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Spiritual Thoughts | 400 Good Spiritual Quotes | Spiritual sayings

Spiritual Thoughts | Spiritual sayings

400 Good Spiritual Quotes

Below are 400+ (actually 485) quotes I've collected that I find (and you may too) to be enlightening as well as inspirational/helpful. It is ecommended that you take your time as you go through each one. A contemplative reflection of each quote will yield far more of the truth that it is pointing to than a cursory reading. Enjoy! -



Do you see that EVERYTHING in the Universe is simply doing its dance, i.e., expressing itself the ONLY way it can... and this is happening in every moment. Seeing this clearly brings instant relaxation and peace. Why? Because if EVERYTHING is doing the only dance it can, what is there to worry about? -Michael Jeffreys

True happiness is caused by nothing. True happiness is causeless. Has it ever occurred to you that if something causes your happiness, you will become possessive of that thing. You will become anxious, lest you lose it. If you ask the mystic why he or she is happy, the answer will be, ‘why not?’ -Anthony De Mello

Nothing has ever upset you. No one has ever hurt you. -Anthony De Mello

(This is quite a profound quote by Father De Mello. He is pointing out that it is in fact WE who upset ourselves, and NOT an event or person. -Michael)

Understand your darkness and it will vanish; then you will know what light is. Understand your nightmare for what it is and it will stop; then you will wake up to reality. Understand your false beliefs and they will drop; then you will know the taste of happiness. -Anthony De Mello

Another belief: Happiness is in the future. Not true. Right here and now
you are happy and you do not know it because your false beliefs and
your distorted perceptions have got you caught up in fears, anxieties,
attachments, conflicts, guilt and a host of games that you are
programmed to play. If you would see through this you would realize
that you are happy and you do not know it. -Anthony De Mello

Most cultures understand happiness to mean, ‘You get what you want so you are happy!’ But that’s not happiness. That’s a thrill… that’s getting what you want. But Thrills, fun and pleasure are NOT happiness. What are they? They’re thrills, they’re fun, they’re pleasure… they are not happiness. Happiness is a state of non-attachment. –Anthony De Mello

The only tragedy there is in the world is ignorance. And all evil comes from there. The only tragedy there is in the world is unwakefulness and unawareness. And from there comes fear… and from fear comes everything else. –Anthony De Mello

All conflict comes from attachment. –Anthony de Mello

You can't 'figure your way out' of the conceptual prison that your mind has created. The mind cannot 'see' outside the mind. Freedom can come only when you leave the entire conceptual framework behind. -Ed Muzika

"All ideologies are idiotic, whether religious or political, for it is conceptual thinking, the conceptual word, which has so unfortunately divided man."
-J. Krishnamurti

I am fundamentally unknowable to myself. -Benjamin Smythe

When mind and heart come together, mind serves Consciousness instead of serving itself. David Icke

The words shared don't matter as much as the vibration they come from.    -Elina St-Onge

What you usually call your happiness is actually your chain: Your job, your home, your possessions... -Anthony de Mello

What is THIS moment like when I experience it without a story? Without checking with mind about what anything means or doesn't mean? Without going into past or future? Without trying to understand or get anything? What is the storyless NOW like? Only one way to find out...

–Michael Jeffreys

Thoughts are like sunglasses; they don’t alter your view until you put them on. -Michael Jeffreys

Due to the mind's dualistic world, as soon as I label something "good," I have simultaneously created the label "bad" for future use. -Michael Jeffreys

The peace you are looking for is not outside you... it's what is looking out your eyes. –Michael Jeffreys

When the mind is not perceived, it doesn’t exist. –Francis Lucille

A thought can NEVER become enlightened. The only difference will be trading one thought that says, " I am not enlightened" for another thought that says, "I am enlightened." When enlightenment has actually occurred, there will be no thought present to claim it. Oh, the irony! –Michael Jeffreys

Learn how to quiet your mind. Learn how to make your mind quiescent like a motionless lake. A motionless lake can attract, or image, reflect the sun, the stars, the moon, trees, grass. A lake that is noisy cannot reflect anything.
So when you learn to quieten your mind you reflect yourself, and yourself is always harmony, always bliss, always sat-chit-ananda, always the absolute reality, always absolute oneness. That's your real self. That's who you really are. -Robert Adams

While I don't normally make predictions, I predict that one day the idea that you are NOT your BODY will be so obvious and commonplace, that people will look back and think, "You mean there was a time when people actually thought they were their bodies!?" with the same tone of incredulousness that we currently use when we say, "You mean there was a time when people actually thought the world was flat!? –Michael Jeffreys

I've noticed that when something "bad" happens to someone we like, we call it "unfortunate." But when it happens to someone we don't like, we call it "karma." –Michael Jeffreys

The dream is so convincing that it's not until after you wake up that you realize just how asleep you were. –Michael Jeffreys

Who looks outside, dreams; who looks inside, awakes. -Carl Jung

Every man takes the limits of his own field of vision for the limits of the world. -Arthur Schopenhauer

...just as a flower waits all its life for you to smell it.....or as the wind rustles through the trees so you can hear it....or as the rain drops itself against your cheek to taste it.....The Silence waits for your embrace .... -Susan Holden

Trying to know the future is as futile as trying to know the past.          –Benjamin Smythe

It seems a dreadful indignity to have a soul controlled by geography.
- George Santayana

The biggest secret on the planet: YOU are CONSCIOUSNESS having a human experience.

Your body = your space suit. That's why being racist makes no sense, as you are believing the color of someone's space suit is somehow inferior to the color of yours!? -Michael Jeffreys

Neither the voice in your head nor the one hearing it is YOU.            -Michael Jeffreys

The world we see merely reflects our own internal frame of reference--the dominant ideas, wishes and emotions in our minds. We look inside first, decide the kind of world we want to see and then project that world outside, making it the truth as we see it. We make it true by our interpretations of what it is we are seeing. -A Course in Miracles

Appearances/Manifestations come and go. You/Awareness have NEVER moved. –Michael Jeffreys

Be more interested in your inner-state in any given situation than what is happening in the outer situation. What is my inner-state at THIS moment is always primary. Dealing with external situations, the outcome of this situation or that situation or this person agrees with me or does not agree with me… all these are secondary things. –Eckart Tolle

Be totally vulnerable and Realize that you cannot be harmed.

–Bentinho Massaro

Everything is God. It's ALL God. There is nothing but God! Yet, the moment you go looking for God, you cannot find. Why? Because the very search itself begins with a false premise: That God isn't where I am. How is that possible if ALL is God? –Michael Jeffreys

No thought can encapsulate the vastness of the totality. Reality is a unified whole, but thought cuts it up into fragments. Every thought implies a perspective, and every perspective, by its very nature, implies limitation, which ultimately means that it is not true, at least not absolutely. Only the whole is true, but the whole cannot be spoken or thought. -Eckhart Tolle

Some believe in existence.
Others believe nothing exists.
Rare is the one who believes nothing
And is never confused. -Astavakra Gita.

When you know yourself to be an "I", Awareness appears illusory. When you know yourself as Awareness, the "I" appears illusory. -Michael Jeffreys

It's okay to ask for what you want. The answer will either be 'yes' or 'no'. If anyone gives you shit for asking, know that this response is caused by the fear of giving, which means the desire to give exists in the person you asked. This is a beautiful thing to uncover, this frustrated generosity. Compassion can meet it with open arms. -Benjamin Smythe

You are the Love the dream appears in. -Michael Jeffreys

Where else would God's Love Be than right here, now? -Michael Jeffreys

One of the most commonly overlooked spiritual practices is daring to be completely honest with everyone you encounter. Some may say others cannot handle their honesty, but true honesty is not a strategy or a weapon of any kind. It is the willingness to be open and absolutely transparent in sharing how any moment feels in your heart. It has nothing to do with confrontation, accusation, or any form of blame. True honesty is the willingness to stand completely exposed, allowing the world to do what it may, and say what it will, only so you may know who you are – beyond all ideas. -Matt Kahn

There is only, ever, ONE speaker and ONE listener… and “they” are not two. –Michael Jeffreys

If it moves, it's not You. What moves? The body, thoughts, sensations, feelings, imagination, people, all forms, everything! Remain still in/as what you already are and have never not been. It's when there is movement away from our Self that is prior to all movement that we get into trouble. We get swept up in thought and get lost because we are believing in something that is not stable, temporary. Relax into the changelessness of your true nature, which has never, ever, not even once!, moved since you took your first breath. -Michael Jeffreys

One way to see this is if it hits you deeply that "THIS" (all that is) does not HAVE to be, to exist! What does not have to be or exist? This very moment!!! This ONE right here right now!! Taste it! Breath it! We somehow miss the very miracle of our existence and go straight to "how can I improve my current position?" Well, please back up one step and first realize, feel, that just the fact that you are here is a living-breathing-farting miracle!!! :) Nothing need be here, and yet it so lovingly is. This is all done from Love, by Love, for Love. -Michael Jeffreys

