Embrace the experience of being human (quotes)

Through you, God wants to experience being human

  • Stop trying to become God; God is becoming you. Here. Mellen-Thomas Benedict
  • We are not human beings trying to reach realisation and become God. We are God wanting to experience being human.  Anthony Lambert
  • Embrace your human form exactly as it is. Let go of striving to be different. If transcendence happens, it happens. But it is not the sole aim. The aim is to experience being you.  Anthony Lambert
  • We think we humans must be perfect like God. The irony is that God wants to experience being human. Anthony Lambert
  • We want to be faultless, like God, while actually God wants to experience being human through us, faults and all. Anthony Lambert

You are exactly as God intended

  • If God had wanted me otherwise, He would have created me otherwise. Johann von Goethe
  • Honour the temporary form you take. It is exactly as its meant to be. Anthony Lambert
  • Embrace the experience of being human. God wants to experience being you; exactly you.  Anthony Lambert
  • Who wants to be a goddess when we can be human? Perfection is a flaw disguised as control. Terry Tempest Williams
  • Accept your humanness as well as your divinity, totally and without reserve. Emmanuel
  • Each one of us is a unique expression of the oneness of being. Each one of us is an imperfect human being. Tim Freke
  • As a human being, you are dialled to exactly where you’re meant to be for your experience to be what its intended to be. Anthony Lambert
  • I am Consciousness having an experience of life through a temporary form (body-mind). This form is perfectly designed and exactly as it’s meant to be (including its flaws and conditionings) for Consciousness to have the experience it wants to through it.   Both the Consciousness I Am and the form it experiences through are utterly perfect in every way, exactly as they are meant to be.  Anthony Lambert
  • The body-mind of this human I am experiencing life through is both a subject and object of experience. Subject wise, it is a vehicle for God I Am to experience the world through; a unique window onto the world. Object wise, it is an important part of the experience: the experience of being this particular human being with its unique characteristics and conditioning.  The body / mind form I currently take is perfect in every way, flaws and all, for the unique experience I am having through it.  Anthony Lambert

Embrace the experience of being human …

  • Today I choose to feel life, not to deny my humanity but embrace it. Kevyn Aucoin
  • I’ve learned that to expose yourself, to reveal yourself is a test of your humanness. Isabelle Adjani
  • For me the wonderful thing about awakening is that it enables me to embrace my human nature just as it is. Tim Freke
  • Buddhism has turned me on to my humanness, and is challenging my humanness so that I can become more human. Herbie Hancock
  • I’m just a human being trying to make it in a world that is very rapidly losing it’s understanding of being human. John Trudell
  • Fully embrace the experience of being human without losing yourself in it; without losing your sense of identity in it. Anthony Lambert
  • If the world is to change for the better it must start with a change in human consciousness, in the very humanness of modern man. Vaclav Havel
  • Honor your humanness and all of your feelings – the messy ones, the growing pains, the ache – because we can’t have the dark without the light. Sabrina Ward Harrison
  • The more that you are being your ideas, the less human you are. The deeper your realization, being in your heart, the more of your humanness you come into. John de Ruiter
  • There is some kind of a sweet innocence in being human- in not having to be just happy or just sad- in the nature of being able to be both broken and whole, at the same time. JoyBell C.
  • Zen is a totally different kind of religion. It brings humanness to religion. It is not bothered about anything superhuman; its whole concern is how to make ordinary life a blessing. Rajneesh
  • Language is the most elementary aspect to our humanness, probably. In addition to that, it’s the embodiment, it’s the apotheosis of the human experience, it’s the way we summarize ourselves. George Carlin
  • Our humanness is the part of us that we try and push away, that we don’t want to see, that we don’t like. It’s about self-acceptance, number one, and it’s also about accepting our creation. Christine McCormick Day
  • This self-respect and sense of self-worth, the innermost armament of the soul, lies at the heart of humanness; to be deprived of it is to be dehumanized, to be cleaved from, and cast below, mankind. Laura Hillenbrand
  • However great an intellectual may be, however great one may be as a scholar or a man of learning, one has also to acquire humanness. Without humanness, scholarship and intellectual eminence are of no value. Sathya Sai Baba
  • Bring everything up to the surface. Accept your humanity, your animality. Whatsoever is there, accept it without any condemnation. Acceptance is transformation, because through acceptance awareness becomes possible. Rajneesh
  • To be fully human, fully myself, To accept all that I am, all that you envision, This is my prayer. Walk with me out to the rim of life, Beyond security. Take me to the exquisite edge of courage And release me to become. Sue Monk Kidd
  • It is so basic. A human being is an innocent part of nature. Our civilization has distorted this universal quality that allows us to feel at home in our skin. Other animals have coats that they accept, but the human race has yet to come to terms with being nude. Ruth Bernhard
  • I’m not in search of sanctity, sacredness, purity; these things are found after this life, not in this life; but in this life, I search to be completely human: to feel, to give, to take, to laugh, to get lost, to be found, to dance, to love and to lust, to be so human. C. JoyBell C.
  • I have realised I am too rebellious for the spiritual doctrines that preach the need to overcome all desire and radically detach from life to find peace. I want to dance freely to my own tune. I want to embrace the world, not escape from it. I want to love my humanness, not repress it or try to rise above it. In so doing, I feel happier and freer than I could ever have imagined. Aimee Davies

