7th Chakra: Sahasrara ~ Understanding • Spiritual Connection • The Right to Know • Thought

“What is real? . . . I would say that either everything is real or absolutely nothing is real, and I am not quite sure which is true.” – David Life
“We are not saints.” – Alcoholics Anonymous
“Reasons are unreasonable.”Jordan Hoggard
“The books that the world calls immoral are books that show the world its own shame.” – Oscar Wilde
“Fear might be the mind-killer, but shame is the magick-killer.” – Carolyn Elliot
“Reality doesn’t impress me.” Anais Nin
“Universe, what do you have in store for me?” – Kesenya Moore
“It’s supposed to be great living. It’s supposed to be fantastic.” – David Lynch
“Trust your nervous system.”Richard Alpert quoting Timothy Leary
“We are the Higher Power of our daemons. They need to be met with care.” Carolyn Elliot
“I have no idea what I’m doing. I’m just trying things. I’m just making it up as I go.” – Jaret 
“The realization that life is absurd cannot be an end, but only a beginning.” – Camus
“Everyone dreams bigger in New York.” – Marie Forleo
“What a beautiful day to stop time and do our prayers.”Debra Silverman, astrologer
“You’ve got to invest in the world, you’ve got to read, you’ve got to go to art galleries, you’ve got to find out the names of plants. You’ve got to start to love the world and know about the whole genius of the human race. We’re amazing people.” -Vivienne Westwood
“Maybe that’s enlightenment enough: to know that there is no final resting place of the mind; no moment of smug clarity. Perhaps wisdom…is realizing how small I am, and unwise, and how far I have yet to go.” – Anthony Bordain
I found out that total creativity involves a certain intellectual rebellion…not to become a criminal, but…you have to do things that are a little bit forbidden. You have to feel free.” – Philippe Petit

“Your mind will answer most questions if you learn to relax…” – William S. Burroughs 

“You know the real world…this so-called real world…is something you put up with. Like everybody else. I’m in my element when I am a little bit out of this world.” – Willem de Kooning 

“Whenever we touch nature we get clean. People who have got dirty through too much civilization take a walk in the woods, or a bath in the sea. Entering the unconscious, entering yourself through dreams, is touching nature form the inside and this is the same thing, things are put right again.” – Carl Jung

“These people are immune to irony and allergic to self-awareness.” – Trae Crowder

“The aura’s been [sort of] licked off these places as everyone traipses through.” Graham Parker

“A lot of people…have a problem being true to themselves. They have a problem looking into the mirror and looking directly into their own souls. The reason I can…walk around, the reason I am who I am today is because I can look directly into my face and find my soul.” – Tupac Shakur

“Simply imagine that you are God.” – Alan Watts

“There are darknesses in life and there are lights, and you are one of the lights, the light of all lights.” ~ Bram Stoker

“I tell you this, no eternal reward will forgive us now for wasting the dawn…” -Jim Morrison

“We are not just one thing. After you discover something about yourself, there will always be more to discover.– Marie Manuchehri

“Spirit is what sings to your heart, and spirit is nothing.” – Marie Manuchehri

“Nothing affects me / I am pure consciousness.” – Lal Ded

“Nothingness dissolved into nothingness.” – Lal Ded

“Make up a story… For our sake and yours forget your name in the street; tell us what the world has been to you in the dark places and in the light. Don’t tell us what to believe, what to fear. Show us belief’s wide skirt and the stitch that unravels fear’s caul.” – Toni Morrison

“I’ve become completely well adjusted to being a cult figure.” -Lou Reed

“My God is rock’n’roll.” – Lou Reed

“The world is ready for a mystic revolution, a discovery of the God in each of us.” George Harrison

“Have you got it yet?” – Syd Barret 

“Oh! I’m not dead.” – Holly Troy

“We can create every moment. We are here.” – Joti Surprem

“Maybe knowing isn’t the sign of waking up, maybe wondering is?” = Jessica Dore

“I now am my own fantasy. If I wasn’t mad, I’d be fine. But I have a great madness inside me. I think we all do. And mine’s very eccentric. It’s a powerful madness, a magic madness. I’m my own main man . . . ” – Marc Bolan

“Sing in me, Muse, and through me tell the story . . . ” – Homer

“Keep in mind always the present you are constructing. It should be the future you want.” – Alice Walker, The Temple of My Familiar

If you have sensitivity then mysticism will be part of your life. It’s a very beautiful thing and a very real thing but it’s not something to not take seriously and it’s not something to take seriously. ~ Devendra Banhart

” . . . om mane padme hum, gare gate paragate, parasamgate bodhi svaha, Doo Wa Ditty Ditty Dum Ditty Doo . . . ” – Carolyn Elliot

“A feminist is anyone who recognizes the equality and full humanity of women and men.” -Gloria Steinem

“I am Sun Ra ambassador from the intergalactic regions of the council of outer space.” – Sun Ra

“Welcome all of your imagination. Forget your expectations and feel how things actually are.” – Jordan Hoggard, Tarot in the Land of Mystereum: An Imagination Primer, (Card of Justice)

343full-hubert-selby-jr.“Being an artist doesn’t take much, just everything you’ve got. Which means, of course, that as the process is giving you life, it is also bringing you closer to death. But it’s no big deal. They are one and the same, and cannot be avoided or denied. So when I totally embrace this process, this life/death, and abandon myself to it, I transcend all this gibberish and hang out with the gods. It seems to me that that is worth the price of admission.” – Hubert Selby Jr

