Consciousness (quotes)

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What is consciousness?

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Consciousness is the state of being aware

  • Consciousness: The state of being aware of and responsive to one’s surroundings. Oxford Dictionary
  • Consciousness is the state or quality of awareness, or, of being aware of an external object or something within oneself. It has been defined as: sentience, awareness, subjectivity, the ability to experience or to feel, wakefulness, having a sense of selfhood, and the executive control system of the mind. G Farthing
  • Consciousness: The state of being conscious; awareness of one’s own existence, sensations, thoughts, surroundings, etc. Dictionary.com
  • Conscious means “having an awareness of one’s inner and outer worlds; mentally perceptive, awake, mindful.” Ken Wilber
  • Now consciousness, what is consciousness? Consciousness is being aware of one’s surroundings, recognizing the existence, truth or fact of something; being aware of the very moment, the very instant that you are in. James Small
  • Consciousness is the experience of being aware. Rupert Spira
  • Consciousness is my inner life of thought and awareness. Bernard Haisch
  • The essence of consciousness is awareness, and awareness has the ability to become more aware of one thing and less aware of something else. Michael A. Singer
  • I use the term ‘awareness’ to describe the primal ground from which everything is arising like a dream. I use the term ‘consciousness’ to describe awareness when it is conscious of experience. Tim Freke
  • All consciousness is consciousness of something. Edmund Husserl
  • Consciousness is inhabiting your own private world of awareness. Susan Black
  • Consciousness is the highest word you will ever utter. There is nothing higher or deeper than consciousness. Consciousness is pure awareness. Michael Singer
  • To be conscious is to be personally aware of things going on around you and of your own inner states and thoughts. Susan Blackmore
  • Without awareness, no object can be seen, touched, tasted, smelled, felt, experienced, or thought about. Scott Kiloby
  • Whatever it is that is aware that we are conscious must itself have two qualities: one, it must be present, and two, it must be aware. What would that be? Consciousness! That’s what Consciousness is: that which is present and aware. Rupert Spira
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Consciousness is the having of perceptions, thoughts, and feelings

  • Consciousness: The having of perceptions, thoughts, and feelings; awareness. Stuart Sutherland , International Dictionary of Psychology
  • Anything that we are aware of at a given moment forms part of our consciousness, making conscious experience at once the most familiar and most mysterious aspect of our lives. Max Velmans and Susan Schneider
  • Consciousness can keep only a few images in full clarity at one time, and even this clarity fluctuates. Carl Jung
  • As a first-order approximation, I would say that phenomenality is “availability for introspective attention”: Consciousness is a property of all those mental contents to which you can in principle direct your attention. Thomas Metzinger
  • Consciousness is the foundation of all thinking; and thinking is the foundation of all consciousness. M. Scott Peck
  • Consciousness is the perception of what passes in man’s own mind. John Locke
  • There’s a constant drip and trickle of life that goes into one’s awareness really and consciousness of things. Mike Leigh
  • Man is a flux of states of consciousness, a flow of passing thoughts, each thought of self another self, a myriad thoughts, a myriad selves, a continual becoming but never being, a will-of-the-wisp flitting of ghosts in ghostland. Jack London
  • The mind is a flow of subjective experiences, such as pain, pleasure, anger and love. These mental experiences are made of interlinked sensations, emotions and thoughts, which flash for a brief moment, and immediately disappear. Then other experiences flicker and vanish, arising for an instant and passing away. (When reflecting on it, we often try to sort the experiences into distinct categories such as sensations, emotions and thoughts, but in actuality they are all mingled together.) This frenzied collection of experiences constitutes the stream of consciousness. Yuval Noah Harari
  • Without the light of consciousness there would be no perception. Eckhart Tolle
  • All perceived qualities — i.e. all those things by which we supposedly know what a physical reality is like — exist solely in the mind. Put another way: without consciousness, there exists no colour, no brightness, no sound, no taste, no smell… no hot nor cold, no smooth nor rough. Scott Owen
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Consciousness is what it is like to be an organism

  • An organism has basic consciousness if there is something it is like to be that organism. Thomas Nagel
  • It has consciousness if there is something “that it is like” to “have” or “be” it. Thomas Nagel
  • You are conscious if there is something it is like to be you. Susan Blackmore
  • There’s something it’s like to experience the colour red, to taste chocolate, to feel happy or sad. Thomas Nagel
  • The phenomenally conscious aspect of a state is what it is like to be in that state. Ned Block
  • Fundamentally an organism has conscious mental states if and only if there is something that it is like to be that organism—something it is like for the organism. Thomas Nagel
  • When we think and perceive, there is a whir of information processing, but there is also a subjective aspect. As Nagel has put it, there is something it is like to be a conscious organism. This subjective aspect is experience. When we see, for example, we experience visual sensations: the felt quality of redness, the experience of dark and light, the quality of depth in a visual fi eld. Other experiences go along with perception in different modalities: the sound of a clarinet, the smell of mothballs. Then there are bodily sensations from pains to orgasms; mental images that are conjured up internally; the felt quality of emotion; and the experience of a stream of conscious thought. What unites all of these states is that there is something it is like to be in them. All of them are states of experience. David J Chalmers
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In short, consciousness is the capacity for inner experience

  • Consciousness is the capacity for inner experience. Peter Russell
  • Consciousness is the equivalent of subjectivity or personal experience. To be conscious is to have your own inner experience of the world. Susan Blackmore
  • Consciousness underlies all experience. Eckhart Tolle
  • Consciousness—that in you which is aware of your experience in this moment. Sam Harris
  • Consciousness is the substance of any experience we can have or hope for, now or in the future. Sam Harris
  • Awareness is the common matrix of every experience. Nisargadatta Maharaj
  • Consciousness is the capacity for experience. On the hand, there’s the forms that arise in consciousness. And then there’s the space in which the experience arises. Peter Russell
  • The way I shall be using the word consciousness is not in reference to a particular state of consciousness, or a particular way of thinking, but to the faculty of consciousness—the capacity for inner experience, whatever the nature or degree of the experience. Peter Russell
  • Conscious experience as such is an exclusively internal affair. Thomas Metzinger
  • Consciousness can be defined as experiencing things. Robert Lanza
  • Experience is never limited, and it is never complete; it is an immense sensibility, a kind of huge spider-web of the finest silken threads suspended in the chamber of consciousness, and catching every air-borne particle in its tissue. Henry James
  • Experiencing is the essential ingredient of the mind, the body and the world, and Consciousness is the essential ingredient of Experiencing. Rupert Spira
  • We freely assign consciousness to other human beings because they report mental experiences—thoughts, feelings—that are similar to our own. Amit Goswami
  • The universe is in the experience. It’s not just out there. What’s out there, we don’t know. But for humans it’s an experience just like the universe for a dolphin or an insect with 100 eyes is a different experience. Our universe is a human universe experienced in human consciousness and, unless we understand how consciousness operates, we will never actually be able to participate in the creation of our personal and collective reality. Deepak Chopra
  • I use the term ‘awareness’ to describe the primal ground from which everything is arising like a dream. I use the term ‘consciousness’ to describe awareness when it is conscious of experience. Tim Freke
  • What exactly are ‘experiences’? They are not empirical data. An experience is not made of atoms, electromagnetic waves, proteins or numbers. Rather, an experience is a subjective phenomenon made up of three main ingredients: Sensations, emotions and thoughts. At any particular moment my experience comprises everything I sense (heat, pleasure, tension, etc.), every emotion I feel (love, fear, anger, etc.) and whatever thoughts arise in my mind. Bernard Haisch`
  • Consciousness is everything you experience. It is the tune stuck in your head, the sweetness of chocolate mousse, the throbbing pain of a toothache, the fierce love for your child and the bitter knowledge that eventually all feelings will end. Christof Koch
  • Give value above all else to consciousness because consciousness is our primary experience. There is no experience prior to consciousness or prior to awareness. Rupert Spira
  • You, Consciousness, are prior to experience. You, Consciousness, are not the result of an experience. All experience is a result of You. Rupert Spira
  • Consciousness shines in every experience. Rupert Spira
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Consciousness is the subject of all experience

  • To be conscious is to have subjective experience. Sam Harris
  • Imagine both Pierre and a robot eating a cupcake. Unlike the robot, Pierre is conscious of eating the cupcake while the behaviour is under way. This subjective experience describes the private “raw feel” or the subjective “what-it-is-like” that is the inner accompaniment of many mental states. Thus, while Pierre and the robot are both doing the same thing, only Pierre has the inner conscious experience. Wikipedia
  • The reality of consciousness is, first and foremost, subjective—for it is simply the fact of subjectivity itself. Sam Harris
  • Consciousness is our first person view on the world. Susan Blackmore
  • The subject matter is perhaps best characterized as “the subjective quality of experience”. When we perceive, think, and act, there is a whir of causation and information processing, but this processing does not usually go on in the dark. There is also an internal aspect; there is something it feels like to be a cognitive agent. This internal aspect is conscious experience. Conscious experiences range from vivid color sensations to experiences of the faintest background aromas; from hard-edged pains to the elusive experience of thoughts on the tip of one’s tongue; from mundane sounds and smells to the encompassing grandeur of musical experience; from the triviality of a nagging itch to the weight of a deep existential angst; from the specificity of the taste of peppermint to the generality of one’s experience of selfhood. All these have a distinct experienced quality. All are prominent parts of the inner life of the mind. DJ Chalmers
  • The mind is a flow of subjective experiences, such as pain, pleasure, anger and love. These mental experiences are made of interlinked sensations, emotions and thoughts, which flash for a brief moment, and immediately disappear. Then other experiences flicker and vanish, arising for an instant and passing away. (When reflecting on it, we often try to sort the experiences into distinct categories such as sensations, emotions and thoughts, but in actuality they are all mingled together.) This frenzied collection of experiences constitutes the stream of consciousness. Yuval Noah Harari
  • Consciousness is phenomenologically subjective whenever there is a stable, consciously experienced first-person perspective. Thomas Metzinger
  • See who is in the subject. The investigation leads you to pure consciousness beyond the subject. Ramana Maharshi
  • In the heart of consciousness is subjectivity, this sense of having a self that observes one’s own organism and the world around that organism. That is really the heart of consciousness. Antonio Damasio
  • Consciousness is our first-person view on the world. Susan Blackmore
  • From consciousness’s perspective, there are no objects, just the knowing of them. Rupert Spira
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Consciousness is the 3-dimensional inner movie that plays out in our awareness

  • Right now you have a movie playing inside your head. It’s an amazing multi-track movie. It has 3D vision and surround sound for what you’re seeing and hearing right now, but that’s just the start of it. Your movie has smell and taste and touch. It has a sense of your body, pain, hunger, orgasms.It has emotions, anger and happiness. It has memories, like scenes from your childhood playing before you. And it has this constant voiceover narrative in your stream of conscious thinking. At the heart of this movie is you experiencing all this directly. This movie is your stream of consciousness, the subject of experience of the mind and the world. David Chalmers
  • You move in this world with this body and experience and yet you know all this happens in the theatre of consciousness, all of this is happening on the screen of consciousness. But this is a 3 dimensional screen, not a flat screen. It has depth and time and lots of space and feeling. You are playing in your own movie and at the same time you are an audience to it. Mooji
  • You are sitting inside the center of consciousness watching your personal TV show. But there are so many interesting objects distracting your consciousness that you can’t help but get drawn into them. It’s overwhelming. It’s three-dimensional. It’s all around you. All of your senses draw you in—sight, sound, taste, smell, and touch—as well as your feelings and your thoughts. But you are really sitting quietly inside looking out at all these objects. Michael A. Singer
  • We are not the flickering images playing out their drama on the movie screen, but the screen itself—a nonjudgmental witness of the unfolding movie of life, with no beginning and no end, infinite in its potential. These progressive realizations of our true nature prepare the ground for the Ultimate Realization of the identity of Consciousness with Divinity Itself. David R. Hawkins
  • Let’s think of consciousness in two different ways. There are experiences of the world around us full of sights, sounds and smells. This multi-sensory, panoramic 3D fully immersive inner movie. And then there is conscious self, the specific experience of being you or me; the lead character in this inner movie and probably the aspect of consciousness we cling to most tightly. Anil Seth
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Consciousness is also about having an intuitive sense of existence, a sense of being the experiencer

  • Consciousness is the ground of all being. Amit Goswami, Ph.D
  • The ‘I am’ is the foundation of all experience. Nisargadatta Maharaj
  • The sense of I am is the sense of being an experiencer. Nisargadatta Maharaj
  • The experiencer needs no proof. ‘I am, and I know I am’. You cannot ask for further proofs. Nisargadatta Maharaj
  • You will begin to notice who is experiencing the experience. Eventually, you will get to a point within yourself where you realize that you, the experiencer, have a certain quality. And that quality is awareness, consciousness, an intuitive sense of existence. You know that you’re in there. You don’t have to think about it; you just know. Michael A. Singer
  • Remember to remember: ‘whatever happens — happens because I am’. All reminds you that you are. Take full advantage of the fact that to experience you must be. Nisargadatta Maharaj
  • Consciousness is the intuitive sense I exist. And how do I know I exist? Because right now I’m experiencing something. I am an experiencer having experiences. Anthony Lambert
  • One sometimes feels that there is something to conscious experience that transcends all these specific elements: a kind of background hum, for instance, that is somehow fundamental to consciousness and that is there even when the other components are not. This phenomenology of self is so deep and intangible that it sometimes seems illusory, consisting in nothing over and above specific elements such as those listed above. Still, there seems to be something to the phenomenology of self, even it is very hard to pin down. David Chalmers
  • I think, therefore I am. By the word ‘thought’ understand all that of which we are conscious as operating in us. René Descartes
  • Your reality is the mirror that allows your consciousness to experience itself. Tania Kotsos
  • You take the senses away, and there is no consciousness. Consciousness comes from experience. Buckminster Fuller
  • In every experience there arises the experiencer of it. Nisargadatta Maharaj
  • To be conscious that we are perceiving . . . is to be conscious of our own existence. Aristotle
  • Consciousness is our sense of being an “I” in our heads. Steve Taylor
  • Mind can know only when you are there. The power of knowing is innate in you, it is not something you acquire; consciousness and you are synonymous. Swami Ramakrishnananda
  • Consciousness is our self-aware experience of existence. Eric Wayne
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Consciousness is the aware space in which experiences arise

  • Consciousness is the context in which the objects of experience appear. Sam Harris
  • Memories, perceptions, attitudes, desires—these are appearances in consciousness. Sam Harris
  • On the one hand, there’s the forms that arise in consciousness. And then there’s the space in which the experience arises. Peter Russell
  • What is birth and death but the beginning and the ending of a stream of events in consciousness? Nisargadatta Maharaj
  • Consciousness may include content or it may not. By analogy, space is not dependent on the presence of planets or universes, yet it includes all of them. David R. Hawkins
  • Consciousness, or the capacity for awareness, is formless and is the backdrop from which form can be identified. It is because of the formlessness of the apparent emptiness of space that form can be perceived. ‘Somethingness’ can be identified only because it stands out against no other things. David R. Hawkins
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Consciousness is what knows experience…

  • The word consciousness derives from the words scire (to know) and cum (with). Consciousness is “to know with. Amit Goswami
  • Nothing that can be known has existence in itself. It depends on a knower. The knower is consciousness. Jean Klein
  • The Knowingness of Consciousness is that which illumines all experience. Rupert Spira
  • If I use the word consciousness, in our lab, in our institute, what we mean is the special quality of mind, the special features that exist in the mind, that permit us to know, for example, that we, ourselves, exist, and that things exist around us. Antonio Damasio
  • Consciousness is simply the light by which the contours of mind and body are known. It is that which is aware of feelings such as joy, regret, amusement, and despair. Sam Harris
  • Consciousness is that which experiences. We do not know what this Consciousness is but we know that it is. We know it is present, that there is something that is registering, witnessing, knowing the current situation. Nor do we know exactly what the perceived object is, but we know that it exists, that is has Reality. Rupert Spira
  • The fact that there is experience tells us that there is Consciousness, that whatever it is that is conscious is present and aware, that it is witnessing or experiencing whatever it is that is being experienced. Rupert Spira
  • The world is known by the senses. The senses are known by the mind. The mind is known by Consciousness and Consciousness is known by itself. Rupert Spira
  • Consciousness is the phenomenon whereby the universe’s very existence is made known. Roger Penrose
  • One’s own consciousness as Self is the only Eye by which anything can be experienced or known. David R. Hawkins
  • The mind, the body and the world appear to Consciousness, to ‘me’, to ‘I’. They are objects and Consciousness is their subject, that which experiences them. Rupert Spira
  • Creation is capable of being known solely by virtue of the presence of consciousness, which is the very matrix of existence itself. Thus, consciousness is the irreducible a priori reality by which the linear is perceived by the subjective awareness of the nonlinear. David R. Hawkins
  • The mirror of Consciousness is the screen on which everything is experienced, and at the same time it is that which experiences everything. Rupert Spira
  • The religious/spiritual skeptic can look within and observe that the inner fundamental irreducible quality of life is the capacity of awareness, consciousness, and the substrate of subjectivity. Without consciousness, the individual would not ‘know’ or even ‘know’ if they ‘know’, so that consciousness is a priori awareness of existence, irrespective of the content of that existence. Thus, consciousness itself can be accepted as an obvious reality, without the elaboration of being Divine (as recommended by the Buddha). To ‘be’ is one thing; to know that one ‘is’ obviously requires a more transcendent quality. David R. Hawkins
  • Will anything be apparent to you, if there be no consciousness? Even to say that nothing is apparent to you (as in sleep) requires the light of consciousness. Tripura Rahasya
  • Observe that the inner fundamental irreducible quality of life is the capacity of awareness, consciousness, and the substrate of subjectivity. Without consciousness, the individual would not ‘know’ or even ‘know’ if they ‘know’, so that consciousness is a priori awareness of existence, irrespective of the content of that existence. Thus, consciousness itself can be accepted as an obvious realityDavid R. Hawkins
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… and knows itself

  • The simple experience each of us is now having — the simple experience that ‘I am aware’ — is the experience of Consciousness knowing its own Being. Rupert Spira
  • The thought about Consciousness is unique in that it does not lead to a concept, It leads to the direct experience of Consciousness knowing itself, knowingly. Rupert Spira
  • Although you cannot know consciousness, you can become conscious of it as yourself. You can sense it directly in any situation, no matter where you are. You can sense it here and now as your very Presence, the inner space in which the words on this page are perceived and become thoughts. It is the underlying I Am. The word you are reading and thinking are the foreground, and the I Am is the substratum, the underlying background to every experience, thought, feeling.  Eckhart Tolle
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Consciousness, in humans, has the ability to be conscious of itself; to be conscious of being conscious

  • Consciousness has a special property that energy/matter does not have: self-reflection. That is, it is aware of itself — it is able to create thoughts and insights that a universe consisting solely of energy/matter can’t. Scott Owen
  • Consciousness is a being the nature of which is to be conscious of the nothingness of its being. Jean-Paul Sartre
  • Consciousness is an attribute while awareness is not; one can be aware of being conscious, but not conscious of awareness. God is the totality of consciousness, but awareness is beyond all–being as well as not-being. Nisargadatta Maharaj
  • You can experience consciousness now by experiencing the fact that you exist. Barry Long
  • I AM is a feeling of permanent awareness. The very center of consciousness is the feeling of I AM. I may forget who I am, where I am, what I am, but I cannot forget that I Am. The awareness of being remains, regardless of the degree of forgetfulness of who, where, and what I am. Neville Goddard
  • To remember oneself means the same thing as to be aware of oneself – I am. It is not a function, not thinking, not feeling; it is a different state of consciousness. D. Ouspensky
  • Indeed, I’ll go Descartes one better. He wrote: Cogito, ergo sum (I think, therefore I am). I contend that, even when I am not thinking, when I succeed in suppressing all conscious thought, the background hum of consciousness drones on. An awareness of consciousness lingers. Consciousness itself is, therefore, the fundamental inner experience. Bernard Haisch
  • if we take away that which appears, the objective aspect of any experience, we are left with the undeniable and yet invisible experience of both Existence or Beingness and Consciousness. Rupert Spira
  • All consciousness is the same. Just as all light from the sun is the same, all awareness is the same. Consciousness is neither pure nor impure; it has no qualities. It’s just there, aware that it’s aware. Michael A. Singer
  • Every time Consciousness ceases to take the shape of the mind, the body and the world, it knows itself again as Presence or Being. Rupert Spira
  • There can be no experience beyond consciousness. Yet there is the experience, of just being. There is a state beyond consciousness, which is not unconscious. Some call it super-consciousness, or pure consciousness, or supreme consciousness. It is pure awareness free from the subject to object nexus. Nisargadatta Maharaj
  • Consciousness, when its unburdened by the body, is something that’s ecstatic; we use the mind to watch the mind, and that’s the meta-nature of our consciousness; we know that we know that we know, and that’s such a delicious feeling, but when its unburdened by biology and entropy, it becomes more than delicious: it becomes magical. Jason Silva
  • Before that very first experience, was not Consciousness simply present, simply itself, experiencing itself, because Experiencing is its nature? Rupert Spira
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While consciousness is the background to all experience, it often overlooks itself

  • In a way, our lives are like a necklace strung of our personal experiences, and the continuity that we feel in our lives, the so-called stream of consciousness (I am the same one who last night went to sleep) runs like a thread through the beads of those experiences. However, in the glitter of the beads, this unifying thread is largely overlooked. The beads may be luxurious or tragic, stunningly brilliant of as dull as ditch water, but it’s that mysterious stream of consciousness that holds everything together, including your personal perspective of it. Roger Stephens
  • As the fish doesn’t know water, people are ignorant of space. Consciousness is concerned only with changing and varying details; it ignores constants-especially constant backgrounds. Thus only very exceptional people are aware of what is basic to everything. Alan Watts
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Consciousness gets absorbed in experience and forgets itself

  • Consciousness loses itself in the world of objects. The moment it turns its attention away from objects and towards itself, it recognises itself. As it turns its attention more and more towards itself, it becomes absorbed in itself. Rupert Spira
  • If you aren’t centered, your consciousness is just following whatever catches its attention. Michael A. Singer
  • But what after all, behind appearances, is this seeming mystery? We can see that it is the Consciousness which had lost itself returning again to itself, emerging out of its giant self-forgetfulness, slowly, painfully, as a Life that is would be sentient, half-sentient, dimly sentient, wholly sentient and finally struggles to be more than sentient, to be again divinely selfconscious, free, infinite, immortal. Sri Aurobindo
  • Consciousness forgets itself. It forgets its own unlimited nature. This forgetting is known as ‘ignorance’. It is Consciousness ignoring itself. Rupert Spira
  • The TV analogy is perfect for examining how our center of consciousness shifts from awareness of Self to being lost in the objects we’re focused upon. The difference is that instead of sitting in your living room getting absorbed in the TV, you’re sitting in your center of consciousness getting absorbed in the screens of mind, emotions, and outside images. When you concentrate on the world of the physical senses, it draws you in. Then your emotional and mental reactions draw you in further. At that point, you are no longer sitting in the centered Self; you are absorbed in the inner show you’re watching. Michael A. Singer
  • Whether we know it or not, we are always this open, free, unlimited Consciousness, and yet sometimes we forget this. It is our freedom to forget. Once we have forgotten, no other freedom is available to us, save the freedom to remember again. Rupert Spira
  • As scary as it sounds, that is your predicament in life. Because all of the objects you’re aware of are synchronized, you get sucked in and are no longer aware of your separateness from the objects. The thoughts and the emotions move in accordance with the sights and the sounds. It all comes in, and your consciousness gets totally absorbed in it. Unless you’re fully seated in witness consciousness, you’re not back there being aware that you’re the one watching all this. That is what it means to be lost. Michael A. Singer
  • When consciousness concentrates narrowly enough, it loses its broader sense of self. It no longer experiences itself as a field of pure consciousness; it begins to relate itself more to the objects it’s focused upon. As we have seen, this is what happens when you get so absorbed in a movie that you completely lose the broader sense of sitting in a cold, dark theater. In this case, you have shifted from concentrating on your body and its surroundings to concentrating on the world of the movie. You literally get lost in the experience. This can be generalized to your entire experience of life. Your sense of self is determined by where you are focusing your consciousness. Michael A. Singer
  • The mind (which is only made of Consciousness) rises up and seems to obscure the Consciousness in which appears, just as the three-dimensional image seems to veil the two-dimensional screen. Rupert Spira
  • Consciousness no longer goes out of itself towards things. It stays at home within itself and things come to it. Things – that is, thoughts, feelings and perceptions – come to it, appear to it, arise within it, but Consciousness no longer needs to forget itself in order to experience the body, the mind and the world. Rupert Spira
  • When your consciousness is not centered within, it becomes totally focused on the objects of consciousness. Michael A. Singer
  • We are not only conscious . . . we are conscious that we are conscious. Yet most of us are so enamoured with the delights and dramas of our sensual experience that we pay little attention to the mysterious ‘I’ that is witnessing them. But when we do, we become deep awake. Then we see that in reality, all is one, and we start to live lucidly in love. Tim Freke
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Consciousness is life’s greatest gift and wonder …

  • Consciousness is Gods’ gift to mankind. Albert Hofmann
  • We are material creatures that live in a material universe, yet we are capable of experiences that transcend what we can atomize into physical facts: love, joy, the full-being gladness of a Beethoven symphony on a midsummer’s night. Maria Poplova
  • I would argue that nothing gives life more purpose than the realization that every moment of consciousness is a precious and fragile gift. Steven Pinker
  • We all woke up this morning and we had with it the amazing return of our conscious mind. We recovered minds with a complete sense of self and a complete sense of our own existence, yet we hardly ever pause to consider this wonder. Antonio Damasio
  • Our consciousness, a startling outgrowth of the universe, is possibly its most important part, the fraction of existence that can think, feel, marvel at itself. Alan Moore
  • A monk asks: Is there anything more miraculous than the wonders of nature? The master answers: Yes, your awareness of the wonders of nature. Angelus Silesius
  • Imagination is the primary gift of human consciousness. Ken Robinson
  • How infinitely miraculous it is that out of all there was, is or shall be, your unique consciousness exists. Scott Owen
  • Do you realize the unimaginable greatness, the holiness of what you so casually call ‘consciousness’? It is the unmanifest Absolute aware of its awareness through the manifestation, of which your mind-body is presently a part. Nisargadatta Maharaj
  • Consciousness is the highest word you will ever utter. There is nothing higher or deeper than consciousness. Consciousness is pure awareness. Michael A. Singer
  • The ultimate gift of conscious life is a sense of the mystery that encompasses it. Lewis Mumford
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… for it is consciousness that gives life meaning and makes it worth living

  • Consciousness also is what makes life worth living. If we weren’t conscious, nothing in our lives would have meaning or value. David Chalmers
  • Consciousness is what makes life worth living. David Chalmers
  • In absence of consciousness, human beings would merely be animated material objects. Without the synergistic impact of consciousness, free will, and perception of a cohesive self, which act to direct human conduct, many of the qualities that we associate with our humanness would be moot or superfluous delusions including laughter and pain, memories and thoughts, love and anger, imagination and dreams. Kilroy J. Oldster
  • Nothing that will ever happen in all of space or time will alter the fact that your consciousness looked out on this universe and pondered its meaning. But looked out from where? Scott Owen
  • If there were no eternal consciousness in a man, if at the bottom of everything there were only a wild ferment, a power that twisting in dark passions produced everything great or inconsequential; if an unfathomable, insatiable emptiness lay hid beneath everything, what would life be but despair? Soren Kierkegaard
  • If the concept of consciousness were to fall to science, what would happen to our sense of moral agency and free will? If conscious experience were reduced somehow to mere matter in motion, what would happen to our appreciation of love and pain and dreams and joy? If conscious human beings were just animated material objects, how could anything we do to them be right or wrong? Daniel Dennett
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Consciousness is the one indisputable reality

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That we are conscious is the one indisputable reality …

  • Consciousness is indeed always with us. Everyone knows ‘I am!’ No one can deny his own being. Ramana Maharshi
  • Consciousness is not only very real – it’s actually more real than the rest of physical existence and most likely the basis of it all. Enen Alexander M.D
  • God is only an idea in your mind. The fact is you. The only thing you know for sure is: ‘here and now I am’. Remove, the ‘here and now’ the ‘I am’ remains, unassailable. Nisargadatta Maharaj
  • How often must I repeat, that I know or am conscious of my own being; and that I myself am not my ideas, but somewhat else, a thinking, active principle that perceives, knows, wills, and operates about ideas? George Berkeley
  • Whether consciousness is implanted in us by something divine, or whether it is created by the efforts of our brains, the end result is the same. We are. Neal Shusterman
  • We cannot doubt of our existence while we doubt. René Descartes
  • There are only two kinds of certain knowledge: Awareness of our own existence and the truths of mathematics. Jean le Rond d’Alembert
  • The only truth is I AM – I Exist. That is the only truth. Everything else is a concept. Rebirth is a concept. Your karma is a concept. Ramesh Balsekar
  • The only thing I do not doubt about you is that you are conscious and have your own interior world of experience. I can doubt your physical form–indeed, modern physics tells me there is nothing really there, no material thing, that is. All that I perceive of you is a projection in my mind. I can doubt what you say. I can doubt your thoughts and feelings. But I do not doubt that “in there” is another conscious being like myself. Peter Russell
  • Is there even any logical way to consciously deny your own consciousness? It simply is. I therefore regard it as utterly fundamental. Bernard Haisch
  • The inner fundamental irreducible quality of life is the capacity of awareness, consciousness, and the substrate of subjectivity. Without consciousness, the individual would not ‘know’ or even ‘know’ if they ‘know’, so that consciousness is a priori awareness of existence, irrespective of the content of that existence. Thus, consciousness itself can be accepted as an obvious reality. David R. Hawkins
  • Our absolute bedrock bottom-line reality is not that we humans descended from plankton on a world born near a third-generation star 4.65 billion years ago. That may seem certain to many in our modern world, but here’s an even more inarguable starting point: We find ourselves to be conscious, in a matrix we call the universe. Robert Lanza
  • Nothing that appears within the mind, the body or the world can be completely trusted or relied upon. Only Consciousness/Being is certain. Rupert Spira
  • Consciousness exists: my experience just is. Indeed, that my experience here and now exists—it is real or actual—is the only fact I am immediately and absolutely sure of, as Descartes realized four centuries ago. Moreover, my experience exists from its own intrinsic perspective, independent of external observers. Christof Koch
  • Knowledge of consciousness is root knowledge, as inalienable to my very being as water is to the ocean. Bernard Haisch
  • Nothing is more obvious and undeniable than the fact that you’re conscious. In theory, everything else you think you know about the world could be an elaborate illusion cooked up to deceive you – at this point, present-day writers invariably invoke The Matrix – but your consciousness itself can’t be illusory. Oliver Burkeman
  • That I am conscious, here and now, is the one fact I am absolutely certain of—all the rest is conjecture. Everything else—what I think I know about my body, about other people, dogs, trees, mountains and stars, is inferential. It is a reasonable inference, corroborated first by the beliefs of my fellow humans and then by the intersubjective methods of science. Yet consciousness itself—the central fact of existence—still demands a rational explanation. Christof Koch
  • We all share the experience of consciousness. Indeed, consciousness is the sine qua non of human experience. Bernard Haisch
  • We know that Consciousness is present now, and we know that whatever it is that is being experienced in this moment exists. It has Existence. Rupert Spira
  • When we pause to think, we are compelled to admit the existence of consciousness as the primal and surest fact. What we know of the great world around is known through our states of consciousness, and if we seem to be living a merely objective life, amidst external things, it is because we have become oblivious of the real nature of experience. Horatio Dresser
  • You cannot doubt the existence of your own consciousness. That’s the first feature of consciousness, it’s real and irreducible. John Searle
  • In this moment something is being experienced, and whatever that something is, whether it is the mind, the body or the world, it is being perceived or experienced by Consciousness, by that which we call ‘I’, or ‘me’. This Consciousness is an undeniable fact of our experience. Even the denial of Consciousness requires Consciousness. Rupert Spira
  • The faculty of consciousness is the only absolute, unquestionable truth. Peter Russell
  • The stream of consciousness is the concrete reality we directly witness every moment. It is the surest thing in the world. You cannot doubt its existence. Even when we are consumed by doubt and ask ourselves: ‘Do subjective experiences really exist?’ we can be certain that we are experiencing doubt. Yuval Noah Harari
  • We may not be able to account for consciousness, yet the fact that we are conscious is one thing of which we are absolutely certain. Peter Russell
  • The fact that I am alive and conscious is a deep, direct, inner experience that transcends all other rationally acquired knowledge. Bernard Haisch
  • The soul is a story that some people accept while others reject. The stream of consciousness, in contrast, is the concrete reality we directly witness every moment. It is the surest thing in the world. You cannot doubt its existence. Even when we are consumed by doubt and ask ourselves: ‘Do subjective experiences really exist?’ we can be certain that we are experiencing doubt. Yuval Noah Harari
  • Descartes found that he could doubt any theory or philosophy. He could doubt what anybody said. He could doubt what his eyes showed him of the world. He could doubt his own thoughts and feelings. He could even doubt that he had a body. But the one thing he could not doubt was that he was doubting. This revealed one certainty: he was thinking. If he was thinking, he had to be an experiencing being. As he put it in Latin, Cogito, ergo sum—“I think, therefore I am.” Peter Russell
  • It is the reality of immediate experience, here and now, which cannot be denied. You can question the description and the meaning, but not the event itself. Nisargadatta Maharaj
  • That my experience here and now exists (it is real) is the only fact I can be sure of immediately and absolutely. Giulio Tononi
  • The fact that you have conscious experience is the one undeniable certainty you have. Christof Koch
  • The faculty of consciousness is, as we have seen, the only absolute, unquestionable truth. Peter Russell
  • Whatever may be the experience, true or false, the fact of an experience taking place cannot be denied. Nisargadatta Maharaj
  • Your experience of this moment is all you can be absolutely sure of. Tim Freke
  • The only thing for which each of us has irrefutable proof, is one’s own consciousness. Scott Owen
  • The entire universe may be some illusion and the past and my experiences may just be imagined, but regardless of whether or not they physically exist, I know for certain that I am. Scott Owen
  • My knowledge that “I am” — my certainty of my consciousness — is self-evident, true, factual and yet non-scientific. Science cannot prove anything, therefore no scientific method can prove my consciousness, yet my consciousness is proved, because my knowing of myself is the proof, it is a tautology. Absolutely everything else I believe in, including science, is ultimately based on faith and trust. Scott Owen
  • We are open to the possibility that there is only one single, seamless totality, that Consciousness and Existence are one, that there is only one Reality. Rupert Spira
  • By no effort of logic or imagination can you change the ‘I am’ into ‘I am not’. In the very denial of your being you assert it. Nisargadatta Maharaj
  • I know with absolute certainty, with an inner conviction that no amount of external logic can refute, that I am alive and conscious. Bernard Haisch
  • The experiencer needs no proof. ‘I am, and I know I am’. You cannot ask for further proofs. Nisargadatta Maharaj
  • One can study what exists and how consciousness functions; but one cannot analyze (or “prove”) existence as such, or consciousness as such. These are irreducible primaries. (An attempt to “prove” them is self-contradict ory: it is an attempt to “prove” existence by means of nonexistence, and consciousness by means of unconsciousness .) Ayn Rand
  • Whatever may be the experience, true or false, the fact of an experience taking place cannot be denied. It is its own proof. Watch yourself closely and you will see that whatever be the content of consciousness, the witnessing of it does not depend on the content. Awareness is itself and does not change with the event. The event may be pleasant or unpleasant, minor or important, awareness is the same. Take note of the peculiar nature of pure awareness, its natural self-identity, without the least trace of self-consciousness, and go to the root of it and you will soon realize that awareness is your true nature and nothing you may be aware of, you can call your own. Nisargadatta Maharaj
  • All we actually know for sure is what we are experiencing right now. Tim Freke
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… even if one is a brain in a vat…

  • Consciousness, even if I am a brain in a vat, is still a manifest fact of reality and is the basis of every other fact I would deduce. Consciousness is not an illusion but the self is. Sam Harris
  • Consider this: right now, you are not where you think you are. In fact, you happen to be the subject of a science experiment being conducted by an evil genius. Your brain has been expertly removed from your body and is being kept alive in a vat of nutrients that sits on a laboratory bench. The nerve endings of your brain are connected to a supercomputer that feeds you all the sensations of everyday life. This is why you think you’re living a completely normal life. Do you still exist? Are you still even “you”? And is the world as you know it a figment of your imagination or an illusion constructed by this evil scientist? Sounds like a nightmare scenario. But can you say with absolute certainty that it’s not true? Could you prove to someone that you aren’t actually a brain in a vat? Laura D’Olimpio
  • Even if I happen to be a brain in a vat at this moment—and all my memories are false, and all my perceptions are of a world that does not exist—the fact that I am having an experience is indisputable (to me, at least). Sam Harris
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… and if others are not conscious

  • Thousands of years ago philosophers realised that there is no way to prove conclusively that anyone other than oneself has a mind. Perhaps I am the only being in the entire universe who feels anything, and all other humans and animals are just mindless robots? Yuval Noah Harari
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Consciousness is a mystery that science cannot explain

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Consciousness is the ultimate mystery …

  • Anything that we are aware of at a given moment forms part of our consciousness, making conscious experience at once the most familiar and most mysterious aspect of our lives. Susan Schneider
  • Conscious experience is at once the most familiar thing in the world and the most mysterious. There is nothing we know about more directly than consciousness, but it is far from clear how to reconcile it with everything else we know. Why does it exist? What does it do? How could it possibly arise from lumpy grey matter? We know consciousness far more intimately than we know the rest of the world, but we understand the rest of the world far better than we understand consciousness. David J Chalmers
  • Consciousness is the most mysterious phenomenon in the universe. Why are we conscious? Why do we have these inner movies? Why aren’t we just robots who process all this input, produce all that output, without experiencing the inner movie at all? Right now, nobody knows the answers to those questions. I’m going to suggest that to integrate consciousness into science, some radical ideas may be needed. David Chalmers
  • Consciousness also is what makes life worth living. If we weren’t conscious, nothing in our lives would have meaning or value. But at the same time, it’s the most mysterious phenomenon in the universe. Why are we conscious? Why do we have these inner movies? Why aren’t we just robots who process all this input, produce all that output, without experiencing the inner movie at all? Right now, nobody knows the answers to those questions. I’m going to suggest that to integrate consciousness into science, some radical ideas may be needed. David Chalmers
  • Consciousness is a fascinating but elusive phenomenon: it is impossible to specify what it is, what it does, or why it evolved. Sutherland 1989, International Dictionary of Psychology
  • Consciousness stands alone today as a topic that often leaves even the most sophisticated thinkers tongue- tied and confused. And, as with all of the earlier mysteries, there are many who insist — and hope — that there will never be a demystification of consciousness. Daniel C. Dennett
  • Consciousness, unprovable by scientific standards, is forever, then, the impossible phantom in the predictable biologic machine, and your every thought a genuine supernatural event. Your every thought is a ghost, dancing. Alan Moore
  • Human consciousness is just about the last surviving mystery. Daniel Dennett
  • Human consciousness is too obscure a mystery to itself for us to script our own lives. Robert Jenson
  • Consciousness is the biggest mystery. It is probably the largest outstanding obstacle in our quest for a scientific understanding of the universe. David J Chalmers
  • The ascendency of the scientific method based solely in the physical realm over the past four hundred years presents a major problem: we have lost touch with a deep mystery at the centre of our universe – our consciousness. Enen Alexander M.D
  • The great mystery of our consciousness is beyond our grasp. William Shatner
  • The schematicism by which our understanding deals with the phenomenal world is a skill so deeply hidden in the human soul that we shall hardly guess the secret trick that Nature here employs. Immanuel Kant
  • There is nothing more intimate than conscious experience, but there is nothing that is harder to explain. Robert Lanza
  • We have been to the moon, we have charted the depths of the ocean and the heart of the atom, but we have a fear of looking inward to ourselves because we sense that is where all the contradictions flow together. Terence McKenna
  • If life and its genesis remain a mystery, consciousness is an enigma squared. For it is one thing to reproduce and grow and whatever else we deem to be life’s characteristics; awareness is quite another feature. Robert Lanza
  • Perhaps no aspect of mind is more familiar or more puzzling than consciousness and our conscious experience of self and world. Robert Van Gulick
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… one that raises the most fundamental of questions

  • What is consciousness? Why does it exist? Leaving these unanswered is almost like building and launching a rocket to nowhere—full of noise and real accomplishment, but exposing a vacuum right smack in its raison d’être. Robert Lanza
  • The past two centuries of clinical and laboratory studies have revealed an intimate relationship between the conscious mind and the brain, but the exact nature of this relationship remains elusive. Why is the brain associated with consciousness but not the liver or the heart, as previous cultures believed? Why certain parts of the brain and not others? Why is consciousness lost in some stages of sleep? Why does red feel like red and not like the sound of a violin? Is consciousness just an epiphenomenon, or does it have a function? Can computers be conscious? Could a system behave like us and yet be devoid of consciousness—a zombie? Such questions seem to resist the empirical, reductionist approach that has been so successful for other aspects of the natural world. Christof Koch
  • But in the case of consciousness the Darwinian explanation does not tell us what we need to know, for the simple reason that it is unclear how matter can be so organized as to create a conscious being. The problem is in the raw materials. It looks as if with consciousness a new kind of reality has been injected into the universe, instead of just a recombination of the old realities. Even if minds showed no hint of design, the same old problem would exist: How can mere matter originate consciousness? How did evolution convert the water of biological tissue into the wine of consciousness? Consciousness seems like a radical novelty in the universe, not prefigured by the after-effects of the Big Bang, so how did it contrive to spring into being from what preceded it. Colin McGinn
  • How do we define consciousness, or what has been called the human soul or the spirit, if it can’t be quantified as matter or a particle?.. It can be quantified or observed just by a process of elimination. Vanna Bonta
  • We are consciousness, but we live in a world which happens to express itself in terms of something we call matter. This matter undergoes change under the influence of what we call energy. What is matter, what is energy, and what is this far stranger thing called consciousness which seems to be neither matter nor energy, but is nevertheless aware of both? Roger Stephens
  • The final mystery is oneself. When one has weighed the sun in the balance, and measured the steps of the moon, and mapped out the seven heavens star by star, there still remains oneself. Who can calculate the orbit of his own soul? Oscar Wilde
  • This big problem manifests itself countless times a day. Every time a sentient organism comes into existence, its consciousness freshly minted, we have the same transition from insentient matter to “mindedness.” Cells combine and grow during gestation until the brain is mature enough to decant experiences: At first this clump of cells is without mentality, and before you know it there is consciousness throbbing away in there. Where does it come from? What manner of secretion is this? How does mere meat turn itself into conscious awareness? Once you were just insentient cells, no more aware of anything than your liver is now. Today you are brimming with consciousness. How did you make the grade? What catapulted you into consciousness? There must be some kind of natural process behind this astonishing leap, but this process is obscure. Colin McGinn
  • What is consciousness? Why does it exist? Leaving these unanswered is almost like building and launching a rocket to nowhere—full of noise and real accomplishment but exposing a vacuum right smack in its raison d’être. Robert Lanza
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… questions that Science is still unable to explain

  • All of science is based on information passing through our consciousness, but science doesn’t have a clue what consciousness is. Robert Lanza
  • And therein lies the great expanse of our oversight, that science has not confronted the one thing that is at once most familiar and most mysterious—conscious awareness. Robert Lanza
  • Consciousness poses the most baffling problems in the science of the mind. There is nothing that we know more intimately than conscious experience, but there is nothing that is harder to explain. David Chalmers
  • Given all the chemistry and physics we know, given the brain’s neurological structure and complex architecture, and its constant trickle-current, it is nothing short of astonishing that the result is—this! The world in all its manifold sights and smells and emotions. A subjective feeling of being, of aliveness, that we all carry so unrelentingly that few give it a moment’s thought. There is no principle of science—in any discipline—that hints or explains how on Earth we get this from that. Robert Lanza
  • Despite decades of intensive research, neuroscientists have not been able to suggest how the brain produces consciousness, or even identify which parts of the brain it’s associated with. Steve Taylor
  • For me, consciousness is the most interesting unsolved problem of science, and, in fact, we may never know what it is about a particular arrangement of neurons that gives rise to consciousness. Our consciousness, like the air we breathe or like the passage of time, is central to our existence as intelligent beings. Alan Lightman
  • Nothing in modern physics explains how a group of molecules in your brain create consciousness. The beauty of a sunset, the miracle of falling in love, the taste of a delicious meal—these are all mysteries to modern science. Nothing in science can explain how consciousness arose from matter. Our current model simply does not allow for consciousness, and our understanding of this most basic phenomenon of our existence is virtually nil. Interestingly, our present model of physics does not even recognize this as a problem. Robert Lanza
  • Science has had remarkable success in explaining the structure and functioning of the material world, but when it comes to the inner world of the mind—to our thoughts, feelings, sensations, intuitions, and dreams—science has very little to say. And when it comes to consciousness itself, science falls curiously silent. There is nothing in physics, chemistry, biology, or any other science that can account for our having an interior world. In a strange way, scientists would be much happier if there were no such thing as consciousness. Peter Russell
  • Scientists are in the strange position of being confronted daily by the indisputable fact of their own consciousness, yet with no way of explaining it. Christian de Quincey
  • The behaviorist cannot find consciousness in the test-tube of his science. John B. Watson
  • Throughout the West people are in search of something real. They turn to science, which tells them a lot about matter, a little about the mind and nothing about the nature and purpose of consciousness. Nisargadatta Maharaj
  • Consciousness is the only major question in the sciences that we don’t even know how to ask. James Trefil
  • Nothing in physics explains how molecules in your brain create consciousness. The beauty of a sunset, the miracle of love, the taste of a delicious meal — these are all mysteries to science. It can’t explain how consciousness arose from matter; our understanding of this basic phenomenon of our existence is nil. Robert Lanza
  • Science can explain what’s happening down inside atoms and what’s happening at the edge of the universe, but it cannot explain consciousness. It’s a paradox–without consciousness there would be no science, but science doesn’t know what to do, at all, with consciousness. Peter Russell
  • Science can’t see, detect, measure, or photograph the experience of consciousness. So, what do some scientists do? Well, they make up a story as if they understood the mind well enough to know that it is just making up the experience of consciousness. Doug Marman
  • Science does not offer any insight into how one kind of phenomenon (billions of electric signals moving from here to there) creates a very different kind of phenomenon (subjective experiences of anger or love). Even more crucially, they don’t know what could be the evolutionary benefit of such a phenomenon. Yuval Noah Harari
  • The scientific picture of the real world around me is very deficient. It gives a lot of factual information… but it cannot tell us a word about red and blue, bitter and sweet, physical pain and physical delight; it knows nothing of beautiful and ugly, good or bad, God and eternity. So, in brief, we do not belong to this material world that science constructs for us… the scientific worldview contains of itself… not a word about our own ultimate scope or destination. Erwin Schrodinger
  • The scientific world-picture vouchsafes a very complete understanding of all that happens — it makes it just a little too understandable. It allows you to imagine the total display as that of a mechanical clockwork which, for all that science knows, could go on just the same as it does, without there being consciousness, will, endeavor, pain and delight and responsibility connected with it — though they actually are. Erwin Schrodinger
  • We can admittedly find nothing in physics or chemistry that has even a remote bearing on consciousness. Yet all of us know that there is such a thing as consciousness, simply because we have it ourselves. Hence consciousness must be part of nature, or, more generally, of reality, which means that, quite apart from the laws of physics and chemistry, as laid down in quantum theory, we must also consider laws of a quite different kind. Niels Bohr
  • The premise that you can describe in terms of physics the whole function of a human being…including knowledge and consciousness, is untenable. There is still something missing. Rudolf Peierls, physicist
  • A correct theory of consciousness is likely to affect our conception of the universe more profoundly than any other new scientific development. Consciousness is both fundamental and unexplained. David J Chalmers
  • Nothing in Western science predicts that any living creature should be conscious. Yet one thing we know for sure is that we are experiencing beings. For the materialist metaparadigm, consciousness is one big anomaly. Peter Russell
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Consciousness is a subject that has been neglected by science

  • I think that consciousness has always been the most important topic in the philosophy of mind, and one of the most important topics in cognitive science as a whole, but it had been surprisingly neglected in recent years. David Chalmers
  • A thousand years ago, scientists who wondered about consciousness and the nature of reality were burned at the stake. We still haven’t recovered from that and it’s left us with a culture that no longer investigates consciousness, except on the fringes. David O. Russell
  • If science could get rid of consciousness, it would have disposed of the only stumbling block to its universal application. Brand Blanshard
  • Our [Western] science has cut itself off from an adequate understanding of the Subject of Cognizance, of the mind. This is precisely the point where our present way of thinking needs to be amended, perhaps by a bit of blood-transfusion from Eastern thought. Erwin Schrodinger
  • The investigation of consciousness has come to be regarded suspiciously by most smart people and by most scientists. That’s a legacy that began with the Inquisition, which considered non-Christian spiritual inquiry as blasphemous. David O. Russell
  • Within psychology and neuroscience, some new and rigorous experimental paradigms for studying consciousness have helped it begin to overcome the stigma that has been attached to the topic for most of this century. David Chalmers
  • What has science to do with consciousness? Very little. Consciousness is a troublesome subject. It cannot be pinned down and measured as a material thing; and the uncertainties of subjective experience interfere with our efforts to arrive at universal truths. So science has, by and large, deliberately excluded consciousness from its considerations.  Peter Russell
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Some argue science will never be able to explain consciousness …

  • Neither physical science nor psychology can ever ‘explain’ human consciousness. To me then, human consciousness lies outside science, and it is here that I seek the relationship between God and man. Nevill Francis Mott
  • This most certain and familiar of phenomena obeys none of the usual rules of science. It doesn’t seem to be physical. It can’t be observed, except from within, by the conscious person. It can’t even really be described. Oliver Burkeman
  • Colin McGinn has raised an intriguing if ultimately defeatist possibility: what if we’re just constitutionally incapable of ever solving the Hard Problem? After all, our brains evolved to help us solve down-to-earth problems of survival and reproduction; there is no particular reason to assume they should be capable of cracking every big philosophical puzzle we happen to throw at them. Oliver Burkeman
  • I am sympathetic with those who, like the philosopher Colin McGinn and the psychologist Steven Pinker, have suggested that perhaps the emergence of consciousness is simply incomprehensible in human terms. Sam Harris
  • We have learnt that the exploration of the external world by the methods of physical science leads not to a concrete reality but to a shadow world of symbols, beneath which those methods are unadapted for penetrating. Feeling that there must be more behind, we return to our starting point in human consciousness – the one centre where more might become known. There we find other stirrings, other revelations than those conditioned by the world of symbols… Physics most strongly insists that its methods do not penetrate behind the symbolism. Surely then that mental and spiritual nature of ourselves, known in our minds by an intimate contact transcending the methods of physics, supplies just that… which science is admittedly unable to give. Arthur Eddington
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… for science is the exploration of objective reality, not subjective reality

  • The determinist problem is the complete reliance on abstract, objective conclusions, and the complete disregard of subjective knowledge. Eric Wayne
  • Until we know the nature of the Knowing with which our experience is known, nothing true about the known can be known. In fact, it is never possible to know something true about anything objective. Why? Because everything that is known objectively is known by the finite mind, and the finite mind is predicated on the presumption that I, Consciousness, am limited. All relative knowledge, however fine that knowledge may be, is predicated on that assumption. Rupert Spira
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Science cannot be complete unless it takes consciousness into account

  • Our society has outgrown the forms that conventional science created to accommodate itself, and the signs of this are to be found everywhere. The new science is the science of Consciousness. Sooner or later we have to have the courage to face that fact. We can no longer afford to ignore it. Rupert Spira
  • If we want to know the nature of the world, we have to know the nature of that with which the world is known. The ultimate science is not the science of physics; it is the science of Consciousness. Rupert Spira
  • The task of science is to stake out the limits of the knowable, and to center consciousness within them. Rudolf Virchow
  • Materialism is incomplete even as a theory of the physical world, since the physical world includes conscious organisms among its most striking occupants. Thomas Nagel
  • There is an urgent need for a radical revision of our current concepts of the nature of consciousness and its relationship to matter and the brain. Stanislav Grof
  • Consciousness is a profound issue. it may well be characterized—as Paul Hoffman, former Encyclopedia Britannica publisher, told one of the authors—as the deepest and most important in all of science.  Robert Lanza
  • The ultimate science is not the science of physics, it is the science of consciousness.  Rupert Spira
  • The True Meaning of Science and Spirituality: The existence of  this entity I call the “I” can be confirmed by experience, and it will — I believe — one day become part of physics, part of our understanding of the material universe, which reunites self and matter, ourselves with the world.  Christopher Alexander
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Consciousness is at the heart of the question of the relationship between mind and matter

