Inner wisdom (quotes)


There is immense wisdom within


There is immense wisdom within us …

  • At the center of your being you have the answer; you know who you are and you know what you want. Lao Tzu
  • All souls can find the truth within. Eileen Caddy
  • Your mind will answer most questions, if you learn to relax and wait for the answer. William S. Burroughs
  • Wisdom is knowledge which has become a part of one’s being. Orison Swett Marden
  • Your soul – that inner quiet space – is yours to consult. It will always guide you in the right direction. Wayne Dyer
  • Your bliss can guide you to that transcendent mystery, because bliss is the welling up of the energy of the transcendent wisdom within you. So when the bliss cuts off, you know that you’ve cut off the welling up; try to find it again. Joseph Campbell
  • The source of all knowing is in you. Eckhart Tolle
  • Eventually we will all understand that all wisdom is within us, and as we remember, practice and access this wisdom, we will become our own best teacher. Brian L. Weiss
  • All search is vain, until we begin to perceive that wisdom is within ourselves … then we may know the sun is rising, that the morning is breaking for us. Vivekananda
  • Applicants for wisdom, do what I have done: Inquire within. Heraclitus
  • Be your own guru. Danielle LaPorte
  • Talk less. Listen more. Tune in to eternal wisdom from deep within. Philip Arnold
  • Your inner knowing is your only true compass. Joy Page
  • We all have spiritual DNA; wisdom and truth are part of our genetic structure even if we don’t always access it. Lama Surya Das
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… for we are connected to the great intelligence of the Universe

  • We live in the lap of immense Intelligence. Ralph Waldo Emerson
  • You are surrounded by a universal mind that contains all the intelligence, ideas and knowledge that have ever existed. Brian Tracy
  • You are never alone or helpless. The force that guides the stars, guides you too. Shrii Anandamurti
  • There is clearly an intelligence at work that is far greater than the mind. How can a single human cell measuring 1/1,000 of an inch across contain instructions within its DNA that would fill 1,000 books 600 pages each? The more we learn about the workings of the body, the more we realize just how vast is the intelligence at work within it and how little we know. When the mind reconnects with that, it becomes a most wonderful tool. It then serves something greater than itself. Eckhart Tolle
  • Synchronicity is choreographed by a great, pervasive intelligence that lies at the heart of nature, and is manifest in each of us through intuitive knowledge. Deepak Chopra
  • Each one of us has all the wisdom and knowledge we ever need right within us. It is available to us through our intuitive mind, which is our connection with universal intelligence. Shakti Gawain
  • To whatever degree you listen and follow your intuition, you become a creative channel for the higher power of the universe. Shakti Gawain

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Tap into inner wisdom through simply being

  • Just as the sun is infinitely brighter than a candle flame, there is infinitely more intelligence in Being than in your mind. Eckhart Tolle
  • Sometimes, simply by sitting, the soul collects wisdom. Zen proverb
  • When you go into the space of nothingness, everything becomes known. Buddha
  • Stillness, insight, and wisdom arise only when we can settle into being complete in this moment, without having to seek or hold on to or reject anything. Jon Kabat-Zinn
  • The Chinese word for “busy” is composed of two characters: “heart” and “killing.” When we make ourselves so busy that we are always rushing around trying to get this or that “done” or “over with,” we kill something vital in ourselves, and we smother the quiet wisdom in our heart. Brother Steindhl-Rast
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Tap into inner wisdom through practicing inner stillness …

