Useful Quotes on the Path
to Spiritual Awakening

Insights from those who know the limits of human culture and consciousness

Jiddu Krishnamurti

Most people are unhappy; and they are unhappy because there is no love in their hearts.

Freedom lies outside the pattern of society; but to be free of that pattern you have to understand the whole content of it, which is to understand your own mind.

You can be creative only when there is abandonment--which means, really, there is no sense of compulsion, no fear of not being, of not gaining, of not arriving. Then there is great austerity, simplicity, and with it there is love.

It is necessary for all of us to awaken in ourselves this spirit of cooperation, for then it will not be a mere plan or agreement which causes us to work together, but an extraordinary feeling of togetherness, the sense of joy in being and doing together without any thought of reward or punishment.

Through self-knowledge you begin to find out what is God, what is truth, what is that state which is timeless. In self-knowledge is the whole universe; it embraces all the struggles of humanity.

To understand what is right meditation there must be an awareness of the operation of one's own consciousness, and then there is complete attention.

As long as you ask questions you are breaking through, but the moment you begin to accept, you are psychologically dead. So right through life don't accept a thing, but inquire, investigate. Then you will find that your mind is something really extraordinary, it has no end, and to such a mind there is no death.

It is only in a very quiet mind that great things are born; and a quiet mind does not come about through effort, through control, through discipline.

A mind that practices love cannot love.

Do not pursue what should be, but understand what is.

Love is the most practical thing in the world. To love, to be kind, not to be greedy, not to be ambitious, not to be influenced by people but to think for yourself--these are all very practical things, and they will bring about a practical, happy society.

In the search for reality, energy creates its own discipline. But mere discipline, without full comprehension of all this, has no meaning, it is a most destructive thing.

The man who is seeking truth is free of all societies and cultures.

Meditation is the process of understanding your own mind.

Are you aware of the significance of every thought, of every reaction that you happen to have?

When the mind sees itself in the mirror of relationship, from that perception there is self-knowledge.

Goodness, generosity, or love does not come into being save through the search for reality.

Mere isolation in an enclosing idea is not a release from conflict.

To know oneself is to study oneself in action, which is relationship.

We have so committed ourselves in different ways that we have hardly any time for self-reflection, to observe, to study.

The more you know yourself, the more clarity there is.

Only when the mind is tranquil--through self-knowledge and not through imposed self-discipline--only then, in that tranquillity, in that silence, can reality come into being. It is only then that there can be bliss, that there can be creative action.

Being discontented, we either seek a different job or merely succumb to environment…instead of causing us to question life, the whole process of existence.

We are empty shells if we do not possess, if we do not fill our life with furniture, with music, with knowledge, with this or that. And that shell makes a lot of noise, and that noise we call living; and with that we are satisfied. When there is a disruption, a breaking away of that, then there is sorrow, because you suddenly discover yourself as you are--an empty shell, without much meaning.

The very attention given to finding out if the mind can be completely quiet is quietness.

Most people like to live in illusions.

Our conflict is in relationship, at all levels of our existence; and the understanding of this relationship, completely and extensively, is the only real problem that each one has.

Achieve order within yourself…an inward tranquility which knows no disturbance at any moment…in the daily life of the home and the office.

Free yourself from the psychological structure of society, which is to free yourself from the essence of conflict.

Freedom lies beyond the field of consciousness.

Journey of Souls: Case Studies of Life Between Lives

Note: Most of these quotes are from patients under hypnosis who were reporting their perspective between lives.

Some souls are driven more than others to expand and achieve their potential, but all of us will do so in the end.

Being in many physical bodies and different settings expands the nature of our real self.

Fulfillment is not cultivating self for selfish means, but allowing for integration with others in life.

"We all know earth is a difficult school" - quote attributed to a spirit guide

Earth is considered severe? Yes. On some worlds you must overcome physical discomforts--even suffering. Others lean towards mental contests. Earth has both.

We get kudos for doing well on the hard worlds. We are called the adventurous ones by those who don't travel much.

Less developed souls are inclined to surrender their will to the controlling aspects of human society with a socio-economic structure which causes a large proportion of people to be subordinate to others.

Souls are created in a positive matrix of such love and wisdom that when a soul starts to come to a planet like Earth and join the physical beings who have evolved from a primitive state, the violence is a shock. Humans have the raw, negative emotions of anger and hate as an outgrowth of their fear and pain connected with survival going back to the Stone Age.

The test of reincarnation for a soul coming to Earth is the conquering of fear in a human body. A soul grows by trying to overcome all negative emotions connected to fear through perseverance in many lifetimes, often returning to the spirit world bruised or hurt.

There comes that time when the soul must once again leave the sanctuary of the spirit world for another trip to Earth. Souls must prepare to leave a world of total wisdom, where they exist in a blissful state of freedom, for the physical and mental demands of a human body. Souls have misgivings about even temporarily leaving a world of self-understanding, comradeship and compassion to go to a planetary environment of uncertainty and fear brought about by aggressive, competing humans.

The real lessons of life are learned by recognizing and coming to terms with being human. It is how we stand up to failure and duress which really marks our progress in life. Sometimes one of the most important lessons is to learn to just let go of the past.

Far Journeys (Robert Monroe)

The depth of learning is in direct relation to the intensity of the experience.

Emotion is the key to and the driving force underlying every thought and action in human existence.

A very complex and rugged curriculum, this Human School of Compressed Learning.

The major reasons (or only) for attending the human experience school are first, to learn to translate the original Prime Energy ("Super Love") into discernible form and second, to become a first-order generator of the original Prime Energy.

Emotion is what makes the game seem so wild, but it is the game, the one game in which all other games are played. The others feed score to the big game in the form of emotional energy. The big game is to control and develop this emotional energy to its most effective condition, which is vaguely set by humans as love, until we graduate. The more we score, the more fun it becomes.

There are many other consciousness growth centers throughout what you know as the physical universe.

The paradox attached to such vital energy, emotion as you call it, is the opportunity for growth it provides and the simultaneous possibility of stasis and retrogression. Control and direction thereof thus becomes a prime purpose in the evolving human experience. Understanding and comprehension is the resultant and flows without effort. At no point is the goal to repress or suppress such energy. Instead, it is enhanced when directed and focused into the channels for which it was originally designed.

Ultimate Journey (Robert Monroe)

Always know and remember that you are more than your physical body.

Remember that your ultimate goal is not physical survival.

You are being human at your own option in the strictest sense.

It's a predator world by design--and it's a superb teaching machine.

Exercise your Human Mind as full as possible, knowing it is only an exercise.

Most important, let the Human Mind of you seek out, experience, and add to your flow of consciousness where and when you encounter it.

The next outward layer is what we think others think of us. Attempting to keep up, or leading a totally reactive existence--which is what many people do--can if you allow this lifestyle to take over, lead to a veritable hell on earth.

The only way you can obtain [love] is through shared life experience, and even then there is no guarantee. The deeper, more intense the shared experience, the less time it takes.

Enjoy your life in the System, maximize your highs and lows--but don't become addicted.

[Advanced souls] know that they cannot change the system and they don't wish to. They are content to enjoy themselves in the Earth Life System and the only influence they exert is to maximize their experience.

Relax, breathe evenly…the beginning of differential phasing…the fading of physical input as phase separation deepens and nonphysical sensory mechanisms begin to take over…this is much the same as going to sleep but without the loss of consciousness.