A Quote by Kenneth Smith on philosophy, wisdom, insight, aristoi, and ordinariness

Wisdom is the aristic craving for extraordinary insights, for incandescent revelations that have the power to burst through banausic and doulic ordinariness: wisdom is the lust to be transfigured, transvaluated.

Kenneth Smith

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A Quote by Antoine de Saint-Exupery on love, compassion, insight, wisdom, sight, and blindness

Mais les yeux sont aveugles. Il faut chercher avec le couer. (But eyes are blind. You have to look with the heart.)

Antoine de Saint-Exupery (1900 - 1944)

Source: Le Petit Prince: French Edition, Pages: 73

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A Quote by julie sarah powell on insight, true insight, moment, spiritual, no self, self realisation, shift in perspective, self, and awakening

A true insight occurs in a moment, a split second, and it brings a subtle shift in your perspective. The 'experience' which surrounds the insight is generally entirely superfluous and is merely the Self or mindbody package attempting to own and understand the insight.

julie sarah powell


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A Quote by julie sarah powell on oneness, awakened, insight, arising, divine, consciousness, self, mindbody, freedom, mind, suffering, awakening, spiritual, and spirituality

In the Oneness / Awakened state the insights and experience of all arising in and as the Divine, and the Divine being everywhere and everything (beyond consciousness, the Self, and the mindbody package) has been obvious. This has been consistently tested by life and the obviousness, and the freedom which this brings, fluctuated accordingly.

Despite the freedom of the Oneness state I was aware that the mind was still going, I was still buying into it and really when I felt into it I was still suffering in a way that I thought would have finished many years before. There felt to be lots of changes but essentially I was still the same mess that I had always been, albeit with a more mature stance and view of things.

julie sarah powell


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A Quote by Ibn 'Abbad of Ronda on insight, fault, delusion, and exaggeration

It is essential that you examine with the eye of spiritual insight these faults … you tend to exaggerate them and thus interpret your way of living as foolish and evil conduct. You would imagine faults where there are none and see a disease in what is really a cure.
~ Ibn ’Abbad of Ronda, 1332-1390 ~

Ibn 'Abbad of Ronda

Source: Wisdom for the Soul: Five Millennia of Prescriptions for Spiritual Healing, Pages: 300

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A Quote by Isha De Lubicz on teaching and insight

Not even the best teacher can present one with consciousness, or fill one with knowledge; but in a man suitably disposed it is possible to arouse reactions which will lead in the right direction.

            Often it is useful to prepare the ground by clarifying essential ideas in order to get rid of prejudices.  But the most effective instruction is that which leads the seeker to put his problems clearly to himself so that then he can find he answer for himself in meditation.

Isha De Lubicz

Source: Opening of the Way: A Practical Guide to the Wisdom of Ancient Egypt, Pages: 67

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A Quote by Isha De Lubicz on worry, self talk, insight, and rumination

The first thing to do is to break the circuit between bile and brain by resolutely turning one’s thoughts away from the vexatious subject.  This does not means finding convincing arguments, but simply breaking off the contact by, for example, forcing oneself to careful observation of some object or another.  When the train of thought has thus been redirected, a few moments of mediation will prevent the reaction of the bile from continuing.

            This small act of control has the highest importance, for it ensures that when the anarchistic Automaton attacks the conscious self, victory shall go to the latter.

Isha De Lubicz

Source: Opening of the Way: A Practical Guide to the Wisdom of Ancient Egypt, Pages: 104

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A Quote by Daniel Goleman on social chameleon, people pleasing, smoozing, self knowledge, and insight

            However, if these interpersonal abilities are not balanced by an astute sense of one’s own needs and feelings and how to fulfill them, they can lead to a hollow social success – a popularity won at the cost of one’s true satisfaction.  Such is the argument of Mark Snyder, a University of Minnesota psychologist who has studied people whose social skills make them first-rate social chameleons, champions at making a good impression.  Their psychological credo might well be a remark by W. H. Auden who said that his private image of himself “is very different from the image which I try to create in the minds of others in order that they may love me.”  That trade-off can be made if social skills outstrip the ability to know and honor one’s own feelings: in order to be loved – or at least liked – the social chameleon will seem to be whatever those he is with seem to want.  The sign that someone falls into this pattern, Snyder finds, is that they make an excellent impression, yet have few stable or satisfying intimate relationships.  A more healthy pattern, of course, is to balance being true to oneself with social skills, using them with integrity.

            Social chameleons, though, don’t mind in the least saying one thing and doing another, if that will win them social approval.  They simply live with the discrepancy between their public face and their private reality.  Helena Deutsch, a psychoanalyst, called such people the “as-if personality,” shifting personas with remarkable plasticity as they pick up signals from those around them.  “For some people,” Snyder told me, “the public and private person meshes well, while for others there seems to be only a kaleidoscope of changing appearances.  They are like Woody Allen’s character Zelig, madly trying to fit in with whomever they are with.”

            Such people try to scan someone for a hint as to what is wanted from them before they make a response, rather than simply saying what they truly feel.  To get along and be liked, they are willing to make people they dislike think they are friendly with them.  And they use their social abilities to mold their actions as disparate social situations demand, so that they may act like very different people depending on whom they are with, swinging from bubbly sociability, say, to reserved withdrawal.  To be sure, to the extent that these traits lead to effective impression management, they are highly prized in certain professions, notably acting, trial law, sales, diplomacy, and politics.

            Another, perhaps more crucial kind of self-monitoring seems to make the difference between those who end up as anchorless social chameleons, trying to impress everyone, and those who can use their social polish more in keeping with their true feelings.  That is the capacity to be true, as the saying has it, “to thine own self,” which allows acting in accord with one’s deepest feelings and values no matter what the social consequences.  Such emotional integrity could well lead to, say, deliberately provoking a confrontation in order to cut through duplicity or denial – a clearing of the air that a social chameleon would never attempt.

Daniel Goleman

Source: Emotional Intelligence: Why It Can Matter More Than IQ, Pages: 119..20

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A Quote by Elysha on accountability, advaita, adyashanti, apocalypse, authenticity, awakening, awareness, beauty, behaviour, being, bible, biology, bliss, buddha, buddhism, catholic, cessation, changes, christ, christian, clarity, communication, concepts

As you learn to leave alone the activity of unconsciously trying to be the mindbody that you think that you are - the mindbody that this "you" is currently flowing through - and you learn to move as this one that you truly are - this "you" of you; the very heart of existence - steadily, consciously and momentarily, the continuity of the ever deepening of this innermost as it keeps on entering its manifestation, through this mindbody that you find yourself flowing through, allows you to simply bubble in the sheer joy, pleasure, peace, delightfulness and stillness that this "you" of you is.



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A Quote by Earon on life, learning, school, education, insight, strange, and wondrous

Life is a Strange School.

Earon Davis

Source: The "Signals" Catalog for Public Television

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