: to ruin the structure, organic existence, or condition of : to ruin as if by tearing to shreds
: to put out of existence : Kill
: Neutralize
: Annihilate, Vanquish



Destroy (v.): early 13c., from Anglo- French destruireravage, lay waste,” from Vulgar Latin *destrugere, from Latin destrueretear down, demolish,” literally “un-build,” from de-un-, down”  + struereto pile, build” (structure).




“If you bring forth what is within you, what you bring forth will save you. If you do not bring forth what is within you, what you do not bring forth will destroy.”

Gospel of Thomas (50-140 A.D., an ancient Christian, non-canonical, text preserved in a Coptic translation at Nag Hammadi and Greek fragments at Oxrhynchus. The collection of fifty-two writings are gospels claiming to have been written by Jesus’s disciple, Philip.)

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"You can chain me, you can torture me, you can even destroy this body, but you will never imprison my mind.”

Mahatma Gandhi (1859-1948, primary leader of India’s independence movement and the architect of a form of civil disobedience that influenced the world.)

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“The urge to destroy is also a creative urge.”

Pablo Picasso (1881-1973, Spanish painter, sculptor, printmaker, ceramicist, stage designer, poet, and playwright who spent most of his adult life in France. He is one of the most influential artists of the 20th century, and also co-founder of the Cubist movement.)

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“The best way to destroy an enemy is to make him a friend.”

Abraham Lincoln (15th President of the U.S. in 1861, issued the Emancipation Proclamation that declared forever free those slaves within the Confederacy in 1863.)

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“But love – don’t we all talk a great deal of nonsense about it? What does one mean? ... It’s only a story one makes up in one’s mind about another person, and one knows all the time it isn’t true. Of course one knows; why, one’s always taking care not to destroy the illusion.”

Virginia Woolf (1882-1941, English writer became famous for her nonlinear prose style, especially noted in her novels, “Mrs. Dalloway” and “To the Lighthouse.”)

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“There are no greater treasures than the highest human qualities such as compassion, courage and hope. Not even tragic accident or disaster can destroy such treasures of the heart.”

Daisaku Ikeda (Japanese peace builder and Buddhist philosopher, and president of Soka Gakkai International, a Buddhist association founded in Japan in 1930 by conscientious objectors to Japan’s war effort.)

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“If you bring forth what is within you, what you bring forth will save you.  If you do not bring forth what is within you, what you do not bring forth will destroy.”

The Gospel of Thomas scripture of Jesus’s path to redemption and transformation is absolutely one of my favorites, because it so resonates, and not from theory, but from experience.

I remember my past life and the times when I was so lost I barely knew myself.  I had no connection to Source and very little connection to my self.  I was miserable and slowly dying emotionally, spiritually, and physically, and could feel it to my core.

The slow descend started when I turned 30 and 31 years of age.  During two years, it was if I hit a wall and knew that I was in a state of unhappiness.  I tried desperately to reconcile my life and to pull myself together.  I even sought professional help, but, I was at no avail.  I had inadvertently stuffed myself, metaphorically, in a closet and was playing the role of the victim and was cutting myself off from the real hurt and suffering of my life.

Until one day I prayed and asked for help, and the Universe answered. But instead of The Great Spirit coddling me They put me through exponentially more pain until I screamed, “uncle!”  I had to commit fully to change, and wake up and face all that I had become.

Now that wasn’t an easy nor was it a short process.  Actually, it took over twenty-five plus years and a lot of spiritual transformation work to bring me back to wholeness, and I’m still working.

Basically, I had to dismantle my life (but not all of my life, but most it) brick-by-brick and rise miraculously and slowly like a phoenix from the fire.

Though it was tough, I am here to say that the challenges were all worth it.  I am here, alive, happy and well.  Every morning I wake up deeply grateful for my life and for all that I am connected to in this world.

So, dear friends, no matter how challenging or miserable life can be, don’t give up.  Have faith and know that nothing can destroy you, as Mahatma Gandhi so eloquently stated.

Fight for your life and take those baby steps and leaps of faith to rise above it all.  You will find that you have embarked upon some exciting and exhilarating adventures and life journeys.

Much Love, Tonya







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