The Art of Loving (Fromm, Erich)
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If we say love is an activity, we face a difficulty which lies in the ambiguous meaning of the word “activity.” By “activity,” in the modern usage of the word, is usually meant an action which brings about a change in an existing situation by means of an expenditure of energy. Thus a man is considered active if he does business, studies medicine, works on an endless belt, builds a table, or is engaged in sports. Common to all these activities is that they are directed toward an outside goal to be achieved. What is not taken into account is the motivation of activity. Take for instance a man driven to incessant work by a sense of deep insecurity and loneliness; or another one driven by ambition, or greed for money. In all these cases the person is the slave of a passion, and his activity is in reality a “passivity” because he is driven; he is the sufferer, not the “actor.” On the other hand, a man sitting quiet and contemplating, with no purpose or aim except that of experiencing himself and his oneness with the world, is considered to be “passive,” because he is not “doing” anything. In reality, this attitude of concentrated meditation is the highest activity there is, an activity of the soul, which is possible only under the condition of inner freedom and independence.
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The Art of Loving (Fromm, Erich)
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In contemporary capitalistic society the meaning of equality has been transformed. By equality one refers to the equality of automatons; of men who have lost their individuality. Equality today means “sameness,” rather than “oneness.” It is the sameness of abstractions, of the men who work in the same jobs, who have the same amusements, who read the same newspapers, who have the same feelings and the same ideas. In this respect one must also look with some skepticism at some achievements which are usually praised as signs of our progress, such as the equality of women. Needless to say I am not speaking against the equality of women; but the positive aspects of this tendency for equality must not deceive one. It is part of the trend toward the elimination of differences. Equality is bought at this very price: women are equal because they are not different any more. The proposition of Enlightenment philosophy, l’âme n’a pas de sexe, the soul has no sex, has become the general practice. The polarity of the sexes is disappearing, and with it erotic love, which is based on this polarity. Men and women become the same, not equals as opposite poles. Contemporary society preaches this ideal of unindividualized equality because it needs human atoms, each one the same, to make them function in a mass aggregation, smoothly, without friction; all obeying the same commands, yet everybody being convinced that he is following his own desires. Just as modern mass production requires the standardization of commodities, so the social process requires standardization of man, and this standardization is called “equality.”
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The Art of Loving (Fromm, Erich)
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The kind of “division of labor,” as William James calls it, by which one loves one’s family but is without feeling for the “stranger,” is a sign of a basic inability to love.
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The Art of Loving (Fromm, Erich)
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He can see nothing but himself; he judges everyone and everything from its usefulness to him; he is basically unable to love.
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The Art of Loving (Fromm, Erich)
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If an individual is able to love productively, he loves himself too; if he can love only others, he cannot love at all.
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The Art of Loving (Fromm, Erich)
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(The development of patriarchal society goes together with the development of private property.) As a consequence, patriarchal society is hierarchical;
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The Art of Loving (Fromm, Erich)
– Your Highlight at location 1016-1017 |

Some people imagine that they are going to see God, that they are going to see God as if he were standing yonder, and they here, but it is not to be so. God and I: we are one. By knowing God I take him to myself. By loving God, I penetrate him.”
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The Art of Loving (Fromm, Erich)
– Your Highlight at location 1161-1162 |

“We play according to the rules of the game to preserve our prestige and feeling of superiority and merit.”
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The Art of Loving (Fromm, Erich)
– Your Highlight at location 1169-1170 |

Love as mutual sexual satisfaction, and love as “teamwork” and as a haven from aloneness, are the two “normal” forms of the disintegration of love in modern Western society, the socially patterned pathology of love.
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The Art of Loving (Fromm, Erich)
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Modern man thinks he loses something—time—when he does not do things quickly; yet he does not know what to do with the time he gains—except kill it.
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The Art of Loving (Fromm, Erich)
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What is faith? Is faith necessarily a matter of belief in God, or in religious doctrines? Is faith by necessity in contrast to, or divorced from, reason and rational thinking? Even to begin to understand the problem of faith one must differentiate between rational and irrational faith. By irrational faith I understand the belief (in a person or an idea) which is based on one’s submission to irrational authority. In contrast, rational faith is a conviction which is rooted in one’s own experience of thought or feeling. Rational faith is not primarily belief in something, but the quality of certainty and firmness which our convictions have. Faith is a character trait pervading the whole personality, rather than a specific belief. Rational faith is rooted in productive intellectual and emotional activity. In rational thinking, in which faith is supposed to have no place, rational faith is an important component. How does the scientist, for instance, arrive at a new discovery? Does he start with making experiment after experiment, gathering fact after fact, without having a vision of what he expects to find? Rarely has a truly important discovery in any field been made in this way. Nor have people arrived at important conclusions when they were merely chasing a phantasy. The process of creative thinking in any field of human endeavor often starts with what may be called a “rational vision,” itself a result of considerable previous study, reflective thinking, and observation. When the scientist succeeds in gathering enough data, or in working out a mathematical formulation to make his original vision highly plausible, he may be said to have arrived at a tentative hypothesis. A careful analysis of the hypothesis in order to discern its implications, and the amassing of data which support it, lead to a more adequate hypothesis and eventually perhaps to its inclusion in a wide—ranging theory. The history of science is replete with instances of faith in reason and visions of truth. Copernicus, Kepler, Galileo, and Newton were all imbued with an unshakable faith in reason. For this Bruno was burned at the stake and Spinoza suffered excommunication. At every step from the conception of a rational vision to the formulation of a theory, faith is necessary: faith in the vision as a rationally valid aim to pursue, faith in the hypothesis as a likely and plausible proposition, and faith in the final theory, at least until a general consensus about its validity has been reached. This faith is rooted in one’s own experience, in the confidence in one’s power of thought, observation, and judgment. While irrational faith is the acceptance of something as true only because an authority or the majority say so, rational faith is rooted in an independent conviction based upon one’s own productive observing and thinking, in spite of the majority’s opinion.
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The Art of Loving (Fromm, Erich)
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Unless we have faith in the persistence of our self, our feeling of identity is threatened and we become dependent on other people whose approval then becomes the basis for our feeling of identity.
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The Art of Loving (Fromm, Erich)
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Only the person who has faith in himself is able to be faithful to others, because only he can be sure that he will be the same at a future time as he is today and, therefore, that he will feel and act as he now expects to. Faith in oneself is a condition of our ability to promise, and since, as Nietzsche said, man can be defined by his capacity to promise, faith is one of the conditions of human existence. What matters in relation to love is the faith in one’s own love; in its ability to produce love in others, and in its reliability.
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The Art of Loving (Fromm, Erich)
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One of the most important of these conditions is that. the significant person in a child’s life have faith in these potentialities. The presence of this faith makes the difference between education and manipulation. Education is identical with helping the child realize his potentialities.[32] The opposite of education is manipulation, which is based on the absence of faith in the growth of potentialities, and on the conviction that a child will be right only if the adults put into him what is desirable and suppress what seems to be undesirable. There is no need of faith in the robot, since there is no life in it either.
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The Art of Loving (Fromm, Erich)
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To have faith requires courage, the ability to take a risk, the readiness even to accept pain and disappointment. Whoever insists on safety and security as primary conditions of life cannot have faith; whoever shuts himself off in a system of defense, where distance and possession are his means of security, makes himself a prisoner. To be loved, and to love, need courage, the courage to judge certain values as of ultimate concern—and to take the jump and stake everything on these values.
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The Art of Loving (Fromm, Erich)
– Your Highlight at location 1580-1582 |

The paradoxical situation with a vast number of people today is that they are half asleep when awake, and half awake when asleep, or when they want to sleep. To be fully awake is the condition for not being bored, or being boring—and indeed, not to be bored or boring is one of the main conditions for loving.
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The Art of Loving (Fromm, Erich)
– Your Highlight at location 211-222 |

In contemporary capitalistic society the meaning of equality has been transformed. By equality one refers to the equality of automatons; of men who have lost their individuality. Equality today means “sameness,” rather than “oneness.” It is the sameness of abstractions, of the men who work in the same jobs, who have the same amusements, who read the same newspapers, who have the same feelings and the same ideas. In this respect one must also look with some skepticism at some achievements which are usually praised as signs of our progress, such as the equality of women. Needless to say I am not speaking against the equality of women; but the positive aspects of this tendency for equality must not deceive one. It is part of the trend toward the elimination of differences. Equality is bought at this very price: women are equal because they are not different any more. The proposition of Enlightenment philosophy, l’âme n’a pas de sexe, the soul has no sex, has become the general practice. The polarity of the sexes is disappearing, and with it erotic love, which is based on this polarity. Men and women become the same, not equals as opposite poles. Contemporary society preaches this ideal of unindividualized equality because it needs human atoms, each one the same, to make them function in a mass aggregation, smoothly, without friction; all obeying the same commands, yet everybody being convinced that he is following his own desires. Just as modern mass production requires the standardization of commodities, so the social process requires standardization of man, and this standardization is called “equality.”
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Integral Buddhism (Ken Wilber)
– Your Highlight on page 67 | location 1017-1020 |

All other intelligences interact only with relative truth; spiritual intelligence interacts with absolute truth. It ought to be leading the other intelligences by a stage or two, acting as a guiding beacon for all of them. As it is, stuck at mythic, it generally lags a stage or two behind most other intelligences, so that our growth and evolution is being hampered by our very View of Spirit itself, an infinitely heavy lead albatross hanging around our developmental necks.
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Integral Buddhism (Ken Wilber)
– Your Highlight on page 67 | location 1020-1021 |

God itself is slowing our evolution (when in reality, God is creating it!). No wonder it’s so easy for the “new atheists” to make so much fun of religion.
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Integral Buddhism (Ken Wilber)
– Your Highlight on page 68 | location 1037-1042 |

But the upper limit of spiritual development at any point in history and evolution includes the sum total of all structures and all states that have emerged at that point in time. This realizes that a fully mature spirituality is not only one where we have largely experienced a complete Enlightenment or WAKING UP in our state development, but that such an Enlightenment is experienced, not in childish or adolescent ways or Views, but in a profoundly GROWN UP fashion or View, significantly matured into the wiser, more-perspective-containing, more inclusive and tolerant and integral structures that have recently emerged and been discovered by humankind.
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Integral Buddhism (Ken Wilber)
– Your Highlight on page 69 | location 1054-1060 |

Buddhism began as a Rational system, one of the few world religions to do so. And remember how we are using “rational”—it doesn’t mean dry, abstract, analytic, and alienated. It means capable of at least a 3rd-person perspective; it can therefore introspect and reflect on its own awareness and experience, adopt a critical and self-critical stance, understand “what if” and “as if” worlds, step back from the self and take a detached, nonattached view. The book title Buddhism: The Rational Religion says it all. And I think it is this rational core that continues to make Buddhism so appealing to the modern West. As many have pointed out, Buddhism is closer to a psychology than a typical religion. Of course most schools of Buddhism put a central emphasis on states, but when it comes to their interpretation, it is rational, objective, and evidence-based.
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Integral Buddhism (Ken Wilber)
– Your Highlight on page 69 | location 1054-1060 |

Buddhism began as a Rational system, one of the few world religions to do so. And remember how we are using “rational”—it doesn’t mean dry, abstract, analytic, and alienated. It means capable of at least a 3rd-person perspective; it can therefore introspect and reflect on its own awareness and experience, adopt a critical and self-critical stance, understand “what if” and “as if” worlds, step back from the self and take a detached, nonattached view. The book title Buddhism: The Rational Religion says it all. And I think it is this rational core that continues to make Buddhism so appealing to the modern West. As many have pointed out, Buddhism is closer to a psychology than a typical religion. Of course most schools of Buddhism put a central emphasis on states, but when it comes to their interpretation, it is rational, objective, and evidence-based.
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Integral Buddhism (Ken Wilber)
– Your Highlight on page 74 | location 1131-1145 |

It should be remembered that a person can be at virtually any 1st- or 2nd-tier rung—mythic or rational or pluralistic, for example—and, from that rung, meditatively develop through the entire sequence of state-stages—for example, from pluralistic gross to pluralistic subtle to pluralistic causal/witnessing to pluralistic nondual. Or from rational gross to rational subtle to rational causal/witnessing to rational nondual. A person at, say, rational nondual, will indeed discover a pure union with his or her world—a nonduality of Emptiness and Form—but that person’s world of Form only includes all phenomena up to rational. There are still “over his head” and not available in his awareness the entire pluralistic world, holistic world, integral world, and super-integral world. The individual will NOT be one with those worlds because they are completely beyond the reach of his awareness. You can’t be one with that which doesn’t exist in any way for you. And so over the head of this individual—who is one with the entire physical world, one with the entire biological world, and one with the mental world from sensorimotor to emotional-sexual to conceptual to concrete operational to formal operational—are the entire worlds of the pluralistic realm, the holistic realm, the vision-logic realm, and super-integral realm. If objects from any of those realms enter his awareness, he simply won’t recognize them, or they will appear puzzling and nonsensical, or in other ways they just won’t register. So this person having a nondual unity experience—but at mythic, rational, pluralistic, and so forth—is not actually one with the entire world (and is thus not having a complete unity), because there are over his head entire structure-worlds of which he is completely unaware, even though otherwise he is in a genuine nondual state of the unity of Emptiness and Form—with the caveat, “one with all of the Form that is actually in his world.”
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Hermeneutics: A Very Short Introduction (Very Short Introductions) (Jens Zimmermann)
– Your Highlight at location 469-471 |

One of the questions we will try to answer in this introduction to hermeneutics is why art, poetry, and rhetoric were regarded as important sources of knowledge in determining the human condition well into the 17th century, while many modern thinkers tend to exclude them.
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Hermeneutics: A Very Short Introduction (Very Short Introductions) (Jens Zimmermann)
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We understand an object, word, or fact when it makes sense within our own life context and thus speaks to us meaningfully. When we understand objects, texts, or situations in this way, they become part of our inner mental world so that we can express them again in our own terms. We have not understood a poem, for example, when we can merely repeat the words by heart; rather we demonstrate understanding when we intone the words meaningfully and are able to express the poem’s ideas in our own words.
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Hermeneutics: A Very Short Introduction (Very Short Introductions) (Jens Zimmermann)
– Your Highlight at location 495-499 |

Hermeneutic thinkers believe that in most cases understanding as this kind of integration happens unconsciously, because we already move in a familiar cultural environment within which we perceive words and objects in a pre-established context of meaning. Our modern culture tends to think that real knowledge consists in quantification, that is, in the scientific numerical description of things in the world. On this account, objective truth requires an impersonal, theoretical stance toward things. Hermeneutic philosophers contend, on the contrary, that our primary mode of perception is not theoretical but practical, and
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Hermeneutics: A Very Short Introduction (Very Short Introductions) (Jens Zimmermann)
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If hermeneutic philosophers are right in believing that this practical understanding is our primary mode of perception, then the way we perceive the world as meaningful is closer to our experience of art than to a science experiment.
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Hermeneutics: A Very Short Introduction (Very Short Introductions) (Jens Zimmermann)
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Language, as Martin Heidegger famously put it, is ‘the house of being’.
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Order Out of Chaos (Ilya Prigogine;Isabelle Stengers)
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Born in Russia in 1917 and raised in Belgium since the age of ten, Prigogine is a compact man with gray hair, cleanly chiseled features, and a laserlike intensity. Deeply interested in archaeology, art, and history, he brings to science a remarkable polymathic mind. He lives with his engineer-wife, Marina, and his son, Pascal, in Brussels, where a cross-disciplinary team is busy exploring the implications of his ideas in fields as disparate as the social behavior of ant colonies, diffusion reactions in chemical systems and dissipative processes in quantum field theory.
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Trump and a Post-Truth World (Ken Wilber)
– Your Highlight at location 1018-1019 |

To simply see intentional “oppressors” and their “victims” everywhere is to catastrophically mis-diagnose (and thus mis-treat) the illness.
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Trump and a Post-Truth World (Ken Wilber)
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They can and will still love their own kind; but their capacity for love has grown enormously, and there are now an extraordinary number of human beings who are genuinely cared about. And so at this point they will deeply and genuinely feel, paraphrasing Kant, that when somebody anywhere suffers, I suffer. And they can’t help but feel that—it’s not a choice. Thus the emergence of the worldcentric and cosmopolitan stages.
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Trump and a Post-Truth World (Ken Wilber)
– Your Highlight at location 1215-1219 |

Green has a correct (and very high) goal of all-inclusiveness, but it doesn’t have a single path that actually works to get us there, nor can it truly address the real barriers to its fervently desired ideals. And as it increasingly turned its aperspectival madness on more and more areas—deconstructing more and more aspects of reality—it eventually turned its deconstructive laser on its own existence, deconstructed its own tenets, dissolved any reason to believe anything it had to say, and hence thoroughly collapsed as a functioning leading-edge of evolution.
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Trump and a Post-Truth World (Ken Wilber)
– Your Highlight at location 1377-1378 |

