"The fact is there is ambiguity...and this ambiguity will be with us for a while."
 
"People just want ...to name things or to stuff objects into cubbyholes.  I prefer a bit of ambiguity to the illusion of clarity and the pretense of certainty.  When there is fog, to acknowledge its presence is more honest than to try to ignore it."
 
--Astronomical theorist Adam Burrows of the University of Arizona, Tucson
 
from "What's A Planet" by Ron Cowen in Science News, December 2, 2006, Vol. 170, p. 230 (http://www.sciencenews.org/articles/20061202/bob8.asp)
 

We dance around in a ring and suppose,

But the Secret sits in the middle and knows.

--Robert Frost ("The Secret Sits") 

 

Ideas come from the truth. --Alice Walker (Virginia C. Gildersleeves Lecture, Barnard College, 0/3/2003)

 

"The world we have created is a product of our thinking. It cannot be changed without changing our thinking."  -- Albert Einstein

 

Your mind is like a circle that connects all of your ideas, emotions, and experiences. When the circle is opened, it becomes a partial arc that may be linked within a larger circle. When we break open the closed circle of our individual mind, we literally become opened and available to enter into greater circles of mind. 

-- Bradford Keeney, Ph.D.

 

The breeze at dawn has secrets to tell you

Don't go back to sleep.

You must ask for what you really want

Don't go back to sleep.

People are going back and forth

across the doorsill where the

two worlds touch.

The door is round and open.

Don't go back to sleep.

--Rumi

 

"There is no end to becoming.... The doors of perception open; what was hidden has been revealed.... As the houses of earth fill with dancing and song, so filled are the houses of heaven. I come in truth. I sail a long river and row back again. It is joy to breathe under the stars. I am the sojourner destined to walk a thousand years until I arrive at myself."

"We are gods in the body of god, truth and love our destinies. Go then and make of the world something beautiful, set up a light in the darkness."

--Normandi Ellis, Awakening Osiris: The Egyptian Book of the Dead


Dear Holy Presence, I pray that my thoughts may be really appropriate in quality and quantity for this moment. I am teachable. Teach me and I will learn to favor the flow of thoughts which are true, pure and genuine; and to have times of utter quiet when even thoughts become silent in thy Presence.

--from A Little Journal of Devotions out of Quaker Worship by Francis D. Hole and Ellie Schacter (Philadelphia: Quaker Press, 2001)

 

The soul of each single one of us is sent, that the universe may be complete.

--Plotinus, Enneads IV, 8, 1

 

Understand that you are a second world in miniature, and the sun and moon are within you, as are the stars.

--Origen, Homilae Leviticium

 

Visita Interiora Terrae Rectificando Invenies Occultum Lapidem. (Visit the innermost parts of the earth; by setting things right, you will find the hidden Stone.)

 

The rich will make temples for Shiva.

What shall I, a poor man, do?

My legs are pillars,

The body the shrine,

The head a cupola of gold.

Listen, Oh Lord of the meeting rivers,

Things standing shall fall,

But the moving shall ever stay.

--Basavanna, 820 B.C.

 

Hope is a state of mind, not of the world. Hope, in this deep and powerful sense, is not the same as joy that things are going well, or willingness to invest in enterprises that are obviously headed for success, but rather an ability to work for something because it is good. --Vaclav Havel

 

Be in the mood for the truth. -- Agnes Martin, painter

 

Forget that you live in houses, that you may live in yourself--

For the smallest people live in the greatest houses.

But the smallest person, potentially, is as great as the Universe.

-- Mina Loy, poet

 

It is a fine thing to establish one's own religion in one's heart, not to be dependent on tradition and second-hand ideals.  Life will seem to you, later, not a lesser, but a greater thing.

--D. H. Lawrence