If you prefer smoke over fire
then get up now and leave.
For I do not intend to perfume
your mind’s clothing
with more sooty knowledge.
No, I have something else in mind.
Today I hold a flame in my left hand
and a sword in my right.
There will be no damage control today.
For God is in a mood
to plunder your riches and
fling you nakedly
into such breathtaking poverty
that all that will be left of you
will be a tendency to shine.
So don’t just sit around this flame
choking on your mind.
For this is no campfire song
to mindlessly mantra yourself to sleep with.
Jump now into the space
and exit this dream
before I burn the damn place down.
Real compassion kicks butt and takes names and is not pleasant on certain days. If you are not ready for this fire, then find a new-age, sweetness and light, perpetually smiling teacher and learn to relabel your ego with spiritual sounding terms. But, stay away from those who practice real compassion, because they will fry your ass, my friend
– Ken Wilber
We are not humans having a spiritual experience.
We are spiritual beings having a human experience.
– Pierre Teilhard De Chardin
Step into the Fire of Self-Discovery.
This fire will not burn you,
it will only burn what you are not
The greatest fear in the world is of the opinion of others. And the moment you are unafraid of the crowd you are no longer a sheep, you become a lion. A great roar arises in your heart, the roar of freedom.
You will never be able to escape from your heart.
So it is better to listen to what it has to say.
– Paulo Cohelo
When you get out of the driver’s seat, you find that life can drive itself, that actually life has always been driving itself. When you get out of the driver’s seat, life can drive itself so much easier- it can flow in ways you never imagined. Life becomes almost magical. The illusion of the ‘me’ is no longer in the way. Life begins to flow, and you never know where it will take you.
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
Let’s get real about the ole, ‘What we judge in others is a direct reflection of what exists within ourselves’ routine. To be sure, there is value in considering how we are projecting our own stuff onto others—that is a wise inquiry—but let’s not throw discernment out with the bathwater. Not every negative judgment we feel is sourced in our own stuff, or in a past life projection trail.
Sometimes our judgments are actually reflections of a conscious discernment process. Sometimes we are appalled by certain behaviors because we have evolved to the point where we can distinguish good from bad, healthy from unhealthy, benevolent from malevolent.
Do you know who perpetuated the anti-judgment mantra with the world? Gurus who wanted to deflect responsibility when they were not living up to their professed standards. You call them on their stuff and they turn the mirror right back on you. It all comes back to good ole common sense. Sometimes we are projecting, and sometimes we are seeing things exactly as they are. Enrealment or EnBullshitment—pick your path.
– Jeff Brown
Dream as if you’ll live forever. Live as if you’ll die today.
– James Dean
When you realize that the distinction between inner and outer is in the mind only, you are no longer afraid.
– Nisargadatta Maharaj
And I said to my body. Softly. “I want to be your friend.” It took a long breath and replied ” I have been waiting my whole life for this”.
– Nayyirah Waheed
One does not become enlightened by imagining figures of Light but by making the Darkness conscious.
– Carl Jung
You think of yourselves as Humans searching for a spiritual awakening, when in fact you are spiritual beings attempting to cope with a human awakening. Seeing yourselves from the perspective of the Spirit within will help you to remember why you came here and what you came here to do.
– Neale Donald Walsch
When you talk, you are only repeating what you already know
But if you listen, you may learn something new.
– Dalai Lama
Sorrow prepares you for Joy. It violently sweeps everything out of your house, so that new joy can find space to enter. It shakes the yellow leaves from the bough of your heart, so that fresh, green leaves can grow in their place. It pulls up the rotten roots, so that new roots hidden beneath have room to grow. Whatever sorrow shakes from your heart, far better things will take their place.
Sometimes it felt like her life was a series of falls from ever-greater heights.
– Scott Westerfeld
All men make mistakes, but a good man yields when he knows his course is wrong, and repairs the evil.
The only crime is pride.
– Sophocles, Antigone
Desire is expressed by the caress as thought is by language.
– Jean-Paul Sartre
All the art of living lies in a fine mingling of letting go and holding on.
– Havelock Ellis
There is voice that doesn’t use words. Listen.
Walk as if you are kissing the earth with your feet.
– Thich Nhat Hanh
Music is the mediator between the spiritual and the sensual life.
– Ludwig Van Beethoven
A woman armed with ancestral wisdom is an unstoppable force.
Come out of the Masses. Stand alone like a Lion and live your life according to your own Light.
The woman who follows the crowd will usually go no further than the crowd. The woman who walks alone is likely to find herself in places no one has ever been before.
– Albert Einstein
A time of crisis is a very valuable time. When everything is established and there is no crisis, things are dead. When nothing is changing and the grip of the old is perfect, it is almost impossible to change yourself.
When everything is in chaos, nothing is static, nothing is secure, nobody knows what is going to happen the next moment – in such a chaotic moment – you are free, you can change. You can attain to the innermost core of your being.
Excuse me while I kiss the sky.
The Body heals with play, the Mind heals with laugher and the Spirit heals with Joy.
When sleeping women awake, mountains move!
– African Proverb
All matter is merely energy condensed to a slow vibration, that we are all one consciousness experiencing itself subjectively, there is no such thing as death, life is only a dream, and we are the imagination of ourselves.
― Bill Hicks
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