Inspirations and Insights
“Butterfly maiden is the female fertilizing force. Carrying the pollen from one place to another, she cross-fertilizes, just as the soul fertilizes mind with night-dreams, just as archetypes fertilize the mundane world. She is the center. She brings the opposites together by taking a little from here and putting it there. Transformation is no more complicated than that. This is what she teaches. This is how the butterfly does it. This is how soul does it.”
Clarissa Pinkola Estes, Women Who Run with the Wolves
“Until we have met the monsters in ourselves, we will keep trying to slay them in the outer world. For all darkness in the world stems from darkness in the heart. And it is there we must do our work.”
“Happiness turned to me and said:
‘It is time to forgive yourself for all of the things you did not become. It is time to exonerate yourself for all the people you couldn’t save, for all the fragile hearts you fumbled with in the dark of your confusion. It is time, child, to accept that you don’t have to be who you were a year ago, that you don’t have to want the same things. Above all else, it is time to believe, with reckless abandon, that you are worthy of me, for I have been waiting for years.’ “
“I worried a lot. Will the garden grow, will the rivers
flow in the right direction, will the earth turn
as it was taught, and if not how shall
I correct it?
Was I right, was I wrong, will I be forgiven,
can I do better?
Will I ever be able to sing, even the sparrows
can do it and I am, well,
Is my eyesight fading or am I just imagining it,
am I going to get rheumatism,
Finally I saw that worrying had come to nothing.
And gave it up. And took my old body
and went out into the morning,
“We need to travel. If we don’t offer ourselves to the unknown, our senses dull. Our world become small and we lose our sense of wonder. Our eyes don’t lift to the horizon; our ears don’t hear the sounds around us. The edge is off our experience, and we pass our days in a routine that is both comfortable and limiting. We wake up one day and find that we have lost our dreams in order to protect our days. Don’t let yourself become one of these people. The fear of the unknown and the lure of the comfortable will conspire to keep you from taking the chances the traveler has to take. But if you take them, you will never regret your choice. To be sure, there will be moments of doubt when you stand alone on an empty road in an icy rain, or when you are ill with fever in a rented bed. But as the pains of the moment will come, so too will they fall away. In the end, you will be so much richer, so much stronger, so much clearer, so much happier, and so much better a person that all the risk and hardship will seem like nothing compared to the knowledge you have gained.”
Kent Nerbum, Letters to My Son: A Father’s Wisdom on Manhood, Women, Life, and Love
“The grass is not, in fact, always greener on the other side of the fence. No, not at all. Fences have nothing to do with it. The grass is greenest where it is watered. When crossing over fences, carry water with you and tend the grass wherever you may be.”
“The mind creates the abyss, and the heart crosses it.”
“You will have wonderful surges forward. Then there must be a time of consolidating before the next forward surge. Accept this as part of the process and never become downhearted.”
“Work like you don’t need the money.
Love like you’ve never been hurt.
Dance like nobody’s watching.
Live like it’s heaven on Earth.”
“The beginning of love is to let those we love be perfectly themselves and not to twist them to fit our own image. Otherwise we love only the reflection of ourselves we find in them.”
“That I feed the hungry, forgive an insult, and love my enemy–these are great virtues. But what if I should discover that the poorest of beggars and most impudent of offenders are all within me, and that I stand in need of all the alms of my own kindness; that I myself am the enemy who must be loved–what then?”
“Fall seven times, stand up eight.”
“The journey between who you once were, and who you are now becoming, is where the dance of life really begins.”
Barbara De Angelis
“The really big successes often happen only after you let go of control.”
“Your task is not to seek for love, but merely to seek and find all the barriers within yourself that you have built against it.”
“I left Home so long ago now
that I would not recognize my own face.
I constructed the Boat of My Life
and I set out
into the open sea
waving to all who knew
that the seas would give me
everything I could handle
and everything I could not
and yet they waved, and I set out
into the open sea
in the Boat of My Life:
built from Soul, crafted by Heart
and with great innocence I pushed off
into the open sea
and have been away from my Home
so long now that I would not recognize my own face
but I know that Home—-
‘Long at Sea’, 2007, Em Claire
“This is how a human being can change.
There is a worm
addicted to eating grape leaves.
Suddenly, he wakes up,
call it grace, whatever, something
wakes him, and he is no longer a worm.
He is the entire vineyard,
and the orchard too, the fruit, the trunks,
a growing wisdom and joy
that does not need to devour.”
“Waking up this morning, I smile. Twenty-four brand new hours are before me.
I vow to live fully in each moment and to look at all beings with eyes of compassion.”
