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By Anonym 13 Sep

Sam Keen

Being pretty successful, I can, of course, afford some luxuries. But I realize again and again how we have to disillusion ourselves of the idea that these things are going to give us real satisfaction.

By Anonym 15 Sep

Sam Keen

To a large extent, the aged in our society are ghettoized. Old people are seen as useless, bypassed by history, old-fashioned, in the way. So, not surprisingly, when we reach the official mark of old age, we're supposed to go gently into that good night, to get off center stage and hand over the spotlight. Old age is also surrounded by shame - the myth of impotence and inability.

By Anonym 15 Sep

Sam Keen

There has always been a part of me that saw wilderness and risk-taking as the path to freedom.

By Anonym 15 Sep

Sam Keen

To sustain love, a man and a woman must continually be marrying and divorcing, moving with, against, away from, and beyond each other, saying 'yes' and 'no'.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Sam Keen

Every time I come across a rattlesnake on my farm I initially react in fear and am tempted to kill it. Then I realize I wouldn't want to live in a world where all wild things - without and within - are domesticated.

By Anonym 15 Sep

Sam Keen

What shapes our lives are the questions we ask, refuse to ask, or never think to ask.

By Anonym 14 Sep

Sam Keen

Soul grows in communion. Word by word, story by story, for better or worse, we build our world. From true conversation - speaking and listening - communication deepens into compassion and creates community.

By Anonym 14 Sep

Sam Keen

Our society has been eaten up by the economic view of things, which routinely forces us to work at jobs that don't mean anything.

By Anonym 15 Sep

Sam Keen

The spiritual journey is one that we must take "alone together," in the same way that a good marriage involves a dance between solitude and communion. The life of the spirit entails a continuous alternation between retreating into oneself and going out into the world: it's an inward-outward journey. There is a solitary part to it, but that solitude helps us to develop richer and more in-depth relationships with our friends, our children, our community, and the political world.

By Anonym 15 Sep

Sam Keen

To really love a person completely is to come to a point where your stories are intertwined.

By Anonym 14 Sep

Sam Keen

Our minds, bodies, feelings, relationships are all informed by our questions. What you ask is who you are. What you find depends on what you search for. And what shapes our lives are the questions we ask, refuse to ask, or never think of asking.

By Anonym 15 Sep

Sam Keen

We now realize that we're not living in a piecemeal world, but a world where everything is linked together.

By Anonym 14 Sep

Sam Keen

I think it's increasingly hard to have deep self-knowledge without entering the darkness in some way.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Sam Keen

Consensual paranoia - the pathology of the normal person who is a member of a war-justifying society - forms the template from which all the images of the enemy are created. By studying the logic of paranoia, we can see why certain archetypes of the enemy must necessarily recur, no matter what the historical circumstances.

By Anonym 15 Sep

Sam Keen

The major impediment to experiencing the sacred depths of ordinary moments is the speed and distraction of contemporary life that moves to the imperatives of the global economic order.In addition, we increasingly live in a virtual world in which our reality is filtered through media and information technology.

By Anonym 15 Sep

Sam Keen

What happens if I try to build a life dedicated to avoiding all danger and all unnecessary risk?

By Anonym 15 Sep

Sam Keen

Wise people are able to give themselves gracefully to seemingly contradictory experiences, because they know that they belong to different seasons of life, all of which are necessary to the whole. Spring and winter, growth and decay, creativity and fallowness, health and sickness, power and impotence, and life and death all belong within the economy of being.

By Anonym 15 Sep

Sam Keen

To love is to return to a home we never left, to remember who we are.

By Anonym 15 Sep

Sam Keen

The traditional gender ideals of the strong-silent man who plays his cards close to his chest and the mysterious woman who disguises her feelings with coyness go so far as to make a virtue of being unavailable and secretive. But wholehearted intimacy can develop only where two people are equally forthcoming and self-revelatory. To take the risk of loving, we must become vulnerable enough to test the radical proposition that knowledge of another and self-revelation will ultimately increase rather than decrease love. It is an awe-ful risk.

By Anonym 14 Sep

Sam Keen

The first part of the spiritual journey should properly be called psychological rather than spiritual because it involves peeling away the myths and illusions that have misinformed us.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Sam Keen

If some incarnation of evil as unambiguous as Hitler appeared again, I would have no moral qualms about killing the enemy. But in the modern world of moral murkiness, I prefer to keep my hands as clean of enemy blood as possible.

By Anonym 15 Sep

Sam Keen

The more you become a connoisseur of gratitude, the less you are a victim of resentment, depression, and despair.

By Anonym 14 Sep

Sam Keen

Myth is the system of basic metaphors, images, and stories that informs the perceptions, memories, and aspirations of a people; provides the rationale for its institutions, rituals and power structure; and gives a map of the purpose and stages of life.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Sam Keen

Burnout is nature's way of telling you, you've been going through the motions your soul has departed; you're a zombie, a member of the walking dead, a sleepwalker. False optimism is like administrating stimulants to an exhausted nervous system.

By Anonym 14 Sep

Sam Keen

I think we're always in the process of writing and rewriting the story of our lives, forming our experiences into a narrative that makes sense. Much of that work involves demythologizing family myths and cultural myths - getting free of what we have been told about ourselves.

