How to have a relationship with a wild animal…including your wild self!
For those moments when a howl is exactly what you need.
Peter Levine, developer of Somatic Experiencing, speaks about healing shame.
Peter Levine on two ways to feel calmer and safer in your body.
Peter Levine & Thomas Huebl on Healing Trauma and Spiritual Growth.
Ray Castellino on Somatic Bonding for babies and adults who didn't experience healthy births.
Who I Am - a meditation cd recorded by Brooks Greene-Barton, founder of Art of God.
QUOTES & BITS
When I stand before thee at the day's end, thou shalt see my scars and know that I had my wounds and also my healing.
As you slowly discover your intolerance, your criticalness, your refusal to accept others for what they are, you can automatically know that you do exactly the same with yourself.
Not knowing what the future holds...that’s happiness.
I am listening to what fear teaches. I will never be gone. I am a scar, a report from the frontlines, a talisman, a resurrection. A rough place on the chin of complacency.
To be sensual, I think, is to respect and rejoice in the force of life, of life itself, and to be present in all that one does, from the effort of loving to the breaking of bread.
The time will come / when, with elation / you will greet yourself arriving at your own door, in your own mirror / and each will smile at the other's welcome…
When I’m gone, I’m going to be gone. You will experience the void in my absence. I’m going beyond the beyond. Don’t try to hold me back, let me go. Let the void be there. You won’t be able to fill it. That void is God making space for love.
…the world does not function primarily by its laws, its moral order and its social structures, but rather by the spiritual basis which gives all these things meaning, and protects them from corruption. When we look at existence as something solely to be conquered, we bring only chaos.
Tell me, what is it you plan to do with your one wild and precious life?
Until at last the strength I longed for came to me, and steered me through the Java Sea.
All human beings should try to learn before they die what they are running from, and to, and why.
For one human being to love another, that is perhaps the most difficult of all our tasks… the work for which all other work is but preparation.
Although he cannot command the conditions to which he awakens from the sleep of birth, he is nevertheless the master of his fate, for he can manipulate those conditions in such a way that they shall bear him whither so ever he will, just as a ship can tack against a head-wind; and the worse the conditions, the stronger the wind and the swifter his progress.
I have never been contained except when I made the prison.
Every emotion expresses itself in the muscular system. Anxiety is tremendous excitement held, bottled up. Anger should be expressed.
When searching for something that is lost, one first finds the places where it is not.
I don't hate my enemies. After all, I made 'em.
I’m going to be happy. I’m going to skip. I’m going to be glad. I’m going to smile a lot. I’m going to be easy. I’m going to count my blessings. I’m going to look for reasons to feel good. I’m going to dig up positive things from the past. I’m going to look for positive things where I stand. I’m going to look for positive things in the future. It is my natural state to be a happy person. It’s natural for me to love and to laugh. This is what is most natural for me. I am a happy person!
Abraham - channeled by Esther Hicks
Simple ain't easy.
Not all those that wander are lost.
Yesterday I was clever, so I wanted to change the world. Today I am wise, so I am changing myself.
Now and then it's good to pause in our pursuit of happiness and just be happy.
Do not be too quick to assume your enemy is a savage just because he is your enemy. Perhaps he is your enemy because he thinks you are a savage. Or perhaps he is afraid of you because he feels that you are afraid of him. And perhaps if he believed you are capable of loving him he would no longer be your enemy.
I dream of painting and then I paint my dream.
Vincent Willem Van Gogh
We either make ourselves happy or we make ourselves miserable. The amount of work is the same.
To see a man beaten not by a better opponent, but by himself is a tragedy.
Yes, it looks bleak. But you are still alive now. You are alive with all the others, in this present moment. And because the truth is speaking in the work, it unlocks the heart. And there’s such a feeling and experience of adventure. It’s like a trumpet call to a great adventure. In all great adventures there comes a time when the little band of heroes feels totally outnumbered and bleak, like Frodo in Lord of the Rings or Pilgrim in Pilgrim’s Progress. You learn to say, “It looks bleak. Big deal, it looks bleak.”
