Aimee Davies (quotes)

Embrace yourself as you are

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Learn to accept yourself as you are…

  • Authentic spirituality accepts both the beautiful and the seemingly ugly parts within us. It is not about rejecting or annihilating the ego but recognising and healing it.
  • Self-acceptance is realising the treasure you seek is always found within you. You are the treasure-hunter, the journey, and the treasure itself.
  • True beauty is someone who is truly okay with themselves as they are…
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…by coming home to yourself…

  • It is said that the greatest journey is the one that leads you home. In accepting yourself, you come home to yourself.
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…by realising there is nothing wrong with you…

  • Self-acceptance means accepting even your non-acceptance. It is not about becoming new and shiny, it is about letting go of the belief that there is something inherently wrong with you.
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…by allowing what is to be…

  • Self-acceptance is also fully accepting what’s here in us right now. If we are feeling anxious, that’s okay. If we are feeling angry, that’s okay. If we are feeling negative, that’s okay. We let ourselves be as we are.
  • Self-acceptance is welcoming every emotion into your guest house.
  • Lasting self-improvement and positive change only occurs when you first deeply accept what is.
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…especially your emotions as they arise

  • To fight anger with anger only makes you see a deeper shade of red. To resist envy only makes it more green. To turn sadness away means it will come back tomorrow twice as blue. True self-compassion is to fully accept and allow what is. To allow it to be there and be fully felt.
  • Human emotions are beautiful. Anger can stir a revolution. Sadness can create masterpieces. Joy can uplift the world. All emotions are sacred if we understand them.
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Embrace your humanness

  • I now believe strongly in a more life-affirming spirituality that loves, celebrates and embraces our humanness.
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Realise the tremendous power of self-acceptance

  • Inner change creates outer change. The inner revolution of self-acceptance is a powerful force for peace, love and joy. Both within and without.
  • There is no make-up to compare with the radiance that comes from a profound sense of self-okayness.
  • When you fear the unloved parts within you, they control you. But when you accept and embrace them, you heal the wounded parts of you. You mend your brokenness with the glue of self-compassion.
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Self-acceptance is the path to learning to love yourself

  • Self-love is about expressing and accepting the “beingness” or the “youness” of you. It is not a doing but a state of being. It is being comfortable in your own skin and mind.
  • Self-love is a shift more and more from the realms of the mind into the realms of the heart. It re-opens rooms long abandoned and forgotten and lets the light in.
  • If you want to claim your Divine dominion right now, really feel with your whole soul that you already love and accept yourself unconditionally. Walk, talk and dress like the Divine rock star you are.
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Treat yourself with understanding and compassion

  • When you love yourself, it doesn’t mean you are egoistical or arrogant. It simply means you accept yourself as you are and treat yourself with kindness, understanding and compassion.
  • Acknowledging our wounds and soothing them with self-compassion is a potent antidote to all forms of self-hate.
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Forgive yourself

  • Self-acceptance and self-love are twin siblings. They come alive when you let go of who you think you should be, and just be who you are. They are about loving all parts of yourself. They are about forgiving what you did in the past.
  • Your mistakes do not need to be a life sentence. The act of self-forgiveness is a conscious choice you must make every day.
  • Forgiveness rarely happens all at once; it is a process.
  • Forgiveness doesn’t necessarily mean reconciliation, but it does mean letting go of anger.
  • Forgiveness opens you to your true joyful nature.
  • Forgiveness can’t be forced or faked. Forgiveness happens when you’re ready to set the prisoner free in the realisation the prisoner has been you all along.
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Be kind to yourself and others

  • Many of us are deeply wounded and most of our scars are invisible which is why we must be kind to one another.
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Feel your inherent “enoughness”

  • I wish I could give you a big heartfelt hug and tell you how beautiful you are! I wish I could tell you face-to-face that every scar, emotional and physical, makes you who you are. You are enough! Feel this in your heart and bones.
  • Everything is a manifestation of the Divine and all things are perfect in their own unique way. The same Spirit which created the stars, planets and moons also created you.
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There is nothing more healing and powerful than self-love

  • The search for and attainment of external happiness can never be fruitful when we hate ourselves.
  • How you treat others is an outward expression of how you treat yourself. All outer transformation happens first within.
  • We need love and acceptance just like we need water and oxygen and the only truly reliable source for this is from within.
  • Something magical happens when you begin to love and accept yourself. You start to shine your light again. You realise that you are connected to a deeper Self, a divine spark within. This divine spark is the light of your inner awareness, illuminating all your life experiences, and when you sink back and rest in it, as it, it is felt as a sense of pure aliveness and joy.
  • The truth is that your relationship with yourself is the most important relationship you’ll ever have. It sets the tone for all the other relationships in your life.
  • A state of wellness or unwellness always begins with how you feel about yourself. Even modern science is discovering the connection between the mind and body.
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Realise you are a beautiful work in progress…

  • You are a verb, not a noun. Not an object, but a continual becoming. You are a living, breathing and ever-changing human being in transit. A work in progress.
  • As we grow older, we begin to see ourselves more and more as nouns. I am like this. I am like that. I like this. I hate that. And thus, we imprison ourselves in who we think we are, or who we think we should be. This is the source of all of our most self-limiting beliefs.
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…and that you are perfectly imperfect just as you are

  • An inner joy flooded into me as I realised I am perfectly imperfect just as I am. I realised all my spiritual striving was only the spiritual ego trying to enlighten itself. I really knew this time that I don’t need to enlighten myself because I am already whole. My true identity is not the seeker but the joyful spirit that is my innermost being. When I stopped searching for joy on the outside, joy found me on the inside. I realised that the joy arising within was my natural state of being. Joy is who I am. Joy is my very essence. Joy is my natural birthright.
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Stop living life based on the expectation of others…

  • We kill our dreams and passions in order to live a life based on the expectations of others.
  • We dim our light so we can conform to the world.
  • You cannot be the ultimate You when you are a slave to the dogma of another.
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…and let go of the need for external approval

  • My sense of self was determined by what I thought others would find acceptable and pleasing. The way I felt about myself depended entirely on what I thought others thought of me.
  • I craved the love of others to compensate for my lack of self-love. When our sense of self is dependent on external validation, we become slaves to the approval of others.
  • External approval is notoriously unreliable. Even when someone heaps approval on us, they have the power to withdraw it in an instant.
  • I desperately wanted to be loved by others, but in that wanting, I stopped loving myself.
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Realise your true worth

  • True self-worth is knowing your value doesn’t increase or decrease depending on someone’s judgements about you.
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Be unapologetically you

  • Seek to be yourself, and not the version others want you to be. Be the fruit loop in a world brimming with cheerios or the toucan in a world full of seagulls. And remember, everyone prefers Neapolitan ice-cream to plain vanilla.
  • Without your own authentic power, you are like a droopy flower with closed petals. But when you are courageous enough to be yourself and speak your truth, you are like a sunflower with your face outstretched towards the sun.
  • In our desperate attempt to be liked, we stop being true to ourselves. This is a tragedy because there is nothing more important or empowering than being yourself.
  • Don’t be nothing, be something! Be unapologetically yourself. Let the critics criticise and the quitters quit… you just keep going.
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Strive for realness

  • If we must strive, let us strive for realness, not perfection. Our scars make us real. Our imperfections make us beautiful. Our brokenness is where the light gets in.
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Say yes to your own needs

  • I was taught growing up that a “yes” attitude is the right attitude. The truth is that a “yes” attitude is a wonderful attitude only if you also say yes to our own needs. Even on an airplane in distress, you must first fit your own oxygen mask before you can effectively help others in need. It is not selfish to put your own needs first. In fact, it is doing others a service.
  • You cannot hope to fill another’s cup when your own cup is empty.
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Stop creating a sense of self based on externals

  • Change is the only certainty and creating a sense of self based on transient externals is to base our happiness and inner peace on something highly impermanent and completely unreliable.
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Instead, get in touch with your inner being for this is who you really are…

  • There is a space of presence within each of us that is all-forgiving, all-accepting and all-loving. This Divine-Spark exists within every living creature.
  • Remind yourself that you are not the judgemental voice which puts you down. You are not the inner critic. You are that which is aware of it. You are the space of awareness within which thoughts come and go.
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… and allow its light to shine

  • The light of our loving awareness transmutes darkness.
  • To taste freedom, we must let the sunshine of our inner being, the divinity within us, shine through our human form. The exquisite paradox is that more we accept and celebrate our humanness, the more transparent we become and the more our divinity shines through us.
  • To inhabit our body fully and saturate it with loving-kindness is what the world calls ‘glow.’ A person who has made their body and mind a home—not a prison—is one who radiates from the inside out, blessing the outer world with its light. That is love. That is the miracle of loving your “youness.”
  • Discover what is true for you. Feel the true, authentic source of Divine light within you now.
  • There is a power within us that is so magnificent that we would cry in sheer delight if we knew its greatness.
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Embrace all of life

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Realise the wonder and miracle of being alive and conscious

  • According to science, the chances of you being born are one in 400 trillion. The probability of you existing is virtually zero! Yet somehow, magically, you exist. Right now, at this very moment, you are alive and conscious. Isn’t that incredible?
  • It is a gift to be human, alive and conscious on this wondrous planet. We all have a purpose and mission that only we can fulfil. Do not let doubts drain your dreams.
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Realise life is a mystery and gift

  • Life is a delicious mystery and a wondrous gift, even with its chaos and commotion, highs and lows, joys and sorrows. It is a gift to gaze at the sunset, to lie under the evening stars, to listen to music, to swim in the ocean, to hear the laughter of children, to fall in love, to make love, to hug, to laugh and to cry. Life is an exquisite banquet where all can be tasted and enjoyed.
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Embrace all aspects of the human experience

  • I have come to discover that when you love life—life loves you back. To love life is to embrace all aspects of the human experience, both the easy and the difficult parts.
  • Life, in all its moods, and with all its twists, and turns, happens for us, not to us.
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Say giddy-up to life…

  • Self-empowerment is taking charge of your life. It’s saying to the world, “My choice. My way. My life!” It is saddling the horse of fear and saying, “Giddy up!” The wise don’t run away from fear, they ride with it. The great mistake is thinking one day you will be ready.
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…and dive into the unknown

  • The great mistake is thinking one day you will be ready. None of us will never ever be 100% ready. You must be prepared to make the leap anyway.
  • Go out and kick ass! Be your own knight in shining armour. Be your own hero. Be your own saviour. You are the only person responsible for your life.
  • The Universe always supports those who are willing to take a chance, dive into the unknown and follow their bliss against the odds.
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Realise life can be a struggle but struggle is beautiful…

  • Life is a process. And by its nature, it is a struggle. But it is a beautiful and worthwhile struggle. And when you realise that, it’s no longer so much of a struggle.
  • Transformation is painful and pain is part of life. But our struggle is never in vain.
  • The outdated belief that happiness is a constant state of peace is setting ourselves up for failure.
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…for without struggle, we cannot grow

  • Like the caterpillar, just when we think the world is over, we emerge from the chrysalis of our despair to discover the struggle has gifted us with wings to fly. Having shed our limits, we take to the air.
  • Any process of lasting growth is always uncomfortable. That’s why we talk about growing pains.
  • A master doesn’t blame others for his circumstances, he recognises them as golden opportunities for growth.
  • The tragedy and trials of life shape us but they do not define us. What defines us is how we use them to grow, evolve and transform into the persons we are destined to become.
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What would life be without its complications and challenges?

  • Next time life surprises you with an unexpected and unwelcome twist, imagine that your life is a movie. What would a movie be like with no complications or struggles? No opportunities for the hero to grow or learn, no challenges to overcome, no chance for the spirit to triumph over adversity? How pointless it would be and how boring! Life, like a movie, has its own script of challenges to grow from. Mixed in with the comedy and romance and feel good moments is trial and tragedy and even occasional horror. But without it, life would soon feel meaningless and purposeless.
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Realise suffering can be a wake-up call to wholeness

  • My suffering was the catalyst to my search for freedom. My fall into darkness allowed me to find my inner light.
  • Everything is positive, even the most intense suffering, if it makes us turn inwards and learn to love ourselves.
  • Life will never give us exactly what we want. But life will always give us exactly what we need. Suffering is a wakeup call to return to wholeness.
  • Suffering is not a curse if it encourages us to grow. Experiences that force us willingly or unwillingly to change are life’s invitations to expand our wings and fly to ever higher places.
  • We cannot reach the mountain top of love without first traversing the valley of despair.
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Realise mistakes have much to teach

  • … the path to the greatest fulfilment and meaning is almost always lined with its fair share of failures and mistakes. Without them, how would we ever learn and grow? The truth is that success feels good but it has little to teach.
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Life is about transcending our limits…

  • All self-growth and self-transformation is a process of change resulting from the shedding of our self-imposed limitations, just as a crawling caterpillar sheds its form to transform itself into a soaring butterfly. And so, through us, life evolves from limited towards limitless, just as it has evolved, through life forms before us, from sea to land to sky and into space.
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… allowing the universe to grow, expand and experience itself through us

  • The Universe wants to grow, expand and experience itself through you. Anything you do that makes you feel contracted, constricted or drained is a clear sign that your soul is struggling to breathe.
  • You are the Universe playing a cosmic game of hide and seek. It has intentionally lost itself to find itself through you. When you understand this, you have found freedom.
  • Our nature is to expand and transcend. It is the siren call of the divinity within us. It is what our inner being most wants to experience through us. No wonder we experience the triumph of the spirit when we transcend that which holds us back.
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Surrender to life…

  • Nature knows when to change seasons. Birds know when to migrate. The breath breathes itself, and the heart beats without effort. The heartbeat of the Universe sustains, maintains and unfolds according to its own rhythm. Life, in its most affirming state, is not about forcing anything but coming into sync with and surrendering to the natural rhythm of the Universe.
  • Faith is not a blind belief but a deep knowing that all is well. It is to trust that all is unfolding exactly as it is meant to for the good of the All.
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…and go with life’s flow

  • … the only true control we have is how we react to what life gives us. Life becomes much easier when we allow ourselves to go with the universal flow. To go with the flow is to let things be as they are. It is to stop pushing, pulling and grabbing at life’s lapels. Like a graceful and beautiful dance, we allow life to lead us without pushing back. As Alan Watts said, “The only way to make sense of change is to plunge into it, move with it, and join the dance.”
  • When you fight with the Universe, you are punching thin air and the Universe will remain undefeated every time.
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Rest in awareness…

  • True freedom is not about controlling your thoughts and feelings but becoming aware of them. It is about being fully present and consciously aware of your emotions; without wanting to change or fix them or push them away. It is about watching the mind without judging it. To watch without judgement is to become a space of loving awareness.
  • …witness your inner states passing like clouds overhead. Let the clouds pass. You are the sky. Your unconditional, aware presence is your true self. It is a space that is awake, open, unbounded and vast.
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…and be here now

  • The past, present and future are not linear. Everything is happening in this eternal now. The future is determined by what we do now; by our present state of consciousness. And magically, when we joyfully live in the present, we reframe and heal our past.
  • This now-moment is actually all we truly have. It’s where all of life happens.
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Befriend your mind

  • It’s impossible to win a war against an enemy with outposts inside your own head. There is no need for war. Befriend your mind. Let the thoughts be there, bathing them in non-judgemental awareness. By resting in awareness and accepting their presence, they will be free to pass through without nesting in your hair.
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Recognise and answer your calling…

  • The Calling is a message from the Universe about what you were called here to do. It is your passion and purpose. It gives your life meaning and depth. It motivates you to get up in the morning. It is your wild heart saying, ‘This is what I am supposed to be doing!’
  • A true calling transcends the fulfilling of only personal needs; it is the longing to awaken to our divine nature and thus, become an instrument of peace. It is the desire to serve others and to create something that will benefit humanity. The deeper the calling, the more you can trust the power of universal intelligence to look after your needs and show you the way.
  • Once we accept the calling, we start the inner journey towards a life of purpose and meaning. We let Life show us the way. We surrender, trust and allow the Divine to guide us.
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…by aligning your passion and gifts with the universe’s purpose for you

  • Inner genius is not about being smart. It is about unleashing the infinite creativity of your unique giftedness and passion.
  • A true calling is the alignment of your passion with the Universe’s purpose for you. The Universe’s desire becomes your desire.
  • Don’t ever lose that which awakens passion in you. What brings you joy is just as vital as breathing.
  • You might experience condemnation, criticism and confusion when you follow your heart, but it is better than sticking rigidly to the beaten track.
  • The Universe would not have created you if you didn’t have a gift to give.
  • You are a gift to the world at large, and no gift was ever meant to stay wrapped up in a box forever.
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Learn to say no to what drains you

  • Say no to what doesn’t feel right and yes to what does. As Derek Sivers said, “If you’re not saying, “Hell yeah!” then say no.” True self-empowerment is saying no to what drains you and yes to what excites and energises you.
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Listen to and trust your inner voice…

  • When you trust your intuition, you are in sync with the heartbeat of the Universe. Your intuition is an inner GPS which guides and navigates you.
  • Your intuition is the small, quiet voice within that speaks through feelings, impulses, instincts and inspired thoughts. This voice is continuously giving guidance but most of us have too much mental noise to tune in to it.
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…and don’t mind the critics

  • Have compassion for the incessant critics; they are so used to living in a self-imposed prison that they are threatened to see someone stepping out of it.
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Sri Sri Ravi Shankar

  • Don’t Fall in love, Rise in Love!
  • Existence is a Fact, Living is an Art
  • You are all that you are longing for.
  • Recognize and honour your uniqueness.
  • Joy is never tomorrow it’s always now!
  • Retain your shyness and drop your shame.
  • The wave uniting with its depth is yoga.
  • Faith is giving the divine a chance to act.
  • A mind in the present moment is meditation.
  • Love is giving everything and taking nothing
  • Make your smile cheaper and anger expensive!
  • Suffering is a product of limited knowledge.
  • If you’re not at peace, nothing else matters
  • Meditation is the delicate art of doing nothing.
  • One whose mind is turned inwards is ever in bliss
  • Love is not an emotion. It is your very existence.
  • Hold on to your dreams, one day, it will come true.
  • The visible sign of utter love is an undying smile.
  • Feel indebted. Feel grateful. Then abundance grows.
  • In the present moment, we are all innocent. Wake up!
  • The whole creation is the dance of one consciousness
  • Drop all your botheration to me and be free of worry
  • When you consider Life as sacred,Nature waits on you
  • Everything in this creation is a sign of celebration.
  • Faith is realizing that you always get what you need.
  • Sadhana is the real currency that you can use anywhere
  • Religion keeps society divided. Spirituality unites it.
  • Just an intention to be free makes you immediately free!
  • Only the heart can speak or hear that which is authentic
  • If our mind is pure, our desires get manifested quickly.
  • The best form of worship is to be happy, to be grateful.
  • Celebration happens when the mind unites with the spirit.
  • Get out of your comfort zone and bring comfort to others.
  • To grow in unconditional love and in beauty is spirituality.
  • Peace is our very nature, and yoga leads you to inner peace.
  • Nothing in the world can bother you as much as your own mind.
  • The quality of our lives depends on the quality of our minds.
  • You should have desires, but the desires should not have you.
  • We communicate much more through our presence than the words.
  • Don’t be over complacent or too feverish, take a middle path.
  • The best form of service is to uplift someone’s state of mind.
  • When you are totally defenseless, that’s when you’ll be strong.
  • Today is a gift from God – that is why it is called the present.
  • Nature loves you ten times more than a mother loves her newborn.
  • If you can win over your mind, you can win over the whole world.
  • Through knowledge and devotion, transcend all karma and be free.
  • Our words are there to bless people and bring peace to the world
  • Love is the essence of the universe,. Love in action is service.
  • Patience in the mind and dynamism in action is the right formula.
  • Faith is what? Faith is to love something you have no idea about.
  • When you wish #‚Äé good  for others, good things come back to you.
  • How far to heaven? Just open your eyes and look. You are in heaven.
  • In life you can either have a guru or misery, you cannot have both.
  • Events bring you small joy, while #‚Äé existence  brings you bliss.
  • To whatever degree we are alert, aware, to that degree we are living
  • Have respect for yourself and no one can take away your self respect.
  • Make your home God’s home and there will be light, love and abundance
  • Curiosity is the beginning of the mind, Wonder is the end of the mind.
  • I never intended to start a new organisation but to share what I knew.
  • Let your smile change the world! Never let the world change your smile!
  • The bigger our vision for the world, the less personal worries we have.
  • Your richness is on your ability to share and not in how much you have.
  • Knowledge is the vaccination that keeps you away from the flu of misery
  • In joy, in peace, in that soothing inner state, you will find happiness.
  • Meditation is not ‘going somewhere;’ it’s diving deep here, this moment.
  • Why do you think you are weak? Wake up and see you have all the strength.
  • Talk less, but with more awareness. Every word you use, use purposefully.
  • Enthusiasm is the nature of life. Become one whose enthusiasm never dies.
  • Curiosity is the mother of science, wonder is the mother of spirituality.
  • You are always a winner. Sometimes you win, sometimes you make others win.
  • A sign of intelligence is to see the One in many and find the many in One.
  • When your intentions are very pure and clear, nature brings support to you.
  • Be ready to face the worst. This will leave you with stability in your mind.
  • When a bud breaks it becomes a flower, when a heart breaks it becomes divine.
  • There is nothing for you to take away from this world. You have come to give.
  • Be light. Smile. Drop. Learn the tendency to drop and smile and move through.
  • Material wealth does not equate to success. Equanimity and peace of mind does
  • Effort is the key in the relative; effortlessness is the key to the Absolute.
  • Even if you win in ego it is a loss. Even if you lose in love it is a victory.
  • When the energy is high and when there is love, healing happens automatically!
  • A Presence is in control of the whole Universe. You just do your part and relax!
  • We do yoga to make life more beautiful.. to stop misery from entering our world.
  • Health is not the mere absence of disease, it is the dynamic expression of life.
  • Keeping the mind happy makes work effortless. This is the skill for productivity!
  • Healthy is being physically strong, mentally calm and steady and emotionally soft
  • Reaction and non-action both create karma, but conscious action transcends karma.
  • Shiva is chidambaram, like the inner sky. Shiva is the inner sky of consciousness
  • Problems are here in this world so that we can realize our purpose in this world.
  • Worry is the enemy of love. You cannot be in love and be worried at the same time.
  • I have received and I want to give. This is the path to happiness and contentment.
  • People search for joy everywhere not knowing that the Self is the source of all joy
  • Make other comfortable and you will see that nature will take care of your comfort.
  • Everything is cleansed and purified by the rains, and the Earth blossoms in beauty.
  • Love is seeing God in the person next to us, and meditation is seeing God within us.
  • Spiritual knowledge improves intuitive ability, innovative ability and communication.
  • A goal or cause in life, will help you come out of your hunger for insatiable desires.
  • The more you give, the more you will get. Then life will become a sheer dance of love.
  • Your life is infinite. You are as old as these mountains and you will remain for ever.
  • There is freedom when you realize that you are just a witness to all that is happening.
  • If you ever feel lonely and feel that no one loves you and cares for you – remember me.
  • Keep wondering whether your waking reality is a dream and you will wake up to the real.
  • What puts you on the road is your desire to enjoy. What brings you home is being in love
  • Let the mind calm down and the heart start to open. Then everything will be very obvious.
  • Meditation means seeing God within you, and love is seeing God in the person next to you.
  • Just as when spring comes, Nature celebrates, When Navaratri comes, the Spirit celebrates.
  • If you see long term benefit in doing something, but short term pain then you should do it.
  • Knowledge of life brings confidence, and Knowledge of death makes you fearless and centred.
  • Your world is very small. Your world is bundle of your experiences. Have you observed this?
  • Technology has made the world into a Village. Spirituality has made it into a Global Family.
  • When mind controls man, it’s … Bhoga (bondage). But when man controls mind, it’s…Yoga
  • Acceptance does not mean inaction; acceptance is actually acknowledging the present situation.
  • When you see #‚Äé happiness  in the happiness of others, that’s when you will be truly happy.
  • Your non attachment to the mundane is your charm. Your attachment to the divine is your beauty.
  • One who can learn to flow with the current as well as manage the current is the successful one.
  • When you become content in life, you gain the power to bless others. This is the law of nature.
  • When you are fully present, you are truly living; the rest of the time, you are merely existing
  • Even stupid people have a role to play in your life. They make you wiser and more patient.
  • Longing gives you the power to bless. Bless the entire creation. For, the longing in you is God.
  • What path you choose is not important. How intensely you pursue that path is much more important
  • The source of your mind is love and whatever you do to go to that source, is spiritual practice.
  • Your life is perfect, it is a perfect plan; it is a spontaneous miracle. It is both every moment.
  • Navratri represents how the negativity can be conquered by the inherent positive qualities in us.
  • Spirituality is allowing compassion and love to flourish. When belongness begins, corruption ends.
  • See the possibility that people and things can change at any time and don’t hold on to judgements.
  • It is the inner peace that can bring peace in our family, in society and ultimately, in the world.
  • You will find the Divine in the last place, because once you find it, you will not go on searching.
  • The rush to enjoy robs the joy from life and only denies the happiness and freedom of here and now.
  • Faith is the subject of the head. Devotion is the subject of the heart and meditation connects both.
  • Let my hands be of service to people. Let me earn wisdom through my hands. Let my hands do good work
  • If you are a taker of happiness you get misery, if you are a giver of happiness you get joy and love.
  • Service brings merit, merit allows you to go deeper in meditation, meditation brings back your smile.
  • To love is to see the divine in the person beside us, and to meditate is to see the divine within us.
  • The master is presence. The world is relativity and relativity has limitations. Presence is unlimited.
  • Worrying doesn’t make any difference, but working does and spirituality gives one the strength to work
  • If something is not working today, then something better is in store. This surety should be in our mind.
  • A few minutes of deep meditation will connect you with the ocean of intuition deep within you.
  • Yazidis are facing the worst genocide of our times. They have been reduced from 23 million to 1 million.
  • Life is a combination of destiny and free will. Rain is destiny; whether you get wet or not is free will!
  • For success in life you need yukti (skill) and shakti (strength), Bhakti (Devotion ) and Mukti (Freedom).
  • Favorable and unfavorable conditions are part of living but smiling through them all is the Art of Living.
  • The positive aspect of competition in a business scenario is it helps you to be more alert and innovative.
  • When a storm comes, it is the trees that get uprooted. Be as humble as the grass and nothing can touch you.
  • A healthy mind always likes to adore others, elevate them. An unhealthy mind likes to pull everything down.
  • The purpose of laughter is to bring one to silence, and the purpose of silence is to bring one to laughter.
  • Much energy is wasted in trying to charm others. And in wanting to charm – I tell you, the opposite happens
  • why can’t we control our anger? because we love perfection. make a little room for imperfection in our lives.
  • A Guru is there to show you what you are. You are not different from Me. Whatever I am, that is what you are.
  • When you make Service your sole purpose in life, it eliminates fear, focuses your mind and gives you meaning.
  • Don’t postpone your happiness until some perfect future date. Be happy now, tomorrow will take care of itself.
  • When the mind is free of fear, guilt, anger and is more centered, then it holds the power to heal any ailment.
  • In true love there is no heart break. A broken heat means broken demands, broken expectations and broken hopes.
  • When heart speaks and heart listens, harmony is produced. When head talks and head listens, argument is produced.
  • Life is nothing to be very serious about. Life is a ball in your hands to play with. Don’t hold on to the ball.
  • When everything is in abundance, dispassion happens. And when dispassion is there, everything comes in abundance.
  • When you are happy time appears shorter, when you are sad time appears longer. And in meditation we transcend time!
  • Every emotion is connected with the breath. If you change the breath, change the rhythm, you can change the emotion.
  • Everywhere you see in creation there is Divine love. Love is the highest force, the greatest force, and the simplest
  • The power of spiritual knowledge gives you centeredness, which brings out passion in work & dispassion in meditation.
  • Yoga is a study of life, study of your body, breath, mind, intellect, memory, and ego. Study of your inner faculties!
  • If you make someone feel guilty about their mistake, then you have not forgiven them. That guilt is itself punishment.
  • Walk lightly on this #‚Äé planet  and yet leave such a  #‚Äé footprint  that cannot be erased for thousands of years!
  • Misery is not given by anyone or anything in life. It is your own mind which makes you miserable or happy and uplifted.
  • Happiness depends only on your mind. When the mind is free of past impressions and future cravings, happiness is there.
  • Meditation is the journey from sound to silence, from movement to stillness, from a limited identity to unlimited space.
  • Spirituality is a harmonious blend of outer silence and inner celebration; and also inner silence and outer celebration!
  • Your desire for perfection is the cause of anger. Leave room for imperfection. Perfection in action is almost impossible.
  • Do not be feverish about success, if your aim is clear and you have patience to move towards it, nature will support you.
  • Just open your eyes, shake your head, and look at what is happening in the world. It is amazing! This universe is amazing!
  • A fully blossomed human potential is enlightenment. It is becoming a child again, and coming back to your original nature.
  • Boredom is a blessing when it leads you to wisdom. And boredom is a curse when it leads you to frustration and depression.
  • If we sit deep in meditation, the glow within the body will brighten, and will expand and spread outside. That is Devi Puja
  • Truth is hidden by the golden veil of the mundane. Pierce through this thin glittering sheath and know that you are the Sun
  • Repose in that peaceful, cool, calm, serene depth of your Being. You know, this is something immensely valuable and precious
  • Difference between motivation and inspiration – Motivation is external and short lived. Inspiration is internal and lifelong
  • No emotions are bad. But if they stay for long, then it is bad. Emotions should be like a line drawn on the surface of water.
  • When every action of yours is preceded by witnessing, then every move you make in this world becomes perfect and significant.
  • Look at your life in contrast with the magnitude of creation, space and time. Your life becomes insignificant. Ego disappears.
  • A poor man celebrates the New Year once a year. A rich man celebrates each day.  But the richest man celebrates every moment.
  • Practice meditation. Become a seeker. Walk the path of the seeker. You will get the best of everything the world has to offer.
  • When someone is drowning in the ocean of attachments, Surrender is the life jacket they can put on and wait for the rescue team
  • Remember those wonderful moments you have had. Sit and be with it. In that very memory your entire Being gets back to that state
  • The entire universe is one whole, when you drop holding on to your limited boundaries, then what you gain is the entire universe.
  • Find the love you seek, by first finding the love within yourself. Learn to rest in that place within you that is your true home.
  • Satguru knows that there is no death to the disciple. Atma never dies. Even after death he continues to get direction on the path
  • When you are in touch with the Inner Being then irrespective of the outer state, you remain in a perpetual state of happiness!
  • Devi energy (shakti) is there within all of us. Devi is not somewhere else, not in some other world. It is within us – Devi Shakti
  • There is no use getting angry at something that has already happened.All you can do is your best to check it doesn’t happen again.
  • That which you cannot express is Love.That which you cannot reject/renounce is Beauty. That which you cannot avoid is the Truth.
  • Real beauty is when you’re centered, when our mind is with the truth. That is how every baby is beautiful because they are centered.
  • Do not make an effort to impress others. When you come from the self, your expression is perfect and your impression lasts for ages.
  • Contentment and happiness! Do everything happily. Walk, talk, sit happily; even if you complain against somebody, do it happily.
  • Life works on strange laws of nature (Karma). One never knows when a friend turns enemy & vice-versa. Rely on your Self; self-reliance
  • Whatever you put attention on will start manifesting in your life. Intention, attention, manifestation; that is how the universe works.
  • Meditation is the only way you can transcend the negative thoughts, and then positive thoughts will come spontaneously & automatically.
  • Nature will never confront you with a problem you can’t solve. You already have the answer, that is why the question appears before you.
  • We are always looking for solutions from someone else. We forget that if we turn our mind inward, we can get some ideas, some solutions.
  • Love is preserved by wisdom. Destroyed by demand, tested by doubt, nourished by longing. It blossoms with faith and grows with gratitude.
  • When all doors are shut and you have nowhere to go, that is when you go within. Every crisis is an opportunity and you are the beginning.
  • Dissolving the name is awareness. Dissolving the form is meditation.   The world is name and form.  Bliss transcends name and form.
  • Spiritual blossoming simply means blossoming in life in all dimensions – being happy, at ease with yourself and with everybody around you.
  • If you are bombarded by so many thoughts in solitude, you are in ignorance. If you are calm even amidst a crowd then you are in knowledge.
  • Sickness is not just in the body, it could be in the mind, it could be in your intellect; it could be in the inhibitions of your intellect
  • Every moment you spend on this planet, remember that you are here for a unique purpose & cause, far greater than to just eat, sleep & talk.
  • Feeling and experiencing infinity within this finite body, living timelessness within the time span of life – this is what you are here for
  • Sadhyojata means ‚Äúcreating every moment anew, knowing every moment new.’ We are used to a certain dimension, so this may go beyond you.
  • Your desire for consistency itself will set you on the right path. As long as you keep going up, never mind if you come down once or twice.
  • The Path of Love is not a tedious Path. It’s a Path of joy. It’s a Path of singing and dancing. It’s not a desert. It is a valley of flowers
  • If you’re saddened by another’s sorrow, then sorrow will never come to you. If you are happy at another’s joy then joy will never leave you.
  • Take some time off to go within, in silence. With that, your charm becomes eternal, your love becomes unconditional & great strength arises.
  • A successful man has the following qualities: A smile that doesn’t die; patience; fearless mind; love; self- confidence; love for everybody.
  • You are solidified silence, awareness. A thousand hours of speech cannot equal one glance: a hundred glances cannot equal a minute of silence
  • For those who do not have faith in God, fear is a way to protect them. But if faith is strong, there is no anxiety about something in danger.
  • In the Vedic Calender, the year 2013 is said to be the year of Victory. Victory of the Good over Bad.It is said to begin in the end of march.
  • Keeping the mind open to new ideas, not being too anxious about success, putting 100% effort and meditation is the formula for entrepreneurs.
  • Faith makes you stable and steady. It brings out the totality in you. Consolidation of your energy is faith. Dissemination of energy is doubt.
  • Never underestimate your life. It is most precious. You never know what talents are hidden within you and what you have to offer to the world!
  • To be free from ignorance you need knowledge. The mind should turn inward. Silence takes the mind inward and helps you to recognize who you are.
  • Make the Universal personal and you become richer, wiser and stronger. Make the personal Universal and you will find freedom, compassion and love
  • Want, or desire, arises when you are not happy. Have you seen this? When you are very happy then there is contentment. Contentment means no want.
  • The first thing we do when we’re born is we breathe in, and we cry. And the last thing we do when we die is we breathe out, and other people cry.
  • Wherever there is sincerity & talent, people do recognize them. It may take some time but we should have some patience and hold on to our passion.
  • Don’t focus on what others want. See what it is that you want. When you stop looking inside and look at others, that is when you miss the boat.
  • Beauty is an inner phenomenon. Beauty is not in objects, not in people, not even in the eyes of the beholder. It lies in the heart of every person
  • The world is full of paradoxes and life is full of opposites. The art is to embrace the opposites, accommodate the paradoxes and live with a smile.
  • When you move with this thought that ‘I want’, then the mind wanders. When you move with this thought that ‘I have received’, then you are content.
  • The criteria for success: you are free, you live in the present moment, you are useful to the people around you, and you feel love for all humanity.
  • If everything appears meaningless then congratulations to you! You have started on the path. This is the first sign of intelligence, of waking up.
  • In always wanting to be comfortable, you become lazy. In always wanting perfection, you become angry. In always wanting to be rich, you become greedy.
  • A child does not try to know the mother, it simply has faith in her. In the same way, having faith in the Divine is the source of the greatest strength.
  • Ego is just a feeling of having a wall between you and others. There is no wall. You belong to me and I belong to you. You are accepted the way you are.
  • Celebrate Life. Care for others and share whatever you have with those less fortunate than you. Broaden your vision, for the whole world belongs to you.
  • Pleasure simply brings more craving, but the problem is that we try to get contentment through pleasure. True contentment can only come through service.
  • The entire universe is just an expression, projection, of the Being, of the Self. Within this small body, you are able to experience the infinite space.
  • With charity, money is purified. By service, our actions are purified. With music, our emotions are purified and with knowledge our intellect is purified.
  • Foolishness is giving up without any effort or not giving up after putting in all your effort. Secret of freedom is putting all your effort and giving up!
  • Make the whole life a game. There is no purpose there is no aim, nothing. Just take it lightly, easily. Play the game. that is worship, which is celebration.
  • Accept people and situations as they are in life and then take action. The moment you do this, you’ll see you are out of the confusion about anything in life.
  • Nothing in the world can bother you as much as your own mind, I tell you. In fact, others seem to be bothering you, but it is not others, it is your own mind.
  • Human rights means protecting another’s freedom, seeing that the other person is also like oneself. Human rights is giving others security, letting them live.
  • In meditation, healing can happen. When the mind is calm, alert and totally contented, then it is like a laser beam – it is very powerful and healing can happen.
  • The knowledge that unites love and wisdom, that uplifts the spirit is spirituality. The knowledge which gives you a broad vision and a big heart is spirituality.
  • When you are infinitely indebted for your body, for Knowledge, for things you have received, and for your own life, then you bask in the abundance of the Creator
  • Yoga takes you close to your true nature. Yoga with its techniques helps you to harmonize with nature. Peace is our very nature, and yoga leads you to inner peace
  • Life teaches you the art of letting go in every event. When you have learnt to let go, you will be joyful and as you start being joyful, more will be given to you.
  • If there are ripples on the surface of a lake, we cannot see the depth. Similarly unless the mind is restful, we cannot experience the harmony and union within us.
  • When you judge others, look at yourself – You too have flaws and the divine nature has accepted you with all your flaws. It doesn’t judge you. Who are you to judge?
  • Purpose of words is to create silence. Purpose of action is to bring deep rest. Purpose of deep rest is to bring you fulfillment. In fulfillment you find joy, bliss
  • In the presence of your Satguru, knowledge flourishes; sorrow diminishes; without any reason joy wells up; lack diminishes, abundance dawns and all talents manifest
  • In Samadhi, that very deep state of meditation, you are given energy and long-lasting bliss. It carries you higher and higher until your very presence radiates love
  • Worldly love can be like an ocean, yet an ocean has a bottom. Divine love is like the sky – limitless, infinite. From the bottom of the ocean soar into the vast sky
  • When attention is given to the spiritual aspect of one’s life, it brings a sense of belongingness, and responsibility, compassion and caring for the whole of humanity.
  • You walk until you come to the ocean. You don’t walk or run in the ocean – you float and swim. Like this once you come to the Master, seeking stops, blossoming begins.
  • The very purpose for being in this body, for every one of us, is to live and rejoice in that virgin area, that untouched, pure and ever green,blissful area of our Self
  • Either a princess or a pauper can feel generous. Generosity is the quality of the spirit. When you feel generous your life becomes, abundant full of compassion and love.
  • How do we get out of our small mind? When we enquire into the core of our existence. What is life? Who am I? This spirit of self-inquiry can awaken something inside you.
  • Our breath plays a very important role in our life. The breath is the connecting link between the inner world of the mind and the outer world of the body and environment.
  • Have a goal in life. When water is everywhere, it is a flood, but if it is in between banks, it is a river. It is nice to have a goal, so your life force gets channelized!
  • 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.
  • If you are passionate, be passionate about the highest, the most wonderful, and the most beautiful. Be passionate about this entire creation for everything is so beautiful.
  • Don’t keep your head turned backwards. Look ahead and move on. You are trying to walk forward with your head turned backward. This is why you feel miserable. Just let go!
  • This deep sense of feeling that, ‘I am’ blessed can help you overcome any obstacle in life. It gives you courage and confidence and it will open you up for grace to pour in.
  • When there is a fountain of colours, they add charm to your life. In ignorance, emotions are a bother; in knowledge, the same emotions add colours.. enjoy the day with Wisdom!
  • Human evolution has two steps – from being somebody to being nobody; and from being nobody to being everybody. This knowledge can bring sharing and caring throughout the world.
  • When people lose faith in the natural goodness of the human character, the lack of trust in spiritual goodness, that is one reason why corruption has become so widespread today.
  • Love combined with wisdom is bliss, and that is devotion. Devotion is a strong bond, a sense of belongingness. Everybody is born with it. It’s just like becoming a child again
  • Have “eternal wait,” infinite patience. When you have infinite patience, you will realize God belongs to you. Either through awareness or through practice you reach the same spot.
  • Your love is unique. Let love remain love, don’t give it any name. The love that is defined by a relationship is limited. The love that is beyond relationships, that is true love
  • Peace is the first step to equip yourself to face problems. Once you find the peace and the inner strength, then you can face any problem. It won’t even appear as a problem then.
  • Space and silence are synonymous. Joy, fulfillment brings the silence. Desire brings noise. Silence is the cure, because in silence you come back to the source, and that creates joy
  • Dream the impossible. Know that you are born in this world to do something wonderful and unique; don’t let this opportunity pass by. Give yourself the freedom to dream and think big.
  • Silence is bringing you back home, and it gives you that much needed energy to realize ‘Who You Are’, to realize that there is bliss, there is beauty, there is joy, and that is ‘You’
  • When we look at the world through the eyes of the Master, the world will look so much more beautiful – not a nasty place, but a place filled with love, joy, compassion and all virtues
  • Your worries, your feelings, your thoughts arise in your own mind. You are totally responsible for all your feelings – how you feel, what you think, what you do… You are responsible.
  • If you are unhappy, even the moon irritates you, sweet things nauseate, music disturbs. When you are calm and centered inside, noise is musical, clouds are magical, rain is liquid love.
  • You should not delay the good things in life. Just do them. Whenever you get a chance to do spiritual practice or seva, don’t miss it. Those are the real precious moments of your life.
  • In the East they say suffering is avoidable and not necessary. Life is bliss! You know why? This is because wisdom, yoga and meditation are ways to avoid suffering which has not yet come.
  • Success means crossing a limit. To cross a limit you need to assume that you have a limit. Assuming a limit is underestimating yourself. If you have no boundaries then where is your success?
  • You should be dynamic, and still be soft in the heart. You should stand against injustice and simultaneously, be compassionate within you, like a saint.  Be a saint and a soldier, together
  • Wise is the one who learns from another¬¥s mistakes. Less wise is the one who learns only from his own mistakes. The fool keeps making the same mistakes again and again and never learns from them.
  • For external beauty, you put on things; for real beauty, you have to drop all things. For external beauty you have to have make-up; for real beauty you only have to realize that you are already made up.
  • The signs of good health are an intellect which is free from inhibition and arrogance, a heart which is full of compassion is healthy, a confusion-free mind, a trauma-free memory and a sorrow-free soul.
  • Prayer within breath is silence, love within infinity is silence, Wisdom without word is silence, compassion without aim is silence, action without doer is silence, smiling with all existence is silence
  • The overwhelming problem in the world today, everyone knows, is terrorism, where people in the name of religion kill each other, kill others just to go to heaven, and thinking only they will go to heaven.
  • A disease-free body, quiver-free breath, stress-free mind, inhibition-free intellect, obsession-free memory, ego that includes all, and soul which is free from sorrow is the birthright of every human being.
  • The role of women in the development of society is of utmost importance. In fact, it is the only thing that determines whether a society is strong and harmonious, or otherwise. Women are the backbone of society.
  • I tell you, deep inside you is a fountain of bliss, a fountain of joy. Deep inside your center core is truth, light, love, there is no guilt there, there is no fear there. Psychologists have never looked deep enough.
  • This ancient practice of the Rudrabhishekam, with the chanting of mantras, has been happening since thousands of years. It creates such a deep resonance in our consciousness, because our consciousness is very ancient
  • We need to do a cleansing process within ourselves. In sleep we get rid of fatigue, but the deeper stresses remain in our body. Sudarshan Kriya cleanses the system from the inside. The breath has a great secret to offer.
  • A game is where you win and lose, and both are part of it. When there is more chance of losing, it is more charming. The game has value when it is tough. So some little problems that come in life are part of the whole game.
  • Whatever is needed for you and your body will be taken care of, when you know this the lack will disappear from your life. When you realise ISHA permeates your everything you relax and are at ease – that is when things happen.
  • If you are not having good experiences in meditation, then do more seva you will gain merit and your meditation will be deeper. When you bring some relief or freedom to someone through seva, good vibrations and blessings come to you
  • All these seven colors are part of one rainbow, yet they are all different. They have their own quality, their own identity, their own flavor to it. So it is a rainbow. The Divine loves diversity, that is why he made us all different.
  • Mind without agitation is meditation. Mind in the present moment is meditation. Mind that has no hesitation, no anticipation is meditation. Mind that has come back home, to the source, is meditation. Mind that becomes no mind is meditation.
  • You sell your happiness for peanuts! You sell your smile for pennies! I tell you, it’s not worth it. The entire world is not worth your smile. Even if you are made the king or the emperor of the world, it’s not worth giving away your smile.
  • For a seeker, Guru Purnima is a day of significance, is a day of New Year. It is the day to review one’s progress on the spiritual path and renew one’s determination and focus on the goal, and to resolve what one wants to do in the coming year
  • Have this faith that someone is there to take away your weaknesses. Ok, you slipped once, twice, thrice. It does not matter. Keep moving ahead. People take vows never to commit mistakes again. Breaking the vows makes it worse. Surrendering is better
  • Being unconditionally happy is a practice: “Come what may, today I’m going to smile. Anyway, everything is going to die! Everything is going to vanish and disappear-so what! Who cares! Let me at least be happy, smile this moment, enjoy my very breath.”
  • The problems in the world were made so that you don’t get stuck and attached to this world. You get stuck with this world even though there are so many problems. Imagine if there are no problems, then you will never want to leave this material world!
  • Lord Shiva is seated deep in everyone’s heart. He is Nirguna (One who is without form or its attributes). He is Nirakaar (Has no shape or form), and He is the Para-Brahman (Supreme transcendental Consciousness) that is all pervading. Believe in this. This is Rudra Puja
  • A plant has to be watered but when it grows into a tree, it is no longer necessary. Similarly, if the inner consciousness becomes stronger, all these vikaar (distortions) get erased. Vishranti vikar mita (Deep rest removes negativity). There is no rest deeper than meditation
  • To love someone whom you like is insignificant.To love someone because they love you is of no consequence. To love someone whom you do not like means you have learned a lesson in life. To love someone who blames you for no reason shows that you have learned the art of living.
  • When you wake up and see the whole creation is my valentine, the country is my valentine, the Divinity is my valentine, knowledge is my valentine then Valentine’s Day will never end for you. All 365 days is Valentine’s Day. That is how I feel – everyday is Valentine’s Day
  • Activity and rest are two vital aspects of life. To find a balance in them is a skill in itself. Wisdom is knowing when to have rest, when to have activity, and how much of each to have. Finding them in each other – activity in rest and rest in activity – is the ultimate freedom.
  • Charity should be self-sustainable. That is, it should create more wealth rather than perpetuating the cycle of poverty and dependence. In this sense, the best form of charity would be providing quality education for children and more importantly, building a good character in them.
  • Wake up and realize this is all made up of thoughts, just thoughts. Your appreciation of beauty is a thought; your aversion to an object that is ugly is a thought. Your craving or aversion is nothing but a passing thought in the mind. Realize this is just a thought and you will be free.
  • The Divine rejoices in your being happy. God, or the Creation, is so happy when you are happy. When you dance, sing, and jump up and down happily, that is true prayer, that is true meditation. Meditation is a fountain of joy, an ecstasy; and Divine enjoys that more. Divine is not fond of your suffering.
  • Diwali means to be in the present, so drop the regrets of the past and the worries of the future and live in the moment. It is a time to forget the bickering and negativities that have happened through the year. It is a time when you throw light on the wisdom you have gained and welcome a new beginning.
  • Rise above the dualities, the opposites. See this whole world as the bubbles on the surface of water. See people as bubbles on the surface of the Brahman, of the Infinity…Water bubbles up, rises up. Like that, everybody is rising and having their own games and plays and dissolving back into the Infinite.
  • There are 64 divine mother impulses which govern the subtle creation. These are responsible for restoring all earthly and spiritual benefits. They are simply part of one’s awakened consciousness. These nine nights are celebrated to rekindle those divine impulses and celebrate the innermost depth of our lives
  • Know that humiliation does not weaken you, it strengthens you. The more egoistic you are, the more humiliation you feel. When you are childlike and have a greater sense of kinship, you do not feel humiliated. When you are steeped in love with the Existence, with the Divine, nothing whatsoever can humiliate you.
  • Knowledge is a burden if it robs you of innocence. Knowledge is a burden if it is not integrated into life. Knowledge is a burden if it doesn’t bring joy. Knowledge is a burden if it gives you an idea that you are wise. Knowledge is a burden if it doesn’t set you free. Knowledge is a burden if it makes you feel you are special.
  • Do not try to correct the mind. Trying to correct the mind is like trying to correct the waves in the ocean. Can you stop the waves in the ocean? If you want to see an ocean without waves you only have to dive deeper. When you dive deep inside you will experience the stillness of the ocean. And if it is all frozen that is enlightenment.
  • You have nothing to lose. All that you can lose is your tension and your worry, your little-mindedness, fear, and anxiety. And fear and anxiety, tension and worry in the small, little mind will keep the mind from being free, will keep the mind from experiencing its infinite potential, will keep the mind from becoming more powerful on this planet.
  • Every little thing has a purpose, at the same time, it has no purpose because this whole thing is a game. It is the existence which is total, beyond purpose. So you can say, virtually there is no purpose. If at all you have to pin down to a purpose then the purpose of nature is to take you to the Source, is to remind you of the Source, connect you to your Source.
  • When you share your misery, it will not diminish. When you fail to share your joy, it diminishes. Share your problems only with the Divine, not with anyone else, as that will only increase the problems. Share your joy with everyone. Listen to others; yet do not listen. If your mind gets stuck in their problems, not only are they miserable, but you also become miserable.
  • Every cell in our body has the capacity to hold infinity. Let us tap the full potential that nature has bestowed on us, the potential to hold infinity in every cell of the body. For that, we must practice meditation regularly. Then our physiology undergoes a change and every cell in the body is filled with prana – life force. As the level of prana in the body rises, we bubble with joy.
  • Teachers can be a living example to their students. Not that teachers should look for students to idealize them. One who is worth idealizing does not care whether others idealize them or not. Everyone needs to see that you not only teach human values but you live them. It is unavoidable sometimes you will be idealized — it is better for children to have a role model, or goal, because then the worshipful quality in them can dawn.
  • Life is more than matter. If it were just matter, there would be no need for comfort. Matter does not feel comfort or discomfort, beauty or ugliness, love or compassion, joy or sorrow. Will a chair ever feel sorry or happy? No, matter does not have these finer values. They belong to the realm of the spirit. But life is also more than spirit. If it were just spirit, there would be no need for water, food, or rest. Human life is a combination of both matter and spirit.

 

Frederick Lenz (quotes)

