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Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate. Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure. It is our light, not our darkness that most frightens us.’ We ask ourselves, Who am I to be brilliant, gorgeous, talented, and fabulous? Actually, who are you not to be? You are a child of God. 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. We were born to make manifest the glory of God that is within us. It is not just in some of us; it is in everyone and as we let our own light shine, we unconsciously give others permission to do the same. As we are liberated from our own fear, our presence automatically liberates others. 

Where there is understanding, there is no judgment, therefore no need of forgiveness.

Anthony de Mello

I value your trust more than I value your business. 

Tom Joanes (Spring 2012)

The Art of Peace…because we are too powerful for War.

Tom Joanes (Spring 2013)

Make less statements.  Ask more questions.  Connect more deeply.

Tom Joanes (Spring 2013)



I am entitled to nothing. Everything is a gift. I am grateful for every gift.

Tom Joanes (Spring 2011)

Effectiveness of technique is directly proportional to correctness of feeling.  Correctness of feeling is directly proportional to our belief that we are all One.

Tom Joanes (Nov. 2012)

Expand and soften.

Tom Joanes (August 2013)

Change your mind and you change your world.


Replace “but” with “and”, and watch your mind and your life bloom.

Tom Joanes (August 2013)

Don’t worry about beating others.  Beat yourself.  

Shuji Maruyama Sensei (At SFO, after 2011 Fall Camp)

On developing intuition using meditation:
Let each voice have its say.  Make none a favorite.  Acknowledge and thank each.

Dave Nachman Sensei (Dec. 2012)

On developing intuition using meditation:
Many can cut, few can heal…and even fewer can heal with more power than they can cut.  This is why I practice Aikido.

Tom Joanes (July 2013)

Quality is earned by devotion to quantity of conscious awareness, non-judgmental observation, and deliberate execution.

Tom Joanes (July 2013)

Mercy is more life-giving than justice. 

Tom Joanes (2012)

Acknowledge the best.  Ignore the rest. 

Tom Joanes (2013)

If you want to know “Is it right or wrong?” or “Which is the best choice?”, simply ask yourself, “What is the most life-giving decision?”  The more generations of children you consider in answering that question, the more certain you can be in your answer.     

Tom Joanes (refined 2013)

We respond with gentleness because anything more would be unethical.  Gentleness due to inability is simply weakness.  

Tom Joanes (August 2013)