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Powerful Spiritual Quotes of Wisdom & Inspiring Words of Encouragement

The powerful spiritual quotes and inspiring words of spiritual encouragement on this page make up a true treasure of deep, invaluable universal wisdom.

The spiritual sayings and messages on this page come some of most enlightened spiritual people that in each of their way have found out what life is about and how to best go about living it.

On this page you will, among other things find: Shakti Gawain quotes, Buddha quotes, Wayne Dyer quotes, Byron Katie quotes, Dalai Lama quotes, Gangaji quotes, Eckhart Tolle quotes and many, many more inspirational quotes.

Let's start with some quotes about life and about getting what you want out of it.


Getting What You Can out of Life

Sunset by the sea and a starfish washed ashore.

The way you choose to live your life is a choice. It may not feel like it, but it is.

Yes, you're right, different circumstances out of your control may happen to you. But you, and only you, choose how you experience it.

And your approach to your experience is what makes the glass seem either half empty or half full.

Which one it is your choice!

The spiritual quotes and inspiring words below actually speak about the power of choice; The power of choosing the quality and taste of your experience.

And it may seem difficult, even intimidating that your experience is all up to you. But you could also choose to turn it around and look at it as empowerment, that you can choose exactly what you want.

Which way you choose to look at is, again, up to you and which choice you choose :-)

Enough talk for now, let's leave the scene to some great words of spiritual encouragement:

The first step to getting the things you want out of life is this: Decide what you want.
~ Ben Stein ~

Everything you can imagine is real.
~ Pablo Picasso ~

There are only two ways to live your life. One is as though nothing is a miracle. The other is as though everything is a miracle.
~ Albert Einstein ~

Yes, good old Albert Einstein could much more than just abstract thinking with numbers and equations.

Albert Einstein is also famous for his spiritual quotes about life and how to approach living.

In the Albert Einstein quote above he really hits the nail on the head with the message that you choose how to experience life.

And thinking of everything as a miracle makes life incredibly rich and meaningful. Knowing that you have this choice makes it almost ridiculous not to choose to look at the world in that way!

Here are more words of spiritual encouragement:

I have a simple philosophy: Fill what's empty. Empty what's full. Scratch where it itches.
~ Alice Roosevelt Longworth ~

Laugh at yourself and at life. Not in the spirit of derision or whining self-pity, but as a remedy, a miracle drug, that will ease your pain, cure your depression, and help you to put in perspective that seemingly terrible defeat and worry with laughter at your predicaments, thus freeing your mind to think clearly toward the solution that is certain to come. Never take yourself too seriously.
~ Og Mandino ~


Now Is All There Is - So Live ... Now ... Powerful Words of Spiritual Encouragement

Seize the NOW: Picture of golden grain or corn.

We humans are seemingly very good at not living in the Now. Sounds absurd doesn't it but it's true.

Rather than enjoying the moment, we tend to either escape into past indulging in feelings of regret, sorrow or perhaps nostalgia or into the future with worry, stress or fear.

Staying present in the Now and is actually very, very difficult because we find it almost impossible to turn off our thinking or inner chatterbox.

But when we manage to turn it off, even just for a moment, we can feel the peace that lies in the Now.

Here are some inspirational life quotes quotes on enjoying the moment:

Everything is passing … enjoy its momentariness.
~ Mooji ~

If Life has no interest in the past, why should you?
~ Michael Jeffreys ~

Turning off your mind doesn't mean that you should be angry with and try to avoid mental activities.

Your mind is a gift and it's incredibly powerful. For instance it's really good at problem solving and generating ideas etc. which is wonderful.

Your mind is just not very good at living.

So when you want to fully experience something, turn of your mind, jump out of your thoughts and take in what comes to you!

