Awakening Quotes (178) Spiritual Sayings

===> Awakening Quotations. A Collection of some of the best sayings offering words of wisdom

Summary: Awakening is described as experiencing an involved realization of a sacred dimension of reality

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“Awakening is not a thing. It is not a goal, not a concept. It is not something to be attained. It is a metamorphosis. If the caterpillar thinks about the butterfly it is to become, saying ‘And then I shall have wings and antennae,’ there will never be a butterfly. The caterpillar must accept its own disappearance in its transformation. When the marvelous butterfly takes wing, nothing of the caterpillar remains.”
~ Alejandro Jodorowsky


“When we awaken to our truth, we realize we are free.”
~ Kristi Bowman, Journey to One: A Woman's Story of Emotional Healing and Spiritual Awakening


“Creativity comes from awakening and directing men's higher natures, which originate in the primal depths of the uni- verse and are appointed by Heaven.”
~ I Ching quotes (Chinese)


The soul should always stand ajar, ready to welcome the ecstatic experience.
~ Emily Dickinson


Spiritual awakening is frequently described as a journey to the top of a mountain.
We leave our attachments and our worldliness behind and slowly make our way to the top. 
At the peak we have transcended all pain. The only problem with this metaphor is 
that we leave all the others behind ~ our drunken brother, our schizophrenic sister, 
our tormented animals and friends. Their suffering continues, unrelieved by our personal escape.
In the process of discovering our true nature, the journey goes down, not up.
It's as if the mountain pointed toward the center of the earth instead of reaching into the sky. 
Instead of transcending the suffering of all creatures, we move toward the turbulence and doubt. 
We jump into it. We slide into it. We tiptoe into it. We move toward it however we can. 
We explore the reality and unpredictability of insecurity and pain, and we try not to push it away. 

If it takes years, if it takes lifetimes, we will let it be as it is. 
At our own pace, without speed or aggression, we move down and down and down. 
With us move millions of others, our companions in awakening from fear. 
At the bottom we discover water, the healing water of compassion. 
Right down there is the thick of things, we discover the love that will not die.
~ Bhiksuni Pema Chodron


The solution to the problem of the day is the awakening of the consciousness of humanity to the divinity within.
~ Hazrat Inayat Khan


Awakening is dynamic,
Constantly evolving in accordance with life’s realities ~
Unfolding from ego-self to compassionate self,
From enclosed self to open self,
From foolish self to enlightened self.
~ Taitetsu Unno


Awakening begins when a man realizes that he is going nowhere
and does not know where to go.
~ Georges Gurdjieff


Many of life’s failures are people who did not realize how close they were to success when they gave up.
~ Thomas Alva Edison


Every night, when I go to sleep, I die. Every morning, when I wake up, I am reborn.
~ Mahatma Gandhi


May our heart's garden of awakening bloom with hundreds of flowers.
~ Thich Nhat Hanh


Who looks outside, dreams. Who looks inside, awakens.
~ Carl Jung


Your vision will become clear only when you can look into your own heart. Who looks outside, dreams; who looks inside, awakens.
~ Carl Jung


When you realize that suffering and discomfort are the call to inquiry, you may actually begin to look forward to uncomfortable feelings. You may even experience them as friends coming to show you what you have not yet investigated thoroughly enough.
~ Byron Katie


Playology is about waking up our senses, infusing our organs of seeing, hearing, smelling, touching, tasting - and the higher cognitive senses as well, with the spirit of play. Play ignites creativity and spontaneity. Playing together leads to trust and cooperation.
~ Ellie Katz


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


From wonder into wonder existence opens.
~ Lao Tzu


A soulmate is the one person whose love is powerful enough to motivate you to meet your soul, to do the emotional work of self-discovery, of awakening.
~ Kenny Loggins


What is necessary to change a person is to change his awareness of himself.
~ Abraham Maslow


The aim of life is to live, and to live means to be aware, joyously, drunkenly, serenely, divinely aware.
~ Henry Miller