So as we look at human history and see all the earlier ideas and beliefs that were so often held by our ancestors, instead of making them all merely chaotic, random, happenstance occasions of “nothing but history,” we can indeed trace their genealogy—actually look at history and look for any repeating patterns. When this is done carefully, as by, for example, somebody like the genius Jean Gebser, we find things like an unfolding sequence of genealogical patterns that remain as habits to this day—namely, the stages Gebser called archaic, magic, mythic, rational, pluralistic, and integral. Indeed, these are the repeating stages that developmental psychologists have empirically found in some cases, operating in over 40 different cultures, including Amazon rain forest tribes, Aboriginal Australians, Indianapolis housewives, and Harvard professors—with no major exceptions in all of these.
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Trump and a Post-Truth World (Ken Wilber)
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In the deepest parts of our own being, each of us is directly one with this evolutionary current, this Eros, this Spirit-in-action, radiant to infinity and luminous to eternity, radically full in its overflowing superabundance and excessive in its good graces, wildly crashing off the heavens and irreverently irrupting from the underworlds, unconditionally embracing each and all in its limitless love and care. And the only ones who should be allowed to work politically for a greater tomorrow—and who should indeed thus work—are those who truly understand that it is not necessary to do so, who see the utter fullness of the Great Perfection in each and every moment of existence, and who nonetheless work to trim-tab (or adjust through leadership) the manifestation of more and more and more of the Good and the True and the Beautiful—right here and right now in this gloriously manifest universe, moment to moment to ever-present moment—knowing full well that this entire world is nothing but the dream of an infinite Spirit, yet each and every one of us directly being, in reality, this very Spirit itself, dreaming the world of our own amazement.
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The Road to Unfreedom (Timothy Snyder)
– Your Highlight at location 654-659 |

A successor was needed who would allow Yeltsin’s family (in both the normal sense of his relatives and in the Russian sense of friendly oligarchs) to stay alive and maintain their wealth. “Operation Successor,” as the challenge was known in the Kremlin, had two stages: finding a new man who was not a known associate of Yeltsin, and then inventing a fake problem that he could then appear to solve. To find his successor, Yeltsin’s entourage organized a public opinion poll about favorite heroes in popular entertainment. The winner was Max Stierlitz, the hero of a series of Soviet novels that were adapted into a number of films, most famously the television serial Seventeen Moments of Spring in 1973.
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The Road to Unfreedom (Timothy Snyder)
– Your Highlight at location 673-674 |

The ink of political fiction is blood.
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The Road to Unfreedom (Timothy Snyder)
– Your Highlight at location 980-983 |

In 2013, Russia began to seduce or bully its European neighbors into abandoning their own institutions and histories. If Russia could not become the West, let the West become Russia. If the flaws of American democracy could be exploited to elect a Russian client, then Putin could prove that the world outside is no better than Russia. Were the European Union or the United States to disintegrate during Putin’s lifetime, he could cultivate an illusion of eternity.
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The Road to Unfreedom (Timothy Snyder)
– Your Highlight at location 1095-1100 |

The result by 2013 was a formidable if vulnerable creation. The EU’s economy was larger than that of the United States, larger than that of China, and about eight times larger than that of Russia. With its democratic procedures, welfare states, and environmental protection, the EU offered an alternative model to American, Russian, and Chinese inequality. It included most of the states regarded as the world’s least corrupt. Lacking unified armed forces and convincing institutions of foreign policy, the EU depended upon law and economics for diplomacy as well as internal functioning. Its implicit foreign policy was to persuade leaders and societies who wished for access to European markets to embrace the rule of law and democracy.
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The Road to Unfreedom (Timothy Snyder)
– Your Highlight at location 1102-1105 |

The EU’s vulnerability was the European politics of inevitability: the fable of the wise nation. Citizens of west European member states thought that their nations had long existed and had made better choices as they learned from history, in particular learning from war in Europe that peace was a good thing. As European empires were forced to abandon colonies and joined the process of integration, this fable of the wise nation smoothed the process, allowing Europeans to look away from both defeat in colonial wars and the atrocities they committed as they lost.
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The Road to Unfreedom (Timothy Snyder)
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It is true that citizens of these countries unreflectively believe that their country has a history as a nation-state: generally, after a moment of reflection, they realize that this is not the case. Such reflection does not usually take place, because history education throughout Europe is national. Lacking serious education in their own imperial pasts, and lacking the comparative knowledge that would allow them to see patterns, Europeans settled for a falsehood.
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The Road to Unfreedom (Timothy Snyder)
– Your Highlight at location 1136-1137 |

Because failure had to be presented as success, Russia had to present itself as a model for Europe, rather than the other way around.
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The Road to Unfreedom (Timothy Snyder)
– Your Highlight at location 1184-1186 |

Writing in the newspaper Izvestiia on October 3, 2011, Putin announced the grand project of Eurasia. Russia would bring together states that had not proven to be plausible members of the European Union (and implicitly, in the future, states that exited a collapsing European Union).
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The Road to Unfreedom (Timothy Snyder)
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Gumilev saw the inspirational possibilities in repression, and believed that the basic biological truths of life were revealed in extreme settings.
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The Road to Unfreedom (Timothy Snyder)
– Your Highlight at location 1247-1250 |

Gumilev’s contribution to Eurasianism was his theory of ethnogenesis: an explanation of how nations arise. It began from a specific understanding of astrophysics and human biology. Gumilev maintained that human sociability was generated by cosmic rays. Some human organisms were more capable than others of absorbing space energy and retransmitting it to others. These special leaders, in possession of the “passionarity” Putin mentioned in his 2012 speech, were the founders of ethnic groups.
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The Road to Unfreedom (Timothy Snyder)
– Your Highlight at location 1298-1299 |

The West, Dugin continued, “is the matrix of rotten cultural perversion and wickedness, deceit and cynicism, violence and hypocrisy.”
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The Road to Unfreedom (Timothy Snyder)
– Your Highlight at location 1411-1412 |

The Tu-95 “Izborsk” would be used to bomb Syria in 2015, creating refugees who would flee to Europe.
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The Road to Unfreedom (Timothy Snyder)
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Glazyev did not discuss the preferences of the people who lived in the European Union. Did Europeans really need to discover firsthand the profundity of a Russian system where life expectancy in 2012 was 111th in the world, where the police could not be trusted, bribes and blackmail were the stuff of everyday life, and prison was a middle-class experience? In its distribution of wealth, Russia was the most unequal country in the world; the EU’s far greater wealth was also far more evenly shared among its citizens. Glazyev helped his master maintain Russian kleptocracy by changing the subject from prosperity to values, to what Putin called “civilization.”
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The Road to Unfreedom (Timothy Snyder)
– Your Highlight at location 1446-1446 |

Because the EU is a consensual organization, it was vulnerable to campaigns that raised emotions.
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The Road to Unfreedom (Timothy Snyder)
– Your Highlight at location 1558-1559 |

Under the mistaken impression that they had a history as a nation-state, the British (the English, mainly) voted themselves into an abyss where Russia awaited.
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The Road to Unfreedom (Timothy Snyder)
– Your Highlight at location 1609-1613 |

Nations are new things that refer to old things. It matters how they do so. It is possible, as Russian leaders have done, to issue ritual incantations designed to reinforce the status quo at home and justify empire abroad. To say that “Rus” is “Russia,” or that Volodymyr/Valdemar of Rus in the 980s is Vladimir Putin of the Russian Federation in the 2010s, is to remove the centuries of interpretable material that permits historical thought and political judgment.
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The Road to Unfreedom (Timothy Snyder)
– Your Highlight at location 1638-1639 |

In the early seventeenth century, the Polish-Lithuanian Commonwealth was the largest state in Europe, and even briefly took Moscow.
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The Road to Unfreedom (Timothy Snyder)
– Your Highlight at location 1704-1705 |

This was an early example of the Soviet politics of eternity: legitimating rule not by present achievement or future promise but by the nostalgic loop of a round number.
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The Road to Unfreedom (Timothy Snyder)
– Your Highlight at location 1869-1870 |

“Those who would give up Essential Liberty, to purchase a little Temporary Safety, deserve neither Liberty nor Safety.”
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The Road to Unfreedom (Timothy Snyder)
– Your Highlight at location 1959-1961 |

In the newspaper Kommersant, Lavrov repeated Ilyin’s idea that “society is a living organism” that had to be protected from Europe’s hedonistic “refusal of traditional values.” Lavrov presented the Ukrainians who were struggling, and by that point dying, for European ideas of law as the prey of European sexual politics.
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The Road to Unfreedom (Timothy Snyder)
– Your Highlight at location 2164-2165 |

Russians, Europeans, and Americans were meant to forget the students who were beaten on a cold November night because they wanted a future.
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The Road to Unfreedom (Timothy Snyder)
– Your Highlight at location 2238-2238 |

The Russian invasion of Ukraine coincided with a spike in popularity of the literature of the “accidental time traveler,” a Russian genre of science fiction. In these stories, individuals, groups, weapons, and armies loop back and forth through time in order to correct the overall picture. As in the politics of eternity, facts and continuities disappear, replaced by jumps from point to point. At the crucial junctures, an innocent Russia is always repelling a sinful West. Thus Stalin contacts Putin to help him declare martial law in Russia and war on the United States. Or Russians travel back to 1941 to help the Soviet Union defeat the German invasion.
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The Road to Unfreedom (Timothy Snyder)
– Your Highlight at location 2249-2250 |

In 2014, Russian law made it a criminal act to suggest that the Soviet Union had invaded Poland, occupied the Baltic States, or committed war crimes between 1939 and 1941.
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The Road to Unfreedom (Timothy Snyder)
– Your Highlight at location 2288-2288 |

Ivan Ilyin’s ideas gave form to the politics of eternity. A Russian nation bathed in the untruth of its own innocence could learn total self-love. Vladimir Surkov showed how eternity could animate modern media. While working for Putin, he wrote and published a novel, Almost Zero (2009), that was a kind of political confession. In the story, the only truth was our need for lies, the only freedom our acceptance of this verdict. In a story within the larger plot, the hero was troubled by a flatmate who only slept. An expert issued a report: “We will all be gone,” the expert confided, “as soon as he opens his eyes. Society’s duty, and yours in particular, is to continue his dream.” The perpetuation of the dream state was Surkov’s job description. If the only truth was the absence of truth, the liars were honorable servants of Russia.
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The Road to Unfreedom (Timothy Snyder)
– Your Highlight at location 2297-2298 |

“Knowledge only gives knowledge, but uncertainty gives hope.”
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The Road to Unfreedom (Timothy Snyder)
– Your Highlight at location 2662-2663 |

All of this gave the Russian band 13 Sozvezdie time to prepare its nationalist ska favorite “Why Do Ukrainians Kill Other Ukrainians?” The lyrics asked why Rus had been sold to Europe: an odd question, since Rus was a medieval European realm. As 13 Sozvezdie showed, popular culture could invoke the politics of eternity.
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The Road to Unfreedom (Timothy Snyder)
– Your Highlight at location 3161-3163 |

“Donald Trump, successful businessman” was not a person. It was a fantasy born in the strange climate where the downdraft of the American politics of eternity, its unfettered capitalism, met the rising hydrocarbon fumes of the Russian politics of eternity, its kleptocratic authoritarianism.
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The Road to Unfreedom (Timothy Snyder)
– Your Highlight at location 3171-3173 |

From an American point of view, Trump Tower is a garish building on Fifth Avenue in New York City. From a Russian point of view, Trump Tower is an inviting site for international crime.
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The Game Of Life (Timothy Leary;Robert Anton Wilson)
– Your Highlight on page 6 | location 85-87 |

The science of exo-psychology, which analyzes human affairs from an extraterrestrial (future) viewpoint, here links up with ancient, pre-scientific psychologies which were so futique that they all but disappeared into the occult (meaning “hidden”) traditions, and have suffered distortions and loss to the scientific community until now.
Before you read how Dr. Leary relates the 22 trumps of the Medieval Tarot deck, the 12 “sun signs” of astrology and the 8 trigrams of the Chinese Book of Changes (I Ching) to the evolving periodic table (here spiral) of elements, the ethological concept of castes, and, most important, to the next quantum leap in human consciousness (as well as the next several down the line), I want to back up a bit and reiterate two basic principles of exo-psychology.
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Complete Works of Polybius (Polybius)
– Your Highlight at location 186-187 |

Men are apt to turn their eyes upon the past, as holding all that is worthy of contemplation, while they fail to take note of history “in the making,” or to grasp the importance of the transactions of their own day.
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Hermeneutics: A Very Short Introduction (Very Short Introductions) (Jens Zimmermann)
– Your Highlight at location 947-950 |

Heidegger’s hammer illustrates his deepening of the hermeneutic circle to the universal existential dimensions of life: the common human project we all seek to complete is life with its future possibilities. The ‘in-order-to’ structure of our life projects is ‘care’. Our being in the world and our relation to things are united into a meaningful whole through our will and desire to realize our future possibilities in accomplishing our life as a task.
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Enlightenment Now (Steven Pinker)
– Your Highlight on page 15 | location 227-228 |

An optimistic civilization is open and not afraid to innovate, and is based on traditions of criticism.
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Enlightenment Now (Steven Pinker)
– Your Highlight on page 21 | location 315-315 |

“progress” unguided by humanism is not progress.
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Enlightenment Now (Steven Pinker)
– Your Highlight on page 22 | location 324-325 |

Criminal punishment, they argued, is not a mandate to implement cosmic justice but part of an incentive structure that discourages antisocial acts without causing more suffering than it deters. The reason the punishment should fit the crime, for example, is not to balance some mystical scale of justice but to ensure that a wrongdoer stops at a minor crime rather than escalating to a more harmful one. Cruel punishments, whether or not they are in some sense “deserved,” are no more effective at deterring harm than moderate but surer punishments, and they desensitize spectators and brutalize the society that implements them.
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Enlightenment Now (Steven Pinker)
– Your Highlight on page 21 | location 322-325 |

Among the powers of government is meting out punishment, and writers such as Montesquieu, Cesare Beccaria, and the American founders thought afresh about the government’s license to harm its citizens.17 Criminal punishment, they argued, is not a mandate to implement cosmic justice but part of an incentive structure that discourages antisocial acts without causing more suffering than it deters.
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Enlightenment Now (Steven Pinker)
– Your Highlight on page 30 | location 448-450 |

With the exception of fruit, everything we call “food” is the body part or energy store of some other organism, which would just as soon keep that treasure for itself.
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Iron John: A Book about Men (Robert Bly)
– Your Highlight on page 14 | location 212-213 |

Freud said: “What a distressing contrast there is between the radiant intelligence of the child and the feeble mentality of the average adult.”
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Empire of Illusion (Chris Hedges)
– Your Highlight on page 32 | location 486-487 |

Reality, in fact, is dismissed and shunned as an impediment to success, a form of negativity.
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Empire of Illusion (Chris Hedges)
– Your Highlight on page 32 | location 489-491 |

Those who question, those who doubt, those who are critical, those who are able to confront reality and who grasp the hollowness of celebrity culture are shunned and condemned for their pessimism.
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How to Change Your Mind (Michael Pollan)
– Your Highlight at location 1006-1006 |

The mystical journey seems to offer a graduate education in the obvious.
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The Meaning of It All (Richard P. Feynman)
– Your Highlight on page 11 | location 154-155 |

there is nothing more exciting than the truth,
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Beyond the Chains of Illusion (Erich Fromm)
– Your Highlight at location 154-155 |

Nihil humanum a me alienum puto. (I believe nothing human to be alien to me –Terentius)
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Beyond the Chains of Illusion (Erich Fromm)
– Your Highlight at location 482-482 |

Montesquieu had expressed the same idea in terms of “institutions form men”; Robert Owen expressed it in similar ways.
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21 Lessons for the 21st Century (Yuval Noah Harari)
– Your Highlight on page 4 | location 58-60 |

In theory, anybody can join the debate about the future of humanity, but it is so hard to maintain a clear vision. Frequently, we don’t even notice that a debate is going on, or what the key questions are. Billions of us can hardly afford the luxury of investigating, because we have more pressing things to do:
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The End of Life as We Know It (Michael Guillen)
– Your Highlight on page 270 | location 4133-4136 |

One day we will stop, look back, and realize that in our mad dash toward an overhyped, self-centered scientific utopia, we left ourselves behind, by abandoning the unique soul and spirit of our species.
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The Book: On the Taboo Against Knowing Who You Are (Alan Watts)
– Your Highlight on page 6 | location 91-91 |

Every individual is an expression of the whole realm of nature,
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The Book: On the Taboo Against Knowing Who You Are (Alan Watts)
– Your Highlight on page 8 | location 114-115 |

Irrevocable commitment to any religion is not only intellectual suicide; it is positive unfaith because it closes the mind to any new vision of the world. Faith is, above all, open-ness—an act of trust in the unknown.
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The Book: On the Taboo Against Knowing Who You Are (Alan Watts)
– Your Highlight on page 16 | location 234-235 |

You cannot teach an ego to be anything but egotistic,
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Become What You Are (Alan Watts)
– Your Highlight on page 31 | location 463-464 |

The unenlightened man attains to any degree of responsibility; he develops a heaviness of touch, a lack of abandon, a stiffness which indicates that he is using his dignity as stilts to keep his head above adversity.
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Enlightenment Is Your Nature (Osho)
– Your Highlight on page 18 | location 276-277 |

People who are bewildered and frightened by too much change find relief in monotony.
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Sacred Messengers of Shamanic Africa (Carley Mattimore)
– Your Highlight on page 25 | location 382-386 |

