" … . The only way in which the old consciousness could survive as a repressive force would be if the young, when they become older, return to their parents' consciousness. But if consciousnes is not a set of values or opinions, but a total understanding of reality, then there can be no return, for the experience is now part of the individual. Once an individual has experienced good relationships with others, relationships with openness, honesty, sharing and love,he will no longer be able to accept or tolerate relationships where nothing is happening. Once a person has experienced a true sense of wonder in nature, a participation in the sea or mountains, he will not go back to travel agent tours or mechanized camping. The new reality is just too much better."
—Greening of America Page 338
Following is from: The Church Within #426 [Experience.]
"By far the best proof is experience."
—Sir Francis Bacon (1561 - 1626)
"You cannot acquire experience by making experiments. You cannot create experience. You must undergo it."
—Albert Camus (1913 - 1960)
"Life is not a problem to be solved, but a reality to be experienced."
—Soren Kierkegaard (1813 - 1855)
"Truth is what stands the test of experience."
—Albert Einstein (1879 - 1955)
"All truly wise thoughts have been thoughts already thousands of times; but to make them truly ours, we must think them over again honestly, till they take root in our personal experience."
—Johann Wolfgang von Goethe (1749 ? 1832)
"Don't be discouraged by a failure. It can be a positive experience. Failure is, in a sense, the highway to success, inasmuch as every discovery of what is false leads us to seek earnestly after what is true, and every fresh experience points out some form of error which we shall afterwards carefully avoid."
—John Keats (1795 - 1821)
"Nothing is a waste of time if you use the experience wisely."
—Rodin (1840 - 1917)
"The most beautiful thing we can experience is the mysterious. It is the source of all true art and science."
—Albert Einstein (1879 - 1955)
"Discovering Father's Will is not something you do by talking or by reading or by listening, although these indeed can and do lead you in the direction of discovering Our Father's will for you, but the Truth of discovering Father's Will is acquired only through personal experience. You can say, 'I Know that is Father's Will for me,' but if you have not experienced the reality of this, first hand, then regardless of how true it may be in potential, it is but a statement. It has not the power to personally affect your life and the lives of those whom you touch."
—(From: Solonia - 2/28/04 the Garden TeaM)
"Faith transforms the philosophic God of probability into the saving God of certainty in the personal religious experience. Skepticism may challenge the theories of theology, but confidence in the dependability of personal experience affirms the truth of that belief which has grown into faith."
—The Urantia Papers - Paper-102 Section-6
"Theories are always very thin and insubstantial, experience only is tangible."
—Hosea Ballou (1796 - 1861)
"Knowledge, like religion, must be "experienced" in order to be known."
—Edwin P. Whipple
"Those who know God have experienced the fact of his presence; such God-knowing mortals hold in their personal experience the only positive proof of the existence of the living God which one human being can offer to another."
—The Urantia Papers - Paper-1 Section-2
"Through faith man experiences the meaning of the world; through action he is to give to it, meaning."
"Happiness cannot be traveled to, owned, earned, worn or consumed. Happiness is the spiritual experience of living every minute with love, grace and gratitude."
"Perhaps the feelings that we experience when we are in love represent a normal state. Being in love shows a person who he should be."
—Anton Chekhov (1860 - 1904
"Religion cannot be bestowed, received, loaned, learned, or lost. It is a personal experience which grows proportionally to the growing quest for final values. Cosmic growth thus attends on the accumulation of meanings and the ever-expanding elevation of values. But nobility itself is always an unconscious growth."
—The Urantia Papers - Paper-100 Section-1
"The shortest and surest way to live with honor in the world is to be in reality what we would appear to be; all human virtues increase and strengthen themselves by the practice and experience of them."
—Socrates (469 BC - 399 BC)
"I have called upon you to be born again, to be born of the spirit. I have called you out of the darkness of authority and the lethargy of tradition into the transcendent light of the realization of the possibility of making for yourselves the greatest discovery possible for the human soul to make — the supernal experience of finding God for yourself, in yourself, and of yourself, and of doing all this as a fact in your own personal experience. And so may you pass from death to life, from the authority of tradition to the experience of knowing God; thus will you pass from darkness to light, from a racial faith inherited to a personal faith achieved by actual experience; and thereby will you progress from a theology of mind handed down by your ancestors to a true religion of spirit which shall be built up in your souls as an eternal endowment."
—The Urantia Papers - Paper-155 Section-6
"When your focused attention is upon the Heavenly Father, then everything and everyone else that you experience, is perceived far more clearly and purely. It is as if you could see, where before you could not."
Humor of the Week
"We should be careful to get out of an experience only the wisdom that is in it — and stop there; lest we be like the cat that sits down on a hot stove lid. She will never sit on a hot stove lid again — and that is well; but also she will never sit down on a cold one anymore."
"Human beings, who are almost unique in having the ability to learn from the experience of others, are also remarkable for their apparent disinclination to do so."
—Douglas Adams (1952 - 2001)
"Experience is that marvelous thing that enables you to recognize a mistake when you make it again."
—Franklin P. Jones