What is [the role of money] in the search for meaning? Is our relationship to it one of the chief factors that keeps us in our prison, or could it also be a tool for breaking out, for awakening to a life filled with intensity of purpose?
~ Jacob Needleman


The great awareness comes slowly, piece by piece. The path of spiritual growth is a path of lifelong learning. The experience of spiritual power is basically a joyful one.
~ M. Scott Peck


The universe is full of magical things, patiently waiting for our wits to grow sharper.
~ Eden Philpotts


Earth, ourselves, breathe and awaken, leaves are stirring, all things moving, new day coming, life renewing.
~ Pawnee Prayer


The real voyage of discovery consists not in seeking new landscapes, but in having new eyes.
~ Marcel Proust


How much longer will you go on letting your energy sleep? How much longer are you going to stay oblivious of the immensity of yourself?
~ Bhagwan Shree Rajneesh


It’s exhilarating to be alive in a time of awakening consciousness; it can also be confusing, disorienting, and painful.
~ Adrienne Rich


Rise up nimbly and go on your strange journey!
~ Rumi


If every day is an awakening, you will never grow old. You will just keep growing.
~ Gail Sheehy


The best way to make your dreams come true is to wake up.
~ Paul Valery


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


Inspiration is an awakening, a quickening of all man's faculties, and it is manifested in all high artistic achievements.
~ Giacomo Puccini


Self-observation brings man to the realization of the necessity of self-change. And in observing himself a man notices that self-observation itself brings about certain changes in his inner processes. He begins to understand that self-observation is an instrument of self-change, a means of awakening.
~ G. I. Gurdjieff


I fear all we have done is to awaken a sleeping giant and fill him with a terrible resolve.
~ Isoroku Yamamoto


Man has to awaken to wonder - and so perhaps do peoples. Science is a way of sending him to sleep again.
~ Ludwig Wittgenstein


Upon awakening in the morning, I wondered if the proceedings of the night before had been a dream. It was hard to believe that I was the world's heavyweight champion.
~ Gene Tunney


It's exhilarating to be alive in a time of awakening consciousness; it can also be confusing, disorienting, and painful.
~ Adrienne Rich


The fact that logic cannot satisfy us awakens an almost insatiable hunger for the irrational.
~ A. N. Wilson


If I were to awaken after having slept for a thousand years, my first question would be: Has the Riemann hypothesis been proven?
~ David Hilbert


Women's propaganda must touch upon all those questions which are of great importance to the general proletarian movement. The main task is, indeed, to awaken the women's class consciousness and to incorporate them into the class struggle.
~ Clara Zetkin


Far from wishing to awaken the artist in the pupil prematurely, the teacher considers it his first task to make him a skilled artisan with sovereign control of his craft.
~ Eugen Herrigel


But whether it be dream or truth, to do well is what matters. If it be truth, for truth's sake. If not, then to gain friends for the time when we awaken.
~ Pedro Calderon de la Barca


It is reality that awakens possibilities, and nothing would be more perverse than to deny it.
~ Robert Musil


When you awaken some morning and hear that somebody or other has been discovered, you can put it down as a fact that he discovered himself years ago - since that time he has been toiling, working, and striving to make himself worthy of general discovery.
~ James Whitcomb Riley


On the other hand, what I like my music to do to me is awaken the ghosts inside of me. Not the demons, you understand, but the ghosts.
~ David Bowie


To the American people I say, awaken to what is happening. It is the duty of each citizen to be vigilant, to protect liberty, to speak out, left and right and disagree lest be trampled underfoot by misguided zealotry and extreme partisanship.
~ Robert Byrd


The best books for a man are not always those which the wise recommend, but often those which meet the peculiar wants, the natural thirst of his mind, and therefore awaken interest and rivet thought.
~ William Ellery Channing


Do not try to approach God with your thinking mind. It may only stimulate your intellectual ideas, activities, and beliefs. Try to approach God with your crying heart. It will awaken your soulful, spiritual consciousness.
~ Sri Chinmoy


