no self

A Quote by Suzanne Segal on mind, self-reflective, introspective, emptiness, illusion, within, awareness, consciousness, collision with the infinite, beyond self, no self, self realization, julie sarah powell, and bernadette roberts

 

There was a part of the mind - perhaps what we call the self-reflective or introspective function - that kept turning to look and, finding emptiness, kept sending the message that something was wrong. It was a reflex that had developed during the years of living in the illusion of individuality, a reflex we commonly consider necessary to our selves. We "look within" repeatedly to determine what we think and feels, to make a study of ourselves and track our states of mind and heart. Now that there was no longer an "in" to look "into", the self-reflective reflex was adrift, but persisted. It kept turning in and turning in, unable to come to terms with the fact that there was no in anymore, only emptiness.

Suzanne Segal

Source: Suzanne Segal from Collision with the Infinite p114

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A Quote by Suzanne Segal on experiencing, physical senses, sensory, awareness, consciousness, witnessing, collision with the infinite, beyond self, no self, self realization, julie sarah powell, and bernadette roberts

 

Instead of experiencing through the physical senses, I was now bobbing behind the body like a buoy at sea, cut loose from sensory solidity, separated from and witnessing the body from a vast distance.

Suzanne Segal

Source: Suzanne Segal from Collision with the Infinite p50

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A Quote by Suzanne Segal on awareness, consciousness, force, collision with the infinite, beyond self, no self, self realization, julie sarah powell, and bernadette roberts

 

I lifted my right foot to step up into the bus and collided head on with an invisible force that entered my awareness like a silently exploding stick of dynamite blowing the door of my usual consciousness open and off its hinges, splitting me in two. In the gaping space that appeared, what I had previously called "me" was forcefully pushed out of its usual location inside me into a new location that was approximately a foot behind and to the left of my head. "I" was now behind my body, looking out at the world without using the body's eyes.

Suzanne Segal

Source: Suzanne Segal from Collision with the Infinite p 49

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A Quote by Bernadette Roberts on beyond self, no self, nothing, no one, giving, holiness, christian, contemplative, spiritual, ramana maharshi, julie sarah powell, and suzanne segal

Once beyond the self, however, holiness is no longer possible, because now, there is nothing left to give and no-one left to do the giving.

Bernadette Roberts

Source: The path to no self: Life at the centre by Bernadette Roberts P5

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A Quote by Bernadette Roberts on inward, centre, myself, nothing, empty, seeing, joy, self, no self, self-realization, and julie sarah powell

But coming home that day, walking downhill with a panorama of valley and hills before me, I turned my gaze inward, and what I saw, stopped me in my tracks. Instead of the usual unlocalized centre of myself, there was nothing there, it was empty, and at the moment of seeing this there was a flood of quiet joy and I knew, finally I knew what was missing-it was my "self".

Bernadette Roberts

Source: The experience of no self: A contemplative journey by Bernadette Roberts. p23

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A Quote by Bernadette Roberts on egoless, union, ultimate destiny, unitive, path, no self, self-reaslization, christian, contemplative, julie sarah powell, and ramana mahashi

The assumption that the egoless condition, or union of self and God, is man's final goal and ultimate destiny is a great mistake. My purpose here is to affirm that the unitive state is a hidden path in itself, a movement in its own right that ultimately leads to no-self (no true-self and no-union). In short, the unitive state is the hidden path to no-self.

Bernadette Roberts

Source: The path to no-self: life at the center by Bernadette Roberts pXV preface

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A Quote by Bernadette Roberts on journey, moment, milestone, contemplative, christian, no self, self realization, and julie sarah powell

Since the moment of self-consciousness comes to a permanent end - and a new journey begins- is such a decisive stroke or milestone in the contemplative life, I can only speculate why so little has been said of this breakthrough; in fact , I may never get over the silence on the part of writers who say nothing about this second movement.

Bernadette Roberts

Source: The experience of no self: A contemplative journey by Bernadette Roberts. P14

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A Quote by Bernadette Roberts on journey, nothing, acclimating, seeing, transition, revelation, no self, tried by fire, love, bliss, come to rest, trust, beyond, beyond self, union, and julie sarah powell

This journey then, is nothing more, yet nothing less than a period of acclimating to a new way of seeing, a time of transition and revelation as it gradually comes upon "that" which remains when there is no self. this is not a journey for those who expect love and bliss, rather, it is for the hardy who have been tried by fire and have come to rest in a tough, immovable trust in "that" which lies beyond the known, beyond the self, beyond union and even beyond love and trust itself

Bernadette Roberts

Source: The experience of no self: A contemplative journey by Bernadette Roberts. P13-14

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