consciousness

A Quote by Earon on religion, god, fanaticism, fundamentalism, faith, belief, mind, and consciousness

The rigidity of one's religious beliefs diminishes with the presence of faith.  Fanatacism is a grasping for order in a mind without peace and without faith.

Earon Davis

Source: Earon S. Davis

Contributed by: Earon

A Quote by Charles A. Lindbergh on awareness, body, consciousness, earth, light, moon, solitude, space, stars, time, and universe

On a long flight, after periods of crisis and many hours of fatigue, mind and body may become disunited until at times they seem completely different elements, as though the body were only a home with which the mind has been associated but by no means bound.  Consciousness grows independent of the ordinary senses.  You see without assistance from the eyes, over distances beyond the visual horizon.  There are moments when existence appears independent even of the mind.  The importance of physical desire and immediate surroundings is submerged in the apprehension of universal values.

For unmeasurable periods, I seem divorced from my body, as though I were an awareness spreading out through space, over the earth and into the heavens, unhampered by time or substance, free from the gravitation that binds to heavy human problems of the world.  My body requires no attention.  It's not hungry.  It's neither warm or cold.  It's resigned to being left undisturbed.  Why have I troubled to bring it here?  I might better have left it back at Long Island or St. Louis, while the weightless element that has lived within it flashes through the skies and views the planet.  This essential consciousness needs no body for its travels.  It needs no plane, no engine, no instruments, only the release from flesh which circumstances I've gone through make possible.


Then what am I - the body substance which I can see with my eyes and feel with my hands?  Or am I this realization, this greater understanding which dwells within it, yet expands through the universe outside; a part of all existence, powerless but without need for power; immersed in solitude, yet in contact with all creation?  There are moments when the two appear inseparable, and others when they could be cut apart by the merest flash of light.


While my hand is on the stick, my feet on the rudder, and my eyes on the compass, this consciousness, like a winged messenger, goes out to visit the waves below, testing the warmth of water, the speed of wind, the thickness of intervening clouds.  It goes north to the glacial coasts of Greenland, over the horizon to the edge of dawn, ahead to Ireland, England, and the continent of Europe, away through space to the moon and stars, always returning, unwillingly, to the mortal duty of seeing that the limbs and muscles have attended their routine while it was gone.

Charles A. Lindbergh

Source: The Spirit of St. Louis

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A Quote by William James on consciousness

Our normal waking consciousness, rational consciousness as we call it, is but one special type of consciousness, whilst all about it, parted from it by the filmiest of screens, there lie potential forms of consciousness entirely different.

William James (1842 - 1910)

Source: The Varieties of Religious Experience

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A Quote by Carl Gustav Jung on consciousness and pain

There is no birth of consciousness without pain.

Carl Jung (1875 - 1961)

Source: Wisdom for the Soul: Five Millennia of Prescriptions for Spiritual Healing

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A Quote by Marianne Williamson on consciousness

In the century now dawning, spirituality, visionary consciousness, and the ability to build and mend human relationships will be more important for the fate and safety of this nation than our capacity to forcefully subdue an enemy. Creating the world we want is a much more subtle but more powerful mode of operation than destroying the one we don't want.

Marianne Williamson

Source: Healing the Soul of America: Reclaiming Our Voices as Spiritual Citizens

Contributed by: ingebrita

A Quote by Carl Gustav Jung on consciousness and mind

In studying the history of the human mind one is impressed again and again by the fact that the growth of the mind is the widening of the range of consciousness, and that each step forward has been a most painful and laborious achievement.

Carl Jung (1875 - 1961)

Source: Wisdom for the Soul: Five Millennia of Prescriptions for Spiritual Healing

Contributed by: ingebrita

A Quote by Andrew Weil on consciousness, intuition, and life

I have argued that every human being is born with an innate drive to experience altered states of consciousness periodically - in particular to learn how to get away from ordinary ego-centered consciousness.  I have also explained my intuition that this drive is a most important factor in our evolution, both as individuals and as a species.  Non-ordinary experiences are vital to us because they are expressions of our unconscious minds, and the integration of conscious and unconscious experience is the key to life, health, and spiritual development, and fullest use of our nervous systems.  By instilling fear and guilt about altered states of consciousness into our children, we force this drive underground, guaranteeing that it will be expressed in antisocial ways.

Andrew Weil

Source: The Natural Mind: A Revolutionary Approach to the Drug Problem

Contributed by: ingebrita

A Quote by Rollo May on love, consciousness, joy, fulfillment, intensity, and positivity

To love means to open ourselves to the negative as well as the positive - to grief, sorrow, and disappointment as well as to joy, fulfillment, and an intensity of consciousness we did not know was possible before.

Rollo May (1909 -)

Contributed by: Jaleesa

A Quote by Maharishi Mahesh Yogi on consciousness, life, nature, and possibility

Consciousness is the basis of all life and the field of all possibilities.  Its nature is to expand and unfold its full potential.  The impulse to evolve is thus inherent in the very nature of life.

Maharishi Mahesh Yogi

Source: Mahesh Prasad Varma

Contributed by: ingebrita

A Quote by Marlise Karlin on peace, love, humanity, tolerance, happiness, and consciousness

I envision a day when people see beyond differences - to the core of what we all have in common, where what we value most allows all humankind to live peacefully, respecting one another.

Marlise Karlin

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