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Pearls of 2002

Pearls of the Earth
Pearls of Turtle Island
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"And it won't help any, it won't get us anywhere
it won't wipe away what has been
nor hold off what is to be
if you hear me saying
----LOVE is a little white bird----
and the flight of it so fast
you can't see it
and you know it's there
only by the faint whirr of its wings
and the hush song coming so low to your ears
you fear it might be silence
and you listen keen and you listen long
and you know it's more than silence
for you get the hush song so lovely
it hurts and cuts into your heart
and what you want it to give more than you can get
and you'd like to write it but it can't be written
and you'd like to sing it but you don't dare try
because the little white bird sings it better than you can
so you listen and while you listen you pray
and one day it's as though a slow wind
had washed you clean and strong inside and out
and the little white bird's hush song
is telling you nothing can harm you
the days to come can weave in and weave out
and spin their fabrics and designs for you
and nothing can harm you----
unless you change yourself into a thing of harm
nothing can harm you" --Carl Sandburg

"Holistic society is coming upon us from a variety of sources that cut across the traditional left-right political axis. Feminism, ecology, ethnicity, and transcendentalism (spiritual renewal) which ostensibly have nothing in common, appear to be converging toward a common goal. ... Their goal is the recovery of our bodies, our health, our sexuality, our natural environment, our archaic traditions, our unconscious mind, our rootedness in the land, our sense of community and connectedness to one another. What they advocate is the direct attempt to get back fromt he past what we lost in the past for centuries: the attempt to recover our future" --Morris Berman

"A global awakening can only happen from a spiritual awakening that is of global dimensions." --Matthew Fox

"Because everything we do and everything we are is in jeopardy, and because the peril is immediate and unremitting, every person is the right person to act and every moment is the right moment to begin." --Jonathan Schell

"You are only as powerful as that for which you stand. Do you stand for more money in the bank and a bigger house? Do you stand for an attractive mate? Do you stand for imposing your way of thinking upon others? These are the stands of the personality seeking to satisfy its wants. Do you stand for perfection, for the beauty and compassion of each soul? Do you stand for forgiveness and humbleness? These are the stands of the personality that has aligned itself with its soul. This is the position of a truly powerful Personality." --Gary Zukav

"After one arrives at the summit, after going through the total transformation of being...there is yet one more step to the completion of that journey: the return to the valley below, to the everyday world. Who it is that returns is not who began the climb in the first place. The being that comes back is quietness itself, is compassion and wisdom, is the truth of the ages. Whatever humble or elevated position that being holds within the community, he or she becomes a light for others on the way a statement of the freedom that comes from having touched the top of the mountain." --Ram Dass

"Even a thought, even a possibility, can shatter and transform us." --Nietzsche

"The Fates guide those who go willingly. Those who do not, they drag." --Seneca

"If you ask from your heart, keep your ears and eyes open, you'll be shown a way." --Star Knowledge

"Only the heart knows how to find what is precious." - Fyodor Dostoyevsky

"All you need is deep within you waiting to unfold and reveal itself. All you have to do is be still and take time to seek for what is within, and you will surely find it." - Eileen Caddy

"That's what the elders taught me; always choose your words ... if you say something wrong ... it takes a long time to forgive." --Arvol Looking Horse

"When fear ceases to scare you, it cannot stay." - Gary Zukav

"Ignorant men don't know what good they hold in their hands until they've flung it away." - Sophocles

"Many of us squander precious natural resources-time, creative energy, emotion-comparing our talents to those of others. Today ask Spirit to call forth your authentic gifts, so that you might know them, acknowledge them, and own them." - Sarah Ban Breathnach

"We spend most of our time and energy in a kind of horizontal thinking. We move along the surface of things…[but] there are times when we stop. We sit still. We lose ourselves in a pile of leaves or its memory. We listen and breezes from a whole other world begin to whisper." - James Carroll, novelist

When we are unable to find tranquility within ourselves, it is useless to seek it elsewhere" - La Rochefoucauld, French writer

"I have ceased to question stars and books; I have begun to listen to the teaching my blood whispers to me." - Herman Hesse

"You personally, each of us personally, is put here in this time and this place to personally decide the future of humankind. Did you think you were put here for something less?" --Arvol Looking Horse, White Buffalo Teachings

"How often is peace a place within your mind and your world? Lean to maintain a peaceful state of mind at all costs. If you do not, it will cost you in the quality of how you experience life." - Ron Rathbun

"There comes a time when we all must chose defeat or victory. Do we lead or follow? Do we look for or become the leader?"

