29 Jed McKenna Quotes for Serious Spiritual Seekers

So, you’ve read his books now you’re looking for a collection of Jed McKenna quotes?

Look no further.

I have gathered 29 quotes by Jed McKenna, the self-professed enlightened teacher, although he doesn’t refer to himself as a teacher or guru at all.

These quotes exemplify Jed through and through and I’ll be sure to add more in the future.

If you’ve not yet read his books, I highly recommend starting with this one.

BUT, please read with causion! His books aren’t for the faint of heart. If you are only just beginning your spiritual journey, start with somethhing easier, such as The Untethered Soul or Breaking the Habit of Being Yourself.

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29 Jed McKenna Quotes for the Devoted Spirituall Seeker

“Everyone’s grooving on the gurus, and everyone’s getting more and more spiritual, but nobody’s waking up” – Jed McKenna

“It is your show. It is your universe. There is no one else here, just you, and nothing is being withheld from you. You are completely on your own. Everything is available for direct knowing. No one else has anything you need. No one else can lead you, pull you, push you or carry you.” – Jed McKenna

“I don’t have something you don’t; you believe something I don’t.” – Jed McKenna

“Nothing false will survive. Nothing true will perish.” – Jed McKenna

“All fear is ultimately fear of no-self.” – Jed McKenna

“It’s ego – the false self – that exalts the guru and declares the teaching sacred, but nothing is exalted or sacred, only true or not true.” – Jed McKenna

“Trust you develop a little at a time as you learn to relinquish the illusion of control.” – Jed McKenna

“There’s no such thing as instant enlightenment any more than there’s such a thing as an instant baby.” – Jed McKenna

“Wake up first. Wake up, and then you can double back and perhaps be of some use to others if you still have the urge. Wake up first, with pure and unapologetic selfishness, or you’re just another shipwreck victim floundering in the ocean and all the compassion in the world is of absolutely no use to the other victims floundering around you.” – Jed McKenna

“There’s nothing left to contend against and nothing left that must be done, and there will never be anything that must be done ever again.” – Jed McKenna

“It’s ego – the false self – that exalts the guru and declares the teaching sacred, but nothing is exalted or sacred, only true or not true.” – Jed McKenna

“The bottom line remains the same: you’re either awake or you’re not.One day, there it is. Nothing. No more enemies, no more battles.” – Jed McKenna

“Simply put, I don’t think. I don’t make choices or decisions.  I don’t weigh possibilities and select one over others. Instead, I observe patterns and move with them.” – Jed McKenna

“It’s very simple: If Buddhism is about awakening, people should be waking up. If it’s not about awakening, they should change the name.” – Jed McKenna

“The truth is identical for both of us. I haven’t achieved a better status than you.” – Jed McKenna

“The qualities of the material world are the same for everybody; it is just that its concrete realization is unique within the context of a person’s life.” – Jed McKenna

“Who you are has little or nothing to do with you.” – Jed McKenna

“There is no true self. Truth and self are mutually exclusive.” – Jed McKenna

“Relax into the moment and let the universe do the driving. If there was a secret to happiness in life, I’d say that was it.” – Jed McKenna

“That’s how it is in dreams: thoughts become things practically before they’re thought.” – Jed McKenna

“You can’t manage to avoid your own true nature forever. It’s a wonder anybody manages it at all.” – Jed McKenna

“The misconception about enlightenment stems from, or is at least compounded by, the fact that most of the world’s recognized experts on the subject of enlightenment are not enlightened. Some are great mystics, some are great scholars, some are both, and most are neither, but very few are awake. This core misconception will be a big theme in this book because it’s the primary obstacle in the quest for enlightenment. Nobody’s getting there because nobody knows where there is, and those who are entrusted to point the way are, for a variety of reasons, pointing the wrong way. At the very heart of this confusion lies the belief that abiding non-dual awareness—enlightenment—and the non-abiding experience of cosmic consciousness—mystic union—are synonymous when, in fact, they’re completely unrelated.” – Jed McKenna

“The price of truth is everything, but no one knows what everything means until they’re paying it.” – Jed McKenna

“I don’t see it as my role to save or rescue anybody any more than regular people feel the need to rescue each other from sleeping and dreaming.” – Jed McKenna

“Enlightenment isn’t when you go there; it’s when there comes here.” – Jed McKenna

“No belief is true. No. Belief. Is. True.” – Jed McKenna

“Think for yourself. That’s the golden rule. Think for yourself. Make it your mantra. Tattoo it on the inside of your eyelids.” – Jed McKenna

“Suffering just means you’re having a bad dream. Happiness means you’re having a good dream. Enlightenment means getting out of the dream altogether.” – Jed McKenna

“The point is to wake up, not to earn a Ph.D. In waking up.” – Jed McKenna

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