„Across planes of consciousness, we have to live with the paradox that opposite things can be simultaneously true.“

—  Ram Dass

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„You can want one thing and have a secret wish for its opposite.“

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—  Aleister Crowley poet, mountaineer, occultist 1875 - 1947

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