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I am in prison.
I am a prisoner.
I am also the guard, the warden, and the bars.
I am the cell and the judge.
I am even the crime.

I look out my window and see the blue jays flitting about
and I feel free.

My, oh, my, I am free!

- Author Unknown

...In dream consciousness...we make things happen by wishing them, because we are not only the observer of what we experience but also the creator. In our creativity we prolong the magic action of the Creator of All in the overflow of His imagination, which is all that reality is, or ever will be.

- Pir Vilayat Inayat Khan (born 1916)

Once the governor of a province in ancient China
spent several days in the mountains with his Zen teacher.
As he was getting ready to leave, the master asked him,
"When you return to the capital, how will you govern your people?"
"With compassion and wisdom," said the governor.
"In that case," said the master,
"every last one of them will suffer."

- Zen story

Some there are that torment themselves afresh
with the memory of what is past;

others, again, afflict themselves
with the apprehension of evils to come;

and very ridiculously both-
for the one does not now concern us,
and the other is not yet...

One should count each day a separate life.

- Seneca

There is but one failure, and that is,
not to be true to the very best one knows.

- Frederic William Farrar

The countenance is the portrait of the soul,
and the eyes mark its intentions.

- Cicero (B.C.E 106-43)

Seekers look into the crises that most people shun,
because from hurt or failure or disaster,
one can seize the deepest truth.

- Deepak Chopra, The Way Of The Wizard

As you believe, so you become.
As you become, so you believe.

- Author Unknown

The only reason I am upset is because
I had the audacity to think I knew what should happen next.

- Anthony S. Dallmann-Jones, Ph.D.

It is impossible to found a lasting stronghold within
on anything less that the understanding that God is a God of joy.
It is through our realization of this truth
that we drink heartily of the wine of life.

- Charles Fillmore (Founder, Unity Church)

The foolish man seeks happiness in the distance;
The wise grows it under his feet.

- James Oppenheim (1882-1932)

Be humble, if thou would'st attain to Wisdom.
Be humbler still, when Wisdom thou hast mastered.

- H. P. Blavatsky (1831-1891)

You can't lose anything because you never had it.
The only thing you've ever really had is yourself.

- Deepak Chopra, The Way Of The Wizard

Be daring, be different, be impractical,
be anything that will assert integrity of purpose
and imaginative vision against the play-it-safers,
the creatures of the commonplace,
the slaves of the ordinary.

- Sir Cecil Beaton

Life is not a struggle. It's a wiggle.

- Peter McWilliams

There can be no transforming of darkness into light
and of apathy into movement
without emotion.

- Carl G. Jung

You are seeking joy and peace in far-off places.
But the spring of joy is in your heart.
The haven of peace is in yourself.

- Satya Sai Baba

Religion is not only to go to God
by forsaking the world
but to find Him in it.

- Soyen Shakyu

Each something is a celebration
of the nothing that supports it.

- John Cage

There is great enlightenment
where there has been great wonder.

- Muso Kokushi

Mysticism occurs whenever a human being sees
the separation between the natural and the supernatural,
the temporal and the eternal,
as overcome.

- Albert Schweitzer

When we have seen Reality,
there is not a grain of dust which has not a sublime meaning.

- J. Vanderleeuw

You will have to acquire trust
before you can surrender your control.

- Deepak Chopra, The Way Of The Wizard

Peace, if possible,
but the truth at any rate.

- Martin Luther

For those that have the courage to believe
and the strength to run their own race
victory is certain!

- Gertrude Johnson

Men must be decided on what they will not do,
and then they are able to act with vigor
in what they ought to do.

- Meng-tzu

Under all that we think, lives all we believe,
like the ultimate veil of our spirits.

- Antonio Machado

If the brain were so simple we could understand it,
we would be so simple we couldn't.

- Lyall Watson, biologist

Difficulties increase the nearer we approach our goal.

- Goethe (1749-1832)

The shortest answer
is doing.

- George Herbert

The integral person does without going;
sees without looking
and accomplishes without doing.

- Lao Tzu

Deep in the sea are riches beyond compare.
But if you seek safety, it is on the shore.

- Saadi of Shiraz (c. 1200 AD)

I destroy my enemy when I make him my friend.

