"I cannot tell you any spiritual truth that deep within you don't know already. All I can do is remind you of what you have forgotten"
"The mind is a superb instrument if used rightly. Used wrongly, however, it becomes very destructive. To put it more accurately, it is not so much that you use your mind wrongly—you usually don't use it at all. It uses you."
"all the things that truly matter — beauty, love, creativity, joy, inner peace — arise from beyond the mind"
"All true artists, whether they know it or not, create from a place of no-mind, from inner stillness"
"Emotion arises at the place where mind and body meet. It is the body's reaction to your mind — or you might say, a reflection of your mind in the body"
"It wasn't through the mind, through thinking, that the miracle that is life on earth or your body were created and are being sustained"
"You may not yet be able to bring your unconscious mind activity into awareness as thoughts, but it will always be reflected in the body as an emotion, and of this you can become aware."
"Love, joy, and peace cannot flourish until you have freed yourself from mind dominance"
"Pleasure is always derived from something outside you, whereas joy arises from within"
"Pain is inevitable as long as you are identified with your mind"
"Nobody’s life is entirely free of pain and sorrow. Isn’t it a question of learning to live with them rather than trying to avoid them?
The greater part of human pain is unnecessary. It is self-created as long as the unobserved mind runs your life.
The pain that you create now is always some form of nonacceptance, some form of unconscious resistance to what is. On the level of thought, the resistance is some form of judgment. On the emotional level, it is some form of negativity. The intensity of the pain depends on the degree of resistance to the present moment, and this in turn depends on how strongly you are identified with your mind." - Page 27
"Where there is anger, there is always pain underneath"
"The psychological condition of fear is divorced from any concrete and true immediate danger. It comes in many forms: unease, worry, anxiety, nervousness, tension, dread, phobia, and so on. This kind of psychological fear is always of something that might happen, not of something that is happening now."
"an emotion is the body's reaction to your mind"
"Power over others is weakness disguised as strength. True power if within, and it is available to you now"
"The most common ego identifications have to do with possessions, the work you do, social status and recognition, knowledge and education, physical appearance, special abilities, relationships, person and family history, belief systems, and often also political, nationalistic, racial, religious, and other collective identifications. None of these is you."
"Death is a stripping away of all that is not you. The secret of life is to "die before you die" — and find that there is no death"
"When you are present, you can allow the mind to be as it is without getting entangled in it. The mind in itself is a wonderful tool. Dysfunction sets in when you seek your self in it and mistake it for who you are"
"To be identified with your mind is to be trapped in time: the compulsion to live almost exclusively through memory and anticipation"
"Life is now. There was never a time when your life was not now, nor will there ever be"
"Nothing ever happened in the past; it happened in the Now. Nothing will ever happen in the future; it will happen in the Now"
"The quality of your consciousness at this moment is what shapes the future — which, of course, can only be experienced as the Now"
"Unease, anxiety, tension, stress, worry — all forms of fear — are cause by too much future, and not enough presence. Guilt, regret, resentment, grievances, sadness, bitterness, and all forms of nonforgiveness are caused by too much past, and not enough presence"
"To be free of time is to be free of the psychological need of past for your identity and future for your fulfillment"
"Be at least as interested in what goes on inside you as what happens outside. If you get the inside right, the outside will fall into place"
"Wherever you are, be there totally. If you find your here and now intolerable and it makes you unhappy, you have three options: remove yourself from the situation, change it, or accept it totally"
"You cannot find yourself by going into the past. You can find yourself by coming into the present"
"...words in themselves are not important. They are not the Truth; they only point to it"
"Don't get stuck on the level of words. A word is no more than a means to an end. It's an abstraction. Not unlike a signpost, it points beyond itself"
"At the deepest level of Being, you are one with all that is"
"...the ultimate purpose of the world lies not within the world but in the transcendence of the world"
"You find God the moment you realize that you don't need to seek God"
"[Relationships] do not cause pain and unhappiness. They bring out the pain and unhappiness that is already in you"
"As far as inner transformation is concerned, there is nothing you can do about it. You cannot transform yourself, and you certainly cannot transform your partner or anybody else. All you can do is create a space for transformation to happen, for grace and love to enter"
"Whenever anything negative happens to you, there is a deep lesson concealed within it, although you may not see it at the time"
"It seems that most people need to experience a great deal of suffering before they will relinquish resistance and accept — before they will forgive."
"You must have failed deeply on some level or experienced some deep loss or pain to be drawn to the spiritual dimension. Or perhaps your very success became empty and meaningless and so turned out to be a failure"
"Presence is simply what happens when you transcend thinking" - Eckhart Tolle
“Do not follow the ideas of others, but learn to listen to the voice within yourself. Your body and mind will become clear and you will realize the unity of all things.” Dogen
'Love nothing but that which comes to you woven in the pattern of
your destiny. For what could more aptly fit your needs?'
- Marcus Aurelius
'If you are distressed by anything external, the pain is not due
to the thing itself, but to your estimate of it; and this you have
the power to revoke at any moment.'
- Marcus Aurelius
Don't just believe in miracles...
...depend on them –Max Stein
If you can imagine it, you can create it. If you can dream it, you can become it. -William Arthur Ward
As a Man thinketh in his heart, so is he. -Proverbs 23:7
" To live is to suffer, to survive is to find meaning in that suffering if there is any point in living there must also be a point in suffering and dying" Viktor E. Frankl
"The happiness of your life depends upon the quality of your thoughts."-Marcus Antonius (A.D. 86-161)
"The natural healing force in each one of us is the greatest force in getting well."-Hippocrates
When the winds of change blow, some people build walls and others build windmills (Chinese proverb)
Knowing others is intelligence. Knowing yourself is true wisdom (Lao Tse)
Whatever you can do, or dream you can do, begin it. Boldness has genius, power and magic in it. Begin it now. (Goethe)
If not now, when? (The Talmud)
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 doesn't serve the world.
(Marianne Williamson, quoted by Nelson Mandella in his inaugural speech)
Who sees all beings in his own self, and his own self in all beings, loses all fear (Isa Upanishad)
Our deepest fears are like dragons guarding our deepest treasure. (Rainier Maria Rilke)
Expect nothing and the little you get will feel like millions (Kumar Dindial)
Perseverance furthers (The I-Ching or Chinese book of changes)
One doesn’t become enlightened by imagining figures of light, but by making the darkness conscious. The latter procedure, however, is disagreeable, and therefore not popular. (Carl Gustav Jung)
Love is the extension of one self for another
Yesterday is history, tomorrow is mystery, today is a gift, that's why they call it present...
Praise and blame, gain and loss, pleasure and sorrow come and go like the wind. To be happy, rest like a giant tree, in the midst of them all. (The Buddha)
The intuitive mind is a sacred gift and the rational mind is a faithful servant. We have created a society that honors the servant and has forgotten the gift. (Albert Einstein)
Better than the one who knows what is right is the one who loves what is right. (Confucius)
In your actions and in your conversation do no idle thing. Speak not idle talk neither gossip...and do not give way to evil behaviour. (Five Nations )
we are N0T human beings on the 'spiritual path'
we are 'spiritual beings' on the human path.