“… disbelief in magic can force a poor soul into believing in government and business….” Tom Robbins

“What would Willy Wonka do?”Carolyn Elliot

“If I got rid of my demons, I’d lose my angels.” ~ Tennessee Williams

“Relax into the arms of the universe.” – Anne Ortelee

“It’s ok not to know.” – Dr Payne, from How the Garcia Girls Lost Their Accents by Julia Alvarez

“The chief object of education is not to learn things but to unlearn things.” ~ G. K. Chesterton

“If you sense something, say something.”Stephanie Arnold

“Anyone who can make you believe absurdities can make you commit atrocities.” – Voltaire

“Don’t be seduced into thinking that that which does not make a profit is without value.” – Arthur Miller

“This crazy idiotic lingeringly Kali Yuga social / “cultural” phase we are living-dying through! Ugh, ugh, ugh.” -Patrick Bludworth

“Why is the world so beautiful?” – Robin Wall Kimmerer 

I think there is only one form of greatness for man. If a man can bridge the gap between life and death. I mean, if he can live on after he has died, then maybe he was a great man. To me the only success, the only greatness, is immortality.” – James Dean

“Our minds are jealous beasts. They want to control the environment, to tell you what it is you are seeing and experiencing, but there is little you can see in this time and place. The mind wants to fill the darkness, fill that void with something familiar — give it shape, give it form. And so it does.” – Harold Stearly 

“Between thought and expression lies a lifetime.” Lou Reed 

“When your happiness and sense of safety depend on a specific outcome, you cut off communication with the Universe and disconnect from all the infinite possibilities that could occur.”  – Gabrielle Bernstein

“I always had a repulsive need to be something more than human. I felt very puny as a human. I thought, ‘F**k that. I want to be a superhuman.” – David Bowie

“I like the unreality of your mind; the whole thing is very splendid and voluptuous and absurd.” Virginia Woolf

“We don’t succeed or fail because of fortune or luck. We succeed because we understand the way the world works and what we have to do. We fail because others understand this better than we do.” – Viet Thanh Nguyen

“The only real radicalism in our time will come as it always has – from people who insist on thinking for themselves.” Christopher Hitchens

“We wake if we ever wake at all, to mystery, to rumours of death, beauty, violence ….” Annie Dillard

“Reality leaves a lot to the imagination.” – John Lennon

But Spirit is in everything that we do. It’s how you consume, it’s what you eat and what you breathe and all your thoughts too. God is whispering underneath every word you say, the mundane conversation you have with a bank teller just as much as when you are in prayer.  ~ Kayleigh Jean, Falcons and Pentacles

“There are things known and there are things unkno⁠wn, and in between are the doors of perception.” ⁠ -Aldus Huxley⁠

“Only the madman is absolutely sure.” – Robert Anton Wilson

“It’s being here now that’s important. There’s no past and there’s no future. Time is a very misleading thing. All there is ever, is the now. We can gain experience from the past, but we can’t relive it; and we can hope for the future, but we don’t know if there is one.” – George Harrison

“Your full potential is not something you have to live up to, it’s something you realize!” Jeff E. Masters.

Passion does not blind. No. Passion is sanity.” – E.M. Forster

A man cannot directly choose his circumstances, but he can choose his thoughts, and so indirectly, yet surely, shape his circumstances.” — James Allen

“Never go to sleep without a request to your subconscious.” – Thomas Edison

“Your subconscious mind works continuously, while you are awake, and while you sleep.” — Napoleon Hill

“We cannot permit inflammation without information.” – Chris Christie

“Everyone who believes in the devil is the devil.” – Rob Brezsny

“Just imagine it, and it will be so.” – Jordan Hoggard

“In one aspect, yes, I believe in ghosts, but we create them. We haunt ourselves.” ~ Laurie Halse Anderson

“Change the way people think and things will never be the same.” – Steve Biko

“It’s in that convergence of spiritual people becoming active and active people becoming spiritual that the hope of humanity now rests.” – Van Jones

“In complete darkness we are all the same; it is only our knowledge and wisdom that separates us. Don’t let your eyes deceive you.” – Janet Jackson

“That we are surrounded by deep mysteries is known to all but the incurably ignorant.” – Chinua Achebe

“I would not have you descend into your own dream. I would have you be a conscious citizen of this terrible and beautiful world.” – Nehisi Coates

“You have to do the research. If you don’t know about something, then you ask the right people who do.” – Spike Lee

“Never be afraid to sit awhile and think.” – Lorraine Hansberry

“If the dream is a translation of waking life, waking life is also a translation of the dream.” – Rene Magritte

“Have compassion for everyone you meet. You do not know what wars are going on down there, where the spirit meets the bone.” —Lucinda Williams

“Religion and Heaven are for people who don’t want to go to Hell. Spirituality is for those of us who have already been there.” ~ David Bowie

“We have to talk about liberating minds as well as liberating society.” Dr. Angela Davis

The way to right wrongs is to turn the light of truth upon them.” –Ida B. Wells

“There is no shame in not knowing. The problem arises when irrational thought and attendant behavior fill the vacuum left by ignorance.” – Neil deGrasse Tyson

