A man “comes to himself,” wakes up from the egocentric daydream when he realizes
Who he is.
Enlightenment comes when the individual self realizes it has no separate identity beyond
Enlightenment is based on an ecstatic moment of realization which is supposed to imbue
all life thereafter with a certain grace.
Feelings of awe, reverence or sacredness are the natural emotional response to the
realization of the overwhelming power and radiance of the universal energy process.
If Jesus could realize his identity with God, you can also, but this God does not have to
be idolized as an imperious monarch.
In the heart of each of us, a greater potential exists for realizing truth, for experiencing
wholeness, for going beyond the shell of the ego.
It’s a very salutary thing to realize that the rather dull universe in which most of us spend
most of our time is not the only universe there is.
It is difficult to realize its intensity unless one has been through the experience. (It’s not
only difficult, but impossible.)
Jesus did not say that this higher state of consciousness realized in him was his alone for
all time. Nor did he call us to worship him.
Jesus showed us the way to a higher state and called upon us to realize it, to make it real,
actual—individually and as the race.
Knowing about God is not enough. Transformation of the self is only through realizing or
Men long ago, in ages however primeval, realized Beauty, and answered back its thrill
with gladness and hymns.
Mysticism in the form of realizing that one’s true self is the Godhead is something that
Western society would not tolerate.
Now the chemical messiah has come which has the ability to awaken this sleeping
realization of mind potential in even the most skeptical.
Once one realizes that the single authorized version of reality psychiatrists promote with
their talk of “reality testing” is a fiction, there is no going back.
One of the main goals of all religions is the realization of God and the transcendental
One of the things that is shaking to an individual of LSD is that he has to come to a
realization that he is Christ and then recognize that everybody else is.
One realizes that the form of man extends far, far beyond the limits of the skin and very
much deeper than the conscious ego.
One’s full potential could be realized not by suppressing signals from the inner core but,
on the contrary, by learning to listen to them.
Realization is bringing to consciousness what is true all the time in the “unconscious”, in
the Self and spirit which the ego does not know.
Realize that you are not this sad and silly abstract ego trying to run the world from the
The ability to experience reality in unconventional ways may be an unrealized talent in
most of us and may explain the empirical correlation between psychosis and genius.
The divine Ground of all existence is a spiritual Absolute, ineffable in terms of discursive
thought, but susceptible of being directly experienced and realized by the human being.
The effect is to free the consciousness from the obstacles to true realization of universal
The essence of metaphysical realization is the discovery that the conscious Self, the
ultimate knower in man, is substantially identical with the infinite.
The essential effect of the psychedelic experience is the death of the time-bound ego and
the consequent realization of the Supreme Identity.
The man in whom this Self is realized is the Awake, the true man of no rank. (He is
above or beyond all classifications.)
The psychedelic experience has the potential of initiating the unfolding of a self-healing
and self-realizing process.
The psychedelic experience is fundamentally or ideally the bursting of ego-
consciousness, with the concomitant realization of cosmic-consciousness.
The realization of the Supreme Identity, of the truth that the Self is the infinite and not the
ego, does not involve the obliteration of the ego or finite experience.
The Self realized in your inmost consciousness appears in its purity, which is not the
realms of those given over to mere reasoning.
The socially conditioned role-playing ego is never a free agent. Man is free to the extent
that he realizes his genuine self to be the author and origin of nature.
The state of consciousness of the Self-realized individual is characterized by joy,
serenity, inner security, a sense of calm power, clear understanding and radiant love.
The substitution of interminable chatter for mystical experience or immediate realization
of our union with God is the basic reason why the Church has no spiritual power.
The “turned-on” person realizes that he is not an isolated, separate social ego, but rather
one transient energy process hooked up with the energy dance around him.
The user observes what he is experiencing in the situation and realizes it is not how he
usually experiences the stimuli.