  • True intelligence operates silently. Stillness is where creativity and solutions to problems are found. Eckhart Tolle
  • Anything you want to ask a teacher, ask yourself, and wait for the answer in silence. Byron Katie
  • Wisdom comes with the ability to be still. Just look and just listen. No more is needed. Being still, looking, and listening activates the non-conceptual intelligence within you. Let stillness direct your words and actions. Eckhart Tolle
  • When you don’t know what to do, get still. The answer will come. Oprah Winfrey
  • All true artists, whether they know it or not, create from a place of no-mind, from inner stillness. Eckhart Tolle
  • Be still and you will know the truth; and the truth shall set you free. Eileen Caddy
  • Solutions come easily from a calm mind.
  • Silence is telling you everything you need to be happy… but you keep interrupting. Michael Jeffreys
  • When you are in doubt, be still, and wait; when doubt no longer exists for you, then go forward with courage. So long as mists envelop you, be still; be still until the sunlight pours through and dispels the mists – as it surely will. Then act with courage. Ponca Chief White Eagle
  • Only in the oasis of silence can we drink deeply from the inner cup of wisdom. Sue Patton Thoele
  • A properly kept silence is a beautiful thing; it is nothing less than the father of very wise thoughts. Diodicus
  • There is no necessity for a technique or formula for meditation. Inner feeling, or inner knowing, is the silent voice of inspiration. Walter Russell
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… through quietening the mind …

  • Our minds are like a large vase of water with sand in it that has been stirred up. After some time of stillness, the sand settles, clarifying the water and allowing us to see. The resulting clarity, which is beyond concept, is wisdom beyond concept. M. Gunder
  • The voice of wisdom is inherent within us and willing to guide us when we stop to listen. Of course, there are times when we feel we’ve been still as stone, and the still, small voice is still too quiet to hear.  When this happens, the challenge is to practice quieting your mind anyway.  Stopping and asking, quieting and listening, trusting and waiting.  Waiting is difficult but worth the effort because a quiet, uncluttered mind is a natural antenna for whispers of wisdom from within.  Sue Patton Thoele
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… knowing there is immense wisdom beyond the thinking mind

  • When we let go of the thinking mind, we become open to insight—to what in spirituality we might call revelation, or the spontaneous arising of a deep wisdom or a deep knowing. Adyashanti
  • Whenever an answer, a solution, or a creative idea is needed, stop thinking for a moment by focusing attention on your inner energy field. When you resume thinking, it will be fresh and creative. Eckhart Tolle
  • The only factor preventing us from hearing or being connected to our inner wisdom is the noise or chatter of our own thinking. When we turn the “volume” of our thining down, we can begin to sense a deeper intelligence. This is reflection. Richard Carlson

Tap into wisdom through equanimity

  • Equanimity supports wisdom because when the mind doesn’t shake, we can stay with the truth of things long enough to have a deep insight. Shaila Catherine
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Tap into inner wisdom by asking questions and listening within

  • I ask wide questions that tune me into the universe and my inner intelligence: Where would you have me go? What would you have me do? What would you have me say and to whom? Susan Jeffersen
  • Today I will witness the choices I make in each moment. When I make a choice, I will ask myself two questions: What are the consequences? Will it bring happiness and fulfillment to me and those effected by this decision? Then I will ask my heart for guidance and be guided by its feeling of comfort or discomfort. Deepak Chopra
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Listen to your intuition

  • Each one of us has all the wisdom and knowledge we ever need right within us. It is available to us through our intuitive mind, which is our connection with universal intelligence. Shakti Gawain
  • To whatever degree you listen and follow your intuition, you become a creative channel for the higher power of the universe. Shakti Gawain
  • For the spiritual being, intuition is far more than a hunch. It is viewed as guidance or as God talking, and this inner insight is never taken lightly or ignored. Wayne Dyer
  • Listen to your intuition it will tell you all you need to know. Anthony J. D’Angelo
  • Awaken intuition. Reflect on the fact that the perfect answers and solutions exist within you. State clearly what it is that you wish your subconscious to bring to you. Repeat confidently “My subconscious is now bringing me…” Relax and fill your mind with faith and expectancy that the right answers will come. Then listen to your feelings and hunches and “inner voice.” John Kehoe
  • Follow your instincts. That’s where true wisdom manifests itself. Oprah Winfrey
  • It is always with excitement that I wake up in the morning wondering what my intuition will toss up to me, like gifts from the sea. I work with it and rely on it. It’s my partner. Jonas Salk
  • Notice what happens when you follow your intuitive feelings. The result is usually increased energy and power, and a sense of things flowing. Shakti Gawain
  • The highest endeavor of the mind, and the highest virtue, it to understand things by intuition. Baruch Spinoza
  • The more you trust your intuition, the more empowered you become, the stronger you become, and the happier you become. Gisele Bundchen
  • You must train your intuition. You must trust the small voice inside which tells you exactly what to say, what to decide. Ingrid Bergman
  • There is a wise being living inside of you. It is your intuitive self. Focus your awareness into a deep place in your body, a place where your “gut feelings” reside. You can communicate with it by silently talking to it, making requests, or asking questions. Then relax, don’t think too hard with your mind, and be open to receiving answers. They are usually very simple and relate to the present moment, not the past or the future, and they feel right.  Shakti Gawain
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Listen to the wisdom in your feelings

