Awakening From a Case of Mistaken Identity

“Be as simple as you can be; you will be astonished to see how uncomplicated and happy your life can become.” ~Paramahansa Yogananda


The Big Picture and Bottom Line:

“See simplicity in the complicated, Seek greatness in small things. In the Universe, the difficult things are done as if they were easy.” ~Lao Tsu, Tao Te Ching

“If you see yourself in the correct way, you are all as much extraordinary phenomena of nature as trees, clouds, the patterns in running water, the flickering of fire, the arrangement of the stars, and the form of a galaxy. You are all just like that.” ~Alan Watts

“People normally cut reality into compartments, and so are unable to see the interdependence of all phenomena. To see one in all and all in one is to break through the great barrier which narrows one’s perception of reality.” ~Thich Nhat Hanh

“You are not IN the universe, you ARE the universe, an intrinsic part of it. Ultimately you are not a person, but a focal point where the universe is becoming conscious of itself. What an amazing miracle.” ~Eckhart Tolle

“Free from desire, you realize the mystery. Caught in desire, you see only the manifestations.” –Lao Tsu, Tao Te Ching-


“A human being is a part of the whole called by us universe, a part limited in time and space. He experiences himself, his thoughts and feeling as something separated from the rest, a kind of optical delusion of his consciousness. This delusion is a kind of prison for us, restricting us to our personal desires and to affection for a few persons nearest to us. Our task must be to free ourselves from this prison by widening our circle of compassion to embrace all living creatures and the whole of nature in its beauty.” ~Albert Einstein

“Let the world call you lazy for not running about like a frightened ghost. Just be quiet inside yourself. Don’t bother about knowing how things should be and simply begin observing without prejudice, projections or desires. Notice how life flows of its own accord. Nothing here is a chaos, but a harmony. You are already inside this flow…”~Mooji

“If [man] thinks of the totality as constituted of independent fragments, then that is how his mind will tend to operate, but if he can include everything coherently and harmoniously in an overall whole that is undivided, unbroken, and without a border then his mind will tend to move in a similar way, and from this will flow an orderly action within the whole.” ~David Bohm

“We are so obsessed with doing that we have no time and no imagination left for being. As a result, men are valued not for what they are but for what they do or what they have – for their usefulness… We have what we seek, it is there all the time, and if we give it time, it will make itself known to us.” ~Thomas Merton

“Once you stop clinging and let things be, you’ll be free… You’ll transform everything… And you’ll be at peace wherever you are.” ~Bodhidharma


“When I look up at the night sky I know that we are part of this Universe, we are in this Universe. But perhaps more important than both of those facts is that the Universe is in us. When I reflect on that fact, I look up… Many people feel small and the Universe is big, but I feel big, because my atoms came from those stars. There’s a level of connectivity. That’s really what you want in life, you want to feel connected, want to feel relevant. You want to feel that you are a participant in the goings on of activities and events around you. That’s precisely what we are, just by being alive…” ~Neil deGrasse Tyson

“In many shamanic societies, if you came to a shaman or medicine person complaining of being disheartened, dispirited, or depressed, they would ask one of four questions. When did you stop dancing? When did you stop singing? When did you stop being enchanted by stories? When did you stop finding comfort in the sweet territory of silence? Where we have stopped dancing, singing, being enchanted by stories, or finding comfort in silence is where we have experienced the loss of soul. Dancing, singing, storytelling, and silence are the four universal healing salves.” ~The Four-Fold Way~

“I like to experience the Universe as one harmonious whole. Every cell has life. Matter, too, has life; it is energy solidified…” ~Albert Einstein


“Practice until you see yourself in the cruelest person on Earth, in the child starving, in the political prisoner. Continue until you recognize yourself in everyone in the supermarket, on the street corner, in a concentration camp, on a leaf, in a dewdrop. Meditate until you see yourself in a speck of dust in a distant galaxy. See and listen with the whole of your being. If you are fully present, the rain of Dharma will water the deepest seeds in your consciousness, and tomorrow, while you are washing the dishes or looking at the blue sky, that seed will spring forth, and love and understanding will appear as a beautiful flower.” ~Thich Nhat Hanh 

“Looking for peace is like looking for a turtle with a mustache: You won’t be able to find it. But when your heart is ready, peace will come looking for you.” ~Ajahn Chah

“Wherever you go you will find your teacher, as long as you have the eyes to see and the ears to hear.” ~Shunryu Suzuki

“Learn how to see, realize that everything connects to everything else.”
~Leonardo Da Vinci~

“Stop acting so small. You are the Universe in ecstatic motion.”

“Being still does not mean don’t move.
It means move in peace.”
~ E’yen A. Gardner ~


“When I have a terrible need of – shall I say the word – religion..
then I go out and paint the stars.”
~Vincent Van Gogh~

“Love the earth and sun and the animals.
Despise riches, give alms to every one that asks.
Stand up for the stupid and crazy.
Devote your income and labor to others.
Hate tyrants, argue not concerning God. 
Have patience and indulgence toward the people.
Go freely with powerful uneducated persons
and with the young and with the mothers of families.
Read these leaves in the open air
every season of every year of your life.
Re-examine all you have been told
at school or church or in any book,
dismiss whatever insults your own soul,
and your very flesh shall be a great poem
and have the richest fluency
not only in its words but in
the silent lines of its lips and face
and between the lashes of your eyes and
in every motion and joint of your body.”
― Walt Whitman~

“May the stars carry your sadness away,
May the flowers fill your heart with beauty,
May hope forever wipe away your tears,
And, above all, may silence make you strong.”
~Chief Dan George~

“If you want wisdom, empty your heart of ignorance. If you want contentment, empty your heart of greed. If you want serenity, empty your heart of ill will.” ~Buddha

“To see a world in a grain of sand,
And a heaven in a wild flower,
Hold infinity in the palm of your hand,
And eternity in an hour.”
~William Blake ~

“I wish I could show you,
When you are lonely or in darkness,
The Astonishing Light
Of your own Being.”



Glimpses of a Creative Universe  * Poetry Surrounds Us – Vincent Van Gogh * Children of the Cosmic Dance  * How Einstein Saw the World  *  You Are the Big Bang  * How We Participate in the Creative Life of the Universe  * How Wisdom Grows – Educating Hearts & Minds  * Surrendering to the Paradigm of Love *

About Christopher Chase

Co-creator and Admin of the Facebook pages "Tao & Zen" "Art of Learning" & "Creative Systems Thinking." Majored in Studio Art at SUNY, Oneonta. Graduated in 1993 from the Child & Adolescent Development program at Stanford University's School of Education. Since 1994, have been teaching at Seinan Gakuin University, in Fukuoka, Japan.
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6 Responses to Awakening From a Case of Mistaken Identity

  1. Bob OHearn says:

    A lovely collection of wisdom, Chris! Thank you!

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