BILL MOYERS: Is the [Garden of Eden] story trying to tell us that, prior to what happened in the garden to destroy us, there was a unity of life?

JOSEPH CAMPBELL: It’s a matter of planes of consciousness. It doesn’t have to do with anything that happened. There is the plane of consciousness where you can identify yourself with that which transcends pairs of opposites.

MOYERS: Which is?

CAMPBELL: Unnamable. Unnamable. It is transcendent of all names.


CAMPBELL: “God” is an ambiguous word in our language because it appears to refer to something that is known. But the transcendent is unknowable and unknown. God is transcendent, finally, of anything like the name “God.” God is beyond names and forms….The mystery of life is beyond all human conception. Everything we know is within the terminology of the concepts of being and not being, many and single, true and untrue. We always think in terms of opposites. But God, the ultimate, is beyond the pairs of opposites, that is all there is to it.


To be realistic, one has to take into account that to choose to devote one’s life to reaching enlightenment in our society is uncommon and relatively rare. The goal of society in general is to succeed in the world, whereas the goal of enlightenment is to transcend beyond it…Spirituality…is based on the invisible realities and realms of nonduality and therefore may seem unreal or, at best, an oddity to the ordinary world.
– David R. Hawkins

The more you attach your value and humanity to those things outside yourself, the more you give those things the power to control you.
– Wayne Dyer

So many people are expecting a miracle instead of being a miracle.
– Wayne Dyer

If neither the body nor the mind is the real self, there is no need to destroy it, conquer it, or do battle with it. Thoughts are occurring on their own, not because they are caused by anything or anyone.
– David R. Hawkins

In nonduality, in no one instant can any such thing as a ‘problem’, ‘conflict’, or ‘suffering’ occur. These all arise in anticipation of the next instant or recall of the past. The ego appears to be the product of fear, and its purpose is to control the next instant of experience and ensure its survival. It seems to vacillate between fear of the future and regret over the past, and the desire and sense of time which repels action stems from the illusion of lack. With a sense of completion, desire ceases. That which believes it is finite fears for its survival for it is subject to time and the illusions of causality.
– David R. Hawkins

Part of working on ourselves, in order to be ready for a profound relationship, is learning how to support another person in being the best that they can be. Partners are meant to have a priestly role in each other’s lives. They are meant to help each other access the highest parts within themselves.
– Marianne Williamson

What are we to do with our fear, our anger, the clouds that cover the love inside us? Relinquish them to the Holy Spirit. He transforms them through love, and never through an attack on another person.
– Marianne Williamson

Our anger stands in front of our love. Letting it out is part of the process of relinquishing it. The last thing you want to do – ever – is to buy into the insidious delusion that spiritual lives and spiritual relationships are always quiet, or always blissful.
– Marianne Williamson

Commitment in a relationship means commitment to the process of mutual understanding and forgiveness – no matter how many conversations it takes, or how uncomfortable those conversations might sometimes be.
– Marianne Williamson

A life of reaction is a life of slavery, intellectually and spiritually. One must fight for a life of action, not reaction.
– Rita Mae Brown

Your success and happiness lie within you. External conditions are the accidents of life, its outer trappings.
– Helen Keller

Can a man cling only to heaven
And know nothing of earth?
They are correlative: to know one
Is to know the other.
To refuse one
Is to refuse both.
Can a man cling to the positive
Without any negative
In contrast to which it is seen
To be positive?
If he claims to do so
He is a rogue or a madman.

– in Thomas Merton’s The Way of Chuang-tzu

During the day I praised you and I didn’t know
At night I laid with You and I didn’t know
I had thought that I was myself
but I was entirely You and I didn’t know.

– Jalaluddin Rumi

View all problems as challenges. Look upon negativities that arise as opportunities to learn and to grow.
Don’t run from them, condemn yourself, or bury your burden in saintly silence.
You have a problem? Great. More grist for the mill. Rejoice, dive in, and investigate.
– Bhante Henepola Gunaratana, Mindfulness in Plain English

Don’t bring things up to people to point out their imperfection or your perfection; just bring up the possibility that some things can block people from receiving the greater health, wealth, and happiness that is coming to them.

Then you can walk away and never say another word to them in that area, because it’s their choice. If they weren’t aware of the pattern, they may be thankful that you helped them become more aware. They may also say, “I know it now, but I just can’t change it yet. Something inside is holding me.” That’s karma, and that’s fine.

You can help them get through it, not by judging the karma, but by cooperating with them and holding the Light for them. This is important when you are working with other people, especially with your spouse.

– John-Roger, Sex, Spirit and You

Ego and mind and all creations arise out of Self as Self.  Even the ugliest of doubts and the most separate of differences rise from the Beautiful Source as Isness.  In Self there are no do’s and don’ts.  If there is unhappiness you are not unhappy, you are the Untouched Awareness of this unhappiness.  As waves are not separate from Ocean, nor rays from sun, you are not separate from Existence.  You are the moment in which all is.
– Papaji

Of all the creatures of earth, only human beings can change their patterns. Man alone is the architect of his destiny… Human beings, by changing the inner attitudes of their minds, can change the outer aspects of their lives.
– William James

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