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    "The world is linked by invisible knots."

    - A. Kircher, Magneticum naturae regnum, 1667.

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    ". . . happy peoples have no history?" (Italics in original)

    ". . . you will never discover a figure of Christ whose expression reveals true suffering."

    - Fulcanelli, The Dwellings of the Philosophers.

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    "The less he felt he was being somebody the more he needed to have possessions."

    ". . . what man is most afraid of is not punishment but rejection."

    "Whether or not we are aware of it, there is nothing of which we are more ashamed than of not being ourselves, and there is nothing that gives us greater pride and happiness than to think, to feel, and to say what is ours."

    - Fromm, Escape From Freedom.

    "The ordinary man with extraordinary power is the chief danger for mankind. . ." (Italics in original)

    - Fromm, The Heart of Man.

    * German social psychologist Erich Fromm is one of my favorite writers in the field of psychoanalysis. He's often overlooked, little is known of him in America. I own every manuscript he ever written. He's thinking is profound, one of the guiding tools for a psychotherapist like myself.

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    "A man must above all be in possession of that faculty which is called Intuition, and which cannot be acquired by blindly following the footsteps of another. He must be able to see his own way. What others may teach you may assist you in your search for knowledge, but you should be able to think for yourself, and not cling to the coat-tail of any authority, no matter how big-sounding the title of the latter may be." (Paracelsus - De Modo Pharmacandi.)
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    "To conjure is nothing else than to observe anything rightly, to know and understand what it is." - Paracelsus

    "Why, then, don't you act when you see the danger of your conditioning? The answer is you don't see... seeing is acting." J. Krishnamurti

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    "Meantime, whilst the doors of the temple stand open, night and day, before every man, and the oracles of this truth cease never, it is guarded by one stern condition; this, namely; it is an intuition. It cannot be received at second hand. Truly speaking, it is not instruction, but provocation, that I can receive from another soul. What he announces, I must find true in me, or wholly reject; and on his word, or as his second, be he who he may, I can accept nothing. On the contrary, the absence of this primary faith is the presence of degradation. As is the flood so is the ebb. Let this faith depart, and the very words it spake, and the things it made, become false and hurtful." - Emerson
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    "To conjure is nothing else than to observe anything rightly, to know and understand what it is." - Paracelsus

    "Why, then, don't you act when you see the danger of your conditioning? The answer is you don't see... seeing is acting." J. Krishnamurti

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    "Any visible molecular mass of metal can be so impregnated by triple orders of sympathetic vibration as to give it the same sympathetic transmissive
    qualities that exist in the mental forces, which make such mass subservient to either the attractive or repulsive conditions of terrestrial sympathy." - John Keely
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    "To conjure is nothing else than to observe anything rightly, to know and understand what it is." - Paracelsus

    "Why, then, don't you act when you see the danger of your conditioning? The answer is you don't see... seeing is acting." J. Krishnamurti

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    "Light thinks it travels faster than anything - but it is wrong. No matter how fast light travels, it finds the darkness has always got there first, and is waiting for it."

    - Terry Pratchett

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    A few quotes from 'The Way of the Samurai' (a.k.a. 'Hagakure'), as seen in the movie 'Ghost Dog':

    The Way of the Samurai is found in death. Meditation on inevitable death should be performed daily. Every day when one's body and mind are at peace, one should meditate upon being ripped apart by arrows, rifles, spears and swords, being carried away by surging waves, being thrown into the midst of a great fire, being struck by lightning, being shaken to death by a great earthquake, falling from thousand-foot cliffs, dying of disease or committing seppuku at the death of one's master. And every day without fail one should consider himself as dead. This is the substance of the way of the samurai.
    It is bad when one thing becomes two.
    One should not look for anything else in the Way of the Samurai.
    It is the same for anything that is called a Way.
    If one understands things in this manner, he should be able to hear about all ways and be more and more in accord with his own.
    It is a good viewpoint to see the world as a dream.
    When you have something like a nightmare, you will wake up and tell yourself that it was only a dream.
    It is said that the world we live in is not a bit different from this.
    There is something to be learned from a rainstorm.
    When meeting with a sudden shower, you try not to get wet and run quickly along the road.
    But doing such things as passing under the eaves of houses, you still get wet.
    When you are resolved from the beginning, you will not be perplexed, though you still get the same soaking.
    This understanding extends to all things.
    It is said that what is called "the spirit of an age" is something to which one cannot return.
    That this spirit gradually dissipates is due to the world's coming to an end.
    For this reason, although one would like to change today's world back to the spirit of one hundred years or more ago, it cannot be done.
    Thus it is important to make the best out of every generation.
    In the Kamigata area they have a sort of tiered lunchbox they use for a single day when flower viewing.
    Upon returning, they throw them away, trampling them underfoot. The end is important in all things.
    And my favorite:

    Our bodies are given life from the midst of nothingness.
    Existing where there is nothing is the meaning of the phrase, "form is emptiness."
    That all things are provided for by nothingness is the meaning of the phrase, "Emptiness is form."
    One should not think that these are two separate things.

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    Those who have taken upon them to lay down the law of nature as a thing already searched out and understood whether they have spoken in simple assurance or professional affectation, have therein done philosophy and the sciences great injury. For as they have been successful in inducing belief, so they have been effective in quenching and stopping inquiry, and have done more harm by spoiling and putting an end to other men's efforts than good by their own.
    Francis Bacon, preface to The New Organon, Or, True Directions Concerning the Interpretation of Nature.


    Every day God sends forth three powerful energies:
    One, from the sperm of the father into the mother,
    so growth may begin.
    Two, a birth from the womb of the ground,
    so male and female may spring into existence.
    Three, there's a surge up from the surface
    into what is beyond dying, that the real beauty
    of creating can be recognized.

    There's no way to ever say this.
    Rumi, 'Two Friends', lines 28-36


    First, the soul may become one. This event occurs not between man and God but in man. All forces concentrate into the core, everything that would distract them is pulled in, and the being stands alone in itself and jubilates, as Paracelsus put it, in its exaltation. This is a man's decisive moment. Without this he is not fit for the work of the spirit.
    Martin Buber, I and Thou, page 134.

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    "Destiny has two ways of crushing us... by refusing our wishes... and by fulfilling them."

    - Henry Frederic Amiel
    We never had a chance! I_ () I_

    And I don't remember where this one is from:

    The only way to win is to stop playing.
    Stop wishing?

    And a similar quote from the 1983 movie 'War Games':

    "The only winning move is not to play."

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