"Acquire inner peace and a multitude will find their salvation near you." - Catherine de Hueck Doherty, writer

"Recognition of one's own self hood is now entering the public arena. I believe that a new global village, or global tribe, is now creating itself. Who is orchestrating this? I don't know, but I have a great sense that indeed there are lots of souls perceiving this who are very serious about waking up into something that will give us the greatest chance to survive." -- Malidoma Some', The Wisdom of Africa

"And the day came when the risk [it took] to remain tight in the bud was more painful than the risk it took to blossom." -- Anais Nin

"There's someone out there for everyone-even if you need a pickaxe, a compass, and night goggles to find them." --Steve Martin (L.A. Story)

"For women's tears are but the sweat of eyes." -- Juvenal

"Every lie, every wrong we commit clogs the heart's arteries. Sometimes it takes a heart attack before we warm our hearts and clear our arteries with compassion, courage and virtue." --Kall

"Some persons are likeable in spite of their unswerving integrity." --Don Marquis

"Integrity is praised and then left out in the cold." --Juvenal

"He who would do good to another must do it in minute particulars. General good is the plea of the scoundrel, hypocrite, and flatterer." --Blake, Jerusalem

"When a man does not know what harbor he is heading for, no wind is the right wind." --Seneca

"We win justice quickest by rendering justice to the other party." -- Mahatma Gandhi

"The creation of something new is not accomplished by the intellect but by the play instinct acting from inner necessity. The creative mind plays with the objects it loves." --C.G. Jung

"I cannot believe that the inscrutable universe turns on an axis of suffering; surely the strange beauty of the world must somewhere rest on pure joy." --Louise Bogan

"Nothing shows a man's character more than what he laughs at."  --Goethe

"Laughter is the sun that drives winter from the human face."  --Victor Hugo

"Both wit and understanding are trifles without integrity. The ignorant peasant without fault is greater than the philosopher with many. What is genius or courage without a heart?"  --Oliver Goldsmith

"What lies behind us and what lies before us are small matters compared to what lies within us."  --Ralph Waldo Emerson

"The spirit in which a thing is given determines that in which the debt is acknowledged; it's the intention, not the face-value of the gift, that's weighed."  --Seneca

"Survival of the world depends on our sharing what we have, and working together. If we don't the whole world will die. First the planet, and next the people."  --Frank Fools Crow

"Stories are medicine. They have such power; they do not require that we do, be, act anything-we need only listen. The remedies for repair or reclamation of any lost psychic drive are contained in stories." --Clarissa Pinkola Estes, Ph.D.

"Not in rewards, but in the strength to survive - The blessing lies." --John Townsend Trowbridge

"When we know our own strength, we shall the better know what to undertake with hopes of success..." --John Locke

"Be mindful of the words that you use and the actions that you live, and who you are and how it is you use your power. Keep clear at all times that you are what you say you are." --Anne Morrow Lindbergh

"Woman must be the pioneer in this turning inward for strength. In a sense, she has always been the pioneer." --Anne Morrow Lindbergh

"Sometimes the tasks we take on seem virtually impossible. But amazingly, when we harness the incredible power of the subconscious in our lives, we can accomplish whatever we set out to do, no matter what obstacles we have to overcome." --Sarah Ban Breathnach

"I try to view the challenges in my life not as annoyances, but as confirmations of fortitude." --Oprah Winfrey

"He who overcomes others has force; he who overcomes himself is strong." --Lao-tzu, Chinese philosopher

"Today is not the day you quit. Nor is it the day you cry. Today you know that you have all the passion and wisdom to find that quiet center of solace, serenity and strength necessary to create and sustain an authentic life." --Sarah Ban Breathnach

"Being harmless means being so strong, so empowered, that the idea of showing power through harm is not even a part of your consciousness." --Gary Zukav

"Accept what people offer. Drink their milkshakes. Take their love." --Wally Lamb

"We are made wise not by the recollection of our past, but by the responsibility for our future." --George Bernard Shaw

"Responsibilities gravitate to the person who can shoulder them." --Elbert Hubbard

"Wisdom is a science by which we discriminate between things spiritually good and evil. It is the science of sciences, for alone, it can understand the value, the true price, the real uses, the danger, and the potentialities of the soul." --Joubert

"And the end of all our exploring will be to arrive where we started and know the place for the first time." --T.S. Elliot

"A royal heart is often hidden under a tattered cloak."  --Danish Proverb

"There are chords in the human heart-- strange, varying strings-- which are only struck by accident; which will remain mute and senseless to appeals the most passionate and earnest, and respond at last to the slightest casual touch." --Dickens

"There is always one moment in childhood when the door opens and lets the future in." --Graham Greene

"The time is always right to do what is right." --Martin Luther King, Jr.

