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Shadow Self Quotes: Thought-Provoking Sayings About Inner Darkness

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The Shadow self is a hidden and forgotten place within us all. This is the side of our personality that contains all the parts of ourselves that we don’t want to admit to having. The Shadow self has an unconscious nature. It is only through the effort to become self-aware that we can recognize our shadow. Without this, our healing is impossible. In this article, we have collected 40 Shadow self quotes that may inspire you to embrace your inner darkness and discover hidden aspects of your true self.

Here it is – our collection of thought-provoking Shadow self quotes!

40 Shadow Self Quotes

#1

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“The person you call an enemy is an exaggerated aspect of your own shadow self.”
Deepak Chopra

#2

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

#3

“In these ways, the personal shadow reinforces, encourages, and becomes dependent upon the addictive behavior to express itself, to have any existence in the light outside of the closet, the attic, and the basement where it has been locked up and hidden for so long. Often the addictive behavior allows the personal shadow the only opportunities to live and to be. The more cut off and unconscious we are of our personal shadows, the more vulnerable we are to having those shadows break out and be set free for a time by addictive behaviors.”
– David Schoen

#4

“When we are aware of our weaknesses or negative tendencies, we open the opportunity to work on them.”
Allan Lokos

#5

“This confrontation is the first test of courage on the inner way, a test sufficient to frighten off most people, for the meeting with ourselves belongs to the more unpleasant things that can be avoided so long as we can project everything negative into the environment. But if we are able to see our own shadow and can bear knowing about it, then a small part of the problem has already been solved: we have at least brought up the personal unconscious. The shadow is a living part of the personality and therefore wants to live with it in some form. It cannot be argued out of existence or rationalized into harmlessness. This problem is exceedingly difficult because it not only challenges the whole man but reminds him at the same time of his helplessness and ineffectuality.”
Carl Jung

#6

“The rewards are profound. Shadow-work enables us to alter our self-sabotaging behavior so that we can achieve a more self-directed life.”
– Connie Zweig

#7

“Maybe the only thing each of us can see is our own shadow. Carl Jung called this his shadow work. He said we never see others. Instead, we see only aspects of ourselves that fall over them. Shadows. Projections. Our associations. The same way old painters would sit in a tiny dark room and trace the image of what stood outside a tiny window, in the bright sunlight. The camera obscura. Not the exact image, but everything reversed or upside down.”
– Chuck Palahniuk

#8

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“I embrace my shadow self. Shadows give depth and dimension to my life. I believe in embracing my duality, in learning to let darkness and light, peacefully co-exist, as illumination.”
― Jaeda DeWalt

#9

“To confront a person with his shadow is to show him his own light. Once one has experienced a few times what it is like to stand judgingly between the opposites, one begins to understand what is meant by the self. Anyone who perceives his shadow and his light simultaneously sees himself from two sides and thus gets in the middle.”
Carl Jung

#10

“Every pain, addiction, anguish, longing, depression, anger or fear is an orphaned part of us seeking joy, some disowned shadow wanting to return to the light and home of ourselves.”
― Jacob Nordby

#11

“Creativity connects me to my truest self and vulnerability. There is nothing more personally liberating, than reaching for my face and peeling off the social mask that hides my shadow self, pain, and weakness. When I produce from this place of truth, the results transform both creator and beholder.”
― Jaeda DeWalt

#12

“The shadow is needed now more than ever. We heal the world when we heal ourselves, and hope shines brightest when it illuminates the dark.”
― Sasha Graham

#13

“Everyone carries a shadow, and the less it is embodied in the individual’s conscious life, the blacker and denser it is. At all counts, it forms an unconscious snag, thwarting our most well-meant intentions.”
– Carl Jung

#14

“The disowned part of self is an energy – an emotion or desire or need, that has been shamed every time it emerged. These energy patterns are repressed but not destroyed. They are alive in our unconscious.”
― John Bradshaw

#15

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”Shadow is that hidden, repressed, for the most part, an inferior and guilt-laden personality whose ultimate ramifications reach back into the realm of our animal ancestors.”
Carl Jung

#16

“Shadow-making happens in families and makes us who we are. It leads to shadow-work, which makes us who we can become.”
– Connie Zweig

#17

“We all have a dark side. Most of us go through life avoiding direct confrontation with that aspect of ourselves, which I call the shadow self. There’s a reason why. It carries a great deal of energy.”
– Lorraine Toussaint

#18

“We carry our past with us, to wit, the primitive and inferior man with his desires and emotions, and it is only with an enormous effort that we can detach ourselves from this burden. If it comes to a neurosis, we invariably have to deal with a considerably intensified shadow. And if such a person wants to be cured it is necessary to find a way in which his conscious personality and his shadow can live together.”
– Carl Jung

#19

“I have prayed for years for one good humiliation a day, and then, I must watch my reaction to it. I have no other way of spotting both my denied shadow self and my idealized persona.”
– Richard Rohr

#20

“One does not become enlightened by imagining figures of light, but by making the darkness conscious.”
– Carl Jung