  • In Zen we have no gurus.
  • When time stops, matter stops.
  • Don’t preach about meditation.
  • Eternity does nothing but give.
  • Learn from the purity of nature.
  • When the world stops, time stops.
  • Nothing is distinct and separate.
  • The difficult opponent is the best.
  • If they love another, let them love!
  • Kirshna’s message is eternal – fight!
  • You certainly do have strange dreams.
  • In the big picture we are all eternal.
  • Share the way by being a good example.
  • Pure and simple, balance is happiness.
  • Most disease is psychic occult attack.
  • Language is the medium of our thoughts.
  • Personal power is a feeling, like life.
  • The heart chakra is the central chakra.
  • The abuse of power takes happiness away.
  • Grammar has qualities, shapes and forms.
  • You stop growing when you stop listening.
  • If they stop loving, be grateful for that.
  • Dissolution means envelopment in Eternity.
  • Water is the symbol of pure consciousness.
  • I go to the movies. I absolutely love film.
  • When matter stops, self-consciousness stops.
  • In deep meditation we see nothing but purity.
  • The universe is holding congress with itself.
  • Without purity it’s impossible to realize God.
  • You are drained by foolish actions and others.
  • The signs of psychic draining – we call aging.
  • You don’t live forever, at least in this life.
  • Without humility, all spiritual progress stops.
  • When you stop your thoughts, you stop the world.
  • I found light in the darkness … or it found me.
  • Humor is one of the primary tools for liberation.
  • Tantra is for extremists, but balanced extremists.
  • When our power level is down sufficiently, we die.
  • Don’t stand out. Be in a room and remain unnoticed.
  • Old Zen was the reduction of concepts to absurdity.
  • I no longer teach meditation, only software design.
  • The only bad meditation is when you don’t meditate.
  • You don’t need a special task. Every task is special.
  • What matters is to aid others, to have a group dream.
  • As Buddhists, our only task is to keep our room clean.
  • Buddhism is the study of how to be immeasurably happy.
  • People who are humble don’t talk too much; they listen.
  • Atlantis was destroyed by the greed of its inhabitants.
  • Feeling “comfortable” is the short path to annihilation.
  • If you have humility you are halfway to God-realization.
  • I’m only here for a while, so I’d like to do what I can.
  • I’ve never met anyone who’s serious about enlightenment.
  • If you respect it in others, you respect it in yourself.
  • How to overcome fear? Be around people who are fearless.
  • Self-realization is the last game on earth worth playing.
  • I am here at Lake Tahoe and there is magic at 6,000 feet.
  • To meditate with full effort, produces infinity, freedom.
  • The subtle body must be intact to transmit the kundalini.
  • You don’t love perfectly without first loving imperfectly.
  • This is Zen, and in Zen, as we all know … anything goes!
  • Like all power spots, it needs to be treated with respect.
  • It’s far better to love impefectly than not to love at all.
  • Humility is the time that you spend in love with existence.
  • Be willing to laugh at your humanness and at your divinity.
  • No place is the same because everything is shifting always.
  • Becoming enlightened doesn’t mean everything works your way.
  • There is really only one Zen Master … and that’s yourself.
  • You need to become a winner to go beyond winning and losing.
  • Reason is necessary. It is necessary to deal with the world.
  • Psychic beings are childlike, delicate and easily destroyed.
  • The teacher is transmitting pure awareness and consciousness.
  • One person’s cult is another person’s spiritual organization.
  • Time is not a movement in space. Space is a movement in time.
  • Turn your life into a field of power and energy to draw from.
  • Without wisdom, power tends to destroy the one who wields it.
  • Nirvana is the pure and perfect schness of thatness of being.
  • When you become empowered everyone becomes interested in you.
  • The only way you will advance spiritually is through humility.
  • As your power level goes down, you will become physically ill.
  • Water always seeks the easiest path, the common level of life.
  • Men fearing their innate power, pushed woman back into slavery.
  • Ask youself: “Am I loving as deeply as I am capable of loving?”
  • The short way to happiness is through kindness and sensitivity.
  • Your life is pure joy, pure ecstasy, when you live in humility.
  • Some types of nothing are more fun than other types of nothing.
  • An individual has to be tenacious enough to become enlightened.
  • To see them succeed, to see them improve, that is what matters.
  • Nirvana has nothing do with any of this. None of this is there.
  • Innocence does not protect you from the evil designs of others.
  • When you love, you should always watch the quality of your love.
  • Humility is courage, the open acceptance of your own perfection.
  • Meditation is humility – the absence of thought, doubt, and ego.
  • I am simply a human being who is fascinated by the life process.
  • A part of them has grown very attached to a certain way of life.
  • Tantra involves radical change, a change in states of awareness.
  • In mysticism we deal with dreaming and the fields of perception.
  • You can only be really happy when you become what you really are.
  • Old Zen is the way of nothingness, the way of having a good time.
  • Life is a series of dreams, a series of interlocking awarenesses.
  • As we hate ourselves less, we tend to hate other people less too.
  • Self-honesty is absolutely necessary in the practice of Buddhism.
  • The world is the way the world is because we think that it is so.
  • Atlantean medicine was evolved to heal, since healing is oneness.
  • There is a certain drop of a type of kundalini when you have sex.
  • You only become funny when you have a complete reverence for life.
  • The mind is afraid of its own dissolution. Life always seeks life.
  • Any avenue that you follow leads to light. All roads lead to Rome.
  • Tantra does not seek any type of experience, nor does it avoid it.
  • To become powerful, to develop will, meditate on the naval center.
  • At a very early age I was attracted to light, as most children are.
  • It is necessary to be focused. This is the raison d’etre of career.
  • In mysticism, there’s more of a sense of adventure, of camaraderie.
  • If you ever care about things, that means they have power over you.
  • A strong onslaught of the nagual would upset your balance completely.
  • Purity is also developed in action. Purity is developed when we love.
  • He would usually study with a small group of students, men and women.
  • Ultimately, thinking is a very inefficient method of processing data.
  • To choose the light or to choose other things is always the question.
  • In addition to innocence, we have to have knowledge of good and evil.
  • As you engage your mind in the scriptures, your mind will become pure.
  • So I went off on my own and started the process of spiritual teaching.
  • From the Far Eastern perspective, 29 is considered a very special age.
  • Winning begins at home. It begins with your thoughts and your actions.
  • When you think an angry thought about someone, it’s like hitting them.
  • School was a strange place where they tried to make you into something.
  • Power comes from leading a controlled life, a happy life, a perky life.
  • Humility means you’re willing to give someone a bigger slice of the pie.
  • Purity is light. Not just an ordinary light, but a transcendental light.
  • Tantra is quicker; but for some people it can be spiritually disastrous.
  • Personal power is the ability to enter into different planes of reality.
  • Neither is detrimental, but the mystical kundalini is a bit more raucous.
  • Enlightenment is represented by Sri Krishna, who is said to be an avatar.
  • When there’s nothing but humility, there’s nothing but spiritual oneness.
  • When you admire others, you become one with them and the world loves you.
  • It takes a lot of energy to manipulate someone and keep them on a string.
  • The ego seeks fame and fortune. Humility doesn’t seek at all – it accepts.
  • As you learn to love the company of the holy, your heart will become pure.
  • In Buddhism balance is the most difficult thing, because it is overlooked.
  • Change is continuous and the aggregate of the self is constantly shifting.
  • I think I’m on an angle. I’m on an oblique angle through all of existence.
  • I think perhaps the greatest book ever written was Ulysses by James Joyce.
  • Mysticism is the acceptance that everything cannot be logically explained.
  • Nirvana bears no resemblance to anything in your current perceptual field.
  • There are other times. There are other adventures. There are other dreams .
  • I did well in school. I had lots of honors, so I thought I was quite smart.
  • Advanced yoga is not withdrawal from the world. That’s a preliminary state.
  • Words are inaccurate pointers to reality and should by no means be trusted.
  • A reverence for life needs to be developed, in which all things are sacred.
  • You never devote yourself to a teacher. You devote yourself to the practice.
  • Humility is the conscious awareness and acceptance of eternity as your body.
  • Zen is about breaking out of your ideas and experiencing life and not ideas.
  • Nothing is any particular way. It’s your state of mind that creates reality.
  • I have several Scottish Terriers. I find them to be the most wonderful dogs.
  • It doesn’t really matter what you do. It is your state of mind that matters.
  • The tonal is the sense of place. It is order and reason in a world of chaos.
  • Suddenly they have to face each other down – you’ve got to kill your friends.
  • It’s an exciting adventure to give those things that you’ve always held onto.
  • I only work with professionals. I don’t mean at seminars, but in my business.
  • We want to be all things, not just to gain power over things – how infantile!
  • If you try to pull too much power through too soon, you will injure yourself.
  • If you abuse power, you will be burned and then you will learn…if you live.
  • Ego is impurity. Be selfless. Consecrate and dedicate your life to perfection.
  • I am involved in the creation of software, and I’m also in the music business.
  • Simplify your life and your mind. Think more of infinity and less of yourself.
  • Winning and losing are feelings; something in us knows if we have won or lost.
  • You can reshuffle yourself. You can make yourself into anybody you want to be.
  • If your power is decreasing then you have to do something about it right away.
  • Big Sur is a fascinating place. It is one of the true power places in America.
  • Purity is the ability to see dharma in its manifold forms in any plane or loka.
  • The scriptures recommend love and service to the enlightened to develop purity.
  • It is good to have respect for all beings because who knows what anyone can do?
  • If you seek enlightenment, then career is a very important idea on your agenda.
  • The emphasis in tantra is not what you find yourself doing, it’s on meditation.
  • The nagual is the unknown. It cannot be talked about, it can only be witnessed.
  • The way people age is not the way people age … everyone is draining everyone!
  • Humility means that you have the courage to accept that you are eternity itself.
  • You need to dream nicer dreams. I come from a world that is a much nicer dream.
  • There are so many to pick from that any list that I give you will be inadequate.
  • I design genetic algorithms, neural network and artificial intelligence systems.
  • The shortest distance between two points is your mind. It’s not a straight line.
  • Opinions are secondary when dealing with reality. They’re subjective reflections.
  • The path of love is its own reward. Your love itself, that is what completes you.
  • Without humility you can’t love. Love means looking beyond the self to the other.
  • When you practice selfless giving, you’re in balance and harmony with everything.
  • Have a healthy respect and love for yourself, but don’t be taken out by your ego.
  • Their whole life will begin to shift, from their first physical contact with you.
  • I don’t dictate particular styles of dress. I do teach classes in self discovery.
  • There’s no right or wrong in the study of enlightenment. There’s only experience.
  • If you have humility, you are willing to undertake anything to spread the dharma.
  • Approach each task in your life, no matter how simple or how complex, with power.
  • Some people travel to other dimensions in their astral bodies when they meditate.
  • Everything that you see here, in other words, is a reflection of a higher reality.
  • Everyone will admire you when you do well. What a horrible thing to do to someone.
  • Unless you have a great deal of purity, it’s difficult to retain the higher light.
  • There is only one prayer and that is prayer for light, for purity, for perfection.
  • I leaned from my friends in school. I had lots of friends; yet I was very indrawn.
  • If you find a Tantric master – he has you go and do all the things you hate to do.
  • Never be bored. Energy lives off of attention. When you are bored you get drained.
  • A person who has power doesn’t seek to challenge others, their battles are within.
  • Nirvana is outside the fun house. You are walking around in the fun house forever.
  • Zen is the way of splitting the self again and again, untilt there is nothing left.
  • If you can’t think of an enlightened person positively, don’t think of them at all.
  • When you allow desire, anger and frustration to dominate you, you are losing power.
  • In Zen you are learning how to make new realities, to build things inside your mind.
  • I know a lot of ways to happiness! I also know some pretty fast shortcuts to misery.
  • One evening you may learn about enlightenment, koans, meditation and personal power.
  • Samadhi is the highest octave spiritual light. Not the best, but the highest octave.
  • If you follow anything far enough in the universe, it will eventually lead to light.
  • If the tonal collapses completely, then you’re crazy functionally, you’re psychotic.
  • The sensual world cannot be avoided. We’re in it at every moment. We are part of it.
  • Sex is like any other transaction, except that it is not like any other transaction.
  • When you find that you’re unhappy, know that it’s because you’re not loving properly.
  • Love the fading flowers as much as you love the undifferentiated which lasts forever.
  • Our field trips are an opportunity for you to enter into the world of mystical power.
  • Freedom is within oneself. But to get beyond the thoughts and desires requires power.
  • The world is wonderful. It is beautiful when you are in a correct level of attention.
  • Humility is my best friend, I’ve always valued it above all other spiritual qualities.
  • Don’t be offended by your lack of purity. Purity is a seed that will grow and develop.
  • In Buddhism what we seek to do is change ourselves into someone who’s beautiful to be.
  • I personally don’t subscribe to any particular cosmology or beleif system. I’m a seer.
  • Almost all the people who lived in Atlantis meditated and had powerful psychic skills.
  • When one side or the other predominates, there’s an imbalance and there’s unhappiness.
  • The Buddhist message is a message not of the negation of life, but one of affirmation.
  • If you wish to cultivate humility, then you should associate with those who are humble.
  • Nature soothes us. Nature heals us, and something more, the woods are a place of power.
  • I saw more truth and sensitivity in art than I did in many of the people in this world.
  • If we view the universe as other than what we are, we are everything we don’t perceive.
  • The awareness of liberation is not liberation. The awareness of time is not liberation.
  • You’re a part of me. I’m a part of you and we are all a part of this great nothingness.
  • Zen is meditation, the actual experience of life directly, immediately with no buffers.
  • Sex can never bring about enlightenment. Only enlightenment brings about enlightenment.
  • The Ten Commandments have a social purpose, for people who still need a social purpose.
  • There are many ways to meditate. When you meditate, you are learning how to feel again.
  • Computer science really involves the same mindset, particularly artificial intelligence.
  • The best mantrum is selfless giving beause as you repeat it again and again, you change.
  • Keep your mind centered on that which leads to light, intensively. Accept no substitute.
  • Many people who help me encounter a lot of resistance from other people and from forces.
  • There is nothing that you shouldn’t do. Everything can be used as a tool for liberation.
  • From a Buddhist perspective, it is incorrect to always assume that we know what is best.
  • Ingnore your thoughts. As you focus more intensely, you may feel as if you are floating.
  • The real test on the path of love is are you willing to give up everything for your love?
  • Zen is the study of mind in all of its manifestations. The purpose of Zen is to be happy.
  • Build a shield between yourself and the descriptions of the world that everyone else has.
  • They presented a description of the world to all of us which was very limited and narrow.
  • I dive all over the world: Fiji, Australia, the Caribbean, Hawaii, and many other places.
  • As an incarnation of love you put up with flack until it becomes detrimental to a person.
  • Tantra is for someone who practices all the paths because all the paths encompass tantra.
  • The issue is not what you’re doing with your body; it’s what you’re doing with your mind.
  • You are your state of mind. Your state of mind creates your view, or your window, on life.
  • I examine each student carefully: Is there a balance between their tonal and their nagual?
  • It is possible to wake up very quickly, to become enlightened, or you can do it gradually.
  • If you seek eternity and light and luminosity, seek humility first … first things first.
  • We see signs of it perhaps for 28 das or 34 days, then it goes away. Yet we are different.
  • Inner seeing has nothing to do with physical vision; it’s the perception of life directly.
  • If you’re studying Buddhism you never really have enough time because you’re going to die.
  • Chi is developed through meditation, through studying with one who has a great deal of it.
  • A lot of energy is lost to false teachers. Wherever dependency is created, energy is lost.
  • Power is something that is abused. I suppose use and abuse are in the eye of the beholder.
  • To look for truth in all the wrong and all the right places is the only excuse for living.
  • You are happiest when you are most humble. You are most miserable when you are egotistical.
  • One day after many, many lifetimes, we get wise. We decide that the fun in life is to give.
  • Humility accepts the very nature of a human being is complete, unadulterated, ecstatic joy.
  • Spend time with spiritual friends, those who seek light. Purity is gained through strength.
  • There is no self, yet we all exist. All phenomena are “empty,” yet they have Buddha nature.
  • My happiness is dependent upon light. Since light is endless, I’m bound to be happy always.
  • When self-consciousness stops, there is nothing -nothing left to stop, start, begin or end.
  • Self-hate doesn’t create enlightenment. It just causes you to not enjoy the current moment.
  • Humility simply means that you do a great job at everything and it isn’t really a big deal.
  • The sound man, immune as to a sacrifice of straw dogs, faces the passing human generations.
  • When your Japanese lifetime is coming out, drink all the sake you want. Have a little bash.
  • This world we exist in is populated by people who have really shut themselves off from life.
  • When you do something “selflish” you’ll feel constricted and restricted. You won’t be happy.
  • You could sit around and feel sorry for yourself or you can go out and do things for others.
  • You can tell a person’s level of spiritual devlopment simply by watching how much they give.
  • It is very hard to perceive the future on a regular basis simply because the future changes.
  • I was very dawn to people I loved, to my family, to my father, to my sister, to my brothers.
  • It really doesn’t matter to me whether a person has a lot of money or a little bit of money.
  • In tantra, samsara is viewed as the same thing as nirvana. Eating a hamburger is meditation.
  • Time is a convenient filing system human beings have devised to segregate their experiences.
  • Mysteries are not riddles. Mysteries are places to go with your mind. You go into mysteries.
  • What will increase one person’s personal power will not necessarily be the same for another.
  • We were never there to begin with. What we are, or conceive of ourselves as, is a perception.
  • Zen is a very quick path to enlightenment and development of the mind and all its facilities.
  • Love can be the only answer. But snowboarding also works for me. Because I love snowboarding!
  • To think the universe is only composed of the physical universe is to be rather shortsighted.
  • Entities can see a certain amount because they are outside of the physical dimensional plane.
  • Selfless giving means forgeting about yourself. It means letting go and doing something crazy.
  • Some persons choose, rather than stay in immortal bliss all the time, to come back for others.
  • What does it mean to be psychic? Essentially it means to feel, rather than think all the time.
  • You are asleep and have forgetten that you are dreaming. You mistakenly believe you are awake.
  • I never considered myself to be essentially different from anyone else. Although I knew I was.
  • I’m a Zen Master. I’m an occult teacher. I teach people how to become that, how to be perfect.
  • I don’t think there is a right approach to teaching self discovery. Every situation is unique.
  • Psychic perception is a much more efficient and accurate method of seeing and knowing reality.
  • Only the fool wants to go into battle to beat someone for the satisfaction of beating someone.
  • If there are problems with the subtle physical body, it’s very hard for the kundalini to flow.
  • The trick is simply to avoid jerks. There are lots of them out there. Most people are unhappy.
  • What creates happiness, peace, and balance is not becoming simply powerful, but knowledgeable.
  • People always say, ‘A good man is hard to find.’ You’ve never heard that about women, have you?
  • As the kundalini rises, the knowledge and powers of those dimensions will begin to come to you.
  • Life itself is selfless giving. We’re not given this life just for own amusement and pleasures.
  • According to Zen philosophy each human being has two minds, a finite mind and an infinite mind.
  • At the same time, I went through college, received a Ph.D. and started to teach. I wrote books.
  • Don’t care what anybody says about enlightenment, except the enlightened and those who seek it.
  • It is silly to drain others; for when you drain others, you also pick up their vibratory force.
  • To get involved with some ridiculous battle of power with someone else will use up your energy.
  • Your life will be joyful and complete when you have a pure heart and your motives are unsullied.
  • Use your mind to discriminate. Choose to advance yourself, to bring more purity into your being.
  • Enlightenment is a timeless void. It’s an emptiness that’s filled with the most excellent light.
  • My happiness comes from doing all I can for my students. To help them, what else could there be?
  • Just because it doesn’t work out for you, doesn’t mean that it’s not wonderful for someone else.
  • Having the competitive edge to be able to succeed is having control of your time, life and mind.
  • It was their intention to start twelve new civilizations similar to Atlantis in these locations.
  • A person of knowledge and power never goes out looking for battles. All their battles are within.
  • Meidtation and selfless giving must always go together. They work together to create immortality.
  • If you suffer in love, if you have problems in love, it’s because you don’t have enough humility.
  • In order to go beyond ideas to direct realization, it’s essential to have a great deal of purity.
  • Nothing is or is not unless you happen to think it so. That’s what Shakespeare said, and he knew.
  • To have the illusion of selfhood simply means that when you look in the mirror, you see somebody.
  • You don’t need to be able to absorb a tremendous amount of the mystical kundalini to realize God.
  • Artificial Intelligence is creating a mind, hopefully as pure a mind as possible, for a computer.
  • The nagual gives you the unknown; it gives you reality; it leads you to the totality of yourself.
  • There are people who just can’t handle life because they’ve thrown away too much of their reason.
  • Buddhism is simply a methodology, a way of becoming one with the part of ourselves that is happy.
  • Eternity is selfless giving. Eternity sends forth all of the worlds, the very fabric of existence.
  • Trust life, trust that it will always guide you to the right thing, and be kind, be compassionate.
  • If you think of spiritual practice as unpleasant work – it is not spiritual practice as I know it.
  • We prefer humility in others – and if we prefer it in others – we can soon prefer it in ourselves.
  • You have dreamed me into your dream to awaken you from the dreams of life, death and separativity.
  • In advanced meditation you become light. You transcend self, ego, time, space, and dimensionality.
  • I was drawn to the arts because I sensed that I was by nature Bohemian, and yet very conservative.
  • For the person who wants to get to the mystical experience directly, Tantric Buddhism is the path.
  • Mysticism is an eclectic mixture of various forms of self-discovery that’s primarily experimental.
  • God, Atlantis was only yesterday. Let alone Los Angeles. Remember that incarnation in Los Angeles?
  • The tonal is also endless and limitless. We like to think of it as being finite so we feel better.
  • They can’t stop you if, in your heart, you seek enlightenment, empowerment, balance and knowledge.
  • If you really love, then you’re willing to step outside of your own love to do that which is right.
  • You can be in a crowd full of friends and be miserable because you’re alienated. The ego alienates.
  • In every home in America, in the world, there was cruelty, anger and hatred – things I didn’t feel.
  • Tantric Buddhists don’t believe in sin. Stupidity, yes, meaning we make ourselves or others suffer.
  • I feel that there’s a certain danger in always being in a lovely rural setting. You can lose touch.
  • I would define the proper use of power as something that creates happiness for yourself and others.
  • It’s always better to be conservative in action. One must always consider the dangers in the world.
  • There is no letter of the law to follow in Zen. There is a lot of etiquette, but there are no rules.
  • Zen was an attempt to get back to the purest teachings of the Buddha -enlightenment without strings.
  • People who practice Zen correctly are not spaced-out or unrealistic. They are balanced and grounded.
  • Naturally, the Zen Master Rama philosophy is to have a high state of awareness and material success.
  • There is no such thing as spiritual achievement; it is simply an awareness intrinsic to all of life.
  • Think of a star. A star burns its very substance to give light to others. You need to be like a star.
  • If you really have humility when you love, there is only one thought: “What can I do for my beloved?”
  • Accept that you are that – you are the matchless, eternal reality. That’s true seeing, true humility.
  • Each of the ten thousand states of mind presents you with a different view of essence and experience.
  • Zen is the path that focuses the most upon meditation. It is almost exclusively a path of meditation.
  • The next best thing is to work with those who are not quite there yet to bring them up to that level.
  • Your life either takes your energy or gives you energy. Set up your life so that it gives you energy.
  • Search this world and find that being who you feel has the greatest light and become their apprentice.
  • Buddha indicated that the self, that part of you that incarnates from lifetime to lifetime was causal.
  • You have to come to the world of enlightenment with open hands, not clinched fists, without an agenda.
  • When you are afraid of someone, they can gain power over you, meaning they can drop your energy level.
  • The nagual is the superconscious. It’s nirvana. It’s the unknown that cannot be explained or reasoned.
  • Love is beginningless and endless ecstasy. It is an unfathomable mystery. It is the study of our lives.
  • The pathway to enlightenment leads to states of ecstasy, knowledge, and a pretty ironic sense of humor.
  • Look at the candle flame – or whatever object you have chosen to gaze upon – with intensity.
  • In dream yoga we use the etheric double and go beyond the confines of the physical, it’s very ecstatic.
  • My teacher knew that I always had a girlfriend. For some reason, he never said anything to me about it.
  • As a student of enlightenment your attitude should not be to become enlightened. It should be to learn.
  • If you are having problems with money, the answer isn’t cutting back. The answer is to make more money.
  • Purity is innocence, the innocence of lack of self. Desire is innocent unless it’s connected with self.
  • Most people make their choices predicated upon a feeling because analysis really isn’t that good a tool.
  • Humility is the most important quality in the spiritual life. When it is lacking spiritual growth stops.
  • Humility can give everything to God. Everything comes from the source, everything returns to the source.
  • The light is already there. In Zen Buddhism there’s a little speck of dust on the mirror, and that’s us.
  • If you want to be liberated, if you choose to be what I am, then you’ve chosen freedom. You can do this.
  • Avoidance of experiences is a fixation and it binds you to the world, it binds you to the personal self.
  • Tantra means the avoidance of a set or defined form of spirituality. Tantra is intuitive self-discovery.
  • Your soul wants experience. It wants the world. You’re a human – and your eternal. The two are the same.
  • If you meditate you will be able to find new ways to utilize your career and the routines of daily life.
  • Liberation means no rebirth. Now, does that mean you don’t reincarnate? Well, you never did reincarnate.
  • Use the previous techniques in rotation. It will prevent your meditation experience from becoming stale.
  • Krishna says, fight. He says, go out in the battlefield and kill those people whom it’s your job to kill.
  • I must play my role, great or small – that is humility, without self-importance, without self-indulgence.
  • Real humility is something that no one else will see. No one will know about your humility, if it’s real.
  • There is a sense of competition in Zen. You are competing with your thoughts and trying to overcome them.
  • Where you live is important. It is where you dream. You lose or gain a tremendous amount of energy there.
  • Love was where I learned to go beyond myself, through the arts, through relationships, through sexuality.
  • One of my greatest personal heroes is Jerry Lopez. When you can snowboard like he surfs, you’ll be there!
  • There are two sides to increasing energy. One is avoiding loss. The other is learning how to gain energy.
  • You need to constantly examine your life, inner and outer, to see where you are losing and gaining power.
  • Don Juan speaks of the island of the tonal as something that’s in the middle of the ocean … the nagual.
  • The navel center will bring the power of all three of the lower chakras into your being, but with safety.
  • Even though it’s not perceivable to the mind or senses, it’s there and enlightenment is absolute freedom.
  • Some tried to kill him; there were assassination attempts. Some hated him … this is par for the course.
  • The best battle is the battle that is never fought. The best war is the war that is won without a battle.
  • You will always see, if this group is a highly evolved group or on the way up, a movement towards oneness.
  • We define a world. We build a house, then after building the house we enter into it and we never leave it.
  • Selfless giving has a lot to do with what happens to you in the future. There is karma, both good and bad.
  • There are ten thousand planes of awareness within the infinite mind of the diamond mind, your deeper mind.
  • The miracle of enlightenment is that you take the self and let it dissolve in the white light of eternity.
  • Interestingly enough, Aurthur C. Clarke once autographed a copy of his book “Rendezvous with Rama” for me.
  • In the world of Buddhist mind, in the advanced states, we go beyond time, space, life, death and Newsweek.
  • If one thinks of an enlightened person in a negative way, as it hits their aura, it returns very strongly.
  • Changing the way you dress can make it easier to make deeper changes in the structure of your personality.
  • You have to be careful that in giving energy, you do not allow yourself to be excessively drained or used.
  • Humor enables us to deal with and overcome many of the most painful and difficult situations in our lives.
  • If you are in a state of mind in which all things are one, then you can spend your time in lingerie shops.
  • Take out two pieces of paper. One piece of paper, list all the people you know who are adding to your life.
  • When you’re humble it’s like wearing a beautiful flower. It inspires others. It generates energy and power.
  • Whenever anybody does well spiritually, I usually ignore them. It’s the greatest compliment I can pay them.
  • It is impossible to move on to new states of mind unless you seek the forgiveness of those you’ve offended.
  • The person who did all of these things has gone away, vanished without a trace in the ecstasy of existence.
  • The body is a very low level machine language. The language of the soul, of the mind, is much more evolved.
  • When you look at a couch you don’t really see the couch. You see the couch as perceived by a state of mind.
  • Everything that we do involves energy, personal power. The more energy we have, the more we can accomplish.
  • In lower levels things are dark, gray, experiences are shallow. You become alienated from those around you.
  • Learn not to judge your meditation. Just meditate, do your best, set a minimum period of time and meditate.
  • If you wait till you’re very sure, then you’ll find yourself doing it, and when you do there’ll be an ease.
  • The more talented the opponent, the luckier you are. You have draw a great deal of strength from your being.
  • Enlightenment is a journey. It is a journey that is made alone. It is a journey that is made with a teacher.
  • Purity is very fragile when it takes physical manifestation. It is very, very strong in its original aspect.
  • I was initiated as a Buddhist monk at the age of 19, but I think that initiation is simply a starting point.
  • People get together and go to the movies or on hikes, but everyone maintains their own independent domicile.
  • Tantra is for a person who has reached a point in their spiritual evolution where everything looks the same.
  • The December – January period is the strongest time of the year. It is an easy time to shift states of mind.
  • Love is a modest and immodest teacher who will bring you through the school of existence, which is the heart.
  • As you become more conscious of your body as eternity, a sense of ease, a fullness beyond description occurs.
  • Care, but don’t be pushy! Don’t preach about enlightenment to people who don’t really want to hear about it.
  • I learned about the benefits and the vast limitations of such types of exploration, as did all my generation.
  • I can assure you that next to my bed, there is always a copy of the Dharmapada which I read from every night.
  • While I am writing about the details of my own intimate encounters and journeys in America and the Far East.
  • As long as you are in the relative worlds, you should be realistic and know there is winning and losing here.
  • It is necessary to do a systems analysis of your life. Look at where you gain power and where you lose power.
  • The souls now incarnating are power souls. It is a dark age. To incarnate now one needs psychic self-defense.
  • To be wise doesn’t always mean to have a wrinkled face and sparkly eyes. To be wise means to be still inside.
  • Have the courage to be selfless in a world were such qualities are not admired. Dare to be differnt. Be crazy!
  • The etiquette is higher consciousness, sensitivity, gentleness, gracefulness, intensity, power, and knowledge.
  • “The person next to me meditates better than I do. They’re purer.” – This is the ego feeling sorry for itself.
  • You must first realize that you are in a dream. Then you must realize that your current dream is a nightmare.
  • Through high school, college, graduate school and beyond, I had a number of relationships that were wonderful.
  • I think I’ve learned more from women than anyone else, and perhaps from love. What a wonderful testing ground.
  • I too have experienced the extreme pain of living, but I have also experienced some of its remarkable ecstasy.
  • If you want to create a different character, you can do so just by altering your style of dress and cosmetics.
  • People want power but not wisdom. Power without wisdom is a very dangerous thing. Better to have wisdom first.
  • It’s not what you do – it’s the intensity of your feeling that determines how far you go in the spiritual life.
  • When I play sports, when I dance, when I teach mysticism, I cannot explain, even to myself, how I do what I do.
  • How do you become enlightened? I don’t know: Luck, karma, skill, friends in high places, friends in low places.
  • The more moral you pretend to be, the less moral you are; the less moral you try to be, the more moral you are.
  • Next to meditation itself, I really can’t think of anything more important than the development of your career.
  • Be a perpetual beginner. Always be inspired. It is that attitude of inspiration and belief that creates energy.
  • In the Southwestern United States, the places of power reference the lower three chakras, the chakras of power.
  • Humility doesn’t mean hiding in the corner and pretending you are not strong. Humility means to be what you are.
  • The knowledge of reincarnation assures us that life is worth living. Life is not a one-shot deal. It is forever.
  • The ideas that we have about self are an aggregate within a state of mind, and they chain us to a state of mind.
  • I never considered myself to be special. If anything, I considered myself to be awkward, and still do sometimes.
  • As Buddha points out, you should not rely on the opinions of others for validation of your internal progression.
  • I think one can advance faster outside a monastery if you use the experiences of daily life to advance yourself.
  • There is no time. There is no space.  There is no condition. There is only awareness, awareness of these ideas.
  • Do not be a sniveler. Do not say you can’t be happy, you can’t be enlightened. How do you know? It is all chaos.
  • There are thousands of worlds, thousands of dimensional planes, billions. Life is endless. It goes on forever.
  • Not everyone is your friend. When you are psychic you tend to forget that others don’t view life the way you do.
  • In meditation, when your mind becomes perfectly still and calm, you will experience the golden light of eternity.
  • You’re much too hung up on all of your ideas and your desires. You still have not penetrated the essence of yoga.
  • There are seven primary centers, junctions, within the subtle physical body. These are called the seven chakras.
  • Everything that you are or conceive of yourself as being is just an idea. It’s an illusion. It’s a hallucination.
  • Eternity gives life to all and sustains all, transforms all on the wheel of dharma – until all attain perfection.
  • To be psychic is to see without the senses and to keep the thoughts and emotions of others out of your awareness.
  • It is possible to contact higher beings who are not in the body. But the being you really want to contact is you.
  • There is no best teacher. Life itself is the teacher. There is no best method. All that matters is that it works.
  • Things that raise your energy usually don’t involve humans; things that cause energy loss usually involve humans.
  • The challenge of power is how to use it and not abuse it. When you abuse it, it reverses on you and it hurts you.
  • If you spend too much time in a place like that your power level will be lowered and these beings will annoy you.
  • In the world order, if the nagual dominates and not the tonal, then we’ll live in times of fear and superstition.
  • If you are afraid of someone, you immediately give them an advantage and give them entry to your awareness field.
  • If you are truly wise, you love life very deeply. You love the things in your life, transient though they may be.
  • If you act impetuously, it will be uncertain, and you’ll know it. It just won’t feel right. It is better to wait.
  • When someone compliments you, listen, but don’t believe it. Praise or blame are immaterial. You know what you are.
  • Whenever we just try to please ourselves, all we do is cover up another window in the little house we’re stuck in.
  • Music is largely psychic. It is a feeling. It is not logical. It is a feeling – Art, life, why we live – feelings.
  • I seemed to be leading a very incongruous life from the point of view of the definition of the community I was in.
  • It is the teacher’s job to point out mistakes so that an individual doesn’t continue to hurt themselves or others.
  • To perfect your nature means to let go of this world and place your attention fully in the plane of enlightenment.
  • There is enough room in eternity for everyone to be enlightened. We gain or lose nothing by the success of others.
  • In reality, as any physicist will tell you, the physical world is made up of moving energy. All matter is energy.
  • Chaotic mathematics is essentially the study of chaos. It can’t be chaos, if you can study it and it has an order.
  • Career success means making enough money to lead the kind of life you would like to lead as a practicing Buddhist.
  • You can draw power from everything in your life. In order to do that, everything has to be set up in a proper way.
  • Nirvana is a state of perpetual bliss and ecstasy, unaffected by the transient ups and downs of its own creations.
  • Purity means lack of hatred, jealousy, fear, greed and lust – the absence of anything that can stain consciousness.
  • You could go through incarnations forever and never become enlightened, unless of course you do something about it.
  • I realized that my friends in the ashram needed to be celibate because, for them, sexuality was a very tacky issue.
  • Our sense of being worthwhile, our sense of being good, our sense of being anything must go – Final clearance sale.
  • I think it is very important to view life in terms of winning and losing until complete enlightenment has occurred.
  • You need to shelter yourself from the abrasive forces of life that drain you and keep you in a lower state of mind.
  • At these crossover points, there are a lot of beings, nonphysical beings that cross over back and forth constantly.
  • For most people this is not a conscious process, it’s an inner pull that takes place, that simply draws them there.
  • There’s always someone to help, there’s always some way in which you can perfect yourself through service to others.
  • Purity is receptivity, the ability to sit and wait patiently, for as long as necessary, for the coming of the light.
  • The psychic world is a dimensional plane that you can gain access to. It is a dimension of feeling and clear seeing.
  • As we grow older and mature in each incarnation, we are drawn back to samskaras, to previous interests and pursuits.
  • Do not envy others. If someone gets a larger piece of cake, be happy for them. They’ll get fat and you’ll stay thin.
  • In the high mountains and desert beings can affect you. Most aren’t malicious, but some will lure you to your death.
  • Let someone else take your place in line, Let someone else be first. Let someone else achieve realization before you.
  • One of the traditional Tantric methods of mediation is to imagine that you are taking on the suffering of all beings.
  • No one’s lazy. What we would call the laziest person on earth expends a tremendous amount of energy to not do things.
  • The sights of infinity can be too strong. They can scorch the soul. It’s best to take infinity on a little at a time.
  • There are places where it is easy to see, places of illumination, where one moves into illumined states of attention.
  • Their experiments caused them to destabilize the structure of the continent and thus Atlantis sank beneath the waves.
  • The members of the Mystery school, during the time of Atlantis, had psychically seen the subsequent ages of darkness.
  • Meditation is the pathway to enlightenment. Move the ego aside and be still, open, clear, bright and fully conscious.
  • People will try to block you. Some will do it just for pure hostility. But most others are just afraid of themselves.
  • Fear can be used to get into your attention. Any way a person can get you to think of them, allows them to drain you.
  • Love is self-realization. Love is liberation. The only way beyond time, to unravel the knot of existence, is to love.
  • There are ten thousand states of mind. Most people spend their entire lives confined to a few of these states of mind.
  • The first stage of meditation is simply to ignore thought; to become conscious that there is something beyond thought.
  • Selfless giving is friendliness. An attitude towards life, a reverence for life. It is one of the highest of all ways.
  • Humility has tremendous power. Think of Gandhi. That was humility in action. He changed the shape of an entire nation.
  • Humility means realizing that it’s fun to give everything away, particularly the things that you are most attached to.
  • There is a beautiful flow to the study of Zen. If it is not making you happier, then you are not practicing correctly.
  • Psychic awareness leads to a true perception not only of events, but just of life itself. It is its own raison d’etre.
  • I was very immersed in the world. I’m very worldly. I love world. I was immersed in my career, in school, in teaching.
  • We see an enlightened teacher to gain a sense of humor, to learn balance and proportion and of course to learn wisdom.
  • Faithfulness, faith, all of the words that so few people live, you must live. Only then are you worthy of immortality.
  • Keep the deepest feelings of your heart to yourself. They tend to stay more pure if you do. There is a wisdom to that.
  • In the case of the brujos, the sorcerers in Mexico, the Spanish Conquest forced them to develop their second attention.
  • When most people see a tree, they don’t see a tree at all. They see an idea that they have developed of what a tree is.
  • I read a great deal, avoided the comapny of the children in school who seemed superfical, and fell in love with nature.
  • The women that I met were exceptional, extraordinary – tremendous purity, tremendous gentleness, self-giving and power.
  • Music is part of the tantra, the dance of life. Before your eyes, before your awareness, is the procession of eternity.
  • It’s certainly easy to meditate on top of a mountain, but one should be also able to meditate in the heart of the city.
  • If you decide that you are a winner, and if you hold that image in your mind strongly enough, you will become a winner.
  • At extremely high processing speeds we are able to find patterns of order in what other people would perceive as chaos.
  • We are many, many selves. We’re not just a finite being. The selves don’t necessarily speak in words. But they are you.
  • To take charge of destiny means to play a very convoluted chess game on multiple levels of consciousness and existence.
  • You can measure your power in your ability to stop thought. The longer you can stop thought, the more powerful you are.
  • Taoism is the way of water. The most frequent element or symbol refered to in Lao Tzu’s wrtings is the symbol of water.
  • When you see someone draining you, your being naturally cuts it off. Yet many times you can be manipulated not to see.
  • What you do affects your awareness field. When you do something selfless your attention feild is more clear, more lucid.
  • According to Zen Buddhist cosmology there are ten thousand different states of mind to view and understand life through.
  • Zen doesn’t believe in the reconciliation of opposites because from the point of view of Zen, there is no point of view.
  • Simply by performing good actions and thinking good thoughts you will not attain enlightenment. It takes something more.
  • I am a teacher because teaching allows me to observe the universe at work, that moment when wakefulness suddenly occurs.
  • Since everything is God and everything contains God, you see God in everything, everything is a step towards liberation.
  • Enlightenment has nothing to do with being spiritual. Being spiritual is just an idea – it’s another ring of perception.
  • Unlike the transient days of our lives that constantly come and go, nirvana has always been, is now, and always will be.
  • Sensations of peace, joy, and love will enter into you. They will be very subtle at first. Then they will grow stronger.
  • In the Far East, it is taken for granted that the training of a monk is physically rigorous and academically challenging.
  • There is nothing that isn’t perfect, the only reason we don’t see that perfection constantly is because we lack humility.
  • Your own nature is pure, spotless, and pristine. Through association we drag ourselves down or we can raise ourselves up.
  • A time comes when you don’t have to use meditation techniques anymore. You just sit down and you are nonexistence itself.
  • I took the liberty in Snowboarding to Nirvana to do a type of parody of what I suppose you would call “New Age fiction.”
  • Whenever I work with anyone, it is an opportunity for them to become more professional and do something for someone else.
  • I personally, only work with people in my business who show excellence. I have a business, the business of enlightenment.
  • Some people are so solemn. They take their practice so seriously, that when the moment comes to let go of it, they can’t.
  • We may have a tiny little room that we rent, and if we keep it clean and it’s impeccable, then we gain a power from that.
  • At the beginning and the middle and the end of all things, there is only the perfection of enlightenment that is nirvana.
  • Intentional suffering and the postponement of happiness is not yoga or Buddhism. It will not lead to a better incarnation.
  • Never settle for that which is easy and comfortable or the necessity of seeking that which is difficult and uncomfortable.
  • Compassion and empathy are not the same as feeling sorry for oneself. They are emotions that extend our perceptual ranges.
  • There is only eternity. That’s our real body. The stars are our blanket. Time doesn’t even exist, except in our own minds.
  • There is the flash in the pan, the sudden success. But continued success is dependent upon tremendous attention to detail.
  • The Buddha gave his first talks, and three or four ascetics became his first disciples. They recognized his enlightenment.
  • I have seen people who practice yoga and Buddhism who are scared to death of the sorcery powers of others. This is absurd.
  • The body comes and goes. This life, my friend, will come and go. It is a fleeting moment, an impulse in an eternal reality.
  • There is no end and there is no beginning. There is only eternity. Eternity can be warm. eternity can be cold and ruthless.
  • The study of Zen is a retraining. It is a series of new ways, not just one way, to learn to use your mind more efficiently.
  • Help the world in any way that you want to. I have found that the more light you give and spread, the more you will evolve.
  • The planes of light give you the power to rise above circumstance, the power to rise above your desires and your aversions.
  • With the use of psychedelics, it was all based around the Tibetan Book of the Dead, using them to experience enlightenment.
  • I believe that it is the responsibility of everyone in corporate life to help with the funding of non-profit organizations.
  • While I am here I would like to experience as many of the beauties of the world as possible and help others to do the same.
  • Tantra is for the person who has gone beyond the rules. They’ve learned the rules so well that now they can go beyond them.
  • To perfect your nature doesn’t mean to have some idea of what a perfect person is and to simply be that. That doesn’t work.
  • We live in a world where money is necessary. You can’t just go out and roam the forest and the cities, at least in America.
  • Many people spend their life always worrying about whether they have enough to cover expenses. They experience unhappiness.
  • Focus on the center of the chest, relax. Imagine a rose there. Feel it unfolding. Let yourself go and ignore your thoughts.
  • Purity is developed through caring. You need to care about light and the matters of light, truth, religion and spirituality.
  • In no way can words convey the nagual. But they open up the possibility. They allow an admission on the island of the tonal.
  • Only when there are no impressions of others clouding our mind, can we sit and practice the glorious practice of meditation.
  • Purity is something that comes from another world. It’s a radiance that enters into this world of transformation and change.
  • From the highest state of mind you have a window whereby you could perhaps move beyond all states of mind, to enlightenment.
  • When you live a life devoid of ritual and convention, with honesty and self-effacement, then you are on the road to freedom.
  • We experimented and we experienced many altered states of awareness. We used the power plants. I did that for a year or two.
  • It seems to me that there’s a terrible misunderstanding between us. It seems to me that I love you a great deal, my friends.
  • The vast majority of the students I have taught have become self-sufficient and confident individuals who enjoy their lives.
  • Living in the spiritual world is very easy, once you grow accustomed to it. But initially, it puts you through some changes.
  • You’re not listening to the Zen master, what he is saying outwardly, but even more importantly…what he is saying inwardly.
  • Fear is just an idea in the mind that limits you. You cannot become enlightened if you are afraid, nor can you become happy.
  • If you use your will all the time, then it runs out. You deplete yourself and then, when you really need it, it’s not there.
  • To become wise, meditate on the third eye, between the eyebrows and a little bit above. Focus on that spot, the Agni chakra.
  • You never seem to hear about psychic occult attack in spiritual literature. This knowledge has been conveniently forgotten.
  • Every day work on your humility through your meditation, giving more of yourself, giving those things you don’t want to give.
  • Both Zen and mysticsm have this beautiful quality of happiness and laughter, which I think is so necessary in our modern age.
  • Meditation will bring back the powers and awareness from the past; more importantly, it will expand your consciousness today.
  • The Zen master walks in his garden, alone. There is no traffic there. There is no shopping there. There are only the flowers.
  • Think of your life as a field. The field is the field of action. What a mystic does is set up their life as a field of power.
  • The person of power uses their power to open up their mind to higher levels all the time, which creates tremendous happiness.
  • When you manipulate others your attention level drops and you become prey, for you have dropped to the plane of manipulation.
  • How do you overcome the negative karmas and problems and misery that occur to people who abuse power? You stop abusing power.
  • Nirvana is the other side, the source of all things, where all the aggregates come from, where the templates of infinity are.
  • Sensitivity is a too-way street. When you are sensitive you can feel and appreciate, but you can also be injured more easily.
  • Happiness comes from self-knowledge. Self-knowledge means that you have understood your mind. Your mind is the whole universe.
  • What does God really look like stripped naked? That’s the province of enlightenment…the formless, perfect face of existence.
  • Humility accepts that God places us in the right place at every single moment, not a moment to soon and not a moment too late.
  • They too wonder about the nature of existence, where they’ve come from and where they’re going to and how much time they have.
  • Yoga means we go a step further back. In yoga we go to the cause. The cause of pain is not the world. The cause of pain is us.
  • Love is visceral and real. Love is physical. It embraces all things. Love doesn’t space you out or take you out of this world.
  • Selfliss giving rounds the edges in spiritual practice. Many people can meditate very well but they’re still very egotistical.
  • Ego synthesized is selfhood, the sense of self-importance, that you really matter … nothing could be further from the truth.
  • You can only conceive of what lies beyond the state of mind you are in from the point of view of the state of mind you are in.
  • We have a spiritual community but everyone lives where they want to. I recommend certain areas to live because of their power.
  • You shouldn’t run around killing people or eating meat. That’s not what we mean by tantra. There’s no need to break the rules.
  • There are millions of little opportunities out there to advance yourself. But you need the personal power to see how to do it.
  • Use career to develop yourself. Have fun with it. Dedicate your activities and your career, to eternity, and to enlightenment.
  • Career success is using your daily work, schoolwork, work in the world, work at home, as a way of advancing your mental state.
  • Follow your dreams wherever they lead you and pay for those dreams with good jobs in software programming and computer design!
  • If you are happier than you have ever been, then your power is increasing. But is it a fast a rate of climb as you would like?
  • Don’t be afraid. You are as alive as anything else is alive. Your right to be alive is as great as the right of anything else.
  • There are many ways to store power. You can visit places of power, special locations on the earth that are charged with power.
  • Somewhere there is an essence. It is not a physical somewhere. There is no sense of world, of time and space. That is nirvana.
  • People you are emotionally open to can drain your power level or raise it tremendously, depending on what their intentions are.
  • Humility means coming to the root of the matter, honestly looking at yourself and saying: “This is me for better or for worse.”
  • There are so many talented people in film today. There seem to be poor scripts, but the actors and actresses are very talented.
  • I just felt that it was my responsibility, since so many people had taken the time to help me along, to do the same for others.
  • As you go into the light, you will gain a more profound happiness. That happiness will free you from the desire-aversion cycle.
  • Life is not dependent upon our classifications and our categories, our science. But we are. We find it interesting and helpful.
  • There can be very powerful releases of energy that can catch you off guard until you have a better sense of what you are doing.
  • People are taught to fear god. They are taught to fear everything. It has become such a natural state that no one questions it.
  • People who want to go to power places all of the time and want to be around powerful people, they don’t last long in the study.
  • There are certain areas that you can move to on the earth that will empower you and there are certain areas that can drain you.
  • Meditate on enlightenment. Read the exploits of the great teachers, the great saints. They’ll inspire you. Their power is there.
  • After this happens again and again, we reach a point were there is nothing but satori, which is what nirvikalpa samadhi is like.
  • The process of eliminating the samskaras and reaching complete enlightenment is very technical, wonderful, and mystical process.
  • Material success is not something that will bind you, unless you become attached to it, any more than poverty will liberate you.
  • In high school I was drawn to the study of literature, poetry Shakespeare, contemporary fiction, drama, you name it – I read it.
  • I was a traditional teacher for a time, but my students would ride the energy. I wanted to free people not give them a placebo.
  • Our past affects us, our present affects us, and even our future can affect us. We live in the relative world of time and space.
  • The obvious answer to money is to have tons of it – simply figure out how to make more money than you really need and go for it.
  • People who have power, who think negatively of others and seek to injure them, are practicing a kind of voodoo, a lower sorcery.
  • A person who is insane has no sense of their place; they’ve lost that ability, which our friend don Juan describes as the tonal.
  • The essence of all practice is to be cool. Life is not worth getting excited about because whatever you perceive is an illusion.
  • There’s this cave and all humanity is in it and there’s this terribly bright light at the other end and everybody’s afraid of it.
  • The ten thousand states of mind are hallucinatory. Hallucinations are real. Dreams are real. But there are some things more real.
  • When we wake up in the morning and we make decisions, these decisions come from the night, the night of eternity, our other side.
  • A critical part of Tantric Buddhism is a process of turning of the activities and experiences in your daily life into meditation.
  • The purpose of enlightenment is certainly not the teacher, nor is it you. It doesn’t have a purpose. Enlightenment simply exists.
  • It is a tremendous waste of energy to try to block anyone else. That same energy could be applied to furthering your own success.
  • When you focus on the third chakra it has to pull the kundalini from the root center, through the second, up to the third chakra.
  • Be careful of someone who starts asking a lot of questions about you. Start asking a lot of questions about them. Turn it around.
  • Consider a very natural process, menstruation, and how the association has been created in which this process is dirty, degrading.
  • You reincarnate forever because you exist forever. You can’t die. You can’t be born, your essence that is. You are on a big wheel.
  • Some people like destroying for the hell of it; they love destroying beauty; they try to feel those people and then crack the egg.
  • The hindrances to being psychic are a general dullness that develops from living in the material world, and being a material girl.
  • The idea is easy to understand. All of life is a dream. You have dreamed everything that you are and everything you are aware of.
  • If you want to become enlightened, you’ve got to get all the bullshit out of your life. You have to clear up your mind completely.
  • Salvakalpa samadhi is a tremendous acceptance and liberation, but it is not complete absorption in nirvana, in that consciousness.
  • Tantra is for the advanced spiritual practitioner who is ready to push aside spiritual practice in the name of spiritual practice.
  • The Zen master can see precisely what it will take to cause your awareness to become free. But the Zen master can’t do it for you.
  • Overcoming fear has nothing to do with abandoning common sense. We retain our common sense, but we lose that emotion that is fear.
  • If you are seeking power and knowledge, you need to go to places that are healthy and happy and radiant. Avoid places that aren’t.
  • You’re thinking that you shouldn’t have sex because you’re celibate. So you just keep thinking about sex instead of enlightenment.
  • The primary quality that Lao Tzu seems to emobdy is humility, which is the image of water – seeking the common level of existence.
  • People hold an image of you and project that image when they feel you are changing. Disappear for a while. Break up your routines.
  • The mind is like a computer. It runs programs. Most of the software has been poorly written. It is written in the language of fear.
  • When you have grown accustomed to sitting and meditating, try to stop your thoughts. That’s the bottom line in meditative practice.
  • Humility means freedom. It provides growth and takes you out of the cycle of change that you are currently in, which is stagnation.
  • The fact that you see a manifold world with different times, places and conditions -this exists only because of a lack of humility.
  • You must be kind to others. You must foster a caretaker personality of gentleness and perseverance, even in the midst of adversity.
  • I explored alternate states of consciousness at one period of my life through psychedelics, as was the fashion with all my friends.
  • I don’t believe in anything, yet I believe emphatically in almost everything. It all depends on what seems appropriate at the time.
  • The basic assumption of tantra is that God not only exists in the superconscious, God also exists in the lowest forms of existence.
  • In the beginning we define what is spiritual. But as you go on, you see that everybody and everything is an instrument of infinity.
  • As you become more aware of your own imperfections, you simultaneously become more aware of the overall perfection of the universe.
  • From my point of view, which is the point of view of no illusions, there is only winning and losing. You might as well be a winner.
  • You see, Buddhists are optimists. We never saw sunsets in Atlantis like we do now. We didn’t have those great chemicals in the air.
  • As a monk you have a responsibility to meditate many hours a day. Not just to sit there but to think of the ten thousand radiances.
  • None of this is real. All of this is an illusion and your acceptance of that fact is the beginning of the pathway to self-knowledge.
  • I think only a person who’s studied WITH someone for many years is in a position to voice a true opinion about a particular teacher.
  • All of the exoteric teachings are only designed to give you the type of life that will allow you to practice the esoteric teachings.
  • The reason why we’re not happy is because we believe consciously and subconsciously that we’re separate from god, eternal awareness.
  • As you learn to accept that the body is transitory, as you watch it with love, but without attachment, the body will develop purity.
  • If you are psychic you can perceive that someone may love you and they can’t show it. Someone may seek to harm you and they mask it.
  • To have to liberate everybody doesn’t sound very free to me. You’re gong to go liberate people who maybe don’t want to be liberated.
  • I had been pretty well made a prisoner by school, by society. I had been given this description of the world that I couldn’t accept.
  • I don’t have the luxury of time to be unhappy. I have too much to do. I have too much do accomplish. Who has the time to be unhappy?
  • Time does not really exist as we know it; rather it’s a transfiguration of a concept in which mortality, mutability, is conditioned.
  • Sometimes people start to meditate and they get a headache. It’s because they’re trying too hard. You’re pulling in too much energy.
  • Then on the other piece of paper, list all the people you know who are taking more than they’re adding. Include people from the past.
  • We all have auras. But it’s much easier to see the aura of someone who is in a state of samadhi or other profound state of awareness.
  • A person who undertakes the study of Zen and learns concentration and meditation is like a gymnast. You become a gymnast of the mind.
  • Emotions are there to enjoy life; but they are not used in self-reflection because they inhibit a proper reflection. They gunk us up.
  • Being psychic does not necessarily mean seeing an event that has not yet occurred. It is rather seeing the inner nature of something.
  • The deeper inner teachings are presented to very few because few would understand them. The exoteric teachings are presented to many.
  • If you become obsessive in spiritual practice, if you just try and try, you are not going to be happy. You are going to be obsessive.
  • Self-control is completely necessary for increasing and raising your attention level. One of the places you practice that is at work.
  • A person is made up of awarenesses. All the awarenesses that have ever been our will ever be exist like barges floating in the ocean.
  • If you are interested in developing some of the higher range occult powers, then I would suggest you not engage in sex too frequently.
  • When I was very, very young – four, five, six – I could see inside people, their motives, their dreams, their apprehension of reality.
  • If you can bring earnestness to your meditation, you will find that happiness is something that will run through your life constantly.
  • Most people abuse power. They use power to dominate others. They use power to destroy others. Ultimately when you do this, you lose it.
  • When your mind is clear and your third eye is open, you can see and know things that are taking place thousands of miles away from you.
  • To think that fulfilling yourself in this world will create eternal fulfillment is absurd. But we feel this way because we lack purity.
  • Avoid the company of the wicked, those who would do injury to you or to others. Like a disease their energy is something you can catch.
  • I am a producer of both rock and New Age music, I generally like all categories of music. In particular, I enjoy Ozzy’s stage presence.
  • There is a big difference between the lower samadhis and the upper samadhis, like the difference between the Sierras and the Himalayas.
  • Tantra works well for people who are engaged in relationships and sexuality. Sex itself is just an action. It’s just part of the dream.
  • In this world we see the pairs of opposites. Ultimately there are no oppositions. In the superconscious awareness there is no division.
  • It is very important that your career raises your awareness. If your career is lowering your personal power, then it has got to change.
  • The types of thoughts that you think create a state of mind. The reason you think the thoughts you do results from your level of power.
  • You must have tremendous power of focus to direct your life and not allow all these variant forces, different vibrations, to enter you.
  • When your mind is flooded with the pure light of nirvana, which is happiness itself, you will be delighted with whatever occurs to you.
  • Our purpose in this life is to gain the view of ourselves; otherwise, we are total slaves to others who psychically drain us, abuse us.
  • Everything is a state of mind. Astral travel is the ability to wander through different states of mind and develop psychic perceptions.
  • You become someone else when you meditate. It isn’t just a little technique. If you really pursue it, you change radically – you evolve.
  • In Zen the emphasis is on meditation and developing your body, mind and spirit to find inner peace, strength, clarity and enlightenment.
  • The Tibetan Buddhist realization is that mind does not have any particular qualities or attributes of its own. It’s clear – clear light.
  • At an early age I found the world a very natural place to be. I was always in a meditative consciousness as a child, which children are.
  • I really didn’t want to be a part of the world because I found that the world was filled with unkindness. People didn’t love each other.
  • In my adolescence, love, as I think for most of us, was a tremendous focus. I wanted to find the perfect partner. I did and married her.
  • When willpower is not guided, it’s terrible. Hitler had a lot of will. But he used it for destructive purposes because he lacked wisdom.
  • What you focus on you become. So always focus on that which is highest, brightest, happiest and most noble of all things, enlightenment.
  • People who use the mind and aggressive energy to blow their opponent away can be figured out. Anybody you can figure out you can defeat.
  • Those who seek liberation want to go beyond individualized perception. The essence of their being wants to dissolve back into the cosmos.
  • Tantra won’t work unless you’ve been trapped by spirituality. You have to be trapped by spirituality before you can be liberated from it.
  • If you meditate, you can experience the other worlds, the far-flung eternities and dimensions – and you are not stuck in any one of them.
  • Everybody out there is just doing things for themesleves. So if you don’t do that you’ve got to be crazy … crazy about selfless giving!
  • Humility feels that there is someone, somewhere who can do anything I can do better – except one thing: no one can be better at being me.
  • How do you become enlightened? Have fun, meditate, don’t take yourself too seriously, brush between incarnations and have a good teacher.
  • A Buddhist monk has a responsibility first and foremost to themselves, and that’s to find the truth each day in every part of their life.
  • It’s considered very, very bad karma, if I can cut to the chase, to take power from a teacher and not use it for something very positive.
  • I think to be in a monastery or an ashram is not always the answer because we don’t fight, we kick back. We don’t listen to Sri Krishna.
  • The description of the world that most people have is very limited. They are in the fog. Once in a while a genuine insight comes through.
  • Try and stop your thoughts. Be patient and then the kundalini will flow through you and bring about substantial changes in your awareness.
  • Zen is a study. It’s a discipline. It involves the active use of will to make things happen or not happen. These are the secrets of power.
  • I have found that meditation has helped me with my academic career and has given me insights into musical composition and software design.
  • If I ever write an autobiography about teaching meditation in the West, I’ll call it “Pissing In the Wind – Teaching Buddhism in America”.
  • Eventually you will go into samadhi. Samadhi is a very advanced meditation. You dissolve into the clear light of eternity again and again.
  • I would recommend, initially, if you are trying to increase your personal power level, to meditate on the navel center, not the lower two.
  • You know, these non-physical beings, it’s very hard to tell what they’re up to. You can’t see them. How can you rely on them? It’s chancy.
  • Pilgrimages are journeys to places of power. People sometimes make pilgrimages to the caves where Milarepa or other great yogis meditated.
  • Universities are very clarifying places of power, because everyone is focused on trying to figure out exactly what to do with their lives.
  • People project a grey energy that is very destructive to weaken you, to drain you – just as the snake uses position to capture its victim.
  • If you suspect someone is draining you, generally you should not confront them, but be nice, relax them, and then see what they are doing.
  • Self-giving means that we have to understand the nature of giving. When most people give, they give expecting a return on their investment.
  • You’re bound by the frame. You’ve become so engrossed in the movie of your life that you have forgotten that you’re sitting there watching.
  • Each day try and go through the day with an attitude of being a servant to the world. You’ll benefit the most – and the way will be joyous.
  • Zen is discipline – the discipline of living life, the discipline of taking a breath, the discipline of not knowing and not trying to know.
  • Zen is the fastest method I know of, aside from mysticism, of dissolving the fixations people have about spiritual practice and themselves.
  • The way of nothingness is the way of Zen. It is just a term. The contemplation of nothingness or everythingness is where everything starts.
  • Zen is Tantric Buddhism, Vajrayana is tantric Buddhism – these are various forms of it. Tantric Buddhism simply means cutting to the chase.
  • Tantra and adventure are very, very connected. Perhaps the greatest enemy for one who’s journeying along the spiritual path is complacency.
  • What we are seeking to do is not melt the map of America. We are seeking to melt the self, the solid form that we consider ourselves to be.
  • Practice meditating on the heart chakra. This is only one of them, but it’s quite good for the first few years of your meditative practice.
  • Sex is a highly personal matter, yet it seems to get more impersonal all the time. How do I feel about sex? I suppose it matters with whom.
  • You’re an emanation of enlightenment. Enlightenment, which is the universe, has created the hallucination that is you in a form that shifts.
  • You must be accommodating with your teacher. You must have a sense of humor about your teacher and the impossible things they ask you to do.
  • Clothes can have a very refined vibration. An ochre robe can be extremely refined and so can a wonderful satin gown or a silk brocade coast.
  • Winning is based to a certain extent upon personal power. If you have enough personal power you tend to win. If you don’t, you tend to lose.
  • The unlocking of the kundalini, which occurs by meditating on the first, second and third chakras, is the entrance into the planes of power.
  • A lot of people who are involved in self-discovery lose energy to abusive teachers, to abusive friends and to entities, non-physical beings.
  • So the intelligent use of power is to never interfere with anyone else’s success. Use the power you get to just be more successful yourself.
  • We have developed psychic powers in other lives. Now we have many problems because of it, many voices in the mind due to this crowded earth.
  • Be conscious of the way people take your energy and learn how to stop it. Accept that this goes on. Observe how you feel around other people.
  • When I’m in the second attention, when I stop looking through eyes that have been formed for me by others, I see something else. I see power.
  • Find a teacher of Tantric Zen and study with them because it is transference of awareness, a sharing of the perception of the beauty of life.
  • The outer form of Buddhism, of practice, is etiquette – a series of ways to live intelligently that keep you alive, awake and happy, wakeful.
  • Everything has a nothingness. On the other side of physical reality, there is another world, and in that world, everything is something else.
  • A person with power controls their life and their destiny. They have a mastery. Their moments are aware moments in this world, never wasted.
  • Happy people, enlightened people, successful people all share something in common. They have learned how to manage and increase their energy.
  • In their meditations, the high priests and priestesses of Atlantis had seen that the Atlantean civilization was going to end cataclysmically.
  • In Tantric Buddhism our feeling is that there is no problem with the sensual world unless you have a tremendous attraction or aversion to it.
  • Samadhi is not going to take away your humanity. It will give it to you. You will become more cosmopolitan, more conscious, and more infinite.
  • The primary energy that is active in all things is kundalini. Kundalini energy is the energy of awareness. It can be used to modify awareness.
  • Nirvana is the center of things; then there are the outer bandings of attention. The universe is a mind. At the center of its mind is nirvana.
  • A great deal of humility is necessary in the process of self-discovery. Humility is the ability to accept what and who you are at this moment.
  • Very few people are conscious of the deeper strata of eternity. The primary reason is either because they lack purity or they lack motivation.
  • Don’t condemn yourself – that only increases the hold of impurity. Accept your limitations but know that you’re working towards changing them.
  • In Buddhist Yoga, we refer to our mutlilife karmic traits as samskaras. They are the internal karmic patterns that make each of us who we are.
  • I develop artificially intelligent technologies, along with educational and game software and let the business people take it where they will.
  • The different techniques will place you in touch with different fields of auric empowerment, creating a balanced development of your practice.
  • In the Far East, studying yoga is comparable to a mixture of attending one of the best Western universities, and of being an intrepid explorer.
  • When you realize that the ego is making you miserable you don’t identify with it. You identify with your soul’s humility and the ego dissolves.
  • If I had my choice I’d hang out anywhere. I mean, it doesn’t matter. It’s all God; it’s all the same. There’s only nirvana for the enlightened.
  • There is a time you can’t turn it back. When a person is very destructive, when they hate you tremendously, you have to disassociate with them.
  • It’s very funny. People do not want to achieve liberation or be happy. This is the basic guideline they teach you in Spiritual Training School.
  • You are all dirty and grungy. You go step in the shower and you come out clean. When you enter into the white light, it does something to you.
  • The study of law, medicine and the arts, in each of these instances, the developed mindset is very helpful to one who is practicing meditation.
  • When you meditate deeply, you will see beyond life and death. You will see that you can’t die and you can’t be reborn. You are existence itself.
  • Buddhism has existed forever, just like we have, and occasionally it’s codified; it’s put together into a system by someone who likes to codify.
  • Through the practice of meditation and the auric empowerments and guidance of an enlightened master, you can totally change your karmic destiny.
  • Zen has lost its zip, if you will, or its nothingness and has become ritualistic Its established in monastaries with strict codes of koan study.
  • Will something else. Have dreams and believe in them. They don’t have to come true. They are just as true as a dream is. Life itself is a dream.
  • All souls do not reach enlightenment. Some souls reach a certain point and stay there. Some souls actually decline and go into different cycles.
  • You may have thousands of lives to go between now and before you’re a real hard-core seeker of enlightenment, hardcore meaning you just love it.
  • Miramar, my recording company, has decided to offer a compilation of my music for snowboarding, which will have the same cover as the book does.
  • I think the most miraculous thing is learning. I get out of the way and let the students learn. Then you get to watch this amazing thing happen.
  • I have a great deal of spiritual dignity. It’s on loan from eternity, and you do too, and we have to use it in our relationship with each other.
  • The other side is beyond knowing. You cannot know what you experience on the other side, here. Wisdom is beyond the grasp of the conscious mind.
  • Nirvana isn’t a physical place. It is not like going to heaven. It just means no more individualized awareness, no aggregate body of experience.
  • In enlightenment you have to convince a teacher not only that you are worthy of teaching, but then that they should show you some of the secrets.
  • Ecstasy should not be viewed as an unusual experience, but rather a natural experience – feeling all of the living matrix of existence around us.
  • Whenever we do something for someone else, we affirm that we are not simply in it for ourselves, that our self is someone else, is everyone else.
  • Advanced practice is the entrance into the ten thousand states of mind. Most people exist in five or six of these states in their whole lifetime.
  • Self-discovery is a process of dissolution and creation. Dissolution means envelopment in eternity. Creation is bringing into focus new awareness
  • When you become angry at someone, your anger will actually have a power. You can hit somebody in a non-physical way and it can injure that being.
  • The bully on the block who beats up somebody doesn’t become more powerful. All they do is walk around inside their own mind with an inflated ego.
  • When we go to the desert, it’s pure nagual. There you witness stupendous and incredible acts of power that your reason cannot possibly deal with.
  • Thousands and thousands of incarnations and nothing to show for it. You must choose whether to follow the path of love or the path of attachment.
  • The sensual experiences in life are not to be avoided. This is the philosophy of Tantric Buddhism – nor are they particularly to be sought after.
  • Energy is gained by giving energy. When we give energy, we gain energy. This is different than having someone manipulate you and take your energy.
  • They had the same fears that you have, the same aggressive tendencies and the same attachments, but they were freed in time because they believed.
  • If meditate on the third eye and have headaches it means you are trying to pull in too much power from the occult chakra. The danger is obsession.
  • Never think too much of yourself. Realize you are only an instrument of eternity. Do not get stuck in that terrible trap. You can lose everything.
  • The cool thing about the universe is that it can format itself into tiny little manifestations that are not entirely aware of all aspects of life.
  • If you want to follow the path of love, it’s a good idea to meditate on the heart chakra everyday. The heart chakra is in the center of the chest.
  • Now when I speak about Zen, I have a problem, in the sense that the Zen of today has lost the essence, in my estimation, of what I call “old Zen.”
  • Nirvikalpa samadhi or sahaja samadhi is all the way up. You get above the cloud line to the land of eternal snows and it’s ecstasy beyond ecstasy.
  • When I speak of tantric yoga, I’m speaking of a type of yoga that is best practiced by persons who live in society. It’s a yoga for the last yuga.
  • Tantra is for the person who has self control but doesn’t care anymore. It is for the person who is able to abandon self-control and its fixation.
  • You need to have the humility to accept your limitations as long as they’re there, and have the humility to accept their end when that time comes.
  • The person in the business suit who works on Wall Street, who does their work perfectly, is probably evolving a lot faster, if they also meditate.
  • You’re always looking for the ultimate. It’s kind of like journeying to Ixtlan. You’re never going to get there, but that is no reason not to try.
  • When we experience fear, it cuts us off from our power. It cuts us off from knowledge and experience. It is a guillotine that falls and separates.
  • The Anza Borrego Desert is a place of power, where different planes and realities intersect. It is easier to see and enter into other planes here.
  • There is a still center of the universe. Within that still center are all things, all achievements, all loses, everything and nothing exist there.
  • If you drain others energy a lot, you don’t want to see this because you do it yourself; but remember, it’s real easy to manipulate a manipulator.
  • One day the play ends and the screen goes blank. There is nothing. Everything returns to its original formlessness – and then another dream begins.
  • Only until you rise above the use of the second attention for manipulation that you can enter into a consciousness in which there is enlightenment.
  • The chakra is a doorway. These are doorways that lead you into other dimensions. But you have to focus on them to the exclusion of everything else.
  • Learn to accept the transitory nature of existence of the body and the mind; see eternity in everything, this world, the other worlds, and nirvana.
  • Meditation is the way the mind is. That’s why in Zen they call it the natural state, which means you don’t have to go and do anything to meditate.
  • The samskaras that were developed in previous incarnations are usually hidden by the temporary amnesia of infancy and by the transient personality.
  • Tantra has to do with the reconciliation of opposites. All the yogas recommend that you avoid certain experiences. In tantra there is no avoidance.
  • If you are losing power in your relationships, with others, then you have to try and remedy that, if you can’t, you need to sever the relationship.
  • When you go to a power place, if you are receptive, if you are able to quiet your thoughts and concentrate, a lot of that power can enter into you.
  • For some reason, there is a purity to the Swiss Alps – a certain energy – that is very reminiscent of my snowboarding experiences in the Himalayas.
  • Wisdom isn’t to know these words. Wisdom isn’t to have ideas or philosophies – those are just thoughts. Wisdom is to be that perfect consciousness.
  • Spiritual evolution is a movement from the states of mind that reflect life less accurately to the states of mind that reflect life more accurately.
  • Nothing lasts forever – except forever. That’s the good news. It’s a good thing that nothing lasts forever because things would get terribly boring.
  • Do something nice for somebody. Do something nice for God. Do something nice for the earth – and don’t expect anything in return or you will suffer.
  • Selfless giving changes our concept of our identity. When we give to others our unselfishness removes the spot of “self” that stained our awareness.
  • We see the one light, the one unified reality that we see in others, is the same reality that is within ourselves. We are one with all of existence.
  • The avoidance of that which causes you pain does not produce enlightenment. It produces avoidance. Religion is the avoidance of pain and suffering.
  • In self-giving you must be so careful of egotism. You must be so careful when you are aiding others in their liberation not to have a sense of self.
  • Your mantrum is the awareness of the dream – to enjoy and appreciate and have gratitude for all; neither to condemn nor to liberate, but to observe.
  • To assume that wealth or sexuality or the usage of power, any of these things are not void in nature, gives them a reality they don’t actually have.
  • What is will? It is a decision. It is a decision to be something. We really aren’t anything in particular. We can be anything. That’s the good news.
  • Take your energy – instead of losing it in all the little hassles and all the little battles you could have fought with opponents who didn’t matter.
  • This solidity is not true. The apparent solidity is the delusion of the senses and of the self. Everything is made up of infinite, intelligent light.
  • No lifetime is a loss if you’ve leaned something, because that learning stays with you. There is no such thing as a wasted life, if you have learned.
  • The sense of self is one of the obscurations that prevents us from seeing clearly, the idea that there is a self or that we are anyone in particular.
  • I realize that there’s a thing called the bodhisattva ideal, and it’s a very nice pinnacle of attention. It’s a very egotistical thought, ultimately.
  • I’ve been very fortunate because many of the teachers I had were exceptional. But I didn’t realize that at the time that all teachers were not alike.
  • I deal with two types of students. Those who have a very deep-seated knowledge of love, which are few, or those in all their lives have ignored love.
  • You can increase your capacity to absorb the mystical kundalini. I have 3 or 4 students who are on the path of mysticism, they can absorb more of it.
  • The hallmark of a person who is following the pathway to enlightenment is that they bring excellence into everything, no matter how crappy they feel.
  • Do not feel that you are destined to enlightenment in this life. You have no idea. This is an illusion of selfhood. It’s gross ignorance and egotism.
  • Krishna suprises Arjuna. He says go fight, go kill. Do this because it’s only play money. You can’t kill your friends any more than they can kill you.
  • We’re blind, deaf and dumb. It is only that Self, which is our life force that makes who and what we are. The realization of that is self-realization.
  • It’s very easy for us to be humble when no one else is around. There is no reason for us to demonstrate our superiority, because no one challenges it.
  • Be concerned with the welfare of others without any sense of self-importance that one is better because one meditates or leads a certain type of life.
  • Words like meditation, karma, samskaras, they’re just words. You can get into the jargon, you can speak it, but that doesn’t mean you’ll be any freer.
  • Often, in the student’s confusion, she or he directs anger at the teacher, blaming them for the pain they are experiencing, or for their own mistakes.
  • Do a strong work meditation all day. You won’t be as exhausted as everyone else because you have been gaining a kind of internal power from your work.
  • There is no future and there is no past, there never has been, there never will be. You just think there is. It’s not life that moves; it’s awareness.
  • Things that are impossible – are everyday experiences when you live in advanced states of mind. You live in a world of constant miraculous awareness.
  • There are places that are very draining. There are places where there is another dimensional crossover but to a dimension that is not powerful at all.
  • Your heart chakra is not in your physical body. It is in your subtle physical body, but it comes in contact with your physical body in this location.
  • Kundalini is seen as a serpent that can shoot up the shushumna, past the chakras, opening them all and bringing you into different states of awareness.
  • Don’t think of us as separate beings. Imagine that we are one body and it’s been split into millions. When we sit in the mediation hall – that is unity
  • Zen is a very fast path to enlightenment, fast in comparison to some other paths, not fast for the person who practices it. There is no sense of speed.
  • I liked my teacher very much and after some years of mediation, I began to teach meditation, referring all things that I didn’t know to my own teacher.
  • Of course, there are the old hardcore teacher types like me who sit around and tell jokes, realizing, what’s the difference anyway – it’s all timeless.
  • Without that poise and balance and gentle humor and caring sense, nothing happens at all. It’s just egotism and vanity and jealousy and possessiveness.
  • We believe that we decide. We do make decisions. But the deeper decisions come from another part of our being that we’re not particularly aware of yet.
  • Eternity is everywhere, it stretches endlessly in all directions, never beginning and never ending. Merge with it. Embrace it. Be free and disciplined.
  • In our culture we are taught to be accessible and open; it signifies a good person. In mysticism it is the opposite, people can scan you and drain you.
  • In the study of Zen you can learn how to strengthen and clarify your finite mind. Your finite mind is like a muscle; when exercised it becomes stronger.
  • If you’re very liberal, then you should go and find a very liberal Zen teacher, a liberal interpretation of the doctrines of the Soto or Rinzai schools.
  • Go out into the world, do your best all day, try to think higher thoughts, try to be kind and compassionate, but don’t let people take advantage of you.
  • Tonight I have inundated you with the mystical kundalini. Now, of course, I’m moving into the supra-conscious; it’s kind of a doubleheader this evening.
  • Tantra is not for a hedonist at all. It won’t work. If you’re heavily attracted to sensual experiences, tantra will definitely not be of any use to you.
  • Don’t be afraid of losing a little power in daily associations. People who seek power and knowledge aren’t misers. They aren’t afraid. That is paranoid.
  • When you abuse willpower you waste it. There really is not an infinite supply of it at your disposal. There is an infinite supply of it in the universe.
  • In the universe, there is darkness and light. We call this duality. When you seek knowledge and power, there are forces and people that will oppose you.
  • Wisdom, in the world of enlightenment, is not gained through conversation. Wisdom and enlightenment is something that you gain by making the mind still.
  • Perception is a wave. You change as your perception of something changes because you define yourself as a reflection of whatever you happen to perceive.
  • If you really want to channel all of your energy towards higher mysticism, you should realize that sex does drain a certain amount of your occult energy.
  • Beyond this world, beyond other worlds, be they inter-dimensional worlds or physical worlds, there is something else, which is the vast unknown eternity.
  • Nature gives constantly to us. We as indendepent egos think we’re important. Selfless giving has to do with overcoming the ego. The ego makes us unhappy.
  • Most people we observe who practice self-discovery just get caught up in a new description, a new “ism”, a new religion, a new god. But nothing changes.
  • Both light and dark are eternity. Human beings assign relative values to colors, but beyond the relative, there just is – what in Zen we call “suchness”.
  • Some people go into tantra with the idea, sort of an intellectual approach, that now they can just do everything and stay high. That doesn’t work at all.
  • Without balance and wisdom, power becomes very destructive. It creates unhappiness and not happiness. To simply see a teacher to gain power is a mistake.
  • You need to search your awareness and consider the limitless possibilities of existence in all things and not be so narrow-minded in your self-discovery.
  • The person who’s in the Zen monastery, who’s doing a kind of poor job at meditating and a half-ass job cleaning the gardens is not doing very good yoga.
  • The world has always been this way. I am sure in the mystery world of Egypt, ancient Atlantis, you pick a cosmos – There is always somebody on your case.
  • Sometimes you won’t feel pleasant during a meditation session; it seems like an uphill run. But when you get to the top, the view is rather breathtaking.
  • When you meditate, you focus to clear the mind and to bring the willpower together. But then, toward the end of the session let go, just become eternity.
  • Human beings going to their jobs and living their lives are unconscious. They don’t know what’s going on. They don’t know why you are born or why you die.
  • The study of enlightenment is really a reorganization of our perceptual body or our perceptual field. We learn to see life more directly and more clearly.
  • We are everything and we are nothing. We are a forgotten moment. We don’t even exist, which is the freeing part. We just think we do. That’s the illusion.
  • I can play the guitar, the dulcimer, the piano, and the drums. However, I am not a “performance quality” musician. Rather, I am a composer and a producer.
  • I am an expert in the world of the supremely happy because I am happy. I’ve never met anybody as happy as I am – that, in itself, should make you unhappy.
  • It is important to have intensive blocks of time together. During our nights together there is a tremendous interchange of knowledge, power and awareness.
  • I don’t think of myself as a guru but as a teacher. If one means ‘guru’ in the original sense a ‘dispeller of darkness’ then that certainly is my purpose.
  • Advanced meditation is facing the immensity of eternity, embracing that which terrifies you and frightens you and loving it because it’s God. You are God.
  • Buddhism is not just going to temple, being at a ceremony and dressing up. That is the church of Buddhism. Esoteric Buddhism is to move beyond this world.
  • A master of an art is someone who’s been mastered by the art. They’ve become so one with what they teach that you can’t tell the teacher from the student.
  • Without money, you are powerless in this world. You are totally subject to whatever happens. To be without money in the physical world is to be powerless.
  • The school of awareness is the school of mysticism. Mysticism is the experience of eternity, of that which lies beyond the physical phenomenal experience.
  • Taking a walk isn’t really taking a walk, taking a shower isn’t really taking a shower, living isn’t living, and dying isn’t dying. It only appears to be.
  • If you are a successful person and you let a lot of people in and around your life, they can drain your power. It won’t go to them, but it will leave you.
  • People think that by getting in touch with some being outside the body, it will solve their problems. This only creates problems. It won’t help you a bit.
  • You need your reason to pass through the world and also to experience the nagual, because if you become all nagual, we’ll lock you away in an institution.
  • Visualize the soft white light continuing to expand as it gently swirls around, until it has filled the earth, the sky, the universe, and all of infinity.
  • From my own personal encounters and studies with both Tantric and Zen Buddhist monks, I have found them to be humorous, warm, charming, and compassionate.
  • When you meditate and still your mind, you will gain the wisdom of knowing things in this world, in other worlds and beyond worlds – it just comes to you.
  • You will gain energy by meditating deeply, by speaking the truth, by learning to be still and by avoiding the crowd, most of the time, not all of the time.
  • Christ didn’t have to. Buddha didn’t have to. They came back to teach. They came back to die, to suffer, when it was no longer necessary for them to do so.
  • There are ten thousand aspects of your mind. Your awareness has ten thousand forms. There is something else. You have to step outside of perception itself.
  • You only find your Teacher once in many lifetimes. Never be afraid to see them and meditate with them. Your Teacher always understands and always forgives.
  • I would suggest to you that at this moment you are the only self that you have ever had; you’ve never had a childhood; there wasn’t a five-minute-ago time.
  • We are going to alter the structure of our beings and also totally change what we are. This is the possibility and inevitability that meditation offers us.
  • You must control your anger and jealousy and possessive nature or, as you become more powerful and your will increases in strength, you will injure others.
  • Another condition can be attained … a condition of ecstasy. A condition so far from what the people of planet Earth experience it’s not even discussable.
  • You are going around on the wheel again and again. You go around and around from lifetime to lifetime. You never quite wake up. Enlightenment is waking up.
  • What we are doing is taking an occult energy; it’s amplifying in the chakras and the hands. Then we are neutralizing it and spreading it through the being.
  • The secret teaching was the bodhisattva ideal, to live for others, for the welfare of all beings. That’s enlightenment, not some flashy state of luminosity.
  • Step one in overcoming fears is to make a fear list. Make a list of all the things that you are afraid of. Start out with the small fears and conquer them.
  • You can get stuck in being wise. You can get stuck in having a developed will. It is very hard to get stuck in being happy. It is too lucid a state of mind.
  • Seek to advance your fortunes in this world. Set up a strong base so that you can practice your spirituality and be of service to others. This is purity to.
  • Compassion allows us to accept everything. That’s why there’s always a tear in the eye of the Buddha that no one sees, for the pain and suffering of others.
  • I have chosen to parody the writing styles of Carlos Castaneda, James Redfield, Richard Bach, Lynn Andrews, and several other best-selling new age authors.
  • If I used justice, you’d all be dead. The karma that you throw at me when you don’t like me – if I just let it come back, you’d all be destroyed in no time.
  • There is a way beyond this life and beyond death, the path of liberation. In order to be liberated, you have to enter into the world of advanced meditation.
  • There are two sides to self-discovery, as in most things, an outer more popular side and an inner side. The popular side presents more of a simplified form.
  • Life is learning how to deal with traffic. It requires patience, a good sense of timing, and sometimes not giving in to the traffic but reshaping your life.
  • If you are smart, you never retire. You may retire from that job you have had for many years, but you will pick up another career for yourself of some type.
  • There are some careers that will develop your mind more than others. In the study of enlightenment, it is most important to develop your mind and your body.
  • Personal power is really the issue. It is only through tremendous attention to detail that you will be able to gain personal power and searing self-honesty.
  • The deeper side of the study occurs on levels of attention your mind is not aware of, but that your superconscious mind is – what don Juan calls the nagual.
  • To become balanced, meditate on the heart center in the center of the chest. There you will experience happiness, refinement, sensitivity, beauty, laughter.
  • Every time you sit down to meditate, you have to sit down with a resolve to win. You are going to sit there and will your mind to be happy, quiet and still.
  • That’s why their realization is not integrated and complete, and they must go through many, many lifetimes very often before that acceptance will take place.
  • To become completely aware is the journey of enlightenment. There is pain in it and suffering. But you already have those things so it doesn’t really matter.
  • The transcendental light permeates your being and washes away impurity. All those different selves which are limited and binding and hurting are washed away.
  • To become pure is not difficult. Make the choices that will lead you to freedom and liberation – not enslavement to the wills, actions and desires of others.
  • The theory of Zen is non-competition. But that is not really true at all. People who practice Zen are very competitive. They are competing against emptiness.
  • Everyone is psychic. People just don’t know that. They think so much. They worry so much. They’re so caught up in unhappy emotions. They’re not still enough.
  • We seek absolute neutrality in Buddhism. We don’t want to be drawn into anything in particular. We don’t want to be pushed away from anything in particular.
  • I live in the constant newness of aspiration. Whatever I think, I ignore. Whatever I feel, I don’t trust. Yet I listen to my thoughts and follow my feelings.
  • As my meditative experiences grew, I had wonderful relationships. I met the most wonderful women, who meditated and shared certain understandings that I had.
  • If you think that material success will bring you happiness, relationships, people, places, things, fame, fortune, you definitely should not practice tantra.
  • Do not feel that you are destined not to make that final liberation in this life. This is egotism in a reverse form. Don’t be concerned one way or the other.
  • Money equals the ability to be mobile in this word, to travel, to live in a place that is suitable, to not be brought down or drained, to not to be a victim.
  • The trick to keeping your meditation practice alive, not simply consistent but wonderful, is you need to bring a certain will or force into every meditation.
  • Real wisdom does not occur here in this physical universe. Real wisdom is something that you have to move into the planes of the highest light to experience.
  • Yoga means we take responsibility for the tasks in our life. Whatever we are supposed to have karmically, life gives us. The question is: how do we handle it?
  • I saw “Forrest Gump” several times. I personally thought it was Tom Hanks’ greatest role and I think it was one of the most eloquent love stories of our time.
  • Powerful people affect many others and if I can in some way contribute to their awareness, they will put out better energy to millions and millions of people.
  • My particular focus at the moment is on the development of genetic algorithms and neural networks that work together to create computer architectural systems.
  • Salvakalpa samadhi is like a sea of perfect light; nirvikalpa samadhi is no light, no darkness, no way to describe it. Absorption is complete, that’s nirvana.
  • With the happiness, ecstasy and power you gain from meditation, you can gradually remove your mind from the things it has become hooked to that cause it pain.
  • Zen is not a religion. There is no room for a cult. There is no dependence on a teacher. There is only learning how to use your own mind and making it strong.
  • Very few individuals have the tenacity and the love to propel them beyond everything they know and can trust to face the unknown, let alone be absorbed in it.
  • You can simulate perfection, but it’s not the same. Some one can do a copy of Rembrandt, but it’s not a Rembrandt. It doesn’t have the vibration or the power.
  • Pain and suffering only occur in temporal time. They don’t occur in the world of forever. They only occur in limited transient time, which is a state of mind.
  • If you go to a higher place of power, you can gain power there and you might even encounter some beings of knowledge and light that might aid you in some way.
  • Rae Chorze Fwaz was a mystery school. A mystery school is an occult order comprised of people who study meditation, enlightenment and psychic and occult arts.
  • Don’t judge your meditations. Don’t rate them. The physical mind cannot tell how well you did. As long as you are sitting there trying, something will happen.
  • When the answer doesn’t come, it’s not supposed to come yet. Don’t make eternity try and conform to what you want. That’s desire. desire leads to frustration.
  • The intuitive wisdom that comes from your infinite mind can add to your creativity, success and well-being, and can take you to the threshold of enlightenment.
  • There are those who feel that meditation is unrealistic or takes them out of the world, and if that was your experience with mediation, you weren’t meditating.
  • I’m not suggesting that everyone should meditate, far from it. Meditation is for very few individuals. I’m speaking of something that is a powerful experience.
  • Meditation is a process in which we’re essentially, at first, breathing out. We’re exhaling existence, taking it out of the mind, and the mind out of the mind.
  • I like to be weird, kinky, straight, in and out, up and down. I like to blow up people’s expectations, create them, destroy them, and dissolve them. It is fun.
  • I personally have fun with enlightenment, the study and the teaching of it. I get a kick out of doing it different ways because I don’t think there is a “way”.
  • The average individual spends many, many lifetimes meditating and seeking and chewing bubblegum and doing things like that to attain the experience of samadhi.
  • Somehow in the middle of the L.A. trendiness, Boston conservation, New York chic and San Francisco intellectual mellow, there’s a place where everything meets.
  • Whatever you want you can get, when you understand the secret of will. But wisdom is needed so that you do not use your will abusively because you’ll get hurt.
  • It is necessary to disassociate oneself from those who would interfere with your success in enlightenment, in your career, in your life. They are not worth it.
  • Self-honesty is not putting yourself down or feeling sorry for yourself. Self-honesty is looking at things as they are and then being compelled to make changes.
  • Personal power changes or shapes consciousness, and that is kundalini. Kundalini exists within us. Some people have more of it, some dimensions have more of it.
  • The pathway to enlightenment is happiness. It doesn’t really matter if you’re successful, if you’re in prison, if you’re dying – if you have contact with light.
  • Enlightenment is not about being political. It is not a social club. Ashrams often turn into that, I know. Societies of enlightenment often just become cliques.
  • Zen is a very quick path. Zen is the path of meditation. The word Zen means emptiness or fullness, meditation. Meditation is the quickest path to enlightenment.
  • With Zen we do it more through slight of hand, a very subtle and delicate shift in consciousness, which shifts the world. It’s kind of done from the inside out.
  • A person who has power has an open mind. Their mind is open and they can see on other levels. Seeing is a quality that comes to a person who has personal power.
  • It is possible to renounce everything and attain enlightenment. But most people don’t want to renounce; they wish to run away from responsibility and hard work.
  • You can’t teach someone to be enlightened. It’s something you have to go and do. You can’t teach someone to meditate well. It’s something you have to go and do.
  • Don Juan, in the teacings of Carlos Castaneda, makes the same point. You have to fool people into seeking knowlege. People will not do it of their own volition.
  • Tantric Buddhism is just a collection of things that work by doing them. And sometimes we add new things. We have electronic music; we did not have it in Tibet.
  • I don’t think you have to wait for knowledge and balance to come before you seek power because you need a certain amount of power to gain knowledge and balance.
  • If you are psychic you may see that the smiling faces aren’t smiling at all, inside. You can eliminate those individuals from your life and cancel their effect.
  • For most people the prohibitions are a good thing. But If you are able to maintain very powerful states of mind, then you’ll find yourself in everything you see.
  • Only the ego can fear, experience hate, lust and jealousy. Humility experiences none of these things – it merges into the transcendental awareness of perfection.
  • You have to refine your being. You have to go through all of the stages and steps of erasing yourself through service to others with purity, humility, integrity.
  • The emphasis is on meditation in Tantric Zen. The experience of meditation in formal practice, zazen, where you’re sitting down and meditating and concentrating.
  • A Zen master is someone whose life is one with enlightenment and self-discovery. They can never be separated from that. They’ve been essentially mastered by Zen.
  • Being a Buddhist monk means never losing one’s optimism in spite of all difficulties. It also means being harder on yourself than any of your teachers ever were.
  • Put the mind in alignment with the ten thousand radiances of enlightenment and experience them in various gradations forever. That’s the total purpose of a monk.
  • If you seek to develop the mind fully, for the enlightenment process, you will benefit if your career is related to computer science, law, medicine, or the arts.
  • It is really important that you live in a place that has good energy. Where you sleep, where you dream, where you meditate, where you spend a lot of time is key.
  • Say, for example, you develop the ability to make parking meters disappear. It’s probably easier to put a quarter in it. That would be the wisdom on the subject.
  • Knowledge and power doesn’t come from an entity, it comes from within yourself. What can these things tell you, to put five bucks on Snowflake in the third race?
  • Long before the advent of what scientists and scholars consider to be the beginning of human civilization, there was an age undreamed of … the age of Atlantis.
  • Try to read books about meditation, but not so many different viewpoints that they get confusing. There is no best way. It’s just what works for you at the time.
  • You are not a body. You are not a mind. You are infinite light, infinite intelligence, the radiance of all beings, the dharmakaya – the endless light of creation.
  • The highest teaching is never written down. It’s only communicated from teacher to student because it’s a “transmission of the lamp.” It’s a transmission of mind.
  • In Zen there is a sense of blending, of stepping out of your body and mind and gaining access to powers and abilities that are far beyond the minds of mortal men.
  • In Zen we study the will. We learn how to cultivate it, to accumulate will. We use it to direct our actions, and we don’t overuse it or abuse it – that’s a waste.
  • My problem with L. A. was that I could see the air I was breathing, I don’t particularly like crowds, and I was much better at snowboarding than I was at surfing.
  • I was drawn to be very solitary as a scholar. I lived a very quiet life, aloof, with my books, with my walks in nature, meditating, and of course with my teacher.
  • Some of the most exalted states of consciousness I experienced were in bed with someone, alone, or with my spiritual teacher. There was never a difference for me.
  • It’s not what you do that matters. It’s not what you say. There’s nothing that is not holy or spiritual. Be beyond definition, beyond categorization, be absorbed.
  • In America people have this funny idea about enlightenment and money. Money expresses a level of commitment. Studying enlightenment is like going to a university.
  • Select companions who are striving for enlightenment. They all have their imperfections, certainly, but at least their attention is moving in the right direction.
  • You gain power through practicing meditation and concentration. You gain power by doing anything you like that makes you feel good. You gain power by being happy.
  • Through incarnations, some beings do go down. That is to say, they forget. The soul falls into an eclipse of itself and there is a downward progression for a time.
  • Attraction and aversion create a sense of self. There is no self. They are just thoughts. They are insubstantial. When you die, all the ideas of self will go away.
  • Certainly, you may have been hurt beofre in love, but just because you get one bad apple doesn’t mean they are all bad – and you can learn from the difficult ones.
  • My own musical background is based in the blues, and in classical composition. I grew up listening to Muddy Waters, John Coltrane, Miles Davis, Beethoven and Bach.
  • I don’t engage in brainwashing, I don’t dictate forms of lifestyle, I don’t perform mass marriages or even singular marriages. I don’t tell people what to believe.
  • Intelligence is something that is not just thinking, it’s feeling. Ultimately, the highest reflection of intelligent life is cooperative life in which all benefit.
  • I encourage you to make money and to become enlightened. The two are not necessarily different. Have fun with whatever you do because we are only here for a while.
  • Duality is a part of reality, and there is definitely winning and losing. If you don’t think so talk to someone who has beaten cancer, talk to somebody who hasn’t.
  • There’s a resonance inside us, a sense of who we are. We’re a multi-bodied traveler. We’re an essence. We’re a feeling, an awareness that has an ancient existence.
  • Go out and do the things you are afraid to do gradually. Gain the power to do that through meditating. You will find yourself limitless reality that knows no fear.
  • The world of time, of space and condition, pleasure and pain, birth, growth, maturation, decay and death, spinning, spinning, spinning this world, always spinning.
  • Fasting is as sensual as eating. Being celibate is as sensual as having sex. They’re just different choices, different videos that you’ve selected to view tonight.
  • If someone confronts you about draining them it could be a “double reverse.” They are draining you and accuse you instead of draining them, just to throw you off.
  • 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.
  • If someone is in the same state of mind and doesn’t seek to block your success, you have a friend. Such friends are rare, and if you find such a friend, value them.
  • Be mindful, which is more of a passive meditation practice. It is passive when you are active. Then there is active meditation, when you are passive, sitting still.
  • There is always going to be pain. There is always going to be pleasure. But what is not always going to be there is balance, happiness. That is a personal decision.
  • Nirvana is a word that means enlightenment, being beyond the illusion of birth and death, the illusion of pain, the illusion of love, the illusion of time and life.
  • Through the study of Zen you can learn to move from lower to higher states of mind at will. Higher states of mind offer you a much more accurate picture of reality.
  • I lived in a community where celibacy was the rule. My I saw many people asked to leave the ashram for so much as looking intensely at a member of the opposite sex.
  • There have been times when I’ve made special arrangements to meet people in music, film, business or politics, and I’ll continue to do so if the people are sincere.
  • Since there were others, a long time ago, who were kind enough to give me a hard time and allow me to study with them, I try and express the same Buddhist courtesy.
  • Mysticism is the hidden way. It is the most difficult to discuss, because it involves the exploration of perceptual states which are difficult to describe in words.
  • Your ability to use mind whatever way you choose is outrageous. Much will depend upon how intensely you approach the study and the state of mind in which you begin.
  • If you go to a lower crossover point, a negative place of power, then the beings there are very unevolved, very demonic, crazy, lower than the people of this world.
  • If you are going to experience the ecstasy of enlightenment, it is not just going to be a phrase. You’ve got to work during meditation. So back to the navel center!
  • Arjuna is a warrior of great renown, says he won’t fight. He tells Krishna: I can’t fight because I love these people. It’s immoral. It’s unjust. There’s no winning.
  • Practice humility constantly. Whenever you start to think well of yourself, push those thoughts aside. Whenever you think ill of yourself, push those thoughts aside.
  • In advanced Zen a person comes to realize that the existence of things and their ability to perceive them correctly is completely dependent upon their state of mind.
  • If you are psychic you will become much more aware of the beauty of life. If you are psychic, when you look at a rose, you will see and feel the essence of the rose.
  • The universe is a giant mind. Some people have the ability to tap into that mind, we call them psychic. Others don’t, we call them dull … but they have potential.
  • I think that the world ended a long time ago and no one realizes it. We’re in a dream somewhere in a vortex of energy that just hasn’t realized its nonexistence yet.
  • You identify with your self. You have a personal history. You have commitments. There are things that you want to experience and other things that you want to avoid.
  • Within the universe there is a pure light. It is a light that is beyond all darkness. It does not give way to anything. It is the light of existence, the dharmakaya.
  • Many of the people I work with I’ve worked with in other lifetimes. I moved to California because I knew that many of my students from past lives were in California.
  • If you can marry a handsome man or a beautiful woman and you have two choices and both people are equally nice or obnoxious, you might as well marry the wealthy one.
  • Watch out for negative power places on the earth, if you can “see” they are reddish and they twist your feelings. They don’t vibrate at a rate conducive to humanity.
  • It is in Zen practice that you gain power, balance and wisdom. The battles that you fight are within your own mind. That is where the real victories and defeats are.
  • Some people, of course, say they’re practicing tantra. There are a lot of books on tantric sexual practice in local bookstores. These are usually pretty silly books.
  • You should always feel, no matter how many times you’ve meditated before, that this is your first meditation. You have no idea what will happen or what won’t happen.
  • The essence of Taoism is really expressed by these few words. Taoism is the way of the child, the way of the fool, the way of someone who doesn’t need to be noticed.
  • They might see that you are going to meet a beautiful woman or a beautiful man. They will come to you in dreams and tell you this is going to happen because of them.
  • The greatest miracle is the miracle of wakefulness, to awaken from the dream of life and to see infinity everywhere, even in the finite, in the simple doings of life.
  • Children are wise in a funny kind of way. They haven’t developed so many vested interests of self. There is a wisdom, a lack of self-consciousness, that is innocence.
  • The power chakra is the navel center. The center of balance is the heart chakra; it’s the center of our being. The third eye is the center of wisdom, the Agni chakra.
  • Those who pursue a worldy life – who try to get others to do what they want, to peform for them, who use and abuse in the name of their own happiness – are miserable.
  • I think enlightenment is something that you decide to do after you have met someone who is enlightened. Something touches your heart, your being at a very deep level.
  • The path of Zen is not easy. It’s wonderful. It’s beautiful beyond compare. You will experience more ecstasy and beauty than most people will in a thousand lifetimes.
  • At a university they had the freshman class make the same predictions that some of the well-known psychics do every year, and they found the freshman class did better
  • It takes quite a bit of time to become enlightened. But it really is not so different from learning any other art; all you need is time, a good teacher, and practice.
  • Only alone can you go into eternity. Only alone can you feel the transcendental light. It is not a shared experience because if it is shared, you are down in duality.
  • Over the years of much self-hate, I came to realize that whether sexuality was in my life or not, it didn’t seem to matter. I just surrendered the whole thing to God.
  • My teaching – of what is perceived to be a complex and foreign sounding religious philosophy – has become the target for people’s prejudice and religious intolerance.
  • Some people like a harsh teacher. They feel the demands make them learn more quickly. Some like a gentle teacher because they feel that makes them learn more quickly.
  • Take chaotic mathematics, for instance. The universe is chaos. But chaos is whimping out. There is no chaos. There are just different levels of order in the universe.
  • The way our world is set up, a higher economic priority is given to things that bespeak a greater refinement. It is just a determination that was made, to make money.
  • A person who seeks power usually goes into other dimensional planes to find it. Then they bring that power back into this world and they use it to enhance their life.
  • A life that most people will never even know about can be yours in this study, but only if you approach it with equanimity, poise, grace, balance, and professionalism.
  • Your spiritual journey and your spiritual welfare are really dependent on two primary factors: One, your ability to meditate and two, your ability to give of yourself.
  • Purity is something that can be consciously developed. Expect to have impure moments, thoughts, and ideas. One day they will go away, and then there will be happiness.
  • The way you become happy is by realizing that there is no self. No self at all, not a silly millimeter of self. You don’t exist. When you know this, you will be happy.
  • Be happy and free. Be able to see psychically and understand what is going on in the universe, what your luminosity is about, and how to reorder your luminous fibers.
  • There are lifetimes where one goes off into the Himalayas and meditate in a cave. But this is not really one of those lifetimes for most people. Our earth has changed.
  • I had a father who was strong and kind and loving beyond … at the same time who was extremely puritanical, who had been raised in a religion with extensive morality.
  • It is my experience that if a person practices self discovery with intent, they will be successful. Success is an outer sign that they are channeling energy correctly.
  • Certainly, I am aware that there have been a number of articles written about me and television shows in which I have been featured and referred to as a “cult leader.”
  • There are no rules. Nothing you can do will take you to liberation; therefore, nothing you avoid will help you along the path to liberation.. Everything is liberation.
  • In the creative arts you draw a special power. The discipline required is awesome to be an actor or an actress, to be really good, not just another one waiting tables.
  • The reason why there’s such a rigid repression of the mentally ill is the psyche of humanity senses something. It senses that it doesn’t want to deal with the unknown.
  • In Buddhism we have a great deal of etiquette. Etiquette is simply ways of living to conserve energy. Etiquette allows people to live in harmony with their environment.
  • Nobody can make you happy but yourself. Things occupy us, people occupy us, but they don’t make us happy. If we are honest, what makes us happy is to experience spirit.
  • In Zen we classify ten thousand different states of mind, different ways of seeing life. There is something beyond the ten thousand states of mind that we call nirvana.
  • The ten thousand states of mind that we talk about in Zen are all levels of perception. You can think of each of the ten thousand states of mind as a dimensional plane.
  • Seeing occurs, of course, through stopping thought. Thought is the fog. When thought stops in meditation, at any point, when there’s no thought, we see the other shore.
  • Continually reorder the mind and the mental structures, the ability to think in prescribed ways, to analyze in prescribed ways, and to stop thought for periods of time.
  • A person who is psychic is following a line of probability to see a probable future; but it can change. Another causal fact will interfere and that future won’t happen.
  • Life reorders you when you go into the clear light. Even the causal structure is liquefied. The clear light of reality, the dharmakaya, changes us into beings of light.
  • I realized after being married for some time that it wasn’t enough. It wasn’t enough to lead an individual life where I loved on person and we created a world together.
  • In Zen, and in other forms of self discovery, we do have a transference that occurs where psychically, information, blocks of attention, are transferred to the student.
  • Sometimes there are people who only meditate with a teacher. They ride the teacher’s energy. They don’t really learn how to meditate. They learn how to ride the energy.
  • The world glows all the time. All of the things that you have come to understand aren’t. The greatest thinkers in the world see very little compared to the enlightened.
  • Mysticism cuts through bullshit, and it takes you right there to the experience. Everything in your life is eventually set up as a pragmatic energy flow into the light.
  • Enter into the plane of mental development. Start to increase your personal power level. Your life will become quite wonderful and very happy. You move beyond delusion.
  • During the age of Atlantis, the low population density and the resulting purity of the earth’s aura, made conditions ideal for discovering secret meditation techniques.
  • Higher meditation is not taught through techniques or words. The real meditation experience is taught inwardly. You shift a person through different dimensional planes.
  • The pathway to enlightenment is joyful. It may sound harsh. I suggest just the opposite. It is rather easy compared to the possibilities of staying in pain and illusion.
  • Zen was a reaction. Just as Buddha came into the world and spoke against the fall of Vedanta, so Buddhism lost its essence and became ritual. Zen was a reaction to that.
  • By perfecting the practices of zazen and mindfulness, by learning patience and love and by realizing the essential emptiness of all phenomena, you will discover nirvana.
  • I went through times of self-hate, thinking how undeveloped spiritual I was. Everyone else in the ashram, a thousand people, nobody had a girlfriend or boyfriend. I did.
  • Zazen’s music is composed in other dimensions and it is played by some of my students. I go through the music they have played with my aura and wash out anything impure.
  • The way advanced meditation is taught, the way I teach it, the way all enlightened people teach it, is through transference. We transfer light and power to someone else.
  • Then there are most of my students who don’t know a whole lot about love. You don’t know what fun love is. I will remain inaccessible to you until you learn how to love.
  • There is a certain beauty and refinement that is often found in our world and it is expensive. It shouldn’t necessarily be so. It is just the way our economic system is.
  • We’ve done this before in other worlds, in other lives. It is our strength, law, medicine, entertainment, and computers, the networking of energy. All of these are arts.
  • People use ideas of non-duality as an escape from reality. It is very easy to say there is no winning and losing and justify the fact that you didn’t do a very good job.
  • Most people are taught from an early age on, to conceive of themselves as losers. They are taught that there are a very special few who are eminently successful in life.
  • The essential premise of Buddhism is that there is enlightenment, there is nirvana. Beyond this world, beyond all worlds, there’s something radiant, perfect and eternal.
  • The absorption in nirvana is all that matters. All the strategies of your life are only there to empower you for your final assault on the impenetrable cliffs of forever.
  • There are monasteries in Japan where they teach Zen with rules, more rules than you can imagine, and you might feel comfortable with that. I don’t teach that type of Zen.
  • I think everyone is equally psychic. But through the practice of meditation, you learn to make your thoughts quiet and become more aware of your innate psychic abilities.
  • In Tantric Buddhism, we believe that Samsara is Nirvana. That is to say that everything in the universe is part of us. And we also are part of everything in the universe.
  • Tantra is only recommended for someone who has a very developed will power, a terrific sense of humor, and a sense that nothing else matters but God and self-realization.
  • Be neither attracted nor repulsed is the message of Tantric Buddhism. Don’t be drawn to something, don’t run away from it. Just naturally accept whatever comes into life.
  • Is there Chance? No. There is karma. Karma causes all things to happen. There is only one thing karma cannot decide, and that is how far you will evolve in this lifetime.
  • I believe in winning. It is clean. I like it. I definitely don’t believe in losing. It is a bad attitude. It is not necessary to lose, but it does happen once in a while.
  • There is a grace and an ease to power. You feel good about yourself and your life when you have it. It is well worth having, and it is certainly miserable not to have it.
  • Fears are just conditioning. They don’t exist. They are something that we are taught by people who are afraid or seek to make us afraid. It is time to unload the baggage.
  • The primary place where most people lose energy is in their relationships with others. That means you lose your energy in your interactions with the people you know best.
  • You have been imprinted by people in this world who take power from others. Most people drain each other. Or, what is worse, they are draining you right now, psychically!
  • Occasionally in my travels I meet people who have pushed too far into the nagual. These individuals are not too balanced but they have made great journeys in the unknown.
  • Women vibrate at a slightly different rate that passes kundalini very easily. It is problematic though, because a woman also picks up negative energy, it affects her more.
  • You are complete. Completion has taken place in you eons ago. Accept yourself. Enjoy yourself. This time will never be again, so fulfill the moment with your own self-joy.
  • The teaching process is lengthy because there are many, many states of mind to go through. And in each state of mind there is a different aggregate of self to be explored.
  • Satori is a brief flash. Suddenly the light breaks through. For a short timeless time we experience eternity in its unmanifest form. It’s comparable to salvikalpa samadhi.
  • The advanced student of meditation takes an active part in supporting the work of their teacher. They happily work more hours or do whatever is necessary to help out more.
  • I found the experiences that I had with sexuality were wonderful, they were very uplifting – we had a good time – and they didn’t seem to affect the level of my mediation.
  • Love makes you wise. Love unites. Pain divides. Hate divides even more. Hate separates and brings us down to a very physical plane. Love elevates us to a plane of spirit.
  • Things are not necessarily logical. Logic is a secondary source reference. Everything is what it is. We have decided to apply rationale to things. It makes us feel better.
  • Most people are operating out of repetition. If you come to work or school each day with the same mind-state, you probably can’t get more out of it than you did yesterday.
  • Mystical power, as you know, has a whole different flavor to it. It’s much more raucous at times; it’s much more poignant at times. It involves more of the emotional body.
  • All the joys in all the worlds of all beings who have ever been or will ever be, will never equal the perfection of one moment of absorption into the stillness of nirvana.
  • Over a period of years he collected thousands of discples. Many became his students. Many didn’t become his students but whenever he was in town they would go and see him.
  • You need to accept the fact that you will often do exactly the opposite of what you think is right. You need to accept that you’re going to do that and still love yourself.
  • One aspect of power is to bring our past-life awareness into this lifetime. The second aspect of power is to go into new fields of awareness that we have never experienced.
  • Opportunities, creative ideas or the lack of them, happiness, frustration, brilliance, talent, success and failure – all are determined by the state of mind that you’re in.
  • Nirvikalpa samadhi is another matter. I don’t feel that’s really up to us. That happens at a certain time when our being has gone through countless changes and refinements.
  • One should never become devoted to a teacher, any more than one should become devoted to a statue of a god. There is only one thing to be devoted to, and that is your mind.
  • You are a part of everything. You are like the guys in the bar and that gal on the corner with the red dress. We are a little bit of everyone. Let’s not get too fancy here.
  • You can live in the world and have all the myriad experiences that life has to offer and yoke your awareness field to the planes of light, and eventually to nirvana itself.
  • If you think of thoughts of success and back them up with hard work, then you will be a winner. If you cherish doubts, negative thoughts, then you won’t be a winner at all.
  • Power, people are obsessed with it. You can take a nice person and turn them into a slob, into an insane being, craving power, destroying anything that stands in their way.
  • Now, tantra is a little bit different than other forms of Buddhism because in tantra what we do is we use the sensorial worlds as access points or pathways to ineffability.
  • There is a lot of opposition. You will experience it. But the joys that come from the study, more than compensate for the opposition, in my opinion. It’s a personal choice.
  • There is an art, a science to gaining power. There is a natural force or inclination in all of our beings to accumulate power. The problem that we come into is conditioning.
  • Know that life, which does everything perfectly, is now moving you in a new direction. The chess piece of your existence is being moved to a new square on the board of life.
  • Be fair. Don’t present your version of the truth to others.  Lose your ulterior motives!  Be accurate and pure in your presentation of the way, and you will become the way.
  • It is implicit in the self that the self will automatically evolve if you can dissolve it. It re-patterns itself after archetypal formations that exist deep within the mind.
  • Eternity, I don’t know what’s right or wrong, good or bad. I may be doing what’s right or I may be deceiving myself. So instead, what I’m going to do is give my life to you.
  • Humility does not live in the prison of illusion that says that this world is a dark and terrible place. Those perceptions are phantoms; everything is eternity, God, divine.
  • If you have more personal power and you are in higher states of mind, then naturally you can see things and adhere to them or avoid them. Personal power is really the issue.
  • I’ve moved a lot of my students into a high state of mind, but they don’t do the things I have shown them how to do. So then, they drop down into a lower stage of attention.
  • I’m an observer of life. I like to watch people, and I like to watch cactus. I like to talk to mountains and communicate with my friends in the other spheres and dimensions.
  • I have been sought out by a number of people who would have felt uncomfortable coming to a large public meditation. They don’t want people to come up and ask for autographs.
  • We call it the transmission of the lamp in Zen. That’s when we take enlightened states of mind and literally, you can transfer them, just like you can hand somebody flowers.
  • 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.
  • How do you end a meditation session? It’s nice to chant a mantra again. Maybe repeat it a few times. It seals the meditation. Do your best and then just give it to eternity.
  • People have power and it is very important to respect that. Everybody’s had thousands of lifetimes, and who knows what anyone has learned in a lifetime … respect not fear.
  • If you are around a lot of human beings who are filled with jealousy and anger and rage and desire, it filters into the mind. Zen is writing a new program to run in the mind.
  • I was very drawn to music of all types, from Beethoven to Jimi Hendrix. There were musicians and composers who obviously were expressing a vision that was beyond the mundane.
  • People seem to get caught up in jargon like they get caught up in ashrams and power structures and they never become free. They become masters of jargon and power structures.
  • Most persons spend their lives stuck in relatively low states of mind. In these states of mind their views of themselves and the world around them are often severely limited.
  • Beyond the ten thousand states of mind is the still point. It exists within them all, yet beyond them. It is not affected by them. It gives birth to them. This is the riddle.
  • The way to develop your psychic ability is by learning to create a shield between yourself and the sensorial and vibratory bombardment that we experience in the modern world.
  • It was interesting to have both very a conservative and very liberal parent, because we deal with both these elements in the world and we have both elements within ourselves.
  • The final entrance into Nirvikalpa Samadhi, into nirvana, God-realization, when you become the absolutely best friend of God, can only come when your love is completely pure.
  • Tantra is non-dogmatic, in the sense that we don’t care about the sensual world; we don’t care about other religious traditions. To not care doesn’t mean that we don’t learn.
  • I used to live in Buddhist monasteries and I finally had to leave them because they were just too cluttered for me. They were cluttered up with many thoughts about Buddhism.
  • People who work to bring about perfection see work as an extension of themselves. The point is to do a good job. That will empower you. To do a poor job will make you weaker.
  • The skeptics who say it can’t be done are simply in extremely limited states of mind. They can’t even perceive the possibility of anybody doing something that they can’t do.
  • As you absorb more mystical kundalini, you will able to perform a few minor miracles. As you do this, you run a great risk of egotism. Some people handle it well; some don’t.
  • After two or three sessions of meditating on your heart chakra, it will no longer be necessary for you to physically touch your chest. You will sense the spot automatically.
  • It is necessary to do a very thorough examination of your life and to discover whether the people in your life, no matter how much you love them, are using you or abusing you.