  • Consciousness is what makes the mind-body problem really intractable. Thomas Nagel
  • Without consciousness the mind-body problem would be much less interesting. With consciousness it seems hopeless. Thomas Nagel
  • The question is whether matter is rather crude and mechanical or whether it gets more and more subtle and becomes indistinguishable from what people have called mind. David Bohm
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The mystery of consciousness is how can unconscious physical molecules give rise to sentient awareness …

  • Has anyone explained how dumb carbon, hydrogen, and oxygen molecules could have, by combining accidentally, become sentient—aware! — and then utilized this sentience to acquire a taste for hot dogs and the blues? Tony Lanza
  • Arranging atoms in certain ways appears to bring about an experience of being that very collection of atoms. Sam Harris
  • The aim isn’t to degrade mind to matter, but to upgrade the properties of matter to account for mind, and to tell how from the dust and water of the earth, natural forces conjured a mental system capable of asking why it exists. Nigel Calder
  • How on earth does the movement of electrons from one place to the other translate into a subjective image of Bill Clinton, or a subjective feeling of anger or love? Yuval Noah Harari
  • Self-awareness is NOT just a bunch of amino acids bumping together. Robert A. Heinlein
  • Nothing in Western science predicts that any living creature should be conscious. It is easier to explain how hydrogen evolved into other elements, how they combined to form molecules and then simple living cells, and how these evolved into complex beings such as ourselves than it is to explain why we should ever have a single inner experience. Peter Russell
  • How does something as immaterial as consciousness arise from something as unconscious as matter? David J Chalmers
  • It appears to me impossible that I should cease to exist, or that this active, restless spirit, equally alive to joy and sorrow, should be only organized dust. Mary Wollstonecraft
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… giving rise to a universe that is conscious

  • The greatest mystery, one that Science often ignores, is that the universe is conscious. And how do you know that the universe is conscious? Because you are conscious. Eckhart Tolle
  • The fact that the universe is illuminated where you stand—that your thoughts and moods and sensations have a qualitative character in this moment—is a mystery, exceeded only by the mystery that there should be something rather than nothing in the first place. Sam Harris
  • Consciousness—the sheer fact that this universe is illuminated by sentience. Sam Harris
  • Matter has reached the point of beginning to know itself … Man is a star’s way of knowing about stars. George Wald
  • The most incomprehensible thing about the universe is that it is comprehensible. Albert Einstein
  • A monk asks: Is there anything more miraculous than the wonders of nature? The master answers: Yes, your awareness of the wonders of nature. Angelus Silesius
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Scientists can find no evidence of consciousness in the brain

  • Nothing about a brain, when surveyed as a physical system, suggests that it is a locus of experience. Were we not already brimming with consciousness ourselves, we would find no evidence for it in the universe—nor would we have any notion of the many experiential states that it gives rise to. Sam Harris
  • I could do a brain scan, and find out exactly what’s going on in your brain – yet it seems it could be consistent with all that evidence that you have no consciousness at all. David Chalmers
  • Beyond mind, there is an awareness that is intrinsic, that is not given to you by the outside, and is not an idea – and there is no experiment up to now that has found any center in the brain which corresponds to awareness. Rajneesh
  • Usually I think of awareness as existing inside my head. But this simply isn’t true. If I asked someone to crack open my skull and take a look, they’d never find awareness. Not even if they looked with a microscope. It’s just not there. My head is full of brains, but awareness is nowhere to be found. Tim Freke
  • The only proof that it is like something to be you at this moment is the fact (obvious only to you) that it is like something to be you. Sam Harris
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Scientists do not know how the brain could give rise to consciousness

  • Scientists don’t know how a collection of electric brain signals creates subjective experiences. Yuval Noah Harari
  • To simply assert that consciousness arose at some point in the evolution of life, and that it results from a specific arrangement of neurons firing in concert within an individual brain, doesn’t give us any inkling of how it could emerge from unconscious processes, even in principle. Colin McGinn
  • How neural information is discriminated, integrated, and reported still doesn’t explain how it is experienced. Robert Lanza
  • How does the water of the brain turn into the wine of consciousness? David Chalmers
  • Life and consciousness are the two great mysteries. Actually, their substrates are the inanimate. And how do you get from neurons shooting around in the brain to the thought that pops up in your head and mine? There’s something deeply mysterious about that. And if you’re not struck by the mystery, I think you haven’t thought about it. Charles Krauthammer
  • Nobody has any idea how a congeries of biochemical reactions and electrical currents in the brain creates the subjective experience of pain, anger or love. Yuval Noah Harari
  • How it is that anything so remarkable as a state of consciousness comes about as a result of irritating nervous tissue, is just as unaccountable as the appearance of the Djin, when Aladdin rubbed his lamp. H. Huxley
  • How can you build consciousness from mechanical pieces and parts? Michael Talbot
  • Nothing in modern physics explains how a group of molecules in your brain create consciousness. The beauty of a sunset, the miracle of falling in love, the taste of a delicious meal—these are all mysteries to modern science. Nothing in science can explain how consciousness arose from matter. Robert Lanza
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The greatest mystery is why inner experience should arise at all

  • Why do we have to be conscious at all? We can, in principle, explain all our input-output performances in terms of the activity of the neuronal circuits; and consequently consciousness seems to be absolutely unnecessary. John Eccles
  • Everything a human does – including reporting on allegedly conscious states – might in theory be the work of non-conscious algorithms. Yuval Noah Harari
  • 99 per cent of bodily activities, including muscle movement and hormonal secretions, take place without any need of conscious feelings. So why do the neurons, muscles and glands need such feelings in the remaining 1 per cent of cases?  Yuval Noah Harari
  • If any problem qualifies as the problem of consciousness, it is this one. Even when we have explained the performance of all the cognitive and behavioural functions in the vicinity of experience—perceptual discrimination, categorization, internal access, verbal report—a further unanswered question may remain: why is the performance of these functions accompanied by experience? Why doesn’t all of this information processing go on “in the dark,” free of any inner feel? Why is it that when electromagnetic waveforms impinge on a retina and are discriminated and categorized by a visual system, the discrimination and categorization are experienced as a sensation of vivid red? We know that conscious experience does arise when these functions are performed, but the very fact that it arises is the central mystery. David Chalmers
  • It is undeniable that some organisms are subjects of experience, but the question of why it is that these systems are subjects of experience is perplexing. Why is it that when our cognitive systems engage in visual and auditory information processing, we have visual or auditory experience: the quality of deep blue, the sensation of middle C? How can we explain why there is something it is like to entertain a mental image or to experience an emotion? It is widely agreed that experience arises from a physical basis, but we have no good explanation of why and how it so arises. Why should physical processing give rise to a rich inner life at all? It seems objectively unreasonable that it should, and yet it does. David J Chalmers
  • Why is it that all the physical processing in a brain should be accompanied by consciousness at all? Why is there this inner subjective movie? David Chalmers
  • When someone strikes middle C on the piano, a complex chain of events is set into place. Sound vibrates in the air and a wave travels to my ear. The wave is processed and analyzed into frequencies inside the ear, and a signal is sent to the auditory cortex. Further processing takes place here: isolation of certain aspects of the signal, categorization, and ultimately reaction. All this is not so hard to understand in principle. But why should this be accompanied by an experience? And why, in particular, should it be accompanied by that experience, with its characteristic rich tone and timbre? It is these two questions that we would like a theory of consciousness to answer. David Chalmers
  • The really hard problem is consciousness itself. Why should the complex processing of information in the brain lead to an inner experience? Why doesn’t it all go on in the dark, without any subjective aspect? Why do we have any inner life at all? Peter Russell
  • The really hard problem of consciousness is the problem of experience. David J Chalmers
  • The increase in our knowledge has not brought with it an understanding of the nature or the purpose (if there is a purpose) of life and consciousness themselves. Toynbee
  • Why should there be conscious experience at all? From a subjective viewpoint it is the most familiar element of nature, but from the objective viewpoint it is utterly unexpected. Taking the objective view, we can tell a story about how fields, waves, and particles in the spatiotemporal manifold interact in subtle ways, leading to the development of complex systems such as brains. In principle, there is no deep philosophical mystery in the fact that these systems can process information in complex ways, react to stimuli with sophisticated behavior, and even exhibit such complex capacities as learning, memory, and language. All this is impressive, but it is not metaphysically baffling. In contrast, the existence of conscious experience seems to be a new feature from this viewpoint. It is not something that one would have predicted from the other features alone. We can call this the Surprise Principle: if all we knew about were the facts of physics, and even the facts about dynamics and information-processing in complex systems, then the existence of conscious experience would come as a surprise to us. From the third-person point of view, there seems to be no compelling reason to postulate the phenomenon. If it were not for our direct evidence in the first-person case, the hypothesis would seem unwarranted; almost mystical, perhaps. Yet there is conscious experience. We know about it more directly than we know about anything else. The question is, how do we reconcile conscious experience with everything else we know? David Chalmers
  • Many now argue that our thinking process is actually unconscious and we only become aware of it after the fact. If consciousness is unnecessary for thought or action, why does it exist at all? Eric Wayne
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Why doesn’t all our brain processing happen in the dark? Why does there need to be inner experiencing at all?

  • Emotions are algorithms, and no known algorithm requires consciousness in order to function. Yuval Noah Harari
  • The algorithms controlling the autonomous car make millions of calculations each second concerning other cars, pedestrians, traffic lights and potholes. The car also needs to take itself into account and to communicate its plans and desires to the surrounding vehicles, because if it decides to swerve to the right, doing so will impact on their behaviour. The car does all that without any problem – but without any consciousness either. Yuval Noah Harari
  • When a man sees a lion, electric signals move from the eye to the brain. The incoming signals stimulate certain neurons, which react by firing off more signals. These stimulate other neurons down the line, which fire in their turn. If enough of the right neurons fire at a sufficiently rapid rate, commands are sent to the adrenal glands to flood the body with adrenaline, the heart is instructed to beat faster, while neurons in the motor centre send signals down to the leg muscles, which begin to stretch and contract, and the man runs away from the lion. Ironically, the better we map this process, the harder it becomes to explain conscious feelings. The better we understand the brain, the more redundant the mind seems. If the entire system works by electric signals passing from here to there, why the hell do we also need to feel fear? If a chain of electrochemical reactions leads all the way from the nerve cells in the eye to the movements of leg muscles, why add subjective experiences to this chain? What do they do? Countless domino pieces can fall one after the other without any need of subjective experiences. Why do neurons need feelings in order to stimulate one another, or in order to tell the adrenal gland to start pumping? Indeed, 99 per cent of bodily activities, including muscle movement and hormonal secretions, take place without any need of conscious feelings. So why do the neurons, muscles and glands need such feelings in the remaining 1 per cent of cases? Yuval Noah Harari
  • Why should physical processing give rise to a rich inner life at all? It seems objectively unreasonable that it should, and yet it does. David Chalmers
  • What happens in the mind that doesn’t happen in the brain? If nothing happens in the mind except what happens in our massive network of neurons – then why do we need the mind? Bernard Haisch
  • Look, I’m not a zombie, and I pray that you’re not a zombie, but the point is that evolution could have produced zombies instead of conscious creatures – and it didn’t! DJ Chalmers
  • The Hard Problem of Consciousness – and it’s this: why on earth should all those complicated brain processes feel like anything from the inside? Why aren’t we just brilliant robots, capable of retaining information, of responding to noises and smells and hot saucepans, but dark inside, lacking an inner life? And how does the brain manage it? How could the 1.4kg lump of moist, pinkish-beige tissue inside your skull give rise to something as mysterious as the experience of being that pinkish-beige lump, and the body to which it is attached? Oliver Burkeman
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Theories of consciousness

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Some philosophers argue that consciousness is an illusion

  • Consciousness is an illusion and we do not exist in any meaningful sense. Daniel Dennett
  • Consciousness is ultimately nothing more than a chemically driven illusion. Dan Dennett
  • Consciousness is cerebral celebrity–nothing more and nothing less. Those contents are conscious that persevere, that monopolize resources long enough to achieve certain typical and “symptomatic” effects–on memory, on the control of behavior and so forth. Daniel Dennett
  • Are zombies possible? They’re not just possible, they’re actual. We’re all zombies. Nobody is conscious — not in the systematically mysterious way that supports such doctrines as epiphenomenalism. *It would be an act of desperate intellectual dishonesty to quote this assertion out of context! Daniel Dennett
  • While we tend to conceive of the operations of the mind as unified and transparent, they’re actually chaotic and opaque. There’s no invisible boss in the brain, no central meaner, no unitary self in command of our activities and utterances. There’s no internal spectator of a Cartesian theatre in our heads to applaud the march of consciousness across its stage. Daniel Dennett
  • Many modern analytic philosophers of mind, most prominently perhaps Daniel Dennett of Tufts University, find the existence of consciousness such an intolerable affront to what they believe should be a meaningless universe of matter and the void that they declare it to be an illusion. That is, they either deny that qualia exist or argue that they can never be meaningfully studied by science. Christof Koch
  • In the matter only paradigm, whatever we experience as consciousness can be nothing more than a complicated form of unconsciousness, because we are ultimately no more than the sum of our pieces and these are—indeed cannot be anything other than— unconscious. Bernard Haisch
  • Free will and consciousness is an illusion, and the self is a complex of memes. Susan Blackmore
  • Consciousness is either inexplicable illusion, or else revelation.  C. S. Lewis
  • According to materialists, whatever we experience as consciousness can be nothing more than a complicated form of unconsciousness, because we are ultimately no more than the sum of our pieces and these are—indeed cannot be anything other than— unconscious.  Bernard Haisch
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A counter-argument: Far from being an illusion, consciousness is the one indisputable reality we cannot doubt

  • Is there even any logical way to consciously deny your own consciousness? It simply is. I therefore regard it as utterly fundamental. Bernard Haisch
  • The faculty of consciousness is the only absolute, unquestionable truth. Peter Russell
  • The fact that you have conscious experience is the one undeniable certainty you have. Christof Koch
  • The only thing for which each of us has irrefutable proof, is one’s own consciousness. Scott Owen
  • Reality
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Some scientists and philosophers argue that consciousness is generated by the brain; that is an epiphenomenon of matter

  • In this view, feelings—happiness, sorrow, inspiration, love— must also originate in the physiology of neurons and synapses. From this perspective, consciousness, as a strictly epiphenomenal product of the brain, can neither exist apart from the body nor, obviously, survive death. Bernard Haisch
  • The paradigm of materialism holds that the material world is all there is. In this view, everything can ultimately be reduced to physics and nothing but physics. Reality consists of nothing more—and nothing less—than the space, time, particles, and forces that physicists document. In this view, of course, consciousness itself must be explained in terms of atoms and molecules, and these explanations abound. One such model views consciousness as nothing but a computer-like function of the brain and claims that thinking is akin to executing a series of algorithms. Bernard Haisch
  • Contemporary science is based on the claim that all reality is material or physical. There is no reality but material reality. Consciousness is a by-product of the physical activity of the brain. Matter is unconscious. Evolution is purposeless. God exists only as an idea in human minds, and hence in human heads. Rupert Sheldrake
  • The notion of ‘emergence’ to explain how novel properties might emerge from underlying substrata, such as consciousness emerging from brain. Emily Thomas
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That consciousness arises from matter is the mainstream view of materialists who believe that matter is the primary reality

  • Materialists tend to be ‘epiphenomenalists’: they accept rather than deny the existence of consciousness but see it as a functionless by-product of the activity of the brain, an ‘epiphenomenon’, like a shadow. Rupert Sheldrake
  • Descartes borrowed the idea of objectivity from Aristotle. The basic notion is that objects are independent of and separate from the mind (or consciousness). Amit Goswami
  • We believe that objects exist independently of their being perceived, that Consciousness is personal and limited, that it is a by-product of the mind and that the mind is a by-product of the body. These and many other such beliefs are considered to be so obviously true that they are beyond the need of questioning. They amount to a religion of materialism to which the vast majority of humanity subscribes. Rupert Spira
  • Materialists have convinced us that there is a world that exists separate from and independent of Consciousness. They have persuaded us to believe that ‘I’, the Consciousness that is seeing these words, is an entity that resides inside the body, that it was born and will die, and that it is the subject of experience whilst everything else, the world, the ‘other’, is the object. Rupert Spira
  • The fundamental proposition of materialism is that matter is the only reality. Therefore, consciousness is nothing but brain activity. It is either like a shadow, an ‘epiphenomenon’, that does nothing, or it is just another way of talking about brain activity. Rupert Sheldrake
  • Materialists tend to be ‘epiphenomenalists’: they accept rather than deny the existence of consciousness but see it as a functionless by-product of the activity of the brain, an ‘epiphenomenon’, like a shadow. Rupert Sheldrake
  • Materialism assumes that consciousness emerges from, or is dependent upon, the physical world of space, time, and matter. In one way or another, they are attempting to accommodate the anomaly of consciousness within a worldview that is intrinsically materialist. As happened with the medieval astronomers who kept adding more and more epicycles to explain the anomalous motions of the planets, the underlying assumptions are seldom, if ever, questioned. Peter Russell
  • Materialism ends up denying the existence of any irreducible subjective qualitative states of sentience or awareness. John Searle
  • [Materialists] have convinced us that there is a world that exists separate from and independent of Consciousness. They have persuaded us to believe that ‘I’, the Consciousness that is seeing these words, is an entity that resides inside the body, that it was born and will die, and that it is the subject of experience whilst everything else, the world, the ‘other’, is the object. Rupert Spira
  • It is usually considered a fact of indisputable common sense that the body and the world exist as physical objects in time and space, independent and separate from Consciousness. Rupert Spira
  • Materialism is the view that only the physical stuff of the world – atoms and molecules and the objects and beings that they constitute – are real. Consciousness and mental phenomena can be explained in terms of neurological processes. Steve Taylor Ph.D.
  • Materialism holds that the material world is all there is. In this view, everything can ultimately be reduced to physics and nothing but physics. Reality consists of nothing more—and nothing less—than the space, time, particles, and forces that physicists document. In this view, of course, consciousness itself must be explained in terms of atoms and molecules, and these explanations abound. One such model views consciousness as nothing but a computer-like function of the brain and claims that thinking is akin to executing a series of algorithms.  Steve Taylor Ph.D.
  • The current scientific worldview holds that matter and physical energy are the primary reality. When we fully understand the functioning of the physical world, we will, according to this view, be able to explain everything — including the human mind. This is more than just a paradigm within a particular field of study; it is a belief common to almost every branch of science. It is more of a meta-paradigm.  Peter Russell
  • The current scientific worldview believes that consciousness emerges from the world of space, time and matter. This materialist mindset tells us that our state of mind depends on events in the world around us. Peter Russell
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Materialism is a paradigm that many scientists still adhere to

  • To a large degree, we are still bound to the modern scientific spirit, that characterizes reality merely by its material and mechanic aspects, without including life, consciousness and the intimate communion with that which poets, musicians and artists bring us in their magnificent works. Leonardo Boff
  • Contemporary science is based on the claim that all reality is material or physical. There is no reality but material reality. Consciousness is a by-product of the physical activity of the brain. Matter is unconscious. Evolution is purposeless. God exists only as an idea in human minds, and hence in human heads. Rupert Sheldrake
  • If the concept of consciousness were to fall to science, what would happen to our sense of moral agency and free will? If conscious experience were reduced somehow to mere matter in motion, what would happen to our appreciation of love and pain and dreams and joy? If conscious human beings were just animated material objects, how could anything we do to them be right or wrong? Daniel Dennett
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A counter argument: How can matter give rise to consciousness when quantum mechanics indicates that consciousness affects and even creates matter?

  • It seems absurd that an epiphenomenon of matter can affect matter: If consciousness is an epiphenomenon, how can it collapse the spread-out wave of a quantum object to a localized particle when it takes a quantum measurement? Amit Goswami
  • The virtually inescapable conclusion now is that consciousness does create reality. If that is the case, it makes it far less plausible to view consciousness as merely an epiphenomenon of the brain. Consciousness needs to be something greater than a mental illusion created by brain chemistry. Consciousness is the primary stuff. Bernard Haisch
  • It was not possible to formulate the laws of quantum mechanics in a fully consistent way without reference to the consciousness. Eugene Wigner
  • Mystics, contrary to religionists, are always saying that reality is not two things — God and the world — but one thing, consciousness. It is a monistic view of reality based on consciousness that mystics claim to directly intuit. The problem with science has always been that most scientists believe that science must be done within a different monistic framework, one based on the primacy of matter. And then, quantum physics showed us that we must change that myopic prejudice of scientists, otherwise we cannot comprehend quantum physics. So now we have science within consciousness, a new paradigm of science based on the primacy of consciousness that is gradually replacing the old materialist science. Why? Not only because you can’t understand quantum physics without this new metaphysics but also because the new paradigm resolves many other paradoxes of the old paradigm and explains much anomalous data. Amit Goswami
  • The doctrine that the world is made up of objects whose existence is independent of human consciousness turns out to be in conflict with quantum mechanics and with facts established by experiment. Bernard d’Espagnat
  • To cut to the chase, quantum mechanics is telling us that consciousness creates reality. Bernard Haisch
  • If nothing is real until it is observed, consciousness cannot arise from electrochemical events in the brains of animals like ourselves; rather, it must be part of the very fabric of reality. Sam Harris
  • Instead of discovering particles, physicists may actually be creating them. Jahn and Dunne
  • Most physicists develop a somewhat schizophrenic view. On the one hand they accept the standard interpretation of quantum theory. On the other they insist on the reality of quantum systems even when these are not observed. Fritz Eohrlich (Quantum theorist)
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Some scientists and philosophers argue that not only is consciousness an epiphenomenon, but it also plays only a spectator role …

  • Some scientists concede that consciousness is real and may actually have great moral and political value, but that it fulfils no biological function whatsoever. Consciousness is the biologically useless by-product of certain brain processes. Jet engines roar loudly, but the noise doesn’t propel the aeroplane forward. Consciousness is a kind of mental pollution produced by the firing of complex neural networks. It doesn’t do anything. It is just there. Yuval Noah Harari
  • Jackson needed to find a way to square it away with his conception of the physical. His strategy was to argue for epiphenomenalism, which holds that phenomenal states are caused by physical states, but phenomenal states do not affect the physical. Epiphenomenalism means that our phenomenal states are akin to movies that constantly play while unconscious brain processes direct all behavior. Wikipedia
  • The stream of consciousness is an “epiphenomenon;” like the bell of a clock that has no role in keeping the time, consciousness has no role in determining behavior. Thomas Henry Huxley
  • We are conscious automata. H. Huxley
  • Huxley made the broad claim that consciousness is “completely without any power… as the steam-whistle which accompanies the work of a locomotive engine is without influence upon its machinery. Wikipedia
  • Popular science author Tor Nørretranders has called the delay “The User Illusion” implying that we only have the illusion of conscious control, most actions being controlled automatically by non-conscious parts of the brain with the conscious mind relegated to the role of spectator. Wikipedia
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A counter argument: If consciousness plays only a passive role and is therefore not necessary, why didn’t it disappear during evolution?

  • Donald Symons dismisses epiphenomenalism from an evolutionary perspective. He says that the view that mind is an epiphenomenon of brain activity is not consistent with evolutionary theory, because if mind were functionless, it would have disappeared long ago, as it would not have been favoured by evolution. Wikipedia
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There are those who argue that consciousness is more than a neuro-physiological epiphenomenon

  • It is one thing-and a correct one, I believe-to see physics leading to chemistry leading to biochemistry leading to molecular biology leading to cells resulting in ever more complex life-forms. It is quite another to assume that this same chain leads to the emergence of consciousness. Consciousness is not a material thing like blood and bones. Consciousness is something every human being knows she has at a level that is innate and personal and completely undeniably deniably certain. But amazingly outspoken scientists make claims such as “Consciousness is an illusion and we do not exist in any meaningful sense.” (Dennett) Bernard Haisch
  • I am also betting that scientific discoveries in this new millennium will substantiate that the rich inner world of consciousness we all share is more than just a neuro-physiological epiphenomenon. Bernard Haisch
  • The concept that consciousness is primary is at odds with the modern scientific perspective that somehow consciousness arises out of matter. Bernard Haisch
  • It’s absurd to believe that that which is alive, aware, conscious, thinking, reasoning, feeling, and able to make choices is actually a slave to unconscious mechanical forces. What this misses is the significance of existing itself. Eric Wayne
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Some scientist and philosophers argue that consciousness is a fundamental property of the universe

  • Fundamental property dualism holds that conscious properties are basic properties of the universe similar to physical properties like electromagnetic charge, mass and space-time. According to Chalmers, these properties can interact with other properties such as physical properties, but like fundamental physical properties, conscious properties are their own distinct fundamental entities. Wikipedia (Consciousness)
  • If nothing is real until it is observed, consciousness cannot arise from electrochemical events in the brains of animals like ourselves; rather, it must be part of the very fabric of reality. Sam Harris
  • Consciousness is hidden within matter. Matter is arising within consciousness. The objective world and the subjective self co-exist and create each other. Tim Freke
  • If consciousness is the ground of being rather than an epiphenomenon of physical processes, we may find that a basic question asked by modern astronomy and space science- ‘Is there life out there?’- should be rephrased. Organic life, as well as intelligence, may already be a property enmeshed in the fabric of the cosmos, brought to fruition through the spiraling dynamics of the solar system and the galaxy, built into the structure of the universe itself, brought to fruition through the spiralling dynamics of the solar system and the galaxy, built into the structure of the universe itself. Daniel Pinchbeck
  • I suggest that a theory of consciousness should take experience as fundamental. More likely, we will take experience itself as a fundamental feature of the world, alongside mass, charge, and space-time. If we take experience as fundamental, then we can go about the business of constructing a theory of experience. In particular, a non-reductive theory of experience will specify basic principles that tell us how experience depends on physical features of the world. These psychophysical principles will not interfere with physical laws, as it seems that physical laws already form a closed system. Of course, by taking experience as fundamental, there is a sense in which this approach does not tell us why there is experience in the first place, but this is the same for any fundamental theory. Nothing in physics tells us why there is matter in the first place, but we do not count this against theories of matter. Certain features of the world need to be taken as fundamental by any scientific theory. A theory of matter can still explain all sorts of facts about matter by showing how they are consequences of the basic laws. The same goes for a theory of experience. David Chalmer
  • Consciousness as such is the subtle counterpart of matter. Just as inertia and energy are attributes of matter, so does harmony manifest itself as consciousness. You may consider it in a way as a form of very subtle energy. Wherever matter organises itself into a stable organism, consciousness appears spontaneously. With the destruction of the organism consciousness disappears.  Nisargadatta Maharaj
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If consciousness is a fundamental property of consciousness, it is possible that the brain is a receiver rather than a generator of consciousness

  • I don’t believe that consciousness is generated by the brain. I believe that the brain is more of a receiver of consciousness. Graham Hancock
  • I don’t believe consciousness is generated in the brain any more than television programs are made inside my TV. The box is too small. Terence McKenna
  • In the field of consciousness research-and also in physics and astronomy-we are breaking past the cause-and-effect, mechanistic way of interpreting things. In the biological sciences, there is a vitalism coming in that goes much further toward positing a common universal consciousness of which our brain is simply an organ. Consciousness does not come from the brain. The brain is an organ of consciousness. It focuses consciousness and pulls it in and directs it through a time and space field. But the antecedent of that is the universal consciousness of which we are all just a part. Joseph Campbell
  • The underlying assumption of the current metaparadigm is that matter is insentient. The alternative is that the faculty of consciousness is a fundamental quality of nature. Consciousness does not arise from some particular arrangement of nerve cells or processes going on between them, or from any other physical features; it is always present. If the faculty of consciousness is always present, then the relationship between consciousness and nervous systems needs to be rethought. Rather than creating consciousness, nervous systems may be amplifiers of consciousness, increasing the richness and quality of experience. In the analogy of a film projector, having a nervous system is like having a lens in the projector. Without the lens, there is still light on the screen, but the images are much less sharp. Peter Russell
  • Huxley explains that it is the function of the brain to filter out virtually everything other than immediate consensual reality. Rather than being a source of consciousness, as reductionists claim, the brain is thus a tool that extracts a finite drop of “reality” from the infinite sea of consciousness. As Huxley puts it: “To make biological survival possible, Mind at Large has to be funnelled through the reducing valve of the brain and nervous system. What comes out at the other end is a measly trickle of the kind of consciousness which will help us to stay alive on the surface of this particular planet. Bernard Haisch
  • We are like radios, capable of picking up many stations on innumerable bands of broadcast spectra, but our tuners sit stuck between stations on just one of those broadcast bands. We have never been told that we can retune our frequencies, because all those around us are similarly stuck. Experimenting with alternatives of personal consciousness is often viewed in modern polite society as highly questionable, if not downright illegal, and certainly not something that can officially be suggested. All that comes out of us now is static, but something deep inside tells us there’s more to life than just static. The radio does not contain within its tiny box all the broadcast stations it can pick up, but we believe that what’s in that little box called us is all we are. Roger Stephens
  • Your personal consciousness can be viewed as a brain-filtered remnant of infinite consciousness rather than as a chemical creation of the brain. Bernard Haisch
  • The human brain is a highly differentiated form through which consciousness enters this dimension. It contains approximately one hundred billion nerve cells (called neurons), about the same number as there are stars in our galaxy, which could be seen as a macrocosmic brain. The brain does not create consciousness, but consciousness created the brain, the most complex physical form on earth, for its expression. When the brain gets damaged, it does not mean you lose consciousness. It means consciousness can no longer use that form to enter this dimension. You cannot lose consciousness because it is, in essence, who you are. You can only lose something that you have, but you cannot lose something that you are.  Eckhart Tolle
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Some scientists and philosophers argue that all matter is conscious to some degree

  • Contemporary philosophers use the term pan experientialism —everything has experience. Whatever name this position is given, its basic tenet is that the capacity for inner experience could not evolve or emerge out of entirely insentient, non-experiencing matter. Experience can only come from that which already has experience. Therefore, the faculty of consciousness must be present all the way down the evolutionary tree. According to this view, there is nowhere we can draw a line between conscious and nonconscious entities; there is a trace of experience, however slight, in viruses, molecules, atoms, and even elementary particles. Peter Russell
  • Panpsychism, the dizzying notion that everything in the universe might be conscious, or at least potentially conscious, or conscious when put into certain configurations. If humans have it, and apes have it, and dogs and pigs probably have it, and maybe birds, too – well, where does it stop? Since we don’t know how the brains of mammals create consciousness, we have no grounds for assuming it’s only the brains of mammals that do so – or even that consciousness requires a brain at all. Physicists have no problem accepting that certain fundamental aspects of reality – such as space, mass, or electrical charge – just do exist. They can’t be explained as being the result of anything else. Explanations have to stop somewhere. The panpsychist hunch is that consciousness could be like that, too – and that if it is, there is no particular reason to assume that it only occurs in certain kinds of matter. Panpsychism says, it’s everywhere. The universe is throbbing with it. Oliver Burkeman
  • I regard all matter as ensouled, that is to say as endowed with feeling (pleasure and pain) and motion. Ernst Haeckel
  • Taken literally, panpsychism is the belief that everything is “enminded.” All of it. Whether it is a brain, a tree, a rock or an electron. Everything that is physical also possesses an interior mental aspect. One is objective—accessible to everybody—and the other phenomenal—accessible only to the subject. Christof Koch
  • For every inside there is an outside, and for every outside there is an inside; though they are different, they go together. Alan Watts
  • Panpsychism does not mean that atoms are conscious in the sense that we are, but only that some aspects of mentality or experience are present in the simplest physical systems. More complex forms of mind or experience emerge in more complex systems.  Rupert Sheldrake
  • We don’t have a clue what consciousness is. Emergent theories in neural science and newly energised philosophical traditions suggest it’s an intrinsic property throughout nature and the cosmos itself. Leader scientist Kristof Koch went to India to explore the mystery with the Dalai Llama. The two concurred on almost every point. Commented by Dr Koch, “I was confronted by the Buddhist teaching that sentience is probably everywhere at varying levels. When I see insects in my home, I don’t kill them.” Kenny Ausubel
  • Within your physical atoms the origins of all consciousness still sings. Seth-Jane Roberts
  • I know I am conscious: I am seeing, hearing, feeling something here, inside my own head. But is consciousness—subjective experience—also there, not only in other people’s heads, but also in the head of animals? And perhaps everywhere, pervading the cosmos, as in old panpsychist traditions and in the Beatles’ song? Christof Koch
  • Panpsychism is not a new idea. Most people used to believe in it, and many still do. All over the world, traditional people saw the world around them as alive and in some sense conscious or aware: the planets, stars, the earth, plants and animals all had spirits or souls.  Rupert Sheldrake
  • Maybe all organisms, physical and biological, have experiences and feelings, including atoms, molecules, crystals, cells, tissues, organs, plants, animals, societies of organisms, ecosystems, planets, solar systems and galaxies. Rupert Sheldrake
  • Some argue this implies that rocks perceive the world around them, perhaps have thoughts and feelings, and enjoy an inner mental life similar to human beings. This is clearly an absurd suggestion, and not one that was ever intended. If a bacterium’s experience is a billionth of the richness and intensity of a human being’s, the degree of experience in the crystals of a rock might be a billion times dimmer still. They would possess none of the qualities of human consciousness—just the faintest possible glimmer of experience. Peter Russell
  • The faculty of sensation . . . is a general and essential quality of matter. Denis Diderot
  • Panpsychism, namely the idea that even atoms and molecules have a primitive kind of mentality or experience. Rupert Sheldrake
  • The entire cosmos is suffused with sentience. We are surrounded and immersed in consciousness; it is in the air we breathe, the soil we tread on, the bacteria that colonize our intestines, and the brain that enables us to think. Christof Koch
  • Panpsychism, holds that all aspects of reality have some “psychological” properties apart from their physical properties. This type of property dualism suggests that the universe has consciousness at its base.  Consciousness is a fundamental property of matter.  Wikipedia
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Others take it further and argue that consciousness is the primary fabric of reality that gives rise to matter

  • I would suggest that there is some ground, deeper and more subtle than are either mind or matter, and that they both enfold from this ground, which is the beginning and ending of everything. David Bohm
  • I regard consciousness as fundamental. I regard matter as derivative from consciousness. We cannot get behind consciousness. Everything that we talk about, everything that we regard as existing, postulates consciousness. Planck
  • Although it may not be evident from within mainstream science, it does appear that the idea that consciousness may be fundamental and matter secondary is gaining ground. Bernard Haisch
  • Consciousness, not matter, is the ground of all existence. Amit Goswami
  • Consciousness comes first; it is the ground of all being. Everything else, including matter, is a possibility of consciousness. And consciousness chooses out of these possibilities all the events we experience. Amit Goswami
  • Consciousness is the ground of all being. Amit Goswami, Ph.D
  • Consciousness does matter. Matter is secondary. Consciousness is primary. Brain does not do consciousness, consciousness does the brain. Amit Goswami
  • Consciousness has primacy over matter. It asserts that it was consciousness that created matter, or perhaps haps even more provocatively that consciousness is continually creating and sustaining the world of matter. I would argue that the evidence from quantum mechanics is actually more supportive of the latter. Bernard Haisch
  • Recognizing that the physical world is entirely abstract and without “actuality” apart from its linkage to consciousness, we restore consciousness to the fundamental position instead of representing it as an inessential complication occasionally found in the midst of inorganic nature at a late stage of evolutionary history. Sir Arthur Eddington
  • Even the experiencer is secondary. Primary is the infinite expanse of consciousness, the eternal possibility, the immeasurable potential of all that was, is, and will be. When you look at anything, it is the ultimate you see, but you imagine that you see a cloud or a tree. Learn to look without imagination, to listen without distortion: that is all. Stop attributing names and shapes to the essentially nameless and formless, realize that every mode of perception is subjective, that what is seen or heard, touched or smelt, felt or thought, expected or imagined, is in the mind and not in reality, and you will experience peace and freedom from fear. Nisargadatta Maharaj
  • If consciousness is at the heart of quantum physics (and it is), that puts it at the basis of everything. Bernard Haisch
  • If consciousness is the basis of reality, then it is plausible that a transcendent consciousness is the underlying cause of the Universe. Bernard Haisch
  • In the modern, prevailing view of the cosmos, we sit here as tiny, unimportant specks of protoplasm, flukes of nature, and stare out into an almost limitless void. Vast nameless tracts of emptiness dominate the scene. Talk about feeling small. In the consciousness is primary view, we do not look out at the universe; it is, instead, within us, as a rich 3-D visual experience whose location is the mind. Robert Lanza
  • In much the same way as Copernicus’ insight turned our model of the cosmos inside out, the distinction between the physical world and our experience of the world turns the relationship of consciousness and the material world inside out. In the current metaparadigm, consciousness is assumed to emerge from the world of space, time and matter. In the new metaparadigm, everything we know, including space, time and matter, manifests from consciousness. Peter Russell
  • In the idealist philosophy, consciousness is fundamental; thus our spiritual experiences are acknowledged and validated as meaningful. This philosophy accommodates many of the interpretations of human spiritual experience that have sparked the various world religions. Amit Goswami
  • Instead of positing that everything (including consciousness) is made of matter, this philosophy posits that everything (including matter) exists in and is manipulated from consciousness. Amit Goswami
  • The only thing that is fundamental (real) is consciousness itself; all else is virtual- i.e., a result of an exchange of information within consciousness. Thomas Campbell
  • The reality of matter is secondary to that of consciousness, which itself is the ground of all being—including matter. Amit Goswami
  • The third view of consciousness holds that material reality is not only non-exclusive; it is secondary. Something else came first. This spiritual perspective holds that forces and intelligences in a non-material realm or realms created, or perhaps continually create and sustain, the world of matter and physical laws. Human beings have a dualistic nature—a material body and a non-material consciousness. Intelligent thought operates through the brain, but is more than just a physical process. The brain is, indeed, a data processor, but intelligence and consciousness reside elsewhere. The ability of consciousness to exist apart from the body and to survive death is, therefore, likely. Proponents of this view see the physical world as a kind of school, created for the development and evolution of spiritual beings. Through this process, you rise to ever-higher levels of moral development and wisdom. Through a series of material incarnations, you ultimately attain perfection and are reunited with the creator of all. Thus, “the One who became many is becoming one again.” Bernard Haisch
  • The insistence that the physical reality is required as the foundation for our mental reality, is based on the notion that a physical reality plus a mental reality is somehow easier to explain than just a mental reality. And that, in turn, is related to our obsession with a mechanical universe: everything must be reducible to mechanics, so consciousness must also be the result of a physical machine. It’s taboo for any self-respecting scientist to publicly consider that it could be the other way around. Many if not most of today’s scientists believe consciousness is an illusion of a machine, which seems to me to be infinitely more complicated than saying it is the machine that is the illusion of our consciousness. Scott Owen
  • Consciousness is not an emergent property, but elementary and preceding energy/matter, and it is consciousness which gives meaning to the universe. Scott Owen
  • This new awareness has radical implications for each and every one of us. For it reveals a wholly interconnected, conscious and holographic universe, a Cosmos where consciousness is primary– and where we are therefore both creator and co- creator. Jude Currivan
  • Consciousness is the primary stuff of reality. Consciousness is able to shape and direct matter. Consciousness, in fact, has created this universe—the planets and stars, the plants and animals, and you and me. This is not accomplished by the kind of miraculous construction-out-of-nothing beloved by fundamentalists, but rather by an infinite intelligence dreaming up an infinite variety of laws and values for physical constants, and then letting those laws and values evolve into the stars and planets and life forms of an infinite number of universes. Bernard Haisch
  • The essence of all experience is consciousness. It is the common element of all experience. It is the one undoubtable fact of all life. It is that within which all our experience is constructed. It is the essence and substance of everything we know. It is the ultimate reality. This essence is the essence of everyone, whatever their race, age, gender, background, rich or poor; whatever their time. Whatever they think, experience or believe, they are all conscious beings like myself, and thus share the same inner essence. This essence is the essence of all sentient beings whatever their body, senses or nervous systems, whatever their perception of the world. Where we differ from other creatures is not in consciousness itself, but in the picture that is painted in our consciousness. Human beings are privileged in that they have the potential to become aware of this inner essence, to know God in this sense. This essence I choose to call God. Peter Russell
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The world does not exist independently of consciousness

  • We tend to mistakenly think that we are conscious within an unconscious universe that exists independently of us. Eric Wayne
  • I believe that consciousness and its contents are all that exists. Space-time, matter and fields never were the fundamental denizens of the universe but have always ways been, from their beginning, among the humbler contents of consciousness, dependent on it for their very being. The world of our daily experience-the world of tables, chairs, stars and people, with their attendant shapes, smells, feels and sounds-is a species-specific user interface to a realm far more complex, a realm whose essential character is conscious. It is unlikely that the contents of our interface in any way resemble that realm. If this is right, if consciousness is fundamental, then we should not be surprised that, despite centuries of effort by the most brilliant of minds, there is as yet no physicalist theory of consciousness, no theory that explains how mindless matter or energy or fields could be, or cause, conscious experience. Donald Hoffman
  • Nothing is perceived except perceptions themselves, and nothing exists outside of consciousness. Robert Lanza
  • Outside your consciousness does anything exist? Nisargadatta Maharaj
  • The presence of the mind, the body and the world, however peaceful or agitated, is only possible because of this witnessing presence of Consciousness. Rupert Spira
  • The i’s and the t’s of physical reality are not dotted and crossed until you actually look up into the sky. The Moon has a definite existence only after it has been pulled out of the realm of mathematical probability and into the observer’s web of consciousness. Robert Lanza
  • The physical world is entirely abstract and without actuality apart from its linkage to consciousness. Arthur Stanley Eddington
  • The universe and the observer exist as a pair. I cannot imagine a consistent theory of the universe that ignores consciousness. I do not know any sense in which I could claim that the universe is here in the absence of observers. Andrei Linde (Physicist)
  • The universe bursts into existence from life, not the other way around. Or, perhaps more graspably, there dwells an eternal correlativity of nature and consciousness. Robert Lanza
  • The world has no substance and has no existence independent of Consciousness. Bentinho Massaro
  • There is no separate physical universe outside of life and consciousness. Nothing is real that is not perceived. There was never a time when an external, dumb, physical universe existed, or that life sprang randomly from it at a later date. Space and time exist only as constructs of the mind, as tools of perception. Experiments in which the observer influences the outcome are easily explainable by the interrelatedness of consciousness and the physical universe. Robert Lanza
  • There is no universe without perception. Consciousness and the cosmos are correlative. They are one and the same. Robert Lanza
  • Without any organism, what if anything is really there? Existence must begin with life and perception. Indeed, what could existence mean, absent consciousness of any kind? Robert Lanza (Biologist)
  • Without consciousness there would be no world, for the world exists as such only in so far as it is consciously reflected and considered by a psyche. Consciousness is a precondition of being. Carl Jung
  • Amazingly when you add life and consciousness to the equation you can actually explain some of the biggest puzzles of science. Robert Lanza
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Some argue that consciousness is the only reality and matter exists only as an appearance in consciousness

  • If you think the idea of a consciousness only model of the world is hard to believe, remember that consciousness already manifests very convincing worlds every time we dream. Anthony Lambert
  • For two and a half thousand years it seems to have passed our civilization by that we have never found anything outside Consciousness. Physicists are still looking for the nature and cause of this stuff called ‘matter’. They’ve been looking for it for two and a half thousand years; they’ve never found it, and they never will. It’s not there. Rupert Spira
  • As a man who has devoted his whole life to the most clear-headed science, to the study of matter, I can tell you as the result of my research about atoms this much: There is no matter as such! All matter originates and exists only by virtue of a force which brings the particles of an atom to vibration and holds this most minute solar system of the atom together…. We must assume behind this force the existence of a conscious and intelligent mind. This mind is the matrix of all matter. Max Planck (Physicist)
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The world we experience, including the body and mind, is an appearance in consciousness

  • It is your memory that makes you think the world continues. Myself, I don’t live by memory. I see the world as it is, a momentary appearance in consciousness. Nisargadatta Maharaj
  • Our objective experience consists of thoughts and images, which we call the mind; sensations, which we call the body; and sense perceptions, which we call the world. In fact, we do not experience a mind, a body or a world. We experience thinking, sensing and perceiving. All that we perceive are our perceptions. We have no evidence that a world exists outside our perception of it. We do not perceive a world ‘out there’. We perceive our perception of the world, and all perception takes place in Consciousness. Rupert Spira
  • The mind, the body and the world appear in Consciousness. That is our actual experience. Rupert Spira
  • The mind, the body and the world are located inside Consciousness and are made only out of Consciousness. That is our experience. Rupert Spira
  • We do not perceive a world outside Consciousness. The world is our perception of the world. There is no evidence that there is a world outside the perception of it, outside Consciousness. Rupert Spira
  • We never experience a body in a world, a mind in a body or Consciousness in a mind. It is not the world that contains the body, the mind and Consciousness. It is Consciousness that contains the mind, the body and the world, on an equal footing. Rupert Spira
  • We think the world we see around us is composed of matter. As far as the actual physical reality is concerned, this may be so—uncertain though we may be as to the ultimate nature of this matter. But the world we perceive around us is not the physical world. The world we actually know is the world that takes form in our minds; this world is not made of matter, but of mind stuff. Everything we know, perceive, and imagine, every colour, sound, sensation, thought, and feeling, is a form that consciousness has taken on. As far as this world is concerned, everything is structured in consciousness. Peter Russell
  • When we perceive the stars, the stars are the object of our perception—they exist within us. When we perceive the ocean, the ocean is also within us. The idea that things exist outside of our Consciousness is an illusion. Ancient wisdom traditions have known this for centuries, and even modern science has recognized that our sense organs merely receive information and project it within our own minds. Vision does not take place in the eye, but in an area located in the back of the brain. Everything that we perceive to be “out there” is being experienced “in here.” Joseph P. Kauffman
  • When we say that we perceive an object, we mean that that object appears in Consciousness. It is a perception appearing in Consciousness. Rupert Spira
  • Is our life then not simply a succession of appearances, all appearing to this Consciousness that we are? Rupert Spira
  • Consciousness is known as Omnipresence, because there is nowhere where Consciousness is not. It is not that Consciousness is everywhere. It is that every ‘where’ is in Consciousness. Rupert Spira
  • Perception takes place in Consciousness, not in space. Rupert Spira
  • Inasmuch as the infinite field of consciousness is unlimited in dimension, nothing can happen outside of it. David R. Hawkins
  • The state of being is permanent and the body and the world are not. They are fleeting phenomena passing on the screen of being-consciousness which is eternal and stationary. Ramana Maharshi
  • This presence of Consciousness stands alone, independent of any of the objects of the mind, body and world that appear to it, in the same way that a mirror stands alone, independent of whatever is reflected upon it. Rupert Spira
  • All thinking, knowing, perception, space-time, occur in consciousness. You are a non-local consciousness. The world is in you. Deepak Chopra
  • You appear to be a body in the world. Now flip it around. You are awareness and the world exists in you. Tim Freke
  • We may believe this consciousness has a home in our brains, and there’s a relative truth to that, but not an absolute one, because the brain itself is as much a construction in our minds as the supposedly external trees and tablecloths. Robert Lanza
  • We started with the concept that the world contains the body, which in turn contains the mind, which in turn contains a little invisible spark of Consciousness, which at best is considered to be a by-product of the world and at worst is overlooked altogether. We end with the understanding that Consciousness is the ever-present Reality of all things and that everything appears within it and as an expression of it. Rupert Spira
  • I, this Consciousness that is seeing these words and experiencing whatever it is that is being experienced in this moment, is not located inside a mind. The mind is not located inside a body, and the body is not located inside a world. The body is simply the sensation of the body, and the world is simply the perception of the world. Rupert Spira
  • God is not running the world. Then who is doing it? All happens by itself… All is a play in consciousness. Nisargadatta Maharaj
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Time and space are appearances in consciousness

  • Consciousness is our only reprieve from Time. Mason Cooley
  • Without consciousness, space and time are nothing. Robert Lanza
  • Time is not an absolute reality but an aspect of our consciousness. Robert Lanza
  • Time past and time future allow but a little consciousness. To be conscious is not to be in time. S. Eliot
  • The ultimate Consciousness is always present everywhere. It is beyond space and time, with not before or after. It is undeniable and obvious. So what can be said about it? Abhinavagupta
  • Space and time are not objects of perception, but qualities of awareness. Deepak Chopra
  • Space and time are “sensed” not seen. They are created in consciousness which is spaceless and timeless. Deepak Chopra
  • Consciousness does not exist in time. Time exists as an idea in Consciousness. Rupert Spira
  • Consciousness is something transcendental—outside of space-time, nonlocal, and all-pervading. Amit Goswami
  • Experiment after experiment continues to suggest that we—consciousness, the mind—create space and time, not the other way around. Without consciousness, space and time are nothing. Robert Lanza
  • Space and time suddenly makes sense, because they are tools of our mind, a way to frame and order what we experience. They are the language of consciousness. It’s our way of navigating from point A to point B, of keeping appointments and all the rest. Robert Lanza
  • Kant argued that this was even true of space and time. To us, the reality of space and time seems undeniable. They appear to be fundamental dimensions of the physical world, entirely independent of our consciousness. This, said Kant, is because we cannot see the world in any other way. The human mind is so constituted that it is forced to construct its experience within the framework of space and time. Space and time are not, however, fundamental dimensions of the underlying reality. They are fundamental dimensions of consciousness. Peter Russell
  • Time and space appear within Consciousness. Consciousness does not appear within time and space. Rupert Spira
  • Time and space are just projections of your consciousness. Jaggi Vasudev
  • Time is incontrovertibly not a constant, and any such item that varies with changing circumstance cannot be fundamental or part of the bedrock reality of the cosmos in the way that lightspeed, consciousness, or even the gravitational constant appear to be. Robert Lanza
  • Time is the first language of the mind. Space is the first language of the senses. Remove time and space from experience – that is, remove name and form – and we are left with the oneness of Consciousness/Existence. We are left with timeless, spaceless Presence, with Being. Rupert Spira
  • Time is the imagined distance between two events. That, and the visual perception of a clock or watch. It is nothing but a sense perception of the mind, arising in consciousness. Anthony Lambert
  • Our perception of space-time can be thought of in terms of event coordinates relative to our current state of consciousness. Wayne Gerard Trotman
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The physical world and all we experience is a temporary manifestation of consciousness

  • You are consciousness itself, both as it manifests in the material world, and as it lies in unmanifested in your being. Deepak Chopra
  • Consciousness is the intelligence, the organizing principle behind the arising of form. Consciousness has been preparing forms for millions of years so that it can express itself through them in the manifested. Eckhart Tolle
  • All speech, action and behavior are fluctuations of consciousness. All life emerges from, and is sustained in, consciousness. The whole universe is the expression of consciousness. The reality of the universe is one unbounded ocean of consciousness in motion. Maharishi Mahesh Yogi
  • All the manifest forms of existence are but illusions. They are momentary displays of consciousness, flashes of lightening in the sky. They are there for a moment and then they are gone. Frederick Lenz
  • We’re not in the physical world. The physical world is in us. We create the physical world when we perceive it, when we observe it. And also we create this experience in our imagination. And when I say “we,” I don’t mean the physical body or the brain, but a deeper domain of consciousness which conceives, governs, constructs and actually becomes everything that we call physical reality. Deepak Chopra
  • The mind-stuff of the world is, of course, something more general than our individual conscious minds…. It is difficult for the matter-of-fact physicist to accept the view that the substratum of everything is of mental character. But no one can deny that mind is the first and most direct thing in our experience, and all else is remote inference. Arthur Stanley Eddington
  • No one knows how this world came into being. It is a creation of consciousness itself. It’s extraordinary, a mystery. Jack Kornfield
  • Man’s consciousness not only reflects the objective world, but creates it. Vladimir Lenin
  • All experiences arise in consciousness. Consciousness manifests experience. Peter Russell
  • All the world of experience, including matter, is the material manifestation of transcendent forms of consciousness. Amit Goswami
  • It is known as Omnipotence, because whatever appears depends solely on Consciousness for its existence. Whatever appears emerges out of, is sustained by and is dissolved into Consciousness. Consciousness creates everything out of its own Being. Rupert Spira
  • Absolute consciousness is manifest here in every circumstance of daily life because it is everywhere full and perfect. Consciousness is said to be the cause of all things because it is everywhere emergent as each manifest entity. Mark S. G. Dyczkowski
  • All things in this world are expressions of Consciousness. Consciousness is the greatest movie maker in the whole world. It is making all this, good and bad, right and wrong, you, me, heaven, hell, this, that. All of this is the dance of Consciousness. But you will not be oppressed by it. You will understand the role playing of existence and the role playing of Consciousness in the form of personality. And it will be a very different picture for you. Mooji
  • The existence that is being experienced and the very functioning of experiencing is all the play of Consciousness. Mooji
  • The power of the infinite field of consciousness and its infinite potentiality manifests as matter. David R. Hawkins
  • Consciousness, at a fundamental level, creates matter, not vice versa. Bernard Haisch
  • From every time and place, they point in the opposite direction. Matter does not create consciousness, they tell us; consciousness creates matter. Bernard Haisch
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Consciousness gives rise to the universe

