40 Enlightenment Quotes to Awaken Your Spiritual Journey

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The road to enlightenment is not for the faint of heart.

It can be a difficult and confusing battle for many, but it doen’t have to be for you.

Knowing your truth and trusting the process is part of the journey of an awakened being.

When we recognise which of our human traits trip us up along the way, it all works towards finding ourselves and living a blissful life.

Meditate on these enlightening quotes below to raise your awareness of the truth and your journey will be filled with compassion, joy, gratitude and love for all humankind.

40 Enlightenment Quotes the will Keep you on a Spiritual Path

“Always keep your mind as bright as the vast sky, the great ocean, and the highest peak, empty of all thoughts. Always keep your body filled with light and heat. Fill yourself with power of wisdom and enlightenment.” – Morihei Ueshiba

“Attachment is the main thing that is blocking your path towards enlightenment.” – Garchen Rinpoche

“Your imagination is the vehicle to enlightenment.” – Gary Hopkins

“Enlightenment is not something to be attained. As a human being it is your natural state. Your very core is composed of love and light, it is consciousness. It is the fallacy of ego and reality that prevents you from realizing your inner divinity. You must shed the illusions and you will be left with pure enlightenment. It is not something to attain, you must lose, and you shall be.” – Anonymous

“The real meaning of enlightenment is to gaze with undimmed eyes on all darkness.” – Nikos Kazantzakis

“Enlightenement or awakening is not the creation of a new state of affairs but the recognition of what already is.” – Alan Watts

“What you focus on you become. So always focus on that which is highest, brightest, happiest and most noble of all things, enlightenment.” Frederick Lenz

“Enlightenment must come little by little otherwise it would overwhelm.” – Idries Shah

“Enlightenment is ego’s ultimate disappointment.” – Chögyam Trungpa

“When we wake up from our confused state of mind, that is enlightenment.” – Dzogchen Ponlop Rinpoche

“Enlightenment is not the byproduct of avoiding the darkness in favor of the light. It is the byproduct of taking the light of consciousness and diving deep into the darkness with it. To make the darkness conscious is to turn the shadow into light.” – Teal Scott

“Enlightenment is life and of itself. Enlightenment is the knowledge of the origin and of truth, whereby truth is self-existing and unchanging. Enlightenment is the univers that exists as it is; Enlightenment is the act of knowing this universe.” – Woo Myung

“Being is enlightenement.” – Osho

“To study the way is to study the self. To study the self is to forget the self. To forget the self is to be enlightened by all things.” – Dogen

“The attainment of enlightenment from ego’s point of view is extreme death.” – Chogyam Trungpa

“I went in being me, but not knowing it. I came out being me, and knowing it. It was this that changed my life.” – Anonymous

“Knowing others is wisdom, knowing yourself is enlightenment.” – Lao Tzu

“Nirvana or lasting enlightenment or true spiritual growth can be achieved only through persistant excercise of real love.” – M. Scott Peck

“What is enlightenment? It is complete and total non-attachment to one’s own thoughts. And in the absence of attachments to one’s own thoughts, all that is present is love.” – Teal Scott

“Enlightenment, or true happiness, is not a transcendental state. It is a condition of braod wisdom, boundless energy,a nd good fortune wherein we each shape our own destiny, find fulfillment in daily activities, and come to understand our ultimate purpose in life.” – Josei Toda

“No one saves us by but ourselves.” – Buddha

“Make no mistakes about it – enlightenment is a destructive process. It has nothing to do with becoming better or being happier. Enlightenment is the crumbling away of the untruth. It’s seeing through the facade of pretense. It’s the complete eradication of everything we imagined to be true.” – Adyashanti

“If I could define enlightenment briefly, I would say it is the quite acceptance of what is.” – Wayne Dyer

“People only see what they are prepared to see.” – Ralph Waldo Emerson

“Enlightenment is not a change into something better or more, but a simple recognition of who we truly already are.” – Anonymous

“If we look at the path, we do not see the sky. We are earth people on a spiritual journey to the stars. Our quest, our earth walk, is to look within, to know who we are, to see that we are connected to all things, that there is no separation, only in the mind.” Native American

“There are many paths to enlightenment.” – Anonymous

“Ignorance has always been the weapon of tyrants; enlightenment the salvation of the free. – Bill Richardson

“Enlightenment is man’s emergence from his self-incurred immaturity.” – Immanuel Kant

On the pathway that leads to enlightenment, only your heart can tell you whar is right.” – Frederick Lenz

“Enlightenment, joy, and peace can never be given to you by another. The well is inside you.” – Thich Nhat Hanh

“The greatest illusion in this world is the illusion of separation.” – Anonymous

“The real meaning of enlightenment is to gaze with undimmed eyes on all darkness.” – Kazant Zakis

“Enlightenment is any experience of expanding our consciousness beyond its present limits. We could also say that perfect enlightenment is realizing that we have no limits at all, and that the entire universe is alive.” – Thaddeus Golas

“Enlightenment is the journey from the head back to the heart, from words back to silence.” – Jack Brocas

“One does not become enlightened by imagining figures of light, but by making the darkness conscious.” – Carl Jung

“So the single most vital step on your journey toward enlightenment is this: learn to disidentify from your mind.” – Eckhart Tolle

“Someone who wants to attain enlightenment must be brave. He must rush into the crowd of enemies with a dagger. In the practice of Zen, enemies are our delusive thoughts and passions.” – Koun Yamada

“The ego tries to convince us that we must do things to achieve enlightenment. The spirit knows that enlightenment is not a matter of doing, but a magnificent consequence of being.” – Dean Jackson

“The moment of enlightenment is when a person’s dreams of possibilities become images of probabilities.” – Vic Braden


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