Catalyst Quotes

Compiled by Alex Pena ~ ‘Catalyst’: “to spark, to ignite, energize, mobilize; something that accelerates a reaction (DDI)." Thought-provoking & motivational quotes and stories for you to read, reflect on and move forward in making creative and positive changes in your life.

“You Are the Big Bang / One is Not in Bondage to the Past”

 

“It’s like you took a bottle of ink and you threw it at a wall.  Smash!  And all that ink spread. And in the middle, it’s dense, isn’t it?  And as it gets out on the edge, the little droplets get finer and finer and make more complicated patterns, see? So in the same way, there was a big bang at the beginning of things and it spread.  And you and I, sitting here in this room, as complicated human beings, are way, way out on the fringe of that bang.  We are the complicated little patterns on the end of it.  Very interesting.

But so we define ourselves as being only that.  If you think that you are only inside your skin, you define yourself as one very complicated little curlicue, way out on the edge of that explosion.  Way out in space and way out in time. Billions of years ago, you were a big bang, but now you’re a complicated human being.  And then we cut ourselves off, and don’t feel that we’re still the big bang.  But you are. Depends how you define yourself.  You are actually — if this is the way things started, if there was a big bang in the beginning — you’re not something that’s a result of the big bang.  You’re not something that is a sort of puppet on the end of the process.  You are still the process.

You are the big bang, the original force of the universe, coming on as whoever you are.  When I meet you, I see not just what you define yourself as – Mr. so-and- so, Ms. so-and-so, Mrs. so-and-so – I see every one of you as the primordial energy of the universe coming on at me in this particular way.  I know I’m that, too.  But we’ve learned to define ourselves as separate from it.”   (Alan Wilson Watts)

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“The greatest discovery of our generation is that human beings can alter their lives by altering their attitudes of mind.  As you think, so shall you be.”   (William James)

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“Whenever you are to do a thing, though it can never be known but to yourself, ask yourself how you would act were all the world looking at you, and act accordingly.”   (Thomas Jefferson)

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“What we call our destiny is truly our character and that character can be altered.  The knowledge that we are responsible for our actions and attitudes does not need to be discouraging, because it also means that we are free to change this destiny.  One is not in bondage to the past, which has shaped our feelings, to race, inheritance, background.  All this can be altered if we have the courage to examine how it formed us.  We can alter the chemistry provided we have the courage to dissect the elements.”  (Anaïs Nin)

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