  • The universe gives birth to consciousness, and consciousness gives meaning to the universe. John Archibald Wheeler
  • The Universe is a mirror of consciousness. Deepak Chopra
  • The physical universe that you see is all in your mind. When you turn your mind off, or become unconscious, the physical universe, for you, disappears. Then, when you awaken your consciousness, the universe reappears magically. Quite simple really – no thoughts on your part, no physical world. As Walt Whitman succinctly stated: “The whole theory of the universe is directed unerringly to one single individual – namely to You.” Without your mind to process it, the universe simply disappears into nothingness. Wayne Dyer
  • Infinite worlds appear and disappear in the wide expanse of my consciousness, like notes of dust dancing in a heaven of light. Sanskrit.
  • Is stillness just the absence of noise and content? No, it is intelligence itself — the underlying consciousness out of which every form is born. And how could that be separate from who you are? The form that you think you are came out of that and is being sustained by it. It is the essence of all galaxies and blades of grass; of all flowers, trees, birds, and all other forms.  Eckhart Tolle
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Consciousness creates reality …

  • Consciousness creates reality. Bernard Haisch
  • Consciousness does not just passively reflect the objective material world; it plays an active role in creating reality itself. Stanislav Grof
  • Consciousness is the greatest movie-maker in the whole world. Mooji
  • The virtually inescapable conclusion now is that consciousness does create reality. If that is the case, it makes it far less plausible to view consciousness as merely an epiphenomenon of the brain. Consciousness needs to be something greater than a mental illusion created by brain chemistry. Consciousness is the primary stuff. Bernard Haisch
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… collapsing quantum possibility into actuality

  • Without consciousness, “matter” dwells in an undetermined state of probability. Any universe that could have preceded consciousness only existed in a probability state. Robert Lanza
  • According to the ‘uncertainty principle’ of quantum physics, on an elementary level the physical universe is a collection of possibilities. Scientists have discovered that there has to be a conscious observer to ‘collapse’ the quantum possibilities, which stops particles being in two places at once and creates a world we can examine and measure. Tim Freke
  • Consciousness comes first; it is the ground of all being. Everything else, including matter, is a possibility of consciousness. And consciousness chooses out of these possibilities all the events we experience. Amit Goswami
  • When the quantum physicists looked deeply into the nature of matter, they discovered something astonishing. The quantum possibilities only come into a definite form when observed by consciousness. They concluded that consciousness ‘collapses’ the quantum possibilities into a seemingly solid universe. So, without the conscious observer the world as we know it doesn’t exist. Tim Freke
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Consciousness dreams itself to be us in the world

  • At the hour of your death, the story of your life may, indeed, appear to you like a dream that is coming to an end. Yet even in a dream there must be an essence that is real. There must be a consciousness in which the dream happens; otherwise, it would not be. That consciousness–does the body create it or does consciousness create the dream of body, the dream of somebody? Why have most of those who went through a near-death experience lost their fear of death? Reflect upon this.  Eckhart Tolle
  • The greatest impediment to the discovery of inner space, the greatest impediment to finding the experiencer, is to become so enthralled by the experience that you lose yourself in it. It means consciousness is lost in its own dream. You get taken in by every thought, every emotion, and every experience to such a degree that you are in fact in a dreamlike state. This has been the normal state of humanity for thousands of years. Eckhart Tolle
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Consciousness is not only the creator of experience but the substance of experience too

  • All objects are simply sensing. What is sensing made of? Rupert Spira
  • As everything ultimately appears in Consciousness, everything is, in the ultimate analysis, made out of Consciousness. Rupert Spira
  • Because our entire universe is made up of consciousness, we never really experience the universe directly. We just experience our consciousness of the universe, our perception of it, so right, our only universe is perception. Alan Moore
  • Consciousness is not simply the witness but also the substance of every object that appears within it. Every object is made out of Consciousness. It is an expression of Consciousness. Rupert Spira
  • Consciousness is one with every object. In fact, in the ultimate analysis, there are no objects. There is only Consciousness taking the shape of our experience from moment to moment. Rupert Spira
  • Consciousness is the substance of any experience we can have or hope for, now or in the future. Sam Harris
  • Matter is consciousness seen through the finite mind. Rupert Spira
  • Only an object that is made out of matter could appear in space. Only an object that is made out of mind could appear in mind. And only an object that is made out of Consciousness can appear in Consciousness. Rupert Spira
  • We never directly experience the world around us. All we ever know are the contents of consciousness, the thoughts, feelings, perceptions and sensations that appear in the mind. Peter Russell
  • ‘Physics is the study of the structure of consciousness. The “stuff” of the world is mind-stuff.’ Sir Arthur Eddington
  • All that is ever known in experience is the knowing of it. Try now to find anything other than the knowing of your experience. Let your attention go wherever it wants. Ask yourself, ‘Do I ever know or come in contact with anything other than the knowing of experience? Could I ever come in contact with anything other than the knowing of experience?’ Could I, Consciousness, ever come in contact with anything other than the Consciousness of experience? Is there any substance present in experience other than pure Knowing? Not the knowing of something — we never find the ‘something’. We presume the something, but we never find it. That is, Consciousness never finds it. Consciousness never finds anything other than itself. Rupert Spira
  • The more detailed one’s analysis of the structure of “out there” is, the more one discovers that what one is examining is, in fact, the nature of the intricate processes of consciousness in here. David R. Hawkins
  • All experience happens in our Self, pure Consciousness, and all there is in our Self, out of which experience can be made, is our Self. Therefore, just as there is nothing present in a movie other than the screen, so there is nothing present in experience, other than our Self. Pure Consciousness is all experience, and all experience is pure Consciousness. Rupert Spira
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Consciousness thus only ever knows itself

  • From the point of view of Consciousness (if Consciousness can be said to have a point of view) there is just ‘one thing.’ And what is that ‘one thing?’ Itself! It doesn’t see or know objects, others, the world etc. It sees or knows only itself. Rupert Spira
  • When we watch a film, we seem to see three dimensions of space, but in fact we see only the two dimensional screen. Likewise experience seems to be made of objects and entities but in fact is only made of Consciousness. Rupert Spira
  • There is simply experiencing – thinking imagining sensing perceiving – whose entire substance is made out of the Consciousness that knows it, just as the entire substance of the image is made out of the screen on which it appears. Rupert Spira
  • Consciousness is not some blank empty slate behind everything. That’s how the mind interprets it. The mind interprets these words as things. Consciousness is not a thing – it is everything that appears. Jeff Foster
  • There is nothing to experience other than the knowing of it. What is it that knows knowing? It is knowing that knows itself. Knowing never comes in contact with anything other than itself. Consciousness only ever knows itself. Rupert Spira
  • All that consciousness ever comes into contact with is infinite, eternal consciousness. Rupert Spira
  • Consciousness is that in which all experience appears, with which all experience is known and out of which all experience is made. Rupert Spira
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Consciousness and matter are never separate

  • Consciousness is much more of the implicate order than is matter… Yet at a deeper level, matter and consciousness are actually inseparable and interwoven, just as in the computer game the player and the screen are united by participation. David Bohm
  • And so we have come full circle, from the discovery that consciousness contains the whole of objective reality — the entire history of biological life on the planet, the world’s religions and mythologies, and the dynamics of both blood cells and stars — to the discovery that the material universe can also contain within its warp and weft the inner- most processes of consciousness. Such is the nature of the deep connectivity that exists between all things in a holographic universe. Michael Talbot
  • Scientists may study mainly matter but they cannot ignore the human mind, or consciousness: spiritual practitioners may be engaging mainly in developing the mind but they cannot completely ignore their physical needs. It is for this reason that I have always stressed the importance of combining both mental and the material approach to achieving happiness for humankind. The Dalai Lama
  • Outside our consciousness there lies the cold and alien world of actual things. Between the two stretches the narrow borderland of the senses. No communication between the two worlds is possible excepting across the narrow strip. For a proper understanding of ourselves and of the world, it is of the highest importance that this borderland should be thoroughly explored. Heinrich Hertz
  • Consciousness is much more of the implicate order than is matter… Yet at a deeper level [matter and consciousness] are actually inseparable and interwoven, just as in the computer game the player and the screen are united by participation. David Bohm
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Consciousness gives rise to the body and mind

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Consciousness gives rise to the body, brain and mind

  • Consciousness conceives, governs, constructs, and becomes the activity of the body. Deepak Chopra
  • Consciousness does matter. Matter is secondary. Consciousness is primary. Brain does not do consciousness, consciousness does the brain. Amit Goswami
  • Consciousness is not mind; it is the ground of all being, the ground of both matter and mind. Matter and mind are both possibilities of consciousness. Amit Goswami
  • There is no body as such. There is a series of sensations and perceptions appearing in Consciousness. Rupert Spira
  • Consciousness is not in the body; the body is in consciousness. And you are that consciousness. Dan Millman
  • Consciousness regulates and becomes the flow of energy and information in your body, your relationships, and your world. Deepak Chopra
  • You are so accustomed to think of yourselves as bodies having consciousness that you just cannot imagine consciousness as having bodies. Once you realize that bodily existence is but a state of mind, a movement in consciousness, that the ocean of consciousness is infinite and eternal, and that, when in touch with consciousness, you are the witness only, you will be able to withdraw beyond consciousness altogether. Nisargadatta Maharaj
  • You are not the body. You are the immensity and infinity of consciousness. Nisargadatta Maharaj
  • Where does the body end and the mind begin? Where does the mind end and the spirit begin? They cannot be divided as they are inter-related and but different aspects of the same all-pervading divine consciousness. B.K.S. Iyengar
  • The physical body is conceived and constructed in consciousness as are time and space. All happens within our self. Deepak Chopra
  • The operation of consciousness has created the ‘apparition’ called ‘me’. Mooji
  • The distinguishing characteristics of mind are of a subjective sort; we know them only from the contents of our own consciousness. Wilhelm Wundt
  • The brain does not create consciousness, but conciousness created the brain, the most complex physical form on earth, for its expression. Eckhart Tolle
  • The body is a localisation of consciousness. Eckhart Tolle
  • Contrary to what everyone knows is so, it may not be the brain that produces consciousness, but rather consciousness that creates the appearance of the brain — matter, space, time and everything else we are pleased to interpret as the physical. Keith Floyd
  • Consciousness isn’t ‘inside’ the brain. Rather the brain allows the primal field of awareness to become conscious. Tim Freke
  • The body is nothing but sensations and visual perceptions arising in consciousness. Rupert Spira
  • I, this Consciousness that is seeing these words and experiencing whatever it is that is being experienced in this moment, is not located inside a mind. The mind is not located inside a body, and the body is not located inside a world. The body is simply the sensation of the body, and the world is simply the perception of the world. Rupert Spira
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The mind and its thoughts arise from consciousness

  • Attention or the finite mind rises from infinite Consciousness. Rupert Spira
  • Consciousness localises as the mind in order to see something as separate from itself. But actually, all is pure consciousness. Rupert Spira
  • For that which truly is, the only Consciousness there is, Consciousness that knows no limits within itself, there is no object or other. In order to know an apparent object or other, Consciousness must cease gazing at itself, must seem to turn its attention away from itself and rise in the form of the finite mind by assuming the limitations of the body. It is only as that apparently finite mind that Consciousness can turn its attention away from itself and direct its knowing towards an object. Rupert Spira
  • How does infinite Consciousness rise in the form of the finite mind? It simultaneously creates and identifies itself with a body. This conjunction of infinite Consciousness plus the limitations of the body produces what is called the finite mind. In other words, the finite mind borrows its quality of knowing from infinite Consciousness, and it borrows its apparent limitations from the body. As a result, in between Consciousness and the body stands an entity called ‘personal consciousness’, ‘the ego’, ‘the separate self’, or ‘the finite mind’. Rupert Spira
  • Infinity rises as the finite mind in order to know experience. In order to perceive infinite consciousness as finite perception. Rupert Spira
  • Mind is a localisation in consciousness and matter appears in mind. Rupert Spira
  • An unawakened person sees only his mind, which is merely a reflection of the light of pure consciousness arising from the Heart. Ramana Maharshi
  • If you pay attention to your experience, you will discover that you no more know what you are going to think next thought than you know what I am going to say next. Thoughts simply appear in consciousness. We are not authoring them. Sam Harris
  • The intention to do one thing and not another does not originate in consciousness—rather, it appears in consciousness, as does any thought or impulse that might oppose it. Sam Harris
  • Thoughts think themselves. Modules generate thoughts, and then if those thoughts prove in some sense stronger than the creating of competing modules, they become thought thoughts – that is, they enter consciousness. The modules do their work outside of consciousness, hence the sense, while observing the mind during meditation, that “thoughts think themselves”. As far as the conscious mind can tell, the thoughts are coming out of nowhere. Robert Wright
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Consciousness identifies itself with the body and mind…

  • Consciousness identifies itself exclusively with a body/mind in order to enjoy and suffer what that has to offer. Rupert Spira
  • Consciousness immediately and inadvertently loses itself in identification with a fragment. It condenses itself into a body/mind and the world is correspondingly projected ‘outside’. Rupert Spira
  • Consciousness takes the shape of the next appearance and may identify itself with a part of this appearance, a body. In doing so it ‘forgets’ itself and thereby appears to veil itself from itself. Rupert Spira
  • This thought and feeling arises within Consciousness and is an expression of Consciousness. It is the activity of Consciousness pretending to be a body and a mind, then forgetting that it is pretending and, instead, actually thinking and feeling that it is a body and a mind. Rupert Spira
  • Our entire world culture east and west is founded upon the belief that consciousness what I essentially am is temporary and finite that it shares the limitations of and lives in the body. This is the presumption upon which almost all our thoughts feelings beliefs attitudes and subsequently our activities and relationships are built on. Rupert Spira
  • It is Consciousness pretending that its essential nature has the same characteristics as the body/mind in which it seems to appear, and which in fact appears in it. Rupert Spira
  • They have convinced us that there is a world that exists separate from and independent of Consciousness. They have persuaded us to believe that ‘I’, the Consciousness that is seeing these words, is an entity that resides inside the body, that it was born and will die, and that it is the subject of experience whilst everything else, the world, the ‘other’, is the object. Rupert Spira
  • The mind is not conscious; it is only an instrument of consciousness –or, in different metaphors, a process, a complex field of forces. Eknath Easwaran
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… believing it is a limited person

  • Consciousness sometimes identifies itself with or imagines itself to be one of the images that it creates within itself during the dreaming or waking state. In this way it imagines itself to be a limited entity, a separate person. Rupert Spira
  • The operation of consciousness has created the ‘apparition’ called ‘me’. Mooji
  • Consciousness experiences itself as consciousness but with the delusion I am a person. This is what gives the sense that the person is consistent. Mooji
  • Although we are always this open, free, unlimited Consciousness, at times we seem to be limited. We feel limited. Consciousness experiences itself as being bound by its own projection. Rupert Spira
  • Consciousness creates within itself the appearance of a separate entity that lives and moves in a separate and independent world, with all the subsequent thoughts, feelings and sensations that are attendant upon this belief. Rupert Spira
  • Consciousness veils itself from itself by pretending to limit itself to a separate entity, and then forgets that it is pretending. Rupert Spira
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Consciousness is what we are in our deepest essence

  • You are a dynamic stream of consciousness, flowing freely, fully and fearlessly in, through and around the Universe in unlimited abundance. Reclaim your Spirit. Robert Beno
  • Within each of us is a light, awake, encoded in the fibres of our existence. Divine ecstasy is the totality of this marvellous creation experienced in the hearts of humanity. Tony Samara
  • Human beings are made of body, mind and spirit. Of these, spirit is primary, for it connects us to the source of everything, the eternal field of consciousness. Deepak Chopra
  • Know yourself as wise, loving, intelligent, eternal consciousness that never needed to change or fix anything in the first place. Then see what happens. Christine Breese
  • In my definition of consciousness, consciousness is the same thing as life. What wisdom traditions also call spirit. Deepak Chopra
  • Mind is consciousness which has put on limitations. You are originally unlimited and perfect. Later you take on limitations and become the mind. Ramana Maharshi
  • You are nothing but your consciousness. That consciousness is universal. Debasish Mridha
  • The truth is you really are nothing, but this nothing is full, whole, infinite in everything and everywhere. This nothing is conciousness itself. It is already whole, complete and fulfilled. This is the amazing irony. Gangaji
  • Each individual has to know himself. He has to know himself as the infinite, eternal and immortal Consciousness. Sri Chinmoy
  • The same undivided and indivisible space is outside and inside of a thousand pots. Likewise the Self pervades all beings. Yogavasistha Maharamayana
  • Realise that all happens in consciousness and you are the root, the source, the foundation of consciousness. The world is but a succession of experiences and you are what makes them conscious, and yet remain beyond all experience. Nisargadatta Maharaj
  • We live at the threshold of a universal recognition that the human being is not mere matter, but a potent, energetic field of consciousness. Modalities of the past millennium are quickly giving way to breakthrough technologies wherein we heal ourselves at the level of all true healing, which is spirit. Michael Beckwith
  • The essence of spirituality is the search to know our true selves, to discover the real nature of consciousness. Peter Russell
  • All thinking, knowing, perception, space-time, occur in consciousness. You are a non-local consciousness. The world is in you. Deepak Chopra
  • As body, mind, or soul, you are a dream; you really are Being, Consciousness, Bliss (satchidananda). You are the God of this universe. Swami Vivekananda
  • Consciousness is all there is and you are that. Rick Linchitz
  • You are the vanguard of knowledge and consciousness; a new wave in a vast ocean of possibilities. Jim Carrey
  • You are purer than the pure. Never manifold, you are individual Consciousness. Unborn, unchanging, all-pervasive You are a mountain of joy. Swami Muktananda
  • You are not what happens in your life. You are the space in which it happens, which is consciousness itself. Eckhart Tolle
  • For a long while it may seem that there is nothing stirring in this still world, so deep in consciousness that the phenomena of the surface seem as remote as a childhood dream. But gradually you become aware of the presence of something vast, intimately your own but not at all the finite, limited self you had been calling “I.” Eknath Easwaran
  • I am not my thoughts, emotions, sense perceptions, and experiences. I am not the content of my life. I am Life. I am the space in which all things happen. I am consciousness. I am the Now. I Am. Eckhart Tolle
  • What you feel, what you desire and what you want is not what you are. You are a consciousness. Speak consciously and speak what your consciousness allows you to speak. Harbhajan Singh Yogi
  • There is a Reality which is Indivisible, One, Alone, the Source and Being of all; not a thing, nor even a mind, but pure Spirit or clear Consciousness; and we are That and nothing but That, for That is our true Nature; and the only way to find It is to look steadily within, where are to be found utmost peace, unfading joy, and eternal life itself. Douglas Harding
  • There can be no more intimate and elemental part of the individual than his or her own consciousness. At the deepest level, our consciousness is what we are. Graham Hancock
  • The next step in human evolution is not inevitable, but for the first time in the history of the planet, it can be a conscious choice. Who is making that choice? You are. And who are you? Consciousness that has become conscious of itself. Eckhart Tolle
  • The landscape thinks itself in me and I am its consciousness. Paul Cezanne
  • The highest force in existence is consciousness, and you are that. Jaggi Vasudev
  • That is the ego which rises and sinks periodically. But you exist always. That which lies beyond the ego is consciousness – the Self. Ramana Maharshi
  • Realise yourself as the ocean of consciousness in which all happens. This is not difficult. A little of attentiveness, of close observation of oneself, and you will see that no event is outside your consciousness. Nisargadatta Maharaj
  • Our essential nature is pure consciousness, the infinite source of everything that exists in the physical world. Deepak Chopra
  • Energy and consciousness can never be destroyed, only transformed into myriad shapes and forms, one of which happens to be you. Alberto Villoldo
  • My sense of identity broke down and was replaced by something that is very hard to put into words. Awareness, Consciousness. Eckhart Tolle
  • My approach is that we are not searching for experiences here. We are trying to know the one who experiences all experiences. Our search is for the witness. Who is this observer? Who is this consciousness? Sometimes it feels sad, sometimes it feels happy; sometimes it is so high, flying in the sky, and sometimes so down. Who is this watcher of all these games? – high and low, happy, unhappy, in heaven and hell. Who is this watcher? To know this watcher is to know God. And you are already it – just a little awakening is needed… no search but only awakening. Rajneesh
  • It’s not about the body; you are consciousness. That’s what you are. Your consciousness is already out of your body. You don’t need to get out of your body, you just need to get into your consciousness. Thomas Campbell
  • It’s good to remember often, every day, that you are not a physical creature in a physical universe; but a non-physical consciousness vibrating at a certain frequency. You are Consciousness having a state of being, that’s it. Everything else you perceive is simply an illusory crystallization of your chosen vibration. You are the Creator of your life, in this way. Bentinho
  • In you, as in each human being, there is a dimension of consciousness far deeper than thought. It is the very essence of who you are. We may call it presence, awareness, the unconditioned consciousness. Eckhart Tolle
  • If you hold this feeling of ‘I’ long enough and strongly enough, the false ‘I’ will vanish leaving only the unbroken awareness of the real, immanent ‘I’, consciousness itself. Ramana Maharshi
  • If I see one dilemma with Western man, it’s that he can’t accept how beautiful he is. He can’t accept that he is pure light, that he’s pure love, that he’s pure consciousness, that he’s divine. Ram Dass
  • I have gone from “being” my experience to being infinite consciousness having the experience and observing the experience. David Icke
  • There is only consciousness here; this universe is nothing but consciousness; you are consciousness; I am consciousness; the words are consciousness. That is the conclusion. Yoga Vasishta Sara
  • Ultimately there is no inner, nor outer; the light of consciousness is both the creator and the creature, the experiencer and the experience, the body and the embodied. Take care of the power that projects all this and your problems will come to an end. Nisargadatta Maharaj
  • Am I the body, senses or mind? No. If I claim to be anything, that must be with me wherever I go. Doing, perceiving, thinking and feeling do not go with me wherever I go. ‘Knowing’ alone is always with me. So I am knowingness of Consciousness alone. I am that always, and I am free. I can only be that which remains over when the object or active part is separated from the perceiver, perception or percept. Atmananda Krishna Menon
  • You say, “I want to know myself.” You are the I. You are the knowing. You are the consciousness through which everything is known and that cannot know itself. It is itself. There is nothing to know beyond that. And yet all knowing arises out of it. The “I” cannot make itself into an object of knowledge, of consciousness. Eckhart Tolle
  • Spiritual nondualism, that our nature is ultimately identical with the transcendent consciousness behind all creation, is reported in the visions of al mystics.
  • You realize your essential identity as formless, as an all-pervasive Presence, of Being prior to all forms, all identifications. You realize your true identity as consciousness itself, rather than what consciousness had identified with. That’s the peace of God. The ultimate truth of who you are is not I am this or I am that, but I Am. Eckhart Tolle
  • You are pure Consciousness, the witness of all experiences. Your real nature is joy. Cease this very moment to identify yourself with the ego. Adi Shankara
  • Who are you in reality? Therein lies the mystery, and it is a mystery which can never be squeezed between the pages of a book. Who you really are is cosmic, eternal, and boundless, which is the nature of consciousness. You are the Actor. Roger Stephens
  • When we turn to the sacred scriptures of various religions, we discover that in every case the origin of the cosmos and of man is identified as a Reality which is conscious and in fact constitutes consciousness understood on the highest level as Absolute Consciousness, which is transcendent and yet the source of all consciousness in the cosmic realm including our own. Seyyed Hossein Nasr
  • My consciousness is not just a part of me, it is me: if I transferred my consciousness to another body, then the body I currently inhabit would no longer be what I think of as me. Scott Owen
  • You are consciousness. Consciousness is spirit. Recognize yourself, and you will see yourself everywhere — in every other human being, in every animal, in every plant, in every rock. Gangaji
  • Our true nature is there all along. There is no moment when our true nature is not present. We can lose consciousness of it or be ignorant of it but even then it’s still there. Adyashanti
  • Q: What am I if not human? M: That which makes you think that you are a human is not human. It is but a dimensionless point of consciousness, a conscious nothing; all you can say about yourself is: ‘I am.’ You are pure being — awareness — bliss. To realise that is the end of all seeking. You come to it when you see all you think yourself to be as mere imagination and stand aloof in pure awareness of the transient as transient, imaginary as imaginary, unreal as unreal. It is not at all difficult, but detachment is needed. Nisargadatta Maharaj
  • So who is the experiencer? You are. And who are you? Consciousness. And what is consciousness? This question cannot be answered. The moment you answer it, you have falsified it, made it into another object.  Eckhart Tolle
  • The intense pressure of suffering that night must have forced my consciousness to withdraw from its identification with the unhappy and deeply fearful self, which is ultimately a fiction of the mind. This withdrawal must have been so complete that this false, suffering self immediately collapsed, just as if a plug had been pulled out of an inflatable toy. What was left then was my true nature as the ever-present I am: consciousness in its pure state prior to identification with form. Eckhart Tolle
  • This is who you really are, the you who you have been since before you became who you think you are, the eternal and unchanging consciousness which knows that it exists, the innermost witness to your life. Roger Stephens
  • We are each individuated manifestations of an infinite consciousness. Bernard Haisch
  • When the mind has settled, we are established in our essential nature, which is unbounded Consciousness. Our essential nature is usually overshadowed by the activity of the mind. Patanjali
  • You realize that you’re not who you thought you were. You’re not even a human being. You just happen to be watching one. You will begin to have deep experiences within your own center of consciousness. These will be deep, intuitive experiences of the true nature of Self. Michael A. Singer
  • You are so small that nothing can pin you down. It is your mind that gets caught, not you. Know yourself as you are, a mere point in consciousness, dimensionless and timeless. You are like the point of the pencil, by mere contact with you the mind draws its picture of the world. You are single and simple, the picture is complex and extensive. Don’t be misled by the picture, remain aware of the tiny point, which is everywhere in the picture. Nisargadatta Maharaj
  • You are not the thinking mind; you are aware of the thinking mind. You are the consciousness that is behind the mind and is aware of the thoughts. Michael A. Singer
  • Who is aware? It is the consciousness, the indwelling being, the Soul, the Self. It is the seer, the one who sees. The changes you experience in your inner energy flow are simply objects of this consciousness. Michael A. Singer
  • There is an aspect of your being that is always there and never changes. This is your sense of awareness, your consciousness. It is this awareness that is aware of your thoughts, experiences the ebb and flow of your emotions, and receives your physical senses. This is the root of Self. You are not your thoughts; you are aware of your thoughts. You are not your emotions; you feel your emotions. You are not your body; you look at it in the mirror and experience this world through its eyes and ears. You are the conscious being who is aware that you are aware of all these inner and outer things. Michael A. Singer
  • You are the Self, the infinite Being, the pure, unchanging Consciousness, which pervades everything. Your nature is bliss and your glory is without stain. Because you identify yourself with the ego, you are tied to birth and death. Your bondage has no other cause. Adi Shankara
  • The witness of the three states of consciousness [waking, dream and deep sleep] and of the nature of Existence-Consciousness-Bliss is the Self Adi Shankara
  • It is the one pervading all, but ever untouched by any, and therefore ever pure, and all clear, like the all pervading Akasa. I am this pure Self whose form is all eternal consciousness. Hastamalakastotra
  • Do not think of yourself as the body, but as the joyous consciousness and immortal life behind it. Paramahansa Yogananda
  • If there were no consciousness there could be no movements in consciousness. The movements, irrespective of whether I call them thoughts, or feelings, or sensory perceptions depend on the fact that I am there first as consciousness in which they can appear. So, for example the belief in a bound and limited ‘I’ is only possible because I am there first as formless, timeless, witnessing consciousness (Atma) without which no idea of ‘I’ can appear. This is the origin of Shri Shankara’s remark that the appearance of an ego is by itself the best proof of the fact that we are not an ego. Wolter Keers
  • If we explore Consciousness we find that it has no objective qualities. And yet it is what we most intimately know ourself to be. It is what we refer to as ‘I’. Rupert Spira
  • When I say: ‘I am’, I do not mean a separate entity with a body as its nucleus. I mean the totality of being, the ocean of consciousness, the entire universe of all that is and knows. I have nothing to desire for I am complete forever. Nisargadatta Maharaj
  • In you, as in each human being, there is a dimension of consciousness far deeper than thought. It is the very essence of who you are. We may call it presence, awareness, the unconditioned consciousness. In the ancient teachings, it is the Christ within, or your Buddha nature. Finding that dimension frees you and the world from the suffering you inflict on yourself and others when the mind-made “little me” is all you know and runs your life. Love, joy, creative expansion, and lasting inner peace cannot come into your life except through that unconditioned dimension of consciousness.  Eckhart Tolle
  • When you look at a tree or a human being in stillness, who is looking? Something deeper than the person. Consciousness is looking at its creation. In the Bible, it says that God created the world and saw that it was good. That is what you see when you look from stillness without thought.  Eckhart Tolle
  • What remains is the light of consciousness in which perceptions, experiences, thoughts, and feelings come and go. That is Being, that is the deeper, true I. When I know myself as that, whatever happens in my life is no longer of absolute but only of relative importance. Eckhart Tolle
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Consciousness is our very soul

  • The soul is a living, dynamic part of each person. It exists as consciousness and therefore must be found in consciousness. Deepak Chopra
  • The self (Soul) is the constant-witness consciousness. Through all months, seasons and years, through all divisions of time, the past, present and future the consciousness remains one and self luminous. It neither rises nor sets. The ultimate self is free from sin, free from old age, free from death and grief, free from hunger and thirst, which desires nothing and imagines nothing. Sarvepalli Radhakrishnan
  • I have felt that the infatuation with the subject of conciousness both among neuroscientists and among the general public was an epistemological cop-out, which basically represented a reluctance to completely let go of the Cartesian dualism; that consciousness was soul in disguise; and that ‘like many recent converts we continue to honor the old gods in secret – the god of soul in the guise of consciousness. Elkhonon Goldberg
  • That which you call your soul or spirit is your consciousness, and that which you call ‘free will’ is your mind’s freedom to think or not, the only will you have, your only freedom, the choice that controls all the choices you make and determines your life and your character. Ayn Rand
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We know ourselves as consciousness when the illusion of the separate self falls away

  • A pale reflection of myself wavers in my consciousness…and suddenly the “I” pales, pales, and fades out. Jean-Paul Sartre
  • It is clear that our minds harbor a kind of transcendent consciousness-system in which the normal everyday algorithms can be modulated or even circumvented. Consider dreams, meditation, schizophrenia, or even hallucinogenic drugs. Accessing this hierarchical architecture may allow consciousness to bypass, even if momentarily, the customary spatio-temporal configurations to directly perceive its oneness with the cosmos with which it has always been correlated. Robert Lanza
  • My mind fell like a hailstone into that vast expanse of Consciousness. Touching one drop of it I melted away and became one with the Absolute. And now, though I return to human consciousness, I see nothing, I hear nothing, I know that nothing is different from me. Adi Shankara
  • Obviously, if we have to get out of the way of the traffic on Hollywood Boulevard, it is no good being aware of everything that is going on in the universe; we have to be aware of the approaching bus. And this is what the brain does for us: It narrows the field down so that we can go through life without getting into serious trouble. But … we can and ought to open ourselves up and become what in fact we have always been from the beginning, that is to say … much more widely knowing than we normally think we are. We should realize our identity with what William James called the cosmic consciousness and what in the East is called the Atman-Brahman. The end of life in all great religious traditions is the realization that the finite manifests the Infinite in its totality. This is, of course, a complete paradox when it is stated in words; nevertheless, it is one of the facts of experience. Aldous Huxley
  • Suppose you turn your attention inward in search of this ‘I’. You may encounter nothing more than an ever changing stream of consciousness, a flow of thoughts and feelings in which there is no real self to be discovered. Jim Holt
  • That magical night, while sitting there before the fire in my dark cabin …I was privileged to see into the real nature of my self and all existence. When the veil of ignorance, which constitutes the ego, was lifted, it was revealed that my true, underlying identity is, and had always been, the one all-pervading Consciousness that is the Source and substratum of all that exists. Bernard Haisch
  • There was still no sense of a separate “me,” an observer looking out upon the world. Rather, everything was a oneness, and I was whatever my eyes gazed upon. It was as if my consciousness had previously been long confined, like a canary in a little cage, and that a false sense of being a separate, isolated, thinking individual had now vanished. Objects were no longer separate items existing in space; instead, everything was the same continuum. Bob Berman
  • Those who have risen yet higher (or more inwardly) toward their Source have experienced themselves no longer as individual separate identities, but rather as ideational wave forms on the one integral ocean of Cosmic Energy. They no longer identify with the composite posite of body, mind, and soul, but know themselves as having their real identity in the entire undivided ocean of creative Energy in and on which these temporary rary forms manifest. The conscious awareness focused on this clear vision of the subtler level of its own reality ity then moves forward, as one moving through a fog comes to a clearing where the fog is no more, to the ultimate and final level of subtlety, the Divine Source, the Unmanifest. Then, it knows the pure unqualified Consciousness that is the Father, prior even to the creative ative Power which acts as creator; and it knows, “I and the Father are one. ” Swami Abhayananda
  • My essential nature is unlimited ever present consciousness. That nature is veiled by the illusory sense of being a separate self, limited to the body mind. When that illusion falls away, reality stands exposed. Rupert Spira
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Each of us is the light of consciousness that illuminates the world

  • You are the light of the world. You are the consciousness that illuminates the world. Know yourself as that, and that’s freedom, liberation, awakening, the end of suffering and madness. And it’s happening right here. Eckhart Tolle
  • You cannot fight against the ego and win, just as you cannot fight against darkness. The light of consciousness is all that is necessary. You are that light. Eckhart Tolle
  • You are the light of consciousness and also the witness of this light. You are pure awareness. Mooji
  • The world consists of images on a screen, and consciousness is the steady light that emanates from the projector. Deepak Chopra
  • The longing for light is the longing for consciousness. Carl Jung
  • The faculty of consciousness can be likened to the light from a film projector. The projector shines light onto a screen, modifying the light so as to produce any one of an infinity of images. These images are like the perceptions, sensations, dreams, memories, thoughts, and feelings that we experience—what I call the “forms of consciousness.” The light itself, without which no images would be possible, corresponds to the faculty of consciousness. We know all the images on the screen are composed of this light, but we are not usually aware of the light itself; our attention is caught up in the images that appear and the stories they tell. In much the same way, we know we are conscious, but we are usually aware only of the many different perceptions, thoughts, and feelings that appear in the mind. We are seldom aware of consciousness itself. Peter Russell
  • The man who has perceived God looks upon all types of men as dream motion-picture images, made of the relativities of the light of Cosmic Consciousness and the shadows of delusion. Paramahansa Yogananda
  • The drop of consciousness, which is individual Spirit, is like a ray of light emanating from the sun. The individual ray is really no different from the sun. When consciousness stops identifying itself as the ray, it comes to know itself as the sun. Beings have merged into that state. Michael A. Singer
  • Without the light of consciousness there would be no perception. Eckhart Tolle
  • The Knowingness of Consciousness is that which illumines all experience. Rupert Spira
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Each of us is the cosmos made conscious, experiencing itself

  • We are the cosmos made conscious and life is the means by which the universe understands itself. Brian Cox
  • Matter is merely energy condensed to a slow vibration; we are all one consciousness experiencing itself subjectively; there’s no such thing as death, life is just a dream, and we are the imagination of ourselves. Bill Hicks
  • Through our eyes, the universe is perceiving itself. Through our ears, the universe is listening to its harmonies. We are the witnesses through which the universe becomes conscious of its glory, of its magnificence. Alan Wilson Watts
  • Its taken 14 billion years for matter to gain the capacity to become conscious of itself. Andrew Cohen
  • The Awakening is no other than Consciousness becoming acquainted with itself. D. T. Suzuki
  • Consciousness is dreaming you. It likes it. But, it also wants to wake up. Eckhart Tolle
  • Through our eyes, the universe is perceiving itself. Through our ears, the universe is listening to its harmonies. We are the witnesses through which the universe becomes conscious of its glory, of its magnificence. Alan Wilson Watts
  • The All is conscious. It is self-aware. Adyashanti
  • We’ve begun at last to wonder about our origins, star stuff contemplating the stars, organized collections of ten billion billion billion atoms contemplating the evolution of matter, tracing that long path by which it arrived at consciousness here on the planet Earth and perhaps throughout the cosmos. Our obligation to survive and flourish is owed not just to ourselves but also to that cosmos, ancient and vast, from which we spring. Carl Sagan
  • We are the consciousness of the earth. We are the eyes of the earth. The voice of the earth. Joseph Campbell
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Consciousness is experiencing and expressing itself through the vehicle of the body and mind

  • Divine Consciousness is constantly seeking ways to express itself through us. Sonia Choquette
  • Consciousness needs a vehicle and an instrument for its manifestation. Nisargadatta Maharaj
  • Without the body, there cannot be an experience. The body is there to enable Consciousness to taste experiencing. Mooji
  • The human eye is an instrument to satisfy Consciousness’s desire to view the created world. Consciousness created the sense of touch in order to feel the created world, the sense of hearing to hear the created world, and so on. Deepak Chopra
  • Consciousness needs a body in order to taste experiencing, to have the diversity of experience and so on, but the body itself is not the sentient root or ‘Being’. The body is the instrument. Mooji
  • Consciousness manifests a form in order to taste experience of phenomena through the senses and through the mind in the form of desire, intellect, memory, projection, creativity, identity. Mooji
  • The body is a sensing instrument of consciousness. Adyashanti
  • Essentially man is not the mind but the Self or Atman. The Atman is ever free, infinite and eternal. It is pure consciousness. In man, the free agent is not the mind but the Self. Mind is, as it were, an instrument in the Self’s hands, through which the Self apprehends and responds to the external world. This instrument with which the Self comes in contact with the external world is itself constantly changing and vacillating. When the vacillating instrument is made motionless, it can reflect the Atman. Swami Budhananda
  • At the root of consciousness lies desire, the urge to experience. Nisargadatta Maharaj
  • What we are is consciousness. The body is the vehicle through which consciousness can taste experiencing. And in the human form, consciousness has the capacity and opportunity to realize its own source and thus come into a direct experience of this. Mooji
  • Consciousness needs the body to taste experiencing. Mooji
  • Consciousness loves experiencing diversity; detachment is not cold. Mooji
  • You and I are illusions. There is only one consciousness experiencing both of our lives, and the lives of every other person, animal, alien, etc, and possibly to some extent experiencing the vast swaths of inanimate matter and energy in the universe. Brendan Punsky
  • Why would God want to experience objective experience?
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Consciousness is life

  • In my definition of consciousness, consciousness is the same thing as life. What wisdom traditions also call spirit. Deepak Chopra
  • Awareness and life (Life) are synonymous terms. Awareness is the action of God, the activity of Mind, the Life that God is. Indeed, the consciousness presently reading these words, that perceives the scene outside, that hears the rustle of pots and pans in the kitchen and gathers in the evergreen thoughts and feelings of the Season, is the living that God is, the awareness that Mind is, the all and only perceiving of Deity going on. This consciousness right here and now is the life divine that never ends-the awareness of God. William Samuel
  • Consciousness is creative and intelligent. It can correlate a quadrillion brain connections or the fifty processes that a liver cell performs. It can keep track of simultaneous activities at the same time (allowing you to breathe, digest, walk, be pregnant, think about your baby, and feel happy at the same time). Deepak Chopra
  • Life is an expression of eternal consciousness, and therefore, actual, real death is not a possibility. David R. Hawkins
  • Life is consciousness. Emmet Fox
  • Once there is a certain degree of Presence, of still and alert attention in human beings’ perceptions, they can sense the divine life essence, the one indwelling consciousness or spirit in every creature, every life-form, recognize it as one with their own essence and so love it as themselves. Until this happens, however, most humans see only the outer forms, unaware of the inner essence, just as they are unaware of their own essence and identify only with their own physical and psychological form. Eckhart Tolle
  • We are a part of the divine Christ Consciousness present in all creation. Each individual intelligence is a part of that vast Christ Intelligence. We are like the jets in the burner of a gas stove. There are many little holes through which the flames are pouring, but under the burner there is only one flame. We are little flames coming from the big flame of Life. Beneath all the tiny jets of human life is One Life; behind the flowers, behind all nature, is One Life. Paramahansa Yogananda
  • You don’t ‘have’ a life, you ‘are’ life. The One Life, the one consciousness that pervades the entire universe and takes temporary form to experience itself as a stone or blade of grass, as an animal, a person, a star or a galaxy. Eckhart Tolle
  • Your inner body is not solid but spacious. It is not your physical form but the life that animates the physical form. It is the intelligence that created and sustains the body, simultaneously coordinating hundreds of different functions of such extraordinary complexity that the human mind can only understand a tiny fraction of it. When you become aware of it, what is really happening is that the intelligence is becoming aware of itself. It is the elusive “life” that no scientist has ever found because the consciousness that is looking for it is it. Eckhart Tolle
  • Underlying the sense-perceived universe there is the un-manifested life: the eternal one consciousness out of which every life form emerges. And you are that. Adyashanti
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Consciousness is an all pervading oneness

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Consciousness is not dual

  • Since René Descartes divided reality into two separate realms—mind and matter—many people have tried to rationalize the causal potency of conscious minds within Cartesian dualism. Science, nevertheless, presents compelling reasons to doubt that a dualistic philosophy is tenable: In order for the worlds of mind and matter to interact, they must exchange energy, yet we know that the energy of the material world remains constant. Surely, then, there is only one reality. Here is the catch 22: If the one reality is material reality, consciousness cannot exist except as an anomalous epiphenomenon. Amit Goswami
  • The antithesis of material realism is monistic idealism. In this philosophy, consciousness, not matter, is fundamental. Both the world of matter and the world of mental phenomena, such as thought, are determined by consciousness. Amit Goswami
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Consciousness is all there is

  • All there is consciousness. That is the Source from which the manifestation has come. Ramesh Balsekar
  • Consciousness is all there is and you are that. Rick Linchitz
  • The Saints see the world as filled with divinity, with Consciousness. In today’s culture, we see the opposite. We try to look for Consciousness, whereas the saints see everything as Consciousness, just as it is. Swami Nityananda
  • There is only consciousness here; this universe is nothing but consciousness; you are consciousness; I am consciousness; the words are consciousness. That is the conclusion. Yoga Vasishta Sara
  • There’s nothing “out there,” other than consciousness itself. The habitual tendency to believe otherwise is our fundamental illusion, a vanity of the human mind, which tends always to view its transitory subject as “mine.” David R. Hawkins
  • Ultimately there is no inner, nor outer; the light of consciousness is both the creator and the creature, the experiencer and the experience, the body and the embodied. Take care of the power that projects all this and your problems will come to an end. Nisargadatta Maharaj
  • Consciousness never goes anywhere. Consciousness never becomes anything. There is only Consciousness, there is only Being, which simultaneously creates, witnesses, expresses and experiences itself in every experience we have. Rupert Spira
  • There is only one consciousness, one aware-presence that knows the coming and going of all things, but doesn’t come and go with them. And all things that arise in consciousness, which, in fact, is everything, must be made of consciousness, leaving us to conclude that consciousness is all there is. The source of our being. How simple is that? Will Wright
  • All there is, Consciousness. And the mind is merely a reflection of that Consciousness. Mind is a collection of thoughts which arise … Ramesh Balsekar
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Consciousness is singular …

  • There is no evidence in our experience to suggest that we have different Consciousnesses, or indeed that there is more than one Consciousness. Rupert Spira
  • Consciousness is a singular for which there is no plural. Erwin Schrodinger
  • Vedanta teaches that consciousness is singular, all happenings are played out in one universal consciousness and there is no multiplicity of selves. Erwin Schrodinger
  • There is no kind of framework within which we can find consciousness in the plural; this is simply something we construct because of the temporal plurality of individuals, but it is a false construction… The only solution to this conflict insofar as any is available to us at all lies in the ancient wisdom of the Upanishad. Erwin Schrodinger
  • We never in fact have any experience anywhere of a plurality of consciousness but always and everywhere only of consciousness in the singular. This is the one and only perfectly certain piece of knowledge. Erwin Schrodinger
  • The mystical teaching of the ‘identity’ of all minds with each other and with the supreme mind…is clinched by the empirical fact that consciousness is never experienced in the plural, only in the singular. Erwin Schrodinger
  • One issue that can arise with consciousness only model is solipsism—the notion that all is one, that a single consciousness pervades everything, and that appearances of individuality are real only on a relative level but are not true fundamentally. Robert Lanza
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Consciousness is an all-pervading, indivisible oneness

  • Consciousness is a coherent whole, which is never static or complete, but which is in an unending process of movement and unfoldment. David Bohm
  • In a matter only model of the world, there are billions of consciousnesses experiencing one world. In the consciousness model, there is one consciousness experiencing billions of worlds. Anthony Lambert
  • You don’t ‘have’ a life, you ‘are’ life. The One Life, the one consciousness that pervades the entire universe and takes temporary form to experience itself as a stone or blade of grass, as an animal, a person, a star or a galaxy. Eckhart Tolle
  • Deep down the consciousness of mankind is one. This is a virtual certainty because even in the vacuum matter is one; and if we don’t see this, it’s because we are blinding ourselves to it. David Bohm
  • There is only one consciousness pervading the Universe and each of us is like a window through which that consciousness manifests itself. Bernard Haisch
  • Unity Consciousness is the experience of the 7 billion plus people on the planet being moved by the same force, which is God. It is the awareness to see what we really are: One Living Being. However, this is a truth that really can’t be explained with words; the minute you say it, it is no longer truth. Miguel Angel Ruiz
  • The whole creation is the dance of one consciousness Sri Sri Ravi Shankar
  • There is only one of us. One consciousness manifesting into different forms. Ram Dass
  • The real revolution is the revolution of consciousness and each one of us first needs to eliminate the divisionary, materialistic noise we have been conditioned to think is true; while discovering, amplifying, and aligning with the signal coming from our true empirical oneness. It is up to you. Peter Joseph
  • Truly speaking, Pure Consciousness is indivisible, it is without parts. It has no form and shape, no ‘within’ and ‘without’. There is no ‘right’ or ‘left’ for it. Pure Consciousness, which is the heart, includes all; and nothing is outside or apart from it. That is the ultimate Truth. Ramana Maharshi
  • Consider your own place in the universal oneness of which we are all a part, from which we all arise, and to which we all return. David Fontana
  • Once there is a certain degree of Presence, of still and alert attention in human beings’ perceptions, they can sense the divine life essence, the one indwelling consciousness or spirit in every creature, every life-form, recognize it as one with their own essence and so love it as themselves. Until this happens, however, most humans see only the outer forms, unaware of the inner essence, just as they are unaware of their own essence and identify only with their own physical and psychological form. Eckhart Tolle
  • Unity awareness is consciousness of the greater whole of which we are all a part and which we are now able to embody in human form. Jude Currivan
  • When I say ‘I am’, I do not mean a separate entity with a body as its nucleus, I mean the totality of being, the ocean of consciousness, the entire universe of all that is known. I have nothing to desire for I am complete forever. Nisargadatta Maharaj
  • The consciousness in you and the consciousness in me, apparently two, really one, seek unity and that is love. Nisargadatta Maharaj
  • The unbroken realization that you are indivisible from the universe, from universal consciousness, from the source of everything – that you are that source, that there is no other, no second, nothing that is not part of that unity, except as transitory illusion. If you could maintain that realization at all times, through waking and sleeping states of consciousness, across the threshold of death itself, what would you be? Daniel Pinchbeck
  • Modern quantum physics talks about a unified field, which underlies and connects everything in creation. Who we are, is pure consciousness or Oneness, expressing itself in different forms at different times in our evolution. Pure Consciousness, which is eternal and timeless, is the Oneness; we are the separation or the duality. Roger Gabriel (Raghavanand)
  • There is no separate, independent Consciousness, how can there be a separate, independent thinker, chooser, doer, enjoyer, experiencer? Rupert Spira
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The recognition that my consciousness and your consciousness are one brings love

  • Space is a unifying field of awareness in which you meet the other person without the separative barriers created by conceptual thinking. And now the other person is no longer ‘other.’ In that space, you are joined together as one awareness, one consciousness. Eckhart Tolle
  • Love is the recognition of oneness in a world of duality. This is the birth of God into the world of form. Love makes the world less worldly, less dense, more transparent to the divine dimension, the light of consciousness itself. Eckhart Tolle
  • The consciousness in you and the consciousness in me, apparently two, really one, seek unity and that is love. Nisargadatta Maharaj
  • Love
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Consciousness connects everything and everyone

  • The key is to be in a state of permanent connectedness with your inner body – to feel it at all times. This will rapidly deepen and transform your life. The more consciousness you direct into the inner body, the higher its vibrational frequency becomes. Eckhart Tolle
  • All sentient beings – all holons in fact – contain Buddha-nature – contain depth, consciousness, intrinsic value, Spirit – and thus we are all members of the council of all beings… And the ultimate objective truth is that all beings are perfect manifestations of Spirit or Emptiness Ken Wilber
  • Collective human consciousness and life on our planet are intrinsically connected. Eckhart Tolle
  • Every being experiences themselves as the center of their experience. Consciousness is what lies at our very core, and connects us all to each other. We may appear to be separate and individual because of the various forms our Consciousness inhabits, but below the surface the substance of our being is one and the same. Joseph P. Kauffman
  • I think that there is an infinite creative force that generates all consciousness and all matter and we are all connected and if you align yourself with this infinite creative force then you can be positive and you can be beautiful, I don’t think its a person or god, I don’t believe in any particular doctrine or dogma, only that humanity is connected. Russell Brand
  • I would like my art to be about the possibility that each of us has to realize our connectedness with this great Spirit, whatever you want to name it, our inherent Buddha nature, Christ consciousness, primordial reality, the ground of being, God. Whether you want to go for a personal or impersonal perception of Spirit, is up to the individual. Alex Grey
  • If one accepts that the external world occurs only in Mind, in consciousness, and that it’s the interior of one’s brain that’s cognized “out there” at this moment, then of course everything is connected with everything else. Robert Lanza
  • If ordinary people really knew that consciousness and not matter is the link that connects us with each other and the world, then their views about war and peace, environmental pollution, social justice, religous values, and all other human endeavors would change radically. Amit Goswami
  • Life is like a tree and its root is consciousness. Therefore, once we tend the root, the tree as a whole will be healthy. Deepak Chopra
  • Monks, we who look at the whole and not just the part, know that we too are systems of interdependence, of feelings, perceptions, thoughts, and consciousness all interconnected. Investigating in this way, we come to realize that there is no me or mine in any one part, just as a sound does not belong to any one part of the lute. Gautama Buddha
  • Our normal sense of the person as a lonely island of consciousness, is a dramatic illusion based on theological imagery. Alan Watts
  • Remember, we are all affecting the world every moment, whether we mean to or not. Our actions and states of mind matter, because we’re so deeply interconnected with one another. Working on our own consciousness is the most important thing that we are doing at any moment, and being love is the supreme creative act. Baba Ram Dass
  • This new awareness has radical implications for each and every one of us. For it reveals a wholly interconnected, conscious and holographic universe, a Cosmos where consciousness is primary- – and where we are therefore both creator and co- creator. Jude Currivan
  • Ultimately, there is no such thing as “my consciousness,” but just the one consciousness and to sense your connectedness with the one (I can sense that continuously, which is why I can say that I know this for sure) to sense that connectedness with the one consciousness that pervades the universe, which in some traditions is called God, to sense that frees you of fear, from anxiety, and takes you to a very deep place of peace, but also of heightened aliveness. Eckhart Tolle
  • We are internally related to everything, not [just] externally related. Consciousness is an internal relationship to the whole, we take in the whole, and we act toward the whole. Whatever we have taken in determines basically what we are. Wholeness is a kind of attitude or approach to the whole of life. If we can have a coherent approach to reality then reality will respond coherently to us. David Bohm
  • We have to get to the Self beyond its physical and mental instrumentalities to realize we are not fragile mortal beings; there is an unbroken link between ourselves and the Beloved Mother of the Universe, the Divine Consciousness flowing through and permeating Infinity. Daya Mata
  • We must remember that man is not an island, totally isolated and disconnected from others. We are all part of a universal chain, or the universal consciousness. What happens to one happens to all. Mata Amritanandamayi
  • A new consciousness is developing which sees the earth as a single organism and recognizes that an organism at war with itself is doomed. We are one planet. Carl Sagan
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Separation is an illusion