… especially your foibles and imperfections

  • Being less than perfect is part of being human. Grace Jennings-Edquist
  • Your job is not to be perfect, your job is only to be human. Jacqueline Novogratz
  • Lighten up on yourself. No one is perfect. Gently accept your humanness. Deborah Day
  • We must accept human error as inevitable – and design around that fact. Donald Berwick
  • The basic experience of everyone is the experience of human limitation. Flannery O’Connor
  • Being a lover of life means embracing your flawed humanity. It means accepting that you will stumble on the journey of life… that you become wise by being foolish… that you can’t always be awake and at your best. Tim Freke
  • Mistakes are normal and human. Make them small, accept them, correct them, and forget them. Carlos Slim
  • The essence of forgiveness is seeing our humanness and seeing that we all have our limitations and follies. Mark Coleman
  • I think for one, we have to really accept that anger is a normal human emotion that can be a positive force for change. Koren Zailckas
  • Our flaws are what makes us human. If we can accept them as part of who we are, they really don’t even have to be an issue. Ellen DeGeneres
  • Celebrate your humanness, celebrate your craziness, celebrate your inadequacies, celebrate your loneliness … but celebrate YOU! Leo Buscaglia
  • Once we compassionately accept our own humanness and that of others, we are no longer subject to humiliation, for true humility is a part of greatness. David R. Hawkins
  • To be human is necessarily to be imperfect. We all have our flaws and foibles. Everyone who can walk sometimes stumbles. The best musicians still hit bum notes. Tim Freke
  • When you finally accept that it’s OK not to have answers and it’s OK not to be perfect, you realize that feeling confused is a normal part of what it is to be a human being. Winona Ryder
  • Becoming whole is becoming authentic, becoming yourself – whosoever you are, whatsoever you are. Accept your limitations, accept your imperfections. That’s what it means to be a human being. Rajneesh
  • If God were to remove all evil from our world (but somehow leave human beings on the planet), it would mean that the essence of ‘humanness’ would be destroyed. We would become robots. Billy Graham
  • My greatest victory has been to be able to live with myself, to accept my shortcomings. I’m a long way from the human being I’d liked to be, but I’ve decided I’m not so bad after all. Audrey Hepburn
  • Human nature is divided; it contains both darkness and light. You can choose to accept the darkness and lament it, or you can choose to expand the light until the darkness no longer dominates. Deepak Chopra
  • To be mortal is the most basic human experience, and yet man has never been able to accept it, grasp it, and behave accordingly. Man doesn’t know how to be mortal. And when he dies, he doesn’t even know how to be dead. Milan Kundera
  • You aren’t the things that haunt you. You aren’t eh pain you feel. You aren’t defective or broken. You’re human, you’re doing the best you can, and you have so much more to offer the world than the demons you’re fighting. Daniel Koepke
  • While there is evidence everywhere to the contrary, train your mind to look beneath the surface and see the truth: life is good; the world is a beautiful place and you, complete with your human weaknesses and shortcomings, are magnificent. David Sunfellow
  • Many people seem to think that the journey of awakening is ultimately about achieving some sort of spiritual perfection. But I want to suggest that to be human is necessarily to be imperfect. We all have our flaws and foibles… even the best of us. Tim Freke
  • If our hearts are ready for anything, we can open to our inevitable losses, and to the depths of our sorrow. We can grieve our lost loves, our lost youth, our lost health, our lost capacities. This is part of our humanness, part of the expression of our love for life. Tara Brach
  • We see how beautiful and wonderful and amazing things are, and we see how caught up we are. It isn’t that one is the bad part and one is the good part, but that it’s a kind of interesting, smelly, rich, fertile mess of stuff. When it’s all mixed up together, it’s us: humanness. Pema Chodron