Here are some inspiring words and spiritual sayings about switching off your mind:

You will never be happy if you continue to search for what happiness consists of. You will never live if you are looking for the meaning of life.
~ Albert Camus ~

Reality can only be seen in the absence of thought and belief.
~ Scott Kiloby ~

Happiness is a direct experience arising from your innate nature. The origin of happiness rests completely outside the perimeters of your mind.
~ Jac O'keeffe ~

There is nothing more important to true growth than realizing that you are not the voice of the mind – you are the one who hears it.
~ Michael A. Singer ~


The Way you see the World Reflect the Way You Feel

Blue mountain scenery.

Labels, judgments and evaluations are not objective truths even though they may seem like it.

No, they are not a 'true' picture of the world.

Typically they are nothing more than a result of someone's feelings. More often than that, a person's negative judgement of someone else is most often an unconscious reflection of how this person feels about himself or herself.

So if someone looks upon the world and tend to consistently label people as stupid, greedy or selfish, then most likely these are unresolved issues this person has with himself or herself.

Here are some spiritual quotes and inspiring words about what you can call 'the mirror effect' of life:

Seeing is not believing. Believing is seeing! You see things, not as they are, but as you are.
~ Eric Butterworth ~

Life is just a mirror, and what you see out there, you must first see inside of you.
~ Spiritual Quotes about Life ~

We don't see things as they are, we see them as we are.
~ Anaïs Nin ~

Peace in ourselves, peace in the world.
~ Thich Nhat Hanh ~


Words of Spiritual Encouragement:
Opening up to Love

Love symbolism: Field of red tulips.

Love is always there. Love is everywhere. Always!

This is good news, isn't it?

But why don't we feel it all the time then?

Well, because we have chosen not to. Sorry, being provocative now, I know!

If we have chosen the experience that life is painful and full of suffering and worry, then we have effectively shut out love and cannot feel it.

You see, feeling love is only, and I mean only, a matter of opening up. Or you could say, surrendering to life.

I know it's much easier said than done. But it's the simple truth none the less :-)

Here are some wonderful spiritual quotes and spiritual sayings on love:

With a closed mind and heart, the light cannot enter.
~ Shelby Taylor Weaver ~

Surrender. Let silence have you. And if you find you are still swimming on the surface of the ocean, let go and sink into the depths of love.
~ Kar Kirpa Sahib ~

Your task is not to seek for love, but merely to seek and find all the barriers within yourself that you have built against it.
~ Rumi ~

The truth you believe and cling to makes you unavailable to hear anything new.
~ Pema Chodrun ~




Inspiring Words on Allowing Yourself to Be Who You Are and Living out Your Full Potential

Reaching full potential: Small tree in spring with white flowers.

We all come to this world with our own unique gifts and potential just waiting to be lived out.

But what happens? Why don't we all just 'self actualize'?

Well, there are probably as many specific reasons as there are people.

But one of the most common hindrances to full growth is fear. And fear takes so many forms so that we often don't recognize it as fear.

Fear is often seen in certain beliefs such as, if I do this: I will not be loved, I will be rejected, I will fail, I will be humiliated, I will be ruined, I will be alone, I will be wrong, I will lose, I will lose myself, I will seem stupid, I will be trapped, I will be deceived etc. etc.

When you really want to do something and something holds you back, try and see if you can spot the fear behind it.

Fear is nothing more than fear. Fear tries to look out for you. But at the same time fear is also limiting you. Remember that!

Here are some inspirational life quotes and spiritual quotes about living out your full potential:

When you don't recognize your full potential you don't allow the universe to give you your divine gifts. Your soul yearns to realize its full potential. Only YOU can allow this to happen.
~ Debbie Ford ~

Accept everything about yourself. I mean everything. You are you, and that is the beginning and the end; No apologies, no regrets.
~ Clark Montanas ~

And as we let our own light shine, we unconsciously give other people permission to do the same.
~ Nelson Mandela ~

Bring into play the almighty power within you, so that on the stage of life you can fulfill your high destined role.
~ Paramahansa Yogananda ~

Many of us are frightened to look within ourselves, and fear has us put up walls so thick we no longer remember who we really are.
~ Debbie Ford ~

Let's leave the scene for some spiritual quotes by Shakti Gawain.