  • We could go to monasteries. I could show you people who are very wise and they have great willpower, but they’re not happy. They lack balance. They take it all too seriously.
  • Past life knowledge is not the wedding album of existence. Past life remembrance in Buddhism is the ability to bring a greater awareness we had in another life into this life.
  • Every moment gives birth to the next moment and influences it. Getting out of that chain of perpetual being is getting off the wheel of birth and death. That is enlightenment.
  • I was sitting outside in our backyard on a summer day, I was around six, and suddenly the whole world dissolved before my eyes and I found myself in a timeless world of light.
  • My teacher sent me all over the world to talk about meditation – Europe, all over America, Canada. I would drive thousands of miles, travel, all at my own expense, to do this.
  • When I dive, I dive into a different dimensional plane. I am not in this world anymore. Someone might see the body, but the spirit has left. It has gone everywhere or nowhere.
  • My feeling is that drugs and alcohol take away from the pure experience of meditation. That does not mean that occasionally, a person couldn’t have a glass of wine or a drink.
  • I have graduate students who have developed this ability to love and want to perfect it. Those are the students I spend a lot of time with because at this time they need that.
  • The teaching process becomes most interesting for spiritual seekers once they’ve managed to hit the lower samadhis. However at that point many seekers become very egotistical.
  • Meditation is the short path to happiness. Meditation takes you beyond the desire-aversion operating system that offers very limited happiness and a great deal of frustration.
  • The teaching of the ten thousand states of mind, particularly as one advances further, is done through transmission. This is where we differ from teaching algebra or calculus.
  • In the chakras, it’s the heart chakra, anahata, the central chakra, three above and three below, which symbolizes happiness and love, psychic oneness, spiritual understanding.
  • There’s no risk in doing a lousy meditation or not meditating at all. There’s no risk in being convenient and comfortable. There’s a lot of risk in the world of enlightenment.
  • If a spiritual being is naive to the lower aspects of the world, they usually are killed or die young. Did Jesus really know which of the twelve would betray him? I doubt it.
  • Will is guided by wisdom. Wisdom comes from introspection, looking inside yourself, probing, studying the wisdom of the teachers, the masters and bringing that into your mind.
  • I recommend computer science to people who practice meditation. The mental structures that are used in computer science are very similar exercises done in Buddhist monasteries.
  • In meditation all the fake dull thoughts that you think, all the ridiculous philosophies, the necessities, all the things that won’t matter a bit when you are dead – fade away.
  • The good news is that you don’t have to stop thoughts completely to meditate. It takes a long time to stop thought impeccably. What you need is to detach yourself from thought.
  • Purity is essential for just your own peace of mind; otherwise, you’ll go through this world like a mad person, howling and screaming and cursing, never satisfied, never happy.
  • Even a good self will create another good self in the next life, and another one, and that good self will never be enlightened. You’ll be bound, life after life, by good karma.
  • In both Surfing the Himalayas and Snowboarding to Nirvana, I have tried to transmit as best I could the spirit of humor, and the sense of humor of the monks I have encountered.
  • Tantra is for the desperate. Unless you’ve really experienced pain and suffering, tantra won’t work. Unless you’ve really experienced exultation and ecstasy, tantra won’t work.
  • We learn to avoid blocking others, interfering with others, because that will decrease our happiness, slow our vibratory rate and generally bring us down and make us miserable.
  • Tantra is the perception of the oneness and the perfection of all things. Not just the perception of light, but the perception of darkness, seeing God in both beauty and horror.
  • Advanced meditators are not even desirous of liberation anymore – that is just another attachment. There is no liberation. There is no bondage. These are just ideas of the mind.
  • People who are advanced meditators don’t worry about liberation and self-realization; they instead are interested in the welfare of others and aiding others in their liberation.
  • If your’re not having a very good time with your life, its because you haven’t done much for others. You may have done many things but you havent done much for those around you.
  • When you’re going though a difficult time, forget about yourself for a while. Go do something for someone else. This is the fastest way to pull yourself out of a negative state.
  • Sometimes their immediate reaction is to want to run away because they realize inwardly that the transpositions their life will go through will be remarkable, change everything.
  • It’s as if all your past is written on the blackboard, and if we could erase it, your past would no longer exist. The way you do that – the only way you do that – is in samadhi.
  • It is not bad living in a monastery. I’ve done it many times in many lives. But I think you can do a better job outside the monastery, if you have the necessary component parts.
  • Between the creative, open and spontaneous approach to life, and the highly disciplined, pragmatic approach, there’s a doorway, if you can find it – and it leads to immortality.
  • In most cases, energy is lost in little games of manipulation, in little struggles of will, in the attempts to possess others, to wrap them up, to delude them, to shine them on.
  • When we use power to cause someone else not to succeed so that we can succeed, it slows our vibratory frequency. It slows us down.  When we slow down we experience unhappiness.
  • The world is always chaos, but we pretend that it’s not because it makes us feel better. In doing so we’re able to go through it in a specific manner and form: That’s the tonal.
  • Who do you suppose invented computers? Speaking in terms relevant to you, in terms of earth history, let alone other worldly history, the computer, of course, came from Atlantis.
  • Have the right attitude in advanced practice. Feel that you are always a beginner in Zen. They refer to it as “beginners mind”. I feel I am a beginner, always; because it’s true.
  • We are inspired by the God that we see in others and suddenly we find ourselves changing. We find ourselves giving more. We find that our lives become rather amazingly beautiful.
  • The tremendous population increase has made meditation and psychic perception, things that come naturally to spiritually evolved people, difficult to practice and participate in.
  • Inspire people very selectively with sincerity and with respect. You want to increase your energy? Then want, inside your heart, to inspire others. It will lift you tremendously.
  • I have had several offers to make the book into a film. I don’t know if the message could be accurately transmitted, and so I have been somewhat hesitant in granting film rights.
  • Today in the west the word ‘guru’ has come to mean someone who leads a cult, someone who deprives others of their intellectual or spiritual freedom and rips them off financially.
  • All I can say is that these cult stories are totally untrue, are without any foundation, and trade on a deep bias against Westerners who dare to embrace an Eastern belief-system.
  • All the sutras in the world are useless. All the lectures of all the teachers don’t really mean anything. They are only words. They point in a direction, that is their only use.
  • Studying with a teacher doesn’t simply mean going to an occasional seminar or Zen retreat. It means fully applying yourself to what the teacher says, most of which is not verbal.
  • It is a real service to humanity and the world to be a good programmer, particularly if you design great products. You make is easier for everybody, everybody has less headaches.
  • Personal power is the reflection of a person of knowledge. A person of knowledge, an enlightened person, a person even close to enlightenment, has a great deal of personal power.
  • You can take power from others; you can steal it. It is not a very high-grade power. It will give you a certain amount of access to a better life; but it corrupts the individual.
  • As you focus your attention on the heart center, you will begin to feel your thoughts slowing down. You’ll begin to feel your mind becoming calm and quiet. They won’t bother you.
  • People can insert thoughts into your mind. This is more dangerous for psychic people.  Use concentration exercises and read to combat this; boredom is an easy way to be drained.
  • Just to exist, just to be, to take a breath, to feel that, whether its pleasure or pain, loss or gain, just your experience in life is unique to you. No one sees life like you do.
  • The true hallmark of how advanced a person is, is how they treat those around them. Not simply what they say or what they preach, but the results they generate, how kind they are.
  • Eventually light prevails, you just have to be patient. So practice Buddhism, learn to be enlightened, put a smile on your face, go find a great teacher, meditate, and stay funny.
  • I was attracted to poetry, which is perhaps the purest of the art forms, where love is the medium of exchange and the nobility of love is considered. It’s a land of higher ideals.
  • I entered a spiritual community when I was 20, which I was in for 11 year, with very strict meditative practices, with an Eastern teacher. It was very much like a religious order.
  • Emotional control is essential for attaining higher levels of mind. The thing that the teacher looks for in a student is the degree of self-control, not coldness that someone has.
  • In mysticism we reorder those awarenesses. We combine and recombine them endlessly. We assemble them so we can experience aspects of the universe that most people will never know.
  • As the kundalini energy increases, as the energy of the psyche becomes more pronounced, which it does as thought becomes eclipsed by silence, all the variant mind states burn away.
  • Reincarnation is a cyclic process. There are endless levels of creation, different universes. In each one something similar is taking place, the evolution of spirit through matter.
  • You have to elevate yourself to that point and bring your mind into the Godhead, into nirvana, into that perfect and pure radiant knowledge. It will not come to you. It never does.
  • When we interact with others the ego manifests. We have to show that we’re superior or that we know more, are more spiritual, evolved – or that we’re the worst, everyone is better.
  • Self-discover is not as someone would have us think, a heavy, awesome, moral process where everyone sits around and frowns. As you progress towards enlightenment, you become funny.
  • The Buddhists believe that everything in life is random. There are patterns that are intrinsic to life. We don’t know why, we just know they’re there like the DNA. We have no idea.
  • The teacher has nothing to do with people who use their mental powers to block the enlightenment of others. These people lack control. What can you teach someone who lacks control?
  • An enlightened teacher simply expresses enlightenment in their life by living. It is the student’s job to gain the teachings. The teacher’s job is just to be perfectly enlightened.
  • If you want to help people, if you care, go to the cities. The city is where the pain is the greatest – and the cities are a hell of a lot of fun if you like art, movies and plays.
  • If you live in the city, it is necessary to get out of it on weekends. Then you will realize that most of the thoughts and desires you have are not yours. You will see what is you.
  • In order to pass into other dimensions you need to really understand what is out there. A teacher of mysticism is able to explain how to deal with these other worlds and universes.
  • The most powerful force to maintaining a good immune system is the power of positive thinking and not allowing yourself to be unnecessarily drained emotionally by worries and fears.
  • If are in a situation with too many people in your life and you want to go into higher attention, look in the mirror. You are being blocked. Do something about it. It might be hard.
  • The way we gain wisdom in meditation is not by explanation. If you go into the planes of light, you will come out of the meditation knowing things … things that are inexpressible.
  • If you sit with an enlightened teacher and silent your mind as they go into nirvana, suchness, the pure power of their aura will bring you on a journey into the world of perfection.
  • Stress is a state of mind and if you realize that you will find that it’s something you can deal with. It is my belief that stress occurs not because of the conditions of the world.
  • Prana is an element of energy. Energy is a manifestation of a certain principle which in Indian cosmology they call shakti, or spiritual power. Don’t worry about the words too much.
  • The most giving souls are those who give when they don’t have to give, who could just walk away from this world and its suffering and merge with eternal existence and bliss forever.
  • The problem is with any practice is that it is a practice. That is why people don’t win. The reason why people don’t win is they get stuck in ideas, habits, and ways of seeing life.
  • The idea of the walls of monastery was to keep everybody else out because you wanted to develop a certain type of life. Most people in the world had different ideas on the subject.
  • The essence of the teachings is to lose self importance and to care more for the welfare of others and the magical world around us, than we do for ourselves and our own self images.
  • Several hours later, I heard my mother calling me to come into the house, and it never occurred to me that this was an experience that other children didn’t have on a regular basis.
  • I don’t think people should be primarily concerned with money or material success. They should be concerned with doing that which is right and being in harmony with the way of life.
  • People love misery, they love to feel sorry for themselves, and they definitely don’t want to be enlightened. That’s the first thing they tell you at boot camp in the higher worlds.
  • If you attain liberation do not feel that it matters or it is important. You had nothing to do with it. If you are bound by ignorance do not feel bad. You had nothing to do with it.
  • Ideally, you would live in an area that is not necessarily in the middle of the country, out in the woods, because you can isolate yourself there and get stuck in your own thoughts.
  • Most people want to make maximum money for minimum work, and that does not result in a happy life. Work does not become an active force to advance your awareness into higher states.
  • In the Atlantean civilization, law existed to create order, that is to say, to see justice was done. In the old way, the law was equal for all, not the strong win and the weak lose.
  • Chaos is everywhere and chaos is wonderful. That’s all there really is. There is no today. There is no tomorrow. There is only eternity, perfection, consciousness, power, and light.
  • All living things have an aura, a rapidly vibrating, invisible psychic energy field that protects them from toxic, non-physical energies that would otherwise be detrimental to them.
  • Life wears us down. We all die here. Depending upon the way you expose yourself to energies and powers and forces will determine whether you have a lot of energy or you lose energy.
  • If you are finding that you can stop thought longer and longer, I would say your life is bringing power into your being. You are gaining things out from that field behind the house.
  • The big problem with power, of course, is obsession. Once you get some of it and feel it, it dominates your whole life and it’s all you can think about. That doesn’t have to happen.
  • If you get in a battle with someone, you don’t get their power if you win. Power is something that you have to acquire yourself, through self-inquiry and the practice of meditation.
  • In a few short years you might have to become a scuba diver and go hundreds of feet underwater – It will be the last refuge of pure aura and power on our planet, the oceans’ depths.
  • During the Atlantean Cycle, the earth’s aura, the invisible astral energy field that surrounds and protects our planet and through which all psychic perception flows, was very pure.
  • There is competition in Zen. Let’s not be ridiculous.  There is competition in everything in life; being a winner in Zen means, competing and winning in the world of enlightenment.
  • There are powers and forces that will seek to block you, to make your life more difficult. But if you are up to the study, then you continue to progress without getting discouraged.
  • I would encourage you to follow the pathway to enlightenment, to learn to meditate, to practice mindfulness, and not to really care what anybody thinks about you, including yourself.
  • If you are fortunate enough to meet such a being then you will really learn selfless giving. You’ll see that every second, every moment of their awareness is directed towards others.
  • Feel that your body is like a bundle of flowers. When someone gives you flowers you enjoy their beauty, their purity. But you realize that, one day, the flowers will wither and fade.
  • The final battles are the samskaras of good karma. They prevent Samadhi. Naturally for a religious person the avoidance is intensive. They are so hung up on good karma and on method.
  • A Buddhist is working not just to get paid, but working to advance spiritually. You shouldn’t create a syntactical break in your mind between your career and your religious practice.
  • The white light is the joker in the deck. It creates transmutations that are completely unpredictable, which is what makes it fun, which is why it scares the hell out of most people.
  • It’s necessary to respect all other ways and other teachings on the subject because even though they may not make a lot of sense to us, they might to someone else. Who are we to say?
  • Can you control your anger, lust, frustrations, and jealousies? Those are the only people worthy of the higher teachings. By worthy, I mean that they are the only ones capable of it.
  • The United States has an incredible debt. That is obviously not the way to live. You have to eliminate waste in your life as the United States has to eliminate waste in its spending.
  • One doesn’t actually meditate on the navel. The chakra is located about two or three inches below the navel, at that point there is an energy access sphere in the middle of the body.
  • Enlightenment is to be outside the circle, the circle of death and rebirth. There is a circle inside you. If you meditate and focus on your third eye, you will see a circle of light.
  • Since I have spent many years of my life living in Los Angeles, and since I’m also in the music business, I know that much more is talked about in Los Angeles than ever really occurs.
  • Who is so brave and so noble that they could hurl themselves at infinity without any question, with complete trust and complete certainty that that infinity will destroy them forever?
  • Most power is lost in one’s own mind by thinking negative thoughts, by worrying about the future, by focusing on the past, as opposed to thinking positive, strong, and happy thoughts.
  • Members of the Rae Chorze-Fwaz order trace their origins back through Tibet, Japan, China, India, and ancient Egypt to the place the order was founded, the lost continent of Atlantis.
  • We could take all the pleasures that have ever been and will ever be in all the universes and add them up into one experience. If you were absorbed in nirvana, it wouldn’t be noticed.
  • All of the previously described techniques can be practiced with your eyes open and closed. Most people find that it is easier initially to practice meditation with their eyes closed.
  • The power that enables us to transform our awareness is the release of kundalini. All yoga, either directly or indirectly, all Buddhism, relates to the release of the kundalini energy.
  • Instead of tryig to stop thought when you meditate, focus your attention on love. Suddenly you’ll find your thoughts are slacking. Light is everywhere and suddenly there is no thought.
  • Learn to be happy in any and all circumstances, whether you’re experiencing pleasure or pain, whether there’s loss or gain, whether the world loves you or hates you. Learn to be happy.
  • In order not to lose your resolve and purpose, you need to unite with others of like mind and work with an advanced Teacher who is in touch with, and can transfer, knowledge and power.
  • In the old days, Zen was not really practiced so much in a monastery. The Zen Master usually lived up on a top of the mountain or the hill or in the forest or sometimes in the village.
  • The psychic does not have much to do with channeling. All you are doing is getting information from a source that may or may not be accurate and may or may not have underlying motives.
  • For some reason, the women in my life have always been extremely powerful. I’ve learned a great deal from that. I’ve learned that we’re all women when we’re complete and we’re all men.
  • The training was rigorous, hundreds and thousands of hours of meditation, self-giving. But it was easy. I loved it. I would merge again and again with the superconscious in meditation.
  • Some of the films that I have really enjoyed include: The Fifth Element, The Crow, Toys, Seven, Forrest Gump, The Lion King, 12 Monkeys, Doctor Zhivago, Being There, and Trainspotting.
  • I teach Zen, tantric mysticism, jnana yoga, bhakti yoga, Tibetan mysticism, occultism and psychic development. I also teach poetry and literature, film and many other different things.
  • Some come to a teacher for power. They still have all the desires, angers and jealousies of an unevolved person. Consequently, they become destructive both to themselves and to others.
  • There are some great stories in The Second Ring of Power about how Don Juan and Don Genaro found their apprentices and what they went through to fool their students into seeking light.
  • Personal power is not the end of the process. It is a tool that you use to get someplace. The purpose of the car is not to live in the car, it is to drive you someplace you want to go.
  • If you lead a sloppy life, if you indulge in your emotions, if you’re always upset, freaked out, stressful, and not happy, you are wasting power and your power level will get very low.
  • If you’re in the tantric sex state of mind, what someone else experiences when they have sex is not what you’ll experience. You won’t even notice what your body is doing, particularly.
  • The kundalini is the energy that opens up the bands of perception. It is also the power that allows us to travel mentally from one dimension to another, from one experience to another.
  • The kundalini energy rests in potential at the base of the spine. It is possible to take that energy and allow it to move, to unleash it, from the base of the spine up to the third eye.
  • If you are psychic, you can see into the minds of others. You can use that opening to aid somebody. Sometimes someone’s trying to tell you something and they don’t even know what it is.
  • There is something beyond power. The totality of one’s being. Some call it nirvana. We have a higher destiny. Before you can scratch the surface, you have to bring your life into order.
  • As we love truly and deeply, we see the white light of truth in them. Seeing this reminds us that the same light exists within us too – As the Tibetans say: “Recognition is liberation.”
  • When we dream, we create. All of life is a dream or a series of waking dreams. We dream our surroundings. We dream our friends, our relations. We dream our bodies. We dream our dreams.
  • One person will eat meat and it will lower their attention field. Another person won’t even be affected by it because they’re not in the state of mind whereby they’ll be affected by it.
  • Spiritual dignity says that I don’t have to compete with anyone; I don’t have to do what my friends do. All I have to do is be myself and be dignified in my meditation and my lifestyle.
  • You can live in the world and have friends, family and possessions. But don’t take them all too seriously. Death removes everything. Feel death is every moment, as life is every moment.
  • S. Lewis, Plato, Aristotle and many more names that I could add, including Einstein’s, were individuals who were able to see the innate order in life, which others perceive as chaos.
  • A person without much power is easily influenced by others, whether they are physical or non-physical beings. Their life is easily ruined. They are blown around like a leaf in the wind.
  • Watch out for dark streets in big cities because there are a lot of strange beings that hang out there at night, let alone the people. Don’t you remember anything from your other lives?
  • The old Atlantean sciences from the tribe of enlightenment, of which there are only a few remnants and chards left in this world, were medicine, law, computers, and the performing arts.
  • The integrity of the subtle body is totally important. As the subtle body wears, we get sick. That is why, eventually, the body dies – it’s because something happens to the subtle body.
  • It is necessary to learn how to do a systems analysis of your life, to learn about the effects of places, people, jobs. There are millions of things that go into the study of meditation.
  • When you could be sloppy, you’re not. When you could be indulgent, you’re not. When you could be sad, you laugh instead. If you fall down, you pick yourself up again and again and again.
  • Meryl Streep is expert at only using the requisite amount of energy to express her character, not an ounce too little or too much. She’s Zen and doesn’t know she’s Zen. That’s very Zen!
  • To simply see a teacher to gain power is a mistake. You’ll gain the power, but with the current mindset that you have you’ll probably create more unhappiness for yourself than happiness.
  • As a dialectical teacher, I have had many lives where I have taught Zen and Tibetan Buddhism and mysticism. I teach in many different modalites. But the theme that unites them – is love.
  • Sexuality, for the person who practices tantra, is a marvelous way to experience illusion. Illusion is just another way of seeing things. There are no illusions because there is no self.
  • Clothing is art. It’s an expression of how you feel. I think that it’s not so much a question of a certain style or designer, but of finding the type of clothing that works well for you.
  • Your intent is important. You will pull a very deep power when you are working not just for yourself, but you are working for your enlightenment and to aid others in their enlightenment.
  • Personal power is something that is not visible. We can see its effects, but we cannot see power itself. In the same way, we see the effects of wind, but we cannot actually see the wind.
  • There is no ultimate objective reality within the ten thousand states of mind. Most people don’t like to hear this. But there are ten thousand realities, and each is definitely unifying.
  • Be in harmony with the Tao, with the basic principles of creation. To not be in harmony with that flow, no matter how hard you meditate, you will not be happy and you won’t be liberated.
  • Practice mediation and concentration exercises, and begin to think more about regaining your sensitivity by avoiding draining situations. Not because of fear but because of intelligence.
  • The wisdom of samadhi is quite different. Higher level wisdom cannot be written down. It cannot be spoken. True wisdom is the knowledge of the universe that is beyond physical expression.
  • A saint is someone who has been very selfless and, over a period of lifetimes, generated a tremendous amount of good karma, which has caused them to enter into very lovely states of mind.
  • The Divide is like two rivers merging, at the point of merging there is a great deal of activity. The sunset, it’s neither dark nor light, and the sunrises are the moments of transition.
  • Bodhidharma who brought Zen from India to the Orient, taught a very pure Zen – in that it was pure Zen. He wanted to show that the way still existed and wanted to get back to its essence.
  • It is always wise, particularly in the beginning, to balance your new intuitive and psychic understandings with good old common sense. A good psychic perception follows your common sense.
  • Psychic development is not a fanatical, freaky study, predicting the future, talking to UFOs, and being able to find out curious facts that are basically irrelevant to one’s time in life.
  • Work sustains us as bodies and it consumes a great deal of energy. The conservation of energy is the component theme of Buddhist practice and yoga. That is why people live in monasteries.
  • In reading, in literature and poetry, I found an artistic freedom that I didn’t see at Woolworth’s. I would read everything from Shakespeare to science fiction … sometimes a book a day.
  • The cult phenomenon is definitely journalistically ‘in’. But if we were to apply for a financial aid grant as a cult, I’m afraid we would be turned down for lack of proper qualifications.
  • What we seek to do in Tantric Buddhism is to liquefy ourselves. Life will automatically bring us to the next stage. You don’t really have to know where you’re going – It’s like breathing.
  • Power comes from the navel center. If you meditate for an hour or so a day and you focus on that sphere, you will release a tremendous power that will enter your body. We call it the chi.
  • We see a lot of people who decide to go out and teach meditation. They become so wrapped up in it that they stop progressing themselves and they really don’t have that much more to teach.
  • Those who practice lower sorcery hurt themselves the most because they interact with negative thoughts and apply power to them; they devastate their own consciousness and their own lives.
  • You can take the kundalini from the crown center and bring it down. You can bring it up or you can stabilize them both. When you stop breathing in meditation, the kundalini is stabilized.
  • Celibacy doesn’t make you enlightened, otherwise every nun or priest in Buddhism or Christianity would be enlightened. People who don’t date and can’t get any action would be enlightened.
  • The subtle physical body protects the body’s physical health. It is the radiant life force that is you. When you get sick, it is because there is a problem with your subtle physical body.
  • In the Upanishads they talk about the path of the sun and the path of the moon. The path of the moon is rebirth. The path of the sun leads to self-knowledge, from which there is no return.
  • If you think you are a vile slime, that means that you aspire to something higher…It’s because you have a sense of perfection, and you obviously want that, that you find something wrong.
  • If your life is based around your being comfortable, you’re not very comfortable. You suffer quite a bit – becuase in the realm of the senses there is not only pleasure, but there is pain.
  • Everyone in advanced meditation practice should be involved with the economic support of the spread of the dharma. We live in a material world, and it’s very expensive to teach meditation.
  • Your mind is made up of light. We call it the dharmakaya, the clear light of reality. The transcendental eternal light is everywhere. It’s the light of god or whatever you want to call it.
  • If they’re not sincere, then naturally I’ll turn them down. But if what they want is to gain power and use it for a higher good, I’ll help them. Then they merit some special consideration.
  • That’s my sole purpose in life is to sit here today and tell you that you can do this, in any life. You can do this in one of your past lives, in a future life, or right now. I prefer now.
  • A teacher had two types of students. One type of student is a close student. The other is also a close student, but not in the sense of physical proximity. The close students rotate a lot.
  • Those who practice deserve your respect. If you respect them, you respect yourself. It’s easy to be critical, but it does no good. What’s important is to be supportive of all who practice.
  • People want to will their self realization. They want to know what the right thing to do all the time is. There is no right thing. There’s no code. There are certain basic recommendations.
  • If you seek enlightenment, then career is a very important idea on your agenda. Approach your career from this standpoint and you will have a very different career. You will be successful.
  • Computers are the central access; information processing based on a spiral network, similar to that which is the chaos of existence itself, the analysis of systems, the interlocking lokas.
  • Look at the big picture of the wheel of life. Above it, there is a Buddha. He is pointing, not towards the wheel, but away from it. He is indicating that there is something else – nirvana.
  • Each time you meditate you have the possibility of completely changing your life in one meditation. If you meditate with your whole heart and your whole soul, you will become light itself.
  • Intelligent martial arts is not getting in battles and winning them. Intelligent martial arts is avoiding battles because battles use up energy, and you can get hurt no matter who you are.
  • Angry people, unhappy people, people that seek to injure others, these people all have something in common. They waste energy. They don’t conserve it and they don’t know how to increase it.
  • You have to free yourself from your mental conditioning through association with the holy, through doing good works, through meditating, through laughter, through love and through solitude.
  • Be kind, be loving, be generous. Give of yourself, give of your time and you’ll be free. It’s the oldest secret, the one thats most often forgotten – and that is to have fun through giving.
  • In meditation the mind stops, thought ceases. When thought stops, the world stops. When the world stops, perception stops. When perception stops, the sense of “I” as a perceiver falls away.
  • When you could get angry with someone and separate yourself from them, don’t do that. If you have people who are difficult to deal with, be neither attracted nor repulsed. Go a step higher.
  • It is through many lifetimes of shifting the aggregate of the self that one finally reaches a point of maximum velocity whereby one can snap off the circle completely and move into freedom.
  • Ashrams often become places where there is a hierarchy and a pecking order and not much enlightenment. That is what some people are drawn to. But that has nothing to do with enlightenment.
  • Sexuality, I think, is a little bit different, for me, than it is for most people, in that there’s almost no body awareness whatsoever. It’s just light, but that’s how everything is for me.
  • Throughout the course of my life, I have been very fortunate to have had excellent teachers – not just in meditation, but in martial arts, music, scuba diving, and in my academic education.
  • In the West people spend most of their time and energy working. The problem is you are so tired from work that you don’t have much energy to meditate – unless you use work in a tantric way.
  • We live in a competitive society. To pretend that it is not there is ridiculous. That is how the whole planet is set up. If you are not competitive, you do not succeed, you do not survive.
  • Work in a place that feels good to you. Select the best of that which is available. The Zen of working is just to do it, not to worry about it. Feel you would be doing it without the money.
  • The heart chakra is located in the center of your chest. Hold your right or left hand out. Now say “Me” and, as you do so, touch your chest. You will automatically touch your heart chakra.
  • Alow immortality to work through you. Be but a mere instrument. And that instrument should be so absorbed in the perfect perfection of existence, that it knows not even that it is absorbed.
  • If you are able to stop feeling sorry for yourself, and to contribute to the betterment of this world and of those around us, you will experience a high that is beyond my ability to express.
  • Chaos theory simply suggests that what appears to most people as chaos is not really chaotic, but a series of different types of orders with which the human mind has not yet become familiar.
  • As a seer, I naturally can see the evolutionary potential of a being. But the potential will not necessarily be actualized. A particular being will not necessarily realize their full height.
  • Someone else would come, another self that was a little more refined, that had a little more purity, a little more humility, because I was quite egotistical, I thought I was quite wonderful.
  • If I can have an effect on influential women and men, if they seek me out because they are interested in self-knowledge and the fun of meditating, then I’m glad to help. That’s why I’m here.
  • Unfortunately the student often feels guilt for not living the type of life that their Teacher suggested, or they feel that they are intrinsically bad and incapable of leading a higher life.
  • When I enter into nirvikalpa samadhi, most can see this light, or feel it. This light creates very powerful, steady spiritual transformation. The reason you are here is to sit in this light.
  • In tantra we have complete faith in the winds of eternity. The key to tantra yoga is to feel that you are not the doer, that you cannot possibly act. All you have to do in life is to accept.
  • Once in a while, you will see someone really drippy. The person has to stare at the teacher all the time with that devoted and disgusting and sick look. It’s boring, misplaced devotionalism.
  • Flaky devotionalism, bowing and scraping and sucking up to the teacher is very phony. It is counterproductive to enlightenment and spiritual development. What is necessary is mutual respect.
  • There’s no way we can possibly understand anything. But we can see things, we can perceive things, and we can wonder. We can just be in a world of awe and wonder. That’s the best we can do.
  • Thoughts can increase our understanding of a subject, or they can just as easily constrict or block our understanding of a subject. It very much depends upon the language we are thinking in.
  • Mysticism is the study of power, its use, and its abuse. At every moment you are getting stronger or you are growing weaker. At every moment your attention field is increasing or decreasing.
  • Self-discovery is a very advanced art. What we’re doing basically is screwing around with what you’re made up of. We’re taking awarenesses, feelings, ideas and impressions and changing them.
  • The United States is filled with power places. The majority of them, however, are to be found either along the West Coast and in the southwestern United States or along the Eastern Seaboard.
  • We live in an age that’s repeating itself endlessly. We’re getting closer again to the techno-chic world we saw in Atlantis that occurs in countless planes. It’s indigenous to enlightenment.
  • What we discover is it was not the waves or the birds or the wind that were standing out and being separate from existence; it was we who were standing out and being separate from existence.
  • Life draws us in different directions, sometimes simultaneously. When you follow the direction that life draws you in, if you stay in a very powerful state of mind, then you’ll see eternity.
  • If you’re very, very conservative and you like that sort of practice, go find a very conservative Zen master and just do traditional Japanese practice, which is not that traditional actually.
  • Everybody goes into different dimensional planes. You do it every night when you dream. You are journeying into other dimensional planes. Dreams are not just functions of the cerebral cortex.
  • I had a mother who was very developed psychically and spiritually. She was, in a way, an opposite of my father, a complete liberal, interested in woman’s liberation before it was the fashion.
  • Who has that absolute trust, to fling yourself into mortality, to let it do with you as it will, with all the permutations and possibilities of as it will, be it horror or ecstasy or boredom?
  • Once you become very powerful and advanced, you must be willing to go back to school and start over, and go to a wise person who will show you the way. Very few people are willing to do that.
  • Drinking alcohol takes you into a lower state of mind. If you drink a lot of it, things get very fuzzy and they are not very sharp or defined. This brings you into a lower state of attention.
  • A dreaming vortex is a place where it’s easy to change. You come to a dreaming vortex like Hawaii to step from one dream into another, from one world into another, to change, in other words.
  • Focus your attention around the naval area, feel that spot. Visualize it. Do whatever it takes. When thoughts come in and out of your mind, pay no attention. You just stay right on that spot!
  • There is a world of deaf, dumb and blind people out there, who are shuffling through their lives, not knowing how wonderful life can be. They have their moments, but they are very unconscious.
  • During those years the past life recollections began. Psychic powers developed, my meditation increased and I found myself changing, over and over again, becoming someone new almost every day.
  • I go snowboarding and scuba diving to get to places of power where I can more correctly perceive the still center of my own mind. I also find that extreme athletics helps to clarify your mind.
  • I think that was E.T.’s central appeal, personally. E.T. is this metaphorical journey, this strange Odysseus from another world, who just wants to go home. Obviously, home must’ve been better!
  • It has been my exprience that repetitive nights of exposure to the kundalini energy followed by longer periods of reflection and pyschic networking create the fastest transitions in awareness.
  • A well known Los Angeles newspaper referred to a small group of gentlemen who live up on a mountain and practice Zen as ‘the Zen cult’. The cult phenomenon is definitely journalistically ‘in’.
  • I find it ironic to read stories about myself which have never occurred and are simply so absurd that they are comical. At other times, it is very painful to be so misinterpreted and vilified.
  • If you are going to set out to develop mystical powers to impress your friends and do other things to your enemies, the difficulty with it is that you will not be moving towards enlightenment.
  • Many aspects of life cannot be explained through logic or reason. The reasoning part of the mind simply doesn’t have the capacity to understand the many whys and how’s of being and non-being.
  • Be a great capitalist. Be a great socialist. Be a great whatever you want to be, but do it with style, clarity and precision. That is the hallmark of those who seek higher knowledge and truth.
  • The main reason people fail is they become attached to others who hold them back. Letting go of others and going forward may seem like a lonely and impossible task, but I assure you it is not.
  • You need a string of successes behind you to buoy that self-image; otherwise, you have a terribly negative attitude about yourself and it is very unlikely you are going to succeed at anything.
  • Who wants to be stuck in being religious and being spiritual either? That’s not freedom. You’ve just exchanged handcuffs for leg irons – which doesn’t mean that you should avoid enlightenment.
  • When you go to a power spot, and you think negative or depressing thoughts they tend to grow stronger. Whereas, if you think more positive, happier thoughts, they tend to increase in strength.
  • I am at the Continental Divide with the astral beings. They’re most beautiful. They’re most luminous. They have many shapes and sometimes their shape changes constantly,  All kinds of colors.
  • Each one of you has created a sense of self. That’s what the tonal does. Each one of you is taught a system of maintenance that has been developed by humankind from your birth till your death.
  • Focus your attention on the top of your neck. Take that energy and transmit it in two lines to your hands. Then from the hands, bounce that energy right back to the heart center and ground it.
  • The night before Atlantis sank beneath the waves forever, the members of the MysterySchool set sail from their doomed continent in twelve boats, headed for twelve different points on the globe.
  • If you think of others in a jealous way or if you become angry, immediately pause for a moment. It’s going to pull you down and send negative energy. At that moment, pause and correct yourself.
  • Everyone is psychic. Being psychic is not a particular talent. Everybody has a left foot. Some people may just walk with that foot, some people may drag it, and some may learn to dance with it.
  • Dreams are real. This is unreal. This world is unreal. Everybody has it backwards. This is the dream. This is an insubstantial pageant. Nothing here lasts – that is how you know it’s the dream.
  • I am Western and I see no need or reason to change that. The Western lifestyle has many things to offer, as do the Eastern methods of self discovery. I think blending the two is very desirable.
  • I teach meditation and the pathway to enlightenment because I know that there are other people who, like i did a long time ago and continue to, want to climb that mountain to the highest light.
  • As you sit in this light from week to week, you will transform and grow and develop. It washes away the samskaras, the past-life tendencies. It washes away the karmic tendencies from this life.
  • In the advanced practice, the relationship between the Zen master and the student becomes very terse. The Zen master will expect things of the student because the student is in graduate school.
  • Some of the highest vibratory places one can visit have become very expensive. They are the domains of the rich. The rich figured out a long time ago that certain neighborhoods have more power.
  • We want to see the universe in its absolute, pure, naked, perfection. We want to know its wonder. We want to know the totality of ourselves. That’s done in steps and degrees and not in one day.
  • You exist forever. You’ve always existed and you’ll always exist. You move in and out of bodies like some people in Los Angeles move in and out of houses, every other week, every other lifetime.
  • The body will blossom and fade, but you will remain after this body of yours has gone away. This knowledge allows you to love the body without attachment. Thus, the body becomes absolutely pure.
  • Some people say that if you have sex you can’t be enlightened. I think it isn’t really so much whether you have sex or not, but it’s what you’re doing with your attention level during that time.
  • I like Miracles. They inspire me. Miracles are the fun of enlightenment. When a teacher does a miracle, and everyone sees it, they have faith in what the teacher has to say about self-discovery.
  • Tantra is not sexual yoga. When the word tantra is used in the West, very often people immediately associate it with some kind of sexual yoga in which you use sex as a vehicle for enlightenment.
  • Be radical! The reason you feel so miserable is because you put spirituality in a form. You boxed it, franchised it. You decided spirituality was a certain way but then you got stuck in the way.
  • One can become something other than human. One can become limitless, enlightened, aware, awakened, knowledgeable and powerful in ways that human beings who traverse this earth cannot yet fathom.
  • Theoretically, everyone’s inner being knows everything. There is a part of us that is aware of all things. But that doesn’t necessarily do us a whole lot of good unless we are conscious of that.
  • The Winter Solstice is the time of ending and beginning, a powerful time — a time to contemplate your immortality. A time to forgive, to be forgiven, and to make a fresh start. A time to awaken.
  • Selfless-giving burns away the layers of the onion. Purity and humility keep meditation and selfless-giving clear. Love radiates through the entire practice because we do all of it only for love.
  • Interestingly enough after diving to 235 feet in Saba, I visited the Virgin Islands. There, as a pure Karmic coincidence, I met the inventor of the snowboard, Steve Sanders, Mr. Burton’s brother.
  • I select people to work more closely when they are prepared to and I see that. They don’t have to tell me. I know. I will give them a task of some type, and that task becomes the koan between us.
  • The light of the supra-conscious, of salvakalpa and nirvikalpa samadhi, is not connected to this world at all. It passes through this world but it is not part of this world, in a way of speaking.
  • I suggest that you do not get involved in channeling, tapping into spirits not physically present. Your own mind has the ability to properly reflect and determine what is correct and what is not.
  • Don’t get involved with non-physical beings. This current pastime, this rage, is dangerous. Many of these people who are channeling entities are going to become very sick, physically and mentally
  • The vibratory toxicity of these subsequent ages would make it impossible for reincarnating members of the Order to go deeply enough into their other memories, without the secret techniques first.
  • You can talk to one person for five minutes and be sick afterwards. You can be totally physically drained because their aura is so low. You can talk to someone else for an hour and just feel fine.
  • Fear which has been embedded in your mind since you were a tot doesn’t go away easily – it’s conditioned in. And because we have fear, we fail to fulfill and realize our potential as human beings.
  • This moment there is all that will ever be or has ever been. All the events of all of our lives are going-on simultaneously. There is no beginning and there is no ending. There’s only this moment.
  • You get to the point where you have to wash the dishes. That’s the fun in life. Being behind the scenes and doing things for others; being an instrument of that cause. That is the secret teaching.
  • It is necessary to go through all the daily tasks and bring perfection to them, to learn to be perfect in your meditation, and to win in all your endeavors so that one day you will complete again.
  • The way we measure awareness is by how long you can stop thought. If you can’t stop thought at all, then you are not powerful. You might be quite evolved, but you have no access to that evolution.
  • A teacher will alter the balance of power by actually lifting a person into other states of mind. In those states of mind the teaching will take place in non-verbal ways through direct experience.
  • The real problem is not increasing your energy. The problem is losing it. If you stop the loss and you simply meditate, you will have more than enough energy. You will learn to live strategically.
  • Start to give more thought to the world around you. Stop exposing yourself to situations that drain your energy. You will discover through a trial and error process that you will have more energy.
  • Even if you are focusing on a chakra, you don’t want to do that for the whole period of meditation. There should be a point where you let go. Settle down. Get off the train of thought for a while.
  • People seek to put you in an off-balance situation so they can get to you. Psychic people, people who meditate, are more susceptible; they are more open and sensitive.  It is easier to jam them.
  • There are people who do, what we would call, lower sorcery. It is best not to be concerned with them. They are not happy people and they can’t be a problem if you are aware of what they are doing.
  • When thought stops, a doorway opens into dimensions that are pure and unassociated. They’re nonbinding realities. They’re non-samskaric, which simply means that they’re beautiful; they’re ecstatic.
  • He managed to do this ‘tour de force’ of styles without ever breaking the narrative structure of the chapter he was writing. It is the most brilliant parody of writing styles that I have ever read.
  • In the esoteric teachings, a transference process takes place between teacher and student where knowledge is actually transmitted from one to the other. This requires that the student be receptive.
  • The process is learning to turn your back on everything and everyone and face that immensity. And only after you’ve done that can you then turn around and face the world again with new, clear eyes.
  • Take a couple of days by yourself and rent a nice cabin in some nice, happy place. Stay a day or two and meditate and take walks in areas that feel good to you. Find out who you are again. Remember.
  • Your life can be horrible or it can be incredibly beautiful. It can be boring or exciting. It’s seldom in between. Your active use of will determines what will happen to you in this and other lives.
  • A way of spreading the dharma is just telling people, sharing with them your experiences. Never push it, never be a missionary. Be completely selfless; realize you’re only an instrument of eternity.
  • I found that the breakthroughs for me, as I went through school, came through sexuality, explorations of consciousness, reading, loving, friends, time in nature, and through psychedelic experiences.
  • The Zen Master was constantly attempting to break up concepts that people had about what it was like to be a spiritual teacher. We have a traditional image. Each Zen master was a complete character.
  • People over-focus on teachers as an excuse to avoid their own life, and that way they fail to take responsibility for themselves. They have this feeling that the teacher will just take care of them.
  • There is a system and a flow and an organization to the structure of the universe. Just like there’s a system and a flow and an organization to the human body, to atomic structures, to the elements.
  • Power has destroyed many people – not really. Power doesn’t destroy anyone. People apply it poorly and it can ruin their lives. Power is like fire. Fire is neither good nor bad. It’s how you use it.
  • Some people are like psychic sponges, they drain power form others constantly. They lower your awareness because they are at a lower level. If you spend too much time with them, you get pulled down.
  • Today it is very popular to do a thing we call channeling. People are trying to channel entities and have these beings come through them. In my estimation this is downright ridiculous and dangerous.
  • There are also places of power that reference the fourth and fifth chakras, which are places of balance, and places of power that reference the sixth and seventh chakras, which are places of wisdom.
  • There is no future. There is only now, a continuous now. We have become so wrapped up in the past and the future that we don’t see the continuous now. There is no future. It is an idea that you have.
  • Psychic development is a necessary skill in leading a successful and happy life. Your intellectual processes and your senses don’t give you enough information to distinguish the real from the unreal.
  • Focus on one point and hold your attention there. The mind will waiver, you’ll think a million thoughts, but each time you do, bring your mind back to the point of concentration, seeing it visually.
  • Most people who have been enlightened in previous incarnations normally begin to regain their past-life enlightenment around the age of twenty-nine, when their astrological Saturn return takes place.
  • Someone who really wants to discover themselves has to be particularly careful about the use and abuse of power. But even your average human being just passing through another life has to be careful.
  • Having a tough time, things aren’t working out no matter what you try and do? That’s because you are spending your whole life just doing things for yourself. That’s a very limited view of your being.
  • Selfless giving is like putting on make-up. We’re covering up a part of ourselves thats not very aware. The thing is when we take the make up off, the selflish part leaves us. We are freeer, clearer.
  • Success, failure, pain, small furry animals, household products, freeways, Star Wars systems – all are interlinked in the dance of tantra, the disco of the mind, the ballroom of cosmic consciousness.
  • It’s very important for the coming times to have a sound economic base and to be as mobile as possible. The energy lines will be shifting strongly as we enter into the end phase of the earth’s cycle.
  • Everything starts within your own mind. The physical choices you make, drain your power or give you power. If your power is low, then you stay in lower levels of mind and you don’t see opportunities.
  • It takes many years to become proficient in energy conservation. But it is something that happens. You get continually stronger. You see your attention field is far different than it ever was before.
  • There were many stages to the Atlantean civilization. During the later stages, scientists became involved with advanced particle physics. In particular they were interested in reverse gravity fields.
  • We have this recurring dream that we’re human beings, that we have bodies, that we’re in time and space, that there is birth and death. To awaken from the dream of life is to be conscious of eternity.
  • Anyone who seeks enlightenment is going to encounter opposition, whether it is from their society or from non-physical forces or friends or whatever it is. Be strong enough to go through that and win.
  • Some people are drawn to meditation without knowing why. Their inner being realizes that they’ve totally fouled up their life so far, and now it’s just going to drag them to the local meditation hall.
  • Knowledge of the Enlightenment Cycle, of the ways that inner dimensions and nirvana work, lifts you far above the transient sorrows, pains, pleasures and joys that the unenlightened masses experience.
  • By fully focusing your mind on your chakras, stilling your thoughts, and increasing your kundalini flow, you can rise above your body consciousness and unite your mind with the clear light of nirvana.
  • 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.
  • I found growing up that love and sexuality was a wonderful way to understand existence. When we love it takes us beyond ourselves, otherwise we’re just absorbed with the preoccupations that we invent.
  • If you ever come to one of my seminars, you will notice I have volunteer workers. When I work with individuals like that, I expect a level of excellence displayed. Everything has to be done perfectly.
  • Occasionally at a Center Meeting, not that often, every couple of months, I’ll break down and demonstrate a little mystical kundalini; but not that often, simply because it wouldn’t be that effective.
  • It is necessary to store power to be free. Right now you are in the gravity field of many different people in your life. Each person you feel attached to is a planetary body…perhaps a heavenly body!
  • Avoid the things in your life that take away from your stillness. Find things that add to that stillness. Bring them more into your life. It doesn’t matter what works or doesn’t. It is all individual.
  • You need to turn your room into a place of power. It’s a good idea to have flowers around, candles, incense, you know, happy things. Make your room into a beautiful place and keep it impeccably clean.
  • A long time ago a very powerful race of Indians lived here. They were from another cycle; their being was of another composition. They are still here, even now, you can see them on the mountain rims.
  • Keep some of your attention on your navel center when you are in a situation in which you feel your power is being drained. You will find that you will keep your power tighter, you won’t lose as much.
  • I used to live in Seattle, as did Jimi Hendrix and Bruce Lee. I lived near the arboretum. Very often I would take walks late at night by Lake Washington, because I found it very easy to meditate there.
  • Most people are not in the world of awe and wonder. They’re in the world of deadness. Their perceptual fields and bodies are completely self-reflective, and all they see is themselves wherever they go.
  • Channeling is a practice that is very popular right now. It is very dangerous. It is a process in which you are opening yourself up to astral entities and inviting them to come into you. This is silly.
  • If you just keep giving constantly, if you don’t really take thought of your own welfare and your own awareness, but just give, beyond exhaustion – then your life will always be a constant progression.
  • Dreams are just silly things that pass through your mind at night. “Dreaming” is out-of-the-body experiences where you are traveling through the different dimensions – most of which you don’t remember.
  • In my estimation it’s silly to go out and spend your time aiding people if you don’t have your own act together yet. So I’d rather you spend the time, get it right, and it’ll all work out a lot better.
  • Everybody deals with stress differently. Some people drink, some people use drugs, some people watch TV. I have always found that extreme athletics chills me out and leaves me in a very centered place.
  • I do have a staff of what some people would consider to be very attractive, chic women. They are not on the staff because they are attractive and chic but because they care about the welfare of others.
  • Get your emotions under control and your life under control. Work really hard and don’t make a big deal out of yourself. Have humility. Believe in yourself. Don’t get a fanatical fixation on a teacher.
  • We seek to unify ourselves with the endless light of truth, of God, of nirvana. We recognize the infinite playing through all beings and all forms, but we only have to concern ourselves with ourselves.
  • There are those who will seek to block you. There are also non-physical forces. To win in the world of enlightenment, it is necessary to be able to will away these forces, to see they’re insubstantial.
  • There are billions of people on earth. They are all transmitting thoughts and impressions, most of which are not directed towards enlightenment. If you are not focused, you will pick up these energies.
  • Astrologically, at that age, you experience a Saturn return. It is considered an auspicious time to “reboot” your life. It’s a chance to have a clean start and move forward into something very exciting.
  • Chakras really are dimensions. We think of them as objects, but they’re not really. They’re dimensional access points, whereby we can enter into different levels of mind, and that happens automatically.
  • To have the detached eye of the occultist, to look outward, to not be so self-reflective and to learn to step through the various viewpoints of consciousness – that we call occultism – leads to freedom.
  • The ashram is where everyone lives in the same building or on the same grounds. You feel that it’s selfish for you to devote your life to one person. You don’t just love the one, you love the many also.
  • When you visit the Zen Monasteries, one of the first things required is that you bring a donation. They have to pay for those monasteries. The upkeep is fantastic.  The monks have to be fed, and so on.
  • If, at the office or in different exchanges in daily living, you have to spend time with people who are at lower power levels, then you have to be aware of that and keep your awareness very much within.
  • There is a difference between willing and forcing. Willing something simply means you are not being lazy. Forcing something means you are trying to do something inappropriate or in an inappropriate way.
  • The person who takes power will never be happy with those things they gain. They have lost their essential balance and innocence. And without innocence, nothing can further, as they say in the I Ching.
  • During the time of Atlantis, members of the Mystery Schools discovered and developed specific concentration exercises that they found would radically increase and sharpen their innate psychic abilities.
  • Naturally, along the way, there are beings and forces that will challenge you. They want to try and get some of your power, take it away from you, all this nonsense, and of course, you just defeat them.
  • Feel the wind. This wind blows from world to world and from life to death. This is the wind of dharma. Be in love with the wind. It is an intimate lover. It enraptures you. It blows you through eternity.
  • Kirshna says its better to be a winner than a loser. It runs counter to what a lot of people whould think, because they have watered down, quasi-religious ideas about that which creates in enlightenment.
  • In Zen you practice zazen, mindfulness and other forms of introspection to find out who you are and what you want, to balance your spirit, develop willpower, increase your sense of humor and gain wisdom.
  • Let’s say you dissolve and become infinite light. There is this sense of being light even though the mind is not thinking it, one feels it, which indicates that one is still there – at least half of one.
  • It takes tremendous self-restraint on the part of the student not to want to monopolize the teacher’s attention, to live a very controlled life and a happy life, and of course, be dedicated to the cause.
  • This is the fourth age, the Kali Yuga, and it’s a time of great darkness. At the end of this age, there’s supposed to be a cosmic dissolution and then life begins anew. It’s a wonderful cycle of rebirth.
  • Two people can be work at the same job, side by side. One person is working just for a paycheck. Another is working to perfect their being. Some people think that the material world will make them happy.
  • You can think whatever you want, you can create all the labels you choose, but the universe just is. You can come to terms with it or not. If you don’t come to terms with it, we say you live in illusion.
  • When you deal with people, it tends to drag your energy down – if those people are in a lower auric state than you. If you meditate and they don’t, then by the end of the day you tend to be more drained.
  • Your life may be draining away. Every day you may be getting older instead of younger, more frustrated instead of happier. Your job, your relationships may not be evolving – then your power is dwindling.
  • Nothing is distinct and separate. The waves of the ocean arise and have a separate birth, crashing on the shore, but then back into the ocean they go. They never left it. There is no movement in Nirvana.
  • Yes, there are siddha powers. Yes, you can heal people, transform attention. You can flood the sky with light at night so you can’t even see the stars. But the greatest miracle is the spirit – it is light
  • Different schools of Zen have evolved, principally the Rinzai and Soto orders. A whole hierarchy has developed for the teaching and practice of Zen. Zen has become, to a certain degree, institutionalized.
  • There are the samskaras, the tendencies from your other lifetimes, ways of seeing, habits that are so strong, they affect you now. They are the operative situations in your life that are created by karma.
  • Some people have a very strange idea that material success does not coincide harmoniously with self-realization, which is absurd. The aversion to material success, or the clinging to it, is an attachment.
  • I studied with a number of different teachers. But really, I’ve never studied with teachers. To be honest, the only thing that’s ever interested me in life is eternity. Nothing else makes any sense to me.
  • Are you still carrying everyone who’s insulted you, injured you or interfered with you? That’s a lot of weight. I’d let it go, personally, and just move on and forget. Be in the moment. Don’t even notice.
  • There are special places on our planet, places of power, healing and renewal, places where the mind-body connection is enhanced and that enable us to get back in touch with our deepest innermost feelings.
  • If you go to a place of power, the beings are higher, magnificent beings of light. They are not from our world. They pass through it, the place where dimensions touch, where there are many worlds present.
  • There are two sides to a person’s being – the superconscious and the conscious. These have reverberations in the popular works of Carlos Castaneda, in the don Juan terminology of the tonal and the nagual.
  • Move the kundalini from the solar plexus region into the heart center, which purifies it and connects the two halves of you being. Bring the kundalini down again from the heart center to the navel center.
  • Real winning and losing all takes place at the meditation table. This is where the battles are. Winning is stopping thought. Losing is sitting there and being subjected to all kinds of ridiculous thoughts
  • Don’t always talk about your life, where you live, interests – people learn from your vibratory form and can get inside you. Plus those relationships where you know everything about each other are boring!
  • The way you learn is by sitting with the Master, as he moves into those states of attention, you feel that and follow him. He generates tremendous energy when he’s doing anything. You are taught inwardly.
  • When you’re happy, your immune system is at its strongest point. And when you think negatively, or when you hate, or allow yourself to grow emotionally out of control, you are weakening your immune system.
  • It wasn’t until after living in California for many years that I realized that you don’t believe what anybody says, ever. Whatever they say, they’re just making a movie – they just like the way they sound.
  • Simply because you can perform feats of power does not mean you are, in the classical sense, fully enlightened. It means that you have mastered a few aspects of the mystical kundalini. That’s all it means.
  • You human beings think that yoga is in some way going to make everything you want to happen, work out. You are going to be able to avoid what you don’t want. That is not yoga. That is desire and aversion.
  • There are two primary ways of studying Zen. Either an individual will enter into a Zen monastery and study with a Zen master there, or they will study with a Zen master who lives in the contemporary world.
  • The psychic perception is a feeling as opposed to a thinking. Not a feeling that is engendered through emotion necessarily. It comes from the psychic plane of intuition, which is another stage of our mind.
  • You must learn to meditate and stop your thoughts. You must overcome all egotism and selfishness by serving others. You must cleanse your mind so that enlightenment will find a happy place to reside there.
  • Molecules are moving. Universes are colliding. Generations are being born and dying simultaneously, throughout eternity. As one of our great American poets, Walt Whitman, once said: “I contain multitudes.”
  • Success does not necessarily create happiness. I could take you on a tour of West Lost Angeles. You would be surprised that happiness does not blossom in Beverly Hills any more than it does in most places.
  • You get a very different type of education if you go out to the desert, to the places of power, places where it is easy to cross over from one dimensional plane to another, where power hovers, so to speak.
  • If you must go to a negative place of power, go to them in a very conservative way. You must go to them when your power is up. It is like going to war. You have got to be ready if you are going to survive.
  • The kundalini is raised or brought down. It can be done in several different ways, and as it moves to the different chakras or energy centers in the subtle physical body, it endows one with various powers.
  • The force that drives the green fuse, as Dylan Thomas said, cannot be understood. So self-discovery is to accept your daily meditation, to observe yourself meditating and not be concerned with the results.
  • How can you tell if you are draining someone? How far have you gotten into their life?  Are they dependent upon you?  Are you thinking of them negatively?  Does your energy drop when you stop seeing them?
  • Don’t listen to voices. If you hear voices talking to you, forget it. Disregard the information, even if it is right occasionally. You are dealing with non-physical forces that are trying to influence you.
  • If your power level gets low enough, you will die. You will get in a car accident. You will pick up a disease. That is why it is very important to keep your power level high, just to be a happy human being.
  • When you die in this life, you might be experiencing pain, but the structure of your perceptual field will determine your next lifetime. That structure has been determined by the way you have led this life.
  • I love people who make mistakes. That’s why I’m in the teaching business. I love people who make mistakes because I enjoy watching them learn and helping them, assisting them. I find it a beautiful process.
  • In poetry, and in my study in graduate school, I was drawn to a particular poet, Theodore Roethke. I did a dissertation on “The Evolution of Matter and Spirit in the Poetry of Theodore Roethke” for my Ph.D.
  • Master Fwap, who told me that snowboarding, or any activity could be improved by the practice of meditation. Since I had had previously some training in Korean martial arts, I was somewhat open to the idea.
  • The degree of success that you attain in all of your physical, mental and spiritual undertakings is dependent upon the strength and clarity of your finite mind and your ability to access your infinite mind.
  • A good teacher will show you the ropes in the world of power. They will give you the wisdom that is necessary to be able to use power. You just don’t give a kid a new Ferrari. You teach him how to drive it.
  • To not realize that everyone we think about affects us psychically, to not realize that life is a field of power, is criminal, in my opinion. If you are a sensitive and evolved being, it is simply criminal.
  • Some people say: “There is no God; because, if there was a God, God would stop all the suffering.” Nonsense! God is oblivious to suffering. God is beyond suffering. That’s what makes God, God, by definition.
  • There is no loneliness when you meditate, you feel eternity. How could you ever be lonely? You just feel God’s love for you and that sustains you. It’s totally clear; it’s part of every aspect of your being.
  • When the mind is not only silent, but that part of the mind that could become conscious that the mind is silent dissolves in light, then we see and feel purity. We become it, the purity of the eternal light.
  • I can understand pathways to enlightenment where people shun certain aspects of the sensual world because they feel that these aspects are very powerful; they’re not in a position to control their appetites.
  • The person who practices advanced meditation is usually not married, some are. They usually don’t have children, some do. But chances are they will not marry or have children because it demands to much time.
  • When you sit and meditate and begin to experience expanded states of mind, you will be afraid. The light makes most people very, very afraid. The only way to overcome the fear is walking down into the light.
  • We’re connected to the Buddhist order, to the mind of enlightenment. All day long we draw the power and force from that world, from all the teachers and all the adherents of the practices and the principles.
  • When we lack etiquette, we trash things. We trash each other. We trash the environment. We lose sight of the value of things. We suffer alienation when our spirit is disconnected from our physical awareness.
  • All things are spiritual. It doesn’t matter what you do or who you are or what kind of blue jeans you wear, or whether you wear an ochre robe or whether you’re sober or asleep or dreaming. It’s all the same.
  • It is my belief that one of the most exciting things about the World Wide Web is that they allow minds, as Spock might say, to meld. The transfer of consciousness through a variety of mediums is nothing new.
  • Beyond this world and beyond all other worlds there is an all-perfect light. It is pure intelligence, ecstasy, peace and happiness. It is the light that shines beyond darkness, time, space and dimensionality.
  • Feel the underlying meaning of the teachings that are espoused by me or anyone else. The word’s don’t mean much. Words are supposed to be catalysts for higher states of attention. That is where the action is.
  • The Indians in the Southwestern United States went to many places of power. They were able to have profound dream experiences where they could see into the future or know what do to and make proper decisions.
  • Some astral dimensions are bright and filled with ecstasy. Advanced cosmic beings live in them. But there are also very dark astral dimensions, often inhabited by beings that are filled with hate and despair.
  • Originally, I was interested in athletic pursuits like snowboarding, martial arts and surfing. When I went to the Himalayas and met a number of Buddhist monks I was introduced to a new way of looking at life.
  • We are intelligent atoms. We are intelligent organic structures. We can change who we are. We can heal ourselves. With genetic engineering, we are considering changing the physiological structure of the body.
  • If we have a giant mansion and we don’t keep it as well as that room, then our yoga isn’t good and our attention field will be very poor and we won’t have power, and we’ll be totally hooked on the transient .
  • Make lists. Write down the things that give you power. Write down the things that take your power away also. Make lists of people close to you. Are you associations raising you to a higher level of attention?
  • Your understanding of the astral dimensions can help you alter structures in the physical dimensions. It is in and through the medium of the astral dimensions that all of the siddha powers function and work.
  • The high priests and priestesses taught the children the secret meditation techniques, along with methods and ways of living that would increase their pranic levels and help them develop their psychic skills.
  • Buddhism isn’t about temples, and incense, and shaved heads, and robes. It’s not about church. There are aspects of Buddhism that involve that. People enjoy that, it helps them, it strengthens their practice.
  • The problem with monasteries, ashrams, convents is these institutions become extremely political. In other words, they’re really small societies, and much of what you hope to avoid in societies you find there.
  • In my very early childhood, when I was only 3 or 4 or 5, I would enter for many hours into meditative states in which the world would become light and energy and I would transcend the boundaries of the senses.
  • If the Zen master sees that it will cause a person to progress, he will ask that person to do a task. The task is charged with power if it’s performed properly. It’s a koan between yourself and the Zen Master.
  • It has been my experience as a teacher over the years and incarnations that what really counts are not techniques. What really counts is spirit, love. What really counts is a sense of propriety and dedication.
  • What is important in self-discovery is the person who keeps going, who has a smile, who is kind to others, who works hard at everything, and who keeps their mind on their own business and not everybody else’s.
  • Economics is important because it’s possible to buy the places that are necessary to live in relative inaccessibility and seclusion, or to move with a bit of style and chicness into the middle of civilization.
  • Timeless awareness occurs to very few in this world, to step beyond the circle of fear. The body has created a magnificent arena of fear. We have developed ways of seeing life that exclude us from seeing life.
  • A lot of people profess to have power and it is very minor astral power. They do get power over you, not because they have any intrinsic power, but because your fear immobilizes you and makes you do a bad job.
  • To run away from life and desire is impossible because you are life and you have desire. Accept that this is part of your physical condition and see that these aspects are not really indigenous to what you are.
  • All things are void. So how possibly could there be any obscurations since everything is void, when you’re void itself? There’s only the void. In the void, there’s only shining, perfect clear light of reality.
  • The word “Guru”, as it is used in the contemporary American scene, is someone who takes all your money and tells you what to do with your life. You assume no responsibility. A lot of people want that free ride.
  • People enter states of consciousness where they think they’ve become enlightened. The best thing to do, if you’ve gone through one of those phases, is to be sensible, laugh at yourself for how foolish you were.
  • Naturally you need someone who is versed in the ways of power to teach you a thing or two about it. When you reach the next power level, they will teach you more. It is very much like the study of martial arts.
  • It is not necessary to wrap people up. The reason you’re doing it is because you don’t have enough power. If you had enough power, you could unlock your own personal power – you wouldn’t need to control others.
  • If there is no way out and confrontation and battle is inevitable, one can use power and strategy, balance and wisdom and enlightenment to win, of course. But the best battle is the battle that is never fought.
  • We live in a world where no one believes. Enlightenment and knowledge are laughed at.  Those who seek and teach the mysteries are scorned and often persecuted.  Welcome to the planet earth: environment hostile.
  • Personal power is a feeling that everybody is looking for called satisfaction. It is different from enlightenment, but you need personal power to become enlightened. Personal power is not the end of the process.
  • The only reason you feel pain is because you’re so busy looking at yourself instead of looking at the wonderful patterns of light. If you become absorbed in the wonderful patterns of light, then there’s no pain.
  • Tantra is spiritual, not religious. It deals with the spirit. Religion is just an applied body of doctrines that’s believed or not believed by one or more individuals. Spirituality is the science of metaphysics.
  • As Buddhist monks, our task is to bring ourselves resolutely more and more into light, to forgive and forget, to forget those who create problems for us because to remember them is only to keep problems is mind.
  • One function of the intellect is to catalog. But cataloging doesn’t change anything. If we call it a rose, or by any other name, it still smells as sweet. The name doesn’t really matter. It is convenient for us.
  • You have got to get your power up and do something and not just sit around. Always be optimistic. Always be positive! And ignore those who aren’t, because they’re obviously confused, and out of touch with light.
  • In Atlantis, children who were spiritually evolved from meditative practices in their previous lives were brought to the Mystery School for training by older members of the Order who psychically recognized them.
  • Close your eyes and simply “feel” the spot your finger is touching. Then, after a couple of minutes, let your hands down.  Continue to hold your attention on the spot just as you did when your finger was there.
  • Expect forces to interfere with you and expect to conquer them all, if you are serious about the study. Just as there are powers that interfere with those who seek enlightenment, there are forces that will help.
  • The reason you study with a teacher is primarily for the empowerments, for someone who is enlightened to transfer power to you. What is most important is that the student uses that power intelligently and wisely.
  • Become conscious of what you think during the day. A negative thought will enter you. At first it will be vague, innocuous, but then it will root in your consciousness and soon it will be impossible to eradicate.
  • Practitioners of tantra don’t decide to break the rules. They are not particularly hung up on having sex or eating meat or drinking alcohol. They don’t strive to do these things, nor do they strive to avoid them.
  • Two of the most powerful of these power places are located in the Boston and Los Angeles areas. Highly evolved souls tend to be drawn to these areas because it’s easier for them to increase their awareness there.
  • I am very interested in the enlightenment of women. Very few teachers of advanced self discovery work with women, and if they do it’s usually in a very second handed way. They treat women as second class citizens.
  • Some people harbor the idea or belief that all teachers should teach for free. Obviously these people have never been teachers, particularly in the twentieth century. Teaching meditation is a very expensive hobby.
  • Etiquette is an intelligent way to live. There are certain ways of living you will learn being around advanced students and mostly your teacher. These are methods that have been handed down for thousands of years.
  • It is very important to always hold the thought of an enlightened teacher in your mind in a very positive way. When you direct negative energy towards someone who is powerful, it has a terrible bounce-back effect.
  • There is a power in the land in Concord, in Lincoln, in the western Boston suburbs. There’s an inter-dimensional vortex that opens in a variety of places in this area, which leads one to a transcendental reality.
  • You have to be very, very careful not to pick up too much of the lower energies, the toxic energies, because they’ll make you very ill. They can kill you. They can cause cancer, debilitative diseases of all types.
  • Because someone is a lama or is part of a monastic order or claims to be part of a succession, doesn’t really mean they know anything. Always examine the individual’s consciousness, their ability to transmit light.
  • The study of Zen is the study of energy, power, knowledge and balance. It is the science of energy conservation and control. We use energy to aid others, to see beauty, to discover love where we saw no love at all.
  • There is something very fragile about the beginning stages of psychic development. Eventually, one becomes very strong and the cushioning isn’t as necessary. It’s still logical because we live in an abrasive world.
  • The three principal samskaras have to do with sex, money and power. In all those countless incarnations that one goes through in the religious practice, the avoidance is tremendous.  We brand those things as evil.
  • One of the greatest mistakes that people make who pursue self-discovery is they neglect to develop their careers. There is a popular notion that those who seek enlightenment should abandon the things of this world.
  • There is only black light between the stars. It may seem that it’s darkness, but it’s really black light. There is no such thing as darkness. Darkness is a human concept. There’s only black light between the stars.
  • Entities have died, but what they seek is life again. They miss it. They want to experience food again, basic things. They are low on the evolutionary scale. They want to experience the joy of destroying something.
  • When a person who has had highly evolved past lives is going through a strong past-life transit, that person comes to know things about life, death and other dimensions that most people in our world aren’t aware of.
  • The abuse of power that seems to create the most unhappiness is when a person uses personal power to get ahead without regards to the welfare of others, or when power is used to go into the lower dimensional planes.
  • There is mental conditioning in your mind put in there during this life by your parents, teachers, the society. You’ve been told what is and what is not, what is right and what is wrong. This has to be pushed aside.
  • The burden you are carrying around is the burden of self. You seek release from that. You want to let it all go. You want to forget who you are and what you are. You wish to be the whole universe, infinite, endless.
  • You might say living in a monastery cuts down the commutation time. That alone gives you a couple extra hours a day to meditate. In a monastery you lead a relatively simply life. You don’t need a lot of possessions.
  • It is necessary to be occupied almost all the time, to have your mind focused; otherwise, you get very spaced out. There are many variant psychic forces and powers that roam through the worlds. You can pick them up.
  • Many spiritual teachers have done this. They have disbanded their whole community because everyone got angry. The karma, at a certain point, has to go back to the person; it’s intensified and hurts them spiritually.
  • I’d love to find some people to teach advanced meditation to. I’ve been looking for many years. There are a few around. Once in a while I run into another one. It’s a very limited league at this time, in this world.
  • Everything that I teach as an enlightened Buddhist teacher is towards directing an individual to happiness, a balanced wisdom and knowledge that is sometimes just bubbly and euphoric or just very still and profound.
  • In the world of power, people will come looking for you. If you’re a movie star, you know what I am saying. People will come around you, little groupie types. They think that being around you they can get something.
  • Deluded beings think that if they get in a battle with a Zen Master or with a Don Juan, that it’s going enhance their life if they win. You can never take power from someone else any more than you can take sunlight.
  • They wanted to preserve and protect the mystical knowledge gained from their meditation practices and pass it on to future civilizations they clairvoyantly saw were going to be born after the destruction of Atlantis
  • You don’t know why, but you know you have to go home. It’s an eternal longing. It’s Marvell’s drop of dew wanting to go back to the sky. We’re drawn by a force we don’t understand, through worlds, through experience.
  • Sring is the mantra of beauty. Traditionally it is connected with Lakshmi, the Indian goddess of beauty. Chant “Sring” slowly, elongating each sound. As you do, you will see the consciousness of beauty of everywhere.
  • Selectively pick a teacher, one that you respect, not just someone who can talk with wonderful poetic figures about enlightenment, but someone who has the personal power to bring you into altered states of awareness.
  • Determine where you are and where you wish to be. Then use all of your self-effort to make that happen, following the guiding principles of all the Buddhas and bohisattvas and seekers of the dharma, of enlightenment.
  • Every person I’ve known has had an effect on me, as have people whom I’ve not met in the physical in this life, but whom I’ve met inwardly, teachers from other eras – Sri Ramana Maharshi, Sri Ramakrishna and Lao Tse.
  • When I meditate, people see manifestations of light when I go into samadhi and through the samadhis. Sometimes the energy of enlightenment is so clear that people don’t realize that their attention has been elevated.
  • Don’t judge others. Always be open to them. Avoid the cult mentality, you know, the super-slick, “I’m superior because I meditate, because I’m on the pathway to enlightenment,” the subtle ego nonsense, terrible trap.
  • Power comes from doing meditation, leading a controlled life, being conservative, not wasting all your energy on drugs, alcohol and sex and other pastimes. The guideline for all experience is how you feel afterwards.
  • Jealousy, anger, fear – these are ridiculous emotions that drain your power. You need to control them by being content, trusting that life knows what is best, accepting with an even mind whatever is presented to you.
  • When you listen to what entities say, the gradually work their way into your thoughts. After a while you will start thinking their thoughts. You won’t know they aren’t your thoughts. Soon you will be fully possessed.
  • At a certain point I left my spiritual teacher because I began to see the limitations of my teacher, who was a very powerful occultist, but who I thought was, to some extent, limiting others in their spiritual growth.
  • The music is used as a backdrop. I take the kundalini and I play against the notes with it. I do a light show inwardly and outwardly with the vortexes of energy as you sit there. It’s no big deal. It’s just what I do.
  • I’ll go to a city, a school, and give a lecture because I can feel someone there. I inwardly see first their is someone there who is waiting. Where they’ll show up or not, I don’t know. That depneds upon many factors.
  • Everything is amplified in the world of attention at night. People are more open to forces. That is why human beings cluster around each other in housing developments – a group force pervades and keeps the beings out.
  • Focus your attention on the center of your forehead. Visualize that there is a slow but steady swirl of white light there. Visualize that the white light above your forehead is slowly moving in a clockwise direction.
  • To the great pharaohs it mattered a great deal to bury their treasures in the pyramids, which they thought they would bring to the other worlds. But obviously it doesn’t matter to them now. They went, the goods stayed.
  • We’re not aware of the joy of our own immortality. When we give to someone else it opens a doorway and gives us the vision to see those we give to are God. As we see this in others, suddenly we see it within ourselves.
  • Each of the small enlightenments that a Zen practitioner has, which are known in Zen as “Satori experiences,” provides deeper insights into the nature of existence and helps a person prepare for complete enlightenment.
  • I have often discussed the Four Noble Truths and the Eightfold Path in talks I have given about meditation. But, since I also teach Hindu, Buddhist, and Taoist mediation, I have a very eclectic approach to the subject.
  • While I enjoy teaching people on the basic and intermediate levels to work them up to advanced levels, my real talent is for the advanced students. You could say that I’m like a ninth-degree black belt in martial arts.
  • Every day I get letters from people thanking me for helping them to become successful, whether because of their personal growth or because of economic rewards. A few of my former students have even become millionaires.
  • Unfortunately, in self-discovery, you get the culty types who want the father figure or mother figure to tell them everything to do. They don’t want to do any work. They want to hang on your energy and try to drain it.
  • Money is very useful in this particular world to buy you space. In the old days, there were not too many people on the planet. Today everybody owns the forests and woods and there are “No Trespassing” signs everywhere.
  • The earth is not the same everywhere. Certain powers are available in one part of the earth that are not available in another part. The rich realize this. They live in these places and they use that power to stay rich.
  • Most people, without consciously realizing it, absorb a great deal of psychic energy from the people they casually associate with, and even a greater amount from people with whom they have strong emotional connections.
  • When the subtle physical body is damaged you will begin to notice changes in your skin, you skin starts to get gnarly or dry. I’m not speaking of acne. Acne means you have a lot of kundalini, which stimulates hormones.
  • You are a stranger in a strange land. As an evolved person living in a relatively unevolved world, you are constantly subjected to a bombardment of seemingly endless negative vibrations emanating from those around you.
  • Psychic impressions can also remain in a physical location for some time. You can move into a home just vacated, pick-up the thought forms from the previous tenants, and assume they were your own thoughts and feelings.
  • The important thing to remember is to follow the path of light. As the fictional character Yoda, from Star Wars, correctly pointed out, once you start down the dark path to power, it’s very difficult to leave that path.
  • Don’t create a plastic image of what it is to be spiritual and try to become it. You won’t be capable of it and that will frustrate you. Even if you could do it, if it’s not really what you’re like, you’ll be miserable.
  • Gaining energy is accomplished by meditating, by right actions, right thoughts, right deeds, by studying with a real teacher or by just studying the teachings, by creating happiness in your life, and by never giving up.
  • We must be able to deal with ridicule and scorn, which it always seems that Buddhists receive. But we feel that it doesn’t matter. God’s laughing at us; God’s laughing at God. We can take a joke too. We’re pretty funny.
  • The psychic plane is clouded over by emotions and thoughts and the general dullness and malaise that develops in our contemporary world through the social conditioning that most individuals experience in the modern era.
  • There are different worlds, endless worlds, and different beings come from different worlds. In my particular case, I come from the stillness. We call it the dharmakaya, the clear light of reality. I know it quite well.
  • In advanced meditation there are methods and formations of joining the mind with the various aggregate aspects of the universe, fusing it, dissolving it, sometimes thousands of times in a microsecond or outside of time.
  • The high-priests and priestesses of Atlantis had discovered many of the deepest secrets of the universe. They had come to understand all about reincarnation, karma, and the innermost workings of the Enlightenment Cycle.
  • In Old Zen, the Zen Master would do literally anything to break down the concept of what the study was. He would present conflicting codes all the time, just to shake this fixation people had on how to attain liberation.
  • Perhaps you’re not the next Buddha. Perhaps you’re not the Maitreya. Perhaps that’s not your job in this incarnation. Perhaps you have to enjoy life and learn about life through whatever way that you find yourself going.
  • It is necessary to bring our life in order, to examine each thing, and ask ourselves if it is bringing power into our life or if it is draining us. Ask yourself, is your life taking power from you or adding power to you?
  • The forces are different up here at the continental divide. The magnetic lines of energy run in specific directions.  The United States is divided into power zones. The Divide itself is the point where the energy meets.
  • There are people who will think of you in negative ways. You will feel it sometimes. It can actually be physically painful if they’re somewhat powerful. You simply have to remove yourself inwardly from these individuals.
  • Each of the seven chakras references different dimensional planes. It is a turnstile that leads us into different dimensions. As the kundalini rises, the knowledge and powers of those dimensions will begin to come to you.
  • They would spend a lot of their time simply walking around in the woods or in the cities, or they would come over to his house and he would teach them with a great deal of humor and laughter about the nature of existence.
  • I respect self-giving and I’ve tried to lead my life with that as the ideal. But real self-giving is when we take our being, that which is most precious to us, and we throw it into eternity with a total sense of offering.
  • I show people the techniques for gaining knowledge, and this inspires them in their search for truth, freedom and happiness. I also try to show people that truth exists as much in this world as it does in any other world.
  • Material success is a way of tightening up your life so that you can move into higher planes of attention. You should try to do well in every aspect of your life, because each aspect of your life affects your total being.
  • Combine meditation with career as a yoga. You will find that your practice will not be any less powerful than a person who lives in a monastery. You might even excel because practice in a monastery can get very one-sided.
  • If you want to succeed always associate with winners, people who have understood something. You will notice that they all share something in common, tremendous attention to detail in their personal lives and associations.
  • The perfect view of existence comes from an unclouded, uncluttered life and mind whereby the radiance of perfect attention of the mind of the universe floods us at every moment. This is Buddhism. This is being on the path.
  • The thousand petal lotus of light, the crown center, really does not become operative until one is on the verge of enlightenment itself. Then you really don’t have to meditate on it. The thousand petals gradually light up.
  • If you think it makes a difference if I have ten thousand sports cars, ten million girlfriends and lead a very flashy life … I don’t think you should work with any teacher because you don’t know what it is all about yet.
  • Why don’t you like being you for a change? Just be different and don’t hate yourself and feel very good about all your different desires and all the things you didn’t want and want. Go get them all, and see what it’s like.
  • Clothing has a great deal to do with the attitudes and energy that others direct towards you. I favor the chic, and tend to avoid the trendy. I think that it’s good to be chic when possible because it is more inaccessible.
  • Entities are beings that are dead. They are the lowest beings on the evolutionary scale because they don’t even know they are dead. They are so stupid. What they seek is life again – they come into the world of the living.
  • As the years progressed, my spiritual evolution seemed to increase in speed. I stepped outside this world, the selves reordered. The combination, the aggregate of beings that I was, dissolved in the white light of eternity.
  • A continuous perception is taking place deep within the mind. It is hard to hear that signal because it is blurred over by your own thoughts, desires, and fears. It is blurred over by your emotional swings. You become dull.
  • To feel that you are the Buddha of all times and places and that in some way the salvation of anyone, including yourself, depends upon you, I think there’s a lot of ego involved in such a view, not much self-transcendence.
  • Part of what we seek in Buddhism is the sense of quiet observation. We don’t get so involved in a state of mind that we forget that it’s just another transient state of mind, no matter how much ecstasy or agony is involved.
  • In the enlightenment cycle, attention is paid to bringing back the awareness field from other lives. This does not simply mean memory, but rather the internal power and intelligence that you have amassed in other lifetimes.
  • Never make a move until you find yourself making it, because it might be too soon. It’s always better to wait. Whenever you’re not sure, wait, and in time you’ll find yourself doing it. To act before then would be a mistake.
  • Meditation without selfless giving is not enough. You may go into very high states of consciousness but the rough edges will still be there – there may be lots of selfish motives lurking within the self – that you don’t see.
  • Rama is a fairly common name in India. It symbolizes an individual who is interested both in enlightenment and martial arts. I do not claim to have any past life connection with the historical Rama. It’s just a name I liked.
  • Salvakalpa samadhi is absorption in eternity to the point where there is no real concept of self but there’s still a karmic chain. Nirvikalpa samadhi is absorption in nirvana; concepts of self and no-self go away completely.
  • Winning is an approach to life. The place it starts is not on the playing field or in the business organization; nor is it competitive. We are trying to do our best to bring perfection into whatever we turn our attention to.
  • You don’t want to become so sensitive that you can’t interact with people in the world. If you get to that point, you are not practicing psychic development. You are running away from the world, and you’ve made yourself weak.
  • To go to the very center of the mind of God, to be that, to become aware of our infiniteness, is the goal of Buddhism and along the way, to be as kind to others as possible without thinking that we are particularly wonderful.
  • Most of the teaching I do is not verbal. It’s in every movement of my body. It’s in my dance. It’s in the way I lift a glass of water. It’s in my voice tone. It’s in every aspect of my life – because it isn’t my life anymore.
  • When I sit with my students and meditate with them, I channel the kundalini directly into them. I bring them to plane after plane of consciousness. What they would do in 100 years of meditation, I can do in an hour with them.
  • You’ve gained some powers by your entrance into other dimensions and you use them to attack others or to make others miserable, then power reverses on you and it pulls you apart because it’s not supposed to be used that way.
  • A categorization implies a hierarchical way of seeing things. Life is really relational, not hierarchical. Hierarchical is a human way of looking at things. Relational is much more the way things are. Everything is connected.
  • As the prana current, kundalini and different energies begin to move through you, you will feel yourself moving and rocking. Keep the body still, otherwise that energy will be lost as it expresses itself through the physical.
  • To meditate, you need to feel, and feeling is a lost art. You need to feel the stillness of existence and also the sound of existence. You need to feel that which lies beyond your awareness field, and that which is within it.
  • At the umbilical region we actually network with people. Picture that you are cutting those cords to everyone you know. It doesn’t mean you don’t love them; you are just cutting down on the negative energy pickup from people.
  • Everyone meditates in their own way. Some people sit and practice formal mediation techniques for many hours a day while others spontaneously meditate while watching a sunset, listening to music, or participating in athletics.
  • It is better when you are in the world. You know how much pain there is. You can tell how established you are in the light. To remove yourself from the things you desire or things you find difficult to deal with is no answer.
  • The way of Zen is to become independent and strong. Don’t rely on others for perceptions of life and truth. Do it individually. Go to a teacher of Zen to learn how to do that, not to get answers for individual life situations.
  • The spirit of the West, of America, is different than the East. The cultural conditioning is very different. It seems to be harder for people to work in teams, more difficult for people here to live in harmony, in a monastery.
  • There are places where there is more power. Just as there is more power in the chakras, there is more power in certain places. We call them places of power. If you spend time in these places, it increases your vibratory power.
  • Focus on the heart center and feel love. There is a flower there, but it’s like a rose folded up. As you meditate, feel that the flower is opening. Each time you open a set of petals you’re going deeper into eternal awareness.
  • The most important thing is sensitivity. Many people have sex and don’t feel anything, and that seems kind of sad to me. The answer is not necessarily the avoidance of sex, but learning to be sensitive and to love and to care.
  • In Buddhism you study how to release the kundalini to the levels that would certainly afford career success. If we move it further, into the planes of knowledge and wisdom, it enables the practitioner to do just about anything.
  • I consider those persons to be my students who come and meditate with me on a regular basis, who, in spite of the hardships and difficulties on the path of knowledge, still continue to try, and who respect me as I respect them.
  • The only problem that occurs in the practice of tantra is when you don’t practice tantra and fool yourself. You get caught up in powerful vortexes of negative energy which pull you into the lower bardo regions … into the mud.
  • People try to get into your life. They try and keep you off-balance, keep you from making good decisions that will empower you – because if your attention field is sharp – you will see if anyone is in your life for ill reasons.
  • Transmission does not have to take place physically. The student doesn’t have to be sitting across from you. But it’s easier if they are because the vibration of the teacher is strongest in the physical proximity of the teacher.
  • In tantra one does not seek experiences that most people would consider unspiritual and try to see truth in them. In tantra we don’t try to guide our life in a specific way. We let the winds of existence blow us where they will.
  • People don’t necessarily take power from you for themselves. It just means they are operating at a lower attention level and you got pulled down by it. You are not sufficiently strong enough to be with someone and be unaffected.
  • When something goes wrong with the body of energy that surrounds and protects your physical body, it will later show up in your physical body. The problem always starts in the subtle physical, and then manifests in the physical.
  • Any individual is capable of realizing the truth at any time. No tradition is necessary, no chain, no lineage. Once you have realized the truth, once you have become consciousness itself, then you go beyond all such distinctions.
  • The buildup of negative auric vibrations initially impairs our ability to perceive psychically. They can eventually cause us to become ill. Most serious illnesses, including many types of cancer, are the result of auric toxicity.
  • It is possible with pure willpower to force the kundalini up the shushumna, through the chakras. You will develop visions of other worlds that will not necessarily stop when you want them to. This is a condition we call insanity.
  • I enjoy the writings of all of these authors and they have been very inspirational for me. But I think that it is important as writers of metaphysical, New Age, occult fiction and nonfiction to not  take ourselves too seriously.
  • I try to teach people to continually search and question the meaning of everything they are taught and everything they believe in. My job is not so much to impart a philosophy but to train people in the methods of self-discovery.
  • We throw you as many as you want, in this profession, and the more you want the more we’ll give you, until you’re so confused that you’ll just beg for us to stop. Stop what? You’re the one who started it – you’re doing it anyway.
  • Do not be selfish and feel new people will take more of the teacher’s attention and you won’t get it. That’s nonsense. With that attitude, you won’t get it. The teacher sees that attitude and will have very little to do with you.
  • The way you succeed at all this stuff is by stopping trying to succeed and just working very hard without thinking about it, just trusting, completely. It’s that faith that creates the bridge on which you walk across to eternity.
  • I meet people who neglect career. Their lives aren’t centered at all. They don’t have much money. They have this spaced-out look in their eyes. Their chances for enlightenment are very small, unless they change the way they live.
  • In the psychic process we are trying to eliminate everyone else from our minds, their effects, their energies, their influences: “To thine own self be true and it must follow as the night the day, thou cans’t be false to any man.”
  • In writing Snowboarding to Nirvana I have intentionally written an inspirational spiritual adventure story, which will hopefully provide people with metaphysical techniques, spiritual knowledge, hope  and a brighter view of life.
  • That’s what self-discovery seems to mean to most people. You’re going to beat yourself up. You’re going to reduce what you’re supposed to be and do to a set of rules so you can defy them, or so you can perform them and feel smug.
  • Buddhism is a practice in which we learn to avoid injuring others, and ourselves. It’s a practice in which we learn to respond to beauty, and to respond to difficult circumstances with patience, with a sense of calm, with clarity.
  • All physical and nonphysical things have another side, a side that is not visible to the senses or accessible to the reasoning mind, a side that can only be known and experienced intuitively by emptying one’s own mind of thoughts.
  • Let us say your wife, husband, boyfriend, girlfriend makes you happy. If they leave, you’re bound to be unhappy. You are the slave of the thing that makes you happy. You are a junkie and human relationships can be expensive habits.
  • Turning the other cheek is not always the answer. In a certain situation on a certain day for a certain person, it’s correct. Sometimes a good roundhouse kick on a certain day in a certain situation for a certain person is correct.
  • I know some teachers say that you shouldn’t display the psychic powers and other powers referred to as the siddhas, but as far as I’m concerned, it doesn’t really matter. There are no absolute rights or wrongs in spiritual practice
  • The majority of the ten thousand states of mind cannot be discussed. It is rather a question of teaching a person to step outside the conceptual framework they have and transmitting blocks of awareness to an individual psychically.
  • The ecstasy and completion of absorption in God is so fantastic that you can’t possibly have lost anything because all the things you’ve always loved and always experienced came forth from there and exist there and are always there.
  • Human beings fear light and knowledge and power. There is a weird quirky sort of thing that happens with people. When you log on to the truth and you start to become it, it threatens them because they live with countless falsehoods.
  • If we don’t get violent with ourselves, castigate ourselves, ostracize ourselves and excommunicate ourselves because we didn’t live up to the standards we set down for ourselves, then maybe we don’t have to do that with other people.
  • Our spirit grows and develops traits in each incarnation that it passes through, and then collects and carries the essence of those traits into future lifetimes. In Buddhist Yoga we refer to our multi-life karmic traits as samskaras.
  • I am the happiest person I’ve ever met. This is what Buddhist Yoga and a healthy dose of reading the Declaration of the Independence, The Constitution and the Federalist Papers and anything else I could get my hands on has given me.
  • The advanced education in Tantra obviously has to do with the entrance into samadhi, the negation of the self. That is what the path of negation means, not the negation of life, but the negation of anything that is not enlightenment.
  • A surfer is poised on a wave on his board, cutting quickly to the left. He’ll always be there, in that moment. He’s never left it. He had no birth, he didn’t go to school, he didn’t purchase the board; none of those things ever were.
  • The anti-pleasure movement in self-discovery is very strong. I have big news for them, if they ever get to enlightenment, which is unlikely the way they’re approaching it, they’re going to find that enlightenment is very pleasurable.
  • Greed, fear, lust, hate, jealousy, these are part of reality too … bundles of consciousness wrapped tightly, barbs on which you can injure yourself, volatile energies that serve as separations between yourself and perfect stillness.
  • They reach the point where they feel, “I can go into samadhi now. I can do everything on my own,” and that’s exactly where they stay, in the lower samadhis. There are many, many people on this earth who can go into salvakalpa samadhi.
  • We must control the tendencies within our being that are destructive, when we want to slam somebody else, hurt them, injure them, or push them out of the way. A reverence for life needs to be developed, in which all things are sacred.
  • There are views. And what we see in a view is not necessarily what is in the view, all that is in the view. We have to separate, to some extent, the perceiver from that which is perceived or we have to lose all distinction whatsoever.
  • Most people simply go through life. They feel that they’re making choices in their lives that cause destiny to move in certain ways. I would suggest that they have no control of their lives, all their choices are really made for them.
  • Old Zen was very funny; there was a great deal of humor and happiness. Zen today seems much drier. While there’s a certain amount of humor, it seems to lack that total intensity because humor is one of the primary tools for liberation.
  • Be aware of the dark side of others that seek to interfere with our evolution. Keep distant and closed to such beings, recognizing that they are part of the universal process too, but not a part that we need to be open to at this time.
  • Just like there are different roads that lead to different places, so there are different levels of awareness that lead to different places and we shift in and out of them. These are the ten thousand states of mind that we study in Zen.
  • Mindfulness is paying attention to what is going on. Just look at beauty. Not just the beauty of things you see with your eyes, but beautiful feelings, beautiful awareness. There is no such thing as reality. Reality is what you make it.
  • People in the West sometimes have these marvelous visions of India and Tibet. They assume that there are all these sadhus walking around and everybody is breathing enlightenment. Forget it. Don’t look at it through rose-colored glasses.
  • I was very fortunate, and have always been, that the women I met and fell in love with were exceptional, from my first girlfriend to the woman I married when I was 21, to all the remarkable women I have known as either friends or lovers.
  • When I began to play Frisbee, I would play with my friends and we used to do difficult things. We would stand in front of lines of trees that were parallel. We would spend hours throwing frisbees back and forth between these tight spots.
  • I have found in the world of film many movies including Beyond Rangoon, The Crow, Gandhi, Doctor Zhivago, and The Big Blue, a French film, convey similar understandings. I’m sure the list is endless. These are just a few of my favorites.
  • A great deal has been written about personal power by Carlos Casteneda, and I find his first four books valuable. Of the experiences themselves, who knows? But the principles that are presented are quite valuable for one who seeks power.
  • During the age Atlantis, there were only several hundred thousand people living on our planet. They lived in a sublime state of harmony with nature. At that time, because of the purity of the earth’s aura, it was much easier to meditate.
  • Whether it’s a fully enlightened Christ or Buddha, or just a more aware Martin Luther King, Kennedy or Gandhi, what did they do with them here? They shoot them, crucify them, and get them out of the way because people are afraid of truth.
  • Hundreds of thousands of years ago a very powerful civilization lived in what we now call North America. They congregated around power places – interdimensional vortexes where it is very easy to shift from one plane of reality to another.
  • All of the systems that present different worlds, planes of being and energy centers ultimately fail if you try to make them all-inclusive. They are symbolic representations of something that lies beyond the world of thought and analysis.
  • A teacher of knowledge and power gives you experiences in other dimensions. They show you that the universe is much bigger and more fascinating than you had ever imagined. They give you direct and immediate experiences in other realities.
  • Eve was blamed for the fall of man, and in return all women to come were to inheret her karmic responsibility for the so-called “fall of man”. Their punishment was to experience pain in childbirth, and never be trusted by man or God again.
  • I first went into samadhi when I was 19. I was meditating in the mountains and had been meditating on a daily basis for several years. Suddenly there was no time or space or life or death or myself or the Universe. I was absorbed in light.
  • One of the wonderful things about the computer is that it allows us to sit at home and either write a book or a computer program. Then we can send that program or book to companies that specialize in reproducing them and distributing them.
  • At the time of birth an ordering takes place. The awarenesses come together; they become specific until a person dies. At that point all those awarenesses, all that you have ever been or will ever be, go back again, into the great unknown.
  • The source of their motivation ranges from what you might expect – from the seeking of money and publicity, to those who genuinely suffer from chronic personal problems and have fixated on me as the cause of their frustrations and failures.
  • Pick a profession that will give you enough money to give you economic freedom. It is nice to pick a career that really taxes your mind. Use your mind in new and creative ways. You will find that your mind will develop and become stronger.
  • It’s suggested that enlightenment has some tremendous compassion, some driving necessity to help humanity. I don’t think that’s the case at all. I think humanity wishes it were the case since it’s humanity that writes the various scriptures.
  • To know that these are people who for a moment, in glory, in light, were true warriors, and you had the chance to associate with them, to live with them, to share with them, words and moments of power – this is the nature of spiritual study.
  • We’re using gradients of light as an auric measurement, a quantified auric measurement of the ascension of consciousness from the relatively sensorial, material perceptions of existence to the more refined spiritual perceptions of existence.
  • Every living being is psychic. Whether or not we are consciously aware of it, we feel vibrations and energies coming to us from other people all the time. The vast majority of the thoughts you think and the emotions you feel aren’t your own.
  • It’s an adversarial world outside of the safety of nirvana and enlightenment. In life, all beings need to feed on other beings just in order to exist. Some beings also like to cause others to needlessly suffer, just out of pure maliciousness
  • The abuse of power manifests with phony spiritual teachers and phony gurus who tell you how to run your life and what to wear and what to eat, all that sort of stuff. They abuse. People don’t realize that, listen to them and ruin their lives.
  • A great deal of energy is lost in the study by people who interact with non-physical beings. They get into your mind and your body by approaching you in the dream plane, promising you powers, playing on your desires. They sap your life force.
  • I don’t think there is anyone in public life today who can escape the inevitable onslaught of the media. It seeks to pry into and often grossly distort aspects of one’s personal and professional life. I guess it just comes with the territory.
  • Read books that expand you, that are bright. See films, plays, art forms that elevate your consciousness, that bring you into a sense of how beautiful this world is, how beautiful other worlds are, how beautiful nirvana, the transcendental is.
  • It’s good to visit Hawaii if you’re seeking power. You don’t really need to live here. Just to come over for a week is enough. Switzerland is another spot like this. It’s very similar. These are the two clearest spots, Switzerland and Hawaii.
  • There are many different forms of life in the universe and human beings are unaware of most of them. Complex beings inhabit other dimensions. They can be very dangerous when encountered, unless, of course, you know how to handle or avoid them.
  • In the process of self-discovery you will learn to be kind when you could be harsh. You will learn to forgive, mostly yourself. You will learn to be patient because you may have to wait quite a while to become that which you will eventually be.
  • I think cosmopolitan spirituality is the best, where we go beyond “My teacher is better than yours” or “My meditation form is better than yours.” It’s not Ford versus Chevy. But it’s rather the transition of our limited awareness into eternity.
  • As far as miracles are concerned, I’m not aware that I perform miracles. After many years and lifetimes of meditation, I am able to use the kundalini energy to alter other people’s awareness and aid them in their search for light and certainty.
  • Chakras are mystical energy centers that exist within the human aura. Tremendous occult power resides in a person’s chakras. Siddha masters draw upon that power during meditation, store it within themselves, and later use it to perform miracles.
  • Nirvikalpa Samadhi means that you’ve gone off the board; you’ve gone off the map. There is no way to describe it. You have attained liberation and are no longer bound by the cycle of existence. You just are, and yet you’re not, at the same time.
  • It is only in the last 800 years that the rules have come into being and conservative Zen has surfaced. It is not particularly popular in Japan at all. Hardly anybody practices Zen any more because it’s just too strict; there are too many rules.
  • I do enjoy wearing Japanese and Italian clothing. I also enjoy my blue jeans or tennis shorts and running shoes. I like driving a Porsche because it is an elegant machine and it is a very beautiful experience to drive it. It’s magnificently made.
  • When you combine a media – bent on exploiting tabloid-type stories to boost ratings and circulation by innuendo and titillation – with unhappy or opportunistic individuals who have nothing going for them in their own lives, you get a bitter brew.
  • What’s important is to be supportive of all who practice. Anyone on any level, even if they don’t call it self-discovery, who is seeking to awaken to their own potentials and possibilities, to the inner freedom, deserves your respect and support.
  • As a person progresses along the path of power, they attract certain forces and beings from other dimensions, who feel the power that you are storing. Sometimes they want some of it; sometimes they want to ruin you. We call these beings entities.
  • You can go to India and you can see gurus go into samadhi. But when they come out of samadhi, they’re nasty. They’re egocentric. They don’t have a deep regard or understanding of what life is. It’s just a little trick they can do, a one-trick pony.
  • In future years a number of you will become spiritual teachers. After many years of study and doing a good job, go out into the world and teach people.You’ll reach points of advancement where you’ll be able to be of great help to many, many people.
  • There is a vortex of energy at the bottom of Walden Pond. That’s where the inter-dimensional opening is.  As people swim in Old Walden Pond, it soothes them, it renews them. It’s a little bit like the pool in Cocoon – I suppose, any power spot is.
  • I like to shop. I don’t always buy things when I shop, but I think it’s fun to go out and look at the worlds of colors. I love to roam through supermarkets. I am a great lover of household products. I particularly like the packaging of cereal boxes.
  • What motivates someone who’s become wealthy to go out and work in the ghetto with those who are poor? What motivates one who has perfect health to go and work with the sick? If you understand – then you understand the root and cause of all existence.
  • Honesty, I went through terrible, terrible times where I just took myself over the coals. I thought I must be the most impure person in the world … but because that is reverse egotism, I thought I must be the second most impure person in the world.
  • In my travels, I have found two peoples, the Tibetans and the Fijians, who don’t seem to have this problem. Their closeness with their environment, their religions, and their relationships with each other and nature make them feel part of everything.
  • The meaning of life changes as you change dimensional planes. The way human beings perceive the world is only one simple method of seeing. There are many ways to see life. Life has many meanings, and self realization is the understanding of all this.
  • It is not advisable for persons who are in the early stages of meditation to mediate on the two lower chakras. You will unleash powers and forces that will throw you into very powerful altered state of consciousness that might not be pleasant at all.
  • In meditation what you are trying to do is simply get rid of your own junk. You are trying to move all the confusion out of your mind, all the heaviness, all the emotional upsets, all the impressions that you have picked up since your last meditation.
  • Maui is a beautiful island. It’s really the site of an ancient civilization that we’ve forgotten about, a civilization that existed millions of years ago. When their time came, they left this world and another race was born, the race of human beings.
  • What makes a difference is when we take our mind and put it into the scriptures, when we read the Buddhist Canon, the Pali Canon, when we read the Tibetan books, when we read anything inspiring – somebody else’s journey into the world of enlightenment.
  • I am a lot of different things to a lot of different people. Aren’t we all? I teach meditation to many different types of people, you mentioned celebrities. I also teach meditation to many people who are not famous, but are, in my eyes, very important.
  • This study is not for the amateur. It’s not for the dilettante. It’s not for the cult follower. It’s not for someone who wants everything done for them. It’s not for the one who just wants to stare with that fixed dog-like devotion towards the teacher.
  • There’s a path in enlightenment called the path of negation where we intentionally throw ourselves into experiences that are extremely transient. In other words, we do all the stuff you’re supposed to normally avoid to become enlightened, intentionally.
  • There is no beginning and there is no end. Nothing is final. There is no absolute. There is no highest point, nor is there a lowest point. These configurations are ideas. Ideas are primitive constructs, symbolic representations, reflections in a mirror.
  • People go to mediums and they get in touch with spirits outside of the body. Most of these spirits are pretty malevolent and unenlightened, although they often claim to be enlightened teachers who are disincarnate. These low-vibe beings seek life-force.
  • We sought a tribal society, to be close to each other, not to sit behind a television with our families and not see our families, not just to watch the evening news and the inane comedies designed to pacify the multitudes, but rather to explore ourselves.
  • I may discuss contemporary cinema, how to shop at a mall without losing energy, how to use the power of mind to increase career and academic success, the Zen of sports, reincarnation, karma, sex, the experience of “suchness” or a new book by Stephen King.
  • Every new movement or group of people who seek to explore awareness is considered a cult. The United States was founded by several cults. They felt that Protestantism had become much too lax, so they came to America and set up a hard line religious cult.
  • If a person sets out to practice meditation in this lifetime and they have a little bit of spiritual evolution behind them and they’re quite dedicated, it really is not at all an impossible task to enter into salvakalpa samadhi in this particular lifetime.
  • I don’t put much stock in powers that people have to hurt others, in sorcery and all this nonsense. There are murders and there are dictators. That is just a part of life. The intelligent use of power in yoga can assist you avoiding that side of humanity.
  • The computers in Atlantis were infinitely evolved as opposed to what we see today. The science, the technology, everything was really done with light. All processing was done with light, with crystal formations and structures. Electricity is much too slow.
  • It will take about a month for that awareness to be fully absorbed and modify someone’s attention field. During that period of time, a person who studies with me will meditate on their own, and apply those things that they have learned to their daily lives.
  • The work that most people do in the world tends to deaden them, deadens their mind, uses up their energy and they get a paycheck and old age and not much energy.  You get the check and they get your energy. That energy is translated into corporate dollars.
  • Most of the software I sell runs on mainframes and supercomputers, and is used by multinational corporations and governments. You may not get to see that, but if I have done it properly, hopefully it will make the events in your life transpire more smoothly.
  • There are many different places of power around the world. They’re invisible openings to other worlds. We find a preponderance of these places in the Himalayas, in the western part of the United States; of course, in every country of the world there are some.
  • I started to meditate formally at about 18. I would sit on a mountaintop in Southern California around twilight and focus on my third eye. Everything would become still and rings of light would appear, and I’d go through them. I would be beyond time and space.
  • My travels to the Far East occurred primarily during the 1960’s. Naturally, I have returned many times since. Of course, there was concern from my family that I was traveling to far distant lands to accomplish snowboarding activities that no one had tried yet.
  • The biggest energy losses for most people are relationships, interrelations with other people. That is where we lose the most energy, through our attachments – opening up to people who might be very nice on the surface but underneath they have a lot of problems.
  • The earth is alive. There are places on the earth that are very powerful. Meaning that on another dimensional level, there is an interfacing dimension where there is a crossover point between dimensions and a tremendous amount of energy is passing back and forth.
  • It was a time period in the 1960, when a generation of souls looked at the established society, looked at the pettiness, the greed, the hate, and rejected it and tried to create something new. Their creation neither succeeded nor failed. It was another experience.
  • I began to go into samadhi, not just occasionally, but every day many times a day until I reached a point where I could no longer distinguish between ordinary and non-ordinary reality. For me it is all the same. I am in a state of continuous absorption in the Self.
  • For years and years you enter into samadhi every day in order to attain liberation. Eternity fashions a new self which you find yourself with when you come out of samadhi. Each time you come out a little less, you might say, or your real self comes out a little more
  • As you go into light for longer and longer periods, as you progress in your meditation practice, you transform, you become illumined, you overcome all limitation, all sorrow, and all pain. You learn not to be bound by desire, and eventually you transcend death itself.
  • As a former English professor, I can assure you that grammar is the qualitative interpolation of language. Adjectives, pronouns, predicates, past pluperfect indicative – ridiculous. It has qualities, shadings, differentiations, rhythmic structures of symbolic meaning.
  • I can throw a great party, but I don’t know how to go to one. I can throw a party because when you throw a party you just work all the time. But I could never go to a party because I wouldn’t know what to do … I’d immediately find the kitchen and start to serve food.
  • My seminars are for you. They are moments, hours and evenings outside of time.  A chance, in a highly charged environment, to meditate, find stillness, and remember who you are.  A place, with others of like mind, to find and lose yourself in the transcendental light.
  • The best thing that you can do to deal with these high speed times is to slow down, inwardly, to take a little more time for meditation, a little more time to enjoy your morning cup of coffee or tea, and to look around at the people in your life with a little more love.
  • When you see deterioration in the skin or the hair, you are having problems with the subtle body. You’re taking in too much bad energy, usually from people, or you’re thinking too many negative thoughts. You are pulling an energy that is not suitable for the human form.
  • Metaphysics is the study of how to shift the self. How to get outside the self-reflection and to just gaze with awe and wonder at the countless universes, the countless celestial radiances of mind, of life, of enlightenment,  nirvana, or God, whatever you want to call it.
  • The members of the Atlantean Mystery School were the earliest human explorers of the frontiers of inner space. Through their meditative journeys and explorations, they discovered many secret astral passageways that led to an infinite variety of other worlds and dimensions.
  • If you’re interested in matching your mind with the most intelligent kind of beast I have ever encountered, get yourself a Scotty dog. He’ll get bored very fast, and it will require all of your personal power and intelligence to keep up with him. You might find a good friend.
  • Who is that is dreaming all of this? Ecstasy, pure ecstasy, joy beyond understanding, bliss beyond the dry dullness of the mind’s philosophical ranging, light beyond any light in this world – The substance and the essence of all existence is this light, the transcendental light.
  • What matters is that they are curious about life, energy, truth, and themselves and that they haven’t sold out to the establishment powers that tell us what to think, what to wear, how to behave, what to believe in and what goes beyond the line of rational and irrational thought.
  • If you go too far, it’ll blow your mind. I mean it’s strong out there.  If you go out too far beyond the bounds of attention, there are things in the universe, in the universes of mind, in the inner worlds, it’s best sometimes not to deal with unless you’re very, very far along.
  • For men, it’s absolutely essential to stop believing that they’re superior to women because that very belief engenders ego, which sets them off-balance. Therefore, they don’t realize that they’re being manipulated by the second attention of woman because their ego won’t permit them.
  • One day I was meditating on a cliff overlooking the ocean in Southern California and I was absorbed in a state of high meditation. As I came out of the meditation and became aware of the sense world the world around me I knew that I had a new name. And the name, of course, was Rama.
  • While I had many friends as a child I aslo kept a great deal to myself. I noticed that adults were drawn to me. They would talk to me for hours at my parents’ parties. Strange to find yourself at seven, dressed in pagamas with feet, listening to adults tell you their deepest secrets.
  • Marlon Brando, Jack Nicholson, Sean Connery and Robert Redford, Mel Gibson – at least in the Road Warrior films – and Harrison Ford are among my favorite actors. Meryl Streep, Jane Fonda, Sally Field, Deborah Winger, Jessica Lange, and of course, Shirley MacLaine, are among the women.
  • Truth occurs in unusual places. Sometimes it’s in the frozen food section of the supermarket, sometimes it appears while you are waiting for your car to be fixed, sometimes you see it while in bed with someone you love, sometimes you find it while you’re meditating on a lone mountain.
  • The people to become enlightened in Atlantis lit the “flame of enlightenment” on earth for the first time. The members of the various mystery schools have kept the flame alive by passing on the secret techniques for attaining enlightenment from the time of Atlantis to our present day.
  • I meditated on my own for some time, read spiritual books, became a vegetarian and had incredible experiences every day, every meditation, where I was just thrown into the infinite – never realizing that other people didn’t necessarily have those experiences in meditation that quickly.
  • Unfortunately, half the boats were lost in a great storm at sea, and many members of the six boats that did make it to their destinations safely, were later killed by the very native people to whom they sought to transmit their knowledge of the Atlantean sciences, arts and metaphysics.
  • When you go into the other worlds, when you go into the luminous dimensions, it’s very different than here. You really have to have your act wired. You have to be very strong. Your mind has to be in the right shape. Otherwise, when you get out there, what you will see will drive you mad.
  • What matters is that you meditate, you’re seeking enlightenment, you’re on the pathway to enlightenment, and you’re having fun. Don’t look for reassurance in the eyes of others. Look for reassurance in your own eyes. Only you know if Buddhist practice is improving the quality of your life.
  • It’s very important where you live. Because where you live, the energies make it easier or more difficult to dream. In certain places dreams are very manifest and very strong. So you should always pick a place to live that’s good to dream in. One of the best places to dream is by the ocean.
  • In one particular chapter in Ulysses, James Joyce imitates every major writing style that’s been used by English and American writers over the last 700 years – starting with Beowulf and Chaucer and working his way up through  the Renaissance, the Victorian era and on into the 20th century.
  • Atlantis was a highly evolved civilization where the sciences and arts were far more advanced than one might guess. Atlantis was technologically advanced in genetic engineering, computer science, inter-dimensional physics, and artistically developed with electronic music and crystal art forms.
  • I believe it should be the legal right of any woman who wants to have an abortion to have one. From the spiritual point of view, I don’t see a problem with abortion in that the soul doesn’t usually take incarnation until the last month before birth, sometimes not even until the moment of birth.
  • I like extreme athletics, extreme meditation and extremely beautiful women. Perhaps I’m an extreme person, or it’s simply my Karma. But I must tell you, as if you hadn’t read about me in a newspaper or seen me on a magazine format television show, there are extreme risks involved with all three.
  • You see, I’m a believer in the rhapsodic. I like things that are happy. For no particular reason, I just like them. Most people don’t seem to be like that in this particular place, in this world. You can tell by what they focus on. Read a newspaper, watch a TV show, go to a movie, look at a life.
  • Even to the sage who’s doing Sahaja Samadhi, the great guru, I’d say: “Hey buddy, you know, I like the robes and everything, but remember, you’re only touching infinity. And if you claim to be doing more, I think you’re pretty much in the senses and the body and the mind because infinity is endless.”
  • The balance and patience factors are much more critical in surfing than they are in snowboarding … if you’re out surfing serious waves and you wipe out, you don’t land on soft snow. It’s usually either very sharp coral, or you get raked across the beach gravel and sand while you’re tumbling underwater.
  • Why do you suppose that in the last 100 years technology has evolved a thousand times further than it has in the last 3,000 years? It’s the level of souls that are incarnating. The older Atlantean souls are coming back. They have a natural affinity for communication, electronics, medicine, law and media.
  • You see a very advanced master who’s got a girlfriend, who listens to rock and roll, who thinks about things that are very earthly. The advanced course has to with coming back to everything that you had to reject in the beginning and seeing it as a far greater infiniteness than everything that you’ve attained.
  • Spiritual Balance is the obvious answer to the obsession that sometimes accompanies religious practice, occult practice, philosophical understandings – the assertion that one is right – that something that you’re doing is better  than something somebody else is doing, the way you’re doing it is better than the way someone else is doing it.
  • Those whose primary concern is to destroy others are at the lowest level of development. Those who are only interested in their own satisfaction are farther along. Those who both do things for their own satisfaction and the satisfaction of others are even father along. Then there are saints who just constantly live for the welfare of others.
  • There are spirits in Hawaii. They’re very protective and very good and they watch over these islands. I must confess, they’re not entirely happy with what they see, with the way the civilization is moving. But they’re patient. They’ve been here for a long time, and they’ll be here long after the human beings have ceased to inhabit the islands.