Do you hold your beliefs lightly or tightly? When I hold them tightly, I arrogantly believe everyone should believe as i do. When I hold them lightly, I appreciate other's perspectives/points-of-view, even if they may not be mine. The spiritual path is not about trying to get rid of or not have beliefs. It is about holding them lightly because you know that they are simply one perspective among billions. When we cling to a belief, we are stuck. When we hold it lightly we are not stuck... we are free. -Michael Jeffreys

Everything you "know" is a concept. The idea that you live on "Earth" is a concept. Does a blade of grass "know" this? Or your cat or dog? Do birds "know" they are flying thru the sky? Do they even "know" they are birds? Does water "know" it's water? And even what something "IS" is a concept. Is that a fallen tree branch on the ground or a log? Is that water running across the ground or a stream? Concepts, upon concepts, upon concepts. What sees ALL concepts, but remains silent? -Michael Jeffreys

Judging vs Living. If I am judging this moment, I am not living it. If I am living it, I am not judging it. Judging is head centered, living is heart centered. Judging springs from doubt and insecurity. Living springs from love and contentment. And each moment I choose again, as my choice a moment ago is no longer relevant. -Michael Jeffreys

When the heart is open, the present moment is more than enough. When the heart is closed, it's never enough. ? -Michael Jeffreys

Wanting... Is something "having" cannot cure. -Joe Fortenberry

Happiness is not a future event. -Joe Fortenberry

The ego is merely a reference point for me. If I don’t have the ego I will fall apart, I won’t know who I am. The ego is simply holding me together as a reference point for communication with each other, a tool… that’s all.

-Dr. Vijai Shankar

Enlightenment is the direct, abiding realization that YOU don’t exist. Anything else, ain’t it. -Adyashanti

There is no "I" in ONE. -Michael Jeffreys

Your duty is to BE and not be this or that. -Ramana Maharshi

The Secret to Peace of mind is to not identify with anything other than your True Self. -Robert Adams

No one has the impression that a plant is in charge of its growing; it's a movement of nature. Why would you think it's different for us? -Darryl Bailey

The person in front of you
is reflection of yourself… be kind to yourself.

-Infinity Comfort

You have absolutely NOTHING to give up, nothing to surrender, nothing to let go of. You are already the totally free liberated God Self. -Robert Adams

The wound is the place where the Light enters you. -Rumi

Every second you spend looking for something outside yourself is another second you spend away from your true self.–Michael Jeffreys

To seek security outside to fill the void of insecurity inside is like trying to cure a wound by putting dirt on it. It only redoubles our insecurity because everything that is outside is already insecure! -Satinder Dhiman

Your true meaning cannot be grasped or captured by words. You can never be equated with any words, because you are prior to words.

–Sri Nisargadatta Maharaj

If you can forget it or remember it, it is not you therefore discard it. If you can experience it, it is not you therefore discard it. If you can know it, it is not you therefore discard it. If you can be it, it is not you therefore discard it.- –Sri Nisargadatta Maharaj

What do you understand by the word dream? Is not the dream something like a drama, a play?...To one who really understands what has been said here, a dream is no different from what is seen in the waking state: both are plays of consciousness... We call one thing the waking state, another thing the dream, but in essence both are events happening in the consciousness and essentially they are not different. –Sri Nisargadatta Maharaj

When we think, "I just want peace of mind above all else," we overlook the fact that the very first word in the sentence is an 'I' that is trying to get something for itself. It's desire is noble, but it's still a desire for the mind made self-image. True peace can only exist in the 'I's absence. The peace's loving stillness has been obscured by the 'I's very presence!

-Michael Jeffreys

The imagined sense of being a separate ‘I’ is the source of all problems. Because the ‘I’ as a thought is really very intangible, all types of other ideas get wrapped around it, in order to give it some semblance of solidity. All the self-definitions, identities and apparent conditioning hinge on the unexamined sense of ‘I’.

–John Wheeler

Be still. it takes no effort to be still; it is utterly simple. When your mind is still, you have no name, you have no past, you have no relationships, you have no country, you have no spiritual attainment, you have no lack of spiritual attainment. There is just the presence of beingness with itself. -Gangaji

'I' is a word, it does not think, feel, do anything. Just a word preceding other words. Investigate this until it's clear. -Ilona Markedeternal

“Evil is the absence of Love.” –Gina Lake

The idea that anything is meant to be taken personally is just that, an idea. –Michael Jeffreys

"Are you still thinking, looking, living, as from an imaginary phenomenal centre? As long as you do that you can never recognise your freedom."

-Wei Wu Wei

Both high self-esteem and low self-esteem are identities. In order to want high self-esteem, there has to be an “I” there that claims to have low self-esteem.

A sense of "I" gets created whether you take credit for a good thing or a bad thing. Forget the "I" and forget the credit or blame... just BE the raw naked experience and see what happens.

–Michael Jeffreys

“Everything is passing… enjoy its momentariness.” -Mooji

“Wanting something to make you happy is a sure way to be miserable.” -Mooji

Since this moment has never occurred before and will never occur again, how useful is a thought that was created in a moment that will never be repeated? –Michael Jeffreys

Everything is simply happening. Life is simply unfolding. This includes your thoughts. You do not create your thoughts; they simply happen. When you were 1 min. old did you create your thoughts? Of course not. Then at what point along the line were you shown how to make thoughts appear?

–Michael Jeffreys

"Man is yet to understand that an experiencer and an experience are both illusory. Understand that since everything in life is energy, energy cannot experience itself! You are all divine as you are. You do not need to have an experience to become divine. Understand only that the false needs an experience to feel divine. Why would the real need an experience to feel divine?" -Dr. Vijai Shankar

If you are suffering right now because you feel that there is something that you want that you don't have, notice that this comes from lack. Instead, what if you turned it around? What if you asked, "What gifts do I have, right now, that can be of service to others?" In other words, you go from a desire to get, to a desire to give. Giving opens the heart, wanting closes it. So when you give, ALL benefit! –Michael Jeffreys

No one awakens... Life sees it was never bound. –Michael Jeffreys

“Recognize, you ARE Home. Not, you are ‘at home’… you ARE Home. Not, you have ‘come home’… you ARE Home. You are that which IS Home.” -Gangaji

Where did we get the impression that THIS shouldn’t be happening? –Michael Jeffreys

If Life has no interest in the past, why should you? –Michael Jeffreys

Silence is telling you everything you need to be happy... but you keep interrupting. –Michael Jeffreys

All this mental running around trying to fix this or that, to become enlightened, to know the truth, to be realized is for WHO exactly? Other than a thought, what else do you see in the world that would even care about such a thing? -Michael Jeffreys

The truth you believe and cling to makes you unavailable to hear anything new. -Pema Chodrun

Take 5 seconds just to be quiet. Everything that disappeared in those 5 seconds for you, that’s what’s not real. So when you are not thinking, everything that disappears… that’s what’s not real. For most people, that’s about 99% of their whole experience of life… their whole world.


If it doesn't exist when you are sitting in silence, then it doesn't actually exist. -Adyashanti

If everything is energy, how could energy be "wrong"? -Michael Jeffreys

It was at this point in my life that I began to realize my mind was nothing but a projection machine. More often than not, what I was thinking had no basis in reality. -Kenny Johnson (from his book, The Last Hustle)

I couldn’t imagine how others could seemingly spend their entire lives without wondering why they were or what this universe was that they supposedly found themselves in. How did this happen, how did I happen, and why was I aware? What was awareness? –J.C. Amberchele

Ego consciousness appears as a necessary step on the road to egoless awakening, for how could ultimate absence be seen here if there were no presence imagined there? And after all, ego consciousness is not a mistake, for who is there separate to dream it up? Who other than What You Are–the Totality–dreams anything up?
–J.C. Amberchele

Since everything is already the supreme Buddha nature, where are you going to find it? -Adyashanti

?Life is the dancer, you are the dance.

The less there is of 'I,' the more there is of God. -Meister Eckhart

Life is happening; thoughts are arising; actions are occurring spontaneously. You, as a separate person, are not doing any of these things. You don’t choose your thoughts, feelings or sensations. As Bob says, ‘you are being lived.’ –John Wheeler

The answer can never be found in the mind. -Sailor Bob Adamson

All I see now are self-reflected images of divine being. -Richard Hay

Enlightenment is a destructive process. It has nothing to do

with becoming better or being happier. Enlightenment is the

crumbling away of untruth. It's seeing through the facade of pretense.

It's the complete eradication of everything we imagined to be true.
— Adyashanti

Truth, as such, is inwardly discerned, self-evident and in no need of outer defense. In fact, the only thing that ever truly needs defending are partial conceptual positions held relative to the truth, and those who unwittingly identify with them. –Richard Hay

Silence is our true teacher because it speaks the language of our soul. -Michael Jeffreys

When you are willing to stop looking for something in thought, you find everything in silence. -Gangaj

Why is silence the greatest teacher? Because real truth never speaks. What would be the point? Truth simply is and so does not need to be reminded of this. On the other hand, illusion cannot be convinced for it doesn't actually exist except as a thought, belief or concept. Notice to argue with this you have to make sounds... that should be a clue.
-Michael Jeffreys

Notice that Awareness actually in fact is the greatest thing we could ever know, because without it we wouldn’t be able to know anything. Notice that it actually in fact is greater than any other experience we could possibly have because without it we wouldn’t be able to be aware of any experience. -Ben Gilberti

The most precious thing in life is the present moment, the timeless ‘now’; for this timeless ‘now’ is all there is in life. For anything to be precious in life, it has to exist in life, and the only thing that exists in life is this timeless moment – the ‘now.’ –Dr. Vijai Shankar

With a closed mind and heart, the light cannot enter.