  • Only when we accept and forgive all that is or has been the good, the bad, and the ugly of our human lives can we get off the guilt trip and back into the flow. That means we must love our humanness and all of our failings; we must accept, learn from, and yes, even love our mistakes. Sonia Choquette
  • Loneliness comes over us sometimes as a sudden tide. It is one of the terms of our humanness, and, in a sense, therefore, incurable. Yet I have found peace in my loneliest times not only through acceptance of the situation, but through making it an offering to God, who can transfigure it into something for the good of others. Elisabeth Elliot
  • Habitual responses are not truly personal but are part and parcel of the inheritance of being human. All that we condemn within ourselves reveals itself in almost any television documentary about animal life. We see its origin, we see the lovability of the animals in their naiveté, and then we realize that these same motives arise in us from the same level of naiveté. David R. Hawkins
  • I realized something I will never forget: that scared, troubled person in there whom I had been watching and judging was indeed a person. The psyche is a person with feelings and thoughts, hopes, fears, and dreams. He is not to be locked in a room and constantly told to shut up. There are much more constructive ways to deal with these disturbed, self-centered energies. Michael A. Singer
  • Allow yourself and others to make mistakes, miss opportunities, and make foolish decisions. Recognise and accept your vulnerability and fragility. Your quirks and idiosyncrasies – all part of who you are. You are beautiful and special because of your humanness – in fact, this is where your true beauty lies. As the day accepts the sun and the night accepts the moon, so you accept yourself. And so you become complete and whole. John Kehoe
  • Many spiritual traditions condemn the fragmented, wounded human self and see it as the ego we need to overcome. But I don’t see Tim as a spiritual burden, because I’ve come to love him despite his flaws. He can be difficult to live with, but I’ve become patient with that. I don’t want to wage war with the ego that I’ve struggled to develop as I’ve become a distinct individual. I want to honour the ego as a hero on a journey of awakening to deep love. Tim Freke
  • Although it is embarrassing and painful, it is very healing to stop hiding from yourself. It is healing to know all the ways that you’re sneaky, all the ways that you hide out, all the ways that you shut down, deny, close off, criticize people, all your weird little ways. You can know all of that with some sense of humor and kindness. By knowing yourself, you’re coming to know humanness altogether. We are all up against these things. We are all in this together. Pema Chodron
  • The fact that you’re struggling doesn’t make you a burden. It doesn’t make you unloveable or undesirable or undeserving of care. It doesn’t make you too much or too sensitive or too needy. It makes you human. Everyone struggles. Everyone has a difficult time coping, and at times, we all fall apart. During these times, we aren’t always easy to be around – and that’s okay. No one is easy to be around one hundred percent of the time. Yes, you may sometimes be unpleasant or difficult. And yes, you may sometimes do or say things that make the people around you feel helpless or sad. But those things aren’t all of who you are and they certainly don’t discount your worth as a human being. The truth is that you can be struggling and still be loved. You can be difficult and still be cared for. You can be less than perfect, and still be deserving of compassion and kindness. Daniell Koepke

Realise it is a great blessing to be human

  • The earth is a great processor of energy, and individual consciousness evolves out of that into each one of us. I thought of myself as a human for the first time, and I was happy to be that. From what I have seen, I would be happy to be an atom in this universe. An atom. So to be the human part of God … this is the most fantastic blessing. It is a blessing beyond our wildest estimation of what blessing can be. For each and every one of us to be the human part of this experience is awesome, and magnificent. Mellen-Thomas Benedict

