Imperfect (Aimee Davies)

Embrace yourself as you are


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Learn to accept yourself as you are…

  • Authentic spirituality accepts both the beautiful and the seemingly ugly parts within us. It is not about rejecting or annihilating the ego but recognising and healing it.
  • Self-acceptance is realising the treasure you seek is always found within you. You are the treasure-hunter, the journey, and the treasure itself.
  • True beauty is someone who is truly okay with themselves as they are…
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…by coming home to yourself…

  • It is said that the greatest journey is the one that leads you home. In accepting yourself, you come home to yourself.
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…by realising there is nothing wrong with you…

  • Self-acceptance means accepting even your non-acceptance. It is not about becoming new and shiny, it is about letting go of the belief that there is something inherently wrong with you.
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…by allowing what is to be…

  • Self-acceptance is also fully accepting what’s here in us right now. If we are feeling anxious, that’s okay. If we are feeling angry, that’s okay. If we are feeling negative, that’s okay. We let ourselves be as we are.
  • Self-acceptance is welcoming every emotion into your guest house.
  • Lasting self-improvement and positive change only occurs when you first deeply accept what is.
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…especially your emotions as they arise

  • To fight anger with anger only makes you see a deeper shade of red. To resist envy only makes it more green. To turn sadness away means it will come back tomorrow twice as blue. True self-compassion is to fully accept and allow what is. To allow it to be there and be fully felt.
  • Human emotions are beautiful. Anger can stir a revolution. Sadness can create masterpieces. Joy can uplift the world. All emotions are sacred if we understand them.
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Embrace your humanness

  • I now believe strongly in a more life-affirming spirituality that loves, celebrates and embraces our humanness.
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Realise the tremendous power of self-acceptance

  • Inner change creates outer change. The inner revolution of self-acceptance is a powerful force for peace, love and joy. Both within and without.
  • There is no make-up to compare with the radiance that comes from a profound sense of self-okayness.
  • When you fear the unloved parts within you, they control you. But when you accept and embrace them, you heal the wounded parts of you. You mend your brokenness with the glue of self-compassion.
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Self-acceptance is the path to learning to love yourself

  • Self-love is about expressing and accepting the “beingness” or the “youness” of you. It is not a doing but a state of being. It is being comfortable in your own skin and mind.
  • Self-love is a shift more and more from the realms of the mind into the realms of the heart. It re-opens rooms long abandoned and forgotten and lets the light in.
  • If you want to claim your Divine dominion right now, really feel with your whole soul that you already love and accept yourself unconditionally. Walk, talk and dress like the Divine rock star you are.
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Treat yourself with understanding and compassion

  • When you love yourself, it doesn’t mean you are egoistical or arrogant. It simply means you accept yourself as you are and treat yourself with kindness, understanding and compassion.
  • Acknowledging our wounds and soothing them with self-compassion is a potent antidote to all forms of self-hate.
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Forgive yourself

  • Self-acceptance and self-love are twin siblings. They come alive when you let go of who you think you should be, and just be who you are. They are about loving all parts of yourself. They are about forgiving what you did in the past.
  • Your mistakes do not need to be a life sentence. The act of self-forgiveness is a conscious choice you must make every day.
  • Forgiveness rarely happens all at once; it is a process.
  • Forgiveness doesn’t necessarily mean reconciliation, but it does mean letting go of anger.
  • Forgiveness opens you to your true joyful nature.
  • Forgiveness can’t be forced or faked. Forgiveness happens when you’re ready to set the prisoner free in the realisation the prisoner has been you all along.
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Be kind to yourself and others

  • Many of us are deeply wounded and most of our scars are invisible which is why we must be kind to one another.
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Feel your inherent “enoughness”

  • I wish I could give you a big heartfelt hug and tell you how beautiful you are! I wish I could tell you face-to-face that every scar, emotional and physical, makes you who you are. You are enough! Feel this in your heart and bones.
  • Everything is a manifestation of the Divine and all things are perfect in their own unique way. The same Spirit which created the stars, planets and moons also created you.
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There is nothing more healing and powerful than self-love

  • The search for and attainment of external happiness can never be fruitful when we hate ourselves.
  • How you treat others is an outward expression of how you treat yourself. All outer transformation happens first within.
  • We need love and acceptance just like we need water and oxygen and the only truly reliable source for this is from within.
  • Something magical happens when you begin to love and accept yourself. You start to shine your light again. You realise that you are connected to a deeper Self, a divine spark within. This divine spark is the light of your inner awareness, illuminating all your life experiences, and when you sink back and rest in it, as it, it is felt as a sense of pure aliveness and joy.
  • The truth is that your relationship with yourself is the most important relationship you’ll ever have. It sets the tone for all the other relationships in your life.
  • A state of wellness or unwellness always begins with how you feel about yourself. Even modern science is discovering the connection between the mind and body.
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Realise you are a beautiful work in progress…

  • You are a verb, not a noun. Not an object, but a continual becoming. You are a living, breathing and ever-changing human being in transit. A work in progress.
  • As we grow older, we begin to see ourselves more and more as nouns. I am like this. I am like that. I like this. I hate that. And thus, we imprison ourselves in who we think we are, or who we think we should be. This is the source of all of our most self-limiting beliefs.
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…and that you are perfectly imperfect just as you are

  • An inner joy flooded into me as I realised I am perfectly imperfect just as I am. I realised all my spiritual striving was only the spiritual ego trying to enlighten itself. I really knew this time that I don’t need to enlighten myself because I am already whole. My true identity is not the seeker but the joyful spirit that is my innermost being. When I stopped searching for joy on the outside, joy found me on the inside. I realised that the joy arising within was my natural state of being. Joy is who I am. Joy is my very essence. Joy is my natural birthright.
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Stop living life based on the expectation of others…

  • We kill our dreams and passions in order to live a life based on the expectations of others.
  • We dim our light so we can conform to the world.
  • You cannot be the ultimate You when you are a slave to the dogma of another.
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…and let go of the need for external approval

  • My sense of self was determined by what I thought others would find acceptable and pleasing. The way I felt about myself depended entirely on what I thought others thought of me.
  • I craved the love of others to compensate for my lack of self-love. When our sense of self is dependent on external validation, we become slaves to the approval of others.
  • External approval is notoriously unreliable. Even when someone heaps approval on us, they have the power to withdraw it in an instant.
  • I desperately wanted to be loved by others, but in that wanting, I stopped loving myself.
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Realise your true worth

  • True self-worth is knowing your value doesn’t increase or decrease depending on someone’s judgements about you.
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Be unapologetically you

  • Seek to be yourself, and not the version others want you to be. Be the fruit loop in a world brimming with cheerios or the toucan in a world full of seagulls. And remember, everyone prefers Neapolitan ice-cream to plain vanilla.
  • Without your own authentic power, you are like a droopy flower with closed petals. But when you are courageous enough to be yourself and speak your truth, you are like a sunflower with your face outstretched towards the sun.
  • In our desperate attempt to be liked, we stop being true to ourselves. This is a tragedy because there is nothing more important or empowering than being yourself.
  • Don’t be nothing, be something! Be unapologetically yourself. Let the critics criticise and the quitters quit… you just keep going.
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Strive for realness

  • If we must strive, let us strive for realness, not perfection. Our scars make us real. Our imperfections make us beautiful. Our brokenness is where the light gets in.
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Say yes to your own needs

  • I was taught growing up that a “yes” attitude is the right attitude. The truth is that a “yes” attitude is a wonderful attitude only if you also say yes to our own needs. Even on an airplane in distress, you must first fit your own oxygen mask before you can effectively help others in need. It is not selfish to put your own needs first. In fact, it is doing others a service.
  • You cannot hope to fill another’s cup when your own cup is empty.
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Stop creating a sense of self based on externals