Shakti Gawain Quotes
- The Power of Intuition

Spiritual quotes: photo of Shakti Gawain CD

Shakti Gawain is a powerful teacher of personal development and a guide in consciousness. (The name Shakti is derived from the female part of Shiva.)

Shakti Gawain is dedicated to helping people raise their level of awareness by teaching them how to get in contact with their own inner resources and thereby use their intuitive knowledge and instinct in their lives.

Here are some great Shakti Gawain quotes and spiritual quotes:

Every time you don't follow your inner guidance, you feel a loss of energy, loss of power, a sense of spiritual deadness.
~ Shakti Gawain ~

We will discover the nature of our particular genius when we stop trying to conform to our own or to other peoples' models, learn to be ourselves, and allow our natural channel to open.
~ Shakti Gawain ~

When I'm trusting and being myself... everything in my life reflects this by falling into place easily, often miraculously.
~ Shakti Gawain ~

What I am actually saying is that we need to be willing to let our intuition guide us, and then be willing to follow that guidance directly and fearlessly.
~ Shakti Gawain ~

As you can see in the above Shakti Gawain quotes, Shakti Gawain is very passionate about the power of intuition and intuitive living.

All the time society and norms will try to make us do things we actually don't feel like doing.

And if we have stopped listening to our intuition, then we feel there are no alternatives.

But there are!

It's just a question of trying to re-find that little, but powerful voice of intuition that knows better than our mind.

Here are some more Shakti Gawain quotes, spiritual quotes and words of spiritual encouragement:

We don't have in our culture a healthy understanding and respect for the value of Being, which is simply being present in the moment, not trying to go somewhere, not trying to accomplish anything but, just present.
~ Shakti Gawain ~

Every moment of your life is infinitely creative and the universe is endlessly bountiful. Just put forth a clear enough request, and everything your heart desires must come to you.
~ Shakti Gawain ~


Buddha Quotes

Buddha teachings are one of the oldest sources of spiritual wisdom. In fact Buddha means "the enlightened one" or "awakened one".

Buddha is believed to have lived somewhere between 563 to 483 BC.

Here are some spiritual quotes believed to be spoken by Buddha:

Just as a candle cannot burn without fire, men cannot live without a spiritual life.
~ Buddha ~

Do not dwell in the past, do not dream of the future, concentrate the mind on the present moment.
~ Buddha ~

There is no way to happiness, happiness is the way.
~ Buddha ~

This is so easy to forget. All time we try to acquire things or people in the belief that it will make us happy.

But true happiness doesn't come from the outside. It's a Beingness we need to chose to step into as Buddha implies.

Here are some more Buddha quotes and spiritual quotes:

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 ~

You yourself, as much as anybody in the entire universe, deserve your love and affection.
~ Buddha ~

Peace comes from within. Do not seek it without.
~ Buddha ~

Let's now move on to some spiritual quotes by Wayne Dyer.


Wayne Dyer Quotes
- Inspirational Life Quotes about the Power of Positive Intention

Portrait of Wayne Dyer.

Wayne Dyer, also called "the father of motivation" is a famous personal development speaker and self improvement author.

Wayne Dyer is a firm believer of the law of attraction and the power of intention. That you can attract the experiences that you want and that clear intention and purpose will get you where you want to be.

The power of positive thinking and a strong will to be his own life creator (rather than just a powerless victim) has carried Wayne Dyer out of a challenging childhood with orphanages into a world of opportunities.

Here are some great Wayne Dyer quotes, spiritual quotes and inspiring words:

When you judge another, you do not define them, you define yourself.
~ Wayne Dyer ~

Abundance is not something we acquire. It is something we tune into.
~ Wayne Dyer ~

Everything you are against weakens you. Everything you are for empowers you.
~ Wayne Dyer ~

Yes, have you noticed what happens when you are against something, or rejects something or refuse to accept reality?

You get weak! Perhaps even ill!

Accepting what is, no matter what it is, will empower you because you're not fighting. You're opening up! And opening is always empowering.

