Selected Quotes

Delusion
Illusion
Insignificance
Significance
Top Down Change
Changing Oneself
Responsibility (Survival)
A Simple Life
Courage
Not Knowing
Intent
Life as Inquiry
Separateness
Oneness
Consciousness
Silence and Stillness
Living and Dying
Seeking
Transformation

Delusion

“Insanity is doing the same thing over and over and expecting different results.” ~ Albert Einstein

“… only when you get clear of it can you look back and see what a miracle of consciousness engineering self-delusion really is.” ~ Jed McKenna

“We can continue our quest for improvement or not. We can search for happiness, enlightenment, security or identity or not. The search is not wrong; it is unrelated to the actual world.” ~ Steven Harrison from “What’s Next After Now?”
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Illusion

“The distinction between past, present and future is only a stubbornly persistent illusion.” ~ Albert Einstein

“What if there was no tomorrow?  There wasn’t one today!” ~ Groundhog Day – The Movie

“We don’t see things as they are, we see them as we are.” ~ Anais Nin

“Reality is an illusion, albeit a very persistent one.” ~ Albert Einstein

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Insignificance

“There is no now, there is only the intersection of past and future, both of which possess the curious charm of not existing.” ~ Jed McKenna

“It is well to remember that the entire universe with one trifling exception is composed of others.” ~ John Andrew Holmes

“Don’t take yourself too seriously. And don’t be too serious about not taking yourself too seriously.” ~ Howard Ogden

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Significance

“The capability of human life is beyond our imagination. What counts is the human capacity to investigate and transform our own mind and the world around us in a powerful and positive direction.” ~ Gelek Rimpoche

“Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate.  Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure.  It is our light and not our darkness that most frightens us. We ask ourselves, ‘Who am I to be brilliant, gorgeous, talented and fabulous?’  Actually, who are you not to be?  You are a child of the Universe.  Your playing small does not serve the world.” ~ Nelson Mandela

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Top Down Change

“War is the ultimate tool of politics. Political leaders look out only for their own side. Politicians are always realistically maneuvering for the next election. They are obsolete as fundamental problem-solvers.” ~ Buckminster Fuller

“It is difficult to get a man to understand something when his salary depends on not understanding it.” ~ Upton Sinclair

“Be thankful we’re not getting all the government we’re paying for.” ~ Will Rogers

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Changing Oneself

“Whatever you resist, persists.” ~ Adyashanti

“Personal improvement is like sitting in a movie theater, arguing with the villain projected on the screen, and feeling that at least we have tried to make things better.”  ~  Steven Harrison from “What’s Next After Now?”
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Responsibility (Survival)

“If the success or failure of this Planet, and of Human Beings, depended on how I am and what I do, how would I be? What would I do?” ~ Buckminster Fuller

“I’d put my money on the sun and solar energy. What a source of power!  I hope we don’t have to wait until oil and coal run out before we tackle that.” ~ Thomas Edison

“We are not going to be able to operate our Spaceship Earth successfully for much longer unless we see it as a whole spaceship and our fate as common. It has to be everybody or nobody.” ~ Buckminster Fuller

“Nature is the home team and always bats last.” ~ Allan Nation, Editor of The Stockman Grass Farmer

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A Simple Life

“Simplicity is the ultimate sophistication.” ~ Leonardo DaVinci

“A master in the art of living draws no sharp distinctions between his work and his play, his labor and his leisure, his mind and his body, his education and his recreation.  He hardly knows which is which.  He simply pursues his vision through whatever he is doing, leaving to others to determine is he is working or playing.  To himself, he always appears to be doing both.” ~ Francois Rene Auguste Chateaubriand

“Any darn fool can make something complex; it takes a genius to make something simple.” ~ Pete Seeger, folksinger

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Courage

“There is no such thing as a failed experiment, only experiments with unexpected outcomes.” ~ Buckminster Fuller

“What you run away from owns you. You are the dog on a leash. The most you can do is to tug against the leash.” ~ Adyashanti

“I’m not trying to counsel any of you to do anything really special except to dare to think, and to dare to go with the truth, and to dare to really love completely.” ~ Buckminster Fuller

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Not Knowing

“If you would be a real seeker after truth, it is necessary that at least once in your life to doubt, as far as possible, all things.” ~ Rene Descartes, philosopher

“Well, I am certainly wiser than this man.  It is only too likely that neither of us has any knowledge to boast of; but he thinks that he knows something which he does not know, whereas I am quite conscious of my ignorance.  At any rate, it seems that I am wiser than he is to this small extent, that I do not think that I know what I do not know.” ~ Socrates

“In order to come to the knowledge that you have not, you must go by the way you know not.” ~ St. John of the Cross

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Intent

“Nothing in the world can take the place of persistence.  Talent will not; nothing is more common than unsuccessful men with talent.  Genius will not; unrewarded genius is almost a proverb.  Education alone will not; the world is full of educated derelicts.  Persistence and determination alone are omnipotent.” ~ Calvin Coolidge

“The average man doesn’t want to be free. He wants to be safe.” ~ H.L. Mencken

“You have to start by bringing yourself into focus. Nothing can happen before that and no one can do it for you. The fact is no matter how you cut it, no matter what you believe, all you have is this tiny moment between two eternities of non-being. If not now, when?” ~ Jed McKenna

“Distraction is the only thing that consoles us for our miseries and yet it is itself the greatest of our miseries.” ~ Blaise Pascal, 17th Century French Philosopher

