This collection of quotes about consciousness are inspirational, enlightening and spiritual in nature. They encourage us to question our thoughts, get to know our true selves and consider the filters and perceptions we currently hold.
What is Consciousness?
Consciousness is the state, or level of awareness within oneself. Awareness of one’s own existence, thoughts, feelings, experiences, needs and desires.
It has been defined as: sentience, awareness, subjectivity, the ability to experience or to feel, wakefulness, having a sense of selfhood, and the executive control system of the mind.
Despite the difficulty in definition, many philosophers believe that when we have a higher awareness in ourselves, we are more likely to live a more peaceful, purpose driven life – leading to more success and happiness.
Sounds blissful right?
Whether you want to get more in touch with yourself, your body, mind and soul – then the following quotes are an inspirational nudge in the right direction. Enjoy!
“In our consciousness, there are many negative seeds and also many positive seeds. The practice is to avoid watering the negative seeds, and to identify and water the positive seeds every day.” Thich Nhat Hanh
“I will not let anyone walk through my mind with their dirty feet.” Mahatma Gandhi
“It helps if remember that everyone is doing their best from their level of consciousness.” Deepak Chopra
“Consciousness is only the surface of the mental ocean.” Swami Vivekananda
“Man’s task is to become conscious of the contents that press upward from the unconscious.” Carl Jung
“When you look in the mirror, what do you see? Do you see the real you, or what you have been conditioned to believe is you? The two are so, so different. One is an infinite consciousness capable of being and creating whatever it chooses, the other is an illusion imprisoned by its own perceived and programmed limitations.” David Icke
“People will do anything, no matter how absurd, in order to avoid facing their own souls. One does not become enlightened by imagining figures of light, but by making the darkness conscious.” Carl Jung
The awakening of consciousness is the next evolutionary step for mankind.” Eckhart Tolle
“The greatest impediments to changes in our traditional roles seem to lie not in the visible world of conscious intent, but in the murky realm of the unconscious mind.” Augustus Y. Napier
“I define a ‘good person’ as somebody who is fully conscious of their own limitations. They know their strengths, but they also know their ‘shadow’ – they know their weaknesses. In other words, they understand that there is no good without bad. Good and evil are really one, but we have broken them up in our consciousness. We polarize them.” John Bradshaw
Anger is like a storm rising up from the bottom of your consciousness. When you feel it coming, turn your focus to your breath. Thich Nhat Hanh
“Everything that irritates us about others can lead us to an understanding of ourselves.” Carl Jung
“The divine self is the author of our life story, but without sufficient spiritual awareness the human self tends to rearrange the plot.” Anthon St. Maarten
“Mistakes are the portals of discovery.” James Joyce
“The only real problem in your life is how you’re using your mind.” Ken Keyes Jr.
“What’s stopping you is the unwillingness to live beyond this reality.” Unknown
“Meditation quiets conscious thought and the physical realm, making a doorway to spiritual awareness.” Jenna Alatari
Spiritual Consciousness Quotes
“Yesterday I was clever, so I wanted to change the world. Today I am wise, so I am changing myself.” Rumi
“You have to grow from the inside out. No one can teach you, no one can make you spiritual. There is no other teacher but your own soul.” Swami Vivekananda
“Awakening is not changing who you are but discarding who you are not.” Deepak Chopra
“To realize that you are not your thoughts is when you begin to awaken spiritually.” Eckhart Tolle
“Know thyself and all will be revealed.” Pamela Theresa Loertscher
“One does not become enlightened by imagining figures of light, but by making the darkness conscious. The latter procedure, however, is disagreeable and therefore not popular.” Carl Jung
“Life will give you whatever experience is most helpful for the evolution of your consciousness.” Eckhart Tolle
“Not accomplishing your Life Plan is a tragic act of free will. It is akin to charting an elaborate vacation itinerary before arriving at your holiday destination, with all kinds of plans for outdoor adventures and intentions to go sightseeing and shopping, but then ending up spending the whole trip in your hotel room ordering from room service and watching television. In a similar fashion the unconscious soul spends a lifetime in the semi-conscious state of Divine Disconnection and then returns home mostly ‘empty-handed’.” Anthon St. Maarten
“When we awaken to our truth, we realize we are free.” Kristi Bowman
Higher Consciousness Quotes
“We do not see things as they are, we see them as we are.” Anais Nin
“Meditation is the dissolution of thoughts in Eternal awareness or Pure consciousness without objectification, knowing without thinking, merging finitude in infinity.” Swami Sivananda
“Our greatest human adventure is the evolution of consciousness. We are in this life to enlarge the soul, liberate the spirit, and light up the brain.” Tom Robbins
“Just trusting the soul cannot lead you to higher consciousness. You have to pay attention for the beautification of your heart.” Amit Ray
“If your mind carries a heavy burden of past, you will experience more of the same. The past perpetuates itself through lack of presence. The quality of your consciousness at this moment is what shapes the future.” Eckhart Tolle
“Consciousness is only possible through change; change is only possible through movement.” Aldous Huxley
“Mathematical science shows what is. It is the language of unseen relations between things. But to use and apply that language, we must be able fully to appreciate, to feel, to seize the unseen, the unconscious.” Ada Lovelace
“All there is in your life is the eternal now moment – and your experience of this moment is created by the programming in your head.” Ken Keyes Jr.
“Compassion is the signature of Higher Consciousness. Non-violence is the tool to evolve into the Higher Consciousness.” Amit Ray
“Control of consciousness determines the quality of life.” Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi
“The real voyage of discovery consists not in seeking new landscapes, but in having new eyes.” Marcel Proust
“The key to growth is the production of higher dimensions of consciousness into our awareness.” Lao Tzu
“Remember that your perception of the world is a reflection of your state of consciousness.” Eckhart Tolle
“The key to growth is the introduction of higher dimensions of consciousness into our awareness.” Lao Tzu
“You are the light of the world, when your compassion radiates and pervades the world. When your mind is in higher consciousness and heart is full with compassion, your deeds will glorify the humanity and the Father in the heaven.” Amit Ray
“There is no coming to consciousness without pain.” Carl Jung
“There is only one corner of the universe you can be certain of improving, and that’s your own self.” Aldous Huxley
“We live in a world where finding fault in others seems to be the favorite blood sport. It has long been the basis of political campaign strategy. It is the theme of much television programming across the world. It sells newspapers. Whenever we meet anyone, our first, almost unconscious reaction may be to look for imperfections.” Henry B. Eyring
“Hell, in my opinion, is never finding your true self and never living your own life or knowing who you are.” John Bradshaw
“By training our mind to learn to observe, we start moving into a higher level of consciousness and remember who we truly are – deep at the level of our Soul.” Heidi M. Morrison
Buddha Consciousness Quotes
“We are shaped by our thoughts; we become what we think. When the mind is pure, joy follows like a shadow that never leaves.” Gautama Buddha
“Offend in neither word nor deed. Eat with moderation. Live in your heart. Seek the highest consciousness. Master yourself according to the law. This is the simple teaching of the awakened.” Gautama Buddha
“There is nothing so disobedient as an undisciplined mind, and there is nothing so obedient as a disciplined mind.” Gautama Buddha
“What we are today comes from our thoughts of yesterday, and our present thoughts build our life of tomorrow. Our life is the creation of our mind.” Gautama Buddha
“Be a lamp unto yourself.” Gautama Buddha
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