“You ARE the miracle.”Rick Levine

“True greatness will be achieved through the abundant mind that works selflessly — with mutual respect, for mutual benefit.”  – Stephen Covey

“Just being human is purpose.” – Meggan Watterson

“Further up is farther in.” – Meggan Watterson

“In all chaos there is a cosmos, in all disorder a secret order.” – Carl Jung

“All the gods, all the heavens, all the hells, are within you.” – Joseph Campbell

“Peace is not in a very distant future. It’s right around the corner. Didn’t you know?” – Yoko Ono

“You open the gates of the soul to let the dark flood of chaos flow into your order and meaning. If you marry the ordered to the chaos you produce the divine child the supreme meaning beyond meaning and meaninglessness.” C.G. Jung – The Red Book

“Transcend reality through imagination.” – Anais Nin

“The true sovereign serves the people, serves life, and respects the sovereignty of all people. The coronation marks the emergence of the unconscious into consciousness, the crystallization of chaos into order, the transcendence of compulsion into choice. We become the rulers of that which had ruled us.” – Charles Eisenstein, The Coronation

If I Understood, Would I Have This Look on My Face? ~ Alan Alda

“I’ve found that most problems aren’t rocket science, but when they are rocket science, you should ask a rocket scientist.” ~ Scott Kelly, astronaut

“According to research on mental rehearsal, once we immerse ourselves in that scene, changes begin to take place in our brain. Therefore, each time we do this, we’re laying down new neurological tracks (in the present moment) that literally change our brain to look like the brain of our future. In other words, the brain starts to look like the future we want to create has already happened.” – Dr. Joe Dispenza

“Working with [astrological] cycles requires no belief. As long as you are paying attention, you inevitably will have an encounter with the Moon behind the moon, with the planet/or God involved with the cycle. It only requires a willingness to see. A beginner’s mind.” – Adam Sommer

“Think cosmically, act locally.”  Rick Levine

“The Madman goes to the World to get linked to it. When you are linked to everyone, there are no enemies.” ~ Alejandro Jodorowsky

“A good shock often helps the brain that has been atrophied by habit.” – Napoleon Hill

“The measure of intelligence is the ability to change.” – Albert Einstein

“Imagination is more important than knowledge. For knowledge is limited to all we now know and understand, while imagination embraces the entire world, and all there ever will be to know and understand.” — Albert Einstein

“Anyone who isn’t embarrassed of who they were last year probably isn’t learning enough.” ~ Alain de Botton

“Negative thoughts will always be there, but they will only come to you if your thoughts vibrate in the same wave. If your thoughts are pure and positive, you will reject negative thoughts automatically” – Sri Swami Vishnudevananda

“To know thyself is the beginning of wisdom.” ~ Socrates

“It’s normal to be crazy, and it’s crazy to be normal.” ~ Steve Dalachinsky

“Fuck shame, make art.” ~ Amanda Palmer

“Anti-intellectualism has always been nurtured by the false notion that democracy means that ‘my ignorance is just as good as your knowledge'” – Isaac Asimov

“I couldn’t tell the difference between what was real and what I wanted to be real.”
― Erin Morgenstern, The Night Circus

“Like stepping into a fairy tale under a curtain of stars.” ― Erin Morgenstern, The Night Circus

Nothing can cure the soul but the senses, just as nothing can cure the senses but the soul.
—Oscar Wilde

This earth is honey for all beings, and all beings are honey for this earth. The intelligent, immortal being, the soul of the earth, and the intelligent, immortal being, the soul in the individual being—each is honey to the other. —Brihadaranyaka Upanishad

How prompt we are to satisfy the hunger and thirst of our bodies; how slow to satisfy the hunger and thirst of our souls!     —Henry David Thoreau

The soul should always stand ajar,
That if the heaven inquire,
He will not be obliged to wait,
Or shy of troubling her.       —Emily Dickinson

I am the poet of the body,
And I am the poet of the soul.
The pleasures of heaven are with me, and the pains of
hell are with me,
The first I graft and increase upon myself — the latter I
translate into a new tongue.         
 —Walt Whitman, “Song of Myself”

“Open a book this minute and start reading. Don’t move until you’ve reached page fifty. Until you’ve buried your thoughts in print. Cover yourself with words. Wash yourself away. Dissolve.” ~ Carol Shields

“What fascinates me is that hardly anyone is wondering what we’re actually doing on this planet. Most accepted the work-eat-entertainment -sleep cycle as life and have no desire for a deeper understanding of our purpose in this universe.”  ~ Jim Carrey

”All this sanity is making people crazy.” ~ Deb Parker

“Your holiest pain might come from your yearning to change yourself in the exact way you’d like the world around you to change.” ~ Rob Brezsny

“I’ve often heard people say: ‘I wonder what it would feel like to be on board a spaceship,’ and the answer is very simple. What does it feel like? That’s all we have ever experienced. We are all astronauts on a little spaceship called Earth.” ~ R. Buckminster Fuller

“Humanity doesn’t need saints and guru’s who teach from a pulpit or pedestal, but real flesh and blood people who have experienced darkness and light by themselves and are able to embrace both without judgment. You become a human angel at the moment you dare to face and accept your own darkness.” Jesus channeled by Pamela Kribbe

“Avoid gurus, follow plants.” ~ Terence Mckenna

“A woman in harmony with her spirit is like a river flowing. She goes where she will without pretense, and arrives at her destination prepared to be herself, and only herself.” -Maya Angelou

