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Painting by Andrey Avinoff

“Each person carries a hidden poetic unity that reflects the mysterious continuity of the Soul of the World. In the depths of the soul, we are each an old soul able to survive the troubles of the world and contribute to its healing and renewal. The key to what we miss and secretly long for is hidden within us. Medicine men and healers of all kinds from cultures around the world have used various techniques to not only “heal” the soul, but also to restore individuals to their proper place in the world and in their culture. To heal means…


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Image from Patrick Nerai

“It takes boldness to be kind. You’re wide open, vulnerable, when you display kindness. This is why so many of us hide behind humor or silence when we know we should do something, reach out, help. But once you submit to the kind nature, which I think is the dominant one in most of us, there is freedom, protection. The world alters entirely.”
Marian Seldes

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“All the flowers talk to me and so do hundreds of little living things in the woods. I learn what I know by watching and loving everything….If …


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Painting by Victor Nizovtsev

“This is what we are like. Collectively as a species, this is our emotional landscape. I met an old lady once, almost 100 years old, and she told me, “There are only two questions that human beings have ever fought over, all through history. How much do you love me? And Who’s in charge? Everything else is somehow manageable. But these two questions of love and control undo us all, trip us up and cause war, grief, and suffering.”

― Elizabeth Gilbert, Eat, Pray, Love

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We Indians do not teach that there is only one God. We know that…


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Painting by Grandma Moses

“We are things that labor under the illusion of having a self. A secretion of sensory experience and feeling. Programmed with total assurance that we are each somebody, when, in fact, nobody is anybody.”

— Rust Cohle

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I do not know how to distinguish between waking life and a dream. Are we not all living the life we imagine we are?

— Thoreau

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While all of our senses may be involved in beholding an image, Hillman follows the ancients in insisting that the heart is the organ that perceives and feels the aesthetic impact of an encounter with…


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Painting by Sterling Palmer

This is part of the story of separation, how matter and spirit became separate, and finally how life on Earth became exile, our spiritual home reached only after death. And it is true that there is this dimension of pure light and love to which we return after death, but it is also present here, hidden in the world around us, and in our own soul in each and every breath. Banishing the Divine to heaven was a denial of our deepest earth wisdom, a painful censorship of our memory of when we walked together with the Divine in this…


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Painting by Galileo Chini

“There’s a revolution that needs to happen and it starts from inside each one of us. We need to wake up and fall in love with Earth. We’ve been homo sapiens for a long time. Now it’s time to become homo conscious. Our love and admiration for the Earth has the power to unite us and remove all boundaries, separation and discrimination. Centuries of individualism and competition have brought about tremendous destruction and alienation. We need to re-establish true communication–true communion–with ourselves, with the Earth, and with one another, as children of the same mother. We need more than new…


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Painting by William Haskell

“There’s a revolution that needs to happen and it starts from inside each one of us. We need to wake up and fall in love with Earth. We’ve been homo sapiens for a long time. Now it’s time to become homo conscious. Our love and admiration for the Earth has the power to unite us and remove all boundaries, separation and discrimination. Centuries of individualism and competition have brought about tremendous destruction and alienation. We need to re-establish true communication–true communion–with ourselves, with the Earth, and with one another, as children of the same mother. We need more than new…


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Painting by Catrin Welz Stein

We don’t know all the reasons that propel us on a spiritual journey, but somehow our life compels us to go. Something in us knows that we are not just here to toil at our work. There is a mysterious pull to remember.

— Jack Kornfield

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The Acorn Theory was first postulated in the modern era, at least in the public domain by James Hillman. The acorn theory says that there is an individual image that belongs to your soul.

“The same myth can be found in the kabbalah. The Mormons have it. The West Africans have it. The…


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Painting by Thomas Dewing

“Art’s task is to save the soul of mankind. Anything less is a dithering while Rome burns, because if the artists — who are self selected to journey into the Other — cannot find the way, then the Way cannot be found.”

— Terence McKenna

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“Never forget that you are a man and therefore you must bleed for the goal of humanity. Listen, you are still too juvenile for your age. You should get older, the years are dwindling and yet your work has not been accomplished. Practice solitude assiduously without grumbling so that everything will in time become…


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Painting by Leonardo da Vinci

“Jung said that to be in a situation where there is no way out or to be in a conflict where there is no solution is the classical beginning of the process of individuation. It is meant to be a situation without solution; the unconscious wants the hopeless conflict in order to put ego consciousness up against the wall, so that the man has to realize that whatever he does is wrong, whichever way he decides will be wrong. This is meant to knock out the superiority of the ego, which always acts from the illusion that it has the…

David Price

I occasionally write fiction and also about creativity, loving, language learning and travel. I’m a longtime painter and reader.

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