My spiritual life had been a mere blip on my radar. Raising five daughters in a blended family, in addition to working as a psychotherapist in private practice, took every ounce of my psychic energy. Don’t get me wrong. This was a pattern that, as the oldest of six children, I had grown up with. I was quite familiar with caretaking.
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Sacred Messengers of Shamanic Africa (Carley Mattimore)
– Your Highlight on page 34 | location 520-523 |

This includes humans, animals, the green nations (the plants and trees), the mineral kingdom, the sacred waters, and the lands across our planet. I also feel a deep honoring of the sun, moon, and great star nations, including our galaxy and the entire cosmos, which encompasses the world of Spirit. I bow in gratitude to the Great Mystery and marvel at how we came to be here on Earth.
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The Strong Eye of Shamanism (Robert E. Ryan)
– Your Highlight on page 122 | location 1867-1869 |

A. P. Elkin, in the first half of this century, was able to gather and discuss many of the characteristics of Aboriginal shamanism in a book he first published in 1945, Aboriginal Men of High Degree: Initiation and Sorcery in the World’s Oldest Tradition.
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The Anatomy of a Calling: A Doctor’s Journey from the Head to the Heart and a Prescription for Finding Your Life’s Purpose (Lissa Rankin)
– Your Highlight at location 614-616 |

Your painful emotions are fingers pointing at everything in need of healing in your life, and when you’re brave enough to move through them, they pass like clouds in the sky and leave you feeling lighter.
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The Anatomy of a Calling: A Doctor’s Journey from the Head to the Heart and a Prescription for Finding Your Life’s Purpose (Lissa Rankin)
– Your Highlight at location 1290-1292 |

“Dissolving isn’t something you do; it’s something that happens to you. The closest you’ll come to controlling it is relaxing and trusting the process.” This is easier to do in the company of compassionate loved ones who can just be present with your process without judging you or trying to fix you.
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Homecoming (John Bradshaw)
– Your Highlight on page 46 | location 696-696 |

Children naturally believe the world is friendly;
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Homecoming (John Bradshaw)
– Your Highlight on page 47 | location 706-707 |

Optimism and trust are the soul of intimacy. We must risk being vulnerable if we want to be intimate.
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Homecoming (John Bradshaw)
– Your Highlight on page 72 | location 1100-1102 |

The most important first step is to help your wounded child grieve its unmet developmental dependency needs. Most of the contaminations I described in the first part of this book result from unmet needs that are unresolved because they have never been grieved. The emotions that needed to be expressed were never expressed.
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Homecoming (John Bradshaw)
– Your Highlight on page 77 | location 1174-1175 |

“All our neuroses are substitutes for legitimate suffering.” Grief work, which has been called original pain
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Healing Your Aloneness (Margaret Paul)
– Your Highlight on page 14 | location 200-202 |

They are actually being controlled by their resistance, even though their resistance is intended to protect them from being controlled by others.
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The Essene Gospels of Peace (Edmond Bordeaux Szekely)
– Your Highlight on page 12 | location 169-170 |

And your true brothers are all those who do the will of your Heavenly Father and of your Earthly Mother, and not your brothers by blood.
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America Before: The Key to Earth’s Lost Civilization: A new investigation into the mysteries of the human past by the bestselling author of Fingerprints of the Gods and Magicians of the Gods (Graham Hancock)
– Your Highlight at location 4988-4991 |

The connection of the constellation of Orion to the land of the dead was a fundamental aspect of the ancient Egyptian religion and it felt weirdly like coming home—that comfortable intimacy of familiar territory—to find it here in a Native North American religion.
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America Before: The Key to Earth’s Lost Civilization: A new investigation into the mysteries of the human past by the bestselling author of Fingerprints of the Gods and Magicians of the Gods (Graham Hancock)
– Your Highlight at location 6685-6686 |

Science in the twenty-first century does NOT encourage scientists to take risks in their pursuit of “the facts”—particularly
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America Before: The Key to Earth’s Lost Civilization: A new investigation into the mysteries of the human past by the bestselling author of Fingerprints of the Gods and Magicians of the Gods (Graham Hancock)
– Your Highlight at location 7349-7351 |

In the 1940s and 1950s conventional wisdom held that the population of the entire hemisphere in 1492 was little more than 8 million—with fewer than 1 million people living in the region north of present-day Mexico.
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America Before: The Key to Earth’s Lost Civilization: A new investigation into the mysteries of the human past by the bestselling author of Fingerprints of the Gods and Magicians of the Gods (Graham Hancock)
– Your Highlight at location 7870-7879 |

If the good person, who has a strong momentum of good evolutionary action, is unprepared for the Between, he or she can lose an enormous amount of evolutionary progress in the twinkling of an eye by becoming frightened and hiding in darkness. Similarly, a bad person, who has a great weight of negative evolution, if well prepared for the Between, can overcome immense eons of wretched lives by bravely shooting for the light. After all, a tiny achievement on the subtle plane can have a powerful impact on the gross. The soul in the Between can directly modify, just with creative imagination, what the Buddhists call “the spiritual genes” it carries with it. The Between voyager has temporarily an immensely heightened intelligence, extraordinary powers of concentration, special abilities of clairvoyance and teleportation, flexibility to become whatever can be imagined and the openness to be radically transformed by a thought or a vision or an instruction. This is indeed why the Between traveler can become instantly liberated just by understanding where he or she is in the Between, what the reality is, where the allies are, and where the dangers.
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Plant Intelligence and the Imaginal Realm (Stephen Harrod Buhner)
– Your Highlight on page 76 | location 1164-1165 |

Long-term training in one perspective or the other actually creates a long-term template that automatically gates incoming sensory data. It becomes increasingly more difficult, with age, to alter the settings.
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Plant Intelligence and the Imaginal Realm (Stephen Harrod Buhner)
– Your Highlight on page 88 | location 1349-1349 |

The conscious mind is too gross a tool, too slow, too focused on parts rather than wholes.
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Plant Intelligence and the Imaginal Realm (Stephen Harrod Buhner)
– Your Highlight on page 95 | location 1455-1456 |

“Our intolerant slogans continually denigrate the nonhuman life with which we share this planet.”
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Plant Intelligence and the Imaginal Realm (Stephen Harrod Buhner)
– Your Highlight on page 131 | location 1997-2000 |

Plants continually monitor every aspect of their environment: spatial orientation; presence, absence, and identity of neighbors; disturbance; competition; predation, whether microbial, insect, or animal; composition of atmosphere; composition of soil; water presence, location, and amount; degree of incoming light; propagation, protection, and support of offspring (yes, they recognize kin); communications from other plants in their ecorange; biological oscillations, including circadian; and not only their own health but the health of the ecorange in which they live. As Anthony Trewavas comments, this “continually and specifically changes the information spectrum” to which the plants are attending.
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Plant Intelligence and the Imaginal Realm (Stephen Harrod Buhner)
– Your Highlight on page 132 | location 2015-2021 |

It is actually a kind of dreaming And not the kind of dreaming you are thinking about either But a different kind of dreaming entirely (It’s like the dreaming you do when you are reading this book) That dreaming is the central core of what this book is about It is the kind of dreaming that Goethe was engaged in When he learned about plant metamorphosis And Luther Burbank when he looked deep into the plant And saw every environment its ancestors had ever lived in And the same kind that Barbara McClintock did When she watched individual chromosomes in corn shift their structure It is the same state of mind that writers enter when they create worlds It is also how Gaia dreams the world into being And it is the kind of dreaming you can do, too, if you wish, If you decide to walk through the doors of perception And find out what is on the other side

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Plant Intelligence and the Imaginal Realm (Stephen Harrod Buhner)
– Your Highlight on page 139 | location 2120-2121 |

“we still do not know one thousandth of one percent of what nature has revealed to us.”
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Plant Intelligence and the Imaginal Realm (Stephen Harrod Buhner)
– Your Highlight on page 141 | location 2157-2159 |

Jagadis Bose, who developed some of the earliest work on plant neurobiology in the early 1900s, treated plants with a wide variety of chemicals to see what would happen. In one instance, he covered large, mature trees with a tent then chloroformed them. (The plants breathed in the chloroform through their stomata, just as they would normally breathe in air.) Once anesthetized, the trees could be uprooted and moved without going into shock. He found that morphine had the same effects on plants as that of humans, reducing the plant pulse proportionally to the dose given. Too much took the plant to the point of death, but the administration of atropine, as it would in humans, revived it. Alcohol, he found, did indeed get a plant drunk. It, as in us, induced a state of high excitation early on but as intake progressed the plant began to get depressed, and with too much it passed out.
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Plant Intelligence and the Imaginal Realm (Stephen Harrod Buhner)
– Your Highlight on page 145 | location 2210-2211 |

If plants in the system detect that another plant in the mycelial network is ill, unique compounds are generated by the plants most able to do so and sent through the mycelial network to where they are needed. The medicinal compounds in plants have been used for millennia to heal the individual plant, other plants in the ecorange network, and the insects and other animals that make that ecorange home.
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Plant Intelligence and the Imaginal Realm (Stephen Harrod Buhner)
– Your Highlight on page 145 | location 2217-2218 |

To be convinced that all behavior on the part of others, without distinction, is hostile, is a form of mental illness.
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Plant Intelligence and the Imaginal Realm (Stephen Harrod Buhner)
– Your Highlight on page 146 | location 2231-2233 |

Older plants send out volatiles to younger plants that contain within them information about chemical responses to predation. A bean plant, being fed upon by a spider mite, can analyze from its saliva just what type of spider mite is feeding on it. It then will craft a specific pheromone, releasing it from its leaf stomata as a volatile chemical into the air.
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Plant Intelligence and the Imaginal Realm (Stephen Harrod Buhner)
– Your Highlight on page 148 | location 2268-2269 |

Albert Einstein once observed, “Technological progress is like an axe in the hands of a pathological criminal.”
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Plant Intelligence and the Imaginal Realm (Stephen Harrod Buhner)
– Your Highlight on page 160 | location 2446-2448 |

It would be amusing really, when scientists, with a life span of 80 years, look at the Earth and pronounce it not alive because it does not fit into their preconceptions if it weren’t so dangerous.
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Plant Intelligence and the Imaginal Realm (Stephen Harrod Buhner)
– Your Highlight on page 162 | location 2475-2477 |

We contain within ourselves the DNA of plants, insects, and bacteria, and viruses. We are, in fact, the “other” that we have been trying to kill. There isn’t, ultimately, any truly separate species; there isn’t, ultimately, any pure bloodline of any sort any place on this planet.
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Plant Intelligence and the Imaginal Realm (Stephen Harrod Buhner)
– Your Highlight on page 174 | location 2655-2655 |

nearly everything of importance that we do happens at the unconscious level
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Plant Intelligence and the Imaginal Realm (Stephen Harrod Buhner)
– Your Highlight on page 195 | location 2976-2977 |

Goethe once said, “It makes a wonderful difference if you find in the body an ally or an adversary.” Distrust of the body damages the core of us.
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Plant Intelligence and the Imaginal Realm (Stephen Harrod Buhner)
– Your Highlight on page 197 | location 3012-3014 |

These alternative behaviors, normally outside the habituated parameters of daily life, allow adaptive responses to changed conditions. Upon those adaptive responses rests the capacity of the species—and the Gaian system—to survive, the self-organized systems to remain intact.
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Plant Intelligence and the Imaginal Realm (Stephen Harrod Buhner)
– Your Highlight on page 210 | location 3219-3221 |

Antidepressants, irrespective of which life-form is exposed to them, “cause neuronal damage and mature neurons to revert to an immature state, both of which may explain why antidepressants also cause neurons to undergo apoptosis (programmed death).” As Andrews et al.
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Plant Intelligence and the Imaginal Realm (Stephen Harrod Buhner)
– Your Highlight on page 221 | location 3388-3389 |

Most grassland ecosystems are, in fact, dependent on the presence of the psilocybe species for their health.
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A Way of Self-Knowledge (Rudolf Steiner)
– Your Highlight on page 104 | location 1591-1593 |

Finally, just as you are unaware of your eye when looking at the world of color, you cease to feel your body when the suprasensory world appears before you. Before the soul can see into the suprasensory world, the body must become invisible, imperceptible.
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A Way of Self-Knowledge (Rudolf Steiner)
– Your Highlight on page 109 | location 1659-1660 |

Such insights into oneself are painful and crushing. But those who wish to gain the capacity to experience outside the body cannot avoid them. They have to happen, because those who walk this path must assume a special relationship with their own souls. Such self-understanding of universal human nature requires the greatest strength of soul.
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A Way of Self-Knowledge (Rudolf Steiner)
– Your Highlight on page 120 | location 1827-1829 |

Therefore, to the question, What will become of all that I am now when I die? the clairvoyant researcher replies, You will be what you can retain of yourself by the strength of your existence as a spiritual being among other spiritual beings.
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A Way of Self-Knowledge (Rudolf Steiner)
– Your Highlight on page 125 | location 1906-1907 |

Such a thought will always be rejected when one realizes that we human beings, by nature, must help ourselves and that, if we fail in our duty and do nothing about the forces waiting to unfold in our souls, those forces will spoil.
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A Way of Self-Knowledge (Rudolf Steiner)
– Your Highlight on page 126 | location 1929-1931 |

What is important is that you live intensively with and in the thoughts or feelings, drawing together all the powers of your soul in them. During the time of inner absorption, your chosen thought or feeling should wholly fill your consciousness.
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Theosophy (Rudolf Steiner)
– Your Highlight on page 93 | location 1415-1416 |

The sensations and feelings of all beings are a common world, enclosing and surrounding everything else, just as the physical atmosphere surrounds the earth.
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Theosophy (Rudolf Steiner)
– Your Highlight on page 97 | location 1483-1485 |

In the sixth region of the spiritland a man will fulfill in all his actions what is most in accord with the true being of the world. He cannot seek after what profits himself, but only after what ought to happen according to the right course of the world order.
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Theosophy (Rudolf Steiner)
– Your Highlight on page 130 | location 1980-1980 |

As long as a man lives in pleasure and pain he cannot gain knowledge by means of them. When he learns how to live by means of them, when he withdraws his feeling of self from them, then they become his organs of perception and he sees by means of them, attaining through them to knowledge.
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Egyptian Myths and Mysteries (Rudolf Steiner)
– Your Highlight on page 3 | location 36-38 |

The best men in all ages have asked themselves how man can rightly bring to expression what lies within him, and to this question the most diverse answers have been given.
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Plant Intelligence and the Imaginal Realm (Stephen Harrod Buhner)
– Your Highlight on page 329 | location 5038-5039 |

Einstein once put it, “The pursuit of beauty and truth is a sphere of activity in which we are permitted to remain children all our lives.”
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Plant Intelligence and the Imaginal Realm (Stephen Harrod Buhner)
– Your Highlight on page 335 | location 5124-5125 |

Strong ropes connect you with everything in the universe and when it is important to know about the other end of a rope, it will tap or pull on you.
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Plant Intelligence and the Imaginal Realm (Stephen Harrod Buhner)
– Your Highlight on page 358 | location 5486-5487 |

McClintock said, “and it tells you at every step what the next step has to be because you’re integrating with an overall brand-new pattern in mind.
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Plant Intelligence and the Imaginal Realm (Stephen Harrod Buhner)
– Your Highlight on page 391 | location 5990-5991 |

If you fully combine the experience of aisthesis with analogical thinking so that it blends into a unique synaesthesia of perceptual cognition and feeling, the human world can sometimes be left behind entirely.
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Plant Intelligence and the Imaginal Realm (Stephen Harrod Buhner)
– Your Highlight on page 421 | location 6455-6456 |

“Every disease is a musical problem.”

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Plant Intelligence and the Imaginal Realm (Stephen Harrod Buhner)
– Your Highlight on page 444 | location 6804-6805 |

Autumn Plants, in the fall, begin to set seed. They use the nutrients stored over the winter, spring, and summer to create their seeds and send them into the world so that the species can spread. They begin to look a bit ragged at the end of the growing season. Plants use stored resources to reproduce. They then go into the long winter to regenerate. In spring they begin the cycle once again.
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Plant Intelligence and the Imaginal Realm (Stephen Harrod Buhner)
– Your Highlight on page 453 | location 6940-6941 |

Those that follow that inner urging, who find and never let go of golden threads, are the ones who change everything.
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Plant Intelligence and the Imaginal Realm (Stephen Harrod Buhner)
– Your Highlight on page 475 | location 7278-7284 |

It is considered improper in our time for anyone seeking to understand the world to talk of their feeling response to what they experience in their explorations. And should they try to do so anyway, the words usually come out stilted, folded in uncertain ways, wrinkled, shorn of depth. The deformation comes from pressure of culture to make sure that the words used in communication are devoid of feeling, that they are rational, reasonable, unemotional. That they remain a form of dissociated mentation.
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Plant Intelligence and the Imaginal Realm (Stephen Harrod Buhner)
– Your Highlight on page 488 | location 7481-7482 |

The struggle that Cinderella goes through is the same one the girl in our story is struggling with. The wholeness of her nature, what you might call the 360-degree personalty that all children have when young, is under assault by the shadow side of the feminine. The tales don’t really tell us why such an assault occurs. But perhaps it is because the mother has lost touch with the healthy child in herself, perhaps after too long a time of not taking care of her own needs. And now that she has lost it in herself she can no longer bear to see it in her child.