To seek God is the most glorious and gratifying of all activities. To find God is perforce a slow and gradual process. To seek and to find God means liberation; it means freedom from your inner chains. In order to find God, you must go, as we say, "on the path.”
Keep your thoughts positive because your thoughts become your words. Keep your words positive because your words become your behaviors. Keep your behaviors positive because your behaviors become your habits. Keep your habits positive because your habits become your values. Keep your values positive because your values become your destiny.
At the center of your being you have the answer; you know who you are and you know what you want.
Whatever the universal nature assigns to any man at any time is for the good of the man at that time.
Probably one of the most private things in the world is an egg before it is broken.
M. F. K. Fisher
Shame is that intrinsic meter of our own heart to tell us that we have failed to follow our own moral compass.
What does mysticism really mean? It means the way to attain knowledge. It’s close to philosophy, except in philosophy you go horizontally while in mysticism you go in vertically.
One of the most obvious facts about grownups to a child is that they have forgotten what it’s like to be a child.
Emancipate yourselves from mental slavery. None but ourselves can free our minds.
The pain passes, but the beauty remains.
Pierre Auguste Renoir
I will not let anyone walk through my mind with their dirty feet.
Mohandas K. Gandhi
So few grains of happiness measured against all the dark and still the scales balance.
To love at all is to be vulnerable. Love anything and your heart will be wrung and possibly broken. If you want to make sure of keeping it intact you must give it to no one, not even an animal. Wrap it carefully round with hobbies and little luxuries; avoid all entanglements. Lock it up safe in the casket or coffin of your selfishness. But in that casket, safe, dark, motionless, airless, it will change. It will not be broken; it will become unbreakable, impenetrable, irredeemable. To love is to be vulnerable.
They say that God is everywhere, and yet we always think of Him as somewhat of a recluse.
When I do good, I feel good; when I do bad, I feel bad. That's my religion.
Any fine morning, a power saw can fell a tree that took a thousand years to grow.
Edwin Way Teale
The reward for conformity was that everyone liked you except yourself.
Rita Mae Brown
Everyone has a strategy until you get punched in the face.
There’s not a human being alive who doesn’t want—in any conversation, encounter, experience with another human being—to feel like they matter. And you can resolve any issue if you could just get to what it is that they want—they want to be heard. And they want to know that what they said to you meant something. Most people go their entire lives and nobody ever really wants the answer to, ‘How are you? Tell me about yourself.’
I have never met a man so ignorant that I couldn't learn something from him.
Every man is a damned fool for at least five minutes every day. Wisdom consists in not exceeding the limit.
Never bear more than one trouble at a time. Some people bear three kinds - all they have had, all they have now, and all they expect to have.
Edward Everett Hale
Honest criticism is hard to take, particularly from a relative, a friend, an acquaintance, or a stranger.
Franklin P. Jones
A committee is a cul-de-sac down which ideas are lured and then quietly strangled.
I will not play at tug o' war…I'd rather play at hug o' war, where everyone hugs instead of tugs.
The best way to predict the future is to invent it.
No matter how far you have gone on the wrong road, turn back.
The man who strikes first admits that his ideas have given out.
The average pencil is seven inches long, with just a half-inch eraser – in case you thought optimism was dead.
It is not only through our actions that we can give life meaning — insofar as we can answer life’s specific questions responsibly — we can fulfill the demands of existence not only as active agents but also as loving human beings: in our loving dedication to the beautiful, the great, the good. Should I perhaps try to explain for you with some hackneyed phrase how and why experiencing beauty can make life meaningful? I prefer to confine myself to the following thought experiment: imagine that you are sitting in a concert hall and listening to your favorite symphony, and your favorite bars of the symphony resound in your ears, and you are so moved by the music that it sends shivers down your spine; and now imagine that it would be possible (something that is psychologically so impossible) for someone to ask you in this moment whether your life has meaning. I believe you would agree with me if I declared that in this case you would only be able to give one answer, and it would go something like: “It would have been worth it to have lived for this moment alone!"
