Awakening (quotes)

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Your purpose is to awaken from the dream

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Your very purpose in life is to awaken

  • The outer purpose of the universe is to create form and experience the interaction of forms—the play, the dream, the drama, or whatever you choose to call it. Its inner purpose is to awaken to its formless essence. Then comes the reconciliation of outer and inner purpose: to bring that essence—consciousness—into the world of form and thereby transform the world. Eckhart Tolle
  • Your life has an inner purpose and an outer purpose. Inner purpose concerns Being and is primary. Outer purpose concerns doing and is secondary. Your inner purpose is to awaken. It is as simple as that. You share that purpose with every other person on the planet—because it is the purpose of humanity. Eckhart Tolle
  • You think of yourselves as humans searching for a spiritual awakening, when in fact you are spiritual beings attempting to cope with a human awakening. Seeing yourselves from the perspective of the spirit within will help you to remember why you came here and what you came here to do. Neale Donald Walsch
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Awaken from the dream

  • Are you and I perchance caught up in a dream from which we have not yet awakened? Chuang tzu
  • You are not the character, but the dreamer of the character. You are consciousness. When you awaken, the dream does not disappear, but it becomes less heavy and more enjoyable. You can play the character and have fun with it without losing yourself in it. Eckhart Tolle
  • We are near awakening when we dream that we dream. Novalis
  • To live is to dream and to die is to awaken.
  • The dream we are living has absolutely no purpose other than our awakening. Tony Parsons
  • Spiritual Awakening is awakening from the dream of thought. Eckhart Tolle
  • Just for a moment imagine that you are experiencing an unpleasant night dream: You are in the ocean, swimming; you have gone out too far; you look back toward the shore and see that there is very little hope of rescue. Even though you shout your lungs out, no one can hear you. And so, you are seized with fear. You struggle and strive to reach the shore, and, of course, the harder you fight, the harder the ocean fights you. There is only one thing left for you to do – drown. Yes, drown – but wait! In your fight, you shouted and someone heard you, came over and shook you, woke you up, and behold the miracle! The drowning self disappeared; the ocean disappeared; the struggle disappeared. You awakened and found that you had never left your comfortable home. All that was necessary in order to be released from the struggle was to awaken! Joel Goldsmith
  • It is possible to believe that all the past is but the beginning of a beginning, and that all that is and has been is but the twilight of the dawn. It is possible to believe that all the human mind has ever accomplished is but the dream before the awakening. G. Wells
  • It is not until you awaken and become fully present that you will realize that you have not been present. It is not until you awaken that you will realize you have been asleep, dreaming that you are awake. Leonard Jacobson
  • In order to make your dreams come true, you must awaken and take charge. Natasha Newsome
  • Even if you have not awakened, if you realize that your perceptions and activities are all like dreams and you view them with detachment, not giving rise to grasping and rejecting discrimination, then this is virtually tantamount to awakening from the dream. Muso Kokushi
  • Spirituality means waking up. Most people, even though they don’t know it, are asleep.  They’re born asleep, they live asleep, they marry in their sleep, they breed children in their sleep, they die in their sleep without ever waking up.  They never understand the loveliness and the beauty of this thing that we call human existence.  Anthony De Mello
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Awaken to …

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Awaken to a higher level of consciousness …

  • A higher level of consciousness is awakened. I get in touch with the vast realm of intelligence beyond thought. Eckhart Tolle
  • The Awakening is no other than Consciousness becoming acquainted with itself. D. T. Suzuki
  • It’s exhilarating to be alive in a time of awakening consciousness; it can also be confusing, disorienting, and painful. Adrienne Rich
  • Do not try to approach God with your thinking mind. It may only stimulate your intellectual ideas, activities, and beliefs. Try to approach God with your crying heart. It will awaken your soulful, spiritual consciousness. Sri Chinmoy
  • Awakening is a shift in consciousness in which thinking and awareness separate. For most people it is not an event but a process they undergo. Instead of being lost in your thinking, when you are awake you recognize yourself as the awareness behind it. Eckhart Tolle
  • The beginning of freedom is the realisation that you are not the “thinker.” The moment you start watching the thinker, a higher level of consciousness becomes activated. You then begin to realise that there is a vast realm of intelligence beyond thought, that thought is only a tiny aspect of that intelligence. You also begin to realise that all the things that truly matter – beauty, love, creativity, joy, inner peace – arise from beyond the mind. You begin to awaken. Eckhart Tolle
  • We can run not only from our dark side but also from our bright side — from anything that threatens to make us stand out or stand alone, or that calls for the awakening of the hero within us, or that asks that we break through to a higher level of consciousness and reach a higher ground of integrity. The greatest crime we commit against ourselves is not that we may deny or disown our shortcomings, but that we deny and disown our greatness —because it frightens us. Nathaniel Branden
  • We awaken when we shift our consciousness and see life through the eyes of our divine essence. Awakened beings develop an awareness of their true spiritual natures. The more we awaken, the more empathy we feel for all life forms on earth. Marta Davidovich Ockuly
  • People have a need to feel their pain. Very often pain is the beginning of a great deal of awareness. As an energy center it awakens consciousness.  Arnold Mindell
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… to allow consciousness to flow into the world …

  • Awakened doing is the alignment of your outer purpose—what you do—with your inner purpose—awakening and staying awake. Through awakened doing, you become one with the outgoing purpose of the universe. Consciousness flows through you into this world. It flows into your thoughts and inspires them. It flows into what you do and guides and empowers it. Eckhart Tolle
  • The outer purpose of the universe is to create form and experience the interaction of forms—the play, the dream, the drama, or whatever you choose to call it. Its inner purpose is to awaken to its formless essence. Then comes the reconciliation of outer and inner purpose: to bring that essence—consciousness—into the world of form and thereby transform the world.  Eckhart Tolle
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… for the great benefit of all beings

  • Whenever someone awakens fully, it affects human consciousness at a collective level. It is like dropping a stone into a dark murky pond. Ripples of light!  Not one word need be spoken.  Leonard Jacobsen
  • If you want to awaken all of humanity, then awaken all of yourself, if you want to eliminate the suffering in the world, then eliminate all that is dark and negative in yourself. Truly, the greatest gift you have to give is that of your own self- transformation. Lao Tzu
  • Your own Self-Realization is the greatest service you can render the world. Ramana Maharshi
  • Once renunciation and the awakened mind have been fully realized, the way to Buddhahood is clear. Liberation is complete and such liberated beings are then Bodhisattvas and Buddhas: “enlightened ones,” or “empty dwellers.” Their usefulness to others both before and after their physical death, is impossible to conceive. They are nothing but useful energy leading to liberation for all beings still caught in conditioned existence. Maura O’Halloran
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Awaken to the love that you are