These stories are always about the shadow side and its assault on the healthy child. And they are about how the still uncorrupted child deals with that assault.
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Sacred Plant Medicine (Stephen Harrod Buhner)
– Your Highlight at location 426-428 |

A solution to the poverty and illness in our world lies within the ancient capacity for individuals to travel in sacred territory, to reconnect with the sacredness of the Earth, and to develop their own capacity, a birthright of being human, to evoke the holy and once again sit in the council of all life.
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Sacred Plant Medicine (Stephen Harrod Buhner)
– Your Highlight at location 500-501 |

Human beings have a deep affinity for the sacred and all its manifestations. This is especially true of Earth-centered peoples. The process of the sacred manifesting itself in an incarnate form, the tendency of the form to take on its sacred archetype, is well known to Earth-centered peoples. To them, life is a love affair with the constant expression of the sacred in all its forms.
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The Drama of the Gifted Child: The Search for the True Self (Alice Miller)
– Your Highlight on page 5 | location 75-78 |

The damage done to us during our childhood cannot be undone, since we cannot change anything in our past. We can, however, change ourselves. We can repair ourselves and gain our lost integrity by choosing to look more closely at the knowledge that is stored inside our bodies and bringing this knowledge closer to our awareness. This path, although certainly not easy, is the only route by which we can at last leave behind the cruel, invisible prison of our childhood.
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In Search of the Miraculous (P. D. Ouspensky)
– Your Highlight on page 41 | location 628-629 |

Everything that happens on a big scale is governed from outside, and governed either by accidental combinations of influences or by general cosmic laws.”
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In Search of the Miraculous (P. D. Ouspensky)
– Your Highlight on page 42 | location 643-644 |

The whole thing, all work on oneself, consists in choosing the influence to which you wish to subject yourself, and actually falling under this influence. And for this it is necessary to know beforehand which influence is the more profitable.”
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The Truth Will Set You Free: Overcoming Emotional Blindness and Finding Your True Adult Self (Alice Miller)
– Your Highlight on page 22 | location 328-329 |

We need an open door to our own past, an opportunity to take its very beginning seriously.
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The Truth Will Set You Free: Overcoming Emotional Blindness and Finding Your True Adult Self (Alice Miller)
– Your Highlight on page 28 | location 428-428 |

Ask no questions, shoulder other people’s anxieties, tolerate contradictions, roll with the punches. And if they can find no one to guide them out of that rut, they may continue doing precisely that all their lives.
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The Truth Will Set You Free: Overcoming Emotional Blindness and Finding Your True Adult Self (Alice Miller)
– Your Highlight on page 31 | location 461-461 |

Outwardly, nothing spectacular had occurred—no heart attack, no accident, no event enlisting the immediate compassion of the people around her. What struck Isabelle full force was the realization that she was clinging to a pattern that was poisoning her life, her health, and her relationships and that something had to be done about it. For a clearer picture of how this came about, we need to look at the preliminary stages in greater detail.
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The Truth Will Set You Free: Overcoming Emotional Blindness and Finding Your True Adult Self (Alice Miller)
– Your Highlight on page 36 | location 539-541 |

The process of healing requires both the confrontation with childhood traumas and the uncovering of the numerous defense mechanisms that have been erected to protect the child from unbearable pain and distress. Given the right therapeutic approach, adults can achieve both those aims.
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The Truth Will Set You Free: Overcoming Emotional Blindness and Finding Your True Adult Self (Alice Miller)
– Your Highlight on page 41 | location 625-626 |

But such anxieties cannot be dissipated if clients sense their therapists’ fear of their own childhoods.
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The Truth Will Set You Free: Overcoming Emotional Blindness and Finding Your True Adult Self (Alice Miller)
– Your Highlight on page 46 | location 694-695 |

You can take everything you’ve suffered out on your own children and never get punished because murdering the soul of your own child can always be passed off as parenting,
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The Truth Will Set You Free: Overcoming Emotional Blindness and Finding Your True Adult Self (Alice Miller)
– Your Highlight on page 100 | location 1529-1531 |

Many of us leave that child within ourselves in its prison, in constant fear, isolated from the knowledge that could set it free. Once that child has shaken off its chains, been allowed to see and to judge what it sees, it can walk out of its prison on its own. The fear is gone because it has recognized the manipulations for what they are. It is not afraid to see because it is not reduced to silence, because it can say what it sees, because it is not alone with what it has seen but has its perceptions confirmed by an enlightened witness. That witness has at last given the child what its parents withheld: the confirmation that its perceptions are right, that cruelty and manipulation are precisely that and nothing else, that the child need no longer deceive itself into seeing them as a form of loving care, that this knowledge is necessary in order for the child to be genuine and capable of love, and that the fruit from the tree of knowledge is there to be eaten.
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In Search of the Miraculous (P. D. Ouspensky)
– Your Highlight on page 86 | location 1313-1313 |

What is possible for individual man is impossible for the masses.
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In Search of the Miraculous (P. D. Ouspensky)
– Your Highlight on page 89 | location 1359-1361 |

It is the tragedy of the human being that any small I has the right to sign checks and promissory notes and the man, that is, the Whole, has to meet them. People’s whole lives often consist in paying off the promissory notes of small accidental I’s.
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In Search of the Miraculous (P. D. Ouspensky)
– Your Highlight on page 90 | location 1372-1372 |

“But even the clearest understanding of his possibilities will not bring man any nearer to their realization. In order to realize these possibilities he must have a very strong desire for liberation and be willing to sacrifice everything, to risk everything, for the sake of this liberation.”
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In Search of the Miraculous (P. D. Ouspensky)
– Your Highlight on page 103 | location 1569-1571 |

“Everything in the world, from solar systems to man, and from man to atom, either rises or descends, either evolves or degenerates, either develops or decays. But nothing evolves mechanically. Only this kind of development, only this kind of growth, marks the real evolution of man. There is, and there can be, no other kind of evolution whatever.
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The Denial of Death (Ernest Becker)
– Your Highlight on page 20 | location 296-297 |

It is one of the meaner aspects of narcissism that we feel that practically everyone is expendable except ourselves. We should feel prepared, as Emerson once put it, to recreate the whole world out of ourselves even if no one else existed. The thought frightens us; we don’t know how we could do it without others—yet at bottom the basic resource is there: we could suffice alone if need be, if we could trust ourselves as Emerson wanted. And if we don’t feel this trust emotionally, still most of us would struggle to survive with all our powers, no matter how many around us died. Our organism is ready to fill the world all alone, even if our mind shrinks at the thought. This narcissism is what keeps men marching into point-blank fire in wars: at heart one doesn’t feel that he will die, he only feels sorry for the man next to him. Freud’s explanation for this was that the unconscious does not know death or time: in man’s physiochemical, inner organic recesses he feels immortal.
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The Denial of Death (Ernest Becker)
– Your Highlight on page 36 | location 537-539 |

Wahl summed up this paradox: … the socialization processes for all children are painful and frustrating, and hence no child escapes
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The Denial of Death (Ernest Becker)
– Your Highlight on page 62 | location 943-944 |

Love is one great key to this kind of sexuality because it allows the collapse of the individual into the animal dimension without fear and guilt, but instead with trust and assurance that his distinctive inner freedom will not be negated by an animal surrender.
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The Denial of Death (Ernest Becker)
– Your Highlight on page 70 | location 1069-1069 |

An instinct is a programmed perception that calls into play a programmed reaction.
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The Denial of Death (Ernest Becker)
– Your Highlight on page 71 | location 1084-1085 |

This is one aspect of the basic human predicament, that we are simultaneously worms and gods.”
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The White Castle (Orhan Pamuk)
– Your Highlight on page 23 | location 350-350 |

However, he acted as if he had access to a knowledge that transcended what was in books – he himself agreed most of them were worthless – a knowledge more natural and more profound than things that could be learned.
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The Construction of Social Reality (John Searle)
– Your Highlight on page 8 | location 121-122 |

The child is brought up in a culture where he or she simply takes social reality for granted.
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The Construction of Social Reality (John Searle)
– Your Highlight on page 20 | location 296-297 |

As far as nature is concerned intrinsically, there are no functional facts beyond causal facts. The further assignment of function is observer relative.
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Life in Relation to Death: Second Edition (Chagdud Tulku Rinpoche)
– Your Highlight on page 3 | location 46-46 |

Enlightenment is the highest attainment of the death transition, but it is not the only one. If meditative realization is incomplete yet one has developed the power of prayer, there can be liberation into an environment of perfect bliss, free of suffering, by invoking the blessings of enlightened wisdom beings.
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Life in Relation to Death: Second Edition (Chagdud Tulku Rinpoche)
– Your Highlight on page 14 | location 206-207 |

“By the virtue I have accumulated in my life, may I and every other being who passes through the door of death find rebirth in a state of pure, sacred awareness.”
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The Intelligence of the Cosmos (Ervin Laszlo)
– Your Highlight on page 17 | location 260-260 |

If you want to know the secrets of the universe, you should think in terms of energy, frequency, and vibration.
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Civilized to Death (Christopher Ryan)
– Your Highlight on page 7 | location 103-103 |

Our most urgent dreams may simply reflect the world as it was before we fell asleep.
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Civilized to Death (Christopher Ryan)
– Your Highlight on page 8 | location 110-110 |

Civilization often seems to be picking up speed in the dizzying way things do when they’re circling the drain.
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The Kundalini Guide: A Companion For the Inward Journey (Companions For the Inward Journey Book 1) (Bonnie Greenwell)
– Your Highlight at location 111-111 |

Some people embark on pilgrimages in search of wisdom. They may be ripened by exposure to the energy fields of sacred spaces, but ultimately the Truth can only be discovered by those who are inward bound, for we hold within us the answer to our own questions.
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The Kundalini Guide: A Companion For the Inward Journey (Companions For the Inward Journey Book 1) (Bonnie Greenwell)
– Your Highlight at location 257-257 |

Kundalini awakening usually begins with a rush of energy up the spine or from the feet, and it may flow out of the head, but more often it stops at the heart or throat. It may come in spurts, as if a water hose is turning it on and off, jerking you upward with each shot of water.
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Kundalini Rising (Gurmukh Kaur Khalsa)
– Your Highlight on page 75 | location 1145-1146 |

My perceptions had expanded to the point at which I seemed to pop through a membrane of ordinary existence into the unified field, the great hologram, which I now realize is the true nature of this creation.
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Kundalini Rising (Gurmukh Kaur Khalsa)
– Your Highlight on page 84 | location 1279-1279 |

What I discovered was that, indeed, the kingdom of heaven is at hand. And every present moment offers the opportunity for spirit to act through us in the world—that’s where the real rush of life is found. This doesn’t mean that I now ignore the chakra practice that I taught in my kundalini book; it just means that I do that meditation in the context of continual present-moment awareness.
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Kundalini Rising (Gurmukh Kaur Khalsa)
– Your Highlight on page 89 | location 1360-1363 |

“I feel the air flowing in and out of my nose.” 2. “I also feel the movements in my chest and belly as I breathe.” 3. “I’m aware of my whole body here in this present moment.”
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Kundalini Rising (Gurmukh Kaur Khalsa)
– Your Highlight on page 102 | location 1554-1555 |

Traditional kundalini yoga dealt with the paradox of embodied awakening by introducing preliminary spiritual practices that prepared the body for a current of high spiritual energies. The practices of ethical purification, of awareness directed to bodily sensations, and of physical postures and breath control were intended to precede the activation of kundalini energy. Body, psyche, and behavior, thus brought into alignment and harmony, created the perfect container for the awakening of kundalini. Ideally, like a river flowing through a clean and welcoming riverbed, the transformational energies penetrated and informed the perfected body without causing any problems for the health of the body or mind.
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Kundalini Rising (Gurmukh Kaur Khalsa)
– Your Highlight on page 106 | location 1613-1614 |

Genlin and psychologist Steven Rosin, that place meaning upon the spatial organization of the body. Mind dwells in the body, whereas body-mind-spirit inhabit a continuum;
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Complete Works of Charles Dickens (Illustrated) (Charles Dickens)
– Your Highlight on page 9597 | location 147144-147146 |

Mrs. Joe was a very clean housekeeper, but had an exquisite art of making her cleanliness more uncomfortable and unacceptable than dirt itself. Cleanliness is next to Godliness, and some people do the same by their religion.
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Shamanic Breathwork (Linda Star Wolf)
– Your Highlight at location 1307-1307 |

Psychologist Carl Jung and many others have postulated the existence of a number of core archetypal forces, including the archetypes of the shadow, anima/animus, divine couple, child, trickster, and the self. For men the core archetypes also include king, magician, warrior, lover, and puer, or eternal boy. For women the core archetypes also include maiden, mother, crone, and high priestess.
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Shamanic Breathwork (Linda Star Wolf)
– Your Highlight at location 1378-1380 |

Most addictive behavior is rooted in the shame, pain, or abuse people experienced in childhood, or at other times in their lives. The process allows individuals to deeply access these repressed feelings and states of trauma in a way that supports a cathartic and healing experience.
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Shamanic Breathwork (Linda Star Wolf)
– Your Highlight at location 1430-1432 |

One of the most frustrating experiences in working with others in the process of change is seeing them get “stuck,” or regress in their process. We all feel stuck sometimes when facing a challenging issue or when temporarily reverting to old behavior, but it is very disconcerting to see someone lose consciousness and revert to extremely unhealthy and perhaps dangerous situations and experiences from which they never emerge, or only emerge after severe consequences.
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The Crucible (Arthur Miller)
– Your Highlight at location 448-449 |

When one rises above the individual villainy displayed, one can only pity them all, just as we shall be pitied someday. It is still impossible for man to organize his social life without repressions, and the balance has yet to be struck between order and freedom.
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Rhythm of Being (Raimon Panikkar)
– Your Highlight at location 632-633 |

On the other hand, practically all masters say that to pretend we have reached nirvāṇa, that we are realized souls, that satori is already behind us, is yet another contradiction. The very fact of affirming it proves that we have not yet attained the realm of the ineffable. No realized person would ever say so.
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Rhythm of Being (Raimon Panikkar)
– Your Highlight at location 1510-1512 |

The movement of beings is a temporal flowing. Rhythm is the order of things, both in their temporal movement and in our human activity. In the first case, we have rhythm as the natural order of time (φύσει). In the second, rhythm is human acting according to proper behavior (νόμοι).
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Rhythm of Being (Raimon Panikkar)
– Your Highlight at location 1513-1514 |

The movement of beings is a temporal flowing. Rhythm is the order of things, both in their temporal movement and in our human activity. In the first case, we have rhythm as the natural order of time (φύσει). In the second, rhythm is human acting according to proper behavior (νόμοι). Plato’s philosophy is an outstanding example of the central place of rhythm—not only for the education of Man, but also for understanding the nature of the real. Plato almost equates education (παιδεία) with bringing forth the experience of rhythm, to which not only Aristotle but Kung Fu Tze and many others agree.
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Rhythm of Being (Raimon Panikkar)
– Your Highlight at location 1550-1550 |

Rhythm, however, has no model. A machine generates repetition, not rhythm.
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Energy Medicine (Donna Eden)
– Your Highlight on page 37 | location 562-563 |

I tend to vibrate to the energies of other people. At times I feel like a tuning fork. I see and sense other people’s energies as rhythms and oscillations, frequencies and flows,
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Rhythm of Being (Raimon Panikkar)
– Your Highlight at location 1776-1777 |

The Rhythm of Being is the very dynamism of Being, its Becoming.
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Rhythm of Being (Raimon Panikkar)
– Your Highlight at location 2076-2076 |

Since even the pole star moves, we need now and then to revise our compasses.
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Rhythm of Being (Raimon Panikkar)
– Your Highlight at location 2092-2094 |

My ultimate question, which is neither rhetorical nor exclusively theoretical, is this: What is the destiny of Being? Nevertheless, I cannot properly approach the ultimate question excluding myself, nor can I properly ask about my destiny without also involving the destiny of the entire human race, the whole earth, and the universe in its totality. Nor can we exclude the Divine in this adventure, or else our personal dignity will become an idle word. Here we understand the Divine as that Power which, while immanent in the cosmos and in us, surpasses all our categories so that it gives us a transcendent point of reference. Without a direct link with that transcendent point we are just one member of a series, replaceable by any other individual of the same species; we lose our uniqueness and with that our dignity.
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Rhythm of Being (Raimon Panikkar)
– Your Highlight at location 2113-2114 |

A concept is not the thing, and, physical laws notwithstanding, the real behavior of things does not need to be bound to mathematical calculus with concepts. Yet, the concept, which cannot be of any individual thing, is a powerful symbol for the solidarity of the real.
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Rhythm of Being (Raimon Panikkar)
– Your Highlight at location 2178-2179 |

without illumination from above our ultimate questions have no answer
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Rhythm of Being (Raimon Panikkar)
– Your Highlight at location 2558-2559 |

Reality takes primacy over any idea or theoretical statement.
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Sacred Contracts (Caroline Myss)
– Your Highlight on page 21 | location 321-321 |

Everyone has a Child archetype, for example, and so the inner Child in you connects you to the inner Child within everyone else. Learning to read your own archetypes allows you to read other people’s archetypes as well.
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Sacred Contracts (Caroline Myss)
– Your Highlight on page 31 | location 464-465 |

Choosing to act in accordance with your divine potential consolidates the power of your many “faces,” your inner and outer worlds.
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Sacred Contracts (Caroline Myss)
– Your Highlight on page 32 | location 483-484 |

