Consciousness Quotes (161) Spiritual Sayings

Summary: Consciousness is a term that refers to the relationship between the mind and the world with which it interacts. It has been defined as: subjectivity, awareness, the ability to experience or to feel, wakefulness, having a sense of selfhood, and the executive control system of the mind.


Remember, we are all affecting the world every moment, whether we mean to or not.  Our actions and states of mind matter, because we’re so deeply interconnected with one another.  Working on our own consciousness is the most important thing that we are doing at any moment, and being love is the supreme creative act. 
~ Ram Dass 

If your goal is to avoid pain and escape suffering, I would not advise you to seek higher levels of consciousness or spiritual evolution. 
~ M. Scott Peck 

“The degree to which your Consciousness expands, is the degree to which you understand yourself and the universe.” 
~ Gina Charles

“Thinking is learning all over again how to see, directing one's consciousness, making of every image a privileged place.” 
~ Albert Camus, The Myth of Sisyphus and Other Essays

“Consciousness is only possible through change; change is only possible through movement.” 
~ Aldous Huxley, The Art of Seeing

“Creativity is the state of consciousness in which you enter into the treasury of your innermost being and bring the beauty into manifestation.” (p.232)” 
~ Torkom Saraydarian, The Solar Angel

“Control of consciousness determines the quality of life.” 
~ Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi, Flow

“Meditation is the dissolution of thoughts in Eternal awareness or Pure consciousness without objectification, knowing without thinking, merging finitude in infinity.” 
~ Voltaire

“Make peace with silence, and remind yourself that it is in this space that you'll come to remember your spirit. When you're able to transcend an aversion to silence, you'll also transcend many other miseries. And it is in this silence that the remembrance of God will be activated.” 
~ Wayne W. Dyer

“True philosophy must start from the most immediate and comprehensive fact of consciousness: 'I am life that wants to live, in the midst of life that wants to live” 
~ Albert Schweitzer

“When you change the way you look at things, the things you look at change.” 
~ Wayne W. Dyer

We live at the threshold of a universal recognition that the human being is not mere matter, but a potent, energetic field of consciousness. Modalities of the past millennium are quickly giving way to breakthrough technologies wherein we heal ourselves at the level of all true healing, which is spirit.
~ Michael Beckwith

He who experiences the unity of life sees his own self in all beings, and all being in his own self, and looks on everything with an impartial eye.
~ Buddha

According to Vedanta, there are only two symptoms of enlightenment, just two indications that a transformation is taking place within you toward a higher consciousness. The first symptom is that you stop worrying. Things don’t bother you anymore. You become light hearted and full of joy. The second symptom is that you encounter more and more meaningful coincidences in your life, more and more synchronicities. And this accelerates to the point where you actually experience the miraculous.
~ Deepak Chopra

The power of the word is real whether or not you are conscious of it.
~ Sonia Choquette

I want to remind us all that the world is listening, all the time. How we are ripples out from us into the world and affects others. We have a responsibility – an ability to respond – to the world. Finding our particular way of living this responsibility, of offering who we are to the world, is why we are here. We are called because the world needs us to embody the meaning in our lives. God needs us awake. The world we live in is a co-creation, a manifestation of individual consciousness woven into a collective dream. How we are with each other as individuals, as groups, as nations and tribes, is what shapes that dream.
~ Oriah Mountain Dreamer

The intellect has little to do on the road to discovery. There comes a leap in consciousness, call it intuition or what you will, the solution comes to you and you don’t know how or why.
~ Albert Einstein

Life is consciousness.
~ Emmet Fox

God is not found in places. God is found in consciousness.
~ Joel Goldsmith

Enlightenment is not imagining figures of light, but making the darkness conscious.
~ Carl Jung

From the living fountain of instinct flows everything that is creative; hence the unconscious is not merely conditioned by history, but is the very source of the creative impulse. It is like nature herself - prodigiously conservative, and yet transcending her own historical conditions in her acts of creation.
~ Carl Jung

Imagination is the primary gift of human consciousness.
~ Sir Ken Robinson

The kind of spirituality I value is one in which you get great joy out of contributing to life, not just sitting and meditating, although meditation is certainly valuable. But from meditation, from the resulting consciousness, I would like to see people in action creating the world they want to live in.
~ Marshall Rosenberg

This human being is a guest house. Every morning a new arrival. A joy, a depression, a meanness, some momentary awareness comes as an unexpected visitor. Welcome and entertain them all! Even if they're a crowd of sorrows, who violently sweep your house empty of its furniture, still treat each guest honorably. He may be clearing you out for some new delight.
~ Rumi

I know of no more encouraging fact than the unquestionable ability of man to elevate his life by a conscious endeavor.
~ Henry David Thoreau

Life will give you whatever experience is most helpful for the evolution of consciousness.
~ Eckhart Tolle

We are most alive when our hearts are conscious of our treasures.
~ Thornton Wilder

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

Life's most persistent and urgent question is, 'What are you doing for others?'
~ Martin Luther King, Jr.