 

B. K. S. Iyengar (quotes)

  • Be inspired but not proud.
  • Breath is the king of mind.
  • Yoga is a means and an end.
  • Move from the known to the unknown.
  • Action is movement with intelligence
  • Your body is the child of your soul.
  • Learning is as much an art as teaching
  • Nothing is achieved by a mind that doubts
  • The pose begins when you want to leave it.
  • Willpower is nothing but willingness to do.
  • You exist without the feeling of existence.
  • There must be relaxation in full extension.
  • Without education, confidence does not come.
  • A good teacher helps you explore the maximum.
  • The body is my temple, asanas are my prayers.
  • Approach each asana with freshness every day.
  • Yoga releases the creative potential in life.
  • It is never too late in life to practice yoga
  • The commercialism may wash off sometime later.
  • Knowledge of yoga is no substitute for practice.
  • Nothing can be forced, receptivity is everything.
  • Life without tapas, is like a heart without love.
  • Yoga is a mirror to look at ourselves from within.
  • Activity and passivity must go together in asanas.
  • We need sound bodies so we can develop sound minds.
  • Freedom in a posture is when every joint is active.
  • To master fear is the most important battle to win.
  • Do not live in the future, only the present is real
  • How can you know God if you don’t know your big toe?
  • The ribs are the wings of the body. Open your wings.
  • True concentration is an unbroken thread of awareness.
  • Life itself seeks fulfillment as plants seek sunlight.
  • If you have the right mind, your body can do anything.
  • Do not stop trying just because perfection eludes you.
  • Yoga aims for complete awareness in everything you do.
  • What I was is unimportant, what I am now is important.
  • If you keep your armpits open, you won’t get depressed.
  • Know your capacities and continually improve upon them.
  • Relaxation: In. Every. Pose. There. Should. Be. Repose.
  • All games are meaningless if you do not know the rules.
  • I am standing on my own altar; The poses are my prayers.
  • You must purge yourself before finding faults in others.
  • I always tell people, live happily and die majestically.
  • If you balance in the Present, you are living in Eternity
  • Balance in the body is the foundation for balance in life.
  • Purity is when there is no anxiety, no worry, no thinking.
  • If everyone practiced yoga, pharmacies would have to close.
  • Hard work and humility are essential for spiritual sadhana.
  • When stability becomes a habit, maturity and clarity follow.
  • Training of the mind and body leads to awareness of the soul
  • Yoga is a way of life; it is an art, a science, a philosophy.
  • Firmness in the body leads to firmness in the nervous system.
  • As leaves move in the wind, your mind moves with your breath.
  • The aim of yoga is to calm the chaos of conflicting impulses.
  • Giving does not impoverish us nor does withholding enrich us.
  • When the mind is controlled and still what remains is the soul
  • The brain is the hardest part of the body to adjust in asanas.
  • Yoga is when every cell of the body sings the song of the soul.
  • We can rise above our limitations, only once we recognize them.
  • After a session of yoga, the mind becomes tranquil and passive.
  • I can remain thoughtfully thoughtless, It is not an empty mind.
  • Asanas keep your body, as well as your mind, healthy and active
  • Yoga uses the body to discipline the mind and to reach the soul.
  • Live before you die, so that death is also a lively celebration.
  • Yoga allows you to rediscover a sense of wholeness in your life.
  • To be dull is easy, to be active requires tremendous work.
  • Words cannot convey the value of yoga – it has to be experienced.
  • Without the accurate spine movement, one can’t exist dynamically.
  • The highest point of yesterday should be the lowest point of today
  • Health is a state of complete harmony of the body, mind and spirit.
  • The art of teaching is tolerance. Humbleness is the art of learning.
  • The ultimate goal of yoga is to realize the brilliance of your soul.
  • It is through your body that you realize you are a spark of divinity.
  • We have two physical eyes, but every pore of the body is also an eye.
  • When every asana is multi-petaled, why do you make it single petaled?
  • Sirsasana the king of all asanas and the reasons are not hard to find.
  • Confidence, clarity and compassion are essential qualities of a teacher.
  • It is while practicing yoga asanas that you learn the art of adjustment.
  • The supreme adventure in a man’s life is his journey back to his Creator.
  • Give more than you receive. That is the principle I tell all my students.
  • A yogi’s brain extends from the bottom of the foot to the top of his head
  • The body is your temple. Keep it pure and clean for the soul to reside in.
  • Your body is the child of the soul. you must nourish and train that child.
  • Yoga is the golden key that unlocks the door to peace, tranquility and joy.
  • Where there is yoga, there is prosperity, success, freedom and bliss.
  • It is not yoga that injures, but the way one does yoga that leads to injury.
  • There is no difference in souls, only the ideas about ourselves that we wear.
  • From Freedom of the Body comes Freedom of the Mind and then Ultimate Freedom!
  • If we become aware of its limitations and compulsions, we can transcend them.
  • Love begets courage, moderation creates abundance and humility generates power
  • An intellectual mind that is unconnected to the heart is an uncultivated mind.
  • I planted the seed, now you must work a lot otherwise the tiny plant will die.
  • Yoga is effort. Only practice is important. The rest of knowledge is only theory.
  • Health is not a commodity to be bargained for. It has to be earned through sweat.
  • Yoga teaches us to cure what need not be endured and endure what cannot be cured.
  • People remind me of my age, but while practising I am beyond my body and its age.
  • The back is like a frame, the front body, the painting that it throws into relief.
  • Asana done from the brain makes one heavy and done from the heart makes one light.
  • Awareness must be like the rays of the sun: extending everywhere, illuminating all.
  • There is only one reality, but there are many ways that reality can be interpreted.
  • Yoga is the music of the soul. So do continue, and the gates of the soul will open.
  • During inhalation, the breath should move exactly like clouds spreading in the sky.
  • The body has to be invaded by the intelligence; each part has to become intelligent.
  • As the trunk is one but the branches are many, yoga is one but adaptations may vary.
  • As long as you do not live totally in the body, you do not live totally in the Self.
  • The needs of the body are the needs of the divine self, which lives through the body.
  • One day you too may experience what I have experienced. So right away go and practise.
  • Pranayama teaches the aspirant to regulate his breathing and thereby control the mind.
  • This practice of yoga is to remove the weeds from the body so that the garden can grow.
  • In whatever you are doing, be one: body, soul, mind. Do it beautifully and with purity.
  • If you open the armpits, the brain becomes light. You cannot brood or become depressed.
  • Yoga allows you to find a new kind of freedom that you may not have known even existed.
  • Fear and fatigue block the mind. Face both, then courage and confidence flows into you.
  • Savasana is being without was, being without will be. It is being without anyone who is.
  • When you see a mistake in somebody else, try to find if you are making the same mistake.
  • Yoga has to be done with the intellect of the head as well as the intellect of the heart
  • The union of nature and soul removes the veil of ignorance that covers our intelligence.
  • Focus on keeping your spine straight. It is the job of the spine to keep the brain alert.
  • Asana is perfect firmness of body, steadiness of intelligence, and benevolence of spirit.
  • Do not aim low, you will miss the mark. Aim high and you will be on a threshold of bliss.
  • Your whole being should be symmetrical. Yoga is symmetry. That is why yoga is a basic art.
  • Anything physical is always changing, therefore, its reality is not constant, not eternal.
  • The body is the prop for the soul. So why not let the body be propped by a wall or a block?
  • Extension brings space, space brings freedom, freedom brings precision. Precision is truth.
  • All of us have a dormant spark of divinity in us which has to be fanned into flame by yoga.
  • As breath stills our mind, our energies are free to unhook from the senses and bend inward.
  • Regular practise of yoga can help you face the turmoil of life with steadiness and stability
  • Ignorance has no beginning, but it has an end. There is a beginning but no end to knowledge.
  • Hatha Yoga teaches us to use the body as the bow, asana as the arrow, and the soul the target.
  • The best way to overcome fear is to face with equanimity the situation of which one is afraid.
  • Why think of liberation at some future time? Liberation is in the little things, here and now.
  • My Maman told me that only the crazy ones and the passionate ones accomplish anything in life.
  • Any action done with beauty and purity, and in complete harmony of body, mind and soul, is Art.
  • We are a little piece of continual change, looking at an infinite quantity of continual change.
  • Asanas penetrate deep into each layer of the body and ultimately into the consciousness itself.
  • A stable mind is like the hub of a wheel. The world may spin around you, but the mind is steady.
  • Yoga is a light, which once lit, will never dim. The better your practice, the brighter the flame.
  • I think many of my students have followed the advice I gave years ago, to give more than you take.
  • We often fool ourselves that we are concentrating because we fix our attention on wavering objects.
  • Yoga is firstly for individual growth, but through individual growth, society and community develop.
  • There is a universal reality in ourselves that aligns us with a universal reality that is everywhere.
  • Mind is the king of the senses; breath is the king of the mind; and the nerves are king of the breath.
  • Keep your attention internal, not external, not worrying about what others see, but what the Self sees.
  • When I stretch, I stretch in such a way that my awareness moves, and a gate of awareness finally opens.
  • Before peace between the nations, we have to find peace inside that small nation which is our own being.
  • The yogi learns to forget the past and takes no thought for the morrow. He lives in the eternal present.
  • When I practice, I am a philosopher. When I teach, I am a scientist. When I demonstrate, I am an artist.
  • Yoga is meant for the purification of body and its exploration as well as for the refinement of the mind.
  • Don’t practice for cosmetic beauty, practice for cosmic beauty. Practice for inner beauty and inner light.
  • It is through the alignment of the body that I discovered the alignment of my mind, self, and intelligence.
  • Yoga is the method by which the restless mind is calmed And the energy directed into constructive channels.
  • Your body exists in the past and your mind exists in the future. In yoga, they come together in the present.
  • There is no progress toward ultimate freedom without transformation, and this is the key issue in all lives.
  • Practice doing yoga with an innocent mind. Then, you will be able to cognize the things happening in your body
  • The lotus grows in muddy waters but this flower does not show any trace of it: So we have to live in the world.
  • One’s spiritual realization lies in none other than how one walks among and interacts with one’s fellow beings.
  • The hardness of a diamond is part of its usefulness, but its true value is in the light that shines through it.
  • You do not need to seek freedom in some distant land, for it exists within your own body, heart, mind, and soul.
  • In backbends, one touches the body physically, mentally, intellectually, consciously and spiritually everywhere.
  • The practice of asanas purges the body of its impurities, bringing strength, firmness, calm, and clarity of mind.
  • I don’t stretch my body as if it is an object. I do yoga from the self towards the body, not the other way around.
  • Yoga is more than physical. It is cellular, mental, intellectual and spiritual-it involves man in his entire being
  • Through surrender the aspirant’s ego is effaced, and . . . grace . . . pours down upon him like a torrential rain.
  • The decision to relax rather than to grip, even in the face of impatience or fear, is a conscious and brave choice.
  • Yoga allows you to find an inner peace that is not ruffled and riled by the endless stresses and struggles of life.
  • The study of asana is not about mastering posture. It’s about using posture to understand and transform yourself.
  • Penetration of our mind is our goal, but in the beginning to set things in motion, there is no substitute for sweat.
  • Persistent practice alone is the key to yoga. As you take pains to learn, continue with devotion what you have learn.
  • When an asana is done correctly the body movements are smooth, there is lightness in the body and freedom in the mind.
  • By drawing our senses of perception inward, we are able to experience the control, silence, and quietness of the mind.
  • Yoga takes us to an unconditioned freedom, because yoga sees even good habits as a form of conditioning or limitation.
  • The primary aim of yoga is to restore the mind to simplicity, peace, and poise, to free it from confusion and distress.
  • Lack of knowledge is the source of all pains and sorrows whether dormant, attenuated, interrupted or fully active.
  • In forward bends, one uses the outer mind while in backbends the outer mind is silenced and the inner mind is made to work.
  • Yoga is like music: the rhythm of the body, the melody of the mind, and the harmony of the soul create the symphony of life.
  • If you practice yoga every day with perseverance, you will be able to face the turmoil of life with steadiness and maturity.
  • The beauty of a lake reflects the beauty around it. When the mind is still, the beauty of the Self is seen reflected in it.
  • Life means to be living.Problems will always be there. When they arise navigate through them with yoga- don’t take a break.
  • The physical body is not only a temple for our soul, but the means by which we embark on the inward journey toward the core.
  • Spirituality is not some external goal that one must seek, but a part of the divine core of each of us, which we must reveal.
  • When you inhale, you are taking the strength from God. When you exhale, it represents the service you are giving to the world.
  • Change leads to disappointment if it is not sustained. Transformation is sustained change, and it is achieved through practice.
  • The flexibility we gain in asana is the living symbol of the suppleness we gain in relation to life’s problems and challenges.
  • Do not allow past experiences to be imprinted on your mind. Perform asana each time with a fresh mind and with a fresh approach.
  • Feeling the movement of movements is wandering to the past or future. Living in the movements of movement is being in the present.
  • By persistent and sustained practice, anyone and everyone can make the yoga journey and reach the goal of illumination and freedom.
  • Yoga cultivates the ways of maintaining a balanced attitude in day-to-day life and endows skill in the performance of one’s actions.
  • Action is movement with intelligence. The world is filled with movement. What the world needs is more conscious movement, more action.
  • Everybody should live quietly whether his experiences are happy or sad, whether they are successes or failures. That is contentment.
  • Asanas maintain the strength and health of the body, without which little progress can be made. Asanas keep the body in harmony with nature
  • In your discipline, if doubt comes, let it come. You do your work and let doubt carry on with its work. And let us see which gives up first!
  • Classics postures, when practiced with discrimination and awareness, bring the body, mind, and consciousness into a single, harmonious whole.
  • Do to your capacity. Always strive to extend your capacity. Ten minutes today, after a few days, twelve minutes. Master that, then again extend.
  • Illuminated emancipation, freedom, unalloyed and untainted bliss await you, but you have to choose to embark on the Inward Journey to discover it
  • As long as the body is not in perfect health, you think about it, and that prevents you from thinking of the mind. The sound mind is a sound body.
  • The conjunction of effort, concentration and balance in asana forces us to live intensely in the present moment, a rare experience in modern life.
  • Yoga allows you to rediscover a sense of wholeness in your life, where you do not feel like you are constantly trying to fit broken pieces together.
  • As we explore the soul, it is important to remember that this exploration will take place within nature (the body), for that is where and what we are.
  • The breath must be enticed or cajoled, like catching a horse in a field, not by chasing after it, but by standing still with an apple in one’s hand.
  • Backbends are to be felt more than expressed. The other postures can be expressed and then felt. Like in meditation each person has to feel backbends.
  • Yoga has a threefold impact on health. It keeps healthy people healthy, it inhibits the development of diseases, and it aids recovery from ill health.
  • Healthy plants and trees yield abundant flowers and fruits. Similarly, from a healthy person, smiles and happiness shine forth like the rays of the sun.
  • We must create a marriage between the awareness of the body and that of the mind. When two parties do not cooperate, there is unhappiness on both sides.
  • Health begins with firmness in the body, deepens to emotional stability, then leads to intellectual clarity, wisdom and finally the unveiling of the soul.
  • If you can adapt to and balance in a world that is always moving and unstable, you learn how to become tolerant to the permanence of change and difference.
  • Why should you practice Yoga? To kindle the divine fire within yourself. Everyone has a dormant spark of divinity in him which has to be fanned into flame.
  • The battle of yoga is with the body and with the ego. You must conquer your ego, or small self, so that you can let your soul, your big Self, be victorious.
  • Do not think of yourself as a small, compressed, suffering thing. Think of yourself as graceful and expanding, no matter how unlikely it may seem at the time.
  • The light that Yoga sheds on life is something special. It is transformative. It does not just change the way we see things; it transforms the person who sees.
  • If the foundation is firm the building can withstand calamities. The practice of yoga is the foundation so that the self is not shaken under any circumstances.
  • A lamp does not flicker in a place where no wind blows; so it is with a yogi, who controls his mind, intellect and self, being absorbed in the spirit within him.
  • We can wash the skin of our bodies with a bath, but through asana practice we not only purify our blood and cells, we are cleansing the inner body as we practice.
  • Health is a state of complete harmony of the body, mind and spirit. When one is free from physical disabilities and mental distractions, the gates of the soul open.
  • When the restlessness of the mind, intellect and self is stilled through the practice of Yoga, the yogi by the grace of the Spirit within himself finds fulfillment.
  • As we shave it happens that we cut ourself with the razor blade; this does not mean that we must not shave in the morning any longer. It is the same thing for yoga.
  • Willpower is concrete, not ethereal. When you do something, you demonstrate your willpower, and it becomes all the easier to have the same power of will the next time.
  • Happy is the man who knows how to distinguish the real from the unreal, the eternal from the transient and the good from the pleasant by his discrimination and wisdom.
  • Yoga, an ancient but perfect science, deals with the evolution of humanity. This evolution includes all aspects of one’s being, from bodily health to self-realization.
  • Yoga is about the will, working with intelligence and self-reflexive consciousness, can free us from the inevitability of the wavering mind and outwardly directed senses.
  • The yogi cannot be afraid to die, because he has brought life to every cell of his body. We are afraid to die, because we are afraid we have not lived. The yogi has lived.
  • I think overall the majority of people who are practicing it as a subject are following the right line. For the aberration, don’t blame yoga or the whole community of yogis
  • The sleeping tortoise takes all its limbs into its carapace. So does the yogi: going back into himself he does not see anything worldly any longer, he makes peace in himself.
  • Yoga is nothing if it is not perfect harmonyof the body, senses, mind and intellect, reason, consciousness  and self. When all these are integrated  that is true yoga.
  • The supreme adventure in a man’s life is his journey back to his Creator. To reach the goal he needs well developed and co-ordinated functioning of his body, senses, mind, reason and Self.
  • We are creatures that are designed for continual challenge. We must grow or we begin to die….So just standing still isn’t really an option. We have to move on. If not, disturbances will come.
  • When the asana is correct, there is lightness, a freedom. Freedom comes when every part of the body is active. Let us be free in whatever posture we are doing. Let us be full in whatever we do.
  • First yoga deals with health, strength and conquest of the body. Next, it lifts the veil of difference between the body and the mind. Lastly, it leads the Sadhaka to peace and unalloyed purity.
  • Abhyasa (practice) is a dedicated, unswerving, constant, and vigilant search into a chosen subject pursued against all odds in the face of repeated failures, for indefinitely long periods of time.
  • Yoga is an art, a science and a philosophy. It touches the life of man at every level, physical, mental, and spiritual. It is a practical method for making one’s life purposeful, useful and noble.
  • 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.
  • It is through the body that everything comes to the mind. It is through and with your body that you have to reach realization of being a spark of divinity. How can we neglect the temple of the spirit?
  • Our greed comes from our fear that we will not have enough – whether it is money or love that we grasp. Yoga teaches us to let go of these fears and so to realize the abundance around us and within us.
  • When your body, mind and soul are healthy and harmonious, you will bring health and harmony to the world- not by withdrawing from the world, but by being a healthy, living organ of the body of humanity.
  • Look after the root of the tree, and the fragrant flower and luscious fruits will grow by themselves. Look after the health of the body, and the fragrance of the mind and richness of the spirit will follow.
  • Intellectuals tend to be arrogant. Intelligence, like money, is a good servant but a bad master. When practicing pranayama, the yogi [makes] himself humble and without pride in his intellectual attainments.
  • The whole thrust of yogic philosophical and scientific inquiry has therefore been to examine the nature of being, with a view to learning to respond to the stresses of life without so many tremors and troubles.
  • It took me whole decades to appreciate the depth and true value of yoga. Sacred texts supported my discoveries, but it was not they that signposted the way. What I learned through yoga, I found out through yoga.
  • You must purge yourself before finding faults in others. When you see a mistake in somebody else, try to find if you are making the same mistake. This is the way to take judgment and to turn it into improvement.
  • As a fire blazes brightly when the covering of ash over it is scattered by the wind, the divine fire within the body shines in all its majesty when the ashes of desire are scattered by the practice of pranayama.
  • 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.
  • As each individual is electrically alive and dynamic, so yoga is a living, dynamic force in life. In order to savor its essence, one needs a religiously attentive dynamic practice done with awareness and absorption.
  • When you are practicing, do not just do that for the sake of doing. Learn to reflect while you are practising. Make your mind and brain observe and relearn what you are doing. Doing is mechanical; learning is dynamic.
  • In whatever position one is in, or in whatever condition in life one is placed, one must find balance. Balance is the state of the present – the here and now. If you balance in the present, you are living in Eternity.
  • Is it necessary to practice all these asanas, further and further? Is it necessary to develop scientific researches further and further? To a yogi, the body is a laboratory, a field of experiments and perpetual researches.
  • Not all practitioners can jump to that highest level. They have to climb, step by step from the physical sphere to reach the spiritual sphere. If it is treated as exercise it is not the fault of yoga but of the practitioners.
  • Love begets courage, moderation creates abundance and humility generates power. Courage without love is brutish. Abundance without moderation leads to over-indulgence and decay. Power without humility breeds arrogance and tyranny.
  • The Yogi conquers the body by the practice of asanas, making the body a fit vehicle for the spirit. The Yogi knows that it is a necessary vehicle for the spirit, for a soul without a body is like a bird deprived of its power to fly.
  • Sometimes our body is willing, but our mind is weak. Sometimes our mind is willing, but our body is weak. Do not be afraid. Strive to extend your capacity but do not be disappointed with yourself. What does not challenge us, cannot change us.
  • People say that steadiness of mind is an end; no, it is a beginning. I am there; I can explain everything up to that point. Then I struggle to discover what comes after, so this steadiness is not an end, it is the beginning and the instrument.
  • Change is not something that we should fear. Rather, it is something that we should welcome. For without change, nothing in this world would ever grow or blossom, and no one in this world would ever move forward to become the person they’re meant to be.
  • I don’t bring yesterday’s poses to today’s practice. I know yesterday’s poses, but when I practice today I become a beginner. I don’t want yesterday’s experience. I want to see what new understanding may come in addition to what I felt up to now.
  • As animals, we walk the earth. As bearers of divine essence, we are among the stars. As human beings, we are caught in the middle, seeking to reconcile the paradox of how to make our way upon earth while striving for something more permanent and more profound.
  • As a well cut diamond has many facets, each reflecting a different color of light, so does the word yoga, each facet reflecting a different shade of meaning and revealing different aspects of the entire range of human endeavor to win inner peace and happiness.
  • The material body has a practical reality that is accessible. It is here and now, and we can do something with it. However, we must not forget that the innermost part of our being is also trying to help us. It wants to come out to the surface and express itself.
  • Yes, flexibility of body and physical perfection for Yogasana is important. However more important is the state of your mind, Meditative mind. Your flexibility might be excellent but if your mind is not attentive, you are merely doing some physical exercise, not Yoga.
  • There is no difference in our souls…That is what yoga teaches. When you and I meet together, we forget ourselves — our cultures and classes. There are no divisions, and we talk mind to mind, soul to soul. We are no different in our deepest needs. We are all humans.
  • Yoga is an interior penetration leading to integration of being, senses, breath, mind, intelligence, consciousness, and Self. It is definitely an inward journey, evolution through involution, toward the Soul, which in turn desires to emerge and embrace you in its glory.
  • You must be as joyful when you fail again and again as you are joyful when you succeed. It is often when you fail that you move toward the goal without being aware of it. You must feel joy even when you have not fully succeeded but only moved toward achievement of your goal.
  • While doing the postures, your mind should be in half-consciousn ess, which does not mean sleep. It means silence, emptiness, space, which can then be filled with an acute awareness of the sensations given by the posture. You watch yourself from inside. It is a full silence.
  • Our flawed mechanisms of perception and thought are not a cause for grief, but an opportunity to evolve, for an internal evolution of consciousness that will also make possible, in a sustainable form, our aspirations toward what we call individual success and global progress.
  • As a mighty river which when properly harnessed by dams and canals, creates a vast reservoir of water, prevents famine and provides abundant power for industry; so also the mind, when controlled, provides a reservoir of peace and generates abundant energy for the human uplift.
  • Backbends are not poses meant for expressionism. Backbends are meant to understand the back parts of our bodies. The front body can be seen with the eyes, but the back body can only be felt. That’s why I say these are the most advanced postures, where the mind begins to look at the back.
  • Many ask me whether pranayama … postpones old age. Why worry about it? Death is certain. Let it come when it comes. Just keep working. The soul has no age. It doesn’t die. Only the body decays. And yet, we must never forget the body, since it is the garden we must cherish and cultivate.
  • To do is hard, but to teach is still harder. Do not teach only to teach. Teach to improve the pupil. To be a teacher requires tremendous, vigorous discipline on oneself. We are teachers because somebody demands it from us. But the teacher should first rub his own self, and teach afterwards
  • As a breeze ruffles the surface of a lake and distorts the images reflected therein, so also the chitta vrtti (fluctuations of mind) disturb the peace of the mind. The still waters of a lake reflect the beauty around it. When the mind is still, the beauty of the Self is seen reflected in it.
  • I also say with backbends, you have to be cautiously bold. Not carelessly bold. You have to descend to the dictation of the spine. You cannot command from the brain to do the poses. As you play with a child, guarding the child from injuries, similarly you have to play in backbends, guarding your spine.
  • You have to create love and affection for your body, for what it can do for you. Love must be incarnated in the smallest pore of the skin, the smallest cell of the body to make them intelligent so they can collaborate with all the other ones, in the big republic of the body. This love must radiate from you to others.
  • Yoga is the rule book for playing the game of Life, but in this game no one needs to lose. It is tough, and you need to train hard. It requires the willingness to think for yourself, to observe and correct, and to surmount occasional setbacks. It demands honesty, sustained application, and above all love in your heart.
  • When you cannot hold the body still, you cannot hold the brain still. If you do not know the silence of the body, you cannot understand the silence of the mind. Action and silence have to go together. If there is action, there must also be silence. If there is silence, there can be conscious action and not just motion.
  • A yogi never forgets that health must begin with the body. . . .Physical health is not a commodity to be bargained for. Nor can it be swallowed in the form of drugs and pills. . . . It is something that we must build up. You have to create within yourself the experience of beauty, liberation, and infinity. This is health.
  • You must fill every inch of your body with the asana from your chest and arms and legs to the tips of your fingers and toes so that the asana radiates from the core of your body and fills the entire diameter and circumference of your limbs. You must feel your intelligence, your awareness, and your consciousness in every inch of your body.
  • You know the known, so go a little into the unknown. The mind that is caught up in the known – extended a little beyond reason. The moment you go beyond , you move in the soul. Releasing the bondage of your mind to extend further, reach the unknown a little more. The further you go, you realize that the known is limited and the unknown is vast.
  • That’s the beauty of backbends. Emotionally we can never be disturbed, for the emotional centre becomes an extrovert. When you do Viparita Dandasana, your head looks backwards, but your conscious mind stretches everywhere. Study by observing how the mind gets regulated. You not only know the freedom in the spine, but also the freedom in the spirit.
  • You must continue to go back to the beginning, to the foundation, and question the foundation. Even once you‚Äòve reached Samadhi you must go back so you can create it at will. Samadhi is the beginning of spiritual growth, not the end. You must always be questioning. Enlightenment comes as an accident at first, then you have to learn to recreate it.
  • One has to see oneself through one’s actions, works, and mind. Knowing the Self by the self is not as easy as writing that line. A #‚Äé yogi  sees things in every movement he makes, maybe when practicing, maybe when teaching, or maybe when talking to people. You should have courage in your convictions and pursue what is dear to you all these years.
  • For me there were only two ways on the precipice – either I have to fall in or I have to fall out, to accept or say good-bye. The moment I crossed the precipice, it no longer was a discipline – it became a passion, an urge to pursue. Then I experienced freedom. Freedom comes when the discipline revolutionizes the discipline as a passion for the art.
  • The cure to combat the three Ss- stress, strain, and speed- can be found in three Ws- the work of devoted practice, the wisdom that comes of understanding the self and the world, and worship because ultimately surrendering to what we cannot control allows the ego to relax and lose the anxiety of its own infinitesimally small self in the infinitude of the divine.
  • Yoga is as old and traditional as civilization, yet it persists in modern society as a means to achieving essential vitality. But yoga demands that we develop not only strength in body but attention and awareness in mind.The yogi knows that the physical body is not only the temple for our soul but the means by which we embark on the inward journey toward the core.
  • A scientist sets out to conquer nature through knowledge – external nature, external knowledge. By these means he may split the atom and achieve external power. A yogi sets out to explore his own internal nature, to penetrate the atom (atma) of being. He does not gain dominion over wide lands and restless seas, but over his own recalcitrant flesh and febrile mind.
  • As long as you do not feel the serenity in the body, in each and every joint, there is no chance for emancipation. You are in bondage. So while you are sweating and aching, let your heart be light and let it fill your body with gladness. You are not only becoming free, but you are also being free. What is not to be glad about? The pain is temporary. The freedom is permanent.
  • Faith, courage, and intelligent and uninterrupted awareness – these qualities are to be present whether one is wide awake, half asleep, or in deep slumber. An individual who lives like this performs his daily actions with a mind free from selfishness. This is poise in action. And this poise leads to that serenity which is in the truest sense a healthy mind in a healthy body.
  • Whenever asana is done mechanically from the front brain, the action is felt only on the peripheral body, and there is no inner sensation, there is no luminous inner light. If the asana is done with continual reference to the back of the brain, there is a reaction to each action, and there is sensitivity. Then life is not only dynamic, but it is also electrified with life force.
  • Intensity is a mental attitude more than a physical attitude. Many people misunderstand what intensity means. They think it means straining and sweating. No! That is a wrong meaning of the word! Intensity is to get totally involved, fully immersed and absorbed in what one is doing. Intense practice means a fast and keen mode in adjusting, correcting, and progressively proceeding.
  • Yoga, an ancient but perfect science, deals with the evolution of humanity. This evolution includes all aspects of one’s being, from bodily health to self realization. Yoga means union – the union of body with consciousness and consciousness with the soul. Yoga cultivates the ways of maintaining a balanced attitude in day to day life and endows skill in the performance of one’s actions.
  • You must do the asana with your soul. How can you do an asana with your soul? We can only do it with the organ of the body that is closest to the soul – the heart. So a virtuous asana is done from the heart and not from the head. Then you are not just doing it, but you are in it. Many people try to think their way into an asana, but you must instead feel your way into it through love and devotion
  • In order to find out how to reveal our innermost Being, the sages explored the various sheaths of existence, starting from body and progressing through mind and intelligence, and ultimately to the soul. The yogic journey guides us from our periphery, the body, to the center ofour being, the soul. The aim is to integrate the variouslayers so that the inner divinity shines out as through clear glass.
  • The challenge of yoga is to go beyond our limits – within reason. We continually expand the frame of the mind by using the canvas of the body. It is as if you were to stretch a canvas more and create a larger surface for a painting. But we must respect the present form of our body. If you pull too much at once, we will rip the canvas. If the practice of today damages the practice of tomorrow, it is not correct practice.
  • In Savasana or in meditation, the light of the eyes is drawn towards the lotus of the heart, so that the seat of the intelligence of the head is brought into contact with the seat of the intelligence of the heart, which is called the mind. Thus 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.
  • The practice of yogasana for the sake of health, to keep fit, or to maintain flexibility is the external practice of yoga. While this is a legitimate place to begin, it is not the end. Even in simple asanas, one is experiencing the three levels of quest: the external quest, which brings firmness of the body; the internal quest, which brings steadiness of intelligence; and the innermost quest, which brings benevolence of spirit.
  • Death is unimportant to a yogi; he does not mind when he is going to die. What happens after death is immaterial to him. He is only concerned with life-with how he can use his life for the betterment of humanity. Having undergone various types of pain in his life and having acquired a certain mastery over pain, he develops compassion to help society and maintains himself in purity and holiness. The yogi has no interest beyond that.
  • I am old, and death inevitably approaches. But both birth and death are beyond the will of a human being. They are not my domain. I do not think about it. Yoga has taught me to think of only working to live a useful life…I will never stop learning, and it have tried to share some lessons with you. I do pray that my ending will be your beginning. The great rewards and the countless blessings of a life spent following the Inward Journey await you.
  • You must purge yourself before finding faults in others. When you see a mistake in somebody else, try to find if you are making the same mistake. This is the way to take judgment and to turn it into improvement. Do not look at others’ bodies with envy or with superiority. All people are born with different constitutions. Never compare with others. Each one’s capacities are a function of his or her internal strength. Know your capacities and continually improve upon them.
  • Regarding perfection, that’s a very difficult question. I can say that I have superseded most in my sadhana [practice]. I am in it, and my mind and my intelligence gets better in my sadhana, and it reaches a certain place. When I stretch, I stretch in such a way that my awareness moves, and a gate of awareness finally opens… My body is a laboratory, you can say. I don’t stretch my body as if it is an object. I do yoga from the self towards the body, not the other way around.
  • Think light! Try to impart a feeling of lightness to the body. Think light. This can be achieved by mentally extending yourself outwards from the centre of the body, i.e., think tall. Think not just of raising your arms but of extending them outwards and when you are holding them still, think again of reaching still further away from your body. Do not think of yourself as a small compressed suffering thing. Think of yourself as graceful and expanding – no matter how unlikely it may seem at the time.
  • You have to get rid of borders, limits, and classifications; then light comes. We see everything on the screen of our ideas. We must get rid of that screen to be able to see what is behind. X’s ideas are limited, that is why he remains on the surface. Y got rid of the limits, so she always goes to the depths. We should always meet people and new subjects with no set frame of mind. We have to live like that even after long acquaintance. We must get rid of every set idea to approach everything and everyone with love.
  • He who has learnt to control his tongue has attained self-control in a great measure. When such a person speaks he will be heard with respect and attention. His words will be remembered, for they will be good and true. When one who is established in truth prays with a pure heart, then things he really needs come to him when they are really needed: he does not have to run after them. The man firmly established in truth gets the fruit of his actions without apparently doing anything. God, the source of all truth, supplies his needs and looks after his welfare.
  • Do not allow past experiences to be imprinted on your mind. Perform asanas each time with a fresh mind and with a fresh approach.  If you are repeating what you did before, you are living in the memory, so you are living in the past.  That means you don’t want to proceed beyond the experience of the past.  Retaining that memory is saying, ‘Yesterday I did it like that.’ When I ask, ‘Is there anything new from what I did yesterday?’ then there is progress.  Am I going forward or am I going backward? Then you understand how to create dynamism in a static asana.