-Shelby Taylor Weaver

Open hearts always recognize each other. Open hearts do not judge the universe. When you dive into an open heart, you fall into infinity.
-Suchi Kumar

Surrender. Let silence have you. And if you find you are still swimming on the surface of the ocean, let go and sink into the depths of love.
–Kar Kirpa Sahib

Being a seeker gives the mind something to do. Realizing there is nothing to seek and no one to seek it leaves the mind barking at the moon.
–Michael Jeffreys

The one wholly true thought you can hold about the past is that it is not here. To think about it at all is therefore to think about illusions.

— A Course in Miracles, Lesson 8

The wise man sees that ALL is impermanent and worries accordingly. –Michael Jeffreys

I have given everything I see all the meaning that it has for me.

— A Course in Miracles, Lesson 2

The ego does not know that life, being a mystery, cannot be answered but can only be lived! -Dr. Vijai Shankar

Nothing is not the opposite of everything. Dark is not the opposite of light. Good is not the opposite of bad. They are all the same coin, the head is inseparable from the tail. Yin is entirely dependant on Yang to exist. All opposites arise and fall away together. So, running away is also running toward. Silence is sound, stillness movement. Nothing is everything.

–Mike Jenkins

Life is simple. Everything happens for you, not to you. Everything happens at exactly the right moment, neither too soon nor too late. You don't have to like it... it's just easier if you do.
— Byron Katie

Your nature is to keep quiet. You came from silence and you have to return to silence… you are dancing only for a little while you see… a little while you are dancing (laughs softly). -Papaji

When one looks at (clinical) depression, it becomes apparent that there is depression and anxiety, without "external cause ". But until this is discovered, the mind thinks it "feels " depressed and anxious, when it is really only a bodily function. The mind usurps the feeling and starts to desperately seek a cause. –Bill Lindley

It’s not what you are seeing… it’s WHERE you are seeing from.
-Michael Jeffreys

"Your task is not to seek for love, but merely to seek and find all the
barriers within yourself that you have built against it." -Rumi

Who told you to believe your thoughts? Why only another thought!
-Michael Jeffreys

Reality is totally indifferent to our beliefs about it.

You are not any one single experience, but are the Source for ALL experiences. -Michael Jeffreys

We react to another's actions like they had any choice in the matter. Did YOU have any choice in the matter? -Michael Jeffreys

Without a need to constantly remain attached to ideas and beliefs, the clarity of your formless form recognizes the truth of itself -- with nothing to confirm or ever deny. -Matt Kahn

I am never upset for the reason I think.

— A Course in Miracles, Lesson 5

Living is not the story of your life. Living is the process of experiencing right now. -Werner Erhart

Thoughts are not the problem… it’s the thing that goes out and grabs them and makes them ‘yours’ that’s the problem. –Jac O’keeffe

There is nothing wrong with concepts as long as they are seen for what they are: the menu; but never the meal. It's when we mistake concepts for reality that we open the door to suffering. –Michael Jeffreys

It's all God... there is ONLY God. Show me something that is NOT God!?   -Jac O'keeffe

Seeing this never to be repeated again moment thru fresh and innocent eyes. Seeing, feeling, sensing the magic of THIS moment. When you realize that nothing HAS to be here, you begin to have genuine love for what IS here, expressing itself exactly as it is. This is the "Awe and Wonder" that Jeff Foster is always pointing at. And it's right here, right now. Do you see it? -Michael Jeffreys

Surrender is the call from within to fully, absolutely, recognize yourself as freedom itself. The challenges are huge... they must be, otherwise we would trivialize this experience. Just as we have trivialized so many experiences of love. The surrender must be total. Anything less is a form of self-torture in the name of safety. Living fully as one, as all, is its own safety. The safety is knowing that when this particular life form is finished, what it has served remains. All you need is to trust the peace that has been revealed and to be willing to discover it freshly. At the core of each form of limitation, the boundless, limitless perfection of lasting peace and freedom is revealed. -Gangaji

Starting in this moment, right here and right now, watch unattachedly as your mind attempts to take you elsewhere via a thought. It's both an astounding revelation and yet so obvious you wonder how you could have ever not noticed this. -Michael Jeffreys

What you seek is already within you. You uncover it by
shedding all that is untrue within you. -Sampo Kaasila

The addiction to drugs, food, alcohol, etc. is nothing compared to the addiction we humans have to thinking. Sitting quietly in silence is so foreign to most of us that the mind quickly starts thinking of its "problems" simply because it feels more "natural." We say we want peace, but because of our conditioning many of us actually feel more comfortable worrying. Worrying about what? Anything, the mind is not picky. -Michael Jeffreys

Have you ever noticed that only a thought can be unhappy with a thought? -Bentinho Massaro

The minute I think I can speak for someone else as if I know what it is like to be him\her is the minute I cut myself off from the vibrancy of my own ignorance, and the wonder of the mystery that is another human being. -Benjamin Smythe

I can only project what I think is happening. When I stop projecting, all that is left is Wow! -Benjamin Smythe

This moment. Without any story. The storyless now. What is your direct experience of this moment when you drop ALL stories? Life without the commentator in the head. Pure Being resting in complete (complete meaning whole, lacking nothing) silence. -Michael Jeffreys

The primary concept is the ‘I am’, out of it are created all other concepts.
– Nisargadatta maharaj

What your ego considers “mine,” becomes your false identity in the dream. Your ego obscures and hides your true identity, and pretends to be you. –Sampo Kaasila

Spiritual awakening is about waking up from your ego. It is not about awakening the ego. –Sampo Kaasila

You can only operate from self-interest as long as you think you have a self. When you realize that you are not really a self, then operating from self-interest just simply doesn’t make any sense anymore. –Adyashanti

The one who observes change, can he change? Only the

changeless can see the change. – Nisargadatta maharaj

When you worry you are saying to god/the universe/life, "I don't trust you." -Michael Jeffreys

Feelings are a rotten indicator of what's true. -Adyashanti

Don't let the past steal your present. -Cherralea Morgen

A thought is an opinion about another thought. –Michael Jeffreys

Enquiry doesn't lead one to the truth. Enquiry leads to dissolving
of the one who is seeking the truth -Tarun Sardana

One is pure awareness and the mind owes its existence to this awareness. When a seeker sees the mind and thoughts arising from the mind separate from himself, he knows that he has nothing to do with the mind. The mind does not bother him any more. He does not spend his time and effort in silencing the mind. He just remains as pure awareness, watching it all happen in this awareness.
-Tarun Sardana

Isn’t it wonderful to find that we were never born and will never die? -Tarun Sardana

Furthermore, the more you have the more you want, and you are stuck in a state of "wanting-ness," and there is no lasting satisfaction in this circular cycle. Being in a state of "wanting-ness" creates suffering. Bear in mind, having cravings or a desire for anything that belongs in the physical world is not a source of happiness; instead these cravings are a source of unhappiness. It is not the lack of something that is behind your unhappiness; instead your craving is the root cause behind your unhappiness.
-Sampo Kaasila

Non-acceptance of change causes suffering. –Sampo Kaasila

'Now' is just what is happening--minus everything you think. -Adyashanti

A meditative mind is at ease because it's not trying to acquire anything. -Adyashanti

Unhappiness may have umpteen reasons, Real Happiness has none! -Nitin Ram

When you teach a child that a bird is named ‘bird,’ the child will never see the bird again. –Krishnamurti

You don't have to think in order to be okay. We're not doing the thinking; we're being thought. There's nothing to know, so you don't have to pretend that you know anything. -Byron Katie

What you are doesn't age. -Michael Jeffreys

You are even perceiving the perceiver. -Mooji

Don’t hold on to any self-image, because self-image is from the past. –Mooji

I once was a person standing in space, and now I’m the space where a person stands.” –Matt Kahn

THOUGHT Disclaimer
WARNNG: These arisings are not yours and are provided purely for entertainment purposes. Believing thoughts to be accurate, real, true, an actuality, or your true nature will cause intense discomfort and suffering.
-Michael Jeffreys

Every thought appears to come with a bright red flashing light and an alarm blaring which you interpret to mean: “Quick, check this out! This is very important, this really means something!” But in practice, very few thoughts deserve this status. –Michael Jeffreys

When you die, how useful will all your beliefs, thoughts, and opinions be then? Why not drop them now? Be NOW as you were when you first came here and as you will be when you leave. BE the emptiness you have always been and, lo and behold, see that you are suddenly filled with everything! –Michael Jeffreys

Give up the search for something to happen and fall in love, fall intimately in love with the gift of presence in 'what is.' -Tony Parsons

