Consciousness Quotes

“When we wake up from a dream, we understand that we were not a self in the dream but rather that the entire dream took place in us. Similarly, when we wake up from the ‘dream’ of everyday life, we discover that Consciousness is not in the body but that the entire body, mind, and world are in Consciousness.”

~ Rupert Spira

“If you are afraid of death, be afraid. The point is to get with it, to let it take over – fear, ghosts, pains, transience, dissolution, and all. And then comes the hitherto unbelievable surprise; you don’t die because you were never born. You had just forgotten who you are.”

~ Alan Watts

“You are beginning to understand, aren’t you? That the whole world is inside you, in your perspectives and your heart; that to be able to find peace, you must be at peace with yourself first; to truly enjoy life, you must first enjoy who you are. Once you learn to master this, even when you are alone you will never be lonely.”

~ Unknown

“Think this: My Soul knows exactly what it is doing. Also, think this: My Soul already knows what really matters. So, it is not a question of ‘finding’ that answer, it is a question of remembering. It is not a process of discovery, it is a process of recovery. This data does not have to be researched, it merely had to be retrieved.”

~ Neale Donald Walsch

“I regard consciousness as fundamental, matter is derivative from consciousness. We cannot get behind consciousness. Everything that we talk about, everything that we regard as existing, postulates consciousness. There is no matter as such; it exists only by virtue of a force bringing the particle to vibration and holding it together in a minute solar system; we must assume behind this force the existence of a conscious and intelligent mind. The mind is the matrix of all matter.”

~ Max Planck, (1858-1947) Nobel Prize-winning German physicist, father of quantum theory (The Observer, January 25, 1931) More on this topic can be found here.

“This place is a dream. Only a sleeper considers it real. Then death comes like dawn, and you wake up laughing at what you thought was your grief.”

~ Rumi

“Many of us step foot on the path to spiritual enlightenment expecting it to lead us onward and upward, hoping to become something better than we are, and ready to gather all of the important things we need along the way. What a surprise it is when we eventually realize that this path isn’t taking us onward but inward, that we’re not gathering things so much as letting them go, and that there was never anything more to aspire to than the truth of what we already are.”

~ Cristen Rodgers, Journeys in Spirit (

“In ignorance, I am something; in understanding, I am nothing; in love, I am everything.”

~ Rupert Spira

“You are not IN the universe; you ARE the universe, an intrinsic part of it. Ultimately, you are not a person, but a focal point where the universe is becoming conscious of itself. What an amazing miracle.”

~ Eckhart Tolle, A New Earth

“The so-called physical world and the so-called human body are a single process, differentiated only as the heart from the lungs or the head from the feet. In stodgy academic circles, I refer to this kind of understanding as ‘ecological awareness.’ Elsewhere it would be called ‘cosmic consciousness’ or ‘mystical experience.’ However, our intellectual and scientific ‘establishment’ is, in general, still spellbound by the myth that human intelligence and feeling are a fluke of chance in an entirely mechanical and stupid universe — as if figs would grow on thistles or grapes on thorns. But wouldn’t it be more reasonable to see the entire scheme of things as continuous with our own consciousness and the marvelous neural organization which, shall we say, sponsors it?”

~ Alan Watts, Does It Matter: Essays on Man’s Relation to Materiality

” I searched for God and found only Myself. I searched for Myself and found only God.”

~ Rumi

“Today, a young man on acid realized that 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’re the imagination of ourselves. Here’s Tom with the weather.”

~ Comedian Bill Hicks (1961-1994)

“We cannot know happiness; we can only be it. We cannot be unhappy; we can only know it.”

~ Rupert Spira

“Every­thing is energy, and that’s all there is to it. Match the frequency of the real­ity you want, and you can­not help but get that real­ity. It can be no other way. This is not phi­los­o­phy. This is physics.”

∼ Albert Einstein

“So don’t see the ego as something bad, something wrong, something that shouldn’t have happened. If it shouldn’t have happened, it wouldn’t have happened. See it more as a temporary limitation on your true nature that you have freely assumed in order to bring the world into apparent existence, and that you are equally free at any moment to retrace your steps as an apparent ego to discover your true nature.”

~ Rupert Spira

“You don’t have a soul. You are a soul. You have a body.”

~ Often attributed to C.S. Lewis, although Lewis never wrote it. Various versions of the quote exist on the internet and print.

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