 

Tim Freke (quotes)

  • Why not dare to be fully human?
  • When death calls, people wake up.
  • The dreamer is one with the dream.
  • All is one . . . and I am that oneness.
  • My deepest being is the oneness of being.
  • You are different from me and yet we are one.
  • I am the supreme being, conscious through ‘Tim’
  • The ego is our sense of being an individual ‘I’.
  • I am the oneness of being arising as all beings.
  • Awareness is an emptiness that contains the world.
  • Wake up to oneness and celebrate your separateness.
  • The world is arising within awareness like a dream.
  • Spiritual awakening is not about denying our humanity.
  • Your essential being does not exist in time and space.
  • Consciousness can only be transformed person by person.
  • God is the oneness of being that is arising as all beings.
  • The one life-dreamer is meeting itself in different forms.
  • You are not the character in the dream. You are awareness.
  • Socrates claimed that death is remembering, not forgetting.
  • In the dreaming state, I believe that I’m my dream persona.
  • I am the primal oneness of awareness, conscious through Tim.
  • The universe is the singularity evolving into complex forms.
  • Awareness is a spacious presence that is nowhere and everywhere.
  • Simply be in the moment, don’t think about the past or the future.
  • The multiplicity is only apparent, in truth there is only one mind.
  • The more conscious we are, the more freedom of choice we experience.
  • All we actually know for sure is what we are experiencing right now.
  • Your experience of this moment is all you can be absolutely sure of.
  • My individual sense of being is one with the primal ground of being.
  • Your experience of this moment is all you can be absolutely sure of.
  • Everything is a thought within one ‘big mind’ as the Zen masters say.
  • ‘I am’ is one of the great names of God in many spiritual traditions.
  • I am spacious awareness within which my experience of life is arising.
  • The real you is the dreamer. And this whole dream-world exists in you.
  • On the surface of life I appear to be Tim, but at the depths I am God.
  • Human beings given hope by meaning can face the inevitability of death.
  • I am spacious awareness within which my experience of life is arising.
  • At the depths of my identity I am awareness witnessing Tim’s adventures.
  • I am spacious awareness within which my experience of life is arising.  
  • I am the universal field of being, individualized as a particular being.
  • You and I are experiencing different perspectives on the same life-dream.
  • Everything I see, hear and touch is a sensation arising within awareness.
  • We must become conscious of the oneness of being through the separateness.
  • I am the unconscious field of awareness individualized as a particular ‘I’.
  • We must become conscious of the oneness of being through the separateness.
  • Awareness is the primal ground from which everything is arising like a dream.
  • I am the oneness of awareness ‘dreaming’ itself to be a particular individual.
  • Awareness isn’t within my experience, since my experience is within awareness.
  • We can’t only be conscious of oneness, but we can also be conscious of oneness.
  • Awareness isn’t within my experience. My experience is arising within awareness.
  • We are free in this moment to do innumerable things. Our freedom is overwhelming.
  • Awareness isn’t within my experience. My experience is arising within awareness. 
  • The past and future exist as memory and possibility. The perpetual now is what is.
  • I am awareness witnessing an ever-changing flow of experiences that I call ‘life’.
  • Love is the experience of communing as one, which can only arise because we are two.
  • Enjoy the dream. And help everyone else to enjoy it as well, because we are all you.
  • Everything will naturally unfold as it must. There’s no Tim to do anything about it.
  • Can you get that? As awareness we are one, but what we are experiencing is different.
  • I am a spacious emptiness within which all of my experiences are arising like a dream.
  • Waking up to the oneness of your essential identity doesn’t negate your individuality.
  • I don’t think that we want to be one with all; we want to be consciously one with all.
  • Polarity structures the way we think, and the way we think defines what we experience.
  • If everything has come from the singularity, essentially everything is the singularity.
  • All mystical practices are designed to dispel this pernicious illusion of separateness.
  • The mystery of existence can never be explained away. Life is always more than we think.
  • God is the existence of of all that is, and also the nothing from which all things arise.
  • When we become conscious of the deep mystery, the mystery experience spontaneously arises.
  • Love is always an experience of communing as one through the separateness that divides us.
  • Separateness is absolutely necessary, because without it, we wouldn’t be conscious at all.
  • Everything you are aware of exists within awareness, otherwise you wouldn’t be aware of it!
  • The deep I is a permanent presence witnessing the ever-changing dramas of my personal self.
  • You are awareness witnessing a stream of experiences within which you appear to be a person.
  • Oneness is essentially real. Separateness is apparently real. That’s the paradoxity of life.
  • You are awareness witnessing a stream of experiences within which you appear to be a person.
  • How can your essential nature as awareness be separate from my essential nature as awareness?
  • The separate self is seen as an obstacle to our awakening and is often referred to as the ego.
  • You and I are the singularity looking at itself… thinking about itself… confused about itself.
  • To be a lover of life is to be a heroic lover on a sacred quest to become an embodiment of love.
  • The ego is a character in the dream of life around which the life-dreamer weaves a cracking tale.
  • Is the ‘I’ your mind? The mind is something you are experiencing. It isn’t the experiencer. 
  • Awareness is one with the flow of appearances, just as space is one with the objects it contains.
  • As a person, you exist within the life-dream. As awareness, the life-dream is arising within you.
  • There is no little man inside my head who is choosing to say this or do that. There is no ‘doer’.
  • I am the field of awareness presencing a particular flow of experience that is arising right now.
  • The delights of this world are so rich and various that it seems criminal not to appreciate them.
  • Dissolve into the deep mystery. Be one with the deep mystery. Be in love with the deep mystery. 
  • Knowing my essential self is knowing the knower. It is recognizing my deeper identity as awareness.
  • This is because the ‘I’ is not the body or mind. The ‘I’ is awareness witnessing the body and mind.
  • Essentially we are all the oneness of being. But right now I am also the mystery manifesting as Tim.
  • My essential nature is unconsciously dreaming the life-dream . . . but Tim can consciously shape it.
  • When we’re conscious of the oneness of being, we fall in love with all beings. We simply love being.
  • This is because the ‘I’ is not the body or mind. The ‘I’ is awareness witnessing the body and mind. 
  • Surely the goal of spirituality is to be conscious of both separateness and oneness at the same time?
  • When we’re conscious of the oneness of being, we fall in love with all beings. We simply love being.
  • Your experience of this moment is not a belief that can be questioned. It is a self-evident certainty.
  • I use the term ‘awareness’ to describe the primal ground from which everything is arising like a dream.
  • The more lucid I am and the more dreamlike life becomes, the more ‘synchronicities’ become commonplace.
  • I see philosophers as storytellers who create narratives to help us understand life with greater depth.
  • You appear to be a body in the world. Now flip it around. You are awareness and the world exists in you.
  • When I used to fight my unconsciousness, it turned the adventure of awakening into a perpetual struggle.
  • I want to both wake up to oneness and passionately engage with my personal life as a separate individual.
  • I’m getting sucked into the dream of Tim and then pulling back my attention to the mystery of the moment.
  • You are continually dreaming up new situations to give yourself the opportunity to become more conscious.
  • Each one of us is a unique expression of the oneness of being. Each one of us is an imperfect human being.
  • For me the wonderful thing about awakening is that it enables me to embrace my human nature just as it is.
  • Life is not what it seems. You are not who you think you are. Life is like a dream and you are the dreamer.
  • Awareness is dreaming itself to be Tim so that it can see itself . . . experience itself . . . know itself.
  • Right now, you are awareness witnessing a stream of experiences. This is your permanent essential identity.
  • Right now I’m awareness witnessing a flow of thoughts and sensations. The appearances are in permanent flux.
  • The dream of separateness is the primal awareness progressing from unconscious oneness to conscious oneness.
  • Awareness isn’t something within your experience. It is an emptiness that contains all you are experiencing.
  • As a body I appear to exist within the world, but essentially I am awareness and the world exists within me.
  • Nothing transforms consciousness so quickly and dramatically than simply communing deeply with another being.
  • The primal ground is unconscious awareness that becomes conscious through the forms it ‘dreams’ itself to be.
  • You are a serial killer. You wake up and find it was a dream. Or a virtual reality. Are you guilty of evil?
  • As a body, I appear to exist within the world, but essentially, I am awareness and the world exists within me.
  • I found myself immersed in oneness, and the separate individual known as ‘Tim’ seemed less and less important.
  • And now we are conscious through separateness, we can also become conscious of the essential oneness of being.
  • Be conscious of being conscious. Be the presence of spacious awareness within which your experience is arising.
  • Awareness can’t be found within the world because it’s the other way around. The world exists within awareness.
  • It seems to me, however, that human beings need meaning as much as they need food and shelter … perhaps more so?
  • When I’m deep awake I find myself in love with both the oneness of being and the exquisite world of appearances.
  • In the oneness of things, there are no separate individuals to do this or that. Everything is one flow of forms.
  • Be conscious of being conscious. Be the presence of spacious awareness within which your experience is arising.
  • If we want to waken, we don’t need to eradicate the ego. We simply need to be conscious of the deep self as well.
  • On a deep level the oneness of awareness is doing everything, just as the dreamer is doing everything in a dream.
  • Consciousness isn’t ‘inside’ the brain. Rather the brain allows the primal field of awareness to become conscious.
  • When a synchronicity happens it’s suddenly obvious there is some secret pattern underlying seemingly random events.
  • Consciousness is a holarchy of states, and I need to experience the lesser in order to sustain the greater states .
  • Pay attention to your state of consciousness, and regularly choose to step out of your story into the deep mystery.
  • The paradoxical secret of enlightenment is to recognize that there is no ‘Tim’ to be enlightened, since all is one.
  • In the dreaming state and the waking state I appear to be a physical body, but essentially I am intangible awareness.
  • Awareness is a continual stillness witnessing all the changes. Awareness is not in time. Awareness is witnessing time.
  • Stop holding back and start to strut your stuff. You’re the star of the show, so put in the performance of a lifetime!
  • Being one with God and being in love with God are paralogically different ways of experiencing the same awakened state.
  • It doesn’t make sense that the process of accumulating experience and wisdom during this lifetime is ultimately futile.
  • In the dreaming state and the waking state, I appear to be a physical body, but essentially, I am intangible awareness.
  • To become conscious of your naked essence you need to peel away all your superficial identities to reveal the deep self.
  • I become conscious of my essential nature as the ‘I’ of awareness, which is witnessing an unfolding flow of experiences.
  • Masculine wisdom is about communing with the impersonal oneness, but feminine wisdom is about loving the personal world.
  • As awareness, time exists in you, because ‘time’ is the ever-changing appearances arising within awareness like a dream.
  • In reality, all was one, because everything was an expression of the primal awareness that was dreaming up the universe.
  • As awareness, time exists in you, because ‘time’ is the ever-changing appearances arising within awareness like a dream.
  • In the dreaming state and the waking state, I appear to be a physical body, but essentially, I am intangible awareness.
  • When the dream of life becomes a nightmare, I can remember that one day I’ll wake up and realize that everything is okay.
  • The task of the philosopher is to create the best story, because culture moves forward through us creating better stories.
  • I can only enter the deep awake state because I’m conscious. And I’m only conscious because I’m experiencing separateness.
  • Subjectively I am the presence of awareness, which is the constant background to all my experiences. This is my naked being.
  • Subjectively I am the presence of awareness, which is the constant background to all my experiences. This is my naked being.
  • In the words of Joseph Campbell, life is ‘one great dream of a single dreamer in which all the dream character is dream too’.
  • Heaven and hell aren’t afterlife rewards for good and bad behaviour, they are states of consciousness we inhabit here and now.
  • There is one awareness imagining itself to be everything and everyone, and meeting itself in all its many different disguises.
  • Soul-revealing drugs offer a radically different perception of reality, in which its dreamlike nature becomes utterly obvious.
  • The recognition of ‘no doer’ is waking me up to oneness. Except that there is no ‘Tim’ to wake up. The waking up is happening.
  • When I know that I’m separate and not-separate from everything and everyone, I find myself in love with everything and everyone.
  • In the waking state, I believe that I’m my waking persona, and I see my dream persona as a figment of my individual imagination.
  • When we’re conscious of ourselves as an individual expression of the primal oneness, it’s an experience of all-encompassing love.
  • I don’t want to be liberated from the story of Tim. I want to be liberated into the story of Tim, so I can really enjoy the ride.
  • If you are life worthy, you can take it. What we are really living for is the experience of life, both the pain and the pleasure.
  • Many spiritual traditions teach that if we want to awaken to our essential divinity we need to suppress our troublesome humanity.
  • If you are life worthy, you can take it. What we are really living for is the experience of life, both the pain and the pleasure.
  • We need to consider a philosophical worldview that makes sense of our spiritual experiences as well as our scientific discoveries.
  • The spiritual challenge is to bear the suffering without closing our hearts. More than this. It’s letting the suffering open us up.
  • It’s taken billions of years of evolution to get us to the place where the field of awareness can make conscious choices through us.
  • Every day we move between the sleeping, dreaming and waking states. Spirituality can help us add the deep awake state to this cycle.
  • If death is dissolving back into the one, like a drop of water returning to the sea, it makes having been the drop seem meaningless.
  • Irrational spirituality has no doubt and is based on a reverence for old ideas. It doesn’t question itself and therefore it is stuck.
  • Things are not what they seem to be, and you’re not who you think you are . . . because life is like a dream and you are the dreamer.
  • Life is both a mystery and a story . . . we are both one and many . . . I am both a character in the life-dream and the life-dreamer.
  • When we finally recognize that we truly know nothing, there is an exhilarating feeling of freedom and an overwhelming sense of wonder.
  • God is the primal being dreaming itself to be all beings. You and I appear to be separate individuals, but essentially we are all God!
  • In a dream you appear to be a dream-persona in a dream-world, but essentially you are awareness and the dream-world exists within you.
  • We are so wrapped up in our opinions about life that we mistake our own make-believe world for reality – just as when we are dreaming.
  • God is the primal being dreaming itself to be all beings. You and I appear to be separate individuals, but essentially, we are all God!
  • Sometimes I become so lost in my dramas that I don’t notice the underlying mystery of existence. And then life starts to go dead on me.
  • No story is the absolute truth, but some stories are clearly better than others, because they give us a deeper understanding of things.
  • States of consciousness are catching, because we resonate together. So when I connect deeply with someone, they often begin to wake up.
  • No story is the absolute truth, but some stories are clearly better than others, because they give us a deeper understanding of things.
  • Philosophical stories aspire to truth … yet no story can be the truth, because no story can explain away the great mystery of existence.
  • God’ is a word for the mysterious life force in everything. And I’m experiencing the reality of that all-embracing life force right now.
  • Philosophical stories aspire to truth … yet no story can be the truth, because no story can explain away the great mystery of existence.
  • But when I see that I have a higher level to my individuality, all of these problems evaporate. Death is not the end of my individuality.
  • All you see and hear and touch and imagine exists within awareness. Your body exists within awareness. The world exists within awareness.
  • Studies show that suppressing your thoughts makes them stronger and more frequent. Think of it this way: The thoughts you resist persist.
  • Light can be seen as both a wave and particles, depending on how you look at it. Physicists call this paradox the ‘wave-particle duality’.
  • If we pay attention to the timeless moment, however, our state of consciousness changes because we come out of the story into the mystery.
  • The Hindu philosophers teach that life is the dream of Brahman. ‘Brahman’ is a name for God, so they’re claiming that life is God’s dream.
  • You may appear to be a body in the world, but essentially you are awareness and the world exists in you – just like when you are dreaming.
  • In the dreaming state and the waking state I appear to be a character in a story, but my deeper identity is awareness witnessing the story.
  • Step out of your story and into the wonder of life. Enter a state of profound not-knowing and immerse yourself in the mystery of the moment.
  • When I’m frightened of the mystery I’m not actually immersed in the mystery at all. Rather, I’m projecting imaginary monsters into the void.
  • It seems as if my being is separate from the being of others, but actually every individual being is intrinsically one with the being of all.
  • I just had this overwhelming sense that Life was enjoying being me – watching the flames, feeling the warmth and the loving glow in my heart.
  • Step out of your story and into the wonder of life. Enter a state of profound not-knowing and immerse yourself in the mystery of the moment. 
  • I’ve already mentioned in passing the paradox that on the surface of life we live in a world of separate things, but at the depths all is one.
  • You need to step out of your mind into the mystery of the moment. Your thoughts won’t stop, but they will fade into your peripheral awareness.
  • You appear to be a separate individual, but essentially your being is one with the great mystery of being, which is manifesting as all beings.
  • I want us to know that we are one, and feel empowered to express our unique individuality by passionately playing our part in the story of life.
  • If you pay close attention to your identity, you will discover your subjective nature as the mysterious ‘I’ of awareness. This is your deep self.
  • When art is rationally dissected, this usually kills it dead, since its role is to take us out of the adult mind and into the poetic imagination.
  • 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.
  • Spirituality encourages us to pay attention to the elusive subjective perspective. It urges us to ‘look within’ and become conscious of the deep I.
  • To become conscious of the deep mystery we need to enter a profound state of not-knowing. This is the gateway to deep knowing what-is before words.
  • Our separate identity as individuals in the world is the foundation from which we can wake up to our essential identity as the oneness of awareness.
  • She’d seen herself as trying to wake up to ‘God’, which felt like an impossible challenge. Now she felt that ‘God’ was trying to wake up through her.
  • When we know that we are one with everything and everyone, we find ourselves in love with everything and everyone, because love is how oneness feels.
  • This is a dream of awakening. It is designed to make you progressively more conscious, until you’re conscious enough to realise that you’re dreaming.
  • The relationship between the after-death state and the waking state is comparable to the relationship between the waking state and the dreaming state.
  • Our individuality is something to celebrate not denigrate. And that as we awaken to deep love the separate self becomes a vehicle to express that love.
  • Those who have had near-death experiences often report total recall of what has happened in their lives, which they review from a detached perspective.
  • Lucid living isn’t believing the theory that life is like a dream. It is directly experiencing the dream-like nature of reality in this present moment.
  • Once you understand this, you can stop holding back and start to strut your stuff. You’re the star of the show, so put in the performance of a lifetime!
  • We regularly pass from the ground of unconscious awareness, up through the dreaming state, to the waking state . . . and beyond to the deep awake state.
  • The sublime God of the mystics is more than a particular divine being with characteristics and a personality. God is the Oneness that unites everything.
  • It is as if we are mesmerised by our assumptions about life into a semi-conscious trance, which anaesthetises us to the awesome strangeness of existence.
  • Consciousness is hidden within matter. Matter is arising within consciousness. The objective world and the subjective self co-exist and create each other.
  • When I dream lucidly it is clear that awareness isn’t inside the head of the character I appear to be in the dream. The dream is arising within awareness.
  • Human beings have created a mountain of words to explain the nature of reality, but under all the words the mystery of life remains as magnificent as ever.
  • The primal field of unconscious awareness is ‘dreaming’ itself to be many conscious individuals, through which it is coming to know itself and love itself.
  • The oneness of unconscious awareness dreamed the story of life and progressively became more conscious through the evolving forms it imagined itself to be.
  • Perhaps there’s a higher state of consciousness that we wake up to after death, which is predicated on our also entering the life states from time to time?
  • Your apparent identity is distinct from my apparent identity, but is your essential identity as awareness distinct from my essential identity as awareness?
  • Human beings have created a mountain of words to explain the nature of reality, but under all the words the mystery of life remains as magnificent as ever.
  • Lucid living is the simple secret of transforming the life-dream from a nightmare of separateness into the joyous celebration of existence we want it to be.
  • The more I’ve recognized that all is one, the more I’ve fallen in love with this separate individual named ‘Tim’ . . . and his extraordinarily ordinary life.
  • The Hindu philosophers teach that the oneness of being, which they call Brahman, is a primal, formless awareness dreaming itself to be all the forms of life.
  • Without a bullshit detector we’re truly lost. We can end up following channelled wisdom on how to live from disembodied spirits and aliens from the Pleiades.
  • You’re the hero of this great drama, so why not live heroically? Why not be open to the possibilities of all you could be and everything you could experience?
  • Being a lover of life means being open to the present moment as a precious opportunity to experience the richness of life and feel its transformational power.
  • Sometimes the events of my life are so pregnant with symbolic meaning I find myself asking ‘If this were a dream what would this be showing me about myself ?’
  • You’re the hero of this great drama, so why not live heroically? Why not be open to the possibilities of all you could be and everything you could experience?
  • Vilifying the ego as a spiritual enemy doesn’t help us awaken. It merely encourages us to wage an internal civil war against ourselves, which we can only lose.
  • I want to suggest that it is possible to experience an ultra-awake state I call ‘lucid living’, in which you are conscious that life is like a dream right now.
  • When I see beyond my ideas about life, there’s a wonderful feeling of oneness with all that is, since it’s only my concepts that make me see things as separate.
  • All experiences (perceptions, thoughts, emotions, sensations) are arising in and known by the same mind. Like a mind having a trillion separate dreams at one.
  • 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.
  • When we reject the thinking mind we can enter a childlike state in which we too easily believe the most outrageous supernatural claims without reasonable doubt.
  • 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.
  • Stop imagining that you are just the physical body you appear to be. Instead, imagine yourself to be a spacious presence within which your experience is arising.
  • When we feel deep love, we can embrace those parts of ourselves that normally seem unlovable. We can allow ourselves to remember the suffering we prefer to forget.
  • We are formless awareness dreaming itself to be many individuals with different experiences in the life-dream. We appear to be separate, but essentially we are one.
  • There is a reality to the separate self and the world of multiplicity, just as much as there is a reality to the oneness of being in which there is no separateness.
  • The aim is not to deny the character. It’s to stop getting lost in it. This allows you to embrace the experience of the movie more. To have fun being the character.
  • The demonizing of the mind makes it harder to awaken. If we believe that to awaken we must try to stop thinking, we become forever engrossed with battling the mind.
  • The mind’s job is to think, like the heart’s job is to beat. It’s constantly trying to piece together a coherent conceptual story to help us live well and stay safe.
  • The aim is not to deny the character. It’s to stop getting lost in it. This allows you to embrace the experience of the movie more. To have fun being the character.
  • In the deep awake state, I realize that I’m the presence of awareness, and I see my waking persona as an expression of the primal imagination, which is one with all.
  • The mind is a great gift, but that it can also cause all sorts of problems if we get carried away by the wrong thoughts. That’s a both/and approach that works for me.
  • In my experience scientific objectivists can display a sort of macho intellectualism, which delights in reducing all that humans most value to just this or just that.
  • Think of the shadow in a more approachable way as simply the ‘unloved self’. The shadow is that part of ourselves that we regard as unlovable, so we seek to repress it.
  • If we could take away the empty space then all the subatomic particles in every one of the seven billion people on our planet would be about the size of a grain of rice.
  • When we realise we are essentially one with everyone and everything, we find ourselves intimately connected to everyone and everything. We experience love without limits.
  • When I don’t experience separateness, I’m in deep sleep. So this means that separateness is not an irrelevant illusion. It’s a prerequisite for my being conscious at all.
  • Haven’t you noticed how full of significant patterns and strange coincidences your experience is? As if there is some hidden meaning? Well, that’s because this is a dream.
  • A paralogical approach to awakening that has its foundation in a deep knowing of the primal oneness, yet also delights in our exquisite individuality and natural humanity.
  • I’ve found ‘entering’ my sensual experience to be a powerful way of awakening. When I enter into the immediacy of the senses they become a doorway to the deep awake state.
  • 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.
  • Objectively, you’re an insignificant speck of dust passing through this vast universe. But subjectively, you’re the centre of the universe, around which everything revolves.
  • I love it when a movie captivates my attention; however, I don’t want to completely identify with the hero, since when the story becomes harrowing, I find it too disturbing.
  • Really knowing you don’t know takes some work. It requires you to clearly see that your story is just a story; and to become conscious of the deep mystery at its foundation.
  • I want to invite you to wonder so deeply about life that you find yourself in a profound state of not-knowing… and to experience what happens to your state of consciousness.
  • That’s lucid living. Our identity is characterized by polarity. Right now we are the oneness of the primal awareness dreaming itself to be all of these separate individuals.
  • The deep awake state doesn’t negate the mind. In my experience it allows me to think more deeply about things. It sets my mind free so that it functions with intuitive ease.
  • Objectively, you’re an insignificant speck of dust passing through this vast universe. But subjectively, you’re the centre of the universe, around which everything revolves.
  • If we become forever engrossed with battling the mind, this prevents us seeing how easy it is to wake up by simply becoming conscious of the thinker as well as the thoughts.
  • When I’m lost in separateness, I connect with someone only through my idea of who that person is in my story. And this means that there’s always a subtle sense of alienation.
  • But when we realise we are essentially one with everyone and everything, we find ourselves intimately connected to everyone and everything. We experience love without limits.
  • 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.
  • It seems to me that the ego is the hero not the villain of the spiritual adventure. The ego is the surface self through which the deep I can experience the adventure of living.
  • It seems to me that the ego is the hero, not the villain of the spiritual adventure. The ego is the surface self through which the deep I can experience the adventure of living.
  • We need to embrace the paradoxity that there are objective and subjective ways of knowing. We can look outside ourselves for answers and we can look within ourselves for answers.
  • 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.
  • When I live lucidly, it profoundly changes my understanding of who I am, since I see that essentially there is one primal awareness dreaming itself to be everyone and everything.
  • Go deeper still and become conscious of the oneness of being. You are the oneness connecting with itself by appearing as two. Sit with that beautiful paradox and see how it feels.
  • 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.
  • We need to embrace the paradoxity that there are objective and subjective ways of knowing. We can look outside ourselves for answers and we can look within ourselves for answers.
  • 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.
  • According to this story, the primal field of unconscious awareness is ‘dreaming’ itself to be many conscious individuals, through which it is coming to know itself and love itself.
  • In one of his poems Walt Whitman announces: It is time to explain myself – let us stand up. What is known I strip away, I launch all men and women forward with me into the Unknown.
  • If I become conscious of the deep self within myself, I also become conscious of the deep self within others. Then I can connect ‘I to I’ with the people I meet in my everyday life.
  • Waking up doesn’t mean withdrawing from life and becoming detached. Quite the opposite. It means wholeheartedly engaging with the life-dream as an amazing adventure of self-discovery.
  • Science is an objective enquiry that entails looking out onto the world and asking ‘what is it?’ Spirituality is a subjective enquiry that entails looking within and asking ‘who am I?’
  • 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.
  • So the bad news is that there’s always something bad about life we can choose to focus on. And the good news is that there’s always something good about life we can choose to focus on.
  • When I practise I to I gazing to connect with another person, I see how wonderful it is that we’re separate and not separate, because it is being both that allows us to commune in love.
  • Once we see that the goal of awakening is to be conscious of both our separate identity as a person and our essential identity as awareness, it becomes much easier to wake up to oneness.
  • Science is an objective enquiry that entails looking out onto the world and asking, ‘what is it?’ Spirituality is a subjective enquiry that entails looking within and asking, ‘who am I?’
  • What gives me the unshakable sense of being an individual is not Tim. It is the ‘I’ of my deeper nature. The ‘I’ is the one that binds the fragments of Tim into the semblance of a someone.
  • I am the primal awareness imagining itself to be ‘Tim’. You are the primal awareness imagining itself to be ‘you’. We appear to be separate individuals, but essentially there is one of us.
  • Spirituality takes the I-perspective. It looks at things subjectively and sees the primal oneness as unconscious awareness, which becomes conscious through the forms it dreams itself to be.
  • Of course this world is real. It is a real dream-world. Its wonders are truly wonderful and its horrors are truly horrible. I’m not dismissing it. I’m simply pointing out that it’s a dream.
  • Of course, this world is real. It is a real dream-world. Its wonders are truly wonderful and its horrors are truly horrible. I’m not dismissing it. I’m simply pointing out that it’s a dream.
  • Lucid living is understanding just how important your individuality is, because it is by dreaming itself to be you as an individual that the life-dreamer is able to experience the life-dream.
  • While you are dreaming you believe you are the person you appear to be in the dream. But when you dream lucidly you realise you are much more than you seem to be, because you are the dreamer.
  • The daemon in the after-death state is a deeper level of my individuality, which transcends and includes Tim, who is now seen as one of many life personas the daemon has dreamed itself to be.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • The formless presence of awareness you experience as the deep I is not separate from the formless presence of awareness that I experience as the deep I. At the depths of our being we are one.
  • As a person, you are a body . . . an object . . . a thing in the world. As awareness, you are a spacious presence . . . a subject . . . a nothing within which the world is arising like a dream.
  • When we become deep awake, however, we transcend and include the rational mind within a more expansive state of consciousness. We’re conscious of ourselves as a playful child and a thinking adult.
  • I want to suggest that life is like a dream and that right now we are so engrossed in the life-dream that we don’t realise we are dreaming. We believe we know what is going on, but really we don’t.
  • In my experience, being deep awake is both a state of transcendental enlightenment and embodied enlivenment. It’s knowing that all is one and enjoying the play of separateness from that perspective.
  • The ego is the separate self through which the universal self can experience the adventure of living. The ego is a character in the dream of life around which the life-dreamer weaves a cracking tale.
  • Awareness is our essential being. The Hindus call it the atman, which means ‘self’. Christians call it spirit, which means ‘essence’. Buddhists call it the Buddha-nature, which means ‘knower-nature’.
  • Dick: ‘But the universe isn’t some big oneness. It’s made up of lots of very little particles. Erwin Schröedinger: ‘Particles are but wave-crests, a sort of froth on the deep ocean of the universe.’
  • What happens if we put aside our ideas for a moment and enter a profound state of not knowing? What happens if we step out of confines of the conceptual mind into the spacious openness of the mystery?
  • 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.
  • In my experience we don’t need to eradicate the separate self to awaken to oneness. When I’m deep awake ‘Tim’ doesn’t disappear in a puff of spiritual enlightenment. On the contrary, Tim comes to life.
  • We don’t want to get so lost in the separateness that we aren’t conscious of the oneness, as that leads to a lot of avoidable suffering. We need to be conscious that we are both separate and not separate.
  • Each one of us is the hero of our own movie. Isn’t that great?! I’m a walk-on part in your movie. Other people get to play the romantic interest or comic sidekick. But you’re the star who’s in every scene.
  • The mystery of being is arising as all individual beings. This profound idea brings us to the greatest teaching found at the heart of the spiritual traditions of the world: Atman is Brahman. The soul is God.
  • The deep awake state is ‘transrational’. It transcends and includes the rational state. It’s a more expansive state of consciousness in which we can be rational, but we’re also conscious of the deep mystery.
  • Time is the perpetual flow of ever-changing appearances that awareness witnesses. Time exists within awareness. Awareness is outside of time. You are timeless awareness dreaming itself to be a person in time.
  • How does it feel to realise that we are not separate? How does it feel to be one with everyone and everything? For me it is an experience of communion and compassion. Being one with all, I am in love with all.
  • When I meditate my thoughts come and go, but I don’t fight them. I simply become conscious that I’m listening to myself talking to myself. I pay attention to the silent presence of awareness that is listening.
  • God is not the conscious creator of the universe. God is unconsciously dreaming the world into existence. God is the unconscious primal awareness that becomes conscious through the forms it dreams itself to be.
  • Awareness is an emptiness that contains the world. And this is why the Buddhists say that to know our true Buddha-nature is to experience the void of nirvana within which the appearances of samsara are arising.
  • It seems to me that life is a paradoxical dance between possibility and actuality. It flows as it must. Yet at the depths of my being I am the creative source of all, so I can consciously shape the flow of life.
  • 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.
  • 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’.
  • Synchronicities happen so often, sometimes I take them for granted. And to me this suggests that life is full of implicit meaning. It may be impossible to say what the meaning is, but meaning is obvious everywhere.
  • Awareness can’t be touched, because it has no shape. Awareness can’t be seen, because it has no colour. Awareness can’t be heard, because it makes no noise. Awareness is a formless presence, which has no boundaries.
  • Life is like a dream and, although we appear to be separate individuals in the life-dream, in reality there is one awareness dreaming itself to be everyone and everything, and meeting itself in all its various forms.
  • There is something very different seeing through these eyes now, and yet it is still me, but now it knows itself as that which it really is. Not something trapped or limited, but something totally free and unlimited.
  • I am creating my reality . . . but who am I? I am the unconscious primal awareness that is conscious through Tim. My essential nature is unconsciously dreaming the life-dream . . . but Tim can consciously shape it.  
  • When I consciously intend something to happen in my life, it’s as if I’m planting a seed in the depths of the unconscious primal awareness, where I hope it will gestate and grow so that it manifests in the life-dream.
  • Some approaches to awakening teach that our separate identity is an irrelevant illusion, because oneness is the only reality. Oneness is essentially real. Separateness is apparently real. That’s the paradoxity of life.
  • When we’re conscious of the deep self and feel the deep love, it becomes much easier to acknowledge those parts of our personality that we would normally choose to ignore, because we’re able to love ourselves as we are.
  • When I wake up I can see that my story is just a story. If I look deeper I discover that hidden behind my story is the pristine, virgin, untouchable mystery. And that’s when the mystery experience spontaneously arises.
  • 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.
  • Awareness experiences seeing, but has no colour or shape. Awareness experiences hearing, but makes no sound. Awareness experiences touching, but has no tangible form. Awareness experiences thinking, but isn’t a thought.
  • 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.
  • When I wake up, I can see that my story is just a story. If I look deeper, I discover that hidden behind my story is the pristine, virgin, untouchable mystery. And that’s when the mystery experience spontaneously arises.
  • Everything is becoming incredibly simple, and I can see that this moment is characterized by the polarity of awareness and appearances . . . emptiness and form . . . nirvana and samsara . . . life-dreamer and life-dream.
  • And the secret to daring to be really alive is to realize that life is like a movie, so you are fundamentally safe. In the movie there’s laughter and tears, but everything is always okay . . . even during the scary parts.
  • Science has freed us from irrational religion … and that has cleared the way for a vibrant new form of rational spirituality … which complements the discoveries of science, but offers an alternative to bleak objectivism.
  • 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.
  • We need to become conscious of our essential nature as the spacious presence of awareness, so we deep know that all is one, and find ourselves in love with all. Then we need to express that love by living compassionately.
  • Science and spirituality seem to be very different approaches to life, but they lead to the same astonishing conclusion. Our common-sense understanding of things is inadequate, because life is much more than it seems to be.
  • From one perspective, I appear to be a person within my life story. From another perspective, I am spacious awareness witnessing all I am experiencing. I am not an object within my experience. I am the formless experiencer.
  • When I become embroiled with my story I find myself living in a sort of trance. I’m certain I know what’s going on, even though I really don’t. I exist in a state of numbness that I call normality and I feel only half alive.
  • Are you with me? How does it feel to realise that we are not separate? How does it feel to be one with everyone and everything? For me it is an experience of communion and compassion. Being one with all, I am in love with all.
  • What we really want is ‘safe danger’, which is why we love the movies so much. And lucid living allows us to experience safe danger by entering into the thrills and spills of life with a fundamental sense of peace and security.
  • In my experience, when I know that I don’t know, there’s a wordless knowing of what-is before words. A silent knowing that arises in the mind as intuitive wisdom. A passionate knowing that arises in the heart as boundless love.
  • 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.’
  • In my experience, when I know that I don’t know, there’s a wordless knowing of what-is before words. A silent knowing that arises in the mind as intuitive wisdom. A passionate knowing that arises in the heart as boundless love.
  • But when we realise we are essentially one with everyone and everything, we find ourselves intimately connected to everyone and everything. We experience love without limits. The one life-dreamer meeting itself in different forms.
  • Tim is a work of art that I’ll refine and rework until my dying day. He’s imperfect of course, which is tough on everyone. But it’s only to be expected. He’s a work in progress. He’s an attempt at a conscious, loving, human being.
  • The more I dissolve into the oneness, the more animated I feel as a unique individual. The more I feel filled with limitless love, the more I long to share it. The more I wake up, the more precious this dream of life becomes to me.
  • We’ve become bamboozled by our beliefs, and this has blinded us to the primal mystery. We’ve become so engrossed with our stories that we’ve lost the plot. We’re eating the menu, not the meal, and that’s why life can taste so bland.
  • Life is not an entrance exam for the after-death state, just as dreaming is not an entrance exam for the waking state. We naturally pass between all of these states because they are different levels in the holarchy of consciousness.
  • When I was younger, I took this idea very seriously. But now it seems like the ultimate paranoid conspiracy theory. It doesn’t awaken us, it merely encourages us to wage an internal civil war against ourselves. And that’s disastrous.
  • These days I see myself as an individual expression of the primal awareness who is choosing to live lucidly, by both being conscious of my essential nature as the primal awareness and engaging passionately with the adventures of Tim.
  • I am deep awake and intensely alive. I am swimming in the numinous stillness of the deep mystery. There is a deep knowing of the what-is before words.   There is a primal love of being.   I am dissolving into the mystery experience. 
  • If I look at my own experience, Tim is clearly the hero of the story. He’s the star of the show. Other people come and go, but Tim is in every scene. His wife Debbie plays romantic love interest. His best mate Pete plays comic sidekick.
  • The Hindu philosophers teach that the oneness of being, which they call Brahman, is a primal, formless awareness dreaming itself to be all the forms of life. The Zen masters say that everything is a thought arising within one ‘big mind’.
  • The Zen masters compare being awake to ‘collecting fruit in a bottomless basket’. I love this because it captures the experience of being in the mystery of the moment. New experiences arise and pass away, without my clinging to anything.
  • I have many levels to my individuality. In a dream, I appear to be my dream persona. In the waking state, I appear to be my life persona. It seems to me that there is a yet more conscious level of my individuality, and this is my daemon.
  • For me God isn’t a great spirit that is separate from me. God is the primal oneness that is conscious through me. God is the mystery of being that is arising as all beings. And when I know God I experience a love that embraces all beings.
  • Lao Tzu doesn’t say that the mysterious essence is real and the appearances are an illusion. Rather, he says that the Tao is always both mysterious and manifest. The paradoxity of being is that it is one essence that appears in many forms.
  • When I reach within it feels as if God is reaching out to welcome me. I feel as if I am relaxing into the arms of the great Beloved … as if we’re lovers who’ve been longing to be together … to caress each other … to be one with each other.
  • Among all the drudgery and broken dreams, what makes life worth all the fuss? The great lover of life Walt Whitman answers: That you are here – that life exists, and identity; That the powerful play goes on, and you will contribute a verse.
  • When I am deep awake, however, I find myself really savouring the pleasures of life. I’m astonished by all I see and hear and touch in this world of wonders. My body wakes up to how sweet it is to be alive. To simply breathe feels delicious.
  • As I pay attention to the moment, I’m conscious that my thoughts are just arising. I’m not doing the thinking. Thinking is happening. And as all of my volitional actions arise from my thoughts, that means that they are just happening as well.
  • Tim is experiencing the dream of life, but this isn’t Tim’s dream. He is a character in the dream. The unconscious primal awareness is dreaming itself to be you and me as individual human beings … and experiencing the dream of life through us.
  • You and I are unique human beings who have never existed before and will never exist again. We are living lives that have never been lived before and will never be lived again. So let’s play our parts in the great drama with style and panache.
  • When I dream lucidly, the dream doesn’t end—I simply start to dream consciously. In the same way, when I live lucidly, the life-dream doesn’t stop, I simply start to live more consciously. And this is the secret to really enjoying the life-dream.
  • If my thoughts are agitated I simply become conscious that I’m listening to myself talking to myself. I pay attention to the silent presence which is listening. I become conscious of being spacious awareness within which the thoughts are arising.
  • 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.
  • How can we prevent ourselves being hijacked by the shadow? The clue is in the name. We need to bring it into the light. We need to consciously acknowledge this part of ourselves. Only then will it stop unconsciously possessing us from time to time.
  • When I compare life to a dream I do not mean to denigrate it as some sort of meaningless fantasy. Life is too wonderful to be called an illusion, unless we whisper the word in amazement, as we might when witnessing the most astonishing magic trick.
  • Stop thinking of God as an entity. An entity is an object in consciousness. This is why the word God can be limiting because it has so much past association with being an object. God is awareness itself. Awareness perceives but cannot be perceived.
  • Suffering is awful, but it can awaken us just as much as joy and wonder. The heroic lover is ready to be shaken up so that they can be shaken free. They understand the lover’s heart must break open at some time … maybe many times … for love to flow.
  • Lucid Tim has lots of frightening things to contend with in his life, too. But he’s also conscious of his essential identity, which is always safe. This gives him the courage to engage with life as a daring adventure rather than a terrifying ordeal.
  • We can invest so heavily in our beliefs about life that we forget that we really don’t know what life is. We can become so caught up in our opinions that we miss the breathtaking mystery. And when this happens, life becomes mundane and empty of wonder.
  • When you are dreaming you appear to be a character within the dream. But this is only your ‘apparent identity’. It is who you appear to be, but not who you really are. Essentially you are awareness dreaming the dream. This is your ‘essential identity’.
  • The mystics delight in a divine love affair with God, who is their affectionate spouse and constant friend. They fall in love with Love, and in this all loving separation is transcended. Lover and beloved dissolve into each other and only Love remains.
  • Yet I have found that waging a war against myself doesn’t wake me up to oneness but merely fragments me further. I now think that there are two Tims . . . the bad Tim, who is causing all of my troubles; and the good Tim, who is busy judging the bad Tim.
  • On the surface, things may seem random and without consequence. But I sense a hidden meaning, which expresses itself symbolically in the flow of events. Strange synchronicities punctuate my adventures. Patterns emerge suggestive of a secret significance.
  • So our story starts with unconscious awareness in a state of deep sleep, and it climaxes with some ultra-conscious individuals who are deep awake. The dream of separateness is the primal awareness progressing from unconscious oneness to conscious oneness.
  • In one way, living lucidly changes nothing: life continues to be a mix of good and bad, pleasure and pain, joy and suffering. Yet in another way, living lucidly changes everything, because we have a new perspective on the challenges of everyday existence.
  • It is one of the great paradoxities of life that not-knowing leads to the ‘deep knowing’ that the ancients called ‘gnosis’. As the poet Robert Frost writes so beautifully: We dance around in a ring, and suppose, But the Secret sits in the middle and knows.
  • If I focus my attention on my subjective nature as the ‘I’ who is witnessing all that I’m experiencing right now, I begin to become conscious that my essential nature is a spacious presence witnessing a flow of ever-changing appearances, in which all is one.
  • It is one of the great paradoxities of life that not-knowing leads to the ‘deep knowing’ that the ancients called ‘gnosis’. As the poet Robert Frost writes so beautifully: We dance around in a ring, and suppose, But the Secret sits in the middle and knows. 
  • The unawakened life is permeated by a type of suffering he called dukkha. Dukkha is an underlying unease and discontent. An existential SOS that arises from the knowledge of death. A fundamental sense of separateness from others. An alienation from the world.
  • You and I are experiencing the life-dream right now. But this isn’t my dream or your dream, because we are characters in the dream. The life-dream is God’s dream. The primal awareness is dreaming itself to be you and me, and experiencing the dream through us.
  • Far from being the problem, the personal self is our foundation in the world, from which we can spiritually awaken. It is a gloriously particular expression of the infinite potentiality of being, through which the primal oneness of awareness can experience life.
  • Scientific objectivism has played the positive role of challenging dogmatic religious ideas and creating a secular society … but the hubris of objectivists, like that of the priests before them, is to believe they’ve arrived at a final understanding of reality.
  • Scientists talk about fields such as the ‘gravitational field’ and the ‘electromagnetic field’ which reach throughout the whole of space. I want to suggest that the mystery of being is a field of unconscious awareness within which life is arising like a dream.
  • How can we prevent ourselves being overwhelmed by the unloved self? The clue is in the name. We need to love it. We need to care for our own wounded self as compassionately as we would care for someone else in great distress. We need to heal the pain of the past.
  • The mind starts to berate itself for its failure to stop being the mind! But the mind can’t stop thinking any more than the heart can stop beating. That’s what it does. And thank goodness for that. If we stopped thinking we wouldn’t be enlightened… we’d be stupid!
  • I refuse to believe that my purpose in this extravagant universe could be to climb a career ladder, buy a house, and get a pension plan. Life is too important to waste just making money and acquiring things. Life is like an enormous question that demands an answer.
  • The separate self is a prerequisite for awakening, not an obstacle to be overcome. You and I are separate centres of conscious being within the unconscious oneness of being. If this were not the case we wouldn’t be conscious at all … let alone spiritually awakened.
  • At the heart of all we think we know is the deep mystery. And at the heart of the deep mystery lies a deep knowing that is so immediate it can’t be mediated by words. A silent certainty that all is well. An unshakeable conviction that all that really matters is love.
  • It seems to me that if we could allow ourselves to be as free as we truly are, we’d make much better choices in our lives, and be much happier. All it takes is for us to become more conscious. Because the more conscious we are the more freedom of choice we experience.
  • When we’re lost in separateness it’s lonely and frightening. We feel we’re constantly missing something … and that’s because we are. Yet this underlying discontent pushes us to explore the depths of life. We feel there must be more to existence, so we start to wonder.
  • What is the singularity? We could say it’s the primal oneness that has evolved into the multifarious variety of life. The fundamental simplicity which is the source of the astonishing complexity of the universe. The nothing which contained the potential for everything.
  • My daemon is dreaming itself to be ‘Tim’ in the same way that Tim dreams himself to be his dream persona. But this higher level of my individuality is consciously one with all, so the dream my daemon is dreaming is an individual perspective on the shared dream of life.
  • When you dream, you are both the source of the dream and a character within the dream. Your identity is inherently paradoxical. In the same way, your identity right now is also inherently paradoxical. You are both the source of the life-dream and a character within it.
  • Lucid living doesn’t deny the delights and dramas of everyday existence. It charges them with new significance and meaning. Everything you experience is a manifestation of your essential identity. So everything is showing you something about who you are – like a dream.
  • I want to suggest that far from being a problem the personal self is the foundation from which we can spiritually awaken. Our individuality is a gloriously particular expression of the infinite potentiality of being, through which the primal oneness can experience life.
  • I find the dream analogy very powerful, because it’s an experiential analogy. I know what it’s like to dream, so I can look at this moment and actually experience its dreamlike nature. I can see that I’m a character in the dream and also essentially the dreaming awareness.
  • First, we need a robust sense of being a separate individual. When this is strong enough it can support a conscious awakening to our deeper being. When a strong separate self is absent, the natural process of awakening is transformed into the pathology of depersonalization.
  • The primal oneness of unconscious awareness is arising as separate centres of consciousness, because through these centres of consciousness it can come to know that all is one. Life is on a journey from unconscious oneness through conscious separateness to conscious oneness.
  • I sometimes think that I want everything to go well for Tim. But I actually want the dramas of existence, because without them the story is bland and uninspiring. Who wants to watch a movie in which things start well, everything works out, and it all ends happily ever after?
  • The primal awareness is unconsciously dreaming up the universe, and it becomes conscious through the individual beings it imagines itself to be. I am the primal awareness conscious through Tim. And so, through Tim, the primal awareness has the experience of conscious choice.
  • Over your lifetime your body has aged and your mind has matured, but don’t you feel as if something has remained the same? Isn’t the essential ‘you’ no different now from when you were much younger? What is this essential ‘you’ that is constant and enduring? It is awareness.
  • Being a lover of life doesn’t mean always feeling that life’s wonderful. It means loving life as it is. It means embracing both the good and bad of life. It means passionately enjoying and tenderly enduring the tumultuous adventure of life through which we learn how to love.
  • 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.
  • Spiritual traditions that encourage some sort of inner conflict often make the mind an enemy, but it really isn’t. The mind is a great blessing, not an adversary to be silenced. Our ability to think is what makes us human. If we didn’t think, we wouldn’t be wise, we’d be stupid.
  • We can’t know our deeper identity objectively, since awareness isn’t an object in our experience. But we can subjectively know ourselves to be the experiencer. And we can do this by simply becoming conscious of being conscious. This is the wake-up technique known as ‘witnessing’.
  • I became conscious that I was both a detached observer in the cinema and also a participant in the unfolding drama. I was safely outside of the story, but I was drawn into it by my fascination with the hero’s dilemmas. This is a great analogy for what happens when I live lucidly.
  • You and I are centres of consciousness arising within the field of awareness, and when we realize this the primal oneness comes to know itself through us. The unconscious field of awareness is coming to self-knowledge, by dreaming itself to be you and me on a journey of awakening.
  • But it’s also important to remember that everyone is the star of the show from a different perspective. You need to play a positive part in other people’s story lines, as well as inviting them to play a positive part in your story line. Then we’ll all enjoy this adventure of life.
  • In the same way that we have to return to the dreaming and deep sleep states to sustain the waking state, we have to return to the life experience of separateness to sustain the after-death experience of oneness. All of these states are essential to the evolution of consciousness.
  • You and I are centres of consciousness arising within the field of awareness, and when we realize this the primal oneness comes to know itself through us. The unconscious field of awareness is coming to self knowledge, by dreaming itself to be you and me on a journey of awakening.
  • Lucid living is embodied enlivenment. It is a state of consciousness that reaches right down into our physical nature and changes how we engage with the sensual world. We find ourselves delighting in the pleasures of existence because we are conscious enough to really relish them.
  • You and I are centres of consciousness arising within the field of awareness, and when we realize this the primal oneness comes to know itself through us. The unconscious field of awareness is coming to self-knowledge, by dreaming itself to be you and me on a journey of awakening.
  • I’m meditating and I’m enjoying the bliss of being deep awake. I’m conscious of being a spacious presence within which the world is arising like a dream. Thoughts and sensations are coming and going in my peripheral attention, but my focus is on the stillness of my essential nature.
  • When I understand that I am both an irrelevant speck and the star of the show, it makes me feel both humble and empowered. I want to encourage you both to be conscious of the oneness of being and to feel empowered as a unique individual who is the hero of your amazing life adventure.
  • I’ve found that the more lucid I am, the more the line between my inner world and the outer world becomes blurred—I no longer experience them as separate, and my fantasies become reality. My intentions shape the way the dream of life unfolds. This is what the ancients called ‘magic’.
  • We don’t need to eradicate the separate self to awaken to oneness. When I’m deep awake ‘Tim’ doesn’t disappear in a puff of spiritual enlightenment. On the contrary, Tim comes to life. I find myself cherishing my individuality and appreciating the poignant beauty of the personal life.
  • The unloved self is what we don’t want to remember about our past. It is our hurt self that skulks in the shadows like a wounded animal. And mainly that’s where it stays. Until a life situation reawakens the painful memory and we’re involuntarily forced to play out the pain once again.
  • The scientific story of the evolving cosmos is a new version of this ancient myth. It relates how the oneness of unconscious nature has become conscious of itself through evolving into ever more complex forms, until it reaches the human form in which it is conscious of being conscious.
  • If I sink my attention deeply into the presence of awareness, it’s like sinking down into the depths of the ocean of being. The sense that I am an individual experiencing the world of separateness fades and I am immersed in a profound, undifferentiated oneness, beyond words to express.
  • The mystery of life is so enormous it takes my breath away and leaves me speechless. It’s not some riddle I will one day unravel, but real magic to be marvelled at. It’s not a darkness my intellect can illuminate, but a dazzling radiance so splendid that my most brilliant ideas seem dull.
  • The Taoist sage Lao Tzu explained that ‘in the pursuit of learning we come to know more and more’. But if we want to awaken, we need to ‘know less and less until things simply are as they are’. We need to let go of all our beliefs about life, which obscure the wordless reality of what-is.
  • I am suggesting that life is like a dream. Right now you appear to be a person in the life-dream. But this is only your ‘apparent identity’, it is not who you really are. Your ‘essential identity’ is much less concrete and much more mysterious. You are awareness witnessing the life-dream.
  • If we look below the surface of things another dimension of reality is revealed. This is the great discovery of science. And it’s paralogically complementary to the message of spirituality, which also teaches that if we look beyond the superficial appearances a deeper reality is revealed.
  • I am suggesting that life is like a dream. Right now, you appear to be a person in the life-dream. But this is only your ‘apparent identity’, it is not who you really are. Your ‘essential identity’ is much less concrete and much more mysterious. You are awareness witnessing the life-dream.
  • The mystery of life is so enormous it takes my breath away and leaves me speechless. It’s not some riddle I will one day unravel, but real magic to be marvelled at. It’s not a darkness my intellect can illuminate, but a dazzling radiance so splendid that my most brilliant ideas seem dull.
  • The paradox is that consciousness arises with discrimination, so to be conscious is to experience separateness. This means we can never just be conscious of oneness. We must become conscious of both separateness and oneness. We must become conscious of the oneness through the separateness.
  • Consciousness requires separateness. We’re only conscious when we conceptualize the world into discrete things, including seeing ourselves as individual people. But the fact that we’re conscious through separateness allows us to pay attention to our essential nature, which is one with all.
  • You are the life-dreamer imagining yourself to be a particular person in the life-dream. While you identify exclusively with your life-persona you will remain unconsciously engrossed in the life-dream. Lucid living happens when you become conscious of both poles of your paradoxical nature.
  • The demonizing of the mind makes it harder to awaken. If we believe that to awaken we must try to stop thinking, we become forever engrossed with battling the mind. And this prevents us seeing how easy it is to wake up, by simply becoming conscious of the deep mystery as well as the story.
  • As I contemplate this koan, something extraordinary is happening. . . . Everything is becoming incredibly simple, and I can see that this moment is characterized by the polarity of awareness and appearances . . . emptiness and form . . . nirvana and samsara . . . life-dreamer and life-dream.
  • Take some time to try this for yourself, and then ask what you can say about your essential nature as awareness. You can’t see it or hear it or touch it. It has no qualities or characteristics, because it isn’t something within your experience. Your essential nature is absolutely mysterious.
  • I am awareness that is looking, but can’t be seen. I am awareness that is listening, but can’t be heard. I am an unchanging stillness witnessing an ever-changing flow of experiences. I am conscious of being the formless presence of awareness within which my experience is arising like a dream.
  • I am awareness that is looking, but can’t be seen. I am awareness that is listening, but can’t be heard. I am an unchanging stillness witnessing an ever-changing flow of experiences. I am conscious of being the formless presence of awareness within which my experience is arising like a dream.
  • The simplest way to start becoming deep awake is to wonder… to look at the world with amazement… to be conscious of the breathtaking mystery of existence… to recognize that you really don’t know what life is. If you wonder deeply you’ll come out of your story and into the mystery of the moment.
  • From animal sex to transcendental devotion, love is the experience of the two becoming one while remaining two. When we love, we feel we are separate and not-separate from each other. And both are important because love is the relationship of unity, which can only arise because we are separate.
  • The separate self is seen as an obstacle to our awakening and is often referred to as the ego. In my experience we don’t need to eradicate the separate self to awaken to oneness. When I’m deep awake ‘Tim’ doesn’t disappear in a puff of spiritual enlightenment. On the contrary, Tim comes to life.
  • I viewed the thinking mind as an ‘enemy’ that I needed to subdue. But I don’t approach meditation like that these days. Now I’m much kinder to myself. I simply allow things to be as they are. If my mind is agitated, I let it rage until it’s spent. When my mind becomes still, I treasure the calm.
  • The problem arose that the primal awareness identified with each of the separate forms it appeared to be and didn’t recognize its deeper identity as the oneness of being. And here we are… that’s you and me. Each one of us is the field of awareness believing itself to be just a separate individual.
  • Mystics of all traditions claim that if we become conscious of our essential nature, we will realize that in reality, there is only one of us. There is one Self experiencing itself to be many individual selves. There is one Big Mind, as the Zen masters say, within which the dream of life is arising.
  • We don’t think too deeply about life because the more we think about things the bleaker it gets. So we distract ourselves with consumerism we’ve embraced materialism … both as a metaphysical position and as a lifestyle choice.  Our existential emptiness demands we create a new narrative to live by. 
  • 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.
  • Dying is not perpetual unconscious sleep. It’s a further waking up to a higher state of consciousness, which is predicated on the lesser states of consciousness. Deep sleep is the ground from which consciousness expands, through the dreaming state to the waking state, and then to the after-death state.
  • When I live lucidly, my focus moves fluidly between the active and passive poles of my identity. And in my experience, this fluidity of focus is the way to enjoy a creative life as an active participant in the life-dream, while also bathing in the bliss of my deeper being. It is the secret of enlivenment.
  • Enthusiastic presenters of science documentaries bring the objectivist gospel to the people, inspiring us with a vision of the wonders of nature, which are truly astonishing yet there is a dark side to their vision which goes unmentioned, so they inadvertently lead us into a cold, futile, mechanical world.
  • You are experiencing something right now. So you are an experiencer of experiences. The ‘experiencer’ is your essential identity which you call ‘I’. The ‘I’ is aware of an ever-changing stream of experiences right now.  But what is the ‘I’?  Is the ‘I’ your body?  The body is something you are experiencing. 
  • I first acknowledge that my mind is trying to do a necessary job for me, even when it seems out of control. The mind is thinking about my story so I can have a better time of things. It’s imagining the future to help me avoid unpleasant experiences. It’s analysing the past to help me learn from past mistakes.
  • 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’.
  • It’s taken billions of years of evolution to get us to the place where the primal being can make conscious choices through us. Most of evolution has been unconscious and therefore pretty haphazard. But now the primal being can consciously think about what it’s going to do. And it’s doing that through you and me!
  • Listen up! I’ve got some really good news! Everything is okay! Being alive is weird and scary and never really makes sense, but that’s all right because life is like a dream . . . so there’s nothing to be alarmed about . . . it all turns out all right in the end . . . because when you die in a dream, you wake up.
  • You are experiencing something right now. So you are an experiencer of experiences. The ‘experiencer’ is your essential identity which you call ‘I’.  The ‘I’ is aware of an ever-changing stream of experiences right now.  But what is the ‘I’?  Is the ‘I’ your body?  The body is something you are experiencing. 
  • One of the most profound teachings found at the mystical heart of all spiritual traditions is that essentially you don’t exist in the world. Your deepest being can’t be seen or heard or touched, because it has no form. The deep I is the formless presence of awareness within which all the forms of life are arising.
  • We’re experiencing this moment through a filter of concepts. We’re living in our ideas. We’re telling ourselves a story about who we are and what life is, and we’re confusing this story with reality. But the story is not reality. Reality is the mystery of existence that exists before all of our ideas about reality.
  • The ground of being is like an ocean of unconscious awareness, arising as individual waves of consciousness. The conscious waves seem separate, but the oceanic depths are one. In the normal waking state, I’m conscious of being the wave; but in the deep awake state, I’m also conscious of being the unfathomable ocean.
  • I’m free from judgement, because there is no one to blame. I’m free from guilt, because there is no one to reproach. I’m no longer a seeker on a spiritual quest, because there’s no one to be lost or enlightened. And that realization is enlightenment . . . but it’s not happening to anyone . . . and that’s very funny.
  • Previously I thought that reality was fundamentally an oceanic oneness, so separateness appeared to be an illusion. But now I see that reality is fundamentally a polarity. It is both oneness and separateness . . . emptiness and form . . . eternity and time. And I don’t need to reject one pole, I need to embrace both.
  • Being a lover of life means waking up to oneness and passionately engaging with your individual journey through life. Being a lover of life means ‘loving being and being loving’. It means waking up to your deeper nature, which is love, and learning to express that love more expansively and inclusively in the world.
  • I used to see the goal of the adventure of awakening as a state of enlightenment, in which I dissolved into the oneness of things. But for me, being deep awake is a state of both transcendental enlightenment and passionate enlivenment. When I live lucidly, I am both conscious of oneness and in love with separateness.
  • The paradoxity of life means that every one of us as an individual self is the hero of the story of life. Looked at from one perspective we appear to be irrelevant specks of dust in a vast universe, who are here for a moment and then gone. But from another perspective each one of us is the very centre of the universe.
  • If I’m lost in the story of Tim, I become fearful, selfish, and agitated. So I need to step out of the story and become conscious of my deeper identity, which is free, spacious, and at peace. But the process doesn’t stop there. Now I’m ready to really engage with the story because I know that fundamentally all is well.
  • I am conscious right now of an ever-changing stream of experiences. Normally I focus my attention on what I am experiencing, but I’m choosing to be conscious of myself as the experiencer. I am the experiencer of all that I’m experiencing. I am the presence of awareness witnessing colours … sounds … feelings … thoughts.
  • Right now, you are awareness witnessing a stream of experiences. This is your permanent essential identity. Within the stream of experiences, you appear to be a particular person. This is your ever-changing apparent identity. Your apparent identity is not who you essentially are. It is who you temporarily appear to be.
  • But that’s only one side of the paradoxity. From the other perspective Tim’s experience of free choice is very important indeed. The primal being is unconsciously dreaming up the world, but it is conscious through Tim. This means that the unconscious oneness of being can consciously choose to do this or that through Tim.
  • I am a conscious wave, rising and falling from the unconscious depths each day when I wake and sleep. While I’m awake, I believe that I’m choosing my direction as I make my journey of life before I crash upon the shoreline of death. But actually everything I do is no more than an impersonal eddy in the great sea of being.
  • The universe may be made up of atoms bouncing around like billiard balls, or quantum particles coming in and out of existence, or superstrings weaving some vast web of appearances. But above all, surely, life is a story. The story of you. The story of me. The story of nature. The story of endlessly unfolding possibilities.
  • If I look at my own experience Tim is clearly the hero of the life story. He’s the star of the show. Other people come and go, but Tim is in every scene. His wife, Debbie, plays romantic love interest. His best mate, Pete, plays comic sidekick. There’s a whole load of extras who figure now and then. But Tim’s the main man.
  • When I deep know my essential nature I feel liberated from the confines of the story of Tim and conscious of the oneness of being. But the deep love I feel in the deep awake state impels me back into the story to compassionately engage with life … to care for others … to make the world a better place for future generations.
  • Becoming a ‘lover of life’ isn’t about achieving a spiritually awakened state in which we’re detached from life. It’s becoming conscious of the deep self so that we can engage compassionately with the adventures of the separate self. It’s discovering the love within us, so that we can express this love in the world around us.
  • The Neo-Platonic philosophers describe God as the ‘mystery of being’, which is in the process of ‘becoming’ all that is. The mystery of being is arising as all individual beings. This profound idea brings us to the greatest teaching found at the heart of the spiritual traditions of the world: Atman is Brahman. The soul is God.
  • When I dream lucidly, the dream continues. Indeed, I don’t want the dream to end because I’m enjoying it. It’s similar when I’m deep awake and living lucidly. I see the dreamlike nature of life, but the life-dream doesn’t stop. And I don’t want it to stop, because when I’m deep awake, I truly appreciate the magic of existence.
  • Life is so utterly mysterious it takes my breath away. Yet normally most of us go about our business as if being alive was nothing remarkable. We pretend we know what’s going on, when really we don’t. We act as if we understand what it is to be a human being, when actually it is an enormous enigma of mind-boggling proportions.
  • When I live lucidly, I shift between these two perspectives. It’s a state of dynamic balance. It’s not a compromise in which I settle for a bit of both. It’s more like a dance where I move between the extremes. It’s a continual conversation between oneness and separateness. It’s a bit like keeping my balance when riding a bike.
  • Before you bow out, why not enjoy the show . . . because it’s a thrilling roller coaster of a ride . . . and when you stop worrying about falling off, you can just throw your hands up in the air and yell ‘Bring it on!’ . . . as you career through the highs and lows of the ever-changing moment . . . toward the sign marked ‘exit’.
  • The unconscious field of awareness becomes conscious through the particular forms it ‘dreams’ itself to be. The body is the means by which a centre of consciousness arises in the field of unconscious awareness.   Consciousness isn’t ‘inside’ the brain. Rather the brain allows the primal field of awareness to become conscious.  
  • Before we embark on our philosophical adventure, let me make something very clear. When I compare life to a dream I do not mean to denigrate it as some sort of meaningless fantasy. Life is too wonderful to be called an illusion, unless we whisper the word in amazement, as we might when witnessing the most astonishing magic trick.
  • Existence is predicated on paradoxity, so our experience flows between good and bad, joy and suffering, yum and yuk. We hope for yum without yuk. We fear there will be yuk without yum. But there is always both. We can focus on the good, but we can’t exile the bad. We can make our lives better, but we can’t make our lives perfect.
  • 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.
  • It seems to me that self and no-self paralogically coexist. It’s like in the yin/yang symbol. There’s a dot of white in the middle of the black, and vice versa. In the same way when I go to the depths of the separate self I find the no-self. But when I dissolve into the no-self I see that it’s Tim who is conscious of this happening.
  • We are only conscious because we’re experiencing the world of separateness. But now we are conscious through experiencing separateness, we can also become conscious of the essential oneness of being. If we get lost in our concepts we don’t experience the primal oneness, but without these concepts we wouldn’t be conscious at all.  
  • When I live lucidly, I find myself in the paradoxical predicament of being in the life-dream but not in the life-dream at the same time. What happens in the life-dream matters and doesn’t matter. I’m attached and unattached. I’m neither lost in the drama nor detached and uncaring. I’m engaged with my life but also free and spacious.
  • When we reject the rational mind we don’t become wise, we become gullible. So it’s no surprise that childish spirituality leads to people believing all sorts of silly nonsense. Without a bullshit detector we’re truly lost. We can end up following channelled wisdom on how to live from disembodied spirits and aliens from the Pleiades.
  • 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.
  • The grand religious narratives that gave us meaning in the past have crumbled under sceptical scrutiny, so we put our faith in science, which uses reason to describe a universe which exists without a reason. Science offers us power not purpose. Despite its impressive ability to explain the ‘how’ of life, it can say nothing about ‘why’.
  • Existence is predicated on paradoxity, so our experience must flow between good and bad, joy and suffering, yum and yuk. We hope for yum without yuk. We fear there will be yuk without yum. But there will always be both. We can focus on the good, but we can’t exile the bad. We can make our lives better, but we can’t make our lives perfect.
  • The primal awareness is doing everything, but mostly unconsciously. It is being this mountain unconsciously. It is being this brook and these trees unconsciously. But through Tim, it has consciously chosen to walk up the mountain and admire the view. The primal awareness has consciously responded to the world it has unconsciously created.
  • When we dream lucidly, we can influence what happens in our dream. We don’t suddenly find ourselves in complete control of everything that occurs because then we wouldn’t be dreaming at all; we’d be having a waking fantasy. A dream is the creation of our unconscious imagination, but we can shape what happens with our conscious intentions.
  • Just as it drives me mad when I’m with someone who won’t stop talking, it also drives me mad when I won’t stop talking to myself. I need to be quiet as well as talk. I need to be conscious of the deep silence as well as the ideas that arise within it. Then thinking isn’t a problem. In fact, like a good conversation, it’s a great pleasure.
  • Then I’m free to take some time off from thinking to refresh myself in the mystery. And when I come back to my story and engage with the mind again I see the dilemmas of my story in a whole new light. My thoughts become less anxious and more considered. And when my mind is calm my attention can dance between my story and the deep mystery.
  • Yet a romantic comedy with no bite becomes sentimental and sickly. Tragedy reminds us of the gravity of life, so that we can feel compassion and empathy. Yet a harrowing tragedy with no redemption becomes dark and bitter. We want the paralogical play of opposites in our stories. And that’s what we’ve got with the great tragicomedy of life.
  • The superficial self is what I appear to be. I appear to be ‘Tim’. But the deep self is what I am… my mysterious essence… my ineffable spirit… my naked being. And when I become conscious of my deepest being I discover I am one with all beings. I see that as separate individuals you and I are like different waves on one great ocean of being.
  • For some spiritual traditions the ego is not the ‘I’, but rather our human personality. When we identify with the person we appear to be we are unconscious of the deep self. The ego is our ‘lower self’, which connives to prevent us realizing that it isn’t who we really are. When we act or think in ways we don’t like… that’s the ego playing up.
  • 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.
  • The paradoxity of life means that as a conscious individual each one of us is the hero of the story of life. Looked at from one perspective we appear to be irrelevant specks of dust in a vast universe, who are here for a moment and then gone. But from another perspective everyone is the centre around which the universe revolves. How wonderful!
  • 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.
  • Awareness can’t be seen but makes seeing possible. Awareness can’t be heard but makes hearing possible. Awareness can’t be imagined but makes imagining possible. Awareness is the permanent background to our ever-changing experiences. It is a mysterious presence that is witnessing this flow of colours, shapes, sounds, and thoughts we call ‘life’.
  • The fundamental motif at the heart of many ancient myths is that the primal oneness of being is manifesting as the multiplicity of life, so that it can come to know itself. As the Gnostic sage Simon Magus says in ‘The Great Announcement’: There is one power… begetting itself, increasing itself, seeking itself, finding itself… One root of the All.
  • A Zen master was walking with one of his students who asked him: ‘How can I awaken?’ The master was quiet for a moment and then he replied: ‘Can you hear that babbling brook? … Enter there.’ The master is telling him to become profoundly conscious of what he’s already experiencing, by ‘entering’ into his sensual experience in the present moment.
  • Subjectively I am the experiencer of this moment. I am the mysterious presence I call ‘I’. I’m conscious of being the ‘I’ experiencing a stream of experiences right now. But what is the ‘I’? The ‘I’ is aware of this moment, so I could describe the ‘I’ as ‘awareness’. I am awareness witnessing an ever-changing flow of experiences that I call ‘life’.
  • The fundamental motif at the heart of many ancient myths is that the primal oneness of being is manifesting as the multiplicity of life, so that it can come to know itself. As the Gnostic sage Simon Magus says in ‘The Great Announcement’: There is one power… begetting itself, increasing itself, seeking itself, finding itself… One root of the All.
  • 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.
  • I’ve offered an alternative paralogical approach to awakening, which encourages us to wake up to oneness and love the experience of separateness… to be conscious of the deep self and embrace our flawed humanity… to transcend the mind and appreciate the mind… to know deep peace and feel intense passions… to play in the moment and evolve through time.
  • It’s like when a romantic relationship loses its magic. He used to see her as a sublime mystery, but over the years he’s adopted a lot of limiting ideas about her. Now he’s put her into a conceptual box, so she feels cramped and confined. I find that it’s the same with life. When I put the mystery of existence into a conceptual box, the magic goes. 
  • If you want to live lucidly you need to see that you are much more than you seem to be right now. When you dream at night you are awareness witnessing a stream of experiences within which you appear to be a person. Take a look at this moment – it is the same. You are awareness witnessing a stream of experiences within which you appear to be a person.
  • The problem seems to be that good Tim is too weak to triumph over bad Tim. But actually the problem is the war itself. Peace is only possible when I stop identifying with either of these Tims and instead become conscious of my deeper identity as the ‘I’ of awareness, which is witnessing the whole silly drama, so I can embrace all of Tim with big love.
  • The quantum physicists found that, on a deep level, reality has to be understood as inherently paradoxical. This has huge implications. It means we can’t think about the deep mysteries of life using normal logic, because normal logic treats paradox as… well… illogical. We need a way of thinking that can embrace paradox. We need to think paralogically.
  • When I wake up to oneness I feel a limitless love which is so deep and poignant it embraces life in all its ecstasy and agony. I share in our collective joy and suffering. And I find my selfish preoccupations are replaced by a longing for everyone to love living. When I know I am the life-dreamer I want to enjoy the life-dream in all my many disguises.
  • The ground of being is the deep sleep state in which I remember nothing. In the dreaming state, I have some memories, but I don’t remember the waking state. In the waking state, I can recall both my dreams and waking experiences, but mostly I forget both.   This suggests that in the ultraconscious after-death state, I remember much more than I do now.
  • When we dream we appear to be one of many characters in the dream-drama. However, everyone and everything in the dream is being imagined by one dreaming awareness. I want to suggest it is the same right now. We appear to be many separate individuals. However, we are all different characters in the life-dream that is being dreamt by the one life-dreamer.
  • In the dreaming state, I believe that I’m my dream persona. In the waking state, I believe that I’m my waking persona, and I see my dream persona as a figment of my individual imagination. In the deep awake state, I realize that I’m the presence of awareness, and I see my waking persona as an expression of the primal imagination, which is one with all.
  • The ground of being is the deep sleep state in which I remember nothing. In the dreaming state, I have some memories, but I don’t remember the waking state. In the waking state, I can recall both my dreams and waking experiences, but mostly I forget both.   This suggests that in the ultraconscious after-death state, I remember much more than I do now.
  • When we dream, we appear to be one of many characters in the dream-drama. However, everyone and everything in the dream is being imagined by one dreaming awareness. I want to suggest it is the same right now. We appear to be many separate individuals. However, we are all different characters in the life-dream that is being dreamt by the one life-dreamer.
  • In the dreaming state, I believe that I’m my dream persona. In the waking state, I believe that I’m my waking persona, and I see my dream persona as a figment of my individual imagination. In the deep awake state, I realize that I’m the presence of awareness, and I see my waking persona as an expression of the primal imagination, which is one with all. 
  • Subjectively I am the experiencer of this moment. I am the mysterious presence I call ‘I’. I’m conscious of being the ‘I’ experiencing a stream of experiences right now.   But what is the ‘I’?   The ‘I’ is aware of this moment, so I could describe the ‘I’ as ‘awareness’.   I am awareness witnessing an ever-changing flow of experiences that I call ‘life’. 
  • 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.
  • The more awake I am, the more dreamlike life becomes. The more I’m conscious that Tim is a character in the life-dream, the more magical his story is. Then the idea that life is simply the unfolding of chance events seems patently absurd. I may not be able to divine the meaning of events, but that something momentous is happening…of that I’m quietly confident.
  • If we want to embrace things as they are, we’d better come to terms with the fact that life is good and bad, kind and cruel, beautiful and ugly, funny and tragic. It’s about living with polarity, not trying to exile one of the poles. When life is shitty, I try not to forget that it’s also magical. And when life is fun, I try not to forget that it’s also agonizing.
  • Paradoxically, it’s easier to relax into the mystery when we have a strong sense of our story. In my experience, when I am conscious that I both know and don’t know what life is, I fall in love with the magnificent enigma of existence. I feel the mystery around me like a warm embrace and within me like a reassuring presence. I am far from terrified. I am wonderstruck.
  • 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.
  • Imagine an omnipresent, formless field of unconscious awareness, within which all the forms of life are arising. Your body is an individual form arising within the primal field through which unconscious being becomes conscious of being. Your body is a centre of conscious awareness illuminating a particular ‘bubble’ of experience within the field of unconscious awareness.
  • Having an ‘ego’ is as much a natural part of being human as having a heart. But you don’t want to be lost in the ego, as this leads to all sorts of suffering. You need to be conscious of both your ego and your essential nature as the oneness of awareness. You need to transcend and include your ego within your deeper identity. The ego doesn’t need fighting. It needs loving.
  • 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.
  • We are only conscious because we’re experiencing the world of separateness. But now we are conscious through experiencing separateness, we can also become conscious of the essential oneness of being. If we get lost in our concepts we don’t experience the primal oneness, but without these concepts we wouldn’t be conscious at all.   So we come to know the wordless via words…
  • The process of evolution is the primal oneness of unconscious being arising as separate centres of conscious being, so it can finally come to know that all is one. The primal being is coming to self-knowledge by dreaming itself to be you and me on a journey of awakening to oneness. Life is a journey from unconscious oneness through conscious separateness to conscious oneness.
  • Is there anything about which you can be absolutely certain? Yes. You are experiencing something right now. Your experience of this moment is not a belief that can be questioned. It is a self-evident certainty. Your experience of this moment is all you can be absolutely sure of.  So, the only way to really understand life is to examine your own immediate experience of living. 
  • Is there anything about which you can be absolutely certain? Yes. You are experiencing something right now. Your experience of this moment is not a belief that can be questioned. It is a self-evident certainty.  Your experience of this moment is all you can be absolutely sure of.  So, the only way to really understand life is to examine your own immediate experience of living. 
  • This is not a bland experience of some monolithic ‘oneness’. It’s a profound experience of the ‘uni-variety’ of the universe. It’s seeing that on the surface of life everything is separate, like waves on an ocean, but at the depths all is one. When I experience the universe vision I find myself appreciating the multifarious variety of life as an expression of one mysterious essence.
  • Sometimes when people talk about awakening they describe the dream of life as a pernicious illusion we need to escape, but that doesn’t feel right to me. The more I dissolve into the oneness, the more animated I feel as a unique individual. The more I feel filled with limitless love, the more I long to share it. The more I wake up, the more precious this dream of life becomes to me.
  • How many successful films have there been that start with all going well, progress with everything working out, and end happily ever after? We don’t want to watch a story like that. We want tension and drama… misfortune and humour… catharsis and transformation… chaos and resolution. We want a story that moves us to feel something. We want a story that leaves us richer for the telling.
  • When I live lucidly I see that I am both mortal and immortal. The person I appear to be in time had a beginning and will come to an end. But the deep self isn’t in time, just like a dreamer isn’t in a dream. As a person I’m a body that is born to die. But the deep self can’t die because it was never born. My essential being is immortal, because being by it’s very nature must always be.
  • To be a lover of life is to be a heroic lover on a sacred quest to become an embodiment of love. This means facing the dilemmas that confront us with bold determination to love. But the hero doesn’t start triumphant, win every war, and return victorious. The hero struggles and fails, yet finds the inner strength, which wells up from the deep self, to come back from defeat and love again.
  • I realised that everything is arising spontaneously as one, and when I first experienced this deep realization it was truly astonishing. All is the one flow of life. The writing of these words is happening as part of that one flow just as naturally as the sun rises each morning. On a deep level the oneness of awareness is doing everything, just as the dreamer is doing everything in a dream.
  • Waking up to oneness isn’t a cold and colourless realization. It’s an experience of profound communion with all that is, which transforms how it feels to appear as a person in the story of life. It’s an experience of deep love that spontaneously arises when we get the great paradoxity that we’re both separate and not-separate from one another. Love is the wonderful dance of being two and one.
  • In addition to deriving an identity from how we experience ourselves in the world, we also derive a sense of self from the very fact that we are experiencing. If there is experience, then there must, we assume, be an experiencer; there must be an “I” who is doing the experiencing. It certainly feels that way. Whatever is going on in my mind, there is this sense that I am the subject of it all.
  • And this huge realization brings us to the happy ending. When we know that we are one with everything and everyone, we find ourselves in love with everything and everyone, because love is how oneness feels. When we’re conscious of the oneness of being, we fall in love with all beings. We simply love being. So our epic fable turns out to be a love story … and that’s what makes it worth telling.
  • When I dive deeply into the mystery experience it feels as if I’m dissolving in an ocean of love. There’s an awe-inspiring sense of oneness with the universe. My sensual body comes alive. The search for meaning is resolved into a wordless ‘understanding’, which is so deep it must be felt not thought. There’s the silent certainty that all is well; and such a feeling of relief… like coming home.
  • There is yum and yuk in every moment. So the secret to dealing with yucky situations is to remember the ways in which things are also yummy. But that doesn’t mean ignoring the bad. I can’t stand all that positive-thinking stuff, because it’s important to allow negative thoughts. Let’s face it, a lot of things about life really stink. And if we want to be authentic, we need to acknowledge this.
  • Of course, if we are identified with just the separate self we can become ‘egotistical’, in the sense of the word ‘ego’ that implies we are selfish, self-obsessed and narcissistic. I’m not saying that’s a good thing. I simply want to suggest that our individuality is something to celebrate not denigrate. And that as we awaken to deep love the separate self becomes a vehicle to express that love.
  • 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.
  • I am conscious that I am conscious. I am conscious of being. How does this feel?   It feels as if I am a mysterious presence which is always present.   I am an unchanging stillness witnessing an ever-changing flow of experiences.   In the flow of experiences, I appear to be a person called ‘Tim’.  But essentially, I am awareness witnessing the unfolding adventures of Tim.   This is my deep self. 
  • In a dream, I appear to be my dream persona, but really I’m the dreamer. In the waking state, it’s the same: I appear to be Tim, but my deeper identity is awareness, within which the dream of life is arising. When I dream lucidly, although I’m experiencing the dream from the perspective of my dream persona, I know that I’m really the dreamer, so I’m one with everything and everyone in the dream. 
  • The goal of mysticism is communion with God. In this experience, the mystic no longer exists as a separate individual, but becomes one with the Oneness. This vision can only arise when the mystic realises that the ego-self is only an illusionary veil that masks the true divine Self: and that this Self is God, the being of all beings. God is not something ‘other,’ but is our shared essential identity.
  • A movie is only enjoyable when I enter into the illusion, because then it moves and thrills me. Likewise, life only moves and thrills me when I enter into the illusion of separateness. Yet I don’t want to be completely lost in the story of life any more than I want to be lost in a movie, as that would be hell. I want to both enter into the drama and have the tacit knowledge of being a detached observer.
  • From one perspective I agree that everything is arising spontaneously as one, and when I first experienced this deep realization it was truly astonishing. All is the one flow of life. The writing of these words is happening as part of that one flow just as naturally as the sun rises each morning. On a deep level the oneness of awareness is doing everything, just as the dreamer is doing everything in a dream.
  • Paradoxically, I’ve found that the more I step out of the story of Tim, the more I’m able to really enjoy his adventures. When I’m lost in separateness, it’s so frightening that I wear a psychological suit of armour to protect myself, which deadens me to life. I become scared and take refuge in numb insensitivity. Only when I know I’m truly safe can I risk diving into the whirling currents of the life-stream.
  • When Jesus is asked, ‘What is the greatest commandment?’ he replies: Love God with all your heart. This is the first and greatest commandment. And the second is like it: Love others as yourself. The first commandment is to love God, which means communing with the primal oneness of being. The second commandment is to love others as yourself, because when you wake up to oneness you see that others are your self.
  • As I sit here bathing in the warm night air, I feel washed by the ebb and flow of the polarities of existence. I’m immersed in the mystery and I’m contemplating my story. I have a timeless perspective on a temporary world. I’m the presence of awareness appreciating the show. I’m insignificant and vulnerable, yet magnificent and secure. I’m a transitory speck of cosmic dust, but I’m the star of the story of Tim.
  • In reality, all was one, because everything was an expression of the primal awareness that was dreaming up the universe. This cosmic case of mistaken identity would just be comical if it weren’t for the fact that the illusion of separateness caused such huge amounts of suffering. You see, when a brainy monkey believed: ‘I am a separate someone’, this inevitably led to a preoccupation with its own self-interest.
  • Life is predicated on a primal polarity that could be described with terms such as mystery and manifest . . . potentiality and actuality . . . oneness and separateness . . . life-dreamer and life-dream . . . nirvana and samsara . . . emptiness and form. The poles of this polarity seem to be a duality, but essentially they are a unity. Just as a dream and the dreamer seem to be a duality but are essentially one.
  • Enlightenment is often understood as an egoless state in which we’re fully self-realized and permanently awake. We’re free from the cycle of rebirth, so we don’t have to reincarnate back into this troublesome human existence. I no longer see the spiritual journey in this way. I don’t aspire to arrive at some ultimate state. My experience of awakening makes me want to fully engage with the human adventure, not escape it.
  • As a child, if a movie scared me I would pinch myself so that I’d remember I was in a cinema. For me, spiritual practices are a bit like pinching myself. When I’ve become so identified with the hero in the story of Tim that it has become terrifyingly real, I need to remember that everything is in fact okay. But when I know it’s okay, I don’t want to remain in a state of detached indifference. I want to get into the story again.
  • Swami Blandananda: Tim is just a puppet of God. Tim: No. You’re confusing the two paralogical perspectives. From one perspective all is one. Everything is just happening. There is no Tim. So there’s no separate person to be a puppet or otherwise. Then from the other perspective everything is separate. Tim exists as a person. And he can clearly choose how he reacts to life. This is one of his defining qualities as a human being.
  • The ego is our sense of being an individual ‘I’. In my experience, when I wake up to oneness the sense of being an individual ‘I’ doesn’t vaporize away like a meaningless illusion. On the contrary, I see how important the ‘I’ truly is. The ‘I’ is arising within the primal field of unconscious being, as a separate centre of conscious being. If this were not the case I wouldn’t be conscious at all… let alone spiritually awakened.
  • This whole virtual reality has been created from ones and zeros. It looks as if we’re in a vast stadium shooting and scoring, but behind the vivid veneer, it’s just a dance of opposites. Life is not a computer-generated virtual reality, but they are comparable because our experience is also fundamentally structured by the play of polarity. I guess that is why when we invented computers, polarity was the obvious idea to employ.
  • The purpose of the spiritual journey is not to arrive anywhere, but rather to engage with the adventure of life in a new way, so that the evolutionary process unfolds powerfully within us. It’s about waking up to our deeper being so that we can more fully engage with the evolutionary adventure of becoming a more conscious individual. It’s about living our lives as a transformational process through which we are learning to love.
  • Comedy relieves us from the burden of being too serious, so that we can play in the moment. Yet a romantic comedy with no bite becomes sentimental and sickly. Tragedy reminds us of the gravity of life, so that we can feel compassion and empathy. Yet a harrowing tragedy with no redemption becomes dark and bitter. We want the paralogical play of opposites in our stories. And that’s what we’ve got with the great tragicomedy of life.
  • The purpose of the spiritual journey is not to arrive anywhere, but rather to engage with the adventure of life in a new way, so that the evolutionary process unfolds powerfully within us. It’s about waking up to our deeper being so that we can more fully engage with the evolutionary adventure of becoming a more conscious individual. It’s about living our lives as a transformational process through which we are learning to love.
  • When we’re told that we must silence the mind, yet it stubbornly continues to perform its thinking function, we blame ourselves for our failure. Or more accurately the mind starts to berate itself for its failure to stop being the mind! But the mind can’t stop thinking any more than the heart can stop beating. That’s what it does. And thank goodness for that. If the mind stopped thinking we wouldn’t be enlightened … we’d be stupid!
  • The mystics are not content to have a relationship with God via priests and institutions, but look inside themselves to know God directly. When they do, God is revealed as an all-embracing love that unites the universe into one indivisible whole. In communion with God, the mystics no longer experience themselves as separate individuals but as expressions of the Oneness. God is the only reality. God is everything. God does everything.
  • When I used to fight my unconsciousness, it turned the adventure of awakening into a perpetual struggle. I’ve come to accept that sometimes I’m very awake and sometimes I’m not. Even getting lost in the story of Tim is okay because this is the way I experience things that will ultimately make me more conscious. In my experience, I just need to be authentic with whatever is happening for me. There’s no need to fight the flow of my life.
  • Modern non-dual spirituality is often characterized by a complete denial of the reality of the individual self. A central claim is that awakening requires the understanding that there is ‘no doer’ with free will to choose and act. The idea of an individual agent with volition arises from the illusion of separateness. In reality everything is just happening and seeing this leads to the realization of ‘no self’, which is the ‘final truth’.
  • 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. I can’t really express the inarticulate question, because it’s too deep for words. I can’t really express the inarticulate answer, because it’s too deep for words.
  • The paradoxity of life means that every one of us as an individual self is the hero of the story of life. Looked at from one perspective we appear to be irrelevant specks of dust in a vast universe, who are here for a moment and then gone. But from another perspective each one of us is the very centre of the universe. When I understand that I am both an irrelevant speck and the star of the show, it makes me feel both humble and empowered.
  • The paradoxity of life means that every one of us as an individual self is the hero of the story of life. Looked at from one perspective we appear to be irrelevant specks of dust in a vast universe, who are here for a moment and then gone. But from another perspective each one of us is the very centre of the universe. When I understand that I am both an irrelevant speck and the star of the show, it makes me feel both humble and empowered.
  • Life is to be enjoyed and endured. That’s one of the great paradoxities the heroic lover must understand. When we enjoy life, it feels good to be alive. When we endure life, it deepens our wisdom and compassion. To ‘endure’ is to become ‘durable’… to become strong. When we endure it strengthens the soul. And life wants us to become strong, so we can withstand the storms as well as delight in the sunshine. So we can love, whatever the weather.
  • I am often asked if I believe in God and I reply ‘I don’t believe in anything but God’. It’s all God. We are all God. There is only God. God is not some distant figure somewhere in the sky. God is my own deepest nature and yours too. We are God playing a game of hide and seek. Pretending to be separate individuals and then awakening to our deeper nature, so that we realize something extraordinary. Essentially there is one of us. How exquisite!
  • The scientific story points to this deep purpose of life. It tells how the evolutionary process has filled the world with ever more conscious forms of life, until it has created human beings. What makes us so special is that we’re not just conscious, we’re conscious that we’re conscious. We know that we exist. We are conscious of being. And if we focus our attention on our deepest being we become deep awake. And then we can live as a lover of life.
  • The visible spectrum, from violet to red, that we can see with our eyes is a small part of a much bigger electromagnetic spectrum that we don’t perceive. Imagine the visible spectrum as one octave on a piano keyboard that represents the whole electromagnetic spectrum. How big do you think the keyboard would be? Think big. Think very big, because the keyboard would be hundreds of thousands of miles long. And all we see would be just one octave on it!
  • 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.
  • I want to suggest that the purpose of the spiritual journey is not to arrive anywhere, but rather to engage with the adventure of life in a new way, so that the evolutionary process unfolds powerfully within us. It’s about waking up to our deeper being so that we can more fully engage with the evolutionary adventure of becoming a more conscious individual. It’s about living our lives as a transformational process through which we are learning to love.
  • Within the stream of [life] experiences you appear to be a particular person. This is your ever-changing apparent identity. Your apparent identity is not who you essentially are. It is who you temporarily appear to be. This will become obvious if you consider your experience of waking and dreaming. When you dream at night, the person you presently appear to be disappears from awareness and you appear to be a different person in a different dream-world.
  • The paradoxity of life means that as a conscious individual each one of us is the hero of the story of life. Looked at from one perspective we appear to be irrelevant specks of dust in a vast universe, who are here for a moment and then gone. But from another perspective everyone is the centre around which the universe revolves. How wonderful! When I understand that I am both an irrelevant speck and the star of the show, it makes me feel both humble and empowered.
  • First we need a robust sense of being a separate individual. When this is strong enough it can support a conscious awakening to our deeper being. When a strong separate self is absent, the natural process of awakening is transformed into the pathology of depersonalization. Many ancient spiritual traditions understood this, which is why they reserved the deep teachings of oneness for those who’d reached a mature age and created a strong sense of their individuality.
  • Everything I am experiencing is arising within the spacious presence of awareness…just like a dream. And then spontaneously everything becomes one. I am one with the experiences that are arising within awareness…just as a dreamer is one with a dream… just as space is one with all it contains.   I am not separate from life… I am one with life.   I feel a wonderful sense of communion with everything and everyone.   I am deep-knowing my deep self and it feels good.  
  • Consciously be the presence of awareness, witnessing the mystery of this moment. This doesn’t mean cutting yourself off from your experience as an aloof observer; your experience is not separate from what you are any more than a dream is separate from the dreamer. Consciously be the presence of awareness and embrace your experience of this moment with love and acceptance…   Consciously be the presence of awareness, witnessing and appreciating what you are seeing.
  • In the same way, when I live lucidly, I know that although I’m experiencing the waking world from the perspective of my waking persona, I’m the primal awareness that is one with everything and everyone. When I dream lucidly, I know that I am both a separate individual in the dreamworld and that I’m one with everything in the dream. When I live lucidly, I know that I am both a separate individual in the waking world and that I am one with everything in the life-dream.
  • I am often told by non-dualists that ‘Tim’ is no more than a puppet whose autonomy is an illusion. But I suggest this confuses two paralogical perspectives. From one perspective all is one and everything is just happening, so there’s no separate ‘Tim’ to be a puppet or have volition. From the other perspective everything is separate and I exist as a person called ‘Tim’, who can clearly choose how he reacts to life. This is one of his defining qualities as a human being.
  • As I wonder deeply about life, 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. I can’t really express the inarticulate question, because it’s too deep for words. I can’t really express the inarticulate answer, because it’s too deep for words.
  • I am often told by non-dualists that ‘Tim’ is no more than a puppet whose autonomy is an illusion. But I suggest this confuses two paralogical perspectives. From one perspective all is one and everything is just happening, so there’s no separate ‘Tim’ to be a puppet or have volition. From the other perspective everything is separate, and I exist as a person called ‘Tim’, who can clearly choose how he reacts to life. This is one of his defining qualities as a human being.
  • The human predicament is so astonishingly strange it amazes me that we aren’t in a permanent state of confusion. Here we are . . . clever monkeys clinging to a lump of rock, hurtling around a giant nuclear-power station in the sky, in a solar system of such enormous proportions that to imagine it makes our brains go pop! And that’s just our solar system, since there are more than 100 billion stars! And that’s just in our galaxy, since there more than 100 billion galaxies!
  • When we assume we are just separate individuals we act in our limited self-interest, regardless of the suffering we may cause others. But becoming conscious of oneness leads to the selfless desire to create universal wellbeing. This realisation has huge implications. It means harming others is hurting ourselves. It means revenge – even against the most hideous criminals – is hurting ourselves again.  It means war – no matter how righteous – is grotesque self-mutilation. 
  • Rudolf Otto describes the feeling of communing with the natural world as: … the sense of being immersed in the oneness of nature, so that man feels all the individuality, all the peculiarities of natural things in himself. He dances with the motes of dust and radiates with the sun; he rises with the dawn, surges with the wave, is fragrant with the rose, rapt with the nightingale: he knows and is all being, all strength, all joy, all desire, all pain in all things inseparably.
  • Before the beginning, the primal imagination was like a big mind slumbering in the unconscious nothingness of deep sleep. Then it started to dream the adventure of life; as it did, it became conscious through each of the forms it was imagining itself to be. As a hippo, it experienced itself to be a hippo. As a hummingbird, it experienced itself to be a hummingbird. As a human being, it experienced itself to be a human being. And this is what created the illusion of separateness.
  • If I focus my attention on the deep awake state, the waking world goes out of focus. But the waking world is still in my peripheral consciousness, so I can bring my attention to it if I wish. And if I focus my attention on the waking world, I can keep the deep awake state in my peripheral consciousness, so I can return my focus to it when I want to. I am able to move the focus of my attention between the poles of my identity, while retaining the other pole in my peripheral attention.
  • Science and spirituality offer us very different stories about life, but I want to suggest they are paralogically complementary, so we can embrace both. Science helps us explore the objective mysteries of life. Spirituality helps us explore the subjective mysteries of life. Science is essentially a collective enterprise through which we come to understand how the universe works. Spirituality is essentially an individual enterprise though which we come to understand the meaning of life.
  • I feel we urgently need an alternative to the soul-destroying understanding of science that has become dominant in our culture over the last few decades … I call this philosophy ‘scientific objectivism’, because it regards only the objective world as real for scientific objectivists the world of my imagination, from which these words are pouring right now, is just a by-product of a piece of meat called the ‘brain’, because only the world that can be measured and mapped really exists.
  • Knowing the deep I can seem difficult, but actually it simply requires you to pay attention to something utterly obvious … you know that you exist. A mystical Christian text called The Cloud of Unknowing teaches that we need to become conscious of ‘a naked conception and a blind feeling of being’. Try it now and I think you’ll find your state of consciousness shifting. Let go of your ideas about yourself and focus on a ‘naked conception’ of who you are. Be conscious of a ‘blind feeling of being’.

