“Self-observation is only possible after acquiring attention.”
“Be present at every breath. Do not let your attention wander for the duration of a single breath.”
– Gujduvani (12th c. Sufi master)
“Consciousness is the part of a person that can grow into something more. When it becomes continuous for him, then he rises up to another, higher and subtler state. He never ceases to rise higher.”
“They ascended higher and higher in the divine life, and lived in the enjoyment of the Beatific Vision being filled with that interior peace and tranquillity known and experienced only by those who understand the mysteries of the higher and divine life.”
”Every Man’s True Teacher is His Own Higher Self, and When The Life is Brought Under The Control of Reason, This Higher Self is Released From Bondage to Appetites, and Impulses, and Becomes Priest, Sage, and Illuminator.”
“Matter is fluid and flows like a stream, constantly changing from one thing to another.
Know ye that which is formed is truly formless, having form only to thine eyes.
Not as man am I for free have I become of dimensions and planes.
In each, take I on a new body.
In each, I change in my form.
Know I now that the formless is all there is of form.”
“The universe is one being. Everything and everyone is interconnected through an invisible web of stories. Whether we are aware of it or not, we are all in a silent conversation. Do no harm. Practice compassion. And do not gossip behind anyone’s back – not even a seemingly innocent remark! The words that come out of our mouths do not vanish but are perpetually stored in infinite space and they will come back to us in due time. One man’s pain will hurt us all. One man’s joy will make everyone smile.“
“God created man in his own image”, says the Book of Genesis. This “divine image” can be found on all levels, and is the hallmark of a cosmos.”
“Alchemists recognise their art as a sacred science that unveils the secrets of nature leading the sincere seeker to union with the Divine. This Union is achieved through preparing the Philosopher’s Stone, which is said both to transmute base metals into gold and to be the Elixir of Immortality. A clue to the nature of the stone can be found in one of its alternative names: Azoth, from the Arabic al-zā’būq (اَلزَّاوُوق), meaning Quicksilver or Essence. Alchemists believe that there is an inner essence in humans that has been lost since the Fall, symbolised by the expulsion of Adam and Eve from the Garden of Eden. To discover this essence, free it from its bonds, and purify it is the Great Work of the alchemist.”
~ Francis Melville: The Secrets of High Magic