  • A religious awakening which does not awaken the sleeper to love has roused him in vain. Jessamyn West
  • All the possibilities of your human destiny are asleep in your soul. You are here to realize and honour these possibilities. When love comes in to your life, unrecognized dimensions of your destiny awaken and blossom and grow. Possibility is the secret heart of time. John O’Donohue
  • Awakening into love is a lifelong path. David Simon
  • Words cling to the very core of our memories and lie there in silence until a new desire reawakens them and recharges them with loving energy. That is one of the qualities of love that moves me most, their capacity for transmitting love. Like water, words are a wonderful conductor of energy. And the most powerful, transforming energy is the energy of love. Laura Esquivel
  • Until one has loved an animal, a part of one’s soul remains unawakened. Anatole France
  • The light of unconditional love awakens the dormant seed potentials of the soul. John Welwood
  • The emotion of love comes and goes like waves. Enduring love of the awakened heart is not a feeling but an action. Combining love and will, you walk the same path as the saints by showing loving- kindness to all other beings whether or not you feel like it. Dan Millman
  • The best love is the kind that awakens the soul and makes us reach for more, that plants a fire in our hearts and brings peace to our minds. Nicholas Sparks
  • Love is not to be found in someone else, but in ourselves; we simply awaken it. But in order to do that, we need the other person. Paulo Coelho
  • I suggest that the more you are able to see, love, and accept the one facet of Spirit gazing at you from the mirror, the more you will be able to love Spirit within others. If we are the same awareness shining through a billion separate forms, then all love begins with self- love. For the heart to awaken, it cannot exclude a single soul, including yourself. If you do not love yourself, how can you find the space to love others? Dan Millman
  • Don’t seek love externally, it’s fleeting. Go beyond the ego and awaken the love that already exists within; it will encompass everyone and everything in your life; it will permeate your very being. Danielle Pierre
  • The essence of reality is that if we have the courage to change ours will be a reservoir of spiritual experiences that clothe our souls with flowers of love and gratitude. Mother Earth and Father Sky embrace the positive aspects of the self thereby illuminating a path of celestial awakening. If you accept love as a way of life you will cultivate joy and and create a nurturing environment of happiness and harmony. Micheal Teal
  • As you awaken you go beyond the need to perform and achieve. When you go beyond it, you begin to develop an increased susceptibility to the love extended by others as well as the uncontrollable urge to extend it. Love becomes what you are. Wayne Dyer
  • Like the sun’s rays that cause the seed to stir within its husk, love’s radiant energy penetrates the facade of the false self, calling forth resources hidden deep within us. Its warmth wakes up the life inside us, making us want to uncurl, to give birth, to grow and reach for the light.  It calls on us to break out of our shell, the personality-husk surrounding the seed potential of all that we could be.  The purpose of a seed husk is to protect the tender life within until the time and conditions are right for it to burst forth.  Our personality structure serves a similar function.  It provides a semblance of security, as a kind of compensation for the loss of our larger being.  But when love’s warming rays start to wake us up, our ego-shell becomes a barrier restricting our expansion.  As the germ of life swells within us, we feel our imprisonment more acutely…. The brighter love’s radiance, the darker the shadows we encounter; the more we feel life stirring within us, the more we also feel our dead spots; the more conscious we become, the more clearly we see where we remain unconscious.  None of this need dishearten us.  For in facing our darkness, we bring to light forgotten parts of our being.  In recognizing exactly where we have been unconscious, we become more conscious.  And in seeing and feeling the ways we’ve gone dead, we start to revive and kindle our desire to live more expansively.  John Welwood
  • LoveLove, joy and peace are at your core
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Awaken to the truth

  • Much is being missed because of fear. We are too attached to the body and we go on creating more and more fear because of that attachment. The body is going to die, the body is part of death, the body is death — but you are beyond the body. You are not the body; you are the bodiless. Remember it. Realize it. Awaken yourself to this truth — that you are beyond the body. You are the witness, the seer.  Osho
  • The separate self can never discover the truth – in the end, the truth just awakens to itself through you. Stephan Bodian
  • The ego is scared because awakening to the Truth will destroy it. It’s a destructive process. Adyashanti
  • Awakening to the truth is a deep realization of what you are as an experience. What is it that is listening? What is it that is feeling? Feel it. Sense it. Welcome it. Adyashanti
  • In order to fully awaken to the fact that you are nothing but Awakeness itself, you must want to know the truth more than you want to feel secure. Adyashanti
  • You must want to know the truth more than you want to feel secure in order to fully awaken to the fact that you are nothing but Awakeness itself. Adyashanti
  • When the truth gets buried deep beneath a thousand years of sleep, time demands a turnaround.. And once again the truth is found. George Harrison
  • Remember: whatsoever I am saying is not the thing that I want to say to you. Whatsoever I am saying has nothing to do with truth, because truth cannot be said. Whatsoever I am saying is nothing but a hammering. If you become awake, you will see the truth. Rajneesh
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Awaken to your divine nature

  • As you awaken to your divine nature, you’ll begin to appreciate beauty in everything you see, touch and experience. Wayne Dyer
  • Awakening is ultimately the journey of an individual toward an understanding of the nature of the Ultimate Reality behind the illusion that we only think is ultimately real. It is the highest calling of man, for the destination is what many call God.  Steve Baxter
  • We awaken when we shift our consciousness and see life though the eyes of our divine essence. Awakened beings develop an awareness of their true spiritual natures. The more we awaken, the more empathy we feel for all life forms on earth. Marta Davidovich Ockuly
  • The spiritual journey does not consist of arriving at a new destination where a person gains what he did not have, or becomes what he is not. It consists in the dissipation of one’s own ignorance concerning oneself and life, and the gradual growth of that understanding which begins the spiritual awakening. The finding of God is a coming to one’s self. Aldous Huxley
  • You are one thing only. You are a Divine Being. An all-powerful Creator. You are a Deity in jeans and a t-shirt, and within you dwells the infinite wisdom of the ages and the sacred creative force of All that is, will be and ever was. Anthon St. Maarten
  • You find God the moment you realize that you don’t need to seek God. Eckhart Tolle
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Awaken to yourself as the witness of your thoughts …

  • Much is being missed because of fear. We are too attached to the body and we go on creating more and more fear because of that attachment. The body is going to die, the body is part of death, the body is death — but you are beyond the body. You are not the body; you are the bodiless. Remember it. Realize it. Awaken yourself to this truth — that you are beyond the body. You are the witness, the seer. Osho
  • Be the witness of your thoughts. You are what observes, not what you observe. Buddha
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… by becoming the spacious awareness behind your thoughts…

