Inspirational Wisdom of Great Love


‘A Turtle Awake’ is a page dedicated to inspirational wisdom, poetry, quotes and teachings of the greatest love passed down to us by a myriad of sages and seers of different origin and persuasion, all with a common message of universal love and internal striving.  Their endeavour and inquiry ever lead us towards light, our own personal reflection that beams ever brighter and a re-kindling of our collective wonderment at just what we are, are part of, and always have been and will be.

You have found your way here, how great!  Thanks for taking the ride….. 

The truth is not told, it is realised.

I have lived on the lip
of insanity, wanting to know reasons,
knocking on a door. It opens.
I’ve been knocking from the inside.

“Nature loves courage. You make the commitment and nature will respond to that commitment by removing impossible obstacles. Dream the impossible dream and the world will not grind you under, it will lift you up. This is the trick. This is what all these teachers and philosophers who really counted, who really touched the alchemical gold, this is what they understood. This is the shamanic dance in the waterfall. This is how magic is done. By hurling yourself into the abyss and discovering its a feather bed.”

“You are a divine being. You matter, you count. You come from realms of unimaginable power and light, and you will return to those realms.” Terence McKenna

“Whatever you do, or dream you can, begin it. Boldness has genius and power and magic in it.”


What is the difference
Between your experience of Existence
And that of a saint?

The saint knows
That the spiritual path
Is a sublime chess game with God

And that the Beloved
Has just made such a Fantastic Move

That the saint is now continually
Tripping over Joy
And bursting out in Laughter
And saying, “I Surrender!”

Whereas, my dear,
I am afraid you still think
You have a thousand serious moves.”
― Hafiz, 
I Heard God Laughing: Poems of Hope and Joy

“The secret of health for both mind and body is not to mourn for the past, not to worry about the future, or not to anticipate troubles, but to live in the present moment wisely and earnestly.”  Buddha

On life’s journey faith is nourishment, virtuous deeds are a shelter, wisdom is the light by day and right mindfulness is the protection by night. If a man lives a pure life, nothing can destroy him.”  Buddha

“So live your life that the fear of death can never enter your heart. Trouble no one about their religion; respect others in their view, and demand that they respect yours. Love your life, perfect your life, beautify all things in your life. Seek to make your life long and its purpose in the service of your people. Prepare a noble death song for the day when you go over the great divide. Always give a word or a sign of salute when meeting or passing a friend, even a stranger, when in a lonely place. Show respect to all people and grovel to none. When you arise in the morning give thanks for the food and for the joy of living. If you see no reason for giving thanks, the fault lies only in yourself. Abuse no one and no thing, for abuse turns the wise ones to fools and robs the spirit of its vision. When it comes your time to die, be not like those whose hearts are filled with the fear of death, so that when their time comes they weep and pray for a little more time to live their lives over again in a different way.
Sing your death song and die like a hero going home”

Chief Tecumseh (Crouching Tiger) Shawnee Nation 1768-1813

Ancient Egyptians believed that upon death
they would be asked two questions
and their answers would determine
whether they could continue their journey in the afterlife.
The first question was, “Did you bring joy?”
The second was, “Did you find joy?”

~ Leo Buscaglia ~

We are ignorant of the Beyond
because this ignorance is the condition of our own life.
Just as ice cannot know fire except by melting and vanishing.

~ Jules Renard ~

Of course you don’t die.
Nobody dies.
Death doesn’t exist.
You only reach a new level of vision,
a new realm of consciousness,
a new unknown world.

~ Henry Miller ~

When the heart weeps for what it has lost,
the soul laughs for what it has found.

~ Sufi aphorism ~

The only thing that burns in hell
is the part of you that won’t let go of your life:
your memories, your attachments.
They burn them all away, but they’re not punishing you,
they’re freeing your soul.
If you’re frightened of dying and you’re holding on,
you’ll see devils tearing your life away.
If you’ve made your peace,
then the devils are really angels freeing you from the earth.

~ Meister Eckhart ~

Those who bring sunshine
to the lives of others
cannot keep it from themselves.

~ Sir James Barrie ~

“Happy is the man who has broken the chains which hurt the mind, and has given up worrying once and for all.”


“Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate. Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure. It is our light, not our darkness that most frightens us. We ask ourselves, Who am I to be brilliant, gorgeous, talented, fabulous? Actually, who are you not to be? You are a child of God. Your playing small does not serve the world. There is nothing enlightened about shrinking so that other people won’t feel insecure around you. We are all meant to shine, as children do. We were born to make manifest the glory of God that is within us. It’s not just in some of us; it’s in everyone. And as we let our own light shine, we unconsciously give other people permission to do the same. As we are liberated from our own fear, our presence automatically liberates others.”

