Quotes about spirit

Spirit is complete, perfect, causeless, eternal, without qualities. It is only known through the Soul's evolution toward Spirit which only knows oneness. “You” cannot be enlightened because in the state of enlightenment, “you” ceases to exist.

As you detach from the personal, Soul is aware of itself and merges into the emptiness of Spirit. Emptiness is also fullness or consciousness looking through you and everything in this moment. What is is simply what is, beyond words. It is a state of being, pure energy.

Discover through your own heart, the nature of spirit. It speaks through direct experience. You find this in your own way. Listening to Spirit is like being aware of intuition and knowing that the real you is only ever inspired by love and never motivated by fear. Know that the mind is missing what is real, pure and distanceless. What is real cannot die.


Quotes about Spirituality

A. C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada

"Just try to learn the truth by approaching a spiritual master. Inquire from him submissively and render service unto him. The self-realized soul can impart knowledge unto you because he has seen the truth."

Abd al-Kader

"The first "station of separation" corresponds to the state of the ordinary man who perceives the universe as distinct from God. Starting from here, the initiatic itinerary leads the being first to extinction in the divine Unity, which abolishes all perception of created things. But spiritual realization, if it is complete, arrives afterwards at the "second station of separation" where the being perceives simultaneously the one in the multiple and the multiple in the one."

Adyashanti

"Inherent in the impulse to be free, is insecurity. The impulse to be free comes from outside of the mind, and because of this, it makes the mind feel very insecure. Most spiritual seekers move away from this insecurity by seeking and striving for a distant spiritual goal. That’s how they avoid feeling insecure."

Alan Cohen

"The ego tells you to fill space. Your spirit tells you to let space fill you."

Albert Schweitzer

“By having a reverence for life, we enter into a spiritual relation with the world By practicing reverence for life we become good, deep, and alive.”

Alfred-Pierre Joseph Agache

"Saying Thank You is more than good manners, it's good spirituality."

Amelia Barr

"Human relations are built on feeling, not on reason or knowledge. And feeling is not an exact science; like all spiritual qualities, it has the vagueness of greatness about it."

Apostle Paul

"The natural man receiveth not the things of the Spirit of God: for they are foolishness unto him: neither can he know them, because they are spiritually discerned. But he that is spiritual judgeth all things, yet he himself is judged of no man."

Barbara De Angelis

"In order to experience everyday spirituality, we need to remember that we are spiritual beings spending some time in a human body."

Bhagavad Gita 3:27

"Under the influence of false ego one thinks himself to be the doer of activities, while in reality all the activities are carried out by nature as natural process." (Translation)

Bill Maher

“I would describe my spirituality as exactly the opposite of having a religious affiliation.”

Billy Graham

"Man has two great spiritual needs. One is for forgiveness. The other is for goodness."

Blaise Pascal

“Nature is an infinite sphere whose center is everywhere and whose circumference is nowhere”

Buddha

"Just as a candle cannot burn without fire, men cannot live without a spiritual life."

Calvin Coolidge

"We do not need more national development, we need more spiritual development. We do not need more intellectual power, we need more spiritual power. We do not need more knowledge, we need more character. We do not need more law, we need more religion. We do not need more of the things that are seen, we need more of the things that are unseen."

Carl Sagan

"Science is not only compatible with spirituality; it is a profound source of spirituality. When we recognize our place in an immensity of light-years and in the passage of ages, when we grasp the intricacy, beauty, and subtlety of life, then that soaring feeling, that sense of elation and humility combined, is surely spiritual."

Chogyam Trungpa Rinpoche

"Walking the spiritual path properly is a very subtle process; it is not something to jump into naively. There are numerous sidetracks which leades to a distorted, ego-centered version of spirituality; we can deceive ourselves into thinking we are developing spiritually when instead we are strengthening our egocentricity through spiritual techniques. This fundamental distortion may be referred to as spiritual materialism"

David Hawkins

"Spiritual evolution occurs as the result of removing obstacles and not actually acquiring anything new. Devotion enables surrenders of the mind's vanities and cherished illusions so that it progressively becomes more free and more open to the light of Truth."

David McKay

"Spirituality is the consciousness of victory over self and of communion with the Infinite. Spirituality impels one to conquer difficulties and acquire more and more strength."