You are already perfect. You don't have to listen to anything that doubts that. Inadequacy is just a thought." -Bentinho

There is no 'you'... there is only Life disguised as everything.
-Michael Jeffreys

True Freedom is the loss of everything. -Jeff Foster

Since everything is constantly changing, which of these 'changes' do you want to call 'the truth'? -Michael Jeffreys

The moment your attention is on the timeless 'now', you realize silence and sound; the moment your attention is on purpose, reasoning and meanings, you believe the mind. -Dr. Vijai Shankar

Truth doesn't need to be sought because it isn't lost. Truth is everywhere at all times; never absent, never distant.
-Jed McKenna

And what could man control when he is unable to control his own birth, the starting point of his life? And what could man control when he is unable to control his own death, the ending point of his life? When man is unable to control the beginning point and the ending point, how could he control the in-between, illusory story?
-Dr. Vijai Shankar

Nothing that can be known has existence in itself. It depends on a knower. The knower is consciousness. -Jean Klein

It is not possible for life to meet the mind and the mind to meet life, for life is a timeless and thoughtless state, whereas the mind is time-orientated and thought -filled. -Dr. Vijai Shankar

Interpretations strain the mind because it tries to fit the dead past into the live present. -Dr. Vijai Shankar

Truth is freedom. Truth requires no belief, no effort. It is what is. Of course words cannot express this. But truth is freedom.
-Tom Thompson

Any path to freedom implies by its very existence that freedom is not here. -Jeff Foster

The search implies that there is something more to life than what is presently the case. -Jeff Foster

Form is emptiness and emptiness is form. Being on either side of the fence relatively speaking is to hold a mental position, which upon direct investigation doesn't hold up to anything. Life is simply 'this', traceless experiencing 'real' only at the moment of its conception - which is also its demise. -Karen Richards

Thoughts are allowed to arise. But they aren't a problem anymore, because there's no longer anyone there using thoughts to build up an identity. -Jeff Foster

We're all able to be schizophrenic by nature. If not, you may have identified with one personality as if it is you. Depending on the situation, I can be one way or another. I naturally slip from one jacket into the other. Yet throughout all personalities, the one essence of Being shines forth, always. No personality contains identity, so why attach to one set of beliefs and expressions and pretend it is you? -Bentinho Massaro

Nothing is ever wrong and nothing can be wrong. It's not even wrong to believe that something is wrong. Wrong is simply not possible.
-Jed McKenna

?The spiritual search is always rooted in a rejection of the present. The search of a lifetime was always a movement away from what is.
-Jeff Foster

The two quotes below appear to be giving conflicting advice... but are they? -Michael

By questioning your mind, you begin to realize that ultimately no one can hurt you--only you can. You see that you are 100% responsible for your own happiness. This is very good news. -Byron Katie

A knowledgeable mind is not contented every moment of life because the mind thinks it makes life happen. A wise man is contented every moment, because he realises that man is not the doer and that life happens timelessly in the moment without the help of the mind. 
-Dr. Vijai Shankar

The eye with which I see God is the same with which God sees me. My eye and God's eye is one eye, and one sight, and one knowledge, and one love. -Meister Eckhart

Meister Eckhart

For the Subconscious Mind is a garden, and like the garden of earth that knows only to cause things to grow, the garden of the Subconscious Mind knows only to create reality from the seed of thought. Whether this thought is moral or immoral, ethical or unethical has nothing whatever to do with the inexorable process involved. - U.S. Andersen

No thought can tell you who you are. -Michael Jeffreys

There is nothing more important to true growth than realizing that you are not the voice of the mind – you are the one who hears it.
- Michael A. Singer

The spiritual path is about the healing of the heart. Everything else is decoration. -Michael Jeffreys

The present moment holds the key to liberation. But you cannot find the present moment as long as you are your mind. -Eckhart Tolle

When your mind starts telling you what you have to do to make everything okay, don't buy into what it's telling you. The truth is, everything will be okay as soon as you are okay with everything. And that's the only time everything will be okay.
-Michael A. Singer

Seek first to understand... there will always be time later for judgment. -Michael Jeffreys

You can't have a problem without a thought. -Michael Jeffreys

You were never greater than you are right now, nor will you ever be. Your worth is already complete and never changes, only your relationship to it evolves. -Michael Tamura

If you realize that all things change, there is nothing you will try to hold on to. -Zen proverb

Whatever people think of you is really about the image they have of you, and that image isn't you.
-Don Miguel Ruiz

Pain is of the body. Suffering is of the mind. Both arise in awareness. On the surface, suffering is the mind's resistance to or refusal of pain. On a deeper level, suffering is the result of believing yourself to be a separate self. Withdraw identification from the ego idea and all suffering drops away immediately. Will things still hurt? Of course. But they will not produce unnecessary suffering.
-Richard Young

Total annihilation is a prerequisite for enlightenment. You can't be one without the other.
-Steven Norquist

The way things really are depends on what concepts you buy into.
-Scott Kiloby

There is only Love. "I am scared." There is only Love. "I am fearful" There is only Love. "I hate myself." There is only Love. "I hate other people." There is only Love. "I am confused." There is only Love. "I know everything." There is only Love. "I know nothing." There is only Love. (((?)))
-Michael Jeffreys

Mind is time. Mind is apparent identity. Mind appears as an aspect of life. Mind is not the pure essence of being. Who knows life? Without life there is no knowing. The one to question is the believed in 'knower' of life. It is a fabrication.....harmless, yet so dramatic in the appearance of belief.
-Gilbert Schultz

Only to the extent that we expose ourselves over and over to annihilation can that which is indestructible in us be found.
-Pema Chodron

Mind is not in life. If mind is not in life, how on earth could it know what is life? It has to be present to know what is life. That's the illusion that life creates; that the mind is there... but it is not there! That is why it's an illusion.
-Dr. Vijai Shankar

My friends, I tell you repeatedly that the illusion that Life creates is very, very intelligent. The illusion itself is intelligent! Just understand how intelligent the intelligence must be in order to create an intelligent illusion. The intelligent illusion is so intelligent it will appear real to man every moment of his daily life!
-Dr. Vijai Shankar

Your conclusions bind nobody but you. -Sri Nisargadatta Maharaj

When you know yourself as Awareness, everything is a Miracle! Somehow beliefs in our thoughts keep us from seeing what is really going on. Let go of everything and see that you are nothing! If you really know yourself as truly nothing, than you will automatically and effortlessly marvel at everything. It happens by itself!
-Michael Jeffreys

Death is the greatest gift that was ever given to man. Why do you think life does everything in its power to return to death?
-Steven Norquist

Enlightenment is not the discovery of our higher selves; it is not the revelation of God's blinding glory or the experience of perfect love. Enlightenment is a pipe wrench to the back of the head followed by darkness. Yet with this darkness comes perfect clarity, perfect light... the answers to all mysteries finally resolved. -Steven Norquist

Lose the hope for affirmation of being and you will find the peace and release of the void. Emptiness is the natural state of reality, it can only be felt/known. Reality is not intellectual, it is mindless. You must feel/know it. Once you feel/know it then you will be finally free.

-Steven Norquist
(author of Haunted Universe)

If you don't know in your heart that we, this, Life are all ONE, it doesn't mean that it isn't so, it just means that you are being fooled by light and sound to see division where there is none.
-Michael Jeffreys

Who is journeying for freedom? The one who is already free. Thoughts are impediments to seeing your own face. Don't give rise to any thought, and discover who you are. -Papaji

You don't die. The thought of you dies. -Michael Jeffreys

(Right now you can think the thought, "I am." There will be a now when you can't. That is the only difference.)

Let it be seen that you are nothing. And in knowing that you are nothing... there is nothing to lose, there is nothing to gain. What can happen to you? Something can happen to the body, but it will either heal or it won't. What's the big deal? Let life knock you to bits. Let life take you apart. Let life destroy you. It will only destroy what you are not. -Jac O'keeffe

Your experiences cannot tell you who you are; they do not define you in any way. You are not that which you experience. You are not a victim of your experiences. There is an essential essence, a core within you that is not touchable by any experience. This is why happiness cannot be affected by exterior circumstances; happiness is a fragrance rising from this core essence. This is who you really are. -Jac O'keeffe

Happiness cannot be given or taken away by anything that life throws at you. It is internal, unchanging, and constant. It is still, it is calm, and it is complete. It searches for nothing, it does not seek anything, it is absolute, and it is. -Jac O'keeffe

(Jac's comment points out that real happiness can never be found outside you simply because everything outside you is constantly changing. Instead, turn within and notice what does not change. Stay with this. Meditate on this. Rest in this. Upon doing so, surprise, surprise, you just might experience a joy and happiness that has been there all along, but was never noticed because the mind was too busy looking outside you! ??? -Michael)

Happiness is a direct experience arising from your innate nature. The origin of happiness rests completely outside the perimeters of your mind. -Jac O'keeffe

(Mind is story; it can never "know" happiness. It can never "be" happy. It can only comment about happiness. Confusion arises when we mistake who we are, for what our mind thinks we are. -Michael)