“The day science begins to study non-physical phenomena, it will make more progress in one decade than in all the previous centuries of its existence.” – Nikola Tesla

“If you want to know the secrets of the universe, think in terms of energy, frequency and vibration.” – Nikola Tesla

Remember the clear light,
The pure clear white light
From which everything in the universe comes,
To which everything in the universe returns;
The original nature of your own mind.
The natural state of the universe unmanifest.
Let go into the clear light, trust it, merge with it.
It is your own true nature, it is home.         
– The Tibetan Book Of The Dead

“The world is like a ride in an amusement park, and when you choose to go on it you think it’s real because that’s how powerful our minds are — and we can change it any time we want. It’s only a choice.” ~ Bill Hicks

“For a relationship to stay alive, love alone is not enough. Without imagination, love stales into sentiment, duty, boredom. Relationships fail not because we have stopped loving but because we first stopped imagining.” – James Hillman

“I’m trippin’ balls here.” ~ Elon Musk

“I’m nothing / everything…..emptyfull!!” – Geordie Numata

“Love tells me I’m everything but wisdom tells me I’m nothing.” – Nisargadatta

“Nurture your mind with great thoughts.” ~ Benjamin Disreali

“In the depth of winter I finally learned that there was in me an invincible summer.” ~ Albert Camus

“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 feeling as something separated from the rest, a kind of optical delusion of his 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. Our task must be to free ourselves from this prison by widening our circle of compassion to embrace all living creatures and the whole of nature in its beauty.” ~ Albert Einstein

“How does my spiritual practice and daily life serve the earth? How does  my spiritual practice and daily life affect the poorest third of humanity?  How will my spiritual practice and daily life affect the generations to come  in the future?” ~ Starhawk

“All learning is remembering.”– Plato

“Until they become conscious they will never rebel, and until after they have rebelled they cannot become conscious.” ~ George Orwell, Nineteen Eighty-Four.

“Peace is truth. Truth is peace. If you want to attain peace, be truthful at all times.”  ~ Swami Sivananda

“How do most people live without any thoughts? There are many people in the world — you must have noticed them in the street — how do they live? How do they get strength to put on their clothes in the morning?” ~ EMILY DICKINSON – letter to T. W. Higginson, 1870

“Your own Self-Realization is the greatest service you can render the world.” ― Ramana Maharshi

“People will do anything, no matter how absurd, in order to avoid facing their own souls. One does not become enlightened by imagining figures of light, but by making the darkness conscious.”  ― C.G. Jung, Psychology and Alchemy

“The real function of art is to change mental patterns … making new thought possible.” -Jean Dubuffet

Nobody knows jack shit about what’s going on.” Terence McKenna

. . . [T]he spirit is about rising above and seeking what’s most noble, while the soul is about diving in and wrestling with exactly what is.” ~ Rob Brezsny

“We came to Earth… for a body.
Our purpose is to shine.” – Heather Bleasdell

“You are my inspiration and my folly. You are my light across the sea, my million nameless joys, and my day’s wage. You are my divinity, my madness, my selfishness, my transfiguration and purification. You are my rapscallionly fellow vagabond, my tempter and star. I want you.” – George Bernard Shaw

“The dream is over.” – John Lennon

God is a concept by which we measure our pain.” – John Lennon

 “God of the Wild, you are different from what I expected. I cannot predict you. You are too free to be captured for the sake of my understanding. I can’t find you in the sentimentalism of religion. You are everywhere I least expect to find you. You are not the force that saves me from the pain of living; you are the force that brings me life even in the midst of pain.” ~ Adolfo Quezada

“It is a miracle. I don’t know where the good songs come from or else I’d go there more often.” ~ Leanord Cohen

“Gloriousness and wretchedness need each other. One inspires us, the other softens us. They go together.” – Pema Chödrön, Start Where You Are: A Guide to Compassionate Living

Life and death, the whole import and existence of the outer world, here hang on nothing but the inner movements of the soul.” ~ Richard Wagner

“The man who never alters his opinion is like standing water, and breeds reptiles of the mind.” – William Blake

“Like all weak men he laid an exaggerated stress on not changing one’s mind.” – W. Somerset Maugham

“The snake which cannot cast its skin has to die. As well the minds which are prevented from changing their opinions; they cease to be mind.” – Friedrich Nietzsche

“A foolish consistency is the hobgoblin of little minds. With consistency a great soul has simply nothing to do.” – Ralph Waldo Emerson

Do I contradict myself? Very well, then, I contradict myself; I am large –- I contain multitudes.” – Walt Whitman

“Those who cannot change their minds cannot change anything.” – George Bernard Shaw

“What question will you ask the Divine Wow today?” ~ Rob Brezsny

“If the Angel comes, it will be because you have convinced her, not by tears, but by your humble resolve to always be a beginner.” – Rainer Maria Rilke

“Enter each day with the expectation that the happenings of the day may contain a clandestine message addressed to you personally. Expect omens, epiphanies, casual blessings, and teachers who unknowingly speak to your condition.”– Sam Keen

“The cells in your body are completely loyal to you; they work for you in harmony. We can even say they pray to you. You are their God. That is absolutely the truth. Now what are you going to do with this knowledge?” —Don Miguel Ruiz

