A Quote by Alice O. Howell on dove, stone, spirituality, consciousness, and adversity

Slowly, slowly, however, collectively we are changing, and the new theology speaks of "creation-centered spirituality." For many of us this means a return to the goddess—or the feminine aspect of the Godhead—fostering a love and appreciation of our planet and its creatures, and a new ecology. If any stone is the House of God, by extension, then Earth itself is mother to meaning, to consciousness itself. It makes me think of Shakespeare's words:

Sweet are the uses of adversity, Which, like the toad, ugly and venomous, Wears yet a precious jewel in his head, And this our life, exempt from public haunt, Finds tongues in tress, books in the running brooks, Sermons in stones, and good in everything.

As You Like It, Act II Scene i, lines 12-17

Alice Howell

Source: The Dove in the Stone: Finding the Sacred in the Commonplace (Finding the Sacred in the Commonplace), Pages: 20..21

Contributed by: Eve

A Quote by Fyodor Mikhailovich Dostoevsky on consciousness, altered states, epilepsy, seizure, and enlightenment

FD suffered epletic "fits" (as they were known then). In 'The Idiot', he writes of his experience in the third person.

"He remembered that he always had one minute just before the epleptic fit when suddenly in the midst of sadness, spiritual darkness and oppression, there seemed at moments a flash of light in his brain, and with extraordinary impetus all his vital forces suddenly began working at their highest tension. The sense of life, the consciousness of self,  were multiplied ten times at these moments which passed like a flash of lightning. His mind and heart were flooded with extraordinary light... But these moments, these flashes, were only the prelude of that final second in which the fit began."

FD went on to say that regardless of the "abnormalcy" of his disease that those moments were of "the highest form of existence" and "the acme of harmony and beauty". He concludes with a Rumiesque phrase.

"at the very last conscious moment before the fit began, he had time to say to himself clearly and consciously, "Yes, for this moment one might give one's whole life!"

Fyodor Dostoevsky (1821 - 1881)

Source: The Idiot

Contributed by: Garett

A Quote by Tarthang Tulku on consciousness, perception, and space

Our perception of space alters the space. It is consciousness that finds meanings in all spaces

Tarthang Tulku

Source: Time, Space, and Knowledge: A New Vision of Reality (Nyingma Psychology Series)

Contributed by: dimitri

A Quote by Harry Palmer on avatar, consciousness, awareness, source, creative power, and amaze

As you proceed, you will become aware of your own creative power.  It will surprise and amaze you.  Should you choose to follow this power to its source, you will find a measureless sea of awareness extending beyond time, consciousness, and creation.  Ancient companions wait for you (t)here.

Harry Palmer

Source: Resurfacing: Techniques for Exploring Consciousness, Pages: 1

Contributed by: Sean

A Quote by Harry Palmer on future generations, awaken, consciousness, and wisdom

The hope of future generations is the chance we have to awaken in ourselves a consciousness that is increasingly immune to irrationality and that values wisdom.

Harry Palmer

Source: Love Precious Humanity: The Collected Wisdom Of Harry Palmer

Contributed by: Sean

A Quote by Patanjali on inspiration and consciousness

"When you are inspired by some great purpose, some extraordinary project, all your thoughts break their bonds. Your mind transcends limitations, your consciousness expands in every direction, and you find yourself in a new, great and wonderful world. Dormant forces, faculties and talents become alive, and you discover yourself to be a greater person by far than you ever dreamed yourself to be." ~Patanjali


Contributed by: Seajaye

A Quote by Daniel Odier on tantra, meditation, consciousness, and altered states

You don’t meditate to experiment with altered states of consciousness or whatever else. You meditate only to perceive by yourself that everything is within us, every atom of the universe, and that we already possess everything we would wish to find outside of ourselves.

Daniel Odier

Source: Tantric Quest: An Encounter with Absolute Love

Contributed by: Little Big O

A Quote by Alan Watts on knowing, self-knowledge, awareness, and consciousness

"It seems that I know that I know. What I would like to see is the 'I' that knows me when I know that I know that I know."

Alan Watts (1915 - 1973)

Source: Man and Nature Lecture, Part I

Contributed by: Darshan

A Quote by Andrew Cohen on politically correct, narcissism, ego, enlightenment, consciousness, culture, and collective

I know it’s not politically correct these days to say that one is doing something “new,” but at the risk of offending a few more people, I really believe I am. Perhaps it is just my narcissism, but in the end, history will be my judge. I know that this will never become a mass movement, because for all the reasons I’ve explained and more, it is just too demanding for most people. But nevertheless, I am convinced that our success in transcending the ego together, so that a truly enlightened consciousness and culture permanently emerges and becomes stable, is inherently of profound significance for our collective future.

Andrew Cohen

Source: A Declaration of Integrity -- An open letter from Andrew Cohen to his friends and foes

Contributed by: ~C4Chaos

A Quote by Steven Covey on intention, consciuos, consciousness, and important

Anything less than a conscious commitment to the important is an unconscious commitment to the unimportant.

Steven Covey

Contributed by: Tracy Phaup

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