You are not a human being having a spiritual experience. You are a spiritual being having a human experience.

Wayne Dyer
Wayne Dyer (1940-2015) American self-help author, motivational speaker
You’ll See It When You Believe It: The Way to Your Personal Transformation, ch. 2, epigraph (1989)

A variant of the phrase is also included in the Introduction to the book: "That you are not a human being having a spiritual experience , but rather a spiritual being having a human experience."

Dyer also used a variation of this ("Can you see yourselves as spiritual beings having a human experience, rather than human beings who may be having a spiritual experience?") the previous year in "A Letter to the Next Generation," an advertisement by Volkswagen.

Also attributed to Pierre Teilhard de Chardin and Georges I. Gurdjieff.

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Added on 19-Apr-22 | Last updated 19-Apr-22
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