Here are some beautiful spiritual quotes about the journey inward. May they guide you on the blessed though sometimes arduous way…

Rebeccas-mica-butterfly-wingsThe beauties of the highest heavens and the marvels of the most sublime realms are all within the heart; this is where the perfectly open and aware spirit concentrates.” – The Secret of the Golden Flower: The Classic Chinese Book of Life

“Perhaps the dragons in our lives are really princesses who are waiting to see us act, just once with beauty, courage. Perhaps everything that frightens us is, in its deepest essence, something helpless that wants our love.” – Rilke
“The real sunrise is in the sky of the heart. This is the most excellent sunrise.” – Nityananda

“The effulgent Self, who is beyond thought, shines in the greatest, shines in the smallest, shines in the farthest, shines in the nearest, shines in the secret chamber of the heart.” – Mundaka Upanishad

“One of the trickiest things about your dream is that you never know what it will become as it emerges into the world of form. You only know the feeling that it stirs deep inside your heart.” – Richard Rudd, Gene Keys

“I thank thee O Father, because thou hast hid these things from the wise and prudent, and hast revealed them unto babes.” – St. Matthew

“Do you think it’s easy to change? Alas, it is very hard to change and be different. It means passing through the waters of oblivion.” – D. H. Lawrence, from the poem “Change”

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

Flower-of-Life-Haramein“In order for the light to shine so brightly, the darkness must be present.” – Francis Bacon (1561)

“The eternal stars shine out as soon as it is dark enough.” – Thomas Carlyle (1795)

“Humility like darkness reveals the heavenly lights.” – Henry David Thoreau (1817)

“In a Dark time, the Eye Begins to See.” – Theodore Roethke (1908)

“And it is in this darkness, when there is nothing left in us that can please or comfort our own minds, when we seem to be useless and worthy of all contempt, when we seem to have failed, when we seem to be destroyed and devoured, it is then that the deep and secret selfishness that is too close to us for us to identify is stripped away from our souls. It is in this darkness that we find liberty. It is in this abandonment that we are made strong. This is the night which empties us and makes us pure.” – Thomas Merton (1915)

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