Spiritual Wisdom quotes from Adyashanti: on enlightenment, truth, love, grace, etc.



  • “Enlightenment is a destructive process. It
    has nothing to do with becoming better or being happier. Enlightenment is the
    crumbling away of untruth. It’s seeing
    through the facade of pretence. It’s the
    complete eradication of everything we
    imagined to be true.” 

  • “The truth is that you already are what you are seeking.”

  • “All that is necessary to awaken to yourself as the radiant emptiness of spirit is to stop seeking something more or better or different, and to turn your attention inward to the awake silence that you are.” 

  • “When someone tells you, “I love you,” and then you feel, “Oh, I must be worthy after all,” that’s an illusion. That’s not true. Or someone says, “I hate you,” and you think, “Oh, God, I knew it; I’m not very worthy,” that’s not true either. Neither one of these thoughts hold any intrinsic reality. They are an overlay. When someone says, “I love you,” he is telling you about himself, not you. When someone says, “I hate you,” she is telling you about herself, not you. World views are self views—literally” 

  • “My speaking is meant to shake you awake, not to tell you how to dream better.”
    Adyashanti, Emptiness Dancing

  • “Love is a flame that burns everything other than itself. It is the destruction of all that is false and the fulfillment of all that is true.” 

  • “The important thing is allowing the whole world to wake up. Part of allowing the whole world to wake up is recognizing that the whole world is free—everybody is free to be as they are. Until the whole world is free to agree with you or disagree with you, until you have given the freedom to everyone to like you or not like you, to love you or hate you, to see things as you see them or to see things differently—until you have given the whole world its freedom—you’ll never have your freedom.”
    Adyashanti, The End of Your World: Uncensored Straight Talk on the Nature of Enlightenment

  • “When you get out of the driver’s seat, you find that life can drive itself, that actually life has always been driving itself. When you get out of the driver’s seat, it can drive itself so much easier—it can flow in ways you never imagined. Life becomes almost magical. The illusion of the “me” is no longer in the way. Life begins to flow, and you never know where it will take you.”
    Adyashanti, The End of Your World: Uncensored Straight Talk on the Nature of Enlightenment

  • “Because of an innocent misunderstanding you think that you are a human being in the relative world seeking the experience of oneness, but actually you are the One expressing itself as the experience of being a human being.” 

  • “We end up putting so much attention onto our image that we remain in a continuous state of protecting or improving our image in order to control how others see us.”
    Adyashanti, Falling Into Grace

  • “Beyond even any teaching, though, the aspect of spiritual life that is the most profound is the element of grace. Grace is something that comes to us when we somehow find ourselves completely available, when we become openhearted and open-minded, and are willing to entertain the possibility that we may not know what we think we know. In this gap of not knowing, in the suspension of any conclusion, a whole other element of life and reality can rush in. This is what I call grace. It’s that moment of “ah-ha!”—a moment of recognition when we realize something that previously we never could quite imagine.”

    Adyashanti, Falling Into Grace

  • “When we see the world through our thoughts, we stop experiencing life as it really is and others as they really are. When I have a thought about you, that’s something I’ve created. I’ve turned you into an idea. In a certain sense, if I have an idea about you that I believe, I’ve degraded you. I’ve made you into something very small. This is the way of human beings, this is what we do to each other.”

  • “Through the whole trajectory from birth to childhood to adolescence and then into adulthood, we change so much, not only physically but also emotionally and intellectually, yet something remains unchanged. That sense of something unchanged is the eternal spark within. At the beginning it may be felt as a very subtle, almost incomprehensible intuition, but when we bring our full attention to that felt intuition of what’s the same throughout our whole lives, then that little seed of divine radiance can begin to reveal itself, can begin to shine brighter and brighter in our lives.”

  • “One of my favorite definitions of enlightenment comes from a Jesuit priest named Anthony de Mello, who passed away some years ago. Someone asked him to define his experience of enlightenment. He said, “Enlightenment is absolute cooperation with the inevitable.” I love that, because it defines enlightenment not just as a realization, but as an activity. Enlightenment is when everything within us is in cooperation with the flow of life itself, with the inevitable.”


  • “the notion that we are separate is not really true; it’s all made up. It’s all conjured up in our mind. It’s one big dream that we have. The difficulty with this dream is that almost everybody around us is having the same dream. It’s essentially the collective dream of humanity. So it’s not just you or me that’s dreaming; almost all human beings are also having this dream of being separate, of being completely other than the world around them. What this means is that we really have to look within ourselves quite deeply, because we’re not only looking beyond our own deluded mind, our own misunderstanding; we’re looking beyond the delusion of the entirety of humanity.” ― Adyashanti, Falling Into Grace

  • “Everything, in its way, is a gift—even the painful things. In reality, all of life—every moment, every experience—is an expression of spirit.”
    Adyashanti, Falling Into Grace


  • “When our minds start to open, we’re no longer in a constant state of evaluation and judgment. Naturally, then, our senses open—and we can really see what is before us. Our eyes open in a different way, our hearing opens in a different way, our emotions open, our hearts open to all of existence. We see how judging and condemning actually close our hearts and harden us to our experience of life and others.” ― Adyashanti, Falling Into Grace



7 Comments Add yours

  1. Royfanthome says:

    Thanks for sharing valuable insights into the dilemma of enlightenment awakening, and spirituality. But, is “Self”, to be the subject/ object of our search – passively, or, actively? Is the result more dreaming, or a false reality?

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    1. That’s a profound wise question dear Roy… I guess that when we open our hearts and become purely aware, (without our thoughts judging and evaluating), our individual perspective of a drop of consciousness expands into the ocean of Divine unlimited consciousness?…

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  2. Amira words of wisdom and truth from a great spiritual motivator, Adyashanti. I listen to him almost daily on YouTube. Thanks for the profound thoughts

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    1. I am so glad to hear that dear Kamal! His wisdom is reflected in his highly spiritual words of inspiration ❤

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      1. Yes so true and a great person to listen to words of wisdom.

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  3. Such inspiration here and so much to ponder. This post was a as beautiful a collection as I have ever read-thank you.

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    1. Oh wow Michele! I am so glad to hear your words and to know you have found inspiration through these quotes 🙂 ❤

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