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C.G. Jung

Robert A. Johnson

Marion Woodman

Dalai Lama

Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

Stan Grof

Lama Sogyal Rinpoche

Allan Chinen


Emily Sargent Councilman

"When the soul is starved for nourishment, it lets us know with feelings of emptiness, anxiety, or yearning."
-Menachem Mendel Schneerson

"The best hope for the human race is if enough individuals do their inner work."
-C.G. Jung

"When we enter a darkened room, we need not vacuum out the darkness before we switch on the light."
-Lama Sogyal Rinpoche

"The Fates guide those who will--and drag those who won't!"
-Joseph Campbell

"All disorders serve as messengers for us to learn from."
-Australian Aboriginal Teaching

"The world is ruled by letting things take their course. It cannot be ruled by interfering."
-TaoTe Ching #48

"Out beyond ideas of wrongdoing and rightdoing, there is a field. I'll meet you there."

"In a world where true madness masquerades as sanity, creative struggles against the ongoing myths will be labeled eccentric."
-George Seielstad

"Just what makes that little old ant think he can move that rubber tree plant? Everyone knows an ant can't move a rubber tree plant. But he's got...High Hopes."
-Cahn - Van Heusen

"Beauty is itself a cure for psychological malaise."
-James Hillman

"The goal of inner work is to help clients unblock their bottlenecks and learn how to live in partnership with the unconscious rather than at its mercy."
-Fritz Kunkle

"The right way to wholeness is made up of fateful detours and wrong turnings."
-C.G. Jung

"All roads lead home-even the detours."
-Emily Sargent Councilman

"To manage our lives and our time more effectively, we need to replace the 'clock' with a 'compass'--because where we're headed is more important than how fast we're going."
-Stephen Covey

"The only wisdom we can hope to acquire Is the wisdom of humility: Humility is endless."
-T.S. Elliot

"Impossible! For a plain country bumpkin and a prince to join in marriage,
Impossible! For a round, yellow pumpkin to become a golden carriage,
The world is full of zanies and fools
who don't believe in sensible rules.
They don't believe what sensible people say.
It's because those daffy dewey-eyed dopes
Keep building up their dewey-eyed hopes,
Impossible things keep happening every day."
-Cinderella's Fairy God Mother

"What appears to be the end of the road is often just a bend in the road leading through a narrow pass."
-Robert Schuller

"Worship this god, worship that god, one god after another. The source of the gods is in your own heart. Follow the footsteps to that center and know that you are that of which the gods are born."
-Chandogya Upanishad

"If we're not seeing the beloved in everything we see, then that is our work."
-Ram Dass

"As we turn inward, we realize: 'I directly affect the universe. I take direct responsibility.' Don't wait for the Guru; Don't wait for the Messiah; Don't wait for the 2nd coming. The real 'I' is here now--within. Wake up and smell the coffee!"
-Bob Toben & Fred Alan Wolf

"Whosoever diggeth the pit shall fall in it."
-Proverbs 26:27

"Development of the personality is irretractable. Once begun, it will cost your illusions, your certainty, your innocence."
-Sheldon Kopf

"Should we shield the canyons from the windstorms, we would never see the beauty of the carvings."
-Elizabeth Kubler-Ross

"Neglect what happens TO you and it becomes the matter WITH you."
-Paula Reeves

"Although attempting to bring about World Peace through the internal transformation of individuals is difficult, it is the only way."
-Dalai Lama

"The dark night of the soul more often turns out to be the dark night of the ego!"
-Frances Vaughan, reframing St. John of the Cross

"Yesterday was glory and joy. Today, a blackened burn everywhere. On the record of my life, these two days will be put down as one."
-Rumi: #1881

"The ultimate weakness of violence is that it is a descending spiral, begetting the very thing it seeks to destroy. Instead of diminishing evil, it multiplies it. Through violence you may murder the liar, but you cannot murder the lie, nor establish truth. Through violence you may murder the hater, but you do not murder hate. In fact, violence merely increases hate. Returning violence for violence multiplies violence, adding deeper darkness to a night already devoid of stars. Darkness cannot drive out darkness; only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate; only love can do that."
-Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

"If you bring forth what is within you, what you bring forth will save you. If you do not bring forth what is within you, what you do not bring forth will destroy you."
-Gospel of Thomas

"Sometimes instead of offering up helpful, healing symbols, the unconscious will first produce a series of painful realizations about what is wrong with oneself and one's conscious attitudes-where one is missing the mark. Then one must begin the process by swallowing all sorts of bitter truths."
-Patricia Berry

"The person who has done work with the shadow gives a feeling of being condensed. Other people willingly give him or her some authority in moral matters, a natural authority without it being demanded."
-Marie Louise von Franz

"We spend the first 35 years deciding what to push down into shadow--and the next 35 trying to get back in touch with it."
-Robert Johnson

"I spent much of my life striving for victory only to realize that real success comes only through surrender!"
-Emily Sargent Councilman

"He that binds to himself a joy, doth a winged life destroy. He that kisses a joy as it flies, lives in eternity's sunrise."
-William Blake

As wind will prod
the pine tree to maturity,
so sorrow used will grow
a loving purity."
-Emily Sargent Councilman
You don't even need to leave your room.
Remain sitting at your table and listen.
Don't even listen, simply wait.
Don't even wait, be still and solitary.
The world will freely offer itself to you
To be unmasked. It has no choice.
It will roll in ecstasy at your feet.
-Franz Kafka
When from our better selves we have too long
been parted by the hurrying world, and droop
Sick of its business, of its pleasures tired,
How gracious, how benign, is Solitude."
-William Wordsworth
He who learns must suffer,
and even in our sleep,
pain that cannot forget
falls drop by drop
upon the heart,
and in our despair
against our will comes wisdom to us
by the awful grace of God."
I said to my soul, be still, and wait without hope For hope
would be hope for the wrong thing; wait without love, For love
would be love for the wrong thing; there is yet faith
But the faith and the love and the hope are all in the waiting.
Wait without thought, for you are not ready for thought:
So the darkness shall be the light, and the stillness the dancing.
-T.S. Elliott
Out beyond ideas
of wrongdoing and rightdoing,
there is a field.
I'll meet you there.
When the soul lies down in that grass,
the world is too full to talk about.
Ideas, language, even the phrase "each other"
doesn't make any sense.
I'm nobody! Who are you?
Are you nobody, too?
Then there's a pair of us - don't tell!
They'd banish us you know.
How dreary to be somebody!
How public, like a frog
To tell your name the livelong day
To an admiring bog!
-Emily Dickinson
The Guest House

This being human is a guest house.
Every morning a new arrival.
A joy, a depression, a meanness,
some momentary awareness comes
as an unexpected visitor.
Welcome and entertain them all!
even if they're a crowd of sorrows,
who violently sweep your house
empty of its furniture,
still, treat each guest honorably,
She may be clearing you out
for some new delight.
The dark thought, the shame, the malice,
meet them at the door laughing,
and invite them in.
Be grateful for whoever comes,
because each has been sent
as a guide from beyond.