A Quote by Butler Shaffer on control, responsibility, self-control, self-ownership, freedom, and division

If it is our desire to live as free men and women, we must abandon our habits of looking outside ourselves for answers. It is to our own minds, our own fears, to which we must have resort. To be "free" is to live without division, and yet the state – as well as other proclaimed authorities – insist that we obey their mandates. To the extent that we must choose between pursuing our own interests and obeying others, we are internally divided into conflicting purposes.


How do we end such divisive thinking other than by confronting, and ending, the contradictory thinking that has produced it? Can we understand that trying to overthrow the state, or to reform it, or to select less-demanding leaders, will not end the thinking that has produced it? Neither is the answer to be found in science fiction or utopian/dystopian novels, in which efforts are made to deal with freedom in the setting of imaginary worlds, thus relieving the reader of the responsibility of doing so in reality.


It is the existential depths of our own beings that we need to explore if we are to discover the meaning of freedom. When we are prepared to do so, we will begin to discover some important truths about ourselves, one of the most important being that we are, by nature, self-controlling beings. I, alone, can energize my will and my body on behalf of purposes to which I must choose to act. The fact that political systems must resort to violence – and the threat of violence – to persuade us to obey their directives, is the clearest evidence that neither they, nor anyone else, can control our actions.

Butler Shaffer


Contributed by: peter

A Quote by Adyashanti on meditation, control, and technique

Real meditation is not about mastering a technique; it's about letting go of control.


Source: True Meditation, Pages: 9

Contributed by: Siona

A Quote by Adyashanti on spiritual, spirituality, violence, control, freedom, enlightenment, mind, and unkown

Spiritual people can be some of the most violent people you will ever meet. Mostly, they are violent to themselves. They violently try to control their minds, their emotions, and their bodies. They become upset with themselves and beat themselves up for not rising up to the conditioned mind's idea of what it believes enlightenment to be. No one ever became free through such violence. Why is it that so few people are truly free? Because they try to conform to ideas, concepts, and beliefs in their heads. They try to concentrate their way to heaven. But freedom is about the natural state, the spontaneous and un-self-conscious expression of beingness. If you want to find it, see that the very idea of "a someone who is in control" is a concept created by the mind. Take one step backward into the unknown.


Contributed by: Siona

A Quote by Gourasana on control, meditation, calm, peaceful, consciousness, pleasure, emotions, listening, living, and daily life

Practice (...) meditation while you are on the phone; for the entire time that you are on the phone, no matter who you are talking to, regardless or your like or dislike of them, you remain 100 percent in control of your being - which you can only do by controlling your emotions. Do it in a really attentive way. Don't chatter and communicate about anything unimportant. Remember to be constantly listening to everyone you are talking to; listen to the tone of their voice; be in a calm, peaceful, and controlled state. Bring a meditative state and consciousness into your life 24 hours a day, so that you will want to do this meditation for the pleasure it brings.


Source: Modern-Day Meditation Guide Book by Jim St. James

Contributed by: Dhyan Salima

A Quote by Gourasana on meditation, control, complaining, god, senses, emotions, and people

Stop complaining. Take charge of your life. You need to control the mind and the senses - sharp, alert, awake. Focus your life on God by getting control of your senses. That loss of control of your senses means that you're not going to God. You control your mind with intelligence. Use your brain for control. Hardly anybody is controlling their mind and their emotions, hardly anybody. And because of this, most people are in chaos in one way or another in their lives.


Source: Modern-Day Meditation Guide Book by Jim St. James

Contributed by: Dhyan Salima

A Quote by Earon on wisdom, perfection, human nature, human potential, human, fantasy, control, world, and earth

Perhaps the highest human potential is only realized when we no longer require the world to conform to our fantasies of how it should be.

Earon Davis

Source: Earon S. Davis

Contributed by: Earon

A Quote by Gavin De Becker on victims, violence, advocacy, public policy, and control

No matter how famous the victim, no matter how powerful the advocates, it simply isn't always possible to control the conduct of other people.

Gavin De Becker

Source: The Gift of Fear

Contributed by: Tsuya

A Quote by Douglas McGregor on employee, ingenuity, innovation, control, and management

The ingenuity of the average worker is sufficient to outwit any system of controls devised by management.

Douglas McGregor

Contributed by: Mary_C

A Quote by Edward Paul Abbey on contact, nature, exposure, devotion, prostration, control, and inside

In the first place you can't see anything from a car; you've got to get out of the goddamned contraption and walk, better yet crawl, on hands and knees, over the sandstone and through the thornbush and cactus. When traces of blood begin to mark your trail you'll begin to see something, maybe. Probably not.

Edward Abbey (1927 - 1989)

Source: Desert Solitaire

Contributed by: Joel

A Quote by Rolling Thunder on responsible, thought, and control

People have to be responsible for their thoughts, so they have to learn to control them. It may not be easy, but it can be done.

Rolling Thunder

Source: Elder's Meditation of the Day - January 2

Contributed by: Meenakshi

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