A Quote by Gabrielle Roth on alienation, ego, embraces, fragmentation, free your mind, inertia, life cycles, longing, personal power, smiles, spirits, spiritual healing, spiritual journey, stillness, taking responsibility, unification, and wounded healer

"We all share the wound of fragmentation.  And we can all share in the cure of unification.  Healing is the unification of all our forces -- the powers of being, feeling, kwowing, and seeing.

I look in the mirror and I look out the window and I see myself and others struggling to be in our bodies.  Struggling to know who we are and what we need.  To like ourselves, rather than wanting to be somebody else, or somewhere else.  I see our inability to relate, to communicate from the heart, to overcome our distance and alienation from one another.  I see us avoiding each other's eyes, at a loss to know what others need.  I see people searching for direction, trying to summon up their personal power, longing for the strength to be independent.

The wounded healer in me knows that healing our driven selves comes from our ability to empower our bodies, hearts, minds, souls, and spirits once more, bringing them into vital unity.  Spiritual healing means taking responsibility for being a whole person.  We have to take responsibility for being a body, for having a heart, for possessing a mind, for awakening our soul, for opening to our spirit.  We need to do right by our body, purify our relationships, use our mind for creative freedom and not enslavement, free the soul from the ego, and undertake the spiritual journey.  A whole person is an inspired person, one who embodies the spirit.

Disease is inertia.  Healing is movement.  If you put the body in motion, you will change.  You are meant to move: from flowing to staccato, through chaos into lyrical and back into the stillness from which all movement comes.

If you let your heart be moved, be open to the risk and the adventure of feelings, letting them work through to completion, you will change.  Tears turn into smiles, anger into embraces.

If you free your mind to experience and complete each of your life cycles, integrating their teachings and tasks, you will change.  It's when you stop moving through life that you get caught out of place, that you react to adult situations with childhood emotions.  Moving completely through your life makes you whole.

If you awaken your soul, you will change.  Engage your characters.  Watch yourself act them out.  Master them, and you're free to be, feel, think, and act as your distinct self.

The spirit in motion heals, expands, circles in and out of the body, moving through the layers of consciiousness from inertia to ecstacy.  Open to the spirit, and you will be transformed.

Movement is my medium and my metaphor.  I know that if a wave of energy is allowed to complete itself, it yields a whole new wave, and in fact that is all I really know.  Riding these waves means joining the cosmic dance that, as Dante says, 'moves the sun and the other stars.'"

Gabrielle Roth

Source: Maps to Ecstacy

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A Quote by Laura van Dernoot Lipsky on oppression, alienation, separation, binary, and them

Oppression thrives on misunderstanding, alienation, and us/them binaries.

Laura van Dernoot Lipsky

Source: Trauma Stewardship: An Everyday Guide to Caring for Self While Caring for Others, Pages: 31

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A Quote by Kenneth Smith on philosophy, modernity, alienation, and ego

In matters of soul as also of spirit, we lapse into a domain where the mathematical and proprietary laws of non-contradiction and exact arithmetic units do not apply so simply:  friends or families or lovers may undergo a pathos of mutual alienation (a pathos that is most often a direct function of ego's unknowing or witless conscious self-assertions) that results in them becoming "isolated atoms" or "monads" once again, but that is not an argument that this reductivist state is somehow "more real" or "more ultimate" than their union was.  Disjunction is not "reality" and union mere "illusion."  The state of mutual repellency is just as much a product of subjective forces (modulations in soul and spirit that throw ego into a position of prominence or authority) as was the state of mutual tangency, diffusion or interpenetration.  Atomism or isolationism or alienation is an effect of the projective modalities of conscious ego, the way it "objectifies" something or someone to become "other" over against it (compare Hegel, the "awesome/awful power of the Negative" in ego).  Modern order, with its epidemic alienation, does not rest on a "real" or "natural" foundation of factual and objective concepts of human personality and acts of will; rather it enforces an obligatory normative regime of generalized and ambient negativity, like unleashed "electric" energy all having the negative charge intrinsic to the electron.

