“The new female and the new male are partners on a journey of spiritual growth. They want to make the journey. Their love and trust keep them together. Their intuition guides them. They consult with each other. They are friends. They laugh a lot. They are equals. That is what a spiritual partnership is: a partnership between equals for the purpose of spiritual growth.” – Gary Zukav
“In sexual attraction, we seek to join our genes to have a baby — that’s what Nature is doing — but when we become supra-sexually aroused — that means aroused in our creativity — there is a yearning to join our genius with one another to give birth to the greater self of each and to the transformation of the world. So vocational arousal includes and transcends sexuality; and will become, I believe the driving force that will evolve our species. It will become even greater than the sexual desire to have a child…
“I believe at the hormonal level, particularly in the feminine, a signal has gone out awakening the woman to her creative expression as a prime drive. This does not mean we yearn simply to be equal to men in a dysfunctional world. It’s the desire to express the same passionate love we have for the child, now turned to give birth to the self and to the self’s expression in the healing and evolving of the world. …A mother will give up her life for her child. But what we are being asked to do here is not give up our life, but to give our life in its fullest creative expression for the sake of the evolution of the person and the planet.
“When the woman recognizes this co-creative drive in herself, she yearns for the co-creative man as partner, whether they are intimate partners or creative work partners. For she cannot do this alone. And the best men that I know encourage and support these emerging feminine co-creators. Because they know that without that creative feminine guidance, they’re still trapped in the old pattern.” – Barbara Marx Hubbard
“In science men have learned consciously to subordinate themselves to a common purpose without losing the individuality of their achievements. Each one knows that his work depends on that of his predecessors and colleagues, and that it can only reach its fruition through the work of his successors. In science men collaborate not because they are forced to by superior authority or because they blindly follow some chosen leader, but because they realize that only in this willing collaboration can each man find his goal.” – John Desmond Bernal
“Humans pursuing deep, complete connections respond to quite different incentives from those that influence self-interested utility maximizers. Rewards, monitoring, and punishments are less likely to be effective than engagement, communication, norms, socialization, identity, and common purpose. They share not out of a calculation of reciprocity but from a psychological pleasure in sharing. Those seeking connections make decisions from their hearts as well as their heads, influenced by emotion, fairness, empathy, and intuition. Their behavior, thoughts, feelings, and even personal attributes are highly socially contingent. The range of humanity includes individuals who display every possible combination of selfishness and sociability.” – Anne-Marie Slaughter
“Enchanted partnership begins with the conscious understanding, on the part of two people, that the purpose of their relationship is not so much material as spiritual, and the internal skills demanded by it are prodigious.” —Marianne Williamson
“The purpose of relationship is not to have another who might complete you,
but to have another with whom you might share your completeness.” – Neale Donald Walsh
“Love does not consist in gazing at each other, but in looking outward together in the same direction.” – Antoine de Saint-Exupery
“The people we are in relationship with are always a mirror, reflecting our own beliefs,
and simultaneously we are mirrors, reflecting their beliefs. So…relationship is one of the most powerful tools for growth…If we look honestly at our relationships, we can see so much about how we have created them.” – Shakti Gawain
“A successful marriage requires falling in love many times, always with the same person.” – Mignon McLaughlin
“Remember to build each other up, to strengthen and sustain, to keep companionship lovely and alive. Remember dignity and respect; understanding; not expecting perfection; a sense of humor and a sense of what is sacred and serious; common purposes, common convictions, and the character to stay with a bargain, to keep a covenant – in these are the making of a good and solid marriage.” – Richard L. Evans
“Come meet me in the middle, somewhere between day and night, the beginning and the end, some place where crooked paths and rocky trails weave together, where the sky is clear and we can share the stars from different places. I want to see your moon rise as my sun settles. I want to know the world as you see it, the place where you stand as you sip your morning coffee and the expression on your face as you watch waves cascading over the sand. I want to know all of the crinkles on your face right before you smile.” – Jacqueline Simon Gunn
“Let there be spaces in your togetherness,
And let the winds of the heavens dance between you.
Love one another, but make not a bond of love:
Let it rather be a moving sea between the shores of your souls.
Fill each other’s cup but drink not from one cup.
Give one another of your bread but eat not from the same loaf
Sing and dance together and be joyous, but let each one of you be alone,
Even as the strings of a lute are alone though they quiver with the same music.
Give your hearts, but not into each other’s keeping.
For only the hand of Life can contain your hearts.
And stand together yet not too near together:
For the pillars of the temple stand apart,
And the oak tree and the cypress grow not in each other’s shadow.” – Kahlil Gibran
“If you want to go fast, go alone. If you want to go far, go together.” – African Proverb