You are not born knowing how great an artist or how powerful a healer or how stalwart a friend you could be in this lifetime.
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Sacred Contracts (Caroline Myss)
– Your Highlight on page 33 | location 503-504 |

When you can symbolically read the content of your life, you can make dramatically better choices.
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Sacred Contracts (Caroline Myss)
– Your Highlight on page 35 | location 532-532 |

And a single action can result in an inestimable cascade of physical, emotional, and spiritual effects.
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Sacred Contracts (Caroline Myss)
– Your Highlight on page 45 | location 690-690 |

what the shaman or seer brings forth is something that is waiting to be brought forth in everyone.”
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Sacred Contracts (Caroline Myss)
– Your Highlight on page 49 | location 737-737 |

These scientists gave me my first education in how awful human beings could become and act when motivated by insecurity and ambition.
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Sacred Contracts (Caroline Myss)
– Your Highlight on page 49 | location 740-741 |

when you do not seek or need external approval, you are at your most powerful.
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Sacred Contracts (Caroline Myss)
– Your Highlight on page 131 | location 2007-2011 |

Actually the nature of your archetypes is both intimate and impersonal. Viewed through the heart, they are personal enough to be called companions. Viewed with the mind, they are impersonal, symbolic patterns that serve in the energetic organization of your spiritual evolution. As I say in my workshops, a personal experience filtered through an impersonal or symbolic attitude creates a vastly different psychic chemistry from taking everything personally. Just as your archetypes have a dual nature, you too have the constant challenge of holding within yourself a personal heart and a symbolic mind.
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Sacred Contracts (Caroline Myss)
– Your Highlight on page 141 | location 2151-2153 |

Its core issue is how much you are willing to sell of yourself—your morals, your integrity, your intellect, your word, your body, or your soul—for the sake of physical security.
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Sacred Contracts (Caroline Myss)
– Your Highlight on page 149 | location 2270-2271 |

“If a kingdom is divided against itself, it cannot stand” (Mark 3:24).
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Sacred Contracts (Caroline Myss)
– Your Highlight on page 154 | location 2352-2353 |

murder and torture occur because humanity as a group does not yet sufficiently value life in all its expressions.
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Sacred Contracts (Caroline Myss)
– Your Highlight on page 154 | location 2357-2358 |

People who committed heinous crimes, including mass murder, did have other options to learn what they needed to learn. They had the choice to act appropriately and morally, just as we all do, but they exercised their free will, chose wrongly, and heaped untold suffering on others.
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Sacred Contracts (Caroline Myss)
– Your Highlight on page 156 | location 2391-2392 |

We fear our own empowerment because it represents changes in our lives that would remove us from the warmth of those who love us for being vulnerable. And we fear being empowered because then we can no longer claim that we are not responsible for our actions.
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Machig Labdron and the Foundations of Chod (Jerome Edou)
– Your Highlight on page 83 | location 1263-1265 |

It is indeed difficult to distinguish the authentic practitioner—the yogi par excellence—from the vagabond beggar who pretends to be a Chödpa and takes advantage of popular belief.
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Machig Labdron and the Foundations of Chod (Jerome Edou)
– Your Highlight on page 88 | location 1345-1350 |

People today who claim to be practitioners of Chö do not understand any of this, and persist in thinking of spirits as something outside themselves. They believe in demons, and keep on perceiving them all the time; in everything that happens they see some ghost or gyalgong. They have no peace of mind themselves, and are always bewildering other with their lies, delivered with much assertive blustering: “There’s a ghost up there! And down there a spirit! That’s a ghost! That’s a demon! That’s a tsen! I can see it… Ha!—I’ve got it, I’ve killed it! Watch out, there’s one lying in wait for you! I’ve chased it away. There—it looked back!”
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Machig Labdron and the Foundations of Chod (Jerome Edou)
– Your Highlight on page 97 | location 1479-1485 |

As long as there is an ego, there are demons. When there is no more ego, there are no more demons either! If there is no ego, there is no more object to cut through, Nor is there any more fear or terror. Free from all extremes, co-emergent wisdom34 Gives birth to the understanding of [the nature of] all phenomena. This is referred to as the fruit of liberation from the four demons.
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Machig Labdron and the Foundations of Chod (Jerome Edou)
– Your Highlight on page 100 | location 1530-1532 |

In Chöd terminology, when the practitioner offers his or her body as food to gods and demons in frightening places and practices the Chöd samādhi uniting emptiness and compassion, the splendor of the yogi’s meditative absorption in the essence of reality is unbearable to those beings.
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Machig Labdron and the Foundations of Chod (Jerome Edou)
– Your Highlight on page 103 | location 1571-1574 |

For meditators of superior capacity, the outer level is to subjugate fears and harmful magical interferences by the splendor or charisma (zil gnon) of realization; the inner level is to remain without arrogance, i.e., without any conception of a self, when faced by whatever evil may appear, be it illness, frustration, or demons; the secret level is to view adversity and obstacles as friends; and the ultimate level is the actualization of immaculate dharmatā, the empty nature of self.
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Enlightenment Through the Path of Kundalini: A Tibetan-Buddhist Guide for Safe Awakening and Overcoming Difficult Symptoms (Tara Springett)
– Your Highlight at location 204-204 |

spiritual development can only happen through loving relationships with those who are further on the path than we are.
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Kundalini; An Untold Story: A Himalayan Mystic’s Insight Into the Power of Kundalini and Chakra Sadhana (OM Swami)
– Your Highlight at location 404-405 |

We all are Hanumana – beings of immense power and capabilities. It’s not just an aphorism.
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Kundalini; An Untold Story: A Himalayan Mystic’s Insight Into the Power of Kundalini and Chakra Sadhana (OM Swami)
– Your Highlight at location 1013-1014 |

Universe always makes way for the one who is positive and determined. If you don’t give up, all obstacles give in. Hence, the devi is holding one hand in benediction.
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The Kundalini Guide: A Companion For the Inward Journey (Companions For the Inward Journey Book 1) (Bonnie Greenwell)
– Your Highlight at location 1492-1495 |

What I have learned in the last few years through working in the Zen and Advaita Vedanta traditions is that kundalini can be considered not so much a goal, but simply an accompaniment to the spiritual process. By this I do not mean it is irrelevant, only that it has a job to do, which is to strip us down to such pure emptiness and openness that the truth of our nature can be seen directly, and lived completely.
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The Culture Industry (Theodor W. Adorno)
– Your Highlight on page 39 | location 588-589 |

Enjoyment still retains a place only in the immediate bodily presence.
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The Culture Industry (Theodor W. Adorno)
– Your Highlight on page 45 | location 687-688 |

The more inexorably the principle of exchange value destroys use values for human beings, the more deeply does exchange value disguise itself as the object of enjoyment.
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The Culture Industry (Theodor W. Adorno)
– Your Highlight on page 46 | location 691-691 |

The woman who has money with which to buy is intoxicated by the act of buying.
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The Culture Industry (Theodor W. Adorno)
– Your Highlight on page 206 | location 3155-3156 |

If people were able to make their own decisions about themselves and their lives, if they were not caught up in the realm of the eversame, they would not have to be bored. Boredom is the reflection of objective dullness. As such it is in a similar position to political apathy. The most compelling reason for apathy is the by no means unjustified feeling of the masses that political participation within the sphere society grants them, and this holds true for all political systems in the world today, can alter their actual existence only minimally.
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A Smile in the Mind’s Eye (Lawrence Durrell)
– Your Highlight on page 11 | location 162-163 |

The greatest delicacy of judgement, the greatest refinement of intention was to replace the brutish automatism with which most of us continue to exist, stuck like prehistoric animals in the sludge of our non-awareness.
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The Lost Art of Heart Navigation (Jeff D. Nixa)
– Your Highlight on page 27 | location 408-409 |

the heart is the queen of unconscious reality and specializes in the intuitive, nonverbal, archetypal feminine realm of spirit, nature, darkness, mystery, dreams, and poetry.
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The Marriage of the Sun and the Moon (Andrew T. Weil)
– Your Highlight on page 80 | location 1220-1224 |

The only way to interpret this story is by reference to set. The Panther mushroom produces a powerful but neutral change in psychophysiology. People with strong fears can turn this feeling into mushroom poisoning by concentrating on its negative aspects and, eventually, by putting them selves in the hands of others who actually do make them feel worse. People with strong hopes of a new high can turn the same feeling into a welcome state by ignoring the negative aspects and concentrating on the interesting changes in mood and perception.
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Ontology of complexity (Gianfranco Savino)
– Your Highlight on page 11 | location 169-169 |

Bateson described in a poem the goal of his research as “the lonely Skeleton of Truth ”9and the image of this skeleton he reconstructs in the course of his work always appears – as indeed all true echographic image uncertain and delicate, so as to require a continuous audit and update of the contours and never to allow hard deductions or arrogant certainty.
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Ontology of complexity (Gianfranco Savino)
– Your Highlight on page 8 | location 113-115 |

“What pattern connects the crab to the lobster and the orchid to the primrose and all the four of them with me? And me to you? And all the six of us the amoeba in one direction and to the back-ward schizophrenic in another?
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The Prophet (Kahlil Gibran)
– Your Highlight on page 33 | location 492-493 |

For that which you love most in him may be clearer in his absence, as the mountain to the climber is clearer from the plain.
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The Prophet (Kahlil Gibran)
– Your Highlight on page 38 | location 570-571 |

God listens not to your words save when He Himself utters them through your lips.
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Chakra Therapy: For Personal Growth & Healing (Llewellyn’s New Age) (Keith Sherwood)
– Your Highlight on page 5 | location 74-78 |

Human problems on all levels of causation-spiritual, mental, emotional and physical-are caused by contraction, the inability to radiate energy freely due to blockages in the human energy system. In this book you will learn how to release energy blockages and the reservoirs of energy these blockages create. These reservoirs of energy are the emotional and mental debris you weren’t able to completely process through your energy system when you were a child. They are the result of energy overload, too much pain, fear, or anger caused by feelings which were too threatening, and shocks which were too powerful.
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Chakra Therapy: For Personal Growth & Healing (Llewellyn’s New Age) (Keith Sherwood)
– Your Highlight on page 9 | location 137-139 |

Once integration is achieved, a person will begin to experience him/herself as a whole being, in union with the rest of creation and as a result, they will again experience unconditional joy which is their birthright, the childlike state that Jesus spoke of when he said, “Verily I say unto you, except ye be converted and become as little children, ye shall not enter into the Kingdom of Heaven.”2
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Partnering with Spiritual Intelligence: Grounding the Soul (Altazar Rossiter PhD)
– Your Highlight on page 21 | location 320-322 |

How could anyone have been so blind, stupid, gullible? Yet disillusionment and disenchantment with political, economic and social systems is rife, which is a sure sign that somewhere in the collective psyche the truth is registering. It’s festering like a wound that needs to bleed profusely in order to cleanse itself.
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Partnering with Spiritual Intelligence: Grounding the Soul (Altazar Rossiter PhD)
– Your Highlight on page 46 | location 699-700 |

Your energy is the dynamic essence of your spirit in action. It’s the essence of your presence, the substance that animates you and gives you life itself.
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Partnering with Spiritual Intelligence: Grounding the Soul (Altazar Rossiter PhD)
– Your Highlight on page 76 | location 1158-1159 |

Responsibility includes feeling what you’ve previously suppressed for fear of feeling, fear of being judged; fear of rejection by the world;
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Partnering with Spiritual Intelligence: Grounding the Soul (Altazar Rossiter PhD)
– Your Highlight on page 79 | location 1209-1210 |

As the old programmes, patterns, beliefs, defences and identities are dismantled there’s another curious phenomenon that can be experienced. That’s grief.
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Partnering with Spiritual Intelligence: Grounding the Soul (Altazar Rossiter PhD)
– Your Highlight on page 81 | location 1228-1230 |

If you’re fully present you will be outside of time and potentially able to access the full range of the multi-dimensional attributes and abilities of your infinite nature. There is magic in this. Those abilities extend way beyond the limitations of this human physical reality, and largely beyond what is currently understood as human awareness.
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Developing Spiritual Intelligence: The Power of You (Altazar Rossiter Phd)
– Your Highlight on page 16 | location 234-235 |

All I need to know is not necessarily the same as all I want to know. It is certainly not the same as all I want to know when I am distracted by fear, and emotional debris like that of resentment, worry, shame, blame, guilt and desire.
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Developing Spiritual Intelligence: The Power of You (Altazar Rossiter Phd)
– Your Highlight on page 21 | location 319-322 |

Constant suppression of what I feel to be authentic for me is inherent in the process of creating a self-identity. It engenders a deep rage inside which will sabotage me if I do not find a way to allow it to express. If I do not learn to allow this expression it will turn inwards and fester as resentment. Thereafter, it will seek to escape and will express itself in destructive forms that are contaminated with resentment and all its cohorts: fear, bitterness, control, suspicion, jealousy, hate, judgment, criticism and blame.
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Developing Spiritual Intelligence: The Power of You (Altazar Rossiter Phd)
– Your Highlight on page 71 | location 1078-1079 |

We all contribute to the background matrix of our environment. Each one of us broadcasts our own energy signature, which is loaded with our beliefs, our values and our trauma.
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Developing Spiritual Intelligence: The Power of You (Altazar Rossiter Phd)
– Your Highlight on page 115 | location 1753-1756 |

When we behave in accordance with the conditioning, the carers say we are getting along well. THEY SEE THEIR REALITY DUPLICATED IN US and make all kinds of assumptions that we see the world the same way as they do. They PROJECT their interpretation onto us simply because we behave in a way that fits their pattern, regardless of what’s going on internally with us.
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The Mountain Chant: A Navajo Ceremony (Washington Matthews)
– Your Highlight on page 76 | location 1152-1160 |

In essence, the stories describe the acquisition of wisdom through insightful experiences and harrowing ones and usually conclude with the reunion or reconciliation of the returning hero with his or her mortal community. The lasting result is an intensified communal enrichment to be preserved by way of a ceremonial reenactment of the whole ordeal, complete with the songs and prayers that buttress the procedure.
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Developing Spiritual Intelligence: The Power of You (Altazar Rossiter Phd)
– Your Highlight on page 178 | location 2721-2722 |

And if we start blaming ourselves we create another problem. The solution to this is to see ourselves as learners, rather than culprits, explorers rather than perpetrators.
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Developing Spiritual Intelligence: The Power of You (Altazar Rossiter Phd)
– Your Highlight on page 184 | location 2819-2821 |

We can also learn to trust that, if we find ourselves in such situations after listening to our hearts, we are there for a reason and there will be a major gift in the experience.
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The Berlin-Baghdad Express: The Ottoman Empire and Germany’s Bid for World Power (Sean McMeekin)
– Your Highlight on page 89 | location 1365-1367 |

Muslims, some of whom were beginning to suspect that the Young Turk conspirators were not Muslims at all, but likely Dönme, or crypto-Jews.* As Baron Marschall noted in an authoritative sixteen-page dispatch from Constantinople in autumn.
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The Berlin-Baghdad Express: The Ottoman Empire and Germany’s Bid for World Power (Sean McMeekin)
– Your Highlight on page 91 | location 1387-1391 |

It must have been particularly disappointing for the Young Turks that Great Britain, which most of them admired as the world’s leading liberal power, so manifestly failed to rise to the occasion. It was one thing to fail to anticipate the Young Turk revolution. It was quite another to misread it after it had occurred. And yet the British Embassy in Pera seemed almost wilfully determined to misunderstand what had happened in July 1908, and even more so the implications of the counter-counter revolution.
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Journeys Out of the Body (Robert A. Monroe)
– Your Highlight on page 74 | location 1125-1126 |

The history of man’s sciences supports this premise. We had no idea that sounds existed beyond the range of human hearing until we developed instruments to detect,
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Soulcraft: Crossing Into the Mysteries of Nature and Psyche (Bill Plotkin)
– Your Highlight on page 52 | location 789-795 |

Soul is ultimately an agent for spirit. And a healthy ego or personality is an agent for soul and, by extension, for spirit as well.
Although both are transpersonal, spirit takes you in one direction from the conscious mind or personality, and soul takes you in the other. The movement toward spirit is a journey of ascent, a journey of transcendence, while the movement toward your soul is a journey of descent, or what Thomas Berry calls “inscendence,” a journey that deepens.
Transcendence is commonly associated with the rising sun (and thus the compass direction of east), an ascension to the boundless emptiness of space, a journey into the upperworld, a union with the light — conversing with angels or the ascended masters.
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Soulcraft: Crossing Into the Mysteries of Nature and Psyche (Bill Plotkin)
– Your Highlight on page 63 | location 956-957 |

A well-balanced ego is the necessary carrier of the gift of soul.
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Soulcraft: Crossing Into the Mysteries of Nature and Psyche (Bill Plotkin)
– Your Highlight on page 67 | location 1026-1027 |

We cannot experience soul fulfillment without performing true service, and vice versa.
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Soulcraft: Crossing Into the Mysteries of Nature and Psyche (Bill Plotkin)
– Your Highlight on page 167 | location 2559-2561 |

The dream maker is not interested in congratulating the ego, but rather in suggesting where it might be limited, wrong, confused, mistaken — that is, where it has opportunities for initiation into a larger story, a larger life.
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Soulcraft: Crossing Into the Mysteries of Nature and Psyche (Bill Plotkin)
– Your Highlight on page 247 | location 3787-3789 |

