A Quote by Charles A. Lindbergh on awareness, body, consciousness, earth, light, moon, solitude, space, stars, time, and universe

On a long flight, after periods of crisis and many hours of fatigue, mind and body may become disunited until at times they seem completely different elements, as though the body were only a home with which the mind has been associated but by no means bound.  Consciousness grows independent of the ordinary senses.  You see without assistance from the eyes, over distances beyond the visual horizon.  There are moments when existence appears independent even of the mind.  The importance of physical desire and immediate surroundings is submerged in the apprehension of universal values.

For unmeasurable periods, I seem divorced from my body, as though I were an awareness spreading out through space, over the earth and into the heavens, unhampered by time or substance, free from the gravitation that binds to heavy human problems of the world.  My body requires no attention.  It's not hungry.  It's neither warm or cold.  It's resigned to being left undisturbed.  Why have I troubled to bring it here?  I might better have left it back at Long Island or St. Louis, while the weightless element that has lived within it flashes through the skies and views the planet.  This essential consciousness needs no body for its travels.  It needs no plane, no engine, no instruments, only the release from flesh which circumstances I've gone through make possible.

Then what am I - the body substance which I can see with my eyes and feel with my hands?  Or am I this realization, this greater understanding which dwells within it, yet expands through the universe outside; a part of all existence, powerless but without need for power; immersed in solitude, yet in contact with all creation?  There are moments when the two appear inseparable, and others when they could be cut apart by the merest flash of light.

While my hand is on the stick, my feet on the rudder, and my eyes on the compass, this consciousness, like a winged messenger, goes out to visit the waves below, testing the warmth of water, the speed of wind, the thickness of intervening clouds.  It goes north to the glacial coasts of Greenland, over the horizon to the edge of dawn, ahead to Ireland, England, and the continent of Europe, away through space to the moon and stars, always returning, unwillingly, to the mortal duty of seeing that the limbs and muscles have attended their routine while it was gone.

Charles A. Lindbergh

Source: The Spirit of St. Louis

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A Quote by Nathaniel Hawthorne on earth


Mountains are Earth's undecaying monuments.

Nathaniel Hawthorne (1804 - 1864)

Source: The Complete Works of Nathaniel Hawthorne

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A Quote by Mary Chapin Carpenter on earth, life, and moon

Tonight, the moon came out, it was nearly full.
Way down here on earth, I could feel it's pull.
The weight of gravity or just the lure of life,
Made me want to leave my only home tonight.

I'm just wondering how we know where we belong
Is it in the arc of the moon, leaving shadows on the lawn
In the path of fireflies and a single bird at dawn
Singing in between here and gone

Mary Chapin Carpenter

Source: Between Here & Gone

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A Quote by Mohawk Blessing on earth


Thank you, Earth.  You know the way.

Mohawk Blessing

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A Quote by Frank Waters on earth


The earth itself assures us it is a living entity.  Deep below surface one can hear its slow pulse, feel its vibrant rhythm.  The great breathing mountains expand and contract.  The vast sage desert undulates with almost imperceptible tides like the oceans.  From the very beginning, throughout all its cataclysmic upthrusts and deep sea submergences, the planet Earth seems to have maintained an ordered rhythm.

Frank Waters

Source: Mountain Dialogues

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A Quote by J.R.R. Tolkien on earth


Yet it is not our part to master all the tides of the world, but to do what is in us for the succor of those years wherein we are set, uprooting the evil in the fields that we know, so that those who live after may have a clean earth to till.  What weather they shall have is not ours to rule.

J.R.R. Tolkien (1892 - 1973)

Source: The Return of the King [The Lord of the Rings]

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A Quote by Mary Daly on earth


We will look upon the earth and her sister planets as being with us, not for us.  One does not rape a sister.

Mary Daly

Source: The Columbia Dictionary of Quotations

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A Quote by Sam Walter Foss on dream, earth, soul, and trees

The woods were made for the hunters of dreams,
   The brooks for the fisher of song;
To the hunters who hunt for the gunless game
   The streams and the woods belong.
There are thoughts that moan from the soul of the pine
   And thoughts in a flower-bell curled;
And the thoughts that are blown with the scent of the fern
   Are as new and as old as the world.

Sam Walter Foss

Source: In the Acadian Land: Nature Studies

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A Quote by Christopher Darlington Morley on books, earth, humor, and sea

Love and friendship and humour and ships at sea by night - there's all heaven and earth in a book, a real book I mean.

Christopher Morley (1890 - 1957)

Source: Parnassus on Wheels

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A Quote by Siddhartha Gautama Buddha on earth


As the bee collects nectar and departs without injuring the flower, or its color or fragrance, so let the sage dwell on earth.

Buddha (563 - 483 BC)

Source: Dhammapada

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