Life is about experiencing yourself as the unique individual you are

  • Spirituality should be less about transcending our humanness and more about experiencing more fully what we are. Experience fully what it is like to be human but without getting lost in our human conditioning.  How do we do that?  By remaining in constant awareness.  Anthony Lambert
  • What each must seek in his life never was on land or sea. It is something out of his own unique potentiality for experience, something that never has been and never could have been experienced by anyone else. Joseph Campbell
  • The privilege of a lifetime is being who you are. Joseph Campbell
  • You are what you are. Nobody is like you. Nobody can act your part as you can. Similarly, you should not try to play somebody else’s part. What is important is to do the will of Him who sent you; that is what you want. While you do your part, think all the time that God is working through you.  Paramahansa Yogananda

Be loving and compassionate towards yourself and others

  • I encourage you to wake up to oneness and feel the limitless love, so you can embrace your vulnerable, tender, ambiguous humanity – just as it is. Tim Freke
  • We’re being asked to bring our humanness along in holding that love and compassion for ourselves as we make our way through this energetic time of transformation. Christine McCormick Day
  • We need to be willing to witness ourselves in all the shades of our humanness, and to come into the heart space daily and just hold ourselves with love and compassion. Christine McCormick Day
  • When we listen for feelings and needs – we can see that people who seem like monsters are simply human beings whose language and behavior sometimes keep us from seeing their humanness. Marshall B. Rosenberg
  • Compassion constitutes a radical form of criticism, for it announces that the hurt is to be taken seriously, that the hurt is not to be accepted as normal and natural, but is an abnormal and unacceptable condition for humanness. Walter Brueggemann
  • We forget to be kind, loving, and compassionate with ourselves. We forget that the physical self was not meant to be perfect, nor could it ever be on this plane of existence, and as such, it need not be judged for its lack of perfection. Ziad Masri
  • Perhaps most importantly, having compassion for yourself means that you honor and accept your humanness. Things will not always go the way you want them to. You will encounter frustrations, losses will occur, you will make mistakes, bump up against your limitations, fall short of your ideals. This is the human condition, a reality shared by all of us. The more you open your heart to this reality instead of constantly fighting against it, the more you will be able to feel compassion for yourself and all your fellow humans in the experience of life.  Dr. Kristin Neff
  • At the present moment, in the prevailing situation, what is most essential is the cultivation of love. Losing love mankind has lost its humanness. Love is the Supreme human value. Truth, righteousness, peace and non-violence are other human values. Knowing these values, men are foolishly leading valueless lives. Sathya Sai Baba
  • Self-compassion: Being kind and understanding toward oneself in instances of pain or failure rather than being harshly self- critical; perceiving one’s experiences as part of the larger human experience rather than seeing them as isolating; and holding painful thoughts and feelings in mindful awareness rather than over-identifying with them.  Kristin Neff

Let’s be human together and judge each other less

  • The only bond worth anything between human beings is their humanness. Jesse Owens
  • I’m human, you’re human, let me greet your humanness. Let’s be people together for a while. Anne Lamott
  • Human society needs essntially fellow-feeling and unity. When these two are present, humanness will flourish. Sathya Sai Baba
  • Wouldn’t it be great if we could be a little less judgmental and a little more forgiving of each other’s humanness? We’re only here a short time. Let’s pay more attention to the good and not the bad in one another. Patrick Fabian
  • If you accept that human beings are difficult to change, and embrace (rather than curse) the uniqueness that everyone brings to the table, you’ll navigate the world with more bliss and effectiveness. And make better decisions, too. Seth
  • If we are to understand the human condition, and if we are to accept ourselves in all the complexity, self-doubt, extravagance of feeling, guilt, joy, the slow freeing of the self to its full capacity for action and creation, both as human being and as artist, we have to know all we can about each other, and we have to be willing to go naked. May Sarton
  • Human beings are more alike than unalike. Whether in Paris, Texas, or Paris, France, we all want to have good jobs where we are needed and respected and paid just a little more than we deserve. We want healthy children, safe streets, to be loved and have the unmitigated gall to accept love. If we are religious, we want a place to perpetuate God. If not, we want a good lecture every once in a while. And everyone wants someplace to party on Saturday nights. Maya Angelou