Robert Johnson, following Carl Jung, says that the capacity for paradox — the tolerance of ambiguity — is “the measure of spiritual strength and the surest sign of maturity.”
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Soulcraft: Crossing Into the Mysteries of Nature and Psyche (Bill Plotkin)
– Your Highlight on page 248 | location 3795-3799 |

Something real in one world may not be so in another. When such distinctions are suspended, we can experience paradoxical events otherwise incompatible with our conventional worlds. For example, in trance a contemporary American might have an elaborate conversation with a rock — an unreal occurrence in the everyday Western world but one accepted as commonplace among nature-based peoples. A non-ordinary experience during visionary trance can become the seed for our new story. When the distinction between imagination and perception dissolves, we can roam between worlds and find our lives transformed by the Other.
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Soulcraft: Crossing Into the Mysteries of Nature and Psyche (Bill Plotkin)
– Your Highlight on page 253 | location 3867-3870 |

How do wilderness fasting rites facilitate soul encounter? In order for the conscious self to glimpse and be sustainably impacted by soul, the everyday state of consciousness must be sufficiently disassembled such that the ego cannot easily reshape itself in its old form. This radical shift in awareness — often termed ego-destructuring — evokes a non-ordinary state without loss of consciousness. Vision fasts are designed to destructure the ego.
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Soulcraft: Crossing Into the Mysteries of Nature and Psyche (Bill Plotkin)
– Your Highlight on page 253 | location 3878-3879 |

What we choose to fight is so tiny! What fights with us is so great! If only we would let ourselves be dominated as things do by some immense storm, we would become strong too, and not need names.
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Soulcraft: Crossing Into the Mysteries of Nature and Psyche (Bill Plotkin)
– Your Highlight on page 257 | location 3928-3929 |

When the soul’s voice thunders, it topples the ego’s worldview, shatters its fortress of logic and limited values. In every moment, wilderness offers forms and forces that reverberate with the soul:
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Soulcraft: Crossing Into the Mysteries of Nature and Psyche (Bill Plotkin)
– Your Highlight on page 263 | location 4028-4030 |

Sometimes it takes darkness and the sweet confinement of your aloneness to learn anything or anyone that does not bring you alive is too small for you.
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Soulcraft: Crossing Into the Mysteries of Nature and Psyche (Bill Plotkin)
– Your Highlight on page 300 | location 4588-4589 |

With any soulcraft practice, the Wanderer seeks to put his ego in a double bind, a checkmate that makes it impossible to continue the old story.
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Soulcraft: Crossing Into the Mysteries of Nature and Psyche (Bill Plotkin)
– Your Highlight on page 302 | location 4619-4620 |

The American poet Robert Bly says our first twenty years are spent stuffing 90 percent of our wholeness into “the long black bag we drag behind us” and the rest of our life attempting to retrieve those items.
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Soulcraft: Crossing Into the Mysteries of Nature and Psyche (Bill Plotkin)
– Your Highlight on page 331 | location 5061-5061 |

We yearn for the gods and the gods yearn for us,
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Soulcraft: Crossing Into the Mysteries of Nature and Psyche (Bill Plotkin)
– Your Highlight on page 339 | location 5196-5196 |

For me, Spirit and Love are one and the same. I live my life listening for Spirit’s Love Directives, which demand a spontaneously shifting mix of gentleness, righteous anger, abiding patience, wild vigilance, disciplined freedom, and utter presence.
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Soulcraft: Crossing Into the Mysteries of Nature and Psyche (Bill Plotkin)
– Your Highlight on page 341 | location 5219-5220 |

“Tell me, what is it you plan to do with your one wild and precious life?” the poet Mary Oliver asks.1 Soul initiation is the moment an answer wholly claims you. In that moment, you fully accept, deep in your bones, what Viktor Frankl calls your “own specific mission in life.” The answer takes the form of an image, an image burned into your soul before birth, an image in the presence of which your heart first opened, as Albert Camus put it. This image, this symbol, is the gods’ way of sending you off to life with a destiny and a task, with a template of how to be in this lifetime.
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Soulcraft: Crossing Into the Mysteries of Nature and Psyche (Bill Plotkin)
– Your Highlight on page 346 | location 5296-5297 |

The soul might say, for example, we are here to carry a sacred chalice, to help others cross the waters, or to weave cocoons. Such images carry immense significance and richness, but are, at first, confounding to the ego. This is as it should be. An image rich enough for a lifetime will not be decoded in a day.
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Soulcraft: Crossing Into the Mysteries of Nature and Psyche (Bill Plotkin)
– Your Highlight on page 353 | location 5400-5401 |

Our parents have the most influence on our self-concept, and often family traditions and desires are at odds with the direction of the soul. My parents may want me to be a scholar, a priest, or a comedian, but my destiny is not likely reducible to any cultural categories.
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The Holotropic Mind (Stanislav Grof)
– Your Highlight on page 26 | location 390-390 |

The biographical realm is generally the easiest part of the psyche to access, and it is certainly the part with which we are most familiar.
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Alchemical Active Imagination (Marie-Louise von Franz)
– Your Highlight on page 51 | location 779-780 |

In modern psychological language we would say that through meditative concentration and introversion the unconscious begins to flow.
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Four Archetypes: (C. G. Jung)
– Your Highlight on page 11 | location 158-159 |

Primitive tribal lore is concerned with archetypes that have been modified in a special way. They are no longer contents of the unconscious,
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The Tacit Dimension (Michael Polanyi;Amartya Sen)
– Your Highlight on page 7 | location 95-97 |

Ideas from Michael Polanyi’s writings are often cited and used in intellectual discussions, even in professional philosophy, but typically they are treated as suggestions coming from outside the profession.
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The Grapes of Wrath (John Steinbeck)
– Your Highlight on page 84 | location 1276-1277 |

The man sitting in the iron seat did not look like a man; gloved, goggled, rubber dust mask over nose and mouth, he was a part of the monster, a robot in the seat.
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The Grapes of Wrath (John Steinbeck)
– Your Highlight on page 225 | location 3439-3441 |

Beside them, little pot-bellied men in light suits and panama hats; clean, pink men with puzzled, worried eyes, with restless eyes. Worried because formulas do not work out; hungry for security and yet sensing its disappearance from the earth.
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The Grapes of Wrath (John Steinbeck)
– Your Highlight on page 235 | location 3596-3598 |

Two days the families were in flight, but on the third the land was too huge for them and they settled into a new technique of living; the highway became their home and movement their medium of expression.
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The Grapes of Wrath (John Steinbeck)
– Your Highlight on page 274 | location 4187-4188 |

In the daylight they scuttled like bugs to the westward; and as the dark caught them, they clustered like bugs near to shelter and to water.
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Adolf Hitler, The Ultimate Avatar (Miguel Serrano)
– Your Highlight on page 40 | location 605-609 |

The Aryan Collective Unconscious unites, seeks to complete, to conceive the unus mundus, the totality of the human being, deifying him. It is not exclusivist nor manically monotheist but pluralist and polytheistic. It lives and lets live. It is absolutely truthful and cannot lie. It tends to form an order and a cosmos. The concept of Jewish Collective Unconscious is always exclusive, takes the part of the part against the whole, fanatic, intolerant, proselytizing, dividing men, tending to produce chaos. Rosenberg said “the truth of the Jew is the organic lie.” It hurls downwards, does not believe in transmutation. Materialist, atomist, it reduces men to subhuman conditions.
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Adolf Hitler, The Ultimate Avatar (Miguel Serrano)
– Your Highlight on page 85 | location 1292-1293 |

“The Book of Enoch” and the most ancient Irish and Norse Sagas speak, the Tuathas de Dannan, the Nephilim of Genesis, the Vanir, Aesir, the Koravas,
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Adolf Hitler, The Ultimate Avatar (Miguel Serrano)
– Your Highlight on page 280 | location 4279-4280 |

Do not oppose your destiny, give it a meaning.
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Adolf Hitler, The Ultimate Avatar (Miguel Serrano)
– Your Highlight on page 281 | location 4303-4304 |

Master yourself and thereby control the powers of your enemy.
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The Philosophy of Tolkien (Peter Kreeft)
– Your Highlight on page 12 | location 177-177 |

It is a call to heroism; it is a horn like the horn of Rohan, which Merry received from Theoden
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The Philosophy of Tolkien (Peter Kreeft)
– Your Highlight on page 12 | location 179-180 |

The deepest healing is the healing of the deepest wound. The deepest wound is the frustration of the deepest need. The deepest need is the need for meaning, purpose, and hope.
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The Philosophy of Tolkien (Peter Kreeft)
– Your Highlight on page 29 | location 442-442 |

the supernatural is the ultimate context.
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The Philosophy of Tolkien (Peter Kreeft)
– Your Highlight on page 48 | location 725-725 |

I will make this section very short precisely because it could be so long.
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The Philosophy of Tolkien (Peter Kreeft)
– Your Highlight on page 131 | location 2006-2006 |

For this reason the misuse of language, in idle talk, in slogans and phrases, destroys our authentic relation to things.”
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The Philosophy of Tolkien (Peter Kreeft)
– Your Highlight on page 151 | location 2307-2308 |

The Ring is so powerful that no creature can overcome it. (Similarly, Christianity teaches that sin is so powerful that no creature can overcome it. Only God can, and only by His own death.)
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The Philosophy of Tolkien (Peter Kreeft)
– Your Highlight on page 152 | location 2319-2320 |

The evil empire that controls modern world media knows that too, though its aim is not political conquest (like Machiavelli) or military conquest (like Hitler) but the far more apocalyptic spiritual and religious conquest of conscience, of souls.
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The Philosophy of Tolkien (Peter Kreeft)
– Your Highlight on page 154 | location 2358-2358 |

The thief is a fool: he thinks he is a body, not a soul,
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The Philosophy of Tolkien (Peter Kreeft)
– Your Highlight on page 157 | location 2406-2409 |

And the result is, as everyone knows but no one admits, that we are now weak little wimps, Shelob’s slaves, unable to survive a blow to the great spider of our technological network. We tremble before a nationwide electrical blackout or a global computer virus. Only hillbillies and Boy Scouts would survive a nuclear war. In our drive for power we have deceived ourselves into thinking that we have become more powerful when all the time we have been becoming less. We are miserable little Nietzsches dreaming we are supermen. For in gaining the world we have lost our selves.
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Archetypes and the Collective Unconscious (C. G. Jung)
– Your Highlight on page 14 | location 202-203 |

For Freud, accordingly, the unconscious is of an exclusively personal nature,2 although he was aware of its archaic and mythological thought-forms.
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Archetypes and the Collective Unconscious (C. G. Jung)
– Your Highlight on page 14 | location 211-211 |

The contents of the personal unconscious are chiefly the feeling-toned complexes, as they are called; they constitute the personal and private side of psychic life. The contents of the collective unconscious, on the other hand, are known as archetypes.
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Archetypes and the Collective Unconscious (C. G. Jung)
– Your Highlight on page 25 | location 373-376 |

That the gods die from time to time is due to man’s sudden discovery that they do not mean anything, that they are made by human hands, useless idols of wood and stone. In reality, however, he has merely discovered that up till then he has never thought about his images at all. And when he starts thinking about them, he does so with the help of what he calls “reason”—which in point of fact is nothing more than the sum-total of all his prejudices and myopic views.
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Archetypes and the Collective Unconscious (C. G. Jung)
– Your Highlight on page 27 | location 404-405 |

Everything that we have not thought about, and that has therefore been deprived of a meaningful connection with our developing consciousness, has got lost.
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Archetypes and the Collective Unconscious (C. G. Jung)
– Your Highlight on page 35 | location 528-529 |

When you have done everything that could possibly be done, the only thing that remains is what you could still do if only you knew it. But how much do we know of ourselves?
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Archetypes and the Collective Unconscious (C. G. Jung)
– Your Highlight on page 47 | location 718-718 |

Man woke up in a world he did not understand, and that is why he tries to interpret it.
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Archetypes and the Collective Unconscious (C. G. Jung)
– Your Highlight on page 57 | location 870-872 |

As a matter of fact, this process follows the natural course of life—a life in which the individual becomes what he always was. Because man has consciousness, a development of this kind does not run very smoothly;
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Archetypes and the Collective Unconscious (C. G. Jung)
– Your Highlight on page 58 | location 883-884 |

As the archetypes, like all numinous contents, are relatively autonomous, they cannot be integrated simply by rational means, but require a dialectical procedure, a real coming to terms with them, often conducted by the patient in dialogue form, so that, without knowing it, he puts into effect the alchemical definition of the meditatio: “an inner colloquy with one’s good angel.”
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The King of Elfland’s Daughter (Lord Dunsany)
– Your Highlight on page 32 | location 479-480 |

And Alveric had said that Time must have his way, as all men know; and where was the good of complaining?
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Archetypes and the Collective Unconscious (C. G. Jung)
– Your Highlight on page 66 | location 1008-1010 |

When a situation occurs which corresponds to a given archetype, that archetype becomes activated and a compulsiveness appears, which, like an instinctual drive, gains its way against all reason and will, or else produces a conflict of pathological dimensions, that is to say, a neurosis.
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Symbols of Transformation (C. G. Jung)
– Your Highlight on page 563 | location 8624-8626 |

The snake plays an important role in dreams as a fear-symbol. Because of its poisonousness, its appearance is often an early symptom of physical disease. As a rule, however, it expresses an abnormally active or “constellated” unconscious and the physiological symptoms—mainly abdominal—associated therewith.
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Alchemical Active Imagination (Marie-Louise von Franz)
– Your Highlight on page 131 | location 2001-2001 |

I came to this conclusion after I once visited a very famous chiromancer who read palms. The lines of the hand always have an irregular pattern and wrinkles. This man put up a very good performance and did it all very scientifically. You had to put your hands on some wax and press to get an imprint. He wrote a book about his method, which seemed very scientific, but I couldn’t really “smell” it. So when he finished, I drill-bored into him and asked whether the information was really in the lines. To my amazement he said, “No, it isn’t at all!” (though he had written a book about it!). He said, “When someone comes into the room, I know all about that person. [He was a very mediumistic, psychic type of person.] I just know it, but I cannot bring it up, I cannot formulate it: so I use these hand lines. I pretend to look at those lines and then what I know catalyzes or is projected into them. I read from the lines, but actually I know it all when the person came into the room.” I think that is why in most primitive divination techniques there is the idea of creating a chaotic pattern into which one can read what one already knows.
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Alchemical Active Imagination (Marie-Louise von Franz)
– Your Highlight on page 127 | location 1937-1939 |

The alchemist always investigates in order to discover from which part of heaven something comes, and then he investigates the anatomy of the great creature so as to compare it with the small, the microcosm. This can be done with four instruments:
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Alchemical Active Imagination (Marie-Louise von Franz)
– Your Highlight on page 115 | location 1756-1757 |

We often asked Jung whether the process of individuation was most difficult in the beginning or at the end, and he said it was difficult at both. In the beginning the difficulty lies in one’s unconsciousness about one’s shadow and animus or anima, and most people know how one can be tortured and confused by these problems, but this form of confusion usually slowly subsides. The infantile stupidity with which most human beings torture themselves in the beginning of the process slowly fades away. In that way the beginning is most difficult, and then things become easier. Once one has really discovered that there is no progress and no solution other than getting used to that very simple thing of again and again just looking in every situation at the subjective factor of all the disturbances and trying to integrate it on that level—then a lot of the outer difficulties and the nonsense with which one was tortured just fall away. Thus one could hope that the process of individuation, in the course of its development, though terrible at the beginning, would get lighter and more satisfactory, comparable to what occurs with the spiritual exercise and the symbolism of alchemy, which partly promise the same thing. The alchemical progression, the nigredo, albedo, rubedo, and citrinatis, inspires hope that better and higher states of the inner situation may be reached.
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Alchemical Active Imagination (Marie-Louise von Franz)
– Your Highlight on page 144 | location 2200-2202 |

If you dream that you behave like a fool, though you subjectively feel most reasonable, you have to take into serious consideration, for, according to the unconscious, or according to the light shed by the archetype of the Self upon your conscious behavior, you are acting like a fool.
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Alchemical Active Imagination (Marie-Louise von Franz)
– Your Highlight on page 149 | location 2276-2278 |

The four elements are the spiritus, anima, corpus, and the cosmos. First spiritus and anima unite and become the mens. Then mens and corpus unite and become the vir unus, and finally, in death, the vir unus unites with the Universe, though not in its visible form but as the unus mundus, its invisible potential background.
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Introduction to Magic (Julius Evola)
– Your Highlight on page 59 | location 890-893 |

Quite the contrary: a person who has remained outside the crossroads of culture, “psychology,” and the various aesthetic and literary contaminations, but who displays an open mind, balance, and courage, is more qualified to receive a superior knowledge than any academic professor, writer, or “critical thinker” of our day and age.
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Introduction to Magic (Julius Evola)
– Your Bookmark on page 60 | location 911 |

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Introduction to Magic (Julius Evola)
– Your Highlight on page 91 | location 1392-1393 |

To say that the center of consciousness is in the “heart” echoes a Truth expressed in intuitive wisdom. When it was “proven” that this center was in the brain, true knowledge became silent and was replaced by sensible illusion.
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Introduction to Magic (Julius Evola)
– Your Highlight on page 93 | location 1426-1427 |