The very fact that man, as an ego, can attempt to accept or know himself is the certain
sign that he is more than ego and is beginning to realize it.
The West knows all about machines and fails to realize that all the wisdom has come
from the East.
There is no such thing as an abiding public morality without a general realization of
union with God. (You cannot shove morality down someone’s throat.)
True spirituality is based on deep realization of the unity underlying all humanity and the
entire phenomenal world.
Union with God does not have to be attained but realized because it is a present reality
from the very beginning.
We must move toward a realization of the truth at the core of our being and toward the
higher consciousness that is the birthright of all of us.
We must wake up and realize that we know little. There is much more and the mystery is
When there is understanding, there is an experienced fusion of the Wisdom which is the
timeless realization of Suchness with the Compassion which is Wisdom in action.
It is important to realize that by banning psychedelic research we have not only given up
the study of an interesting drug or group of substances, but also abandoned one of the
most promising approaches to the understanding of the human mind and consciousness.
It is not easy for the pious Christian to realize that Jesus was not an expert on the history
of religion and had probably never met anyone whose mystical vision was as deep as his
Millions already know that beyond the fears of the state-sanctioned psychiatry and
governmental policy, under the right set and setting psychedelics can lead to joy,
mystery, rebirth and realization beyond belief.
Realization of the fundamental identity of the individual consciousness with the creative
principle of the universe is one of the most profound experiences a human being can
Researchers who have seriously studied and/or experienced these fascinating phenomena
realize that the attempts of traditional psychiatry to dismiss them as irrelevant products of
imagination in the brain are superficial and inadequate.
The greater the scientist, the more he is impressed with his ignorance of reality and the
more he realizes that his laws and labels, descriptions and definitions are the products of
his own thought.
The realization that nature is ordered organically rather than politically, that it is a field of
relationships rather than a collection of things, requires an appropriate mode of human
The spiritual leadership of a stable and unified society must have access to metaphysical
knowledge, i.e., to an effective realization and immediate experience of the ultimate
Total awareness starts with the realization of my ignorance and my impotence. (It is
absurd to say that I, as ego, am master of my fate or captain of my soul, because the ego
doesn’t know how food is digested, blood is circulated or anything else.)
We cannot just talk about spirituality; it needs to be an experiential realization.
Enlightenment does not come simply from following the wisdom teachings. It comes
through direct experience.
When the Self is no longer identified with the ego, when in certain spiritual practices, it
penetrates and realizes its own depths, it simply KNOWS that it is eternal and all-
Without self-knowledge, what you say is not true. Truth repeated is no longer truth; it
becomes truth again only when it has been realized by the speaker as an immediate
Words are not distinct packages of meaning but are tied to clouds of memories and
associations. A basic Information Age realization is that these meanings are different for
Your thoughts, feelings and sensations are new and strange. All events, physical,
personal or social are looked at with a new eye. You suddenly realize who you really are
and what your personal reality means.
A Church, a Christianity, in which Godmanhood is fully realized will not be a preaching,
finger-wagging, Bible-banging, breast-thumping Church. It will be the Church of all
Fools, laughing like Dante’s angels. (Is laughing foolish or is the pompous inability to
laugh that’s really foolish?)
A single high-dose LSD session can frequently be of extraordinary value for those
persons who do not have any serious clinical problems. The quality of their lives can be
considerably enhanced and the experience can move them in the direction of self-
realization and self-actualization.
Enlightenment remains unrealized so long as it is considered as a specific state to be
attained and for which there are tests and standards of success. It is much rather freedom
to be the failure that one is. This freedom is the basis for all mental and spiritual
wholeness, provided that it seeks no result.
How many of us now realize that this galaxy and all other galaxies are just as much you
as your heart or your brain, that your coming and going, your waking and sleeping, your
birth and your death are exactly the same kind of rhythmic phenomena as the stars and
their surrounding darkness?
