I ain't much, baby
—but I'm all I've got.

by Jess Lair, Ph.d. | Fawcett—Crest

[Page 13] "Socrates said, 'know thyself.' … There are some things in psychology now that really work. And most importantly, there is a lot of common sense psychology in us and all around us that we just need to open our eyes to.

"I have seen people who had sunk to the rottenest, lowest levels man can possibly imagine, such as alchholics lost in skid row … .

"Every once in awhile a man in that kind of trouble who had hit bottom would look at his life and say to himself, 'I'm going to grow. Because if I don't, I'm going to die' And he sees, 'In my egotism and in my self-centeredness, I have put myself here. I was escaping all responsibility for my actions.'

"By hitting bottom and being hit as hard as he was by life, he is forced to concede, 'Nobody else is to blame for this. None of the people I blamed are around me any more. I'm to blame for this. I caused this.' And when he sees that, he is on his way. People like that can really turn their live's around."

" … Self-knowledge is science; each of us is a laboratory, our only  laboratory, our nearest view of nature itself. 'If things go wrong in the world,' Jung said, 'something is wrong with me. Therefore , if I am sensible, I shall put put myself right first.' "
 Aquarian Conspiracy Page 99 

"… the superior man turns his attention to himself And molds his character. Difficulties and obstructions throw a man back upon himself. While the inferior man seeks to put the blame on other persons, bewailing his fate, the superior man seeks the error within himself, and through this introspection the external obstacle becomes for him an occasion for inner enrichment and education"
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[Page 16] "We are going to be confronted with one huge problem here and that is that your whole tradition of learning from books and classes has been so word-oriented. The problem with words is that they are very slippery things. And the thing we are tryng to learn here is not words—we are trying to learn living. How can you talk about love? How can you talk about a father hugging a child with words? …

"Well, this is the problem: Words are tricky. And in this book, everything I say to you is wrong. It misses the whole mark. This book is not Truth. Because our finite minds cannot know Truth. We can only try to come as close as possible. And the closest I can come to truth is not in words but in the feeling behind them. So as you read, you must read between the lines because that's as close to Truth as you and I get. And because we are talking ablut an infinitely complex life from a limited, finite view. When you catch me with two inconsistent ideas, the Truth is probably somewhere in between."

" …you and I will have to overcome that problem. We're going to have to use words. But we must never make the mistake of confusing the words and the knowledge of the words with anything that is really important. The only thing, the only important objective of this book is to be different. If we are not going to be different, we are just using the words to fool ourselves.

"Now it's very simple for me to teach you a whole lot of new words, a whole lot of new phrases, new explanations and new ways of looking at things. That is very simple. But it is very hard for you to overcome this schooling and bookish tendency so you can see that what we are talking about is a different way of being."

[Page 18] "So … don't fall into the word trap. Don't rush to tell someone what you've read or argue with some small point. Try to make these ideas come more alive in your life. If you don't or can't do that, you're missing something. These are ideas that have changed people's lifes.