If they are really persuaded that the army is annually established by me, that I have the sole disposal of posts and honours, that I employ this power in the destruction of liberty and the diminution of commerce, let me awaken them from their delusion.
~ Robert Walpole


The greatest discovery of the 19th century was not in the realm of the physical sciences, but the power of the subconscious mind touched by faith. Any individual can tap into an eternal reservoir of power that will enable them to overcome any problem that may arise. All weaknesses can be overcome, bodily healing, financial independence, spiritual awakening, and prosperity beyond your wildest dreams. This is the superstructure of happiness.
~ William James


The stopping of the Judicial courts, had been blended, in the minds of some people, with the redress of grievances considered only as a mode of awakening the attention of the legislature.
~ George Minot


Who looks outside, dreams; who looks inside, awakes.
~ Carl Jung


The voice of the sea speaks to the soul. The touch of the sea is sensuous, enfolding the body in its soft, close embrace.
~ Kate Chopin


If a Labour movement, on a bourgeois basis, has hitherto existed in the country where the new movement is awakening it will certainly not disappear all at once.
~ Karl Radek


I look at tens of thousands of church leaders who still do need a bit of an awakening.
~ Bill Hybels


You look at the whole Human Rights questions, I happened to be there at just the right time when the country was awakening - this goes to the first question you asked - the whole country was awakening to a hundred years of injustice that hadn't been resolved yet.
~ Birch Bayh


The poet knows himself only on the condition that things resound in him, and that in him, at a single awakening, they and he come forth together out of sleep.
~ Jacques Maritain


Recent action in Syria and Palestine also tell us that the awakening voices of democracy in those regions are occurring, and that those in that region are able to pursue it without being stifled by terrorists that are despotic.
~ Judd Gregg


However, anyone to whom this happens should not leave his room upon awakening, should speak to no-one, but remain alone and sober until everything comes back to him, and he recalls the dream.
~ Paracelsus


A religious awakening which does not awaken the sleeper to love has roused him in vain.
~ Jessamyn West


Women of all classes are awakening to the necessity of self-support, but few are willing to do the ordinary useful work for which they are fitted.
~ Elizabeth Cady Stanton


It is possible to experience an awakening in this life through realising just how precious each moment, each mental process, and each breath truly is.
~ Christy Turlington


My appointed work is to awaken the divine nature that is within.
~ Peace Pilgrim


The whole art of teaching is only the art of awakening the natural curiosity of young minds for the purpose of satisfying it afterwards.
~ Anatole France


WE ALREADY HAVE everything we need. There is no need for self-improvement. All these trips that we lay on ourselves—the heavy-duty fearing that we’re bad and hoping that we’re good, the identities that we so dearly cling to, the rage, the jealousy and the addictions of all kinds—never touch our basic wealth. They are like clouds that temporarily block the sun. But all the time our warmth and brilliance are right here. This is who we really are. We are one blink of an eye away from being fully awake.
~ Pema Chodron


We are like horses who hurt themselves as soon as they pull on their bits - and we bow our heads. We even lose consciousness of the situation, we just submit. Any re-awakening of thought is then painful.
~ Simone Weil


Every life has a measure of sorrow, and sometimes this is what awakens us.
~ Steven Tyler


I don't want to be daft and say I had some spiritual awakening or something, but I really did come of age in Los Angeles, where we recorded the album. I had my own little house and my own little circle and I really got to feel how the city ticks.
~ Melanie Chisholm



At the dawn of the 19th century, the country was awakening to its enormous scope and variety.
~ David Lavender


One of the most beautiful passages of Rousseau is that in the sixth book of Confessions, where he describes the awakening in him of the literary sense. Of such wisdom, the poetic passion, the desire of beauty, the love of art for its own sake, has most.
~ Walter Pater


...Suddenly normal wasn't good enough.
~ Steven Kotler


There's something in everybody that longs for that awakening to be more true to yourself.
~ Eckhart Tolle


Truthful movements spontaneously attract to themselves all manner of pure and disinterested help.
~ Mahatma Gandhi