“For the past 33 years, I have looked in the mirror every morning and asked myself: ‘If today were the last day of my life, would I want to do what I am about to do today?’ And whenever the answer has been ‘No’ for too many days in a row, I know I need to change something.” ~ Steve Jobs
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Life as Inquiry

“There are no mistakes in life; all events are blessings given for our edification – our learning.” ~ Elizabeth Kubler-Ross

“Your time is limited, so don’t waste it living someone else’s life. Don’t let the noise of others’ opinions drown out your own inner voice. And most important, have the courage to follow your heart and intuition.” ~ Steve Jobs

“Ask: ‘Who am I?’” ~ Ramana Maharshi

“This is a journey to be taken, not studied. Having a well-informed understanding of what fire looks like and feels like is kind of silly when you can just see it and feel it for yourself.” ~ Jed McKenna

“In this birth you will discover all blessing.  But neglect this birth and you neglect all blessing.  Tend only to this birth in you and you will find there all goodness and consolation, all delight, all being and all truth.” ~ Meister Eckhart, 14th century Christian mystic

“Let what comes, come. Let what goes, go. Find out what remains.” ~ Ramana Maharshi

“Earnestness is the most important thing.” ~ Nisargadatta

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Separateness

“Human beings are part of a whole called by us the “Universe,” a part limited in time and space.  We experience ourselves, our thoughts and feelings, as something separated 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 us. Our task must be to free ourselves from this prison by widening our circles of compassion to embrace all living creatures and the whole of nature in its beauty. The true value of a human being is determined by the measure and the sense in which they have obtained liberation from the self. We shall require a substantially new manner of thinking if humanity is to survive.” ~ Albert Einstein

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Oneness

“You are life. You are inseparable from this moment, from this space, and from everything that is arising in it. You are inseparable from life. The mind is creating division. It is creating this as opposed to that — you and the world.  Beyond this dualistic dream, are there two here?” ~ Scott Kiloby

“Form is emptiness. Emptiness is form.” ~ The Heart Sutra

“There is only the One.” ~ Adyashanti

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Consciousness

“Only that day dawns to which we are awake.” ~ Henry David Thoreau

“Looking out into the world, everything is happening in that seeing space.  To point to your natural state, we use words that describe the absence of something including timelessness, formlessness, silence, non-conceptual awareness, and selflessness.  Don’t get caught up in the words.  They are merely pointing you to this seeing space, the space in which time, form, sound, concepts, self and everything else arises.” ~ Scott Kiloby

“You can’t look at what’s looking. You can’t think about that which is prior to thought.” ~ Adyashanti

“The Kingdom of Heaven is at hand and men do not see it.” ~ Jesus

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Silence and Stillness

“Man was made for the highest activity, which is, in fact, his rest,” ~ Thomas Merton, a Benedictine Monk

“All of man’s problems come from his inability to sit quietly in a room alone.” ~ Blaise Pascal, a 17th Century French Philosopher

“In the final analysis, the hope of every person is simply peace of mind.” ~ The Dalai Lama

“All that is necessary to awaken to yourself as the radiant emptiness of spirit is to stop seeking something more or better or different, and to turn your attention inward to the awake silence that you are.” ~ Adyashanti

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Living and Dying

“It is not the end of the physical body that should worry us.  Rather, our concern must be to live while we’re alive – to release our inner selves from the spiritual death that comes with living behind a façade designed to conform to external definitions of who and what we are.” ~ Elisabeth Kubler-Ross

“How did it get so late so soon?

It’s night before it’s afternoon.

December is here before it’s June.

My goodness how time has flewn.

How did it get so late so soon?”

~ Dr. Seuss

 

“Your relationship to your own mortality tells the tale. Everyone is either facing it or turned away from it.  If you don’t want to face the most fundamental fact of your own existence, what can you face?   It doesn’t get any closer or simpler than this.” ~ Jed McKenna

“Death is not the opposite of life. Death is the opposite of birth. Life has no opposite.” ~ Eckhart Tolle

“Whatever you can become will ultimately be destroyed.  Only what you already are can’t be taken away.” ~ Adyashanti

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Seeking

“Seek ye first the Kingdom of Heaven and all else shall be given unto you.” ~ Jesus

“The unexamined life is not worth living.” ~ Socrates

“We can continue our quest for improvement or not.  We can search for happiness, enlightenment, security or identity or not.  The search is not wrong; it is unrelated to the actual world.” ~ Steven Harrison, from “What’s Next After Now?”

“Be prepared at all times for the gifts of God and be ready always for new ones. For God is a thousand times more ready to give than we are to receive” ~ Meister Eckhart, 14th century Christian mystic

“The truth is that you already are what you’re seeking.” ~ Adyashanti
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Transformation

“That transformation is to lose everything is an understatement so vast as to be without meaning. One has to lose everything, and one has to lose the one who has lost everything…” ~ Steven Harrison, from “What’s Next After Now?”

“We idealize the transformative life into a life of power, of extraordinary experience, of deep realization. It is none of these things; rather it is a life that is without a trace, a life as it actually is, which is without me.” ~ Steven Harrison, from “What’s Next After Now?”

“Enlightenment is the absolute cooperation with the inevitable.” ~ Anthony DeMello, Jesuit Priest

“Everything just happens.” ~ Tony Parsons

“How is it that so few are able to find the one thing that can never be lost?” ~ Jed McKenna

“All is unimaginably well.” ~ Adyashanti

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