~~ Marianne Williamson, from A Return To Love: Reflections on the Principles of A Course in Miracles

“No problem can be solved at the same level of consciousness that created it.”

“Wherever you stand, know there is a river flowing now, very quickly. It is great and swift, and those who are afraid will try to hold fast to the shore. They will suffer greatly, for in this way, they shall feel torn asunder. Know that the river has its destination. We must learn to let go of the shore, even take to the torrent. We must keep our heads above the water and our eyes wide open. See who your companions are, and be glad! Tread this world lightly, leave only a trace. Everything that you see can be a sacred place. So, wherever you stand, be the soul of that place.”

~ Celtic Blessing

One’s own dharma, though imperfect, is better than the dharma of another well discharged.

                                                                                           Bhagavad Gita.


The true measure of an individual is how he treats a person who can do him absolutely no good. ~ Ann Landers

“Just as water flowing in the streams and rivers fills the ocean, thus may all your moments of goodness touch and benefit all beings, those here now and those gone before.

May all your wishes be soon fulfilled as completely as the moon on a full-moon night, as successfully as from the Wish-Fulfilling Gem.

May all dangers be averted; may all disease leave you. May no obstacles come across your way and may you enjoy happiness and long life.”

~ The Buddha

If the only prayer you said in your whole life was “Thank you”, that would suffice ~Meister Eckhart (1260 – 1328)

20 instructions for living – The Dalai Lama

1.Take into account that great love and great achievements involve great risk.

2. When you lose, don’t lose the lesson.

3. Follow the three R’s:

–  Respect for self,

–  Respect for others and

–  Responsibility for all your actions.

4. Remember that not getting what you want is sometimes a wonderful stroke of luck.

5. Learn the rules so you know how to break them properly.

6. Don’t let a little dispute injure a great relationship.

7. When you realize you’ve made a mistake, take immediate steps to correct it.

8. Spend some time alone every day.

9. Open your arms to change, but don’t let go of your values.

10. Remember that silence is sometimes the best answer.

11. Live a good, honorable life. Then when you get older and

think back, you’ll be able to enjoy it a second time.

12. A loving atmosphere in your home is the foundation for your life.

13. In disagreements with loved ones, deal only with the current situation. Don’t bring up the past.

14. Share your knowledge. It is a way to achieve immortality.

15. Be gentle with the earth.

16. Once a year, go someplace you’ve never been before.

17. Remember that the best relationship is one in which your love for each other exceeds your need for each other.

18. Judge your success by what you had to give up in order to get it.

19. If you want others to be happy, practice compassion.

20. If you want to be happy, practice compassion.

“What the caterpillar calls the end the rest of the world calls a butterfly.”
~Lao Tzu~

Like two birds of golden plumage, inseparable companions, the individual self and the immortal Self are perched on the branches of the selfsame tree. The former tastes of the sweet and bitter fruits of the tree; the latter, tasting of neither, calmly observes.” (Mundaka Upanishad 3:1:1)

“Who can free himself of achievement and fame
Then descend and be lost
Amidst the masses of men?
He will flow like Tao, unseen…
He will go about like life itself,
With no name and no home.
Simple is he, without.
To all appearances he is a fool.
His steps leave no trace.
He has no power.
He achieves nothing.
He has no reputation.
Since he judges no one,
No one judges him.
Such is the perfect man.
His boat is empty.
— Chuang Tzu, The Empty Boat

“This is the threat to our lives. We all face it. We all operate in our society in relation to a system. Now is the system going to eat you up and relieve you of your humanity or are you going to be able to use the system to human purposes? … If the person doesn’t listen to the demands of his own spiritual and heart life and insists on a certain program, you’re going to have a schizophrenic crack-up. The person has put himself off center. He has aligned himself with a programmatic life and it’s not the one the body’s interested in at all. And the world’s full of people who have stopped listening to themselves.
— Joseph Campbell, 2001

In the gap between thoughts
nonconceptual wisdom shines continuously.
— Milarepa

When we let our heart break open, a sweetness starts to flow from us like nectar. As the Sufi teacher Hazrat Inayat Khan put it, “The warmth of the lover’s atmosphere, the piercing effect of his voice, the appeal of his words, all come from the pain of his heart.” This is one of the great secrets of love. Instead of trying to ward off this pain, which is futile anyway, the lover can use it to transform himself, to develop invincible tenderness and compassion, and as the troubadours discovered, to become a heroic warrior in the service of love.