#21

“This thing of darkness I acknowledge mine.”
– William Shakespeare

#22

Carl Jung Quotes About Shadow Self Image

“A man who is unconscious of himself acts in a blind, instinctive way and is in addition fooled by all the illusions that arise when he sees everything that he is not conscious of in himself coming to meet him from outside as projections upon his neighbor.”
– Carl Jung

#23

“We know that the wildest and most moving dramas are played not in the theatre but in the hearts of ordinary men and women who pass by without exciting attention, and who betray to the world nothing of the conflicts that rage within them except possibly by a nervous breakdown. What is so difficult for the layman to grasp is the fact that in most cases the patients themselves have no suspicion whatever of the internecine war raging in their unconscious. If we remember that there are many people who understand nothing at all about themselves, we shall be less surprised at the realization that there are also people who are utterly unaware of their actual conflicts.”
– Carl Jung

#24

“Most of the shadows of this life are caused by standing in one’s own sunshine.”
– Ralph Waldo Emerson

#25

“If you imagine someone who is brave enough to withdraw all his projections, then you get an individual who is conscious of a pretty thick shadow. Such a man has saddled himself with new problems and conflicts. He has become a serious problem to himself, as he is now unable to say that they do this or that, they are wrong, and they must be fought against… Such a man knows that whatever is wrong in the world is in himself, and if he only learns to deal with his own shadow he has done something real for the world. He has succeeded in shouldering at least an infinitesimal part of the gigantic, unsolved social problems of our day.”
– Carl Jung

#26

“If both people in a relationship are willing to unlock their past and reveal their root fears, it is entirely possible for the partnership to find balance. Accepting the shadow side within you allows more tolerance of other people’s shadows. When you blame another person for their unresolved fears and a past which shaped their belief system, you are wasting an opportunity to see a mirror of truth.”
― Collette O’Mahony

#27

“The Shadow is a moral problem that challenges the whole ego-personality, for no one can become conscious of the shadow without considerable moral effort. To become conscious of it involves recognizing the dark aspects of the personality as present and real. This act is the essential condition for any kind of self-knowledge, and it, therefore, as a rule, meets with considerable resistance. Indeed, self-knowledge as a psychotherapeutic measure frequently requires much painstaking work extending over a long period of time.”
Carl Jung

#28

“Don’t you realize there’s no longer any difference between you and your-monster? You are the monster. It’s your dark side, your shadow self, and you’ve now joined as one.”
– Alyson Noel

#29

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“You don’t find light by avoiding the darkness.”
― S. Kelley Harrell

#30

“This explosive psychological ‘sneaking’ occurs when a woman suppresses large parts of self into the shadows of the psyche. In the view of analytical psychology, the repression of both negative and positive instincts urges, and feelings into the unconscious cause them to inhabit a shadow realm. While the ego and superego attempt to continue to censor the shadow impulses, the very pressure that repression causes is rather like a bubble in the sidewall of a tire. Eventually, as the tire revolves and heats up, the pressure behind the bubble intensifies, causing it to explode outward, releasing all the inner content. The shadow acts similarly. We find that by opening the door to the shadow realm a little, and letting out various elements a few at a time, relating to them, finding a use for them, negotiating, we can reduce being surprised by shadow sneak attacks and unexpected explosions.”
― Clarissa Pinkola Estés

#31

“It’s part of what we call the Shadow, all the dark parts of us we can’t face. It’s the thing that, if we don’t deal with it, eventually poisons our lives.”
― Michael Gruber

#32

“Shadow work is the path of the heart warrior.”
Carl Jung

#33

“I love to chase my shadow to feel how it rests in the dark.”
― Munia Khan

#34

“Be silent and listen: have you recognized your madness and do you admit it? Have you noticed that all your foundations are completely mired in madness? Do you not want to recognize your madness and welcome it in a friendly manner? You wanted to accept everything. So accept madness too. Let the light of your madness shine, and it will suddenly dawn on you. Madness is not to be despised and not to be feared, but instead, you should give it life…If you want to find paths, you should also not spurn madness, since it makes up such a great part of your nature…Be glad that you can recognize it, for you will thus avoid becoming its victim. Madness is a special form of the spirit and clings to all teachings and philosophies, but even more to daily life, since life itself is full of craziness and at bottom utterly illogical. Man strives toward reason only so that he can make rules for himself. Life itself has no rules. That is its mystery and its unknown law. What you call knowledge is an attempt to impose something comprehensible on life.”
Carl Jung

#35

“By learning to recognize when your own archetypes are taking over, it’s easier to observe when other people are living from their shadow selves.”
― Catherine Carrigan

#36

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“Your shadow is here for a reason. Not so much to terrify or invalidate you,
but to help you see what you’re afraid of and to teach you how to tame that fear.”
― Helen S. Rosenau

#37

“The Tao Te Ching says, “The enemy is a shadow you yourself cast.” The shadow wanders our unregarded hours where we hold resentments, where we are lost, when there is nothing and no one to blame, though we keep on blaming. I often wonder what is the light that hits the ego, casting out the shadow? It is gratitude. And if the ego is gone, as it is when we are truly grateful, there is no one to cast a shadow. We can replace blame with gratitude—in any circumstance. Blame builds up walls around the self and points only outward. Gratitude opens the heart, dissolves the self, and points everywhere.”
― Terrance Keenan