  • The soul’s consciousness is veiled or narrowed. The wholeness is veiled in order that the part or specific may be experienced. Maya is that which seemingly makes the whole into the not whole, the infinite into the finite, the formless into forms and the like. Maya divides the united consciousness so that the object is seen as other than the self and then as split up into the multitudinous objects of the universe. Paramahansa Yogananda
  • Consciousness realises that the separate entity that it previously took itself to be, is in fact simply an activity that it does, from time to time. Rupert Spira
  • A human being is a part of the whole called by us universe, a part limited in time and space. He experiences himself, his thoughts and feeling as something separated from the rest, a kind of optical delusion of his consciousness. Albert Einstein
  • The soul’s consciousness is veiled or narrowed. The wholeness is veiled in order that the part or specific may be experienced. Paramahansa Yogananda
  • Our separation of each other is an optical illusion of consciousness. Albert Einstein
  • Subjectively speaking, there is only consciousness and its contents; there is no inner self who is conscious. Sam Harris
  • The separate self is an optical delusion in Consciousness. Albert Einstein
  • All is a play in consciousness. All divisions are illusory. You can know the false only. The true you must yourself be. Nisargadatta Maharaj
  • Ego is not an entity. It is an activity. It is an optional activity of identifying itself with a fragment that Consciousness is free to make or not, from moment to moment. Rupert Spira
  • IllusionTranscending the ego
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Consciousness is universal and omnipresent

  • When you follow the personal I to the source, it turns into the universal I, which is Consciousness. Begin to catch yourself. begin to realize your divine nature. You do this by keeping quiet. The fastest way to realization is to keep quiet. Robert Adams
  • And for me anyway, consciousness is three components: a personal component which for lack of a better word we can call the soul. A collective component which is more archetypal and a deeper level, and then a universal domain of consciousness. Deepak Chopra
  • By penetrating to the core of our own being, we can make contact with the consciousness at the center of the universe. Richard Smoley
  • Ultimately, there is no such thing as “my consciousness,” but just the one consciousness and to sense your connectedness with the one (I can sense that continuously, which is why I can say that I know this for sure) to sense that connectedness with the one consciousness that pervades the universe, which in some traditions is called God, to sense that frees you of fear, from anxiety, and takes you to a very deep place of peace, but also of heightened aliveness. Eckhart Tolle
  • There is only one I actually. That I is Consciousness. When you follow the personal I to the source, it turns into the universal I, which is Consciousness. Begin to catch yourself. begin to realize your divine nature. You do this by keeping quiet. The fastest way to realization is to keep quiet. Robert Adams
  • The universe is founded in consciousness and guided by it. The final reality is Universal Consciousness. The Supreme Consciousness is Omnipresent. Its evolutionary powers pervade the entire Universe. All processes of Nature are governed by the laws of this Absolute Force. Shriram Sharma
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The nature of consciousness

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Discovering the true nature of consciousness is transformative

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The nature of consciousness can be discovered through enquiry …

  • What is self inquiry? It is an investigation into the nature of Consciousness, of the core of our experience, the reality of that which we are. To be more precise; it is an attempt using all means at our disposal to find an answer to the question, “What is the evidence if any that this consciousness which is reading these words right now, is limited, personal, separate rather than universal, divine, infinite, eternal. At the end of that process, it will become clear, if you are thorough, that there is no such evidence. This stage is important because up until this conviction has been established, there is no possibility for us to have access to our true being. This belief in a separate self precludes us from discovering that which we truly are. The discovery of that which we truly are is a revelation. It reveals itself, there is nothing to do for that revelation to happen. The process is a process of discrimination between the self and the non-self and prepares the mind and body to receive the gift of grace. Francis Lucille
  • Try now with your attention to attend to something just outside Consciousness. Can any of you find that place? Can any of you find an edge to the field in which your attention is wandering? Rupert Spira
  • If you really know how to ask the question ‘Who am I?’ you will inevitably be delivered into that state of silence and pure consciousness that is your true Being. The question ‘Who am I?’ will ultimately deliver you into the ‘I am’ of you. Leonard Jacobson
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… and by exploring consciousness by resting deeply in conscious awareness

  • I pay attention to myself as the experiencer, the pure consciousness underlying my experiences, becoming deeply conscious of being conscious. Antony Lambert
  • Now you are in your center of consciousness. You are behind everything, just watching. That is your true home. Michael A. Singer
  • Be conscious of being conscious. Be the presence of spacious awareness within which your experience is arising. Tim Freke
  • Be what you are, a conscious being and don’t stray away from yourself. Nisargadatta Maharaj
  • Being pure consciousness – do not disturb your mind with thoughts of, for and against. Be at peace and remain happily in yourself, the essence of joy. Astavakra Gita
  • By being with yourself, the ‘I am’, by watching yourself in your daily life with alert interest, with the intention to understand rather than judge, in full acceptance of whatever may emerge, because it is there, you encourage the deep to come to the surface, and enrich your life and consciousness with its captive energies. Nisargadatta Maharaj
  • Consciously be the presence of awareness, witnessing and appreciating your thoughts. Consciously be the ‘I’ of awareness, witnessing and appreciating the person you appear to be. Tim Freke
  • Here is another way of finding inner space: Become conscious of being conscious. Say or think ‘I Am’ and add nothing to it. Be aware of the stillness that follows the I Am. Sense your presence, the naked, unveiled, unclothed beingness. Eckhart Tolle
  • I become conscious of my essential nature as the ‘I’ of awareness, which is witnessing an unfolding flow of experiences. Tim Freke
  • Real attainment is to be fully conscious, to be aware of surroundings and the people around, to move among them all, but not to merge consciousness in the environment. One should remain in inner independent awareness. Ramana Maharshi
  • To be conscious means not simply to be, but to be reported, known, to have awareness of one’s being added to that being. William James
  • When I practice ‘being conscious of being conscious’, I don’t just watch my experience, I find myself appreciating my experience. Nisargadatta calls this turiya, which can be translated as ‘detached but affectionate awareness.’ Tim Freke
  • When we practise ‘presencing’ we first enter our sensual experience. And then, as the Upanishads say so poetically, we become conscious of ‘the self who is the enjoyer of the honey from the flowers of the senses’. Tim Freke
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Consciousness is the ultimate reality

  • The only way to know the ultimate reality of the universe is to know the nature of consciousness. Rupert Spira
  • The basic philosophy of stoicism is that you have nothing real external to your own consciousness, that the only thing real is in fact your consciousness. Roger Avary
  • Pure Consciousness, which is the Heart, includes all, and nothing is outside or apart from it. That is the ultimate Truth. Ramana Maharshi
  • My view is that consciousness, the seat of “personalness,” is the ultimate reality, and is also scientifically impenetrable. In other words, there is no scientific test one can postulate that would definitively prove its existence in another entity. Ray Kurzweil
  • It is as if there were in the human consciousness a sense of reality, a feeling of objective presence, a perception of what we may call something there, more deep and more general than any of the special and particular senses by which the current psychology supposes existent realities to be originally revealed. William James
  • We started with the concept that the world contains the body, which in turn contains the mind, which in turn contains a little invisible spark of Consciousness, which at best is considered to be a by-product of the world and at worst is overlooked altogether. We end with the understanding that Consciousness is the ever-present Reality of all things and that everything appears within it and as an expression of it. Rupert Spira
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Consciousness is the ground of all being

  • The idea that consciousness is the ground of being is the basis of all spiritual traditions. Amit Goswami
  • The human intelligence is but the consciousness of being. Henri Frederic Amiel
  • Consciousness is the ground of all being. Amit Goswami, Ph.D
  • I would suggest that there is some ground, deeper and more subtle than are either mind or matter, and that they both enfold from this ground, which is the beginning and ending of everything. David Bohm
  • Consciousness comes first; it is the ground of all being. Everything else, including matter, is a possibility of consciousness. And consciousness chooses out of these possibilities all the events we experience. Amit Goswami
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Consciousness rises as attention to know objects

  • We can be more or less conscious when you create grades of focus on a subject that is flowing in our stream of consciousness. Antonio Damasio
  • The mark of a person who is in control of consciousness is the ability to focus attention at will, to be oblivious to distractions, to concentrate as long as it takes to achieve a goal, and not longer. And the person who can do this usually enjoys the normal course of everyday life. Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi
  • Attention is the key to transformation – and full attention also implies acceptance. Attention is like a beam of light – the focused power of your consciousness that transmutes everything into itself. Eckhart Tolle
  • A state of consciousness based on a concentration of the mind on a single object or thought, especially one preferentially selected from a complex, with a view to limiting or clarifying receptivity by narrowing the range of stimuli. com
  • Consciousness has the ability to selectively focus awareness on specific objects. Michael A. Singer
  • Attention is Consciousness with an object. When the object vanishes, attention simply remains what it always is, Consciousness. Rupert Spira
  • Consciousness realises that it does not receive attention but gives attention. And subsequently it realises that it does not give attention. It is attention. Rupert Spira
  • All roles are part of the conditioned consciousness that is the human mind. That which emerges through the act of attention is the unconditioned–who you are in your essence underneath your name and form. You are no longer acting out a script. You become real. When that dimension emerges from within you, it also draws it forth from within the other person. Ultimately, of course, there is no other and you are always meeting yourself.  Eckhart Tolle
  • Attention is primordial intelligence, consciousness itself. It dissolves the barriers created by conceptual thought, and with this comes the recognition that nothing exists in and by itself. It joins the perceiver and the perceived in a unifying field of awareness. It is the healer of separation.  Eckhart Tolle
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Consciousness is formless and cannot be accounted for in physical terms.

  • Consciousness cannot be accounted for in physical terms. For consciousness is absolutely fundamental. It cannot be accounted for in terms of anything else. Erwin Schrodinger
  • Consciousness appears to have no form at all, because anything that would give it form must arise within the field of consciousness. Sam Harris
  • Consciousness is an end in itself. We torture ourselves getting somewhere, and when we get there it is nowhere, for there is nowhere to get to. H. Lawrence
  • Consciousness is not a bunch of thoughts or a certain level of understanding. Consciousness is a dimension that is beyond our physicality. Jaggi Vasudev
  • Consciousness cannot be experienced directly for all experiences arise in it. Rupert Spira
  • If science cannot prove consciousness is material, and the existence of consciousness is undeniable, than it makes much more sense to conclude that consciousness is immaterial rather than material. Eric Wayne
  • Consciousness cannot be observed in the way that material objects can. It cannot be weighed, measured, or otherwise pinned down. Peter Russell
  • Consciousness is not subject to the strictures of quantum physics because it is neither matter, nor is it restricted by space or time. Glen Kezwer, Scientist
  • Form is emptiness; emptiness is form. In the same way, feeling, concept, mental formation, and consciousness are emptiness. Buddhist Heart Sutra
  • You don’t need to be a quantum physicist to understand that an idea or an experience is not a substance. Eric Wayne
  • The risk of using the words ‘consciousness’ and ‘awareness’ is that they are nouns and, as such, tend to objectify or reify the non-objective experience of pure knowing or being aware. Rupert Spira
  • Causality is actually irrelevant to our conscious decisions, because our consciousness is not a material thing. Eric Wayne
  • In not being able to prove that consciousness is material, science proves that it is not. Eric Wayne
  • If we try to perceive this perceiving Consciousness as an object, we find that it is impossible. Take the analogy of Consciousness as space, and imagine that this space, like Consciousness, is conscious and aware, that it has the capacity to see, to perceive, to experience, that it is an ‘experiencing space’. Now imagine what this space would perceive if it were to look for itself, if it were to look at itself. It would not see anything objective, because space cannot be perceived. It is empty, transparent, colourless and invisible. This perceiving space is too close to itself to be able to see itself. The space that is being looked for is the space that is looking. Rupert Spira
  • Whatever is perceived is not this perceiving Consciousness. It is an object that is appearing to it, within it. Rupert Spira
  • What is consciousness? This question cannot be answered. The moment you answer it, you have falsified it, made it into another object. Consciousness, the traditional word for which is spirit, cannot be known in the normal sense of the word, and seeing it is futile. All knowing is within the realm of duality – subject and object, the knower and the known. the subject, the I, the knower without which nothing could be known, perceived, thought, or felt, must remain forever unknowable. This is because the I has no form. Only forms can be known, and yet without the formless dimension, the world of form could not be. It is the luminous space in which the world arises and subsides. That space is the life that I Am. It is timeless. I Am timeless, eternal. What happens in that space is relative and temporary: pleasure and pain, gain and loss, birth and death.  Eckhart Tolle
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… and cannot be known by the mind as an object

  • The illusion is we are only physical. Vanna Bonta
  • 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
  • Consciousness conceives of itself as a subtle object towards which it can turn. It does not yet know that it is already the attention that it is trying to give itself. It does not yet see clearly that attention divested of an object is already Consciousness, Presence, itself. So it plays a trick on itself. It searches for itself. Consciousness never finds itself in this way because it is, without knowing it, already itself. Rupert Spira
  • When we try to think of Consciousness, it is like looking into a black hole. It is not even black. The mind simply cannot go there. It cannot go to that objectless place because the mind is itself an object. As the mind tries to turn itself towards Consciousness, it dissolves. It’s dissolution is the revelation of Presence, the revelation of that in which thought dissolves. The mind does not find Truth. It does not find Reality. It is dissolved in it. Rupert Spira
  • Every thought is an object, but the objectless Consciousness in which thoughts appear can never itself appear as a thought. Therefore, it is impossible to think of Consciousness. Rupert Spira
  • If we take the subjective aspect of experience first, we see that it is impossible to know anything objective about it, about ‘I’, about Consciousness. The simple reason for this is that anything that is known is by definition an object. Anything we think we know about the subject is immediately transferred to the status of ‘object’. It becomes the known, not the Knower. Rupert Spira
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Consciousness does not need the mind to know itself

  • Consciousness needs the mind to know the world. But it does not need the mind to know itself. Rupert Spira
  • Consciousness needs to rise in the form of the finite mind if it wants to know something that is apparently other than itself. But to know itself, it doesn’t need to rise; it need only remain resting in the knowing of its own Being. This knowing of its own Being shines in the mind as the knowledge ‘I’ or ‘I am’ or ‘I am aware’, and is felt in the heart as peace or happiness. Rupert Spira
  • Consciousness is by nature self-aware. Its nature is simply to know its own eternal, infinite, inherently peaceful and unconditionally fulfilled being. Rupert Spira
  • Consciousness is free at every moment to withdraw this projection and to experience itself as it truly is, free, unlimited, Self-luminous, ever-present. Rupert Spira
  • Consciousness perceives itself. It knows itself, knowingly. Rupert Spira
  • In between those two thoughts, Consciousness is divested of the objective limitations it assumes in order to rise in the form of the finite mind and ask the question, ‘Am I aware?’ There is a plunge of the finite mind into its source in between these two thoughts. In that plunge of the finite mind, or attention, into its source, Consciousness recognizes its own Being — re-cognizes, or knows again, its own Being — which it seemed to overlook or forget when it rose in the form of the finite mind. Rupert Spira
  • In order to know something other than itself, Consciousness needs to rise in the form of the finite mind. In order to know itself, it doesn’t need the help of a puny, finite mind. To believe that Consciousness needs the finite mind to know itself is like imagining that the sun needs moonlight to illuminate itself. There is no moonlight. It is only the moon that believes it shines with its own light. In reality, the moon borrows its limited light from the infinite light of the sun. The sun is self-luminous. Likewise, Consciousness is self-knowing. It is only the arrogance of the finite mind that believes that Consciousness needs it, the finite mind, in order to know itself. It doesn’t. Consciousness knows itself by itself, in itself, as itself. All Consciousness finds in itself is itself. There is no room in itself for anything other than itself. In believing that Consciousness needs the finite mind to know itself, the finite mind is simply trying to validate and perpetuate its own illusory existence. Rupert Spira
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Consciousness allows everything to be as it is

  • The light of consciousness has no mind to change or alter anything. When you start to see the light that you really are, the light waking up in you, the radiance, you realize it has no intention to change you. It has no intention to harmonize. It has no agenda. It just happens. The Truth is the only thing you’ll ever run into that has no agenda. Everything else will have an agenda. Adyashanti
  • Consciousness, or your true nature, is allowing everything to be as it is. Adyashanti
  • Know yourself as wise, loving, intelligent, eternal consciousness that never needed to change or fix anything in the first place. Then see what happens. Christine Breese
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Consciousness is full and perfect

  • Absolute consciousness is manifest here in every circumstance of daily life because it is everywhere full and perfect. Consciousness is said to be the cause of all things because it is everywhere emergent as each manifest entity. Mark S. G. Dyczkowski
  • Consciousness is empty of anything, and yet there is something endlessly captivating about that emptiness. As you contemplate its unmoving depths, you become aware of a presence that is so vast that its nature seems to be everything—fullness, completeness, perfection. This presence is so profound that we could use the word God as a metaphor for its absolute nature: already full, already complete, already perfect. When you meditate upon the depths of consciousness, and become compelled by its utter desirelessness, its fullness and indescribable peace, you can have the experience of being aware of or in touch with God. When you directly experience the absolute peace of the unmanifest ground, you have no desire for the things of this world. Knowing that ground, you want nothing except to be: to have nothing, to know nothing, to be no one, for eternity. Beyond time, two hours or two hundred thousand years makes no difference. Andrew Cohen
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Consciousness is not in the head. It exists in a timeless, formless dimension

  • If our eyes were in our knees, we would probably have an entirely different sense of where we see. But, wherever it seems to be, the actual interpretation of our senses is in that ‘place’ where our consciousness is. The fact that the majority of our senses are located in our head, gives us the illusion that our consciousness is located there, too. But if we were born with only the sense of touch, I believe we would be convinced that our consciousness was throughout our entire body. Scott Owen
  • Where is awareness? If you looked into my eyes you’d connect with the presence of awareness, which would seem to be inside my head. But is that really true Awareness isn’t inside my head. You can search about in my brain with a microscope, but you’ll never find awareness. This is because awareness is not a thing in the world. It’s not something we can see or hear or touch. Awareness can’t be found in the world because it’s the other way round. The world exists in awareness. Awareness can’t be found within my experience, because my experience is arising within awareness. Right now, I am awareness experiencing a flow of thoughts and sensations. Everything I see, hear and touch is a sensation arising within awareness. As a body, I appear to exist within the world, but essentially, I am awareness and the world exists within me. Tim Freke
  • Not only is the essential self beyond time, it also is beyond space. If we are asked to locate our own consciousness, most people sense it to be somewhere in the head. The feeling that our consciousness is located somewhere in the head seems to make sense. Our brains are in our heads, and the brain is somehow associated with conscious experience. The apparent location of consciousness does not actually have anything to do with the placement of the brain. It depends on the placement of the sense organs. Our primary senses, our eyes and ears, happen to be situated on the head. Thus, the central point of our perception, the point from which we seem to be experiencing the world, is somewhere behind the eyes and between the ears—somewhere, that is, in the middle of the head. In short, the impression that your consciousness exists at a particular place in the world is an illusion. Everything we experience is a construct within consciousness. Our sense of being a unique self is merely another construct of the mind. Quite naturally, we place this image of the self at the centre of our perceived world, giving us the sense of being in the world. But the truth is just the opposite: It is all within us. You have no location in space. Space is in you. Peter Russell
  • The realm of light seems to be somehow beyond space and time. Likewise, when we consider the nature of pure consciousness, space and time disappear. In both cases there is only the ever-present moment. Peter Russell
  • Awareness can’t be found within the world because it’s the other way around. The world exists within awareness. Awareness isn’t within my experience. My experience is arising within awareness. Tim Freke
  • We do not belong to this material world that science constructs for us. We are not in it; we are outside. We are only spectators. The reason why we believe that we are in it, that we belong to the picture, is that our bodies are in the picture. Erwin Schröedinger
  • Begin by realising that the world is in you, not you in the world. Nisargadatta Maharaj
  • As a body, I appear to exist within the world, but essentially, I am awareness and the world exists within me. Tim Freke
  • You have no location in space. Space is in you. Peter Russell
  • The primordial space of Consciousness that was present ‘before’ the appearance of our first experience is a timeless, placeless place. Rupert Spira
  • Divine consciousness has no past, no future, because it is never interrupted, like man’s, by death or limitation. Eternal consciousness has one time—the ever present. God looks through the window of infinite consciousness on the films of finite happenings of the past, present, and future shown on the screen of time and space, continuously moving backward and forward in an eternal now.  Paramahansa Yogananda
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Consciousness is all knowing

  • Consciousness is known as Omniscience, because whatever is known is known by and through Consciousness. It knows all that is known. Rupert Spira
  • Could it be that whatever experienced the very first appearance that ever occurred was in fact this very Consciousness that is experiencing these words right now? Rupert Spira
  • The Knowingness of Consciousness is that which illumines all experience. Rupert Spira
  • If you go back to the Upanishads and Vedantic teachings where it first appears, you find that sat-chit-ananda is a description of the true Self, of the “I” that is the knower of all experience – that “by which all things are known.” Peter Russell
  • “Chit” means consciousness, that which is aware. The Self—the unchanging ever-present “I”—is the knower of all experience. I am consciousness.  Peter Russell
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Consciousness records all that arises in it

  • Everything in the universe, including even a passing thought, is recorded forever in the timeless field of consciousness, which is everywhere equally present. David R. Hawkins
  • Unlike the electrostatic field, the timeless field of consciousness is permanent and thereby records all that has occurred or existed from within time/space/evolution. David R. Hawkins
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Consciousness is impersonal and without limits

  • The normal self is the mind. The mind is with limitations. But pure Consciousness is beyond limitations, and is reached by investigation into the “I.” Ramana Maharshi
  • The miracle and hope of human consciousness is that we can still conceive of boundlessness. John Green
  • We are not just highly evolved animals with biological computers embedded inside our skulls; we are also fields of consciousness without limits, transcending time, space, matter, and linear causality. Stanislav Grof
  • The first thing you discover is a kind of emptiness, a silence, a presence which doesn’t seem to have content to it, like looking up at a limitless sky. That boundary-less place inside you is your own consciousness, your awareness. When you relax into it, you realize that it’s also full – it is everything. You realize this presence is what you really are: Love. Arjuna Ardagh
  • Since we are an inextricable part of the field of consciousness, we are also infinitely creative, unbounded, and eternal. Deepak Chopra
  • I am no longer the wave of consciousness thinking itself separated from the sea of cosmic consciousness. I am the ocean of Spirit that has become the wave of human life. Paramahansa Yogananda
  • It is known as Omnipotence, because whatever appears depends solely on Consciousness for its existence. Whatever appears emerges out of, is sustained by and is dissolved into Consciousness. Consciousness creates everything out of its own Being. Rupert Spira
  • It is not enough to simply know that ‘I am Consciousness’, because this formulation leaves out everything that we do not consider to be ‘I’ – that is, others and the world. In other words, it leaves open the possibility that Consciousness is personal and limited. Consciousness has to go further and rediscover its absolute identity with all things. It has to discover that ‘I am everything’. It has to discover that it is impersonal and unlimited. Rupert Spira
  • On what grounds do we believe that Consciousness is personal? Thoughts are limited. Bodies are limited. The world is limited. However, there is no experiential evidence to validate the belief that Consciousness, in which the mind, the body and the world appear, is limited or personal. Rupert Spira
  • Thoughts are limited. Bodies are limited. The world is limited. However, there is no experiential evidence to validate the belief that Consciousness, in which the mind, the body and the world appear, is limited or personal. Rupert Spira
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Consciousness is eternal and infinite

  • And when the stream Which overflowed the soul was passed away, A consciousness remained that it had left Deposited upon the silent shore Of memory images and precious thoughts That shall not die, and cannot be destroyed. William Wordsworth
  • Before perception, before a preceiver, existence was – is. This is the consciousness that we refer to as nirvana, God, eternity. Frederick Lenz
  • Consciousness is endless, from one incarnation to the next. It simply will and does manifest in other places and times, regardless of what becomes of the human race. Zeena Schreck
  • Consciousness will always be present, though a particular consciousness may cease. For example, the particular tactile consciousness that is present within this human body will cease when the body comes to an end. Likewise, consciousnesses that are influenced by ignorance, by anger or by attachment, these too will cease. But the basic, ultimate, innermost subtle consciousness will always remain. It has no beginning, and it will have not end. The Dalai Lama
  • Enjoy the limitless bliss consciousness here and now. The reality of you lies much beyond your sensory perceptions and boundaries. Amit Ray
  • Thoughts come and go like leaves in the wind, but the core of consciousness is forever. Deepak Chopra
  • If time is an illusion, if reality is created by our own consciousness, can this consciousness ever truly be extinguished? Robert Lanza
  • Become aware, awake. Then you will see that everything comes and goes, all things come and pass. Life is a flux. Your consciousness is the only thing that is immovable, that is eternal. To attain it is freedom. To attain it is the goal of life. If you miss it you have missed your life and you have missed a tremendously great gift, a great opportunity. Rajneesh
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Consciousness exists in the ever-present now

  • Consciousness only exists now, i.e. your consciousness is only ever in the now, not in the past or future, so without consciousness the past and future cannot exist. If the past and future do not exist, then time does not exist, and without time, space-time cannot exist. More evidence that time and space are illusions of consciousness. Scott Owen
  • Consciousness and Reality do not endure forever in time. They are ever-present, always now. They are eternal. Time, however, appears to exist, from time to time, within Consciousness. Rupert Spira
  • Is this primordial space of Consciousness that was present to witness the first experience we ever had, or that ever was, not exactly the same empty space of Consciousness that is present during deep sleep? Will it change when the last object leaves it on death? Rupert Spira
  • The realm of light seems to be somehow beyond space and time. Likewise, when we consider the nature of pure consciousness, space and time disappear. In both cases there is only the ever-present moment. Peter Russell
  • Live in the presentNow is a priceless gift
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Consciousness wants to know itself

  • I love this magnificent flip-flop: Consciousness or presence or love is trying to come up through the vehicle of this body/mind/spirit to know itself more fully and directly. It may feel like this little ‘Colleen’ is trying to reach God, but really it is God wanting to know itself through all life forms, including the life form called ‘Colleen’. This flip-flop is a burden lifted off. ‘Colleen’ doesn’t have some humongous task to accomplish; rather, consciousness is an enormous up-welling that is moving through these human forms. What joy! What a gift to be alive. Tim Freke
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Consciousness is peace and happiness

  • Even when Consciousness has veiled itself in a cloak of beliefs, doubts, fears and feelings, the taste of its own unlimited, free and fearless nature is embedded within every experience, and this taste is often experienced as a sort of nostalgia or longing. This longing is not for a state that existed in the past – it is for the peace and freedom of Consciousness that lies behind and is buried within every current experience. Rupert Spira
  • Happiness is a non-objective experience. It is simply the presence of Consciousness. It is the experience that is revealed every time a desire comes to an end. Desire is agitation and Happiness is the ever-present background of all states that is revealed when this agitation ceases. Rupert Spira
  • If Peace is identical to deep sleep and, as we have seen, deep sleep is the presence of Consciousness without objectivity. Rupert Spira
  • It follows that Peace is inherent in Consciousness, that Peace and Consciousness are one. Rupert Spira
  • Later on we discover that Peace and Happiness are inherent qualities of this Presence. They come from the background of Consciousness, not from the foreground of objects. Rupert Spira
  • Peace is not an objective experience. It is simply the presence of Consciousness without an object. Rupert Spira
  • Inner peaceHappiness
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Consciousness is freedom itself

  • When you awake to the ground of Being, you realize that when something came from nothing, the nothing didn’t disappear. That unmanifest, unborn dimension is the ever-present ground out of which everything is still arising in every moment. It is what the Buddha called “the deathless,” and what others call “eternity consciousness.” When you awaken to this dimension in your own awareness, you will find yourself always already resting in the eternal moment before time began. This is the recognition that liberates: Prior to everything, I already am. The experience of this recognition is not one of becoming liberated. It is of being already liberated. What you realize when you awaken to that ground is that there is a part of each and every one of us that is already free—from everything. That part of yourself, which is the ground of Being, has never been bound, trapped, or limited in any way. That’s the part of yourself that I want you to discover. It’s not the part of yourself that needs to become free. It is already free, right now. Andrew Cohen
  • Whether we know it or not, we are always this open, free, unlimited Consciousness, and yet sometimes we forget this. It is our freedom to forget. Once we have forgotten, no other freedom is available to us, save the freedom to remember again. Rupert Spira
  • Consciousness, that which we are, is freedom itself. We, as Consciousness, have absolute freedom. We are absolute freedom. Rupert Spira
  • Human freedom involves our capacity to pause between the stimulus and response and, in that pause, to choose the one response toward which we wish to throw our weight. The capacity to create ourselves, based upon this freedom, is inseparable from consciousness or self-awareness. Rollo May
  • The freedom to chose one’s actions and the ability to determine one’s own nature and future development may admit of many interesting variations and degrees rather than being a simple all or nothing matter, and various forms or levels of consciousness might be correlated with corresponding degrees or types of freedom and self-determination. Robert Van Gulick
  • The individual man, in introspecting the fact of his own consciousness, also discovers the primordial natural fact of his freedom: his freedom to choose, his freedom to use or not use his reason about any given subject. In short, the natural fact of his “free will.” He also discovers the natural fact of his mind’s command over his body and its actions: that is, of his natural ownership over his self. Murray Rothbard
  • The truth is we are not a separate entity. We are consciousness. And this has real freedom and is the one making the decision. The consciousness making the decision is the same consciousness that makes it rain or snow. The moment we take responsibility for our own thoughts, we must also take responsibility for everything else that occurs in the universe. This is beautiful. Thus we cannot claim anything is bad or good. We can only claim it is our event. Francis Lucille
  • We have freedom but it’s not the possession of a separate person. The freedom that we feel is real. It’s just that it does not belong to an individual body-mind. It is the freedom of infinite consciousness echoing in our minds. Our body-minds can channel that freedom of infinite consciousness in certain directions. It is the role of the body mind to channel the freedom of consciousness in such a way that expresses and shares and celebrates love and beauty. Rupert Spira
  • Freedom
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Consciousness is a field

  • Matter is regarded as being constituted by a region of space in which the field is extremely intense . . . . . . There is no place in this new kind of Physics both for the field and matter, for the field is the only reality. Paul Davies
  • Each of us can manifest the properties of a field of consciousness that transcends space, time, and linear causality. Stanislav Grof
  • Everyone and everything that shows up in the world of form in this universe originates not from a particle, as quantum physics teaches us, but from an energy field. That energy field can be called God, soul, spirit, or consciousness. It looks a certain way, sounds a certain way, and feels a certain way. I try to stay in harmony with what I believe it sounds and feels like. Wayne Dyer
  • We live at the threshold of a universal recognition that the human being is not mere matter, but a potent, energetic field of consciousness. Modalities of the past millennium are quickly giving way to breakthrough technologies wherein we heal ourselves at the level of all true healing, which is spirit. Michael Beckwith
  • We are not just highly evolved animals with biological computers embedded inside our skulls; we are also fields of consciousness without limits, transcending time, space, matter, and linear causality. Stanislav Grof
  • The entire field of consciousness is only as a film, or a speck, in ‘I am’. This ‘I am-ness’ is, being conscious of consciousness, being aware of itself. And it is indescribable, because it has no attributes. It is only being myself, and being myself is all that there is. Douwe Tiemersma
  • Awareness is akin to an overall space or field within which all other phenomena and conditions are encompassed. The silent, subtle field is a quality of the Self. This field, state, or condition of consciousness is all inclusive, yet devoid of identification with content. Awareness is aware of itself. As such, it is a fundamental, everexistent quality. David R. Hawkins
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Thinking is but a tiny aspect of consciousness

  • Thinking is only a small aspect of consciousness. Thought cannot exist without consciousness, but consciousness does not need thought. Eckhart Tolle
  • Thinking is no more than a tiny aspect of the totality of consciousness, the totality of who you are. Eckhart Tolle
  • Thinking is learning all over again how to see, directing one’s consciousness, making of every image a privileged place. Albert Camus
  • The thinking mind is a useful and powerful tool, but it is also very limiting when it takes over your life completely, when you don’t realize that it is only a small aspect of the consciousness that you are. Eckhart Tolle
  • The realm of consciousness is much vaster than thought can grasp. When you no longer believe everything you think, you step out of thought and see clearly that the thinker is not who you are. Eckhart Tolle
  • The consciousness that says ‘I am’ is not the consciousness that thinks. Jean-Paul Sartre
  • Thinking and consciousness are not synonymous. Thinking is only a small aspect of consciousness. Thought cannot exist without consciousness, but consciousness does not need thought. Eckhart Tolle
  • What is the relationship between awareness and thinking? Awareness is the space in which thoughts exist when that space has become conscious of itself. Eckhart Tolle
  • When you listen to a thought, you are aware not only of the thought but also of yourself as the witness of the thought. A new dimension of consciousness has come in. Eckhart Tolle
  • 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
  • As the mind tries to turn itself towards Consciousness, it dissolves. It’s dissolution is the revelation of Presence, the revelation of that in which thought dissolves. Rupert Spira
  • When you are aware that you are thinking, that awareness is not part of thinking. It is a different dimension of consciousness. And it is that awareness that says “I am.” Eckhart Tolle
  • The mind is using you. You are unconsciously identified with it, so you don’t even know that you are its slave. It’s almost as if you were possessed without knowing it, and so you take the possessing entity to be yourself. The beginning of freedom is the realization that you are not the possessing entity – the thinker. Knowing this enables you to observe the entity. The moment you start watching the thinker, a higher level of consciousness becomes activated. You then begin to realize that there is a vast realm of intelligence beyond thought, that thought is only a tiny aspect of that intelligence. You also realize 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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Consciousness is unchanging and immovable…

  • Become aware, awake. Then you will see that everything comes and goes, all things come and pass. Life is a flux. Your consciousness is the only thing that is immovable, that is eternal. To attain it is freedom. To attain it is the goal of life. If you miss it you have missed your life and you have missed a tremendously great gift, a great opportunity. Rajneesh
  • Consciousness is only possible through change; change is only possible through movement. Aldous Huxley
  • All consciousness is time existence; and a conscious state is not a state that endures without changing. It is a change without ceasing, when change ceases it ceases; it is itself nothing but change. Bergson
  • We remember Heraclitus for the saying “all is in flux,” but he was much more excited about his discovery that underneath the flux of the phenomenal world exists aiezoon pyr, “everliving fire” (probably a symbol of consciousness, for which the Greeks had as yet had no single term), which ordinary human beings do not perceive but to which they owe such knowledge as they possess. Eknath Easwaran
  • The unmoving One, who without effort possesses all that is movable and immovable, is Consciousness, naturally calm, like the sky. Swami Ashokanand
  • In the same way, does it not require something that is not fleeting and impermanent for the fleetingness of all things to be recognized? In other words: if everything, including yourself, were impermanent, would you even know it? Does the fact that you are aware of and can witness the short-lived nature of all forms, including your own, not mean that there is something in you that is not subject to decay? When you are twenty, you are aware of your body as strong and vigorous; sixty years later, you are aware of your body as weakened and old. Your thinking too may have changed from when you were twenty, but the awareness that knows that your body is young or old or that your thinking has changed has undergone no change. That awareness is the eternal in you–consciousness itself. It is the formless One Life. Can you lose It? No, because you are It.  Eckhart Tolle
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… and has no need to change anything

  • The light of consciousness has no mind to change or alter anything. There is no sense that anything needs to change, but it does change. Adyashanti
  • Consciousness just is, with no stakes in the unfoldment of Creation. David R. Hawkins
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Consciousness is an open, allowing space

  • Consciousness is the allowing of all things. Rupert Spira
  • The open space of Consciousness begins to know itself again as a welcoming space in which everything is allowed to pass, as it will, when it will, where it will. Rupert Spira
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Consciousness is God

  • Consciousness is an impersonal quality of Divinity expressed as awareness and is nondualistic and nonlinear. David R. Hawkins
  • Consciousness is like infinite space that is capable of awareness. Conscious awareness is a quality of the Divine Essence. David R. Hawkins
  • Consciousness manifests a form in order to taste experience of phenomena through the senses and through the mind in the form of desire, intellect, memory, projection, creativity, identity. Mooji
  • God is not found in places. God is found in consciousness. Joel Goldsmith
  • God is often said to be the creator and the source of all creation. So is consciousness. Our entire personal world— everything we see, hear, taste, smell, and touch; every thought, feeling, fantasy, intimation, hope, and fear—is a form that consciousness has taken on. Consciousness is the source and creator of everything we know. Peter Russell
  • God is omniscient, all-knowing. So too, consciousness is the essence and source of all our knowing. It lies behind all understanding. Peter Russell
  • God is the creator. Everything in our world, everything we see, hear, taste, smell, and touch; every thought, feeling, fantasy, intimation, hope, and fear; it is all a form that consciousness has taken on. Everything has been created in consciousness from consciousness. I, the light of consciousness, am the creator. Peter Russell
  • I am Brahman… I dwell within all beings as the soul, the pure consciousness, the ground of all phenomena… In the days of my ignorance, I used to think of these as being separate from myself. Now I know that I am All. Shankara, the eight-century Indian saint
  • Identifying God with the light of consciousness brings new meaning and significance to many traditional descriptions of God. Whatever is taking place in my mind, whatever I may be thinking, believing, feeling or sensing, the one thing I cannot doubt is consciousness. Consciousness is my only absolute, unquestionable truth. If the faculty of consciousness is God, then God is the truth. Peter Russell
  • If God is reality, And if reality is consciousness, Then God is consciousness. Deepak Chopra
  • Like God, consciousness is omnipresent. Whatever our experience, consciousness is always there. It is eternal, everlasting. Peter Russell
  • Spirit is the essence of consciousness, the energy of the universe that creates all things. Each one of us is a part of that spirit – a divine entity. So the spirit is the higher self, the eternal being that lives within us. Shakti Gawain
  • The All is conscious. It is self-aware. Adyashanti
  • The Divine is present in everyone, in all beings, in everything. Like space it is everywhere, all pervading, all powerful, all knowing. The Divine is the principle of Life, the inner light of consciousness, and pure bliss. It is our very own Self. Amma
  • This concept of God is not of a separate superior being, existing in some other realm, overlooking human affairs and loving or judging us according to our deeds. God is in each and every one of us, the most intimate and undeniable aspect of ourselves. God is the light of consciousness that shines in every mind. Peter Russell
  • This sheds new light on the Biblical injunction “Be still, and know that I am God.” I do not believe it means:: “Stop fidgeting around and recognize that the person who is speaking to you is the almighty God of all creation.” It makes much more sense as an encouragement to still the mind, and know, not as an intellectual understanding but as a direct realization, that the “I am” that is your essential self, the pure consciousness that lies behind all experience, is God. Peter Russell
  • Whatever is taking place in my mind, whatever I may be thinking, believing, feeling, or sensing, the one thing I cannot doubt is consciousness. God, likewise, is often said to be the one absolute truth. God is universal. So is the faculty of consciousness. It is a primary quality of the cosmos, an intimate aspect of all existence. Like God, consciousness is omnipresent. As the familiar saying goes, “Wherever you go, there you are.” Whatever your experience, whatever forms arise in the mind, the sense of “amness” is always present. It has always been present; it will always be present. It never changes. It is eternal and everlasting. Peter Russell
  • When I say “I am,” I do not mean a separate entity with a body as its nucleus. I mean the totality of being, the ocean of consciousness, the entire universe of all that is and knows. Nisargadatta Maharaj
  • When we turn the mind inwards, God manifests as the inner consciousness. Ramana Maharshi
  • When you realize that the Spirit individualized itself and named itself you, you unhook yourself from nonsense, such as what others think of you, even what you are thinking about yourself. Instead, you begin to ask, ‘How is the Spirit of Life functioning in, through, and as me?’ Place that question before the tribunal of your consciousness more and more frequently, and you will begin to attune yourself to insights from the realm of the Real. Michael Bernard Beckwith
  • Become more and more centered in the Self. To live more and more in the thought that God is here in your consciousness. Goswami Kriyananda
  • Before perception, before a preceiver, existence was – is. This is the consciousness that we refer to as nirvana, God, eternity. Frederick Lenz
  • Call it by any name, God, Self, the Heart, or the Seat of Consciousness, it is all the same. Ramana Maharshi
  • Consciousness and meditation are methods where you can actually obtain GOD perception. George Harrison
  • Consciousness, fully awake to itself, is the Light of God. Maharishi Mahesh Yogi
  • God cannot be found outside you, because there is no God who can ever be outside you. God is the ultimate fragrance of your consciousness. When your consciousness opens like a lotus, the fragrance that is released is God – better to call it godliness. Rajneesh
  • God must become an activity in our consciousness. Joel S. Goldsmith
  • Who is this Self on whom we meditate? Is it the Self by which we see, hear, smell, and taste, Through which we speak in words? Is Self the mind By which we perceive, direct, understand, Know, remember, think, will, desire, and love? These are but servants of the Self, who is Pure consciousness. This Self is all in all. The Upanishad
  • We are just a little tiny flicker of a much larger flame that is Life itself, Consciousness itself, Being itself, Love itself, God’s very self. Richard Rohr
  • There is a universal intelligence that we call God or Soul or Spirit or Consciousness, and it is everywhere and in all things. Wayne Dyer
  • The way the universe evolves in consciousness of itself and causes itself to be. We are just this blessed consciousness, nothing more, nothing less. We are the light inside light that fuses into the atoms of our bodies; we are the fire that whirls across the stellar deeps and dances all things into being. David Zindell
  • The Awareness principle is also a radical new philosophy of ‘panpsychism’, one which does not reduce consciousness to a mere ‘feature’ or ‘property’ of all things, but instead recognises that all beings and all bodies are forms taken by and within consciousness – being expressions of a universal consciousness field that is the very essence of the divine, of ‘God’. If what we call ‘God’ were a being, God would be merely one being among countless others – and therefore not God. But neither is God a being that merely ‘has’ or possesses ‘consciousness’. Instead God IS consciousness, and every being is a unique portion and expression of that divine consciousness. Peter Wilberg
  • It is He who manifests as both matter and consciousness. There is no place where God is not. In every atom, in every living being He alone is present. Rama Swami
  • What if consciousness is the ground of being? What if the possibilities discovered by quantum physics are the possibilities of consciousness itself? Remember there is already a class of people who think in this way. They are called mystics, and they say it is all God. Finally, a few scientists dared to say that some of the characteristics attributed to God are similar to what we describe as consciousness. Amit Goswami
  • The wise man is one who understands that the essence of Brahman and of Atman is pure consciousness, and who realizes their absolute identity. Sankara
  • What else could we call boundless and limitless consciousness and knowledge, source of all creativity and able to will reality, but The One, the I Am, the Creator? Scott Owen
  • The ignorant know me as the gross universe, whereas the wise feel me as their own pure being eternally glowing as ‘I-I’ within. This realization is possible only in the deep stillness of thought-free consciousness similar to that of the deep sea free from waves. Vidya Gita
  • Pure consciousness itself—which is described as “Is-ness,” “Being-ness,” or “I-am- ness”—represents the infinite potential, power, and energy source of all of existence, identified as “Deity,” “God,” or “Divinity.” David R. Hawkins
  • God is the ocean, man (the jiva or individualized soul) is a wave. As man is a part of God, so is he never truly apart from Him. By the power of maya, a portion of God’s cosmic consciousness is cloaked in Nature’s garb, a body fitted with five external senses and one internal sense, mind. Paramahansa Yogananda
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We all exist at different levels and states of consciousness

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We exist at different levels of consciousness

  • Consciousness is a holarchy of states, and I need to experience the lesser in order to sustain the greater states . Tim Freke
  • The Buddhists say there are 121 states of consciousness. Of these, only three involve misery or suffering. Most of us spend our time moving back and forth between these three. Jenny Offill
  • The most striking feature of the perennial philosophy/psychology is that it presents being and consciousness as a hierarchy of dimensional levels, moving from the lowest, densest, and most fragmentary realms to the highest, subtlest, and most unitary ones. Ken Wilber
  • Conscious and unconscious experiences do not belong to different compartments of the mind; they form a continuous scale of gradations, of degrees of awareness. Arthur Koestler
  • All spiritual experiences are sensations in the body. They are simply a graded series of sensations, beginning with the solidity of earth and passing gradually, in full consciousness, through liquidness and the emanation of heat to that of a total vibration before reaching the Void. Sri Anirvan
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The world we live in provides a particularly diverse range of consciousness levels to experience

  • The level of consciousness is determined by the choices made by the spiritual will and therefore is the consequence as well as the determinant of karma. Freedom to evolve requires a world which affords the greatest opportunity to ascend or descend the spiritual ladder. Viewed from that perspective, this is an ideal world and its society is constituted by a wide range of experiential options. David R. Hawkins
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We inherit a level of consciousness when we are born

  • Each person who is born starts with a calibrated level of consciousness, which is shorthand for one’s entire karmic inheritance. David R. Hawkins
  • Karma is your inherited level of consciousness, your inherited conditioning and your inherited life situation. Anthony Lambert
  • Everyone already has a calibratable level of consciousness at birth that is reflective of karmic inheritance. David R. Hawkins
  • Everyone already has a specific calibrated level of consciousness at birth. Pragmatically, how the condition came about could be viewed as irrelevant. David R. Hawkins
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Each level of consciousness has its corresponding brain states

  • The brain’s physiology also changes dramatically at consciousness level 200. David R. Hawkins
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Each level of consciousness attracts equivalent events, experiences and thoughts

  • A specific level of consciousness is aligned with an ‘attractor field’ that, like a magnet, attracts similarities. David R. Hawkins
  • The level of consciousness you choose to tune in to each moment of each day will determine the quality of your experience of the world. Debbie Ford
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We tend to operate primarily at one level…

  • Most people have experienced all the different levels of consciousness at one time or another but, in general, we tend to operate primarily at one level or another for long periods of time. David R. Hawkins
  • Although the levels we have described span a great variation, it’s uncommon for people to move from one level to another during their lifetimes. The energy field that is calibrated for an individual at birth only increases, on the average, by about five points. David R. Hawkins
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… although our level of consciousness can differ from day to day

  • Accepting that consciousness inevitably rises and falls, because that’s inherent in the paralogical nature of life. It means understanding that we must experience being less conscious to experience being more conscious. Tim Freke
  • Consciousness is like a wave that rises and falls. Sometimes we’re extremely energized and more conscious, other times we’re tired and less conscious. The process of awakening doesn’t lead to a permanently awake state, because it’s the nature of consciousness to come and go. The primal ground of being is always present, but our experience of it must change. Tim Freke
  • Your state of consciousness today is not the same as it used to be or as it will be in two weeks or a couple of years from now. Harold Klemp
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Our level of consciousness can differ across different areas of our lives

  • Levels of consciousness are always mixed; a person may operate on one level in a given area of life and on quite another level in another area. An individual’s overall level of consciousness is the sum total effect of these various levels. David R. Hawkins
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Consciousness below 200 is dominated by primitive animal instincts…

  • The consciousness level of close to eighty percent of the world’s population is still below 200 and therefore dominated by primitive animal instincts, motivations, and behaviors (as reflected in the nightly news). David R. Hawkins
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… while levels above are associated with courage and integrity

  • The critical response point in the scale of consciousness calibrates at level 200, which is the level associated with integrity and courage. All attitudes, thoughts, feelings, associations, entities, or historical figures below that level of calibration make a person go weak—those that calibrate higher make subjects go strong. David R. Hawkins
  • The levels of consciousness below Courage are destructive, whereas the levels above it are life-supportive. David R. Hawkins
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… and are constructive rather than destructive

  • All levels below 200 are destructive of life in both the individual and society at large; all levels above 200 are constructive expressions of power. David R. Hawkins
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Lower levels of consciousness tend to selfish while high levels is concerned for the well-being of others

  • At the levels below 200, the primary impetus is personal survival. At the level of Pride, the survival motive may expand to comprehend the survival of others as well. As one crosses the demarcation between negative and positive influence into Courage, the well-being of others becomes increasingly important. By the 500 level, the happiness of others emerges as the essential motivating force. David R. Hawkins
  • Below consciousness level 200, there is no concern for others, and therefore, ‘good and bad’ dictums substitute for the lack of awareness. David R. Hawkins
  • On the lower levels of consciousness, which are characterized by egotism, there is so much concern with self-gain that there is little energy or thought given to our effect on others. On the level of courage, we no longer identify solely with the small self. David R. Hawkins
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Having said this, one level of consciousness cannot be said to be better than another

  • Is not the level of 500 better than 400? A: The Scale does not denote ‘better than’, which is a program of the ego. The Scale merely denotes position or location that in turn denotes associated characteristics. A large tree is not ‘better than’ a small tree. Thus, the consciousness level denotes a locus on a learning curve and a stage of the evolution of consciousness. The joy of life comes from filling one potentiality at any given level. Each level has its rewards. David R. Hawkins
  • Is not an energy field of a higher calibration ‘better’ than a lower one? A: It is not ‘better’, only different. Each entity has its work to do in its contribution to the whole. David R. Hawkins
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There are relatively far few people at high levels of consciousness

  • 4 percent of the world’s population calibrates at an energy field of 500 or above; only 0.4 percent reach 540; and a level of consciousness calibrating at 600 or above is reached by only 1 in 10 million. David R. Hawkins
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The higher levels of consciousness contain exponentially more power

  • Although only 15 percent of the world’s population is above the critical consciousness level of 200, the collective power of that 15 percent has the weight to counterbalance the negativity of the remaining 85 percent of the world’s people. David R. Hawkins
  • Because the scale of consciousness is logarithmic, each incremental point represents a giant leap in power. As such, one person calibrated at 600 counterbalances the negativity of 10 million people below 200. David R. Hawkins
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Whereas high consciousness brings power, low consciousness operates on force

  • An increase of even a few points represents a major advance in power. David R. Hawkins
  • Force always moves against something, whereas power doesn’t move against anything at all. David R. Hawkins
  • Force has an insatiable appetite, it constantly consumes. Power, in contrast, energizes, gives forth, supplies, and supports. Power gives life and energy—force takes these away. David R. Hawkins
  • Force is temporary, consumes energy, and moves from one location to another. Power, in contrast, is self- sustaining, permanent, stationary, and invincible. David R. Hawkins
  • In contrast to force, there is no limit to power. Power is an attribute of God and is therefore unlimited. David R. Hawkins
  • One characteristic of force is arrogance; power is characterized by humility. David R. Hawkins
  • Power accomplishes with ease what force, even with extreme effort, cannot. David R. Hawkins
  • Power is associated with compassion and makes us feel positively about ourselves. Force is associated with judgment and makes us feel poorly about ourselves. David R. Hawkins
  • Power is associated with that which supports life, and force is associated with that which exploits life for the gain of an individual or an organization. David R. Hawkins
  • Power serves others, whereas force is self-serving. David R. Hawkins
  • The power of high-energy attractor patterns is anabolic, sustaining life; their opposites are catabolic, eventually leading to death. True power = life = spirit, whereas force = weakness = death. David R. Hawkins
  • Of major significance on the calibrated Scale of Consciousness (see below) is that the critical level of 200 differentiates truth from falsehood. Therefore, levels over 200, which progress logarithmically, indicate levels of power, and those below 200 indicate reliance on force, whether emotional, physical, social, or by whatever expression. David R. Hawkins
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Lower and mid-levels of consciousness are dominated by intellect and belief in cause and effect

  • The consciousness level of the intellect is limited to the 400s and includes the presumption of cause and effect. David R. Hawkins
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… while at higher levels the intellect gives way to love

  • The highest levels of consciousness are wordless. Charles Simic
  • Another attribute of pure consciousness is the cessation of the ordinary flow of thoughts or feelings—a condition of infinite power, compassion, gentleness, and love. In this state, self becomes Self. David R. Hawkins
  • A truly ‘normal’ state of consciousness is one that is free of all negativity and instead filled with joy and love. Anything else is based on illusion and perceptual distortions. David R. Hawkins
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Buddha or Christ consciousness refers to a very high level of consciousness akin to enlightenment

  • The word Buddha comes from the Sanskrit word Budh, meaning, to be awake. So Buddha is not a name and ultimately not a person, but a state of consciousness. Eckhart Tolle
  • Humanity starts at the level of the human consciousness and makes its deliberate way to the summit, which is God Consciousness. Harold Klemp
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Some argue we are responsible for our level of consciousness …