We are the cosmos made conscious and life is the means by which the universe understands itself.
~ Brian Cox

A human being is a part of the whole called by us universe; a part limited in time and space. He experiences himself, his thoughts, and his feelings as something separate from the rest - a kind of optical delusion of consciousness.
~ Albert Einstein

You cannot help another who will not help him or herself. In the end, all souls must walk their path - and the reason they are walking a particular path may not be clear to us... or even to them at the level of ordinary human consciousness. Do what you can to help others, of course. Show love and caring whenever and wherever you can. But do not get caught up in someone else's "story" to the point where you start writing it.
~ Neale Donald Walsch

Life will give you whatever experience is most helpful for the evolution of your consciousness. How do you know this is the experience you need? Because this is the experience you are having at the moment.
~ Eckhart Tolle

The essence of the liberal outlook lies not in what opinions are held, but in how they are held; instead of being held dogmatically, they are held tentatively, and with a consciousness that new evidence may at any moment lead to their abandonment.
~ Bertrand Russell

Madison Avenue is a very powerful aggression against private consciousness. A demand that you yield your private consciousness to public manipulation.
~ Marshall McLuhan

The consciousness of the falsity of present pleasures, and the ignorance of the vanity of absent pleasures, cause inconstancy.
~ Blaise Pascal

Irony is a clear consciousness of an eternal agility, of the infinitely abundant chaos.
~ Karl Wilhelm Friedrich Schlegel

The great mystery of our consciousness is beyond our grasp.
~ William Shatner

Fear arises through identification with form, whether it be a material possession, a physical body, a social role, a self-image, a thought, or an emotion. It arises through unawareness of the formless inner dimension of consciousness or spirit, which is the essence of who you are. You are trapped in object consciousness, unaware of the dimension of inner space which alone is true freedom.
~ Eckhart Tolle

Remember that consciousness is power. Consciousness is education and knowledge. Consciousness is becoming aware. It is the perfect vehicle for students. Consciousness-raising is pertinent for power, and be sure that power will not be abusively used, but used for building trust and goodwill domestically and internationally. Tomorrow's world is yours to build.
~ Yuri Kochiyama

I think that the consciousness of passion makes you act very differently.
~ Pedro Almodovar

God must become an activity in our consciousness.
~ Joel S. Goldsmith

The defining function of the artist is to cherish consciousness.
~ Max Eastman

No one can get inner peace by pouncing on it, by vigorously willing to have it ... Peace is a consciousness of springs too deep for earthly droughts to dry up. Peace is the gift not of volitional struggle but of spiritual hospitality.
~ Harry Emerson Fosdick

We are on the planet to... wrap our consciousness around the divine treasure within us...
~ Michael Beckwith

The distinguishing characteristics of mind are of a subjective sort; we know them only from the contents of our own consciousness.
~ Wilhelm Wundt

You must rouse into people's consciousness their own prudence and strength, if you want to raise their character.
~ Luc de Clapiers

Thus in Christianity the alienation had become total, and it was this total alienation that was the biggest obstacle to the progress of self-consciousness.
~ Bruno Bauer

This is part of human nature, the desire to change consciousness.
~ Michael Pollan

The growth of the mind is the widening of the range of consciousness, and...each step forward has been a most painful and laborious achievement.
~ Carl Jung

The final purpose of art is to intensify, even, if necessary, to exacerbate, the moral consciousness of people.
~ Norman Mailer

In dream consciousness we make things happen by wishing them, because we are not only the observer of what we experience but also the creator.
~ Vilayat Inayat Khan

Intention involves such a small fragment of our consciousness and of our mind and of our life.
~ Jasper Johns

I don't think the British carry a historical consciousness either.
~ Tom Paulin

Expelled from individual consciousness by the rush of change, history finds its revenge by stamping the collective unconsciousness with habits and values.
~ Arthur M. Schlesinger, Jr.