It's not about understanding, it's about a falling. A falling into the awesome mystery that is life itself. A falling into not-knowing. And in that falling, the seeker is no more. -Jeff Foster

The part of you that is still trying to figure "this" out is simply the last to get the joke. :) -Michael Jeffreys

To be full of things is to be empty of God. To be empty of things is to be full of God. -Meister Eckhart

When you see that it is ALL GOD, everything, i.e., the lightening and the one seeing it are both God, that there is nothing that is not God, that direct seeing is the death of the false, mind-made separation that was responsible for so much suffering.
-Michael Jeffreys

Desires are just waves in the mind. A desire is just a thing among many. I feel no urge to satisfy it, no action needs be taken on it. Freedom from desire means this: the compulsion to satisfy is absent. -Sri Nisargadatta

One sign of Awakening is when you see clearly that you are not your story. As if to confirm this, you will begin to see just how attached your friends and family are to theirs... like rock solid attached! Nothing left to do but love 'em!! ?? -Michael Jeffreys

Why do you assume you are anything? ? -Michael Jeffreys

There is no one against us in this world but ourselves. You are against you. A failure to love, embrace, and accept yourself based on not a thing flows outwards and causes conflict. Love you for being alive, accept and embrace all of you, and where is the hate now? How can you hate another now? Where can conflict arise?
-Barclay Littlewood

Thinking about something is the mind using definitions to figure out a definition, concepts to unravel a concept. The mind is chasing its own tail! This is as it is, but must you go along for the ride?
-Michael Jeffreys

Imagine witnessing this moment with no expectations.
-Michael Jeffreys

Reality can only be seen in the absence of thought and belief.
-Scott Kiloby

Truth is in the openness in which all ideas arise, but which isn't affected by the ideas. -Bentinho Massaro

?It is mind that has thoughts and feelings, not I. Birth, growth, decay and death pertain to the body and not to Me. -Sri Atmananda

What you are is that which notices what you are not. -Michael Jeffreys

How can you die when you are also death? -Nukunu Larsen

It doesn't matter what's happening... what matters is how you touch it. -Nirmala

Words don't clarify reality, they clarify other words. Philosophy isn't the art of understanding life, it's the art of understanding concepts. Philosophy can help us to clarify what our concepts are, but can never touch reality. Trying to use words to clarify reality is like trying to live in a dictionary.  -Ikkyu Jones

The imagined sense of being a separate 'I' is the source of all problems. -John Wheeler

Everything is the content of space. -Sailor Bob Adamson

Between the banks of pain and pleasure the river of life flows. It is only when the mind refuses to flow with life, and gets stuck at the banks, that it becomes a problem. Let come what comes and go what goes. Desire not, fear not, observe the actual, as and when it happens, for you are not what happens, you are to whom it happens. -Sri Nisargadatta

Realize that what you have been seeking is what you already are. No matter what idea you have of yourself in the future, see that it is only an image arising in the space of now. -Scott Kiloby

How can anyone understand the absence of the one who is trying to understand?? How can that ever be understood? How can 'you' understand the absence of the 'you' who is trying to understand? It's just not possible. So, inevitably, what will arise is confusion. Confusion is simply an expression of the impossibility to understand. -Jeff Foster

(Jeff is pointing out that trying to understand something which the mind is incapable of understanding can only lead to confusion and suffering. What if you drop the need to understand any of it? What if you embraced the not knowing, rather than trying to figure it all out? What if in the center of  'not knowing' was the true freedom you have always wanted, but never thought to look there because it meant letting go the mind's relentless need to 'know'?)

You know at this point you have everything you need. It's available to you from the inside and you see you are supported in many ways. You realize that there is more to this dimension, to this reality, than you have seen before. You see you are being taken care of, you are being loved, you are being looked after. All that's needed is to go inside, become still and listen.
-Paul Lowe (from his book, The Experiment is Over)

Dance into the fire until nothing remains. -Matt Kahn

Any question automatically implies the existence of a questioner. -Michael Jeffreys

Every movement is IN stillness. Mental noise appears in stillness. To imagine that some believed in identity can escape the mental noise, is nothing but mental noise. You as a separate thing, do not exist. Dreaming of being something you are not is mental noise. There is NO you that can be quiet. The mind is restless, that is its nature in activity. Trying to stop the mind is impossible. It will always vibrate into endless thoughts, ideas, concepts and states of mind, moods, attitudes and what have you. The ONLY way out of the mind is 'full stop' (the dot at the end of a sentence - period).

Knowing that you ARE is not via a thought (I am). You don't need to say 'I am' to KNOW that you are. Knowing that you are is not a belief. It is knowing. Knowing is all that is really happening. That is not a belief. Belief is NEVER the actual.

-Gilbert Schultz (Facebook)

In order to best serve the moment, you have to be still long enough to hear what it is saying. -Michael Jeffreys

The purpose is to be conscious before the game ends so you can observe the game consciously and see it for what it is. -Matt Kahn

"Before each activity, remind yourself, "There is absolutely no hope this activity will ever satisfy me." Every time you remind yourself of this, you are consciously reminding yourself of the truth within every experience. It will never satisfy you, and it was never meant to satisfy you unless - you draw a deep sense of satisfaction simply from the purity of enjoyment...enjoying each activity like an innocent child dancing in the miraculous garden of radiant grace." -Matt Kahn

I found myself rushing around today, urgently trying to get things done, when a voice inside me inquired, "Where are you going? What is the hurry?" I said, "Who are you!?" The voice said, "Stillness. Who are you?" -Michael Jeffreys

The chief cause of problems is solutions. -Milton Berle

"When you wake up you realize ego just to be thoughts... so what. If you know thoughts are temporary, why do you want to get rid of them? A better question is if thoughts are temporary, what could be trying to get rid of them but another thought?" - Matt Kahn

Be ever so still, all movement is mind- one thought is a cloud, do not stir it about the sky. -Rafael Stoneman

Once a man succumbs to ideas he will never find happiness.
-Dr. Shankar, Kivalya Gita Vol. 2

(any idea is just a concept and not real)

No matter where we are or what may be happening, connecting with the Self, our True Nature, is readily available as the in-breath.
-Cathy Rosewell Jonas

Suffering: the sense that things should be different than they are. -Wayne Liquorman

You are the Awareness of this Moment. Everything that you "experience" is NOT you. You are the Nothingness that is Aware of the Everythingness. BE what you are! :) -Michael Jeffreys

A concept never is conscious or alive; it doesn't know it is there. Only Consciousness Itself is conscious to know anything.
-Peter Francis Dziuban

True love has no object. It is a state of being. -John McAfee

The separation never happened. Hear me well. The separation is not real. The separation is but a figment of imagination, and nothing more. -Jeshua (from THE OTHER VOICE by Brent Haskell)

And when we speak of the separation, we refer exactly, and only, to that belief that your body and space and time are real. That belief, which is harbored deep within you, was created by you, is cherished by you, and valued by you. Were that not so, you would not, and could not, be able to imagine it real.
-Jeshua (from THE OTHER VOICE by Brent Haskell)

Death is whatever you imagine it to be... until the moment it happens. -Michael Jeffreys

It's really all an escape from death, which is an escape from being nothing. That's what death is, a plunge into nothingness. The mind wants control, and death is showing us that there is no control.
-Jeff Foster

Well that's the problem, I knew who I was. -Jeff Foster

A thought has exactly as much power as YOU give it. -Michael Jeffreys

It's the question that drives us Neo. It's the question that brought you here. The answer is out there. It's looking for you... and it will find you. - Trinity to Neo in The Matrix

The biggest advances are not made by being a great teacher; they are made by being a great student.
-Pursah (from The Disappearance of the Universe by Gary Renard)

Even judgment in its most basic form, such as to label something good or bad, would be to differentiate between things that are actually the same because of their unreality. Thus, it is not really valid to judge anything.
-Arten (from The Disappearance of the Universe by Gary Renard)

Outside of Love there are no achievements. -Beinsa Douno

As long as you identify with ego-mind, you miss the obvious--your own formless presence. -Mooji

Wherever there is identity, there is an 'I' entity. Find out what this 'I' entity is. See if it is real. -Mooji

Continuing to identify with the little mind of ego OR your conscious
surrender to reality is what defines your present awareness.
-J.M. Harrison

The joy you are is uncovered when the conditioning of the mind is withdrawn, for only then do you create enough space to truly ‘see’ yourself and reality as they are.
-J.M. Harrison

No one else can hold your hand or take this voyage of the soul for you, and yet at no time will you be alone, for you can never truly be alone. -J.M. Harrison (from his book, Naked Being)

The best way to conquer fear is to consciously move toward the feeling and breath. Be conscious of feeling the fear as you move forward. As you do this, the fear dissolves. Fear is just a feeling; it cannot hurt you. Don't be afraid of your feelings. Feel and continue to move forward. -Christine Day

(from the book, Pleiadian Initiations of Light)

Look at you, you madman, screaming you are thirsty and are dying in the desert when all around you is nothing but water! -Kabir

In any situation, either I feel separate or there is presence. In separation, no matter what happens I feel separate. In presence, the self is no more and there is simply "that which is." -Tony Parsons

The world is the externalized human mind. -Eckhart Tolle

The infinite expression of One, through our mind, is divided into individual people, moments and experiences. When you know that this is what the mind does than you can appreciate it and enjoy it. Otherwise, you end up being someone at a magic show trying to tell everyone how it's all an illusion... but you came to be a part of the illusion, so enjoy the magic. If you aren't enjoying the magic, you're missing the point. -Matt Kahn

You are here to be you. And you are an expression of it all. Can you notice that in everything you see? -Matt Kahn

Just be aware. Because awareness is aware. Is awareness having a problem with this feeling or is it just aware? Is awareness having a problem with this thought or is it just aware? Who has the problem, the idea or the awareness of the idea? -Matt Kahn

Not doing anything to my experience is the most compassionate and loving thing I could do to myself. And if I see that I am meddling with my experience, I cease and desist. -A.H. Almaas

This seems to be the central dilemma of human life--that it is easier to desire what is over there than to appreciate what is right here.