#38

“The spiritual practice isn’t about rejecting darkness—it’s realizing that both the light and dark are love.”
― Drew Gerald

#39

“You know how fragile the shadow is! Light falls on it and the shadow disappears! Some of the shadows that we fear and believe that they will always rule our lives also suddenly disappear!”
― Mehmet Murat Ildan

#40

“Your Shadow is a dark omen, a powerful teacher that reveals to you the places in your life where you are energetically blocked. When you continue to ignore these signs, you perpetuate the cycle of your suffering.”
― Mateo Sol

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60 Manifestation Quotes to Inspire You to Become a Creator Of Your Reality

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Whether we are aware of it or not we manifest our reality constantly. The frequency of our thoughts that we scroll through in our minds builds the reality that resonates with that frequency. And that reality can be positive and joyful or negative and miserable depending on the vibration of our thoughts. Therefore, it is essential to become more mindful and start choosing your thoughts more carefully. You manifest what you constantly think about! In this article, we want to share with you 60 manifestation quotes that will inspire you to be more mindful of what you’re thinking!

Here it is – our collection of 60 inspirational manifestation quotes!

60 Manifestation Quotes

#1

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“Your whole life is a manifestation of the thoughts that go on in your head.” – Lisa Nichols

#2

“Everything you want is out there waiting for you to ask. Everything you want also wants you. But you have to take action to get it.” – Jack Canfield

#3

“It’s our intention. Our intention is everything. Nothing happens on this planet without it. Not one single thing has ever been accomplished without intention.” – Jim Carrey

#4

“If you can dream it, you can do it.” – Walt Disney

#5

“Think the thought until you believe it, and once you believe it, it is.” – Abraham Hicks

#6

“You manifest what you believe, not what you want.” – Sonia Ricotti

#7

“Thoughts become things. If you see it in your mind, you will hold it in your hand.” – Bob Proctor

#8

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“Every intention sets energy into motion, whether you are conscious of it or not.” – Gary Zukav

#9

“What you radiate outward in your thoughts, feelings, mental pictures and words, you attract into your life.” – Catherine Ponder

#10

“To live your greatest life, you must first become a leader within yourself. Take charge of your life, begin attracting and manifesting all that you desire in life.” – Sonia Ricotti

#11

“Your thoughts are the architects of your destiny.” – David McKay

#12

“Every single second is an opportunity to change your life because in any moment you can change the way you feel.” – Rhonda Byrne

#13

“Your mind is a powerful magnet that will attract to you the things you identify yourself with. If you have sad thoughts, you will attract tragedies. If you are a good man, you will attract the company of good people.” – Alfredo Karras

#14

“Ask for what you want and be prepared to get it.” – Maya Angelou

#15

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“I attract to my life whatever I give my attention, energy, and focus to, whether positive or negative.” – Michael Losier

#16

“Cherish your visions and your dreams as they are the children of your soul, the blueprints of your ultimate achievements.” – Napoleon Hill

#17

“Whether you think you can or can’t, either way, you are right.” – Henry Ford

#18

“Be thankful for what you have, you’ll end up having more. If you concentrate on what you don’t have, you will never ever have enough.” – Oprah Winfrey

#19

“When you are truly clear about what you want, the whole universe stands on tiptoe waiting to assist you in miraculous and amazing ways to manifest your dream or intention.” – Constance Arnold

#20

“When you visualize, then you materialize. If you’ve been there in the mind, you’ll go there in the body.” – Dr. Denis Waitley

#21

“Eliminate all doubt and replace it with the full expectation that you will receive what you are asking for.” – Rhona Byrne

#22

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“You are a living magnet. What you attract into your life is in harmony with your dominant thoughts.” – Brian Tracy

#23

“Go confidently in the direction of your dreams. Live the life you have imagined.” – Henry David Thoreau

#24

“Fully inhale your dream and completely exhale manifestation of it.” ― T.F. Hodge

#25

“Imagination is everything. It is the preview of life’s coming attractions.” – Albert Einstein

#26

“Most people are thinking about what they don’t want, and they’re wondering why it shows up over and over again.” – John Assaraf

#27

“Whatever we plant in our subconscious mind and nourish with repetition and emotion will one day become a reality.” – Earl Nightingale

#28

“If you have a dream, keep it. But write it down and take appropriate actions to see it manifest.” ― T.F. Hodge

#29

“It’s really important that you feel good. Because this feeling good is what goes out as a signal into the universe and starts to attract more of itself to you. So the more you can feel good, the more you will attract the things that help you feel good and that will keep bringing you up higher and higher.” – Joe Vitale

#30

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“A person is only limited by the thoughts that he chooses.” – James Allen

#31

“Making a dream into reality begins with what you have, not with what you are waiting on.” ― T.F. Hodge

#32

“Whatever you hold in your mind on a consistent basis is exactly what you will experience in your life.” – Tony Robbins