Here are some more Wayne Dyer quotes and spiritual quotes:

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

Simply put, you believe that things or people make you unhappy, but this is not accurate. You make yourself unhappy.
~ Wayne Dyer ~


Gangaji Quotes
- Inner Peace

Portrait of Gangaji

Gangaji (Antoinette Varner) is a spiritual teacher and author dedicated to helping people discover the truth about who they really are and help them on their journey of self-realization.

One of her important messages is that the truth of who you are is already there, you just need to stop looking for it outside of yourself and tune in to the peace that is inside of you.

Here are some wonderful Gangaji quotes and spiritual quotes:

Recognize, you ARE Home. Not, you are ‘at home’… you ARE Home. Not, you have ‘come home’… you ARE Home. You are that which IS Home.
~ Gangaji ~

Be still. it takes no effort to be still; it is utterly simple. When your mind is still, you have no name, you have no past, you have no relationships, you have no country, you have no spiritual attainment, you have no lack of spiritual attainment. There is just the presence of beingness with itself.
~ Gangaji ~

Who you are, in truth, who everyone is, is whole and perfect and beautiful. And if that can be recognized, then it is possible that self-torture can stop!
~ Gangaji ~

When you have accepted yourself and others fully, then you will experience a deep satisfaction and a blessed sense of peace.

Really, 'only' full acceptance of what is, is what it takes to really find yourself.

Here are some more Gangaji quotes, spiritual quotes and words of spiritual encouragement:

To be truly happy you must recognize who you are with nothing.
~ Gangaji ~

There's great release, really, in not seeing into the future.
~ Gangaji ~

If you are willing to experience anything directly and immediately, whether good or bad, joyous or hateful, you will recognize that what you are running from does not exist, and what you are running toward is already here.
~ Gangaji ~

Need nothing and then see what happens.
~ Gangaji ~


Byron Katie Quotes
- About Beliefs

Photo of Byron Katie.

Byron Katie is most famous for her personal development method "The Work".

"The Work" is a process of self questioning, identifying your limiting beliefs, questioning their validity and consequently realizing that they are not true.

"The Work" aims at dissolving belief and thought systems characterized by fear and suffering.

Here are some Byron Katie quotes, spiritual quotes and inspiring words:

Life is simple. Everything happens for you, not to you. Everything happens at exactly the right moment, neither too soon nor too late. You don't have to like it... it's just easier if you do.
~ Byron Katie ~

Do you want to meet the love of your life? Look in the mirror.
~ Byron Katie ~

It's not your job to like me. It's mine.
~ Byron Katie ~

You move totally away from reality when you believe that there is a legitimate reason to suffer.
~ Byron Katie ~

Yes, when you have convinced yourself that your fear is real and that suffering is inevitable then you can be most certain that your are not present in the Now. You exist in your thoughts.

Because the now without your thoughts is peaceful and painfree.

Here are some more Byron Katie quotes and words of spiritual encouragement:

If I say, if I talk about, 'I want to be enlightened...' it implies a future. And there isn't any.
~ Byron Katie ~

By questioning your mind, you begin to realize that ultimately no one can hurt you. Only you can. You see that you are 100% responsible for your own happiness. This is very good news.
~ Byron Katie ~

You don't get to vote on what is. Have you noticed?
~ Byron Katie ~

Let's move on to some spiritual quotes by Dalai Lama.


Dalai Lama Quotes

Photo of Dalai Lama

Tenzin Gyatso is the 14th Dalai Lama and is, among other things, known for his strong belief that human compassion is the primary source of a happy, fulfilled life.

His long term fight for peace and personal freedom has made him the receiver of nothing less than the Nobel Peace Prize in 1989.

Here are some Dalai Lama quotes and spiritual quotes:

Pain is inevitable. Suffering is optional.
~ Dalai Lama ~

Remember that not getting what you want is sometimes a wonderful stroke of luck.
~ Dalai Lama ~

We can never obtain peace in the outer world until we make peace with ourselves.
~ Dalai Lama ~

If we are not at inner peace when we try to help others, then most often our efforts will be guided by unfulfilled personal needs.