Your spirit or your soul--your original unconditioned consciousness--exists only in you, so going elsewhere can never give you access to your essential nature, to who you really are.

-Byron Brown
(from the editor's preface to The Unfolding Now by A.H. Almaas)

The final practice: Leaving yourself alone. Not doing anything to yourself. Not interfering with your own experience. Letting your experience be exactly the way it is 100%. -A.H. Almaas

The recognition of awareness as our real identity reveals all separation to be illusory, not only between people but between all apparent things. -Scott Kiloby

Whatever the mind says about life only tells about the mind and not life. -Dr. Vijai Shankar

You cannot own anything in this universe as everything belongs to existence itself. The moment you understand that everything belongs to existence, the ego disappears to become the witnesser! You will realize that so far the noisy mind was precious to you. Now it is no more. You are silent, you are in love, you are love. -Dr. Vijai Shankar

The master is totally at one with this moment. He or she does not oppose, internally, this moment. He or she offers no inner-resistance to this moment... to the isness of now... to whatever arises now... it is not resisted internally. -Eckhart Tolle

Life is not cumulative, nor is it subtractive. It's spontaneous!
-Michael Jeffreys

Understand that love never asks. If loved asked, then it would be noise, and love is silence and not noise. -Dr. Vijai Shankar

The most basic truth of life: One Being is creating all of this--all of these different expressions of life. There's only one Being here, and not only are you it but everyone else is it. Let that sink in a moment.
-Gina Lake

When anybody laughs, he has no mind, no thought, no problem, no suffering. -Papaji

The silver lining of the cloud of depression is that it sometimes opens us to fresh perspective. When our strategies have failed and we have found no consolation in any quarter, we can either fall into madness or into realizing that what we have always wanted--passionate aliveness as peace itself--is, strangely enough, found in a simple shift in perception. -Catherine Ingram

Because man believes life is what it appears to be, he thinks it should be taken seriously. But is life what it appears to be? This is a question man has not addressed seriously! - Dr. Vijai Shankar

Only what is still can still the stillness in other things. -Confucius

Mind guesses. Life knows. -Dr. Vijai Shankar

Man comes to know that something has happened in the present only after it has happened. - Dr. Vijai Shankar

The Universe doesn't really want to wake up. The universe wants candy to make it feel better, but the candy is designed to bind you to the Universe. -Arten

(from The Disappearance of the Universe by Gary Renard)

Neelam on Death: Consciousness doesn’t move, the physical
elements just dissolve.

I saw sorrow holding a cup of pain. I said, 'hey sorrow!', sorry to see you this way. what's troubling you? What's with the cup? Sorrow said, what else can I do?All this Joy that you have brought to the world has killed my business completely. -Rumi

When you judge something, you are giving it power over you.

Connect with the energy of the moment. Not the "things" appearing inside the moment, but the energetic aliveness that all moments require simply to be. -Michael Jeffreys

As the perception changes it can happen that your life, which once felt like a failure, now feels like a success. Not in outer terms, but because you have peace and contentment. -Juhana Harju

Your good times in the world are good only in comparison to the bad times. You will eventually learn that it's all a trick, that your perception is simply lying to you. -Arten

(from The Disappearance of the Universe by Gary Renard)

The intellect cannot reveal the timeless Self, beyond all perceptions. Those who know they are neither body nor mind, but the immemorial Self, the Divine. Beyond right and wrong, beyond cause and effect, beyond past and future. When OM reverberates unceasingly within the heart.

The all knowing self was never born, nor will it die. This Self is eternal and immutable. If the slayer believes he can be killed, or the slain believes he can be killed, neither knows the truth. The eternal Self slays not, nor is ever slain. Hidden in the heart of every creature lies the Self. Greater than the greatest. Though still, he moves everything everywhere. Formless in the midst of form. Changeless in the midst of change. The Self cannot be known by anyone.

(Excerpts from The Katha Upanishad - Death as Teacher)

The apparent self can do nothing to discover that it is itself an illusion--an appearance cannot discover reality. -Richard Sylvester

The world is full of hoops... but the hooks are ours. -Nisargadatta

The radio sings and speaks, but if you open it you will find no one inside. Similarly, my existence is like the space; though this body speaks like the radio, there is no one inside as a doer.
-Ramana Maharshi

Do you think I know what I'm doing? That for one breath or half-breath I belong to myself? As much as a pen knows what it's writing, or the ball can guess where it's going next. -Rumi

You impose limits on your true nature of infinite being. Then you get displeased to be only a limited creature. Then you begin spiritual practices to transcend these non-existing limits. But if your practice itself implies the existence of these limits, how could they allow you to transcend them. -Ramana Maharshi

The Vastness that we all are is like an ocean that exists in relation to everything--as the Infinite noticing of everything being just what it is--Itself included. It sees thoughts for thoughts and feelings for feelings and sensations for sensations. There is never a desire or request that anything be anything but what it is. -Suzanne Segal

Who distinguishes between the true and the false (self)? And true and false for whom? Thoughts, feelings, sensations, and energetic frequencies do not mean anything about some imaginary someone; they simply are what they are. -Suzanne Segal

We "love" another in order to get something for ourselves. That, in fact, is what passes for love in the dream world. There can be no greater mistake than that, for love is incapable of asking for anything. -ACIM (A Course In Miracles)

Bondage is when the mind longs for something, grieves about
something, rejects something, holds on to something, is pleased
about something or displeased about something.
- Ashtavakra Gita

The heaviest thing you will ever pick up is a thought. –Michael Jeffreys

Nothing is outside you. All is in you. It is you who project it, and it comes back to you. It has all its reality in you; welcome it completely. When you really welcome, there is no pain. In the converging of pain and joy, there is real joy. That joy is not relative, the other joy is still relative because it is the contrary of pain. -Jean Klein

The gap between your expectations and reality is your suffering.
-John St. Augustine

O seeker, These thoughts have such power over you. From nothing you become sad, From nothing you become happy. -Rumi

Holding on to anger is like grasping a hot coal with the intent of throwing it at someone else... you are the one getting burned.
-Zen Proverb

If you realize that you have enough, you are truly rich. -Zen Proverb

In the practice of tolerance, one's enemy is the best teacher.
-Dalai Lama

Nothing in life is to be feared, it is only to be understood.
-Marie Curie

So long as you are still worried about what others think of you, you are owned by them. Only when you require no approval from outside yourself can you own yourself. -Neale Donald Walsch

Everything that occurs—everything that has occurred, is occurring, and ever will occur—is the outward physical manifestation of your innermost thoughts. –Neale Donald Walsh

By healing the soul, sometimes the body can be healed. -John of God

The universe is perfect, intervene at your peril.

Just think of the trees: they let the birds perch and fly, with no intention to call them when they come and no longing for their return when they fly away. If people's hearts can be like the trees, they will not be off the Way. -Zen Proverb

One moon shows in every pool, in every pool the one moon.

-Zen Proverb

Joy is not in things, it is in us.