  • Awakening is a shift in consciousness in which thinking and awareness separate. For most people, it is not an event but a process they undergo. Instead of being lost in your thinking, when you are awake you recognize yourself as the awareness behind it. Thinking then ceases to be a self-serving autonomous activity that takes possession of you and runs your life. Awareness takes over from thinking. Instead of being in charge of your life, thinking becomes the servant of awareness. Awareness is conscious connection with universal intelligence. Another word for it is Presence: consciousness without thought. Eckhart Tolle
  • When you recognize that there is a voice in your head that pretends to be you and never stops speaking, you are awakening out of your unconscious identification with the stream of thinking. When you notice that voice, you realize that who you are is not the voice — the thinker — but the one who is aware of it. Knowing yourself as the awareness behind the voice is freedom. Eckhart Tolle
  • Whatever noble aims we may have, paths we may be on, or necessary efforts we may make, our only real freedom is to awaken now, this very instant, to the mystery and miracle of being, to the spacious awareness that we are. It is only this immediate awakening to the deepest levels of ourselves, to the conscious source that connects us all, that will enable us to experience and manifest real harmony, intelligence, kindness, love, and compassion in our lives and bring about the transformation in the world that we all wish for.  Dennis Lewis
  • The beginning of freedom is the realisation that you are not the “thinker.” The moment you start watching the thinker, a higher level of consciousness becomes activated. You then begin to realise that there is a vast realm of intelligence beyond thought, that thought is only a tiny aspect of that intelligence. You also begin to realise that all the things that truly matter – beauty, love, creativity, joy, inner peace – arise from beyond the mind. You begin to awaken. Eckhart Tolle
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… by becoming the awareness behind your emotions …

  • The sudden awakening of the samurai to his own agitated state illustrates the crucial difference between being caught up in a feeling and becoming aware that you are being swept away by it. Socrates‘s injunction “Know thyself” speaks to the keystone of emotional intelligence: awareness of one’s own feelings as they occur. Daniel Goleman
  • Language is surely too small a vessel to contain these emotions of mind and body that have somehow awakened a response in the spirit. Radclyffe Hall
  • If we stay with our feelings about the world situation, if we acknowledge what is already there, if we work our own trauma residue, we can collectively, alchemically change the lead into gold, moving our hearts forward, using all that is as a vehicle for awakening. Pamela Church
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… for pure awareness is what you are

  • We can’t feel the wetness of water by looking at photographs of water; we must immerse ourselves in it. We can’t feel the ecstasy of awakened awareness through reading about it; we must find it in our innermost Self. Michael Bernard Beckwith
  • The purpose of meditation is to awaken in us the sky-like nature of mind, and to introduce us to that which we really are, our unchanging pure awareness, which underlies the whole of life and death. Sogyal Rinpoche
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Awaken to moments of clarity, wisdom, love and understanding

  • My moments of awakening can come at any time, and through any person. These are my moments of grace, when clarity and wisdom, love and understanding, guidance and insight are brought to me and through me. My life has been created to bring me just such moments. That is why I do whatever it takes – meditate, exercise, pray, read, write, listen to music, whatever I find works – to ignite my awareness daily. Neale Donald Walsch
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Awaken to wonder, especially through the beauty of nature

  • The capacity for total wonder is the very substance of awakening. Daniel Odier
  • Awaken to the universes simple gift of the butterfly. Watch with fascination and joy as a jeweled treasure glides by and gently touches your soul. K. D’Angelo
  • When we are alone on a starlit night, when by chance we see the migrating birds in autumn descending on a grove of junipers to rest and eat; when we see children in a moment when they are really children, when we know love in our own hearts; or when, like the Japanese poet, Basho, we hear an old frog land in a quiet pond with a solitary splash – at such times the awakening, the turning inside out of all values, the “newness,” the emptiness and the purity of vision that make themselves evident, all these provide a glimpse of the cosmic dance. Thomas Merton
  • There is eloquence in the tongueless wind, and a melody in the flowing brooks and the rustling of the reeds beside them, which by their inconceivable relation to something within the soul, awaken the spirits to a dance of breathless rapture, and bring tears of mysterious tenderness to the eyes, like the enthusiasm of patriotic success, or the voice of one beloved singing to you alone. Percy Bysshe Shelley
  • The forests are the flags of nature. They appeal to all and awaken inspiring universal feelings.  Enter the forest and the boundaries of nations are forgotten.  It may be that some time an immortal pine will be the flag of a united peaceful world.  Enos A. Mills
  • I, the fiery life of divine essence, am aflame beyond the beauty of the meadows, I gleam in the waters, and I burn in the sun, moon, and stars… I awaken everything to life. Ildergard of Bingen
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Awaken to beauty …

  • To cultivate a garden is to go hand in hand with Nature in some of her most beautiful processes, to learn something of her choicest secrets, and to have a more intelligent interest awakened in the beautiful order of her works elsewhere. Christian Bovee
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… especially the beauty of your own being

  • We can run not only from our dark side but also from our bright side — from anything that threatens to make us stand out or stand alone, or that calls for the awakening of the hero within us, or that asks that we break through to a higher level of consciousness and reach a higher ground of integrity. The greatest crime we commit against ourselves is not that we may deny or disown our shortcomings, but that we deny and disown our greatness —because it frightens us. Nathaniel Branden
  • WE ALREADY HAVE everything we need. There is no need for self-improvement. All these trips that we lay on ourselves—the heavy- duty fearing that we’re bad and hoping that we’re good, the identities that we so dearly cling to, the rage, the jealousy and the addictions of all kinds—never touch our basic wealth. They are like clouds that temporarily block the sun. But all the time our warmth and brilliance are right here. This is who we really are. We are one blink of an eye away from being fully awake. Pema Chodron
  • No one and nothing outside of you can give you salvation, or free you from the misery. You have to light your own lamp. You have to know the miniature universe that you yourself are. Banani Ray
  • It is difficult to be that shining light when most around you desire only darkness. It is the true healer, the true sage, who remains sage amongst those who are not awake. Take heart, and remain at courage. Robert Schwartz
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Awaken to the abundance of the universe

  • What is the role of money in the search for meaning? Is our relationship to it one of the chief factors that keeps us in our prison, or could it also be a tool for breaking out, for awakening to a life filled with intensity of purpose? Jacob Needleman
  • The five pillars of wealth are financial, relational, mental, physical, and spiritual. Without these five pillars, you might be rich, but you’ll never be wealthy. Interestingly enough, I’ve found that the more you reach this state of true wealth, the more money rushes to you—and all that money can provide. The universe is at your command and lines up in joyous support of your awakening. James Arthur Ray
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Awaken to the power and blessing of each new day