The social potential movement is on the threshold of a mass awakening, seeking to carry into society what individuals have learned spiritually and personally.
Barbara Marx Hubbard


The purpose of our lives is to give birth to the best that is in us. It is only through our own personal awakening that the world can be awakened. We cannot give what we do not have.
Marianne Williamson


The dream of democracy has long been enshrined in the hearts of the Egyptian people. It only needed awakening.
~ Mohamed ElBaradei


True progress comes not through action, but through awakening.
~ Alan Cohen


Conscious awareness is the source of our healing...Only when you say the truth can the truth set you free. This is not a negative process, but at times it is a difficult process.
~ Marianne Williamson


The light of unconditional love awakens the dormant seed potentials of the soul.
~ John Welwood


Every good movement passes through five stages, indifference, ridicule, abuse, repression, and respect.
~ Mahatma Gandhi


If you try to impress an alarm clock, it will simply tell you the time.
~ Steve Pavlina


I know that some people think differently about pilots, but I really enjoyed shooting Awakening.
~ Lucy Griffiths


They see that who they are is the silence in which sound is happening, the spaciousness in which movement occurs. This kind of recognition, whether fleeting or abiding, is called an awakening.
~ Arjuna Ardagh


Rise up nimbly and go on your strange journey!
~ Rumi


Is death the last sleep? No, it is the last and final awakening.
~ Walter Scott


You can have a spiritual awakening and discover a new side of you at any age. And best of all, love can happen at any age. Life can just start to get exciting when you're in your 40s and 50s. You have to believe that.
~ Salma Hayek


In Buddhism, we talk of meditation as an act of awakening, to be awake to the fact that the earth is in danger and living species are in danger.
~ Nhat Hanh


The great awareness comes slowly, piece by piece. The path of spiritual growth is a path of lifelong learning. The experience of spiritual power is basically a joyful one.
~ M. Scott Peck


That is the real spiritual awakening, when something emerges from within you that is deeper than who you thought you were. So, the person is still there, but one could almost say that something more powerful shines through the person.
~ Eckhart Tolle


When we are alone on a starlit night, when by chance we see the migrating birds in autumn descending on a grove of junipers to rest and eat; when we see children in a moment when they are really children, when we know love in our own hearts; or when, like the Japanese poet, Basho, we hear an old frog land in a quiet pond with a solitary splash - at such times the awakening, the turning inside out of all values, the "newness," the emptiness and the purity of vision that make themselves evident, all these provide a glimpse of the cosmic dance.
~ Thomas Merton


Once the soul awakens, the search begins and you can never go back. From then on, you are inflamed with a special longing that will never again let you linger in the lowlands of complacency and partial fulfillment. The eternal makes you urgent. You are loath to let compromise or the threat of danger hold you back from striving toward the summit of fulfillment.
~ John O'Donohue


To the ego, the present moment hardly exists. Only past and future are considered important. This total reversal of the truth accounts for the fact that in the ego mode the mind is so dysfunctional. It is always concerned with keeping the past alive, because without it - who are you?
~ Eckhart Tolle


The voice of the sea speaks to the soul.
~ Kate Chopin


A single event can awaken within us a stranger totally unknown to us.
~ Antoine de Saint-Exupery


The voice of the sea is seductive, never ceasing, whispering, clamoring, murmuring, inviting the soul to wander in abysses of solitude.
~ Kate Chopin


Softly and kindly remind yourself, ''I cannot own anything.'' It is a valuable thought to keep in mind as you struggle to improve your financial picture, worry about investments, and plan how to acquire more and more. It is a universal principle which you are part of. You must release everything when you truly awaken. Are you letting your life go by in frustration and worry over not having enough? If so, relax and remember that you only get what you have for a short period of time. When you awaken you will see the folly of being attached to anything.
~ Wayne Dyer


When we are alone on a starlit night, when by chance we see the migrating birds in autumn descending on a grove of junipers to rest and eat; when we see children in a moment when they are really children.
~ Thomas Merton


