Interesting quotations

Here is some quotations, that I find interesting. Hope you will like it.

That's me. Jessie Opal, sister to the Grim Reaper. I'm probably the last person you'd see before you die.

Harbinger (a PSI-KICKS story)

As with most people undergoing chemotherapy, Madeline found very few things palatable to eat. On one occasion as we discussed what she would select for lunch, she mentioned that she was so obsessed (my word) about germs that she wished people would wear sterile gloves while preparing her food. She watched me as I processed that statement for a few beats, and then I said, "So, you think . . . and mirrored her statement back to her. The statement had a profound effect on her, and she started to laugh and couldn't stop. She hooted and rocked in the chair until tears rolled down her face and, finally turned to me and said, "Well, I guess that's enough of that!" She continued to burst into laughter for days afterwards, every time the subject of making her food came up. Shortly thereafter we did a belief change from, "Food can be dangerous and other people know more about what to eat than I do, to "I know how to choose what is going to go into my body." And, from that moment on, she did.

"ALL OF THEM" by Beverly Martin Gorley

... to be who you are, your nervous system must be clear of who you are not.

"A Journey to Total Health" by: John Tozeland

If you wonder what your purpose in life is, look to the times when your life is filled with love, joy and happiness. What are you doing then? Are things in your life falling into place, or is life a struggle? If you are wondering how you are doing in achieving your purpose look at your life.

Following Your Life's Purpose by John Tozeland

On completion, life makes sense! A person can make decisions true to their Sense of Life. This person understands why he or she lived life their way. This person has re-evaluated his or her important relationships from the perspective of fulfillment, and can decide which relationships to nurture, and which relationships to change. This person has recognised their relationship bonds, replaced or dissolved unwanted bonds, and can make decisions independent of those bonds. This person has reconciled the effect of significant traumatic events, and can decide how to express emotions appropriately.

Human Consciousness and Decision-Making University Forum on Human Consciousness, Hull UK

June 1997 Keynote Talk by Martyn Carruthers

As Robert Dilts says, we do certain change techniques, then a miracle happens and the change takes place.

The subjective structure of many psycho-physiological states that ultimately result in sickness, disease, psychosomatic problems arise because of the negative emotional (mental-emotional) states (meta-states) that we have brought to bear upon some original difficulty. The problem doesn't merely lie in the fact that we have a headache--but that we hate our headache. The way we "run our brain" about our internal experiences can turn our psychic (mental-emotional) energies against ourselves to our detriment. We can thereby layer our experience so that we live in a meta-state of non-acceptance, self-rejection, self-hatred of our experiences.

Herein lies the paradox and ironic nature of accessing states of joy, pleasantness, acceptance, humor, imperfectionism (in contrast to perfectionism), affection, meaningfulness about our fallibilities, hurts, dysfunctions. As we lighten up and cease to take such primary states so seriously, we set a higher level frame-of-reference around things (outframe). This creates "magic" (neuro-semantic and neuro-linguistic magic) at a higher level. Thus the seeming "magic" of accepting and welcoming my headache. Typically the headache vanishes.

by L. Michael Hall, Ph.D.

In 1989, I was invited to teach in Hawaii, where I met a native healer, Papa Havi (a "kahuna la'au lapa'au", living in Hilo, Hawaii). Papa Havi uses a number healing concepts that transcended my hypnotic skills. His work includes each client learning from their disease, as if each symptom was a teacher. (Papa Havi: "It is more important that a person learn from a disease than that they heal it!") He also focuses the importance of helping a client heal their relationships! I returned to Hawaii many times to study with Papa Havi and other native healers.

Human Consciousness and Decision-Making University Forum on Human Consciousness, Hull UK June 1997
Keynote Talk by Martyn Carruthers

Pain happens - suffering is optional! Suffering is a choice.

Human Consciousness and Decision-Making University Forum on Human Consciousness, Hull UK June 1997
Keynote Talk by Martyn Carruthers

"Without habit a man might be occupied all day in dressing and undressing himself; the attitude of his body would absorb all his attention and energy; the washing of his hands or the fastening of a button would be as difficult to him on each occasion as to the child on its first trial; and he would furthermore, be completely exhausted by his exertions. Think of the pains necessary to teach a child to stand." (p. 5).

"Seize the very first possible opportunity to act on every resolution you make, and on every emotional prompting you may experience in the direction of the habits you aspire to gain. It is not the moment of their forming, but in the moment of their producing motor effects, that resolves and aspiration communicate the new 'set' to the brain. (p. 14)

"Be systematically ascetic or heroic in little unnecessary points, do every day or two something for no other reason than that you would rather not do it, so that when the hour of dire need draws nigh, it may find you not unnerved and untrained to stand the test. So with the man who has daily inured trained himself to habits of concentrated attention, energetic volition, and self-denial in unnecessary things. He will stand like a tower when everything rocks around him, and when his softer fellow-mortals are winnowed like chaff in the blast." (p. 16).

James, William (1892/ 1961). Psychology: The briefer Course. (Ed. by Gordon Allport). NY: Harper & Row.

He was convinced she was clever, but in a way that was difficult to recognise.

``What do you think? Have modern forms of villainy made heroism obsolete?''

People who define creativity by the results mistake product for process.

NLP Article Creativity - The sex appeal of the intellect Joseph O'Connor 1997

If you always do what you've always done, you'll always get what you've always gotten.