  • If every day is an awakening, you will never grow old. You will just keep growing. Gail Sheehy
  • To awaken each morning with a smile brightening my face; to greet the day with reverence for the opportunities it contains; to approach my work with a clean mind; to hold ever before me, even in the doing of little things, the ultimate purpose toward which I am working; to meet men and women with laughter on my lips and love in my heart; to be gentle, kind, and courteous through all the hours; to approach the night with weariness that ever woos sleep and the joy that comes from work well done – this is how I desire to waste wisely my days. Thomas Dekker
  • On awakening, bless the day, for it is already full of unseen good which your blessing will call forth; for to bless is to acknowledge the unlimited good that is embedded in the very texture of the universe and awaiting each and all. Pierre Pradervand
  • We live between the act of awakening and the act of surrender. Each morning, we awaken to the light and the invitation to a new day in the world of time; each night, we surrender to the dark to be taken to play in the world of dreams where time is no more. John O’Donohue
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Awaken to possibility

  • The moment I decide to change my life, I awaken the power to transform the impossible into the possible. I am what my heart chooses. Darren R. Weissman
  • If we demand enlightenment, it hides… All that we can do is make ourselves enlightenment-prone. We learn to treasure the possibility of awakening in all moments and circumstances. We learn to simplify and cultivate the receptivity of heart that can be touched by profound understanding.  We learn to listen deeply and discover stillness amid the movement in our world. Christina Feldman
  • All the possibilities of your human destiny are asleep in your soul. You are here to realize and honour these possibilities. When love comes in to your life, unrecognized dimensions of your destiny awaken and blossom and grow. Possibility is the secret heart of time. John O’Donohue
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Awaken to the potential within you

  • Simply put, all that is required to live up to our highest potential is already inside us awaiting our conscious activation. Living up to our potential is about becoming more ourselves, more of who and what we are as awakened beings. Michael Bernard Beckwith
  • The light of unconditional love awakens the dormant seed potentials of the soul. John Welwood
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Awaken to the creativity in you

  • One of the most important reasons for living is to do something – live outside of yourself and put together an idea, an idea that you want to explore and then complete… Awaken your creative sensitivities! Jack Palance
  • Inspiration is an awakening, a quickening of all man’s faculties, and it is manifested in all high artistic achievements. Giacomo Puccini
  • It is the supreme art of the teacher to awaken joy in creative expression and knowledge. Albert Einstein
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Awaken your heart and soul

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Awaken your soul

  • Do not try to approach God with your thinking mind. It may only stimulate your intellectual ideas, activities, and beliefs. Try to approach God with your crying heart. It will awaken your soulful, spiritual consciousness. Sri Chinmoy
  • There is eloquence in the tongueless wind, and a melody in the flowing brooks and the rustling of the reeds beside them, which by their inconceivable relation to something within the soul, awaken the spirits to a dance of breathless rapture, and bring tears of mysterious tenderness to the eyes, like the enthusiasm of patriotic success, or the voice of one beloved singing to you alone. Percy Bysshe Shelley
  • If we identify with the soul we awaken the authentic self, inspire the spirit and fuel the fire of transformation. Micheal Teal
  • The soul is awakened through service. Erica Jong
  • I lovingly nurture the god in embryo that lies deep within my soul. I awaken myself to the deep stillness that lies deep within my heart. Deepak Chopra
  • Until one has loved an animal, a part of one’s soul remains unawakened. Anatole France
  • The light of unconditional love awakens the dormant seed potentials of the soul. John Welwood
  • The best love is the kind that awakens the soul and makes us reach for more, that plants a fire in our hearts and brings peace to our minds. Nicholas Sparks
  • Once the soul awakens, the search begins and you can never go back. From then on, you are inflamed with a special longing that will never again let you linger in the lowlands of complacency and partial fulfilment. The eternal makes you urgent. You are loath to let compromise or the threat of danger hold you back from striving toward the summit of fulfilment. John O’Donohue
  • Let your soul be an oasis of transformation that takes your life to the next level and fulfils your dreams. Rejoice in your awakening, the future is now and love is in every breath you take. Micheal Teal
  • A soulmate is the one person whose love is powerful enough to motivate you to meet your soul, to do the emotional work of self- discovery, of awakening. Kenny Loggins
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Awaken your heart

  • Doing something different’ is anything that interrupts our ancient habit of indulging in our emotions. We do anything to cut the strong tendency to spin out… Anything that’s non-habitual will do—even sing and dance or run around the block. We do anything that doesn’t reinforce our crippling habits. The third most difficult practice is to then remember that this is not something we do just once or twice. Interrupting our destructive habits and awakening our heart is the work of a lifetime. Pema Chodron
  • The emotion of love comes and goes like waves. Enduring love of the awakened heart is not a feeling but an action. Combining love and will, you walk the same path as the saints by showing loving- kindness to all other beings whether or not you feel like it. Dan Millman
  • May our heart’s garden of awakening bloom with hundreds of flowers. Thich Nhat Hanh
  • In the Buddhist tradition, difficulties are considered to be so important to a life of growth and peace that a Tibetan prayer actually asks for them. It says, “Grant that I may be given appropriate difficulties and sufferings on this journey so that my heart may be truly awakened and my practice of liberation and universal compassion may be truly fulfilled. Richard Carlson
  • I lovingly nurture the god in embryo that lies deep within my soul. I awaken myself to the deep stillness that lies deep within my heart. Deepak Chopra
  • Grant that I may be given appropriate difficulties and sufferings on this journey so that my heart may be truly awakened and my practice of liberation and universal compassion may be truly fulfilled. Tibetan prayer
  • Do not try to approach God with your thinking mind. It may only stimulate your intellectual ideas, activities, and beliefs. Try to approach God with your crying heart. It will awaken your soulful, spiritual consciousness. Sri Chinmoy
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Awaken joy …

  • It is the supreme art of the teacher to awaken joy in creative expression and knowledge. Albert Einstein
  • Everything you do right now ripples outward and affects everyone. Your posture can shine your heart or transmit anxiety. Your breath can radiate love or muddy the room in depression. Your glance can awaken joy. Your words can inspire freedom. Your every act can open hearts and minds. David Deida
  • Awaken to the universes simple gift of the butterfly. Watch with fascination and joy as a jewelled treasure glides by and gently touches your soul. K. D’Angelo
  • During meditation, a silent mind is very important, but ‘silent’ does not mean closed, the silent mind is an alert awakened mind; a mind seeking the very nature of reality. Also, the joy of silent wisdom comes from your own mind and is always there.  Constantly wherever you go, you can experience the joyful wisdom energy of the silent mind.  Lama Yeshe
  • If a child smiles, if an adult smiles, that is very important. If in our daily lives we can smile, if we can be peaceful and happy, not only we, but everyone will profit from it. If we really know how to live, what better way to start the day than with a smile? Our smile affirms our awareness and determination to live in peace and joy. The source of a true smile is an awakened mind. Thich Nhat Hanh
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… not just in yourself but in others too