We are one blink of an eye away from being fully awake
~ Pema Chodron


There will come a time when you believe everything is finished. Yet that will be the beginning.
~ Louis L'Amour


Times are difficult globally; awakening is no longer a luxury or an ideal. It’s becoming critical. We don’t need to add more depression, more discouragement, or more anger to what’s already here. It’s becoming essential that we learn how to relate sanely with difficult times. The earth seems to be beseeching us to connect with joy and discover our innermost essence. This is the best way that we can benefit others.
~ Pema Chodron


Through spiritual maturity you will see new ways to avoid unnecessary suffering; wiser ways to endure unavoidable hardships with grace, and opportunities to turn your pain into lessons of service and healing for others. Your hard journey has had a great purpose! Your pain was always a part of a plan to open your heart to love. Have faith. A miracle is happening in your life; the miracle of pain is transforming you to your highest self.
~ Bryant H. McGill


As soon as you look at the world through an ideology you are finished. No reality fits an ideology. Life is beyond that. … That is why people are always searching for a meaning to life… Meaning is only found when you go beyond meaning. Life only makes sense when you perceive it as mystery and it makes no sense to the conceptualizing mind.
~ Anthony de Mello


Everything comes by being! Be the love you seek. Be the friend you seek. Be the lover you seek. Be the honesty you seek. Be the integrity you seek. Be the patience you seek. Be the tolerance you seek. Be the compassion you seek.
~ Bryant H. McGill


Perhaps one of the most powerful keys to determining our experience of the months ahead comes from a shift in thinking that invites us beyond asking, 'What can I get from the world that exists,' to asking, 'What can I offer to the world that is awakening?' The way we answer this question as individuals becomes our collective answer to what comes next.
~ Gregg Braden


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.
~ Vernon Howard


No effort is ever wasted, although some pay dividends later than you think. Do not imagine that you "wasted your time" because something didn't turn out right. There is no such thing as "waste" in the Universe. Everything - everything - yields benefit. It's true. And your life will show you this. So don't decry the "effort that failed." All things lead to your highest good. You just may not know it yet.
~ Neale Donald Walsch


True happiness comes not when we get rid of all of our problems,but when we change our relationship to them, when we see our problems as a potential source of awakening, opportunities to practice, and to learn.
~ Richard Carlson


We are awakening to that marvelous truth, that Christ is not in the heavens only, nor the atmosphere only, but Christ is in you.
~ John G. Lake


Don't change just so people will like you! Like yourself and your relationships will change. There are people who will love you for - YOU.
~ Bryant H. McGill


I prefer to be true to myself, even at the hazard of incurring the ridicule of others, rather than to be false, and to incur my own abhorrence.
~ Frederick Douglass


A kind of light spread out from her. And everything changed color. And the world opened out. And a day was good to awaken to. And there were no limits to anything. And the people of the world were good and handsome. And I was not afraid any more.
~ John Steinbeck


You can become blind by seeing each day as a similar one. Each day is a different one, each day brings a miracle of its own. It's just a matter of paying attention to this miracle.
~ Paulo Coelho


To offer no resistance to life is to be in a state of grace, ease, and lightness.
~ Eckhart Tolle


I remember awakening one morning and finding everything smeared with the color of forgotten love.
~ Charles Bukowski


The sooner one develops compassion in this journey, the better. Compassion lets us appreciate that each individual is doing what he or she must do, and that there is no reason to judge another person or oneself. You merely do what you can to further your own awakening.
~ Ram Dass


The whole world opens when we accept this moment, this very moment.
~ Deepak Chopra


When one realises one is asleep, at that moment one is already half-awake.
~ P.D. Ouspensky


Fortunately, some are born with spiritual immune systems that sooner or later give rejection to the illusory worldview grafted upon them from birth through social conditioning. They begin sensing that something is amiss, and start looking for answers. Inner knowledge and anomalous outer experiences show them a side of reality others are oblivious to, and so begins their journey of awakening. Each step of the journey is made by following the heart instead of following the crowd and by choosing knowledge over the veils of ignorance.
~ Henri Bergson