#33

“Our thoughts, our feelings, our dreams, our ideas are physical in the universe. That if we dream something, if we picture something, it adds a physical thrust towards realization that we can put into the universe.” – Will Smith

#34

“Everyone visualizes whether he knows it or not. Visualizing is the great secret of success.” – Genevieve Behrend

#35

“Whatever you create in your life you must first create in your imagination.” – Tycho Photiou

#36

“Happy people produce. Bored people consume.” ― Stephen Richards

#37

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“Reality is a projection of your thoughts or the things you habitually think about.” ― Stephen Richards

#38

“What we do internally affects the world around us and the world around us affects our inner world. With this notion, nothing is separate, and our inner and outer worlds are intricately tied to one another.”
― Mat Auryn

#39

“The life you want is a manifestation of self-realization.” – Bryant McGill

#40

“By choosing your thoughts, and by selecting which emotional currents you will release and which you will reinforce, you determine the quality of your Light. You determine the effects that you will have upon others and the nature of the experiences of your life.” – Gary Zukav

#41

“I am in the perfect place, in the perfect time, at the perfect frequency and am worthy to receive”
― Daniel Mangena

#42

“Man, alone, has the power to transform his thoughts into physical reality; man, alone, can dream and make his dreams come true.” – Napoleon Hill

#43

“To bring anything into your life, imagine that it’s already there.” – Richard Bach

#44

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“What surrounds us is what is within us.” ― T.F. Hodge

#45

“Some people believe they are lucky, and in their belief, become so. Others believe that when good things come to them, it was mere chance, but are grateful, just the same. Either way, it is the expectation of those good things that sets the process of mind power in motion.” ― Stephen Richards

#46

“Experiencing life with your whole heart will not only bring more of what you desire but often it will surpass what you could have imagined!” ― Heidi Reagan

#47

“Before you can live anything, in what you are calling physical manifestation – you have to have conjured it in vibrational form. You have to have imagined it before it can become a reality. Everything that you are living here in this physical body, you have imagined the essence of it before you are living it.” – Abraham Hicks

#48

“Our thoughts and prayers have so much power. If people realised this, they would be much more careful where they let their thoughts drift.” ― Donna Goddard

#49

“If you never try, you’ll never know. You are what you manifest.” ― Germany Kent

#50

“Once you begin to change the way you think, you will begin to inspire innovation that will help you to manifest greatness in your life.”
― Germany Kent

#51

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“It’s only after you’ve found what you want inside of you that you can find it outside of you.”
― Cory Groshek

#52

“I will see it when I believe it.” — Wayne Dyer

#53

“Your life is the manifestation of your dream; it is an art. And you can change your life any time you aren’t enjoying the dream.” – Don Miguel Ruiz

#54

“Follow your bliss and the universe will open doors for you where there were only walls.” — Joseph Campbell

#55

“The amount of time it takes you to get from where you are to where you want to be is only the amount of time it takes you to change the vibration within you. Instant manifestation could be yours if you could instantly change the vibration.” – Abraham Hicks

#56

”You create your thoughts, your thoughts create your intentions, and your intentions create your reality.” – Wayne Dyer

#57

“Thoughts are causes and conditions are effects.” — Charles Francis Haanel

#58

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“You are the author of your life. If you don’t like how it goes, write it differently.” – Iva Kenaz

#59

“Whatever you can do, or dream you can, begin it. Boldness has genius, power, and magic in it. Begin it now.”
– Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe

#60

“The best way to overcome undesirable or negative thoughts and feelings is to cultivate the positive ones.” — William Walker Atkinson

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Quotes On Spiritual Enlightenment: 50 Wise Sayings

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The spiritual wisdom of different teachings and traditions encourages millions of people to be mindful of their thoughts and actions, to develop a deeper awareness, and remain calm before life challenges. In this article, we want to share with you our collection of quotes on spiritual enlightenment. Meditate on these quotes on spiritual enlightenment to raise your awareness of the truth and your spiritual journey will be filled with compassion, joy, gratitude, and love for all humankind.

Here it is – our collection of quotes on spiritual enlightenment.

50 Quotes On Spiritual Enlightenment

#1

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“For a seed to achieve its greatest expression, it must come completely undone. The shell cracks, its insides come out and everything changes. To someone who doesn’t understand growth, it would look like complete destruction.”
―Cynthia Occelli

#2

“It isn’t by getting out of the world that we become enlightened, but by getting into the world…by getting so tuned in that we can ride the waves of our existence and never get tossed because we become the waves.”
―Ken Kesey

#3

“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

#4

“Enlightenment is ego’s ultimate disappointment.”
―Chögyam Trungpa

#5

“I’m simply saying that there is a way to be sane. I’m saying that you can get rid of all this insanity created by the past in you. Just by being a simple witness of your thought processes.

It is simply sitting silently, witnessing the thoughts, passing before you. Just witnessing, not interfering not even judging, because the moment you judge you have lost the pure witness. The moment you say “this is good, this is bad,” you have already jumped onto the thought process.