  • When you have once seen the glow of happiness on the face of a beloved person, you know that a man can have no vocation but to awaken that light on the faces surrounding him; and you are torn by the thought of the unhappiness and night you cast, by the mere fact of living, in the hearts you encounter. Albert Camus
  • Everything you do right now ripples outward and affects everyone. Your posture can shine your heart or transmit anxiety. Your breath can radiate love or muddy the room in depression. Your glance can awaken joy. Your words can inspire freedom. Your every act can open hearts and minds. David Deida
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Awaken the compassion and empathy within you

  • Awakening self-compassion is often the greatest challenge people face on the spiritual path. Tara Brach
  • What is most important is to go deep into ourselves and discover the loving kindness and compassion of the Buddha within – the awakened nature we all possess.  Shinjo Ito
  • We awaken when we shift our consciousness and see life through the eyes of our divine essence. Awakened beings develop an awareness of their true spiritual natures. The more we awaken, the more empathy we feel for all life forms on earth. Marta Davidovich Ockuly
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Awaken intuition

  • Awaken intuition. Reflect on the fact that the perfect answers and solutions exist within you. State clearly what it is that you wish your subconscious to bring to you. Repeat confidently “My subconscious is now bringing me…” Relax and fill your mind with faith and expectancy that the right answers will come. Then listen to your feelings and hunches and “inner voice.” John Kehoe
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Awaken imagination

  • Butterfly flutters tickle the drowsy heart, awakening imaginations, curiosities, wonders and dreams. Where will you fly once touched by a Butterfly’s wing? D’Angelo
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Awaken curiosity

  • The whole art of teaching is only the art of awakening the natural curiosity of the mind for the purpose of satisfying it afterwards. Anatole France
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Awaken from your state of apathy

  • Conversation is a sort of electricity that causes sparks to fly, and that relieves some people of the burden of their excess vivacity and awakens others from a state of painful apathy. Mme de Staël
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Awaken your expectations

  • A master can tell you what he expects of you. A teacher, though, awakens your own expectations. Patricia Neal
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Awaken the goodness in yourself and others

  • Judgment consists not in seeing through deceptions and evil intentions, but in being able to awaken the decency dormant in every person. Eric Hoffer
  • To love someone is to acknowledge the goodness of who they are. Through loving a person we awaken their awareness of their own innate goodness. It is as though they cannot know how worthy they are until they look into the mirror of our love and see themselves. John Gray
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Awaken the genius in you

  • The genius inside can be awakened by consciously breaking the habit of knee-jerk reactions to what comes your way. Jim Hartness
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Awaken the hearts, souls and minds of children

  • When you read to a child, when you put a book in a child’s hands, you are bringing that child news of the infinitely varied nature of life. You are an awakener. Paula Fox
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Awaken to your true self

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Awakening is experiential; not conceptual

  • Ultimately, awakening awareness is experiential. Alone, offered ‘truth’ is but more words in a world too cluttered with pretentious words. Experiencing ‘truth’ will affect a permanent change in you. G.’s Zaadz
  • Without new experiences, something inside of us sleeps. The sleeper must awaken. Frank Herbert
  • Awakening to the truth is a deep realization of what you are as an experience. What is it that is listening? What is it that is feeling? Feel it. Sense it. Welcome it. Adyashanti
  • That you carry yourself forward and experience the myriad things is delusion. That the myriad things come forward and experience themselves is awakening. Dogen Zenji
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Awaken by letting go of the ego; the false sense of self…

  • Your ego does have a purpose, to take you to the point of awakening to who you truly are. J. Goldwag
  • Without the ego, there would be no enlightenment or awakening. Eckhart Tolle
  • The separate self can never discover the truth – in the end, the truth just awakens to itself through you. Stephan Bodian
  • The ego is scared because awakening to the Truth will destroy it. It’s a destructive process. Adyashanti
  • Spiritual awakening is about waking up from your ego. It is not about awakening the ego. Sampo Kaasila
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… by letting go of your illusion of separateness …

  • We are here to awaken from our illusion of separateness. Thich Nhat Hanh
  • 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
  • When you awaken, you realize that the separate person you took yourself to be is just a construct, a mental fabrication… Stephan Bodian
  • The aim of my teaching is enlightenment–awakening from the dream state of separateness into the reality of the One. In short, my teaching is focused on realizing what you are. Adyashanti
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… and awakening to your true self

  • Awakening is the process of overcoming your false self and discovering your True Self. It begins when you decide to grab the tiger by the tail and ends with the tiger tenderly licking the sweat off your brow and face.  Steve Baxter
  • Awakening isn’t about becoming extraordinary. If anything, it’s about becoming ordinary. It’s about becoming who we really, really are. Adyashanti
  • Enlightenment is knowing what I really am. And what I am not. I awaken to my true nature. Adyashanti
  • If we identify with the soul we awaken the authentic self, inspire the spirit and fuel the fire of transformation. Micheal Teal
  • If you fully awaken, you will not know yourself. Understand this, and you will understand all. Leonard Jacobson
  • Waking up to who you are requires letting go of who you imagine yourself to be. Jim Britt
  • Enlightenment means waking up to what you truly are and then being that. Adyashanti
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Awakening to your true self is awakening to the very best in you

  • It is only this immediate awakening to the deepest levels of ourselves, to the conscious source that connects us all, that will enable us to experience and manifest real harmony, intelligence, kindness, love, and compassion in our lives and bring about the transformation in the world that we all wish for. Dennis Lewis
  • The authentic self is the best part of a human being. It’s the part of you that already cares, that is already passionate about evolution. When your authentic self miraculously awakens and becomes stronger than your ego, then you will truly begin to make a difference in this world. You will literally enter into a partnership with the creative principle.  Andrew Cohen
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Awakening to your true self dissolves all negativity and confusion

  • Slip quietly out of the noose of your habitual anxious self, release all grasping, and relax into your true nature. Think of your ordinary emotional, thought- ridden self as a block of ice or a slab of butter left out in the sun. If you are feeling hard and cold, let this aggression melt away in the sunlight of your meditation. Let peace work on you and enable you to gather your scattered mind into the mindfulness of Calm Abiding, and awaken in you the awareness and insight of Clear Seeing. And you will find all your negativity disarmed, your aggression dissolved, and your confusion evaporating slowly like mist into the vast and stainless sky of your absolute nature. Sogyal Rinpoche
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Awakening to your true self is awakening to the divinity inside you

  • Everyone of us is shadowed by an illusory person: a false self. We are not very good at recognizing illusions, least of all the ones we cherish about ourselves.  Contemplation is not and cannot be a function of this external self. There is an irreducible opposition between the deep transcendent self that awakens only in contemplation, and the superficial, external self which we commonly identify with the first person singular.  Our reality, our true self, is hidden in what appears to us to be nothingness…. We can rise above this unreality and recover our hidden reality….  God Himself begins to live in me not only as my Creator but as my other and true self.    Thomas Merton
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Awakening to your true self lets you dance to your own music