Be kind to yourself as you proceed along this journey. This kindness, in itself, is a means of awakening the spark of love within you and helping others to discover that spark within themselves.
~ Tsoknyi Rinpoche


I surround myself with authentic and loving people who share my journey of personal growth and awakening.
~ Cheryl Richardson


A soulmate is the one person whose love is powerful enough to motivate you to meet your soul, to do the emotional work of self-discovery, of awakening.
~ Kenny Loggins


Know yourself. Be yourself. Love yourself. Seek goodness and be goodness. Seek beauty and be beauty. Seek love and be love.
~ Bryant H. McGill


The final awakening is the embracing of the darkness into the light. That means embracing our humanity as well as our divinity. What we go from is being born into our humanity, sleep walking for a long time, until we awaken and start to taste our divinity. And then want to finally get free.
We see as long as we grab at our divinity and push away our humanity we aren’t free. If you want to be free, you can’t push away anything. You have to embrace it all. It’s all God.
~ Ram Dass


The biggest barrier to awakening is the belief that it is something rare.
~ Adyashanti


The human drama is reaching its denouement. The great unveiling is approaching, a time when the power structures of the world begin to crumble and people of the heart sing out a new truth. Many voices are joining the chorus, many feet are walking the path, many minds are dreaming possibilities for a magnificent future. For beneath the crises that are looming at every level of civilization, the global heart is awakening, beating out the rhythm of a new and glorious dance, calling us to a better way of living.
~ Anodea Judith


The awakening is the purpose. The awakening of the fact that in essence we are light, we are love. Each cell of our body, each cell and molecule of everything. The power source that runs all life is light. So to awaken to that knowledge, and to desire to operate in that realm, and to believe that it is possible, are all factors that will put you there.
~ Dolores Cannon


The desire to go home that is a desire to be whole, to know where you are, to be the point of intersection of all the lines drawn through all the stars, to be the constellation-maker and the center of the world, that center called love. To awaken from sleep, to rest from awakening, to tame the animal, to let the soul go wild, to shelter in darkness and blaze with light, to cease to speak and be perfectly understood.
~ Rebecca Solnit


Meditate?” I took my head out from under the pillow, shook dark hair back from my face, and rolled over on my side to look at him. “Excuse me, but the closest I ever got to having a spiritual awakening was dating a yoga instructor. Once.
~ Rachel Caine


And you? When will you begin that long journey into yourself?
~ Rumi


Spiritual Awakening is awakening from the dream of thought.
~ Eckhart Tolle


Upon awakening, let the words Thank You flow from your lips, for this will remind you to begin your day with gratitude and compassion.
~ Wayne Dyer


Being vegetarian here also means that we do not consume dairy and egg products, because they are products of the meat industry. If we stop consuming, they will stop producing. Only collective awakening can create enough determination for action.
~ Nhat Hanh


You are not your body; you are not your brain, not even your mind. You are Spirit. All you have to do is reawaken to the memory, to remember.
~ Brian Weiss


How much longer will you go on letting your energy sleep? How much longer are you going to stay oblivious of the immensity of yourself?
~ Rajneesh


The dance goes from realizing that you're separate (which is the awakening) to then trying to find your way back into the totality of which you are not only a part, but which you are.
~ Ram Dass


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


When you realize that suffering and discomfort are the call to inquiry, you may actually begin to look forward to uncomfortable feelings. You may even experience them as friends coming to show you what you have not yet investigated thoroughly enough.
~ Byron Katie


The solution to the problem of the day is the awakening of the consciousness of humanity to the divinity within.
~ Hazrat Inayat Khan


Art should exhilarate, and throw down the walls of circumstance on every side, awakening in the beholder the same sense of universal relation and power which the work evinced in the artist.
~ Ralph Waldo Emerson