Your humanness is not separate from your divinity

  • Be willing to laugh at your humanness and at your divinity. Frederick Lenz
  • We need to embrace our humanness is order for our divinity to shine through us. Aimee Davies
  • We’re not here to get over our humanness, but rather to accept and make peace with it… and to remember our Divine nature. Sonia Choquette
  • Everything starts to be seen as a manifestation of spirit, including your humanness, with all of its strengths and weaknesses and all of its funny little quirks. You discover that your humanness is in no way separate from the divinity within you, which is what you actually are. Adyashanti
  • To live, mankind must recover its essential humanness and its innate divinity; men must recover their capacity for humility, sanity and integrity; soldier and civilians must see their hope in some other world than one completely dominated by the physical and chemical sciences. George Stanley
  • There is nothing more lonely than eternity. And nothing is more cozy for us than to be a human being.  This indeed is another contradiction-how can we keep the bonds of our humanness and still venture gladly and purposefully into the absolute loneliness of eternity?  Carlos Castaneda
  • It’s amazing for a human being to realize his or her true nature is not trying to change their human nature. This allows the human nature to rest, to no longer feel separate from its source. We start to feel unity within ourselves. We stop feeling that we are divided within ourselves, because we see that ultimately there is no dividing line between awareness, or spirit, and our ego- personality. There’s really no separation between the two. Adyashanti

To repress our humanness is to remain spiritually asleep

  • As long as we grab at our divinity and push away our humanity, we aren’t free. If you want to be free, you can’t push away anything. You have to embrace it all. It’s all God. Ram Dass
  • We cannot grow spiritually if we ignore our humanness, just as we cannot become fully human if we ignore our spirituality. Jean Vanier
  • Many spiritual traditions teach that to awaken to the deep self we need to suppress our human nature. We need to eradicate our passions. Fear, anger, and desire are particularly deplorable. Lust is really bad. Our attachments are a problem too. All these human weaknesses arise because we’re identified with the evil ego. It seems to me that such teachings actually makes it harder to awaken, because we believe there are things about our nature that we must overcome, when actually all we need to do is notice our deeper identity as well.  Tim Freke
  • Perhaps the biggest obstacle to loving yourself and living your Spirit is the belief that you can only do so when all your problems are solved, all your worries are alleviated, and all your concerns and fears have disappeared. The truth is, this will never happen. We’re not here to get over our humanness, but rather to accept and make peace with it… and remember our Divine nature. Sonia Choquette
  • It is only when man cultivate humanness that society will shine with radiance and the nation and the world will progress. Humanness can be promoted only through spirituality and not by any other means. Just as a seed can sprout only when it is planted in the soil and watered, human values can grow only in a spiritual soil. If a man wants to cultivate human values, he has to apply the manure of spirituality to his heart, water it with love so that human values will grow. Sathya Sai Baba
  • Many spiritual traditions teach that if we want to awaken to our essential divinity we need to suppress our troublesome humanity. Tim Freke
  • We accept too much at face value these ideologies of transcendence… I just knew, from everything that I saw, that there is no transcending the human experience. You’ve got to realize that most of us feel permanently displaced and savagely undone. Most of us try everything we can to manage our fears and our insecurities. Most of us are profoundly inhuman to ourselves and other people, and that makes us no less valuable, and no less worthy of attention and love. I didn’t transcend all this stuff, you just got to live with [it], man, and there’s nothing like trying to run away from all that stuff to guarantee its supremacy… The transcendence myth will just do you in, in the long run. Junot Díaz

To accept our humanness is to wake up

  • When you know that you are eternal you can play your true role in time. When you know you are divine you can become completely human. When you know you are one with God you are free to become absolutely yourself … Mother Meera
  • For the first time, I questioned whether more and more discipline was going to take me where I so desperately wanted to go. Sitting alone in my van that morning, I knew the answer was no. My path to true freedom was subtler than simply requiring a tighter grip. I no longer saw the lower aspect of myself, with all his personal issues and melodramas, as the enemy that had to be destroyed.    I needed to use all these disturbed personal energies for my ascent. It was perfectly clear to me that since he was the problem, he was also the solution. I actually felt a tinge of compassion toward that struggling person within me. I would later come to learn that the Bhagavad Gita says that one should raise the self with Self, not trample down the self. I had been trampling down my personal self in the name of getting free from his humanness. I now needed to learn how to raise those energies up to assist me on the journey.  I realized something I will never forget: that scared, troubled person in there whom I had been watching and judging was indeed a person. The psyche is a person with feelings and thoughts, hopes, fears, and dreams. He is not to be locked in a room and constantly told to shut up. There are much more constructive ways to deal with these disturbed, self-centered energies.  Michael A. Singer