E.g. we need peace in the world because we feel the world is unjust (most likely we feel need to get justice for ourselves).

Or we want peace because we feel we need to help people (often this need is there because we feel someone needs to help us).

So in order to really help the world, the best we can do is to do it from a place of pure peace and high awareness.

Here are some more Dalai Lama quotes and spiritual quotes:

Open your arms to change, but don't let go of your values.
~ Dalai Lama ~

If you have fear of some pain or suffering, you should examine whether there is anything you can do about it. If you can, there is no need to worry about it; if you cannot do anything, then there is also no need to worry.
~ Dalai Lama ~

If you don't love yourself, you cannot love others. You will not be able to love others. If you have no compassion for yourself then you are not able of developing compassion for others.
~ Dalai Lama ~

Let's move on to some spiritual quotes by Eckhart Tolle.




Eckhart Tolle Quotes
- The Power of Now

The book by Eckhart Tolle: Practicing Presence

Eckhart Tolle is one of the most influential modern teachers of spirituality.

For most of his life Eckhart Tolle has been struggling with depression which seemed to get only worse and worse until it culminated one night when he was 29 years old.

In the middle of the night he work up and had the following inner conversation:

I couldn't live with myself any longer. And in this a question arose without an answer: who is the 'I' that cannot live with the self? What is the self? I felt drawn into a void. I didn’t know at the time that what really happened was the mind-made self, with its heaviness, its problems, that lives between the unsatisfying past and the fearful future, collapsed. It dissolved. The next morning I woke up and everything was so peaceful. The peace was there because there was no self. Just a sense of presence or "beingness," just observing and watching.

This was the beginning of his inner transformation which was started by what can be called ego death - or the death of the authority of fearful self.

Eckhart Tolle has a very powerful mental mind but that was also his downfall.

He has now learnt that the Power of Now is the real power. The ability to stop thinking, worrying and judging and just being in stillness equals peace and happiness.

Here are some Eckhart Tolle quotes that are also spiritual quotes:

Not to be able to stop thinking is a dreadful affliction, but we don't realize this because almost everyone is suffering from it, so it is considered normal. This incessant mental noise prevents you from finding that realm of inner stillness that is inseparable from Being.
~ Eckhart Tolle ~

Life will give you whatever experience is most helpful for the evolution of your consciousness. How do you know this is the experience you need? Because this is the experience you are having at the moment.
~ Eckhart Tolle ~

The primary cause of unhappiness is never the situation but your thoughts about it.
~ Eckhart Tolle ~

Yes, a situation in itself is never good or bad.

Good or bad is something you decide it is. It's a judgment made by your thoughts and belief system.

Not being a slave of labels such as good and bad is difficult but incredibly liberating.

Here are some more Eckhart Tolle quotes and spiritual quotes:

Sometimes letting things go is an act of far greater power than defending or hanging on.
~ Eckhart Tolle ~

Being spiritual has nothing to do with what you believe and everything to do with your state of consciousness.
~ Eckhart Tolle ~

All true artists, whether they know it or not, create from a place of no-mind, from inner stillness.
~ Eckhart Tolle ~

Accept - then act. Whatever the present moment contains, accept it as if you had chosen it. Always work with it, not against it.
~ Eckhart Tolle ~

Yes, working with life rather than against life a very delicate art form.

When you feel things or people are not going your way, it's very tempting to try and fight them or deny them.

However, if one could instead accept the people or accept the state of affairs then one has empowered oneself to make the best of what is.

A feeling which is much more pleasurable than one of disempowerment or denial.

Here are the two last Eckhart Tolle quotes and words of spiritual encouragement:

You cannot be both unhappy and fully present in the Now.
~ Eckhart Tolle ~

Always say “yes” to the present moment. What could be more futile, more insane, than to create inner resistance to what already is? What could be more insane than to oppose life itself, which is now and always now? Surrender to what is. Say “yes” to life — and see how life suddenly starts working for you rather than against you.
~ Eckhart Tolle ~

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