David R Hawkins

"We change the world not by what we say or do but as a consequence of what we have become. Thus, every spiritual aspirant serves the world."

David Spangler

"The spirituality of the earth is an invitation to initiation, to the death of what we have been and the birth of something new".

David Steindl-Rast

"Wherever we may come alive, that is the area in which we are spiritual."

Eckhart Tolle

"I cannot tell you any spiritual truth that deep within you don't know already. All I can do is remind you of what you have forgotten."

Edgar Cayce

"For the material, at best, is only temporal, or temporary, while that which may be builded from spiritual desire, spiritual purposes, is eternal."

Ernest Holmes

"Spirituality is natural goodness. God is not a person; God is a presence personified in us. Spirituality is not a thing; it is the atmosphere of God's Presence, goodness, truth, and beauty."

Exodus

"I am God, your healer."

Ezra Bayda

"If you remember nothing else, always remember this one great secret of spiritual practice: we don't have to feel any particular way. We don't have to have special experiences, nor do we have to be any particular way. With whatever arises, whether it's pleasing or not, try to remember that all we can do is experience and work with whatever our life is right now. No matter what life is and no matter how we feel about it, all that matters in practice is whether we can honestly acknowledge what is going on, and then stay present with the physical experience of that moment."

Floyd Henderson

"I Am prior to beingness, prior to consciousness, and even prior to non-beingness. I have passed eternity being That, but for now I just happen to be in movement with other waves and particles of energy during this present temporary cycling into manifestation.This "floyd" is nothing more than the result a cosmic accident, an accident that was facilitated along the way by an act of friction. Wherefore "pride"?

Grandfather William Commanda, ALGONQUIN (Indiginous Peoples of Turtle Island)

"Its all spirit and its all connected...Our choice is to live out of harmony with spiritual ways or in harmony with spiritual ways. Everything is spiritual."

Henri Frederic Amiel

“To win true peace, a man needs to feel himself directed, pardoned, and sustained by a supreme power, to feel himself in the right road, at the point where God would have him be - in order with God and the universe. This faith gives strength and calm.”

Henri J.M. Nouwen

"The spiritual life does not remove us from the world but leads us deeper into it."

Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

"Only a look and a voice; then darkness again and silence."

Henryk Skolimowski

“The first act of awe, when man was struck with the beauty or wonder of Nature, was the first spiritual experience.”

High Eagle

"...visions are messages from the Great Spirit, each for a different purpose in life. Consequently, one person's vision may not be that of another. To have a vision, one must be prepared to receive it, and when it comes, to accept it. Thus when these inner urges become reality, only then can visions be fulfilled. The spiritual side of life knows everyone's heart and who to trust. How could a vision ever be given to someone to harbor if that person could not be trusted to carry it out. The message is simple: commitment precedes vision."

Huston Smith

"In the post-individualistic era, science and spirituality will become allies, and human beings will realize a vast potentiality now only dimly felt."

Innerspace

"Spiritual medicine is ever-present. Whenever we need it, to whatever extent we need it, we can find it within."

J. Reuben Clark

"That man has a spiritual body is evidenced by the account . . . given in the writings of Moses that man was created spiritually in heaven before he was given a natural body."

Jack Kornfield

"A bulging portfolio of spiritual experiences matters little if it does not have the power to sustain us through the inevitable moments of grief, loss, and change. Knowledge and achievements matter little if we do not yet know how to touch the heart of another and be touched. Wisdom is alive only as long as it is lived, understanding is liberating only as long as it is applied."

James Hart

"Evolution is the development of the energy of the universe in such a way that it has an increasing ability to consciously control itself and the universe around it. It is a progressive change from the unconscious to the conscious. We are the universe trying to comprehend itself. Man is the corporeal manifestation of the universe trying to control its own destiny. Man is God in the process of coming into existence."

Jeoff Hutcherson

"Right now nothing may be more important than the opportunity to be available to the Spirit."

John Dietrich

"The spirit of humanity, like the forces of nature, and like the physical life, is at bottom energy.... Spiritual life, therefore, is just as much a development out of what has gone before in the evolutionary process as physical life is; which means that the origin of spiritual life is from within."

John Muir

"Keep close to Nature's heart. Break clear away, once in awhile, and climb a mountain or spend a week in the woods. Wash your spirit clean."