  • Consciousness can only be transformed person by person. Tim Freke
  • Changing mass consciousness is an individual responsibility. Dennis Weaver
  • Everyone’s earthly journey ends with an exit. The only difference at the end of the path is how our experiences and learning have expanded the consciousness we depart with. J. Goldwag
  • For once you rise to a level of God consciousness you will understand that you are not responsible for any other human soul, and that while it is commendable to wish every soul to live in comfort, each soul must choose – is choosing – its own destiny this instant. Neale Donald Walsch
  • Working on our own consciousness is the most important thing that we are doing at any moment, and being love is a supreme creative act. Ram Dass
  • Nations consist of individuals. It is for every individual to bring in a different quality – the quality of awakened consciousness – into their lives. Eckhart Tolle
  • It’s not the world that needs to change – it’s our consciousness we must raise Rasheed Ogunlaru
  • If you are not taking responsibility for your state of consciousness, you are not taking responsibility for life. Eckhart Tolle
  • We are personally responsible for our own state of consciousness. As Soul unfolds toward total freedom, It understands total responsibility must be accepted for every thought and action. Harold Klemp
  • Each of us is free to move our consciousness through that infinite pattern of possibilities as we please. If we’re filled with fears, or if we trust the fears of others, we’ll choose a path in which our city falls into the sea, or a path in which a third world war vaporizes us, or whatever other disaster is most thrilling or horrifying or fascinating for us. Richard Bach
  • If you can neither enjoy or bring acceptance to what you do—stop. Otherwise, you are not taking responsibility for the only thing you can really take responsibility for, which also happens to be one thing that really matters: your state of consciousness.  Eckhart Tolle
  • It is up to you to open a portal in your life that gives you conscious access to the Unmanifested.  Eckhart Tolle
  • To end the misery that has afflicted the human condition for thousands of years, you have to start with yourself and take responsibility for your inner state at any given moment.  Eckhart Tolle
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… that our level of consciousness is affected by choice and spiritual will

  • One’s consciousness calibration is affected for better or worse by inner decision and act of the will, and as a consequence, the individual entity is drawn to its own appropriate level. David R. Hawkins
  • Like a cork in water or a balloon in the atmosphere, each spirit rises to its own level of buoyancy within the infinite realms of energy fields of consciousness. No external ‘judgment’ or divine coercion is involved. Each being radiates forth its essence and so determines its own destiny. Thus is divine justice perfect. By choice, each spirit becomes what it has chosen. David R. Hawkins
  • The spiritual Will is enforced and activated by love and devotion and its willingness to surrender. David R. Hawkins
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Others argue that rises in consciousness happen by grace

  • The development of a spiritual ego can be avoided by the realization that spiritual progress is the result of God’s grace and not the result of one’s personal endeavors. David R. Hawkins
  • You said that presence is consciousness that has been reclaimed from the mind. Who does the reclaiming? 78 You do. But since in your essence you are consciousness, we might as well say that it is an awakening of consciousness from the dream of form. This does not mean that your own form will instantly vanish in an explosion of light. You can continue in your present form yet be aware of the formless and deathless deep within you.  Eckhart Tolle
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For most, rises in consciousness happen gradually

  • Often spiritual development is an incremental process. At other times, however, spiritual development can be an explosive event, a sudden jump rather than a slow climb. Like an engineer slowly building a plane. At a certain point the plane is ready to take flight and there is a blinding flash of enlightenment which establishes itself permanently. Steve Taylor
  • Our life’s journey of self-discovery is not a straight-line rise from one level of consciousness to another. Instead, it is a series of steep climbs and flat plateaus, then further climbs. Even though we all approach the journey from different directions, certain of the journey’s characteristics are common to all of us. Stuart Wilde
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Some argue that indigenous people exist at a higher state of consciousness

  • The permanently heightened state of consciousness which the mystic strives so hard to attain was – at least to a certain level – the natural birthright of indigenous peoples. Steve Taylor
  • The natural wakefulness of many indigenous peoples suggests that what we experience as a higher state of consciousness was once normal to all human beings and is, in a sense, our natural state of consciousness. Steve Taylor
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Children are more conscious than most adults

  • I believe that babies and young children are actually more conscious and more vividly aware of their external world and internal life, than adults are… Alison Gopnik
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Spirituality is about awakening and raising one’s level of consciousness

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We are living in an exciting time of awakening consciousness

  • It’s exhilarating to be alive in a time of awakening consciousness; it can also be confusing, disorienting, and painful. Adrienne Rich
  • Certainly the vision of the spiritual nature of man and the universe brings the conviction that the human potential is unlimited and that we stand at the threshold over which a quantum leap in consciousness is possible. George Trevelyan
  • And we’re seeing a higher level of consciousness and many more opportunities for people to challenge their present ways of thinking and move into a grander and larger experience of who they really are. Neale Donald Walsch
  • Consciousness is evolving throughout the universe in billions of forms. So even if we didn’t make it, this wouldn’t matter on cosmic scale. No gain in consciousness is ever lost, so it would simply express itself through some other form. But the very fact that I am speaking here and you are listening or reading this is a clear sign that the new consciousness is gaining a foothold on the planet. Eckhart Tolle
  • The awakening of consciousness is the next evolutionary step for mankind. Eckhart Tolle
  • But there’s a shift happening in humanity, a shift in consciousness, happening now because it has to happen now. Eckhart Tolle
  • The time-bound mode of consciousness is deeply embedded in the human psyche. But what we are doing here is part of a profound transformation that is taking place in the collective consciousness of the planet and beyond: the awakening of consciousness from the dream of matter, form, and separation. The ending of time. We are breaking mind patterns that have dominated human life for eons. Mind patterns that have created unimaginable suffering on a vast scale. I am not using the word evil. It is more helpful to call it unconsciousness or insanity.   Eckhart Tolle
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Spirituality is about the exploration of consciousness in order to discover its potential and power

  • This universe is formed out of both consciousness forces and matter. While the study of matter has been the domain of traditional science, the study of consciousness is the science of spirituality. Shriram Sharma
  • They have to see what lies outside – if only, as Mallory said of Everest, “because it’s there.” This is true of adventurers of every kind, but especially of those who seek to explore not mountains or jungles but consciousness itself: whose real drive, we might say, is not so much to know the unknown as to know the knower. Eknath Easwaran
  • The world of the senses is just a base camp: we are meant to be as much at home in consciousness as in the world of physical reality. Eknath Easwaran
  • The essential discovery of all the great spiritual traditions is the identity of Consciousness and Reality, the discovery that the fundamental nature of each one of us is identical with the fundamental nature of the universe. Rupert Spira
  • Science denies that there is another world beyond its borders and treats the reports of travelers in that realm as delusions and imaginings. Real discoveries lie ahead if we can learn to integrate the vast physical knowledge accumulated by science over three centuries, with the spiritual awareness embodied in our own consciousness. Bernard Haisch
  • Surely the exploration and expansion of the miracle of our consciousness is the essence of what it is to be human? Graham Hancock
  • It is my view that exploring and discovering the latent transcendent powers of our own creative consciousness will be more important and of greater value to civilization. Indeed, this will be a kind of full circling rather than a wholly new direction in human history. Bernard Haisch
  • What if consciousness were to remove its focus from your personal set of thoughts, your personal set of emotions, and your limited sensory input? Would you become untethered from the bonds of the personal self and be set free to explore beyond? Michael A. Singer
  • Humans are potentially capable of living in a state of consciousness compared to which normal wakefulness is like sleeping or dreaming. Eckhart Tolle
  • The essence of spirituality is the search to know our true selves, to discover the real nature of consciousness. Peter Russell
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Spiritual growth is about awakening and raising your level of consciousness

  • How “spiritual” you are has nothing to do with what you believe but everything to do with your state of consciousness.  Eckhart Tolle
  • Being spiritual has nothing to do with what you believe and everything to do with your state of consciousness. Eckhart Tolle
  • Consciousness is dreaming you. It likes it. But, it also wants to wake up. Eckhart Tolle
  • The key to growth is the introduction of higher dimensions of consciousness into our awareness. Lao Tzu
  • If one wishes a life of abundance, development of the soul is of the utmost import. By fulfilling the souls potential we celebrate the divine spirit, raise the collective consciousness and fuel the fires of transformation. Micheal Teal
  • A really spiritual person will live life as an art, will create a deep harmony between the body and the consciousness. And this is the greatest art there is. His life will be a joy to see. Osho
  • Our business is to wake up. We have to find ways in which to detect the whole of reality in the one illusory part which our self- centered consciousness permits us to see. We must not live thoughtlessly, taking our illusion for the complete reality, but at the same time we must not live too thoughtfully in the sense of trying to escape from the dream state. We must be continuously on watch for ways in which we may enlarge our consciousness. Aldous Huxley
  • Oh, the glory of growth, silent, mighty, persistent, inevitable! To awaken, to open up like a flower to the light of a fuller consciousness! Emily Carr
  • If you become more conscious, it will be like coming around from a coma. You’ll remember that you’re alive. You’ll discover who you really are. You’ll know that all is one. And you’ll fall in love with the present moment. Tim Freke
  • Spirituality is often misunderstood as a way of thinking about life, but first and foremost it’s a guide to transforming consciousness and experiencing something beyond words. Tim Freke
  • Throughout history, all of the world’s great spiritual disciplines have been concerned with techniques to ascend through these levels of consciousness. David R. Hawkins
  • The objective of spiritual advancement is not so much ‘works’ but the quality of life free from ego-consciousness. Meher Baba
  • The more we invest in our spirituality, the more consistently we can elevate our consciousness and connect to the spiritual source of everything good. Yehuda Berg
  • I am perceiving everyone, including myself, as an awakening being who is here to claim his or her birthright to the higher consciousness planes of unconditional love and oneness. Ken Keyes Jr.
  • View others as unfolding beings in their journey toward higher consciousness. Ken Keyes Jr.
  • Life is not accomplishing some special work but attaining to a degree of consciousness and inner freedom which is beyond all works and attainments. Thomas Merton
  • Do not waste time trying to overcome your weaknesses and failures. Simply raise your consciousness, transcend and free your thoughts from limitation and illusion, and find within the very center of your being a wholeness and completeness! Eileen Caddy
  • The only thing that really matters now is whether man can climb up to a higher moral level, to a higher plane of consciousness, in order to be equal to the superhuman powers which the fallen angels have played into his hands. But he can make no progress until he becomes very much better acquainted with his own nature. Carl Jung
  • Humanity starts at the level of the human consciousness and makes its deliberate way to the summit, which is God Consciousness. Harold Klemp
  • For what we don’t realize today is just what the typical self of every previous stage failed likewise to comprehend: this is not the highest and greatest mode of consciousness which can be attained – there lie ahead the realms of the superconscious and the pitiful ego, by comparison, is as a speck of nothingness. Ken Wilber
  • On our planet, and perhaps simultaneously in many parts of our galaxy and beyond, consciousness is awakening from the dream of form. This does not mean all forms (the world) are going to dissolve, although quite a few almost certainly will. It means consciousness can now begin to create form without losing itself in it. It can remain conscious of itself, even while it creates and experiences form. Why should it continue to create and experience form? For the enjoyment of it. How does consciousness do that? Through awakened humans who have learned the meaning of awakened doing. Eckhart Tolle
  • You have had a glimpse of how the timeless can transform your perceptions. But an experience is not enough, no matter how beautiful or profound. What is needed and what we are concerned with is a permanent shift in consciousness.  Eckhart Tolle
  • This book’s main purpose is not to add new information or beliefs to your mind or to try to convince you of anything, but to bring about a shift in consciousness, that is to say, to awaken. Eckhart Tolle
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Your deepest purpose in life is to awaken, to express and to release consciousness…

  • You are not here to merely survive but to soar, to express and release the dynamic power of consciousness residing at the deepest center of your being. Michael Bernard Beckwith
  • Opening yourself to the emerging consciousness and bringing its light into this world then becomes the primary purpose of your life. Not your aims or your actions are primary, but the state of consciousness out of which they come. Eckhart Tolle
  • Your inner purpose is to allow consciousness to arise through being present in the moment. Eckhart Tolle
  • Be true to life by being true to your inner purpose. As you become present and thereby total in what you do, your actions become charged with spiritual power. At first there may be no noticeable change in what you do—only the how changes. Your primary purpose is now to enable consciousness to flow into what you do. Eckhart Tolle
  • Consciousness is the intelligence, the organizing principle behind the arising of form. Consciousness has been preparing forms for millions of years so that it can express itself through them in the manifested. Eckhart Tolle
  • “Emitting energy” can be such an abstract term to get a hold of, but if we imagine that our consciousness has a fragrance, if we visualize that our words, our gaze, our thoughts have a scent, then the concept starts to land. And then maybe we become more aware of what we’re emanating — or what’s left behind after we leave the room. Danielle LaPorte
  • Although the fullness of consciousness is already there as the unmanifested, we are here to bring consciousness into this dimension. Eckhart Tolle
  • Your primary purpose is to enable consciousness to flow into what you do. The secondary purpose is whatever you want to achieve through the doing. Eckhart Tolle
  • We are on the planet to… wrap our consciousness around the divine treasure within us. Michael Beckwith
  • We are setting out to create new worlds, new beings, new modes of consciousness. William S. Burroughs
  • The progressive growth of the finite consciousness of man towards this Self, towards the universal , the eternal, the infinite, in a word his growth into spiritual consciousness by the development of his ordinary ignorant natural being into an illumined divine nature, this is for Indian thinking the significance of life and the aim of human existance. Sri Aurobindo
  • Our job as conscious humans is to bring the beauty and goodness of everything to full consciousness, to full delight, to full awareness. Richard Rohr
  • Life has to be in the moment, spontaneous and venerable. There isn’t any winning or losing. Life itself, as it flowers in depth and subtlety, is the reward, and it isn’t always an easy or fun process. We must learn to see that the issue of happiness is irrelevant. The relevant quest is the expansion of consciousness. Richard Moss
  • 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
  • Whenever you become anxious or stressed, outer purpose has taken over, and you lost sight of your inner purpose. You have forgotten that your state of consciousness is primary, all else secondary. Eckhart Tolle
  • In any situation and in whatever you do, your state of consciousness is the primary factor; the situation and what you do is secondary.  Eckhart Tolle
  • We are also learning that action, although necessary, is only a secondary factor in manifesting our external reality. The primary factor in creation is consciousness. No matter how active we are, how much effort we make, our state of consciousness creates our world, and if there is no change on that inner level, no amount of action will make any difference. We would only re-create modified versions of the same world again and again, a world that is an external reflection of the ego.  Eckhart Tolle
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… to evolve and grow in consciousness

  • Evolution of consciousness is the central motive of terrestrial existence. Sri Aurobindo
  • Evolution of mankind is paralleled by the increase and expansion of consciousness. Albert Hofmann
  • Global consciousness is not an objective belief that can be taught to anybody and everybody, but a subjective transformation in the interior structures that can hold belief in the first place, which itself is the product of a long line of inner consciousness development. Ken Wilber
  • Human beings are born and begin their evolution through the great spiral of consciousness, moving from archaic to magic to mythic to rational to perhaps integral, and from there perhaps into genuinely transpersonal domains. But for every person that moves into integral or higher, dozens are born into the archaic. Ken Wilber
  • We can truly see that consciousness is operating creatively even in biology, even in the evolution of species. Amit Goswami
  • The understanding of “evolutionary consciousness” is perhaps the most important thing lacking in spiritual practices today. Evolution means growth and development. This means that there are aspects of reality that have not yet arisen in our consciousness. But they will arise if we grow. Ken Wilber
  • The great cognitive shift is an expansion of consciousness from the perspectival form contained in the lives of particular creatures to an objective, world-encompassing form that exists both individually and intersubjectively. It was originally a biological evolutionary process, and in our species it has become a collective cultural process as well. Each of our lives is a part of the lengthy process of the universe gradually waking up and becoming aware of itself. Thomas Nagel
  • The evolution of man is the evolution of his consciousness, and ‘consciousness’ cannot evolve unconsciously. I. Gurdjieff
  • Our greatest human adventure is the evolution of consciousness. We are in this life to enlarge the soul, liberate the spirit, and light up the brain. Tom Robbins
  • Love, consciousness, and creativity are the highest refinements of the cosmic evolutionary force. Alex Grey
  • 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
  • It is your soul’s journey to enroll the ego in the quest for the ultimate victory – the evolution of your own individual consciousness. Debbie Ford
  • I think it’s darkness before the dawn, because the next evolution is going to be a consciousness evolution instead of a communication revolution. Ram Dass
  • Evolution is gaining the psychic zones of the world… life, being and ascent of consciousness, could not continue to advance indefinitely along its line without transforming itself in depth. The being who is the object of his own reflection, in consequence, of that very doubling back upon himself becomes in a flash able to raise himself to a new sphere. Pierre Teilhard de Chardin
  • Spiritual intention, effort, and decision potentiate the evolution of consciousness from the linear limited to the nonlinear Allness of Reality. David R. Hawkins
  • The historic ascent of humanity, taken as a whole, may be summarized as a succession of victories of consciousness over blind forces – in nature, in society, in man himself. Leon Trotsky
  • We need to update our spiritual ideas so that we conceive of awakening as a perpetual process of evolution, rather than an end-driven dash for ultimate salvation. Tim Freke
  • Each person is in the process of the evolution of consciousness, with some more evolved than others. Each one represents the unfolding of consciousness under different conditions and therefore has different levels of appearance. David R. Hawkins
  • Humility means that we see our own life as the evolution of spiritual consciousness. We learn from mistakes. David R. Hawkins
  • This is a common phenomenon among people who are growing in consciousness. We are not aware of all the coal that we have shovelled; we are always looking at the shovelful we are handling right now. We don’t realize how much the pile has gone down. Often our friends and family are the first ones to notice. David R. Hawkins
  • Consciousness is already conscious. It is the unmanifested, the eternal. The universe, however, is only gradually becoming conscious. Consciousness itself is timeless and therefore does not evolve. It was never born and does not die. When consciousness becomes the manifested universe, it appears to be subject to time and to undergo an evolutionary process. No human mind is capable of comprehending fully the reason for this process. But we can glimpse it within ourselves and become a conscious participant in it.  Eckhart Tolle
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Life brings about constant situations and experiences to help us expand in consciousness

  • Life will give you whatever experience is most helpful for the evolution of your consciousness. How do you know this is the experience you need? Because this is the experience you are having at this moment. Eckhart Tolle
  • If you accept that your relationships are here to make you conscious instead of happy, then the relationship will offer your salvation, and you will be aligning yourself with the higher consciousness that wants to be born into this world. Eckhart Tolle
  • The flower of consciousness needs the mud out of which it grows. Eckhart Tolle
  • All the ups and downs are grace in different wrappings, sent to refine consciousness. Say thanks to them all. Mooji
  • Use whatever challenge comes into your life as a kind of fuel for the flame of consciousness. That is done through surrender to what is. Some people may need more of that than others. If you choose presence in your daily life you may not need the drastic challenges. Eckhart Tolle
  • Conflict exists strictly as an opportunity to raise our consciousness. Carl Jung
  • If you accept that a relationship is here to make you conscious instead of happy, then the relationship will offer you salvation, and you will be aligning yourself with the higher consciousness that wants to be born into this world. Eckhart Tolle
  • There are no coincidences. Every event we experience and every person we meet has intentionally been put in our path to help raise our level of consciousness . Cheryl Richardson
  • Every situation, no matter how challenging, is conspiring to bring you into greater vibrational energy. Will you receive it? Panache Desai
  • Our difficulties launch us into new states of consciousness where we are inspired to step out of the reality of our smallest thoughts and step into the limitless freedom of our biggest dreams. Debbie Ford
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This includes painful experiences for pain, if surrendered to, can be fuel for consciousness

  • There is no coming to consciousness without pain. Carl Jung
  • There is no birth of consciousness without pain. Carl Jung
  • The fires of suffering become the light of consciousness. Eckhart Tolle
  • Pain has its own noble joy, when it starts a strong consciousness of life, from a stagnant one. John Sterling
  • The energy that was trapped in the pain-body then changes its vibrational frequency and is transmuted into Presence. In this way, the pain-body becomes fuel for consciousness. This is why many of the wisest, most enlightened men and women on our planet once had a heavy pain- body. Eckhart Tolle
  • Become an alchemist. Transmute base metal into gold, suffering into consciousness, disaster into enlightenment. Eckhart Tolle
  • Suffering has a noble purpose: the evolution of consciousness and the burning up of the ego. Eckhart Tolle
  • The coming to consciousness is not a discovery of some new thing; it is a long and painful return to that which has always been. Helen M. Luke
  • Suffering is the sole origin of consciousness. Fyodor Dostoevsky
  • Most people would rather complain about some painful life pattern than dare to meet the level of their own consciousness responsible for its repeated appearance… and therein do the work needed to change it once and for all. Guy Finley
  • It’s from our sufferings that we form our consciousness. Lisa Bonet
  • The growth of the mind is the widening of the range of consciousness, and each step forward has been a most painful and laborious achievement. Carl Jung
  • To have compassion for oneself and all of mankind is instrumental—not only in recovery, but for any major advancement of consciousness—as we go through the painful struggles of evolution. David R. Hawkins
  • Many levels of consciousness can be suddenly transcended. These are often preceded by long periods of inner agony. David R. Hawkins
  • 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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Our level of consciousness effects our personal world and the planet at large

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The outer world we perceive is a reflection of our inner state of consciousness

  • The world that we perceive is a reflection of our own states of mind and reveals our own level of consciousness. The world is little more than a Rorschach blot in which we see our own desire systems projected. We see what we want to see. Prem Prakash
  • People tend to have a government that reflects the level of consciousness of the majority of people who voted. Marianne Williamson
  • From a pure metaphysical perspective, there is no world outside ourselves. So, at the deepest level, the state of the planet is more a reflection of the consciousness of mankind than the consciousness of mankind is a reflection of world events. Marianne Williamson
  • Man moves in a world that is nothing more or less than his consciousness objectified. Neville Goddard
  • The nature of the stream of consciousness—its pattern of thought, perception, feeling, and memory—is the consequence of entrainment of the attractor energy fields that dominate. David R. Hawkins
  • The world I experience is a reflection of my state of consciousness. To change my outer world, I simply need to raise my inner level of consciousness. This is where my access to true spiritual power lies. Anthony Lambert
  • How things look on the outside of us depends on how things are on the inside of us. Parks Cousins
  • When you possess light within, you see it externally. Anaïs Nin
  • You attract and manifest whatever corresponds to your inner state. Eckhart Tolle
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… for we attract what we emanate

  • In a universe where “like goes to like” and “birds of a feather flock together,” we attract to us what we emanate. David R. Hawkins
  • Life is a mirror. If you smile, it smiles back at you; if you frown, it frowns back. William P. Magee
  • Life is like a mirror. Smile at it and it smiles back at you. Peace Pilgrim
  • Like attracts like. Just be who you are, calm, clear and bright. Richard Bach
  • Love life and life will love you back. Arthur Rubinstein
  • A man sees in the world what he carries in his heart. Johann Wolfgang von Goethe
  • The essence of that which is like unto itself, is drawn. Esther Hicks
  • We are more aware of those things that vibrate at our level and we tend to attract people and situations that match our vibration. Donna Weber
  • The stratification of levels of consciousness are influential by virtue of their prevailing, powerful ‘attractor fields’ whereby like goes to like by attraction and alignment. David R. Hawkins
  • The basic rule of the psychic universe is that “like attracts like.” Similarly, “love promotes love,” so that the person who has let go of a lot of inner negativity is surrounded by loving thoughts, loving events, loving people, and loving pets. This phenomenon explains many scriptural quotations and common sayings that have puzzled the intellect, such as, “The rich get richer and the poor get poorer,” and “Those who have, get.” As a general rule, therefore, people who are carrying the consciousness of apathy bring poverty circumstances into their lives, and those with a prosperity consciousness bring abundance into their lives. Because all living things are connected on vibrational energy levels, our basic emotional state is picked up and reacted to by all life forms around us. It is well known that animals can instantly read a person’s basic emotional state. There are experiments demonstrating that even the growth of bacteria is affected by human emotions, and that plants register measurable reactions to our emotional state. David R. Hawkins
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Our level of consciousness determines the way we perceive our world

  • As you begin to feel this enormous shift of consciousness, called multisensory perception, emerging in your awareness, you begin to reorient yourself. It’s a reorientation that occurs toward yourself as more than a mind and a body; it’s a reorientation that occurs toward others; toward your life as meaningful, rather than predetermined. It’s a reorientation that occurs toward the universe as alive, wise and compassionate, instead of inert (which means dead) and random. Gary Zukav
  • Remember that your perception of the world is a reflection of your state of consciousness. You are not separate from it, and there is no objective world out there. Every moment, your consciousness creates the world that you inhabit. Eckhart Tolle
  • Beauty is everywhere to he or she who would behold it. When God reigns supreme in the consciousness of man, the tiniest blade of grass speaks of God’s beauty. Frater Achad
  • As a man is, so he sees.’ William Blake
  • We don’t see things as they are; we see them as we are. Anaïs Nin
  • Our level of consciousness—that is, the world we encounter as passive observers—decides what we see. David R. Hawkins
  • If we look at the world with a love of life, the world will reveal its beauty to us. Daisaku Ikeda
  • Energy fields are so powerful that they dominate our perception. They are really portals out of which we see the world. We often hear that this is really just a world of mirrors, and that all we experience is our own energy field reflected back upon us as perception and experiencing. David R. Hawkins
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Consciousness manifest the circumstances and events of our lives according to our level of consciousness

  • My deepest understanding is that my life is not predetermined. The Divine Director, my Inner Being, is manifesting the movie of my life in real time according to my level of consciousness. The lower my level of consciousness, the more limited The Divine Director is in its ability to come up with creative and beautiful plots for my life because the plot is limited by the inherited conditioning of my form. However, at high levels of consciousness, The Divine Director within has almost unlimited freedom to create experiences of beauty and love and joy. Life still has its ups and downs to make it interesting and provide opportunities to deepen still further, but divine intelligence guides the way through all obstacles. Anthony Lambert
  • Life is a continual flow of events, streaming in from the universal stream of consciousness in such a way that it exactly matches our own stream of consciousness. Neale Donald Walsch
  • Everything you see happening is the consequence of that which you are. David R. Hawkins
  • A change of circumstance happens as a result of a change in your state of consciousness. Neville Goddard
  • What is needed is not a change of circumstance, but a change of consciousness. Neale Donald Walsch
  • If you want to know the state of your personal consciousness, just look around and see what is happening to you. Deepak Chopra
  • If action is possible or necessary, your action will be in alignment with the whole and supported by creative intelligence, the unconditioned consciousness which in a state of inner openness you become one with. Circumstances and people then become helpful, cooperative. Coincidences happen. If no action is possible, you rest in the peace and inner stillness that come with surrender. Eckhart Tolle
  • Since my visit I am more convinced than ever before that our time on earth must be devoted to attaining a higher consciousness – a deeper spiritual awareness. And not just to have healthier bodies and more material possessions. Those are the added things that come into our lives when we seek an understanding of the Reality of our Being – the Spirit of God within. And when we realize that Presence, and understand that It is who and what we are, then our lives become an adventure in love, joy, and peace, and the adventure continues when we cross over, in even fuller measure. Jan Price
  • Nature is favourable to our effort when human awareness is being established more and more in pure consciousness. Maharishi Mahesh Yogi
  • Life is a series of sensations connected to different states of consciousness. Remy de Gourmont
  • Man’s chief delusion is his conviction that there are causes other than his own state of consciousness. All that befalls a man –all that is done by him –all that comes from him –happens as a result of his state of consciousness. Neville Goddard
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Consciousness is the ultimate cause of all

  • The consciousness in each man is a sliding scale, which identifies him now with the First Cause, and now with the flesh of his body; life above life, in infinite degrees. Ralph Waldo Emerson
  • Man’s chief delusion is his conviction that there are causes other than his own state of consciousness. Neville Goddard
  • Every issue of life is determined not by external conditions and things, but by one’s consciousness. Harold Klemp
  • We can say that everything arises spontaneously out of Consciousness and that Consciousness is therefore its sole and ultimate cause. Rupert Spira
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Consciousness manifests our thoughts according to our level of consciousness

  • We may arrive at the insight that all of our thoughts are merely borrowed from the great database of consciousness and were never really our own. David R. Hawkins
  • People and their thoughts and words are like voice boxes connected to various energy fields. The mouths and minds parrot the thought forms that prevail at any given level of consciousness. David R. Hawkins
  • If thoughts or ideas are not really ‘mine’, then whence do they arise and who is their author? Actually, they don’t have a ‘who’ of origin at all but instead merely arise from a ‘what’. The content of a calibratable field of consciousness is like a thought bank regimented by a specific energy field of a level of the collective consciousness of mankind. Similar thoughts, concepts, and ideas congregate at various levels and are orchestrated under the influence of the attention of the central ‘attractor field’ that, like gravity, attracts ideas of similar gravity or density. The phenomenon is similar to the stratification of fishes and life forms at different depths of the sea. In human life, there are bottom feeders as well as those who leap above the surface of the water. David R. Hawkins
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Consciousness manifests our emotional states depending on our level of consciousness

  • There is also the common thought held by seekers that there are only two alternatives, either enlightenment or painful entrapment by the ego. Actually, each step forward brings new joys and a jump in consciousness that calibrates at even only a few points higher on the Scale of Consciousness. Because it is a logarithmic jump, however, it can bring about much greater happiness and accord. As one progresses, confidence replaces fear, emotional comfort replaces distress, and the ease and quality of life improves. David R. Hawkins
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Heaven and hell are nothing but different states of consciousness

  • Whether heaven or hell or a world of admixture, it is all a state of mind, a condition of consciousness- being. The kingdom of heaven is not a place, but a spaciousness in consciousness, just as hell is a severe confinement and limitation upon consciousness. There are worlds within worlds and worlds beyond, heavens and hells and spaces in between. All are an expression of consciousness-being, which is the radiant nature of consciousness, and all exist within consciousness. Tau Malachi
  • Paradise is not a place; it’s a state of consciousness. Sri Chinmoy
  • Hell is a place, a time, a consciousness, in which there is no love. Richard Bach
  • Heaven is not a location but refers to the inner realm of consciousness. Eckhart Tolle
  • Paradise is a state of consciousness. All you have to do is purify yourself and you automatically arrive. David Wolfe
  • The kingdom of heaven is not a place, but a spaciousness in consciousness, just as hell is a severe confinement and limitation upon consciousness. Tau Malachi
  • We find heaven to be a delicate state of consciousness that can be lost in a single moment of forgetfulness. Harold Klemp
  • “And I saw a new heaven and a new earth,” writes the biblical prophet. The foundation for a new earth is a new heaven – the awakened consciousness. The earth – external reality – is only its outer reflection…  the new heaven , the awakened consciousness, is not a future state to be achieved. A new heaven and a new earth are arising within you at this moment, and if they are not arising at this moment, they are no more than a thought in your head and therefore not arising at all. What did Jesus tell his disciples? “Heaven is right here in the midst of you.”  Eckhart Tolle
  • A new heaven” is the emergence of a transformed state of human consciousness, and “a new earth” is its reflection in the physical realm.  Eckhart Tolle
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Our state of consciousness greatly affects others too and the world we live in

  • How we are ripples out from us into the world and affects others… The world we live in is a co-creation, a manifestation of individual consciousness woven into a collective dream. How we are with each other as individuals, as groups, as nations and tribes, is what shapes that dream. Oriah Mountain Dreamer
  • Remember, we are all affecting the world every moment, whether we mean to or not. Our actions and states of mind matter, because we’re so deeply interconnected with one another. Working on our own consciousness is the most important thing that we are doing at any moment, and being love is the supreme creative act. Ram Dass
  • You and I are the force for transformation in the world. We are the consciousness that will define the nature of the reality we are moving into. Ram Dass
  • Every act, thought, and choice adds to a permanent mosaic; our decisions ripple through the universe of consciousness to affect the lives of all. David R. Hawkins
  • Recognise that your level of consciousness effects the world. Wallowing persistently in low states of consciousness does not serve anyone. Anthony Lambert
  • States of consciousness are catching, because we resonate together. So when I connect deeply with someone, they often begin to wake up. Tim Freke
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… for our society and world is a projection of our collective consciousness …

  • In the world there’s a thing called collective consciousness. All of us billions of human beings together create that collective consciousness. With all the problems in our world, you can see that the collective consciousness is not so high. David Lynch
  • The world is a projection of our collective consciousness. If our collective consciousness reaches that place of peace, harmony, laughter and love, it will be a different world. Deepak Chopra
  • When individuals are established in universal consciousness, they live the scientific reality of the unity of life spontaneously in accord with all the laws of nature. This experience alone will transform our collective reality – our human civilization to one of unity, peace, and harmony. John Hagelin
  • Society primarily represents the collective interaction and expression of consciousness levels. David R. Hawkins
  • Things are both getting better and getting worse. The madness is accelerating but an acceleration of the new consciousness is also coming in. However, this latter development is less apparent when you listen to the media. The media still mostly reflects what is happening in the sphere of the old consciousness. Eckhart Tolle
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Our consciousness ripples out into the world, affecting all

  • 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 a human being is filled with happiness and positivity, this is what they radiate out into the world. We each affect our environment and that collective consciousness. The more people who are diving within and transcending and are getting that happiness and positivity, the better the world will be. David Lynch
  • Their function is to anchor the frequency of the new consciousness on this planet. I call them the frequency-holders. They are here to generate consciousness through the activities of daily life, through their interactions with others as well as through “just being.” Eckhart Tolle
  • The greatest gift I can give the world is to raise my level of consciousness. When my level of consciousness rises, the level of consciousness of those around me rises too as does the collective consciousness of the world. This happens due to an outpouring of spiritual power into the world. Anthony Lambert
  • Every act, thought, and choice adds to a permanent mosaic; our decisions ripple through the universe of consciousness to affect the lives of all. David R. Hawkins
  • Every thought, action, decision, or feeling creates an eddy in the interlocking, inter-balancing energy fields of life. In this interconnected universe, every improvement we make in our private world improves the world at large for everyone. David R. Hawkins
  • 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
  • In turn, every advance that we make in our awareness benefits unseen multitudes and strengthens the next step for others to follow. Every act of kindness is noticed by the universe and is preserved forever. David R. Hawkins
  • To become more conscious is the greatest gift anyone can give to the world; moreover, in a ripple effect, the gift comes back to its source. David R. Hawkins
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Thus, the spiritual evolution of our consciousness serves all of mankind …

  • Each individual who transcends the levels of consciousness to their highest completion in this domain makes it easier for others to follow, just like highest completion in this domain makes it easier for others to follow, just like the lead dog breaks the snow and facilitates the progress of the rest of the team. One’s seeming individual spiritual endeavor serves all mankind. Each one who crosses over from below 200 to above 200 has already enabled untold numbers to follow and serves as a potential instructor as well. One cannot become enlightened just for one’s own self because the impact is felt throughout all of human consciousness. David R. Hawkins
  • In this interconnected universe, every improvement we make in our private world improves the world at large for everyone. We all float on the collective level of consciousness of mankind, so that any increment we add comes back to us. We all add to our common buoyancy by our efforts to benefit life. It is a scientific fact that what is good for you is good for me. David R. Hawkins
  • An unseen benefit of spiritual endeavor and evolution is its positive influence on the collective level of human consciousness itself. Each evolving spiritual devotee counterbalances the negative effect of great numbers of people of a considerably lower consciousness level. David R. Hawkins
  • A new humanity will be born, fuller in conception and richer in experience and accomplishments in all fields. Joy of life will belong to every man, love will dominate human society, truth and virtue will reign in the world, peace on earth will be permanent and all will live in fulfillment in fullness of life in God Consciousness. Maharishi Mahesh Yogi
  • An enlightened person raises the level of the consciousness of the entire community. Phyllis Grissim-Theroux
  • As each one of us awakens, it is like a light going on, followed by another light, another light, and another light. The darkness of human unconsciousness is slowly, gradually and gently lit, until there comes a day when there is more light than dark, more consciousness than unconsciousness , more joy than pain, …more truth than illusion. That would indeed be a day for celebration. Leonard Jacobson
  • In the course of history, there comes a time when humanity is called to shift to a new level of consciousness, to reach a higher moral ground. A time when we have to shed our fear and give hope to each other. That time is now. Wangari Maathai
  • Every advance that we make in our awareness benefits unseen multitudes and strengthens the next step for others to follow. David R. Hawkins
  • Our most important task is to transform our consciousness so that violence is no longer an option for us in our personal lives, that understanding that a world of peace is possible only if we relate to each other as peaceful beings, one individual at a time. Deepak Chopra
  • Because the scale of consciousness is logarithmic, each incremental point represents a giant leap in power. As such, one person calibrated at 600 counterbalances the negativity of 10 million people below 200. David R. Hawkins
  • I am optimistic that humanity is going to make it, that humanity is going to reach, finally, a new state of consciousness which will then create a different kind of world. Eckhart Tolle
  • Spiritual progress literally benefits all mankind in that it raises the general level of consciousness. Even one iota makes a difference. David R. Hawkins
  • There is no mission, nor interest to convert, and yet I believe that if this state of consciousness could become more universal, the pretentious nonsense which passes for the serious business of the world would dissolve in laughter. We should see at once that the high ideals for which we are killing and regimenting each other are empty and abstract substiutes for the unheeded miracles that surround us – not only in the obvious wonders of nature but also in the overwhelming uncanny fact of mere existence. Alan Watts
  • Without a global revolution in the sphere of human consciousness a more humane society will not emerge. Vaclav Havel
  • Appreciate that every step forward benefits everyone. One’s spiritual dedication and work is a gift to life and the love of mankind. David R. Hawkins
  • We change the world not by what we say or do but as a consequence of what we have become. Thus, every spiritual aspirant serves the world. David R. Hawkins
  • The realization of absolute reality and truth is the greatest gift that one can be to the world and all humanity. Spiritual work, in its essence, is therefore a selfless service and surrender to the Will of God. As one’s awareness increases, the power of that field of consciousness increases exponentially in logarithmic expansion, and that, in and of itself, accomplishes more than all effort or attempts at relieving the suffering of the world. All such efforts are futile because they are necessarily misguided by the falsifications and illusions of the perceptual function of the ego itself. David R. Hawkins
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… and is the only true hope for our planet…

  • When it comes to the fundamental issues that humanity faces, I think that solutions involve shifting consciousness towards cooperation. Jeremy Gilley
  • Think about our dilemma on this planet. If the expansion of consciousness does not loom large in the human future, what kind of future is it going to be? Terence McKenna
  • The planet will not survive another hundred years of the same state of consciousness that produced the external effects of recent history. Eckhart Tolle
  • If we don’t change, if the egoic consciousness continues, I don’t believe that humanity as a species can survive, or at least human civilization can survive, for another hundred years. Eckhart Tolle
  • If increased meta-knowledge is not counter-balanced by a corresponding growth in consciousness then the likelihood of psycho-spiritual dysfunction is great. Eckhart Tolle
  • The only real service we can render to that which we perceive and interpret in phenomenal existence as ‘others’ is by awakening to universal consciousness ourselves. Wei Wu Wei
  • A significant portion of the earth’s population will soon recognize, if they haven’t already done so, that humanity is now faced with a stark choice: Evolve or die. A still relatively small but rapidly growing percentage of humanity is already experiencing within themselves the breakup of the old egoic mind patterns and the emergence of a new dimension of consciousness.  Eckhart Tolle
  • There is also an added sense of urgency here. The transformation of human consciousness is no longer a luxury, so to speak, available only to a few, isolated individuals, but a necessity if human kind is not to destroy itself. At the present time, the dysfunction of the old consciousness and the arising of the new are both accelerating. Paradoxically, things are getting worse and better at the same time, although the worse is more apparent because it makes so much noise.  Eckhart Tolle
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… given the scale of our current global crises and problems

  • The old will disappear. Human level consciousness by itself can no longer resolve the complexities it has created. David Spangler
  • The problems that stand in the way are not of economical or technological nature. The deepest sources of the global crisis lie inside the human personality and reflect the level of consciousness evolution of our species. Stanislav Grof
  • Today, it is more important than ever to raise human consciousness, so that technology becomes a means of empowerment, not destruction. Jaggi Vasudev
  • Science and technology have amplified the effects of the dysfunction of the human mind in its unawakened state to such a degree that humanity, and probably the planet, would not survive for another hundred years if human consciousness remains unchanged. Eckhart Tolle
  • Our world is in crisis because of the absence of consciousness. Terence McKenna
  • The solution to the problem of the day is the awakening of the consciousness of humanity to the divinity within. Hazrat Inayat Khan
  • If ordinary people really knew that consciousness and not matter is the link that connects us with each other and the world, then their views about war and peace, environmental pollution, social justice, religous values, and all other human endeavors would change radically. Amit Goswami
  • The problems that we are facing are multiplying on the planet – economic, environmental, social, political upheaval, the list goes on. It’s a time of change and transition and, as I see it, we are entering a new state of consciousness. It’s a transition between one state of consciousness and another. It’s an evolutionary leap that is happening. Eckhart Tolle
  • The world we are experiencing today is the result of our collective consciousness, and if we want a new world, each of us must start taking responsibility for helping create it. Rosemary Fillmore Rhea
  • What is most needed right now is evolving human consciousness. Without that, science, technology, development, everything will go waste. Jaggi Vasudev
  • I believe it is essential for our planetary future to develop tools that can change the consciousness which has created the crisis that we are in. Stanislav Grof
  • The doing and the happening is in fact a single process; because you are one with the totality of consciousness, you cannot separate the two. But there is no absolute guarantee that humans will make it. The process isn’t inevitable or automatic. Your cooperation is an essential part of it. However you look at it, it is a quantum leap in the evolution of consciousness, as well as our only chance of survival as a race.  Eckhart Tolle
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Awaken and expand your consciousness

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There are several ways to expand your state of consciousness

  • There are many powerful practices to raise my level of consciousness. One way is to surrender to the present moment exactly as it is, thus allowing intelligent action to arise where necessary. Other ways are sinking into awareness, devotion, prayer, opening my heart, spending time in nature, listening to beautiful music, looking at beautiful art, savouring simple pleasures, finding things to be grateful for, following my bliss, creating something, serving others from the heart and yes, also making love. Anthony Lambert
  • It is up to you to open a portal in your life that gives you conscious access to the Unmanifested. Get in touch with the energy field of the inner body, be intensely present, disidentify from the mind, surrender to what is; these are all portals you can use – but you only need to use one.  Eckhart Tolle
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Expand your consciousness through love

  • Neurons that fire together wire together. You can rewire your brain for higher consciousness by focusing on love. Deepak Chopra
  • Nothing transforms consciousness so quickly and dramatically than simply communing deeply with another being. Tim Freke
  • Love is the omnipresent force of the universe; it unifies energy and consciousness. John Pierrakos
  • Love is the recognition of oneness in a world of duality. This is the birth of God into the world of form. Love makes the world less worldly, less dense, more transparent to the divine dimension, the light of consciousness itself. Eckhart Tolle
  • Consciousness equals energy = love = awareness = light = wisdom = beauty = truth = purity. It’s all the same trip. Ram Dass
  • There is nothing holier in this life of ours than the first consciousness of love, the first fluttering of its silken wings. Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
  • Nobody can teach you love. Love you have to find yourself, within your being, by raising your consciousness to higher levels. Rajneesh
  • When you cultivate this consciousness and therein understand that everything is yours, you will have no prejudices about race or color. In that consciousness you feel the love of a million mothers in your heart, not just for a few but for everyone. You do not imagine it, you feel it—this love that Jesus, Krishna, all of the great ones manifested—this universal intelligence and love which is called Christ Consciousness. Paramahansa Yogananda
  • Another attribute of pure consciousness is the cessation of the ordinary flow of thoughts or feelings—a condition of infinite power, compassion, gentleness, and love. In this state, self becomes Self. David R. Hawkins
  • Space is a unifying field of awareness in which you meet the other person without the separative barriers created by conceptual thinking. And now the other person is no longer ‘other.’ In that space, you are joined together as one awareness, one consciousness. Eckhart Tolle
  • A friend is a second self, so that our consciousness of a friend’s existence…makes us more fully conscious of our own existence. Aristotle
  • The extent of your consciousness is limited only by your ability to love and to embrace with your love the space around you, and all it contains. Napoleon Bonaparte
  • The consciousness of loving and being loved brings a warmth and richness to life that nothing else can bring. Oscar Wilde
  • Working on our own consciousness is the most important thing that we are doing at any moment, and being love is a supreme creative act. Ram Dass
  • When we start to heal and perceive what I call love consciousness, we begin to perceive reality. Isha Judd
  • Keep love in your heart. A life without it is like a sunless garden when the flowers are dead. The consciousness of loving and being loved brings a warmth and a richness to life that nothing else can bring. Oscar Wilde
  • In the crystal of the awakened consciousness, one facet is love. Jack Kornfield
  • Even towards yourself you have to be tremendously loving, because you too are god’s form. One has to love oneself, one has to love all. Love is prayer. And the more you love, the more you will feel your consciousness expanding, becoming bigger – because whomsoever we love becomes part of our being, we include him. Mm? A bird on the wing, and we look at the bird with great love – suddenly we are not two: the bird is inside us and we are inside the bird. Rajneesh
  • Expand your love, your consciousness, and your loving compassion by experiencing everything that everyone does or says as though you had done or said it. Ken Keyes Jr.
  • The first step toward Christlike unselfishness is to expand your consciousness to include your neighbours’ interests and well-being. Whenever you find a lonely heart, or a brother weeping by the wayside, and your heart goes out to that soul, your consciousness impinges on the Christ Consciousness. Paramahansa Yogananda
  • Love one another and help others to rise to the higher levels, simply by pouring out love. Love is infectious and the greatest healing energy. Sai Baba
  • Be afraid of nothing. Hating none, giving love to all, feeling the love of God, seeing His presence in everyone, and having but one desire – for His constant presence in the temple of your consciousness – that is the way to live in this world. Paramahansa Yogananda
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Expand your consciousness though opening the heart

  • Focus your awareness on the heart chakra. As you do, you will feel your consciousness shifting. You may feel different perceptions of energy in different parts of your body. Frederick Lenz
  • Growth of consciousness does not depend on the might of the intellect but on the conviction of the heart. Wayne Gerard Trotman
  • Heart is consciousness, I is Baba. Sathya Sai Baba
  • When mind and heart come together, mind serves consciousness instead of serving itself. David Icke
  • Just trusting the soul cannot lead you to higher consciousness. You have to pay attention for the beautification of your heart. Amit Ray
  • It’s not about what you do, it’s about being. It’s about a state of consciousness or state of awareness of being where you’re residing within your heart and everything begins to change without actually doing anything. Drunvalo Melchizedek
  • The seeker arrives at the ripeness which is necessary for the more focused paths to God by transcending the mind, either via the heart or via the pathway of consciousness. David R. Hawkins
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Expand your consciousness through service

  • As our consciousness grows, we see that service, which is lovingly oriented toward others, automatically results in the fulfillment of our own needs. David R. Hawkins
  • Selfless service is also supportive of the evolution of consciousness. David R. Hawkins
  • With progression of consciousness from selfishness to selflessness, the quality of prayer shifts to the willingness to be a servant of the Lord and a channel of His Will without trying to specify the what or the how it is to be done. David R. Hawkins
  • When your inner mantra becomes ‘How may I serve?’ rather than ‘What am I going to get?’ and ‘Who do I need to defeat?,’ you start to see the unfolding of God in everything and everyone around you and you shift into higher consciousness. Wayne Dyer
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Expand your consciousness though thinking of others

  • When we quit thinking primarily about ourselves and our own self-preservation, we undergo a truly heroic transformation of consciousness. Joseph Campbell
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Expand your consciousness by turning the attention inwards…

  • When we turn the mind inwards, God manifests as the inner consciousness. Ramana Maharshi
  • When your consciousness is directed outward, mind and world arise. When it is directed inward, it realises its own Source and returns home into the Unmanifested. Eckhart Tolle
  • We must move “out of our mind” and dwell in our consciousness. Michael Tsarion
  • It is the inner life that is to spark the change in consciousness that will permit us to advance Wayne Teasdale
  • If you are absolutely without mind, just pure consciousness, time stops completely, disappears, leaving no trace behind. Rajneesh
  • Universal consciousness is a direct experience infinitely prior to and beyond all words, beliefs, religions, philosophies or theories. It is discovered within the state of profound sustained silence of mind. To those who experience this state; no proof is required, for those who have not yet experienced this state; no proof will suffice… Leland Lewis
  • As the attention sinks into its source it is, in most cases gradually, divested of all the limitations that thought and feelings have superimposed upon it, and at some point it stands revealed as it truly is, infinite Consciousness. Then, as the attention rises again, if we look very closely, we see that the attention never actually leaves Consciousness. Rupert Spira
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… through practicing inner stillness

  • Silence is helpful, but you don’t need it in order to find stillness. Even when there is noise, you can be aware of the stillness underneath the noise, of the space in which the noise arises. That is the inner space of pure awareness, consciousness itself. Eckhart Tolle
  • So the single most vital step on your journey toward enlightenment is this: learn to dis-identify from your mind. Every time you create a gap in the stream of mind, the light of your consciousness grows stronger. One day you may catch yourself smiling at the voice in your head, as you would smile at the antics of a child. This means that you no longer take the content of your mind all that seriously, as your sense of self does not depend on it. Eckhart Tolle
  • When the mind has settled, we are established in our essential nature, which is unbounded Consciousness. Our essential nature is usually overshadowed by the activity of the mind. Patanjali
  • Absence of verbal thought or day-dreaming clearly doesn’t mean torpor and vacuity. Rather, it’s as if the seat of consciousness escapes from its jumpy, nervous, verbal isolation cell and takes residence in some other section of the theater, where the lights shine more brightly and where things feel more direct, more real. Robert Lanza
  • Thought imposes limits on consciousness. Divest consciousness of its limitations and consciousness stands revealed. Rupert Spira
  • Silence is the medium of source between you and your ego consciousness. Gopichand Lagadapati
  • When your consciousness becomes a still mirror, a still lake, a silent reservoir of energy, God is reflected in it. Rajneesh
  • To be still means to empty yourself from the incessant flow of thoughts and create a state of consciousness that is open and receptive. John Daido Loori
  • When your consciousness has become ripe in true zazen-pure like clear water, like a serene mountain lake, not moved by any wind- then anything may serve as a medium for realization. Matsuo Basho
  • Every time you create a gap in the stream of mind, the light of your consciousness grows stronger. Eckhart Tolle
  • The whole world is a cyclone. But once you have found the center, the cyclone disappears. This nothingness is the ultimate peak of consciousness. Rajneesh
  • As you go more deeply into this realm of no-mind, as it is sometimes called in the East, you realize the state of pure consciousness. In that state, you feel your own presence with such intensity and such joy that all thinking, all emotions, your physical body, as well as the whole external world become relatively insignificant in comparison to it. And yet this is not a selfish but a selfless state. It takes you beyond what you previously thought of as “your self.” That presence is essentially you and at the same time inconceivably greater than you. What I am trying to convey here may sound paradoxical or even contradictory, but there is no other way that I can express it.  Eckhart Tolle
  • Pay attention to the gap — the gap between two thoughts, the brief, silent space between words in a conversation, between the notes of a piano or flute, or the gap between the in-breath and out-breath. When you pay attention to those gaps, awareness of “something” becomes — just awareness. The formless dimension of pure consciousness arises from within you and replaces identification with form.  Eckhart Tolle
  • Silence is helpful, but you don’t need it in order to find stillness. Even when there is noise, you can be aware of the stillness underneath the noise, of the space in which the noise arises. That is the inner space of pure awareness, consciousness itself. You can become aware of awareness as the background to all your sense perceptions, all your thinking. Becoming aware of awareness is the arising of inner stillness. Eckhart Tolle
  • When you are still, you are who you were before you temporarily assumed this physical and mental form called a person. You are also who you will be when the form dissolves. When you are still, you are who you are beyond your temporal existence: consciousness – unconditioned, formless, eternal.  Eckhart Tolle
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…through the practice of meditation…

