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A Quote by Sol Luckman on beginning, starting over, wisdom, foolishness, fool, commitment, fluidity, going with the flow, process, spiritual, spirituality, experience, yours truly, transformation, reinvention, i, ego, drifter, rolling stone, mariner, vis

It began with the Wisdom of Foolishness, a commitment to remain fluid, receptive, in process, part of the Membrane of Things as I struck out on that spiritual Route 66, the Experience Trail, determined to follow it to the end. It began with yours truly spontaneously ceasing to be myself and becoming someone else, assuming in the blink of an “I” the role of a drifter, a rolling stone, a wayward mariner lone and visionary on the High Seas of Chance and Possibility.

Sol Luckman

Source: Beginner's Luke: Book I of the Beginner's Luke Series, Pages: 27

Contributed by: Leigh

A Quote by Baba Ram Dass on ego

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The Ego is an exquisite instrument. Enjoy it, use it--just don't get lost in it.

Ram Dass

Contributed by: myster.E

A Quote by U.G. Krishnamurti on self, ego, practice, and meditation

All your experiences, all your meditations, all your prayer, all that you do, is self-centred. It is strengthening the self, adding momentum, gathering momentum, so it is taking you in the opposite direction. Whatever you do to be free from the self also is a self-centred activity.

U.G. Krishnamurti

Source: http://www.well.com/user/jct/

Contributed by: Ryan

A Quote by Douglas R. Hofstadter on self, ego, and no-self

We create an image of who we are inside our self. The image then becomes very deeply entrenched, and it becomes the thing that we attribute responsibility to - we say "I", "I" did this because "I" wanted to, because "I" am a good person or because "I" am a bad person. The loop is the fact that we represent our selves, our desires, hopes, dreads and dreams: it is the way in which we conceive of ourselves, rather than the way we conceive of Mount Everest or of a tree. And I say it exists entirely in the loop: the self is an hallucination hallucinated by an hallucination.

Douglas R. Hofstadter (1945 -)

Source: http://www.newscientist.com/channel/opinion/mg19325942.000-interview-in-the-end-we-are-all-part-of-one-another.html

Contributed by: Ryan

A Quote by Dr. Deepak Chopra on being, ego, and essence

Learn to get in touch with the innermost essence of your being. This true essence is beyond the ego. It is fearless; it is free; it is immune to criticism; it does not fear any challenge. It is beneath no one, superior to no one, and full of magic, mystery, and enchantment.

Deepak Chopra

Source: The Seven Spiritual Laws of Success: A Practical Guide to the Fulfillment of Your Dreams (based on Creating Affluence)

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A Quote by Eckhart Tolle on relationships, ego, actions, thoughts, emotions, presence, and love


As long as the ego runs your life, most of your thoughts, emotions, and actions arise from desire and fear. In relationships you then either want or fear something from the other person.

What you want from them may be pleasure or material gain, recognition, praise or attention, or a strengthening of your sense of self through comparison and through establishing that you are, have, or know more than they. What you fear is that the opposite may be the case, and they may diminish your sense of self in some way.

When you make the present moment the focal point of your attention — instead of using it as a means to an end — you go beyond the ego and beyond the unconscious compulsion to use people as a means to an end, the end being self-enhancement at the cost of others. When you give your fullest attention to whoever you are interacting with, you take past and future out of the relationship, except for practical matters. When you are fully present with everyone you meet, you relinquish the conceptual identity you made for them — your interpretation of who they are and what they did in the past — and are able to interact without the egoic movements of desire and fear. Attention, which is alert stillness, is the key.

How wonderful to go beyond wanting and fearing in your relationships. Love does not want or fear anything.

Eckhart Tolle

Source: Stillness Speaks

Contributed by: Gaia Team

A Quote by Mr. Walker on game, win, lose, look, good, ego, teacher, english, junior high, brave, sports, and life

It doesn't matter if you win or lose, or even how you play the game: it only matters how good you look! *wink*

Mr. Walker

Source: Grade Seven English Class

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A Quote by Ayya Khema on ego, concentration, and mindfulness

As long as we have practiced neither concentration nor mindfulness, the ego takes itself for granted and remains its usual normal size, as big as the people around one will allow. 

Ayya Khema

Source: Being Nobody, Going Nowhere, Revised: Meditations on the Buddhist Path, Pages: 166

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A Quote by Sri Chinmoy on humility, ego, and gratitude

In the spiritual life the easiest way to conquer ego is to offer gratitude to God for five minutes daily. If you cannot offer gratitude for five minutes, then utter it for one minute. Offer your gratitude to God. Then you will feel that inside you a sweet, fragrant and beautiful flower is growing. That is the flower of humility.

Sri Chinmoy

Source: Two Devouring Brothers: Doubt and Ego - by Sri Chinmoy

Contributed by: Shane

A Quote by John Welwood on love, awakening, relationship, soul, consciousness, expansion, being, shadow, ego, and false self

Like the sun's rays that cause the seed to stir within its husk, love's radiant energy penetrates the facade of the false self, calling forth resources hidden deep within us.  Its warmth wakes up the life inside us, making us want to uncurl, to give birth, to grow and reach for the light.  It calls on us to break out of our shell, the personality-husk surrounding the seed potential of all that we could be.  The purpose of a seed husk is to protect the tender life within until the time and conditions are right for it to burst forth.  Our personality structure serves a similar function.  It provides a semblance of security, as a kind of compensation for the loss of our larger being.  But when love's warming rays start to wake us up, our ego-shell becomes a barrier restricting our expansion.  As the germ of life swells within us, we feel our imprisonment more acutely.....The brighter love's radiance, the darker the shadows we encounter; the more we feel life stirring within us, the more we also feel our dead spots; the more conscious we become, the more clearly we see where we remain unconscious.  None of this need dishearten us.  For in facing our darkness, we bring to light forgotten parts of our being.  In recognizing exactly where we have been unconscious, we become more conscious.  And in seeing and feeling the ways we've gone dead, we start to revive and kindle our desire to live more expansively.

John Welwood

Source: Love and Awakening : Discovering the Sacred Path of Intimate Relationship, Pages: 19..20

Contributed by: Beth

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