“Protect your spirit, because you are in the place where spirits get eaten.”~ John Trudell

“Education consists mainly in what we have unlearned.” ~ Mark Twain

“Thunder is good, thunder is impressive; but it is lightning that does the work.”  ~ Mark Twain

“Our memory is a more perfect world than the universe: it gives back life to those who no longer exist.” ~ Guy de Maupassant

“The library is inhabited by spirits that come out of the pages at night.” ~ Isabel Allende

“The man that recognizes his shadow knows very well that he is not harmless.” ~ C.G. Jung

“One does not become enlightened by imagining figures of light, but by making the darkness conscious. The latter procedure, however, is disagreeable and therefore not popular.” ~ C.G. Jung

“To work magic is to weave the unseen forces into form; to soar beyond sight; to explore the uncharted dream realm of the hidden reality; to infuse life with color, motion and strange scents that intoxicate; to leap beyond imagination into that space between the worlds where fantasy becomes real; to be at once animal and god. Magic is…the ultimate adventure.” – Starhawk

“Only the very weak-minded refuse to be influenced by literature and poetry.”  ~ Cassandra Clare

“Anyone who stops learning is old.” ~ Henry Ford

“Authority without wisdom is like a heavy axe without an edge, fitter to bruise than polish.”  ~ Anne Bradstreet

“Dare to be naïve.” ~R. Buckminster Fuller

“We are too good to be wasted away or hover around like ghosts!” – Chris Gofredo

“What a long strange trip it’s been.” ~ Jerry Garcia

“God save us from people who mean well.”  ~Vikram Seth

“A man is whole only when he takes into account his shadow.” ~ Djuna Barnes

“Nobody who lived through the ’50s thought the ’60s could’ve existed. So there’s always hope.” ~ Tuli Kupferberg, the Fugs

“Stop acting so small. You are the universe in ecstatic motion.”  ~ Jalaluddin Rumi

“‘It doesn’t happen all at once…You become. It takes a long time. That’s why it doesn’t happen often to people who break easily, or have sharp edges, or who have to be carefully kept. Generally, by the time you are Real, most of your hair has been loved off, and your eyes drop out and you get loose in the joints and very shabby. But these things don’t matter at all, because once you are Real you can’t be ugly, except to people who don’t understand.” ― Margery Williams, The Velveteen Rabbit

“I go to seek a Great Perhaps.” ~ François Rabelais

“Don’t be intimidated by what you don’t know. That can be your greatest strength and ensure that you do things differently from everyone else.” ~ Sara Blakely

“Folks are usually about as happy as they make their minds up to be.” ~ Abraham Lincoln

“Thinking is sexy.” ~ Penny Arcade

Just as there are times on a winding walk when you can not the see the road ahead, so too will you lose visibility on your soul’s unfolding. . . If you can find solace in your surrendering to that groundlessness, there is a pleasure possible in this depth of not-knowing, where creativity can use you as a vessel and, for a moment, you can know real freedom in your acquiescence to the numinous. – Toko-pa

“Come in from the cold, into your inner oasis; your treasure island. There’s a fountain of youth there. It’s the well that never runs dry; the gift that keeps on giving. There’s no fear, sadness or suffering there, only love, creativity and gratitude! It’s the center of the youniverse, the source of light, your eternal home where you were never born and will never die.”  ~ Geordie Numata, Deep Spirit Reiki

“What goes on in your mind?” – Lou Reed

You must have a room, or a certain hour or so a day, where you don’t know what was in the newspapers that morning, you don’t know who your friends are, you don’t know what you owe anybody, you don’t know what anybody owes to you. This is a place where you can simply experience and bring forth what you are and what you might be. This is the place of creative incubation. At first you may find that nothing happens there. But if you have a sacred place and use it, something eventually will happen. – Joseph Campbell, The Power of Myth

“Genius is nothing more or less than childhood recaptured at will.” ~ Baudelaire

I don’t believe scientific, personal or artistic breakthroughs of any kind happen because a person thought about it. It’s because they learned how to escape the mind and tap into a larger sense of intelligence. Eureka moments come when we are inspired — and that does not take place in the mind, nor by being consumed with thoughts of anxiety, fear, or worry. They come from developing a relationship with your own inner Observer and distancing from the noise and static in your head so that you can hear your own soul’s longing to talk to you. – Jewel

“Some things are up to us, and some things are not up to us.” — Epictetus, Stoic philosopher

“Every day, in every way, I’m getting better and better”Émile Coué

“Brothers and Sisters, I once believed that God was Truth and I sought God, but Now I know that Truth is God. Seek Truth.” ~ Mohandas Gandhi

“Yesterday I was cleaver so I wanted to change the world, today I am wise so I wish to change myself.” – Rumi

“We do not live in a world of dead matter, but in a universe of living spirit.” – Grandfather David Monongye – Hopi Prophecy Keeper – Hotevilla, AZ.

