From all spiritual traditions we are told that that which we are seeking will not be found in the outer world, rather we need to look inside.
Everything in the Universe is within you.
There's something within you that knows what to do.
There is a power greater than you
that knows how to take care of you without your help.
All you've got to do is to surrender to it.
Surrender your thoughts, your mind, your ego,
to the current that knows the way.
It will take care of you.
It will take better care of you than you can ever imagine.
~ Robert Adams
The love that you search for everywhere is already present within you.
It may be evoked by any number of people or events.
But finally, you must realize you are this love.
The source of all love is within you.
Your true nature is something never lost to you,
even in moments of delusion,
nor is it gained at the moment of enlightenment.
It is the nature of your own mind,
the source of all things,
your original luminous brilliance.
You, the richest person in the world,
have been going around laboring and begging,
when all the while the treasure you seek is within you.
It is who you are.
~ Huang Po
We can be aware of our Source of Being. The illusions of the mind may hold our love for a time, but to love Love itself, we must turn within. The soul's longing for its true Home is the guide to finding this Love. Follow the lover of the Beloved back upstream to your Source.
~ St. John of the Cross
You have to ask yourself the question ‘Who am I?’
This investigation will lead in the end to the discovery
of something within you which is behind the mind.
Solve that great problem and you will solve all other problems.
~ Ramana Maharshi
There is a mystery within all beings bursting to reveal itself, in the ones who become quiet enough to discover it. In this discovery a benevolent force shines spontaneously from your presence towards all beings, and this light cannot help but illuminate the world.
There is love in this world, and it lives within us as who we really are, not who we think we are.
~ Krishna Das
Meditation was invented as a way for the soul to venture inward, there ultimately to find supreme identity with Godhead. Whatever else it does, and it does many beneficial things, meditation is first and foremost a search for the God within.
~ Ken Wilber
When you meditate long...the glory of the Divine shines forth. You realize then that all along there was something tremendous within you, and you did not know it.
~ Paramahansa Yogananda
You are the world.
~ Jiddu Krishnamurti
Bliss is Within. That you are.
Truth is Within. That you are.
Beauty is Within. That you are.
Love is Within. That you are.
This is addressing to your own Self.
Unless you question, you can never learn. Let not the false sense of propriety or fear of blasphemy deter you from questioning the why and wherefore of your being. The answer to these questions will lead you to perfection.
Do not expect the living saints to answer these questions for you. If they do give answers at all, they are of no avail to you. The answer must come from within your own self.
~ Meher Baba
Despite all of our limitations, it is simply the truth that freedom and peace, love and joy, wisdom and truth, in their highest capacity, are awaiting within the heart of every being to be remembered, embraced, embodied and celebrated.
The teachings on love given by the Buddha are clear, scientific, and applicable… Love, compassion, joy, and equanimity are the very nature of an enlightened person. They are the four aspects of true love within ourselves and within everyone and everything.
~ Thich Nhat Hanh
Deep within us all, there lies an inner teacher, a mystical bridge to reality, an echo of Boundless reality, which contains the memory of our holiness. Calling upon help from any aspect of awakened consciousness is a way of activating this memory – and any aspect that we personally relate to will work in this regard…….whether this for us is the Buddha, Jesus, Tara, Ramana Maharshi, a teacher or guide in whose presence we experience something of God. In truth, there is no separation, and so these beings, these manifestations of boundless awareness are not bound by time, form or space; thus we are not actually separate from them. The ground of their being is the very same ground as our own.
~ Miranda Macpherson
Whether we are aware of it or not, the real purpose of life is to realize the divinity within.
Can we agree that
Madness is little more than
The searching outside for what
Can only be found within?
To change the face in the mirror,
One doesn’t change the mirror.
~ Wu Hsin
That is the real spiritual awakening, when something emerges from within you that is deeper than who you thought you were. So, the person is still there, but one could almost say that something more powerful shines through the person.
~ Eckhart Tolle
Do not follow the ideas of others, but learn to listen to the voice within yourself. Your body and mind will become clear and you will realize the unity of all things.
What lies behind us and what lies before us are tiny matters
compared to what lies within us.
~ Ralph Waldo Emerson
Teachers who have traveled farther along the path can offer you guidance, but only by looking within can you discover and live from the depth of your own inherent capacity for wisdom and love.
~ Loch Kelly
All that you behold, though it appears without,
it is within, in your imagination,
of which this world of mortality is but a shadow.
~ William Blake
One who has become enamored with the song within, one who is united with the inner universal pulse, such a one has become immune to the buffeting of the storms of circumstance without.
~ Ramesh Balsekar