  • Change is the only certainty and creating a sense of self based on transient externals is to base our happiness and inner peace on something highly impermanent and completely unreliable.
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Instead, get in touch with your inner being for this is who you really are…

  • There is a space of presence within each of us that is all-forgiving, all-accepting and all-loving. This Divine-Spark exists within every living creature.
  • Remind yourself that you are not the judgemental voice which puts you down. You are not the inner critic. You are that which is aware of it. You are the space of awareness within which thoughts come and go.
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… and allow its light to shine

  • The light of our loving awareness transmutes darkness.
  • To taste freedom, we must let the sunshine of our inner being, the divinity within us, shine through our human form. The exquisite paradox is that more we accept and celebrate our humanness, the more transparent we become and the more our divinity shines through us.
  • To inhabit our body fully and saturate it with loving-kindness is what the world calls ‘glow.’ A person who has made their body and mind a home—not a prison—is one who radiates from the inside out, blessing the outer world with its light. That is love. That is the miracle of loving your “youness.”
  • Discover what is true for you. Feel the true, authentic source of Divine light within you now.
  • There is a power within us that is so magnificent that we would cry in sheer delight if we knew its greatness.
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Embrace all of life


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Realise the wonder and miracle of being alive and conscious

  • According to science, the chances of you being born are one in 400 trillion. The probability of you existing is virtually zero! Yet somehow, magically, you exist. Right now, at this very moment, you are alive and conscious. Isn’t that incredible?
  • It is a gift to be human, alive and conscious on this wondrous planet. We all have a purpose and mission that only we can fulfil. Do not let doubts drain your dreams.
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Realise life is a mystery and gift

  • Life is a delicious mystery and a wondrous gift, even with its chaos and commotion, highs and lows, joys and sorrows. It is a gift to gaze at the sunset, to lie under the evening stars, to listen to music, to swim in the ocean, to hear the laughter of children, to fall in love, to make love, to hug, to laugh and to cry. Life is an exquisite banquet where all can be tasted and enjoyed.
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Embrace all aspects of the human experience

  • I have come to discover that when you love life—life loves you back. To love life is to embrace all aspects of the human experience, both the easy and the difficult parts.
  • Life, in all its moods, and with all its twists, and turns, happens for us, not to us.
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Say giddy-up to life…

  • Self-empowerment is taking charge of your life. It’s saying to the world, “My choice. My way. My life!” It is saddling the horse of fear and saying, “Giddy up!” The wise don’t run away from fear, they ride with it. The great mistake is thinking one day you will be ready.
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…and dive into the unknown

  • The great mistake is thinking one day you will be ready. None of us will never ever be 100% ready. You must be prepared to make the leap anyway.
  • Go out and kick ass! Be your own knight in shining armour. Be your own hero. Be your own saviour. You are the only person responsible for your life.
  • The Universe always supports those who are willing to take a chance, dive into the unknown and follow their bliss against the odds.
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Realise life can be a struggle but struggle is beautiful…

  • Life is a process. And by its nature, it is a struggle. But it is a beautiful and worthwhile struggle. And when you realise that, it’s no longer so much of a struggle.
  • Transformation is painful and pain is part of life. But our struggle is never in vain.
  • The outdated belief that happiness is a constant state of peace is setting ourselves up for failure.
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…for without struggle, we cannot grow

  • Like the caterpillar, just when we think the world is over, we emerge from the chrysalis of our despair to discover the struggle has gifted us with wings to fly. Having shed our limits, we take to the air.
  • Any process of lasting growth is always uncomfortable. That’s why we talk about growing pains.
  • A master doesn’t blame others for his circumstances, he recognises them as golden opportunities for growth.
  • The tragedy and trials of life shape us but they do not define us. What defines us is how we use them to grow, evolve and transform into the persons we are destined to become.
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What would life be without its complications and challenges?

  • Next time life surprises you with an unexpected and unwelcome twist, imagine that your life is a movie. What would a movie be like with no complications or struggles? No opportunities for the hero to grow or learn, no challenges to overcome, no chance for the spirit to triumph over adversity? How pointless it would be and how boring! Life, like a movie, has its own script of challenges to grow from. Mixed in with the comedy and romance and feel good moments is trial and tragedy and even occasional horror. But without it, life would soon feel meaningless and purposeless.
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Realise suffering can be a wake-up call to wholeness

  • My suffering was the catalyst to my search for freedom. My fall into darkness allowed me to find my inner light.
  • Everything is positive, even the most intense suffering, if it makes us turn inwards and learn to love ourselves.
  • Life will never give us exactly what we want. But life will always give us exactly what we need. Suffering is a wakeup call to return to wholeness.
  • Suffering is not a curse if it encourages us to grow. Experiences that force us willingly or unwillingly to change are life’s invitations to expand our wings and fly to ever higher places.
  • We cannot reach the mountain top of love without first traversing the valley of despair.
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Realise mistakes have much to teach

  • … the path to the greatest fulfilment and meaning is almost always lined with its fair share of failures and mistakes. Without them, how would we ever learn and grow? The truth is that success feels good but it has little to teach.
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Life is about transcending our limits…

  • All self-growth and self-transformation is a process of change resulting from the shedding of our self-imposed limitations, just as a crawling caterpillar sheds its form to transform itself into a soaring butterfly. And so, through us, life evolves from limited towards limitless, just as it has evolved, through life forms before us, from sea to land to sky and into space.
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… allowing the universe to grow, expand and experience itself through us

  • The Universe wants to grow, expand and experience itself through you. Anything you do that makes you feel contracted, constricted or drained is a clear sign that your soul is struggling to breathe.
  • You are the Universe playing a cosmic game of hide and seek. It has intentionally lost itself to find itself through you. When you understand this, you have found freedom.
  • Our nature is to expand and transcend. It is the siren call of the divinity within us. It is what our inner being most wants to experience through us. No wonder we experience the triumph of the spirit when we transcend that which holds us back.
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Surrender to life…

  • Nature knows when to change seasons. Birds know when to migrate. The breath breathes itself, and the heart beats without effort. The heartbeat of the Universe sustains, maintains and unfolds according to its own rhythm. Life, in its most affirming state, is not about forcing anything but coming into sync with and surrendering to the natural rhythm of the Universe.
  • Faith is not a blind belief but a deep knowing that all is well. It is to trust that all is unfolding exactly as it is meant to for the good of the All.
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…and go with life’s flow

  • … the only true control we have is how we react to what life gives us. Life becomes much easier when we allow ourselves to go with the universal flow. To go with the flow is to let things be as they are. It is to stop pushing, pulling and grabbing at life’s lapels. Like a graceful and beautiful dance, we allow life to lead us without pushing back. As Alan Watts said, “The only way to make sense of change is to plunge into it, move with it, and join the dance.”
  • When you fight with the Universe, you are punching thin air and the Universe will remain undefeated every time.
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Rest in awareness…

  • True freedom is not about controlling your thoughts and feelings but becoming aware of them. It is about being fully present and consciously aware of your emotions; without wanting to change or fix them or push them away. It is about watching the mind without judging it. To watch without judgement is to become a space of loving awareness.
  • …witness your inner states passing like clouds overhead. Let the clouds pass. You are the sky. Your unconditional, aware presence is your true self. It is a space that is awake, open, unbounded and vast.
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…and be here now

  • The past, present and future are not linear. Everything is happening in this eternal now. The future is determined by what we do now; by our present state of consciousness. And magically, when we joyfully live in the present, we reframe and heal our past.
  • This now-moment is actually all we truly have. It’s where all of life happens.
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Befriend your mind

  • It’s impossible to win a war against an enemy with outposts inside your own head. There is no need for war. Befriend your mind. Let the thoughts be there, bathing them in non-judgemental awareness. By resting in awareness and accepting their presence, they will be free to pass through without nesting in your hair.
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Recognise and answer your calling…