John O'Donohue

"For too long, we have believed that the divine is outside us. This belief has strained our longing disastrously. This is so lonely since it is human longing that makes us holy. The most beautiful thing about us is our longing; this longing is spiritual and has great depth and wisdom. If you focus your longing on a faraway divinity, you put an unfair strain on your longing. Thus it often happens that the longing reaches out towards the distant divine, but, because it over-strains itself, it bends back to become cynicism, emptiness or negativity. This can destroy your sensibility. Yet we do not need to put any strain on our longing. If we believe that the body is in the soul and the soul is divine ground, then the presence of the divine is completely here, close with us."

John Pierrakos

"All the manifestations of love can be seen as a connection with our spirituality."

Lakota Seer

"We are earth people on a spiritual journey to the stars. Our quest, our earth walk, is to look within, to know who we are, to see that we are connected to all things, that there is no separation, only in the mind."

Lama Surya Das

"Spiritual seekers particularly are on a quest to understand life; we want to examine our own lives and find meaning in what we do and who we are. ... We find meaning in the seeking itself. Every step along the way is the Way..."

Lena Lees

"The pain in those chakras is meant to be felt; experienced. You are going to feel it (the sadness, and despair) move. It's part of the "push-through". The energy in the solar plexus, especially, needs to move...Balance. Practice. Meditating upon my form. These are three excellent spiritual practices to put my teachings in place. I want people to know that spirituality is a focus, a commitment, not a punishment. It's liberating." "The earth is trying to teach humans that everything is spirit. Eventually, humans will learn. It's just another way to understand divinity. Spirit works through one's own humanity and the earth. Everything here (on earth) is for the divine evolution of all energies."

Leonard Jacobson

"We are on a journey of becoming that which we already are. That is the impossible paradox of our lives."

Liara Covert

"Everything that extends from oneness is a fragment."

M. Scott Peck

"I define love thus: The will to extend one's self for the purpose of nurturing one's own or another's spiritual growth."

Marc Barasch

"For at the center of all spiritual traditions is the beacon of a truly radical proposal: Open your heart to everybody. Everybody."

Marianne Williamson

“Spiritual progress is like detoxification. Things have to come up in order to be released. Once we have asked to be healed, then our unhealed places are forced to the surface.”

Marshall Rosenberg

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

Matthew Arnold

"Greatness is a spiritual condition."

Maya Angelou

"Spirit is an invisible force made visible in all life."

Meher Baba

"God cannot be explained… God can only be lived."

Meredith Young-Sowers

"A true spiritual teacher knows more than he or she necessarily verbalizes, using temperance and love to be guided to say what is appropriate..."

Mohandas Gandhi

"Spiritual relationship is far more precious than physical. Physical relationship divorced from spiritual is body without soul."

Narashimha Upanishad

"Everything is God."

Oprah Winfrey

"It isn't until you come to a spiritual understanding of who you are - not necessarily a religious feeling, but deep down, the spirit within - that you can begin to take control." "Spirituality for me is recognizing that I am connected to the energy of all creation, that I am a part of it and it is always a part of me."

Osho

"To me spirituality needs an honest individuality. It does not allow any kind of dependence. It creates a freedom for itself, whatever the cost. It is never in the crowd but alone, because the crowd has never found any truth. The truth has been found only in people's aloneness."

Paulo Coelho

"People who are on a spiritual quest don't think, they simply want results."

Pema Chodron

"There isn't anything except your own life that can be used as ground for your spiritual practice. Spiritual practice is your life, twenty-four hours a day."

Ra Eshraw

"Red Roses symbolize the purity and Beauty of life, energies are lifted as well as spiritualized. The flower is an epitome of universal love. The aspect of the Red Rose is a spiritual lesson in enlightenment. The equilibrium of the laws of nature is the sole judge in the area of all happenings."

Ralph Waldo Emerson

“Great men are they who see that spiritual is stronger than material force, that thoughts rule the world.”

Ratu Bagus

"The meaning of spirituality is to be healthy and happy; to be physically, emotionally and mentally strong. We can't find this with imagination. We must practice."

Riccardo Ferrari

"Religion is for those afraid of going to hell, Spirituality is for those who know where Heaven is."

Robert Augustus Masters

"Life after spirituality is a constant dying. Emerging from our own ashes becomes no big deal, but just the way things are...."