By Anonym 14 Sep

Sam Keen

Mystical experiences (unlike scientific conclusions) cannot be communicated from one person to another. Philosophers and little children are continually amazed that we, unaccountably, find ourselves in a somewhat intelligible world.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Sam Keen

Good men and good women have fire in the belly. We are fierce. Don't mess with us if you're looking for someone who will always be 'nice' to you. Nice gets you a C+ in life. We don't always smile, talk in a soft voice, or engage in indiscriminate hugs. In the loving struggle between the sexes we thrust and parry.

By Anonym 15 Sep

Sam Keen

To be on a quest is nothing more or less than to become an asker of questions.

By Anonym 15 Sep

Sam Keen

The root of humanly caused evil is not man's animal nature, not territorial aggression, or innate selfishness, but our need to gain self-esteem, deny our mortality, and achieve a heroic self-image. Our desire for the best is the cause of the worst.

By Anonym 15 Sep

Sam Keen

You don't go through a deep personal transformation without some kind of dark night of the soul.

By Anonym 15 Sep

Sam Keen

We [people] may enjoy this fleeting beauty [of life] for such a brief instance. And then we are compost. G - , the creator-destroyer, certainly has a strange sense of humor!

By Anonym 14 Sep

Sam Keen

Neurotic identity crises come when our defense mechanisms have been too successful and we're encapsulated in the fortress we have constructed with nothing to refresh us in our solitary confinement. So we play the old movies with their stale fears and their unrealistic hopes until we become bored enough to risk disarmament and engagement.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Sam Keen

As a mode of perception that often becomes a style of life, paranoia weaves around the vulnerable self or group an air-tight metaphysic and world view. Paranoia is an antireligious mysticism based on the feeling or perception that the world in general, and others in particular, are against me or us. Reality is perceived as hostile. By contrast, the religious mystic experiences the ground of being as basically friendly to the deepest needs of the self. That which is unknown, strange, or beyond our comprehension is with and for rather than against us.

By Anonym 14 Sep

Sam Keen

I think we're inevitably going to be depressed when we focus the major part of our energy and attention on something that doesn't give us meaning, only material things.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Sam Keen

Each day befriend a single fear, and the miscellaneous terrors of being human will never join together to form such a morass of vague anxiety that it rules your life from the shadows of the unconscious. We learn to fly not by being fearless, but by the daily practice of courage.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Sam Keen

A society in which vocation and job are separated for most people gradually creates an economy that is often devoid of spirit, one that frequently fills our pocketbooks at the cost of emptying our souls.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Sam Keen

Aristotle said that philosophy begins in wonder. I believe it also ends in wonder. The ultimate way in which we relate to the world as something sacred is by renewing our sense of wonder. That's why I'm so opposed to the kind of miracle-mongering we find in both new-age and old-age religion. We're attracted to pseudomiracles only because we've ceased to wonder at the world, at how amazing it is.

By Anonym 15 Sep

Sam Keen

Without reverence we [people] will gradually descend into ecocide. In the degree that the imperatives of the market - the temple of the Mall - govern our lives, we are in escalating danger of destroying the commonwealth of all sentient beings - bugs and bees and buntings - on which we depend for a luxurious life on planet earth.

By Anonym 14 Sep

Sam Keen

I think we have to trust ourselves in the darkness of not knowing. The God out of which we came and into which we go is an unknown God. It's the luminosity of that darkness and that unknowing that is, I think, the most human - and the most sacred - place of all.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Sam Keen

At thirty I lived in a world where death wasn't immediately real; it was always something "out there." My deeply held illusions of immortality - a product of my very conservative religious upbringing - were still pretty much intact.

By Anonym 15 Sep

Sam Keen

The spiritual mind is always metaphorical. Spiritual thinking is poetic thinking. It's always trying to put a very diaphanous experience into words, realizing all the while that words are inadequate.

By Anonym 15 Sep

Sam Keen

We learn to fly not by being fearless, but by the daily practice of courage.

By Anonym 19 Sep

Sam Keen

The question that surrounds lovemaking is, "Did you cum?" and the unasked question beneath that is, "Am I all right?

By Anonym 15 Sep

Sam Keen

The more you become a connoisseur of gratitude, the less you are a victim of resentment, depression, and despair. Gratitude will act as an elixir that will gradually dissolve the hard shell of your ego-your need to posses and control-and transform you into a generous being. The sense of gratitude produces true spiritual alchemy, makes us magnanimous-lar ge souled.

By Anonym 14 Sep

Sam Keen

The best practice is to follow the advice posted on every railroad crossing: Stop. Look. Listen.

By Anonym 15 Sep

Sam Keen

We suffer from the illusion that the faster we run, the more likely we are to grasp happiness. The truth is that the velocity necessary for success rarely exceeds the rate of reflection.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Sam Keen

I suspect that we are all recipients of cosmic love notes. Messages, omens, voices, cries, revelations, and appeals are homogenized into each day's events. If only we knew how to listen, to read the signs.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Sam Keen

Enter each day with the expectation that the happenings of the day may contain a clandestine message addressed to you personally. Expect omens, epiphanies, casual blessings and teachers who unknowingly speak to your condition.

By Anonym 14 Sep

Sam Keen

Mounting an expedition to actualize a Compassionate Commonwealth of all peoples...is the great spiritual challenge of our time.

By Anonym 15 Sep

Sam Keen

The more we chase away the false mysteries - those things we think we know about ourselves and others - the more mysterious our existence becomes.