It is clear that psychedelics have the potential to cut through whatever blocks stand
between us and higher experiences, magically letting us enjoy, if only temporarily,
transcendent states. I hope it is not necessary to belabor the point that this potential is
realized if only set and setting support it.
It is important to realize that the subjective experience of time is radically changed in
nonordinary states of consciousness. Within seconds of clocktime, one can experience a
rich and complex sequence of events that lasts subjectively a very long time, or even
seems to involve eternity.
It will enable each person to realize that he is not a game-playing robot put on this planet
to be given a Social Security number and to be spun on the assembly line of school,
college, career, insurance, funeral, good-bye. Through LSD, each human being will be
taught to understand that the entire history of evolution is recorded inside his body.
Kent St. University was the scene of a slaughter. The National Guard fired their rifles
into a group of antiwar demonstrators and killed four students and wounded thirty. It was
the beginning of the end of the dream of peace and love and equality. We realized that
our own fathers would kill us.
Man is going to get back in harmony with his body, with fellow man and with other
forms of life on this planet. Man is going to realize that consciousness is the key to
human life and instead of power struggles over territory and possession of weapons, the
focus of man’s energies is going to be on consciousness.
Maslow disagreed with Freud’s exclusive concentration on the study of neurotic and
psychotic populations. He pointed out that focusing on the worst in humanity instead of
the best, results in a distorted image of human nature. This approach leaves out man’s
aspirations, his realizable hopes, his godlike qualities.
Often, there is an actual experience of truths, they are known to be truths, which, when
presented in conceptual terms to the mind in its normal state, seem incomprehensible and
absurd. Such propositions as “God is love” are realized with the totality of one’s being
and their truth seems self-evident in spite of pain and death.
Our true nature is an aspect of a universal consciousness, Self, Being, Mind, of God. The
awakening to this true nature is the direct awareness that you are more than this puny
body or limited mind. It is the realization that the universe is not external to you. It is
experiencing the universe as yourself.
Researchers who have seriously studied and/or experienced these fascinating phenomena
realize that the attempts of traditional psychiatry to dismiss them as irrelevant products of
imagination or as erratic fantasmagoria generated by pathological processes in the brain,
are superficial and inadequate.
Spiritual awakening is the difficult process whereby the increasing realization that
everything is as wrong as it can be flips suddenly into the realization that everything is as
right as it can be. (Alan Watts wrote that. With LSD, it’s not a difficult process at all,
except for the ego.)
Anybody who has been into the Sainte Chapelle in Paris or into Chartes Cathedral must
realize the extraordinary visionary power which these windows have. It is possible by
means of stained glass windows, to turn the whole of a vast building into one single
jewel. One is inside a great jewel. (With LSD, wherever you are is like that and much,
In traditional psychiatry, mystical experiences of any kind are usually treated in the
context of serious psychopathology; they are seen as indications of a psychotic process.
In his comprehensive and careful study, Maslow was able to demonstrate that persons
who had spontaneous “peak” experiences frequently benefited from them and showed a
distinct trend toward “self- realization” or “self-actualization.”
It can dissolve or temporarily suspend the effectiveness of those psychical mechanisms
whose functions would appear to be to inhibit emergence of certain processes and
contents of the mind. Once these inhibitions are dissolved, the ground has been prepared
for the free psyche to function in such a way as to result in the beneficial transformation
and self-realization of the individual.
Leary believed that the human race is presently evolving to a higher level of
consciousness and a greater spiritual awareness. His research with LSD seemed to bear
out the fact that our nervous systems are equipped to receive a vastly greater spectrum of
reality than we realized; and once the veils of perception are cleansed, wars, racism,
competitiveness and violence will be seen as old, outgrown, pre-human traits.
Leary had always talked a great game about the deadening effect of the “adjust or else”
brand of psychology that had held sway over the 1950’s, but he hadn’t realized just how
dead in the water most of his colleagues were until he offered them psilocybin and they
refused to try it. My God, these were psychologists yet they lacked the slightest curiosity
about their own unconsciouses!