An analogous practice may take as object either the emotional contents of our consciousness or the various impulses. I do not want to dwell on this. The meaning is the same: it is a rapid and subtle attentiveness at the threshold of the Self, which catches and stops perceptions in midair, thus realizing a knowledge of the elements that replaces ordinary, provisory, gross, and sensual consciousness.
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Introduction to Magic (Julius Evola)
– Your Highlight on page 94 | location 1438-1439 |

It is necessary to retain the sense of the Self and the active life of consciousness, which remains superior and distinct in the experience of the various modalities of subtle perception that I have described.
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Introduction to Magic (Julius Evola)
– Your Highlight on page 98 | location 1491-1492 |

Detachment is liberation. All evil comes from attachment. Thus, be detached and grounded in the Real; in this way you will obtain bliss. Even the [supreme] Knower is subject to decay because of attachment: what then should we expect from those who are only “little knowers”?
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Introduction to Magic (Julius Evola)
– Your Highlight on page 98 | location 1495-1496 |

Every day, alas, man is consumed by his senses, which are like thieves dwelling in his body, feeding on the objects of desire, deluding him in a constant yearning.
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Ride the Tiger (Julius Evola)
– Your Highlight on page 93 | location 1420-1423 |

Given this anguished resort to becoming for the source of one’s being, and also given the recognition of the insignificance of “inauthentic” existence in a life that is socialized, superficial, and anodyne, we have evidently reached the extreme limit of a true “philosophy of crisis,” which we could have included among the varieties of modern nihilism.
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Ride the Tiger (Julius Evola)
– Your Highlight on page 104 | location 1580-1580 |

The prospects could not be darker. Dasein, the I, which is nothing in itself, pursues being that is outside and before it, and thus runs through time, in the same dependent relationship as the thirsty man seeking water—with the difference that it is inconceivable that he will ever reach Being, when he does not already possess it (as the Eleatic philosophers said, no violence can make that to be which is not).
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Ride the Tiger (Julius Evola)
– Your Highlight on page 106 | location 1613-1614 |

essence of Dasein is “ecstatic, hence eccentric”
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Ride the Tiger (Julius Evola)
– Your Highlight on page 110 | location 1674-1675 |

Through crises, tests, errors, destructions, and successes he has rediscovered the Self, and he is reestablished in the Self, in Being, in a calm and unshakable mode. Equally distant is the man who has learned to give a law to himself from the heights of a superior freedom, so that he can walk on that rope stretched over an abyss, of which it is said: “It is perilous to cross from one side to the other, perilous to find oneself in the middle, perilous to tremble or to stop.”
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Ride the Tiger (Julius Evola)
– Your Highlight on page 110 | location 1679-1680 |

It is perhaps not so unkind to think that little else was to be expected from the speculations of men who, like almost all the “serious” existentialists (as distinct from those of the new “generation at risk”), are professors, mere armchair intellectuals whose lifestyle, aside from their so-called problems and positions, has always been of the petit bourgeois type.
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Ride the Tiger (Julius Evola)
– Your Highlight on page 121 | location 1850-1854 |

The positive possibilities can only apply to a small minority: to those beings in whom the transcendent dimension is preexistent or can be awakened. This brings us back, of course, to the one problem that concerns us. These are the only ones who can give new values to a soulless world of machines, of technology, of modern mega-cities, and of all that is sheer reality and objectivity, which appears cold, inhuman, menacing, devoid of intimacy, depersonalizing, and barbaric. By fully accepting this reality and these processes, the differentiated man can essentialize and form himself according to a valid personal equation, activating the transcendent dimension within,
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Ride the Tiger (Julius Evola)
– Your Highlight on page 128 | location 1951-1951 |

This second type has even occurred in some Western religious orders; ancient Buddhism had the characteristic concept of “departure,” as the start of a nonprofane existence, and in traditional Hinduism this was the last of the four stages of life. There is a significant analogy with the idea of the medieval “knight errant,” to which we might add the enigmatic and sometimes disconcerting figures of “noble travelers” whose homeland was unknown, who did not have one, or must not be asked about it.
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Ride the Tiger (Julius Evola)
– Your Highlight on page 129 | location 1964-1965 |

Given that the speed factor has an essential role in the modern, technical mastery of distances, a passing allusion could be made to the value of the experience of speed itself. It is well known that today it is used by many men, and even women, almost like alcohol, to obtain a physical intoxication that feeds an essentially physical I, needing distraction from unpleasant thoughts and drugging itself with strong emotions.
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Ride the Tiger (Julius Evola)
– Your Highlight on page 135 | location 2058-2059 |

Ancient tradition has a saying: “The infinitely distant is the return.” Among the maxims of Zen that point in the same direction is the statement that the “great revelation,” acquired through a series of mental and spiritual crises, consists in the recognition that “no one and nothing ‘extraordinary’ exists in the beyond”; only the real exists. Reality is, however, lived in a state in which “there is no subject of the experience nor any object that is experienced,” and under the sign of a type of absolute presence, “the immanent making itself transcendent and the transcendent immanent.”
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Ride the Tiger (Julius Evola)
– Your Highlight on page 137 | location 2098-2099 |

The system of science resembles a net that draws ever tighter around a something that, in itself, remains incomprehensible, with the sole intention of subduing it for practical ends.
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Ride the Tiger (Julius Evola)
– Your Highlight on page 157 | location 2405-2406 |

That “freedom” is not unlike the “freedom of culture” celebrated as a victory, with which the active processes of dissolution likewise manifest in an inorganic civilization (as opposed to what Vico recognized as proper to all the “heroic periods” of preceding civilizations). One of the most typical expressions of the “neutralization” of such a culture is the antithesis between culture and politics: pure art and pure culture are supposed to have nothing to do with politics.
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Ride the Tiger (Julius Evola)
– Your Highlight on page 221 | location 3387-3389 |

The first case is where one already naturally possesses this other power. This is the exceptional case of what was called “natural dignity,” not derived from simple human birth; it is comparable to what in the religious domain is called election. The differentiated man posited here does possess a structure akin to the type to whom this first possibility refers. But for “natural dignity” in this specific, technical sense to be validated in him, a host of problems arise that can only be overcome if the trial of the self, spoken of in chapter 1, happens to be oriented in this direction.
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Ride the Tiger (Julius Evola)
– Your Highlight on page 222 | location 3391-3391 |

The differentiated man posited here does possess a structure akin to the type to whom this first possibility refers. But for “natural dignity” in this specific, technical sense to be validated in him, a host of problems arise that can only be overcome if the trial of the self, spoken of in chapter 1, happens to be oriented in this direction.
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On Love and Loneliness (J. Krishnamurti)
– Your Highlight on page 5 | location 72-72 |

Where there is the acceptance of authority, there is disorder.
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The Ending of Time (J. Krishnamurti;David Bohm)
– Your Highlight on page 45 | location 684-685 |

Yes, there is another—I must be awfully careful here. You know one must be awfully careful not to be romantic, not to have illusions, not to have desire, not even to search. It must happen. You follow what I mean?
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The Interior Castle (Mirabai Starr;Teresa of Avila)
– Your Highlight on page 36 | location 540-540 |

We would do ourselves a great disservice if we never endeavored to rise above the mud of our personalized misery.
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The Mystery of the Grail: Initiation and Magic in the Quest for the Spirit (Julius Evola)
– Your Highlight on page 10 | location 147-148 |

(Myths and political mythologies), “The myth can be understood only if it is completely lived from the heart, but to do so makes it impossible to describe it objectively.”9
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The Mystery of the Grail: Initiation and Magic in the Quest for the Spirit (Julius Evola)
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Different problems call for different methods of perception.
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The Mystery of the Grail: Initiation and Magic in the Quest for the Spirit (Julius Evola)
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The more these images or phantasms appear to be extravagant or incoherent, the more we must suspect the existence of a latent, intelligent, and meaningful content.
This is what should be thought in many cases about sagas, legends, adventures, myths, and even fairy tales. And so it often happens that the most fantastic, strange, improbable and incoherent aspect, which is less likely to have an aesthetic or historical value and therefore is usually set aside, eventually offers the best way to understand the central element that bestows upon such compositions its true sense and at times even its higher historical meaning.
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The Mystery of the Grail: Initiation and Magic in the Quest for the Spirit (Julius Evola)
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It has been correctly pointed out that from a historical point of view the most characteristic texts concerning the Grail suggest the existence of a hidden current that briefly surfaced at one particular point in time and then disappeared, almost as if in response to an obstacle or to a specific danger. l In fact, these texts crop up during a short time frame; apparently, none of them predates the last quarter of the twelfth century and none is later than the first quarter of the thirteenth century.
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The Mystery of the Grail: Initiation and Magic in the Quest for the Spirit (Julius Evola)
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In 1260 Jakob van Maerlant declared the story of the Grail to be a fake, on the basis that up to that time the Church knew nothing about it, or better, did not want to hear about it.
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The Mystery of the Grail: Initiation and Magic in the Quest for the Spirit (Julius Evola)
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J. Marx in his Legende arthurienne remarks: “The Church never claimed for herself the adventure of the Grail. It seems that in it she sensed something predating her, something primordial and mysterious.”
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The Yoga of Power (Julius Evola)
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Man is free when, having overcome ignorance, he implements this identity by acknowledging the metaphysical deceptiveness of everything that looks like “other,” or a distinct reality, whether natural, divine, or demonic.
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The Yoga of Power (Julius Evola)
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Such an awareness consumes every bond and destroys every otherworldly spectrum. The text repeatedly encourages the deceased to hold on fast to this truth, in each phase, for here is the key to success.
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The Golden Dawn (Israel Regardie)
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There can be little or no doubt that the Golden Dawn is, or rather was until very recently, the sole depository of magical knowledge, the only occult Order of any real worth that the West in our time has known.
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The Golden Dawn (Israel Regardie)
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The root of the word itself means “to begin” or “to commence anew.” Initiation is thus the beginning of a new phase or attitude to life, the entry, moreover, into an entirely new type of existence.
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The Golden Dawn (Israel Regardie)
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Its characteristic is the opening of the mind to an awareness of other levels of consciousness, both within and without. Initiation means above all spiritual growth—a definite mark in the span of human life.
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The Golden Dawn (Israel Regardie)
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“Within the material extreme of this life, when it is purified, the Seed of the Spirit is at last found.” The entire object of all magical and alchemical processes is the purification of the natural man, and by working upon his nature to extract the pure gold of spiritual attainment. This is initiation.
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The Golden Dawn (Israel Regardie)
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in the Buddhist scheme, where the first noble truth is sorrow, so not until we have been brought by experience to understand life as sorrow, can we hope for the cessation of its dread ravage.
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The Golden Dawn (Israel Regardie)
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“One thing only, brother, do I proclaim,” said the Buddha, “now as before. Suffering and deliverance from suffering.”
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The Golden Dawn (Israel Regardie)
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“Before all things,” commences a phrase in one ritual, “are the chaos, the darkness, and the gates of the land of night.” It is in this dark, chaotic night so blindly called life, a night in which we struggle, labor, and war incessantly for no reasonable end, that we ordinary human beings stumble and proceed about our various tasks. These gates of the far-flung empire of the night indeed refer eloquently to the material bondage that we ourselves have created—a bondage whereby we are tied to our circumstances, to our selves, to trial of every kind, bound to the very things we so despise and hate. It is not until we have clearly realized that we are enmeshed in darkness, an interior darkness, that we can commence to seek for that alchemical solvent that shall disperse the night, and call a halt to the continual projection outwards of the blackness that blinds our souls.
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The Golden Dawn (Israel Regardie)
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As intimated above, one first must have realized that one’s soul is lost in darkness before a remedy can be sought to that irresponsible participation mystique, the unconscious projection outwards of interior confusion, and aspire to that divine land which is, metaphorically, the place of one’s birth.
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The Golden Dawn (Israel Regardie)
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For let me add that magic does not countenance a retreat from life, an escape from the turmoils of practical life. It seeks only to transmute what formerly was dross into gold. Initiation has as its object the commencement of a new life, to transform the base and low
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The Golden Dawn (Israel Regardie)
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For let me add that magic does not countenance a retreat from life, an escape from the turmoils of practical life. It seeks only to transmute what formerly was dross into gold. Initiation has as its object the commencement of a new life, to transform the base and low into the pure and unutterably splendid.
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The Golden Dawn (Israel Regardie)
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It is a commonplace aphorism in occultism that “Nature unaided fails.” That is to say that the natural life, if left to itself, and isolated from the impact of a higher type of life or consciousness, can only produce a commonplace thing of the natural life.
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The Golden Dawn (Israel Regardie)
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The function of every phase of its work, the avowed intention of its principal rituals, and the explicit statement of its teaching, is to assist the candidate by his own aspirations to find that unity of being which is the inner self, the pure essence of mind, the Buddha-nature.
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The Golden Dawn (Israel Regardie)
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“Magical practices are,” he declares, “the projections of psychic events which, in cases like these, exert a counter influence on the soul, and act like a kind of enchantment of one’s own personality.
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The Yoga of Power (Julius Evola)
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The bottom line is this: there is no such thing as a world of “phenomena,” of perceptible forms, and behind it, an impenetrable, true reality: the essence. There is only one given reality, which is multidimensional; there is also a hierarchy of possible forms of human and superhuman experiences, in relation to which these various dimensions are progressively disclosed, until one is able to perceive directly the essential reality.
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Twilight of the Machines (John Zerzan)
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Michael Baxandall put it, “Any language… is a conspiracy against experience in the sense of being a collective attempt to simplify and arrange experience into manageable parcels.”‘
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Twilight of the Machines (John Zerzan)
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The grammar of every language is a theory of experience, and more than that, it’s an ideology. It sets rules and limits, and grinds the one-prescription-fits-all lenses through which we see everything.
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Twilight of the Machines (John Zerzan)
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Problems introduced by complexity or hierarchy have never been resolved by symbolic means. What is overcome symbolically remains intact on the non-symbolic (real) plane. Symbolic means sidestep reality; they are part of what is going wrong. Division of labor, for instance, eroded face-to-face interaction and eroded people’s direct, intimate relationship with the natural world.
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Twilight of the Machines (John Zerzan)
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The “thirst for transcendence” is initiated, ignoring the shifting reality that created that desire in the first place.
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Twilight of the Machines (John Zerzan)
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Does time structure language or does language structure time? So many questions, including the key one; how do we transcend, escape, get rid of the symbolic?
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Twilight of the Machines (John Zerzan)
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For philosopher Jane Flax, the most deep-seated dualisms, even including those of subject-object and mind-body, are a reflection of gender disunity.”
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Twilight of the Machines (John Zerzan)
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In Genesis, the Bible’s first book, woman is born from the body of man. The Fall from Eden represents the demise of hunter-gatherer life, the expulsion into agriculture and hard labor. It is blamed on Eve, of course, who bears the stigma of the Fall. 1’ Quite an irony, in that domestication is the fear and refusal of nature and woman, while the Garden myth blames the chief victim of its scenario, in reality.
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Twilight of the Machines (John Zerzan)
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An earlier judgment by W.J. Perry is generally accurate, if somewhat idealized: “Warfare, immorality, vice, polygyny, slavery, and the subjection of women seem to be absent among our gatherer-hunter ancestors.”‘
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Twilight of the Machines (John Zerzan)
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Ancient Egypt is a well-documented example).” Problems introduced by complexity or hierarchy have never been resolved by symbolic means. What is overcome symbolically remains intact on the non-symbolic (real) plane. Symbolic means sidestep reality; they are part of what is going wrong. Division of labor, for instance, eroded face-to-face interaction and eroded people’s direct, intimate relationship with the natural world.
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On Being Human (Erich Fromm)
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Modern man hoped to become an individual; in reality, he became an anxious atom, tossed to and fro.
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On Being Human (Erich Fromm)
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I have spoken of the birth process of new societies. I would almost like to say that twentieth-century man seems to be a miscarriage. What has happened, so that everything has seemed to break down at the moment when man appeared to stand at the crowning pinnacle of his historical endeavors?
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On Being Human (Erich Fromm)
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We cannot lie to ourselves about this knowledge: When one becomes an object, one is dead, even if one—seen physiologically—is still living. And if one is spiritually dead, although still physiologically alive, then one is not only subject to decay but becomes dangerous—dangerous to oneself and dangerous to others.
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On Being Human (Erich Fromm)
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In the twentieth century, greater and greater criticism arose against certain ideas that had played a large role in the life of the previous century. Today the primary issue is not the competition of people among one another and the antagonisms that result from the spirit of competition. Quite the contrary: People today form a team, a well-oiled group that works smoothly together, since this is the only way that large enterprises can function. Modern industry and economics have effectively developed to the point that, as a requisite for operation, they need people who become consumers, who possess as little individuality as possible, and who are ready to obey an anonymous authority while suffering from the illusion of being free and subject to no authority.
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On Being Human (Erich Fromm)
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Adding to Emerson’s formulation, one could say: There is a future for modern man only if he puts himself back into the saddle.
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On Being Human (Erich Fromm)
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What kind of man, then, does our society need in order to function smoothly? It needs men who cooperate easy in large groups, who want to consume more and more, and whose tastes are standardized and can be easily influenced and anticipated. It needs men who feel free and independent, not subject to any authority or principle or conscience, yet who are willing to be commanded, to do what is expected, to fit into the social machine without friction; men who can be guided without force, led without leaders, prompted without an aim—except the aim to be on the move, to function, to go forward.
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On Being Human (Erich Fromm)
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In the midst of plenty, industrial bureaucratic society is a society of anxious and frightened men, men indeed so frightened about their possibilities of success or failure that they might be too frightened in these aspects of their personal life to be frightened about the possibility of total destruction by nuclear war.
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On Being Human (Erich Fromm)
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Man, having been transformed into a thing, is anxious, without faith, without conviction, with little capacity for love. He escapes into empty busyness, alcoholism, extreme sexual promiscuity, and psychosomatic symptoms of all kinds, which can best be explained by the theory of stress. Paradoxically, the wealthiest societies turn out to be the sickest, and the progress of medicine in them is matched by a great increase of all forms of psychic and psychosomatic illness.
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On Being Human (Erich Fromm)
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revival of the spirit of enlightenment—ruthlessly critical, realistic, and cleansed from its overoptimistic, rationalistic prejudices, together with a revival of humanist values, not preached but realized in personal and social life—are the conditions for mental health and the survival of civilization.
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On Being Human (Erich Fromm)
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to give up illusions is the condition for giving up circumstances that require illusions.
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On Being Human (Erich Fromm)
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A system can be considered to work efficiently when all its parts are properly integrated and work optimally with a minimum of energy—consuming friction among themselves and between the system and neighboring systems with which it is unavoidably in contact.
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On Being Human (Erich Fromm)
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The split between the conscious set of values that children are still taught and that a majority of adults still believe in and the contradictory set of values according to which adults act has the effect of wasting human energy, of creating a guilty conscience and a sense of purposelessness.
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On Being Human (Erich Fromm)
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The essence of man will become important only to those to whom, and only at a time when, the experience of the oneness of man is alive again. Today it is not alive.
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On Being Human (Erich Fromm)
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I am the criminal and I am the saint. I am the child and I am the adult. I am the man who lived a hundred thousand years ago and I am the man who, provided we don’t destroy the human race, will live a hundred thousand years from now.
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On Being Human (Erich Fromm)
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But he was radically different from many other “mystics” because he abhorred any kind of sentimental, sweet, erotic mood that is enjoyed and wallowed in.
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Art of Listening (Erich Fromm)
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First of all, I want to say that, if one asks what is analytic cure, then I think that what unites, or what is common to all psychoanalysts, is Freud’s basic concept that psychoanalysis can be defined as a method which tries to uncover the unconscious reality of a person and which assumes that in this process of uncovering the person has a chance to get well.
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Art of Listening (Erich Fromm)
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As long as we have this aim in mind, then a good deal of fighting among various schools would be somewhat reduced in importance.
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Art of Listening (Erich Fromm)
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For me the essence of analytic cure lies in the very conflict engendered by the meeting of the irrational and the rational part of the personality.
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Art of Listening (Erich Fromm)
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A severe neurosis is never cured unless you have, as Freud said, unearthed or uncovered sufficient unconscious and relevant material.
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Art of Listening (Erich Fromm)
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Thus the first task of analysis is very important: to help the patient be unhappy rather than to encourage him. In fact, any encouragement which tries to mitigate, to soften his suffering, is definitely not indicated; it is definitely bad for the further progress of the analysis. I don’t think anyone has really enough initiative, enough impulse, to make the tremendous effort required by analysis—if we really mean analysis—unless he is aware of the maximum suffering which is in him. And that is not at all a bad state to be in. It’s a much better state than to be in a shadowy land where one neither suffers nor is happy. Suffering is at least a very real feeling, and is a part of life. Not to be aware of suffering and to watch television or something is neither here nor there.
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Art of Listening (Erich Fromm)
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Secondly, another condition is that the patient acquires or has some idea of what his life ought to be, or could be—some vision of what he wants. I have heard of patients who have come to an analyst because they couldn’t write poetry. That’s a little exceptional, although not so rare as one might think. But many patients come, because they are not happy. It’s just not enough not to be happy. And if a patient were to tell me he wants to be analyzed because he is unhappy I would say: “Well, most people aren’t happy.” That isn’t quite enough to spend years on a very energetic and troublesome and difficult work with one person.
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Art of Listening (Erich Fromm)
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Thus the first task of analysis is very important: to help the patient be unhappy rather than to encourage him. In fact, any encouragement which tries to mitigate, to soften his suffering, is definitely not indicated; it is definitely bad for the further progress of the analysis. I don’t think anyone has really enough initiative, enough impulse, to make the tremendous effort required by analysis—if we really mean analysis—unless he is aware of the maximum suffering which is in him. And that is not at all a bad state to be in. It’s a much better state than to be in a shadowy land where one neither suffers nor is happy. Suffering is at least a very real feeling, and is a part of life. Not to be aware of suffering and to watch television or something is neither here nor there.
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Art of Listening (Erich Fromm)
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put it simply, according to Freud that what cures is related to an event in early childhood. This event is repressed. Because it is repressed it still operates.
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Art of Listening (Erich Fromm)
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A trauma is by definition an event which goes beyond the charge which the human nervous circuit can tolerate.
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Art of Listening (Erich Fromm)
– Your Highlight on page 35 | location 532-536 | Added on Monday, 28 December 2020 09:38:31