  • The Calling is a message from the Universe about what you were called here to do. It is your passion and purpose. It gives your life meaning and depth. It motivates you to get up in the morning. It is your wild heart saying, ‘This is what I am supposed to be doing!’
  • A true calling transcends the fulfilling of only personal needs; it is the longing to awaken to our divine nature and thus, become an instrument of peace. It is the desire to serve others and to create something that will benefit humanity. The deeper the calling, the more you can trust the power of universal intelligence to look after your needs and show you the way.
  • Once we accept the calling, we start the inner journey towards a life of purpose and meaning. We let Life show us the way. We surrender, trust and allow the Divine to guide us.
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…by aligning your passion and gifts with the universe’s purpose for you

  • Inner genius is not about being smart. It is about unleashing the infinite creativity of your unique giftedness and passion.
  • A true calling is the alignment of your passion with the Universe’s purpose for you. The Universe’s desire becomes your desire.
  • Don’t ever lose that which awakens passion in you. What brings you joy is just as vital as breathing.
  • You might experience condemnation, criticism and confusion when you follow your heart, but it is better than sticking rigidly to the beaten track.
  • The Universe would not have created you if you didn’t have a gift to give.
  • You are a gift to the world at large, and no gift was ever meant to stay wrapped up in a box forever.
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Learn to say no to what drains you

  • Say no to what doesn’t feel right and yes to what does. As Derek Sivers said, “If you’re not saying, “Hell yeah!” then say no.” True self-empowerment is saying no to what drains you and yes to what excites and energises you.
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Listen to and trust your inner voice…

  • When you trust your intuition, you are in sync with the heartbeat of the Universe. Your intuition is an inner GPS which guides and navigates you.
  • Your intuition is the small, quiet voice within that speaks through feelings, impulses, instincts and inspired thoughts. This voice is continuously giving guidance but most of us have too much mental noise to tune in to it.
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…and don’t mind the critics

  • Have compassion for the incessant critics; they are so used to living in a self-imposed prison that they are threatened to see someone stepping out of it.
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Inner Engineering: A Yogi’s Guide to Joy (Sadhguru)