  • And that is the whole art of meditation; Becoming conscious of consciousness itself. Rajneesh
  • You don’t meditate to experiment with altered states of consciousness or whatever else. You meditate only to perceive by yourself that everything is within us, every atom of the universe, and that we already possess everything we would wish to find outside of ourselves. Daniel Odier
  • Real meditation is spontaneous. It is pure welcoming, because there is no choosing of whatever appears in the field of consciousness. There is no selection. There is only choiceless allowing, be it of external perceptions, feelings, bodily sensations, thoughts, or their absence. Francis Lucille
  • When I say, ‘Meditate on the Self’ I am asking you to be the Self, not think about it. Be aware of what remains when thoughts stop. Be aware of the consciousness that is the origin of all your thoughts. Be that consciousness. Annamalai Swami
  • Meditation is the dissolution of thoughts in Eternal awareness or Pure consciousness without objectification, knowing without thinking, merging finitude in infinity. Voltaire
  • The meditation I am talking about is not a meditation on something. If you light a lamp and remove all the objects surrounding it, the lamp will still go on giving light. In the same way, if you remove all objects from your consciousness, all thoughts, all imagination, what will happen? – only consciousness will remain. Osho
  • That’s what I call meditation. You simply stand aloof and just see the mind disappearing, like a cloud on a faraway horizon, leaving the sky clean and pure. And in that state arises your consciousness in its full glory, in its full celebration. Rajneesh
  • Meditation is a deliberate attempt to pierce into the higher states of consciousness and finally go beyond it. The art of meditation is the art of shifting the focus of attention to ever subtler levels, without losing one’s grip on the levels left behind. (…) Save all your energies and time for breaking the wall your mind had built around you. Believe me, you will not regret. Nisargadatta Maharaj
  • Meditation is simply the method to shift your consciousness from the head to the heart. Rajneesh
  • In meditation…the power of God begins to reflect in the clear waters of your consciousness. Paramahansa Yogananda
  • As you meditate, you will find that consciousness itself will move you beyond time and space and condition into a larger, vaster, more beautiful state of awareness. Frederick Lenz
  • In Buddhism we meditate. We make our minds quiet by learning to focus on the chakras, release internal energy that we call kundalini, and bring ourselves into high states of consciousness. Frederick Lenz
  • Meditation is a teaching which offers you the possibility of breaking free of this egoic state of consciousness and coming into a whole new realization of who and what you truly are. And all this starts with the willingness to question. To pause for just a moment and realize that maybe you aren’t who you imagine yourself to be. Adyashanti
  • Meditation is one of the most direct and powerful ways to awaken to who we really are and to experience happiness as a state of consciousness that already exists within us. Deepak Chopra
  • Whenever you step out of the noise of thinking, that is meditation, and a different state of consciousness arises. Eckhart Tolle
  • But you are not aware of your consciousness-You are not conscious of your consciousness-And that is the whole art of meditation; Becoming conscious of consciousness itself. Rajneesh
  • Consciousness is the primary and most intimate fact of experience. Every experience that we ever have, that we ever could or will have, is experienced by this Consciousness. Meditation is simply to abide knowingly as this presence of Consciousness. Rupert Spira
  • I explore the source of awareness by turning consciousness back on itself in silent awareness. Anthony Lambert
  • 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
  • In true meditation all objects are left to their natural functioning. This means that no effort should be made to manipulate or suppress any object of awareness. In true meditation the emphasis is on being awareness; not on being aware of objects, but on resting as primordial awareness itself. Primordial awareness (consciousness) is the source in which all objects arise and subside. Adyashanti
  • Meditation is a practice of detaching and then stopping ourselves from thinking; our thoughts are interruptions in the flow of awareness. Consciousness, in its highest aspect, is perfect and formless. Frederick Lenz
  • The mind of one meditating on a single object becomes one-pointed. And one-pointedness of mind leads to abidance in the self. Real attainment is to be fully conscious, to be aware of surroundings and the people around, to move among them all, but not to merge consciousness in the environment. One should remain in inner independent awareness. Ramana Maharshi
  • Formal meditation, however, is no substitute for bringing space consciousness into everyday life. Eckhart Tolle
  • Meditation is the dissolution of thoughts in eternal awareness or pure consciousness. Sivananda
  • You draw consciousness away from mind activity and create a gap of no-mind in which you are highly alert and aware but not thinking. This is the essence of meditation. Eckhart Tolle
  • To understand what is right meditation there must be an awareness of the operation of one’s own consciousness, and then there is complete attention. Jiddu Krishnamurti
  • The whole art of meditation is becoming conscious of consciousness itself. Osho
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… by allowing your thoughts to move through consciousness without grabbing at them

  • 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
  • Thoughts are just moving through consciousness. They have no power. Nothing has reality until you reach it, grab it, and somehow impregnate it with the power of belief. Adyashanti
  • You think, you become that thought. And consciousness, or the state of pure awareness, is lost. Barry Long
  • What is the relationship between awareness and thinking? Awareness is the space in which thoughts exist when that space has become conscious of itself. Eckhart Tolle
  • The realm of consciousness is much vaster than thought can grasp. When you no longer believe everything you think, you step out of thought and see clearly that the thinker is not who you are. Eckhart Tolle
  • Thinking and consciousness are not synonymous. Thinking is only a small aspect of consciousness. Thought cannot exist without consciousness, but consciousness does not need thought. Eckhart Tolle
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Expand your consciousness through focusing on the breath

  • Being aware of your breathing takes attention away from thinking and creates space. It is one way of generating consciousness. Eckhart Tolle
  • Bring your attention to your breathing and realize that you are not doing it. It is the breath of nature. You reconnect with nature in the most intimate and powerful way by becoming aware of your breathing and learning to hold your attention there. This is a healing and deeply empowering thing to do. It brings about a shift in consciousness from the conceptual world of thought to the inner realm of unconditioned consciousness. Eckhart Tolle
  • Breath is the bridge which connects life to consciousness, which unites your body to your thoughts. Whenever your mind becomes scattered, use your breath as the means to take hold of your mind again. Thich Nhat Hanh
  • Breath is the vehicle of consciousness and so, by its slow measured observation and distribution, we learn to tug our attention away from external desires toward a judicious, intelligent awareness. K.S. Iyengar
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Expand your consciousness by being deeply present in the Now

  • The point is seeing that THIS – the immediate, everyday and present experience – is IT, the entire and ultimate point for the existence of a universe. I believe that if this state of consciousness could become more universal, the pretentious nonsense which passes for the serious business of the world would dissolve in laughter. Alan Watts
  • Instead of ‘watching the thinker,’ you can also create a gap in the mind stream simply by directing the focus of your attention into the Now. Just become intensely conscious of the present moment. This is a deeply satisfying thing to do. In this way, you draw consciousness away from mind activity and create a gap of no-mind in which you are highly alert and aware but not thinking. This is the essence of meditation. Eckhart Tolle
  • If it is the quality of your consciousness at this moment that determines the future, then what is it that determines the quality of your consciousness? Your degree of presence. So the only place where true change can occur and where the past can be dissolved is the Now. Eckhart Tolle
  • Only when your consciousness is totally focused on the moment you are in can you receive whatever gift, lesson, or delight that moment has to offer. Barbara De Angelis
  • Consciousness is the ground of all being. Amit Goswami, Ph.D
  • Here is anther way of finding inner space: Become conscious of being conscious. Say or think ‘I Am’ and add nothing to it. Be aware of the stillness that follows the I Am. Sense your presence, the naked, unveiled, unclothed beingness. Eckhart Tolle
  • Until presence becomes your predominant state, you may find yourself moving back and forth for a while between the old consciousness and the new, between mind identification and presence. Eckhart Tolle
  • I’ve found that an extremely simple and effective way to transform my state of consciousness is to use the practice of ‘entering’. This brings my attention to the immediacy of my sensual experience, so that I become intensely conscious of the here and now. Then I can step out of my story in time and into the mystery of the moment. Tim Freke
  • If we pay attention to the timeless moment, however, our state of consciousness changes because we come out of the story into the mystery. Tim Freke
  • The most effective way to transform into higher consciousness is to pay attention in the present moment. Deepak Chopra
  • The true task of spiritual life is not found in faraway places or unusual states of consciousness. It is here in the present. It asks of us a welcoming spirit to greet all that life presents to us with a wise, respectful, and kindly heart. Jack Canfield
  • Whenever you become anxious or stressed, outer purpose has taken over, and you have lost sight of your inner purpose. You have forgotten that your state of consciousness is primary, all else secondary. But why did anxiety, stress, or negativity arise? Because you turned away from the present moment. And why did you do that? You thought something else was more important. You forgot your main purpose. Eckhart Tolle
  • I have everything I need to enjoy my here and now – unless I am letting my consciousness be dominated by demands and expectations based on the dead past or the imagined future. Ken Keyes Jr.
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Expand your consciousness by completely accepting what is

  • Non-resistance is the key to the greatest power in the universe. Accepting means you allow yourself to feel whatever it is you are feeling at that moment. It is part of the is-ness of the Now. You can’t argue with what is. Well, you can, but if you do, you suffer. Through allowing, you become what you are: vast, spacious. Consciousness (spirit) is freed from its imprisonment in form. Eckhart Tolle
  • Consciousness, or your true nature, is allowing everything to be as it is. Adyashanti
  • Acceptance looks like a passive state, but in reality it brings something entirely new into this world. That peace, a subtle energy vibration, is consciousness. Eckhart Tolle
  • All the study and effort toward higher consciousness can be eliminated if we do but one thing; Love it All. Ken Keyes Jr.
  • An individual’s state of consciousness (awareness) simply means his ability to accept change in his life. It includes new thoughts and new feelings, and the new behavior and actions that will naturally come as a result. Harold Klemp
  • What I realized was that when I allowed my experience to be as it was, and made no effort to change it, an underlying natural state of being started to rise into consciousness. Adyashanti
  • I accept myself completely here and now and consciously experience everything I feel, think, say and do (including my emotion backed addictions) as a necessary part of my growth into higher consciousness. Ken Keyes Jr.
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Expand your consciousness through surrender

  • Great leaps in consciousness result from surrendering oneself to God at great depth. This is seen in our society in people who have ‘hit bottom’. Willfulness/pride surrenders and transformation occurs. From the pits of hell, paradoxically, heaven is close by. David R. Hawkins
  • When you yield internally, when you surrender, a new dimension of consciousness opens up. If action is possible or necessary, your action will be in alignment with the whole and supported by creative intelligence, the unconditioned consciousness which in a state of inner openness you become one with. Circumstances and people then become helpful, cooperative. Coincidences happen. If no action is possible, you rest in the peace and inner stillness that come with surrender. You rest in God.  Eckhart Tolle
  • Through nonresistance, the quality of your consciousness and, therefore, the quality of whatever you are doing or creating is enhanced immeasurably. Eckhart Tolle
  • I pay attention to myself as the experiencer, the pure consciousness underlying my experiences, becoming deeply conscious of being conscious. Antony Lambert
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Expand your consciousness by being deeply anchored in your inner body

  • The key is to be in a state of permanent connectedness with your inner body – to feel it at all times. This will rapidly deepen and transform your life. The more consciousness you direct into the inner body, the higher its vibrational frequency becomes. Eckhart Tolle
  • Your body is a beautiful tool to anchor consciousness in a deeper sense of reality. Adyashanti
  • In this state of inner connectedness, you are much more alert, more awake than in the mind- identified state. You are fully present. It also raises the vibrational frequency of the energy field that gives life to the physical body. Eckhart Tolle
  • Awareness of the inner body is consciousness remembering its origin and returning to the Source. Eckhart Tolle
  • As much as possible in everyday life, use awareness of the inner body to create space. When waiting, when listening to someone, when pausing to look at the sky, a tree, a flower, your partner, or child, feel the aliveness within at the same time. This means part of your attention or consciousness remains formless, and the rest is available for the outer world of form. Whenever you “inhabit” your body in this way, it serves as an anchor for staying present in the Now. It prevents you from losing yourself in thinking, in emotions, or in external situations.  Eckhart Tolle
  • What is the relationship between presence and the inner body? Presence is pure consciousness – consciousness that has been reclaimed from the mind, from the world of form. The inner body is your link with the Unmanifested, and in its deepest aspect is the Unmanifested: the Source from which consciousness emanates as light emanates from the sun. Awareness of the inner body is consciousness remembering its origin and returning to the Source.  Eckhart Tolle
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Expand your consciousness by embracing mystery; by not needing to know

  • Pay attention to your state of consciousness, and regularly choose to step out of your story into the deep mystery. Tim Freke
  • The state of not knowing is the most important state you can be in because that opens you up to the deeper dimensions. Eckhart Tolle
  • I find myself immersed in the deep mystery. Then something astonishing happens. The inarticulate question of the heart dissolves into the ocean of mystery. And I feel I’ve found the answer I’m looking for. But this answer, like the question, is more of a feeling than a thought. Tim Freke
  • Becoming conscious of the mystery of existence is an extremely simple way to step out of my conceptual story. When I’m stuck in my dramas, I remember that in reality I have no idea what is going on, as life is always so much more than I can possibly understand. Then if I dive deeply into the mystery, my state of consciousness begins to change. Tim Freke
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Expand your consciousness though resting in a state of awareness …

  • What we do and what we experience has a direct correlation with our habitual states of consciousness and mental states. The more spiritually aware we are, the more harmonious and fulfilling are our lives. Roy Eugene Davis
  • Real attainment is to be fully conscious, to be aware of surroundings and the people around, to move among them all, but not to merge consciousness in the environment. One should remain in inner independent awareness. Ramana Maharshi
  • You think, you become that thought. And consciousness, or the state of pure awareness, is lost. Barry Long
  • The All is conscious. It is self-aware. Adyashanti
  • Knowing yourself as the awareness behind the voice is freedom. Eckhart Tolle
  • You are awareness. Awareness is another name for you. All that you have to do is to give up being aware of other things; that is, of the not-Self. If one gives up being aware of them, then pure awareness alone remains, and that is the Self. Ramana Maharshi
  • The joy of Being, which is the only true happiness, … emanates from the formless dimension within you, from consciousness itself and thus is one with who you are. Eckhart Tolle
  • The love and peace of higher consciousness flow from just being – and enjoying it all. Anything you do will not be enough unless you feel fulfilled in just being. Ken Keyes Jr.
  • The more deeply you sink into pure awareness, the awareness of being aware, the more connected you become to Inner Being and the more your level of consciousness rises. Anthony Lambert
  • Once you become conscious of the consciousness itself, you attain a totally different state. Michael A. Singer
  • Once you learn that it’s okay to feel inner disturbances, and that they can no longer disturb your seat of consciousness, you will be free. Michael A. Singer
  • The whole art of meditation is becoming conscious of consciousness itself. Osho
  • By becoming more aware, one BECOMES more aware. There is no other method to it. It is a simple process. Whatsoever you are doing, do it with such consciousness as if it is a question of life and death; as if a sword is hanging over you. Osho
  • Free your mind from all distractions and dwell in the consciousness of the Self. Adi Shankara
  • Space consciousness means that in addition to being conscious of things—which always comes down to sense perceptions, thoughts, and emotions—there is an undercurrent of awareness. Awareness implies that you are not only conscious of things (objects), but you are also conscious of being conscious. If you can sense an alert inner stillness in the background while things happen in the foreground—that’s it! This dimension is there in everyone, but most people are completely unaware of it. Sometimes I point to it by saying, “Can you feel your own Presence?” Eckhart Tolle
  • Make a list of a number of everyday routine activities that you perform frequently. Include activities that you may consider uninteresting, boring, tedious, irritating, or stressful. But don’t include anything that you hate or detest doing. That’s a case either for acceptance or for stopping what you do. The list may include traveling to and from work, buying groceries, doing your laundry, or anything that you find tedious or stressful in your daily work. Then, whenever you are engaged in those activities, let them be a vehicle for alertness. Be absolutely present in what you do and sense the alert, alive stillness within you in the background of the activity. You will soon find that what you do in such a state of heightened awareness, instead of being stressful, tedious, or irritating, is actually becoming enjoyable. To be more precise, what you are enjoying is not really the outward action but the inner dimension of consciousness that flows into the action. This is finding the joy of Being in what you are doing.  Eckhart Tolle
  • The only thing that ultimately matters is this: Can I sense my essential Beingness, the I Am, in the background of my life at all times? To be more accurate, can I sense the I Am that I Am at this moment? Can I sense my essential identity as consciousness itself? Or am I losing myself in what happens, losing myself in the mind, in the world?  Eckhart Tolle
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… by being completely present …

  • Presence is the cessation of thought without losing consciousness. Eckhart Tolle
  • Presence is the original state before the universe was born. In every being, the essence of being itself is present as presence. Eckhart Tolle
  • Presence is consciousness without thought. Eckhart Tolle
  • If you experiment with presencing I think you’ll find your state of consciousness shifting straight away. Start by coming out of your normal waking state by entering the delicious sensation of breathing and immerse yourself in the mystery of the moment. Then sink your attention into the depths of yourself and become conscious of being the presence of awareness witnessing all you are experiencing. Tim Freke
  • To be free of time is to be free of the psychological need of past for your identity and future for your fulfillment. It represents the most profound transformation of consciousness that you can imagine. In some rare cases, this shift in consciousness happens dramatically and radically, once and for all. When it does, it usually comes about through total surrender in the midst of intense suffering. Most people, however, have to work at it.  Eckhart Tolle
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… by remaining as the witness…

  • Over the ages, it’s been noted that merely observing the mind tends to increase one’s level of consciousness. A mind that’s being watched becomes more humble and begins to relinquish its claims to omniscience—a growth in awareness can then take place. David R. Hawkins
  • The “you” that is observing and is aware of what is happening always stays the same. As you become more and more aware of the changeless witness within, you begin to identify with that level of consciousness. You become progressively primarily the witness rather than the experiencer of phenomena. You get closer and closer to the real Self. David R. Hawkins
  • The consciousness level of the witness/observer increases awareness. David R. Hawkins
  • 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
  • By becoming more aware, one BECOMES more aware. There is no other method to it. It is a simple process. Whatsoever you are doing, do it with such consciousness as if it is a question of life and death; as if a sword is hanging over you. Osho
  • By being with yourself, the ‘I am’, by watching yourself in your daily life with alert interest, with the intention to understand rather than judge, in full acceptance of whatever may emerge, because it is there, you encourage the deep to come to the surface, and enrich your life and consciousness with its captive energies. Nisargadatta Maharaj
  • Once one observes that it is hopeless, one can begin to abandon it by withdrawing interest from it. One can begin to disown its hypnotic fascination and step back progressively from watcher to observer, to witness, to consciousness itself. David R. Hawkins
  • The object comes and goes, and the consciousness watches it come and go. Michael A. Singer
  • After one has observed the general field of mind, it is apparent that the specific content of the thought stream itself is not likely to be rewarding. One has to stand back, move farther into the next level of consciousness, and ask what is it that is watching, observing, being aware of, and registering the flow of thoughts. Just as the eye is unaffected by what is observed or the ear by what is heard, there is the ongoing process of witnessing, which is unaffected by that which is witnessed. David R. Hawkins
  • The contemplative lifestyle facilitates transfer of the sense of identity from body/mind to witness/ observer, which is more primary and closer to the Truth of the Self and Reality. The next step is the withdrawal of the sense of ‘I’ from the witness/observer, where it moves to the faculty of consciousness/awareness itself, which is a quality rather than a personage. David R. Hawkins
  • When you listen to a thought, you are aware not only of the thought but also of yourself as the witness of the thought. A new dimension of consciousness has come in. Eckhart Tolle
  • If you practice witnessing, you’ll become conscious of being the ‘I’ of awareness, which isn’t a part of your experience because it’s the presence within which experiences are arising. Tim Freke
  • Let’s practice appreciative witnessing right now . . . You are conscious that you’re experiencing something . . . so pay attention to the experiencer. Focus on your essential being that you call ‘I’, which is the constant background to all you experience. Consciously be the presence of awareness, witnessing the mystery of this moment. Tim Freke
  • He is the witness of the world, he is the witness of his feelings and of its thoughts. This understanding liberates him from his identification with the body-mind, and opens the possibility for consciousness to be universal rather than personal. But this distinction has to be eventually transcended: the subject and its object are one, there is no “gap”.  John Klein
  • So when you listen to a thought, you are aware not only of the thought but also of yourself as the witness of the thought. A new dimension of consciousness has come in. As you listen to the thought, you feel a conscious presence – your deeper self – behind or underneath the thought, as it were. The thought then loses its power over you and quickly subsides, because you are no longer energizing the mind through identification with it. This is the beginning of the end of involuntary and compulsive thinking.  Eckhart Tolle
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… by connecting to your inner being…

  • By penetrating to the core of our own being, we can make contact with the consciousness at the center of the universe. Richard Smoley
  • My level of consciousness relates to my level of connectiveness to my Infinite Being. It can vary up and down. The more connected I am to Infinite Being, the more I am connected to what I truly am and the more I have access to spiritual power. Anthony Lambert
  • My degree of connection to the Infinite Being within (that I am in essence) is reflected in my level of consciousness which effects the degree of spiritual power (love, peace, insight, creativity, healing) available within my daily experience. Anthony Lambert
  • The joy of Being, which is the only true happiness, cannot come to you through any form, possession, achievement, person, or event—through anything that happens. That joy cannot come to you—ever. It emanates from the formless dimension within you, from consciousness itself and thus is one with who you are. Eckhart Tolle
  • While it is true that each life is in and of Divine Being, hence always one with it, in order that this great fact bear fruit in individual lives, each one must be conscious of it; he or she must know it in thought, and then live continually in this consciousness. Ralph Waldo Trine
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Expand your consciousness by remaining centred in consciousness

  • Now you are in your center of consciousness. You are behind everything, just watching. That is your true home. Michael A. Singer
  • Persistently centered consciousness is the seat of Self. Michael A. Singer
  • Once you learn that it’s okay to feel inner disturbances, and that they can no longer disturb your seat of consciousness, you will be free. Michael A. Singer
  • To me nothing ever happens. There is something changeless, motionless, immovable, rock-like, unassailable; a solid mass of pure being-consciousness-bliss. I am never our of it. Nothing can take me out of it, no torture, no calamity. Nisargadatta Maharaj
  • These practices create moments of centered consciousness. Eventually, you will have persistently centered consciousness. Michael A. Singer
  • The more deeply you sink into pure awareness, the awareness of being aware, the more connected you become to Inner Being and the more your level of consciousness rises. Anthony Lambert
  • Consciousness no longer goes out of itself towards things. It stays at home within itself and things come to it. Things – that is, thoughts, feelings and perceptions – come to it, appear to it, arise within it, but Consciousness no longer needs to forget itself in order to experience the body, the mind and the world. Rupert Spira
  • How many hours today was your attention focused in the realm of changes—on events, people, thoughts, and experiences—and how often was your attention relaxed into its source? Where is your attention right now? Can you feel its source? Even for a moment, can you feel that which makes attention conscious and aware? Can you feel the deepest nature of attention? What happens when you simply, effortlessly, allow attention to subside into its source? David Deida
  • You should remain aware every moment of your daily life, fully conscious of what you are doing and how you are doing it. Lama Yeshe
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Expand consciousness through creative expression, through creating and viewing art

  • Art awakens a sense of real by establishing an intimate relationship between our inner being and the universe at large, bringing us a consciousness of deep joy. Rabindranath Tagore
  • Art cannot change the world, but it can contribute to changing the consciousness and drives of the men and women who could change the world. Herbert Marcuse
  • Art is, like magic, the science of manipulating symbols, words or images to achieve changes in consciousness. Alan Moore
  • Art isn’t anecdote. It’s the consciousness we bring to bear in our lives. Cheryl Strayed
  • Ecstasy is the accurate term for the intensity of consciousness that occurs in the creative act. Rollo May
  • When artists give form to revelation, their art can advance, deepen and potentially transform the consciousness of their community. Alex Grey
  • There, at the centre, are the artists who really form the consciousness of their time; they respond deeply, intuitively to what is happening, what has happened, and what will happen, and their response is expressed in metaphor, in image and in fable. John Wain
  • In the midst of creating, a person is raised to another level of consciousness. Charlie Haden
  • As artists, we have an opportunity to help the public evolve, raise consciousness and awareness, teach, heal, enlighten and inspire… Lauryn Hill
  • I’m interested in the limits of personality, in the possibility of change, and the saving power of art. Do powerful works of art raise our consciousness to such a degree that we refrain from sliding into moral hazard? Do we take note? Or are we doomed to repetition? Adam Ross
  • All forms of art are consciousness expanders, and I am convinced that they will take us further, and more consciously, than drugs. Madeleine L’Engle
  • Creative Arts raise a person to another level of consciousness as if you could imagine life before words. Charlie Haden
  • The artist’s role is to raise the consciousness of the people. To make them understand life, the world and themselves more completely. Amiri Baraka
  • Understanding what consciousness is – which largely means stopping taking it for granted as something outside and separate from our innermost selves – is probably essential for conjuring and conveying the subtler essences of beingness in art. Eric Wayne
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Expand your consciousness through balance and harmony

  • Balance is the natural state of life, because the basic characteristic of the fundamental element of life, pure consciousness, is complete balance. Maharishi Mahesh Yogi
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Expand your consciousness through non-attachment

  • A witnessing consciousness lives in life but with tremendous non-attachment, with great non-possessiveness; it possesses nothing. It lives totally, it lives passionately, but still knowing that I don’t possess anything. Rajneesh
  • Attachment to things drops away by itself when you no longer seek to find yourself in them. In the meantime, just be aware of your attachment to things. Sometimes you may not know that you are attached to something, which is to say, identified, until you lose it or there is the threat of loss. If you then become upset, anxious, and so on, it means you are attached. If you are aware that you are identified with a thing, the identification is no longer total. “I am the awareness that is aware that there is attachment.” That’s the beginning of the transformation of consciousness. Eckhart Tolle
  • I am the awareness that is aware that there is attachment. That’s the beginning of the transformation of consciousness. Eckhart Tolle
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Expand your consciousness by nourishing your spirit each day

  • The most important boundary you can set is the time to nourish your spirit. The few minutes a day you take to feed your soul is your strongest investment in your happiness. Do whatever it takes to inspire yourself and stay in a creative consciousness. Choose a time each day to connect with your inner being and do not compromise it. Alan Cohen
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Expand your consciousness through being centred in principles

  • An individual’s level of consciousness is determined by the principles to which one is committed. To maintain progress in consciousness, there can be no wavering from principle, or the individual will fall back to a lower level. Expediency is never an adequate justification. David R. Hawkins
  • Life can be lived in rules, but then life becomes superficial. Live life not according to the laws but according to consciousness, awareness. Don’t live life according to the mind. Mind has rules and regulations, mind has rituals. Live life from the standpoint of no-mind so that you can bloom into unpredictable flowers. Rajneesh
  • If we examine principles, we’ll see that they reside in an invisible realm within consciousness itself. David R. Hawkins
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Expand your consciousness through exercise of the will

  • To the worldly, motivation is based on wants and desires and the seduction of attraction. These wants and desires lose motivational force when they become overruled by will and decision. Will is thus the basis for spiritual growth and the evolution of consciousness. David R. Hawkins
  • To overcome the gravity of worldly thoughts and beliefs requires the work of implementing the decision of the spiritual Will to deprogram consciousness. This includes the refusal to accept the ego/mind’s presumptions and statements as though they were reality. David R. Hawkins
  • The most important element in facilitating an upward movement in consciousness is an attitude of willingness, which opens up the mind through new means of appraisal to the possible validity of new hypotheses. David R. Hawkins
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Expand your consciousness through laughter

  • I want my people to understand that because only man is capable to laugh, that means laughter is the highest point of consciousness, the highest point of understanding, the highest point of evolution. That’s why I have started calling laughter “the prayer time.” Rajneesh
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Expand your consciousness through travel

  • Not only does travel give us a new system of reckoning, it also brings to the fore unknown aspects of our own self. Our consciousness being broadened and enriched, we shall judge ourselves more correctly. Ella Maillart
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Expand your consciousness though being inspired by a great purpose

  • When you are inspired by some great purpose, some extraordinary project, all of your thoughts break their bonds: Your mind transcends limitations, your consciousness expands in every direction, and you find yourself in a new, great, and wonderful world. Dormant forces, faculties and talents become alive and you discover yourself to be a greater person than you ever dreamed yourself to be. Patanjali
  • Nothing is likely to help a person overcome or endure troubles than the consciousness of having a task in life. Viktor E. Frankl
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Expand your consciousness by being with people who have a high state of consciousness

  • If you cannot find a group whose consciousness matches your own, be the source of one. Others of like consciousness will be drawn to you. Neale Donald Walsch
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Expand your consciousness though gratitude and appreciation

  • Today, I choose to be aware and to embrace all that is good, noble, and divine. As my awareness of joy, peace, love, and goodness grows in my consciousness, joy, peace, love, and goodness become the reality in which I live. For this I am so grateful! And So It Is! Iyanla Vanzant
  • When we shift perception to appreciation, we begin to take our power away from the mind and into consciousness, where love is waiting. Reuben Lowe
  • Gratitude is one of the chief graces of human existence and is crowned in heaven with a consciousness of unity. Ernest Holmes
  • Gratitude places you in the energy field of plentitude. Perceiving life in a consciousness of gratitude is literally stepping into another dimension of living. Suddenly the seeming ordinariness of your days takes on a divine sparkle. Michael Beckwith
  • I appreciate all that I am and all that I have. Stop focusing on what you do not have, and shift your consciousness to an appreciation for all that you are and all that you do have. Wayne Dyer
  • When your heart’s gratitude comes to the fore, when you become all gratitude, this gratitude is like a flow, a flow of consciousness. When your consciousness is flowing, feel that this gratitude-flow is like a river that is watering the root of the tree and the tree itself. It is always through gratitude that your consciousness-river will grow and water the perfection-tree inside you. Sri Chinmoy
  • What power can poverty have over a home where loving hearts are beating with a consciousness of untold riches of the head and heart? Orison Swett Marden
  • The purpose is to be in gratitude forever. Live with applied consciousness, prosperity will break through the walls, flood you with it. You do prayer when you are in difficulty. Pray when you are not in difficulty! That is the attitude of gratitude. Harbhajan Singh Yogi
  • The common meaning of gratitude is to be thankful for benefits received. While this is important, I feel that the energy of gratitude is one of the most powerful attracting forces in the universe. A heart filled with Thanksgiving, even when appearances tell us that we are mired in scarcity, conflict, and affliction, moves us to a higher frequency in consciousness and we soon witness reality shining through the illusion. John Randolph Price
  • Gratitude is a divine attitude in the wisdom traditions. It takes you out from the ego self and takes you into the higher self. That higher state of consciousness initiates self repair, self regulation and healing. Deepak Chopra
  • Gratitude is the most fruitful way of deepening your consciousness that you are a divine choice. Ann Voskamp
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Expand consciousness by learning the lessons of suffering and by accepting and transmuting your pain

  • There is no coming to consciousness without pain. People will do anything, no matter how absurd, in order to avoid facing their own soul. One does not become enlightened by imagining figures of light, but by making the darkness conscious. Carl Jung
  • The fires of suffering become the light of consciousness. Eckhart Tolle
  • When you accept suffering, however, there is an acceleration of that process which is brought about by the fact that you suffer consciously. You can accept suffering for yourself, or you can accept it for someone else, such as your child or parent. In the midst of conscious suffering, there is already the transmutation. The fire of suffering becomes the light of consciousness. 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 center it awakens consciousness. Arnold Mindell
  • Pain has its own noble joy, when it starts a strong consciousness of life, from a stagnant one. John Sterling
  • The energy that was trapped in the pain-body then changes its vibrational frequency and is transmuted into Presence. In this way, the pain-body becomes fuel for consciousness. This is why many of the wisest, most enlightened men and women on our planet once had a heavy pain- body. Eckhart Tolle
  • Become an alchemist. Transmute base metal into gold, suffering into consciousness, disaster into enlightenment. Eckhart Tolle
  • Suffering has a noble purpose: the evolution of consciousness and the burning up of the ego. Eckhart Tolle
  • There is no birth of consciousness without pain. Carl Jung
  • The coming to consciousness is not a discovery of some new thing; it is a long and painful return to that which has always been. Helen M. Luke
  • Suffering is the sole origin of consciousness. Fyodor Dostoevsky
  • Sometimes people need to experience acute suffering before the thinking and the awareness of the consciousness separate. People then realize there is another dimension in them that is not thinking but the ability to be aware of thinking. It is not emotion but the ability to be aware of emotion. Eckhart Tolle
  • Pain narrows consciousness; pleasure blurs it. Mason Cooley
  • Pain and pleasure occur in consciousness and exist only there. Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi
  • Most people would rather complain about some painful life pattern than dare to meet the level of their own consciousness responsible for its repeated appearance… and therein do the work needed to change it once and for all. Guy Finley
  • It’s from our sufferings that we form our consciousness. Lisa Bonet
  • The growth of the mind is the widening of the range of consciousness, and each step forward has been a most painful and laborious achievement. Carl Jung
  • To have compassion for oneself and all of mankind is instrumental—not only in recovery, but for any major advancement of consciousness—as we go through the painful struggles of evolution. David R. Hawkins
  • Many levels of consciousness can be suddenly transcended. These are often preceded by long periods of inner agony. David R. Hawkins
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Expand your consciousness by growing and stretching your comfort zone

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Expand your consciousness by letting go of fear

  • When we are frightened, we typically pull energy in to our center, seeing less, hearing less—shrinking consciousness precisely when we need to expand it. Nathaniel Branden
  • However, when we shift our awareness or “frequency” from self-consciousness – where fear, impossibility or feelings of separation reside – to cosmic consciousness, which is in total harmony with the universe and where none of those feelings exist, then anything is possible. Rhonda Byrne
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Expand your consciousness through seeing God in all

  • When I see and feel the life beat of Spirit in every object, I evolve to a higher level of transformation called consciousness. Deepak Chopra
  • To look to God is to look to the realm of consciousness that can deliver us from the pain of living. Marianne Williamson
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Expand your consciousness through realising God within

  • And, in the degree that Man realizes the existence of the Indwelling Spirit immanent within his being, so will he rise in the spiritual scale of life. This is what spiritual development means–the recognition, realization, and manifestation of the Spirit within us.  The Kybalion
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Expand your consciousness through contemplation

  • To be contemplative we must become converted to the consciousness that makes us one with the universe, in tune with the cosmic voice of God. Joan D. Chittister
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Expand your consciousness through yoga

  • Yoga is the spontaneous union of the individual consciousness with the All-Pervading Divine Power. Nirmala Srivastava
  • The experience of yoga is unspeakable. It’s the experience of samadhi. It’s the experience of connectedness, of oneness, boundlessness, merging with God consciousness… even if it’s just for an instant. Beryl Bender Birch
  • The one aim of [my] yoga is an inner self-development by which each one who follows it can in time discover the One Self in all and evolve a higher consciousness than the mental, a spiritual and supramental consciousness which will transform and divinize human nature. Sri Aurobindo
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Expand your consciousness through prayer

  • When we pray, it opens our minds to the divine consciousness of God. Prayer opens your mind to answers that have always been present. Iyanla Vanzant
  • Prayer does not change God, it changes us. It deepens insight, increases intuitive perception, expands consciousness. It transforms personality. Wilferd Peterson
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Expand your consciousness through play

  • I believe that all creativity and consciousness is born in the quality of play, as opposed to work, in the quickened intuitional spontaneity that I see as a constant through all my own existences, and in the experience of those I know. Seth
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Expand your consciousness through music

  • I am also interested in music expanding consciousness. By expanding consciousness, I mean that old patterns can be replaced with new ones. Pauline Oliveros
  • Who among us has not dreamt, in moments of ambition, of the miracle of a poetic prose, musical without rhythm and rhyme, supple and staccato enough to adapt to the lyrical stirrings of the soul, the undulations of dreams, and sudden leaps of consciousness. Charles Baudelaire
  • I want to connect music to its highest power – which is heightening consciousness and affecting people’s reality. That can’t be done in normal ways, not according to my experience. Saul Williams
  • Everything that is around us can effect our level of consciousness: the music we listen to, the people with whom we associate, the books we read, the shows that we watch. David R. Hawkins
  • In addition to the relaxing and mind-quieting effect of music, it’s also important that pieces of music are often inspired by and created in higher states of consciousness. The composer or songwriter may feel a sense of exaltation or a vision of beauty and is-ness which they try to express through the music and which comes through to the listener (as long as they are in a receptive state). Steve Taylor
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Expand your consciousness through sexuality

  • Transcendent sex involves altered states that seem to come out of nowhere and overcome one or both lovers. The term transcendent sex” comes from the sense of transcending (going beyond or breaking through) the usual sense of space, time or self that constitute normal, waking consciousness. For instance, a person might suddenly be out of body, hovering over the bed, or traveling back in time to a past life, or expanding to include the consciousness of all living creatures. Jenny Wade, Ph.D.
  • Sexual activity is driven by the same aims and motives as reading poetry or listening to music: to escape the limitations imposed by the need for particularity in the consciousness. Colin Wilson
  • Sex is our deepest form of consciousness. It is utterly non-ideal, non-mental. It is pure blood-consciousness…. It is the consciousness of the night, when the soul is almost asleep. D. H. Lawrence
  • Sex and beauty are inseparable, like life and consciousness. H. Lawrence
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Expand your consciousness by spending time in nature

  • A rare experience of a moment at daybreak, when something in nature seems to reveal all consciousness, cannot be explained at noon. Yet it is part of the day’s unity Charles Ives
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Expand consciousness through realising your inner completeness

  • We can only save ourselves through elevating our individual consciousness, by realizing there is already completeness within. Bryant H. McGill
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Poetry expands consciousness

  • The poet is at the edge of our consciousness of the world, finding beyond the suspected nothingness which we imagine limits our perception another acre or so of being worth our venturing upon. Guy Davenport
  • Poetry is the lifeblood of rebellion, revolution, and the raising of consciousness. Alice Walker
  • Poetry can change the world, just like any art can change the world, by changing consciousness. Lawrence Ferlinghetti
  • Poetry brings all possible experience to the same degree: a degree in the consciousness beyond which the consciousness itself cannot go. Laura Riding
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Death and loss can expand consciousness

  • When forms around you die or death approaches, your sense of Beingness, of I Am, is freed from its entanglement with form: Spirit is released from its imprisonment in matter. You realize your essential identity as formless, as an all-pervasive Presence, of Being prior to all forms, all identifications. You realize your true identity as consciousness itself, rather than what consciousness had identified with. That’s the peace of God. The ultimate truth of who you are is not I am this or I am that, but I Am.   Eckhart Tolle
  • To every accident and disaster there is a potentially redemptive dimension that we are usually unaware of. The tremendous shock of totally unexpected, imminent death can have the effect of forcing your consciousness completely out of identification with form. In the last few moments before physical death, and as you die, you then experience yourself as consciousness free of form. Suddenly, there is no more fear, just peace and a knowing that “all is well” and that death is only a form dissolving. Death is then recognized as ultimately illusory–as illusory as the form you had identified with as yourself.  Eckhart Tolle
  • Through facing death, your consciousness is freed to some extent from identification with form. This is why in some Buddhist traditions, the monks regularly visit the morgue to sit and meditate among the dead bodies.  Eckhart Tolle
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Certain drugs can expand consciousness

  • By banning psychedelic research we have not only given up the study of an interesting drug or group of substances, but also abandoned one of the most promising approaches to the understanding of the human mind and consciousness. Stanislav Grof
  • It seems that what I really want is a drug that will increase my consciousness of others, not myself. Jerzy Kosinski
  • Certain drugs provide brief excursions into altered states of consciousness. The problem is that the perceptions and understandings that come from these experiences don’t tend to last. Frederick Lenz
  • Drugs took me to places; they were like portals. It’s kind of a cliché, but they were like portals to altered states of consciousness into ways of imagining the world, or seeing a world beyond this world, or seeing a world beyond this world that I might not have gotten to unless I discovered meditation and a very deep, intense spiritual path based on contemplation and meditation. Anne Lamott
  • In ordinary consciousness we experience time in a linear way, as a river of moments which flow by and disappear into the past, never to return again. Particularly with medium-to high-intensity experiences, time seems to expand massively and the distinctions between the past, present and future seem to fade away. Psychedelic drugs like LSD and mescaline can ‘telescope aeons of blissful experience into one hour’. Steve Taylor
  • in the right circumstances, and the right state of mind, these drugs can, it seems, take our mind out of the mould of ordinary consciousness and give us access to wider and more intense realities. Steve Taylor
  • Psychedelic consciousness overturns that view, by granting us a wider, more generous lens through which we can glimpse the subject-hood — the spirit! — of everything, animal, vegetable, even mineral, all of it now somehow returning our gaze. Spirits, it seems, are everywhere. New rays of relation appear between us and all the world’s Others. Michael Pollan
  • Temporarily freed from the tyranny of the ego, with its maddeningly reflexive reactions and its pinched conception of one’s self-interest, we get to experience an extreme version of Keats’s “negative capability” — the ability to exist amid doubts and mysteries without reflexively reaching for certainty. To cultivate this mode of consciousness, with its exceptional degree of selflessness (literally!), requires us to transcend our subjectivity or — it comes to the same thing — widen its circle so far that it takes in, besides ourselves, other people and, beyond that, all of nature. Now I understood how a psychedelic could help us to make precisely that move, from the first-person singular to the plural and beyond. Under its influence, a sense of our interconnectedness — that platitude — is felt, becomes flesh. Though this perspective is not something a chemical can sustain for more than a few hours, those hours can give us an opportunity to see how it might go. And perhaps to practice being there. Michael Pollan
  • Many of us who have experienced psychedelics feel very much that they are sacred tools. They open spiritual awareness. Stanislav Grof
  • These substances function as unspecific amplifiers that increase the energetic niveau in the psyche and make the deep unconscious dynamics available for conscious processing. This unique property of psychedelics makes it possible to study psychological undercurrents that govern our experiences and behaviors to a depth that cannot be matched by any other methods and tools available in modern mainstream science. In emotional and psychosomatic disorders, for positive personality transformation, and consciousness evolution. Stanislav Grof
  • The function of the brain is to reduce all the available information and lock us into a limited experience of the world. LSD frees us from this restriction and opens us to a much larger experience. Stanislav Grof
  • Ritual use of psychedelic plants and substances has been a particularly effective technology for inducing holotropic states of consciousness. Stanislav Grof
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Changes in homeostasis can expand consciousness

  • Sleep deprivation also puts us out of homoeostasis and can occasionally give rise to a higher state of consciousness. Steve Taylor
  • But the strange thing is that when we’re out of homoeostasis there is the possibility that we may experience a higher state of consciousness. This is a loophole which human beings have made use of throughout history. Steve Taylor
  • The ascetics were using pain and discomfort as a way of ‘disrupting the equilibrium’ and transcending ordinary consciousness. Steve Taylor
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Expanded consciousness is the inner state of all great beings

  • Christ wasn’t a Christian and Buddha wasn’t a Buddhist and Muhammad wasn’t Muslim. These people were having the experience of unity consciousnesses and universal consciousness and they spoke of it in words. Deepak Chopra
  • I do believe that in every age there are people whose consciousness transcends their own time and that these people, whether fictional or historical, are those with whom we most closely identify and those about whom we most enjoy reading. Erica Jong
  • Through all ages, great saints have remained as living proof that this non-temporary, permanent state of consciousness can be revived in all living souls. George Harrison
  • Some people are called upon to do great things externally in this world by creating some new structure that reflects their awakening consciousness. Other people are not called to go out into the world and create great big things externally. Their purpose is to let consciousness flow into whatever they do – to do everything in a sacred manner. Eckhart Tolle
  • Some of the first human beings in whom the new consciousness emerged fully became the great teachers of humanity, such as Buddha, Lao Tzu, or Jesus, although their teachings were greatly misunderstood, especially when they turned into organized religion. They were the first manifestations of the flowering of human consciousness. Eckhart Tolle
  • So what happens when man has conquered all his base instincts and the divine consciousness of God is fully manifest? Then man becomes an incarnation of God on earth, worthy of worship, as was the case with Krishna, Moses, Jesus, Mohammed, Buddha and the divine Rishis (sages) of India, whose names are too numerous to list here. Pulkit Mathur
  • The great man presides over all his states of consciousness with obstinate rigor. Leonardo da Vinci
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Expanded consciousness gives rise to love and a sense of oneness

  • Love is the omnipresent force of the universe; it unifies energy and consciousness. John Pierrakos
  • Love is the recognition of oneness in a world of duality. This is the birth of God into the world of form. Love makes the world less worldly, less dense, more transparent to the divine dimension, the light of consciousness itself. Eckhart Tolle
  • At its highest, love is a religious state of consciousness. I love you too, Buddha loves, Jesus loves, but their love demands nothing in return. Rajneesh
  • Consciousness equals energy = love = awareness = light = wisdom = beauty = truth = purity. It’s all the same trip. Ram Dass
  • There is nothing holier in this life of ours than the first consciousness of love, the first fluttering of its silken wings. Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
  • Nobody can teach you love. Love you have to find yourself, within your being, by raising your consciousness to higher levels. Rajneesh
  • There are only two states of consciousness that exist – the state of the ego and the state of love. The ego is the narrow state, the seed-form, the atomic stage; love is all encompassing, love is God. The center of the ego is I; the ego exists for itself. The nectar of love is the universe. Love exists for all. Rajneesh
  • Surely love must also be one of those portals to the unmanifested?  No, it isn’t. As soon as one of the portals is open, love is present in you as the “feeling-realization” of oneness. Love isn’t a portal; it’s what comes through the portal into this world. As long as you are completely trapped in your form identity, there can be no love. Your task is not to search for love but to find a portal through which love can enter. Eckhart Tolle
  • When you cultivate this consciousness and therein understand that everything is yours, you will have no prejudices about race or color. In that consciousness you feel the love of a million mothers in your heart, not just for a few but for everyone. You do not imagine it, you feel it—this love that Jesus, Krishna, all of the great ones manifested—this universal intelligence and love which is called Christ Consciousness. Paramahansa Yogananda
  • As I radiate love and goodwill to others, I will open the channel for God’s love to come to me. Paramahansa Yogananda
  • Another attribute of pure consciousness is the cessation of the ordinary flow of thoughts or feelings—a condition of infinite power, compassion, gentleness, and love. In this state, self becomes Self. David R. Hawkins
  • Space is a unifying field of awareness in which you meet the other person without the separative barriers created by conceptual thinking. And now the other person is no longer ‘other.’ In that space, you are joined together as one awareness, one consciousness. Eckhart Tolle
  • When we stop fighting with ourselves, we aren’t creating anymore conflict in our mind. Then our mind can for the first time relax and be still. Then for the first time our consciousness can become whole and unfragmented. Then total attention can be given to all of our thoughts and feelings. And then there will be found a gentleness and a goodness in us that can embrace all that is been given in the world. Then a deep love for everything will be the result of this deep attention. For this total attention, this soft and pure consciousness that we are, is nothing but Love itself. Jiddu Krishnamurti
  • Love that is unconditional, unchanging, and permanent. It doesn’t fluctuate—its source isn’t dependent on external factors. Loving is a state of being. It’s a forgiving, nurturing, and supportive way of relating to the world. Love isn’t intellectual and doesn’t proceed from the mind; Love emanates from the heart. It has the capacity to lift others and accomplish great feats because of its purity of motive. David R. Hawkins
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… for love itself is a state of consciousness

  • Love is misunderstood to be an emotion; actually, it is a state of awareness, a way of being in the world, a way of seeing oneself and others. David R. Hawkins
  • At its highest, love is a religious state of consciousness. I love you too, Buddha loves, Jesus loves, but their love demands nothing in return. Rajneesh
  • There are only two states of consciousness that exist – the state of the ego and the state of love. The ego is the narrow state, the seed-form, the atomic stage; love is all encompassing, love is God. The center of the ego is I; the ego exists for itself. The nectar of love is the universe. Love exists for all. Rajneesh
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Expanded consciousness allows us to sense the consciousness in all

  • Awakening experiences also tell us that our normal sense that the world around us is basically inanimate is wrong. Everything – rocks, rivers, trees, plants, the whole Earth itself and even the sky – is alive. Everything has its own being, its own consciousness. Steve Taylor
  • Behold thine immortal Self resurrected with Christ in the illuminating Light of Christ Consciousness, present in every soul, every flower, every atom. Paramahansa Yogananda
  • When you wake up to the Divine Consciousness within you and your divine identity, you wake up simultaneously to the Divine Consciousness appearing as all other beings. And this is not poetry and this is not a feeling, this is a direct experience of the divine light living in and as all other beings. And until this realization is firm in you, you do not know who or where you are. Andrew Harvey
  • You are consciousness. Consciousness is spirit. Recognize yourself, and you will see yourself everywhere — in every other human being, in every animal, in every plant, in every rock. Gangaji
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Expanded consciousness gives rise to compassion

  • Compassion is one of the highest states of consciousness that you can choose to assist you in times of enormous pain. Debbie Ford
  • Compassion is the signature of Higher Consciousness. Non-violence is the tool to evolve into the Higher Consciousness. Amit Ray
  • To have compassion for oneself and all of mankind is instrumental—not only in recovery, but for any major advancement of consciousness—as we go through the painful struggles of evolution. David R. Hawkins
  • When you expand your awareness, your energy flows freely. You’re more flexible, balanced, and creative. You view yourself and the world with more compassion and understanding. You have more energy and are open to new possibilities. Deepak Chopra
  • It helps if you remember that everyone is doing their best from their level of consciousness. Deepak Chopra
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Expanded consciousness brings peace and calmness

  • Peace is not so much a political mandate as it is a shared state of consciousness that remains elevated and intact only to the degree that those who value it volunteer their existence as living examples of the same. Aberjhani
  • If Peace is identical to deep sleep and, as we have seen, deep sleep is the presence of Consciousness without objectivity. Rupert Spira
  • It follows that Peace is inherent in Consciousness, that Peace and Consciousness are one. Rupert Spira
  • Later on we discover that Peace and Happiness are inherent qualities of this Presence. They come from the background of Consciousness, not from the foreground of objects. Rupert Spira
  • Peace is not an objective experience. It is simply the presence of Consciousness without an object. Rupert Spira
  • Your strength is in your calmness, in the clarity of your mind. Strength comes from putting the negative aside without reacting. Win in calmness, in consciousness, in balance. Yogi Amrit Desai
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Expanded consciousness brings discernment

  • The practice of discernment is part of higher consciousness. Discernment is not just a step up from judgment. In life’s curriculum, it is the opposite of judgment. Through judgment a man reveals what he needs to confront and learn. Through discernment, one reveals what he has mastered. Glenda Green
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Expanded consciousness brings great power …

  • Our intellect, our awareness, and our consciousness is the most powerful form of life on this planet. James McAvoy
  • Man can become like God and acquire control over the whole universe if he multiplies infinitely his centre of self-consciousness. Swami Vivekananda
  • I don’t believe there are any powers, which in the larger sense, are unnatural or even supernatural. I think we just do not yet scientifically understand all of the powers inherent in the human consciousness… Marianne Williamson
  • Higher levels of consciousness are exponentially more powerful than the lower levels. David R. Hawkins
  • Higher levels of consciousness are energy sustaining. Lower levels of consciousness are energy depleting. Anthony Lambert
  • Higher states are so powerful that once they have been experienced, they are never forgotten, and therefore, are sought ever after. It reprograms the experiencer so that he’s never content with ordinary consciousness again. David R. Hawkins
  • I propose a revolutionary idea: that a truly advanced civilization will not be classified on the basis of the physical energy it harnesses, but rather on its ability to understand and use the literal creative energy of divine consciousness that is the fundamental nature of all living beings. Bernard Haisch
  • Everything in the universe emits a vibration. The higher the vibration, the more power it has. David R. Hawkins
  • The difference in power between a loving thought verse a fearful thought is so enormous as to be beyond the capacity of the human imagination to easily comprehend. David R. Hawkins
  • The energy of a loving thought is enormously more powerful than that of a negative one. Therefore, the traditional solutions of love and prayer have a sound scientific basis; man has within his own essence the power of his own salvation. David R. Hawkins
  • The all-pervasive universal energy field called consciousness is of infinite power and dimension beyond time and is compositionally nonlinear. It is the ‘light of the world’ as it emanates from the Unmanifest to the Manifest, from the nonlinear, infinite potentiality to its linear expression as the unfolding of Creation. David R. Hawkins
  • The infinite field of consciousness is All Present, All Powerful, and includes All of Existence. David R. Hawkins
  • Pure consciousness itself—which is described as “Is-ness,” “Being-ness,” or “I-am- ness”—represents the infinite potential, power, and energy source of all of existence, identified as “Deity,” “God,” or “Divinity.” David R. Hawkins
  • The transformative source of power cannot originate from the mind or the personality called the personal ‘I’. The necessary power resides in the nonlinear quality of consciousness termed the ‘Will’, which alone can open the gates to the power necessary to dissolve the ego’s positionality. David R. Hawkins
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… power that lies within us…

  • All sentient beings – all holons in fact – contain Buddha-nature – contain depth, consciousness, intrinsic value, Spirit – and thus we are all members of the council of all beings… And the ultimate objective truth is that all beings are perfect manifestations of Spirit or Emptiness Ken Wilber
  • Deep within, there is something profoundly known, not consciously, but subconsciously. A quiet truth, that is not a version of something, but an original knowing. What this, absolute, truth identity is may be none of our business…but it is there, guiding us along the path of greater becoming; a true awareness. It is so self- sustaining that our recognition of it is not required. We are offspring’s of such a powerfully divine force – Creator of all things known and unknown. F. Hodge
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Expanded consciousness brings abundance