  • There is deep wisdom within our very flesh, if we can only come to our senses and feel it. Elizabeth A. Behnke
  • We don’t need someone to show us the ropes. We are the ones we’ve been waiting for. Deep inside us we know the feelings we need to guide us. Our task is to learn to trust our inner knowing. Sonia Johnson
  • Today I will witness the choices I make in each moment. When I make a choice, I will ask myself two questions: What are the consequences? Will it bring happiness and fulfillment to me and those effected by this decision? Then I will ask my heart for guidance and be guided by its feeling of comfort or discomfort. Deepak Chopra
  • Real feelings are the language of the soul. I listen. Neale Donald Walsch
  • The soul speaks to you in feelings. Listen to your feelings, follow your feelings, honour your feelings. Neale Donald Walsch
  • Emotion is the chief source of all becoming-conscious. There can be no transforming of darkness into light and of apathy into movement without emotion. Carl Jung
  • Feeling will get you closer to the truth of who you are than thinking. Eckhart Tolle
  • You cannot find your soul with your mind, you must use your heart. Gary Zukav
  • God is not present in idols. Your feelings are your god. The soul is your temple. Chanakya
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Listen to the wisdom in your heart

  • Each of us knows all. We need only open our minds to hear our own wisdom. Dan Brown
  • The heart is wiser than the intellect. Josiah Holland
  • The seat of knowledge is in the head; of wisdom, in the heart. We are sure to judge wrong if we do not feel right.  William Hazlitt
  • Only the heart knows the correct answer. Most people think the heart is mushy and sentimental. But it’s not. The heart is intuitive; it’s holistic, it’s contextual, it’s relational. It doesn’t have a win- lose orientation. It taps into the cosmic computer – the field of pure potentiality, pure knowledge, and infinite organizing power – and takes everything into account. At times it may not even seem rational, but the heart has a computing ability that is far more accurate and far more precise than anything within the limits of rational thought. Deepak Chopra
  • We all have an inner voice, our personal whisper from the universe. All we have to do is listen — feel and sense it with an open heart. Sometimes it whispers of intuition or precognition. Other times, it whispers an awareness, a remembrance from another plane.  Dare to listen. Dare to hear with your heart.  CJ Heck
  • Wisdom is the olive that springeth from a heart, bloometh on the tongue, and beareth fruit in the actions. Grymestone
  • Follow your heart, listen to your inner voice, stop caring about what others think. Roy T. Bennett
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Listen to the wisdom in your body