Under conditioning, it seems impossible and even absurd to realize that myself does not
reside in the ego alone, but in the whole surge of energy which ranges from the galaxies
to the nuclear fields in my body. At this level of existence “I” am immeasurably old; my
forms are infinite and their comings and goings are simply the pulses or vibrations of a
single and eternal flow of energy.
Up this gradual stairway of Sense, Understanding, Intuition, we mount to that height from
which we are able to behold, with some degree of calmness, the infinite fields of intuitive
Beauty and Truth, when the screen of the bodily is removed, and the scope of vision
belonging to our highest faculty is realized to be immeasurably beyond all that our most
rapturous visions ever conceived it.
When we consider the activity of a modern city, it is difficult to realize that in the cells of
our bodies, infinitely more complicated processes are at work—ceaseless manufacture,
acquisition of food, storage, communication and administration… All this takes place in
superb harmony, with the cooperation of all the participants of a living system, regulated
down to the smallest detail.
Harvard dismissed Timothy Leary without a hearing even though his contracts had
several more months to run. There had been no effective protest by the Harvard faculty
against this gross abuse of the principles of academic freedom. Previously I had put
professors on a kind of pedestal, but my views were now gradually changing. I realized
that the average university professor, like most human beings, is both sheep-minded and
A person realizes his oneness with the Universal Consciousness.
Another state of reality is realized.
Eternal life is the realization that the present is the only reality.
In this state, realization of the “ultimate truth” is possible.
It is here that man actually realizes his ultimate meaning and destiny.
It is the Self and not the ego which realizes.
It is thought processes which prevent realization.
It’s an end to the suffering. It’s the end of all confusion. It’s the realization of all Truth.
Liberation never comes without the realization of the Oneness or Self.
Realization is simply bringing an unconscious process into consciousness.
The content of realization is eternal.
The eternity, whose realization is the ultimate good, is a kingdom of heaven within.
The fact of union with God simply is, whether realized or not.
The realization of union with God is the only source of creative virtue.
The realization process is eternal.
The similarity of all religions is realized.
We have to realize that we are as deeply afraid to live and to love as we are to die.
Without realization of God’s love for the world, we can love neither the world nor God.
You realize that you have more available to you than just your five senses.
All of us look at each other knowingly, the feeling that we knew each other in that most
distant past, the realization that we are and always have been one.
He comes to realization of the Self which is the enlightenment of the darkness that is
ignorance and the deliverance from the mortal consequences of that ignorance.
He experiences himself as a far greater being than he had ever imagined, with his
conscious self a far smaller fraction of the whole than he had realized.
He realizes Einsteinian relativity, senses that all is flow and evolutionary change.
I realize how arbitrary some of our apparently “natural” perceptions may be.
A full realization broke upon me in a new way not just apprehended as an idea but
experienced in my body.
Experiencing these emotions in all their intensity was both a way for me to discover that I
was capable of God feelings and for me to realize that they lay deep within me.
I realized how a normally, constricted perceptual framework permits one to see only a
fraction of reality.
I realized that I was dead and that I was in the place which is the aboriginal base of all
I realized that the mind and the senses that provide inputs to the mind were all grossly
underutilized faculties in the study of the world around us.
I realized that the seed of life is consciousness and that, as such, life essentially never
I realized that under the proper circumstances, psychedelic experiences are truly, a “royal
road to the unconscious.”
I realized the many wonderful emotions I had experienced were so rare in the lives of
most people and gratitude that such ecstasy had been mine.
In one great crystal instant, I realized that I was immortal. (That doesn’t mean that the
ego is immortal.)
She got in touch with what she felt was pure being and realized that it cannot be
comprehended and does not need any justification.
The beauty I saw so clearly was not even noticed by anyone else, much less appreciated. I
realized this beauty was God.
