One of my most popular pages on Ars Spiritus is this post, which is a collection of the most chilling quotes. I have a keen eye for the quotes that will really have a deep impact on your lives. Here are my top ten favourite quotes which I guarantee will leave an impact on you. I’ve decided to give an explanation of each to convey my intepretation of these quotes. If you have you’re own take it them, please share your perpspectives. I’d love to hear them!
Here we go.
“Your emotions are the slaves to your thoughts, and you are the slave to your emotions.”
― Elizabeth Gilbert
[dropcap]1[/dropcap]Here Elizabeth raises the point that we are slaves to our own mental processes and physical sensations. Most people have a direct response link between their thoughts, emotions and their actions. As soon as a negative thought or emotion arise, we act out. We believe it and act it out through what we do. What we must do is train our ability to be aware of these processes without directly acting them out. This is what it means to become the master of yourself. So the next time you feel a negative emotion such as fear or hate, then go straight to that feeling with your awareness and put all your attention on it. How does it feel like? Can you make it more intense so you can feel it more? When you get angry, remember that it is just a phase. Nothing really made you angry, you just think so because you’re just angry. You weren’t born angry and you aren’t always angry, so it must be something that comes and goes, not who you really are.
“It is always the false that makes you suffer, the false desires and fears, the false values and ideas, the false relationships between people. Abandon the false and you are free of pain; truth makes happy, truth liberates.”
― Sri Nisargadatta Maharaj
[dropcap]2[/dropcap]What Nisargadatta Maharaj means by the false is our false identification with our thoughts and feelings. As I mentioned earlier most people have a direct link to their thoughts and emotions. They believe that those are real, and they are who you are. The truth is that it’s not – it’s false and the real you is pure consciousness. You are just that. “I am”, as Nisargadatta Maharaj would say. So be truly be happy and liberated, we just have to simply recognize the false as just that. It’s just an illusion, to make this game of life seem real. To be liberated is to be just pure awareness, no attachments to the mind or your feelings. The false is the sense of self, the self consciousness that we all possess. It is an illusion because it is simple a construct, a story which we’ve kept going and keep retelling ourself. It’s not real.
“The meeting of two personalities is like the contact of two chemical substances: if there is any reaction, both are transformed.”
― C.G. Jung
[dropcap]3[/dropcap]This quote is pretty self explanatory, but yet very powerful. What Jung is saying is that when two people come together, there is a transmutation of personality between the two people – but only if there is a reaction. Like when two seemingly normal chemicals are mixed together, they can transform and become violent reactions – a force of change. So when you feel lonely and down, know that you have yet to meet that force for transformation. It doesn’t have to be a direct contact – even reading a book or watching a seminar can give you this transformation. When you’re watching, reading or listing to something, if there is a response and the material resonates with you, then you know there is a reaction.
“Peace comes from within. Do not seek it without.”
― Gautama Buddha
[dropcap]4[/dropcap]Buddha is awesome. Everything he says is just pure gold, and here is another fine example. This is probably one of the most profound things he had ever said. The quote is pretty evident in what is’ trying to say, but it may be hard to interpret it in real life. What he’s saying is that most people try to look for peace outside of themselves – in their jobs, possessions, status, and accumulations. To truly find peace however, we just have to simply go within. Find where peace already resides within you, and then let it flow out from you into the world.
“There are only two ways to live your life. One is as though nothing is a miracle. The other is as though everything is a miracle.”
― Albert Einstein
[dropcap]5[/dropcap]This quote is so simple but yet profound at the same time. It clearly represents a variety of things, including perception and how we see things, and also the duality of existence itself. It all depends on your state of consciousness. In one state, you view the world a certain way which is different to when were in another state. When we lonely, sad or angry, we’re in state of separation. We feel our separateness fully, which is all just an illusion. So raise your level of consciousness, and you will naturally start seeing everything to be a miracle.