  • A trembling in the bones may carry a more convincing testimony than the dry documented deductions of the brain. Llewelyn Powers
  • I have ceased to question stars and books; I have begun to listen to the teaching my blood whispers to me. Herman Hesse
  • Our bodies communicate to us clearly and specifically, if we are willing to listen. Shakti Gawain
  • Our own physical body possesses a wisdom which we who inhabit the body lack. We give it orders which make no sense. Henry Miller
  • Everything you’ll ever need to know is within you; the secrets of the universe are imprinted on the cells of your body. But you haven’t learned how to read the wisdom of the body. Dan Millman
  • Sometimes your body is smarter than you are.
  • The body has its own way of knowing, a knowing that has little to do with logic, and much to do with truth, little to do with control, and much to do with acceptance, little to do with division and analysis and much to do with union. Marilyn Sewell
  • The body is wiser than its inhabitants. The body is the soul. The body is God’s messenger. Erica Jong
  • The body never lies. Martha Graham
  • There is a wisdom in the body that is older and more reliable than clocks and calendars. John Harold Johnson
  • There is more wisdom in your body than in your deepest philosophies. Friedrich Nietzche
  • Wouldn’t it be wonderful to have a wise and intuitive counselor available 24/7? You’re in luck–you already have one. Your body!  Our bodies carry ancient wisdom.  We literally live within a temple of intuitive and instinctive wisdom. Sometimes we pay attention and access body wisdom; but unfortunately, the aphorism “Mrs. Smith lived a short distance from her body” is sadly true for many of us.  Sue Patton Thoele
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Harness the power of your subconscious

  • Neuroscientists estimate that your unconscious database outweighs the conscious on an order exceeding ten million to one. This database is the source of your creative potential. In other words, a part of you is much smarter than you are. The wisest people regularly consult that smartest part. You can, too, by making space for incubation. So, how do the greatest minds do this? We rarely get our best ideas when we’re officially “at work. If we want to enter the domain of genius, we’ve got to take time for solitude and relaxation. Michael Gelb
  • Metaphorically speaking, if your unconscious mind can hold information equivalent to a NASA supercomputer, your conscious mind can hold roughly the contents of a Post-it note. Heidi Grant Halvorson
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A practical exercise to tap into your inner wisdom

  • Here is an exercise to help us tap into the wisdom that’s already percolating in our consciousness. You’re 110 years old. NASA just invented a time machine. It can take you back to THIS moment so your 110 year-old self has 30 minutes to chat with your current you. What do you tell yourself ?!? What are the most important truths/lessons/big ideas you’d want to share in that 30 minutes? What if you only had 5 minutes? What would you share? What if you only had 60 seconds? What’s THE most important message you’d want to share? Tal Ben- Shahar
  • Pretend that you’re 99 years old, very wise and in perfect health. Answer the following questions in your journal:  What would you have me know? What should I concentrate on in the coming days and years? What things could I do or experience that would have the most positive impact on my life?   Sandy Grason

Final thoughts

  • At the start of your quest, wisdom is a flash, not a glow. Vernon Howard
  • Be open. And then the truth follows. Gangaji
  • Information like fruit is already free… if you pluck it directly from the tree. Bashar
  • If we believe we’re guided through every step of our lives, we are. It’s a lovely sight, watching it work. Richard Bach
  • Wisdom is obtained by reading the mind of God. Wallace D. Wattles
  • When you come upon a magic place… listen.
  • Knowledge speaks, wisdom listens.
  • Don’t let the noise of others’ opinions drown out your own inner voice. Steve Jobs
  • You are one thing only. You are a Divine Being. An all-powerful Creator. You are a Deity in jeans and a t-shirt, and within you dwells the infinite wisdom of the ages and the sacred creative force of All that is, will be and ever was. Anthon St. Maarten
  • When many voices are speaking at once, listen to the one most quiet and gentle. That’s the one worth listening to. Miranda Linda Weisz
  • Good judgement comes when your logical and rational thoughts and ideas are supported by a gut reaction that the decision “feels right”, and you can live comfortably with the consequences of your action. Inner wisdom goes even further because the decision not only feels right, but it also fits in with our values and beliefs.  Something deep inside you can answer, “Yes!” Dr Barbara Killinger
  • We can learn to trust ourselves by inquiring within. To practice doing this, sit quietly, close your eyes, and for a minute focus your attention on your breathing.  Gently visualize your inner wisdom as a graceful butterfly.  Admire her beauty and encourage your butterfly to sit on your shoulder and whisper her wisdom in your ear.  Be still and listen.  Sue Patton Thoele