Life is a series of awakenings
~ Sivananda


The modern world lies under a pervasive sense of anguish, of being abandoned, or at least experiencing God as absent. Yet events that seem to turn our lives upside down and inside out are part of God's redemptive plan, not only for us, but for the world in which we live. God may be preparing a great awakening for the world, if God can find enough people to cooperate in this mysterious plan.
~ Thomas Keating


You see, gentlemen, they have something to die for. They've discovered they're a people. They're awakening.
~ Frank Herbert


I await joyous surprises while working, an awakening of the materials that I work with and that my spirit develops.
~ Odilon Redon


The awakening of consciousness is the next evolutionary step for mankind.
~ Eckhart Tolle


What is [the role of money] in the search for meaning? Is our relationship to it one of the chief factors that keeps us in our prison, or could it also be a tool for breaking out, for awakening to a life filled with intensity of purpose?
~ Jacob Needleman


Awakening begins when a man realizes that he is going nowhere and does not know where to go.
~ G. I. Gurdjieff


Gratitude takes nothing for granted, is never unresponsive, is constantly awakening to new wonder.
~ Thomas Merton


Racism has been for everyone like a horrible, tragic car crash, and we've all been heavily sedated from it. If we don't come into consciousness of this tragedy, there's going to be a violent awakening we don't want. The question is, can we wake up?
~ Anna Deavere Smith


And what is true education? It is awakening a love for truth; giving a just sense of duty; opening the eyes of the soul to the great purpose and end of life. It is not so much giving words, as thoughts; or mere maxims, as living principles. It is not teaching to be honest, because 'honesty is the best policy'; but because it is right. It is teaching the individual to love the good, for the sake of the good; to be virtuous in action because one is so in heart; to love and serve God supremely, not from fear, but from delight in his perfect character.
~ David O. McKay


We need limitations and temptations to open our inner selves, dispel our ignorance, tear off disguises, throw down old idols, and destroy false standards. Only by such rude awakenings can we be led to dwell in a place where we are less cramped, less hindered by the ever-insistent External. Only then do we discover a new capacity and appreciation of goodness and beauty and truth.
~ Helen Keller


Trouble is another word for fate; what troubles us the most is what we are fated to one day face. What troubles us in youth will return at each crossroad in life because it secretly seeks to provoke a deep awakening to the unique way that we are intended to live.
~ Michael Meade


It is easy to see the glow but hard to recognize the awakening of silence.
~ Dejan Stojanovic


Nothing reminds us of an awakening more than rain.
~ Dejan Stojanovic


Sometimes, the most profound of awakenings come wrapped in the quietest of moments.
~ Stephen Crane


There has always been a longing in the human heart for a more just, free, loving and creative society. But it was never before possible to fulfill these aspirations, because we had neither the evolutionary drivers and global crises to force us to change, nor did we have the scientific and technological powers that can free us from the limitations of scarcity, poverty, disease, and ignorance. This is the time of awakening for the social potential movement.
~ Barbara Marx Hubbard


To be grateful is to recognize the Love of God in everything He has given us - and He has given us everything. Every breath we draw is a gift of His love, every moment of existence is a grace, for it brings with it immense graces from Him. Gratitude therefore takes nothing for granted, is never unresponsive, is constantly awakening to new wonder and to praise of the goodness of God. For the grateful person knows that God is good, not by hearsay but by experience. And that is what makes all the difference.
~ Thomas Merton


The next time you find yourself in some way trying desperately to land safely, your compassion might be what finally gives you the courage you need to let go of the controls. In doing so, you might discover that each time you let go, it becomes easier and easier to re-enter the atmosphere of your own aliveness. Gradually you’ll come home to the flow of your own living presence, the warmth and space of your awakening heart.
~ Tara Brach


The most important part of the practice is for the question to remain alive and for your whole body and mind to become a question. In Zen they say that you have to ask with the pores of your skin and the marrow of your bones. A Zen saying points out: Great questioning, great awakening; little questioning, little awakening; no questioning, no awakening.
~ Martine Batchelor