  • Responsibility simply means your ability to respond.
  • Reactivity is enslavement. Responsibility is freedom.
  • Learning to listen is the essence of intelligent living.
  • You cannot transform the world without transforming the individual.
  • If you handle your entire life with logic alone, you will end up a mess.
  • Unless you do the right things, the right things will not happen to you.
  • When pain, misery, or anger happen, it is time to look within you, not around you.
  • Your ideas of good and bad are just a certain level of prejudice against life.
  • You cannot be partying till early morning and attempt to scale Mount Everest tomorrow!
  • Confidence and stupidity are a very dangerous combination, but they generally go together.
  • It is our compulsive reaction to the situations in which we are placed that causes stress.
  • To program the calories you must consume and the number of hours you must sleep is a foolish way to handle life.
  • An intellectual understanding that is not backed by experiential knowledge can lead to mind games and deceptive states.
  • Most carnivorous animals do not eat every day—definitely not three times a day! They know the food they eat moves very slowly through their tracts.
  • Eating natural foods, in their uncooked condition, when the cells are still alive, will bring an enormous sense of health and vitality to the system.
  • The only thing that stands between you and your well-being is a simple fact: you have allowed your thoughts and emotions to take instruction from the outside rather than the inside. On
  • But to be loving is simply this: a willingness to respond freely and openly. Right now, it may be limited to one or two people in your lives. But it is possible to extend this ability to embrace the entire world.
  • The most beautiful moments in your life—what you might consider moments of bliss, joy, ecstasy, or utter peace—were moments when you were not thinking about anything at all. You were just being. Even without your thoughts, existence is.
  • Pain or pleasure, joy or misery, agony or ecstasy, happens only inside you. Human folly is that people are always trying to extract joy from the outside. You may use the outside as a stimulus or trigger, but the real thing always comes from within.
  • The truth is timeless, but the technology and the language are always contemporary. If they weren’t, they would deserve to be discarded. No tradition, however time-honored, deserves to live on as anything more than a museum piece if it has outlived its relevance.
  • If you eat raw meat, it takes between seventy to seventy-two hours to pass through your system; cooked meat takes fifty to fifty-two hours; cooked vegetables twenty-four to thirty hours; uncooked vegetables twelve to fifteen hours; fruits one and a half to three hours.
  • The way you eat not only decides your physical health, but the very way you think, feel, and experience life. Trying to eat intelligently means understanding what kind of fuel this body is designed for and accordingly supplying it, so that it functions at its best. 
  • Every moment there are a million miracles happening around you: a flower blossoming, a bird tweeting, a bee humming, a raindrop falling, a snowflake wafting along the clear evening air. There is magic everywhere. If you learn how to live it, life is nothing short of a daily miracle.
  • Enlightenment is not an attainment or an achievement. It is a homecoming. Your senses give you the impression that you are experiencing the outside, but you have never experienced the outside. When you realize that all that you experience is within, that absolute homecoming is enlightenment.
  • If you have a good seed and if you create the right atmosphere, it will sprout. Creating the right atmosphere of body and mind is the only work. You do not have to do anything else. No teachings of morality, no metaphysical discourses are needed. If your humanity is stirred, you are a beautiful human being.
  • It has always seemed to me odd that the world does not realize the immensity of a state of ‘I do not know.’ Those who destroy that state with beliefs and assumptions completely miss an enormous possibility—the possibility of knowing. They forget that ‘I do not know’ is the doorway—the only doorway—to seeking and knowing.
  • My ability to respond is limitless, but my ability to act is limited. I am one hundred percent responsible for everything I am and everything I am not, for my capacities and my incapacities, for my joys and my miseries. I am the one who determines the nature of my experience in this life and beyond. I am the maker of my life.
  • The whole effort of the spiritual process is to break the boundaries you have drawn for yourself and experience the immensity that you are. The aim is to unshackle yourself from the limited identity you have forged, as a result of your own ignorance, and live the way the Creator made you—utterly blissful and infinitely responsible.
  • The whole effort of the spiritual process is to break the boundaries you have drawn for yourself and experience the immensity that you are. The aim is to unshackle yourself from the limited identity you have forged, as a result of your own ignorance, and live the way the Creator made you—utterly blissful and infinitely responsible.
  • The planet is spinning on time: not a small event. All the galaxies are managing fine; the whole cosmos is doing great. But you have one nasty little thought crawling through your head, and it is a bad day! The problem is you are living in a psychological space that bears no connection with reality. And you are insecure, because it can collapse at any moment.
  • Morality is worthwhile because it helps ensure social order, but it is capable of wreaking inner havoc. Since nobody can live by the morals prescribed by most religions, most of humanity lives in a state of perpetual guilt, shame, and fear. This is a tragically crippled existence. Humanity will also bring social order, but it requires no external enforcement whatsoever.
  • When you realize that all your material achievements are of value only in comparison with those who don’t have them, this is joy that springs from another’s deprivation. Can you really call this joy? Isn’t it actually a kind of sickness? It is time everyone addressed this. If you were alone on this planet, what would you want for yourself? Ask yourself this question and see where it takes you.
  • Put simply, our inner ecology is a mess. Somehow we think that fixing outer conditions will make everything okay on the inside. But these past 150 years are proof that technology will only bring comfort and convenience to us, not well-being. We need to understand that unless we do the right things, the right things will not happen to us: this is true not just of the outside world, but also the inside.
  • Being responsible is taking ownership of your life. It means you have taken the first radical step to becoming a complete human being—fully conscious and fully human. In taking responsibility and beginning the journey toward conscious living, you are putting an end to the age-old patterns of assigning blame outward or heavenward. You have begun the greatest adventure life has to offer: the voyage inward.
  • Why do you need to be pleasant within? The answer is self-evident. When you are in a pleasant inner state, you are naturally pleasant to everyone and everything around you. No scripture or philosophy is needed to instruct you to be good to others. It is a natural outcome when you are feeling good within yourself. Inner pleasantness is a surefire insurance for the making of a peaceful society and a joyful world.
  • Only if you realize you are responsible do you have the freedom to create yourself the way you want to be, not as a reaction to the situations in which you exist. Reactivity is enslavement. Responsibility is freedom. When you are able to create yourself the way you want, you can create your life the way you want as well. Your outer life may not be a hundred percent in your control, but your inner life always will.
  • Logically, somebody who never put effort into anything should be the master of effortlessness. But it is not so. If you want to know effortlessness, you need to know effort. When you reach the peak of effort, you become effortless. Only a person who knows what it is to work understands rest. Paradoxically, those who are always resting know no rest; they only sink into dullness and lethargy. This is the way of life.
  • Our body and brain work at their best only when the stomach is empty. So be conscious of eating in such a way that within two and a half hours, your food moves out of the stomach, and within twelve to eighteen hours completely out of the system. With this simple awareness you will experience much more energy, agility, and alertness. These are the ingredients of a successful life, irrespective of what you choose to do with it.
  • Everything that ever happened to you, you experienced right within you. Light and darkness, pain and pleasure, agony and ecstasy—all of it happened within you. If someone touches your hand right now, you may think you are experiencing their hand, but the fact of the matter is you are only experiencing the sensations in your own hand. The whole experience is contained within. All human experience is one hundred percent self-created.
  • When it comes to external realities, each human being is differently capable. What one does, the other may not be able to do. But when it comes to inner realities, all of us are equally capable. There is no guarantee that you will be able to sing, dance, climb a mountain, or make money, merely because you want to. But making your inner life blissful is something that everyone is capable of. It cannot be denied to you, if you are willing.
  • If you have to be in love, you should not be. The English expression ‘falling in love’ is very significant. You don’t climb in love, you don’t stand in love, you don’t fly in love, you fall in love. Something of you should fall or melt away to accommodate the other. There is a distinction between a transaction and a love affair. A love affair need not be with any particular person; you could be having a great love affair with life itself.
  • People will always find ways to subvert values, morals, and ethics. But when you are naturally joyful, you are naturally pleasant with the world around you. Spirituality does not mean moving away from life; it means becoming alive to the core, in the fullest possible way. With age, physical agility may diminish, but the level of joy and aliveness need not. If your level of joy and aliveness is declining, you are committing suicide in installments.
  • To be loving is simply this: a willingness to respond freely and openly. Right now, it may be limited to one or two people in your lives. But it is possible to extend this ability to embrace the entire world. Does it mean going out into the streets and hugging everyone? No. That would be crazy—not to mention, irresponsible. As we have said, responsibility is not about action, but a way of being. Love is not something you do; it is just the way you are.
  • Do you want to be a living being or a thinking being? Right now, ninety percent of the time, you are only thinking about life, not living it. Have you come into this world to experience life or to think about it? Your mental process is a very small happening compared to the life process, but right now it has become far more important. It is time for humanity to shift the significance to the life process once again. The need is an urgent one. Our lives depend on it.
  • There is something within every human being that dislikes boundaries, that is longing to become boundless. Human nature is such that we always yearn to be something more than what we are right now. No matter how much we achieve, we still want to be something more. If we just looked at this closely, we would realize that this longing is not for more; this longing is for all. We are all seeking to become infinite. The only problem is that we are seeking it in installments.
  • Whenever we have had to do something about our lives, we have taken it into our hands. Whenever it comes to other people’s misfortunes, we have a word to explain it: destiny. And what a convenient word that is. Destiny has become a popular scapegoat, a way to deal with failure, a fatalistic ruse to reconcile ourselves to all kinds of uncomfortable situations. But turning inward is the first step from passivity to agency—from being a victim toward becoming a master of your own destiny.
  • When I first came to the United States, I heard everybody talking about ‘stress management.’ It puzzled me. Why would anybody want to manage stress? I always thought we managed the things that are precious to us—our money, our business, our family. It took me time to see that people have assumed that stress is an inevitable part of their lives! They do not see that it is entirely self-created and self-inflicted. Once you take charge of your inner life, there is no such thing as stress.
  • Your body is just a loan from this planet. What you call ‘death’ is just Mother Earth reclaiming the loan that she offered to you. All life on this planet is just a recycle of the earth. You may think right now that you are going to your office, home, or football match, but as far as your body is concerned, it is going, moment by moment, straight toward the grave. Right now, you may have forgotten, but slowly, as time passes, it will become more apparent that this is the nature of the body.
