A Quote by Thomas Keating on attention, presence, illusion, sacred, and life

If we refuse to think of anything except what we are doing or the person that we are with, we develop the habit of being present to the present moment. In a way, the present moment becomes as sacred as being in church. Far better to be present to your duty if you are a bartender, than to be present in church and to be thinking about being in a bar. At least you are present to yourself when you are paying attention to what you are doing.

Attention, then, is a way of doing what we are doing. It cracks the crust of the false self (our psychological awareness of daily life) in which we are the center of the universe while everything else is circling around our particular needs or desires. This is an illusion, but unfortunately it is the heritage we all bring with us from early life.

Thomas Keating

Contributed by: Siona

A Quote by Gaston Bachelard on human, tension, being, division, illusion, and unity

The human being taken in his profound reality as well as in his great tension of becoming is a divided being, a being which divides again, having permitted himself the illusion of unity for barely an instant. He divides and then reunites.

Gaston Bachelard (1884 - 1962)

Source: The Poetics of Reverie, Pages: 90

Contributed by: Chris

A Quote by Lao Tzu on tao, fear, safety, and illusion

When a country is in harmony with the Tao,
the factories make trucks and tractors.
When a country goes counter to the Tao,
warheads are stockpiled outside the cities.

There is no greater illusion than fear,
no greater wrong than preparing to defend yourself,
no greater misfortune than having an enemy.

Whoever can see through all fear
will always be safe.

Lao Tzu (c.604 - 531 B.C.)

Source: Tao Te Ching

Contributed by: Gaia Team

A Quote by unknown on control and illusion

"The desire to be in control, the illusion of being in control, and the hope of being in control are all based on the megalomaniacal belief that you know when and what the outcome should be."


Contributed by: Marie

A Quote by Shyamananda on maya, self-realization, authenticity, reality, and illusion

When you can see through the mist of Maya to the Self, that mist has not disappeared. You have just learned to see through it. "


Contributed by: Swami

A Quote by Tennessee Williams on opening, magic, tricks, truth, and illusion

Yes, I have tricks in my pocket, I have things up my sleeve. But I am the opposite of a stage magician. He gives us illusion that has the appearance of truth. I give you truth in the pleasant disguise of illusion...

Tennessee Williams (1914 - 1983)

Source: The Glass Menagerie

Contributed by: Sarah

A Quote by silent lotus on miracles, silence, love, life, and illusion

" Miracles happen in silence... lesser important things create world headlines." ...... silent lotus

silent lotus


Contributed by: beachcomber

A Quote by Timothy Freke on lucid living, reality, gnosis, and illusion

When I compare life to a dream I do not mean to denigrate it as some sort of meaningless fantasy.   Life is too wonderful to be called an "illusion" unless we whisper the word in amazement, as we might when witnessing the most astonishing magic trick.  What could be more magnificent than this glorious universe, in all its multifarious extravagance?  Its awesome vastness and delicate detail.  Its impersonal precision and intimate intensity.  Its harsh necessities and lush sensuality.  This dream of life is truly marvelous.

Timothy Freke

Source: Lucid Living: A book you can read in an hour that will turn your world inside out, Pages: 12

Contributed by: J.K.

A Quote by Meher Baba on meher baba, god, illusion, and real

God alone is real, and all else is illusion.

Meher Baba (1894 - 1969)

Source: Lord Meher (The Biography of the Avatar of the Age Meher Baba, 14 volumes), Pages: 4542

Contributed by: little bear

A Quote by Philip Jason on fear, real, reality, illusion, and cowardice

i sat there afraid that I might discover that the world around me is not real. then i thought: wait. i need fear that only if its true, and if it is, i must consider that while this may be bad, worse than that is living in a world that is only real because i am a coward.

Philip Jason

Contributed by: Phil

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