John Welwood

The temple of love is not love itself;
True love is the treasure,
Not the walls about it.
Do not admire the decoration,
But involve yourself in the essence,
The perfume that invades and touches you-
The beginning and the end.
Discovered, this replace all else,
The apparent and the unknowable.
Time and space are slaves to this presence.
— Rumi

There is a wonderful mythical law of nature that the three things we crave most in life — happiness, freedom, and peace of mind — are always attained by giving them to someone else.
— Peyton Conway March

There is a pain so utter
It swallows Being up.
Then covers the abyss with trance,
So memory can step
Around, across, upon it.
— Emily Dickinson

Intimate relationship is a dynamic, often dizzying dance of contradictions that is sometimes delightful and seductive, sometimes fierce and combative, sometimes energizing, sometimes exhausting. This dance requires being able to flow continuously back and forth between opal opposites — between coming together and moving apart, taking hold and letting go, engaging and allowing space, yielding and taking the lead, surrendering and standing firm, being soft and being strong. This is not an easy dance to learn. Many couples quickly lose the flow, fall out of step, and wind up deadlocked in antagonistic positions, struggling for supremacy, pushing and pulling, attacking or withdrawing. Teachers of the dance are few, and as the years go by the conventional dance steps we learned from the culture seem increasingly stiff and outmoded. How, we may wonder, can we learn to dance with grace and power?

John Welwood

God has given us a dark wine so potent that,
drinking it, we leave the two worlds.

God has put into the form of hashish a power
to deliver the taster from self-consciousness.

God has made sleep so
that it erases every thought.

God made Majnun love Layla so much that
just her dog would cause confusion in him.

There are thousands of wines
that can take over our minds.

Don’t think all ecstacies
are the same!

Jesus was lost in his love for God.
His donkey was drunk with barley.

Drink from the presence of saints,
not from those other jars.

Every object, every being,
is a jar full of delight.

Be a conoisseur,
and taste with caution.

Any wine will get you high.
Judge like a king, and choose the purest,

the ones unadulterated with fear,
or some urgency about “what’s needed.”

Drink the wine that moves you
as a camel moves when it’s been untied,

and is just ambling about.
— Rumi, translated by Coleman Barks

Misery is a by-product, so is bliss. Misery is a by-product of being asleep, bliss is a by-product of being awake. Hence you cannot seek and search for bliss directly, and those who seek and search for bliss directly are bound to fail, doomed to fail. Bliss can be attained only by those who don’t seek bliss directly; on the contrary, they seek awareness. And when awareness comes, bliss comes of its own accord, just like your shadow, unshakable.


One of the saddest lessons of history is this: If we’ve been bamboozled long enough, we tend to reject any evidence of the bamboozle. The bamboozle has captured us. Once you give a charlatan power over you, you almost never get it back.
— Carl Sagan

Playfully, you hid from me.
All day I looked.

Then I discovered
I was you,

and the celebration
of That began.
— Lalleshwari (via singingbowls)

Don’t surrender your loneliness
So quickly.
Let it cut more deeply.
Let it ferment and season you
As few human
Or even divine ingredients can.
— Hafiz

Self-contempt, however vague, sharpens our eyes for the imperfections of others. We usually strive to reveal in others the blemishes we hide in ourselves.
— Eric Hoffer

We must let go of the life we have planned, so as to accept the one that is waiting for us.
— Joseph Campbell

Our institutions, our epistemologies are bankrupt and exhausted; we must start anew and hope that with the help of shamanically inspired personalities, we can cultivate this ancient mystery once again. The Logos can be unleashed, and the voice that spoke to Plato and Parmenides and Heraclitus can speak again in the minds of modern people. When it does, the alienation will be ended because we will have become the alien. This is the promise that is held out; it may seem to some a nightmare vision, but all historical changes of immense magnitude have a charged emotional quality. They propel people into a completely new world.
— Terrence McKenna

Ask the world to reveal its quietude —
not the silence of machines when they are still,
but the true quiet by which birdsongs,
trees, bellworts, snails, clouds, storms
become what they are, and are nothing else.
— Wendell Berry

Perhaps we, as a civilization and a species, are undergoing a rite of passage of the most epochal and profound kind, acted out on the stage of history with, as it were, the cosmos itself as the tribal matrix of the initiatory drama. What seems to be unfolding is not only a recovery of the soul of the world, the anima mundi, but a new relationship to it. Something new is being forged.
— Richard Tarna

Space flights are merely an escape, a fleeing away from oneself, because it is easier to go to Mars or to the moon than it is to penetrate one’s own being.
— Carl Gustav Jung.

