3rd Chakra: Manipura ~ Lustrous gem • Will • Personal Power • Self-Esteem • The Right to Act • Fire

“I radiate Acceptance and I am deeply loved by others.” – Louise Hay

“Joy comes when you’re being spontaneous — it’s really hard to be happy when you’re not being yourself.” – Tony Robbins

“The only way to avoid pissing people off is to do nothing important.” — Oliver Emberton

“It’s not about the cards you’re dealt, but how you play the hand.”
― Randy Pausch, The Last Lecture

“Your playing small does not serve the world. There is nothing enlightened about shrinking so that other people will not feel insecure around you. We are all meant to shine, as children do. It is not just in some of us; it is in everyone, and as we let our light shine, we unconsciously give others permission to do the same. As we are liberated from our fear, our presence automatically liberates others.” Marianne Williamson

“Whatever you do, don’t try and escape from your pain, but be with it. Because the attempt to escape from pain creates more pain.” The Tibetan Book of living and Dying

“Any form of art is a form of power; it has impact, it can affect change – it can not only move us, it makes us move.” ~ Ossie Davis

“Don’t outsource your self-esteem to only one outcome. Then you are a slave to a future you can’t predict.” – James Altucher

“Keep clear of the dupes that talk democracy / And the dogs that talk revolution / Drunk with talk, liars and believers … / Long live freedom, and damn the ideologies.” – Robinson Jeffers

“What mad pursuit? What struggle to escape?” – John Keats, ‘Ode on a Grecian Urn’

“We take almost all of the decisive steps in our lives as a result of slight inner adjustments of which we are barely conscious.” – W. G. Sebald

“It was that impossible thing: happiness that does not wilt to reveal the thin shoots of some new desire rising from within it.”  ~ George Saunders

“Man may have discovered fire, but women discovered how to play with it.”  –Candace Bushnell

“What you do today is important because you are exchanging a day of your life for it.” – Unknown

“It’s not enough to be nice in life. You’ve got to have nerve.”  – Georgia O’Keeffe

“It is our choices…that show what we truly are, far more than our abilities.” — J.K. Rowling

“The strongest principle of growth lies in human choice.” — George Eliot

“Claim your space. Draw a circle of light around it. Push back against the dark. Don’t just survive. Celebrate.”  ~ Charles Frazier

“Today I will do what others won’t, so tomorrow I can do what others can’t.” ~ Jerry Rice

“Success is a state of mind. If you want success, start thinking of yourself as a success.” ~ Joyce Brothers

“The greatest change we need to make is from consumption to production, even if on a small scale, in our own gardens. If only 10% of us do this, there is enough for everyone. Hence the futility of revolutionaries who have no gardens, who depend on the very system they attack, and who produce words and bullets, not food and shelter.” – Bill Mollison

“Your job is to build your own path to influence, where success may just be right around the corner.” ~ Catherine Haggarty

“Before I can discard the verse, I have to write it… I can’t discard a verse before it is written because it is the writing of the verse that produces whatever delights or interests or facets that are going to catch the light. The cutting of the gem has to be finished before you can see whether it shines.” – Leonard Cohen

“In the more intimate sphere of personal life, the problem is the pain of trying to avoid suffering and the fear of trying not to be afraid.” ~ Allan Watts, Become What You Are

“No one expected me. Everything awaited me.”
―Patti Smith, Just Kids

“Ignorance killed the cat; curiosity was framed!” ~ C.J. Cherryh

“trust your gut – if it’s slightly crawly-it probably is a creep!!” – Vanessa A. Herman

“Get up stand up. Stand up for your rights.” Bob Marley

“The secret of getting ahead is getting started. The secret of getting started is breaking complex overwhelming tasks into small manageable tasks, and then starting in on the first one.”  ~ Mark Twain

“Life appears to me too short to be spent in nursing animosity or registering wrongs.” ~ Charlotte Brontë

“If we listened to our intellect, we’d never have a love affair… or go into business. You’ve got to jump off cliffs and build your wings on the way down.”  — Annie Dillard

