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The Forgotten Gift

The intuitive mind is a sacred gift and the rational mind is a faithful servant. We have created a society that honors the servant and has forgotten the gift.

— Albert Einstein

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All Impulses
  • All Impulses
  • Charles Eisenstein
  • Culture
  • Quotes
  • Compassion
  • Poetry
  • Death
  • Wonder
  • Meditation

A Big Heart

People in the world aren’t balanced
Love and hate, they do both to extremes
You have to take this heart
And make it bigger

Compassion can overcome all hardships
If you see all beings with a compassionate heart
Then your heart is big
And all troubles are gone

— From the documentary Amongst White Clouds

A Deeper Current

Our system moves according to a deeper current, namely – our civillizational mythology. The stories, meanings, perceptions and agreements that constitute what we think to be reality. The world’s healing must and will come from outside the mythology of separation that bought us to the present impasse.

— Charles Eisenstein, visionary & philosopher (from the book “Climate: A New Story“)

About Fearlessness

The wise do not fear death
Nor do they grieve
For what cannot be lost

Having looked deeply
Into the heart of experience
They can see beyond
The polarity of life and death

— Andreas Frickinger

Acting like a Thief

There’s nothing real from the start
Every day, morning to night, gathering things

Big and small valuables
Money, name and recognition
Gathering it all up into your lap

Like you’re holding the golden key
Busy your whole life for nothing
Acting like a thief

Why not put all this energy to liberation?
Put this mind to the Path

— From the documentary Amongst White Clouds

An Extraordinary Life

You would be crazy to busily polish the silverware as your house burned down. Similarly, it is insane to live a normal life in today’s world. Maybe if millions of children were not malnourished, maybe if torture were not commonplace around the globe, maybe if species and entire ecosystems were not dying, maybe if genocide were forever gone, maybe if all the injustices I’ve chronicled in these pages did not exist—maybe then the “normal” life presented us would be sane. Maybe then it would make sense to absorb ourselves in professional sports, soap operas, the stock market, material acquisition, and the lives of celebrities. Given the reality of the world today though, the only life that makes sense to live is an extraordinary life.

— Charles Eisenstein, visionary & philosopher (from the book “Ascent of Humanity“)

Asking the Right Questions

The problem today is not that we are answering the questions the wrong way. We’re not even asking the right questions. To get to the right questions requires letting go of some of what we thought we knew.

Charles Eisenstein, visionary & philosopher (from the course “Unlearning: for Change Agents“)

At the Red Light

At the red light
Hard sunlight illuminates the street
Stirring piano chords in the air
A wave is rushing through my body
My eyes becoming moist
The next moment

— Nils Schmalenbach

Busy, Busy, Mine, Mine

Ten thousand things, all in this breath
Why are people in this world so busy?
Just for this one breath
They say “busy, busy, mine, mine…”

Busy a whole lifetime for “Me”
When this breath is cut off
You let go of the whole universe
Why not let go from the start?

— From the documentary Amongst White Clouds


Q: How much “ego” do you need?
A: Just enough so that you don’t step in front of a bus.

— Shunryu Suzuki, zen master, 20th century

Hazy Blue Mountain

Hazy blue mountain at a distance
How far away are you?

To me, you are right here
Closer than the tip of my nose

How could I ever believe
You were outside of me?

— Andreas Frickinger


The wind is coming
A range of trees in the distance
Waving welcome and goodbye
Your voice so intimate and close
Your smile echoing through my body

— Nils Schmalenbach

Mere Opposites

To be and not to be are just two ideas opposing each other. But they are not reality, and they do not describe reality.

— Thich Nhat Hanh, zen master

My Dearest Belief

In the moment of death
Even if it comes with great force and fury
It will have its own strange beauty
And I will be ready
To surrender
To life

— Nils Schmalenbach

No Shortcuts

There are no spiritual shortcuts through psychological terrain.

— Akincano Weber, buddhist teacher

Our Loyalties

Our loyalties are to the species and the planet. We speak for earth. Our obligation to survive and flourish is owed not just to ourselves but also to that cosmos, ancient and vast, from which we spring.

— Carl Sagan, astrophysicist

Patient Mountains

Looking down into the valley
Shapes of clouds seem numberless

Up here, the weather changes quickly
Sun, wind, clouds and rain
Conduct an endless symphony

The lake reflects without a preference
As patient mountains listen deeply

— Andreas Frickinger

Summer Walk

There it is
Coming from nowhere
Going nowhere
Two flickering lights in the distance
Dogs barking
Warm wind touched by the skin
A firm stand on the ground
So very peaceful in the midst of it all
As the heart opens
It doesn’t reject anything
Nor does it add something unnecessary
There it is
A taste of freedom

— Andreas Frickinger

The Extraordinary Irony

The extraordinary irony is that we have become so obsessed with exploiting and abusing our actual treasure—a flourishing biosphere with healthy forests and topsoil, lakes and oceans full of marine life, an unpolluted atmosphere—in order to maximize something that in itself has no value whatsoever—namely, digital numbers in bank accounts. Because all the world’s economies are wholly owned subsidiaries of the earth’s biosphere, our preoccupation with ever-increasing production and consumption is now disrupting the ecosystems of our planet.

— David Loy, buddhist teacher (from the book “Ecodharma“)

The Forgotten Gift

The intuitive mind is a sacred gift and the rational mind is a faithful servant. We have created a society that honors the servant and has forgotten the gift.

— Albert Einstein

The Nature of Our Impact

The healing of this planet is not a matter of humanity stepping out, creating a separate human realm and leaving nature untouched. It will not come through minimizing our impact. It will come through changing the nature of our impact. It will come through a different kind of participation in nature—one where humanity returns to being an extension of and not and exception to ecology.

— Charles Eisenstein, visionary & philosopher (from the book “Climate: A New Story“)


Thought creates the world and then says – I didn`t do it.

— David Bohm, quantum physicist & philosopher

To Study the Self

To study the self is to forget the self, and to forget oneself is to realize one’s nonduality with the world. I came to realize clearly that mind is no other than mountains, rivers and the great wide earth, the sun and the moon and the stars.

— Dogen, zen master, 13th century

True Silence

A noisy mountain river
Waves of sound
Dancing around trees
Miraculously entering my ears
No one here
To disturb the silence

— Andreas Frickinger


Fallen into
This vast universe without meaning
Lonely and caught up in confusion
Taken away by the winds of separation

A glimpse of reunion
Guided by precious beings
Although no beings can be found anywhere

A longing to be united
With unconditional peace
Searching for miracles in the wrong places
All of them to be found within the breath

As body and mind become transparent
The heart
Steps out of its self-made confinements
Into the vastness of it all

— Andreas Frickinger

What is moving?

Two monks are arguing:
The flag is moving!
No, the wind is moving!

Master Hui Neng replies:
Not wind, not flag. Mind is moving.

— zen proverb

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