It takes a little time to create a gap between the witness and the mind. Once the gap is there, you are in for a great surprise, that you are not the mind, that you are the witness, a watcher.

And this process of watching is the very alchemy of real religion. Because as you become more and more deeply rooted in witnessing, thoughts start disappearing. You are, but the mind is utterly empty.

“That’s the moment of enlightenment. That is the moment that you become for the first time an unconditioned, sane, really free human being.”
Osho

#6

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Enlightenment means taking full responsibility for your life.”
―William Blake

#7

“Not till your thoughts cease all their branching here and there, not till you abandon all thoughts of seeking for something, not till your mind is motionless as wood or stone, will you be on the right road to the Gate.”
― Huang Po

#8

“One does not become enlightened by imagining figures of light, but by making the darkness conscious.”
Carl Jung

#9

Enlightenment is man’s release from his self-incurred tutelage. Tutelage is man’s inability to make use of his understanding without direction from another. Self-incurred is this tutelage when its cause lies not in lack of reason but in lack of resolution and courage to use it without direction from another. Sapere aude! ‘Have the courage to use your own reason!’- that is the motto of enlightenment.”
―Immanuel Kant

#10

“An enlightened man had but one duty – to seek the way to himself, to reach inner certainty, to grope his way forward, no matter where it led.”
―Hermann Hesse

#11

“The closer you come to knowing that you alone create the world of your experience, the more vital it becomes for you to discover just who is doing the creating.”
―Eric Micha’el Leventhal

#12

Enlightenment will be now the beginning, not the end. Beginning of a non-ending process in all dimensions of richness. ”
Osho

#13

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“Suffering just means you’re having a bad dream. Happiness means you’re having a good dream. Enlightenment means getting out of the dream altogether.”
―Jed McKenna

#14

“These are the three stages of enlightenment, the three glimpses of satori.

The first stage enlightenment: A Glimpse of the Whole

The first stage of enlightenment is short glimpse from faraway of the whole. It is a short glimpse of being.

The first stage of enlightenment is when, for the first time, for a single moment the mind is not functioning. The ordinary ego is still present at the first stage of enlightenment, but you experience for a short while that there is something beyond the ego.

There is a gap, a silence and emptiness, where there is not thought between you and existence.

You and existence meet and merge for a moment.
And for the first time the seed, the thirst, and longing, for enlightenment, the meeting between you and existence, will grow in your heart.

The second stage of enlightenment: Silence, Relaxation, Togetherness, Inner Being

The second stage of enlightenment is a new order, a harmony, from within, which comes from the inner being. It is the quality of freedom. The inner chaos has disappeared and a new silence, relaxation and togetherness has arisen.

Your own wisdom from within has arisen.

A subtle ego is still present in the second stage of enlightenment.

The Hindus has three names for the ego:

  1. Ahamkara, which is the ordinary ego.
  2. Asmita, which is the quality of Am-ness, of no ego. It is a very silent ego, not aggressive, but it is still a subtle ego.
  3. Atma, the third word is Atma, when the Am-ness is also lost. This is what Buddha calls no-self, pure being.
    In the second stage of enlightenment, you become capable of being in the inner being, in the gap, in the meditative quality within, in the silence and emptiness.
    For hours, for days, you can remain in the gap, in utter aloneness, in God.
    Still, you need the effort to remain in the gap, and if you drop the effort, the gap will disappear.
    Love, meditation, and prayer becomes the way to increase the effort in the search for God.
    Then the second stage becomes a more conscious effort. Now you know the way, you know the direction.

The third stage of enlightenment: Ocean, Wholeness, No-self, Pure being

At the third stage of enlightenment, at the third step of Satori, our individual river flowing silently, suddenly reaches to the Ocean and becomes one with the Ocean.

At the third Satori, the ego is lost, and there is Atma, pure being. You are, but without any boundaries. The river has become the Ocean, the Whole.
It has become a vast emptiness, just like the pure sky.

The third stage of enlightenment happens when you have become capable of finding the inner being, the meditative quality within, the gap, the inner silence and emptiness, so that it becomes a natural quality.

You can find the gap whenever you want.

This is what tantra calls Mahamudra, the great orgasm, what Buddha calls Nirvana, what Lao Tzu calls Tao, and what Jesus calls the kingdom of God.
You have found the door to God.
You have come home.”
―Swami Dhyan Giten

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“Enlightenment is not the byproduct of avoiding the darkness in favor of the light. It is the byproduct of taking the light of consciousness and diving deep into the darkness with it. To make the darkness conscious is to turn the shadow into light.”
-Teal Scott

#16

“In my own life, I know that my state of cheerfulness is a reliable gauge of my level of spiritual enlightenment at that moment. The more cheerful, happy, contented, and satisfied I am feeling, the more aware I am of my deep connection to Spirit.”
Wayne Dyer

#17

“Nirvana or lasting enlightenment or true spiritual growth can be achieved only through persistent exercise of real love.”
-M. Scott Peck

#18

“Always keep your mind as bright and clear as the vast sky, the great ocean, and the highest peak, empty of all thoughts. Always keep your body filled with light and heat. Fill yourself with the power of wisdom and enlightenment.”
-Morihei Ueshiba