  • If terrible things have happened to you, you ought to have grown wise. If the worst possible events have befallen you, you should be the wisest of the lot. But instead of growing wise, most people become wounded. In a state of conscious response, it is possible to use every life situation—however ugly—as an opportunity for growth. But if you habitually think, ‘I am the way I am because of someone else,’ you are using life situations merely as an opportunity for self-destruction or stagnation.
  • There is really no such thing as conditional love and unconditional love. There are conditions and there is love. When you talk about love, it has to be unconditional. The moment there is a condition, it just amounts to a transaction. Maybe a convenient transaction, maybe a good arrangement, but that will not fulfill you or transport you to another dimension. It is just convenient. Love need not necessarily be convenient; most of the time it is not. It takes life. You have to invest yourself.
  • If terrible things have happened to you, you ought to have grown wise. If the worst possible events have befallen you, you should be the wisest of the lot. But instead of growing wise, most people become wounded. In a state of conscious response, it is possible to use every life situation—however ugly—as an opportunity for growth. But if you habitually think, I am the way I am because of someone else, you are using life situations merely as an opportunity for self-destruction or stagnation.
  • Infectious diseases happen because of external organisms, but chronic diseases are manufactured daily by human beings. When your energy body is in full vibrancy and proper balance, chronic diseases cannot exist in the body. I could introduce you to thousands of people who have gotten rid of their physical and psychological ailments just by doing certain simple yogic practices. These practices are not aimed at the disease. They are just aimed at bringing a certain harmony and vitality to the energy body.
  • Just like you cannot transform a wall without transforming each individual brick. Or a football team without transforming each of the individual players. Or a relationship without transforming each of the individual actions. What most people miss, in my opinion, is the immediate opportunity in exchange for a grandiose vision. Our opportunity to change the world is right in front of our faces every day, but so many of us are too busy thinking about how we can change the whole world and are doing nothing instead.
  • Most people think peace and joy are the goals of the spiritual life. This is a fallacy. Peace and joy are the basic requirements for a life of well-being. If you want to enjoy your dinner tonight, you must be peaceful and happy. If you want to enjoy your family, the work that you do, the world that you live in, you must must be peaceful and happy. Peace and joy are not things you attain at the end of life. They are the basis of your life. If you consider peace to be the ultimate goal, you will only ‘rest in peace’!
  • The most horrific things in life can be a source of nourishment if you accept, ‘I am responsible for the way I am now.’ It is possible to transform the greatest adversity into a stepping-stone for personal growth. If you take one hundred percent responsibility for the way you are now, a brighter tomorrow is a possibility. But if you take no responsibility for the present—if you blame your parents, your friend, your husband, your girlfriend, your colleagues for the way you are—you have forsaken your future even before it comes.
  • Gautama the Buddha is supposed to have lived 2,500 years ago, and Jesus is supposed to have lived 2,000 years ago, but as far as I am concerned, both are a living reality. Once you create a certain volume of work with your life energies, it is permanent for all practical purposes and time does not destroy it. If you work with the physical body of flesh and blood, it has a limited life span. If you use your mind, the life span of that work is much longer. But if you work with your fundamental life energies, then the result is timeless.
  • Love has nothing to do with someone else. It is all about you. It is a way of being. It essentially means you have brought sweetness into your emotion. If a loved one travels to another country, would you still be able to love them? You would. If a loved one passed away, would you still be able to love them? You would. Even if a loved one is not physically with you anymore, you are still capable of being loving. So, what is love then? It is just your own quality. You are only using the other person as a key to open up what is already within you.
  • If you really want to know spirituality, don’t look for anything. People think spirituality is about looking for God or truth or the ultimate. The problem is you have already defined what you are looking for. It is not the object of your search that is important; it is the faculty of looking. The ability to simply look without motive is missing in the world today. Everybody is a psychological creature, wanting to assign meaning to everything. Seeking is not about looking for something. It is about enhancing your perception, your very faculty of seeing.
  • We all have an Everest in our lives. A challenge that surpasses all of the other challenges we could face and yet, excites us to our core. A challenge that we know is going to take every ounce of strength and vigor and focus that we have and yet, still entices us to step forward. A challenge that feels right. One which our whole lives have prepared us for and one that matches our drive to our potential; our talents to our interests; our aptitude to our attitude. The type of challenge that you would skip a full night of partying for because your mission is more important to you.
  • Responsibility is not burdensome. Boundaries are burdensome. If you draw yourself a boundary, whether of ideology, caste, creed, race, or religion, you cannot move beyond it and you end up stuck for no reason at all. These boundaries only end up breeding fear, hatred, and anger. The bigger your boundary, the more burdensome it becomes. But if your responsibility is limitless, where’s the boundary? No boundary, no burden. This is the turnaround in human consciousness that needs to take place. Once this happens, it is not that the cosmos begins to happen your way. Instead, what you are becomes cosmic. This is not transcendence; this is homecoming.
  • One of the biggest problems in the world today is loneliness. It is quite incredible. The planet is teeming with seven billion people, but people are lonely! If someone enjoys being alone, there is no problem at all. But most people are suffering because of it! They are going through serious psychological problems as a consequence. If you are lonely, it is because you have chosen to become an island unto yourself. It doesn’t have to be this way. ‘I am not responsible’ makes you unwilling to get along with anyone—until you can’t even get along with yourself. It often comes to a point when you believe you are not even responsible for what is happening within yourself!
  • One of the biggest problems in the world today is loneliness. It is quite incredible. The planet is teeming with seven billion people, but people are lonely! If someone enjoys being alone, there is no problem at all. But most people are suffering because of it! They are going through serious psychological problems as a consequence. If you are lonely, it is because you have chosen to become an island unto yourself. It doesn’t have to be this way. I am not responsible makes you unwilling to get along with anyone—until you can’t even get along with yourself. It often comes to a point when you believe you are not even responsible for what is happening within yourself!
  • Why is it that our love gets locked behind a door that needs opening? Why is it that we aren’t able to open up to what is already within us on our own, intuitively, and without prompting? Why is love seen only (or perhaps primarily) as being a product of something that happens in a relationship between two people? For, as Sadhguru points out above, love has nothing to do with anyone else—it has only to do with you. And if that’s true and if love is a way of being, then where might we have lost our way? Why might we have stored our love away behind a locked door? Shouldn’t sweetness into our emotion be the default and most enjoyable state that beats any of the alternatives?
  • Never before has a generation of people known the comforts and conveniences we have today. And yet, we cannot claim to be the most joyful or loving generation in history. A vast number of people live in states of constant anxiety and depression. Some are suffering their failure, but ironically, many are suffering the consequences of their success. Some are suffering their limitations, but many are suffering their freedom. What is missing is human consciousness. Everything else is in place, but the human being is not in place. If human beings stopped obstructing the path to their own happiness, every other solution is at hand. You cannot transform the world without transforming the individual.
  • Everybody thinks their job is stressful. No job is stressful. There are many jobs that could present challenging situations. There could be nasty bosses, insecure colleagues, emergency rooms, impossible deadlines—or you might even find yourself in the middle of a war zone! But these are not inherently stressful. It is our compulsive reaction to the situations in which we are placed that causes stress. Stress is a certain level of internal friction. One can easily lubricate the inner mechanism with some amount of inner work and awareness. So, it is your inability to handle your own system that is stressing you out. On some level, you do not know how to handle your body, mind, and emotions; that is the problem.
  • The way you think is the way you feel, but thought and feeling seem to be different in your experience. Why is this so? Because thought has a certain clarity, a certain agility about it. Emotion is slower. Today, you think this is a very wonderful person and you have warm feelings about him. Suddenly, he does something that you don’t like, and you think he is horrible. Your thought tells you he is horrible, but your emotion cannot change immediately. It struggles. If it is sweet now, it cannot turn bitter at the very next moment. It takes time to turn around. It has a wider turning arc. Depending on the strength of your emotion, maybe it will take three days or three months or three years, but after some time, it will turn around.a
  • Separateness is a myth. The content of both your physical and mental bodies has been gathered from the outside. They belong to you but they are not you. If you want to go the way your body is going currently, you should know that it is going straight to the grave. Similarly, whatever you know as the mind is a complex mess of all the stuff that it has been accumulating. The objectives of the mind are entirely self-created. They may seem to be fine right now, but they usually take you completely away from the process of life. So, if you go the way your mind goes, you should know you are heading toward an alternative psychological creation; it may be fascinating, stimulating, or even comforting for a length of time, but it bears no relation at all to existential reality.
  • Well-being is just a deep sense of pleasantness within. If your body feels pleasant, we call this health. If it becomes very pleasant, we call this pleasure. If your mind becomes pleasant, we call this peace. If it becomes very pleasant, we call this joy. If your emotions become pleasant, we call this love. If they become very pleasant, we call this compassion. If your life energies become pleasant, we call this bliss. If they become very pleasant, we call this ecstasy. This is all that you are seeking: pleasantness within and without. When pleasantness is within, it is termed peace, joy, happiness. When your surroundings become pleasant, it gets branded success. If you’re not interested in any of this and want to go to heaven, what are you seeking? Just otherworldly success! So, essentially all human experience is only a question of pleasantness and unpleasantness in varying degrees.
  • Sadhana Look around. Among your family, coworkers, and friends, can you see how everyone has different levels of perception? Just observe this closely. If you know a few people who seem to have a greater clarity of perception than others, watch how they conduct their body. They often have a certain poise without practice. But just a little practice can make an enormous difference. If you sit for just a few hours a day with your spine erect, you will see that it will have an unmistakable effect on your life. You will now begin to understand what I mean by the geometry of your existence. Just the way you hold your body determines almost everything about you. Another way of listening to life is paying attention to it experientially, not intellectually or emotionally. Choose any one thing about yourself: your breath, your heartbeat, your pulse, your little finger. Just pay attention to it for eleven minutes at a time. Do this at least three times a day. Keep your attention on any sensation, but feel free to continue doing whatever you are doing. If you lose attention, it doesn’t matter. Simply refocus your attention. This practice will allow you to move from mental alertness to awareness. You will find the quality of your life experience will begin to change.