“If you can cultivate the right attitude, your enemies are your best spiritual teachers because their presence provides you with the opportunity to enhance and develop tolerance, patience and understanding.”
― Dalai Lama XIV
[dropcap]6[/dropcap]Your enemies send you a gentle reminder of your own inner self. They are just merely reflecting your judgements about them. They give you something to work on, something to train you. Without something like that, then you won’t be conscious of all the things which you must know within yourself. They are brought to light by their opposites, like ying and yang, light and darkness. They help you realize that these are not really them, its just their own unconsciousness. What they are is simply a being, an awareness. So have tolerance, patience and understanding.
“Being spiritual has nothing to do with what you believe and everything to do with your state of consciousness.”
― Eckhart Tolle
[dropcap]7[/dropcap]People think that spirituality is a series of beliefs and doctrines, and living a life in a weird and airy fairy way. That’s not true at all. Spirituality is simply a state of being, a state of consciousness. From this state of consciousness, naturally we will express ourselves in a peaceful and at ease manner, internally. A state of love and understanding is something that is present constantly at this level of being. That’s what it means to be spiritual. It is being in to be in touch with your sense perceptions, and to be aware of all that is happening now.
“People travel to wonder at the height of the mountains, at the huge waves of the seas, at the long course of the rivers, at the vast compass of the ocean, at the circular motion of the stars, and yet they pass by themselves without wondering. ”
― Augustine of Hippo
[dropcap]8[/dropcap]What Augustine of Hippo (Awesome name?) is pointing at here is how most people live their lives in such a way as to completely forget to look inwards. The wonders of the world all distract them from what is really the biggest wonder of them all, their consciousness. Look inside yourself once in a while. This means to focus your awareness on your sense perceptions, your thought patterns. Be conscious of your existence. When you have to make a decision, listen to that pull that is always there pointing you to a certain direction. Take it because that part of you knows what you really want.
“ Many of us are slaves to our minds. Our own mind is our worst enemy. We try to focus, and our mind wanders off. We try to keep stress at bay, but anxiety keeps us awake at night. We try to be good to the people we love, but then we forget them and put ourselves first. And when we want to change our life, we dive into spiritual practice and expect quick results, only to lose focus after the honeymoon has worn off. We return to our state of bewilderment. We’re left feeling helpless and discouraged. It seems we all agree that training the body through exercise, diet, and relaxation is a good idea, but why don’t we think about training our minds?”
― Sakyong Mipham
[dropcap]9[/dropcap]The mind is one of your most important aspects to master, because it controls everything. If you want a good life, abundance, good health and happiness then you need to control your mind. To be the master of your mind takes some persistent practice, everyday. Just a reminder every now and then is enough, to disassociate yourself from your thoughts. Let them be, and put your awareness elsewhere. Once we can control the mind, and become the master of it, then it takes a background position and isn’t always in your way. You’ll view life from a much clearer perspective because you are no longer in your head, which is to be trapped in thoughts. This is true freedom, to live in constant peace and ease and have the mind in a state of background silence, no longer the distracting static that just won’t stop.
“Let us be silent, that we may hear the whisper of God.”
― Ralph Waldo Emerson
[dropcap]10[/dropcap]Ralph Waldo Emerson is one of my favourite authors and teacher. He is the author of the Conversation With God series – one of the best selling spiritual books of our time. It isn’t about the “God” you normally think of, but that inner beingness of who you are in which we feel connected to a feeling of peace, love, compassion and ease. This quote sums up perfectly the state in which you must be in in order to live an inspired and fulfilling life. To be silent is to be silent in the mind. To disengage our identity from our thoughts and feelings, and let the mind be still so we can hear the “whisper” of god. The whisper of god is really just a state of being where inspiration and creativity run wild. Have you ever had those days where you’re just ‘on fire’ and coming up with answers and solutions left and right. This is when your most in the moment and out of mind, and where creativity is allowed to come through.