To embrace our humanness is to transcend it

  • We all know those who draw their boundaries carefully and say, I’m only human. Nobody’s perfect. I accept my limitations. And we know others who take an opposite view and say, I can do anything I choose to do. It is in my power to change the world. And those are the ones who most often change the world. Richard Bach
  • When you are awakened to being a being, even though you’re not yet being it, the purpose of you being in a body fundamentally shifts. In that shift, you know within that you are not first any longer about your humanness. Your humanness is included and it’s no longer fundamental, altering your sense of reality. John de Ruiter

Meditation and awareness can help us embrace our humanness

  • Love can exist only after meditation, not before it. That is a simple existential law. Before meditation – only lust, only sexuality. Before meditation you are an animal and not really a human being. With meditation a transformation comes: you become human, and out of your humanness, love flows. Rajneesh
  • Rather than negating or seeking to transcend parts of our humanness that are considered barriers to realization, we learn to approach each aspect of our physical, emotional, and mental experience with acceptance and open curiosity to discover its truth. We begin with meditations and body sensing practices that invite deeper, more immediate contact with present experience. As we relax into the direct, felt sense of what’s happening in our body, emotions, and thoughts, without judgment or goal, we become more present to our inner world. H. Almaas
  • Meditation accepts us just as we are-in both our tantrums and our bad habits, in our love and commitments and happiness. It allows us to have a more flexible identity because we learn to accept ourselves and all of our human experience with more tenderness and openness. We learn to accept the present moment with an open heart. Every moment is incredibly unique and fresh, and when we drop into the moment, as meditation allows us to do, we learn how to truly taste this tender and mysterious life that we share together. Pema Chodron

Awakening from awakening

  • This is a true story.
    Once, at a conference, I watched a spiritual teacher
    addressing a grieving woman whose precious young
    son had just died.
    Her world had just collapsed.
    An old reality had shattered.
    She said, “My heart is broken and raw”.
    He told her, “Your heartbreak is the activity of the separate self,
    and therefore illusory, based in ignorance.
    When the separate self dissolves,
    there will be no more suffering.
    In awareness, there is no death.
    Awareness has no son.”
    He told her she needed to ‘wake up’.
    She needed to recognise herself as ‘Pure Awareness’.
    She was pretending to be a victim.
    She didn’t know ‘who she truly was’.
    And in that moment, I saw a deep sickness and inhumanity at the heart of much of our contemporary spirituality.
    The invalidation and shaming of trauma,
    the false promises, the power games,
    and most of all, the suppression of the divine feminine.
    Making our grief, anger, fear and joy a ‘mistake’ or some ‘sign’
    that we are not awakened enough, not spiritual enough,
    not ‘divine’ enough in our embodied humanity.
    The pathologising of our wildness.
    The shaming of our fragility, our sensitivity.
    Friends, if this is ‘spiritual awakening’, I simply have no interest.
    Let us bow to our fragile, vulnerable humanity! Not run from it!
    Let us bless our precious broken hearts! Not pathologise them!
    Let us infuse our deepest human experience with empathy, understanding. See it for the miracle it is.
    Send a curious, warm awareness deep into our wounds.
    Not to mend, not to fix, but to feel!
    Not to ‘awaken’, but to penetrate and be penetrated
    by love. The awakening of the heart. The remembering
    of the magic we knew when we were very young.
    Let us embrace our painful feelings.
    Not see them as a ‘sign’ of our spiritual failure,
    or our inability to manifest,
    or our ignorance,
    or our lack of strength.
    Let us wake up from the old concept of ‘awakening’.
    Re-enchant the word itself, drench it with compassion.
    Return to the sacredness in our humanity!
    Let the Divine shine through our messy human hearts.
    Bless them. Infuse them. Let them ache and be transmuted.
    Meet each other in the fire of living.
    Be present with each other
    instead of trying to fix each other.
    Say, “Yes my heart is broken and raw and you are my sister!”
    Source:  Jeff Foster