The search for deeper existence is a driving force in many of our lives. In our seeking, words of wisdom may help us navigate the journey within.

Here are 10 insights on human spirituality, collected from diverse philosophies, religions, teachers, and traditions. Go slowly, allowing yourself time to reflect on each individual thought before moving to the next.

1. Jesus

That which you seek is already here, but you do not recognize it. (The Gospel of Thomas)

2. Buddha

No one saves us but ourselves. No one can and no one may. We ourselves must walk the path.

3. Lao Tzu

Do you have the patience to wait until your mud settles and the water is clear?

4. Hinduism

Go within yourself, and what you achieve there will overshadow your imperfections. (Sri Chinmoy)

5. Bahai

With the human soul, there is no decline. Its only movement is towards perfection; growth and progress alone constitute the motion of the soul.

6. Sufism

If you wish to find what you are looking for, remove that which hides your heart. (Kabir)

7. Zen Philosophy

With the sound of water falling into a stone bowl, suddenly the dust of your mind has been washed away. (Sen-No-Rikyu)

8. Judaism

Let your heart become ever more humble so that you may give yourself equally to all. Then you will be capable of meditating. (Isaac of Acco)

9. Catholicism

If a man wishes to be sure of the road he treads on, he must close his eyes and walk in the dark. (St. John of the Cross)

10. Classical Philosophy

Look well into thyself; there is a source of strength which will always spring up if thou wilt always look. (Marcus Aurelius, Roman)

Just as none of us have the exact same experiences in life, no two philosophies and religions touch upon the same elements of our spirituality. However, looking past cultural and historical differences, we may be amazed by the similarities that persist between traditions. Remember that no matter where your destination lies, or where your path goes, the spiritual journey first begins within you – the individual human being.