“You need to learn how to select your thoughts just the same way you select your clothes every day. That’s a power you can cultivate. If you want to control things in your life so bad, work on the mind. That’s the only thing you should be trying to control.” — Elizabeth Gilbert

“To forgive is wisdom, to forget is genius. And easier. Because it’s true. It’s a new world every heart beat.” ~ Joyce Cary

“The key to growth is the introduction of higher dimensions of consciousness into our awareness.” – Lao Tzu

“I am where I am because I believe in all possibilities.”  ~ Whoopi Goldberg

“Human beings, by changing the inner attitudes of their minds, can change the outer aspects of their lives.” — William James

“Nothing in life is to be feared. It is only to be understood.” ~ Marie Curie

“Never be limited by other people’s limited imaginations. ” ~ Mae Jemison

It’s the colonization of the mind. Once we colonized other countries for profit and spoils, extracting foreign resources, and draining the value from the lives of others. Now corporations have colonized our heads. They are reorganizing the way that we think and rewiring our neural pathways so we can never get back to where we came from. Our consumption is our consent.Anhoni

“Though the problems of the world are increasingly complex, the solutions remain embarrassingly simple.” – Bill Mollison

“Wealth is a deep understanding of the natural world.” – Bill Mollison

“Love is everywhere.” ~ Neil Young

“The evolutionary impulse to make things better that we feel in our souls, is the very same impulse that has been driving the unfolding emergence of the universe. Said in reverse: the cosmological evolution of stars, the biological evolution of organisms, and the cultural evolution of humans are all part of a universal process of becoming.” — Steve McIntosh, Evolution’s Purpose

“If we lose the forests, we lose our only teachers.” – Bill Mollison

“The evident purpose of evolution is to grow toward ever-widening realizations of Beauty, Goodness and Truth.” — Steve McIntosh, Evolution’s Purpose.

“If you’re willing to change your thinking, you can change your life.”
– Louise Hay

“Wonder is the dawn of wisdom.” ~ Sri Nisargadatta Maharaj

“Look up here, I’m in Heaven/I’ve got scars that can’t be seen/I’ve got drama, can’t be stolen/Everybody knows me now” – David Bowie, Lazarus

“I am the great I Am (I’m a blackstar)” – David Bowie

“Here I am floating ‘round my tin can/Far above the Moon/Planet Earth is blue/And there’s nothing I can do” — Space Oddity, David Bowie

“Dreams are the private myth & myths are the public dream.” – Joseph Campbell

“I am convinced that the deepest desire within each of us is to be liberated from the controlling influences of our own psychic madness or patterns of fear. All other things—the disdain of ordinary life, the need to control others rather than be controlled, the craving for material goods as a means of security and protection against the winds of chaos—are external props that serve as substitutes for the real battle, which is the one waged within the individual soul.” – Caroline Myss

“We are cups, constantly and quietly being filled. The trick is, knowing how to tip ourselves over and let the beautiful stuff out.” ~ Ray Bradbury

“Quietness is an essential part of all awareness. In quiet times and sleepy times, a child can dwell in thoughts of his own, and in songs and stories of his own.” ~ Margaret Wise Brown

“We all shine on — like the Moon, the Stars and the Sun.” – John Lennon

“You are on earth, because in your loftiest state of being, perched high above the wonderment, at the pinnacle of your glory, you wondered what it would be like, even fleetingly, to believe in limits.” ~Anne Ortelee

“A nation that continues year after year to spend more money on military defense than on programs of social uplift is approaching spiritual death”. ~ Martin Luther KIng

“I am just a dreamer, but you are just a dream” ― Neil Young

“I’ve found that there is always some beauty left — in nature, sunshine, freedom, in yourself; these can all help you.” ~ Anne Frank

If I should pass the tomb of Jonah
I would stop and sit there a while;
Because I was swallowed one time deep in the dark
And came out alive after all.                        ~ 
Karl Sandburg

“You are loved just for being who you are, just for existing.” — Ram Dass

“If you can’t explain it to a six year old, you don’t understand it yourself.”
Albert Einstein

“A man’s ethical behaviour should be based effectually on sympathy, education, and social ties and needs; no religious basis is necessary. Man would indeed be in a poor way if he had to be restrained by fear of punishment and hope of reward after death.” ~ Albert Einstein

“Those who can make you believe absurdities can make you commit atrocities.” ~ Voltaire

“All life is an experiment. The more experiments you make the better.” ~ Ralph Waldo Emerson

“I am enough of an artist to draw freely upon my imagination. Imagination is more important than knowledge. Knowledge is limited. Imagination encircles the world.” – Albert Einstein

“We are what we think. All that we are arises with our thought. With our thoughts we make the world.” – The Dhammapada

“Let us disperse from our aloofness and serve the weak who made us strong, and cleanse the country in which we live. Let us teach this miserable nation to smile and rejoice with heaven’s bounty and glory of life and freedom.” ― Khalil Gibran

“Your living is determined not so much by what life brings to you as by the attitude you bring to life; not so much by what happens to you as by the way your mind looks at what happens.” ― Khalil Gibran

“Keep me away from the wisdom which does not cry, the philosophy which does not laugh and the greatness which does not bow before children.” ― Khalil Gibran

“The mind weighs and measures but it is the spirit that reaches the heart of life and embraces the secret; and the seed of the spirit is deathless.” ― Khalil Gibran

“Master, Master Poet, Master of our silent desires,
The heart of the world quivers with the throbbing of your heart,
But it burns not with your song.” ― Khalil Gibran

“But Master, Sky-heart, Knight of our fairer dream,
You do still tread this day;
Nor bows nor spears shall stay your steps.
You walk through all our arrows.” ― Khalil Gibran

“In my thought there is only one universal religion, whose varied paths are but the fingers of the loving hand of the Supreme Being.” ― Khalil Gibran