 

The Shadow Effect (Deepak Chopra, Debbie Ford, Marianne Williamson)

  • You get the emotions you think you deserve. Deepak Chopra
  • You are not in the world. The world is in you. Deepak Chopra
  • The level of the problem is never the level of the solution. Deepak Chopra,
  • Only in the presence of an unwavering commitment to facing our demons does the doorway to self-discovery open. Debbie Ford
  • To the shadow, the light is an enemy. But to the light, the shadow is nothing. It simply does not exist. Marianne Williamson
  • More damage is inflicted by people who think they have it all together than by people who have been humbled by the realization that they probably do not. Marianne Williamson
  • We can’t fight darkness with darkness. We have to find compassion, and embrace the darkness inside of us in order to understand it and, ultimately, to transcend it. Debbie Ford
  • We heal when we feel forgiven. We heal in the presence of compassion. If you really want someone to change, the miracle lies in your ability to see how perfect they already are. Marianne Williamson
  • Just as you take a shower or bath in the morning to get yesterday’s dirt off your body, you do your spiritual practice in the morning to get yesterday’s thinking off your mind and heart. Marianne Williamson
  • Inside you is the cause of every war. It is your violence, hidden and denied, that leads to wars of every kind, whether it is war inside your home, against others in society, or between nations. Krishnamurti
  • Big, blown-out fantasies about our lives stem from the pain of our unrealized potential, but true dreams are a reality we are willing to work for, fight for, stay up late for—this is a future that is within our reach. Debbie Ford
  • [When asked if she held any anger towards Hitler] I wouldn’t hold on to any anger toward Hitler. If I did, he would win the war, because I would still be carrying him around with me wherever I went. Edith Eva Eger, Auschwitz survivor
  • How much better this world would be if more of us would cultivate the sacred in our daily lives. Our busyness is often our enemy, making it hard for us to slow down long enough to breathe in the ethers of the spiritual planes. Marianne Williamson
  • Whatever we judge or condemn in another is ultimately a disowned or rejected part of ourselves. When we are in the midst of projection, it appears as though we are seeing the other person, but in reality we are seeing a hidden aspect of ourselves. Debbie Ford
  • Our power to override their destructive intensity lies in our ability to love with as much conviction as they show in hate. Hating with conviction, they draw forth more hatred; when we love with greater conviction, we will draw forth more love. Marianne Williamson
  • Sometimes, we forget that we ever wanted anything different from what we have. The repetitiveness of our toxic memory can lure us into years of accepting more of the same and wasting away in a mediocre existence that fails to meet even our own expectations. Debbie Ford
  • Every one of us has constructed an ego-based identity in which we have assigned ourselves an acceptable role that eventually smothers our full self-expression. Rather than being who we really are, we become a characterization of the person we think we ‘should’ be. Debbie Ford
  • Only when we stop pretending to be something we are not—when we no longer feel the need to hide or overcompensate for either our weaknesses or our gifts—will we know the freedom of expressing our authentic self and have the ability to make choices that are based on the life we truly desire to live. Debbie Ford
  • When we expose our dark side, we understand how our personal history dictates the way we treat those around us—and how we treat ourselves. This is why it’s imperative that we unmask it and understand it. To do this, we must uncover what we’ve hidden and befriend the very impulses and characteristics that we abhor. Debbie Ford
  • Although ignoring or repressing our dark side is the norm, the sobering truth is that running from the shadow only intensifies its power. Denying it only leads to more pain, suffering, regret, and resignation. If we fail to take responsibility and extract the wisdom that has been hidden beneath the surface of our conscious minds, the shadow will take charge. Debbie Ford
  • Poet and author Robert Bly describes the shadow as an invisible bag that each of us carries around on our back. As we’re growing up, we put in the bag every aspect of ourselves that is not acceptable to our families and friends. Bly believes we spend the first few decades of our life filling up our bag, and then the rest of our life trying to retrieve everything we’ve hidden away. Debbie Ford
  • We possess every human characteristic and emotion, whether active or dormant, whether conscious or unconscious. There is nothing we can conceive of that we are not. We are everything—that which we consider good and that which we consider bad. How could we know courage if we have never known fear? How could we know happiness if we never experienced sadness? How could we know light if we never knew dark? Debbie Ford
  • When we hold on to our resentments toward ourselves or anyone else, we bind ourselves to the very thing that has caused us pain by a cord stronger than steel. As my dear friend Brent BecVar shares, refusing to forgive those who have hurt us ‘is like being a drowning person whose head is being held under water by someone else. At some point you realize that you have to be the one who fights your way back to the surface.’ Debbie Ford
  • It sounds strange, but feelings have feelings. Being part of you, they know when they are unwanted. Fear cooperates by hiding; anger cooperates by pretending it doesn’t exist. That’s more than half the problem. How can you heal an unwanted feeling when it’s trying not to cooperate? You can’t. Until you make peace with negative feelings, they will persist. The way to deal with negativity is to acknowledge it. Nothing more is needed. Deepak Chopra
  • We all have a mental image of what a desirable physical body is like—trim, healthy, youthful, fresh, pleasing to look at. But we don’t use those qualities with regard to our emotions, our ’emotional body.’ The emotional body, like the physical body, must be properly nourished. It can grow tired and flabby when the same responses to the world are repeated over and over. It becomes diseased when exposed to toxins and unhealthy influences. Deepak Chopra
  • t’s ironic that to find the courage to lead an authentic life, you will have to go into the dark rooms of your most inauthentic self. You have to confront the very parts of yourself that you fear most to find what you have been looking for, because the mechanism that drives you to conceal your darkness is the same mechanism that has you hide your light. What you’ve been hiding from can actually give you what you’ve been trying hard to achieve. Debbie Ford
  • To be a whole human being, we have to acknowledge the existence of all our feelings, human qualities, and experiences and value not just the parts of ourselves that our ego has deemed acceptable, but everything that we have deemed wrong or bad. If we are willing to allow our dark side to be a part of the whole of who we are, we will find it comes equipped with all the power, skill, intelligence, and force needed to do great things in the world. Debbie Ford
  • The conflict between who we are and who we want to be is at the core of the human struggle. Duality, in fact, lies at the very center of the human experience. Life and death, good and evil, hope and resignation coexist in every person and exert their force in every facet of our lives. If we know courage, it is because we have also experienced fear; if we can recognize honesty, it is because we have encountered deceit. And yet most of us deny or ignore our dualistic nature. Deepak Chopra
  • Why do we have access to so much wisdom yet fail to have the strength and courage to act upon our good intentions by making powerful choices? Why do we continue to act out in ways that go against our value system and all that we stand for? […] It is because of our unexamined life, our darker self, our shadow self where our unclaimed power lies hidden. It is here, in this least likely place, that we will find the key to unlock our strength, our happiness, and our ability to live out our dreams. Debbie Ford
  • I believe that the shadow is one of the greatest gifts available to us. Carl Jung called it a ‘sparring partner’; it is the opponent within us that exposes our flaws and sharpens our skills. It is the teacher, the trainer, and the guide that supports us in uncovering our true magnificence. The shadow is not a problem to be solved or an enemy to be conquered but a fertile field to be cultivated. When we dig our hands into its rich soil, we will discover the potent seeds of the people we most desire to be. Debbie Ford
  • Your character defects are not where you’re bad, but where you’re wounded. But no matter who or what caused the wound, it’s yours now and you’re responsible for it. The only person who can bring it up and release it is you. Ultimately, it doesn’t matter where you got your character defects anyway. They’re yours now. You can’t live with a sign around your neck saying, ‘It’s not my fault. My parents were difficult.’ Your only way out of your conundrum is to take total responsibility for those defects. Marianne Williamson
  • Like the lotus flower that is born out of mud, we must honor the darkest parts of ourselves and the most painful of our life’s experiences, because they are what allow us to birth our most beautiful self. We need the messy, muddy past, the muck of our human life—the combination of every hurt, wound, loss, and unfulfilled desire blended with every joy, success, and blessing to give us the wisdom, the perspective, and the drive to step into the most magnificent expression of ourselves. This is the gift of the shadow. Debbie Ford
  • Let us not underestimate the power of the shadow. It’s not enough to just meditate sometimes; we should meditate daily. It’s not enough, if you’re a recovering addict, to attend a meeting every once in a while; you should attend a meeting every day. It’s not enough that we forgive a few people; we must try our best to forgive everyone, for only love is real. If I withhold it from anyone, then I withhold it from myself. And it’s not enough to love only when it’s easy; we must try to expand our capacity to love even when it’s hard. Marianne Williamson
  • The shadow does not leave when it is attacked; it heals when it is forgiven. We do not take off our shadowy mask in the presence of someone who blames us, but rather in the presence of someone who says through words or behavior, ‘I know this is not who you are.’ We miraculously heal in the presence of someone who believes in our light even when we are lost in our darkness. And when we learn to see others in the light of their true being, whether they are showing us that light or not, then we have the power to work that miracle for them. Marianne Williamson