If the heart stops for more than two minutes, you have massive brain death. There are only two minutes between our conscious world and zero. That's how fragile our consciousness is.
~ Robin Gibb

As the ego cogito, subjectivity is the consciousness that represents something, relates this representation back to itself, and so gathers with itself.
~ Martin Heidegger

Part of the lesbian consciousness is an absolute recognition of the erotic within our lives and, taking that a step further, dealing with the erotic not only in sexual terms.
~ Audre Lorde

Once we have learned to read, meaning of words can somehow register without consciousness.
~ Katherine Mansfield

What power can poverty have over a home where loving hearts are beating with a consciousness of untold riches of the head and heart?
~ Orison Swett Marden

The human being is flesh and consciousness, body and soul; his heart is an abyss which can only be filled by that which is godly.
~ Olivier Messiaen

There are a great number of Republicans who are economically conservative but have hearts and a consciousness about their country.
~ Tim Robbins

Remorse sleeps during prosperity but awakes bitter consciousness during adversity.
~ Jean-Jacques Rousseau

I've always been interested in the relationship between total external surround, culture, the political matrix, technology, etc., and the internal human consciousness.
~ Norman Spinrad

I used to wake up at 4 A.M. and start sneezing, sometimes for five hours. I tried to find out what sort of allergy I had but finally came to the conclusion that it must be an allergy to consciousness.
~ James Thurber

I need one of those baby monitors from my subconscious to my consciousness so I can know what the hell I'm really thinking about.
~ Steven Wright

Being spiritual has nothing to do with what you believe and everything to do with your state of consciousness.
~ Eckhart Tolle

Working on our own consciousness is the most important thing that we are doing at any moment, and being love is a supreme creative act.
~ Ram Dass

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.
~ Paramahansa Yogananda

There is no life without consciousness; there is no consciousness without life.
~ Annie Besant

In studying the history of the human mind one is impressed again and again by the fact that the growth of the mind is the widening of the range of consciousness, and that each step forward has been a most painful and laborious achievement. One could almost say that nothing is more hateful to man than to give up even a particle of his unconsciousness. Ask those who have tried to introduce a new idea!
~ Carl Jung

The whole drift of my education goes to persuade me that the world of our present consciousness is only one out of many worlds of consciousness that exist.
~ William James

Consciousness is either inexplicable illusion, or else revelation.
~ C. S. Lewis

Human consciousness is just about the last surviving mystery.
~ Daniel Dennett

The task of science is to stake out the limits of the knowable, and to center consciousness within them.
~ Rudolf Virchow

However, when we shift our awareness or "frequency" from self-consciousness - where fear, impossibility or feelings of separation reside - to cosmic consciousness, which is in total harmony with the universe and where none of those feelings exist, then anything is possible.
~ Rhonda Byrne

I think that we are starting to get much more conscious about, you know, the importance of the spiritual path, and we are fulfilling it by paying attention to ourselves.
~ Paulo Coelho

This much is certain: when a man is happy, happy to the core and root of beatitude, he is no longer conscious of himself or anything else.
~ Meister Eckhart

He is conscious only of God...To be conscious of knowing God is to know about God and self.
~ Meister Eckhart

I must try, however, as best I can, although I am very conscious of the fact that our feelings and strivings are often contradictory and obscure and that they cannot be expressed in easy and simple formulas.
~ Albert Einstein

...The unconscious has no time. There is no trouble about time in the unconscious. Part of our psyche is not in time and not in space. They are only an illusion, time and space, and so in a certain part of our psyche time does not exist at all.
~ Carl Jung

We can truly see that consciousness is operating creatively even in biology, even in the evolution of species.
~ Amit Goswami

There are many who feel consciously hopeful and unconsciously hopeless, and there are few for whom it is the other way around.
~ Erich Fromm

The ultimate gift of conscious life is a sense of the mystery that encompasses it.
~ Lewis Mumford

Consciousness is what makes the mind-body problem really intractable.
~ Thomas Nagel

The years between 1800 and 1825 were distinguished, so far as our domestic development was concerned, by the growth of the Western pioneer Democracy in power and self-consciousness.
~ Herbert Croly

There is a frustration too, that at moments when there's not a coup, when there are not people in the streets, that the country disappears from people's consciousness.
~ Edwidge Danticat

If you listen to a lot of music, it gradually seeps into your consciousness or your unconsciousness and comes out in your music.
~ John Abercrombie

My feeling is religious insofar as I am imbued with the consciousness of the insufficiency of the human mind to understand more deeply the harmony of the Universe which we try to formulate as "laws of nature".
~ Albert Einstein