  • A nice definition of an awakened person: a person who no longer marches to the drums of society, a person who dances to the tune of the music that springs up from within. Anthony de Mello
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How to awaken

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Stop thinking of awakening and enlightenment as something special or rare

  • Do not think that enlightenment is going to make you special, it’s not. If you feel special in any way, then enlightenment has not occurred. I meet a lot of people who think they are enlightened and awake simply because they have had a very moving spiritual experience. They wear their enlightenment on their sleeve like a badge of honour. They sit among friends and talk about how awake they are while sipping coffee at a cafe. The funny thing about enlightenment is that when it is authentic, there is no one to claim it. Enlightenment is very ordinary; it is nothing special. Rather than making you more special, it is going to make you less special. It plants you right in the centre of a wonderful humility and innocence. Everyone else may or may not call you enlightened, but when you are enlightened the whole notion of enlightenment and someone who is enlightened is a big joke. I use the word enlightenment all the time; not to point you toward it but to point you beyond it. Do not get stuck in enlightenment. Adyashanti
  • In our craving to be somebody special – and don’t forget that we may find our specialness through being “nobody” – we bypass exploration of that very craving, committing far more of our passion to fulfilling our dreams than to actually awakening from them. Robert Augustus Masters
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Awaken through meditation …

  • By constant meditation you rise above your mind and awaken into true spirituality. Remez Sasson
  • We carry out our meditation with an attitude of control and manipulation, and that is the very reason our meditation leads us to what feels like a dead end. The awakened state of being, the enlightened state of being, can also be called the natural state of being. How can control and manipulation possibly lead us to our natural state? Adyashanti
  • The purpose of meditation is to awaken in us the sky-like nature of mind, and to introduce us to that which we really are, our unchanging pure awareness, which underlies the whole of life and death. Sogyal Rinpoche
  • Constant meditation awakens the ability to enjoy peace of mind while talking, eating, walking, working and throughout any other activity. Remez Sasson
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… through the power of silence and a quiet mind…

  • During meditation, a silent mind is very important, but ‘silent’ does not mean closed, the silent mind is an alert awakened mind; a mind seeking the very nature of reality. Also, the joy of silent wisdom comes from your own mind and is always there.  Constantly wherever you go, you can experience the joyful wisdom energy of the silent mind.  Lama Yeshe
  • In meditation, silently and serenely, all words are transcended. In Illumination, all things appear as is.  Silence is the ceasing of ego- grasping.  Illumination is the functioning of the wonder of wisdom.  The unity of these two is awakening to Buddha Nature.  Sheng Yen
  • All that is necessary to awaken to yourself as the radiant emptiness of spirit is to stop seeking something more or better or different, and to turn your attention inward to the awake silence that you are.  Adyashanti
  • I lovingly nurture the god in embryo that lies deep within my soul. I awaken myself to the deep stillness that lies deep within my heart. Deepak Chopra
  • A quiet mind is all you need. All else will happen rightly, once your mind is quiet. As the sun on rising makes the world active, so does self-awareness affect changes in the mind. In the light of calm and steady self-awareness, inner energies wake up and work miracles without any effort on your part. Nisargadatta Maharaj
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… through going into the gap between your thoughts…

  • There is a mysterious force inside that animates you. It is covered up by thoughts and the mind’s ideas about who and what you are.  But all true spiritual teachings point away from a fascination with the little “me” and toward a fascination with that mystery under the thoughts.  This is the fertile ground for awakening. Once the mystery wakes up to itself it realizes that this is what it truly is and has always been, but it cannot be described.  Adyashanti
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… through losing your identification with thought…

  • Spiritual awakening is being free from conceptualisation. It is awakening from identification with thoughts.  It is awakening to the aliveness and depth of this moment.  Eckhart Tolle
  • Spiritual Awakening is awakening from the dream of thought.  Eckhart Tolle
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…  through the power of self-enquiry…

  • Meditative self-inquiry is the art of asking a spiritually powerful question. And a question that is spiritually powerful always points us back to ourselves. Because the most important thing that leads to spiritual awakening is to discover who and what we are—to wake up from this dream state, this trance state of identification with ego. And a question that is spiritually powerful always points us back to ourselves. Adyashanti
  • I have found two elements to be the most helpful and most powerful when it comes to awakening. The first is developing a meditative attitude, in which we let go of control on a very deep level and allow everything to be as it is. The second is a serious engagement with our own inherent curiosity and intelligence through meditative self- inquiry. Adyashanti
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… through contemplating no-thingness

  • When you sink below the surface of the manifest world and awaken to the timeless depth of that empty ground, you find yourself contemplating consciousness in its primordial state, free from all content, before it entered the stream of time. In this dimension, nothing has ever happened. The universe has not yet emerged; you have not been born; even time itself has not yet begun.   Andrew Cohen
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Awaken by going on an inner journey

  • Many people around the world are making the choice to awaken, beginning an inner journey which, though less easy to measure than a road or rail trip, and with a destination more difficult to define, is nevertheless just as real. David Michie
  • Grant that I may be given appropriate difficulties and sufferings on this journey so that my heart may be truly awakened and my practice of liberation and universal compassion may be truly fulfilled. Tibetan prayer
  • Awakening is ultimately the journey of an individual toward an understanding of the nature of the Ultimate Reality behind the illusion that we only think is ultimately real. It is the highest calling of man, for the destination is what many call God.  Steve Baxter
  • The spiritual journey does not consist of arriving at a new destination where a person gains what he did not have, or becomes what he is not. It consists in the dissipation of one’s own ignorance concerning oneself and life, and the gradual growth of that understanding which begins the spiritual awakening. The finding of God is a coming to one’s self. Aldous Huxley
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Awaken by becoming receptive to it rather than striving for it

  • If we demand enlightenment, it hides… All that we can do is make ourselves enlightenment-prone. We learn to treasure the possibility of awakening in all moments and circumstances. We learn to simplify and cultivate the receptivity of heart that can be touched by profound understanding.  We learn to listen deeply and discover stillness amid the movement in our world. Christina Feldman
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Awaken through mindfulness

  • Mindfulness is the energy that sheds light on all things and all activities, producing the power of concentration, bringing forth deep insight and awakening. Thich Nhat Hanh
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Awaken through self-observation

  • Self-observation brings man to the realization of the necessity of self-change. And in observing himself a man notices that self- observation itself brings about certain changes in his inner processes. He begins to understand that self- observation is an instrument of self-change, a means of awakening. George Gurdjieff
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Awaken by bringing consciousness into your body