 

 

A Course in Miracles (Helen Schucman)

  • Do what you love.
  • Love holds no grievances.
  • Anger comes from judgment.
  • God is in everything I see.
  • There are no idle thoughts.
  • Your reality is only spirit.
  • The ego lives by comparisons.
  • Light shall be my guide today.
  • Only the self-accused condemn.
  • There is nothing outside you.
  • Nothing conflicts with oneness.
  • To the ego, the mind is private.
  • Joy and peace are my inheritance.
  • I am affected only by my thoughts.
  • Light, joy, and peace abide in me.
  • To take offense is to give offense.
  • Forgiveness is the key to happiness.
  • In quietness are all things answered.
  • Nothing you see means anything alone.
  • Only the creations of light are real.
  • Trust would settle every problem now.
  • Spirit is in a state of grace forever.
  • God’s will for me is perfect happiness.
  • This instant is the only time there is.
  • What you would hide is hidden from you.
  • Each only love for that is what you are.
  • The ego cannot survive without judgment.
  • The hush of heaven holds my heart today.
  • The miracle but calls your ancient name.
  • Do you prefer that you be right or happy?
  • Reason cannot see sin, but can see errors.
  • Wholeness heals because it is of the mind.
  • Teach only love, for that is what you are.
  • The memory of God comes to the quiet mind.
  • Peace is stronger than war because it heals.
  • Infinite patience produces immediate results.
  • The mind that serves spirit is invulnerable.
  • A therapist doesn’t heal, he lets healing be.
  • Let your self be one with something beyond it.
  • The future is but an extension of the present.
  • Therefore you are in a state of grace forever.
  • Fear binds the world. Forgiveness sets it free.
  • All disease comes from a state of unforgiveness.
  • Illusions about yourself and the world are one.
  • Perception selects, and makes the world you see.
  • What you think you are is a belief to be undone.
  • When you do not value yourself, you become sick.
  • All healing is essentially the release from fear.
  • If you did not feel guilty, you could not attack.
  • Rest does not come from sleeping but from waking.
  • Clean but the mirror and the message shines forth.
  • When you want only love, you will see nothing else.
  • A miracle is a shift in perception from fear to love.
  • Are you afraid to find a loss of self in finding God?
  • Fantasies are the veil behind which truth is hidden.
  • God is in everything I see because God is in my mind.
  • Love created me like itself…Love holds no grievances.
  • The world does nothing to him. He only thought it did.
  • If you attack error in another, you will hurt yourself.
  • Questioning illusions is the first step in undoing them.
  • Enlightenment is but a recognition, not a change at all.
  • A decision is a conclusion based on everything you believe.
  • Forgiveness is the healing of the perception of separation.
  • You who want peace can only find it by complete forgiveness.
  • Love will immediately enter into any mind that truly wants it.
  • Ego seeks to divide and separate. Spirit seeks to unify and heal.
  • Illness is some form of external searching. Health is inner peace.
  • The hidden can terrify not for what it is, but for its hiddenness.
  • The special have enemies, for they are different and not the same.
  • Where there is fear, it is because you have not made up your mind.
  • Every situation properly perceived, becomes an opportunity to heal.
  • There is an ancient peace you carry in your heart and have not lost.
  • It is never the idol that you want, but what you think it offers you.
  • Rebirth is merely the dawning on your mind of what is already in it.
  • The ego seeks to divide and separate. Spirit seeks to unify and heal.
  • A sense of separation from God is the only lack you really need correct.
  • It is impossible to seek for pleasure through the body and not find pain.
  • Give faith to one another, for faith and hope and mercy are yours to give.
  • The Holy Spirit sees the world as a teaching device for bringing you home.
  • God calls and you do not hear, for you are preoccupied with your own voice.
  • Innocence is wisdom because it is unaware of evil, and evil does not exist.
  • The miracle comes quietly into the mind that stops an instant and is still.
  • What is healing but the removal of all that stands in the way of knowledge.
  • Discomfort is aroused only to bring the need for correction into awareness.
  • Forgiveness is truth’s reflection. Behold his sinlessness and be you healed.
  • Perfect love casts out fear. If fear exists, then there is not perfect love.
  • The kind of rest you seek, you will find not from sleeping but from waking.
  • The world the holy see is beautiful because they see their innocence in it.
  • All your past except its beauty is gone… and nothing is left but a blessing.
  • Don’t deny yourself the message of relief that every brother offers you now.
  • Let me look on the world I see as the representation of my own state of mind.
  • Seek not to change the world, but choose to change your mind about the world.
  • Fear is not of the present, but only the past and future, which do not exist.
  • If you but knew the meaning of His Love, hope and despair would be impossible.
  • All power is given you in earth and Heaven. There is nothing that you cannot do.
  • The death of specialness is not your death, but your awakening into life eternal.
  • In your brother is the light. See him as sinless, and there can be no fear in you.
  • Only those who have a real and lasting sense of abundance can be truly charitable.
  • Heaven is not a place or a condition. It is merely an awareness of perfect oneness.
  • Let forgiveness be the substitute for fear. This is the only rule for happy dreams.
  • Nothing real can be threatened. Nothing unreal exists. Herein lies the peace of God
  • When you forget, remember that you walk with Him and with His Word upon your heart.
  • Those who are certain of the outcome, can afford to wait, and wait without anxiety.
  • Perception follows judgment. Having judged, we therefore see what we would look upon.
  • The world is only in the mind of its maker. Do not believe it is outside of yourself.
  • Whenever you are afraid you are deceived, and your mind cannot serve the Holy Spirit.
  • You are free to believe what you choose, and what you do attests to what you believe.
  • Healing is accomplished the instant the sufferer no longer sees any value in the pain.
  • Love has no darkened temples where mysteries are kept obscure and hidden from the sun.
  • Our minds are whole because they are one. If you are sick you are withdrawing from me.
  • Pain’s purpose is the same as pleasure, for they both are means to make the body real.
  • Forgiveness can truly be called salvation. It is the means by which illusions disappear.
  • Remember that no one is where he is by accident, and chance plays no part in God’s plan.
  • The world believes in sin, but the belief that made it as you see it is not outside you.
  • There is no time, no place, no state where God is absent. There is nothing to be feared.
  • All forms of sickness, even unto death, are physical expressions of the fear of awakening.
  • Every choice you make establishes your own identity as you will see it and believe it is.
  • It’s not up to you what you learn, but only whether you learn through joy or through pain.
  • This is a course in mind training. All learning involves attention and study at some level.
  • Behold, you Son of God, what life can offer you. Would you choose sickness in place of this?
  • Delusional ideas are not real thoughts, although you can believe in them. But you are wrong.
  • The search for love is but the honest searching out of everything that interferes with love.
  • Perception is but a mirror, not a fact. What I look on is my state of mind reflected outward.
  • You will remember everything the instant you desire it wholly. To desire wholly is to create.
  • Only those who give over all desire to reject can know that their own rejection is impossible.
  • You are not upset for the reason you think. There is only one problem, choosing fear over love.
  • All real pleasure comes from doing God’s Will. This is because not doing it is a denial of Self.
  • No one created by God can find joy in anything except the eternal…nothing else is worthy of him.
  • The ego does not want to teach everyone all it has learned, because that would defeat its purpose.
  • Remember that those who attack are poor. Their poverty asks for gifts, not further impoverishment.
  • Fear is a stranger to the ways of love. Identify with fear, and you will be a stranger to yourself.
  • All forgiveness allows Love to return to my awareness. I will see a world of peace and safety and joy.
  • Do not ask Spirit to heal the body. Ask rather that Spirit teach you the right perception of the body.
  • What you see reflects your thinking, and your thinking but reflects the choice of what you want to see.