Thich Nhat Hanh
“Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate. Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure. It is our light, not our darkness, that most frightens us. We ask ourselves, who am I to be brilliant, gorgeous, talented, and fabulous? Actually, who are you not to be? You are a child of God. Your playing small doesn’t serve the world. There’s nothing enlightened about shrinking so that other people won’t feel insecure around you. We were born to make manifest the glory of God that is within us; it’s in everyone. And as we let our own light shine, we unconsciously give other people permission to do the same. As we are liberated from our own fear, our presence automatically liberates others.”
“Maybe we are overdeveloped outwardly and underdeveloped inwardly. Perhaps it is we who, for all our wealth, are living in poverty.”
Jon Kabat-Zinn ( from, Wherever you go, There you are. Mindfulness Meditation in Everyday Life)
“A friend is someone who supports you in being the best that you can be, yet accepts you as you are.”
“My religion is kindness.”
The Dalai Lama
“Follow your Bliss and the Universe will open doors where there were only walls.”
“If you are willing to look at another person’s behavior toward you as a reflection of the state of their relationship with themselves rather than a statement about your value as a person, then you will, over a period of time, cease to react at all.”
“Remember: No one can make you feel inferior without your consent.”
“Self-acceptance is the fast track to healing. I thought self-acceptance was muffled, white leather couch-therapist talk. Turns out it’s penicillin for the soul, where infections die, and healthy insights take over. What part of your life do you need to accept right now?”
Tama Kieves, A Year Without Fear
“One must still have chaos in oneself to be able to give birth to a dancing star.”
“One doesn’t discover new lands without consenting to lose sight, for a very long time, of the shore.”
“When you are inspired by some great purpose, some extraordinary project, all your thoughts break their bonds; your mind transcends limitations, your consciousness expands in every direction, and you find yourself in a new, great and wonderful world. Dormant forces, faculties, and talents become alive, and you discover yourself to be a greater person by far than you ever dreamed yourself to be.”
“Through fear of knowing who we really are and what we want, we sidestep our own destiny which leaves us hungry in a famine of our own making.”
John O Donohue.
“We’re not unhappy because we don’t have enough of what we think that we want. We are unhappy because we are resisting what is so in our lives and are frantically caught up in trying to fix something that we perceive to be broken.”
Katherine Woodward Thomas, Calling in “The One”
“Hold on to the truth that all dark nights end with a light illuminating a new path.”
Caroline Myss, Anatomy of the Spirit
“See loneliness as a healing period that allows you to tread a new path by choice, not out of a need to escape.” Author unknown
“The best time to plant a tree is 20 years ago. The second best time is now.”
A Chinese proverb
“When I dare to be powerful, to use my strength in the service of my vision, then it becomes less and less important whether or not I am afraid.”
“All escapes were cut off. I had to move into my own silence and find out who was in there.”
“Do not compare, do not measure. No other way is like yours. All other ways deceive and tempt you. You must fulfill the way that is in you.”
“Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things that you didn’t do, than by the ones you did do. So throw off the bowlines. Sail away from the safe harbor…Explore. Dream. Discover.”
“The secret of change is to focus all of your energy, not on fighting the old, but on building the new”
“Loving oneself is no easy matter just because it means loving all of oneself including the shadow where one is inferior and socially so unacceptable. The care one gives this humiliating part is also the cure.”
“The ache for home lives in all of us, the safe place where we can go as we are and not be questioned.”
“Be the change that you wish to see in the world.”
“You must do the things you think you cannot do.”
“Every single time I make the decision to treat myself gently, I send peace to the world. Every time I forgive myself, the world feels the effects of my forgiveness. My self-respect and self-forgiveness return me to the beauty of who I truly am, which stirs the energy of love in me and sends it out into the world.”
Rev. Jane Beach, Science of Mind Magazine, Sept 10, 2014 daily guides
“It is not the critic who counts; not the man who points out how the strong man stumbles, or where the doer of deeds could have done them better. The credit belongs to the man who is actually in the arena, whose face is marred by dust and sweat and blood; who strives valiantly; who errs, who comes short again and again, because there is no effort without error and shortcoming; but who does actually strive to do the deeds; who knows great enthusiasms, the great devotions; who spends himself in a worthy cause; who at the best knows in the end the triumph of high achievement, and who at the worst, if he fails, at least fails while daring greatly, so that his place shall never be with those cold and timid souls who neither know victory nor defeat.”
“I have always been delighted at the prospect of a new day, a fresh try, one more start, with perhaps a bit of magic waiting somewhere behind the morning.”