“The time you enjoy wasting is not wasted time.”  — Bertrand Russell

“She refused to be bored chiefly because she wasn’t boring.” ~ Zelda Fitzgerald

“I have no special talents. I am only passionately curious.”
Albert Einstein

“Every child is an artist. The problem is how to remain an artist once we grow up.” – Pablo Picasso

“Comedy is the blues for people who can’t sing.” – Chris Rock

“I have work to do, and I am afraid not to do it.” ~ John O’Hara

“One, remember to look up at the stars and not down at your feet. Two, never give up work. Work gives you meaning and purpose and life is empty without it. Three, if you are lucky enough to find love, remember it is there and don’t throw it away.” ~ Stephen Hawking

“We choose our joys and sorrows long before we experience them.” ― Khalil Gibran

“Tenderness and kindness are not signs of weakness and despair, but manifestations of strength and resolution.” ― Khalil Gibran

“You’re an artist when you say you are.” – Amanda Palmer, The Art of Asking

“We are stardust . . . we are golden” – Joni Mitchell

“Life in its becoming is always shedding death, and on the point of death. The conquest of fear yields the courage of life. That is the cardinal initiation of every heroic adventure—fearlessness and achievement.” — Joseph Campbell  A Joseph Campbell Companion: Reflections on the Art of Living

Sun Set Spirit (c) Holly Troy 2013“When we least expect it, life sets us a challenge to test our courage and willingness to change; at such a moment, there is no point in pretending that nothing has happened or in saying that we are not yet ready. The challenge will not wait. Life does not look back. A week is more than enough time for us to decide whether or not to accept our destiny.” ― Paulo Coelho

“If you end up with a boring miserable life because you listened to your mom, your dad, your teacher, your priest, or some guy on television telling you how to do your shit, then you deserve it.” ―Frank Zappa

“Make a radical change in your lifestyle and begin to boldly do things which you may previously never have thought of doing, or been too hesitant to attempt. So many people live within unhappy circumstances and yet will not take the initiative to change their situation because they are conditioned to a life of security, conformity, and conservation, all of which may appear to give one peace of mind, but in reality nothing is more damaging to the adventurous spirit within a man than a secure future. The very basic core of a man’s living spirit is his passion for adventure. The joy of life comes from our encounters with new experiences, and hence there is no greater joy than to have an endlessly changing horizon, for each day to have a new and different sun. If you want to get more out of life, you must lose your inclination for monotonous security and adopt a helter-skelter style of life that will at first appear to you to be crazy. But once you become accustomed to such a life you will see its full meaning and its incredible beauty.” ― Jon Krakauer

“A life spent making mistakes is not only more honorable, but more useful than a life spent doing nothing.” ― George Bernard Shaw

“Resist much, obey little.”
― Walt WhitmanLeaves of Grass

“My mission in life is not merely to survive, but to thrive; and to do so with some passion, some compassion, some humor, and some style.” 
― Maya Angelou

“The sun shines not on us, but in us.” ~John Muir

“Creativity ignited a spark. In that moment, I saw that art is not peripheral, beauty is not optional, but a strategy for survival.” – Terry Tempest Williams 

“I do not think, sir, you have any right to command me, merely because you are older than I, or because you have seen more of the world than I have; your claim to superiority depends on the use you have made of your time and experience.” ― Charlotte Brontë, Jane Eyre

“Some people never go crazy. What truly horrible lives they must lead.” — Charles Bukowski (1920-1994)

“The only way to deal with an un-free world is to become so absolutely free that your very existence is
an act of rebellion.” — Albert Camus (1913-1960)

“Education is not the filling of a pail but the lighting of a fire.” — William Butler Yeats

“If we don’t change our direction, we are likely to end up where we are headed.” —Reuben Snake (1937-1993), Winnebago Medicine Man

“When I am dancing, it feels like my prayer. Its’s like an offering. I offer my head back to the dance, I offer my shoulders back to the dance, my elbows, my hands, my spine, my knees, my feet, my whole self, my bones, my blood, my experience, my suffering… I offer it all back to the dance and I say: Take it, do whatever you want with me. Release me.” ~ Gabrielle Roth

“There’s always some further action to take.”  ~ Pierre Boulle

“The most common way people give up their power is by thinking they don’t have any.” ~ Alice Walker