Life is not measured by the number of breaths we take, but by the moments that take our breath away. (Maya Angelou)

The mind is everything. What you think, you’ll become. (The Buddha)

Do your practice, the rest is coming. (Patthabi Jois)

You don’t have a soul. You are a soul. You have a body. (C.S. Lewis)

Yoga teaches us to cure what need not be endured and endure what cannot be cured. (B.K.S. Iyengar)

Teach what is in you, not as it applies to you, to yourself, but as it applies to the other. (T. Krishnamacharya)

Before you’ve practised, the theory is useless. After you’ve practised, the theory is obvious.

Crave for a thing, you will get it. Renounce the craving and the object will follow you by itself. (Swami Sivananda)

The difference between yoga and bodybuilders is that bodybuilders have a body of a bull and the heart of gazelle – and yogis the heart of a bull and the body of a gazelle. (Sri Kartakeya)

You must be the change that you wish to see in the world. (Mahatma Gandhi)

How people treat you is their karma; how you react is yours.  (Wayne Dyer)

The pose begins when you want to leave it.

If you think adventure is dangerous, try routine. It is lethal. (Paulo Coelho)

Humans prepare for the future all their lives, yet meet the next life totally unprepared. (Drakpa Gyaltsen)

Only those who are prepared to go too far, can possibly learn how far they can go. (T S Eliot)

Happiness is not having what you want, but wanting what you have. (Swami Chidananda)

When you are inspired by some great purpose, some extraordinary project, all your thoughts break their bonds:
Your mind transcends limitations, your consciousness expands in every direction, and you find yourself in a new, great, and wonderful world. Dormant forces, faculties and talents become alive, and you discover yourself to be a greater person by far than you ever dreamed yourself to be. (Patanjali)

Undisturbed calmness of mind is attained by cultivating friendliness toward the happy, compassion for the unhappy, delight in the virtuous, and indifference toward the wicked. (Yoga Sutras)

In the lamp of the heart; put the oil of dispassion, insert the wick of devotion, and kindle the light of knowledge, by constant meditation; The darkness of ignorance will be dispelled and you will be fully illumined. (Swami Sivananda)

“Human beings are co-partners with deity in the project of being. This is the basis of all magic.”

“We are the inheritors of a million years of striving for the unspeakable.”

“We live in condensations of our imagination”

“Nothing comes unannounced, but many can miss the announcement. So it’s very important to actually listen to your own intuition rather than driving through it.”

“No one knows enough to worry.”

“My technique is don’t believe anything. If you believe in something, you are automatically precluded from believing its opposite.”

“Nobody is smarter than you are. And what if they are? What good is their understanding doing you?”

“We tend to disempower ourselves. We tend to believe that we don’t matter. And in the act of taking that idea to ourselves we give everything away to somebody else, to something else.”

“If you don’t have a plan, you become part of somebody else’s plan.”

“It is not easy to measure the ocean, but we can be measured by it, confront it, and be in it.”

“The creative act is a letting down of the net of human imagination into the ocean of chaos on which we are suspended, and the attempt to bring out of it ideas.

It is the night sea journey, the lone fisherman on a tropical sea with his nets, and you let these nets down – sometimes, something tears through them that leaves them in shreds and you just row for shore, and put your head under your bed and pray.

At other times what slips through are the minutiae, the minnows of this ichthyological metaphor of idea chasing.
But, sometimes, you can actually bring home something that is food, food for the human community that we can sustain ourselves on and go forward.”

“The cost of sanity in this society, is a certain level of alienation”

“Ego is a structure that is erected by a neurotic individual who is a member of a neurotic culture against the facts of the matter. And culture, which we put on like an overcoat, is the collectivized consensus about what sort of neurotic behaviors are acceptable.”

“You are an explorer, and you represent our species, and the greatest good you can do is to bring back a new idea, because our world is endangered by the absence of good ideas. Our world is in crisis because of the absence of consciousness.”

“You have to take seriously the notion that understanding the universe is your responsibility, because the only understanding of the universe that will be useful to you is your own understanding.”