  • In a freer state, that which is chosen manifests in our life effortlessly. We surrender the emotion of desire and, instead, merely choose the goal, picture it lovingly, and allow it to happen because we see that it is already ours. Why is it already ours? In a lower state of consciousness, the universe is seen as negative and denying, frustrating, and reluctant. It is like a bad, stingy parent. In a higher state of consciousness, our experience of the universe changes. It now becomes like a giving, loving, unconditionally approving parent who wants us to have everything we want, and it is ours for the asking. That is the reason for the saying, “The poor get poorer and the rich get richer. David R. Hawkins
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Expanded consciousness brings healthy relationships

  • It is obvious that higher states of consciousness have a profound effect on our relationships, because one of the laws of consciousness is like goes to like. Our inner states are actually radiated to others. David R. Hawkins
  • Our relationships are our mirrors; they reflect where we are in consciousness. And if we are willing to face the truth about ourselves, our relationships offer the lessons that lead to our greatest transformation. Susan L. Taylor
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Expanded consciousness brings huge differences to our state of being

  • Higher levels of consciousness are characterised by persistent flows of love, compassion, peace, joy, wonder, courage, creativity, wisdom, intelligence and the perception of wonder, beauty and aliveness. Lower levels are characterised by persistent despair, shame, guilt, fear, envy, regret, anger, craving, and excessive pride. Anthony Lambert
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Expanded consciousness brings genius

  • Genius is by definition a style of consciousness characterized by the ability to access high energy attractor patterns. It is not a personality characteristic. It is not something that a person has, nor even something that someone is. Those in whom we recognize genius commonly disclaim it. A universal characteristic of genius is humility. The genius has always attributed his insights to some higher influence. David R. Hawkins
  • Thoughts really belong to the consciousness of the world; the individual mind merely processes them in new combinations and permutations. What are seen to be truly original thoughts appear only through the medium of genius and are invariably felt by their authors to be a gift, found or given, not self-created. David R. Hawkins
  • Just as every human has within himself the same essence of consciousness, so is genius a potential that resides within everyone—it simply waits for the right circumstance to express itself. David R. Hawkins
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Expanded consciousness brings higher thoughts

  • Although the personal self likes to think that the thoughts going through the mind are ‘my thoughts’, they are actually only ‘the thoughts’ that prevail at a given level of consciousness. It is like different depths in the sea attract different types of fish. Thus, if one’s calibrated level of consciousness is primarily in the field of pride, then the field itself impersonally attracts similar supportive thoughts that are quite different from the ones that prevail with an overall attitude of neutrality or acceptance. David R. Hawkins
  • We may arrive at the insight that all of our thoughts are merely borrowed from the great database of consciousness and were never really our own. David R. Hawkins
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Expanded consciousness changes reality for the better

  • Since consciousness is the basis of all reality, any shift in consciousness changes every aspect of our reality. Reality is created by consciousness differentiating into cognition, moods, emotions, perceptions, behavior, speech, social interactions, environment, interaction with the forces of nature, and biology. As consciousness evolves, these different aspects of consciousness also change. Deepak Chopra
  • All consciousness is time existence; and a conscious state is not a state that endures without changing. It is a change without ceasing, when change ceases it ceases; it is itself nothing but change. Bergson
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Expanded consciousness changes how we perceive and relate to the world

  • Affairs of the world are perceived and interpreted in accordance with one’s level of consciousness. Therefore, the world may appear to be tragic, sad, miserable, or fearful, or it may, on the contrary, seem tempting, exciting, and challenging. In the high 500s, it is viewed with compassion and seen as beauty. In the 600s, it is seen as peaceful, and then, in the 700s, as Ramana Maharshi said, “The world you ‘see’ (i.e., perception) does not even exist; therefore, surrender it to God.” David R. Hawkins
  • Each level of consciousness coincides with determinable human behaviors and perceptions about life and God. David R. Hawkins
  • Each level of consciousness influences perceived significance, understanding, and meaning. David R. Hawkins
  • Each person’s ego can be calibrated as to its level of consciousness. Each level represents a strata or level analogous to the light spectrum. To people in the yellow range, everything looks yellow; in the blue range, everything seems blue. David R. Hawkins
  • If you view all the things that happen to you, both good and bad, as opportunities, then you operate out of a higher level of consciousness. Les Brown
  • If you were in a perfected state of consciousness, you would only see perfection in all things. Frederick Lenz
  • Level of consciousness is correlated with perception, values, and intrinsic capacity for comprehension and primary motivation. David R. Hawkins
  • Enlightenment is seeing the same world, but in a different light. It is not seeing different things so much as seeing things differently. Peter Russell
  • As Consciousness sees itself, so the world appears. Rupert Spira
  • Neutrality, because it’s epitomized by release from the positionality that typifies lower levels. Below 250, consciousness tends to see dichotomies and take on rigid positions, an impediment in a world that’s complex and multifactorial rather than black and white. David R. Hawkins
  • People and their thoughts and words are like voice boxes connected to various energy fields. The mouths and minds parrot the thought forms that prevail at any given level of consciousness. David R. Hawkins
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Expanded consciousness changes the circumstances of our life for the better

  • A change of circumstance happens as a result of a change in your state of consciousness. Neville Goddard
  • What is needed is not a change of circumstance, but a change of consciousness. Neale Donald Walsch
  • Every issue of life is determined not by external conditions and things, but by one’s consciousness. Harold Klemp
  • If action is possible or necessary, your action will be in alignment with the whole and supported by creative intelligence, the unconditioned consciousness which in a state of inner openness you become one with. Circumstances and people then become helpful, cooperative. Coincidences happen. If no action is possible, you rest in the peace and inner stillness that come with surrender. Eckhart Tolle
  • If you want to know the state of your personal consciousness, just look around and see what is happening to you. Deepak Chopra
  • There is a deep interrelatedness between your state of consciousness and external reality.  Eckhart Tolle
  • Since my visit I am more convinced than ever before that our time on earth must be devoted to attaining a higher consciousness – a deeper spiritual awareness. And not just to have healthier bodies and more material possessions. Those are the added things that come into our lives when we seek an understanding of the Reality of our Being – the Spirit of God within. And when we realize that Presence, and understand that It is who and what we are, then our lives become an adventure in love, joy, and peace, and the adventure continues when we cross over, in even fuller measure. Jan Price
  • There is also the common thought held by seekers that there are only two alternatives, either enlightenment or painful entrapment by the ego. Actually, each step forward brings new joys and a jump in consciousness that calibrates at even only a few points higher on the Scale of Consciousness. Because it is a logarithmic jump, however, it can bring about much greater happiness and accord. As one progresses, confidence replaces fear, emotional comfort replaces distress, and the ease and quality of life improves. David R. Hawkins
  • As you begin to feel this enormous shift of consciousness, called multisensory perception, emerging in your awareness, you begin to reorient yourself. It’s a reorientation that occurs toward yourself as more than a mind and a body; it’s a reorientation that occurs toward others; toward your life as meaningful, rather than predetermined. It’s a reorientation that occurs toward the universe as alive, wise and compassionate, instead of inert (which means dead) and random. Gary Zukav
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Expanded consciousness makes accessible the knowledge, wisdom and truth existing in consciousness

  • Books act like a developing fluid on film. That is, they bring into consciousness what you didn’t know you knew. Clifton Fadiman
  • But, in history, practical usefulness never determines the moral value of an achievement. Only the person who increases the knowledge humanity has about itself and enhances its creative consciousness permanently enriches humanity. Stefan Zweig
  • Consciousness is a state in which a man knows all at once everything that he in general knows and in which he can see how little he does know and how many contradictions there are in what he knows. I. Gurdjieff
  • Enlightenment is not the process of learning ‘new’ information. It is the process of ‘reminding’ ourselves that the answers are already ‘within our consciousness’. All knowledge, all energy, all information is within us, not outside of us. it always has been and always will be. Eric Allen
  • Every truth ever discovered, each new spiritual light that will ever burn bright has already been seeded in our consciousness. Guy Finley
  • Higher thought forms trump lower ones. In the presence of a high frequency of human consciousness, all lower thought forms ultimately drop of their own dead weight. Marianne Williamson
  • Within our consciousness is contained the wisdom of the ancestors, learned on their own explorations. Christ died for my sins. Buddha became enlightened so I, too, could become enlightened. Black Elk had visions so I could share his visions. We are all one tribe. We who live today receive the benefit of every spiritual act from every person who has ever lived. The river of consciousness flows through the minds of all, past and present. John Kehoe
  • What do we mean by the word ‘wisdom’? Usually we mean something superior to knowledge, something deeper. In the spiritual world, the word ‘wisdom’ is not used in that way. Here wisdom means Light, illumining Light, transforming Light. That which illumines our unlit consciousness is wisdom. That which transforms the finite consciousness into the infinite Consciousness is called wisdom. Sri Chinmoy
  • Knowledge is structured in consciousness. Maharishi Mahesh Yogi
  • Knowledge exists in two forms – lifeless, stored in books, and alive, in the consciousness of men. The second form of existence is after all the essential one; the first, indispensable as it may be, occupies only an inferior position. Albert Einstein
  • In your very nature, in the depth of your mind, there is omnipresence, omnipotence, omniscience. All knowledge is already in the depth of your consciousness, of your mind. Sri Sri Ravi Shankar
  • The wisdom obtained in the higher states of consciousness is different from that obtained by inference and testimony as it refers to particulars. Patanjali
  • Wisdom is a condition of consciousness rather than an attitude of mind. Wisdom is that state of being in which an individual finds himself when realization has tinctured and transmuted all attitudes and opinions. A wise man is one who has experienced wisdom, wisdom in this sense being a mystical experience. Manly Hall
  • Whenever our life is stirred by truth, it expresses energy and comes to be filled, as it were, with a creative ardor. This consciousness of the creative urge is evidence of the force of truth on our mind. Rabindranath Tagore
  • Everything in the universe, including even a passing thought, is recorded forever in the timeless field of consciousness, which is everywhere equally present. All that has ever occurred, either physically or by thought, is equally available because the field is beyond time and space. There is no ‘here’ or ‘there’; there is no ‘now’ or ‘then’. The totality is equally and permanently present everywhere. David R. Hawkins
  • Take five minutes every day and just sit in silence. In that time, put these questions to your attention and heart: ‘Who am I? What do I want for my life? What do 1 want from my life today?’ Then let go, and let your stream of consciousness, your quieter inner voice, supply the answers. Then, after five minutes, write them down. Do this every day and you’ll be surprised at how situations, circumstances, events, and people will orchestrate themselves around the answers. This is the beginning of synchrodestiny. Deepak Chopra
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Expanded consciousness reveals higher truths

  • Consciousness level 200 is critical because it demarcates truth from falsehood. David R. Hawkins
  • Everyone has his own truths and every such truth corresponds to a particular intelligence or consciousness level. If some religious absurdities are your truths, then you must increase your level to approach to the real truth! At the position of low level intelligence and consciousness, it is impossible to see the real truth! Mehmet Murat Ildan
  • If we are in a high enough state of consciousness we see that life is only a passing dream. Frederick Lenz
  • Ramana Maharshi said that “there is no point in trying to save the world because the world one sees does not even exist.” That is the truth and experiential reality of consciousness calibration level 720, but it is not the experiential reality of consciousness levels below it. It is necessary to be true to the reality that is experientially valid and true at one’s level of development. David R. Hawkins
  • Spiritual truth is that which raises your level of consciousness. Anthony Lambert
  • The apparent realities of a specific level of consciousness are not necessarily those of another level. David R. Hawkins
  • The truth of each level of consciousness is self–verifying in that each level has its native range of perception, which confirms what’s already believed to be true. David R. Hawkins
  • A statement may be true at a high level of understanding, but be incomprehensible to the average mind. Its value may therefore be corrupted when the statement is distorted by the limitations of the listener. David R. Hawkins
  • There’s nothing the mind believes that isn’t erroneous at a higher level of awareness. David R. Hawkins
  • What appears as an important and exciting piece of information from the perspective of one level might be boring or even repulsive at another level. Truth is subjective, and that can be frightening. David R. Hawkins
  • And through the opening or clearing in your own awareness may come flashing higher truths, subtler revelations, profound connections. For a moment you might even touch eternity. Ken Wilber
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Expanded consciousness gives rise to imagination and creativity …

  • What the artist or creative scientist feels is not anxiety or fear; it is joy. I use the word in contrast to happiness or pleasure. The artist, at the moment of creating, does not experience gratification or satisfaction. Rather, it is joy, joy defined as the emotion that goes with heightened consciousness, the mood that accompanies the experience of actualizing one’s own potentialities. Rollo May
  • Imagination is the primary gift of human consciousness. Sir Ken Robinson
  • Creativity is the state of consciousness in which you enter into the treasury of your innermost being and bring the beauty into manifestation. Torkom Saraydarian
  • By whatever name one calls it, genuine creativity is characterized by an intensity of awareness, a heightened consciousness. Rollo May
  • Consciousness is, among other things, a spontaneous exercise in creativity. You are learning now, in a three-dimensional context, the ways in which your emotional and psychic existence can create varieties of physical form. You manipulate within the psychic environment, and these manipulations are then automatically impressed upon the physical mold. Seth
  • Creativity comes from the spiritual realm, the collective consciousness. And the mind is in a different realm than the molecules of the brain. The brain is a receiver, not a source. Candace Pert
  • Creativity is the process of bringing something new into being. Creativity requires passion and commitment. It brings to our awareness what was previously hidden and points to new life. The experience is one of heightened consciousness: ecstasy. Rollo May
  • Everyone’s got consciousness.. . Grow that ball of consciousness and all avenues of life improve. Your work just blossoms. David Lynch
  • When you realize that the real breakthroughs come from levels of higher consciousness, then you also realize that the achievement of maturity and wisdom is the most powerful generator of new beginnings possible. Marianne Williamson
  • The underlying purpose of all art is to create patterns of imagery which somehow convey a sense of life set in a framework of order … all great art … harmonises consciousness with the ego-transcending Self. Christopher Booker
  • No-mind is consciousness without thought. Only in that way is it possible to think creatively, because only in that way does thought have any real power. Thought alone, when it is no longer connected with the much vaster realm of consciousness, quickly becomes barren, insane, destructive.   Eckhart Tolle
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… including all great art

  • An artist paints, dances, draws, writes, designs, or acts at the expanding edge of consciousness. We press into the unknown rather than the known. This makes life lovely and lively. Julia Cameron
  • Art and religion have the same origin. Art first, or religion first? Maybe consciousness first! Consciousness always comes with religious feeling and artistic identification. It’s the same origin. Hiroshi Sugimoto
  • Art is a form of consciousness. Susan Sonrag
  • Art is not consciousness per se, but rather its antidote- evolved from within consciousness itself. Susan Sonrag
  • Art is thus materialized dream, separated from the ordinary consciousness of waking life. Pavel Florensky
  • Art really has its source in the transcendent, the unmanifest field of pure consciousness, which is the non-changing, immortal field of all possibilities…When the awareness of the artist is in tune with this center of infinite creativity, his piece of art breathes fullness of life, nourishes the creator, the artist, and inspires his admirers with waves of bliss. Maharishi Mahesh Yogi
  • Artwork is not thought up in consciousness and then, as a separate phase, executed by the hand. The hand surprises us creates and solves problems on its own. Often, enigmas that baffle our brains are dealt with easily, unconsciously, by the hand. Stephen Nachmanovitch
  • Be an artist of consciousness. Your picture of reality is your most important creation. Make it powerfully profoundly beautiful. Alex Grey
  • The picture must all come out of the artist’s inside, awareness of forms and figures… It is more than memory. It is the image as it lives in the consciousness, alive like a vision, but unknown. H. Lawrence
  • The moral pleasure in art, as well as the moral service that art performs, consists in the intelligent gratification of consciousness. Susan Sonrag
  • The defining function of the artist is to cherish consciousness. Max Eastman
  • Painters have always needed a sort of veil upon which they can focus their attention. It’s as though the more fully the consciousness is absorbed, the greater the freedom of the spirit behind Bridget Riley
  • No form of art goes beyond ordinary consciousness as film does, straight to our emotions, deep into the twilight room of the soul. Ingmar Bergman
  • If reality impacted directly on our senses and our consciousness, if we could have direct communication between the material world and ourselves, art would be unnecessary. Henri Bergson
  • Artistic creation, sports, dance, teaching, counseling — mastery in any field of endeavor implies that the thinking mind is either no longer involved at all or at least is taking second place. A power and intelligence greater than you and yet one with you in essence takes over. There is no decision-making process anymore; spontaneous right action happens, and “you” are not doing it. Mastery of life is the opposite of control. You become aligned with the greater consciousness. It acts, speaks, does the works.  Eckhart Tolle
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Expanded consciousness gives rise to intuition

  • Unlike rational thought, intuition cannot be ‘taught’ or even turned on. In fact, it is impossible to find or manipulate this intuitive consciousness using our rational mind—any more than we can grasp our own hand or see our own eye. Thomas Hoover
  • The intellect has little to do on the road to discovery. There comes a leap in consciousness, call it intuition or what you will, the solution comes to you and you don’t know how or why. Albert Einstein
  • I began to realize that an intuitive understanding and consciousness was more significant than abstract thinking and intellectual logical analysis. Intuition is a very powerful thing, more powerful than intellect, in my opinion. That’s had a big impact on my work. Steve Jobs
  • As we get higher and freer, what the world calls spiritual awareness, intuition, and growth of consciousness occur. David R. Hawkins
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Expanded consciousness gives rise to insight and new perspectives

  • As my consciousness expands, my whole being changes and I vibrate at a higher frequency. Inner truths are perceived. Veils are lifted. I see with new eyes. John Kehoe
  • No problem can be solved by the same consciousness that created it. We need to see the world anew. Albert Einstein
  • Questions are lasers of human consciousness. Their power can cut through any obstacle. Ask empowering questions that will increase the quality of your life and uplift your spirit. Questions create answers – even where they seemingly do not exist. Tony Robbins
  • There can only be one solution to any problem: a change in attitude and in consciousness. Gregg Braden
  • Let’s consciously evolve as individuals and as a culture to a “second- tier” level of consciousness. Here, for the first time, we can hold multiple perspectives. No one is smart enough to be 100% wrong. Ken Wilber
  • Every failure to cope with a life situation must be laid, in the end, to a restriction of consciousness. Wars and temper tantrums are the makeshifts of ignorance; regrets are illuminations come too late. Joseph Campbell
  • You are an explorer, and you represent our species, and the greatest good you can do is to bring back a new idea, because our world is endangered by the absence of good ideas. Our world is in crisis because of the absence of consciousness. Terence McKenna
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Expanded consciousness gives rise to happiness

  • A person can make himself happy, or miserable, regardless of what is actually happening ‘outside,’ just by changing the contents of consciousness. Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi
  • Control of consciousness determines the quality of life. Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi
  • Happiness and peace of mind are a matter of consciousness. We must create the harmony we desire. As we raise our level of consciousness we become more in tune with the true nature of our being. This type of awareness is not an accident; it comes from study and an understanding that we are truly creative. Bob Proctor
  • Happiness happens when your consciousness is not dominated by addictions and demands – and you experience life as a parade of preferences. Ken Keyes Jr.
  • The level of experiential happiness rises in exact accord with the level of consciousness and not with material success. David R. Hawkins
  • Any meaningful human satisfaction cannot even commence until the level of 250, where some degree of self-confidence begins to emerge as a basis for positive life experiences in the evolution of consciousness. David R. Hawkins
  • The saint, or person of high consciousness, is by definition one who has removed the clouds of negativity and radiates the full healing power of the sun. David R. Hawkins
  • Happiness is a non-objective experience. It is simply the presence of Consciousness. It is the experience that is revealed every time a desire comes to an end. Desire is agitation and Happiness is the ever-present background of all states that is revealed when this agitation ceases. Rupert Spira
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Expanded consciousness brings contentment

  • Once we do fill the void and experience the expansion in consciousness, we realize there is enough and has always been enough. We’ve always had exactly what we’ve needed in every moment. Isha Judd
  • What is illusive via greed often effortlessly materializes as a consequence of evolving to a higher level of consciousness. David R. Hawkins
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Expanded consciousness gives rise to bliss and joy

  • Enjoy the limitless bliss consciousness here and now. The reality of you lies much beyond your sensory perceptions and boundaries. Amit Ray
  • When you feel expansion of your consciousness, that is the most ecstatic experience possible, because suddenly you are the whole universe. Stars are within you. The sun rises within you and sets within you. The earth moves within you. The flowers blossom within you. Rajneesh
  • Joy is the effervescent awareness that all is well and everything is consciousness; the formless dancing through the form. Aimee Davies
  • Being pure consciousness – do not disturb your mind with thoughts of, for and against. Be at peace and remain happily in yourself, the essence of joy. Astavakra Gita
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Expanded consciousness dissolves negativity

  • it is essential to bring more consciousness into your life in ordinary situations when everything is going relatively smoothly. In this way, you grow in presence power. It generates an energy field in you and around you of a high vibrational frequency. No unconsciousness, no negativity, no discord or violence can enter that field and survive, just as darkness cannot survive in the presence of light.  Eckhart Tolle
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Expanded consciousness gives rise to mystical experiences

  • People have moments of consciousness and epiphanies throughout their lives, but then suppress the realization. Bryant H. McGill
  • I think a lot about Big Mind-Small Mind, expansive, wide-lens consciousness and contracted, introverted consciousness. I have moments-we all do-when just being alive is a pleasure and a miracle. They feel like moments when the shutters of the mind are open so I can look out. It also feels as if those same shutters have no hooks to fix them in an open position. One small wind and bang-they slam shut. Sylvia Boorstein
  • At consciousness level 500, there is a major shift of paradigm, and from consciousness level 600 and up, the spiritual reality is described as ineffable or mystical. David R. Hawkins
  • Then emerged the exquisite onset of a state of consciousness in which the mind melted and became silent. A Presence—timeless, gentle, yet infinitely powerful—pervaded, and its overwhelming Love replaced mentalization. David R. Hawkins
  • Most people who’ve never experienced non-ordinary states of consciousness and only hear them described tend to try to describe them in terms of the logical, rational way of looking at things, the so-called scientific explanation, which often leaves a lot lacking and doesn’t really fulfill understanding the experience at all. Fred Alan Wolf
  • This same reprogramming process occurs in people who have reached high states of consciousness by other means, such as near-death experiences, or experiencing samadhi through intense meditation. Such individuals are frequently observed to have changed forever. David R. Hawkins
  • When you expand your awareness, seemingly random events will be seen to fit into a larger purpose. Deepak Chopra
  • Although the ego/mind processor performs an incredibly complex multitude of functions simultaneously and seemingly without effort, there is a loss between input and output. That loss is a quality of the original purity and innate brilliance. The output to the ‘experiencer’ is devoid of the aliveness and radiance of Divinity that is innate to All that Exists. With the evolution of consciousness, this screen suddenly disappears, and when this happens, there is a profound transformation in that everything becomes radiant, illuminated in depth, texture, and color. It ‘presents’ itself unedited instead of being perceived and interpreted. David R. Hawkins
  • I felt the point of consciousness that was myself growing wider, surrounded by waves of light… I was now all consciousness, without any outline, immersed in a sea of light simultaneously conscious and aware of every point, spread out, as it were, in all directions without any barrier or material obstruction. I was no longer myself, or, to be more accurate no longer as I knew myself to be, but instead was a vast circle of consciousness in which my body was but a point, bathed in light and in a state of exaltation and happiness impossible to describe. Steve Taylor
  • In awakening experiences, there is a sense that our consciousness has become wider and clearer and that we have gained access to a deeper and truer level of reality which is normally hidden from us. Steve Taylor
  • Many pre-modern cultures believed in the existence of superior states of consciousness, that people might access through meditation, drugs or rituals. Shamans, monks and ascetics systematically explored the mysterious lands of mind, and returned laden with breathtaking stories. They told of unfamiliar states of supreme tranquillity, extreme sharpness and matchless sensitivity. They told of the mind expanding to infinity or dissolving into emptiness. The humanist revolution caused modern Western culture to lose faith and interest in superior mental states, and to sanctify the mundane experiences of the average Joe. Yuval Noah Harari
  • My mind fell like a hailstone into that vast expanse of Consciousness. Touching one drop of it I melted away and became one with the Absolute. And now, though I return to human consciousness, I see nothing, I hear nothing, I know that nothing is different from me. Adi Shankara
  • The main point I want to make here, however, is that perhaps the most extraordinary feature of eternity consciousness is that it doesn’t feel extraordinary at all. It feels quintessentially natural that personal consciousness should be aware of its own Ground, while my first fifty-nine years of so-called “normal” consciousness, in ignorance of that Ground, now seem like a kind of waking dream. It was as if I’d been entranced from birth into a collective nightmare of separate individuals struggling in an alien universe for survival, satisfaction and significance. My intensive investigations in this area over the past decade have left me in no doubt that proponents of the so-called Perennial Philosophy are correct in identifying a common “deep structure” of experience underlying ing the widely different cultural expressions of mystics in all traditions. John Wren-Lewis, a mathematical physicist
  • The mind remains silent, and there is an immense awe as Creation now appears as Revelation—iridescent, radiant as though enchanted, and vibrant with the efflorescence of unmistakable Divinity. All is as though in intense Technicolor—electrified and luminous. All is conscious and conscious of being conscious, and conscious of the awareness of consciousness of all else that exists. All is intrinsically worshipful as a consequence of the conscious awareness of the Presence of God as Creation in its most minute details. All is Holy and Sacred, as evidenced by its splendor as Existence itself. Therefore, all things are seen as sacred and holy; all things ‘both large and small’ are sacred; thus, “Gloria in Excelsis Deo!” David R. Hawkins
  • The ordinary waking consciousness is a very useful and, on most occasions, an indispensable state of mind; but it is by no means the only form of consciousness, nor in all circumstances the best. Insofar as he transcends his ordinary self and his ordinary mode of awareness, the mystic is able to enlarge his vision, to look more deeply into the unfathomable miracle of existence. The mystical experience is doubly valuable; it is valuable because it gives the experiencer a better understanding of himself and the world and because it may help him to lead a less self-centered and more creative life. Aldous Huxley
  • The trees seemed to be bulging and surging, at anchor on a tide, and the heave of the slope of the park was alive… The universe ceased to be the vast clock-work of circling planets and pivotal suns which she had known. The stars opened like eyes, with a consciousness in them, and the sky was filled with a soft, yearning stress of consolation. It was not mere atmosphere. It had its own feeling, its own anima. Everything had its own anima. H. Lawrence’s
  • I can find no words for what I feel. My consciousness is withdrawn into itself; I hear my heart beating, and my life passing. It seems to me that I have become a statue on the banks of the river of time, that I am the spectator of some mystery, and shall issue from it old, or no longer capable of age. Henri Frederic Amiel
  • In the famous Gifford lectures, James described the experience of consciousness itself as rare, unique, indescribable, and “beyond mind”—a thought-free state of Knowingness that’s complete, all-inclusive, with neither need nor want, and beyond the limitation of experiencing the merely individualized, personal self. David R. Hawkins
  • The contemplation of consciousness—which is the contemplation of no-thing whatsoever—is endlessly fascinating. It’s like staring at a candle in a dark night—you find yourself mesmerized by something that is unchanging yet infinitely compelling. You feel drawn into something you don’t understand rationally but that your heart or soul grasps completely. You are drawn into it, and as you are drawn into it, the only thing you experience as real is the eternal or timeless nature of Being itself. You find yourself in a state of rapture, because the deepest part of yourself has been released from your ego’s endless fears and concerns, and drawn out of the time process altogether. Andrew Cohen
  • Are the mystics and sages insane? Because they all tell variations on the same story, don’t they? The story of awakening one morning and discovering you are one with the All, in a timeless and eternal and infinite fashion. Yes, maybe they are crazy, these divine fools. Maybe they are mumbling idiots in the face of the Abyss. Maybe they need a nice, understanding therapist. Yes, I’m sure that would help. But then, I wonder. Maybe the evolutionary sequence really is from matter to body to mind to soul to spirit, each transcending and including, each with a greater depth and greater consciousness and wider embrace. And in the highest reaches of evolution, maybe, just maybe, an individual’s consciousness does indeed touch infinity — a total embrace of the entire Kosmos — a Kosmic consciousness that is Spirit awakened to its own true nature. It’s at least plausible. And tell me: is that story, sung by mystics and sages the world over, any crazier than the scientific materialism story, which is that the entire sequence is a tale told by an idiot, full of sound and fury, signifying absolutely nothing? Listen very carefully: just which of those two stories actually sounds totally insane? Ken Wilber
  • There are people who can start having very powerful experiences without taking psychedelics. It can happen against their will. This is a universal phenomenon. Stanislav Grof
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Expanded consciousness gives rise to synchronicity

  • The whole is made up of existence and Being, the manifested and the unmanifested, the world and God. So when you become aligned with the whole, you become a conscious part of the interconnectedness of the whole and its purpose: the emergence of consciousness into this world. As a result, spontaneous helpful occurrences, chance encounters, coincidences, and synchronistic events happen much more frequently. Carl Jung called synchronicity an “acausal connecting principle.” This means there is no causal connection between synchronistic events on our surface level of reality. It is an outer manifestation of an underlying intelligence behind the world of appearances and a deeper connectedness that our mind cannot understand. But we can be conscious participants in the unfolding of that intelligence, the flowering consciousness.  Eckhart Tolle
  • Since human life and human consciousness are intrinsically one with the life of the planet, as the old consciousness dissolves, there are bound to be synchronistic geographic and climatic natural upheavals in many parts of the planet, some of which we are already witnessing now.  Eckhart Tolle
  • Synchronicities, epiphanies, peak, and mystical experiences are all cases in which creativity breaks through the barriers of the self and allows awareness to flood through the whole domain of consciousness. It is the human mind operating, for a moment, in its true order and moving through orders of increasing subtlety, reaching past the source of mind and matter into creativity itself. David Peat
  • Consciousness itself is an infinite regress. This explains coincidences. Robert Anton Wilson
  • Harmony manifests as the unexpected discovery, the fortuitous coincidence, and the lucky break, and finally the realization occurs that these are the ripples coming back to oneself from the seat of consciousness. David R. Hawkins
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Expanded consciousness gives rise to peak and flow experiences

  • All poets have signalized their consciousness of rare moments when they were superior to themselves, -when a light, a freedom, a power came to them which lifted them to performances far better than they could reach at other times. Ralph Waldo Emerson
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Expanded consciousness awakens the perception of wonder and beauty

  • A lot of what I am looking for is a moment of astonishment, he says. Those moments of pure consciousness when you involuntarily inhale and say ‘Wow!’ Joel Meyerowitz
  • And because we are alive, the universe must be said to be alive. We are its consciousness as well as our own. We rise out of the cosmos and we see its mesh of patterns, and it strikes us as beautiful. And that feeling is the most important thing in all the universe—its culmination, like the color of the flower at first bloom on a wet morning. Kim Stanley Robinson
  • At the touch of this divine light, the mountains seemed to kindle to a rapt, religious consciousness, and stood hushed like devout worshippers waiting to be blessed. John Muir
  • What surprises you in life? The marvel of consciousness — that sudden window swinging open on a sunlit landscape amidst the night of non-being. Vladimir Nabokov
  • We’re still growing into that place of higher consciousness; we are becoming a global conscience. The idea is to unravel the onion and let go of the ego and evolve to that place where you perceive everything to be a beautiful experience rather than a daunting experience. Jon Anderson
  • Only when inspired to go beyond consciousness by some extraordinary insight does beauty manifest unexpectedly. Arthur Erickson
  • Only the childlike consciousness is capable of understanding all that is beautiful in life, all that is great in existence. And the whole existence is full of greatness, full of glories. This is the only existence there is; its beauty, its truth, is the only beauty and the only truth. But they are available only to the innocent people. Blessed are the innocent, for theirs is the kingdom of God. Rajneesh
  • Then, suddenly, my consciousness was lighted up from within and I saw in a vivid way how the whole universe was made up of particles of material which, no matter how dull and lifeless they might seem, were nevertheless filled with this intense and vital beauty. Aldous Huxley
  • The world is not the dreary, uninteresting place it seems to us in normal consciousness. In reality everything around us is intensely real and beautiful. Steve Taylor
  • One person might become ‘stabilized’ at a low degree of awakening in which they are continually struck by the beauty and is-ness of their surroundings and feel a strong sense of kinship with nature. Another person might be permanently stabilized at a medium degree, where they see the world as infused with spirit and feel a permanent sense of inner peace and joy. And some people might reach the highest point of spiritual development and always see the whole of the phenomenal world as a manifestation of the Divine Ground, the ‘infinite shining ocean of consciousness’ which is the essence of reality. As with temporary awakening experiences, the higher the state, the fewer people reach it. Steve Taylor
  • As consciousness evolves to higher levels, the world changes in appearance and behavior. As consciousness reaches the levels that calibrate in the high 500s, the beauty and perfection of the world shine forth with divine Radiance as the core of its existence. All apparent form and separateness begin to disappear, and everything is seen to be connected and continuous with everything else. One is then witness to the endless miracle of timeless creation. Everything is viewed as whole, perfect, and complete. With the realization of self-identity, everything is seen to be absolutely perfect in its expression of its divine essence. Imperfection exists only in the mind’s thoughts. David R. Hawkins
  • Objects become transparent to the light of consciousness, no longer veiling consciousness but shining with it, announcing its presence and delivering something of its beauty. Rupert Spira
  • The experience of beauty is pure, self-manifested, compounded equally of joy and consciousness, free from admixture of any other perception, the very twin brother of mystical experience, and the very life of it is supersensuous wonder. … It is enjoyed by those who are competent thereto, in identity, just as the form of God is itself the joy with which it is recognized. Visvanatha
  • With the evolution of consciousness, the mental screen suddenly disappears, and when this happens, there is a profound transformation in that everything becomes radiant, illuminated in depth, texture, and color. It ‘presents’ itself unedited instead of being perceived and interpreted. David R. Hawkins
  • Grace is an aspect of unconditional love. Grace is associated with modesty and humility…People of advanced consciousness are able to see beauty in all forms. To them not only is all life sacred but all form is beauty. David R. Hawkins
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Expanded consciousness helps us transcend negativity

  • So it is essential to bring more consciousness into your life in ordinary situations when everything is going relatively smoothly. In this way, you grow in presence power. It generates an energy field in you and around you of a high vibrational frequency. No unconsciousness , no negativity, no discord or violence can enter that field and survive, just as darkness cannot survive in the presence of light. Eckhart Tolle
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Expanded consciousness gives rise to universal intelligence beyond the mind

  • Awareness is conscious connection with universal intelligence. Another word for it is Presence: consciousness without thought. Eckhart Tolle
  • When you awaken spiritually, in fact, you can use thought much more effectively than before, but you realize there is a depth to your Being, a vibrantly alive stillness that is much vaster than thought. It is consciousness itself, of which the thinking mind is only a tiny aspect. Eckhart Tolle
  • Consciousness is the intelligence, the organizing principle behind the arising of form. Consciousness has been preparing forms for millions of years so that it can express itself through them in the manifested. Eckhart Tolle
  • Every single person has within an ocean of pure vibrant consciousness. Every single human being can experience that – infinite intelligence, infinite creativity, infinite happiness, infinite energy, infinite dynamic peace. David Lynch
  • Why do you insist the universe is not a conscious intelligence, when it gives birth to conscious intelligences? Cicero
  • The predominance of mind is no more than a stage in the evolution of consciousness. We need to go on to the next stage now as a matter of urgency; otherwise, we will be destroyed by the mind, which has grown into a monster. Eckhart Tolle
  • The consciousness of the seer, is a greater power for knowledge than the consciousness of the thinker. The perceptual power of the inner sight is greater and more direct than the perceptual power of thought. Sri Aurobindo
  • Spirituality is now, for the first time in history, perfectly aligned with the cutting edge of science. Being in touch with the source of consciousness within you, seems to me highly intelligent. Lothar Schafer
  • Intelligence is the growth of inner consciousness. It has nothing to do with knowledge, it has something to do with meditativeness. An intelligent person does not function out of his past experience; he functions in the present. He does not react, he responds. Hence he is always unpredictable; one can never be certain what he is going to do. Rajneesh
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Expanded consciousness brings understanding

  • Understanding is another name for Consciousness. It is the particular name Consciousness gives itself when it experiences itself at the end of a thought. Rupert Spira
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Expanded consciousness solves problems…

  • A problem cannot be solved at the level of consciousness in which it occurs. Albert Einstein
  • No problem is ever solved in the same consciousness that was used to create it. Albert Einstein
  • Consciousness will not always solve the problem, but it may make the suffering meaningful. Marion Woodman
  • When you bring consciousness to anything, things begin to shift. Eve Ensler
  • The crisis is not out there in the world, it is within our own consciousness. Jiddu Krishnamurti
  • Religion is consciousness-raising. It raises you higher than the problem, it gives you a bird’s-eye view. Rajneesh
  • As we raise ourselves in the spiritual consciousness, we are better able to solve the problems of life. We are happy. We are at home in every environment. Harold Klemp
  • If a man can permanently establish his awareness in contact with that pure field (of consciousness), then problems wither away. It’s a very simple thing. When the light comes, then where is the darkness? Maharishi Mahesh Yogi
  • The problems that stand in the way are not of economical or technological nature. The deepest sources of the global crisis lie inside the human personality and reflect the level of consciousness evolution of our species. Stanislav Grof
  • As you pull back into the consciousness, this world ceases to be a problem. It’s just something you’re watching. It keeps changing, but there is no sense of that being a problem. The more you are willing to just let the world be something you’re aware of, the more it will let you be who you are—the awareness, the Self, the Atman, the Soul. Michael A. Singer
  • Causes of endemic problems reveals that they are merely the reflection of the prevailing level of consciousness of that population. There are no other external ‘causes’. David R. Hawkins
  • Now that we have greater power of consciousness, we are able to reach down and handle problems at the deepest levels of consciousness. These may be such problems as those concerning the source of our identity or concept of self. David R. Hawkins
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… as well as crises and challenges

  • The best indicator of your level of consciousness is how you deal with life’s challenges when they come. Through those challenges, an already unconscious person tends to become more deeply unconscious, and a conscious person more intensely conscious. You can use a challenge to awaken you, or you can allow it to pull you into even deeper sleep. The dream of ordinary unconsciousness then turns into a nightmare. Eckhart Tolle
  • Sometimes consciousness devises an obstacle in order to have the experience of transcending it. Mooji
  • There’s the capacity to face fears or character defects and to grow despite them; anxiety also does not cripple endeavor as it would at lower stages of evolution. Obstacles that defeat people whose consciousness is below 200 act as stimulants to those who have evolved into the first level of true power. David R. Hawkins
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Expanded perception leads to learning and growth

  • You expand your consciousness, your ideas, your perceptions. You break away from self-adopted restrictions. You grow as you learn to step aside from limiting conceptions and dogmas. Seth
  • We must know, if only in order to learn not to know. The supreme lesson of human consciousness is to learn how not to know. D. H. Lawrence
  • The mastery of any subject requires that one identify himself with the particular state of consciousness appropriate to that subject. Goswami Kriyananda
  • Reading is entering into the consciousness of another human being. Gary Shteyngart
  • Every test successfully met is rewarded by some growth in intuitive knowledge, strengthening of character, or initiation into a higher consciousness. Paul Brunton
  • The growth of the mind is the widening of the range of consciousness, and each step forward has been a most painful and laborious achievement. Carl Jung
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Expanded consciousness gives rise to energy, motivation and enthusiasm

  • Energy and consciousness are in a continual state of interaction: energy is shaped and directed by consciousness which is itself driven by energy. John Pierrakos
  • Enthusiasm is a heightened state of consciousness, and it’s one of the best feelings there is to feel. Danielle LaPorte
  • Spiritual energy-the energy that comes from pure consciousness-is the creative energy of the universe. Deepak Chopra
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Expanded consciousness gives rise to virtue and goodness

  • You do not become good by trying to be good, but by finding the goodness that is already within you, and allowing that goodness to emerge. But it can only emerge if something fundamental changes in your state of consciousness. Eckhart Tolle
  • According to great masters, there is no sin and there is no virtue. There is only one thing: that is awareness. If you are aware, you can do anything you want and it is not sin. If you are not aware, you may do so-called virtuous acts, but there is no virtue in them. Out of unconsciousness virtue cannot blossom. It blossoms only when you are full of light, full of love, full of consciousness. Rajneesh
  • As we grow in higher consciousness, we discover that it is more important to be the right person then to find the right person. Ken Keyes Jr.
  • Awareness means that whatsoever is happening in the moment is happening with complete consciousness; you are present there. If you are present when anger is happening, anger cannot happen. It can happen only when you are fast asleep. When you are present, immediate, transformation starts in your being, because when you are present, aware, many things are simply not possible. All that is called sin is not possible if you are aware. So, in fact, there is only one sin and that is unawareness. Rajneesh
  • Your torch of consciousness should be burning continuously; then there will not be any darkness. Rajneesh
  • When you live the virtues – when you live in that place of God-consciousness – all these rules we have about cause and effect, beginnings and ends, don’t have any impact or relevance. Wayne Dyer
  • When we grow in spiritual consciousness, we identify with all that is in the world there is no exploitation. It is ourselves we’re helping, ourselves we’re healing. Govindappa Venkataswamy
  • No dead principles can help, but only living consciousness. Be absolutely unprincipled and just follow life. Osho
  • Man’s ethics must not end with man, but should extend to the universe. He must regain the consciousness of the great Chain of Life from which he cannot be separated. Albert Schweitzer
  • Everything that exalts and expands consciousness is good, while that which depresses and diminishes it is evil. Miguel de Unamuno
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Expanded consciousness gives rise to right action and enlightened doing

  • Behaviour arises from the level of one’s consciousness. Maharishi Mahesh Yogi
  • You can enjoy the present moment, and you can be aligned with the doing. A different state of consciousness, then, is the foundation for what you do. Presence flows into what you do. Even though what you do may be the same, there is a fundamental difference: The energy that flows into what you do, although it may be high energy, is very peaceful energy. It is not out of alignment with life. Eckhart Tolle
  • Future success is dependent upon and inseparable from the consciousness out of which the actions emanate. Eckhart Tolle
  • The real transformation of the world comes not from what we are doing but from the consciousness from which we are doing it. Marianne Williamson
  • The modalities of awakened doing are acceptance, enjoyment, and enthusiasm. Each one represents a certain vibrational frequency of consciousness. You need to be vigilant to make sure that one of them operates whenever you are engaged in doing anything at all – from the most simple task to the most complex. Eckhart Tolle
  • Not your aims or your actions are primary, but the state of consciousness out of which they come.   Eckhart Tolle
  • The glow of satisfaction which follows the consciousness of doing our level best never comes to a human being from any other experience. Orison Swett Marden
  • Not what you do, but how you do what you do determines whether you are fulfilling your destiny. And how you do what you do is determined by your state of consciousness. Eckhart Tolle
  • As you become present and thereby total in what you do, your actions become charged with spiritual power. At first there may be no noticeable change in what you do—only the how changes. Your primary purpose is now to enable consciousness to flow into what you do. Eckhart Tolle
  • 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
  • Be conscious first of thyself within, then think and act. All living thought is a world in preparation; all real act is a thought manifested. The material world exists because an idea began to play in divine self–consciousness. Sri Aurobindo
  • 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
  • Be true to life by being true to your inner purpose. As you become present and thereby total in what you do, your actions become charged with spiritual power. At first there may be no noticeable change in what you do—only the how changes. Your primary purpose is now to enable consciousness to flow into what you do. Eckhart Tolle
  • The ultimate importance is not what you do, it’s how you do it—the state of consciousness brought to the process. Eckhart Tolle
  • Discover the extraordinary in the ordinary by bringing awareness to the moment. Bring consciousness into even the most simple actions. Eckhart Tolle
  • Whatever we do lays a seed in our deepest consciousness, and one day that seed will grow. Sakyong Mipham
  • The kind of spirituality I value is one in which you get great joy out of contributing to life, not just sitting and meditating, although meditation is certainly valuable. But from meditation, from the resulting consciousness, I would like to see people in action creating the world they want to live in. Marshall Rosenberg
  • If you can bring your consciousness, your awareness, your intelligence to the act, if you can be spontaneous, then there is no need for any other religion, life itself will be the religion. Rajneesh
  • Your thoughts and actions arise from your state of consciousness, so this is extremely important and paying it attention will profoundly transform your life for the better. Tim Freke
  • A reversal of your priorities comes about when the main purpose for doing what you do becomes the doing itself, or rather, the current of consciousness that flows into what you do. That current of consciousness is what determines quality. Another way of putting it: In any situation and in whatever you do, your state of consciousness is the primary factor; the situation and what you do is secondary. “Future” success is dependent upon and inseparable from the consciousness out of which the actions emanate. That can be either the reactive force of the ego or the alert attention of awakened consciousness. All truly successful action comes out of that field of alert attention, rather than from ego and conditioned, unconscious thinking.  Eckhart Tolle
  • When you negate time, you negate the ego. Whatever you do, you will be doing extraordinarily well, because the doing itself becomes the focal point of your attention. Your doing then becomes a channel through which consciousness enters this world. This means there is quality in what you do, even in the most simple action, like turning the pages in the phone book or walking across the room.  Eckhart Tolle
  • When doing becomes infused with the timeless quality of Being, that is success. Unless Being flows into doing, unless you are present, you lose yourself in whatever you do.   Eckhart Tolle
  • 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
  • There is consciousness and therefore quality in what they do, even the simplest task. Their purpose is to do everything in a sacred manner.  Eckhart Tolle
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Expanded consciousness brings health and healing

  • Conscious awareness is the source of our healing…Only when you say the truth can the truth set you free. This is not a negative process, but at times it is a difficult process. Marianne Williamson
  • Finding your highest levels of consciousness releases healing energy throughout the body system. J. Goldwag
  • Life is like a tree and its root is consciousness. Therefore, once we tend the root, the tree as a whole will be healthy. Deepak Chopra
  • 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
  • Health and disease don’t just happen to us. They are active processes issuing from inner harmony or disharmony, profoundly affected by our states of consciousness, our ability or inability to flow with experience. This recognition carries with it implicit responsibility and opportunity. Marilyn Ferguson
  • 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
  • In every studied case of recovery from hopeless and untreatable disease, there has been this major shift in consciousness so that the attractor patterns that resulted in the pathologic process no longer dominated. David R. Hawkins
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Expanded consciousness can transcend all limitation, leading even to miracles

  • As Joel Goldsmith said, in the presence of the God realized, the laws of the material world do not apply. That’s why people who live steadfastly at a place of God-consciousness can perform miracles. They can create. They can make virtually anything happen. From the space in-between, that last inch is the critical inch you have to take to reach that place. Every once in a while, I get to that place of God-consciousness, and miracles do happen. Wayne Dyer
  • Attaining consciousness is connected with the gradual liberation from mechanicalness, for man is fully and completely under mechanical laws. D. Ouspensky
  • Contrary to what they tell you… You are not a limited material being. Amit Goswami
  • The normal self is the mind. The mind is with limitations. But pure Consciousness is beyond limitations, and is reached by investigation into the “I.” Ramana Maharshi
  • Consciousness is the awareness that emerges out of the dialectical tension between possibilities and limitations. Rollo May
  • When you look in the mirror, what do you see? Do you see the real you, or what you have been conditioned to believe is you? The two are so, so different. One is an infinite consciousness capable of being and creating whatever it chooses, the other is an illusion imprisoned by its own perceived and programmed limitations. David Icke
  • Identification solely with the content of consciousness accounts for the experience of self as limited. In contrast, to identify with consciousness itself is to know that one’s actual self is unlimited. David R. Hawkins
  • It is possible to transcend the usual limitations of the body, ego, space, and linear time. Stanislav Grof
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Expanded consciousness makes life into an art form

  • A really spiritual person will live life as an art, will create a deep harmony between the body and the consciousness. And this is the greatest art there is. His life will be a joy to see. And he will be fragrant, for the sheer reason that there is no split in his being. The very unity makes him organic; the wound of division is healed. Rajneesh
  • You are an artist and your life is your work of art
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Expanded consciousness gives rise to humility

  • Humility and full consciousness are inseparable. Bryant H. McGill
  • The expansion of your own consciousness, love capacity, humility and compassion – this is the path; this is the way. Bryant H. McGill
  • Having reached a high level of realization (or having accomplished anything in life), don’t get excited or puffed up with pride but remain calm, humble, and in “perfect equanimity” if you want to continue in this deep state of consciousness. Lao Tzu
  • Humility means that we see our own life as the evolution of spiritual consciousness. We learn from mistakes. David R. Hawkins
  • Those who do not attempt to appear more than they are but are simply themselves, stand out as remarkable and are the only ones who truly make a difference in this world. They are the bringers of the new consciousness. Whatever they do becomes empowered because it is in alignment with the purpose of the whole.   Eckhart Tolle
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Expanded consciousness gives rise to greater possibility, potential and choice

  • Choice implies consciousness – a high degree of consciousness. Without it, you have no choice. Choice begins the moment you disidentify from the mind and its conditioned patterns, the moment you become present….Nobody chooses dysfunction, conflict, pain. Nobody chooses insanity. They happen because there is not enough presence in you to dissolve the past, not enough light to dispel the darkness. You are not fully here. You have not quite woken up yet. In the meantime, the conditioned mind is running your life. Eckhart Tolle
  • Do we or don’t we have the ability to pick? We are greatly controlled by mind at lower levels of consciousness. Almost non-existent, one’s free will is notably less at this level. One’s actions are purely reactionary lacking self-awareness; animal instincts are primary. Not going along with the mind, free will increases and then higher up, it’s surrendered until it ceases. Thus, there both is and is not the capacity to choose. Jarett Sabirsh
  • Consciousness is the awareness that emerges out of the dialectical tension between possibilities and limitations. Rollo May
  • Consciousness is the basis of all life and the field of all possibilities. Its nature is to expand and unfold its full potential. The impulse to evolve is thus inherent in the very nature of life. Maharishi Mahesh Yogi
  • You must rouse into people’s consciousness their own prudence and strength, if you want to raise their character. Luc de Clapiers
  • Freedom is the awareness of alternatives and of the ability to choose. It is contingent upon consciousness, and so may be gained or lost, extended or diminished. Allen Wheelis
  • Time and again human consciousness fixates, and slams the door on its greatest gift, the open-endedness of infinite possibility. As a result we do not experience reality but merely our concept of it. Jose Arguelles
  • The state of least excitation of consciousness is the field of all possibilities. Maharishi Mahesh Yogi
  • The first spiritual law of success is the Law of Pure Potentiality. This law is based on the fact that we are, in our essential state, pure consciousness. Pure consciousness is pure potentiality; it is the field of all possibilities and infinite creativity. Pure consciousness is our spiritual essence. Being infinite and unbounded, it is also pure joy. Other attributes of consciousness are pure knowledge, infinite silence, perfect balance, invincibility, simplicity, and bliss. This is our essential nature. Our essential nature is one of pure potentiality. Deepak Chopra
  • That which you do not bring to consciousness comes to you as your Fate, that which you do bring to consciousness, whether it was what you thought you wanted or not, is your destiny. Carl Jung
  • It is the natural and inherent impulse of life to seek to live more, it is the nature of intelligence to enlarge itself, and of consciousness to seek to extend its boundaries and find fuller expression. Wallace D. Wattles
  • Imagination is not an empirical or superadded power of consciousness, it is the whole of consciousness as it realizes its freedom. Jean-Paul Sartre
  • Progress changes consciousness, and when people’s consciousness changes, then their awareness of what is possible changes as well – a virtuous circle. William J. Clinton
  • From the level of Pride, the options are few and limited, but from Willingness, Surrender, and Acceptance, the options are multitudinous. David R. Hawkins
  • What is impossible at one level of consciousness becomes obvious and simple at a higher one. David R. Hawkins
  • Consciousness has been thought to open a realm of possibilities, a sphere of options within which the conscious self might choose or act freely. At a minimum, consciousness might seem a necessary precondition for any such freedom or self-determination. Robert Van Gulick
  • It is often claimed by non-dualists that there is no free will because consciousness is a passive presence that merely witnesses the world. But in passively witnessing the world consciousness changes the world. When the oneness of being witnesses the world through Tim this can lead to a thought arising from the depths … ‘I think I’ll do this’ … and that initiates action. Tim Freke
  • Swami Blandananda: Consciousness is a passive presence that merely witnesses the world. Tim: Yes. That’s what I see too. But in passively witnessing the world it changes the world. Tim Freke
  • That which we do not bring to consciousness appears in our lives as fate. Carl Jung
  • The next step in human evolution is not inevitable, but for the first time in the history of the planet, it can be a conscious choice. Who is making that choice? You are. And who are you? Consciousness that has become conscious of itself. Eckhart Tolle
  • Mindstuff, or chitta, has the potential to take on the form of every possible experience—everything that I, or anyone else, could possibly experience in life; every experience of every being, on this planet, or any other sentient being, anywhere in the cosmos. In this respect consciousness has infinite potential. In the words of Maharishi Mahesh Yogi, “Consciousness is the field of all possibilities”.  Peter Russell
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Expanded consciousness can be harnessed to manifest your intentions