Would you indeed, get rid of all wars? Then let women conduct the next war.
Even if we are hardened, there are means by which we can recover, correct ourselves, and become again what we should have been but never were. To become again that which we never were.
Never play the princess when you can be the queen: rule the kingdom, swing a scepter, wear a crown of gold. Don’t dance in glass slippers, crystal carving up your toes -- be a barefoot Amazon instead, for those shoes will surely shatter on your feet... Learn to speak with both your mind and heart. For the ground beneath will hold you, dear -- know that you are free. And never grow a wishbone, daughter, where your backbone ought to be.
Heal yourself with the light of the sun and the rays of the moon. With the sound of the river and the waterfall. With the swaying of the sea and the fluttering of birds. Heal yourself with mint, neem, and eucalyptus. Sweeten with lavender, rosemary, and chamomile. Hug yourself with the cocoa bean and a hint of cinnamon. Put love in tea instead of sugar and drink it looking at the stars. Heal yourself with the kisses that the wind gives you and the hugs of the rain. Stand strong with your bare feet on the ground and with everything that comes from it. Be smarter every day by listening to your intuition, looking at the world with your forehead. Jump, dance, sing, so that you live happier. Heal yourself, with beautiful love, and always remember ... you are the medicine.
If you always put limits on everything you do - physical or anything else - it will spread into your work and into your life. There are no limits. There are only plateaus, and you must not stay there, you must go beyond them.
The most beautiful people we have known are those who have known defeat, known suffering, known struggle, known loss, and have found their way out of the depths. These persons have an appreciation, a sensitivity, and an understanding of life that fills them with compassion, gentleness, and a deep loving concern. Beautiful people do not just happen.
THE PATHWORK OF SELF-TRANSFORMATION
by EVA PIERRAKOS
Invaluable instruction for the inner journey, revealed in a simple but profound way. This is a living text which reveals new wisdom as you grow your spiritual awareness. There are lectures I've studied dozens of times, yet it always feels as if I'm reading them for the first time. All of Eva’s writing (compiled from lectures given in 1957-79) is informative, but if I had to choose one book I wish I was born with, it's this one.
THE UNDEFENDED SELF
by SUSAN THESENGA
Explains the spiritual-psychological aspects of Pathwork that lead to self-awareness and liberation.
IN AN UNSPOKEN VOICE: HOW THE BODY RELEASES TRAUMA AND RESTORES GOODNESS
by PETER LEVINE
Peter Levine is a world-renown teacher of Somatic Experiencing, and his methods for healing trauma are gentle and effective.
by BRUCE LIPTON & STEVE BHAERMAN
The study of Epigenetics reveals how environmental conditions impact DNA. By making healthy life changes, you can overcome the genetic markers for hereditary disease. We can heal ourselves and the planet through conscious, loving relationships with nature and each other.
THE BALANCE WITHIN: THE SCIENCE CONNECTING HEALTH AND EMOTIONS
by ESTHER M. STERNBERG, M.D.
Where emotions come from and how they affect health.
THE WISDOM OF THE ENNEAGRAM:
by Don Richard Riso and Russ Hudson
Nine archetypal personalities explained psychologically and spiritually for guidance, growth, and insight to the self and those around you.
FLOWER ESSENCE REPERATORY
by PATRICIA KAMINSKI & RICHARD KATZ
I love flower essences because of their safe yet powerful effect on the etheric body. This is a valuable reference for matching emotional dis-ease to a healing essence in nature.
THE ILLUSTRATED I CHING
BY R. L. WING
A modernized version of the I Ching, an ancient method of wisdom knowing.