  • The more consciousness you bring into the body, the stronger the immune system becomes. It is as if every cell awakens and rejoices. It is also a potent form of self-healing.  Eckhart Tolle
  • It is only by grounding our awareness in the living sensation of our bodies that the “I Am,” our real presence, can awaken. G.I. Gurdjieff
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Awaken by becoming completely present in the now

  • It is not until you awaken and become fully present that you will realize that you have not been present. It is not until you awaken that you will realize you have been asleep, dreaming that you are awake. Leonard Jacobson
  • With the smell of the open air and the wind at my back, I discover that I am at the very centre of the universe. And the pulsating, ever present Now reveals itself to me. Joyously letting go. Now becomes alive, radiant, all- encompassing. Nothing is needed when I lose myself in its presence. Desires, worries, what are these? How feeble and pitiful. They scurry away frantically, in shame. They know they possess no glory like what is present. Even thoughts themselves seem subdued and timid. A fusion of one hundred million sensations all packed into the instant. The dance of Shiva. Colours, sounds, events. Frame by frame the universe unfolds. Now puts everything on a pedestal. Worships it. Proclaims it more holy than all. I celebrate this day, this moment. Needing nothing, wanting nothing. Everything contained within myself this very second. And suddenly I see it clearly. The kingdom is here this very instant. The kingdom I have sought so diligently is none other than my awakened consciousness. I have been at the steps of the kingdom all my life and knew it not. Contained in every second. Contained in every person. Our mortal eyes see it not, so preoccupied are we by day to day affairs, but spiritual senses, once awakened, fly to it like a bird to a nest. John Kehoe
  • We can smile, breathe, walk, and eat our meals in a way that allows us to be in touch with the abundance of happiness that is available. We are very good at preparing to live, but not very good at living. We know how to sacrifice ten years for a diploma, and we are willing to work very hard to get a job, a car, a house, and so on. But we have difficulty remembering that we are alive in the present moment, the only moment there is for us to be alive. Every breath we take, every step we make, can be filled with peace, joy, and serenity. We need only to be awake, alive in the present moment. Thich Nhat Hanh
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Awaken through a great letting go of all you cling to …

  • In spiritual life, there is no room for compromise. Awakening is not negotiable; we cannot bargain to hold on to things that please us while relinquishing things that do not matter to us. A lukewarm yearning for awakening is not enough to sustain us through the difficulties involved in letting go. It is important to understand that anything that can be lost was never truly ours, anything that we deeply cling to only imprisons us. Jack Kornfield
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… through a letting go of attachment

  • Softly and kindly remind yourself, ”I cannot own anything.” It is a valuable thought to keep in mind as you struggle to improve your financial picture, worry about investments, and plan how to acquire more and more.  It is a universal principle which you are part of.  You must release everything when you truly awaken.  Are you letting your life go by in frustration and worry over not having enough?  If so, relax and remember that you only get what you have for a short period of time.  When you awaken you will see the folly of being attached to anything.  Wayne Dyer
  • One must die; that is, one must free oneself from a thousand petty attachments and identifications. . . . One is attached to everything in one’s life, attached to one’s imagination, attached to one’s stupidity, attached even to one’s sufferings, possibly to the sufferings more than to everything else. . . . Attachment to things, identifications with things, keep alive a thousand useless “I”s in a person. These “I”s must die in order that the big I may be born.  But how can they be made to die?  They do not want to die.  It is at this point that the possibility of awakening comes to the rescue.  To awaken means to recognize one’s nothingness. G.I. Gurdjieff
  • Much is being missed because of fear. We are too attached to the body and we go on creating more and more fear because of that attachment. The body is going to die, the body is part of death, the body is death — but you are beyond the body. You are not the body; you are the bodiless. Remember it. Realize it. Awaken yourself to this truth — that you are beyond the body. You are the witness, the seer.  Osho
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… through a letting go of beliefs

  • The real work that brings about awakening, rather than merely granting the external appearance of “being spiritual,” while actually embroiling us ever more deeply in the dream, is a rigorous, daily commitment to the identification and elimination of every self- serving belief from which our personal dream-lives are constructed. Vincent Casspriano, Jr
  • A complete restructuring of my belief system is required. I re- examine every belief I possess. Does it empower me? Awaken within me my sacred song? All the beliefs that fail are halved and quartered by the Warrior. John Kehoe
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… though a letting go of the need to label and name

  • You do not awaken spiritually until the compulsive and unconscious naming ceases, or at least you become aware of it and thus are able to observe it as it happens. It is through this constant naming that the ego remains in place as the unobserved mind. Eckhart Tolle
  • Let go of the need to label and name
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… through a letting go of control

  • I have found two elements to be the most helpful and most powerful when it comes to awakening. The first is developing a meditative attitude, in which we let go of control on a very deep level and allow everything to be as it is. The second is a serious engagement with our own inherent curiosity and intelligence through meditative self- inquiry. Adyashanti
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Awaken by looking into your heart

  • Your vision will become clear only when you look into your heart. Who looks outside, dreams. Who looks inside, awakens.  Carl Jung
  • Do not look for happiness outside yourself. The awakened seek happiness inside. Peter Deunov
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Awaken through serving others

  • Healing from our past is an essential aspect of expanding our sense of self and awakening our capacity to love. This shift often manifests as a change in the questions we’ve been asking ourselves. Instead of What do I need? we ask, How can I serve? Instead of What am I getting out of this? we start to ask, What can I bring to this situation to promote the highest possible outcome for everyone involved? David Simon
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Awaken by surrounding yourself with the right people

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Awaken by freeing your heart of animosity

  • Keeping our hearts and minds free of the debris of resentment and animosity is vital to our spiritual awakening. Michael Bernard Beckwith
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Awaken by acknowledging that you are asleep

  • The first stage in awakening is to acknowledge that you are not awake. Leonard Jacobson
  • We are near awakening when we dream that we dream. Novalis
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Awaken by choosing to be happy

  • If you decide that you’re going to be happy from now on for the rest of your life, you will not only be happy, you will be enlightened. Unconditional happiness is the highest technique there is. You don’t have to learn Sanskrit or read any scriptures. You don’t have to renounce the world. You just have to really mean it when you say that you choose to be happy. And you have to mean it regardless of what happens. This is truly a path, and it is as direct and sure a path to Awakening as could possibly exist. Michael Singer
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Life gives you what you need to awaken

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Life gives you exactly what you need to awaken