"Helped are those who create anything at all, for they shall relive the thrill of their own conception and realize a partnership in the creation of the Universe that keeps them responsible and cheerful." --Alice Walker

"Responsibilities gravitate to the person who can shoulder them." --Elbert Hubbard

"For of those to whom much is given, much is required." --John F. Kennedy

"Understand that the right to choose your own path is a sacred privilege. Use it. Dwell in possibility." --Oprah Winfrey

"Ask, and it shall be given to you; seek, and ye shall find; knock, and it shall be opened unto you." --Matthew 7:7

"Who so loves believes the impossible." --Elizabeth Barrett Browning"

Choice is the engine of our evolution." --Gary Zukav

"After the final 'no,' there comes a 'yes,' and on that yes the future world depends." --Wallace Stevens

"We have a responsibility to be who we are." --Charlotte Black Elk

"Real freedom lies in wildness, not in civilization." --Charles Lindbergh

"When you learn what you can live without, you are able to ask life for the very best because you possess the gift of discernment. You are able to create an authentic life because you are able to make conscious choices." --Sarah Ban Breathnach

"What is time? The shadow on the dial, the striking of the clock, the running of the sand, day and night, summer and winter, months, years, centuries--these are but arbitrary and outward signs, the measure of Time, not Time itself. Time is the Life of the soul." --Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

"Your vision will become clear only when you look into your heart.  Who looks outside, dreams.  Who looks, inside, awakens." --Carl Jung

"Ability to persevere begins with you, the individual.  However, change is rarely easy.  In fact, sometimes it is downright formidable." --Dr. Paul G. Stoltz

"There is not chance, no destiny, no fate, that can circumvent or hinder or control the firm resolve of a determined soul." --Ella Wheeler Wilcox

"Our deeds determine us as much as we determine our deeds." --Marian Evans

"Everybody creates their own experience in their own way. You've got to bloom where you grow!" --Dr. Phil McGraw

"Our life experiences area result of where our attention takes us." --Deepak Chopra

"Chance is a word void of sense; nothing can exist without a cause." --Voltaire

"The pessimist complains about the wind; the optimist expects the wind; the realist adjusts the sails." --Anonymous

"The level of thinking that's gotten us to where we are is not going to get us to where we want to go." --Anthony Robbins

"Things don't fall apart. Things hold. Lines connect in thin ways that last and last and lives become generations made out of pictures and words just kept." --Lucille Clifton

"Connections are made slowly. Sometimes they grow underground." --Marge Piercy

"We cannot really love anybody with whom we never laugh." --Agnes Repplier

"It is impossible to go through life without trust: That is to be imprisoned in the worst cell of all, oneself." --Graham Greene

"In seeking trust, one looks to be breathed up by faith. It requires a coming together; a communication of differences, likenesses, and compromises. Of understanding and commitment." --L.L. Abbott

"See the world not with the eyes in your head, see the world with the eyes of your heart." --Leonard Crow Dog

"Sometime in your life you will go on a journey. It will be the longest journey you have ever taken. It is the journey to find yourself." --Katherine Sharp

"There is a stage with people we love when we are no longer separate from them, but so close in sympathy that we live through them as directly as through ourselves. We push back our hair, because theirs is in their eyes." --Nan Fairbrother

"Meditation is simply about being yourself and knowing about who that is. It is about coming to realize that you are on a path whether you like it or not, namely the path that is your life."--on Kabat-Zinn

"Learn to get in touch with the silence within yourself, and know that everything in this life has a purpose." --Elisabeth Kubler-Ross

"After years of careful observing, I was well satisfied that I wanted nothing to do with man or society. Everything was so sterilized, safe, secure, and fake. Every day was a game, and there were games within games. I remembered what society had taught me when I was younger, and what my friends had been taught, how children were placed on well-worn paths to chase elusive goals, directed by external shoulds. I watched how people became slaves to those goals, and how they destroyed their inner yearnings to become what society wanted them to become. I saw people doing jobs that they hated, chaining themselves to money, power, fame and external treasures. I saw people living lives that they hated, rushing to work frowning, working, rushing home, watching TV, then doing it all over again. Play became parties, bars and nightclubs, watching sports, and a little outdoor recreation, and they always returned to the same old rut, and the play also became ruts.        . . .

