Betsy’s favorite quotes from Wise Teachers.

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dhyana mudraMeeting Life with Full Presence

“Life is not meant to be a long series of unfelt and undirected experiences. We are not to be zombies and slaves, unconscious animals trapped in dumbness to the moment, leading mindless and powerless lives. We are not intended to be inattentive to our loved ones and the duties of life or the dreams in our hearts.

Should we wish to be free and alive with full power, we must decide to bring the full might of our conscious mind to the present experience. We must choose to feel again. We must sense this life.

Let us remember that all that we love of life can be accessed only now. All we seek is here, with us and available to us in this moment. All the real riches – love, passion, joy, satisfaction, harmony – are available now on the menu of the mind, available for us to savor should we awake and order them. All that we seek to become is also here; we can choose what role we want to play and how we will direct life’s energies in each moment. Should we learn to direct our awareness and power in all we do, then discontent shall disappear and a vital energy will return. We will sense a vibrancy unfathomable to most men and women of this Earth. For this, let us declare: We Shall Meet Life with Full Presence and Power.

-Brendon Burchard

dark night of the soul 2Dark Night of the Soul

“The feeling of being overwhelmed and torn apart, prepares you for new ideas and a fresh start. Your dark night may provide you with an opportunity to discover your toughness. You can see the point of staying in the dark is not to trick it into making you brilliant or germ free, but to make you a more interesting person and to give you a more fascinating life. Rather than giving you a spotless, well-adjusted personality, they give you substance.”

-Thomas Moore, Dark Night of the Soul

be_yourselfBe Yourself

“…we cannot achieve greatness unless we lose all interest in being great. For our own idea of greatness is illusory, and if we pay too much attention to it we will be lured out of the peace and stability of the being God gave us, and seek to live in a myth we have created for ourselves. It is, therefore, a very great thing to be little, which is to say: to be ourselves. And when we are truly ourselves we lose most of the futile self-consciousness that keeps us constantly comparing ourselves with others in order to see how big we are.”

-Thomas Merton

solar plexus flameTuning In

“Only you can figure out what your direction needs to be, by tuning into your heart or feeling it in your gut – that sense of which way to move next.

When you are on your path – then you feel a certain JOY, which activates the solar plexus and strengthens the flame there.

This also affects the immune system. We might imagine the directors of your immune system saying, ‘Okay, we can defend this! Now that you know what you want and you are throwing all your energy into it, we’re happy to protect and maintain the integrity of the physical instrument of your intention. But don’t ask us to defend this body when you’re not using it for what’s meaningful to you.’ “

Rudolph Ballentine, MD

100Living to be 100

“Even if you live to be 100, it’s really a very short time. So why not spend it undergoing this process of evolution, of opening your mind and heart, connecting with your true nature – rather than getting better and better at fixing, grasping, freezing, closing down?”

Pema Chodron

divinesparkLife is Supposed to GO RIGHT

“Part of what we all must learn is that there is a divine spark within us. We are here to learn that life is supposed to go right. We are here to learn how to make it right. People receive answers to their prayers, experience a healing and then they exclaim, ‘The most amazing thing happened!’  The truth is: prayers are supposed to be answered. Miracles are supposed to happen. Healing is supposed to occur. The truly amazing thing would be if they did not.”

-Ted Andrews

relaxedfaceThe Body’s Truth

“In the final analysis, we can control only ourselves. But we are often dismayed at our inability to master even this. What prevents us? When we feel out of control, it is usually because there is a conflict between what we think and what we feel. Our feelings may scream one thing while our minds demand something else. But our bodies, which are the storage units for our feelings, simply cannot lie. Whatever we feel in our bodies is our truth.”

-Judith Lasater


“I do not know what bounds may be placed on the power of the imagination.  It can heal the body, reveal the secrets of divine truth, transform the personality, incarnate God, and open up worlds of infinite diversity and potential.”  -Jeffrey Raff

“The imagination is, therefore, not a source of deception and delusion, but a capacity to sense what you do not know, to intuit what you cannot understand, to be more than you can know.” -William Irwin Thompson

“Imagination is more important than knowledge.”  -Albert Einstein

Keep the Heart Open

“It is not really possible to close the heart.  What we can do is to close off the heart by building a barrier around it. But damming up the natural outflow of the heart creates a pool of stagnant energy that breeds psychological dis-ease.”

-John Wellwood

What Needs Our Love

“Perhaps all the dragons in our lives are only princesses who are waiting to see us act just once with beauty and courage. Perhaps everything terrible is, in its deepest essence, something helpless that needs our love.”