 

  • In my experience the more I become conscious of the deep self, which is not in time, the more I can enter into the story of Tim in time. When I’m only superficially awake I hold back from life because it’s so scary. I want to commit to my life and choose to really live, but I nervously put it off until tomorrow. But in the deep awake state of safe vulnerability I’m able to take the risk and go for my life. I can dare to passionately engage with the scary business of living. I can love being human.
  • The great secret found at the heart of all the major spiritual traditions of the world is this. If you pay close attention to your identity, you will discover your subjective nature as awareness. This is your deep I. It is what the Hindu philosophers call the ‘atman’, the Buddhist masters call your ‘buddha-nature’, and the Christian mystics call your ‘spirit’. The word ‘spirit’ means essence. The word ‘essence’ comes from the Latin ‘esse’ meaning ‘to be’. Your deep I is your being. It is what you are.
  • It seems to me that this demonizing of the mind is a profound mistake. It’s absolutely true, of course, that when we get lost in our habitual thoughts it makes it harder to awaken. This is a valuable insight, but it’s only half the story. I take a paralogical approach. To me the mind is a wonderful tool with which to create and criticize my story of life. But I don’t want to be only conscious of the mind and the story it weaves for me. To become deep awake I also need to be conscious of the deep mystery.
  • Awareness isn’t something within your experience. It is an emptiness that contains all you are experiencing. Try it out and see how it feels. Be the spacious emptiness of awareness within which everything you are experiencing exists. All you see and hear and touch and imagine exists within awareness. Your body exists within awareness. The world exists within awareness. You may appear to be a body in the world, but essentially you are awareness and the world exists in you – just like when you are dreaming.
  • I was reading the evolutionary biologist Richard Dawkins recently, and he was explaining that our brains construct a model of the world that we move around in, which he describes as ‘a kind of virtual-reality simulation of the world’. Isn’t that interesting? It’s just like in The Matrix, except we’re not living in a computer-generated reality; we’re inhabiting a world constructed from ideas. We’re living in a conceptual matrix created by the mind, which helps us understand the awesome mystery of existence.
  • It seems to me that our experience of choice is a reality it is absurd to deny. In fact, our freedom is much more extensive than we normally acknowledge. We are free in this moment to do innumerable things. Our freedom is overwhelming. Indeed, it seems to me that if we could allow ourselves to be as free as we truly are, we’d make much better choices in our lives, and be much happier. All it takes is for us to become more conscious. Because the more conscious we are the more freedom of choice we experience.
  • Many spiritual traditions describe spiritual awakening as leading to an experience of intense devotion to God. Other traditions maintain that having a devotional relationship with God characterizes a lesser awakening. It shows we’re still enmeshed in the illusion of separateness, because in reality we are one with God. In my experience these two approaches are complementary not contradictory. Being one with God and being in love with God are paralogically different ways of experiencing the same awakened state.
  • On one side of the ‘I’ door, I’m the primal awareness, and on the other side, I’m this person known as Tim. On one side of the ‘I’ door, I’m the life-dreamer, and on the other side, I am a character in the life-dream. On one side of the ‘I’ door, everything is just perfect as it is; and on the other side, I’m a player in the great evolutionary story of one and all, which is full of joy and suffering, heroism and cruelty, hope and despair. A story that is propelling us ever onward to our collective awakening.
  • Your experience is not separate from what you are any more than a dream is separate from the dreamer. Consciously be the presence of awareness and embrace your experience of this moment with love and acceptance. Consciously be the presence of awareness, witnessing and appreciating the feeling of your breath rising and falling.   Consciously be the presence of awareness, witnessing and appreciating what you are seeing.   Consciously be the presence of awareness, witnessing and appreciating what you are hearing.
  • I love it when a movie captivates my attention; however, I don’t want to completely identify with the hero, since when the story becomes harrowing, I find it too disturbing. This rarely happens because I know that I am basically safe in the cinema. In the same way, waking up to my essential identity gives me a detached serenity from the trials and tribulations of the story of Tim. But just being detached would be like watching a movie and merely seeing coloured patches projected on a screen. Where’s the fun in that?
  • Now you can presence the present moment. You do this by focusing your attention on your essential nature, which is witnessing all you are experiencing, yet can’t be seen or heard or touched. Then you’ll become conscious of being the spacious presence of awareness within which your experience is arising like a dream. You’ll come to deep-know that you are one with the primal field of awareness. And when you deep-know that you are one with the mystery of being, a primal, unconditional, limitless love of being naturally arises.
  • You appear to be a body in the world. Now flip it around. You are awareness and the world exists in you. Try it again … You appear to be a person in time. Flip it around. You are a permanent presence witnessing an ever-changing flow of appearances. Try it again … You appear to be a separate individual. Flip it around. You are the life-dreamer experiencing existence from a particular point of view. One more time … You appear to be a character in the life-dream. Flip it around. You are the life-dreamer and everything is you.
  • 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.
  • For the mystics, religion is not just a matter of creeds and rituals, it is a spiritual path to the experiential knowledge of God. It is the process of eradicating all the selfishness that binds us to our illusionary separate identities and blinds us to the omnipresent Oneness. To walk this way we must abandon our own personal desires and completely accept all that God wills. More than this, we must realise that self-will is ultimately an illusion, for as the 14th-century mystic Mother Julian of Norwich says ‘Our Lord God does everything.’
  • When I live lucidly I see the paradoxity of my identity. I see that I am both separate and not-separate from life. I experience the adventures of Tim, who is a separate individual in the world. But I deep-know myself to be the spacious presence of awareness, within which the world is arising. I see that my essential nature as awareness is one with life, just like a dreamer is one with a dream. And when I deep-know that I am one with life, I experience an intimate connectedness with everything and everyone. I feel an allembracing love for life.
  • In reality, all was one, because everything was an expression of the primal awareness that was dreaming up the universe. This cosmic case of mistaken identity would just be comical if it weren’t for the fact that the illusion of separateness caused such huge amounts of suffering. You see, when a brainy monkey believed: ‘I am a separate someone’, this inevitably led to a preoccupation with its own self-interest. It wanted what was best for itself, its family, and its tribe. The… Some highlights have been hidden or truncated due to export limits.

 

Dogen (quotes)

  • Time is three eyes and eight elbows.
  • Do not be amazed by the true dragon.
  • Forgetting oneself is opening oneself
  • Look for Buddha outside your own mind,
  • Forgetting oneself is opening oneself.
  • When you walk in the mist, you get wet.
  • Practice and enlightenment are not two.
  • Buddhism, Live By, Letting Things Happen
  • We must always be disturbed by the truth.
  • Nothing in the entire universe is hidden.
  • Enlightenment is intimacy with all things.
  • What is reality? An icicle forming in fire.
  • A zen master’s life is one continuous mistake.
  • Sitting is the gateway of truth to total liberation.
  • Those who seek the easy way do not seek the true way.
  • Does a dragon still sing from within a withered tree?
  • Do not view mountains from the scale of human thought.
  • Consider that nirvana is itself no other than our life.
  • When the old plum tree blooms, the entire world blooms.
  • One must be deeply aware of the impermanence of the world.
  • I haven’t got any Buddhism. I live by letting things happen.
  • Inside the treasury of the dharma eye a single grain of dust.
  • If you do not get it from yourself, where will you go for it?
  • People like what is not true and they don’t like what is true.
  • If you do not get it from yourself, where will you go for it?
  • When one first seeks the truth, one separates oneself from it.
  • Just study Buddhism. Don’t follow the sentiments of the world.
  • Every man possesses the Buddha-nature. Do not demean yourselves.
  • Emptiness is bound to bloom, like hundreds of grasses blossoming.
  • Look for Buddha outside your own mind, and Buddha becomes the devil.
  • In the mundane, nothing is sacred. In sacredness, nothing is mundane.
  • Do not think you will necessarily be aware of your own enlightenment.
  • A fool sees himself as another, but a wise man sees others as himself.
  • A fool sees himself as another, but a wise man sees others as himself.
  • Coming, going, the waterbirds don’t leave a trace, don’t follow a path.
  • Coming, going, the waterbirds, don’t leave a trace, don’t follow a path.
  • If we seek the Buddha outside the mind, the Buddha changes into a devil.
  • The whole moon and the entire sky are reflected in one dewdrop on the grass.
  • Prefer to be defeated in the presence of the wise than to excel among fools.
  • Do not practice buddha-dharma with the thought that it is to benefit others.
  • To study the Way is to study the self. To study the self is to forget the self.
  • To study Buddhism is to study ourselves. To study ourselves is to forget ourselves.
  • In a mind clear as still water, even the waves, breaking, are reflecting its light.
  • Just as parents care for their children, you should bear in mind the whole universe.
  • When other sects speak well of Zen, the first thing that they praise is its poverty.
  • Let your heart go out and abide in things. Let things return and abide in your heart.
  • In autumn even though I may see it again, how can I sleep with the moon this evening?
  • In the stream, Rushing past To the dusty world, My fleeting form Casts no reflection.
  • Nothing can be gained by extensive study and wide reading. Give them up immediately.
  • If you cannot find the truth right where you are, where else do you expect to find it?
  • To be in harmony with the wholeness of things is not to have anxiety over imperfections.
  • A flower falls, even though we love it; and a weed grows, even though we do not love it.
  • Do not doubt that mountains walk simply because they may not appear to walk like humans.
  • When we discover that the truth is already in us, we are all at once our original selves.
  • Clearly I know, the mind is mountains, rivers, and the great earth; sun, moon, and stars.
  • People who truly follow the Way would do well to conceal the fact that they are Buddhists.
  • The recognition of the coming and going of things is a first step in training and practice.
  • When you find your place where you are, practice occurs, actualizing the fundamental point.
  • If you want to see things just as they are, then you yourself must practice just as you are.
  • The color of the mountains is Buddha’s body; the sound of running water is his great speech.
  • When you paint Spring, do not paint willows, plums, peaches, or apricots – just paint Spring.
  • In a snowfall that covers the winter grass a white heron uses his own whiteness to disappear.
  • To what shall I liken the world? Moonlight, reflected In dewdrops, Shaken from a crane’s bill.
  • If you are unable to find the truth right where you are, where else do you expect to find it?”
  • In a snowfall that covers the winter grass a white heron uses his own whiteness to disappear.”
  • To escape from the world means that one’s mind is not concerned with the opinions of the world.
  • There are those who, attracted by grass, flowers, mountains, and waters, flow into the Buddha Way.
  • Cease from practice based on intellectual understanding, pursuing words, and following after speech.
  • When both body and mind are at peace, all things appear as they are: perfect, complete, lacking nothing.
  • Working with plants, trees, fences and walls, if they practice sincerely they will attain enlightenment.
  • If he cannot stop the mind that seeks after fame and profit, he will spend his life without finding peace.
  • Yet, though it is like this, simply, flowers fall amid our longing and weeds spring up amid our antipathy.
  • To study the self is to forget the self. To forget the self is to be enlightened by the ten thousand things.
  • Though it has no thought of keeping watch, it’s not for naught that the scarecrow stands in the grain field.
  • But do not ask me where I am going, As I travel in this limitless world, Where every step I take is my home.
  • But do not ask me where I am going, As I travel in this limitless world, Where every step I take is my home.
  • You should study not only that you become a mother when your child is born, but also that you become a child.
  • Be mindful of the passing of time, and engage yourself in zazen as though you are saving your head from fire.
  • If you want to travel the Way of Buddhas and Zen masters, then expect nothing, seek nothing, and grasp nothing.
  • What you think in your own mind to be good, or what people of the world think is good, is not necessarily good.
  • If you want to travel the Way of Buddhas and Zen masters, then expect nothing, seek nothing, and grasp nothing.”
  • There are mountains hidden in mountains. There are mountains hidden in hiddenness. This is complete understanding.
  • Zazen is the ultimate practice. This is indeed the True Self. The Buddhadharma is not to be sought outside of this.
  • Know that the true dharma emerges of itself [during the practice of zazen], clearing away hindrances and distractions.
  • There is no beginning to practice nor end to enlightenment; There is no beginning to enlightenment nor end to practice.
  • Because monks come from the midst of purity, they consider as good and pure what does not arouse desire among other people.
  • Those who practice know whether realization is attained or not, just as those who drink water know whether it is hot or cold
  • Truth is not far away. It is nearer than near. There is no need to attain it, since not one of your steps leads away from it.
  • To start from the self and try to understand all things is delusion. To let the self be awakened by all things is enlightenment.
  • Be moderate in eating and drinking. Mindful of the passing of time, engage yourself in zazen as though saving your head from fire.
  • Do not arouse disdainful mind when you prepare a broth of wild grasses; do not arouse joyful mind when you prepare a fine cream soup.
  • Zazen is an activity that is an extension of the universe. Zazen is not the life of an individual, it’s the universe that’s breathing.
  • There are myriads of forms and hundreds of grasses throughout the entire earth, yet each grass and each form itself is the entire earth.
  • The true person is Not anyone in particular; But like the deep blue color Of the limitless sky, It is everyone, Everywhere in the world.
  • Do not travel to other dusty lands, forsaking your own sitting place; if you cannot find the truth where you are now, you will never find it.
  • Your body is like a dew-drop on the morning grass, your life is as brief as a flash of lightning. Momentary and vain, it is lost in a moment.
  • Do not miss the opportunity of offering even a single drop into the ocean of merit or a grain atop the mountain of the roots of beneficial activity.
  • If you study a lot because you are worried that others will think badly of you for being ignorant and you’ll feel stupid, this is a serious mistake.”
  • Realization doesn’t destroy the individual any more than the reflection of the moon breaks a drop of water. A drop of water can reflect the whole sky.
  • Handle even a single leaf of green in such a way that it manifests the body of the Buddha. This in turn allows the Buddha to manifest through the leaf.
  • That you carry yourself forward and experience the myriad things is delusion. That the myriad things come forward and experience themselves is awakening
  • An ancient buddha said, Mountains are mountains; waters are waters.” These words do not mean mountains are mountains; they mean mountains are mountains.
  • I asked, “What are words?” The tenzo said, “One, two, three, four, five.” I asked again, “What is practice?” “Nothing in the entire universe is hidden.”
  • If you would be free of greed, first you have to leave egotism behind. The best mental exercise for relinquishing egotism is contemplating impermanence.
  • Since it is the practice of enlightenment, that practice has no beginning and since it is enlightenment within the practice, that realization has no end.
  • Why abandon a seat in your own home to wander in vain through dusty regions of another land? If you make one false step, you miss what is right before your eyes.
  • No matter how bad a state of mind you may get into, if you keep strong and hold out, eventually the floating clouds must vanish and the withering wind must cease.
  • Learn the backward step that turns your light inward to illuminate your self. Body and mind of themselves will drop away, and your original face will be manifest.
  • That the self advances and confirms the ten thousand things is called delusion; that the ten thousand things advance and confirm the self is called enlightenment.
  • Although its light is wide and great, the Moon is reflected in a puddle one inch wide. The whole Moon and the entire sky is reflected in one dew drop on the grass.
  • No matter how bad a state of mind you may get into, if you keep strong and hold out, eventually the floating clouds must vanish and the withering wind must cease.”
  • Your body is like a dew-drop on the morning grass, your life is as brief as a flash of lightning. Momentary and vain, it is lost in a moment. 
  • Mountains and rivers at this very moment are the actualization of the world of the ancient Buddhas. Each, abiding in its phenomenal expression, realizes completeness.
  • Do not follow the ideas of others, but learn to listen to the voice within yourself. Your body and mind will become clear and you will realize the unity of all things.
  • If you want to do a certain thing, you first have to be a certain person. Once you become that certain person, you will not care anymore about doing that certain thing.
  • Those who see worldly life as an obstacle to Dharma see no Dharma in everyday actions. They have not yet discovered that there are no everyday actions outside of Dharma.
  • Life and death are of supreme importance. Time swiftly passes by and opportunity is lost. Each of us should strive to awaken. Awaken. Take heed, do not squander your life.
  • The coming and going of birth and death is a painting. Unsurpassed enlightenment is a painting. The entire phenomenal universe and the empty sky are nothing but a painting.
  • Life and death are of supreme importance. Time swiftly passes by and opportunity is lost. Each of us should strive to awaken. Awaken! Take heed, do not squander your life.”
  • The coming and going of birth and death is a painting. Unsurpassed enlightenment is a painting. The entire phenomenal universe and the empty sky are nothing but a painting.
  • What is the way of the Buddha? It is to study the self. What is the study of the self? It is to forget oneself. To forget oneself is to enlightened by everything in the world.
  • Because mountains are high and broad, the way of riding the clouds is always reached in the mountains; the inconceivable power of soaring in the wind comes freely from the mountains
  • Students, when you want to say something, think about it three times before you say it. Speak only if your words will benefit yourselves and others. Do not speak if it brings no benefit.
  • Meditation is not a way to enlightenment, Nor is it a method of achieving anything at all. It is peace itself. It is the actualization of wisdom, The ultimate truth of the oneness of all things.
  • If we look at the world with a deluded body and mind, we will think that our self is permanent. But if we practice correctly and return to our true self, we will realize that nothing is permanent
  • Students today should live fully every moment of time. This dew-like life fades away; time speeds swiftly. In this short life of ours, avoid involvement in superfluous things and just study the Way.
  • Yet you must not cling to the words of the old sages either; they, too, may not be right. Even if you believe them, you should be alert so that, in the event that something superior comes along, you may follow that.
  • Mountains and oceans have whole worlds of innumerable wondrous features. We should understand that it is not only our distant surroundings that are like this, but even what is right here, even a single drop of water.
  • When you paint Spring, do not paint willows, plums, peaches, or apricots, but just paint Spring. To paint willows, plums, peaches, or apricots is to paint willows, plums, peaches, or apricots – it is not yet painting Spring.
  • Understand clearly that when a great need appears a great use appears also; when there is small need there is small use; it is obvious, then, that full use is made of all things at all times according to the necessity thereof.
  • All that’s visible springs from causes intimate to you. While walking, sitting, lying down, the body itself is complete truth. If someone asks the inner meaning of this: Inside the treasury of dharma eye a single grain of dust.
  • Just practice good, do good for others, without thinking of making yourself known so that you may gain reward. Really bring benefit to others, gaining nothing for yourself. This is the primary requisite for breaking free of attachments to the Self.
  • You should stop searching for phrases and chasing after words. Take the backward step and turn the light inward. Your body-mind of itself will drop off and your original face will appear. If you want to attain just this, immediately practice just this.
  • Students of the Way must not study Buddhism for the sake of themselves. They must study Buddhism only for the sake of Buddhism. The key to this is to renounce both body and mind without holding anything back and to offer them to the great sea of Buddhism.
  • Through one word, or seven words, or three times five, even if you investigate thoroughly myriad forms, nothing can be depended upon. Night advances, the moon glows and falls into the ocean. The black dragon jewel you have been searching for, is everywhere.
  • There are thousands upon thousands of students who have practiced meditation and obtained its fruits. Do not doubt its possibilities because of the simplicity of the method. If you can not find the truth right where you are, where else do you expect to find it?
  • Refraining from all evil, not clinging to birth and death, working in deep compassion for all sentient beings, respecting those over you and pitying those below you, without any detesting or desiring, worrying or lamentation – this is what is called Buddha. Do not search beyond it.
  • When mountains and waters are painted, blue, green, and red paints are used, strange rocks and wondrous stones are used, the four jewels and the seven treasures are used. Rice-cakes are painted in the same manner. When a person is painted, the four great elements and five skandhas are used.
  • Something you want badly enough can always be gained. No matter how fierce the enemy, how remote the beautiful lady, or how carefully guarded the treasure, there is always a means to the goal for the earnest seeker. The unseen help of the guardian gods of heaven and earth assure fulfillment.
  • Do no harmful actions, do not become attached to the cycle of death and rebirth, show kindness, respect the old and have compassion for the young, do not have a heart that rejects or a heart that covets and have no worry or sadness in your heart. This is what is called enlightenment. Do not seek it elsewhere.
  • In doing zazen it is desirable to have a quiet room. You should be temperate in eating and drinking, forsaking all delusive relationships. Setting everything aside, think of neither good nor evil, right nor wrong. Thus having stopped the various functions of your mind, five up even the idea of becoming a Buddha.
  • As I study both the exoteric and the esoteric schools of Buddhism, they maintain that human beings are endowed with Dharma-nature by birth. If this is the case, why did the Buddhas of all ages – undoubtedly in possession of enlightenment – find it necessary to seek enlightenment and engage in spiritual practice?
  • Treading along in this dreamlike, illusory realm, Without looking for the traces I may have left; A cuckoo’s song beckons me to return home; Hearing this, I tilt my head to see Who has told me to turn back; But do not ask me where I am going, As I travel in this limitless world, Where every step I take is my home.
  • When a buddha is painted, not only a clay altar or lump of earth is used, but the thirty-two marks, a blade of grass, and the cultivation of wisdom for incalculable eons are used. As a Buddha has been painted on a single scroll in this way, all buddhas are painted buddhas, and all painted buddhas are actual buddhas.
  • Studying the Buddha way is studying oneself. Studying oneself is forgetting oneself. Forgetting oneself is being enlightened by all things. Being enlightened by all things is to shed the body-mind of oneself, and those of others. No trace of enlightenment remains, and this traceless enlightenment continues endlessly.
  • The one and only thing required is to free oneself from the bondage of mind and body alike, putting the Buddha’s own seal upon yourself. If you do this as you sit in ecstatic meditation, the whole universe itself scattered through the infinity of space turns into enlightenment. This is what I mean by the Buddha’s seal.
  • To study the buddha way is to study the self. To study the self is to forget the self. To forget the self is to be actualized by myriad things. When actualized by myriad things, your body and mind as well as the bodies and minds of others drop away. No trace of realization remains, and this no trace continues endlessly.
  • There is a simple way to become buddha: When you refrain from unwholesome actions, are not attached to birth and death, and are compassionate toward all sentient beings, respectful to seniors and kind to juniors, not excluding or desiring anything, with no designing thoughts or worries, you will be called a buddha. Do not seek anything else.
  • Continuous practice, day after day, is the most appropriate way of expressing gratitude. This means that you practice continuously, without wasting a single day of your life, without using it for your own sake. Why is it so? Your life is a fortunate outcome of the continuous practice of the past. You should express your gratitude immediately.
  • There is a simple way to become buddha: When you refrain from unwholesome actions, are not attached to birth and death, and are compassionate toward all sentient beings, respectful to seniors and kind to juniors, not excluding or desiring anything, with no designing thoughts or worries, you will be called a buddha. Do not seek anything else.”
  • Life and death are nothing but the mind. Years, months, days, and hours are nothing but the mind. Dreams, illusions, and mirages are nothing but the mind. The bubbles of water and the flames of fire are nothing but the mind. The flowers of the spring and the moon of the autumn are nothing but the mind. Confusions and dangers are nothing but the mind.
  • To study the Way is to study the Self. To study the Self is to forget the self. To forget the self is to be enlightened by all things of the universe. To be enlightened by all things of the universe is to cast off the body and mind of the self as well as those of others. Even the traces of enlightenment are wiped out, and life with traceless enlightenment goes on forever and ever
  • Set aside all involvements and let the myriad things rest. Zazen is not thinking of good, not thinking of bad. It is not conscious endeavour. It is not introspection. Do not desire to become a buddha; let sitting or lying down drop away. Be moderate in eating and drinking. Be mindful of the passing of time, and engage yourself in zazen as though you are saving your head from fire.
  • Do not be concerned with the faults of other persons. Do not see others’ faults with a hateful mind. There is an old saying that if you stop seeing others’ faults, then naturally seniors and venerated and juniors are revered. Do not imitate others’ faults; just cultivate virtue. Buddha prohibited unwholesome actions, but did not tell us to hate those who practice unwholesome actions.
  • Since we are provided with both a body and a mind, we grasp onto the physical forms we see. Since we are provided with both a body and a mind, we cling to the sounds we hear. As a consequence, we make ourselves inseparable from all things, yet we are not like some shadowy figure ‘lodging’ in a mirror or like the moon in water. Whenever we witness what is on the one side, its opposite side will be in darkness.
  • When you ride in a boat and watch the shore, you might assume that the shore is moving. But when you keep your eyes closely on the boat, you can see that the boat moves. Similarly, if you examine many things with a confused mind, you might suppose that your mind and nature are permanent. But when you practice intimately and return to where you are, it will be clear that there is nothing that has unchanging self.
  • In the assemblies of the enlightened ones there have been many cases of mastering the Way bringing forth the heart of plants and trees; this is what awakening the mind for enlightenment is like. The fifth patriarch of Zen was once a pine-planting wayfarer; Rinzai worked on planting cedars and pines on Mount Obaku. . . . Working with plants, trees, fences and walls, if they practice sincerely they will attain enlightenment.
  • A fish swims in the ocean, and no matter how far it swims there is no end to the water. A bird flies in the sky, and no matter how far it flies there is no end to the air. However the fish and the bird have never left their elements. Thus each of them totally covers its full range, and each of them totally experiences its realm… Know that water is life and air is life. The bird is life and the fish is life. Life must be the bird and life must be the fish… practice, enlightenment and people are like this.
  • The zazen I speak of is not learning meditation. It is simply the Dharma gate of repose and bliss, the practice-realization of totally culminated enlightenment. It is the manifestation of ultimate reality. Traps and snares can never reach it. Once its heart is grasped, you are like the dragon when he gains the water, like the tiger when she enters the mountain. For you must know that just there (in zazen) the right Dharma is manifesting itself and that, from the first, dullness and distraction are struck aside.
  • Whenever learners or those beyond learning awaken the mind, for the first time they plant one buddha-nature. Working with the four elements and five clusters, if they practice sincerely they attain enlightenment. Working with plants, trees, fences and walls, if they practice sincerely they will attain enlightenment. This is because the four elements and five clusters and plants, trees, fences and walls are fellow students; because they are of the same essence, because they are the same mind and the same life, because they are the same body and the same mechanism.

 

Vernon Howard (quotes)

  • You must never fear anything at all.
  • Be teachable. That is the whole secret.
  • Don’t try to live. Let yourself be lived.
  • We are exactly where we have chosen to be.
  • Change is never a loss – it is change only.
  • Truth is not a matter of personal viewpoint.
  • All heartache is caused by wrong viewpoints.
  • Study carefully the law of cause and effect.
  • Freedom begins as we become conscious of it.
  • Stucy carefully the law of cause and effect.
  • We are slaves to whatever we don’t understand.
  • Esoteric Mind Power. Book by V. A. Howard, 1973.
  • Resistance to the disturbance is the disturbance.
  • The search for truth is really a lot of good fun.
  • Just be honest with yourself. That opens the door.
  • We can become slaves to things we don’t understand
  • To change what you get you must change who you are.
  • Genuine kindness is not what we do, it is what we are.
  • The need to impress others causes half the world’s woes.
  • A clear understanding of negative emotions dismisses them.
  • Happiness is liberty from everything that makes us unhappy.
  • The Mystic Path to Cosmic Power. Book by V. A. Howard, 1967.
  • You can not escape a prison if you do not know you’re in one.
  • It is a thousand times more sensible to climb one foot up the
  • thing else which conflicts with it. You will be what you see.
  • You can no more insult a mature man than you can paint the air.
  • Instead of fighting your problems, picture your way out of them.
  • There is no way reality can be prevented from flowing the way it
  • you are that flowing reality. See this and you will not see any-
  • The answers come when you are quietly willing to be without them.
  • Learn to see things as they really are, not as we imagine they are.
  • It is wise to seek immortality for time defeats all other ambitions.
  • Inner liberty can be judged by how often a person feels offended, for
  • You have it made when you don’t care whether you have it made or not.
  • Learn to see things as they really are, not as we imagine they are….
  • Esoteric Encyclopedia of Eternal Knowledge. Book by V. A. Howard, 1974.
  • Your central self is totally untouched by grief, confusion, desperation.
  • Our freedom can be measured by the number of things we can walk away from.
  • When the mind is exhausted in trying to find the answer, the answer dawns.
  • A false path must be tensely and angrily defended by those it has deceived.
  • The problem is not what other people think, do or say; it is your reaction.
  • It is a true miracle when a man finally sees himself as his only opposition.
  • Always walk through life as if you have something new to learn and you will.
  • Pseudo-mysticism seeks to evade reality; authentic mysticism wants to live it.
  • Self-knowledge is the great power by which we comprehend and control our lives
  • Worried thought prevents practical thought which could prevent worried thought.
  • See human nonsense as nonsense and save years of trying to make sense out of it.
  • You have succeeded in life when all you really want is only what you really need.
  • Happiness is not the acquisition of anything; it’s the understanding of something.
  • We find the light only after total defeat of our attempts to deceive and outwit it.
  • One of society’s absurd delusions is that the spending of money can cure something.
  • The outer storm ceases the moment the inner storm ends, for they are the same storm.
  • It is against the law to permit weak people to steal your strength. Never permit it.
  • We can accept God becoming Man to save Man, but not Man becoming God to save himself.
  • Just as surely as distress must follow self-deceit, healing must follow self-honesty.
  • Truth breaks you down so it can rebuild you according to its specifications in Heaven.
  • We clearly realize that freedom’s inner kingdom cannot be touched by exterior attacks.
  • When you are genuinely strong, you neither attack nor defend and so retain your energy.
  • Healing fails to occur because it is much easier to injure another than to heal oneself.
  • Beauty is only skin deep, but it’s a valuable asset if you’re poor or haven’t any sense.
  • The miracle of self-healing occurs when the inner patient yields to the inner physician.
  • The reason why most people are frustrated is because a lie cannot be turned into a truth.
  • Inner guidance is heard like soft music in the night by those who have learned to listen.
  • The miracle of self-healing occurs when the inner patient yields to the inner physician.
  • Truth does not really hurt, rather it is our resistance to its message that causes us pain.
  • Every day that you attempt to see things as they are in truth Is a supremely successful day.
  • We are enslaved by anything we do not consciously see. We are freed by conscious perception.
  • We are enslaved by anything we do not consciously see. We are freed by conscious perception.
  • A person obsessed with the need to be happy will never be so. The obsession is the obstruction.
  • A desperation to escape a problem is the wrong way. A passion to understand it is the right way
  • Human sickness is so severe that few can bear to look at it…but those who do will become well.
  • The most marvelous experience of life is to transform life according to reality, not imagination.
  • If heaven existed as a physical building on earth, human beings would remodel it to make it right.
  • The only way to do something truly important every day is to seek to understand yourself every day.
  • Mysticism is not this or that particular cup on the table; it is the water poured into all of them.
  • You can end half your troubles immediately by no longer permitting people to tell you what you want.
  • Ignorant people remain ignorant because they have a secret agreement to call one another intelligent.
  • When told that man lives in delusion everyone thinks of himself as the exception; hence his delusion.
  • You cannot stop destructive actions by others, but you can stop your own destructive reactions to them
  • Our life-transformation is in exact proportion to the amount of truth we can take without running away.
  • Can you think of anything more permanently elating than to know that you are on the right road at last?
  • Remember above all that mental stability comes by examining the contents of the mind, not by avoidence.
  • All forms of self-defeating behavior are unseen and unconscious, which is why their existence is denied.
  • The world consists of imaginary people, claiming imaginary virtues and suffering from imaginary happiness.
  • Realize that the surface personality has no interest in anything which might disturb its darling delusions.
  • Find yourself for courage and confidence are as easy as breathing to the person who really knows who he is.
  • A truly strong person does not need the approval of others any more than a lion needs the approval of sheep.
  • Society is like a crowd in carnival costumes with everyone fearful that others will see through his disguise.
  • We can no more enjoy life by hoping for a future result than we can enjoy music by waiting for the final note.
  • A truly strong person does not need the approval of others any more than a lion needs the approval of sheep.
  • Men have the illusion of having a duty to make the world spin properly, which is precisely what makes it wobble.
  • Self awakening enables you to see the human scene as it is, not as it appears to be, which frees you of its chaos.
  • Run forward when possible, walk ahead when you can, stagger onward when you must, but never cease your forward movement.
  • The leap is made by dropping vanity over knowledge and by a willingness to become nothing in order to become everything.
  • Don’t look for someone in whom to believe. Believe in yourself. The only authentic authority is your own original nature.
  • It is a thousand times more sensible to climb one foot up the mountainside than to chatter for years about the mountaintop.
  • Persistence prevails, like a stream that is temporarily blocked by boulders and then collects force enough to overflow onward.
  • Aloneness is a wise teacher. Kierkegaard remarked that one sign of spiritual maturity was the ability to be comfortable when alone.
  • No one on earth can hurt you, unless you accept the hurt in your own mind. . . The problem is not other people; it is your reaction.
  • Aloneness is a wise teacher. Kierkegaard remarked that one sign of spiritual maturity was the ability to be comfortable when alone.
  • Inner liberty can be judged by how often a person feels offended, for you can no more insult a mature man than you can paint the air.
  • A perfect method for awakening is to examine the results of our daily actions. If they are harmful, we know we need more consciousness.
  • Do not mistake desire for love. Desire leaves home in a frantic search for one gratification after another. Love is at home with itself.
  • The power of the present moment is so immense it is capable – when lived in fully – of destroying forever every past mistake and regret.
  • The terrible immoralities are the cunning ones hiding behind masks of morality, such as exploiting people while pretending to help them.
  • Insight into the two selves within a man clears up many confusions and contradictions. It was our understanding that preceded our victory.
  • It is utterly useless to try to change the outer world, for it is but a reflection of inner causes. The true seeker seeks to change himself.
  • Interpretation blocks reception while masquerading as reception. Rightness does not need interpretation; it requires simple acceptance and nothing else.
  • Procrastination is illogical from every viewpoint. It is like the man who wanted to cross the stream, so he sat on the bank to wait for all the water to run by.
  • Whenever encountering a troublesome person, do not identify him as being cruel or stupid or rude or anything else like that. Instead, see him as a frightened person.
  • Quit thinking that you must halt before the barrier of inner negativity. You need not. You can crash through… whatever we see a negative state, that is where we can destroy it.
  • A cheery relaxation is man’s natural state, just as nature itself is relaxed. A waterfall is concerned only with being itself, not with doing something it considers waterfall-like.
  • We must become acquainted with our emotional household: we must see our feelings as they actually are, not as we assume they are. This breaks their hypnotic and damaging hold on us.
  • What you really want for yourself is always trying to break through, just as a cooling breeze flows through an open window on a hot day. Your part is to open the windows of your mind.
  • One false idea is that anyone can hurt you. Events can ruin your reputation, take your money, mistreat you, revenge itself upon you, deceive, betray, abandon you, but cannot hurt you.
  • Anger or bitterness toward those who have hurt you will block your path to higher ground. You can have anger toward people or you can have freedom from people, but you can’t have both.
  • You need only choose … then keep choosing as many times as necessary. That is all you need do. And it is certainly something you can do. Then as you continue to choose, everything is yours.
  • Cruelty practiced as a matter of social principle or public policy, and presented to the community as a means to a higher goal is the most obscene and decadent phenomenon of any civilization.
  • As incredible as it sounds, an unhappy man does not realize that happiness is better than unhappiness. Knowing only his own concealed anguish, he worships it, which is the same as self-worship.
  • We cannot be free of nagging desires through suppression. This is like trying to keep a rubber boat beneath the water. But we remove compulsive desires altogether by understanding their nature.
  • You must dare to disassociate yourself from those who would delay your journey… Leave, depart, if not physically, then mentally. Go your own way, quietly, undramatically, and venture toward Trueness at last.
  • Bitterness is the outcome of a wrong mental movement – the attempt to force external events to conform to internal fantasy. The cure is to see fantasy as fantasy, which will reveal it as neither necessary nor rewarding.
  • You know what is right. Deep down, you know. The battle between your true wisdom and the counterfeit wisdom of society is what causes frustration. Refuse to compromise with what you know is right-with what is right for you.
  • If you call one thing good, you must call its opposite bad. If you think it wonderful to make a big profit in your business, you will also think it terrible if you incur a large loss. The idea is to live above the opposites.
  • Is the beam from a lighthouse affected by howling wind and rain? It remains perfectly steadfast and unaffected by the storm. Your true self is like that. Nothing can ever harm you once you are consciously aware that it is so.
  • The only reason you do not do great things is because you timidly cling to small things. Will you let loose of small things and bear the uncertainty of having nothing for a while? Do this and eventually you will do great things.
  • All we have to do is to receive what we are given…We are given the naturalness to love someone, to be calm in crisis, to ignore self-defeating suggestions, to be pleasant, forgiving, tender, helpful, unworried, brave, energetic.
  • The genuinely spiritual person is one who has lost all desire to be anyone but exactly who he is, without labels and without apologies. He is what he is and that’s all there’s is to it. Such a man is undivided, uncomplicated and contented.
  • Don’t try to be spiritual. That is only a word in the dictionary. Make it your goal to become a normally functioning individual. Let these principles shape you according to your real nature of a simple, decent, honest, unafraid human being.
  • Don’t try to be spiritual. That is only a word in the dictionary. Make it your goal to become a normally functioning individual. Let these principles shape you according to your real nature of a simple, decent, honest, unafraid human being.
  • There exists a special self which takes every event as if it were the very thing you wanted to happen. That self is the Supermind, which is never upset by anything. Your goal is to nourish it into greater strength. Then, every step is sunlit.
  • An obvious fact about negative feelings is often overlooked. They are caused by us, not by exterior happenings. An outside event presents the challenge, but we react to it. So we must attend to the way we take things, not to the things themselves.
  • Don’t try to be unafraid. That is impossible. Rather, go ahead while being afraid. That is the entire secret for abolishing fear. The Supermind teaches us to have no self-concern at all. Whatever happens to you, act as though it happened to someone else.
  • Learn this great secret of life: What people call interruption or disturbance to their routine is just as much a part of living as the routine. To split life into two parts, one called routine and the other called interruption, is to be caught between them.
  • No one can tell you what is right for you except yourself. So start telling yourself what to do. If you blunder for ten years while thinking for yourself, that is rich treasure when compared with living these ten years under the mental domination of another.
  • Awareness of your weakness and confusion makes you strong because conscious awareness is the bright light that destroys the darkness of negativity. Detection of inner negativity is not a negative act, but a courageously positive act that makes you a new person.
  • It is a mistake for anyone to think he has lived too long in his old, unsatisfactory ways to make the great change. If you switch on the light in a dark room, it makes no difference how long it was dark because the light will still shine. Be teachable. That is the whole secret.
  • We never get upset over what happens. Never. We get upset because of preconceived ideas as to what we think should happen, what we want to happen. When our preference clashes with the reality, we get hurt. Rid yourself of all preconceived ideas as to what should happen. You are then at peace whatever happens.
  • Mysticism is: a. An advanced state of inner enlightenment. b. Union with Reality. c. A state of genuinely satisfying success. d. Insight into an entirely new world of living. e. An intuitive grasp of Truth, above and beyond intellectual reasoning. f. A personal experience, in which we are happy and healthy human beings.
  • How would you feel if you had no fear? Feel like that. How would you behave toward other people if you realized their powerlessness to hurt you? Behave like that. How would your react to so-called misfortune if you saw its inability to bother you? React like that. How would you think toward yourself if you knew you were really all right? Think like that.
  • Do not be impatient with your seemingly slow progress. Do not try to run faster than you presently can. If you are studying, reflecting and trying, you are making progress whether you are aware of it or not. A traveler walking the road in the darkness of night is still going forward. Someday, some way, everything will break open, like the natural unfolding of a rosebud.
  • Many of us knock on the door but remain outside, because knocking and entering are entirely different actions. Knocking is necessary, consisting of reading books, attending meetings, asking questions. But entrance requires much bolder action. It requires one to enter into himself, to uncover hidden motives, to see contradictions, and to realize his actual power for self-change.
  • Living in the now is freedom from all problems connected with time. You ought to remember that sentence, you ought to memorize it, and ought to take it out, you ought to practice it, you ought to apply it. And most of all, you ought to rejoice in it because you have just heard how not to be wretched, miserable you any more but to be a brand new, and forever brand new man or woman.
  • The Truth must be told at all costs, no matter how unpopular it may be. The authentic spiritual leader, having freed himself of his own false need to be popular, tells the Truth whether it falls on fertile or stony ground. Such a teacher is the salt of the earth, though few know it. If you think the world is delirious as is, you would find it intolerable without his healing influence.
  • There is no way reality can be prevented from flowing the way it flows. It is our vain attempts to force it to flow in the service of our imaginary needs which sets us in painful conflict with our- selves and nature. You are not separate from the flowing reality; you are that flowing reality. See this and you will not see any- thing else which conflicts with it. You will be what you see.
  • When one plan that you have, to get this or to get that, to advance in the world, or whatever it might be, when that seems in danger of veering off the path you have set for it, you have your emergency plan ready. And in simple language what that emergency plan is, what you put into operation, is called worry. If you can worry you are occupied, and what an incredible human situation it is!
  • Suppose you stand on a high place to enjoy the beauty of the sparkling sea below. You need do nothing to create that beauty; you need only BE IN THE SAME PLACE WHERE IT IS, and let nature do the rest. So it is with the inner life. There is nothing we can DO to gain psychic beauty. It already exists without our effort. We need only be where we belong, that is, in self-union. Then, beauty IS.
  • Have the daring to stop doing the things you really don’t want to do. Can you see them? Look closely. Can you observe the many things you do because you reluctantly feel you should or must? Watch closely. Examine every action and reaction. Do you act naturally or do you act because you feel compelled? If you feel compelled, stop. Compulsion is slavery. Example: Refuse to go along with the crowd.
  • A chief cause of unhappiness is what I call mental movies. Mental movies are a misuse of the imagination. You know how it goes. You have a painful experience with someone, then run it over and over in your mind. You visualize what you said, what he did, how you both felt. As awful as it is, you feel compelled to repeat the film day and night. It is as if you were locked inside a theatre playing a horrible movie.
  • Everyone must concede that there is in existence something wiser than himself. Now there is a challenge, there is a challenge which few even investigate. We’re going to do that now. Let’s see what we’re talking about. All troubled people, which is all people, must if they are going to be delivered from themselves, must make the concession that there is a force, an entity, a power that is higher than their own present nature.
  • Be very careful that you do not unconsciously assume that nervous tension is power. This is vital. Watch yourself the next time you work toward some goal. Look very closely to discover tense feelings and nervous thoughts whirling around inside. Do not let them deceive you into assuming that they are creative forces; they are not. They are thieves of genuine powers. As always, your awareness of their thievery is your first fine step toward casting them out.
  • You see everything depends upon the psychological headquarters from which we live. ‘Where am I living from?’ Ask yourself that question. If you don’t like your headquarters, you can move any time you like. Break away. Don’t tell anyone about it. Others will either smile tolerantly or mouth sanctimonious babble. Make your escape plans in secret. Never mind if you lose certain friends, you will find others who also have dared. They will be ten-thousand times more valuable to you.
  • Happiness is yours in the here and now. The painful states of anxiety and loneliness are abolished permanently. Financial affairs are not financial problems. You are at ease with yourself. You are not at the mercy of unfulfilled cravings. Confusion is replaced with clarity. There is a relieving answer to every tormenting question. You possess a True Self. Something can be done about every unhappy condition. While living in the world you can be inwardly detached from its sorrows to live with personal peace and sanity.