“When I embrace my wounds and allow them to heal…
I have no impulse to injure you.
When I understand my desire to be lifted up…
I refuse to tear you down.
When I think rightly about myself…
I need not make you wrong.
And when my cry for love opens my own heart’s doors…
I no longer close you out.”
Dr Roger W. Teel
“Life shrinks or expands in proportion to one’s courage.”
“It is mainly through the wounds in life that the Gods enter.”
“Someday, after we have mastered the winds, the waves, the tides, and gravity, we shall harness for God the energies of love. Then for the second time in the history of the world, man will have discovered fire.”
Pierre Teilhard de Chardin
“Soul enters life from below, through the cracks, finding an opening into life at the points where smooth functioning breaks down.”
Mother Of Us All
Mother-of-us-all prays to free us
from our image of perfection
to which so much suffering clings.
When in the shadowy mind
we imagine ourselves imperfectly,
praying to be freed from gravity
by enlightenment, she refines our prayers.
Putting her arms around us
she bids us rest our head on her shoulder
whispering, Don’t you know
with all your fear and anger
all you are fit for is love.
“Your pain is the breaking of the shell that encloses your understanding.”
Kahlil Gibran, The Prophet
“Perhaps everything that frightens us is, in its deepest essence, something helpless that wants our love.”
Rainer Maria Rilke
“So many of the parts of ourselves we have pushed away come up in grief. That is why grief has this enormity of potential for healing”.
Stephen Levine, Meetings at The Edge
“It’s not what we didn’t learn that hurts us. It’s what we did learn that ain’t so”
“Vulnerability is the birthplace of innovation, creativity, and change.”
“Are you holding the contents of your life in such a way that it is stealing aliveness from you?”
“We must be willing to get rid of the life we’ve planned, so as to have the life that is waiting for us.”
Joseph Campbell, from Reflections on the Art of Living
“Truth is within ourselves; it takes no rise
From outward things, whatever you may believe.
There is an inmost center in us all,
Where truth abides in fullness…
And to know
Rather consists in opening out a way
Whence the imprisoned splendor may escape,
Than in effecting entry for a light
Supposed to be without.”
Robert Browning, Paracelsus
“You do not have to be good.
You do not have to walk on your knees
for a hundred miles through the desert, repenting.
You only have to let the soft animal of your body
love what it loves.”
From, Wild Geese, by Mary Oliver
“He who binds to himself a joy, does the winged life destroy.
He who kisses the joy as it flies, lives in eternity’s sunrise.”
“There’s one relationship in our lives that’s most important. It’s the foundation of all our other relationships. And when that relationship is working, then all the other relationships in our lives work. When it isn’t working, then none of the rest of our relationships do. That relationship is with ourselves.”
Shakti Gawain, Awakening. A Daily Guide to Conscious Living
” A bird does not sing because it has an answer. It sings because it has a song.”
Chinese Proverb (taken from Eat Mangoes Naked, by Sark)
“One does not become enlightened by
imagining figures of light, but by
making the darkness conscious.”
“Watch any plant or animal and let it teach you acceptance of what is, surrender to the Now.
Let it teach you Being.
Let it teach you integrity — which means to be one, to be yourself, to be real.
Let it teach you how to live and how to die, and how not to make living and dying into a problem.”
The Guest-House By Jelaluddin Rumi
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.
He 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.
“What is required of us is that we love the difficult and learn to deal with it. In the difficult are the friendly forces, the hands that work on us. Right in the difficult we must have our joys, our happiness, our dreams: there against the depth of this background, they stand out, there for the first time we see how beautiful they are.”
Rainer Maria Rilke
“Out beyond ideas of wrongdoing and rightdoing, there is a field. I’ll meet you there.”
“Not all who wander are lost.”
“Who looks outside dreams, who looks inside awakens.”
“I wish I could show you, when you are lonely or in darkness, the astonishing light of your own being.”
“We either make ourselves miserable, or we make ourselves strong. The amount of work is the same”
“Creativity is making something of the soul out of every experience”
Thomas Moore, Care of the Soul
“Listen, are you breathing just a little and calling it a life?”
“People say that what we are seeking is a meaning for life. I don’t think that’s what we’re really seeking. I think that what we’re seeking is an experience of being alive, so that we actually feel the rapture of being alive.”
“Don’t ask yourself what the world needs. Ask youself what makes you come alive, and then go do that. Because what the world needs is people who have come alive.”
Harold Thurman Whitman
“The more we allow ourselves to unfold, the less likely we are to unravel.”
Rabbi Irwin Kula