This feeling made me realize as never before that the need for spirituality was a universal
need of every individual who loves.
This is what I realized on LSD. This is our playground and we are here to laugh and
dance and sing in the sunshine.
After they had discovered and experienced feelings of cosmic unity in their sessions, they
realized that the state they had really been craving for was transcendence and not drug
intoxication. (Drug intoxication means narcotics and alcohol, not psychedelics.)
I don’t know if I can say anything more about this experience. I realized at the time that I
had made it perfectly clear in my books and was only amazed that I didn’t always
understand what I was saying. (That was Alan Watts.)
I had not realized before to what extent such feelings as rapture, ecstasy and euphoria or
awe, devotion, reverence and holiness or any other positive emotion could reach, its
I realized that it was not up to us to dictate what the human psyche should be like in order
to fit our scientific beliefs and worldview. Rather, it is important to discover and accept
the true nature of the psyche and find out how we can best cooperate with it.
The talk was of love, and it ripped my mind time and time again to realize that it had
been said by so many prophets from the beginning of consciousness, and no one wanted
to listen. Now someone was listening, and we swore that we’d never forget. It was all so
simple. No obstacles that wouldn’t crumble under the bright light of the truth of love.
We were just leafing through the Catalog, and we came across some monkeys, and we
realized that we were monkeys, too. We looked at each other and had a strong realization
of our common ancestry. We could see that the little bits of hair we had sticking around
on us were left over from when we used to have hair all over us.
I realized, “My God, every single second is really eternity.” I felt I’d dipped into eternity
and was experiencing a glimpse of it along with a hint of its vastness. I was blown away
by the enormity of these revelations. By now, I was flying so high, I felt I was in an
exalted state, that I was having a mystical experience of the highest order, something I
always dreamed of.
It was as though a veil had been stripped away and certain things had become suddenly
self-evident. I realized that there was just one force in the universe. There is only one
energy and that is consciousness. And there is only one consciousness, one mind, and we
are, in fact, one with this, which means we are all one. I felt this was a revelation of the
true nature of reality.
Those who were previously convinced that death was the ultimate defeat and meant the
end of any form of existence discovered various alternatives to this materialistic and
pragmatic point of view. They came to realize how little conclusive evidence there is for
any authoritative opinion in this matter and often began seeing death and dying as a
cosmic voyage into the unknown.
What saved me from despair of my encounter with the Nothingness that lies at the heart
of All was the realization that what I had witnessed was the destruction of matter, not of
spirit. Modern physics tells us that matter is composed of atoms that stick together for a
time to form an object—a table, a wall, a human body. Matter is energy; I saw it re-
When I realized that I was being born again, that life goes on and on and on, the feeling
was overwhelming. I was filled with confidence that it was okay to die, because the
consciousness that inhabits the flesh has a higher destiny. It never began and it won’t end.
It just keeps going. Then I was struck with wave after wave of value wisdom, as though
the forms behind human spirituality were hitting me for the first time.
During the experience, I felt I understood what mystics throughout the ages have claimed
to be the universal truth of existence. I had an academic background in philosophy and
comparative religion, but I realized that mystical teachings had now taken on an added
dimension. My perception seemed to have shifted from a flat, two-dimensional
intellectual understanding of the literature, to a three-dimensional sense of immersion in
the mystical reality.
Everything in this universe appeared conscious. After having had to accept the possibility
of fetal consciousness, I was now confronted with an even more startling discovery:
consciousness might actually pervade all existence. My scientific mind was heavily tested
by this possibility until I realized that although many of these experiences were
incompatible with our common sense, they were not necessarily out of the realm of
He realized that he wasn’t the writer so much as the messenger.
I got deeper and deeper into this state of realization.
I had experienced enough to realize there was much remaining to be explored.
I realized that the old occult traditions really must have a basis in reality after all.
Realization liberated them.
The nature of the infinite was realized by the mind.
The nature of the infinitude was realized by the mind.
