“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

“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

“I regard consciousness as fundamental. I regard matter as derivative from consciousness. We cannot get behind consciousness. Everything that we talk about, everything that we regard as existing, postulates consciousness.”

~ 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

“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)

“Storytelling is innate to the human condition. Its underpinnings are cerebral, emotional, communal, psychological. One of the storyteller’s main responsibilities is to resonate in the audience’s psyche a certain something at the end of it all, to emotionally move the audience, to compel the audience to ‘get it’ on a visceral level.”

~ Arthur Hiller (1923 – 2016)

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

~ Rupert Spira

“The Muses are the personifications of the energies of that unconscious system that you touch when you sit down as a writer. You just have to find them. When I’m writing, there are two ways that I write. One is badly, and the other is well. And when it’s badly, it’s dictated from up here, and that’s the stuff that goes into the scrap basket. There’s often a period of trial, pushing around to see where I can get that trapdoor to open. And when I hit it, it’s almost – physical – the feeling of opening a door, holding it open, not giving a damn for the critics, what they are going to say or think. It’s an actual experience, nothing mysterious about it. If you have never hit that level, well, then it’s mysterious. But if you have, it’s not.”

~ Joseph Campbell, interviewed in The Bloomsbury Review, December 5, 1983

“Anyone writing a creative work knows that you open, you yield yourself, and the book talks to you and builds itself. To a certain extent, you become the carrier of something that is given to you from what has been called the Muses – or, in biblical language, ‘God.’ This is no fancy; it is a fact. Since the inspiration comes from the unconscious, and since the unconscious minds of the people of any single small society have much in common, what the shaman or seer brings forth is something that is waiting to be brought forth in everyone. So when one hears the seer’s story, one responds, ‘Aha! This is my story. This is something that I had always wanted to say but wasn’t able to say.’ There has to be a dialogue, an interaction between the seer and the community.”

~ Joseph Campbell, The Power of Myth (with Bill Moyers)

“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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