In mysticism, knowledge cannot be separated from a certain way of life which becomes its living manifestation. To acquire mystical knowledge means to undergo a transformation; one could even say that the knowledge is the transformation. Scientific knowledge, on the other hand, can often stay abstract and theoretical. Thus most of today’s physicists do not seem to realize the philosophical, cultural and spiritual implications of their theories.
On human levels of consciousness one may emphasize getting and having as the prime goals, in spiritual consciousness he seeks the way of giving and being.
Affluence = abundant flow.
The innermost essence of my being…is fearless; it is immune to criticism; it does not fear any challenge.
Prosperity is a way of living and thinking, and not just money or things.
It is consciousness that sets all limits of life, if there are any limits.
You are all human but what makes, what makes you really really spiritual? What you are here for. What you are really here for? What you are really here for is to make a fundamental change upwards. It is simply crossing a border from one place in your mind to another. That’s all.
Lack of ornamentation is a sign of spiritual strength.
To stay in one place and watch the seasons come and go is tanatmount to constant travel: One is traveling with the earth.
The founding of libraries was like constructing more public granaries, amassing reserves against a spiritual winter which by certain signs, in spite of myself, I see ahead.
By means of trees, wildlife could be conserved, pollution decreased, and the beauty of our landscapes enhanced. This is the way, or at least one of the ways, to spiritual, moral, and cultural regeneration.
Man’s needs are infinite, and infinitude can be achieved only in the spiritual realm, never in the material.
No degree of prosperity could justify<br> the accumulation of large amounts of highly toxic substances which nobody knows how to <br>make safe and which remain an incalculable danger to the whole of creation for historical or <br>even geological ages. To do such a thing is a transgression against life itself, <br>a transgression infinitely more serious than any crime perpetrated by man. <br>The idea that a civilization could sustain itself on such a transgression is an ethical, spiritual, and metaphysical monstrosity. It means conducting the economical affairs of man <br>as if people did not matter at all.
I have no problem with religion, and I grew up with a strong curiosity about spiritual matters, but my searching took me away from church and community worship to the internal journey. Before my recovery began, I found my God in music and the arts, with writers like Hermann Hesse, and musicians like Muddy Waters, Howlin’ Wolf, and Little Walter.
My identity shifted when I got into recovery. That’s who I am now, and it actually gives me greater pleasure to have that identity than to be a musician or anything else, because it keeps me in a manageable size. When I’m down on the ground with my disease-which I’m happy to have-it gets me in tune. It gives me a spiritual anchor. Don’t ask me to explain.
I grew up playing in clubs – that’s my spiritual stomping ground.
Passions are spiritual rebels and raise sedition against the understanding.
I will only ever be drawn to people who suffer from that special and fertile anguish called self-doubt, or the thirst for the ideal, and desire for the soul’s mystical fire. Self-satisfaction because of some material accomplishment will never be for me. The truly great are those who quest for better spiritual selves.
The way I see it, there is no greater spiritual beauty than fanaticism, of a sort so sincere it can only end in martyrdom.
The farther behind I leave the past, the closer I am to forging my own character.
The key to success is to keep growing in all areas of life – mental, emotional, spiritual, as well as physical.
The physical world is too good a gift to be reduced to an object lesson about ‘spiritual things’.
Our intentions – noticed or unnoticed, gross or subtle contribute either to our suffering or to our happiness. Intentions are sometimes called seeds. The garden you grow depends on the seeds you plant and water. Long after a deed is done, the trace or momentum of the intention behind it remains as a seed, conditioning our future happiness or unhappiness.
One of the things that kills Buddhist spiritual life is excessive seriousness.
There is no more beautiful sight than a young woman who glows with the light of the spirit who is confident and courageous because she is virtuous.
If you desire to make a difference in the world, you must be different from the world.
All success in life, whether material or spiritual, starts with the thoughts that you put into your mind every second of every minute of every day. Your outer world reflects the state of your inner world. By controlling the thoughts that you think and the way you respond to the events of your life, you begin to control your destiny.
The deceitfulness of the heart of man appears in no one thing so much as this of spiritual pride and self-righteousness. The subtlety of Satan appears in its height, in his managing persons with respect to this sin. And perhaps one reason may be that here he has most experience; he knows the way of its coming in; he is acquainted with the secret springs of it: it was his own sin. Experience gives vast advantage in leading souls, either in good or evil.
Spiritual delight in God arises chiefly from his beauty and perfection, not from the blessings he gives us.
As it is with spiritual discoveries and affections given at first conversion, so it is in all subsequent illuminations and affections of that kind; they are all transforming. There is a like divine power and energy in them as in the first discoveries; they still reach the bottom of the heart, and affect and alter the very nature of the soul, in proportion to the degree in which they are given. And a transformation of nature is continued and carried on by them to the end of life, until it is brought to perfection in glory.
I have come to recognize evolution not only as an active process that I am experiencing at the time, but as something I can guide by the choices I make.
Spiritual space is lost in gaining convenience. I saw the need to create a mixture of Japanese spiritual culture and modern western architecture.
Climbing Jacob”s Ladder is a gutsy, glowing account of one man’s encounter with a potent spiritual practice and how it transformed his life. This is a precious book – that rare combination of solid wisdom and good literature.
The soul is one of the most venerable, enduring images of spiritual traditions worldwide. In The Great Field, John James brings new information to this ancient concept, and in so doing helps bridge the worlds of modern science and spirituality, which is one of the most urgent tasks of our time.
The garden is a metaphor for life, and gardening is a symbol of the spiritual path.