“Chaos is what we’ve lost touch with. This is why it is given a bad name. It is feared by the dominant archetype of our world, which is Ego, which clenches because its existance is defined in terms of control.”

“We have to create culture, don’t watch TV, don’t read magazines, don’t even listen to NPR. Create your own roadshow. The nexus of space and time where you are now is the most immediate sector of your universe, and if you’re worrying about Michael Jackson or Bill Clinton or somebody else, then you are disempowered, you’re giving it all away to icons, icons which are maintained by an electronic media so that you want to dress like X or have lips like Y. This is shit-brained, this kind of thinking. That is all cultural diversion, and what is real is you and your friends and your associations, your highs, your orgasms, your hopes, your plans, your fears. And we are told ‘no’, we’re unimportant, we’re peripheral. ‘Get a degree, get a job, get a this, get a that.’ And then you’re a player, you don’t want to even play in that game. You want to reclaim your mind and get it out of the hands of the cultural engineers who want to turn you into a half-baked moron consuming all this trash that’s being manufactured out of the bones of a dying world.” – Terence McKenna

All things by immortal power. Near of far, to each other linked are, that thou canst not stir a flower without troubling of a star. ~ Francis Thompson

For man, as for flower and beast and bird, the supreme triumph is to be most vividly, most perfectly alive. ~ David Herbert Lawrence

Happiness held is the seed; Happiness shared is the flower. ~ John Harrigan

Rafael Alberti -El angel bueno (2)
El angel bueno

Vino el que yo quería,
el que yo llamaba.

No aquel que barre cielos sin defensas,
luceros sin cabañas
lunas sin patria,
Nieves de esas caidas de una mano,
un nombre
un sueño
una frente.

No aquel que a sus cabellos
ató la muerte.

El que yo quería.

Sin arañar los aires,
sin herir hojas ni mover cristales.

Aquel que a sus cabellos
ató el silencio.

Para, sin lastimarme,
cavar una ribera de luz dulce en mi pecho
y hacerme el alma navegable.

The good angel

The one I wanted came,
the one I called.

Not the one who sweeps away defenseless skies,
stars without homes,
moons without a country,
The kind of snows that fall from a hand,
a name,
a dream,
a face.

Not the one who tied death
to his hair.

The one I wanted.

Without scraping air,
without wounding leaves or shaking windowpanes.

The one who tied silence
to his hair.

To scoop out, without hurting me,
a shoreline of sweet light inside my chest
so that my soul could sail.

Translated by Mark Strand

Etiquetas: Rafael AlbertiTake up one idea. Make that one idea your life – think of it, dream of it, live on that idea. Let the brain, muscles, nerves, every part of your body, be full of that idea, and just leave every other idea alone. This is the way to success, that is way great spiritual giants are produced.drlrao

Swami Vivekananda quotes

All that we are is the result of what we have thought. The mind is everything. What we think we become.
Buddha quotes
Peace comes from within. Do not seek it without.
Buddha quotes
Thousands of candles can be lit from a single candle, and the life of the candle will not be shortened. Happiness never decreases by being shared.
Buddha quotes
You will not be punished for your anger, you will be punished by your anger.
Buddha quotes
To understand everything is to forgive everything
Buddha 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.”    Buddha quotes

An idea that is developed and put into action is more important than an idea that exists only as an idea.
Buddha quotes
When you realize how perfect everything is you will tilt your head back and laugh at the sky
Buddha quotes
However many holy words you read,However many you speak,What good will they do you If you do not act on upon them?
Buddha quotes
A jug fills drop by drop.
Buddha quotes
The tongue like a sharp knife… Kills without drawing blood.
Buddha quotes (
Believe nothing, no matter where you read it, or who said it, no matter if I have said it, unless it agrees with your own reason and your own common sense.
Buddha quotes
Even death is not to be feared by one who has lived wisely.
Buddha quotes
A dog is not considered a good dog because he is a good barker. A man is not considered a good man because he is a good talker.
Buddha quotes
There is nothing more dreadful than the habit of doubt. Doubt separates people. It is a poison that disintegrates friendships and breaks up pleasant relations. It is a thorn that irritates and hurts; it is a sword that kills.
Buddha quotes
The way is not in the sky. The way is in the heart.
Buddha quotes
Teach this triple truth to all: A generous heart, kind speech, and a life of service and compassion are the things which renew humanity.
Buddha quotes
The whole secret of existence is to have no fear. Never fear what will become of you, depend on no one. Only the moment you reject all help are you freed.
Buddha quotes

No one saves us but ourselves. No one can and no one may. We ourselves must walk the path.