By the so-called repetition compulsion the person is bound to this early event in such a way that it does not only operate because of its inertia, because it is there, it has never ceased to work, but also because by the repetition compulsion the person is compelled to repeat the same pattern again and again. If this pattern is brought to consciousness then so to speak its energy is experienced fully, recalled but not only, as Freud soon saw, intellectually but affectively; if that what he called working through happens—then the force of this trauma is broken and the person is free from this repressed influence.
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Art of Listening (Erich Fromm)
– Your Highlight on page 33 | location 500-502 | Added on Monday, 28 December 2020 09:39:47

Psychoanalysis is not only a therapy but an instrument for self-understanding. That is to say an instrument for self-liberation, an instrument in the art of living, which is in my opinion the most important function psychoanalysis can have.
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Art of Listening (Erich Fromm)
– Your Highlight on page 33 | location 502-505 | Added on Monday, 28 December 2020 09:40:07

The main value of psychoanalysis is really to provide a spiritual change of a personality, and not to cure symptoms. As far as this is there to cure symptoms that is fine if there are no better and shorter cures but that the real historical importance of psychoanalysis goes in the direction of such knowledge which you find in Buddhist thinking. The kind of self-awareness—mindfulness—plays a central role in Buddhist practice to achieve a better state of being than the average man does.
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Art of Listening (Erich Fromm)
– Your Highlight on page 33 | location 506-508 | Added on Monday, 28 December 2020 09:40:17

Psychoanalysis claims that to know oneself leads to cure. Well that’s a claim which is made already in the Gospels: “The truth shall make you free.” (John 8:32) Why does the knowledge of one’s unconscious, that is to say full self-knowledge, help to make a person free from symptoms or make him even happy?
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Art of Listening (Erich Fromm)
– Your Highlight on page 32 | location 481-485 | Added on Monday, 28 December 2020 09:41:03

What is the aim of psychoanalysis? Now that’s a very simple question and I think there’s a very simple answer. To know oneself. Now this “To know oneself” is a very old, human need, from the Greeks to the Middle Ages, to modern times you find the idea that knowing oneself is the basis of knowledge of the world or—as Meister Eckhart expressed it—in a very drastic form: “The only way of knowing God is to know oneself.” This is one of the oldest human aspirations. And it is indeed an aspiration or an aim which has its roots in very objective factors.
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Art of Listening (Erich Fromm)
– Your Highlight on page 32 | location 485-488 | Added on Monday, 28 December 2020 09:41:34

How is to know the world, how is one to live and react properly if the very instrument which is to act, which is to decide, is not known to ourselves? We are the guide, the leader of this “I” which manages in some way to live in the world, to make decisions, to have priorities, to have values. If this “I,” this main subject which decides and acts is not properly known to us it must follow that all our actions, all our decisions are done half blindly or in a half-awakened state.
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Art of Listening (Erich Fromm)
– Your Highlight on page 33 | location 497-500 | Added on Monday, 28 December 2020 09:42:00

Because the optimum of efficiency in living depends on the degree to which we know ourselves as that instrument which has to orient itself in the world and make decisions. The better known we are to ourselves obviously the more proper are the decisions we make. The less we know ourselves the more confused must be the decisions we make.
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Art of Listening (Erich Fromm)
– Your Highlight on page 33 | location 497-500 | Added on Monday, 28 December 2020 09:42:19

Because the optimum of efficiency in living depends on the degree to which we know ourselves as that instrument which has to orient itself in the world and make decisions. The better known we are to ourselves obviously the more proper are the decisions we make. The less we know ourselves the more confused must be the decisions we make.
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Art of Listening (Erich Fromm)
– Your Highlight on page 33 | location 496-497 | Added on Monday, 28 December 2020 09:42:25

So to know oneself is a condition not only from a spiritual or—if you like—religious, or moral or a human standpoint, it is a demand from the biological standpoint.
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Art of Listening (Erich Fromm)
– Your Highlight on page 36 | location 549-551 | Added on Monday, 28 December 2020 09:43:00

A trauma can occur at any age, but the same traumatic event will have a greater effect the earlier it happens. But in that case at the same time the recuperative powers of a child are also greater.
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Art of Listening (Erich Fromm)
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According to man one has to say: His instincts are not irrational, but his passions are. The animal has no envy, no destructiveness for its own sake, no wish to exploit, no sadism, no wish to control, all these are passions which are by and large hardly present
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Art of Listening (Erich Fromm)
– Your Highlight on page 62 | location 948-951 |

I would say one of the best things anybody can do is ask himself or herself: “Where am I on the personal road to independence in reference to my reaction to my parents?” I am not speaking that one shouldn’t love one’s parents. There is a kind of love which one can even have toward people who have damaged one, provided they did it without knowing what they were doing.
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Art of Listening (Erich Fromm)
– Your Highlight on page 65 | location 982-984 |

The concept of sickness is essentially social. If somebody is an idiot, is an emotional idiot, an artistic idiot, he doesn’t understand a thing, he is not capable of seeing anything except the practical value of cents, then we call him today a very clever man.
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Anam Cara (John O’Donohue)
– Your Highlight on page 12 | location 169-173 |

If we become addicted to the external, our interiority will haunt us. We will become hungry with a hunger no image, person, or deed can still. To be wholesome, we must remain truthful to our vulnerable complexity. In order to keep our balance, we need to hold the interior and exterior, visible and invisible, known and unknown, temporal and eternal, ancient and new, together. No one else can undertake this task for you. You are the one and only threshold of an inner world.
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Anam Cara (John O’Donohue)
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We will explore longing as the presence of the divine and the soul as the house of belonging.
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Anam Cara (John O’Donohue)
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Nighttime is womb-time. Our souls come out to play. The darkness absolves everything; the struggle for identity and impression falls away. We rest in the night. The dawn is a refreshing time, a time of possibility and promise. All the elements of nature—stones, fields, rivers, and animals—are suddenly there anew in the fresh dawn light. Just as darkness brings rest and release, so the dawn brings awakening and renewal. In our mediocrity and distraction, we forget that we are privileged to live in a wondrous universe.
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Anam Cara (John O’Donohue)
– Your Highlight on page 22 | location 327-328 |

When we love and allow ourselves to be loved, we begin more and more to inhabit the kingdom of the eternal. Fear changes into courage, emptiness becomes plenitude, and distance becomes intimacy.
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The Complete Works (HG Wells)
– Your Highlight on page 90 | location 1372-1374 |

An animal perfectly in harmony with its environment is a perfect mechanism. Nature never appeals to intelligence until habit and instinct are useless. There is no intelligence where there is no change and no need of change. Only those animals partake of intelligence that have to meet a huge variety of needs and dangers.
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Low Magick: It’s All In Your Head … You Just Have No Idea How Big Your Head Is (Lon Milo DuQuette)
– Your Highlight on page 14 | location 212-215 |

No matter how pious and virtuous one may believe oneself to be—no matter how seemingly altruistic one’s motives—no matter how precise and eloquently one executes the invocations to enlist the favor of God and the services of his angels, a magician who has not yet grasped this big picture and achieved a significant measure of spiritual maturity, mental stability, and purity of heart is not yet equipped to recognize relative good from relative evil.
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Metropolis (Thomas Elsaesser)
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Theodor Heuss (later to become the first President of the Federal Republic in 1948) noted that in its mélange of Christian symbols, archaic motifs and sub-literary stereotypes Metropolis illustrated ‘the cramped spiritual atmosphere of our age, when the banal is blown up to heroic dimensions, the heroic is transformed into mysticism, and the mysticism is passed off as tragedy’.
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Metropolis (Thomas Elsaesser)
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Metropolis’s combination of sophisticated design with the radical naïvety of mythic clichés in the mode of a self-referential mise en abyme is now a familiar feature of mainstream film-making, almost a condition for entering the international market in the first place.
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Metropolis (Thomas Elsaesser)
– Your Highlight on page 27 | location 405-406 |

‘take ten tons of horror … pour on 10% sentimentality … bring it to the boil with social conscience … and season to taste with mysticism … finally, stir the whole with Marks (several millions) … and ready is your mega-picture’
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Low Magick: It’s All In Your Head … You Just Have No Idea How Big Your Head Is (Lon Milo DuQuette)
– Your Highlight on page 72 | location 1101-1102 |

I feel the need to pause and remind the reader that artists of great genius often possess highly mercurial temperaments. They can be high-strung, unpredictable, and moody.
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Understanding Human Nature: The Psychology of Personality (Alfred Adler)
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The point is that whichever life style we pick up unconsciously when we are small and vulnerable we shall tend to cling to throughout life, unless something happens to switch our life style from the mainly ostentatious or illusory to the mainly genuine.
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Understanding Human Nature: The Psychology of Personality (Alfred Adler)
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The first great discovery was this: the foundations of the human psyche are laid in the earliest days of childhood. In itself this was not such a momentous discovery. Similar findings had been made by great thinkers through the ages. The novelty lay in the fact that we were able to link childhood experiences, impressions and attitudes, so far as we were capable of determining them, with the later phenomena of the psyche in one incontrovertible and continuous pattern. This in turn meant that we could now compare the experiences and attitudes of a person’s earliest childhood days with the experiences and attitudes of the mature individual. In so doing we made the important discovery that single manifestations of the psyche must never be regarded as separate entities, and indeed could not be understood unless they were considered as parts of an indivisible whole.
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Understanding Human Nature: The Psychology of Personality (Alfred Adler)
– Your Highlight on page 22 | location 323-324 |

The hardest thing for human beings to do is to know themselves and to change themselves.
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Understanding Human Nature: The Psychology of Personality (Alfred Adler)
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Children are left to evaluate their experiences for themselves, and to take care of their own personal development outside the classroom. There is no tradition for the acquisition of a true knowledge of the human psyche. The science of human nature thus finds itself today in the position that chemistry occupied in the days of alchemy.
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Understanding Human Nature: The Psychology of Personality (Alfred Adler)
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Reformed sinners are therefore as valuable in our day and age as they were in the days when the great religions were first founded. They stand much higher than a thousand righteous people.
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Understanding Human Nature: The Psychology of Personality (Alfred Adler)
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The fundamental factors that influence the psyche are founded in infancy. Upon these foundations a superstructure is built that may be modified, influenced or transformed. A multiplicity of influences soon force children into a definite attitude towards life and condition their own particular response to the problems life poses.
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Understanding Human Nature: The Psychology of Personality (Alfred Adler)
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THE WAY WE SEE THE WORLD The ever-present psychological goal that determines all our activity also influences the choice, intensity and activity of those particular psychological faculties that give shape and meaning to our picture of the world.
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Understanding Human Nature: The Psychology of Personality (Alfred Adler)
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Children perceive only those elements in their environment that fit into a behaviour pattern previously determined by a variety of causes.
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Understanding Human Nature: The Psychology of Personality (Alfred Adler)
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Perception is more than a simple physical phenomenon; it is a psychological function from which we may draw the most far-reaching conclusions concerning the inner life.
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Piranesi (Susanna Clarke)
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I realised that the search for the Knowledge has encouraged us to think of the House as if it were a sort of riddle to be unravelled, a text to be interpreted, and that if ever we discover the Knowledge, then it will be as if the Value has been wrested from the House and all that remains will be mere scenery.
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Piranesi (Susanna Clarke)
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The sight of the One-Hundred-and-Ninety-Second Western Hall in the Moonlight made me see how ridiculous that is. The House is valuable because it is the House. It is enough in and of Itself. It is not the means to an end.
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Piranesi (Susanna Clarke)
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They were all enamoured with the idea of progress and believed that whatever was new must be superior to what was old. As if merit was a function of chronology!
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The Science of Living (Alfred Adler)
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Life always seeks to continue, and the life force never yields to external obstacles without a struggle.
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The Science of Living (Alfred Adler)
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An interesting fact that has been discovered in this connection is that children with organic defects connect all their experiences with the function of the defective organ. For instance, a child having stomach trouble shows an abnormal interest in eating, while one with defective eyesight is more preoccupied with things visible.
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The Science of Living (Alfred Adler)
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Oftentimes a healthy child without any inherited defects may fare worse through malnutrition or through any of the many errors in upbringing.