"The American Dream was failing the masses and the world, fooling those who perpetuated that lie. Yet society still teaches it children to find purpose and happiness in externals, the false gods of the flesh. Society teaches its children to seek fame, fortune, and power in such things as bigger houses, flashier cars, grander titles, and larger bank accounts. I learned through the wisdom of Creation that man works for only four things in life: peace, love, joy, and purpose: and these things cannot be found in external things and possessions. They can only be found within. Modern society tries to force its beliefs on the world, blindly assuming that societies with few possessions are primitive, yet never stopping to ask itself if these people they call primitive are happy. Instead it forces its beliefs on them and so the lie continues to be perpetuated. Modern man seems never to slow down long enough to search his soul. He cannot stop chasing the goal, and the tyranny of both the chase and its elusive end thwart his quest for fulfillment." --Tom Brown, Jr., The Vision

"Each friend represents a world in us, a world possibly not born until they arrive, and it is only by this meeting that a new world is born." --Anais Nin

"Become abundant with your compliments to others. We're all so fragile, especially when we put on a brave face. A sincere compliment can penetrate beneath even the most sophisticated masks to soothe troubled souls." --Sarah Ban Breathnach

"I read and walked for miles at night along the beach, writing bad blank verse and searching endlessly for someone wonderful who would step out of the darkness and change my life. It never crossed my mind that that person could be me." --Anna Quindlen

"Look at yourself as someone who is reaching for healing, and at the complexity of what needs to be healed. Do not think that you exist alone without other human beings of equal complexity." --Gary Zukav

"Return to the Dreamtime--  "Only human beings have come to the point where they no longer know why they exist. They don't use their brains and they have forgotten the secret knowledge of their bodies, their senses, or their dreams. They don't use the knowledge the spirit has put into every one of them; they are not even aware of this, and so they stumble along blindly on the road to nowhere--a paved highway which they themselves bulldoze and make smooth so that they can get faster to the big empty hole which they'll find at the end, waiting to swallow them up. It's a quick comfortable superhighway, but I know where it leads to. I've seen it. I've been there in my vision and it makes me shudder to think about it." --Lame Deer

"What is passion? Passion is surely the becoming of a person." --John Boorman

"Trust allows you to follow your feelings through your defenses to their sources, and to bring to the light of consciousness those aspects of yourself that resist wholeness, that live in fear." --Gary Zukav

"Time is at once the most valuable and the most perishable of all our possisitons."--John Randolph

"If you want to be a winner instead of a statistic you can do it. But lean forward. Because it is not easy." --Dr. Phil McGraw

"If fate does not adjust itself to you, adjust yourself to fate." --Persian Proverb

"The thing always happens that you really believe in, and the belief in a thing makes it happen." --Frank Lloyd Wright

"If you don't runyour own life, somebody else will." --John Atkinson

"Your current conditions do not reflect your ultimate potential" --Anthony Robbins

"If we don't consciously plant the seeds of what we want in the gardens of our minds we'll end u p with weeds." --Anthony Robbins

"Discoveries are often made by not following instructions, by going off the main road, by trying the untried." --Frank Tugger

"Good thoughts bear good fruit, bad thoughts bear bad fruit, and man is his own gardener." --James Allen

"Action is the antidote to despair." --Joan Baez

"One can never consent to creep when one feels an impulse to soar." --Helen Keller

"A very great vision is needed and the man who has it must follow it as the eagle seeks the deepest blue of the sky." The words of Crazy Horse -- As remembered by Ohiyesa (Charles A. Eastman).

