Quotes for
the Journey:

Awakening
  
  
Only that day dawns to
which we are awake.

Henry David Thoreau

   

The real work that brings about awakening, rather than merely granting the external appearance of “being spiritual,” while actually embroiling us ever more deeply in the dream, is a rigorous, daily commitment to the identification and elimination of every self-serving belief from which our personal dream-lives are constructed.     -Vincent Casspriano, Jr.

   

Softly and kindly remind yourself, ''I cannot own anything.''  It is a valuable thought to keep in mind as you struggle to improve your financial picture, worry about investments, and plan how to acquire more and more.  It is a universal principle which you are part of.  You must release everything when you truly awaken.  Are you letting your life go by in frustration and worry over not having enough?  If so, relax and remember that you only get what you have for a short period of time.  When you awaken you will see the folly of being attached to anything.      -Wayne Dyer

   
The unrest you are experiencing is not individual psychological difficulty, but rather part of a widespread spiritual awakening.     -Carol Osborn
   

The years that are gone seem like dreams--if one might go on sleeping and dreaming—but to wake up and find—oh! Well! Perhaps it is better to wake up after all. Even to suffer, rather than to remain a dupe to illusions all one’s life.      -Kate Chopin

    
Often it takes some calamity to make us live in the present.  Then suddenly we wake up and see all the mistakes we have made.     -Bill Watterson
   

The best way to make your dreams come true is to wake up.     -J.M. Power

  
There is hope if people will begin to awaken that spiritual part of themselves, that heartfelt knowledge that we are caretakers of this planet.      -Brooke Medicine Eagle

   
Right now, this very moment, you are asleep . . . Even if you are reading these words in broad daylight--sitting at your desk or beside the kitchen table, your feet firmly planted on the floor, eyes open, senses alert, feeling the weight of this book in your hands as sounds of life rise and fall rhythmically around you--you are deeply asleep, and dreaming furiously.      -Vincent Casspriano, Jr.
   

The majority of people are not awake; it is only here and there that we find one even partially awake. Practically all of us, as a result, are living lives that are unworthy almost the name of lives, compared to those we might be living, and that lie within our easy grasp.  While it is true that each life is in and of Divine Being, hence always one with it, in order that this great fact bear fruit in individual lives, each one must be conscious of it; he or she must know it in thought, and then live continually in this consciousness.      -Ralph Waldo Trine

   

I've continued to recognize the power individuals have to change virtually anything and everything in their lives in an instant. I've learned that the resources we need to turn our dreams into reality are within us, merely waiting for the day when we decide to wake up and claim our birthright.      -Anthony Robbins

   

We must learn to reawaken and keep ourselves awake.      -Henry David Thoreau

   

Whatever noble aims we may have, paths we may be on, or necessary efforts we may make, our only real freedom is to awaken now, this very instant, to the mystery and miracle of being, to the spacious awareness that we are. It is only this immediate awakening to the deepest levels of ourselves, to the conscious source that connects us all, that will enable us to experience and manifest real harmony, intelligence, kindness, love, and compassion in our lives and bring about the transformation in the world that we all wish for.      -Dennis Lewis

  
Like the elephant, we are unconscious of our own strength.  When it comes to understanding the power we have to make a difference in our own lives, we might as well be asleep.  If you want to make your dreams come true, wake up.  Wake up to your own strength.  Wake up to the role you play in your own destiny.  Wake up to the power you have to choose what you think, do, and say.      -Keith Ellis
   

Most people, even though they don’t know it, are asleep.  They’re born asleep, they live asleep, they marry in their sleep, they breed children in their sleep, they die in their sleep without ever waking up. They never understand the loveliness and the beauty of this thing we call human existence.     -Anthony de Mello

    

People live in sleep, do everything in sleep, and do not know they are asleep.      -P. D. Ouspensky

   

Your life as it is happening is only half lived while half awake, lost in thoughts of the future and neglecting your real and true life experience by failing to give it the quality of attention that is warranted. You are never fully where your life is, yet you cannot be anywhere else. This is a life of limbo, the in-between place that does not exist, except in the space of your busy mind.      -Aaron McNaught