“All of our suffering in life is from saying we want one thing and doing another.” – Debbie Ford

sunflower on the mesa (c) Holly Troy“Good things happen to those who hustle.” ~ Anais Nin

“Without personal power, life is a frightening and painful experience.” ~ Caroline Myss

“Guidance requires action, but it does not guarantee safety.” ~ Caroline Myss

“The stronger our spirits become, the less authority linear time can exercise in our lives.” ~ Caroline Myss from Anatomy of the Spirit

“At times our own light goes out and is rekindled by a spark from another person. Each of us has cause to think with deep gratitude of those who have lighted the flame within us. ” ~Albert Schweitzer

“One man with courage makes a majority.” ~ Andrew Jackson

“Courage is resistance to fear, mastery of fear—not absence of fear.” ~ Mark Twain

“Real courage is when you know you’re licked before you begin, but you begin anyway and see it through no matter what.” ~ Harper Lee

“Usually when people are sad, they don’t do anything. They just cry over their condition. But when they get angry, they bring about a change.” ~ Malcolm X

“Through practice, I’ve come to see that the deepest source of my misery is not wanting things to be the way they are. Not wanting myself to be the way I am. Not wanting the world to be the way it is. Not wanting others to be the way they are. Whenever I’m suffering, I find this war with reality to be at the heart of the problem.”  ~ Stephen Cope

“Your hand opens and closes and opens and closes. If it were always a fist or always stretched open, you would be paralyzed. Your deepest presence is in every small contracting and expanding, the two as beautifully balanced and coordinated as bird wings.” ~ Rumi

 “Healthy plants and trees yield abundant flowers and fruits. Similarly, from a healthy person, smiles and happiness shine forth like the rays of the sun.” ~ B.K. S Iyengar

“Yoga is the unifying art of transforming dharma into action, be it through inspired thought, properly nurturing our children, a painting, a kindness or an act of peace that forever moves humanity forward. “ ~ Micheline Berry

“Do your practice and all is coming.” ~ Sri K Patthabi Jois

“Sentiment without action is the ruin of the soul”
-Edward Abbey

“It takes courage to push yourself to places that you have never been before… to test your limits… to break through barriers. And the day came when the risk it took to remain tight inside the bud was more painful than the risk it took to blossom.” ~ Anais Nin

“There is a vitality, a life force, an energy, a quickening that is translated through you into action, and because there is only one of you in all of time, this expression is unique.
And if you block it, it will never exist through any other medium and it will be lost. The world will not have it.

It is not your business to determine how good it is nor how valuable nor how it compares with other expressions. It is your business to keep it yours clearly and directly, to keep the channel open. ” – Martha Graham

“Anger is the first step towards courage.” — Sinéad O’Conner

“Do your thing and don’t care if they like it.”  ~ Tina Fey

“There must be those among whom we can sit down and weep and still be counted as warriors.”  ~ Adrienne Rich

“Never let go of that fiery sadness called desire.”  ~ Patti Smith

“You were wild once. Don’t let them tame you.” — Isadora Duncan

“All serious daring starts from within.” — Eudora Welty

“Freedom lies in being bold.” — Robert Frost

“I don’t give a damn about my bad reputation.” —Joan Jett

“Isn’t it exciting!?” — Rama Jyoti Vernon

‎”You can say anything you want, yes sir, but it’s the words that sing, they soar and descend…I bow to them…I love them, I cling to them, I run them down, I bite them, I melt them…I love words so much…Everything exists in words.” ~Pablo Neruda

“The most common way people give up their power is by thinking they don’t have any.” -Alice Walker

“YOU’VE GOT TO DIG IT TO DIG IT, YOU DIG?” – Thelonious Monk

“YOU’VE GOT IT! IF YOU DON’T WANT TO PLAY, TELL A JOKE OR DANCE, BUT IN ANY CASE, YOU GOT IT! (TO A DRUMMER WHO DIDN’T WANT TO SOLO).” – Thelonious Monk

“What a weary time those years were — to have the desire and the need to live but not the ability.” ― Charles Bukowski, Ham on Rye

“Death will claim no man until his time has come, and nothing will save a man who is fated to die. Therefore be bold: to die in fear is the worst death of all.” – Elizabeth Hand, Available Dark

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