  • Life gives you exactly what you need to awaken. Scott McLeod
  • Let whatever happens, be what needs to happen, so that I may awaken. Scott McLeod
  • If your grand purpose in life is to wake up, then whatever happens to you is good, for it can prod you into self- awakening. Vernon Howard
  • I see my life as an unfolding set of opportunities to awaken. Ram Dass
  • A single event can awaken within us a stranger totally unknown to us. To live is to be slowly born. Antoine de Saint- Exupery
  • Everything within my life – without exception – is a revelation and expression of That which is the Source of my own inevitable Awakening.
  • How do you know how to be perfect? You do not know how to be perfect; you learn how to be perfect. It is the spiritual work that one does daily which awakens your world on the path to perfection. The world begins to reflect how to be perfect by experiences and actions, going on and around you all the time. These are the things that cannot be taught in books, as there are too many variances in behaviour and personality. The tough lessons of love and friendship happen throughout our own lives and we must seek to find the lessons of life hidden deep within all interactions. Swami Sai Premananda
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Difficult and challenging times can help you to awaken

  • Bad weather is best suited for awakening. Eckhart Tolle
  • The worst thing in life can become the best thing. The very thing that awakens you.  Eckhart Tolle
  • The unrest you are experiencing is not individual psychological difficulty, but rather part of a widespread spiritual awakening. Carol Osborn
  • The difficulties which I meet with in order to realize my existence are precisely what awaken and mobilize my activities, my capacities. Jose Ortega Y Gasset
  • Grant that I may be given appropriate difficulties and sufferings on this journey so that my heart may be truly awakened and my practice of liberation and universal compassion may be truly fulfilled. Tibetan prayer
  • Riches and ease, it is perfectly clear, are not necessary for man’s highest culture, else had not the world been so largely indebted in all times to those who have sprung from the humbler ranks. An easy and luxurious existence does not train men to effort or encounter with difficulty; nor does it awaken that consciousness of power which is so necessary for energetic and effective action in life. Indeed, so far from poverty being a misfortune, it may, by vigorous self-help, be converted even into a blessing; rousing a man to that struggle with the world in which, though some may purchase ease by degradation, the right- minded and true-hearted will find strength, confidence, and triumph. Samuel Smiles
  • In the Buddhist tradition, difficulties are considered to be so important to a life of growth and peace that a Tibetan prayer actually asks for them. It says, “Grant that I may be given appropriate difficulties and sufferings on this journey so that my heart may be truly awakened and my practice of liberation and universal compassion may be truly fulfilled. Richard Carlson
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Suffering can help you to awaken

  • You will bring yourself the suffering you need to bring yourself so that you may awaken. Scott McLeod
  • When you can’t stand the endless cycle of suffering anymore, you begin to awaken. Eckhart Tolle
  • Understand the suffering of worldly existence. Abandon its causes of ignorance and selfishness. Practice the path of meditation and compassion.  Awaken from suffering within Great Peace.  Shakyamuni Buddha
  • Grant that I may be given appropriate difficulties and sufferings on this journey so that my heart may be truly awakened and my practice of liberation and universal compassion may be truly fulfilled. Tibetan prayer
  • Grief can awaken us to new values and new and deeper appreciations. Grief can cause us to reprioritize things in our lives, to recognize what’s really important and put it first. Grief can heighten our gratitude as we cease taking the gifts life bestows on us for granted. Grief can give us the wisdom of being with death. Grief can make death the companion on our left who guides us and gives us advice. None of this growth makes the loss good and worthwhile, but it is the good that comes out of the bad. Roger Bertschausen
  • People with heavy pain-bodies usually have a better chance to awaken spiritually than those with a relatively light one. Whereas some of them do remain trapped in their heavy pain- bodies, many others reach a point where they cannot live with their unhappiness any longer, and so their motivation to awaken becomes strong. Eckhart Tolle
  • People have a need to feel their pain. Very often pain is the beginning of a great deal of awareness. As an energy centre, it awakens consciousness.  Arnold Mindell
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A soulmate can help you to awaken

  • A soulmate is the one person whose love is powerful enough to motivate you to meet your soul, to do the emotional work of self- discovery, of awakening. Kenny Loggins
  • Some people come into our lives and quickly go. Some people move our souls to dance. They awaken us to new understanding with the passing whisper of their wisdom. Some people make the sky more beautiful to gaze upon. They stay in our lives for a while, leave footprints on our hearts, and we are never ever the same. Flavia Weedn
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Final thoughts

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Honour each moment for you can awaken at any time

  • Your moment of awakening can come to you at any time, and through any person. Therefore, honour all times and all people. Neale Donald Walsch
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Treat your body as a vehicle for awakening

  • Your body is precious. It is our vehicle for awakening. Treat it with care. Buddha
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Life is a celebration of awakenings

  • Life is a celebration of awakenings, of new beginnings, and wonderful surprises that enlighten the soul. Cielo
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Death is a kind of awakening

  • Is death the last step? No, it is the final awakening. Sir Walter Scott
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The source of a smile is an awakened mind

  • If a child smiles, if an adult smiles, that is very important. If in our daily lives we can smile, if we can be peaceful and happy, not only we, but everyone will profit from it. If we really know how to live, what better way to start the day than with a smile? Our smile affirms our awareness and determination to live in peace and joy. The source of a true smile is an awakened mind. Thich Nhat Hanh
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Awakening is the start, not the end

  • Its taken 14 billion years for matter to gain the capacity to become conscious of itself. If this is true, it wouldn’t make any sense that the whole point of enlightenment would be to escape from the whole process at the very instant that the universe is beginning to awaken to itself. Andrew Cohen
  • Now don’t think that awakening is the end. Awakening is the end of seeking, the end of the seeker, but it is the beginning of a life lived from your true nature. Adyashanti
  • When I write about “realizations,” I am describing a state in which a practitioner has wisdom of who she or he is, and has embodied that wisdom; it has become integrated into daily life, thoughts, and activities. We often view “awakening” as first step towards such realization. Awakening can occur in the blink of an eye, frequently through the direct, heart-opening (heart-breaking) transmission of grace from an awakened teacher. Russell Targ
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If all else fails, awaken through a strong cup of coffee or tea

  • Strong coffee, much strong coffee, is what awakens me. Coffee gives me warmth, waking, an unusual force and a pain that is not without very great pleasure. Napoleon Bonaparte
  • Tea tempers the spirit and harmonizes the mind; dispels lassitude and relieves fatigue, awakens thought and prevents drowsiness. Lu Yu
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Awaken to your role as caretaker

  • In Buddhism, we talk of meditation as an act of awakening, to be awake to the fact that the earth is in danger and living species are in danger. Nhat Hanh
  • There is hope if people will begin to awaken that spiritual part of themselves, that heartfelt knowledge that we are caretakers of this planet. Brooke Medicine Eagle
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On a lighter note

  • When I get through with my speech, there’s usually a great awakening.
  • I have left orders to be awakened at any time in case of national emergency, even if I’m in a cabinet meeting. Ronald Reagan
  • Awakening is the process of overcoming your false self and discovering your True Self. It begins when you decide to grab the tiger by the tail and ends with the tiger tenderly licking the sweat off your brow and face.  Steve Baxter
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