The Power of Change Within to Change the World

"What is the pattern which connects the crab to the lobster and the orchid to the primrose, and all of them to me and me to you?"
-Gregory Bateson

Words of Wisdom

Despite our personal growth, as a society we're not yet transforming the educational system, the political system, or the economic system.
--Barbara Marx Hubbard

Depression and physical illness can be interpreted as signals that we're not accessing the deep codes of our creative selves.
--Barbara Marx Hubbard

When you learn to shift your identity to the essential self, the wisdom for healing your local self is present..
--Barbara Marx Hubbard

If we trace a behavior back to the belief that sponsored it, and correct our belief, we have a chance to correct the behavior.
--Neale Donald Walsch

At jump time, we create a whole new cosmology that results in the construction of new collective realities around politics, economics, education, government.
--Neale Donald Walsch

When a leader requires others to hold him as flawless, or simply unaccountable, his flock becomes self-toxifying.
--Saniel Bonder

An overwhelming majority of our social, political, and ecological catastrophes can be traced to the Spirit/Matter split in individuals and in societies.
--Saniel Bonder

Institutions and nations are always selfish and self-interested, and…usually coerce individuals to behave in immoral ways.
--Huston Smith

Because modernity makes science the big picture, consciousness--which cannot be seen--has received short shrift.
--Huston Smith

In the last couple of centuries we have begun to think of change as a good thing…That is a fairly new idea for human beings to have.
--Mary Catherine Bateson

Nonviolence is not a diplomatic word, it is compassion in action.
--The Dalai Lama

As the world becomes smaller and smaller, the concept of "us" and "them" is almost outdated.
--The Dalai Lama

America, as a nation, spends six cents out of every dollar on educating its children, four cents on health care, and fifty cents on the military industrial complex.
--Helen Caldicott

Russia's early warning and nuclear command systems are in a state of deterioration and disrepair.
--Helen Caldicott

We can easily turn members of our own family into enemies when we communicate from the paradigm of domination rather than focusing on human needs.
--Sylvia Haskvitz

When I judge someone, I fuel the enemy image rather than seeing the real person in front of me.
--Sylvia Haskvitz

f we can't see the dark side we cannot harness the power it holds because we displace it with our denial.
--Debbie Ford

That is what shadow work is about: detoxing the emotional body.
--Debbie Ford

Enshrined in the depths of all the traditions is the essential secret wisdom that total destruction, absolute stripping, horrible pain, apocalyptic annihilation and death are the birth canal of a wholly new reality.
--Andrew Harvey

God is on the side of those who are brave enough to go into the storm with their divine truth and their divine beauty and their divine power radiating from a full heart, mind and body.
--Andrew Harvey

Evil is not a poetic metaphor. I have met it, and I have been wounded by it. Love and evil are in a profound cosmic war.
--Andrew Harvey

There is a universal tradition of people who complete the path of meditation, who transcend their intellects, open their hearts, and come into tune with that from which the universe flows.
--Ram Dass

Only in this silence--the silence that lies behind thought--can one hear the symphony of the universe.
--Ram Dass

We are continuously under the control of negative emotions and thoughts. And as long as we are under their control, our very existence is a form of suffering.
--Marsha Covington

The sages teach that each of us has a pattern, like a fingerprint, that is stamped on every erg of energy we use.
--Marsha Covington

Our unconscious is actually the vast majority of our consciousness.
--Kai Jakoma

We'll have to wean ourselves of the illusion of safety and become familiar with the way of the fool--following the call of life, regardless of where it leads.
--Kai Jakoma

It's not we who are living life. Life is living us.
--Kai Jakoma

Live with the question of your purpose unanswered. In truth, you can't define your purpose. It defines you in its own time and in its own way.
--Marshall Vian Summers

People who received intercessory prayer had 50% to 100% fewer side effects from these invasive cardiac procedures. This is what scientists call "big data": a huge effect.
--Larry Dossey

These studies show clearly that we can change the state of the physical world by our thoughts, to say nothing of our actions.
--Larry Dossey

There are certain operations of consciousness such as those we see in distant healing and prayer, to which the categories of space and time simply do not apply.
--Larry Dossey

Things we want out of life--better health, better physical performance, better mental acuity, longevity, better emotional stability--are all controlled by our hormones.
--Barry Sears

Today, for the first time in history, we have more overweight people on the face of the earth than malnourished people.
--Barry Sears

The more you control the hormones in the body through the food you eat, the less drugs, if any, you need to maintain a state of wellness.
--Barry Sears

The lessons of the new science, which I call the new Biology of Belief, teach us that we have the power to change ourselves, and our planet, using the power of our minds.
--Bruce Lipton

Our greed is so sanitized and our image so polished, that we are totally unaware of the people we hurt and the earth that we destroy in securing the life we have been programmed to seek.
--Bruce Lipton