 

 

Amit Ray (quotes)

  • Yoga is the space where flower blossoms.
  • Beautify your breath – beautify your life.
  • Kindness has no religion. It is like an open sky.
  • Nonviolence is the way to listen to the inner voice.
  • Be like a lotus. Let the beauty of your heart speak.
  • Self-observation is the first step of inner unfolding.
  • Life is a dance. Mindfulness is witnessing that dance.
  • World is a dance. Mindfulness is witnessing that dance.
  • There are many goals but one path – the path of compassion.
  • Take care of your words and the words will take care of you.
  • As flower blooms in spring, compassion grows in mindfulness.
  • Mind is a flexible mirror, adjust it, to see a better world.
  • Our wings are small but the ripples of the heart are infinite.
  • You are never alone. You are eternally connected with everyone.
  • Exercises are like prose, whereas yoga is the poetry of movements.
  • Have love for your inner Self and everything else is done for you.
  • Education is beautification of the inner world and the outer world.
  • Champions never sleep, the eternal spirit keep them alert and awake.
  • Looking beauty in the world, is the first step of purifying the mind.
  • In the land of light there is only one currency. The currency of love.
  • Small mind competes, big mind collaborates and great mind encompasses.
  • Mystical bliss, joy and rapture arises when you realize the inner Sun.
  • We all are so deeply interconnected; we have no option but to love all.
  • Everyone has the fire, but the champions know when to ignite the spark.
  • Looking at beauty in the world, is the first step of purifying the mind.
  • Yoga is the art work of awareness on the canvas of body, mind, and soul.
  • Echo of your thoughts has greater impact on the world than your actions.
  • When the petals of the heart unfold fragrance spreads across the valley.
  • Breath is the finest gift of nature. Be grateful for this wonderful gift.
  • When the petals of the heart unfold, fragrance spreads across the valley.
  • A bird is safe in its nest – but that is not what its wings are made for.
  • Some fish love to swim upstream. Some people love to overcome challenges.
  • Every day is a good day. There is something to learn, care and celebrate.
  • Meditation is listening the inner song. The song of Love, Peace and Light
  • World is a divine play. At the beginning and at the end, we are the same.
  • Blaming none, disrespecting nothing is the doorway to Unity Consciousness.
  • Meditation is a way for nourishing and blossoming the divinity within you.
  • Yoga is the art work of awareness on the canvas of mind,body and the soul.
  • You are your master. Only you have the master keys to open the inner locks.
  • Meditation is realizing and expanding your inner beauty in every direction.
  • Your greatest awakening comes, when you are aware about your infinite nature.
  • God is whispering in your heart, in the whole existence, just tune your ears.
  • Whether you know or not, you are the infinite potential of love, peace and joy
  • Life is a collection of moments. Mindfulness is beautification of the moments.
  • Love is the sweetest melody of the soul and anything can be catalyst for that.
  • Intuitions are like migratory birds, they come without a map without a reason.
  • Beauty is the purest feeling of the soul. Beauty arises when soul is satisfied.
  • To realize truth, you must cross all boundaries of all religions and all prophets
  • Discover your deep inner-self and from that place spread love in every direction.
  • We live in everyone. I live in you. You live in me. There is no gap, no distance.
  • If you want to conquer the anxiety of life, live in the moment, live in the breath.
  • In one equation you can solve all the puzzles of life. It is the equation of giving.
  • To realize the truth, you have to cross the boundaries of all religions and prophets.
  • Yoga means addition – addition of energy, strength and beauty to body, mind and soul.
  • Spirituality exist in testing and experiencing the depth of inner peace consistently.
  • Open the window of your mind. Allow the fresh air, new lights and new truths to enter.
  • Vipassana meditation is not just seeing the things inside. It is also seeing the seer.
  • Searching outside of you is Samsara (the world). Searching within you leads to Nirvana.
  • Success comes when you have the trust on self, passion to transcend, and courage to do.
  • At the core of your heart, you are perfect and pure. No one and nothing can alter that.
  • Life throws challenges and every challenge comes with rainbows and lights to conquer it
  • Searching outside of you is Samsara (the world). Searching within you leads to Nirvana.
  • Life throws challenges and every challenge comes with rainbows and lights to conquer it.
  • Walk together. Feel the heart beats. Experience the presence. This is how to be thankful.
  • Prayer is the sign of your weakness. Rely on your inner strength. You will be the winner.
  • Your thoughts are your message to the world. Just as the rays are the messages of the Sun.
  • Energy comes not from your muscle neither from your heart. It comes from your inner source.
  • You need bravery because in the picture of soul, the bravery points are the most beautiful.
  • Kindness has no religion. Religions are like narrow tracks but kindness is like an open sky.
  • Prayer should be soundless words coming forth from the center of your heart filled with love.
  • When the Sun of compassion arises darkness evaporates and the singing birds come from nowhere.
  • When the Sun of compassion arises darkness evaporates and the singing birds come from nowhere.
  • Courage is the hallmark of spirituality. Courage comes when you love yourself for who you are.
  • Our heart is wide enough to embrace the world and hands are long enough to encompass the world.
  • Yoga is bringing suppleness in body, calmness in mind, kindness in heart and awareness in life.
  • Om (AUM) is the truth of all truths, the light of all lights and the destroyer of all illusions.
  • What Are You Giving to the Universe? by Angie Sarhan, www.huffingtonpost.com. October 12, 2015.
  • Life is not always perfect. Like a road, it has many bends, ups and down, but that’s its beauty.
  • Our heart is wide enough to embrace the world and hands are long enough to encompass the world.
  • Life is not always perfect. Like a road, it has many bends, ups and down, but that’s its beauty.
  • You are a cosmic flower. Om chanting is the process of opening the psychic petals of that flower.
  • Meditate, Visualize and Create your own reality and the universe will simply reflect back to you.
  • You are the perfect creation of God. Don’t allow you to be down. God is experiencing through you.
  • When you see the divinity in others, you are Divine. When you see ego in others, you are egoistic.
  • Family, friends and relationships are the blessings of the God. They are the best way to access God.
  • There is no teacher equal to mother and there’s nothing more contagious than the dignity of a father.
  • Peace is the music of every heart. Our glory lies in understanding, listening and honoring that music.
  • There is a God part in you. The consciousness. The pure Self. Learn to listen the voice of that Power.
  • Be like a lotus. Let the beauty of your heart speak. Be grateful to the mud, water, air and the light.
  • Suffering is due to our disconnection with the inner soul. Meditation is establishing that connection.
  • Echo of your thoughts are more important than your actions because that has greater impact on the world.
  • Do not accept whatever comes. Do not accept whatever goes. You have infinite power. Exercise your choice.
  • Life is a mystery- mystery of beauty, bliss and divinity. Meditation is the art of unfolding that mystery.
  • In every change, in every falling leaf there is some pain, some beauty. And that’s the way new leaves grow.
  • Life is a mystery – mystery of beauty, bliss and divinity. Meditation is the art of unfolding that mystery.
  • There is only one all-pervading God. It has no religion, no incarnation. It is free from all contaminations.
  • Om is a living phenomenon and it has its own mood. Depending on its mood the meaning will be revealed to you.
  • The more we practice nonviolence in our words, thoughts and actions the more peaceful will be our inner state.
  • Beautify your inner dialogue. Beautify your inner world with love light and compassion. Life will be beautiful.
  • Only the brave men and women can bring peace to the world, not by practicing war but by practicing nonviolence.
  • The Universe is the creation of the mind. Universe exists inside the mind as the flower exists inside the seed.
  • Meditation is re-discovering the inner Kingdom of God. The Kingdom of God lies in our understandings and wisdom.
  • Success needs vision to see, passion to transcend, patience to withstand and the character to overcome failures.
  • Formal education teaches how to stand, but to see the rainbow you must come out and walk many steps on your own.
  • Science of happiness lies in our understanding. The secrets of happiness lie in our capacity to expand our heart.
  • If you want to ask one question, ask yourself, what are you giving to the universe and only that will be returned.
  • Write it on your heart you are the most beautiful soul of the Universe. Realize it, honor it and celebrate the life.
  • In every crisis, doubt or confusion, take the higher path – the path of compassion, courage, understanding and love.
  • AUM or Om is not related to any religion because Om was practiced before the birth of all the religions of the world.
  • Compassion is the signature of Higher Consciousness. Non-violence is the tool to evolve into the Higher Consciousness.
  • Light of compassion and the light of wisdom that arises from our deepest and truest nature surpasses all other lights.
  • You are the Golden Witnessing Screen. Meditation is the effortless effort to keep that screen clean, clear and perfect.
  • No one to blame because there is no one other than you. Nothing to disrespect because there is nothing other than you.
  • Earth is the holiest place in the Universe, loving the earth, and loving life is the way to generate positive vibrations.
  • Kindness and awareness work together. Through awareness we understand the underlying beauty of everything and every being.
  • Do not live in the shadow of the masters for ever. Learn to live in the light of your soul. Life deserves full expression.
  • Spirituality does not lie in meditating the body of an ex-master. Spirituality exists in mediating on your own inner body.
  • Systematic yoga and vipassana opens the “Dasham Duar” the mystical tenth spiritual gateway located at the top of the skull.
  • Om (AUM) the Divine song is at the same time Symmetry, Supersymmetry, broken Symmetry, and the unbroken Symmetry of Nature.
  • Yoga is not just repetation of few postures – it is more about the exploration and discovery of the subtle energies of life.
  • Perfect prayer does not consist in many words, silent remembering and pure intention raises the heart to that supreme Power.
  • No one is to blame because there is no one other than you. Nothing is to disrespect because there is nothing other than you.
  • Yoga is not just repetition of few postures – it is more about the exploration and discovery of the subtle energies of life.
  • Truth is neither in the scripture nor in the words of prophets. It is in your heart, feel it, discover it and expand with it.
  • The singing Sun the signing moon the singing stars and the singing galaxies are the direct expression of the divine word AUM.
  • Spirituality does not lie in meditating on the body of an ex-master. Spirituality exists in mediating on your own inner body.
  • The light of compassion opens the petals of the heart. When the petals of the heart unfold fragrance spreads across the valley.
  • Just trusting the soul cannot lead you to higher consciousness. You have to pay attention for the beautification of your heart.
  • Loving the Om (AUM) is loving yourself, your own Self. Om chanting is a creative art, not just mechanical repetition of a word.
  • Enjoy the limitless bliss consciousness here and now. The reality of you lies much beyond your sensory perceptions and boundaries.
  • Yoga is not a religion. It is a science, science of well-being, science of youthfulness, science of integrating body, mind and soul.
  • There is only one all pervading God. It has only one message – Love all, encompass all and transcend the limits of the selfish gene.
  • Remember your connection with the cosmos. Remember your connection with the infinity and that remembrance will give you the freedom.
  • Yoga is not a religion. It is a science, science of well-being, science of youthfulness, science of integrating body, mind, and soul.
  • As more and more artificial intelligence is entering into the world, more and more emotional intelligence must enter into leadership.
  • God is the most beautiful, and beauty is the expression of God. If you can’t appreciate beauty in the world how can you understand God?
  • Mindfulness is not the path of chasing. It is the path of beautification. When flowers blossom, the fragrance spreads, and the bees come.
  • If you want to fly on the sky, you need to leave the earth. If you want to move forward, you need to let go the past that drags you down.
  • Compassion is all inclusive. Compassion knows no boundaries. Compassion comes with awareness, and awareness breaks all narrow territories.
  • Your dreams are not just the rearrangement of memory. They are the vibrations of your consciousness. Guide them and go for the higher one.
  • The formula of life is simple. It is the formula of giving – giving courage, attention, peace, love and comfort to yourself and the society.
  • Micro meditations should be performed with very little activity. These practices should not be associated with any goal, concept or belief.
  • Give time, give space to sprout your potential. Awaken the beauty of your heart – the beauty of your spirit. There are infinite possibilities.
  • Science of yoga and ayurveda is subtler than the science of medicine, because science of medicine is often victim of statistical manipulation.
  • Exercises are like prose, whereas yoga is the poetry of movements. Once you understand the grammar of yoga; you can write your poetry of movements.
  • The true miracle lies in our eagerness to allow, appreciate, and honor the uniqueness, and freedom of each sentient being to sing the song of their heart.
  • Om is the mysterious cosmic energy that is the substratum of all the things and all the being of the entire universe. It is the eternal song of the Divine.
  • Vipassana meditation is an ongoing creative purification process. Observation of the moment-to-moment experience cleanses the mental layers, one after another.
  • If you are driven by fear, anger or pride nature will force you to compete. If you are guided by courage, awareness, tranquility and peace nature will serve you.
  • Compassion is like mother giving love to her children. Mother’s ways are higher than others, even when everyone rejects, mother accepts with her arms open and wide.
  • Be brave. Be free from philosophies, prophets and holy lies. Go deep into your feelings and explore the mystery of your body, mind and soul. You will find the truth.
  • God wanted to make heaven and the earth is that heaven. Nowhere in the universe there is so much love, life, beauty and peace. Enjoy your stay with the fellow beings.
  • God wanted to make heaven and the earth is that heaven. Nowhere in the universe there is so much love, life, beauty and peace. Enjoy your stay with the fellow beings.
  • Silence is the language of Om. We need silence to be able to reach our Self. Both internal and external silence is very important to feel the presence of that supreme Love.
  • Nonviolence is only for the brave men and women of the world because it requires courage – courage to love the beauty of life, beauty of humanity and the beauty of the world.
  • Science is observing truth in the light of head. Religion is observing truth in the light of heart. Humanity is using both the lights. And education is developing that humanity.
  • Meditation is the process of transformation and beautification of soul from a leaf-eating caterpillar to a nectar-sipping butterfly. It grows with the wings of love and compassion.
  • Stand up for who you are. Respect your Self and ignite the divine sparks in you. Access your powers. Choose your rights and work together with others to bring blessings into the lives.
  • To transcend the identification with the body one has to realize the auspiciousness and divinity residing within each cell of the body. One needs to realize the illusory nature of the body.
  • Mystical bliss, joy and rapture are part of both yoga and vipassana. When the mind is concentrated, purified, bright, unblemished, free from defects, pliant and steady, this positive joy arises.
  • Give space to life. Give time to sprout your potential – the potential to awaken the beauty in you. Awaken the beauty of your heart – the beauty of your spirit. There are infinite possibilities.
  • When you know the knower within, you don’t need to know further. When you know the meditator within, you don’t need to meditate further. When you truly know the worshiper in you, you are to be worshiped.
  • We all are so deeply interconnected; we have no option but to love all. Be kind and do good for any one and that will be reflected. The ripples of the kind heart are the highest blessings of the Universe.
  • Penetrate deep into the word “Om”. Gradually the word will disappear and only the silence will remain. The word is a support. The meaning is within you. Om brings out that meaning which is hidden in your soul.
  • It does not matter how long you are spending on the earth, how much money you have gathered or how much attention you have received. It is the amount of positive vibration you have radiated in life that matters.
  • It does not matter how long you are spending on the earth, how much money you have gathered or how much attention you have received. It is the amount of positive vibration you have radiated in life that matters.
  • Yoga and Vipassana are the two most time tested ancient techniques for keeping the body, mind and spirit in harmony and in sync. There is no contradiction between yoga and vipassana. They are complementary to each other.
  • Meditation is listening to the song of the inner Soul, seeing the beauty of the inner Self, smelling the fragrance of the inner Spirit, experiencing the touch of the inner energies and tasting the intense sweetness of the inner God.
  • Meditation is listening to the song of the inner Soul, seeing the beauty of the inner Self, smelling the fragrance of the inner Spirit, experiencing the touch of the Divine inner energies and tasting the intense sweetness of the inner God.
  • There are two types of seeds in the mind: those that create anger, fear, frustration, jealousy, hatred and those that create love, compassion, equanimity and joy. Spirituality is germination and sprouting of the second group and transforming the first group.
  • When you touch the celestial in your heart, you will realize that the beauty of your soul is so pure, so vast and so devastating that you have no option but to merge with it. You have no option but to feel the rhythm of the universe in the rhythm of your heart.
  • The easiest way to get touch with this universal power is through silent Prayer. Shut your eyes, shut your mouth, and open your heart. This is the golden rule of prayer. Prayer should be soundless words coming forth from the centre of your heart filled with love.
  • What is the meaning of Om? Om is the mysterious cosmic energy that is the substratum of all the things and all the beings of the entire universe. It is an eternal song of the Divine. It is continuously resounding in silence on the background of everything that exists.
  • Meditation is not thinking about the image of a person of the past. It is more about focusing and channelizing the power of your emotions and imagination for fulfilling a bigger dream – the dream that will bring more life, energy peace, happiness and meaning to you and the society.
  • Meditation is a journey to know yourself. Knowing yourself has many layers. Start knowing your bodily discomforts. Know your success, know your failures. Know your fears. Know your irritations. Know your pleasures, joy and happiness. Know your mental wounds. Go deeper and examine every feeling you have.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Vipassana arises as you pay awareness to the inner and outer experience unfolding at the present moment. Vipassana is not associated with any rigid formula or methods. Whenever you are aware of your mental or physical feelings like tension in the muscles, movement of limbs, stiffness, heat or cold, you have begun to develop special understanding of realities.
  • Samadhi is the journey from individual to collective consciousness. The steps of Samadhi are the steps towards reaching the collective consciousness. In meditation, the more we radiate love, compassion, peace, harmony and tranquility, the more is our contribution towards the collective consciousness. The more we positively contribute towards the collective consciousness the more is our progress in Samadhi.
  • Om is not just a sound or vibration. It is not just a symbol…. If you think of Om only as a sound, a technique or a symbol of the Divine, you will miss it altogether. ….. Om is the mysterious cosmic energy that is the substratum of all the things and all the beings of the entire universe. It is an eternal song of the Divine. It is continuously resounding in silence on the background of everything that exists.
  • Combining these two ancient teachings (yoga and vipassana) in a seamless manner, which will bring maximum benefits to the meditators, is not at all a challenge. It is just removal of some mental blocks. Ideally speaking, this combination should be done based on scientific, clinical and neurobiological studies and the combined structure should be made brick by brick, layer by layer in a flawless manner as a homogeneous composition.
  • Om is not just a sound or vibration. It is not just a symbol. It is the entire cosmos, whatever we can see, touch, hear and feel. Moreover, it is all that is within our perception and all that is beyond our perception. It is the core of our very existence. If you think of Om only as a sound, a technique or a symbol of the Divine, you will miss it altogether. Om is the mysterious cosmic energy that is the substratum of all the things and all the beings of the entire universe. It is an eternal song of the Divine. It is continuously resounding in silence on the background of everything that exists.
  • There are two types of empathy: the positive empathy and the negative empathy. When we are fully carried away by the unaware activities of the mirror neurons, we are under the trap of negative empathy. The negative empathy generates attachments. Out of these attachments suffering follows. Negative empathy is a kind of reaction to a situation, whereas positive empathy is internal response of peace love and tranquility…. In positive empathy, your deep tranquility, joy and peace activates the mirror neurons of the others, whereas in negative empathy your mirror neurons are activated by the disturbance of others.
  • Through systematic meditation one can awaken the third eye and touch the cosmic awareness. Sushumna nadi is the subtle pathway in the spinal cord which passes through the main psychic centers. The awakening of these centers means a gradual expansion of awareness, until it reaches the cosmic awareness. Each center has its own beauty and gracefulness. Through generations of ignorance and unconsciousness, this channel of awareness becomes obscured and hidden. Meditation is to become aware about this internal life energy. Meditation is the procedure to rearrange, harmonize, activate, and integrate the individual life energy with the cosmic life energy.

 

Joel Osteen (quotes)

  • Keep on keeping on!!!
  • I write all my sermons.
  • I don’t dislike anybody.
  • Smiling resets your mood.
  • Life begins each morning.
  • Be a victor , not a victim.
  • To me, we’re marketing hope.
  • You are victors, not victims!
  • I don’t have all the answers.
  • God’s desire is that we excel.
  • I have always believed in God.
  • You can be happy where you are.
  • If you give, you will be blessed.
  • God always wants us to be growing.
  • God wants to bless us where we are.
  • Do not speak defeat, speak victory.
  • You control the doorway to your mind.
  • Be the one to stand out in the crowd.
  • My message is that God is a good God.
  • What you expect is what you will get.
  • Only God can look at somebody’s heart.
  • A merry heart is good like a medicine.
  • I think the word rich is all relative.
  • My actions will follow my expectations.
  • I don’t go down the road of condemning.
  • Don’t confuse small with insignificant.
  • You will never change what you tolerate.
  • Every setback is a setup for a comeback!
  • Marriage is a commitment, not a feeling.
  • I’ve always been an encourager at heart.
  • The love of life is the root of all good.
  • Don’t just go through it; grow through it.
  • God can make greatness out of a great mess
  • Our words set the direction for our lives.
  • I really believed that fear is contagious.
  • I’m getting better every day in every way.
  • Life’s a fight. It’s a good fight of faith.
  • God wants you to be a winner, not a whiner.
  • I believe God will fight my battles for me.
  • When you believe, it activates God’s power.
  • Quit questioning God and start trusting Him!
  • Your best days are still out in front of you
  • Do all you can to make your dreams come true.
  • I’m blessed to be a blessing to someone else.
  • I think God’s justice is making wrongs right.
  • I mean we all need a second chance sometimes.
  • Today could be the start of something amazing.
  • You cannot expect victory and plan for defeat.
  • Prospering just doesn’t have to do with money.
  • Faith activates God – Fear activates the Enemy.
  • It’s our faith that activates the power of God.
  • The greater the giving, the greater the living.
  • What you keep before your eyes will affect you.
  • I deal with more practical issues of the Bible.
  • A victor’s mentality becomes a victor’s reality.
  • True love turns words and feelings into actions.
  • Don’t ever say anything negative about yourself.
  • A lot of people have it a lot worse than you do.
  • A lot of churches have not moved with the times.
  • I think that Bible principles will help anybody.
  • Don’t let where you are be an excuse not to grow.
  • Forgiveness is a choice, but it is not an option.
  • I think Bible principles are principles for life.
  • You need to take pride in what God has given you.
  • If you cannot be positive, then at least be quiet.
  • We’ve got to give people room to have a bad day.
  • No matter what comes your way, don’t lose your joy.
  • Where God gives vision He always provides provision
  • There are some things you can only learn in a storm.
  • I’m trying to make God more relevant in our society.
  • You have greatness in you. The key is to get it out.
  • Your life is too valuable to waste being distracted.
  • Don’t put a question mark where God has put a period.
  • I believe the scripture says that being gay is a sin.
  • Sometimes what works 40 years ago doesn’t work today.
  • Rewards await you if you stay steadfast in your faith.
  • If your thinking is limited, your life will be limited.
  • As long as you have breath, someone needs your talents.
  • That’s it. I’m going to start making the right choices.
  • I just think that only God will judge a person’s heart.
  • My biggest hobby is hanging out with my family and kids.
  • Other people’s opinions do not determine your potential.
  • If you can see the invisible, God will do the impossible.
  • Whatever follows ‘I AM’ will always come looking for you!
  • What you receive is directly connected to what you believe
  • People of excellence go the extra mile to do what’s right.
  • Life is not too short… we just wait too long to begin it.
  • You’ll never rise any higher than the way you see yourself.
  • Start believing bigger, dreaming bigger & expecting bigger.
  • Nothing in life has happened to you, it’s happened FOR You!
  • Stop focusing on what you cant do, focus on what God can do.
  • I believe God gives you the grace to do what you need to do.
  • You can be in the storm, but don’t let the storm get in you.
  • I don’t like to beat people down. They need to be lifted up.
  • Don’t pick on your sister when she’s holding a baseball bat.
  • Don’t use your energy to worry. Use your energy to believe.
  • The creator of the universe is lining up things in my favour.
  • Seeds of discouragement cannot take root in a grateful heart.
  • I’m not leading them to some false God or something like that.
  • If you will transform your mind, God will transform your life.
  • Faith is about trusting God when you have unanswered questions.
  • I don’t know what can be so dangerous about giving people hope.
  • A grateful heart is like a sponge that soaks up God’s goodness.
  • I guess no matter how hard you try, you can’t escape your past.
  • I’m not looking to exclude people, I’m looking to include them.
  • You are not defined by your past. You are prepared by your past.
  • If you never feel like giving up, then your dreams are too small
  • He is still in control. He still has you in the palm of His hand.
  • I’m going to let God be the judge of who goes to heaven and hell.
  • Today, use your words to lift up and bless the people around you.
  • Often, out of our greatest rejection comes our greatest direction.
  • Don’t settle for mediocrity; never let good enough be good enough.
  • Don’t just look for your miracle. Become someone else’s miracle.
  • It takes the same amount of energy to worry as it does to believe.
  • Appreciation – Learn to give flowers while people are still living
  • The older I get, the better I understand that every day is a gift.
  • I say, don’t try to fight your own battles because God will do it.
  • I like sports, and I enjoy playing basketball and lifting weights.
  • we can not prepare for defeat and expect to live a life in Victory.
  • Opposition is not there to stop you, it’s there to establish you.
  • No matter how many times you get knocked down, keep getting back up.
  • I am the sum total of what I have been confessing through the years.
  • Change the way you speak about yourself and you can change your life.
  • If you don’t set the tone for the day, the devil will set it for you.
  • If you want to rear financial blessings, you have to sow financially.
  • You don’t have to have a great gift for God to use it in a great way.
  • There may be times when you just have to love people from a distance.
  • A good thing to remember is somebody’s got it a lot worse than we do.
  • Don’t talk about the way you are. Talk about the way you want to be.
  • True success is when you reach back and bring somebody along with you.
  • God doesn’t ask you to figure it all out. He only asks you to believe.
  • Gays are some of the nicest, kindest, most loving people in the world.
  • When you are grateful, that allows God to do great things in your life.
  • The greatest difficulty always comes right before the birth of a dream.
  • We don’t have to talk about faith and family at dinner-we just show it.
  • What you think is a setback, is really a set-up for a greater comeback!
  • People are skeptical of many televangelists, and I’m sensitive to that.
  • You spend your time like you spend money. You can waste it or invest it.
  • You have to come to your closed doors before you come to your open doors
  • God will not pour fresh, creative ideas and blessing into old attitudes.
  • Faith is all about trusting God even when you don’t understand His plan.
  • I don’t think that a same-sex marriage is the way God intended it to be.
  • I’m not for gay marriage, but I’m not for discriminating against people.
  • You’re not really free until you’re free from trying to please everybody.
  • You need to get ready because I have explosive blessings coming your way.
  • You cannot soar with the eagles as long as you hang out with the turkeys.
  • Don’t focus on the good old days, look forward towards the good new days.
  • You see somebody down, that’s lonely, take them to lunch. Encourage them.
  • People in tough times – it doesn’t mean they don’t have a great attitude.
  • Replace those thoughts of worry with thoughts of hope, faith, and victory.
  • You will never rise above the image you have of yourself in your own mind.
  • You have to change on the inside before change will happen on the outside.
  • God made you a masterpiece – be blessed, secure, disciplined and equipped.
  • Your problems are not there to defeat you, they are there to increase you.
  • You cannot expect to live a positive life if you hang with negative people.
  • People have the right to their opinion and you have the right to ignore it.
  • If you don’t let people flourish in their jobs, why are they going to stay?
  • I’m not trying to follow a set of rules and stuff. I’m just living my life.
  • When things are difficult, smile by faith. Don’t wait until you feel better.
  • You’ve got to send your words out in the direction you want your life to go.
  • Every setback means you’re one step closer to seeing the dream come to pass.
  • We are set in our ways, bound by our perspectives and stuck in our thinking.
  • We were old sinners – but when we came to Christ we are not sinners anymore.
  • You words affect generations after you. Speak blessings and favor over them.
  • I’m a reverend and a pastor. A pastor of the church. I go by usually pastor.
  • Mormonism is a little different, but I still see them as brothers in Christ.
  • God has put people in your life on purpose, Don’t live to get, live to give.
  • If you have a big challenge today, that just means you have a big destiny.
  • Your situation may look impossible, but don’t ever rule out the favor of God.
  • You don’t know what’s on the inside until you put a demand on your potential.
  • Jesus was saying that you can’t have a larger life with restricted attitudes.
  • I think it’s a cop-out to say I’m a Christian but I don’t ever do anything…
  • Believe that God is in control. There is no need to be stressed out or worried
  • Instead of talking yourself out of your future start talking yourself into it.
  • Faith doesn’t always instantly deliver you, but it always carries you through.
  • Your destiny is not determined by your critics. Focus on running your own race.
  • When you’re tempted to be upset, ask yourself ‘Is this worth giving up my joy?’
  • You don’t have to live up to anyone’s expectations, just be the best you can be
  • When you release your faith in uncommon ways, youll see God do uncommon things.
  • I’m not the judge. You know, God didn’t tell me to go around judging everybody.
  • Everybody is going to have their critics. It’s easy to get discouraged in life.
  • When someone is rude, keep a smile on your face. when you stay on the high road.
  • Keep believing. You may be tired, discouraged, but don’t give up on your future.
  • God works where there’s an attitude of faith. I believe faith is all about hope.
  • I’m very careful about saying who would and wouldn’t go to heaven. I don’t know.
  • I don’t want to just preach to the church. I feel like I have a broader message.
  • Check your spiritual birth certificate, you were made in the mighty image of God.
  • The ultimate connection is when you are connected to the creator of the universe.
  • You can’t live A POSITIVE LIFE thinking negative thoughts. Dwell on the POSITIVE.
  • Don’t spend all your time trying to win over your critics. Just run your own race.
  • Every day, set your mind in the right direction. Find something to be grateful for.
  • Let go of offence. Let go of fear. Let go of revenge. Don’t live angry, let go now!
  • I think we should enjoy our families and everyone that we love right now, each day.
  • When you keep God in first place, He will take you to places you’ve never dreamed of
  • Where you are now is not where you will always be. There are brighter days up ahead.
  • You may think there is a lot wrong with you, but there is also a lot right with you.
  • Life is short. Don’t miss opportunities to spend time with the people that you love.
  • Sometimes, God uses difficult people, like sandpaper, to rub the rough edges off us.
  • If you can be a blessing to somebody else, you’re sowing a seed for God to help you.
  • You’re never going to please everyone – you might as well be who God made you to be.
  • Program your mind with what God says about you and a transformation will take place.
  • I know for me, and what the Bible teaches, I want to have a relationship with Jesus.
  • When you acknowledge God, He will go before you and make the crooked places straight.
  • God didn’t make a mistake when He made you. You need to see yourself as God sees you.
  • Never let discouraging people and discouraging situations talk you out of your dream.
  • You may be in a tough time but that setback is simply a setup for a greater comeback.
  • God has destined you to soar. You have victory, freedom and excellence on the inside.
  • Stay focused, ignore the distractions, and you will accomplish your goals much faster.
  • God wants us to live consistently, He wants us to enjoy every single day of our lives.
  • That’s what I feel like I’m called to do – to plant a seed of hope in people’s hearts.
  • If you will lie about the little things, before long you’ll lie about bigger things.
  • Don’t use your words to describe the situation. Use your words to change the situation.
  • Ask God to give you the strength to endure, and rest assured, He will take care of you.
  • I’ve never preached one sermon on money, on just finances. I want to stay away from it.
  • You only have so much emotional energy each day. Don’t fight battles that don’t matter.
  • If youre alive and breathing, you can still become everything God has created you to be.
  • Instead of telling God how big your problems are, tell your problem how BIG your God is.
  • What you believe has a much greater impact on your life than what anybody else believes.
  • Sometimes you have to smile by faith. If you’ll smile by faith, soon the joy will follow.
  • No bad break, no disappointment, no accident can shorten one second of my divine destiny.
  • Let go of the old, take hold of the new and believe that 2013 will be your best year yet!
  • I encourage people in a lot of my messages that you’ve got to make the most of every day.
  • Today is a new day, so rise up and move forward into the victory God has prepared for you!
  • You weren’t created to be unhappy in order to keep everyone else happy. Run your own race.
  • If one dream dies, dream another dream. If you get knocked down, get back up and go again.
  • Sometimes God will deliver you from the fire, and other times God will make you fireproof.
  • You didn’t just show up on planet Earth by accident.. You were handpicked by Almighty God.
  • You can’t think thoughts of mediocrity and expect to excel. The two don’t go together.
  • We’re going to bring our core message of hope and how God is a good God who’s on our side.
  • Salvation and Christ’s love is a gift. You don’t earn it. You’ve got to receive that gift.
  • I think how you start the day many times determines what kind of day you’re going to have.
  • I’m not perfect, but I think that I’ve done good to stay focused on what I’m called to do.
  • When you allow what someone says or does to upset you, you’re allowing them to control you.
  • The question is not, ‘Do you have a problem?’ The question is, ‘Does the problem have you?’
  • Your past does not determine who you are. Your past prepares you for who you are to become.
  • If you cannot get along with yourself, you’ll never be able to get along with other people.
  • God wants to increase you financially, by giving you promotions, fresh ideas and creativity
  • When you focus on being a blessing, God makes sure that you are always blessed in abundance.
  • Nobody owes me anything. I am not at a disadvantage. I am equipped, empowered, and anointed.
  • If we’re going to bring out the best in people, we, too, need to sow seeds of encouragement.
  • You may have failed, but you are not a failure. That’s what you did. That’s not who you are.
  • I believe here’s what the Bible teaches and from the Christian faith this is what I believe.
  • The bigger your obstacle, the bigger your future. Don’t get discouraged, keep moving forward.
  • The greatest gift you can give someone is your time, your attention, your love, your concern.
  • Don’t make excuses, don’t blame the past. The rest of your life can be the best of your life!
  • God’s used me to help turn their life around or give them hope, you know? It’s very rewarding
  • Sometimes, I think if you get away from what you’re called to do, it’s more of a distraction.
  • In difficult times, we’re not supposed to quit believing; we’re not supposed to quit growing.
  • I know what’s in my future is greater than what’s in my past so I am pressing forward in life.
  • Be a people builder. Look for opportunities to encourage others to bring out the best in them.
  • Don’t hold on to the old when you’re being led somewhere new. Come out of your comfort zone.
  • Life is going by. Don’t waste a minute being negative, offended, or bitter. Choose to be happy.
  • “Look for ways to be a blessing.

 

  • Simple words of encouragement can brighten somebody’s day.”
  • If they left you, you didn’t need them. If they walked away, they weren’t part of your DESTINY.
  • You’re not RESPONSIBLE for somebody else’s happiness. You’re responsible for your own HAPPINESS.
  • Don’t allow negative people to steal your joy. When you lose your joy, you lose your strength.
  • Fear and faith have something in common. They both ask us to believe in something we cannot see.
  • You must quit looking at what you don’t have and start believing that all things are possible.
  • If you’ll spend time praying for people instead of talking about them, you’ll get better results.
  • Every twenty-four hours God has a fresh new supply of grace, of favor, of wisdom, of forgiveness.
  • FORGIVE The People That Hurt You. God Will Pay You Back With Double The Joy…Double The Victory.
  • Don’t do anything that you wouldn’t feel comfortable reading about in the newspaper the next day.
  • I don’t argue when people say that my message is simple, but I believe Jesus’ message was simple.
  • Our whole message is it’s easy to just keep preaching to the church and people that already come.
  • Indeed, it is as important to learn how to receive a blessing as it is to be willing to give one.
  • When we focus on or disappointments , we stop God from ringing fresh new blessing into our lives.
  • Nothing can take your joy; you have to give it away. You’re in complete control of your happiness.
  • God loves to use ordinary people just like you and me, faults and all, to do extraordinary things.
  • It is better to be lonely than allow people who are not going anywhere keep you from your destiny.
  • A lot of preachers’ kids are some of the most rebellious kids in the world. I never was like that.
  • Your destiny is not cancelled because of a mistake, because of a failure. Get back up and go again.
  • The only difference between black coal and a precious diamond is the amount of pressure it endured.
  • Wake up every morning with a thankful attitude. Expect something good to happen in your life today.
  • You have excellence on the inside. It’s who you are. Now do your part. Bring out your excellence!
  • It’s always darkest before the dawn. The bigger your challenge, the closer you are to your victory.
  • My dad had a church of 90 people when I was born. It was just, over the years it continued to grow.
  • When u have this spirit of excellence, u do the right thing always :even if no one is watching you.
  • I don’t think it’s that hard [to lead a Christian life]. To me it’s fun. We have joy and happiness.
  • You don’t have to tell people what they’re doing wrong. They already know. Your job is to love them.
  • I try to look on all the great things God’s done, and not focus on the negative. It’s a perspective.
  • The Gospel is called the good news. My message is a message of hope, that’s God’s [message] for you.
  • Do yourself a favor; don’t wear yourself out trying to please everybody. Your time is too valuable.
  • This is my Bible. I am what it says I am. I have what it says I have. I can do what it says I can do.
  • I want get across to not just the church world. I want to get outside those walls to everyday people.
  • We can be civil. We can still be friends, and be Democrats and Republicans, and have different views.
  • If you truly want to become a better you, it is imperative that you learn to feel good about yourself.
  • (after listening to people gripe and complain just smile and remember) Crows can’t hang with eagles.
  • God will always bring the right people into your life, but you have to let the wrong people walk away.
  • Happiness does not depend on your circumstances; it depends on your will. It’s a choice that you make.
  • The death of my father is probably the biggest thing that I ever faced. Daddy and I were best friends.
  • To be happy in life… You’ve got to train your mind to see the good, to be grateful for what you have.
  • Associate with people of vision. Be around those who inspire you and motivate you to reach your dreams.
  • Don’t go into the new year holding a grudge from last year. Leave the hurts and disappointments behind.
  • Sometimes what we think is a disappointment, is really God getting us in position to go to a new level.
  • Strive to make every person feel special. After all, every person you meet is made in the image of God.
  • Your enemies, your critics, the people that are trying to push you down-God can use them to push you up.
  • God didn’t create any of us to be average. He didn’t make us to barely get by. We were created to excel.
  • A small pot boils quick. You can tell much about the depth of one’s character by how quickly he ‘boils’.
  • I struggled for a long time with survivin’, and no matter what, you keep finding something to fight for.
  • We’re not always going to be here. Live life to the full, with purpose & passion, pursuing your dreams.
  • The more you talk about negative things in your life, the more you call them in. Speak victory not defeat.
  • If you think your obstacles are too big, they will be. Don’t set limits on your life with your thinking.
  • You need to follow your own heart in light of God’s word and do what you feel is right and good for you.
  • People respond when you tell them there is a great future in front of you, you can leave your past behind.
  • I think sometimes the critics want me to beat people down, and that’s not in me. I want to lift people up.
  • I didn’t try to copy my dad or fit into the pressure or the mold that everybody tried to make me fit into.
  • The facts may tell you one thing. But, God is not limited by the facts. Choose faith in spite of the facts.
  • You may not be where you want to be, but you can look back and be thankful you’re not where you used to be.
  • If you want to know where you’ll be five years from now, listen to what you’re saying about yourself today.
  • My belief as a Christian is when we receive Christ as salvation, that that gives us a guarantee for Heaven.
  • People can call you many different things, but you are not what people call you. You are what you answer to.
  • You can change your world by changing your words… Remember, death and life are in the power of the tongue.
  • God wants us to prosper financially, to have plenty of money, to fulfill the destiny He has laid out for us.
  • Dare to believe SOMETHING AMAZING is going to happen in your life. When you believe, ALL THINGS ARE POSSIBLE.
  • Your idea may not be exactly God’s idea, but I can promise you this: God’s way will be better than your way.
  • Slow down and enjoy the journey right now. Take time for the people in your life. They won’t always be there.
  • No matter how long it’s been, no matter how impossible it looks, if you’ll stay in faith, your time is coming.
  • Keep honoring God with your life, stay in peace, trust His timing and God will open doors that no man can shut.
  • Take your dreams and the promises God has put in your heart, and every day declare that they will come to pass.
  • God would not have put a dream in your heart if He had not already given you everything you need to fulfill it.
  • It’s better to become who God created you to be than to try to promote yourself to become something you’re not.
  • On Sundays when I speak, I hopefully give somebody something that they can use the next day at work or at home.
  • Your destiny is too great, your assignment too important, your time too valuable. Don’t let fear intimidate you.
  • Many times, we miss out on God’s best because we give up too soon. We don’t realize how close we are to victory.
  • This is not the time to shrink back in fear. Move forward in faith. Get up every morning knowing you are gifted.
  • You were created to excel. There’s no limit to how high you can go in life. Keep stretching to the next level.
  • You’re not better than anybody else, but you’re not less than anybody else. You’re a child of the Most High God.
  • Choosing to be positive and having a grateful attitude is going to determine how you’re going to live your life.
  • If we say it long enough eventually we’re going to reap a harvest. We’re going to get exactly what we’re saying.
  • Don’t use your faith to try to get rid of problems. Use your faith to remain calm in the midst of your problems.
  • I realize that as quick as you go up, you can really come down that quick. And we’ve seen it happen with others.
  • Just because something didn’t work out your way, or somebody disappointed you, that does not change who you are.
  • I think God gives every one of us our own will, and unfortunately, some people choose to do evil things with it.
  • When you go through difficult times…recognize that God is refining you, knocking off some of your rough edges.
  • We’re not always going to understand why something happens.True faith is trusting even when it doesn’t make sense
  • We may get knocked down on the outside, but the key to living in victory is to learn how to get up on the inside.
  • You will never go beyond the barriers in your own mind. If you think you can’t do something, then you never will.
  • If you want your life to get better, sometimes the best thing you can do is to help improve somebody else’s life.
  • That’s my thing – keep filled with faith. Keep doing what you can do and I believe God will do what you can’t do.
  • What others say and do cannot stop you from fulfilling your destiny. Your destiny was handed down by Almighty God.
  • Jesus didn’t go around condemning people. The Bible says it’s the goodness of God that leads people to repentance.
  • It’s amazing how people will give when you don’t ask. Many of them send money because they believe in the message.
  • At this very moment, God’s working behind the scenes in your life, arranging things in your favor. Stay in faith!
  • It’s better to please God and have a few people upset with you than to please people and have God upset with you.
  • Sometimes you face difficulties not because you’re doing something wrong, but because you’re doing something right.
  • Don’t simply settle for what your parents had. You can go further than that. You can do more, have more, be more.
  • The main message of it is to not get stagnant and that God wants us to continue to grow and become a better person.
  • Don’t think small when you pray. God has a way to bring your dreams to pass if you’ll dare to be bold enough to ask.
  • God wants to use you in spite of your weaknesses. Of God chose to use perfect people only, He’d have no one to use
  • You weren’t created to simply exist, to endure, or to go through the motions; you were created to be really alive.
  • Hard times may have held you down, but they will not last forever. When all is said and done, you will be increased.
  • Take the limits off of yourself. You will never rise higher than your thinking. Create a great vision for your life.
  • I try to speak in everyday language. I feel like God has gifted me to take Bible principles and make them practical.
  • If Jesus were here today, he wouldn’t be riding around on a donkey. He’d be taking a plane, he’d be using the media.
  • Don’t fall in love with the blessings. Fall in love with the Blessor. Seek first the Kingdom & God will reward you!
  • Most people already know what they’re doing wrong. When I get them to church I want to tell them that you can change.
  • Send your life to a whole new level! Zip up the negative words and start speaking faith and victory into your future.
  • Faith is not in your head. Faith is in your heart. Sometimes you have to turn your mind off and listen to your heart.
  • I would rather believe for something great and receive half of it, than to believe for nothing and receive all of it!
  • No matter what comes your way, shake it off and move forward. When you have a positive mindset, you can’t be defeated.
  • Most of the criticism I get is that I am too positive and too hopeful… in my words, I don’t beat people down enough.
  • When I used to play sports, I’d be the one cheering the team on, ‘Come on, we can beat these guys!’ That’s just in me.
  • I have always believed. I grew up, you know, my parents were a good Christian people. They showed us love in the home.
  • Your future starts today. Don’t go through life looking in the rearview mirror. Your life is filled with possibility.
  • You may have had unfair things happen to you, but the depth of your pain is an indication of the height of your future.
  • Be careful what you say. You can say something hurtful in ten seconds, but ten years later, the wounds are still there.
  • Just because you’ve come to a dead end, it’s not time to give up. Find a different route and keep pressing forward.
  • You are a person of destiny. You are not here by accident. There is no obstacle too big, no dream you can’t accomplish.
  • If your dream dies, dream another one. If things don’t work out the way you’ve planned, God has a better plan for you.
  • Let’s be the kind of people that do good for others whether we get paid back or not, whether they say thank you or not.
  • I want to be blessed so I can build orphanages. Blessed so I can build hospitals and do other things with our finances.
  • I’ve always been – you know, my personality is motivating and encouraging. And so I’m just being who God made me to be.
  • We need to show mercy. I mean, because as much mercy as you show people, that’s the mercy you’re going to be receiving.
  • It’s easy to see the negative, but every person has something great about them. Develop a habit of looking for the good.
  • You may make some mistakes – but that doesn’t make you a sinner. You’ve got the very nature of God on the inside of you.
  • I’ve always been very happy. I’ve always been easy going and I’ve always been very encouraging; it’s just my personality.
  • You are full of potential. You are overflowing with creativity. There’s nothing in your heart that you cannot accomplish.
  • Some of you had big dreams, but you had some disappointments & now you think it’s over. But God is saying, Begin again.
  • God planted a dream in your heart for a reason. No one else can dream it for you. No one else will accomplish it for you.
  • Selfishness is weakness. But loving and caring for others is a position of power beyond anything we can possibly imagine.
  • Quit worrying about how everything is going to turn out. Live one day at a time; better yet, make the most of this moment.
  • Sometimes we look at gay being a bigger sin than being proud or not telling the truth. I don’t think God categorizes sins.
  • Sometimes when you take strong stands, if you’re not called to do it, you’re dividing the audience you’re trying to reach.
  • The people God put in your life are not there by accident. Don’t get so busy that you just give them your leftover time.
  • Difficult times don’t come your way just so you can survive them; God uses these times in your life to form and refine you.
  • Stop living worried & discouraged. You have a Protector, Deliverer & Dream-Giver. No weapon formed against you can prosper.
  • I want the services to look and sound like the Grammys. It’s not showy, but we represent God, and it should be first class.
  • Let go of yesterday. Let today be a new beginning and be the best that you can, and you’ll get to where God wants you to be.
  • I’m trying to throw a big broad net to try to get people interested in God and believe that He’s for them and has a purpose.
  • Invite good things into your life. When you confess good things based on what God is saying, you’ll begin to see more favor!
  • Failure is an event-it’s not who you are. Don’t let that label get stuck on you. If one dream dies, dream another dream.
  • You cannot let where you are today cause you to get stuck. I’m going to be my best right now. That’s what faith is all about.
  • To become a better you, you must be positive towards yourself, develop better relationships, embrace the place where you are.
  • The truth is, somebody is always talking about you, so you have to let it go… if it’s not a part of your God-given destiny.
  • You were never created to live depressed, defeated, guilty, condemned, ashamed or unworthy. You were created to be victorious.
  • Why don’t you start believing that no matter what you have or haven’t done, that your best days are still out in front of you.
  • Don’t grow accustomed to living with less, doing less, and being less to the point that you eventually sit back and accept it.
  • It doesnt matter how long it’s been or how impossible it looks, all the forces of darkness cannot stop what God wants to do.
  • When things gets difficult, and it seems like the intensity has been turned up, that’s a sign you are close to your victory.
  • Your time is too valuable, your destiny is too great, and your future is too bright to waste a single moment. Be a now person.
  • You can be committed to Church but not committed to Christ, but you cannot be committed to Christ and not committed to church.
  • When thoughts tell you it’s too late, dismiss them. You haven’t dreamed your best dream. You haven’t run your best race.
  • Don’t be intimidated by the size of your problem or the size of your dream. God will see to it that it is finished completely.
  • When you have big dreams, you’re going to have big challenges. If you were an average person you would have average problems.
  • It’s God’s will for you to live in prosperity instead of poverty. It’s God’s will for you to pay your bills and not be in debt.
  • Some things you can only learn in the struggle. When it’s easy, when everything is going your way, that doesn’t take any faith.
  • I always want to listen to people and receive good criticism, but I just don’t have to answer to them; I have to answer to God.
  • I made a decision when my father passed away that I was going to be who God made me to be and not try to preach like my father.
  • It doesn’t matter who likes you or doesn’t like you, all that matters is that God likes you. He accepts you, he approves of you.
  • If you have your health, if you have people in your life to love, you are blessed. Slow down and enjoy the simple things in life.
  • It’s not who you are, but whose you are that counts. Because God is your heavenly Father, doors of opportunity will open for you.
  • I will not talk to God about how big my problems are. I will talk to my problems about how big my God is. This is my declaration.
  • Today, decide not to speak negatively about yourself. When you criticize yourself, you are criticizing God’s very own creation.
  • To reach up for the new, you must let go of the old. What lies behind you is not nearly as important as what lies in front of you.
  • Don’t waste your energy trying to convince people to understand you. Your time is too valuable to try to prove yourself to people.
  • The moment God put a dream in your heart, the moment the promise took root, God not only started it, but He set a completion date.
  • If you spend your life trying to please people or letting them control you, you may make them happy, but you’ll miss your destiny.
  • When you get knocked down, don’t stay down; get back up again. Nothing good is going to happen as long as you’re down on yourself.
  • If you are against yourself, you will never reach your highest potential. And when you criticize yourself, you’re criticizing God.
  • I think sometimes you just lose your focus, and I think that’s easy to do when you start getting more fame, more money, more power.
  • When you’re blessed, the haters come out. When you wear God’s blessings well, don’t be surprised if it draws jealousy out on people.
  • Be sensitive to the needs of those around you. Live as a healer. Lift the fallen, restore the broken, and encourage the discouraged.
  • Life is short. You can’t afford to put off what God has put in your heart. You don’t have time to live with things holding you back.
  • Every day is a gift from God. There’s no guarantee of tomorrow, so that tells me to see the good in this day to make the most of it.
  • When it’s all said and done, you may go through the fire, through the flood, through the famine, but you’ll come out standing strong.
  • I don’t believe we are supposed to go through life defeated and not having enough money to pay our bills or send our kids to college.
  • I’m trying to teach people how to live their everyday lives, and so I do focus on it, probably not as much as some people would like.
  • When you face difficult times, know that challenges are not sent to destroy you. They’re sent to promote, increase and strengthen you.
  • Not every person is going to understand you and that’s okay. They have a right to their opinion and you have every right to ignore it.
  • Life’s too short to spend it trying to keep others happy. You can’t please everyone. To fulfill your destiny, stay true to your heart.
  • Keep in mind, just because you don’t know the answer doesn’t mean that one does not exist. You simply haven’t discovered it yet.
  • Our words have creative power. With our words, we can speak blessings over our future or we can speak negative things over our future.
  • My core message is that God has got a good plan for your lives, and we must trust Him, and let go of the past. That’s my main message.
  • If you will keep being your best right where you are, you will come into more favor, promotion and opportunity than you ever imagined.
  • I feel like what’s come out of me is the gift God has given me just to encourage people, to help them know that there’s a better life.
  • Being successful doesn’t necessarily make you great. What makes you great is when you reach back and help somebody else become great.
  • I believe God’s keeping the records and I believe you will be rewarded even in this life; somehow, some way God will make it up to you.
  • You were created to make somebody else’s life better. Somebody needs your smile. They need your love, your encouragement & your gifts.
  • It may look impossible, but God can do the impossible. Just because you don’t see anything happening doesn’t mean God is not working
  • Put your shoulders back, hold your head up high knowing that the same power that raised Christ from the dead lives on the inside of you.
  • Friend, there’s no greater investment in life than in being a people builder. Relationships are more important than our accomplishments.
  • My friends and I had fun together, but I was more reserved, not at all the life of the party. I would just be the quiet one in the room.
  • I believe if you keep your faith, you keep your trust, you keep the right attitude, if you’re grateful, you’ll see God open up new doors.
  • Shake off the self-pity, shake off the defeat and get ready for God to do something new. He is going to pay you back for every injustice.
  • There’s power when you call on God, you ask Him, and you invite Him into your life. God will be in your life as much as you allow Him to.
  • There’s plenty about God that I don’t understand and can’t explain. But I come back to my core belief that God is good, that He’s for us.
  • I see people – they won’t be negative toward other people, but inside they’re negative toward themselves, and I think that holds us back.
  • God knows the dreams and desires in your heart; in fact, He gave them to you. He will order your steps and take you where you need to be.
  • When you come to a dark valley, a difficult season or a sickness, don’t worry about it, God will give you the grace and strength you need.
  • If you develop an image of success, health, abundance, joy, peace, happiness, nothing on earth will be able to hold those things from you.
  • Quit dwelling on the negative things people have said about you. You don’t have to have everyone’s approval. You have God’s approval.
  • Sometimes we look back and 10 years from now we think, ‘Boy, those were great old days.’ Well, you know, we’re living in the good old days.
  • We can all control our own destiny. And I think sometimes it’s a copout to say, “Well, it’s this person’s fault or another person’s fault.”
  • No matter how many mistakes you’ve made in the past, or what sort of difficulties you struggle with now, you are destined to live in victory.
  • Quit worrying about what other people think and just be who God made you to be. If you will run your race, God will take care of your critics.
  • There’s a lot that is good in your life-don’t take it for granted. Don’t get so focused on the struggles that you miss the gift of today
  • Never put a question mark where God has put a period. When something is over and done, let it go and move on to the next chapter of your life.
  • You were not created to just get by with an average, unrewarding, or unfulfilling life. God created you to leave your mark on this generation.
  • The marriage partner is not really the problem. No other person can ultimately make you happy. You must learn how to be happy within yourself.
  • God’s got you in the palm of His hand. You won’t leave one second before your time. If God wants you to be here, then you’re going to be here.
  • No matter how dark and gloomy it looks in your life right now, if you’ll release the weight of those burdens, you will see the sun break forth.
  • When you face adversity, you need to remind yourself that whatever is trying to defeat you could very well be what God will use to promote you.
  • I’m healthy as can be – not an ache or a pain. A lot of my prayer is thanking the Lord that I am healthy. I pray for long life and good health.
  • You can live a good life no matter what’s happened to you. And so I don’t know. I know there is condemnation, but I don’t feel that’s my place.
  • God made us for more than just barely getting by. We weren’t meant to sit on the sidelines of life because with God, we are on the winning team!
  • Your life may have taken a detour, but God is still on the throne. He has brought you this far, and sooner or later, your peace will be restored.
  • Keep doing the right. God is building character in you, and you are passing that test. Remember, the greater the struggle, the greater the reward.
  • No matter what’s happening, choose to be happy. Don’t focus on what’s wrong. Find something positive in your life. Thank God for the small things.
  • Don’t just accept whatever comes your way in life. You were born to win; you were born for greatness; you were created to be a champion in life.
  • You cannot wait until everything becomes better before you decide to have a good attitude. You have to be the best you can be right where you are.
  • God honors obedience, and He has distinct plans for us. I think the dreams that God puts in our hearts, we can fulfill. He’s equipped us for that.
  • You know, there is always times where you feel discouraged and things coming against you, but I don’t know if I ever wanted to throw in the towel.
  • You’re going to go through tough times – that’s life. But I say, ‘Nothing happens to you, it happens for you.’ See the positive in negative events.
  • I think we use God’s word. I think the principles that you hear Dr. Phil and some of those others talk about many times are right out of the Bible.
  • If you will focus on meeting other people’s needs, God will always make sure your needs are supplied. God will take care of your problems for you.
  • There’s a lot of negative things trying to pull people down, and I think people respond when you tell them that hey, there are good things up ahead.
  • There are people in your path just so you can be a blessing to them. Anytime you do good for others, you are sowing a seed for God to be good to you.
  • I don’t mind saying, you know, that I don’t take a salary from the church, and God has blessed me with more money than I could imagine from my books.
  • When you go through a loss, a disappointment or a bad break up, don’t expect to come out the same. Expect to come out better off than you were before.
  • You can’t talk mediocrity and expect to have victory. You are prophesying your future. If you want a shift to occur, you’ve got to think positive.
  • You can have average talent, but when God breathes on your life, you will go further than people that have great talent. Don’t talk yourself out of it.
  • I feel like my message is to let people know that God is a good God, that He’s on their side, and no matter what happens, He has a great plan for them.
  • I try to live what I teach. A lot of things come against us in life, but we should try to find something to be grateful for, and see each day as a gift.
  • Be careful with whom you associate, especially when you feel emotionally vulnerable, because negative people can steal the dream right out of your heart.
  • Act like you’re blessed. Talk like you’re blessed. Walk like you’re blessed. Put actions behind your faith, and one day you will see it become a reality.
  • Life is flying by. You don’t have time to waste another minute being negative, offended or bitter. If someone did you wrong, get over it and move forward.
  • You know what? I’m not going to beat myself up. I did the best I can do, and so I’m going to believe that – I’m going to believe good things about myself.
  • I just wanted to get the message that God had put into my heart into another form, because I knew the print media would reach a different group of people.
  • There will always be somebody more successful, more beautiful, more talented. You have to realize, you’re not running their race. You’re running your race.
  • Nothing in life has happened to you. It’s happened for you. Every disappointment. Every wrong. Even every closed door has helped make you into who you are.
  • Too often we judge people based on our own backgrounds and experiences, but when you understand people’s stories, it’s easier to understand their demeanor.
  • You won’t be free from guilt if you are constantly replaying the negative memories of your past. If you’re going to replay anything, replay your victories!
  • You don’t need everyone to help you. You just need one touch of favor, and you will accomplish in a split second what could have taken your whole lifetime.
  • I think the first thing to do is to be aware that you can choose what you’re thinking about and that your life is going down the path that you’re thinking.
  • I just think that trusting God means we’re going to have unanswered questions, and God is so much bigger than us, we’re never going to understand them all.
  • You may never get to that perfect world that you’re waiting for where everything’s going to be perfect and you got that much money and your house paid off.
  • I spent a lot of time in India with my father. I don’t know all about their religion. But I know they love God. And I don’t know. I’ve seen their sincerity.
  • God will give you strength when you think you can’t go on. He will give you joy when you should be discouraged. He can make a way when it looks impossible.
  • Don’t focus on what’s wrong. Things may not be perfect, but be grateful for the opportunity to experience each day. Live each day like it could be your last.
  • The power to see change in your life can be found in the words you speak. You have the power to set the destiny for your life by what comes out of your mouth.
  • When God puts something in your heart and deep down you know it’s a destiny moment, don’t wait for ten confirmations. Do what God is asking you to do now.
  • Take time to make a difference. Don’t just obsess about how you can make your life better.  Think about how you can make somebody else’s life better as well.
  • When you give up yourself, that’s when you will feel the true spirit of Christmas. And that’s giving that’s serving others and that’s when you feel fulfilled.
  • I think, for years, people have been pushed down by religion, and I don’t say that disrespectfully, but they’ve been shown a God that you can’t measure up to.
  • Happiness is always a choice. You can’t wait for circumstances to get better. You have to create your own good fortune. So look for ways to be happy every day.
  • So many people are looking at what’s wrong, and I try to encourage them to look at what’s right in their life. A lot of people have it a lot worse than you do.
  • I’m trying to make God more relevant in our society. And I think talking in everyday terms and making sure people can understand it – I think that’s important.
  • Just because we’re in a STRESSFUL situation doesn’t mean that we have to get stressed out. You may be in the storm. The key is, don’t let the storm get in YOU.
  • When you have a spirit of excellence, you do the right thing not because somebody is watching or making you do it; you do it because it’s the right thing to do.
  • When you smile and project an aura of warmth, kindness, and friendliness, you will attract warms, kindness, and friendliness. Happy people will be drawn to you.
  • You have to accept the fact that some people are never going to be for you. Treat them with respect, but you don’t need their approval to fulfill your destiny.
  • It’s vital that you accept yourself and learn to be happy with who God made you to be. If you want to truly enjoy your life, you must be at peace with yourself.
  • You didn’t accidentally get your personality, looks and gifts. You were designed on purpose to be the way you are. You have what you need to fulfill your destiny.
  • You can live your life angry, bitter, mad at somebody or even guilty, not letting go of your own mistakes, but you won’t receive the good things God has in store.
  • You can become all God created you to be even if you’ve had difficulties, even if you weren’t born into a good, loving family, God still has a plan for your life.
  • When you get up and say, “God, I want to thank you for being alive, I’ve got family, I’ve got my health,” you’re going to draw in more of the good things from God.
  • Stones of judgment, discouragement or doubt may be thrown at you. You can’t stop them, but you can make the choice to keep your walls up and not let them affect you.
  • I’m honest enough to say I don’t know everything. You know, I don’t. I don’t understand all of God. I don’t understand, you know, some kind of why bad things happen.
  • It’s in the difficult times that we’re growing and you can’t just rebuke everything hard. We’ve got to endure it and fight the good fight of faith and pass the test.
  • Keep a good attitude and do the right thing even when it’s hard. When you do that you are passing the test. And God promises you your marked moments are on their way.
  • When the negative thoughts come – and they will; they come to all of us – it’s not enough to just not dwell on it… You’ve got to replace it with a positive thought.
  • When you stir up the passion, your faith will allow God to do amazing things. If you want to remain passionate, you cannot let what once was a miracle become ordinary.
  • The moment you speak something out, you give birth to it. This is a spiritual principle, and it works whether what you are saying is good or bad, positive or negative.
  • If we don’t forgive ourselves for mistakes we’ve made-and everybody’s made their choices, some worse than others-we’ll never experience the good life God has in store.
  • You can take pride in yourself without comparing yourself to anybody else. If you run your race and be the best that you can be, then you can feel good about yourself.
  • When you center life around yourself, not only do you miss out on God’s best, but you rob other people of the joy and blessings that God wants to give them through you.
  • I don’t have it in my heart to condemn people. I’m here to encourage them. I see myself more as a coach, as a motivator to help them experience the life God has for us.
  • Closed doors are a test of our faith. Keep moving forward, being your best, living with determination and faith. When you do, you’ll see amazing changes all around you.
  • Don’t be so shortsighted that if it doesn’t happen right now, you’re not going to be happy. You are sowing seeds that will reap a great harvest for generations to come.
  • If you’re going to do anything great in life, there will be opposition, setbacks, delays and critics. When you have big dreams, you’re going to have big challenges.
  • When I hear Mitt Romney say that he believes that Jesus is the Son of God, that He’s the Christ, raised from the dead, that He’s his savior – that’s good enough for me.
  • I feel like when I stay focused on encouraging people, and giving them hope, and helping them live their everyday life, I think that’s where I can have the most impact.
  • Make up your mind that no matter what comes your way, no matter how difficult, no matter how unfair, you will do more than simply survive. You will thrive in spite of it.
  • When we don’t forgive, we’re not hurting the other person. We’re not hurting the company that did us wrong. We’re not hurting God. We’re only hurting ourselves.
  • I don’t know what can be so dangerous about giving people hope. Causing people to have better relationships. I’m not leading them to some false God or something like that.
  • At the start of each new day, remind yourself: I am talented. I am creative. I am greatly favored by God. I am equipped. I am well able. I will see my dreams come to pass.
  • When my father died, it sounds kind of simple but I just had the desire to step up and pastor the church. It was what I was supposed to do. I just took that step of faith.
  • I tell people all the time, preached a couple Sundays about it. I’m for everybody. You may not agree with me, but to me it’s not my job to try to straighten everybody out.
  • When you are committed to doing what’s right, you are sowing seeds for God’s blessings. You will never go wrong by taking the high road and doing more that is required.
  • The main rule to me is to honor God with your life. To live a life of integrity. Not be selfish. You know, help others. But that’s really the essence of the Christian faith.
  • Don’t focus on the adversity; focus on God. No matter what you go through, stay in faith, be your best each day and trust that God will use it to position you for greatness.
  • The dream in your heart may be bigger than the environment in which you find yourself. Sometimes you have to get out of that environment in order to see your dream fulfilled.
  • Sometimes you have to put your own dreams on hold temporarily so you can help release a dream in somebody else. What you make happen for others, God will make happen for you.
  • A lot of psychological principles and even medical principles, you see them coming around to what the Bible said hundreds of years ago: a merry heart is good like a medicine.
  • Sometimes you need faith and victory spoken over your life. Words have created power. When you receive them into your spirit, they can ignite seeds of increase on the inside.
  • There’s probably a balance between. I believe you have to know Christ. But I think that if you know Christ, if you’re a believer in God, you’re going to have some good works.
  • But I want to motivate. I wanna motivate every person to leave here to be a better father, a better husband, to break addictions to come up higher in their walk with the Lord.
  • You can’t talk defeat and expect to have victory. You can’t talk lack and expect to have abundance. You’ve got to send your words out in the direction you want your life to go.
  • You’ve got to believe that God is in control of your life. It may be a tough time but you’ve got to believe that God has a reason for it and he’s going to make everything good.
  • Before you leave the house, you need to make up your mind that you’re going to stay positive and enjoy the day no matter what comes your way. You have to decide ahead of time.
  • You have to turn it around and say God still has a great plan for my life. I may not understand things that happen, but faith is all about trusting when you don’t understand it.
  • Learn to trust His timing. Don’t get in a hurry; don’t grow impatient; don’t try to force doors open. Don’t try to make things happen in your own strength. Let God do it His way.
  • There is a winner in you. You were created to be successful, to accomplish your goals, to leave your mark on this generation. You have greatness in you. The key is to get it out.
  • God wants you to have a good life, a life filled with love, joy, peace, and fulfillment. That doesn’t mean it will always be easy, but it does mean that it will always be good.
  • If we will do our part and take a strong stand for our families, God will do His part. He’ll help us to have great marriages and great relationships with our parents and children.
  • It’s flattering to people who stop you and say that you’ve helped them and all. But, again, you know, you’ve got to stay humble because as quick as you came up, you can come down.
  • You will become what you believe. The truth is, I am what I am today because of what I believed about myself yesterday. And I will be tomorrow what I believe about myself right now
  • You don’t have to fight every battle. You don’t have to respond to every critic. You don’t have to be offended because of what others say. You can rise above these things and soar.
  • To me, it’s OK to have differences. But we don’t have to be mad about it. You know? And I think that’s where sometimes we get so passionate that we – you know, it turns into anger.
  • God never said that we wouldn’t have unfair situations, that we wouldn’t experience loss. But He promised if we would stay in faith, He would restore everything that was stolen.
  • If you want to be happy, you have to be happy on purpose. When you wake up, you can’t just wait to see what kind of day you’ll have. You have to decide what kind of day you’ll have.
  • No matter what you’ve been through, no matter what others might have thought about you…you are who God says you are. You are talented, you are a success, and you are an overcomer!
  • You may have made a lot of wrong choices, but you’ve also made a lot of choices that were right. Focus on your good qualities. Focus on your victories. Get off the treadmill of guilt.
  • My parents were the same in the pulpit as they were at home. I think that’s where a lot of preachers’ kids get off base sometimes. Because they don’t see the same things at both places.
  • My daddy tried to get me up to speak for the 17 years that I worked behind the scenes, but I never had the desire. Naturally, I was nervous and kind of shy. I just didn’t want to do it.
  • Start calling yourself healed, happy, whole, blessed, and prosperous. Stop talking to God about how big your mountains are, and start talking to your mountains about how big your God is!
  • If you don’t have the gift of a loving supportive family, be that gift for someone else. It doesn’t have to be a relative, just someone you know who is alone or hurting over the holiday.
  • You have a destiny to fulfill, something greater than you’ve ever even imagined. But if you’re going to become all you were created to be, you’ve got to take off the úaverageù label.
  • I don’t focus on the critics. Everyone who is making any difference in any field has critics. As long as I feel like I’m doing what I’m supposed to be doing, then I don’t worry about it.
  • We deal with people that are going through divorces and that are facing life-threatening illnesses, and I’m giving them hope. And to me, I don’t think there’s anything “lite” about that.
  • God has already lined up the right people for you, people that will inspire you, challenge you and motivate you. If you’ll let go of the wrong people, then the right people will show up.
  • Next time you’re tempted to be upset, frustrated, offended, remind yourself, it’s a part of that ten percent of things in life that you can’t control – but you can control how you respond.
  • Our goal should be that we’re going to live life to the fullest, pursuing our passions and dreams, and when it comes our time to go, we will have used as much of our potential as possible.
  • Don’t live worried, frustrated or upset because of what somebody did or what didn’t work out. Come back to a place of peace. It’s not going to work against you; it’s going to work for you.
  • I’m not beating people over the head, and I’m saying that there are good things in store – you can make it in life. Most of the stuff that I minister [is] not real complicated deep things.
  • God is preparing you for greater things. He’s going to take you further than you thought possible, so don’t be surprised when He asks you to think better of yourself and to act accordingly.
  • Quit worrying about people that are trying to hold you back. God knows how to move the wrong people out of your life and bring the right people in. He knows how to prepare you to Break Out.
  • It is a hard thing to let go of mistakes we’ve made and sins. God wants us to do that because He knows the guilt and the condemnation will keep us from becoming who He has created us to be.
  • We live in a society that likes to kick people when they’re down. Don’t be a fair-weather friend. Stick with people. They need you more in the tough times than they do in the good times.
  • Well I think a lot of times we’re putting things off and I’m going to do it later. I’m going to break this bad habit or I’m going to pursue this dream or I’m going to treat my spouse better.
  • Don’t settle in the land of barely enough. That is where you are, it is not who you are. That’s your location, it’s not your identity. No matter what it looks like, have an abundant mentality.
  • Love overlooks a person’s faults. That’s not always easy, but love believes the best in every person. Anybody can return evil for evil, but God wants His people to help heal wounded hearts.
  • Your job isn’t to judge. – Your job isn’t to figure out if someone deserves something or decide who is right or wrong. – Your job is to lift the fallen, restore the broken, and heal the hurting.
  • People will try to label you not good enough, too slow, too old, too many mistakes. You can’t stop negative comments or prevent negative labels, but you can choose to not let them hold you back.
  • I think a big test we all face in life on a regular basis is that discouragement test. Life’s not always fair, but I believe if you keep doing the right thing, God will get you to where you are.
  • Back in Bible days, there were these famous schools of the prophets, but some of the ones Jesus chose didn’t come through that route – and not to say that they weren’t good, but I’m comfortable.
  • There are times you will be given intuition, you just know something, and you can’t explain it. Don’t override it. Don’t talk yourself out of it. That’s the Creator giving you inside information.
  • When you reach out to hurting people, that’s when God is going to make sure your needs are supplied. When you focus on being a blessing, God makes sure that you are always blessed in abundance.
  • Whether a person is straight or gay, Republican, Democrat, good person, not a good person, they’re all welcome, because to me, church is a place you’re supposed to get healed and whole and loved.
  • I don’t have to figure out how God is going to solve my problem. I don’t have to understand how He’s going to bring it to pass. That’s His responsibility. My job is to simply believe that He will.
  • When you serve others, when you make somebody else’s life better, when you lift up people, when you help heal those that are hurting, not only are they being blessed, but you’re being blessed.
  • There is a place that God has specifically designed for you where all your needs will be supplied, where you’ll be happy and fulfilled, and where you’ll be using your gifts and talents to the full.
  • I want to challenge you today to get out of your comfort zone. You have so much incredible potential on the inside. God has put gifts and talents in you that you probably don’t know anything about.
  • It’s amazing what people will do when you see the best in them, when you honor them, when you respect them. It not only strengthens the relationship, but it will help that other person rise higher.
  • If you’ll dare to take your mind off your troubles, get your mind off your own needs and, instead, seek to be a blessing to other people, God will do more for you than you could even ask or think.
  • I like to take every day just searching my own heart, making sure that I’m on course, and I’m doing what God wants me to do. I’m real good with not looking to the critics and looking straight ahead.
  • I like to start my day off every morning, take the first half hour and just search my own heart, see if I’m on the right course, try to be honest with myself – am I doing this for the right reasons?
  • God’s dream is that you have an abundance, that you be totally out of debt, pay your house off, pay your credit cards off, and have so much overflow that you can be a blessing to everyone around you!
  • Hold on to that new, enlarge vision of victory that God has given you. Start expecting things to change in your favor. Dare to boldly declare that you are standing strong against the forces of darkness.
  • We live in a day that nobody’s lived in before: where you can touch more people. The message I’ll speak tonight and the message that I speak at home, people in India will hear. It’s just an amazing day.
  • If it’s not meeting a need, turn it into a seed. Remember, we will reap what we sow. When you do good for other people, that’s when God is going to make sure that His abundant blessings overtake you.
  • One of the main reasons that we lose our enthusiasm in life is because we become ungrateful..we let what was once a miracle become common to us. We get so accustomed to his goodness it becomes a routine.
  • Sometimes we focus on the mess or the broken dream, but in all the mess God sees greatness. He knows how to take your troubles and turn them into trophies, how to take the test and make it your testimony.
  • God doesn’t care what you’re not. He cares who you are. You are His, you come from the Master, and when He adds His extra to your ordinary and His super to your natural, nothing is impossible for you.
  • God puts people in our lives on purpose so we can help them succeed and help them become all He created them to be. Most people will not reach their full potential without somebody else believing in them.
  • I believe that God breathed life into every person and that every person is made in the image of God and you have accept them as they are, on their journey. I’m not here to preach hate or push people down.
  • I’ve learned a simple principle: all I have to do is be the best ‘me’ that I can be. One day when I read the Scripture about David, that he fulfilled his purpose for his generation. I knew God spoke to me.
  • God’s way is better than your way. His plan is bigger than your plan. His dream for your life is more rewarding, more fulfilling, better than you’ve ever dreamed of. Now stay open and let God do it His way.
  • Bottom line: God will not allow any person to keep you from your destiny. They may be bigger, stronger, or more powerful, but God knows how to shift things around and get you to where you’re supposed to be.
  • No matter what you’ve gone through in the past, no matter how many setbacks you’ve suffered or who or what has tried to thwart your progress, today is a new day, and God wants to do a new thing in your life.
  • Again I think my gift is bringing hope to everybody, and I don’t want someone to look at me and say, “I would listen to him, I like what he’s saying, but he’s this or that politically and that turns me off.”
  • No matter what may be happening today, God has good things in store for your future! It may not be easy to see now, but God has already lined up a new beginning, new friendships and new opportunities for you.
  • Instead of focusing on how big your problems are, focus on how big your God is! He is everything you need. He is the Great I AM, and He is the one leading and guiding you into victory in every area of your life!
  • Sustaining faith is what sets you through those dark nights of the soul when you don’t know where to go or what to do, and it seems that you can’t last another day but because of your faith in God, you do.
  • When people are around us, they should leave better off than they were previously. Rather than feeling discouraged or defeated, people should feel challenged and inspired after spending any time with you and me.
  • I just want to continue to grow and be open to what God wants to do. I guess my main goal is just to continue to reach people the best I can, hopefully help impact their lives and just change culture for better.
  • I believe that all the churches are going to continue to grow. I think faith in America is at an all-time high. And I think as we continue to help people and to change with the time, to be relevant and practical.
  • We live in a culture that relishes tearing others down. It’s ultimately more fulfilling, though, to help people reach their goals. Instead of feeling jealous, remember: If God did it for them, He can do it for you.
  • Certainly there are times in all of our lives when bad things happen, or things don’t turn out as we had hoped. But that’s when we we must a decision that we’re going to be happy inspite of our circumstances.
  • God is a good God, and that he’s on our side, and that he has great things in store and I believe that as we receive the forgiveness that Christ came and was born and died to give us, then we can live a great life.
  • It seems like when I was growing up there was more compromise, wanting to work with each other, and I think all of them – all of the lawmakers – have hearts to do what’s right, and they all are passionate about it.
  • I believe there’s a heaven you know. Afterwards, there’s, you know, a place called hell. And I believe it’s when we have a relationship with God and his son Jesus and that’s what the Bible teaches us. I believe it.
  • Too often we make the mistake of remembering what we should forget-our hurts, failures and disappointments -and we forget what we should remember-our victories, accomplishments and the times we have made it through.
  • So many people talk about themselves: “I’m unattractive, my mind’s so slow, and I can’t do this.” And you know what I tell them? “God didn’t make a mistake when He made you. You need to see yourself as God sees you.”
  • No matter how many times you get knocked down, keep getting back up. God sees your resolve. He sees your determination. And when you do everything you can do, that’s when God will step in and do what you can’t do.
  • Heavenly Father, thank You for Your peace that rules my heart. I choose Your peace today and thank You for guiding my every step. I choose to be thankful today and bless You for Your faithfulness. In Jesus Name. Amen.
  • I’m not. I don’t I don’t dislike anybody. Gays are some of the nicest, kindest, most loving people in the world. But my faith is based on what I believe the scripture says, and that’s the way I read the Scripture.
  • I wouldn’t ever say if you’re having tough times then there must be something wrong with you or your attitude. Life’s a fight. It’s a good fight of faith. I encourage people to stay up, stay hopeful, stay faith-filled.
  • The prerequisite to loving others is to love yourself. If you don’t have a healthy respect for who you are, and if you don’t learn to accept yourself faults and all, you will never be able to properly love other people.
  • [ Billy Graham ] is a hero to us all. His life of integrity. Somebody that can stick with it for that long and just stick with his message. What I love about Dr. Graham is he stayed on course. He didn’t get sidetracked.
  • Your life will follow your expectations. What you expect is what you will get. If you dwell on positive thoughts, you will move in that direction; if you continually think negative thoughts, you will live a negative life.
  • God knows your value; He sees your potential. You may not understand everything you are going through right now. But hold your head up high, knowing that God is in control and he has a great plan and purpose for your life.
  • I like to think my dad was easygoing and kind, and I think some of those things have been passed down. I am like him in a sense of being positive and hopeful. He was compassionate, and I’ve got a lot of that in me as well.
  • Don’t get stuck where you are, keep growing. It’s a decision you have to make because it is easy to get stuck. Make a decision to develop better habits, to have better relationships and just to keep the enthusiasm for life.
  • I think faith is incredible important because you will become overwhelmed with what’s happening and you will have waves of grief, but when you turn to your faith, I believe God will give you waves of grace to get through it.
  • If you think you’re average, then you’ll be average. If you think you’re ordinary, then you’ll live ordinary. The truth is, there is nothing ordinary about you. You have something to offer that nobody else can offer.
  • This is a day that God has given me. It’s a gift. I can never relive this day. And I’m not going to live it angry, in unforgiveness, and mad at somebody. If I don’t get my way, I’m going to believe that God’s still in control.
  • There’s a belief that you’re supposed to be poor, and suffering, and show your humility. I just don’t see the Bible that way. I see that God came and Jesus died so that we might live an abundant life and be a blessing to others.
  • Listen carefully to the words and tone of voice you use with your spouse. Are you complaining all the time and telling her what she’s not doing right? Or are you doing like Solomon-blessing, encouraging, and uplifting that woman?
  • Truth is, no two people are completely compatible. We have to learn to become one. That means we may have to make sacrifices; we may have to overlook some things. We must be willing to compromise for the good of the relationship.
  • Sometimes in life, a fog sets in and you don’t know which way is the right direction. Every voice may tell you it’s not going to happen, but God has placed a promise in your heart. Refuse to listen to those voices. Keep believing.
  • When my dad founded our church, he used either a globe or a map of the world behind him. It was symbolic of what Christ said: to go forth and preach hope to the world. We believe in the cross, but we just continued with the globe.
  • You don’t know why God has put that person in your path. It’s not a coincidence. He’s strategically lined up every person, every detail and every step of your life. Now do your part–don’t miss an opportunity to do good for others.
  • God can cause opportunity to find you. He has unexpected blessings where you suddenly meet the right person, or suddenly your health improves, or suddenly you’re able to pay off your house. That’s God shifting things in your favor.
  • I believe God, Jesus, died that we not just go to Heaven but that we excel in this life. I never think you make money your goal… God wants you to excel. Just keep Him in first place, and God will open up doors you never dreamed of.
  • When nobody else celebrates you, learn to celebrate yourself. When nobody else compliments you, then compliment yourself. It’s not up to other people to keep you encouraged. It’s up to you.  Encouragement should come from the inside.
  • Resist discouragement by speaking His Word over your future. Keep standing. Keep hoping; keep believing because He is working behind the scenes. He’s going to accelerate your times and lead you into the life of victory He has for you.
  • No matter how dark it looks, no matter how long it’s been, no matter how many people are trying to push you down; if you will stay in faith, God will always take you from Friday to Sunday. He will always complete what He started in you!
  • See, people are watching you. Especially your children. They’re taking in every single thing you do. They are like video cameras with legs. And they are always in the record mode. They learn more from what you do than from what you say.
  • We have to remember, when we forgive we’re not doing it just for the other person, we’re doing it for our own good. When we hold on to unforgiveness and we live with grudges in our hearts, all we’re doing is building walls of separation.
  • We minister the Word of God. The proclamation of the Gospel comes after individuals have opened their hearts to God and turned from themselves to others. Only then are they truly ready to hear and benefit fully from the Word of the Lord.
  • Make the decision and say, “I’m not letting that worry in. I’m done being upset when my plans don’t work out. I’m not letting that stress in.” Negative thoughts will still come to your mind, but you don’t have to let them into your spirit.
  • When God puts love and compassion in your heart toward someone, He’s offering you an opportunity to make a difference in that person’s life. You must learn to follow that love. Don’t ignore it. Act on it. Somebody needs what you have.
  • It is your choice to be happy. Make up your mind to enjoy this day, to have a blessed, prosperous, victorious year. You may have some setbacks and your circumstances may change, but don’t let that change your mind. Keep it set on happiness.
  • When I grew up, the Devil was a reason why I had a headache or the Devil was the reason I got mad today. We always blamed the Devil. I think today when I say the Enemy, I like to make it broader. Sometimes the Enemy can be our own thoughts.
  • To live your best life now, you must learn to trust God’s timing, you may not think He’s working, but you can be sure that right now, behind the scenes, God is arranging all the pieces to come together to work out His plan for your life.
  • I see God as my heavenly father, like my earthly father, as loving and kind. Yes, he disciplined me, he helped me make good decisions, but I knew my dad was always there for me. If I made a mistake, I wouldn’t run from my dad, I’d go to him.
  • Start announcing freedom from anything that’s holding you back. Freedom from addictions, freedom from loneliness, freedom from lack, freedom from struggle. You are prophesying your future. Your words are setting the direction for your life.
  • There are a lot of decisions we pass up on because we think, “You know what? That’s just going to build – you know, maybe that’s going to build me and not build the ministry and what I’m trying to do.” So we pass up on a lot of opportunities.
  • Some people keep God in a Sunday morning box and say, ‘Hey, I did my religious duty.’ That’s fine, but the scripture says to pray without ceasing. And I think that means all through the day you’re talking to God. Even if it’s in your thoughts.
  • You need to associate with people who inspire you, people that challenge you to raise higher,  people that make you better.  Don’t waste your valuable time with people that are not adding to your growth.  Your destiny is too important.
  • I believe that when you think of the negative, and you get up discouraged – ‘There’s nothing good in my future’ – I really believe it almost ties the hands of God. God works where there’s an attitude of faith. I believe faith is all about hope.
  • I try to teach people that I believe God wants us to be positive toward ourselves, meaning that, you know what, I like the way I look, I like the way I sound, I’m happy with what I’m doing in my career – and not always be beating ourselves down.
  • Encouragement to others is something everyone can give. Somebody needs what you have to give. It may not be your money; it may be your time. It may be your listening ear. It may be your arms to encourage. It may be your smile to uplift. Who knows?
  • When you go through enough dark places, you don’t complain about little things. You don’t lose your joy because you got stuck in traffic; you don’t get offended because a coworker was rude to you. You’ve been through too much to let that sour you.
  • Father, I desire to please You in everything I do. I declare that You are good and faithful. I trust You with my whole heart and believe that You are a rewarder of those who diligently seek You. I bless You and honor You today in Jesus’ name. Amen.
  • One study says that 90 percent of our everyday behavior is based on our habits. . . That means how we treat people, how we spend our money, what we watch, what we listen to – 90 percent of the time, we’re on autopilot. We do what we’ve always done.
  • I always try to put a seed of hope into people’s hearts. I’m not there to teach them doctrine necessarily, but to let them know that God is a good God, and has a plan for their lives. Hopefully, that will restore their faith, or draw them into faith.
  • The Scripture says that God blesses where men walk in unity, so we just thought it’s good for us to come together as Democrats, Republicans; believers, nonbelievers, all different walks of life and say hey, we are here to celebrate the goodness of God.
  • It may look like the difficulty is going to defeat you. But you need to keep telling yourself, “This sickness can’t take my life.” “This cancer can’t defeat me.” “No bad break, no disappointment, no accident can shorten one second of my divine destiny.”
  • A disagreement or incident involving someone who’s not that important to you, like a guy who cut you off in traffic or a rude cashier, is something that should roll off your shoulders. Save the effort for resolving conflicts with the people you cherish.
  • You have to make a switch. Decide today to start appreciating your spouse’s strengths and learn to downplay their weaknesses. If you do, your marriage will be filled with more peace, unity and love, and you’ll see God bless your marriage in greater ways.
  • Every day we have plenty of opportunities to get angry, stressed or offended. But what you’re doing when you indulge these negative emotions is giving something outside yourself power over your happiness. You can choose to not let little things upset you.