Fear only comes in with the concept of 'I'. - John Wheeler

There is no Death for anyone. Why? Because there is no separate "You" to die!
-Michael Jeffreys

True love simply does not see any fragmentation. It sees and loves the whole because it is the whole looking at itself. -Scott Kiloby

Your identity is determined by whatever thoughts of past arise in present awareness. -Scott Kiloby

Time is thought. You cannot touch past or future except through thinking. -Scott Kiloby

When my heart is open, LOVE is my experience. When my heart is closed, FEAR is my experience. When I look into the eyes of a new born, LOVE is my experience. When I watch the news, FEAR is my experience. And when I allow ALL experiences to be exactly as they are, PEACE is my experience. And when I let go of ALL experiences, there is just this moment, exactly as it is. And that is more than enough... -Michael Jeffreys

(This photo and the one below were taken  at beautiful Douglas Park in Santa Monica on the evening of 2-8-08)

When you have a disease in the body, those bacteria or microbes have as much right to life as we do. -Sailor Bob Adamson

If you take away all beliefs, none of this ever happened. -Jac O'Keeffe

All searching is driven by thought; even the attaining of enlightenment does not exist beyond a concept. - Jac O'keeffe

When you realize you are, in your essence, the same, beautiful person you took your teacher to be, you will be free.
-Jim Dreaver

When I walk into a room, I know that everyone in it loves me. I just don't expect them to realize it yet. -Byron Katie

Believing what you think is very painful. -Byron Katie

You see, to me, to argue with reality is to argue with God.
-Byron Katie

I look at my own story the same as I would someone else's. They are both just stories. It's natural for us to be without the story. I am a lover of reality. When you live from 'what is' you always get your way. -Byron Katie

All you know is the inarticulable fact that you are and that you are in this wildness. -John Sherman

The simple fact of being, your own presence, is the changeless constant. It is doubtless, clear, beyond questions and undeniable. It is the very ground from which the mind, the body and the universe emerge. -John Wheeler

I express who I am by simply being it. -Jason Nelson

There is absolutely nothing to do or fix - ever. Doing and fixing are outgrowths of imagining a separate person and a 'doer'. Is there really any entity in there doing anything, making anything happen at all? Or are thoughts, feelings and perceptions spontaneously appearing? If so, then all is happening as it is bound to happen, and there is no basis for imagining 'doership'.
-John Wheeler

Essence is emptiness. Emptiness brings peace to your loving. Everything else, disease. In this world of trickery, emptiness is what your soul wants. -Rumi

The very search for pleasure is the cause of pain. -Sri Nisargadatta

(The great Indian sage is pointing out that happiness can only exist in the present moment (along with everything else), so the very act of searching takes you away from happiness, and thus pain and suffering arises! -mj)

Consciousness cannot be known by the mind.The mind is an object. It does not know anything. It is itself known by Consciousness.
- Rupert Spira

(This one is worth spending some time on. What it is pointing at can make all the difference in the world! -mj)

The space that is being looked for is the space that is looking.
-Rupert Spira

Let go of what has passed. Let go of what may come. Let go of what is happening now. Don't try to figure anything out. Don't try to make anything happen. Relax, right now, and rest. -Tilopa

My life is a succession of events, just like yours. Only I am detached and see the passing show as a passing show, while you stick to things and move along with them.
- Sri Nisargadatta

Your high opinion of me is your opinion only. Any moment you may change it. Why attach importance to opinions, even your own?
- Sri Nisargadatta

Worry is like a rocking chair, it gives you something to do but it doesn't get you any where.
- Zen proverb

Only when you can understand yourself as All Pervading Consciousness can you possibly understand that all the universe is an emanation of your mind. Everything that you see comes out of you.
- Robert Adams

You experience everything as a thought in your mind, and every thought is a concept. However, YOU are not a concept. You are Consciousness; that which sees ALL concepts. Consciousness can exist without concepts, but concepts cannot exist without something being aware of them, i.e., Consciousness.
-Michael Jeffreys

At my core I am Aware Emptiness, and it is because I am empty that I am able to be filled, because I am no-thing that I am capacity for everything.
- J.C. Amberchele

Separation is an illusion created by thought.
-Scott Kiloby

Don't personalize your experience.

The longest journey there is is from the head to the heart.

If we think that we know something objective about ourselves or the world, then whatever that something is that we think we know will condition our subsequent enquiry into the nature of experience. -Rupert Spira

Consciousness becomes dimmed chiefly through one's captivation and abiding interest in external objects.
- Sri Atmananda (Atma Darshan)

You can't have fear without need.
-Candace Silvers

If you can think about, it's not the truth.
-Robert Adams

You are the knower of your body, senses and mind, but the knower can never be known, because you are it and there's nobody to know it. It can never become an object of observation because it is your totality.

(What Pandiji, one of Jean Klein's earliest teachers, said to Jean that helped him glimpse reality. From the book, Transmission of the Flame.)

If there is attachment to it, there will be suffering. -Jac O'Keeffe

When the idea of the objects falls away gradually, and attention is more and more fixed upon the awareness, it will be seen that it is Reality which pervades everyhing. -Atma Darshan

You cannot change what you are inside by changing conditions. -Robert Adams

(This is one of the deepest quotes I have ever read. If you fully understand, if you see, what Robert is pointing at here, awakening can happen. There is a part of you that never changes. Forget about your life circumstances. Stay with the changeless that is always present. Feel it. It is you. Everything else is not.)

If you have conditioning, you cannot awaken. -Robert Adams

(Meaning anything you believe yourself to be keeps you tied to the body/mind. Let go of it all! It is not you! Nothing you can be aware of is you. As soon as you think about this, it is no longer it because then you have left the absolute and gone into mind/conditioning. Just BE. There is nothing to do and nowhere to go.)

Where real happiness exists, you do not. -Gina Lake

This moment is the final destination. 'This' is as much God as it gets. -Florian Schlosser

The seeking comes to an end when it is seen that the seeker never existed. -Michael Jeffreys

Your experiences cannot tell you who you are; they do not define you in any way. Only the concepts that you hold about yourself to be true can be influenced by your experiences. -Jac O'Keeffe

Searching for "it" is keeping you in the belief that the movie is real. -Jac O'Keeffe

Time is the interval between two thoughts. So without thoughts, there is no time! -Richard Miller

(Sharing what someone told him during his interview with Chuck Hillig on Never Not Here.)

You learned your thoughts, beliefs and identity. Why then would you imagine you can't unlearn them? -Isira

There is the limited mind's world and there is present reality. Each moment provides a new opportunity to choose which one to experience. -Michael Jeffreys

I used to be into 'self-help,' until it became clear that the self I thought needed help doesn't even exist! -Michael Jeffreys

What you assume yourself to be doesn't exist. -Charlie Hayes

When nothing satisfies, general motivation to live lessens. In truth, this is a moment to be celebrated. Arriving at the place where you know that there must be more to life and to you is an opening, not a dead end. -Jac O'keeffe

The only thing that can stop you from feeling happiness is you. To continue to look outside for something that is already inside only serves to distract you from looking within. -Jac O'keeffe

The freedom you look for is where you look from. -Jac O'Keeffe

The observer and the observed are appearances within awareness. -Michael Jeffreys

Suffering seems real because we don't have a clear understanding of our true nature. Instead, we believe the passing thoughts, such as 'I am no good,'I am not there yet,' 'I am stuck' or whatever the thought may be. Eventually we understand that we are not those thoughts. Once our real self is pointed out, the suffering loses its grip.
-John Wheeler

Beyond right thinking and wrong thinking there is a field. I'll meet you there. -Rumi

Truth begins where thought ends. -Michael Jeffreys

The world is as you are. -David Lynch

I am not the knower, nor the known, nor the knowing. These three are not real. They only seem to be when I am not known.
- Ashtavakra Gita

Two from one! This is the root of suffering. -Ashtavakra Gita

It does not matter what goes on in the mind, it really doesn't. -Mooji

(The mind's thoughts are only important to the mind. Since YOU are not your mind, believing them to be important keeps you attached to your mind.-mj)

The mind deals and operates exclusively in the realm of thought. Since "you" are not a thought, it cannot know "you." -Michael Jeffreys

By accepting what is you become bigger than what is.
-Eckhart Tolle

As things are interpreted or labeled by the mind they slowly cease to be what they are and start to become what is thought about them. -John Greven

Seeking is simply a game that is played until the recognition that there is nothing to find. -Unmani Liza Hyde

In not-knowing there is no doubt. In not-knowing there is absolute clarity. Simply the direct recognition of what is. This is what I am. I am Life itself. -Unmani Liza Hyde

When we attempt to limit the unlimited, suffering occurs.
-Michael Jeffreys

Many of our ideas and beliefs about ourselves and the world are so deeply ingrained that we are unaware that they are beliefs and take them, without question, for the absolute truth. - Rupert Spira

The dilemma for the individual is NOT that it can't get what it wants, the dilemma IS the individual. -Tony Parsons

It's not a doing, but a recognition. -Swami Premodaya

You go from reacting to observing. There is an emotional disconnection that must take place; non-attachment. This doesn't mean not feeling anything, but being okay with whatever outcome manifests. -Swami Premodaya

We are actors in a play who have forgotten they are in a play.
-Swami Premodaya

Once you have been in deep water, your experience of going into shallow water is never the same. -Swami Premodaya

Did you ever stop to realize—the only one that thinks thinking is so special, is that very same thinking? –Peter Francis Dziuban

There is nothing more important to true growth than realizing that you are not the voice of the mind--you are the one who hears it.
-Michael A. Singer

The past is thinking and thinking is the past. It's the same.
- Florian Schlosser

Allow your response to the moment to arise from the moment. -Michael Jeffreys

(My neighbor and I were discussing the recent Air-France plane crash, and since he just returned from India, I asked him how he would react if his flight were going down. His response was beautiful... "I would let the moment decide." -MJ)

Suppressing activity to reach stillness just creates agitation.