   
Our business is to wake up.  We have to find ways in which to detect the whole of reality in the one illusory part which our self-centered consciousness permits us to see.  We must not live thoughtlessly, taking our illusion for the complete reality, but at the same time we must not live too thoughtfully in the sense of trying to escape from the dream state.  We must be continuously on watch for ways in which we may enlarge our consciousness.      -Aldous Huxley
   
One must die; that is, one must free oneself from a thousand petty attachments and identifications. . . . One is attached to everything in one's life, attached to one's imagination, attached to one's stupidity, attached even to one's sufferings, possibly to the sufferings more than to everything else. . . . Attachment to things, identifications with things, keep alive a thousand useless "I"s in a person.  These "I"s must die in order that the big I may be born.  But how can they be made to die?  They do not want to die.  It is at this point that the possibility of awakening comes to the rescue.  To awaken means to recognize one's nothingness.      -G.I. Gurdjieff
  
When we are alone on a starlit night, when by chance we see the migrating birds in autumn descending on a grove of junipers to rest and eat; when we see children in a moment when they are really children, when we know
love in our own hearts; or when, like the Japanese poet, Basho, we hear an old frog land in a quiet pond with a solitary splash - at such times the awakening, the turning inside out of all values, the "newness," the emptiness and the purity of vision that make themselves evident, all these provide a glimpse of the cosmic dance.      -Thomas Merton
    

    

Once the soul awakens, the search begins and you can never go back.  From then on, you are inflamed with a special longing that will never again let you linger in the lowlands of complacency and partial fulfillment. The eternal makes you urgent. You are loath to let compromise or the threat of danger hold you back from striving toward the summit of fulfillment.      -John O'Donohue, Anam Cara: A Book of Celtic Wisdom

    
Whenever someone awakens fully,
it affects human consciousness
at a collective level.
It is like dropping a stone
into a dark murky pond.
Ripples of light!
Not one word need be spoken.

Leonard Jacobsen
    

   
Of course you have work to do in this world.  Your first job is to awaken your own divine nature.  You can do that by putting yourself into inspirational circumstances and looking within and waiting in receptive silence for answers from within.     -Peace Pilgrim
  
Those who dream must be awakened, and the deeper the people are who slumber, or the deeper they slumber, the more important it is that they be awakened, and the more powerfully must they be awakened.      -Søren Kierkegaard
  
When we awaken, we find that we are part of the one great Reality and we realize our union with all things.     -Paramananda
   
Now wake up.  I want you all to wake up.  Because I want you to know, you'll start falling asleep as soon as you are confronted with that which you do not want to hear.  You literally start falling asleep right in your chair.  And you'll think, of course, that it's to do with something else other than what he's talking about.  "I'm just tired."  That is the mechanism of the subconscious when it starts confronting data that it does not want to fully receive or to embrace.  "I'll just sleep through this part."  Be careful, because most of us are sleepwalking through life.  So, be careful you don't spend your life sleep-walking.  Stay awake.  Stay awake.     -Neale Donald WalschLittle Book of Life
  
How many people eat, drink, and get married; buy, sell, and build; make contracts and attend to their fortune; have friends and enemies, pleasures and pains, are born, grow up, live and die--but asleep!      -Joseph Joubert
  
The millions are awake enough for physical labor; but only one in a million is awake enough for effective intellectual exertion, only one in a hundred million to a poetic or divine life.  To be awake is to be alive.  We must learn to reawaken and keep ourselves awake, not by mechanical means, but by an infinite expectation of the dawn.    -Henry David Thoreau
  
Walking meditation is a way of waking up to the wonderful moment we are living in.  If our minds are caught up and preoccupied with our worries and our suffering, or if we distract ourselves with other things while walking, we can't practice mindfulness; we can't enjoy the present moment.  We're missing out on life.  If we're awake, then we'll see this is a wonderful moment that life has given us, the only moment in which life is available.  We can value each step we take, and each step can bring us happiness because we're in touch with life, with the source of happiness, and with our beloved planet.    -Thich Nhat Hanh, How to Walk
  

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