Robert Fuller

"Spirituality exists wherever we struggle with the issue of how our lives fit into the greater cosmic scheme of things. This is true even when our questions never give way to specific answers or give rise to specific practices such as prayer or meditation. We encounter spiritual issues every time we wonder where the universe comes from, why we are here, or what happens when we die. We also become spiritual when we become moved by values such as beauty, love, or creativity that seem to reveal a meaning or power beyond our visible world. An idea or practice is "spiritual" when it reveals our personal desire to establish a felt-relationship with the deepest meanings or powers governing life."

Robert Louis Stevenson

“You can kill the body but not the spirit.”

Sakyong Mipham Rinpoche

"It's one thing to have the attitude of enlightenment and another thing to act in an enlightened way, which is conduct or activity..."

Sampo Kaasila

“Spiritual awakening is about waking up from your ego. It is not about awakening the ego.”

Sant Kirpal Singh

"Stripped of all its outer encrustations, spirituality emerges as a science, as scientific as any other, as verifiable in its results. Let any seeker take it up and let him create in the laboratory of the soul the conditions that are prerequisite; as sure as the day follows the night shall he rise into the Kingdom of God."

Satguru Sivaya Subramuniyaswami

"The object in being on the spiritual path is not to have just a little influx of energy, but to be the energy itself - consciously."

Shinjo Ito

"Buddhas continue to live on through their teachings as dharma bodies. Their spirits become manifest in the sangha (spiritual community) where their teachings are passed on."

Simhananda

"Your Spiritual Flame must be strong and not wobble, even when a hurricane of desire whooshes by."

Sonia Choquette (The Answer is Simple...)

"If you look at yourself and life through the lens of your ego, you'll feel isolated, ganged up on, alone, dfferent, and not part of the crowd. If you look through the lens of Spirit, knowing we're all one, you'll always feel safe, secure, ad loved."

Sonia Johnson

"We don't need someone to show us the ropes. We are the ones we've been waiting for. Deep inside us we know the feelings we need to guide us. Our task is to learn to trust our inner knowing."

Sri Annamalai Swami

"The mind is not present in sleep. The one who is present while asleep is present now also."

Sri Chinmoy

"A spiritual man should be a normal man, a sound man. God Himself is normal; He is not insane. In order to reach God, a spiritual person has to be divinely practical in his day-to-day activities. Spirituality does not negate the outer life. But we have to know that the outer life does not mean the animal life. The outer life should be the manifestation of the divine life within us."

Sri Sathya Sai Baba

"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."

Starhawk

“Fascination with the psychic - or the psychological - can be a dangerous sidetrack on any spiritual path.”

Stephen Batchelor

"...inner spiritual transformation is just as dependent upon the effect of our economic life upon the world as transformations in the world are dependent upon spiritual re-orientation."

Stephen R. Covey

“We are not human beings on a spiritual journey. We are spiritual beings on a human journey.”

Sue Patton Thoele

“Deep listening is miraculous for both listener and speaker. When someone receives us with open-hearted, non-judging, intensely interested listening, our spirits expand.”

Swami Sai Premananda

"In meditation, you are not supposed to “concentrate” on the things that arise in the mind. Rather, you are supposed to “bear witness” to the things that arise in the mind. Now bearing witness means what? It means to stand aside and observe, become aware, and examine: “Yes this is there. That is there. This is happening. That is going on.” This is very important because it lays the foundation for the actual inner spiritual work that the meditation will provoke. Meditation is the foundation for deeper spiritual evolution."

Swami Sivananda

"To make the mind obey you is a spiritual discipline."

Swami Vivekananda

"You have to grow from inside out. None can teach you, none can make you spiritual. There is no other teacher but your own soul."

Tenzin Gyatso (The 14th Dalai Lama)

"There should be a balance between material and spiritual progress, a balance achieved through the principles based on love and compassion."

The Talmud

“The Divine Spirit does not reside in any except the joyful heart.”

The Urantia Book

"Your spiritual destiny is conditioned only by your spiritual longings and purposes"

Thomas Merton

"A life is either all spiritual or not spiritual at all. No man can serve two masters. Your life is shaped by the end you live for. You are made in the image of what you desire."

Wolf Moondance

"To understand spiritual intention and insight is the knowledge of the rock people. Within each of us is the story of yesterday."