"The ocean has one taste: the taste of salt. The truth has one taste: the taste of liberation." --Unknown

"The important thing is this: to be able at any moment to sacrifice what we are for what we could become." --Charles Du Bos

"The most beautiful and profound emotion we can experience is the sensation of the mystical -- he to whom this emotion is a stranger is as good as dead." --lbert Einstein

"The proper role of humanists is not to bring 'human values' to the attention of technicians otherwise engaged in a purely instrumental approach to their calling, but to demand the restoration of the practical or moral element in callings that have degenerated into techniques." --Christopher Lasch

"The quiet ones are the ones that change the universe. The loud ones only take the credit." --Londo Molari, Emperor of Centuri Prime--Babylon 5

"Even if you're on the right track, you'll get run over if you just sit there." --Will Rogers

"Now is no time to think of what you do not have. Think of what you can do with what there is." --Ernest Hemingway

"When one sees Eternity in the things that pass away and Infinity in finite things, then one has pure knowledge." --Bhagavad Gita

"Peace...comes within the souls of men when they realize their relationship, their oneness with the universe and all its powers, and when they realize that at the center of the Universe dwells the Great Spirit, and that this center is really everywhere. It is within each of us." --Black Elk, The Sacred Pipe

"What lies behind us and what lies before us are tiny matters compared to what lies within us." --Oliver Wendell Holmes

"By concentrating the thoughts, one can fly." -- Suramgama Sutra

"Each soul must meet the morning sun, the new sweet earth, and the Great Silence alone." --Ohiyesa (Dakotah Sioux)

"I want to sing like birds sing, not worrying who hears or what they think." --Rumi

"We shall come to honor all of Life sooner or later. Our choices are when that shall happen, and the quality of experience that we shall have as we learn." --ary Zukav

"We read books to find out who we are. What other people, real or imaginary, do and think and feel is an essential guide to our understanding of what we ourselves are and may become." --Ursula K. LeGuin

"Call it a clan, call it a network, call it a tribe, call it a family. Whatever you call it, whoever you are, you need one." --Jane Howard

"We should write an elegy for every day that has slipped through our lives unnoticed and unappreciated. Better still, we should write a song of thanksgiving for all the days that remain-now that we know how to cherish them." --Sarah Ban Breathnach

"In true courage, there is always an element of choice, of an ethical choice, and of anguish, and also of action and deed. There is always a flame of spirit in it, a vision of some necessity higher than oneself." --Brenda Ueland

"Reverence is an attitude of honoring Life. You do not have to be authentically powered to be gentle with Life or to love Life." --Gary Zukav

"Anything that has real and lasting value is always a gift from within." --Franz Kafka

"Giving presents is a talent; to know what a person wants, to know when and how to get it, to give it lovingly and well." --Pamela Glenconner

"The only gift is a portion of thyself." --Ralph Waldo Emerson

"The club that kills can drive a stake into the ground to hold a shelter. The hands that build bombs can be used to build schools. The minds that coordinate the activities of violence can coordinate the activities of cooperation. When the activities of life are infused with reverence, they come alive with meaning and purpose." --Gary Zukav

"It is well to give when asked, but it is better to give unasked, through understanding." --Kahlil Gibran

"Life is either a daring adventure or nothing. To keep our faces toward change and behave like free spirits in the presence of fate is strength undefeatable." --Helen Keller

"If you knew what I know about the power of giving, you would not let a single meal pass without sharing it in some way." --Buddha

"Difficult times have helped me to understand better than before how infinitely rich and beautiful life is in every way, and that so many things that one goes worrying about are of no importance whatsoever." --Isak Dinesen

"Take care not to make a woman cry for God counts her tears" --The Torah

"Breath is the bridge which connects life to consciousness, which unites your body to your thoughts." --Thich Nhat Hanh

"Night brings out stars as sorrows show us truths." --Bailey, TRUTHS AND SORROWS

"What has passed and cannot be prevented, should not be grieved for." --Maha Big Elk, Chief from Commonplace book of Prose, 1830

"Losing an illusion makes you wiser than finding a truth." --Ludwig Borne (two dots over o) (1786-1837)

"How can you determine whether at this moment we are sleeping, and all our thoughts are a dream; or whether we are wake, and talking to one another in the waking state." --Plato, Theatetus, 158 B

"The need to find meaning...is as real as the need for trust and for love, for relations with other human beings." --Margaret Mead

"We shall come to honor all of Life sooner or later. Our choices are when that shall happen, and the quality of experience that we shall have as we learn." --Gary Zukav

"Children see the fairies, adults see only butterflies." --Unknown

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