  • Consciousness is but energy in its finest and most dynamic form. This helps explain why events are effected by what we imagine, visualise, desire, want or fear, and why and how an image held in the mind can be made real. John Kehoe
  • The secret of making something work in your lives is first of all, the deep desire to make it work; then the faith and belief that it can work; then to hold that clear definite vision in your consciousness and see it working out step by step, without one thought of doubt or disbelief. Eileen Caddy
  • An intention is a quality of consciousness that you bring to an action. Gary Zukav
  • Choose your intention carefully and then practice holding your consciousness to it, so it becomes the guiding light in your life. Roger Delano Hinkins
  • The full cosmos consists of the physical stuff and consciousness. Take away consciousness and it’s only dust; add consciousness and you get things, ideas, and time. Neal Stephenson
  • Since the tapestry of all time has already been woven, everything I could ever want to happen in my life already exists in that infinite, nonphysical plane. My only task is to expand my earthly self enough to let it into this realm. So if there’s something I desire, the idea isn’t to go out and get it, but to expand my own consciousness to allow universal energy to bring it into my reality here. Anita Moorjani
  • Remember that consciousness is power. Tomorrow’s world is yours to build. Yuri Kochiyama
  • Once you master how your own consciousness operates, anything can be desired and achieved. Deepak Chopra
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Expanded consciousness brings freedom

  • Freedom lies beyond the field of consciousness. Jiddu Krishnamurti
  • When you have emptied all content – thoughts, desires, memories, projections, hopes – when all is gone, for the first time you find yourself, because you are nothing but that pure space, that virgin space within you. Unburdened by anything, that contentless consciousness, that’s what you are! Seeing it, realizing it, one is free. One is freedom, one is joy, one is bliss.  Rajneesh
  • Necessity is blind until it becomes conscious. Freedom is the consciousness of necessity. Karl Marx
  • To be free from bondage the wise person must practise discrimination between One-Self and the ego-self. By that alone you will become full of joy, recognising Self as Pure Being, Consciousness and Bliss. Adi Shankara
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Expanded consciousness gives rise to strong creative impulses that you can ride

  • Most individuals who are deeply talented are driven by a sense of urgency, an ecstatically urgent sense that “I must bring into life this potential that I see and experience in the depths of my own being. This must come through me.” If we get to know them, we will usually find that truly great human beings are driven by a passion that transcends their separate self- sense. And in the way I understand it, the highest expression of this creative impulse is the urge to evolve at the level of consciousness itself. Andrew Cohen
  • This new awareness has radical implications for each and every one of us. For it reveals a wholly interconnected, conscious and holographic universe, a Cosmos where consciousness is primary- – and where we are therefore both creator and co- creator. Jude Currivan
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Expanded consciousness gives rise to inspiration

  • This world, this universe which our senses feel, or our mind thinks, is but one atom, so to say, of the Infinite, projected on to the plane of consciousness; and within that narrow limit, defined by the network of consciousness, works our reason, and not beyond. Therefore, there must be some other instrument to take us beyond, and that instrument is called inspiration. Swami Vivekananda
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Expanded consciousness lifts suffering

  • If your goal is to avoid pain and escape suffering, I would not advise you to seek higher levels of consciousness or spiritual evolution. M. Scott Peck
  • We love as it were to multiply our consciousness… even at the hazard… of opening new avenues for pain and misery to attack us. William Godwin
  • Unless we possess high spiritual qualifications, there is no doubt that the events life throws upon us will give rise to frustration, emotional turmoil, and other distorted states of consciousness. These imperfect states of mind in turn give rise to imperfect activities, and the seeds of suffering are ever planted in a steady flow. The Dalai Lama
  • The lower levels of consciousness are the most painful and difficult to endure. David R. Hawkins
  • Without raising human consciousness, whatever we do in the world will only lead to more and more suffering. Jaggi Vasudev
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Expanded consciousness helps you to embrace life

  • You are here to evolve and make your consciousness high. You are here to dance, sing and celebrate life. You are here to help others to make their life happy. We are here not to compete, but to learn, evolve and excel. We are not here to make divisions in the name of prophets and religions. We are here to encompass the world with love and light. Amit Ray
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Expanded consciousness shapes the future for the better

  • The quality of your consciousness at this moment is what shapes the future — which, of course, can only be experienced as the Now. Eckhart Tolle
  • If your destination, or the steps you are going to take in the future, take up so much of your attention that they become more important to you than the step you are taking now, then you completely miss the journey’s inner purpose, which has nothing to do with where you are going or what you are doing, but everything to do with how. It has nothing to do with future but everything to do with the quality of your consciousness at this moment. Eckhart Tolle
  • What you encounter at your destination once you get there depends on the quality of this one step. Another way of putting it: What the future holds for you depends on your state of consciousness now. Eckhart Tolle
  • What the future holds for you depends on your state of consciousness now. Eckhart Tolle
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Expanded consciousness brings transformation

  • Just one instant in a very high state can completely change a person’s orientation to life, as well as his goals and values. It can be said that the individual who was is no more, and a new person is born out of the experience. Through hard-won progress on a dedicated spiritual path, this is the very mechanism of spiritual evolution. David R. Hawkins
  • The effect on human consciousness of the experience of the Presence of God is subjectively transformative and identical throughout human history. It leaves a timeless mark that is verifiable as a calibration of a recorded level of conciousness. David R. Hawkins
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Expanded consciousness allows us to heal the shadow parts of ourselves

  • Strangely enough we strengthen love in ourselves when we raise into consciousness the shadow side of our lives. Conversely, when we keep negative feelings out of sight, they smother the love that seems to lie deeper and closer to the real self. This is probably why there is so much pain in not loving. The life that is not able to express the love which is so integral to it grows deformed. Elizabeth O’Connor
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Expanded consciousness increases the power of spiritual teachers and teachings

  • The spiritual teacher transmits a benefit due not just to the words themselves but to the high energy of consciousness that accompanies the words. The teacher’s level of consciousness creates what might be likened to a carrier wave that accompanies and empowers the words. David R. Hawkins
  • What is the value of the great teachers and teachings? A: The gift is not limited to information, facts, or wisdom but the level or power of consciousness from which they emanate. David R. Hawkins
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Expanded consciousness lives and lets live

  • One must remember that the higher he climbs the spiritual ladder toward the Kingdom of Heaven, the more will he grant others their own freedom and give less interference to another’s state of consciousness. Paul Twitchell
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High levels of consciousness lead to spiritual awakening

  • 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
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High levels of consciousness lead to unity consciousness

  • The desire to transcend one’s own ego boundaries, to share completely, even for a moment, the consciousness of another person must be a universal longing. It motivates many of our activities from taking drugs to making love, and lies behind the search for new ways of getting close to one another that is so intense in our society today. Andrew Weil
  • If we maintain obsolete values and beliefs, a fragmented consciousness and self-centered spirit, we will continue to hold onto outdated goals and behaviors. The Dalai Lama
  • One passes from the individualistic state of consciousness to the universal state of consciousness. It is the merging of the intellect of the brain with the intellect of the soul. K.S. Iyengar
  • Remain true to yourself, but move ever upward toward greater consciousness and greater love! At the summit you will find yourselves united with all those who, from every direction, have made the same ascent. For everything that rises must converge. Pierre Teilhard de Chardin
  • In Christ Consciousness the whole world — everyone and everything in it — is your own. The whole of space and everything in it belongs to you. Paramahansa Yogananda
  • The love of God uplifts and enlarges us. I can never think of myself anymore as exclusively in this body; I feel that I am present in all bodies. I have no awareness of race or other distinctions at all. In my perceptions, just as I feel my own consciousness in every part of my physical form, I feel you all to be a part of me. Everything that is living I feel within this body. I know the sensations of all. It is not imagination; it is Self-realization. This consciousness is far beyond telepathy. It is awareness of the perceptions of every being. That is the meaning of Christ Consciousness. Paramahansa Yogananda
  • To cultivate this mode of consciousness, with its exceptional degree of selflessness (literally!), requires us to transcend our subjectivity or — it comes to the same thing — widen its circle so far that it takes in, besides ourselves, other people and, beyond that, all of nature. Now I understood how a psychedelic could help us to make precisely that move, from the first-person singular to the plural and beyond. Under its influence, a sense of our interconnectedness — that platitude — is felt, becomes flesh. Michael Pollan
  • To us, we are the world’s only conscious subjects, with the rest of creation made up of objects; to the more egotistical among us, even other people count as objects. Psychedelic consciousness overturns that view, by granting us a wider, more generous lens through which we can glimpse the subject-hood — the spirit! — of everything, animal, vegetable, even mineral, all of it now somehow returning our gaze. Michael Pollan
  • Unity consciousness is a state of enlightenment where we pierce the mask of illusion which creates separation and fragmentation. Behind the appearance of separation is one unified field of wholeness. Here the seer and the scenery are one. Deepak Chopra
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High levels of consciousness can give rise to God consciousness

  • Those who are pure in heart achieve God-consciousness; they are truly and actually aware of God at the center of their being (their heart). These sanctified individuals are said to be Possessors of the Heart. Rumi
  • The fact that we are born with the potential to go from simple survival to God-consciousness is the remarkable trait that sets our nervous systems apart from all other creatures. Deepak Chopra
  • The “kingdom of heaven” to which he referred was the state of God-consciousness, not the beautiful astral heavens that most people visualize, where virtuous souls go after death. Goswami Kriyananda
  • That higher awakening is called God-consciousness. In that condition, you will see that all the objects of the world are your own universal self. Krishnananda Saraswati
  • That consciousness of God-peace is never-ending. It is the only real state of happiness. Everything else will fail you. Nothing else can make you happy because only the joy of His presence is real. Paramahansa Yogananda
  • Spirituality is revival of our God consciousness, not creating something new. Radhanath Swami
  • Humanity starts at the level of the human consciousness and makes its deliberate way to the summit, which is God Consciousness. Harold Klemp
  • Consciousness and meditation are methods where you can actually obtain GOD perception. George Harrison
  • It does not matter what name you attach to it, but your consciousness must ascend to the point through which you view the universe with your God-centered nature. The feeling accompanying this experience is that of complete oneness with the Universal Whole… This God-centered nature is constantly awaiting to govern your life gloriously. You have the free will to either allow it to govern your life, or not to allow it to affect you. The choice is always yours! Peace Pilgrim
  • The Godhead is neither mind nor matter, but a reality beyond rational comprehension that is eternal, omniscient, omnipresent, and which experiences itself as pure consciousness and bliss. It is the Spirit immanent in everything that seemingly exists in the Universe, including us. In the Mystical Experience that people have, that is what is directly experienced and becomes known in a way and at a level that transcends language, logic, and rational knowledge. Bernard Haisch
  • This is an essential experience of any mystical realization. You die to your flesh and are born into your spirit. You identify yourself with the consciousness and life of which your body is but the vehicle. You die to the vehicle and become identified in your consciousness with that of which the vehicle is but the carrier. That is God. Joseph Campbell
  • The little mind of the little man attached to little things cannot possibly identify itself with the universal consciousness of God. Just as a wavy mirror cannot properly reflect the objects in front of it, so a mind whose calmness is distorted by the thoughts of success or failure is unable to reflect the unchangeable Spirit. Man’s consciousness, when constantly identified with material changes or mental disturbances, cannot mirror the immutable Divine, whose image is present within him as his true Self, or soul. Paramahansa Yogananda
  • There are those who know of the existence of the Divine Force. They’ve had enough direct inner experience to know that Divine Consciousness is a reality. They have seen glimpses of a force that is omniscient, omnipresent, and omnipotent; a force that is aware of all things at all times, equally. It is universally conscious. Michael A. Singer
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… giving rise to a consciousness of the presence of God

  • The effect on human consciousness of the experience of the Presence of God is subjectively transformative and identical throughout human history. It leaves a timeless mark that is verifiable as a calibration of a recorded level of conciousness. David R. Hawkins
  • Be afraid of nothing. Hating none, giving love to all, feeling the love of God, seeing His presence in everyone, and having but one desire – for His constant presence in the temple of your consciousness – that is the way to live in this world. Paramahansa Yogananda
  • God’s all happiness, all bliss, and by chanting His names we connect with Him. So it’s really a process of actually having a realization of God, which all becomes clear with the expanded state of consciousness that develops when you chant. George Harrison
  • When one is cushioned in the habit of practicing the presence of God, the sharp barbs of mortal habits of body consciousness have no piercing effect. Paramahansa Yogananda
  • We must uplift our consciousness so that even the most worldly duties are performed with the thought of God. Paramahansa Yogananda
  • Ultimately, the only way to know about God is by letting your being merge into The Being, and then seeing what happens to you. This is universal consciousness, and the qualities of the beings who have attained this deep state are similar in every religion. Michael A. Singer
  • The habit of being inwardly in the calm presence of God must be developed, so that day and night that consciousness will remain steadfast. It is worth the effort; for to live in the consciousness of God is to be done with enslavement to disease, suffering, and fear. just be with God; that is the be-all and end-all of life. Paramahansa Yogananda
  • It is all right to enjoy life; the secret of happiness is not to become attached to anything. Enjoy the smell of the flower, but see God in it. I have kept the consciousness of the senses only that in using them I may always perceive and think of God. “My eyes were made to behold Thy beauty everywhere. My ears were made to hear Thine omnipresent voice.” That is yoga, union with God. Wherever he goes, he carries with him the blissful consciousness of God’s presence. Paramahansa Yogananda
  • When there is enough consciousness, God appears. You will know this as surely as you know that you have thoughts, feelings, and sensations. This is God will cross your mind as easily as This is a rose. The presence of God will be as palpable as a heartbeat. Deepak Chopra
  • The highest spiritual habit by which the devotee can retain a watchful awareness of the inner presence of God is to keep the consciousness always centered on the spiritual eye. Paramahansa Yogananda
  • All things are in a state of silent rejoicing that their consciousness is an experience of Divinity. Unique to all things is a still, ever-present gratitude that it has been granted the gift of experiencing the presence of God. David R. Hawkins
  • When God reveals Himself, He is not seen as something or someone apart. The soul is lifted up to identify with God, so there is no longer a soul, but God Himself is revealed as one’s Self. That Self is eternal, beyond all manifestation, never affected by the ongoing drama of world experience. It masquerades as every being, all the while remaining purely Consciousness and perfect Bliss. Swami Abhayananda
  • The first thing about the angels that we ought to imitate, is their consciousness of the Presence of God. John Vianney
  • So it’s really a process of actually having a realization of God, which all becomes clear with the expanded state of consciousness. George Harrison
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High levels of consciousness can give rise to enlightenment

  • Enlightenment is the natural state of consciousness, the innocent state of consciousness, that state which is uncontaminated by the movement of thought, uncontaminated by control or manipulation of mind. Adyashanti
  • Enlightenment is like everyday consciousness but two inches above the ground. T. Suzuki
  • Enlightenment is the unaltered state of consciousness. Adyashanti
  • When you continuously know and sense yourself as the space of consciousness rather than what appears in consciousness – sense perceptions, thoughts, emotions – then it can be said that you are enlightened… except that you wouldn’t think or speak of yourself as ‘enlightened’, because that would instantly create another mind-based conceptual identity and so it would be the end of ‘your’ enlightenment. Eckhart Tolle
  • To the enlightened man… whose consciousness embraces the universe, to him the universe becomes his ‘body’, while the physical body becomes the manifestation of the universal mind. His inner vision an expression of the highest reality, and his speech an expression of eternal truth and mantric power. Anagarika Govinda
  • Enlightenment is any experience of expanding our consciousness beyond its present limits. We could also say that perfect enlightenment is realizing that we have no limits at all, and that the entire universe is alive. Thaddeus Golas
  • The whole purpose of life is to gain enlightenment. Nothing else is significant compared to that completely natural, exalted state of consciousness. So always strive for that. Set your life around that goal. Don’t get caught up in small things, and then it will be yours. Maharishi Mahesh Yogi
  • Imagine your house of thoughts standing in the middle of an ocean of light from a trillion stars. Imagine your awareness trapped inside the darkness of that house, struggling daily to live off the artificial light of your limited experiences. Now imagine the walls crumbling down, and the effortless release of consciousness expanding into the brilliance of what is and always was. Now give that experience a name—enlightenment. Michael A. Singer
  • The way of sudden enlightenment is through strict adherence to spiritual awareness and specifics of consciousness so that the personality (or ego) is transcended rather than perfected. David R. Hawkins
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To attract abundance into your life, create a wealth consciousness

  • The goal should not be to make money or acquire things, but to achieve the consciousness through which the substance will flow forth when and as you need it. Eric Butterworth
  • You will not suddenly develop wealth consciousness if and when you become wealthy. It’s the other way around. You develop wealth consciousness by eliminating worry, by trusting in the universe and in your own inner resources. Once you secure your wealth consciousness, true abundance is just around the corner. Richard Carlson
  • The strongest single factor in prosperity consciousness is self- esteem. Believing you can do it, believing you deserve it, believing you will get it. Jerry Gillies
  • Want to change your circumstances? Develop the necessary consciousness. A successful person has a success consciousness. A wealthy person has developed a prosperity consciousness, and his thoughts are on abundance, success and prosperity. John Kehoe
  • Wealth consciousness is a state of mind, a sense, not of believing, but really knowing that what we need is available to us. Richard Carlson
  • The starting point of financial independence is the development of what Napoleon Hill called a prosperity consciousness. You must become a financial success in your thinking long before you can become rich in your reality. Brian Tracy
  • The law is exact: If you give, really work in a giving consciousness, you must receive. Eric Butterworth
  • The important message of the energy of attraction is in learning to master your choices in the present to create a personal reality that reflects this expanded consciousness. Deepak Chopra
  • Our relationship to money reflects how we feel about our power to affect the world. Since money is a mirror of our consciousness, the more comfortable we are with being powerful, the more money we are likely to create in our lives. Shakti Gawain
  • Our journey into consciousness of wealth begins with the realization that we have already arrived! Michael Beckwith
  • Our consciousness, our ideas, our frame of reference and our belief system determine whether we go to the river of life with a teaspoon, a cup, a bucket or a barrel. Robert Anthony
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Consciousness and death

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Consciousness is not tied to the body and does not die with the body

  • Death is nothing other than a different way of being with an enhanced and broadened consciousness, which is everywhere at once because it is no longer tied to a body. Pim van Lommel
  • Consciousness after death demonstrates the possibility of consciousness operating independently of the body. Stanislav Grof
  • We fear death so profoundly, not because it means the end of our body, but because it means the end of our consciousness – better to be a spirit in Heaven than a zombie on Earth. Alison Gopnik
  • If consciousness can function independently of the body during one’s lifetime, it could be able to do the same after death. Stanislav Grof
  • The study of consciousness that can extend beyond the body is extremely important for the issue of survival, since it is this part of human personality that would be likely to survive death. Stanislav Grof
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Consciousness is deathless

  • Death cannot touch the higher consciousness of man … it can only separate those who love each other so far as their lower vehicles are concerned; the man living on earth, blinded by matter, feels separated from those who have passed onwards, but … there is no such thing as Death at all. Annie Besant
  • Molecules dissolve and pass away, but consciousness survives the death of the matter on which it rides. Deepak Chopra
  • Death is the moment of form dissolving. When that dissolving is not resisted, an opening appears into the dimension of the sacred, into the One formless, unmanifested Life. This is why death is such an incredible opportunity. There is no transformation of human consciousness without the dissolving that death brings. Eckhart Tolle
  • Why are you here now, perched seemingly by chance on the cutting edge of all infinity? The answer is simple—the door is never closed! The mathematical possibility of your consciousness ending is zero. Robert Lanza
  • Yes, there are troubles in the world. There’s war and hatred, there’s sickness and difficulty. And there is also an undying spirit, an inviolable consciousness that is born in each of us. It is who we are, and it’s everything and it’s nothing. Jack Kornfield
  • When I experienced altered states of consciousness, my whole philosophical structure crumbled, and that terrified me. And what scared me the most was the realisation that death was not the end! Susan Schneider
  • We recognise that Soul is eternal; It has no beginning or ending. Therefore, when a person leaves his physical body, he continues to exist, usually on a higher plane of consciousness. Harold Klemp
  • The whole drift of my education goes to persuade me that the world of our present consciousness is only one out of many worlds of consciousness that exist. William James
  • There exists a mountain of circumstantial evidence that consciousness survives bodily death. This is the kind of evidence that would stand up in a court of law. Some people believe that science needs better tools to quantify what consciousness is. Perhaps when we discover what consciousness is we will be on the road to providing absolute scientific evidence that there is life after death. Jean Ritchie
  • The reality of my life cannot die for I am indestructible consciousness. Paramahansa Yogananda
  • Most people feel that their identity, their sense of self, is something incredibly precious that they don’t want to lose. That is why they have such fear of death. It seems unimaginable and frightening that “I” could cease to exist. But you confuse that precious “I” with your name and form and a story associated with it. That “I” is no more than a temporary formation in the field of consciousness. As long as that form identity is all you know, you are not aware that this preciousness is your own essence, your innermost sense of I Am, which is consciousness itself. It is the eternal in you–and that’s the only thing you cannot lose.  Eckhart Tolle
  • Of course, you don’t die. Nobody dies. Death doesn’t exist. You only reach a new level of vision, a new realm of consciousness, a new unknown world. Henry Miller
  • Know that this universe is nothing but a dream bluff of nature to test your consciousness of immortality. Paramahansa Yogananda
  • I think death is just a transition to another state of consciousness. Val Kilmer
  • If time is an illusion, if reality is created by our own consciousness, can this consciousness ever truly be extinguished? Robert Lanza
  • Now comes the biggie, the oldest question of all. Who am I? If I am only my body, then I must die. If I am my consciousness, the sense of experience and sensations, then I cannot die for the simple reason that consciousness may be expressed in manifold fashion sequentially, but it is ultimately unconfined. Robert Lanza
  • The mind’s awareness is the ultimate reality, paramount and limitless. Does it die, then, with the body? The [consciousness only paradigm] of the timeless, spaceless cosmos of consciousness allows for no true death in any real sense. Robert Lanza
  • Have I ever experienced, or could I ever experience, a moment when consciousness is not? Rupert Spira
  • Questioner: What is the change in consciousness at the moment of death? Nisargadatta Maharaj: What change do you expect? When the film projection ends all remains the same as when it started. The state before you were born was also the state after death, if you remember. Nisargadatta Maharaj
  • Coming to terms with the fear of death is conducive to healing, positive personality transformation, and consciousness evolution. Stanislav Grof
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Death is a higher state of consciousness

  • Death consists, indeed, in a repeated process of unrobing, or unsheathing. The immortal part of man shakes off from itself, one after the other, its outer casings, and – as the snake from its skin, the butterfly from its chrysalis – emerges from one after another, passing into a higher state of consciousness. Annie Besant
  • Death is simply a shedding of the physical body like the butterfly shedding its cocoon. It is a transition to a higher state of consciousness where you continue to perceive, to understand, to laugh, and to be able to grow. Elisabeth Kubler-Ross
  • Universal consciousness can never die; it can only transform and transcend. Debasish Mridha
  • Death is a withdrawal of consciousness. It’s like taking attention from here and putting it there. Esther Hicks
  • Death is simply a break in our linear stream of consciousness. Robert Lanza
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Waking and dreaming states of consciousness

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Life is a state of consciousness

  • Life is a state of consciousness. Emmet Fox
  • Life is a series of sensations connected to different states of consciousness. Remy de Gourmont
  • Life is a metaphor for what’s happening in your consciousness. Deepak Chopra
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Waking and dreaming are different states of consciousness

  • Our normal waking consciousness, rational consciousness as we call it, is but one special type of consciousness, whilst all about it, parted from it by the filmiest of screens, there lie potential forms of consciousness entirely different. William James
  • It is certainly not then-not in dreams- but when one is wide awake, at moments of robust joy and achievement, on the highest terrace of consciousness, that mortality has a chance to peer beyond its own limits, from the mast, from the past and its castle tower. And although nothing much can be seen through the mist, there is somehow the blissful feeling that one is looking in the right direction. Vladimir Nabokov
  • In the dream state consciousness has access to a broader segment of its infinite possibilities than it does in the denser, more clearly defined waking state. Rupert Spira
  • Because the holographic mechanisms the brain uses to construct everyday reality are the same ones it uses to construct our dreams and the realities we experience during altered states of consciousness, I believe all three types of reality are fundamentally the same.” Gordon Globus
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Deep sleep is a state of consciousness knowing only itself

  • In deep sleep Consciousness abides in and as itself. The entire universe and all universes are enfolded within it, ready to take shape at any moment but as yet unmanifest. Rupert Spira
  • Deep sleep is in fact simply the presence of Consciousness shining by itself. That is why it is so peaceful and enjoyable! Rupert Spira
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Normal state of consciousness are equivalent to being asleep

  • Man’s ordinary consciousness is relativity consciousness —i.e., he apprehends one thing only by interpreting it relative to something else. He cannot perceive the One, the Absolute, through that relative consciousness; it was given to him in order to appreciate the nature of the many. Paramahansa Yogananda
  • Man lives in only one small room of the enormous house of his consciousness. William James
  • Man is asleep. Man does not have real consciousness or will at all. Man is not free. For man, everything just happens. However, man can become conscious and find man’s real place, as a human being, in creation but this requires a profound inner transformation. Gurdjieff
  • Our normal waking consciousness, rational consciousness as we call it, is but one special type of consciousness, whilst all about it, parted from it by the filmiest of screens, there lie potential forms of consciousness entirely different. William James
  • The danger, is that you mistake restricted consciousness and its attendant limited reality for a complete explanation. As a result, you completely misinterpret your own nature. Bernard Haisch
  • The final judgement on our life, from the standpoint of our ordinary consciousness, is that it is meaningless. This world of empty space and inanimate objects certainly doesn’t seem benevolent or to ‘mean well’ – it’s just neutral, blankly indifferent. Steve Taylor
  • The normal consciousness with which we experience this world does not give us an objective and reliable picture of the world. This normal consciousness is really a kind of ‘sleep’. Steven Taylor
  • To make biological survival possible, Mind at Large has to be funnelled through the reducing valve of the brain and nervous system. What comes out at the other end is a measly trickle of the kind of consciousness which will help us to stay alive on the surface of this particular planet. Aldous Huxley
  • What if, rather than being objective, our normal consciousness is limited and blinkered and gives us what is in some ways a false picture of reality? Steve Taylor
  • Your personal consciousness can be viewed as a brainfiltered remnant of infinite consciousness rather than as a chemical creation of the brain. Bernard Haisch
  • A truly ‘normal’ state of consciousness is one that is free of all negativity and instead filled with joy and love. Anything else is based on illusion and perceptual distortions. David R. Hawkins
  • This is a state ‘whose relation to your waking consciousness is analogous to the relation of the latter to dreaming. In comparison with this state your waking consciousness would be like dreaming! Al-Ghazali
  • Man ordinarily is a robot. He lives apparently awake, but not really. He walks, he talks, he acts, but it is all as if in sleep – not conscious of what he is doing, not conscious of what he is saying, not conscious of all that surrounds him. He moves surrounded in a dark cloud of unawareness. According to Gautama the Buddha, this is the original sin: to live unconsciously, to act out of unconsciousness. In fact, the word ‘sin’ comes from a root which means forgetfulness. Sin simply means that we are not conscious, aware, alert, that we don’t have any inner light to guide us. Rajneesh
  • The brain’s calculations do not require our conscious effort, only our attention and our openness to let the information through. Although the brain absorbs universes of information, little is admitted into normal consciousness. Marilyn Ferguson
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Normal states of consciousness exist to be transcended

  • Our normal waking consciousness, is but one special type of consciousness, whilst all about it, parted from it by the filmiest of screens, there lie potential forms of consciousness entirely different… No account of the universe in its totality can be final which leaves these other forms of consciousness quite disregarded. William James
  • Perhaps deep down we sense that our normal consciousness isn’t natural to us. Sometimes we feel a strong instinctive resistance to it, a desire to transcend its narrowness and its shadowy vision and to experience a more intense perception of the world. Steve Taylor
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Contraction of consciousness

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Seeking contracts consciousness

  • Pursuit and possession are accompanied by states of consciousness so wide apart that they can never be united. Jack London
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Materialism contracts consciousness

  • Our society values alert, problem-solving consciousness, and it devalues all other states of consciousness. Any kind of consciousness that is not related to the production or consumption of material goods is stigmatized in our society today. Graham Hancock
  • Materialism is the consciousness of wanting to exploit and enjoy. Radhanath Swami
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Ego (a sense of being a separate self) contracts consciousness

  • All power, purity, knowledge, omnipresence and omniscience – in fact the entire divinity of God Himself is already lodged within us. However, much like a genie trapped in a bottle, it remains unmanifested. Our ego, our selfishness, greed, anger and desires, serve as a hard lid, preventing our consciousness from expanding and limiting our awareness to our narrow selves. Pulkit Mathur
  • All that divides us from the sea of infinite consciousness at this point is a thin envelope of personal identity. Eknath Easwaran
  • Because our consciousness is tied to the physical manifestation of reality, we are tied to the belief in separation. Marianne Williamson
  • These are planes of consciousness, and I think human beings exist on two planes of consciousness, the soul and the ego. Ram Dass
  • The spirit of rejection finds its support in the consciousness of separateness; the spirit of acceptance finds its base in the consciousness of unity. Rabindranath Tagore
  • Some groups and individuals still are immersed totally in the egoic consciousness. Others already are free or in the process of stepping out of ego. The arising of the new consciousness already has started for many people. They are not yet recognizable as groups, but they are here and there. Eckhart Tolle
  • So many of us have separated ourselves from our source and have lived on ego consciousness. Wayne Dyer
  • Responsibility is awareness, alertness, consciousness. Ego is just unconsciousness. They cannot coexist. As you grow more conscious you grow more towards light, and anything belonging to the world of darkness starts disappearing. Ego is nothing but darkness. Rajneesh
  • In good company, the individuals merge their egotism into a social soul exactly co-extensive with the several consciousnesses there present. Ralph Waldo Emerson
  • In fact, everything that emanates from source emanates from a source of well-being. When we take on this ego consciousness, when we take on hate rather than love in our hearts, we create all of this divisiveness, and we create all of the problems, the struggles, the difficulties, the diseases, the poverty. Wayne Dyer
  • All power, purity, knowledge, omnipresence and omniscience – in fact the entire divinity of God Himself is already lodged within us. However, much like a genie trapped in a bottle, it remains unmanifested. Our ego, our selfishness, greed, anger and desires, serve as a hard lid, preventing our consciousness from expanding and limiting our awareness to our narrow selves. Pulkit Mathur
  • The aim of Zen training is to attain the state of consciousness which occurs when the individual ego is emptied of itself and becomes identified with the infinite reality of all things. Anne Bancroft
  • There are only two states of consciousness that exist – the state of the ego and the state of love. The ego is the narrow state, the seed-form, the atomic stage; love is all encompassing, love is God. The center of the ego is I; the ego exists for itself. The nectar of love is the universe. Love exists for all. Rajneesh
  • You can move beyond the ego’s perspective and see reality from the perspective of a higher consciousness. Steve Pavlina
  • We begin our spiritual understanding in a mundane place: the ordinary world of survival – that dimension of common people’s consciousness where the ego reigns supreme, and tribal attitudes and ideologies are promoted as the only knowledge one will ever need. The plane of the day-to-day existence that most experience as “life” is what I call “tick-tock.” Stuart Wilde
  • The ego can be thought of as a set of entrenched habits of thought that are the result of entrainment by invisible energy fields which dominate human consciousness. David R. Hawkins
  • Awareness and ego cannot coexist. The old mind-pattern or mental habit may still survive and reoccur for a while because it has the momentum of thousands of years of collective human unconsciousness behind it, but every time it is recognized, it is weakened. Eckhart Tolle
  • It is not the pain-body, but identification with it that causes the suffering that you inflict on yourself and others. It is not the pain-body but identification with the pain-body that forces you to relive the past again and again and keeps you in a state of unconsciousness.  Eckhart Tolle
  • When every thought absorbs your attention completely, when you are so identified with the voice in your head and the emotions that accompany it that you lose yourself in every thought and every emotion, then you are totally identified with form and therefore in the grip of ego. Ego is a conglomeration of recurring thought forms and conditioned mental-emotional patterns that are invested with a sense of I, a sense of self. Ego arises when your sense of Beingness, of “I Am,” which is formless consciousness, gets mixed up with form.  Eckhart Tolle
  • The history of Communism, originally inspired by noble ideals, clearly illustrates what happens when people attempt to change external reality – create a new earth – without any prior change in their inner reality, their state of consciousness. They make plans without taking into account the blueprint for dysfunction that every human being carries within: the ego.  Eckhart Tolle
  • The essence of who you are is consciousness. When consciousness (you) becomes completely identified with thinking and thus forgets its essential nature, it loses itself in thought. When it becomes identified with mental-emotional formations such as wanting and fearing – the primary motivating forces of the ego – it loses itself in those formations. Consciousness also loses itself when it identifies with acting and reacting to what happens. Every thought, every desire or fear, every action or reaction, is then infused with a false sense of self that is incapable of sensing the simple joy of Being and so seeks pleasure, and sometimes even pain, as substitutes for it. This is living in forgetfulness of Being. In that state of forgetfulness of who you are, every success is no more than a passing delusion. Whatever you achieve, soon you will be unhappy again, or some new problem or dilemma will draw your attention in completely.  Eckhart Tolle
  • The density of the ego depends on the degree to which you—the consciousness—are identified with your mind, with thinking.  Eckhart Tolle
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Jealousy contracts consciousness

  • Jealousy is an inner consciousness of one’s own inferiority. It is a mental cancer. C. Forbes
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Being identified with thinking contracts consciousness

  • Although an increasing number of humans are undergoing a process of awakening, identification with thinking is still the prevalent state of consciousness. Thinking is potentially a powerful tool, but it has taken us over, and a lot of it is dysfunctional and negative. Eckhart Tolle
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Blaming contracts consciousness

  • Blame results in a critical decrease of consciousness level and loss of power. David R. Hawkins
  • Blaming none, disrespecting nothing is the doorway to Unity Consciousness. Amit Ray
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Fear contracts consciousness

  • Fear is nothing more than a mental monster you have created, a negative stream of consciousness. Robin Sharma
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Excessive analysis and intellect contracts consciousness

  • Analysis does not transform consciousness. Jiddu Krishnamurti
  • Miracles can happen when we can keep our consciousness away from analyzing and classifying one another. Marshall B. Rosenberg
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Excessive thought contracts consciousness

  • For most people on the planet, consciousness can be equated with thought. They haven’t experienced what it means to be conscious without thought, or they have only for very brief instants. Eckhart Tolle
  • At the heart of the new consciousness lies the transcendence of thought, the newfound ability of rising above thought, of realizing a dimension within yourself that is infinitely more vast than thought. You then no longer derive your identity, your sense of who you are, from the incessant stream of thinking that in the old consciousness you take to be yourself. What a liberation to realize that the “voice in my head” is not who I am. Who am I then? The one who sees that. The awareness that is prior to thought, the space in which the thought—or the emotion or sense perception—happens. Eckhart Tolle
  • Reason itself, paradoxically, is the major block to reaching higher levels of consciousness. David R. Hawkins
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Fighting unconsciousness contracts consciousness

  • Fighting unconsciousness will draw you into unconsciousness.  Eckhart Tolle
  • Whoever fights monsters should see to it that in the process he does not become a monster.   Friedrich Nietzsche
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Unconscious behaviour is caused by a low level of consciousness

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Evil is caused by a low level of consciousness

  • Evil is an extreme manifestation of human unconsciousness. Eckhart Tolle
  • Whether you call someone a hero or a monster is all relative to where the focus of your consciousness may be. Joseph Campbell
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Knowing that everyone does the best they can at their level of consciousness leads to compassion for others and oneself

  • Everyone is acting from his own level of consciousness. This is all we can ask of ourselves or anyone else. However hurtful someone is, he is doing the best he can, given the limits of his consciousness. Deepak Chopra
  • When you realize that no one really knows what they are doing and that everyone is doing the best they can according to their own level of consciousness, life gets a lot easier. Carl Sagan
  • If her past were your past, her pain your pain, her level of consciousness your level of consciousness, you would think and act exactly as she does. With this realization comes forgiveness, compassion and peace. Eckhart Tolle
  • How can we stop judging others? A: Through compassion arises the desire to understand rather than condemn. With understanding, we see that people cannot actually help being other than they are at any given moment. People are generally unaware that they are run by programs inherent in society and in the specific energy field that dominates their consciousness. The average mind is unwittingly brainwashed, and the people are dominated by a field of consciousness to which they are attracted. David R. Hawkins
  • An alternate view that stems from consciousness research is that humans emerged as basically innocent but ignorant, which calibrates at 200. In contrast, there is the view of man as expressed by Socrates that all men are intrinsically innocent because they can only choose to do what they perceive as the good, but they are unable to discern the true good from the false illusions of the world. (Socrates’ statement calibrates at 700.) David R. Hawkins
  • Operationally, there is just one single recurrent ‘sin’, which is that of error, ignorance, misperception, mistake, or miscalculation. It is a consequence of a limitation of human consciousness. Self-forgiveness is facilitated by humility and acceptance of this limitation. David R. Hawkins
  • The capacity for forgiveness arises from accepting with honest humility the limitations inherent in the human condition itself, which is, after all, merely on a learning curve of the evolution of consciousness. David R. Hawkins
  • The state in which ordinary people operate does not imply any moral fault or defect but merely represents the possibilities of the fields of consciousness as they express themselves through each living entity. David R. Hawkins
  • Everyone already has a specific calibrated level of consciousness at birth. Pragmatically, how the condition came about could be viewed as irrelevant. David Hawkin
  • Do you carry feelings of guilt about something you did–or failed to do–in the past? This much is certain: you acted according to your level of consciousness or rather unconsciousness at that time. If you had been more aware, more conscious, you would have acted differently. Guilt is another attempt by the ego to create an identity, a sense of self. To the ego, it doesn’t matter whether that self is positive or negative. What you did or failed to do was a manifestation of unconsciousness–human unconsciousness. The ego, however, personalizes it and says, “I did that,” and so you carry a mental image of yourself as “bad.” Throughout history humans have inflicted countless violent, cruel, and hurtful acts on each other, and continue to do so. Are they all to be condemned; are they all guilty? Or are those acts simply expressions of unconsciousness, an evolutionary stage that we are now growing out of? Jesus’ words, “Forgive them for they know not what they do,” also apply to yourself.  Eckhart Tolle
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Consciousness metaphors

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Consciousness is like an ocean

  • Consciousness is a vast ocean and thinking is the waves and ripples on the surface of the ocean. Eckhart Tolle
  • God is the ocean, man (the individualized soul) is a wave. As man is a part of God, so is he never truly apart from Him. By the power of maya, a portion of God’s cosmic consciousness is cloaked in Nature’s garb, a body fitted with five external senses and one internal sense, mind. Paramahansa Yogananda
  • With the realization of God comes all power. If the little wave knew that behind it is the great ocean, it could say, “I am the ocean.” You should realize that just behind your consciousness is the Ocean of God. Paramahansa Yogananda
  • We are completely unaware of our true nature because we identify ourselves with our body, our emotions and our thoughts, thus losing sight of our unchanging centre, which is pure consciousness. When we return to our true nature, our thoughts and perceptions no longer appear as modifications of a single substance, they come into being and subside like waves of the ocean. Jean Klein
  • The ocean of Spirit has become the little bubble of my soul. Whether floating in birth, or disappearing in death, in the ocean of cosmic awareness the bubble of my life cannot die. I am indestructible consciousness, protected in the bosom of Spirit’s immortality. Paramahansa Yogananda
  • Life is a wave of creative consciousness rippling through space and time that we have the honor of aesthetically surfing. Alex Grey
  • If you have your attention on what is see its fullness in every moment you will discover the dance of the divine in every leaf, in every petal, in every blade of grass, in every rainbow, in every rushing stream, in every breath of every living being. …beyond memory and judgement lies the ocean of universal consciousness. Deepak Chopra
  • When the drop of consciousness that knows itself as an individual drifts back far enough, it becomes like the drop that falls into the ocean. The Atman (Soul) falls into the Paramatman (Supreme Soul). The individual consciousness falls into the Universal Oneness. And that’s it. Michael A. Singer
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Consciousness is a river

  • Consciousness persistently flows on like a river receiving from the tributary streams of sense constant accretions to its flood, and ever dispensing to the world without the thought-stuff it has gathered by the way. Shwe Zan Aung
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Consciousness is the light of a movie projector

  • A non-existent picture shows, but what exists is only wall. So too, what shines is consciousness, here in the form of changing world.  Shri Jnyaneshwar
  • An actor on the movie screen seems so real; but he is nothing but radiation divided into light and shadow issuing from the projection booth. Man should realize the ethereal nature of his being—made of light and consciousness, divine and indestructible, projected on the screen of time and space by the creative Cosmic Beam of God.  Paramahansa Yogananda
  • Consciousness can be likened to the light from a film projector. The projector shines light onto a screen, modifying the light so as to produce one of an infinity of possible images. These images are like the perceptions, sensations, dreams, memories, thoughts, and feelings that we experience—the forms arising in consciousness. The light itself, without which no images would be possible, corresponds to this ability of consciousness to take on form.  Peter Russell
  • The faculty of consciousness can be likened to the light from a video projector. The projector shines light on to a screen, modifying the light so as to produce any one of an infinity of images. These images are like the perceptions, sensations, dreams, memories, thoughts, and feelings that we experience–what I call the “contents of consciousness.” The light itself, without which no images would be possible, corresponds to the faculty of consciousness.  Peter Russell
  • Consciousness is like the light in a film projector. The film needs the light in order for an image to appear, but it does not create the light. In a similar way, the brain creates the images, thoughts, feelings and other experiences of which we are aware, but awareness itself is already present. Peter Russell
  • Our consciousness is like light, and the contents of our minds–our thoughts– are like the film we run through the projector of our imaginations. We project into the world who we think we are and what we have been taught the world is. But these projections, like the movie, are artificial, merely illusory. When you want to see reality instead of the illusion, when you want to see the screen instead of the movie, you turn off the projector.   Roger Stephens
  • The brain determines the forms that arise in consciousness but does not create the consciousness. The brain is the film. Consciousness is the projector.  Peter Russell
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Consciousness is a self-aware movie screen

  • Consciousness is like a movie screen that is infinitely expanded and is aware. It is aware of images appearing on it. Without images, it is just aware of its transparent emptiness. Itself alone. Do the images fragment the screen? No, the screen only experiences a coloring or vibration of itself. For whom is their a multiplicity of forms and selves?  For the character in the movie – from the limited and illusory point of view of the character. Rupert Spira
  • The mirror of Consciousness is the screen on which everything is experienced, and at the same time it is that which experiences everything.  Rupert Spira
  • The Real is ever-present, like the screen on which the cinematographic pictures move. While the picture appears on it, the screen remains invisible. Stop the picture, and the screen will become clear. All thoughts and events are merely pictures moving on the screen of Pure Consciousness, which alone is real.   Romana Maharshi
  • The state of being is permanent and the body and the world are not. They are fleeting phenomena passing on the screen of being-consciousness which is eternal and stationary.  Ramana Maharshi
  • The TV analogy is perfect for examining how our center of consciousness shifts from awareness of Self to being lost in the objects we’re focused upon. The difference is that instead of sitting in your living room getting absorbed in the TV, you’re sitting in your center of consciousness getting absorbed in the screens of mind, emotions, and outside images. When you concentrate on the world of the physical senses, it draws you in. Then your emotional and mental reactions draw you in further. At that point, you are no longer sitting in the centered Self; you are absorbed in the inner show you’re watching.  Michael A. Singer
  • Thought cannot know Consciousness, although it is made of it, any more than a character in a movie can see the screen out of which it is made. Likewise, perception cannot see Consciousness, although it is made of it.  Rupert Spira Turning off the television is the equivalent of taking one’s stand as the witness of all things. It puts the objects witnessed – that is, the mind, the body and the world – at a distance, so to speak, and draws attention to the presence and primacy of Consciousness.  Rupert Spira
  • Ultimate Realization of the identity of Consciousness with Divinity Itself. David R. Hawkins
  • We know all the images on a movie screen are composed of light, but we are not usually aware of the light itself; our attention is caught up in the images that appear and the stories they tell. In much the same way, we know we are conscious, but we are usually aware only of the many different perceptions, thoughts, and feelings that appear in the mind. We are seldom aware of consciousness itself.  Peter Russell
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Consciousness in animals

  • Plant consciousness, insect consciousness, fish consciousness, all are related by one permanent element, which we may call the religious element inherent in all life, even in a flea: the sense of wonder. That is our sixth sense, and it is the natural religious sense. H. Lawrence
  • If we had the consciousness of a cat or a dog, we would have it in us to become perfect Zen masters. We could gnaw on a bone, take a nap, play with a spider until we killed it, get our litter just right, and be innocently and serenely present. Meaning would mean nothing to us, nor would we need it to mean anything. We would be free, and we would be spared. But, we are human beings, and we posses that odd duck – human consciousness. Eric Maisel
  • While stroking an octopus, it is easy to fall into reverie. To share such a moment of deep tranquility with another being, especially one as different from us as the octopus, is a humbling privilege. It’s a shared sweetness, a gentle miracle, an uplink to universal consciousness. Sy Montgomery
  • Self-consciousness. A third and yet more demanding sense might define conscious creatures as those that are not only aware but also aware that they are aware, thus treating creature consciousness as a form of self-consciousness (Carruthers 2000)
  • What it is like. Thomas Nagel’s (1974) famous“what it is like” criterion aims to capture another and perhaps more subjective notion of being a conscious organism. According to Nagel, a being is conscious just if there is “something that it is like” to be that creature, i.e., some subjective way the world seems or appears from the creature’s mental or experiential point of view. In Nagel’s example, bats are conscious because there is something that it is like for a bat to experience its world through its echo-locatory senses, even though we humans from our human point of view can not emphatically understand what such a mode of consciousness is like from the bat’s own point of view. Robert Van Gulick
  • If chimpanzees have consciousness, if they are capable of abstractions, do they not have what until now has been described as ‘human rights’? How smart does a chimp have to be before killing him constitutes murder? Carl Sagan
  • Like us, plants possess receptors, microtubules, and sophisticated intercellular systems that likely facilitate a degree of spatio-temporal consciousness. Robert Lanza
  • Studies show that dogs have a level of intelligence—and consciousness—on par with a two- or three-year-old human child. Robert Lanza
  • It’s very likely that most mammals have consciousness, and probably birds, too. Richard Dawkins
  • Science has looked at nature as a bunch of objects that do things automatically without intelligence or consciousness. What indigenous cultures and shamans have long been saying, is increasingly confirmed in Scientific research. There are persons in these other beings with intelligence, intentions and consciousness. Kenny Ausubel
  • Do animals have consciousness? Yes, if an animal has subjective experience. Yuval Noah Harari
  • Do other living creatures on this planet have consciousness? Because they too experience. Yuval Noah Harari
  • Many fall into the trap of equating consciousness with self-consciousness—to be conscious it is only necessary to be aware of the external world. Stuart Sutherland
  • The faculty of consciousness is not limited to human beings. A dog may not be aware of all the things of which we are aware. It does not think or reason as humans do, and it probably does not have the same degree of self-awareness, but this does not mean that a dog does not have an inner world of experience. Peter Russell
  • And what about animals? Are they conscious? Do they have subjective experiences? In essence, we humans are not that different from rats, dogs, dolphins or chimpanzees. Like us, they too have consciousness and a complex world of sensations and emotions. Yuval Noah Harari
  • We know that plants are sensitive to many aspects of their environment—length of daylight, temperature, humidity, atmospheric chemistry. Even some single-celled organisms are sensitive to physical vibration, light, and heat. Who is to say they do not have a corresponding glimmer of awareness? I am not implying they perceive as we do, or that they have thoughts or feelings, only that they possess the faculty of consciousness; there is a faint trace of experience. It may be a billionth of the richness and intensity of our own experience, but it is still there. Peter Russell
  • Consciousness is not primarily a person. In the human person, it appears as a human being. In an animal, it appears as donkey consciousness, dog consciousness, butterfly consciousness. Consciousness is like electricity. In the lightbulb it shows as light, in the fan it creates gusts of air, in the fridge it makes things cold, in the CD player, it plays music. But electricity is none of those things. It expresses depending on the instrument in which it is expressing and the functionality of that instrument. Mooji
  • A cockroach likely has no less brainpower than a butterfly, but we’re quicker to deny it consciousness because it’s a species we dislike. Jeffrey Kluger
  • It’s very likely that most mammals have consciousness, and probably birds, too. Richard Dawkins
  • There seems to be no unexpressed self in animals, as if they are as fully themselves in flesh as possible, with no lag of consciousness to fill up, while we keep trying to grow into something else. Jane Roberts
  • If there is any characteristic that is distinctly human, it is the capability for reflective self-consciousness. Albert Bandura
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Consciousness in computers and machines

  • It’s also natural to ask about consciousness in other systems, like computers. What about the artificially intelligent system in the movie “Her,” Samantha? Is she conscious? Well, if you take the informational, panpsychist view, she certainly has complicated information processing and integration, so the answer is very likely yes, she is conscious. If that’s right, it raises pretty serious ethical issues about both the ethics of developing intelligent computer systems and the ethics of turning them off. David Chalmers
  • What’s most interesting about trying to figure out AI is the questions that it forces you to ask about the nature of consciousness. Oscar Isaac
  • When people talk about the singularity, when people talk about superintelligent AI, they’re not talking about sentience or consciousness. They’re talking about superhuman ability to make high-quality decisions. Stuart J. Russell
  • Scientists who have dedicated their lives to building machines that think, feel that it’s only a matter of time before some form of consciousness is captured in the laboratory. Michio Kaku
  • Robots may gradually attain a degree of ‘self-awareness’ and consciousness of their own. Michio Kaku
  • The singularity has nothing to do with consciousness. Stuart J. Russell
  • No one has a clue how to build a conscious machine, at all. We have less clue about how to do that than we have about build a faster-than-light spaceship. Stuart J. Russell
  • In the ordinary way of conceiving things, we regard consciousness as having individual centers—you and me and each raccoon. We imagine it arises at birth and subsides at death. Since it thus seemingly comes and goes, the issue of whether it can arise in a machine certainly seems reasonable. But if consciousness is correlative with the cosmos, then the question defaults to an inquiry into the entirety of existence. Robert Lanza
  • As machines get better at learning how to learn, Lipson believes it invariably “leads down the path to consciousness and self-awareness.” Robert Lanza
  • Already, researchers at Yale University have created a robot named Nico that can recognize itself in a mirror, and make decisions about spatial recognition based on its own position and its surroundings. It even knows when an object is merely a reflection in a mirror, rather than naively thinking that it exists behind the glass. Robert Lanza
  • Kurzweil’s 2005 book, The Singularity Is Near: When Humans Transcend Biology, he flat-out predicted that by 2045 the first computer will become self-aware. Robert Lanza
  • The question of whether a computer can think is no more interesting than the question of whether a submarine can swim. Turing
  • Consciousness is synonymous with existence, and those that argue that a computer is conscious if it can fool us into thinking it is, completely miss the point. That is as ridiculous as saying if a wax sculpture of Elvis can fool us into thinking it’s him, it IS him. Eric Wayne
  • Consciousness is our self-aware experience of existence. Computers, no matter how convincingly they can impersonate human interaction, are not conscious. The chess computer, Deep Blue, that beat chess champion Gary Kasparoxv, didn’t even know it was playing chess. Computing power, no matter how awe inspiring, is not the same thing as consciousness. Eric Wayne
  • Even the best computer in the world has no idea that it exists. You do. No one knows what creates that ineffable awareness that we’re here. Jeffrey Kluger
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Questions

  • How can physical processing create inner, subjective experience?
  • How can matter possess first person perspective?
  • How can mere electrical signals produce qualitative sensation and awareness?
  • Why should information “feel” like anything in the first place?
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On a lighter note

  • Consciousness: That annoying time between naps.
  • Never say “oops” while your patient is conscious. Stettner’s Law for Surgeons
  • Sleep is the best of both worlds: you get to be alive and unconscious. Rita Rudner
  • Stand firm in your refusal to remain conscious during algebra; in real life I assure you there is no such thing as algebra. Fran Lebowitz
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