Looking closely, you see it's always the stuff you seem to be aware of that's changing and passing, never Awareness itself. Awareness, all by itself alone, is present as pure Being, a changeless presence which simply, immovably is. -Peter Francis Dziuban

It turns out that the source of everything is also who you are. Since the source of everything doesn't come and go, it must be here right now, in this very moment. -Nirmala

Consciousness simply never leaves being present—and
one cannot have a memory of the present. -Peter Francis Dziuban

The root of all suffering is desire. -Buddha

Whatever you are pushing against, you are stuck to. -Werner Erhard

It’s amazing what an unlimited well of energy you have when you are insanely clear about your purpose in life. - Jonathan Nasman

(Someone emailed me and asked a good question: "Michael, if there is no "you," how can "you" have a purpose?" The answer is that in the Absolute sense you can't, since "you" don't exist, and without a "you," there is no one there to have anything!

But on a relative level, that which your body-mind organism operates in, you most definitely have a purpose. And to discover what yours is, all you need do is ask one question: "How is Life calling me to serve it?" If you hold this question in your heart, eventually the answer will come to you much clearer than if you try to figure it out using your mind.)

Enlightenment is the falling away of the sense of personal doership.
-Wayne Liquorman

(When you see that you are not the one creating your moment-to-moment experience, but that life is unfolding perfectly (of course, not the ego's definition of perfection), resistance to what is drops away and you are free to just experience the fullness of the moment. -mj)

If you can't improve on silence, don't speak. -Zen Proverb

There can never be an "enlightened person," there is only the realization that there is no separation. -Halina Pytlasinka'

The biggest mistake is: "My mind has created the thought, my brain has created the thought." No! Every thought, however simple or complicated, comes from outside, and your brain reacts to that thought according to your genes and conditioning. -Ramesh Balsekar

So the question Who am I? is not an idle one. How you answer the question will determine how you live the rest of your life. It will determine the quality of your life. -Neale Donald Walsch

All thoughts achieve the same outcome. They take you out of the truth of life, out of the present moment, and into a world of illusion.
-Leonard Jacobson

Either you live in the world of desire and fear, or you live in freedom.
- Sri Nisargadatta

Practice not-doing. And everything will fall into place.
- Tao Te Ching

Every cell that is occupied by the self is one less cell that can be occupied by God.
-Sri Pranananda

Until you’ve given the world its freedom, you’ll never have your freedom. -Adyashanti (Adya means the complete letting go of judgement)

What it means to live spiritually is to not participate in this struggle. It means that the events that happen in the moment belong to the moment. They don't belong to you.

-Michael A. Singer

IS means now, present tense ONLY.  Is means being or presently existing.  In IS there is absolutely no provision for passing time, past or future.  The past would be that which is-not-anymore, and future would be that which is-not-yet.  Time would be that-which-is-not.  IS cannot be IS and simultaneously be is-not.

-Peter Francis Dziuban

There is nothing more important to true growth than realizing that you are not the voice of the mind--you are the one who hears it.
-Michael A. Singer

Question this very "me," this "I" you take yourself to be. With deep self-inquiry you will discover it is just a "story" too--the story-teller. The "I" telling the story is no more real than any other thought.

-Jim Dreaver

The main requirement for spiritual growth: A yearning to know who you really are.

Spiritual Awakening is awakening from the dream of thought.
–Eckhart Tolle

Your degree of absence of thought is your measuring stick on the spiritual path. - Ramana Maharshi

Watch the mind as it tries, in every moment, to co-opt experience by translating it into a story. It tries to draw you away from experience into a mental world that simulates experience. If it succeeds, that story becomes your experience. –Gina Lake

When I look within and see that I am nothing,
that is wisdom. When I look without and see that I am everything, that is love. And between these two, my life turns.
-Sri Nisargadatta

The moment--the now--is like a river, which carries you forward, ever-changing and ever moving. You either flow with this now or reject it and fight it, but that doesn't stop the flow; it only determines your experience of it.

-Gina Lake

Enlightenment is the direct result of freedom from the illusion of a separate self. A profound understanding of this ultimate simplicity provides all that is required for an awakening to enlightenment.
-Gary Crowley
We sit together, the mountain and me, until only the mountain remains.
-Li Po

Authentic spirituality… does not render the self content, it renders it undone. – Ken Wilbur

The dream we are living has absolutely no purpose other than our awakening. – Tony Parsons

When there is a waking up from fantasy, there is no one who does it.

–Toni Packer

An individual is the very thought he seeks to be free from!
-Jeff Foster

Nothing is to be clung to as I, me, or mine. – Buddha

The most remarkable event in the history of humanity is the phenomen of people dissolving their identification with the prevailing systems of thoughts, beliefs, rituals, and practices, and entering an experience of unconditioned awareness.
-Peter Fenner

We transcend suffering, not because our problems are solved, but because we experience a level of consciousness in which nothing is missing, a way of being that doesn't depend on the conditions of our mind, body, and life situation. -Peter Fenner

The difference between me and you is that I don't mind what happens. -Krishnamurti

To be enlightened is to be unconditionally intimate with this moment. -Scott Morrison

Not letting things bother you is cool! -Bobby Hall

It's not possible to have a problem without believing a prior thought. To notice this simple truth is the beginning of peace. -Byron Katie

Whenever you are immersed in compulsive thinking, you are avoiding what is. You don't want to be where you are. Here, Now.
–Eckhart Tolle

What are thoughts? They are sounds and images passing through awareness. -Tom Stine (admitted former think-aholic!)

Why are you unhappy? Because 99.9% of everything you think and do is for yourself - and there isn't one.
-Wei Wu Wei

As long as there is a 'you' doing or not doing, thinking or not-thinking, meditating or not-meditating, you are no closer to home than the day you were born. -Wei Wu Wei

This bundle of ideas that we have held as being who we are is not actually the one who can make progress in the spiritual realm.

–Alice Gardner

Free, we are not the number One, the first of all our objects, but Zero - their universal and Absolute Subject.

- Wei Wu Wei

What we are looking for is what is looking.
-St. Francis of Assissi

Each moment missed is a moment unlived. – Jon Kabat-Zinn

Desire and fear walk hand in hand. –Katie Davis
EGO stands for: Edge God Out
-Dr. Wayne Dyer

You wouldn't worry what people think of you if you knew how seldom they did. -Charlie Greer
(Love this!-MJ)

Doing one thing at a time. (The definition of Zen)

Feel gratitude for everything. When we see every situation as being perfect just the way it is, happiness grows and grows. -Daniel Levin

The ego tends to equate having with Being: I have therefore I am. And the more I have, the more I am.

-Echart Tolle

When you lose touch with inner stillness, you lose touch with yourself. -Eckhart Tolle

The mind looks to past for identity and the future for fulfillment.
–Eckhart Tolle

We don’t realize that our future is being consumed by our past.
- JZ Knight

(Meaning that we are living on autopilot from our past emotions, rather than from the fresh, new, alive present moment.-MJ)

You should BE the change you want to see in the world.
- Mahatma Gandhi

A positive state of mind is not merely good for you, it benefits everyone with whom you come into contact, literally changing the world. - The Dalai Lama

The greatest gift you can give another is the purity of your attention. - Richard Moss

The equivalent of external noise is the inner noise of thinking. The equivalent of external silence is inner stillness.
-Eckhart Tolle

Love is embracing everything and avoiding nothing.
–Edwin Carl Smith

We come back to where we started and know the place for the first time. -T.S. Elliot

Not being in opposition to the present moment brings clarity.
-Michael Jeffreys

Enjoy the discovery, the journey.

Sit quietly and open up to spirit. –Sharon Janis

Stillness is your essential nature. -Eckhart Tolle

What you call “your” thoughts are just thoughts arising in consciousness. Taking ownership of them is what causes suffering. -Michael Jeffrey

Before you think/say anything to yourself, ask yourself if you would say that to God; because in essence, you are.-Michael Jeffreys

Positive thinking is still thinking (still mind); silence, on the other hand, is the absence of thinking (mind), and leaves only the naked present moment. – Michael Jeffreys

The ego treats the present moment in 3 ways:
1. As a means to an end.
2. As an obstacle.
3. As an enemy.
–Eckhart Tolle

Seeing the extraordinary, even when there is no “you” to see it.
–Jeff Foster

The lens in a telescope is neutral; it doesn’t care what you look at. It has no opinions, makes no judgment. It just is. You are the lens through which life sees itself.
–Michael Jeffreys

The separate self can never discover the truth–in the end, the truth just awakens to itself through you.
- Stephan Bodian

When I cease to own [physical or emotional pain], I liberate myself from its bondage and see it simply as it is.
- Tony Parsons

The mind can never give you an accurate picture of reality. It can only give you one tiny point-of-view among billions.
–Michael Jeffreys

Accept the present moment without judgment.
–Eckhart Tolle

While eatng your appetizer, don’t be concerned with dessert.
–Dr. Wayne Dyer (on staying in the Now)

Your ego’s biggest trick is getting you to spend your entire lifetime looking outside yourself for something you already are.
-Michael Jeffreys
at is an alternative to the patterns of manipulation and greed that dominate our current culture. –Ch
Each moment is its own reward. -Tony Parsons

The very search for pleasure is the cause of pain.
-Sri Nisargadatta

You can find the sacred in the most ordinary of things.
- Oprah

Consciousness brings matter into being wherever there’s energy.
– Martha Beck


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