Your work is to discover your work and then with all your heart to give yourself to it.

Better than a thousand hollow words, is one word that brings peace.
Buddha quotes

THE GREETING by James Huba

You have been travelling.
I can see it in your eyes
The unknown roads demanding new belief
The light of your will in submission
to the pattern bringing us together.

I have been busy waiting
putting fresh flowers on the table
filling the lamps with kerosene
arranging (as well as I could)
everything ~

so that you might feel

that you had arrived
at the right place
at the right time.

I am so glad that you could come.
And in honor of our being here together
Let us make a scratch on the wall of the cave.
We could talk.
We could begin with idle chatter.
I’ll start
I’ll say, “I love you.”

Inside this new love, die.

Your way begins on the other side

Become the sky,

Take an axe to the prison wall


Walk out like somebody born into colour

Do it now,

You’re covered with thick cloud,

Slide out the side, die

And be quiet.

Quietness is the sunset sign

that you’ve died

Your old life was a frantic running

From silence

The speechless full moon

Comes out now.


“As we let our own light shine, we unconsciously give other people permission to do the same. As we are liberated from our own fear, our presence automatically liberates others.” —Nelson Mandela

‘The flowers depart when we hate to lose them,

The weeds arrive when we hate to watch them grow.’


‘But I’ll tell you what hermits realize. If you go off into a far, far forest and get very quiet, you’ll come to understand that you’re connected with everything.

How is it possible that a being with such sensitive jewels as the eyes, such enchanted musical instruments as the ears, and such fabulous arabesque of nerves as the brain can experience itself anything less than a god.

The style of God venerated in the church, mosque, or synagogue seems completely different from the style of the natural universe.’
Alan Watts

‘Love is the threshold where divine and human presence ebb and flow into each other.

‘Understanding nourishes belonging.’

‘We do not need to go out and find love, we need to be still and let love discover us.’

‘In love you grow and come home to yourself.  Love alone can awaken what is divine within you.’

‘Bitterness and coldness are the ultimate defeat.’

‘You are sent here to learn love and receive love, love will awaken hidden love within you.’

‘The place of love is a secret place, where only two people belong together.’

‘The more love you give away, the more love you have,’

‘Love is the secret rhythm of the universe, that moves stars and planets.’

‘Breathing takes you to the house of spiritual belonging.’

‘With music, time slips away, leaving the circle of belonging with the eternal.’

‘Touching brings you closer and closer, eyes distance you.  We live in skin therefore we are always sensitive to the world.’

‘The sacred touch of sexuality is needed to engage our full human nature.’

‘Highest moments of human intensity, words become silent.’

‘You live and move on divine ground.’

‘Senses are our sacred thresholds, our body is the friend of our soul.  Celebrate the universe, its mystery and possibility.’

‘No rock is the same, avoid ways of seeing and being which seek satisfaction in certainty.’

‘The quality of experience always depends on the rhythm of time.’

‘Sacred and the secret are sisters, don’t shine the light of reflection to severely on the soul.  Awaken to the inner world.’

‘Individuality is the only gateway to spiritual potential and blessing.’

‘Do not force tormented transparency on the mystery.  The glimpse is sufficient.’

‘Don’t try to expose the soul or offer it care, let the soul find us and care for us.’

‘When your soul awakens, your destiny becomes urgent with creativity.’

‘To be born is to be chosen.’

‘Mediocrity is a refuge from the call, awaken the sense of destiny, rekindle creativity, come into rhythm with your life.’

‘The soul loves risk, to change is to be perfect.’

‘The nature of work and consumerism diminishes the soul.  You should never belong totally to any cause or system, the soul is the house of real belonging.’

‘With a fast pace life, nothing can stabilize, gather or grow.  Each day is a microcosm of your life.’

‘The eternal home is within you.’

‘Perception determines the way that things will behave for you and towards you.’

‘Within every stone, there is a secret shape waiting to emerge.’

‘The only difference between a young person and an old person is time.  In the autumn of your life, your experience is harvested.’

‘What you think, feel or believe remain a fantasy unless it is part of the fabric of experience.’

‘Oceans, waves, stars, mountains are remembered in mind with the same spaces between them, as if seen outside me.’

‘The human memory is an inner temple of feeling and sensibility.’

‘Mind needs to be as open as the night sky to comprehend the universe.’

