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by Jo-Ann Downey

in Inspiration


“If I’m going to sing like someone else, then I don’t need to sing at all.” Billie Holiday (1915-1959)

“A red rose is not selfish because it wants to be a red rose.  It would be horribly selfish if it wanted all the other flowers in the garden to be both red and roses.”  Oscar Wilde (1854-1900)

“Individuality is freedom lived.” John Dos Passos (1896-1970)

“Individuality is only possible if it unfolds from wholeness.” David Bohm (1917-1992)

“All greatness of character is dependent of individuality.  The man who has no other existence than that which he partakes in common with all around him, will never have any other than an existence of mediocrity.”  James F. Cooper (1789-1851)

“I know that most people are closely concerned with themselves that they are not aware of their own individuality, I can see myself, and it has helped me to say what I want to say in paint.”  Georgia O’Keefe (1887-1986)

“What is genius but the power of expressing a new individuality?” Elizabeth Barrett Browning (1806-1861)


“A human being is part of a whole, called by us the ‘Universe”, a part limited in time and space.  He experiences himself, his thoughts and feelings, as something separated from the rest- a kind of optical delusion of his consciousness.  This delusion is kind of a prison for us, restricting us to our personal desires and to affection for a few persons nearest to us.  Our task must be to free ourselves from this prison by widening our circles of compassion to embrace all living creatures and the whole of nature in its beauty.”  Albert Einstein (1879-1955)

“To divinely and authentically shine in your individuality first accept and embrace the individuality, and collective attributes, of all human beings- all human beings.” Jo-Ann Downey

You may want to refer to “An Effective Way to be Present- Do Not Compare”, “Forgiveness Series: Observing Where You Are Coming From”, and “Seeing from your Heart”.

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