Creation

I am once again made clean by frost and morning air, here in the presence of the moon. TM, Sign

The desert was created simply to be itself, not to be transformed by men into something else.  So too the mountain and the sea.  TM, Thoughts

Let me seek, then, the gift of silence, and poverty, and solitude, where everything I touch is turned into prayer: where the sky is my prayer, the birds are my prayer, the wind in the trees is my prayer, for God is all in all.  TM, Thoughts

It is essential to experience all the times and moods of this place.  No one will know or be able to say how essential.   Almost the first and most important element of a truly spiritual life.  TM, Turning

Death

To trust in Him means to die, because to trust perfectly in Him you have to give up all trust in anything else. TM, Sign

The death by which we enter into life is not an escape from reality but a complete gift of ourselves which involves a total commitment to reality.  TM, Thoughts

The things we really need come to us only as gifts, and in order to receive them as gifts we have to be open.  In order to be open we have to renounce ourselves, in a sense we have to die to our image of ourselves, our autonomy, our fixation upon our self-willed identity.  TM, Disputed

We have to be able to relax the psychic and spiritual cramp which knots us in the painful, vulnerable, helpless ‘I’ that is all we know as ourselves.  TM, Disputed

in order to become oneself, one must die.  That is to say, in order to become one’s true self, the false self must die.  In order for the inner self to appear, the outer self must disappear: or at least become secondary, unimportant.  TM, Love

If you go into the desert merely to get away from people you dislike, you will find neither peace nor solitude; you will only isolate yourself with a tribe of devils. TM, New Seeds

Go into the desert not to escape other men but in order to find them in God.  TM, New Seeds

We do not go into the desert to escape people but to learn how to find them; we do not leave them in order to have nothing more to do with them, but to find out the way to do them the most good.  TM, New Seeds

[what] draws a Christian into the ‘desert’ and ‘solitude’ (whether or not he remains physically ‘in the world’) is a deep sense that God alone suffices.  The need to win the approval of society, to find a recognized place in the world, to achieve a temporal ambition, to ‘be somebody’ … seems to them irrelevant. TM, Contemplation

life ‘in the desert’ is a life in which, at least ideally, all the masks and disguises are stripped off.  TM, Contemplation

in the desert the monk renounces his own illusory ego-self, he ‘dies’ to his worldly and empirical existence, in order to surrender completely to the transcendent reality which  though described in various terms, is always best expressed in the simple Biblical expression: ‘the will of God.’ TM, Contemplation