that the mind thinks, it can unthink. If, therefore, by the law of cause and effect we have produced unpleasant conditions, we should be able by this same law to produce an entirely different effect. Ernest Holmes (1887)

Date added: 03/21/2012

Humankind cannot bear very much reality. T. S. Eliot (1888)

Date added: 09/25/2011

Time present and time past are both perhaps present in time future. And time future contained in time past. T. S. Eliot (1888)

Date added: 09/25/2011

We shall not cease from exploration
And the end of all our exploring
Will be to arrive where we started
And to know that place for the first time.
T. S. Eliot (1888)

Date added: 09/25/2011
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