First, we become aware of that which is Divine around us. Then we become aware of that which is Divine within us. Finally, we become aware that all is Divine, and that there is nothing else. This is the moment of our awakening.
~ Neale Donald Walsch


Each time you meet an old emotional pattern with presence, your awakening to truth can deepen. There’s less identification with the self in the story and more ability to rest in the awareness that is witnessing what’s happening. You become more able to abide in compassion, to remember and trust your true home. Rather than cycling repetitively through old conditioning, you are actually spiraling toward freedom.
~ Tara Brach


Many people who are going through the early stages of the awakening process are no longer certain what their outer purpose is. What drives the world no longer drives them. Seeing the madness of our civilization so clearly, they feel somewhat alienated from the culture around them. Some feel that they inhabit a no-man's-land between two worlds. They are no longer run by the ego, yet the arising awareness has not yet become fully integrated into their lives. Inner and outer purpose have not merged.
~ Eckhart Tolle


A mother's nurturing love arouses in children, from their earliest days on earth, an awakening of the memories of love and goodness they experience in their premortal existence, Because our mothers love us, we learn, or more accurately remember, that God also loves us
~ M. Russell Ballard


A quiet mind is all you need. All else will happen rightly, once your mind is quiet. As the sun on rising makes the world active, so does self-awareness affect changes in the mind. In the light of calm and steady self-awareness, inner energies wake up and work miracles without any effort on your part
~ Sri Nisargadatta Maharaj


Even after the Truth has been realised, there remains that strong, obstinate impression that one is still an ego - the agent and experiencer. This has to be carefully removed by living in a state of constant identification with the supreme non-dual Self. Full Awakening is the eventual ceasing of all the mental impressions of being an ego.
~ Adi Shankara


Liberalism and capitalism address themselves to the cool, well-balanced mind. They proceed by strict logic, eliminating any appeal to the emotions. Socialism, on the contrary, works on the emotions, tries to violate logical considerations by rousing a sense of personal interest and to stifle the voice of reason by awakening primitive instincts.
~ Ludwig von Mises


In the next 30 years we can destroy our world. With the very same powers - spiritual, social, scientific - we can evolve our world. Our mission is to serve as catalysts for a planetary awakening in our lifetime, to take a non-violent path to the next stage of our evolution.
~ Barbara Marx Hubbard


Free yourself from the psychological structure of society, which is to free yourself from the essence of conflict.
~ Jiddu Krishnamurti


Listen to what your higher wisdom has to say about how you can deepen your participation in the global shift-through personal healing, changing your worldview, or finding ways to help others and the environment. This is how you can both heal yourself and help humanity. At their deepest level, the two are joined and ready to awaken to a new world.
~ Edmund Bourne


When you catch on to your awakening, the world does not change. You just see it differently, that's all. You acquire a feeling of immortality. A feeling of divine bliss, so to speak, when things no longer have the power to affect you.
~ Robert Adams


I do not believe there is a method better than Montessori for making children sensitive to the beauties of the world and awakening their curiosity regarding the secrets of life.
~ Gabriel Garcia Marquez


Now don't think that awakening is the end. Awakening is the end of seeking, the end of the seeker, but it is the beginning of a life lived from your true nature.
~ Adyashanti


So the Buddha is presenting awakening not as a single mystical experience that may come upon us at some meditation, some private moment of transcendence, but rather as a new engagement with life. He is offering us a relationship to the world that is more sensitized to suffering and the causes of suffering, and he gives rise to the possibility of another kind of culture, another kind of civilization.
~ Stephen Batchelor


The Buddha’s dharma didn’t teach peace and relaxation; it taught awakening—often rude awakening.
~ Jay Michaelson


The more clean you are in awakening to your own being, the more you'll be able to move your own being toward others.  Your evolution as awareness is in the purity of thatit's in the cleanness.
~ John de Ruiter


Love is a magic ray emitted from the burning core of the soul and illuminating the surrounding earth. It enables us to perceive life as a beautiful dream between one awakening and another.
~ Khalil Gibran


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