#19

“Enlightenment is the journey from the head back to the heart, from words back to silence.”
-Jack Brocas

#20

“Enlightenment is not about becoming divine. Instead it’s about becoming more fully human. . . It is the end of ignorance.”
-Lama Surya Das

#21

“Enlightenment is any experience of expanding our consciousness beyond its present limits. We could also say that perfect enlightenment is realizing that we have no limits at all and that the entire universe is alive.”
-Thaddeus Golas

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“Do not give them a candle to light the way, teach them how to make fire instead. That is the meaning of enlightenment.”
―Kamand Kojouri

#23

“Enlightenment…is real; and each of us, whoever we are, can in the right circumstances and with the right training realize the nature of mind and so know in us what is deathless and eternally pure. This is the promise of all the mystical traditions of the world, and it has been fulfilled and is being fulfilled in countless thousands of human lives.”
-Sogyal Rinpoche

#24

“Enlightenment, joy, and peace can never be given to you by another. The well is inside you.”
Thich Nhat Hanh

#25

“Enlightenment is understanding that there is nowhere to go, nothing to do, and nobody you have to be except exactly who you’re being right now.”
Neale Donald Walsch

#26

“Enlightenment is very possible for the ordinary individual. Actually, it is easier than for someone who thinks that they are special.”
-Ravi Shankar

#27

“Enlightenment is beyond the connection to me and mine; it’s past the illusion that you know who you are. In our world it is considered advantageous to have a positive self-image, but the wisdom of Buddhism is to let go of images altogether. There is a great deal of suffering in self-esteem. It’s nice when it’s around, but it comes and goes, utterly out of our control. This practice is headed in the direction of letting go of everything you think you are. Then you’re doing the same things other people are—eating rice and drinking tea—but you’re beginning to get a taste of what it is like to be free and clear, wholehearted and effortless.”
-Larry Rosenburg

#28

“Enlightenment is the complete flowering of body, mind and the soul.”
―Amit Ray

#29

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“Knowing others is wisdom, knowing yourself is enlightenment.”
Lao Tzu

#30

“The ego tries to convince us that we must do things to achieve enlightenment. The spirit knows that enlightenment is not a matter of doing, but a magnificent consequence of being.”
-Dean Jackson

#31

“The real meaning of enlightenment is to gaze with undimmed eyes on all darkness.”
-Nikos Kazantzakis

#32

“Do not think you will necessarily be aware of your own enlightenment.”
-Dogen

#33

“Enlightenment or awakening is not the creation of a new state of affairs but the recognition of what already is.”
Alan Watts

#34

“The mind of an enlightened human being is flexible and adaptable. The mind of the ignorant person is conditioned and fixed.”
-Ajahn Sumedho

#35

“To know yourself as the Being underneath the thinker, the stillness underneath the mental noise, the love and joy underneath the pain, is freedom, salvation, enlightenment.”
Eckhart Tolle

#36

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“What you focus on you become. So always focus on that which is highest, brightest, happiest and most noble of all things, enlightenment.”
-Frederick Lenz

#37

“Enlightenment has nothing to do with physical knowledge. It is the experience of existence. Existence is infinite. There are countless universes and creations taking place simultaneously.”
-Frederick Lenz

#38

“There are many paths to enlightenment. Be sure to take one with a heart.”
Lao Tzu

#39

“Alwasy keep your mind as bright as the vast sky, the great ocean, and the highest peak, empty of all thoughts. Always keep your body filled with light and heat. Fill yourself with power of wisdom and enlightenment.”
-Morihei Ueshiba

#40

“If we pretend to be more enlightened than we really are, we will miss an opportunity to heal ourselves. Admitting our limitations can make us feel vulnerable, yet it is very freeing. We just have to be ourselves as we are now, accepting the mixture of enlightened awareness and human limitation that is in each of us. Through this self-acceptance, we find deep peace and self-love.”
-Shakti Gawain

#41

“Attachment is the main thing that is blocking your path towards enlightenment.”
-Garchen Rinpoche

#42

“Someone who wants to attain enlightenment must be brave. He must rush into the crowd of enemies with a dagger. In the practice of Zen, enemies are our delusive thoughts and passions.”
-Koun Yamada

#43

“People only see what they are prepared to see.” – Ralph Waldo Emerson

#44

“Enlightenment is any experience of expanding our consciousness beyond its present limits. We could also say that perfect enlightenment is realizing that we have no limits at all and that the entire universe is alive.”
-Thaddeus Golas

#45

“Being is enlightenement.”
Osho

#46

“If I could define enlightenment briefly, I would say it is the quiet acceptance of what is.”
Wayne Dyer

#47

“To study the way is to study the self. To study the self is to forget the self. To forget the self is to be enlightened by all things.”
-Dogen

#48

“The ego tries to convince us that we must do things to achieve enlightenment. The spirit knows that enlightenment is not a matter of doing, but a magnificent consequence of being.”
-Dean Jackson

#49

“The attainment of enlightenment from ego’s point of view is extreme death.”
-Chogyam Trungpa

#50

“When we wake up from our confused state of mind, that is enlightenment.”
-Dzogchen Ponlop Rinpoche

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A spiritual journey is a very individual and intimate quest to consciously deepen your understanding of life. It can greatly help you to be more at peace with yourself and the world, as well as, discover lots of beneficial insights about the problems and challenges you’re confronted with. In this article, we want to share with you 50 spiritual journey quotes to support your inner transformation and self-discovery.