- Lincoln (1809-1865)

If I don't manage to fly, someone else will.
The Spirit wants only that there be flying.
As to who happens to do it,
She has only a passing interest.

- Rainer Maria Rilke

We are so powerful that we can convince ourselves
that indeed we are not -- then make it come true.

- Anthony S. Dallmann-Jones, Ph.D.

Doubt is a pain too lonely to know
that faith is his twin brother.

- Khalil Gibran (1883-1931)

The mind is it's own place,
and in itself can make a Heav'n of Hell,
a Hell of Heav'n.

- John Milton

Chance is always powerful. - Let your hook be always cast;
in the pool where you least expect it, there will be a fish.

- Ovid (B.C. 43-18 A.D.)

If we have no peace, it is because we have forgotten
that we belong to each other.

- Mother Teresa

The whole world is a door of liberation,
but people are unwilling to enter it.

- Hui-Wu

When a man can still the senses
I call him illumined.

- The Bhagavad Gita

He is enlightened, liberated,
Who sees all things as One-Unseparated.

- Angelus Silesius

We all live the magic kingdom -
Some of us see the magic.

- Jodie Bergsma

Every experience that comes to you
is an opportunity to birth your Divinity.

- Richard H. Levy

I saw my Lord with the eye of the Heart,
I said: "Who are you?"
He answered: "You."

- Al-Hallaj

We are meant to ride nature's waves,
not to fight against them.

- Deepak Chopra

Nothing in the world is more dangerous
than sincere ignorance and conscientious stupidity.

- Martin Luther King Jr.

In the choice between changing one's mind
and proving there's no need to do so,
most people get busy on the proof.

- John Kenneth Galbraith

We are all cells in the same body of humanity.

- Peace Pilgrim (190? - 1981)

If you wish to drown,
do not torture yourself with shallow water.

- Bulgarian Proverb

Genius - To know without having learned;
to draw just conclusions from unknown premises;
to discern the soul of things.

- Ambrose Bierce (1842-1914?)

The measure of a man's real character
is what he would do if he knew he would never be found out.

- Macaulay (1800-1859)

Enter through the narrow gate.
The gate that leads to damnation is wide,
the road is clear, and many choose to travel it.
But how narrow is the gate that leads to life,
how rough the road, and how few there are who find it.

- Jesus Christ, Mathew 7:13-14

A monk: "What is the fundamental teaching?"
Yun-men: " No question, no answer."

- Yun-men

Someone asked, "What is your way?"
Daojian answered, "To be free wherever I am."

- Zen Mondo

The only Zen you find on the tops of mountains
is the Zen you bring up there.

- Robert M. Pirsig

He who knows himself
knows his Lord.

- Sufi saying

One knows all one can know
when one knows nothing.

- Marguerite Duras

Responsibility means
not blaming anyone or anything for you situation,
including yourself.

- Deepak Chopra, The Seven Spiritual Laws Of Success

What is your original face?
If you turn your light towards the interior,
you will discover the precious secret within yourself.

- Hui Neng

If we pray, we will believe;
If we believe, we will love;
If we love, we will serve.

- Mother Teresa (1910-1997)

To enter one's own self,
it is necessary to go armed to the teeth.

- Paul Valery

You are lost the instant you know what the result will be.

- Juan Gris

Shut your mouth, close your lips, and say something.

- Pai-Chang

God has delivered yourself to your care, and says:
I had no one fitter to trust than you.

- Epictetus

We can do no great things; only small things with great love.

- Mother Teresa (1910-1997)

If an eye never falls asleep,
All dreams will by themselves cease:
If the mind retains its absoluteness,
The ten thousand things are of one suchness.

- Seng-T'San (540?-606 A.D.)

Every man is his own ancestor,
and every man is his own heir.
He devises his own future,
and he inherits his own past.

- Frederick Henry Hedge (1805-1890)

True wisdom is less presuming than folly.
The wise man doubteth often, and changeth his mind;
the fool is obstinate, and doubteth not;
he knoweth all things but his own ignorance.

- Akhenaton (c. B.C. 1375)

Let us be silent, that we may hear the whispers of the gods.

- Emerson (1803-1882)

Fate is nothing but the deeds committed in a prior state of existence.

- Emerson (1803-1882)


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