‘Your body ages and gets weaker, your soul is getting richer, deeper and stronger.  With time, the soul grows sure of itself.’

‘In death you lose the covering that was on your life.’

‘One journey through life, live life to the full, death will never have power over you.’

‘If you learn to let go of things, you learn to die spiritually in little ways during your life.  When you let go a greater generosity, openness and breath comes into your life.’

‘Ego is a defensive shell we pull around our lives, if afraid it is threatened and grasping, very competitive and protective.  Soul has no barriers.’

‘Life is a band of light between the darkness.  All we do here is invent games to pass the time.’

‘Eternal life means, goodness, unity, beauty, truth and love are no longer distant from us but are completely present with us.  You are home, with the infinite.’

John O’Donohue – Anam Cara

‘Many of our problems derive from not being able to sit still in a room.’


‘It is man who makes truth great, no truth that makes man great.’


‘To ride, to draw the bow, to tell the truth.’

Persian phrase

‘To hold breath is to lose it, to lose one’s life is to find it.’

‘The Tao is like the empty sky, to know is to mis-understand, to not know is blind ignorance.’

‘Never anything but the present, if we cant live there, where can we live?’

Alan Watts

‘Youth is wasted on the young.’


‘Every angel is dangerous.’


‘What the caterpillar calls the end of the world,

The master calls a butterfly.’

‘How do you know but that ev’ry

Bird that cuts the airy way

Is an immense world of delight,

Clos’d by your senses five.’


‘The mind is not large enough to contain itself.  Where can the port of it be which it does not contain?  Is it outside itself and not within?’

St Augustine

‘Where does the light go when the candle is blown out.’

Medieval mystic

‘Work with a creative and kind eye and you will create great beauty.’

Meister Eckhart

‘I am standing in my own way.’

German Saying

‘Perfection is the fulfilment of the fully lived and inhabited life.’


‘In the presence of great music we have no alternative but to live nobly.’

Sean O’Faolan

‘A little space for the rose breath to fill.’

‘One man loved the pilgrim soul in you and loved the sorrows of your changing face.’


‘I want to do with you what spring does to cherry trees.’

Pablo Neruda

‘Love is always patient and kind; love is never boastful or conceited; it is never rude or selfish; it does not take offence, and it is not resentful…..Love is always ready to excuse, to trust, to hope and to endure what comes…….Perfect love casts out all fear.’

St Paul – Corinthians

‘When a great moment knocks on the door of your life, it is often no louder than the beating of your heart.’

Boris Pasternak

‘Our feelings towards our friends reflect our feelings towards ourselves.’


‘Forget the self and you will fear nothing.’

‘Freedom cannot be measures, freedom is and adventure without end, in which we risk our lives and much more for a few moments of something beyond words, beyond thoughts or feelings.  To seek freedom is the only driving force I know, freedom to fly off into infinity, freedom to dissolve, to lift off; to be like the flame of a candle, which is spite of being up against the light of a billion stars, remains intact, because it never pretended to be more than it is: a mere candle.’

‘Self importance is the nemesis of mankind.’

Don Juan

‘Your mind, if you have one, is not in your head; instead, your head is in your mind, because your mind, understood from the standpoint of vison, is space.’

‘What you do is more important than what you did,’

‘The world is you.’

Alan Watts

The art of living is to operate in the world as if you were absent.


‘It is easy enough to stand still; difficulty is to walk without touching the ground.’

‘Man, at his birth, is supple and tender.  But in death, he is rigid and hard.  Plants when they are growing are soft and supple.  But in death, they are brittle and hard.  So, suppleness and tenderness are the characteristics of life and rigidity and hardness are the characteristics of death.’

‘When your belt is comfortable you don’t feel it, when your shoes are comfortable it is as if you were not wearing any.’

‘The highest form of man uses his hsin (mind/heart) like a mirror – it grasps nothing, it refuses nothing, it receives but does not keep.’

“Water is fluid, soft, and yielding. But water will wear away rock, which is rigid and cannot yield. As a rule, whatever is fluid, soft, and yielding will overcome whatever is rigid and hard. This is another paradox: what is soft is strong.”

Lao Tzu

“There is more to life than increasing its speed.”

Mahatma Gandhi

“Whenever you are sincerely pleased, you are nourished.”

Ralph Waldo Emerson

“We are what we repeatedly do. Excellence therefore, is not an act but a habit.”