“I have learned that the place where I subsist is all places, and the space I occupy is all intervals.” ― Khalil Gibran

“Vain are the beliefs and teachings that make man miserable, and false is the goodness that leads him into sorrow and despair, for it is man’s purpose to be happy on this earth and lead the way to felicity and preach its gospel wherever he goes.” ― Khalil Gibran

“Your daily life is your temple and your religion.” ― Khalil Gibran

“For what is it to die but to stand naked in the wind and to melt into the sun? And when the earth shall claim your limbs, then shall you truly dance.” ― Khalil Gibran

“The timeless in you is aware of life’s timelessness. And knows that yesterday is but today’s memory and tomorrow is today’s dream.” ― Khalil Gibran

“Imagine a world in which we are all enlightened by objective truths rather than offended by them.” ~ Neil deGrasse Tyson

“The tragedy of old age is not that one is old, but that one is young”
Oscar Wilde

“I believe in God, only I spell it Nature.”– Frank Lloyd Wright

“The key to abundance is meeting limited circumstances with unlimited thoughts.”
– Marianne Williamson

“The day science begins to study non-physical phenomena, it will make more progress in one decade than in all the previous centuries of its existence. To understand the true nature of the universe, one must think it terms of energy, frequency and vibration.”
– Nikola Tesla

“It is not how smart you are, it is how you are smart.” -Howard Gardner

“There is a time for everything, and a season for every activity under heaven: a time to be born and a time to die, a time to plant and a time to uproot, a time to kill and a time to heal, a time to tear down and a time to build, a time to weep and a time to laugh, a time to mourn and a time to dance, a time to scatter stones and a time to gather them, a time to embrace and a time to refrain, a time to search and a time to give up, a time to keep and a time to throw away, a time to tear and a time to mend, a time to be silent and a time to speak, a time to love and a time to hate, a time for war and a time for peace.” ―Ecclesiastes 3:1-8

“Life is a series of natural and spontaneous changes. Don’t resist them; that only creates sorrow. Let reality be reality. Let things flow naturally forward in whatever way they like.” ― Lao Tzu

“The day science begins to study non-physical phenomena, it will make more progress in a decade than in all the previous centuries of its existence.” – Nikola Tesla

“There is no sinner like a young saint.” ~ Aphra Behn

“Don’t change your life – Change your vibes” ~ Sonia Choquette

“We are surrounded by story.” ~ Alice McDermott

“If the fool would persist in his folly he would become wise.” ~ William Blake

“The clearest way into the Universe is through a forest wilderness.” ~ John Muir

“You are the universe in ecstatic motion.”  ~ Rumi

“Everything we call real is made of things that cannot be regarded as real” – Niels Bohr

“The free soul is rare, but you know it when you see it – basically because you feel good, very good, when you are near or with them.” — Charles Bukowski (1920-1994), Tales of Ordinary Madness 1972

“As human beings, we can encompass a vague feeling of what the universe is, and all in this funny little brain here — so there has to be something more than just brain, it has to be something to do with spirit as well.” – Jane Goodall

“[I’m] handing over my aspirations to wisdom and bliss.” – Randi Taylor-Habib

“If you want to make something happen that hasn’t happened before , you’ve got to allow yourself to make a lot of mistakes.” – Bjork

“A human being is a part of a whole . . . He experiences himself, his 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 to us.” ~ Albert Einstein

“Each man lives love in his limited fashion and does not seem to relate the resultant confusion and loneliness to his lack of knowledge about love.” Leo Buscaglia

“There are only two ways to live your life. One is as though nothing is a miracle. The other is as though everything is a miracle.” ~ Albert Einstein

“Reclaim your mind and get it out of the hands of the cultural engineers who want to turn you into a half-baked moron consuming all this trash that’s being manufactured out of the bones of a dying world.” ~ Terence McKenna

“Be unapologetic in your positivity even in the face of dire circumstances. Even when it seems that there is no way out, insist that there is one and that you just cannot see it at that moment. Though you may not have an answer now, be secure in the knowledge that there is an answer to every question you can ask.” ~ Tommy Rosen

Sydney Francis
Sydney Francis

“I was there in the beginning and I was the spirit of love.” ~ Rumi

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

“Life consists of what a person is thinking about all day.” ~ Ralph Waldo Emerson

“Be really whole and all things will come to you.” – Lao-Tzu

“If you want the whole thing, the gods will give it to you. But you must be ready for it.” – Joseph Campbell

“We are going to the moon; that is not very far. Man has so much farther to go within himself.” ~ Anais Nin

“The possession of knowledge does not kill the sense of wonder and mystery. There is always more mystery.” ~Anais Nin

“I am an excitable person who only understands life lyrically, musically, in whom feelings are much stronger as reason. I am so thirsty for the marvelous that only the marvelous has power over me. Anything I can not transform into something marvelous, I let go. Reality doesn’t impress me. I only believe in intoxication, in ecstasy, and when ordinary life shackles me, I escape, one way or another. No more walls.” ~ Anais Nin

“Life is a process of becoming, a combination of states we have to go through. Where people fail is that they wish to elect a state and remain in it. This is a kind of death.” -Anais Nin

“We all have the extraordinary coded within us, waiting to be released.” – Jean Houston

“Everyone’s walking around this planet with different dreams. It makes me hopeful.” – Stacy Murison