The question may come up, what if they're resistant, or ask you, "Why are you asking me this stuff?" I had that happen once when I was signing up a new client. And I was asking him to recall all sorts of outrageous stuff. He said, "I can't believe I'm sitting here answering all your crazy questions!" I said, "I know! I can't believe it either! Why are you doing that?" He answered, "You know, I just feel like I'm very close to you." Bandler and Grinder say, "There are no resistant patients, only resistant therapists." So before you ask outrageous questions, establish rapport. Then you can do anything, and they'll forgive you.

AN INTRODUCTION TO NLP Some Basic Concepts in Neuro Linguistic Programming by Tad James, M.S., Ph.D., Certified NLP Master Trainer

Mis-Leading Metaphor:
The term generates some false-to-fact conclusions.
Not a "sub" level.

"How could the quality of a picture like having movement like a movie or still like a snapshot, or having color or coded as black-and-white, close or far, fuzzy or clear, etc., exist as a 'smaller part' of the whole?"
"How could the quality of a sound like the quality of volume (quiet to loud) exist as a 'smaller part' of the sound?"

Presentation - Association of NLP in the UK - November 21 -22, 1998
Submodality Secrets Revealed L. Michael Hall, Ph.D.

There's an old Chinese proverb that says, "The beginning of wisdom is to call things by their right names."

Sharpen your saw with Stephen Covey

The trouble with the illustration is that "the phobias" are not a diagnostic group. What I argued against was asserting that they are (Brenner, 1982, pp. 157-159). One sees symptoms of phobic avoidance in all sorts of patients, including psychotic ones. Phobia is not a useful diagnostic category, because all it tells one is that, as part of her or his symptomatology, a patient makes use of avoidance. It doesn't differentiate one class or group of patients from all others in a useful or etiologically important way. If what you want to study is defense, then it's useful to study avoidance (i.e., phobias), as they appear in all sorts of patients. If what you want to study is classes or categories of mental illness, you're not going to find it useful, I think, to focus your attention on phobias.

Journal of Clinical Psychoanalysis Vol. 3, No. 4, 1994 Discussion: Dr. Charles Brenner.

That which does not kill me makes me stronger. -- Nietzsche

Since all is one, then nothing is wrong.
-- Charles Manson

Power doesn't corrupt. Power attracts the corruptible.
-- Frank Herbert

God is not nice. God is not an uncle. God is an earthquake.
-- Hasidic saying

"What are you doing, Zek?" said Judge Webster to his eldest boy.
"What are you doing, Daniel?"
"Helping Zek."

It is error alone which needs the support of government. Truth can stand by itself. -- from Notes on the State of Virginia

Ye are the light of the world. A city that is set on an hill cannot be hid. Neither do men light a candle, and put it under a bushel, but on a candlestick; and it giveth light unto all that are in the house. (Matt 5:14-15)

Important principles may and must be flexible.
Abraham Lincoln

An injurious truth has no merit over an injurious lie.

"On the Decay of the Art of Lying," speech, 1881
Mark Twain

Keep away from people who try to belittle your ambitions. Small people always do that, but the really great make you feel that you, too, can become great.

MacLaren, Morally We Roll Along, 1938, as quoted in Alex Ayres' The Wit and Wisdom of Mark Twain.

"I don't suppose there was much danger. People born to be hanged are safe in water."

remark by Mark Twain's mother when learning of his narrow escape from drowning in Bear Creek (as told by Alex Ayres, The Wit and Wisdom of Mark Twain)

It is only necessary to know that love is a direction and not a state of the soul. The sea is not less beautiful in our eyes because we know that sometimes ships are wrecked by it.

Simone Weil

All the world says: my teaching (Tao) greatly resembles folly. Because it is great; therefore it resembles folly. If it did not resemble folly, It would have long ago become petty indeed!

The Character of Tao

Since nobody is perfect and since we can learn from each other's mistakes, it may be useful to regard those who disagree with us as potential teachers from whom we can learn about a different perception of reality. This seems to be a more rational, democratic and compasssionate attitude than one which assumes others are either totally right or totally wrong. Furthermore, it enables us to understand and communicate with a wide variety of human beings who have different views of reality and nevertheless share the same human experiences of fear and the same human desire for happiness.

-Frances Vaughan, "Spiritual Issues in Psychotherapy", JTP,Vol. 23, 2, ,1991.

If I were to speak for myself," a graduate student said one day in the middle of her oral exam--and then stopped. Hearing the sound of dissociation--the separation of herself from what she was saying, she began to question her relationship to what she was saying and what she was not saying. For whom was she speaking, and where was she in relation to herself?

Carol Gilligan: From In A Different Voice:

Avoid any doctor or professional that tells you nothing can be done. They are ignorant. They simply don't have a clue. Almost everyone can experience volume reduction or emotional improvement. Exceptions are very uncommon. Avoid any doctor who is willing to stop trying to help you.

Kevin Hogan

Always Give More Than You Promised

Napoleon Hill always made sure his audiences knew the principle of going the extra mile. Follow the example of those who sell who become millionaires. If you promise something make sure that your customer gets exactly what you promise and then some. Remember that phrase: ...and then some!

Kevin Hogan The 21st Century Selling Model

We are all beggars, each in his own way. -- Paine, Mark Twain: A Biography.

David Ogilvy, a pragmatic ad man, writes that "When I write an advertisement, I don't want you to tell me you find it 'creative.' I want you to find it so interesting that you buy the product."

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