….lead to the promotion of [at the very least] contentment in all activities- immersion/thorough involvement  being the goal and the major reason for setting a goal is for what it makes of you to accomplish it. What it makes of you will always be more than you get, as the great value of life is not what you get, it is realising who you are and what and who you can become.

…..if we do not cherish our own lives we will have little respect for the lives of others.

….nurturing the natural and negating the negative….


‘It is the chiefest point of happiness that a man is willing to be what he is.”

Desiderius Erasmus [1466-1536]

‘The light heart lives long.’

Irish proverb

“The wise adapt themselves to circumstances as water moulds itself to the pitcher.”

Chinese proverb

“Life is just one thing after another!”

Elmore Leonard

“The living self has one purpose only: to come into its own fullness of being, as a tree comes into full blossom, or a bird into Spring beauty, or a tiger into lustre.”

D.H. Lawrence

“Life is no brief candle to me. It is a sort of splendid torch which I have got hold of for the moment and I want to make it burn as brightly as possible before handing it on to future generations.”

George Bernard Shaw

“What is life?”                                                                                                                                                         “It is the flash of a firefly in the night. It is the breath of a buffalo in wintertime. It is the little shadow which runs across the grass and loses itself in the sunset.”

Crowfoot- Native American Blackfoot Warrior [1820-1890]

Twas brilig and the slythy toves did gyre and gimble in the wabe. All mimsy were the borogroves and the momrath did outgrabe

Lewis Carrol

“My role in society, or any artist’s or poet’s role, is to try to express what we all feel. Not to tell people how to feel. Not as a preacher, not as a leader, but as a reflection of us all.”

John Lennon

‘Not the cry, but the flight of the wild duck, leads the flock to fly and follow.’


‘One father is more than 100 schoolmasters.’

‘a society grows great when old men plant trees in whose shade they know they shall never sit.’

Greek proverb

‘Since in order to speak, one must first listen,

Learn to speak by listening.’

‘No mirror ever became iron again;
No bread ever became wheat;
No ripened grape ever became sour fruit.
Mature yourself and be secure from a change for the worse.
Become the light.’

‘Little by little, wean yourself. This is the gist of what I have to say. From an embryo whose nourishment comes in the blood, move to an infant drinking milk, to a child on solid food, to a searcher after wisdom, to a hunter of invisible game.’

Mevlana Rumi (1207 – 1273)

‘To go out of your mind once a day is tremendously important, because by going out of your mind you come to your senses.  And if you stay in your mind all of the time, you are over rational, in other words you are like a very rigid bridge which because it has no give, no craziness in it, is going to be blown down by the first hurricane.’

“A fool who persists in his folly becomes wise”

‘No longer should you see yourself as a stranger, cold and afraid in a world you never made.

You are this Universe. And you are creating it at every moment because it starts now.

It didn’t begin in the past there was no past. If the universe was born in the past, when that happened it was now.

And it is still now.’

Alan Watts

I placed one foot on the wide plain

of death, and some grand immensity

sounded on the emptiness.

I have felt nothing ever

like the wild wonder of that moment.


How fortunate are you and I

who’s home is timelessness.

We who have wandered down

from fragrant mountains of eternal now

to frolic in such mysteries

as birth and death

a day, or maybe even less…

e.e Cummings

Reality can be what you desire it to be but in the end it’s no-thing you think it is. – Tat Tvam Asi

“…the undivided mind is aware of experience as a unity, of the whole as itself, and that the whole nature of the mind and awareness is to be one with what it knows, suggests a state usually called love.”

Alan Watts

All wealth is the product of labour.
John Locke

Beauty is no quality in things themselves. It exists merely in the mind which contemplates them.

Character is the result of a system of stereotyped principals.
Human Nature is the only science of man; and yet has been hitherto the most neglected.
David Hume

12 Responses so far »

  1. 1

    This is a priceless collection, Lee! Every word is a world and every world is a vibration. Thank you so much. I love it!

  2. 4

    Jeremy Nathan Marks said,

    There is such richness here! Thank you for sharing all of this. I feel like what you’ve collected here provides a great place to begin a journey.

    • 5

      leroywatson4 said,

      Cheers Jeremy. I love to collate these messages of wisdom, when I loose the thread, I soon find it again somewhere within these words. The journey begins NOW! Light, lee

  3. 6

    ahhh you are love aren’t you x

  4. 7

    something to teach the kids

  5. 8

    Subhan Zein said,

    Great wisdom here. Thank you for sharing this. You are one blessed soul.

    Subhan Zein

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