Here it is – our collection of spiritual journey quotes!

50 Spiritual Journey Quotes

#1

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”I am alone and my spiritual journey is my experience. This is the real experience of freedom and independence. Then we begin to see that being alone is a very beautiful thing. Nobody is obstructing our vision. We have a complete panoramic vision.”
– Chogyam Trungpa

#2

“The spiritual journey is individual, highly personal. It can’t be organized or regulated. It isn’t true that everyone should follow one path. Listen to your own truth.”
Ram Dass

#3

“Life is the most precious and wondrous thing that any of us have. Along the way, one of the real miracles occurs when we realize that what really matters is to deepen our relationship to ourselves and that to do this we have to enter a spiritual journey. We have to discover anew, or for the first time, our own relationship to the Infinite. We must begin to risk trusting a whole new level of intimacy with ourselves, life, and the people whose lives we touch.”
– Richard Moss

#4

“The spiritual journey involves going beyond hope and fear, stepping into unknown territory, continually moving forward. The most important aspect of being on the spiritual path maybe just to keep moving.”
– Pema Chodron

#5

“It is more important to go slow and gain the lessons you need along the journey then to rush the process and arrive at your destination empty.”
– Germany Kent

#6

“Love is what we are born with. Fear is what we learn. The spiritual journey is the unlearning of fear and prejudices and the acceptance of love back in our hearts. Love is the essential reality and our purpose on earth.”
– Marianne Williamson

#7

“A journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step.”
Lao Tzu

#8

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“When we don’t get what we want, there’s a legitimate grieving, and then the spiritual journey truly begins, because not getting what we want breaks our self-reference; and once that is broken, we are aware that we are a part of a larger whole. It changes everything.”
– Mark Nepo

#9

“The spiritual journey does not consist of arriving at a new destination where a person gains what he did not have, or becomes what he is not. It consists of the dissipation of one’s own ignorance concerning oneself and life and the gradual growth of that understanding which begins the spiritual awakening. The finding of God is coming to one’s self.” – Aldous Huxley

#10

“We had thought that we were human beings making a spiritual journey; it may be truer to say that we are spiritual beings making a human journey.”
– Pierre Teilhard de Chardin

#11

“The spiritual journey is one of continuous learning and purification. When you know this, you become humble.”
– Sogyal Rinpoche

#12

“Within the spiritual journey, you understand that suffering becomes something that has been given to you to show you where your mind is still stuck. It’s a vehicle to help you go to work. That’s why it’s called grace.”
Ram Dass

#13

“The spiritual journey is what the soul is up to while we attend to daily living.”
– Christina Baldwin

#14

“Focus on the journey, not the destination. Joy is found not in finishing an activity but in doing it.”
– Greg Anderson

#15

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

#16

“It may be that when we no longer know what to do, we have come to our real work and that when we no longer know which way to go, we have begun our real journey.”
– Wendell Berry

#17

“To be conscious of Being, you need to reclaim consciousness from the mind. This is one of the most essential tasks on your spiritual journey.”
Eckhart Tolle

#18

“We don’t receive wisdom; we must discover it for ourselves after a journey that no one can take for us or spare us.”
– Marcel Proust

#19

“Don’t judge each day by the harvest you reap, but by the seeds that you plant.”
– Robert Louis Stevenson

#20

“The journey home to God is what life is about. In a sense, it’s not even a journey. It’s an ongoing experience.”
– Harold Klemp

#21

“This is the pathless path – returning to where you were initially before you got lost. The deepest truth in you is where the journey leads – shedding, like taking off layers of an onion until you come to your essence. The key to the spiritual journey is not acquiring something outside of yourself. Rather it is shedding the veils to come back to the deepest truth of your being.”
Ram Dass

#22

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“Marriage is not a static state between two unchanging people. Marriage is a psychological and spiritual journey that begins in the ecstasy of attraction, meanders through a rocky stretch of self-discovery, and culminates in the creation of an intimate, joyful, lifelong union.”
– Harville Hendrix

#23

“The spiritual path – is simply the journey of living our lives. Everyone is on a spiritual path; most people just don’t know it.”
– Marianne Williamson

#24

“The spiritual journey is one that we must take “alone together,” in the same way that a good marriage involves a dance between solitude and communion. The life of the spirit entails a continuous alternation between retreating into oneself and going out into the world: it’s an inward-outward journey. There is a solitary part to it, but that solitude helps us to develop richer and more in-depth relationships with our friends, our children, our community, and the political world.”
– Sam Keen

#25

“The first part of the spiritual journey should properly be called psychological rather than spiritual because it involves peeling away the myths and illusions that have misinformed us.”
– Sam Keen

