Jumping right into my list of all-time favorite spiritual quotes. No further introduction needed!
#1 – When you know better, do better.
By Maya Angelou.
We often hold a tendency to accuse ourselves and others, “why would you do that, of course, you know better than that!”. But the truth is, if we really, truly knew better, we’d do it.
For example, we all know we should go to the gym, eat healthily, be honest, etc. But not all of us can live up to even these simple understandings. Why? Because they haven’t truly integrated into our being!
Once we have understood them at our core, it just becomes second nature. So the next time you or someone makes a mistake, let this be a reminder – if they knew better, they’d do better.
#2 – You wanna come with your cup full. What comes out of the cup is for y’all, what’s in the cup is mine.
By Iyanla Vanzant, this is one of the most unconventional spiritual quotes. We’ve all been taught to keep loving and caring for others unconditionally. We’ve been taught to put others first.
But it makes complete sense – how can we be of service to others if we keep serving ourselves last (and thus, exhausting ourselves)? Self-love explained in the finest way!
Read More: 7 Daily Rituals for Self-Love
#3 – Let there be spaces in your togetherness.
Kahlil Gibran was ahead of his time in teaching us about healthy boundaries and interdependence in relationships. His book, The Prophet is a gold mine of spiritual quotes! But I’ll share the ones that really hit home.
Whenever I find myself clinging to my husband and taking away from his personal time, this simple poem rings in my head like a reality check.
Let there be spaces in your togetherness,
And let the winds of the heavens dance between you.
Love one another but make not a bond of love:
Let it rather be a moving sea between the shores of your souls.
Fill each other’s cup but drink not from one cup.
Give one another of your bread but eat not from the same loaf.
Sing and dance together and be joyous,
but let each one of you be alone,
Even as the strings of a lute are alone though they quiver with the same music.
Give your hearts, but not into each other’s keeping.
For only the hand of Life can contain your hearts.
And stand together, yet not too near together:
For the pillars of the temple stand apart,
And the oak tree and the cypress grow not in each other’s shadow.
While this quote pertains to romantic love in his book, The Prophet, it really extends to every relation.
#4 – You start where you left off.
This was an insight on suicide, provided by a spiritual teacher that communicates with Angels, and the deceased ones, Rebecca Rosen. It might seem out of place to some of the readers, but her work is extensive and has brought tremendous help to countless people.
With the growing number of suicide cases, I approach this heartbreaking subject with a gentle reminder that many books also provide evidence of.
We don’t really escape, we just come back here again and again, redoing all the ABCs, toddler walks, teenage dating, and more before we, once again, get the opportunity to deal with our life’s challenges.
Thus, the only way out of this, is through this, as the saying also goes.
#5 – Nobody should be anyone’s teacher for more than a few months.
By Dr. Brian Weiss, though this is lesser known amongst his other spiritual quotes, was what empowered me.
Every guru I meet may only walk a certain distance with me. The real guru lies within all of us, and within me too. It has thus helped me to never ‘settle’ for one kind of experience, and instead to go within to find the answers, as I experience life’s many flavors.
#6 – Every blade of grass has its angel that bends over it and whispers, grow, grow.
In your darkest times, even when you cannot see the Light and it feels impossible to believe, know that everything is divinely guided, even a blade of grass. The universe talks to all of us, we just have to listen.
Read More: 7 Signs of Divine Guidance
#7 – Since the universe is self-organising and self-correcting, if anybody did anything to harm me, the universe is already on it [karma]. The universe has a way to make sure I get, whatever in the material world that person took away from me. We call that the ‘Principle of Divine Compensation’.
From Marrianne Williamson, in her video about Forgiveness.
The message is loud and clear – the Universe is our provider and that’s where our expectations should lie, not in people!
Read More: The 10 Divine Laws of the Universe
#8 – 42.
On the face of it, a number doesn’t qualify as a spiritual quote. But here’s the essence.
In the book Hitchhikers Guide to the Galaxy, the number 42 is the “answer to the meaning of life, the universe, and everything” – calculated by a Deep Computer over a very, very long time. Though the meaning of this cryptic calculation is widely debated, the answer I read moved me deeply. Here’s what I found.
Software developers like to use 42 as a magic number, i.e. a number without any real significance, which you could replace by any other number. In other words, the meaning of life is ANYTHING YOU WANT IT TO BE.
This has always humbled me, whenever I’ve been in doubt if I’m “doing the right thing”.
#9 – So when you give to the needy, do not announce it with trumpets, as the hypocrites do in the synagogues and on the streets, to be honoured by others. Truly I tell you, they have received their reward in full.
Humbling eh? Don’t toot your own horn! This is actually from the Bible, Matthew 6:2.
#10 – The Eagle does not fight the snake on the ground. It picks it up into the sky and changes the battle ground, and then it releases the snake into the sky. The snake has no stamina, no power, and no balance in the air. It is useless, weak, and vulnerable unlike on the ground where it is powerful wise, and deadly.
Take your fight into the spiritual realm by praying and when you are in the spiritual realm God takes over your battles. Don’t fight the enemy in his comfort zone, change the battle grounds like the Eagle and let God take charge through your earnest prayer. You’ll be assured of clean victory.
Pray without ceasing.
Whenever I feel afraid of what lies ahead, it helps me to know that I’m not doing this alone. That I’m supported in ways that I can’t always see but can always verify in retrospect. Whether it’s my soul guides, my ancestors, or the Gods and Goddesses I pray to, this quote reminds me that the Universe has my back.
Read More: 5 Tips to Connect with your Soul Guides
What are some of your favorite spiritual quotes? And how have they helped your journey? Let me know!
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Vasundhra is the Founder & Writer of My Spiritual Shenanigans. After seeing 11:11 on the clock one fateful night, her life turned around. Ever since, she has been blending modern psychology and ancient spirituality, to help herself and people around the world elevate the quality of their lives.
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