 

  • I purposely don’t talk about money, because people are already skeptical about TV preachers. But I do say that I want you to be blessed. To me, prosperity is having health, having great children, having peace, good relationships. It’s not about the money.

 

  • When I took over from my father, he came from the Southern Baptist background, and back 40-50 years ago, there was a lot more of that.I don’t believe – maybe it was for a time. But I don’t have it in my heart to condemn people. I’m there to encourage them.
  • At times we’re going to get angry. Anger is an emotion God built into us. But we don’t have to blow up and say hurtful things that are going to damage our relationships. Learn to take a step back, collect your thoughts, and think about what you want to say.
  • People define Christianity differently. I think a large portion of our population are Christians, they’re not all growing in their faith, they’re not all active, but I believe that a lot of people believe in Jesus and believe that he is their Lord and Savior.
  • I’m not a big believer in trying to jam stuff down somebody’s throat: ‘You’re going to do it my way.’ I’d rather show by example and live my life and have people say, ‘You know what, I want to live like Joel has. He’s got peace and joy, and he seems content.’
  • When Christmas doesn’t fit your expectations of what the perfect holiday should be, think about how Joseph and Mary probably didn’t think that manger was the perfect place for their child to be born. but look at what a perfect Christmas that turned out to be.
  • If you start praising your wife, if you start telling her how beautiful she is, and how glad you are to have her in your life, when you talk about the good, you will draw out the good. If you talk about the negative, you’ll draw out the negative. It’s up to you.
  • I believe that God has put gifts and talents and ability on the inside of every one of us. When you develop that and you believe in yourself and you believe that you’re a person of influence and a person of purpose, I believe you can rise up out of any situation.
  • I’m for everybody. You may not agree with me, but to me it’s not my job to try to straighten everybody out. The Gospel is called the good news. My message is a message of hope, that’s God’s [message] for you. You can live a good life no matter what’s happened to you.
  • I don’t think you should spend your life praying for things, but I do believe you should thank God for what He’s given you… but I think the scripture teaches us that we can pray for our dreams, pray for the big things… he’s not a small God; this God is incredible.
  • Understand that the enemy always fights the hardest when he knows you are closest to your breakthrough. He’d leave you alone if he thought you were going to live in mediocrity. If you keep pressing on toward your promise, through faith and patience, you will get there.
  • We have to realize that our lives could be gone in a moment. There are no guarantees that we will be here at this time next year. Learn to live each day to the fullest. Don’t complain. Don’t focus on what’s wrong. Be grateful for the opportunity to experience each day.
  • I DECLARE God is going before me making crooked places straight. He has already lined up the right people, the right opportunities and solutions to problems I haven’t had. No person, no sickness, no disappointment, can stop His plan. What he promised will come to pass.
  • Let’s start affecting our whole city, and maybe we can affect the whole nation, the whole world. I’d like to affect it with the fact that God is a good God and He’s on your side and He’s got a good plan for you and when you put your hand in His, great things can happen.
  • You must make a decision that you are going to move on. It wont happen automatically. You will have to rise up and say, òI don’t care how hard this is, I don’t care how disappointed I am, I’m not going to let this get the best of me. I’m moving on with my life.
  • For a while… to be an evangelical meant you were a white Republican, and you were against this and against that. I don’t want to be put into that mold, because then people judge you before they even listen… I don’t want to divide the very people I am trying to reach.
  • I do know this… I seem to reach a lot of previously unchurched people. So many people have told me they never went to church until they heard our message of hope that God is a good God who desires to bless those who are faithful and obedient to Him through Jesus Christ.
  • I believe that God’s dream is that we be successful in our careers, and that we be able to send our kids to college. I don’t mean that everyone is going to be rich, and I preach a lot on blooming where you’re planted. But I don’t have the mindset that money is a bad thing.
  • Bad habits are easy to develop but difficult to live with. Good habits are difficult to develop, but easy to live with. If you are willing to be uncomfortable for little while, so you can press past the initial pain of change, in the long run, your life will be much better.
  • You can make changes in your life and you can say, “I’m going to be a better parent next year than I am right now,” or, “I’m going to take an extra step in my career and not just be satisfied where I am.” So it has a lot to do with our will, but also we have to work as well.
  • I don’t really know what the prosperity gospel is. The way I define it is that I believe God wants you to prosper in your health, in your family, in your relationships, in your business, and in your career. So I do … if that is the prosperity gospel, then I do believe that.
  • We think when God speaks to us, there’s going to be a boom out of Heaven or we’re going to get some chill bumps, but I really believe God’s talking to us all the time. He’s talking to us right in here. I call it our heart, our conscience, but it’s the Holy Spirit talking to us.
  • The older I get, the better I understand that every day is a gift. There’s no guarantee of tomorrow. And part of my whole philosophy is: this day is too important to live it angry, upset, discouraged or stressed out if plans don’t work out. This is life, and I’m going to move on.
  • Salvation and Christ’s love is a gift. You don’t earn it. You’ve got to receive that gift. I think one of the most important things is starting off the day forgiving others and forgiving yourself. You learn from your mistakes, but I don’t think you have to drag them back into today.
  • I believe God wants you to have money to pay your bills, send your kids to college and do charity work and build orphanages. There’s the teaching that we’re supposed to be poor to show that we’re humble. I don’t buy that. I think we’re supposed to be leaders. We’re supposed to excel.
  • Any of us can be happy and have a good attitude when everything is going our way. But I believe it’s the real test of your character and of your faith to say, ‘Things are not going our way, but I’m still being good to people; I’m still attending church; I still have a good attitude.’
  • I think that God gives you your own will and choices. I don’t believe that we’re supposed to drag ourselves through life defeated and not see God’s blessings. But you have to make the right choices and follow that still, small voice within you. Because I think that’s how God leads us.
  • Maybe you once were excited about that person God supernaturally brought into your life as a marriage partner, but now all the excitement has worn off. Don’t’ allow that sense of a miracle to slip away. Don’t get so familiar with each other that you take one another for granted.
  • Isn’t it funny how babies laugh a lot? I read a toddler, a young child laughs 300 times a day. The average adult laughs, like, four times a day. God put it in them. He put the laugh in us, but I think sometimes we let life get us down, you know, have bad breaks, and we lose our breaks.
  • Your thoughts about your circumstances have you down. On the other hand, you can be in one of the biggest battles of your life, and still be filled with joy and peace and victory – if you simply learn how to choose the right thought. It’s time to think about what you’re thinking about.
  • It’s easy to get negative because you get beat down. You go through a few disappointments and it’s easy to stay in that negative frame of mind. Choosing to be positive and having a grateful attitude is a whole cliche, but your attitude is going to determine how you’re going to live your life.
  • Every one of us has secret dreams and desires along with seeds of greatness implanted within us. You too have gifts to share with this world. There is buried treasure within you, waiting to be discovered. Your full potential has not been released yet. Your God-given divine destiny awaits you.
  • I DECLARE that God has a great plan for my life. He is directing my steps. And even though I may not always understand how, I know my situation is not a surprise to God. He will work out every detail to my advantage. In His perfect timing, everything will turn out right. This is my declaration.
  • You have to come to your closed doors before you get to your open doors… What if you knew you had to go through 32 closed doors before you got to your open door? Well, then you’d come to closed door number eight and you’d think, ‘Great, I got another one out of the way’… Keep moving forward.
  • Winning is in your DNA. The most high God breathed His life into you. You’ve got what it takes. This is your time. This is your moment. Shake off doubts, shake off fear and insecurity, and get ready for favor, get ready for increase, get ready for the fullness of your destiny. You can, you will!!
  • See, when you drive home today, you’ve got a big windshield on the front of your car. And you’ve got a little bitty rearview mirror. And the reason the windshield is so large and the rearview mirror is so small is because what’s happened in your past is not near as important as what’s in your future.
  • You may think you’re getting the short end of the stick, but when it’s all said and done, God will make sure that you don’t lose anything truly valuable. Moreover, He’ll make sure you get your just reward. Your responsibility is to remain calm and peaceable even when those around you are not.
  • Yes, the Bible should be taught in our schools because it is necessary to understand the Bible if we are to truly understand our own culture and how it came to be. The Bible has influenced every part of western culture from our art, music, and history, to our sense of fairness, charity, and business.
  • I just think that it’s strong and it’s important that we recognize what the Christmas season is about; it’s about the birth of our Savior, and there’s a lot of pressure today to be politically correct ,but people are realizing, too, that you have to be open to express your faith what you want believe.
  • If you’re controlled by your circumstances, life is going to be a roller coaster with ups and downs. God wants you to be stable, consistent, not moved by any of these things. When you face an adversity, when you hit a tough time, one of the best things you can do is simply stay calm. Keep your peace.
  • Don’t ever criticize yourself. Don’t go around all day long thinking, ‘I’m unattractive, I’m slow, I’m not as smart as my brother.’ God wasn’t having a bad day when he made you… If you don’t love yourself in the right way, you can’t love your neighbour. You can’t be as good as you are supposed to be.
  • God has already done everything He’s going to do. The ball is now in your court. If you want success, if you want wisdom, if you want to be prosperous and healthy, you’re going to have to do more than meditate and believe; you must boldly declare words of faith and victory over yourself and your family.
  • Keep in mind, hurting people often hurt other people as a result of their own pain. If somebody is rude and inconsiderate, you can almost be certain that they have some unresolved issues inside. They have some major problems, anger, resentment, or some heartache they are trying to cope with or overcome.
  • Psalm 34 says, ‘Those who trust in the Lord will never lack any good thing.’ This means if you don’t have it right now, you don’t need it right now. Our attitude should be, ‘I’m equipped, empowered and anointed for this moment. I am not lacking, shortchanged or inadequate. I have what I need for today.’
  • I believe God’s keeping the records, and I believe you will be rewarded even in this life. Somehow, some way, God will make it up to you. It may be He protected you from an accident you never knew. You can’t give God something without God giving you more in return, whether it’s peace or joy or satisfaction.
  • We all have unfair situations and things we don’t like. You can get bitter, discouraged and sour, or you can see it as fertilizer and say, ú This difficulty is not going to defeat me; it’s going to promote me. It’s not going to hinder me; it’s going to help me.ù Don’t just go through it, grow through it.
  • In my early teens, I knew I wanted to do television production. I loved cameras, editing and producing, anything that had to do with television production. My friend had a production studio across town, and we’d go over there at night and shoot and edit. I produced my father’s televised service for 17 years.
  • Christmas is the perfect time to celebrate the love of God and family and to create memories that will last forever. Jesus is God’s perfect, indescribable gift. The amazing thing is that not only are we able to receive this gift, but we are able to share it with others on Christmas and every other day of the year.
  • The bible says no man can take your joy. That means no person can make you live with a negative attitude. No circumstance, no adversity can force you to live in despair. As Eleanor Roosevelt, wife of wheelchair-bound President Franklin D. Roosevelt, often said, òNo one can make you feel inferior without your consent.
  • Many people are unhappy and are not experiencing life to its fullest because they’ve closed their hearts to compassion, they are motivated by only what they want and what they think they need. They rarely do anything for anybody else unless they have an ulterior goal in mind. They are self-involved and self-centered.
  • Maybe you’ve invested a lot of time, effort, money, emotion, and energy in a relationship; you did your best to make it work out. But for some reason, things got off course. And now you feel as though you have been robbed. When we focus on or disappointments, we stop God from ringing fresh new blessing into our lives.
  • You must forgive the people who hurt you so you can get out of prison. You’ll never be free until you do. Let go of hose wrongs they’ve done to you. Get that bitterness out of your life. That’s the only way you’re going to truly be free. You will be amazed at what can happen in your life when you release all that poison.
  • There’s pros and cons of a big church. Cons is I don’t get to know everybody, I don’t get to go to their ballgame, I don’t get to marry everybody, but the pros are you get all this community, 800 ushers come in to serve, getting there at 7 in the morning on their day off and coming in on Saturday to make all those wafers.
  • Any of us can be happy and have a good attitude when everything is going our way. But I believe it’s the real test of your character and of your faith to say, things are not going our way, but I’m still being good to people; I’m still attending church; I still have a good attitude. I think that’s how you pass those tests.
  • We never like to miss an opportunity to make Jesus the Lord of our life. That’s why I never like to have a service without giving an invitation or writing a book, without giving an invitation and presenting that truth. I believe this is the whole key to living your best life, living a fulfilled life or becoming a better you.
  • Certainly, none of us enjoy going through struggles, but you have to understand that your struggle may be an opportunity for advancement and promotion. The very thing you are fighting against so tenaciously may be the springboard that catapults you to a new level of excellence. Your challenges may become your greatest assets.
  • You may be sitting around waiting for God to change your circumstances. Then you’re going to be happy, then your’re going to have a good attitude, then you’re going to give God praise. But God is waiting on you to get up on the inside. When you do your part, He’ll begin to change things and work supernaturally in your life.
  • Quit worrying about how everything is going to turn out. Live one day at a time; better yet, make the most of this moment. It’s good to have a big picture outlook, to set goals, to establish budgets and make plans, but if you’re always living in the future, you’re never really enjoying the present in the way God wants you to.
  • Your circumstances will line up with your words. … Words are like seeds, they have creative power. … The more you talk about it the more you call it in. … Your words will give life to what you are saying. … You can change your world by simply changing your words. … You can use your words to bless your life or curse your life.
  • If you’re not seeing God move in your life right now, one of two possibilities must be considered. Either your requests are not God’s best and will probably not be answered the way you’d like or it must not be the right time. If God were to answer that prayer the way you are hoping, it could interfere with his ideal plan for you.
  • I DECLARE I am special and extraordinary. I am not average! I have been custom-made. I am one of a kind. Of all the things God created, what He is the most proud of is me. I am His masterpiece, his most prized possession. I will keep my head held high, knowing I am a child of the most high God, made in his very image. This is my declaration.
  • Men, learn to speak blessings over your wife and you will see that woman rise to a new level. She will respond to your praise and encouragement. Your words don’t have to be poetic, fancy, or profound. Tell her simply but sincerely, “You’re a great mother to our children. And you are a great wife to me. I’m so glad I can always count on you.”
  • So many people say, “I just don’t have a good job, or my marriage is not where it’s supposed to be.” Really it’s excuse after excuse to not be happy. To me it’s a waste. I’m going to look at what’s right and not what’s wrong in my life. I’m alive, I’m healthy, and you know, a good thing to remember is somebody’s got it a lot worse than we do.
  • When you honor God, the storms may come, but you have a promise that others don’t have: When it’s all said and done, you’ll still be standing. You may suffer a setback, but don’t get discouraged. If you’ll stay in faith, God promises that when the smoke clears, when the dust settles, you won’t be the victim, you’ll be the victor.
  • I do think that religion has turned a lot of people off. Part of it is because it was all about the rules and was political. I think now people have a hunger for God, they want to have a relationship, but they don’t want to be called religious. I’m not trying to get them to join my religion, I’m just trying to plant a seed of hope in their heart.
  • I preach that anybody can improve their lives. I think God wants us to be prosperous. I think he wants us to be happy. To me, you need to have money to pay your bills. I think God wants us to send our kids to college. I think he wants us to be a blessing to other people. But I don’t think I’d say God wants us to be rich. It’s all relative, isn’t it?
  • I was reading in the Bible and one translation says that Jesus said that if you publicly will acknowledge me before people, I will acknowledge you before my Father in heaven. So that is a big part of these meetings like Night of Hope, giving people an opportunity to publicly say, “Jesus, I believe you are the messiah, you’re Christ, you’re my Lord.”
  • The first place we lose the battle is in our own thinking. If you think it is permanent then it’s permanent. If you think you’ve reached your limits then you have. If you think you will never get well then you won’t. You have to change your thinking. You need to see everything that’s holding you back, every obstacle, every limitation as only temporary.
  • The truth is we all get tired, we all get weary. In fact, if you never feel like giving up, then your dreams are too small. If you never feel like quitting, then you need to set some larger goals. When that pressure comes to get discouraged and to think about how you can’t take it anymore, that is completely normal. Every person feels that way at times.
  • That’s why it is important to enjoy the journey not just the destination. In this world, we will never arrive at a place where everything is perfect and we have no more challenges. As admirable as setting goals and reaching them maybe, you can’t get so focused on accomplishing your goals that you make the mistake of not enjoying where you are right now.
  • If you know you have to wait anyway, why not make a decision to enjoy your life while you’re waiting? Why not be happy while God is in the process of changing things? After all, there’s nothing we can really do to make it happen any faster. We might as well relax and enjoy our lives, knowing that at the appointed time God is going to bring his plan to pass.
  • There is always times where you feel discouraged and things coming against you, but I don’t know if I ever wanted to throw in the towel. I think one of the most difficult things is every Sunday I am up there ministering, and so you have to have a fresh word, you have to be practical, you need to keep people’s attention and so that comes around every seven days.
  • Part of my message is that God never said that we weren’t going to have difficulties, but you know what, He said to stay full of joy and I’m going to help you overcome. So I think that is what resonates with people and helps draw so many people. Because it is not a message that you are barely going to make it, you’re a victim. We are not victims, we are victors.
  • John Bunyan, author of the classic book the Pilgrim’s Progress, said úYou have not lived today until you have done something for someone who cannot pay you back.ù Make a decision that you will live to give. Be on the lookout each day for somebody you can bless. Don’t’ live for yourself; learn to give yourself away, and your life will make a difference.
  • I don’t believe we are supposed to go through life defeated and not having enough money to pay our bills or send our kids to college. When I hear some of that, I think that is not who I am, he doesn’t know me or what I teach. I always talk about God rewards obedience. When you follow His way, the Bible says that His blessings will chase you down and overtake you.
  • If prosperity means God wants us to be blessed and healthy and have good relationships then yes, I’m a prosperity teacher. But if it’s about money, no, I never preach about money. I probably stay away from it more than normal because televangelists get a bad name. People put me in that category because I do believe that God does want us to be happy, healthy, and whole.
  • Choose today to let the peace of Christ rule in your heart and have an attitude of gratitude toward the Lord. Even if you have things that are upsetting you, take a step of faith and begin to thank God for His goodness in your life. Thank Him for working behind the scenes on your behalf. As you do, you will walk forward into the life of blessing He has in store for you!
  • Buying a share of a good business is better than buying a share of a bad business. One way to do this is to purchase a business that can invest its own money at high rates of return rather than purchasing a business that can only invest at lower ones. In other words, businesses that earn a high return on capital are better than businesses that earn a low return on capital.
  • God never promised that we wouldn’t have challenges. In fact, He said just the opposite. His word says, òBe truly glad!…these trials are only to test your faith, to see whether or not it is strong and pure¶’ so if your faith remains strong after being tried in the test tube of fiery trials, it will bring you much praise and glory and honor on the day of His return.
  • When you are tempted to get discouraged, remind yourself that according to God’s word, your future is getting brighter; you are on your way to a new level of glory. You may think you’ve got a long way to go, but you need to look back at how far you’ve already come. You may not be everything you want to be but atleast you can thank God that you’re not what you used to be.
  • The sad truth is, if you push hard enough, and if you’re so stubborn that you must have things your way, God will sometimes allow you to undertake a project without His blessing or at the wrong time. The problem with that, of course, is when you start something in your own strength and in your own timing, you’re going to have to finish it and maintain it in your own strength.
  • The Bible talks about how God uses difficult situations to develop our character and get us stronger. The death of my father is probably the biggest thing that I ever faced. Daddy and I were best friends. But out of that darkness, out of that disappointment in my life, that’s what God used to push me into another level of victory or another level of ministry that I never knew I had.
  • You have to learn to follow your heart. You can’t let other people pressure you into being something that you’re not. If you want God’s favor in your life, you must be the person He made you to be, not the person your boss wants you to be, not even the person your parents or your husband wants you to be. You can’t let outside expectations keep you from following your own heart.
  • I think the people already know what they’re doing wrong, and I certainly believe in Hell. But to me, when I see thousands of people before me, it just doesn’t come out of me to say, ‘You guys are terrible, and you’re going to Hell.’ I’d rather say that God is a God of mercy. You’ve got to live an obedient life, but for every mistake you’ve made, there’s mercy there, and I believe we can do better.
  • It’s not always easy to get over some of those bumps in the road, those disillusionments and disappointments. It’s going to take a strong will. Sometimes, it may take courage. Sometimes nothing but faith in God and say, I refuse to be trapped in the past. I’m not going to let the past destroy my future. I’m pressing on. I’m straining forward, knowing that God has great things in store for me.
  • If you feel “stuck” today, you may want to examine what you’re holding on to. Be willing let go of past disappointments by choosing forgiveness. Who hurt you? Who wronged you? Release it to God. Do you need to forgive yourself? Do you need to receive God’s forgiveness? Let go of the past so you can overcome disappointments and experience the bright future God has in store for you! There is freedom in forgetting!
  • You may be at a crossroads in your life. You may have issues to deal with; people you need to forgive. You can go one of the two ways. You can ignore what you now know to be true and keep burying that bitterness in your life, pushing it deeper and allowing it to poison and contaminate you and those around you. Or you can make a much better choice by getting it out in the open and asking God to help you to totally forgive and let it all go.
  • Life is too short to live that way. Learn to travel light. Every morning when you first get up, forgive the people that did you wrong the day before. Forgive your spouse for what they said. At the start of the day, let go of the disappointments, the set backs from yesterday. Start every morning fresh and new. God did not create you to carry around all that baggage. Let it go and move forward in the life of blessing He has in store for you!
  • Forgiveness doesn’t mean that what that person did was right or that you even have to get back into a relationship with that person. Forgiveness simply releases the debt they owe you so that God can release the debt you owe Him. Ask the Lord to search your heart and show you if there is any unforgiveness blocking His blessing in your life. Ask Him to show you more about this gift of forgiveness so that you can walk in the freedom and victory He has for you today.
  • The Bible indicates that for three days, Jesus went into the very depths of hell. Right into the enemy’s own territory. And He did battle with Satan face to face. Can you imagine what a show down that was? It was good vs. evil. Right vs. wrong. Holiness vs. filth. Here are the two most powerful forces in the universe have come together to do battle for the first time in history. But thank God. The Bible says, “Satan was no match for our Champion”. This was no contest.
  • It is a hard thing to let go of mistakes we’ve made and sins. God wants us to do that because He knows the guilt and the condemnation will keep us from becoming who He has created us to be. Salvation and Christ’s love is a gift. You don’t earn it. You’ve got to receive that gift. I think one of the most important things is starting off the day forgiving others and forgiving yourself. You learn from your mistakes, but I don’t think you have to drag them back into today.
  • When you go through difficult times, make sure you pass the test. Don’t be stubborn and hardheaded. Recognize that God is refining you, knocking off some of your rough edges. Stand strong and fight the good fight of faith. God has called each of us to be champions; you are destined to win. If you will work with God and keep a good attitude, then no matter what comes against you, the bible says that all things not just the good things in life, but all things work together for your good.
  • We keep a lot of humor and laughter in the home. A lot of times these days, people let the stress of life take the joy from the home. When you can laugh and you can have joy, that’s very healthy. Victoria is easy going. She’s very spontaneous and fun. I can hear her laughter all through the house. It sets the tone for the house. I like someone who can laugh. The second thing is respect. We just do our best. We don’t always agree with each other but we make the decision that we want to treat each other with respect.
  • The great news is that God knows everything about you, both good and bad, and He still loves you and values you unconditionally. God does not always approve of our behavior. He is not pleased when we go against his will, and when we do, we always suffer the consequences and have to work with Him to correct our thoughts, words, actions, or attitudes. And while you should work to improve in the areas where you fall short, nothing you do will ever cause God to love you less¶or more. His love is a constant you can depend on.

 

Paramahansa Yogananda (quotes)

  • Do your best and then relax.
  • Sing songs that none have sung
  • Loyalty is the first law of God.
  • Truth is not afraid of questions.
  • A wish is a desire without energy
  • Stillness is the altar of spirit.
  • Mind is the creator of everything.
  • Environment is stronger than will.
  • Love is the heartbeat of all life.
  • Seclusion is the price of greatness.
  • A saint is a sinner who never gave up.
  • A smooth life is not a victorious life.
  • God is simple, everything else is complex
  • The greatest romance is with the Infinite.
  • People are so skillful in their ignorance!
  • Change your life by changing your thoughts.
  • Truth is exact correspondence with reality.
  • Every tomorrow is determined by every today.
  • Love is the Song of the Soul singing to God.
  • Nothing is impossible unless you think it is.
  • He who conquers the mind, conquers the world.
  • Humans become angels on earth, not in heaven.
  • Each minute of life should be a divine quest.
  • Learn to be calm and you will always be happy.
  • Success is hastened or delayed by one’s habits.
  • Medicine has its limitations, Life Force has none.
  • Divisions are imaginary lines drawn by small minds.
  • Persistence guarantees that results are inevitable.
  • The greater the will, the greater the flow of energy.
  • Retire to the center of your being, which is calmness.
  • From joy I came, for joy I live, in sacred joy I melt.
  • With right attitude, life is very simple and very easy.
  • Read a little. Meditate more. Think of God all the time.
  • You have come to earth to entertain and to be entertained.
  • When you learn to live for others, they will live for you.
  • Calmness is the living breath of God’s immortality in you.
  • When you yearn for God with intensity, He will come to you.
  • It is blessedness for yourself and others if you are happy.
  • Play your part in life, but never forget it is only a role.
  • What you lose in the world will not be a loss to your soul.
  • Find god – he isn’t hiding from you, you’re hiding from him.
  • Some people try to be tall by cutting off the heads of others.
  • Those persons who have perceptive eyes enjoy beauty everywhere.
  • In that power of self-control lies the seed of eternal freedom.
  • Always remember, nothing can touch you if you inwardly love God.
  • Spirit is the vast stillness which is behind all created things.
  • Change yourself and you have done your part in changing the world
  • The power of unfulfilled desires is the root of all man’s slavery
  • There are always two forces warring against each other within us.
  • Never neglect what you can do for yourself in the form of another.
  • Brotherhood is an ideal better understood by example than precept!
  • In the state of love, no matter what you do, it’s going to be good.
  • The Bhagavad-Gita is where God Himself talks to His devotee Arjuna.
  • Peace is the altar of God, the condition in which happiness exists.
  • If God calls me tomorrow I will go without a moment’s turning back.
  • Environment is of supreme importance. It is greater than will power.
  • A harmonized mind produces harmony in this world of seeming discord.
  • Discerning placement of a comma does not atone for a spiritual coma.
  • The season of failure is the best time for sowing the seeds of success.
  • The reality of my life cannot die for I am indestructible consciousness.
  • Consider no one a stranger. Learn to feel that everybody is akin to you.
  • Evil spreads with the wind; truth is capable of spreading even against it.
  • I am a spark from the Infinite. I am not flesh and bones. I am light.
  • Since you alone are responsible for your thoughts, only you can change them.
  • When the mind is strong and the heart  is pure, you are free
  • He is the wisest who seeks God. He is the most successful who has found God.
  • Be kind to others, so that you may learn the secret art of being kind to yourself.
  • Thinkers do not accept the inevitable; they turn their efforts toward changing it.
  • Forget your dream-born mortal weakness. Wake up and know that you and God are one.
  • A good rule in life is to tell yourself simply, ‘What comes of itself, let it come.
  • Smiling away your troubles requires a clear conscience that harbors no insincerity.
  • Love cannot be had for the asking; it comes only as a gift from the heart of another
  • An artist doesn’t really create anything – he just rearranges what is already there.
  • Kindness is the light that dissolves all walls between souls, families, and nations.
  • No one appears on our stage unless the director has placed them there for our benefit
  • If you have a strong mind and plant in it a firm resolve, you can change your destiny.
  • Through the portals of silence the healing sun of wisdom and peace will shine upon you.
  • Do your best and then relax. Let things go on in a natural way, rather than force them.
  • If you possess happiness you possess everything: to be happy is to be in tune with God.
  • Be inwardly ever newly joyous, like the ever-fresh laughing waters of a gurgling brook.
  • If circumstances are bad and you have to bear them, do not make them a part of yourself.
  • It is spiritual poverty, not material lack, that lies at the core of all human suffering.
  • When you learn to get along with yourself, you will know how to get along with everybody.
  • Happiness lies in making others happy, in forsaking self-interest to bring joy to others.
  • Keep puffing on the bubble until it breaks its confining walls and becomes the sea of joy.
  • Great healers, people of divine realization, do not cure by chance but by exact knowledge.
  • Coercion or compulsion never brings about growth. It is freedom that accelerates evolution.
  • The best methods are those which help the life energy to resume its inner work of healing
  • The Spirit of God, I realized, is exhaustless Bliss; His body is countless tissues of light.
  • Just as oil is present in every part of the olive, so love permeates every part of creation.
  • Sincerity is a soul quality that God has given to every human being, but not all express it.
  • In your heart must well that sympathy which soothes away all pains from the hearts of others.
  • In meditation…the power of God begins to reflect in the clear waters of your consciousness.
  • God-realization is attained only by great effort on the part of the yogi and by divine grace.
  • When the mind is calm, how quickly, how smoothly, how beautifully you will perceive everything.
  • As I radiate love and goodwill to others, I will open the channel for God’s love to come to me.
  • Death is only an experience through which you are meant to learn a great lesson: you cannot die.
  • Truths are more than imagination; they are real. Yet their origin is a thought in the mind of God.
  • Do not think of yourself as the body, but as the joyous consciousness and immortal life behind it.
  • Music that is saturated with soul force is the real universal music, understandable by all hearts.
  • Intuition is soul guidance, appearing naturally in man during those instants when his mind is calm.
  • Some form of self-discipline is necessary to transmute material desires into spiritual aspirations.
  • As a broken microphone cannot broadcast a message, so a restless mind cannot transmit prayers to God
  • Roam in the world as a lion of self-control; see that the frogs of weakness don’t kick you around.
  • Nothing may truly be said to be a miracle except in the profound sense that everything is a miracle.
  • Live quietly in the moment and see the beauty of all before you. The future will take care of itself.
  • Having lots of money while not having inner peace is like dying of thirst while bathing in the ocean.
  • Come into the silence of solitude, and the vibration there will talk to you through the voice of God.
  • As you find your soul-reservoir of peace, less and less controversy will be able to afflict your life.
  • Remain calm, serene, always in command of yourself. You will then find out how easy it is to get along.
  • I come not to entertain you with worldly festivities but to arouse your sleeping memory of immortality.
  • Have the unflinching determination to move on your path unhampered by limiting thoughts of past errors.
  • By the practice of meditation, you will find that you are carrying within your heart a portable paradise.
  • If you are in a dark room, don’t beat at the darkness with a stick, but rather try to turn on the light
  • Know that this universe is nothing but a dream bluff of nature to test your consciousness of immortality.
  • Through the orifice of silence, the whole geyser of Bliss, perpetually shoots up and flows over the soul.
  • The seeker of God is the real lover of vidya, unchangeable truth; all else is avidya, relative knowledge.
  • Be as simple as you can be; you will be astonished to see how uncomplicated and happy your life can become.
  • Fear was given to man as a cautionary device to spare him pain; it is not mean to be cultivated and abused.
  • Trust in God and destroy fear, which paralyzes all efforts to succeed and attracts the very thing you fear.
  • If you open the door to the magnetic power of friendship, souls of like vibrations will be attracted to you.
  • Little stones that are pelted into the lake of consciousness should not throw the whole lake into commotion.
  • To work with God’s happiness bubbling in the soul is to carry a portable paradise within you wherever you go.
  • He who is persistent will realize God. So try your best to make meditation a regular experience in your life.
  • God made us angels of energy, encased in solids – currents of life dazzling through a material bulb of flesh.
  • Love is the song of the soul singing to God. It is the balanced rhythmic dance of planets – sun and moon lit
  • You naturally love those who are dear to you, and you must learn to give that kind of love to the whole world.
  • The more you meditate, the more helpful you can be to others, and the more deeply you will be in tune with God.
  • May Thy Love shine forever on the sanctuary of my devotion. And may I be able to awaken Thy love in all hearts.
  • The rains of Life’s Blessings cannot gather on mountaintops of pride, but flow easily into valleys of humbleness.
  • The kingdom of God is just behind the darkness of closed eyes, and the first gate that opens to it is your peace.
  • Success is not rightly measured by wealth, prestige and power. Success is measured by the yardstick of happiness.
  • I relax and cast aside all mental burdens, allowing God to express through me His perfect love, peace, and wisdom.
  • Every night in sleep God takes away all your troubles to show you that you are not a mortal being; you are spirit.
  • Seek spiritual riches within. What you are is much greater than anyone or anything else you have ever yearned for.
  • Let my soul smile through my heart and my heart smile through my eyes, that I may scatter rich smiles in sad hearts.
  • Whatever you want others to be, first be that yourself. Then, you will find others responding in like manner to you.
  • Whenever you want to produce something, do not depend upon the outside source: go deep and seek the Infinite Source.
  • Remain quiet. Don’t feel you have to talk all the time. Go within and you will see the Loveliness behind all beauty.
  • Subtle astral colors… are hidden in everything around you. Could you but see, you would be amazed at their beauty.
  • Bring into play the almighty power within you, so that on the stage of life you can fulfill your high destined role.
  • It is foolish to be afraid of death. Just think. No more repaired tires on the body vehicle, no more patchwork living.
  • As you forget self in service to others, you will find that, without seeking it, your own cup of happiness will be full.
  • Have only love in your heart for others. The more you see the good in them, the more you will establish good in yourself.
  • Meet everybody and every circumstance on the battlefield of life with the courage of a hero and the smile of a conqueror.
  • In the spiritual life one becomes just like a little child, without resentment, without attachment, full of life and joy.
  • Success should be measured by the yardstick of happiness; by your ability to remain in peaceful harmony with cosmic laws.
  • Self-realization is the knowing in all parts of body, mind, and soul that you are now in possession of the kingdom of God.
  • We do not always see the things that are nearest to us. We pass by riches that lie close at hand and chase after rainbows.
  • Analyze yourself. All emotions are reflected in the body and mind. Envy and fear cause the face to pale, love makes it glow.
  • It doesn’t matter if a cave has been in darkness for 10,000 years or half an hour, once you light a match it is illuminated.
  • Everything is Spirit – in essence, though hidden in manifestation. If you had the perception, you would see God in everything.
  • When you know God as peace within, then you will realize Him as peace existing in the universal harmony of all things without.
  • I am calmly active, actively calm. I am the prince of peace sitting on a throne of poise, directing the kingdom of my activity.
  • You do not have to struggle to reach God, but you do have to struggle to tear away the self-created veil that hides him from you
  • All Nature will commune with you when you are in tune with God. Realization of this truth will make you a master of your destiny.
  • Through love and sincerity continuously beautify your inner life in every way, by daily looking into the mirror of introspection.
  • When, by meditation, we withdraw restless thoughts from the lake of the mind, we behold our soul, a perfect reflection of Spirit.
  • Behold thine immortal Self resurrected with Christ in the light of illumination, present in every soul, every flower, every atom!
  • He who finds joy within himself discovers that his body is charged with electric current, life energy, not from food but from God.
  • The spine is the highway to the Infinite. Your own body is the temple of God. It is within your own self that God must be realized.
  • Self-realization is, in fact, the only religion. For it is the true purpose of religion, no matter how people define their beliefs.
  • Remember this: When I am gone, only love can take my place. Be absorbed night and day in the love of God, and give that love to all.
  • What are you afraid of? You are an immortal being. You are neither a man nor a woman, as you may think, but a soul – joyous, eternal.
  • Most people consider the course of events as natural and inevitable. They little know what radical changes are possible through prayer.
  • How you all will change the work after I am gone. If I came back a hundred years from now, I just wonder if I would even recognize it.
  • Those who are socially inclined will find a new power to help humanity through the lessons of books written by noble and gifted people.
  • Is a diamond less valuable because it is covered with mud? God sees the changeless beauty of our souls. He knows we are not our mistakes.
  • The mother’s love is not given to us to spoil us with indulgence, but to soften our hearts, that we may in turn soften others with kindness.
  • Realize that enough hidden strength lies within you to overcome all obstacles and temptations. Bring forth that indomitable power and energy.
  • No matter what you are doing, keep the undercurrent of happiness. Learn to be secretly happy within your heart in spite of all circumstances.
  • Thought is the primary energy and vibration that emanated from God and is thus the creator of life, electrons, atoms, and all forms of energy.
  • When you exercise your will power you release the power of life energy – not when you merely wish passively to be able to obtain an objective.
  • The man form is higher than the angel form; of all forms it is the highest. Man is the highest being in creation, because he aspires to freedom.
  • Faithfulness in the performance of small duties gives us strength to adhere to difficult determinations that life will someday force us to make.
  • People are running, running, but there is no place in the world to which they can flee to escape themselves. Ultimately, each one must face himself.
  • Today I forgive all those who have ever offended me. I give my love to all thirsty hearts, both to those who love me and to those who do not love me.
  • Another qualification of success is that we not only bring harmonious and beneficial results to ourselves, but also share those benefits with others.
  • If you permit your thoughts to dwell on evil you yourself will become ugly. Look only for the good in everything so you absorb the quality of beauty.
  • Never count your faults. Just see that your love for God is deeply For God doesn’t mind your imperfections: He minds your  indifference.
  • The happiness of one’s own heart alone cannot satisfy the soul; one must try to include, as necessary to one’s own happiness, the happiness of others.
  • The Spirit could not create matter as anything different from Itself, for it had only Itself as the tissue or material with which to build the cosmos.
  • Incredible amounts of energy are hidden in your brain; enough in a gram of flesh to run the city of Chicago for 2 days. And you say you are tired?
  • One cannot tell when he is going to be healed, so do not try to set an exact time limit. Faith, not time, will determine when the cure will be effected.
  • Be honest with yourself. The world is not honest with you. The world loves hypocrisy. When you are honest with yourself you find the road to inner peace.
  • Intuition is the discriminative faculty that enables you to decide which of two lines of reasoning is right. Perfect intuition makes you a master of all.
  • Through Self-realization man becomes aware of true values as to his place in the divine plan and his relation to the past, present, and future of mankind.
  • As water by cooling and condensation becomes ice, so thought by condensation assumes physical form. Everything in the universe is thought in material form.
  • I don’t want people to think that they can attain realization simply by listening to others or by reading books. They must practice what they read and hear.
  • When you meditate the glory of the Divine shines forth. You realize then that all along there was something tremendous within you and you did not know it.
  • Humbly serving all with their beauty, flowers say more to us about God than anything else. Each one brings a message that the Heavenly Father is right here.
  • God is love. His plan for creation can only be rooted in love. Does not that simple thought, rather than erudite reasoning, offer solace to the human heart?
  • The soul’s first adventure is the fight between two ideas: the wish to return to earth in a human form, and the desire to feel the freedom of having no form.
  • When we serve others, we serve ourselves. Do not think, I will help others – think rather, I will help my own, my world, because I cannot otherwise be happy.
  • You had to fight to get into the womb. Not only you but many souls rushed to enter, and the ones that won are you, and you and I. It was not an easy victory.
  • We should bathe our spirits in the deep, pure feeling that stirs within us when we gaze on the glories of His creation. This is the way to know God as beauty.
  • I could not think of being unkind, even to a mortal enemy. It would hurt me. I see so much unkindness in the world, and there is no excuse for me to add to it.
  • Your success in life does not altogether depend on ability and training; it also depends on your determination to grasp opportunities that are presented to you.
  • Your part is to awaken your desire to accomplish your worthy objectives. Then whip your will into action until it follows the way of wisdom that is shown to you.
  • No action is ever an isolated event. Always, it invites from the universe a reaction that corresponds exactly to the type and the force of energy behind the deed.
  • Freedom means the power to act by soul guidance, not by the compulsions of desires and habits. Obeying the ego leads to bondage; obeying the soul brings liberation.
  • Work for god, love god alone, and be wise with god. When an ordinary man puts the necessary rime and enthusiasm into meditation and prayer, he becomes a divine man.
  • Do not take life’s experiences too seriously. For in reality they are nothing but dream experiences. Play your part in life, but never forget that it is only a role.
  • If you want to be sad, no one in the world can make you happy. But if you make up your mind to be happy, no one and nothing on earth can take that happiness from you.
  • Many people excuse their own faults but judge other persons harshly. We should reverse this attitude by excusing others’ shortcomings and by harshly examining our own.
  • Success is hastened or delayed by one’s habits. It is not your passing inspirations or brilliant ideas so much as your everyday mental habits that control your life.
  • Absolute, unquestioning faith in God is the greatest method of instantaneous healing. An unceasing effort to arouse that faith is man’s highest and most rewarding duty.
  • Before embarking on important undertakings sit quietly calm your senses and thoughts and meditate deeply. You will then be guided by the great creative power of Spirit.
  • Harmony with nature will bring you a happiness known to few city dwellers. In the company of other truth seekers it will be easier for you to meditate and think of God.
  • Each time a swarm of worries invades your mind, refuse to be affected; wait calmly, while seeking the remedy. Spray the worries with the powerful chemical of your peace.
  • 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.
  • The so-called miraculous powers of a great master are a natural accompaniment to his exact understanding of subtle laws that operate in the inner cosmos of consciousness.
  • The time will come when mankind will begin to get away from the consciousness of needing so many material things. More security and peace will be found in the simple life.
  • Affirm divine calmness and peace, and send out only thoughts of love and goodwill if you want to live in peace and harmony. Never get angry, for anger poisons your system.
  • Forget the past, for it is gone from your domain! forget the future, for it is beyond your reach! control the present! Live supremely well now! This is the way of the wise.
  • As a mortal being you are limited, but as a child of God you are unlimited… Focus your attention on God, and you shall have all the power you want, to use in any direction.
  • The purpose of the guru is not to weaken your will. It is to teach you secrets of developing your inner power, until you can stand unshaken amidst the crash of breaking worlds.
  • The true basis of religion is not belief, but intuitive experience. Intuition is the soul’s power of knowing God. To know what religion is really all about, one must know God.
  • You must not let your life run in the ordinary way; do something that nobody else has done, something that will dazzle the world. Show that God’s creative principle works in you.
  • There is a magnet in your heart that will attract true friends. That magnet is unselfishness, thinking of others first; when you learn to live for others, they will live for you.
  • The deeper the Self-realization of a man, the more he influences the whole universe by his subtle spiritual vibrations, and the less he himself is affected by the phenomenal flux.
  • To commune daily with God in deep meditation, and to carry His love and guidance with you into all your dutiful activities, is the way that leads to permanent peace and happiness.
  • Your trials did not come to punish you, but to awaken you – to make you realise that you are a part of Spirit and that just behind the sparks of your life is the Flame of Infinity.
  • Fearlessness means faith in God: faith in his protection, His justice, His wisdom, His mercy, His love, and His Omnipresence… To be fit for Self-realization man must be fearless.
  • You don’t know what is going to come to you in this world; you have to go on living and worrying. Those who die are pitying us; they are blessing us. Why should you grieve for them?
  • To face death itself should not daunt you. Fear of death is ridiculous, because as long as you are not dead you are alive, and when you are dead there is noting more to worry about!
  • Extend the boundaries of the glowing kingdom of your love, gradually including your family, your neighbors, your community, your country, all countries — all living sentient creatures.
  • Making others happy, through kindness of speech and sincerity of right advice, is a sign of true greatness. To hurt another soul by sarcastic words, looks, or suggestions, is despicable.
  • Happiness blooms naturally in the hearts of those who are inwardly free. It flows spontaneously, like a mountain spring after April showers, in minds that are contented with simple living.
  • Meditation is like giving a hug to our ourselves, getting in touch whith that awesome reality in us. While meditating we feel a deep sense of intimacy with God, a love that is inexplicable.
  • We are what we think we are. The habitual inclination of our thoughts determines our talents and abilities, and our personality. So whatever you want to be, start to develop that pattern now.
  • Just behind the darkness of closed eyes shines the light of God. When you behold that light in meditation, hold onto it with devotional zeal. Feel yourself inside it: That is where God dwells.
  • We don’t become angels merely by the instrument of death. If we are angels now, we will be angels in the hereafter. If we are dark, negative personalities now, we will be the same after death.
  • Words saturated with sincerity, conviction, faith, and intuition are like highly explosive vibration bombs, which, when set off, shatter the rocks of difficulties and create the change desired.
  • With the opening of the New Year, all the closed portals of limitations will be thrown open and I shall move through them to vaster fields, where my worthwhile dreams of life will be fulfilled.
  • Untrained warriors are soon killed on the battlefield; so also persons untrained in the art of preserving their inner peace are quickly riddled by the bullets of worry and restlessness in active life.
  • To me there is no difference between one person and another; I behold all as soul-reflection s of the one God. I can’t think of anyone as a stranger, for I know that we are all part of the One Spirit.
  • Beginning with the early dawn of each day, I will radiate joy to everyone I meet. I will be mental sunshine for all who cross my path. Before the unfailing light of my cheer, darkness will take flight.
  • Proper visualization by the exercise of concentration and willpower enables us to materialize thoughts, not only as dreams or visions in the mental realm, but also as experiences in the material realm.
  • So long as we believe in our heart of hearts that our capacity is limited and we grow anxious and unhappy, we are lacking in faith. One who truly trusts in God has no right to be anxious about anything.
  • We are all part of the One Spirit. When you experience the true meaning of religion, which is to know God, you will realize that He is your Self, and that He exists equally and impartially in all beings.
  • When you worry, there is static coming through your mind radio. God’s song is the song of calmness. Nervousness is the static; calmness is the voice of God speaking to you through the radio of your soul.
  • Be careful what you choose to do consciously, for unless your will is very strong, that is what you may have to do repeatedly and compulsively through the habit-influencing power of the subconscious mind.
  • Those in the West who have adopted Christ as their own should remember that he was an Oriental. Love and sympathy for Jesus should be expanded into love and sympathy for all Orientals, and for all the world.
  • A genuine smile distributes the cosmic current, Prana to every body cell.The happy man is less subject to disease, for happiness actually attracts into the body a greater supply of the Universal life energy.
  • Most of the world is like a mental hospital. Some persons are sick with jealousy, others with anger, hatred, passion. They are victims of their habits and emotions. But you can make your home a place of peace.
  • The universal law of karma … is that of action and reaction, cause and effect, sowing and reaping. In the course of natural righteousness, man, by his thoughts and actions, becomes the arbiter of his destiny.
  • 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.
  • Wise guidance never violates people’s Free Will. A superior who demands obedience of his subordinates should show respect for their capacity to understand, and also for their Innate Right to their own Free Will.
  • As God is omnipresent in the cosmos but is undisturbed by its variety, so man, who as a soul is individualized Spirit, must learn to participate in this cosmic drama with a perfectly poised and equilibrated mind.
  • Self-realization may be and sometimes is attained even by people who are struggling with sick and otherwise imperfect bodies; but it cannot be attained unless one can concentrate and meditate uninterruptedly upon God.
  • Release for constructive purposes the power you already have, and more will come. Move on your path with unflinching determination, using all the attributes of success. Tune yourself with the creative power of spirit.
  • You are walking on the earth as in a dream. Our world is a dream within a dream; you must realize that to find God is the only goal, the only purpose, for which you are here. For Him alone you exist. Him you must find.
  • Success is not rightly measured by the worldly standards of wealth, prestige and power. None of these bestow happiness unless they are rightly used. To use them rightly one must possess wisdom and love for God and man.
  • As God talked with Arjuna, so will He talk with you. As He lifted up the spirit and consciousness of Arjuna, so will He uplift you. As he granted Arjuna supreme spiritual vision, so will He confer enlightenment on you.
  • Forget the past. The vanished lives of all men are dark with many shames. Human conduct is ever unreliable until man is anchored in the Divine. Everything in future will improve if you are making a spiritual effort now.
  • The wave is the same as the ocean, though it is not the whole ocean. So each wave of creation is a part of the eternal Ocean of Spirit. The Ocean can exist without the waves, but the waves cannot exist without the Ocean.
  • The greatest romance is with the Infinite. You have no idea how beautiful life can be. When you suddenly find God everywhere, when He comes and talks to you and guides you, the romance of divine love has begun.
  • Self-realization means to know truth through yourself, and not through others. By seeking God first, through Self-realization, all things-strength, power, prosperity, wisdom, health, and immortality-will be added unto you.
  • The Divine has loved me as mother, as father, and as friend, behind all friends. I searched for that one Friend behind all friends, that one lover whom I now see glimmering in all your faces. And that friend never fails me.
  • Carrying a thought with dynamic will power means holding it until that thought pattern develops dynamic force. When a thought is made dynamic by will force, it can manifest according to the mental blueprint you have created.
  • One may have many teachers, but only one guru, who remains as one’s guru even in many different lives, until the disciple reaches the final goal of emancipation in God. You must remember this, once that relationship is formed.
  • Mankind is engaged in an eternal quest for that ‚Äòsomething else’ he hopes will bring him happiness, complete and unending.For those individual souls who have sought and found God, the search is over: He is that Something Else.
  • The soul loves to meditate, for in contact with the Spirit lies its greatest joy. If, then you experience mental resistance during meditation, remember that reluctance to meditate comes from the ego; it doesn’t belong to the soul.
  • It is better to meditate a little bit with depth than to mediate long with the mind running here and there. If you do not make an effort to control the mind it will go on doing as it pleases, no matter how long you sit to meditate.
  • Through every trial we grow. All suffering we experience has a meaning. Though it seems very cruel, it is like the fire that smelts the iron ore: the steel that emerges from that furnace is beautifully strong, useful for many purposes.
  • From joy people are born; for joy they live; in joy they melt at death. Death is an ecstasy, for it removes the burden of the body and frees the soul of all pain springing from body identification. It is the cessation of pain and sorrow.
  • Strengthen your mind and refuse to carry the burden of mental and moral weakness acquired in past years; burn them in the fires of your present divine resolutions and right activities. By this constructive attitude you will attain freedom.
  • Whatever I do, I do with the greatest love that I have in me. Try this, and you will see that you do not become fatigued at all. Love is one of the greatest stimulants to the will. Under the influence of love the will can do almost anything.
  • If religion means primarily God-consciousness, or the realization of God both within and without, and secondarily a body of beliefs, tenets and dogmas, then, strictly speaking, there is but one religion in the world, for there is but one God.
  • Never do anything that taints your mind. Wrong actions cause negative or evil mental vibrations that are reflected in your whole appearance and personality. Engage in those actions and thoughts that nurture the good qualities you want to have.
  • Truths are not truths to you unless you realize them within yourself. Without realization, they are just ideas. For spiritual perception, spiritual consciousness, lies not in vague theological ideas, but in the acquisition of Self-realization.
  • 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.
  • Weaken a bad habit by avoiding everything that occasioned it or stimulated it, without concentrating upon it in your zeal to avoid it. Then divert your mind to some good habit and steadily cultivate it until it becomes a dependable part of you.
  • By the definite science of meditation known for millenniums to the yogis and sages of India, and to Jesus, any seeker of God can enlarge the caliber of his consciousness to omniscience to receive within himself the Universal Intelligence of God.
  • He who has realized oneness with God possesses all knowledge contained in Him. Knowing the Lord as Beginning and End of all beings and worlds, a true Brahmin has knowledge of the hereafter and of the workings of nature on this plane of existence.
  • The things you need in life are those that will help you to fulfill your dominant purpose. Things you may want but not need may lead you aside from that purpose.  It is only by making everything serve your main objective that success is attained.
  • Never be petty. Do not feed resentments against anyone. I prefer good-hearted sinners to so called good people who are intolerant and devoid of compassion. Being spiritual is to have an open mind, understand and forgive, and be friends with everyone.
  • When you make up your mind to do good things, you will accomplish them if you use dynamic will power to follow through. No matter what the circumstances are, if you go on trying, God will create the means by which your will shall find its proper reward.
  • The man of Self-realization knows a bliss that cannot be compared to anything in this world. His joy is independent of any object or sensory experience. It is an incomparable happiness that cannot be described in words. Such joy is known as sattvik-ananda.
  • Group Meditation is a castle that protects the new spiritual aspirants as well as the veteran meditators. Meditating together increases the degree of Self-realization of each member of the group by the law of invisible vibratory exchange of group magnetism.
  • Build your inner environment. Practice Silence! I remember the wonderful discipline of the Great Ones. When we used to talk and chatter, they would say: “Go back into your inner castle.” It was very hard to comprehend then, but now I understand the way of peace
  • 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.
  • Those who are unconquered in spirit are the real successes in life. If you can so train or condition your mind that you are content regardless of what you have or do not have, and if you can stand the challenge of all your trials and remain calm-that is true happiness.
  • Possession of material riches, without inner peace, is like dying of thirst while bathing in a lake. If material poverty is to be avoided, spiritual poverty is to be abhorred. For it is spiritual poverty, not material lack, that lies at the core of all human suffering.
  • Self-realization is the knowing in all parts of body, mind, and soul that you are now in possession of the kingdom of God; that you do not have to pray that it come to you; that God’s omnipresence is your omnipresence; and that all that you need to do is improve your knowing.
  • The body is only a garment. How many times you have changed your clothing in this life, yet because of this you would not say that you have changed. Similarly, when you give up this bodily dress at death you do not change. You are just the same, an immortal soul, a child of God.
  • Think of Divine Abundance as a mighty, refreshing rain. Whatever receptacle you have at hand will receive it. If you hold up a tin cup, you will receive only that quantity. If you hold up a bowl, that will be filled. What kind of receptacle are you holding up to Divine Abundance?
  • The entire universe is God’s cosmic motion picture, and that individuals are merely actors in the divine play who change roles through reincarnation; mankind’s deep suffering is rooted in identifying too closely with one’s current role, rather than with the movie’s director, or God.
  • The sun shines equally on diamond and charcoal, but the former has developed qualities that enable it to reflect the sunlight brilliantly, while the latter is unable to reflect the sunlight. Emulate the diamond in your dealings with people.  Brightly reflect the light of God’s love.
  • Death is not as terrible as you think. It comes to you as a healer. Sleep is nothing but a counterfeit death. What happens in death we can picture in sleep. All our sufferings vanish in sleep. When death comes, all our mortal tortures cease; they cannot go beyond the portals of death.
  • It is not a pumping-in from the outside that gives wisdom; it is the power and extent of your inner receptivity that determines how much you can attain of true knowledge, and how rapidly. You can quicken your evolution by awakening and increasing the receptive power of your brain cells.
  • You cannot make steel until you have made the iron white-hot in fire. It is not meant for harm. Trouble and disease have a lesson for us. Our painful experiences are not meant to destroy us, but to burn out our dross, to hurry us back Home. No one is more anxious for our release than God.
  • The scenery of mountains painted on the ever-changing azure canvas of the sky, the mysterious mechanism of the human body, the rose, the green grass carpet, the magnanimity of souls, the loftiness of minds, the depth of love – all these things remind us of a God who is beautiful and noble.
  • The soul is bound to the body by a chain of desires, temptations, troubles and worries, and it is trying to free itself. If you keep tugging at that chain which is holding you to mortal consciousness, some day an invisible Divine Hand will intervene and snap it apart and you will be free.
  • Thoughts are universally and not individually rooted; a truth cannot be created, but only perceived. The erroneous thoughts of man result from imperfections in his discernment. The goal of Yoga Science is to calm the mind, that without distortion it may mirror the Divine vision in the Universe.
  • Every morning I offer my body, my mind and any ability that I posses, to be used by Thee, O infinite creator, in whatever way Thou dost choose to express Thyself through me. I know that all work is Thy work, and that no task is too difficult or too menial when offered to Thee in loving service.
  • Ever-new Joy is God. He is inexhaustible; as you continue your meditations during the years, He will beguile you with an infinite ingenuity. Devotees like yourself who have found the way to God never dream of exchanging Him for any other happiness; He is seductive beyond thought of competition.
  • The secret of health for both mind and body is not to mourn for the past, worry about the future, or anticipate troubles, but to live in the present moment wisely and earnestly. . . Live each moment completely and the future will take care of itself. Fully enjoy the wonder and beauty of each moment.
  • Mind is the creator of everything. You should therefore guide it to create only good. If you cling to a certain thought with dynamic will power, it finally assumes a tangible outward form. When you are able to employ your will always for constructive purposes, you become the controller of your destiny.
  • Feel the love of God; then in every person you will see the face of the Father, the light of love which is in all. You will find a magic, living relationship uniting the trees, the sky, the stars, all people, and all living things; and you will feel a oneness with them. This is the code of divine love.
  • To love those that love you is easy. To love those that love you not is not so simple. If you want to change anyone, set a better example. Show more kindness, more understanding, more love. That has a sure effect. To those who are not kind, show kindness. To those who are mean, show bigness of heart.
  • It is a great mistake to regard a certain object as pleasurable in itself and to store the idea of it in the mind in hope of fulfilling a want by its actual presence in the future. If objects were pleasurable in themselves, then the same dress or food would always please everyone, which is not the case.
  • When you came into this world you cried, whereas everyone else rejoiced. During your lifetime, work and serve in such a way that when it is time for you to leave this world, you will smile at parting while the world cries for you. Hold this thought and you will always remember to consider others above yourself.
  • Why forgive one who wrongs you? Because if you angrily strike back you misrepresent your own divine soul nature-you are no better than your offender. But if you manifest spiritual strength you are blessed, and the power of your righteous behavior will also help the other person to overcome his misunderstanding.
  • We fear death because of pain, and because of the thought that we may become obliterated. This idea is erroneous. Jesus showed himself in a physical form to his disciples after his death. Lahiri Mahasaya returned in the flesh the next day after he had entered mahasamadhi. They proved that they were not destroyed.
  • I am a spark from the Infinite. I am not flesh and bones. I am light. In helping others to succeed I shall find my own prosperity. In the welfare of others I shall find my own well-being. I am infinite. I am spaceless, I am tireless; I am beyond body thought, and utterance; beyond all matter and mind. I am endless bliss.
  • Births and deaths are inevitable for man only during the state of ignorance in which he thinks he is the body and cannot exist without it. Only the man who will not seek the awakening of wisdom must suffer the nightmares and delusive dreams of births and deaths and the fanciful miseries and limitations attending them. (gt)
  • What you are is much greater than anything or anyone else you have ever yearned for. God is manifest in you in a way that He is not manifest in any other human being. Your face is unlike anyone else’s, your soul is unlike anyone else’s, you are sufficient unto yourself; for within your soul lies the greatest treasure of all – God.
  • The way to freedom is through service to others. The way to happiness is through meditation and being in tune with God… break the barriers of your ego, shed selfishness, free yourself from the consciousness of the body, forget yourself, do away with this prison house of incarnations, melt your heart in all, be one with creation.
  • Those who look at the surface of the sea must behold the birth and death of the waves, but those who seek the depths of the ocean behold one indivisible mass of water. Similarly, those who acknowledge “life” and “death” are tossed by sorrow, while those who live in the illimitable superconsciousness behold and feel the One Ineffable Bliss.
  • Conserve the vital energy, follow a balanced diet, and always smile and be happy. He who finds joy within himself discovers that his body is charged with electric current, life energy, not from food but from God. If you feel that you can’t smile, stand before a mirror and with your fingers pull your mouth into a smile. It is that important!
  • You may control a mad elephant; You may shut the mouth of the bear and the tiger; Ride the lion and play with the cobra; By alchemy you may learn your livelihood; You may wander through the universe incognito; Make vassals of the gods; be ever youthful; You may walk in water and live in fire; But control of the mind is better and more difficult.
  • If you are posing as religious and are not living the life as stressed by God, you should wake up. It is wrong to be insincere. The best time to begin a religious life is when you are youthful and well. If you have a short time to live, you must work harder at it. And if you have along time to live, you should not waste that precious opportunity.
  • Sing songs that none have sung, think thoughts that ne’er in the brain have rung, Walk in paths that none have trod, weep tears as none have shed for God, Give peace to all to whom none other gave, Claim him your own who’s everywhere disclaimed.Love all with love that none have felt and Brave the battle of life with strength unchained.
  • Spirit vibrated into matter; hence, both Spirit and matter exist. Matter, however, does not exist in the way that it appears to us. It exists as we see it owing to the delusive force of maya, which makes the indivisible Spirit seem finite and divisible to all appearances. Matter has existence in the same delusive way as does a mirage in the desert.
  • There is in India a story of a dying youth who, hearing the sobs of grief around him, cried: Insult me not with your cries of sympathy. When I soar to the land of eternal light and love; it is I who should feel for you. For me, disease, shattering of bones, sorrow, excruciating heartaches no more. I dream joy, I glide in joy, I breathe in joy evermore.
  • The material and the spiritual are but two parts of one universe and one truth. By overstressing one part or the other, man fails to achieve the balance necessary for harmonious development… Practice the art of living in this world without losing your inner peace of mind. Follow the path of balance to reach the inner wondrous garden of Self-Realization.
  • Our great whirling planet, our human individuality, were not given to us merely that we might exist for a time and then vanish into nothingness, but that we might question what it is all about. To live without understanding the purpose of life is foolish, a waste of time. The mystery of life surrounds us; we were given intelligence in order to solve it.
  • It takes a long time-many incarnations of right action, good company, help of the guru, self-awakening, wisdom, and meditation-for man to regain his soul consciousness of immortality. To reach this state of Self-realization, each man must practice meditation to transfer his consciousness from the limited body to the unlimited sphere of joy felt in meditation.
  • If you want to be loved, start loving others who need your love….If you want others to sympathize with you, start showing sympathy to those around you. If you want to be respected, you must learn to be respectful to everyone, both young and old….Whatever you want others to be, first be that yourself; then you will find others responding in like manner to you.
  • In vegetables and fruits, God has infused medicinal power to help in overcoming disease. Even these, however, have but a limited potency. The organs of the body are essentially sustained by the energy of God, and the person who employs various methods to increase this energy will have at his command a greater power for healing than is afforded by any medicine or diet.
  • God is the life behind your life, the sight behind your eyes, the taste behind your tongue, and the love behind your love. To realize this to the fullest extent is Self-realization. Without God’s power you can do nothing. If you always hold this thought, you cannot go wrong, because you will have purified the temple of your mind and your soul with the vibrations of God.
  • Realize the tremendous spiritual power and beauty of the life of Christ, and try to live as he lived. Christ had no nationality. He loved all races as the children of God. Try to feel that brotherhood with all nationalities. Real brotherhood can never come unless we feel it in our hearts. Such feeling can be attained only through the actual contact of God in our hearts.
  • You must know the difference between imagination, theoretical knowledge and true realization. Could you nourish yourself by only listening to a talk on food? To know food only theoretically is to always remain hungry. You must eat to satisfy hunger. So he who seeks new doctrines continuously but does not put them into practice in his life is in continual spiritual starvation.
  • In the earlier days of history, kings and leaders went to the battlefield with their men; but today, those who determine that a nation will go to war remain safely behind. The next time leaders talk of warring, all the people should get together and send those leaders to the front lines. Give them a big arena with wonderfully effective ammunition, and the war will be finished in a day
  • To the last day of your life, be positive; try to be cheerful. Even at the very end, don’t think, “I am finished.” Instead of pitying yourself, you should be thinking, “O ye who are left on this desolate shore still to mourn and deplore, it is I who pity you.” Death will not give you any trouble if you have a clear conscience; and if you go with this thought: “Lord, I am in Thy hands.”
  • World’ is a large term, but man must enlarge his allegiance, considering himself in the light of a world citizen… A person who truly feels: ‘The world is my homeland; it is my America, my India, my Philippines, my England, my Africa,’ will never lack scope for a useful and happy life. His natural local pride will know limitless expansion; he will be in touch with creative universal currents.
  • Since you alone are responsible for your thoughts, only you can change them. You will want to change them when you realize that each thought creates according to its own nature. Remember that the law works at all times and that you are always demonstrating according to the kind of thoughts you habitually entertain. Therefore, start now to think only those thoughts that will bring you health and happiness.
  • God-realization is the most difficult state to reach. Let no one fool himself, nor think that someone else can “give” it to him. Whenever I fell into a state of mental stagnation, my Master could do nothing for me. But I never gave up trying to keep in tune with him by cheerfully performing whatever he asked me to do. “I have come to him for God-realization,” I reasoned, “and I must listen to his advice.”
  • He who knows his soul knows this truth: I am beyond everything finite; I I now see that the Spirit, alone in a space with Its ever-new joy, has expressed Itself as the vast body of nature. I am the stars, I am the waves, I am the Life of all,  I am the laughter within all hearts,  I am the smile on the faces of the flowers and in each soul.  I am the Wisdom and Power that sustain all creation.
  • This world is not the same to all people. Each one lives in his little domain….Peace and harmony may reign in one person’s world; where strife and restlessness in anothers. But whatever the circumstances of one’s environment, it consists of both an inner and an outer world. The outside world is the one in which your life engages in action and interaction. The world inside of you determines your happiness or unhappiness.
  • Lord Krishna… proclaims Self-realization, true wisdom, as the highest branch of all human knowledge-the king of all sciences, the very essence of dharma (“religion”)-for it alone permanently uproots the cause of man’s threefold suffering and reveals to him his true nature of Bliss. Self-realization is yoga or “oneness” with truth-the direct perception or experience of truth by the all-knowing intuitive faculty of the soul.
  • The way to liberation lies through this realization of the Self, by God-communion and by remaining in this God-aware state of the soul while performing dutiful actions. Any individual can reach this supreme actionless state by the renunciation of all fruits of actions: performing all dutiful acts without harbouring in his heart any likes and dislikes, possessing no material desires, and feeling God, not the ego, as the Doer of all actions.
  • At physical death man loses his consciousness of the flesh and becomes conscious of his astral body in the astral world. Thus physical death is astral birth. Later, he passes from the consciousness of luminous astral birth to the consciousness of dark astral death and awakens in a new physical body. Thus astral death is physical birth. These recurrent cycles of physical and astral encasements are the ineluctable destiny of all unenlightened men.
  • Consider whether fulfillment of the goal you have chosen will constitute success. What is success? If you possess health and wealth, but have trouble with everybody (including yourself), yours is not a successful life. Existence becomes futile if you cannot find happiness. When wealth is lost, you have lost a little; when health is lost, you have lost something of more consequence; but when peace of mind is lost, you have lost the highest treasure.
  • Let us meditate until we perceive the Infinite Christ reigning in our own hearts. Let us learn to love those who love us not; and to forgive those who do ill against us. Let us break all our mental boundaries of color, creed, and nationality, and receive all – even our inanimate and animal brothers – in the endless, all embracing arms of our Christ Consciousness. This will be a true and fitting celebration of the coming of Jesus Christ to this earth.
  • Death is not a blotting-out of existence, a final escape from life; nor is death the door to immortality. He who has fled his Self in earthly joys will not recapture It amidst the gossamer charms of an astral world. There he merely accumulates finer perceptions and more sensitive responses to the beautiful and the good, which are one. It is on the anvil of this gross earth that struggling man must hammer out the imperishable gold of spiritual identity.
  • The greatest dread of ordinary man is death, with its rude imposition interrupting fortuitous plans and fondest attachments with an unknown and unwelcome change. The yogi is a conqueror of the grief associated with death. By control of mind and life force and the development of wisdom, he makes friends with the change of consciousness called death-he becomes familiar with the state of inner calmness and aloofness from identification with the mortal body.
  • Take life as it comes and death as it comes. Death is really beautiful; if it were a bad thing, God would not let it happen to us. It is really freedom, an entry into another, higher life. We must utilize this life in order to realize the life beyond this one. Beyond this earth garden is the infinite land wherein we meet those whom we have thought lost. Although we must not seek death, when it comes we should know that it is the final examination for a great reward.
  • If death were the end, then there is no God, and there are no realised masters – it is all a pack of lies. The great ones wouldn’t urge you to became better, for what would be the use if, good or bad, we are all junked at the end of life? What would be the value of the scriptures? There would be no justice whatsoever if this present existence is all there is to each individual life. What of those souls who lived only a few years, or lived in blind or crippled bodies?
  • Why shouldn’t you strengthen your own vibrations through fellowship with people seeking Self-realization, and by group meditation with them? This practice will fortify your own spiritual convictions you will find that many seemingly insuperable barriers in your life will crumble and dissolve in the waters of meditation. Your devotion and love for God will commingle with the devotion and love of others. Divine bliss will radiate from you, helping all persons you meet.
  • The reflection, the verisimilitude, of life that shines in the fleshly cells from the soul source is the only cause of man’s attachment to his body; obviously he would not pay solicitous homage to a clod of clay. A human being falsely identifies himself with his physical form because the life currents from the soul are breath-conveyed into the flesh with such intense power that man mistakes the effect for a cause, and idolatrously imagines the body to have life of its own.
  • Millions of people never analyze themselves. Mentally they are mechanical products of the factory of their environment, preoccupied with breakfast, lunch, and dinner, working and sleeping, and going here and there to be entertained. They don’t know what or why they are seeking, nor why they never realize complete happiness and lasting satisfaction. By evading self-analysis, people go on being robots, conditioned by their environment. True self-analysis is the greatest art of progress.
  • When a man in the process of dreaming becomes conscious that he is dreaming, he is no longer identified with the phenomena; he is not affected exultantly or dolefully. God consciously dreams His cosmic play and is unaffected by it’s dualities. A yogi who perceives his real self as separate from his active senses and their objects never becomes attached to anything. He is aware of the dream nature of the universe and watches it without being entangled in its complex but ephemeral nature.
  • It is not your passing thoughts or brilliant ideas so much as your plain everyday habits that control your life….Live simply. Don’t get caught in the machine of the world‚ it is too exacting. By the time you get what you are seeking your nerves are gone, the heart is damaged, and the bones are aching. Resolve to develop your spiritual powers more earnestly from now on. Learn the art of right living. If you have joy you have everything,so learn to be glad and contented….Have happiness now.
  • An adept of Kriya Yoga conquers death by taking the soul beyond identification with the physical body, consciously and at will; and then returning to the consciousness of the mortal form again. By this process, he experiences the body as merely the material dwelling place of the soul. He can remain therein as long as he wants; and after that body has fulfilled its usefulness, he can quit it at will without suffering physical pain or mental pain due to attachment, and enter his omnipresent home in God.
  • Gandhi has sound economic and cultural reasons for encouraging the revival of cottage industries, but he does not counsel a fanatical repudiation of all modern progress. Machinery, trains, automobiles, the telegraph have played important parts in his own colossal life! Fifty years of public service, in prison and out, wrestling daily with practical details and harsh realities in the political world, have only increased his balance, open-mindedness, sanity, and humorous appreciation of the quaint human spectacle.
  • Don’t depend on death to liberate you from your imperfections. You are exactly the same after death as you were before. Nothing changes; you only give up the body. If you are a thief or a liar or a cheater before death, you don’t become an angel merely by dying. If such were possible, then let us all go and jump in the ocean now and become angels at once! Whatever you have made of yourself thus far, so will you be hereafter. And when you reincarnate, you will bring that same nature with you. To change, you have to make the effort. This world is the place to do it.
  • Sri Yukteswar used to poke gentle fun at the commonly inadequate conceptions of renunciation.”A beggar cannot renounce wealth,” Master would say. “If a man laments: ‘My business has failed; my wife has left me; I will renounce all and enter a monastery,’ to what worldly sacrifice is he referring? He did not renounce wealth and love; they renounced him!”Saints like Gandhi, on the other hand, have made not only tangible material sacrifices, but also the more difficult renunciation of selfish motive and private goal, merging their inmost being in the stream of humanity as a whole.
  • 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.