#26

“I’m not suggesting that I have all the answers or that I have experienced everything someone else has. I’m a firm believer that everyone’s life/spiritual journey is unique and personal, and I’m in no place to tell you what you have or have not experienced. However, I CAN tell you what I have experienced and learned, and I hope it is of use to someone out there.”
– Ryan Miller

#27

“I follow the religion of Love: Whatever way love’s camel takes, That is my religion, my faith.”
– Ibn Arabi

#28

“Facing the darkness, admitting the pain, allowing the pain to be pain, is never easy. This is why courage – big-heartedness – is the most essential virtue on the spiritual journey. But if we fail to let pain be pain – and our entire patriarchal culture refuses to let this happen – then pain will haunt us in nightmarish ways. We will become pain’s victims instead of the healers we might become.”
– Matthew Fox

#29

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“The only Zen you find on the tops of mountains is the Zen you bring up there.”
– Robert M. Pirsig

#30

“This is my simple religion. There is no need for temples; no need for complicated philosophy. Our own brain, our own heart is our temple; the philosophy is kindness.”
Dalai Lama

#31

“It’s never too late to change the programming imprinted in childhood, carried in our genes or derived from previous lives; the solution is mindfulness in the present moment.”
– Peter Shepherd

#32

“How we sit within the body is an extremely important part of the spiritual journey. The body itself is used either by the spirit within us, or by the fear-based mind. When it is used by the spirit, then it is a thing of holiness. How we dwell within it, how we treat it, and how we use it in relationship to other aspects of the planet is extremely important. When we use the body without reverence, we are destructive elements on the planet. We become destructive to ourselves, to other life forms, and to the earth.”
– Marianne Williamson

#33

“Be patient with yourself. Self-growth is tender; it’s holy ground. There is no greater investment.”
– Stephen Covey

#34

“I think a spiritual journey is not so much a journey of discovery. It’s a journey of recovery. It’s a journey of uncovering your own inner nature. It’s already there.”
– Billy Corgan

#35

“Man is lost and is wandering in a jungle where real values have no meaning. Real values can have meaning to man only when he steps on to the spiritual path, a path where negative emotions have no use.”
Sai Baba

#36

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“Knowing others is wisdom; knowing the self is enlightenment.”
– Tao Te Ching

#37

“In the place of stillness, rises potential. From the place of potential, emerges possibility. Where there is possibility, there is choice. And where there is choice, there is freedom!”
– Gabrielle Goddard

#38

“Our compassion is the fruit of our spiritual lives; it actually arises spontaneously when formed by intention in our spiritual practice. Love and compassion are always the goods of the spiritual journey, and they are guided by divine wisdom, which then shapes compassion in the concrete situations of our existence.”
– Wayne Teasdale

#39

“All major religious traditions carry basically the same message, that is love, compassion, and forgiveness … the important thing is they should be part of our daily lives.”
Dalai Lama

#40

“Big-heartedness is the most essential virtue on the spiritual journey.”
– Matthew Fox

#41

“Each one of us has our own evolution of life, and each one of us goes through different tests which are unique and challenging. But certain things are common. And we do learn things from each other’s experiences. On a spiritual journey, we all have the same destination.”
– A.R. Rahman

#42

“About once a week I think about going and living in a cave and meditating instead. I think that would be a more peaceful life, where my spiritual journey was not interrupted by egomania so regularly.”
– Simon Amstell

#43

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“May all beings everywhere with whom we are inseparably connected, be fulfilled, awakened, liberated, and free. May there be peace in this world and throughout the entire universe, and may we all together complete the spiritual journey.”
– Surya Das

#44

“The creative process, like a spiritual journey, is intuitive, non-linear, and experiential. It points us toward our essential nature, which is a reflection of the boundless creativity of the universe.”
– John Daido Loori

#45

“There comes a time in the spiritual journey when you start making choices from a very different place. And if a choice lines up so that it supports truth, health, happiness, wisdom, and love, it’s the right choice.”
– Angeles Arrien

#46

“Your spiritual journey and your spiritual welfare are really dependent on two primary factors: One, your ability to meditate, and two, your ability to give of yourself.”
– Frederick Lenz

#47

“Every positive change – every jump to a higher level of energy and awareness – involves a rite of passage. Each time to ascend to a higher rung on the ladder of personal evolution, we must go through a period of discomfort, of initiation. I have never found an exception.”
– Dan Millman

#48

“Do not do tomorrow what you can do today.
If you feel the need to forgive, forgive today.
If you feel the need to risk, risk today.
If you feel the need to apologize, apologize today.
If you feel the need to love someone, love them today.
If you feel the need to create something, create something today.
If you do this there will be no conflict within, you will grow in Spirit
because you will be your true authentic Self – living at full potential.
Live for today, not for tomorrow.”
– Wallace Huey

#49

“I close my eyes in order to see.”
– Paul Gauguin

#50

“Bring everything up to the surface. Accept your humanity, your animality. Whatsoever is there, accept it without any condemnation. Acceptance is transformation because through acceptance awareness becomes possible.”
Osho

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