“Education either functions as an instrument which is used to facilitate integration of the younger generation into the logic of the present system and bring about conformity or it becomes the practice of freedom, the means by which men and women deal critically and creatively with reality and discover how to participate in the transformation of their world.” —Paulo Freire, Pedagogy of the Oppressed

“Gratitude is an opener of locked-up blessings.”  ~Marianne Williamson

“I would maintain that thanks are the highest form of thought; and that gratitude is happiness doubled by wonder.” ~G.K. Chesterton

“Every day we slaughter our finest impulses. That is why we get a heartache when we read those lines written by the hand of a master and recognize them as our own, as the tender shoots which we stifled because we lacked the faith to believe in our own powers, our own criterion of truth and beauty. Every man, when he gets quiet, when he becomes desperately honest with himself, is capable of uttering profound truths. We all derive from the same source. There is no mystery about the origin of things. We are all part of creation, all kings, all poets, all musicians; we have only to open up, only to discover what is already there.” Henry Miller

“All men by nature desire knowledge.” – Aristotle

“You may think that only you are a prisoner, but other people are also prisoners. You are in a small prison, but others are in the big prison outside. When will they be released? Think that you are a yogi and that you are pursuing your sadhana in this particular place and at this particular moment. Immediately you will experience great joy. If you change your understanding, you will be free in a minute.” ~ Baba Muktananda

 “Understanding without practice is better than practice without understanding. Understanding with practice is better than understanding without practice. Residing in your true nature is better than understanding or practice.” ~ Upanishads

“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

“True meditation is about being fully present with everything that is–including discomfort and challenges. It is not an escape from life.” ~ Craig Hamilton

“Mindfulness helps you go home to the present. And every time you go there and recognize a condition of happiness that you have, happiness comes.” ~ Thich Nhat Hanh

“Wisdom is knowing we are all One. Love is what it feels like and Compassion is what it acts like.” ~ Ethan Walker III

“When you find peace within yourself, you become the kind of person who can live at peace with others.” ~ Peace Pilgrim

“I live my life in widening circles that reach out across the world.”  ~ Rainer Maria Rilke

“Our society values ‘alert problem-solving’ consciousness, and it de-values all other states of consciousness. Any kind of consciousness that is not related to the production or consumption of material goods is stigmatized in our society today. Of course, we accept drunkenness. We allow people some brief respite from the material grind. A society that subscribes to that model is a society that is going to condemn states of consciousness that have nothing to do with the alert problem-solving mentality. And if you go back to 1960s when there was a tremendous upsurge of exploration of psychedelics, I would say that the huge backlash that followed that had to do with a fear on the part of the powers that be, that if enough people went into those realms of those experiences then the very fabric of the society we have today would be picked apart, and most importantly, those in power at the top would not be in power at the top anymore.” — Graham Hancock.

“If you want your children to be intelligent, read them fairy tales. If you want them to be more intelligent, read them more fairy tales.”
― Albert Einstein

“The universities do not teach all things, so a healer must seek out old wives, gypsies, sorcerers, wandering tribes, old robbers, and such outlaws, and take lessons from them. A healer must be a traveler. Knowledge is experience.” -Paracelsus

“I do not know whether I was then a man dreaming I was a butterfly, or whether I am now a butterfly dreaming I am a man.” Chuang Tse

“Listen to your life. See it for the fathomless mystery it is. In the boredom and pain of it, no less than in the excitement and gladness: touch, taste, smell your way to the holy and hidden heart of it, because in the last analysis all moments are key moments, and life itself is grace.”  ― Frederick Buechner

“I believe in the power of the imagination to remake the world, to release the truth within us, to hold back the night, to transcend death, to charm motorways, to ingratiate ourselves with birds, to enlist the confidences of madmen.” – J.G. Ballard

“The most strongly enforced of all known taboos is the taboo against knowing who or what you really are behind the mask.” – Alan Watts

“It is never too late to be wise.” ~Daniel Defoe

Om Ritam Namah  ~ My actions and desires are supported by cosmic intelligence. (Sanskrit mantra)

“Thinking is difficult, that’s why most people judge.” ~C.G. Jung

“The future is there…looking back at us. Trying to make sense of the fiction we will have become.” William Gibson

The efflux of the soul is happiness – here is happiness;
I think it pervades the open air, waiting at all times;
Now it flows into us – we are
rightly charged. 
— Walt Whitman

“If you have nothing at all to create, then perhaps you create yourself.” —Carl Jung

“When you are inspired by some great purpose, some extraordinary project, all your thoughts break their bounds. Dormant forces, faculties, and talents become alive, and you discover yourself to be a greater person…by far more than you have ever dreamed yourself to be.” – Patanjali



“The free soul is rare, but you know it when you see it – basically because you feel good, very good, when you are near or with them.”
Charles Bukowski, Tales of Ordinary Madness

“And this, our life, exempt from public haunts, finds tongues in trees and books in running brooks and sermons in stones and good in everything.” ~ William Shakespeare

“There must be more than this.” — almost everyone at some point in their lives

“I, with a deeper instinct, choose a man who compels my strength, who makes enormous demands on me, who does not doubt my courage or my toughness, who does not believe me naïve or innocent, who has the courage to treat me like a woman.” ― Anaïs Nin

lush morning in the forest © Holly Troy, 7:2017

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