"Sub-optimal health" affects more than two-thirds of the world population. That's about three times the number of people diagnosed with diseases.
--Henry Han

The impact of massive population growth affects every aspect of life&emdash;behavior, relationships, food, sense of well-being&emdash;at a speed that does not allow time for biological adaptation.
--Henry Han

As we reassert the magic of stories in our lives, we cannot simply appropriate mythologies from other wisdom traditions at face value.
--Nelson Kellogg

One of the most elegant ways to foster generative narratives for living is through developing the elegant art of conversation.
--Nelson Kellogg

Our lives are so dominated by technologies of distraction that we can easily live for long periods without pondering a single question of meaning.
--Nelson Kellogg

Super size your dreams, then focus, commit and lunge forward with your heart.
--Trathen Heckman

Each act is another chance to grow the unyielding power, hope, and focused positive action necessary to embrace and recreate the normalized insanity filling our daily lives.
--Trathen Heckman

In the end, what helps me most is to constantly experience gratitude for everything I have. As long as I keep my awareness in the experience of gratitude, the grace of God is there.
--Deepak Chopra

What you behold with your physical eyes is a function of the state of awareness you are in, and as that state of awareness changes what you behold changes.
--Deepak Chopra

If you want to go beyond suffering, you have to experience it. We have to be intimate with our suffering.
--Deepak Chopra

Bringing this vision into the world of social and cultural forms is a lived process. Every true teacher and every sincere student must reinvent the means anew.
--Richard Moss

Through prayer, I believe we can tap a source of solution-thinking that is not of the same consciousness that contributed to the world problems.
--Edward Viljoen

We need not wait for internal harmony before we can contribute to the world.
--Edward Viljoen

Being the one who stands up and says, "Enough!" is difficult, because it constitutes a threat to the others involved.
--Angie Grainger

On my three highest values--spirituality, family and friends--combined, I spent less than five percent of my earnings.
--Angie Grainger

It is an act of courage and strength to embrace reality on its own terms rather than on our fantasy terms.
--Angie Grainger

We can always change our internal emotional climate, and that changes everything.
--Dawson Church

When opportunities for social change present themselves, inner calm allows us to notice them and be available to them.
--Dawson Church

Start with yourself, and the world will follow.
--Dawson Church

Humanitarian and environmental concerns are one and the same.
--Daryl Hannnah

When we try new behavior and our biochemistry changes, it feels uncomfortable at first. Moving to new states of experience may feel foreign to our bodies.
--Gay Hendricks

The first problem you have to confront, whether you have a married couple or a room full of Bosnians, is despair that the problem is not solvable.
--Gay Hendricks

By programming television primarily for commercial success, the mind-set of our civilization is simultaneously being programmed for ecological failure.
--Duane Elgin

Nothing short of our evolutionary intelligence as a civilization is being tested as we work to build a mature and compassionate social mind.
--Duane Elgin

Common sense is the radar that helps us navigate without getting sunk by hidden dangers under the surface.
--Neriah Lothamer

Involution evolves and evolution involves. As we process our inner experience, we become more involved in the collective human experience.
--Neriah Lothamer

War represents a failure of humankind's intelligence.
--Patricia Sun

Love, truly and deeply felt, is a transcendent power.
--Patricia Sun

Trust that the problem is part of a flow of creation and that it is an opportunity for you to handle it differently.
--Patricia Sun

By connecting at a soul level with each other, we find a place of commonality that is spiritual rather than religious.
--Jean Shinoda Bolen

Women gathering together in groups and telling the truth of their lives can actually change the world.
--Jean Shinoda Bolen

Soul loss ultimately leads to amoral behavior- acts performed with oblivion to their eventual consequences.
--Joan Borysenko

Part of the problem in medicine's loss of soul is that death is seen as unnatural, as the enemy.
--Joan Borysenko

The fabric of reality is like a Gossamer web, woven by consciousness, to constellate "the real."
--Anthony Scheving & Geralyn Gendreau

When one individual suddenly breaks through the glass cage of separateness to the freedom of awake-awareness beyond, we call that person "enlightened"&emdash;or crazy.
--Anthony Scheving & Geralyn Gendreau

Nature is a worldwide symbiosis of love, mutuality, and nurturance.
--Marya Mann

Making beautiful things for the presence of spirit heals, mollifies, and balances the forces of nature, maintaining the web of life.
--Marya Mann

By employing a proven model of environmental economics, we demonstrate that the rainforest is more valuable alive than dead.
--Amazon John Easterling

What I had never realized before was that the treasure of the Amazon was the Amazon itself.
--Amazon John Easterling

The shaman believes that we live in a benign universe. We live in a collaborative universe that will actually go out of its way to conspire with you on your behalf.
--Alberto Villoldo

My mentor believed that the new shamans, the new caretakers of the Earth, would come from the West.
--Alberto Villoldo

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