There was a heavier dimension to all this than I had realized before.
a special kind of feeling or intuition or realization—a sense of the oneness of all things in
their divine principle
an intense experience of cosmic consciousness, of the vivid realization that oneself is a
manifestation of the eternal energy of the universe
higher levels and states of mind that lead to the realization of one’s divine nature and God
moments of vivid awareness, of intense realization of and absorption in the immediacy of
pushing human consciousness beyond the present limitations and on towards capacities
not yet realized and perhaps undreamed of
realization of the higher intelligence, the divinity, the Ground of Being, the ground which
is the source of all Becoming
realized for the first time that during all the years of his life he had been behaving “like a
person who had no mind”
realizes that the whole universe is his body, a marvelous interrelated harmony organized
from within itself rather than by interference from outside
realizing through an out-of-body experience that you are not this physical body (You are
the entire universe.)
self-realization, freedom from inhibition, communal ecstasy, expanded awareness,
the awakening of the senses, the open eye, the naked touch, the real-eye-zation that this is
it! I am eye! I am hear! I knose! I am in contact!
the depth of realization that became available when I let go of my preconceptions about
the nature of the universe
the metaphysical realization that man’s consciousness is a particular mode of the ultimate
reality and is, in essence, identical with the ground of the whole universe
the realization of essential Being, of consciousness and identification with the Universal
the realization of that ultimate standpoint from which “anything goes” and which “all
things are of one suchness”
the realization that nature is ordered organically rather than politically, that it is a field of
relationships rather than a collection of things
the realization that one’s true state is “unclassified,” that one’s role is simply
the realization that what he thought was his identity was in fact only a tiny fragment of
the Real Self—and this is liberation
the truth that the creative and meaningful life is impossible without some realization of
union with God
to be delivered out of separate selfhood in time and into eternity as realized in the unitive
knowledge of the Ground
to go beyond into regions where the terrain is unfamiliar, but where a much more
profound transformation and self-realization is possible
to realize that the universe is profoundly different from what, on their ordinary,
conditioned level of experience it had seemed to be
assertions of having known the origin and goal of history, of having found the answer to
the ancient query, “What am I?”, of having intuited the harmonious structure of the
universe, of having experienced the primacy of love and the brotherhood of man, or of
having realized the reality of life that transcends temporal death
a fuller realization of potentials intrinsic to the human condition
a great realization
a healing journey aimed at the realization of true sanity
a realization of identity with the infinite
a realization of one’s original identity with God
attaining tranquility of mind, realization, insight and Wisdom
awed by the realization
beauty and truth being the wholeness, the Suchness of all deeply realized experience
great flash, instant realization
human beings and their so largely unrealized potentialities
intensely realized experience
mysticism the realization of one’s union with God
realization of the all-pervading, unitive energy process of which he is a part
realization of the self the realization of an eternal and inescapable Presence
realization so clear that any symbolic elaboration wraps it in a veil
realized the Buddha nature of all creatures
realized the possibilities of his true self
realizing his or her hidden potential
realizing immediately things we otherwise know only abstractly
realizing one’s identity
the awareness of the Self, Self-realization
the great liberating path, the great liberating realization
the great taboo, the realization of the divinity of the individual
the immediate realization of all that is good and beautiful
the length of time it took me to realize that now I was back in the real world
the liberating realization
the overwhelming realization that all around were other worlds, other beings, other kinds
the realization of man’s inner identity
the realization of mind itself, of its pure, undifferentiated Essence
the realization of one’s own inmost nature
the realization of the unity of the world
the realization of truth
the realization that ultimately, it really doesn’t matter
the state of Self-realization or God-realization
the sudden realization of the truth
the worlds of still unrealized potentialities
to awaken to the realization
to be free, to be a truly realized person
to realize the higher potentialities of our being
to realize the supernatural freshness
reveals the inner secrets of the universe and lifts man to the realization of his divinity