I regard consciousness as fundamental. I regard matter as derivative from consciousness. We cannot get behind consciousness. Everything that we talk about, everything that we regard as existing, postulates consciousness.
~ Max Planck

Consciousness of our powers augments them.
~ Luc de Clapiers

I regard consciousness as fundamental. I regard matter as a derivative of consciousness.
~ Max Planck

I do not know the man so bold He dare in lonely Place That awful stranger Consciousness Deliberately face-.
~ Emily Dickinson

Some things will always remain a mystery at this level of consciousness, and it is right that they should. So do not try to solve all the mysteries. Give the universe a chance. It will unfold itself in due course. Enjoy the experience of becoming.
~ Neale Donald Walsch

How does silence find its way out of that noisy, chattering mind? That endless maze of thought, concept, opinion, belief? How does perfect silence and pure consciousness find its way out of that maze? Very simply: Bring yourself present with something that's HERE, in the moment. Then you'll be HERE again.
~ Leonard Jacobson

We do not build or create a spiritual consciousness; we merely get rid of all that obscures our pure vision
~ Roy Davis

I will not let anyone walk through my mind with their dirty feet.
~ Mahatma Gandhi

Our most important task is to transform our consciousness so that violence is no longer an option for us in our personal lives, that understanding that a world of peace is possible only if we relate to each other as peaceful beings, one individual at a time.
~ Deepak Chopra

Mind is consciousness which has put on limitations. You are originally unlimited and perfect. Later you take on limitations and become the mind.
~ Ramana Maharshi

Consciousness... does not appear to itself chopped up in bits. Such words as 'chain' or 'train' do not describe it fitly as it presents itself in the first instance. It is nothing jointed; it flows. A 'river' or a 'stream' are the metaphors by which it is most naturally described. In talking of it hereafter, let us call it the stream of thought, of consciousness, or of subjective life. Source of the expression 'stream of consciousness'.
~ William James

Life is not a series of gig lamps symmetrically arranged; life is a luminous halo, a semi-transparent envelope surrounding us from the beginning of consciousness to the end.
~ Virginia Woolf

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

The most complicated achievements of thought are possible without the assistance of consciousness.
~ Sigmund Freud

But there's a shift happening in humanity, a shift in consciousness, happening now because it has to happen now.
~ Eckhart Tolle

I think people are isolated because of the nature of human consciousness, and they like it when they feel the connection between themselves and someone else.
~ James Taylor

When we quit thinking primarily about ourselves and our own self-preservation, we undergo a truly heroic transformation of consciousness.
~ Joseph Campbell

Do not look for approval except for the consciousness of doing your best.
~ Andrew Carnegie

No problem can be solved from the same level of consciousness that created it.
~ Albert Einstein

The essential elements of giving are power and love - activity and affection - and the consciousness of the race testifies that in the high and appropriate exercise of these is a blessedness greater than any other.
~ Mark Hopkins

There is no coming to consciousness without pain.
~ Carl Jung

We experience ourselves our thoughts and feelings as something separate from the rest. A kind of optical delusion of consciousness. This delusion is a kind of prison for us, restricting us to our personal desires and to affection for a few persons nearest to us.
~ Albert Einstein

The key to growth is the introduction of higher dimensions of consciousness into our awareness.
~ Laozi

Life is a series of sensations connected to different states of consciousness
~ Remy de Gourmont

Conscious business.. business that is conscious of inner and outer worlds.. would therefore be business that takes into account body, mind, and spirit in self, culture, and nature. Put differently, conscious business would be mindful of the way that the spectrum of consciousness operates in the Big Three worlds of self and culture and nature.
~ Ken Wilber

Just let go. Let go of how you thought your life should be, and embrace the life that is trying to work its way into your consciousness.
~ Caroline Myss

There is nothing holier in this life of ours than the first consciousness of love, the first fluttering of its silken wings.
~ Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

Our normal waking consciousness, rational consciousness as we call it, is but one special type of consciousness, whilst all about it, parted from it by the filmiest of screens, there lie potential forms of consciousness entirely different.
~ William James

The human consciousness is really homogeneous. There is no complete forgetting, even in death.
~ D. H. Lawrence

Our journey into consciousness of wealth begins with the realization that we have already arrived!
~ Michael Beckwith

The past is no more and the future is not yet. The only right person is one who lives moment to moment, whose arrow is directed to the moment, who is always here and now; wherever he is, his whole consciousness, his whole being, is involved in the reality of here and in the reality of now.
~ Rajneesh