Kenneth Smith

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A Quote by George Bernard Shaw on otherness, alienation, and outsider

Broadbent.... I find the world quite good enough for me - rather a jolly place, in fact.
Keegan (looking at him with quiet wonder) You are satisfied?
Broadbent  As a reasonable man, yes. I see no evils in the world - except of course, natural evils - that cannot be remedied by freedom, self-government and English institutions.  I think so, not because I am an Englishman, but as a matter of common sense.
Keegan  You feel at home in the world then?
Broadbent  Of course, Don't you?
Keegan (from the very depths of his nature)  No.

George Bernard Shaw (1856 - 1950)

Source: The Outsider, Pages: 8

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A Quote by unknown on alienation, heart, love, and pain

Is that what she thinks? Not realizing that alienation and patronization are slow torture? You find yourself listing to NIN, or something equally cliché. . . but you can't help it . . . the pain stays for a while (it seems like forever). You want to lash back but how can you when you love that person. Why can't they remember all those wonderful moments that you do? So you lock your heart in brimstone, never to be touched again.


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A Quote by Stephen L. Richards on achievement, alienation, authors, certainty, constitution, daughters, divinity, eternity, exercise, fatherhood, fighting, gifts, god, good, history, independence, laws, liberty, men, nobility, principles, slavery, sons,

I have read and heard a good many statements by eminent writers and speakers to the effect that our liberty of which we are justly proud is an achievement, and not a gift. In the sense that it had to be worked for, fought for, and preserved with vigilance these statements are true. But let it never be forgotten that our concept of liberty is a gift. No human is the author of that concept. Many great men have so recognized it as did Thomas Jefferson when he wrote the Declaration of Independence and declared that "men are endowed with certain inalienable rights." Why are these rights inalienable? Because men did not create the right to liberty! In the exercise of his free agency he may surrender his privileges, and his property, and he may become the slave of others or of the state, but his free agency is as native to him as the air he breathes. It is part and parcel of his eternal constitution, and Jefferson was "righter than I think he himself knew" when he declared it an endowment which cannot be alienated. The message which we bear affirms that God is the Author of our inalienable liberty; that men, all men are of noble lineage, sons and daughters of the Eternal Father; and that liberty is their birthright. I thank God that . . . noble men were blessed with this lofty concept of man's inherent right to liberty and that they were prompted to incorporate these divine principles in the organic law and history of our favored land.

Stephen L. Richards (1879 - 1959)

Source: Ensign, November 1947.

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A Quote by Roland Barthes on alienation, day, society, and present

There is only one way left to escape the alienation of present day society: to retreat ahead of it.

Roland Barthes (1915 - 1980)

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A Quote by Ralph Waldo Emerson on alienation, certainty, genius, and work

In every work of genius we recognize our own rejected thoughts: they come back to us with a certain alienated majesty.

Ralph Waldo Emerson (1803 - 1882)

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A Quote by Ralph Waldo Emerson on alienation, certainty, genius, learning, mind, and work

A man should learn to detect and watch that gleam of light which flashes across his mind from within. . . . In every work of genius we recognize our own rejected thoughts; they come back to us with a certain alienated majesty.

Ralph Waldo Emerson (1803 - 1882)

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A Quote by John Adams on alienation, democracy, religion, and time

Admit that the press transferred the pontificate of Rome to Henry VIII-Admit that the press demolished in some sort the feudal system, and set the serfs and villains free; admit that the press demolished the monasteries, nunneries, and religious houses; into whose hands did all these alienated baronies, monasteries, and religious houses and lands fall? Into the hands of the democracy? Into the hands of serfs and villains? Serfs and villains were the only real democracy in those time. No. They fell into the hands of other aristocrats. . . .

John Adams (1735 - 1826)

Source: Letter to John Taylor, The Life and Works of John Adams, Boston, 1851, v. 6,

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