Great Throughts Treasury

A database of quotes

Paul H. Ray

Sociologist, Author, Founding partner in a consulting firm, Integral Partnerships, Chief of Policy Research on Energy Conservation, Department of Energy, Mines and Resources of the Government of Canada, Co-Wrote book, The Cultural Creatives: How 50 Million People Are Changing the World, Chair at Wisdom University

"Precisely what we need are good theories to focus our attention, a good set of ideals to guide our action, and good visions of the future to mobilize our energies."

"Poets and mystics have been telling us for centuries: Wake up. Wake to your true self. Wake to your own connections to what is around you right now. Gaze into someone's eyes, and discover who looks back. Penetrate the mysteries where the worlds touch. Don't go back to sleep."

"We call them "consciousness movements" because of their common intention to throw open the windows and doors of the musty old mind-sets we live in, shake the dust out of the covers we wrap around our bodies, and in a thousand old and new ways, guide whoever is willing to show up and pay attention to a fresh experience of being human."

"While our ancestors knew of only one true way, we have a cornucopia of spiritual and psychological and physical possibilities."

"Each of us is a living system within a greater living system, connected to each other in more ways than we can fathom. "

"We are at a bifurcation point, a fork in the road. People have to not only become more self-aware, but also start talking about it. . . but it could go either way. Our future is not foreordained. We are at a tipping point in civilization. This means we have to be ready to choose a good path."