The whole world is a cyclone. But once you have found the center, the cyclone disappears. This nothingness is the ultimate peak of consciousness.
~ Rajneesh

Keep love in your heart. A life without it is like a sunless garden when the flowers are dead. The consciousness of loving and being loved brings a warmth and a richness to life that nothing else can bring.
~ Oscar Wilde

It is only the consciousness of a nonexistence which allows us to realize for moments that we are living.
~ Max Frisch

Happiness is that state of consciousness which proceeds from the achievement of one's values.
~ Ayn Rand

Where you are in consciousness has everything to do with what you see in experience.
~ Eric Butterworth

When we learn new behaviors and break through to higher levels of consciousness and love, we can fulfill the deeper spiritual hunger within.
~ Judith Wright

I will work on myself, since the work on myself is going to be the highest thing I can do for it all, since I understand that as man up-levels his own consciousness, he sees more creative solutions to the problems that he's confronting.
~ Ram Dass

Man's ethics must not end with man, but should extend to the universe. He must regain the consciousness of the great Chain of Life from which he cannot be separated.
~ Albert Schweitzer

Keep love in your heart. A life without it is like a sunless garden when the flowers are dead.
~ Oscar Wilde

Consciousness is a phase of mental life which arises in connection with the formation of new habits. When habit is formed, consciousness only interferes to spoil our performance.
~ William Ralph Inge

My unconscious knows more about the consciousness of the psychologist than his consciousness knows about my unconscious.
~ Karl Kraus

Inspiration may be a form of superconsciousness, or perhaps of subconsciousness - I wouldn't know. But I am sure it is the antithesis of self-consciousness.
~ Aaron Copland

If any human being is to reach full maturity both the masculine and the feminine sides of the personality must be brought up into consciousness.
~ Mary Esther Harding

Of Consciousness, her awful Mate. The Soul cannot be rid - as easy the secreting her behind the Eyes of God.
~ Emily Dickinson

Black Consciousness is an attitude of the mind and a way of life, the most positive call to emanate from the black world for a long time.
~ Steven Biko

Consciousness is much more than the thorn, it is the dagger in the flesh.
~ Emile M. Cioran

Happiness is a matter of one's most ordinary and everyday mode of consciousness being busy and lively and unconcerned with self.
~ Iris Murdoch

Ego is the immediate dictate of human consciousness.
~ Max Planck

Meditation is the dissolution of thoughts in eternal awareness or pure consciousness.
~ Sivananda

There is no reality of consciousness independent of the effects of various vehicles of content on subsequent action (and hence, of course, on memory).
~ Daniel Dennett

Today self-consciousness no longer means anything but reflection on the ego as embarrassment, as realization of impotence: knowing that one is nothing.
~ Theodor Adorno

Everything in the Universe, throughout all its kingdoms, is conscious: i.e., endowed with a consciousness of its own kind and on its own plane of perception.
~ H. P. Blavatsky

The extent of your consciousness is limited only by your ability to love and to embrace with your love the space around you, and all it contains.
~ Napoleon Bonaparte

I never took hallucinogenic drugs because I never wanted my consciousness expanded one unnecessary iota.
~ Fran Lebowitz

The first task in teaching is to bring to consciousness what the students already believe by virtue of their personal experiences about themselves and society.
~ Paul Wellstone

A person experiences life as something separated from the rest - a kind of optical delusion of consciousness. Our task must be to free ourselves from this self-imposed prison, and through compassion, to find the reality of Oneness.
~ Albert Einstein

Only when your consciousness is totally focused on the moment you are in can you receive whatever gift, lesson, or delight that moment has to offer.
~ Barbara De Angelis

Life is consciousness.
~ Emmet Fox

Everybody has a high point and a lot goes into that: timing, situation, general consciousness.
~ Alex Van Halen

Feeling is the consciousness of the resulting conditions - of success, failure, equilibrium, compromise or balance, in this continuous rivalry of ideas.
~ James Mark Baldwin

But my doubt would not be overcome. Kierkegaard had declared that it was only to the consciousness of sin that Christianity was not horror or madness. For me it was sometimes both.
~ Georg Brandes

I don't write for any group. I write to bring about a change in consciousness.
~ Jeanette Winterson

Whether or not we believe in survival of consciousness after death, reincarnation, and karma, it has very serious implications for our behavior.
~ Stanislav Grof

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