  • The body cannot create, and the belief that it can, a fundamental error, produces all physical symptoms.
  • Peace of mind is clearly an internal matter. It must begin with your own thoughts, and then extend outward.
  • Corrective learning begins with the awakening of spirit, and the turning away from belief in physical sight.
  • Recognize what doesn’t matter, and if your brothers ask you for something, do it because it doesn’t matter.
  • If the mind can heal the body but the body can’t heal the mind then the mind must be stronger than the body.
  • As long as you believe in what your physical sight tells you, your attempts at correction will be misdirected.
  • To forgive is merely to remember only the loving thoughts you gave in the past, and those that were given you.
  • God is not partial. All His children have His total Love, and all His gifts are freely given to everyone alike.
  • All fear is ultimately reducible to the basic misperception that you have the ability to usurp the power of God.
  • Every loving thought is true. Everything else is an appeal for healing and help, regardless of the form it takes.
  • When everyone is welcome to you as you would have yourself be welcome to your Father, you will see no guilt in you.
  • You are afraid of God because you fear your brother. This brother who stands beside you still seems to be a stranger.
  • Do not allow the body to be a mirror of a split mind. Do not let it be can image of your own perception of littleness.
  • You are the holy Son of God Himself. Remember this and all the world is free. Remember this and earth and Heaven are one.
  • From the oneness that we have attained, we call to all our brothers, asking them to share our peace and consummate our joy.
  • The acceptance of sickness as a decision of the mind, for a purpose for which is would use the body, is the basis of healing.
  • The Christ in you is very still. He knows where you are going, and He leads you there in gentleness and blessing all the way.
  • The miracle is therefore a sign of love among equals. Equals should not be in awe of one another because awe implies inequality.
  • You need to hear the truth about yourself as frequently as possible, because your mind is so preoccupied with false self-images.
  • To believe that a Son of God can be sick is to believe that part of God can suffer. Love cannot suffer, because it cannot attack.
  • Before you choose to do anything, ask me if your choice is in accord with mine. If you are sure that it is, there will be no fear.
  • Miracles are thoughts. Thoughts can represent the lower or bodily level of experience, or the higher spiritual level of experience.
  • Seek not outside yourself, for all your pain comes simply from a futile search for what you want, insisting where it must be found.
  • True perception is the means by which the world is saved from sin, for sin does not exist. And it is this that true perception sees.
  • When you feel defensive about anything, you have identified yourself with an illusion. You therefore feel weak because you’re alone.
  • The holy instant is the recognition that all minds are in communication. Every thought you would keep hidden shuts off communication.
  • But fear of the body, with which the ego identifies so closely, makes no sense at all. The body is the ego’s home by its own election.
  • You have no idea of the tremendous release and deep peace that comes from meeting yourself and your brothers totally without judgement.
  • Miracles rearrange perception and place all levels in true perspective. This is healing because sickness comes from confusing the levels.
  • Fear is really nothing and love is everything. Whenever light enters darkness, the darkness is abolished. What you believe is true for you.
  • Miracles occur naturally as expressions of love. They are performed by those who temporarily have more for those who temporarily have less.
  • Anger involves projection of separation, which must ultimately be accepted as one’s own responsibility, rather than being blamed on others.
  • I have made every effort to use words that are almost impossible to distort, but it is always possible to twist symbols around if you wish.)
  • Very simply, then, you may believe you are afraid of nothingness, but you are really afraid of nothing. And in that awareness you are healed.
  • When you meet anyone, remember it is a holy encounter. As you see him you will see yourself. As you treat him you will treat yourself. As you
  • When you think you are attacking yourself, it is a sure sign that you hate what you think you are. No one is separate, and so no one is sick.
  • The one wholly true thought one can hold about the past is that it is not here. To think about it at all is therefore to think about illusions.
  • When you meet anyone, remember it is a holy encounter. As you see him, you will see yourself … for in him you will find yourself or lose yourself.
  • An untrained mind can accomplish nothing. It is the purpose of these exercises to train the mind to think along the lines which the course sets forth.
  • If you are fearful, it is certain that you will endow the world with attributes that it does not possess, and crowd it with images that do not exist.
  • There is no order of difficulty in miracles. One is not ‘harder’ or ‘bigger’ than another. They are all the same. All expressions of love are maximal.
  • Sickness is idolatry, because it is the belief that power can be taken from you. Yet this is impossible, because you are part of God, Who is all power.
  • Herein is the release from guilt and sickness both, for they are one. yet to accept this release, the insignificance of the body must be an acceptable idea.
  • I am the light of the world. Forgiveness is my function as the light of the world. The light of the world brings peace to every mind through my forgiveness.
  • You are the work of God, and His work is wholly lovable and wholly loving. This is how a man must think of himself in his heart, because this is what he is.
  • Let no defenses but your present trust direct the future, and this life becomes a meaningful encounter with the truth that only your defenses would conceal.
  • Only your mind can produce fear. It does so whenever it is conflicted in what it wants, producing inevitable strain because wanting and doing are discordant.
  • Miracles occur naturally as expressions of love. The real miracle is the love that inspires them. In this sense everything that comes from love is a miracle.
  • You need do so little because your little part is so powerful that it will bring the whole to you. Accept, then, your little part, and let the whole be yours.
  • What is the single requisite for this shift in perception? It is simply this; the recognition that sickness is of the mind, and has nothing to do with the body.
  • Good teachers never terrorize their students. To terrorize is to attack, and this results in rejection of what the teacher offers. The result is learning failure.
  • Judgment and love are opposites. From one comes all the sorrows of the world. From the other comes the peace of God. Judgment will bind my eyes and make me blind.
  • True denial is a powerful protective device. You can and should deny any belief that error can hurt you. This kind of denial is not a concealment but a correction.
  • Consciousness is the state that induces action, though it does not inspire it. You are free to believe what you choose, and what you do attests to what you believe.
  • Healing is of God in the end. The means are being carefully explained to you. Revelation may occasionally reveal the end to you, but to reach it the means are needed.
  • Perfect love casts out fear. If fear exists, There there is not perfect love. But: Only perfect love exists. If there is fear, It produces a state that does not exist.
  • You have so little faith in yourself because you are unwilling to accept the fact that perfect love is in you, and so you seek without for what you cannot find within.
  • Prayer is the medium of miracles. It is a means of communication of the created with the Creator. Through prayer love is received, and through miracles love is expressed.
  • All material means that you accept as remedies for bodily ills are restatements of magic principles. This is the first step in believing that the body makes its own illness.
  • God knows His children with perfect certainty. He created them by knowing them. He recognizes them perfectly. When they do not recognize each other, they do not recognize Him.
  • Prayer is a way of asking for something. It is the medium of miracles. But the only meaningful prayer is for forgiveness, because those who have been forgiven have everything.
  • Health is seen as the natural state of everything when interpretation is left to the Holy Spirit. Health is the result of relinquishing all attempts to use the body lovelessly.
  • Nothing and everything cannot coexist. To believe in one is to deny the other. Fear is really nothing and love is everything. Whenever light enters darkness, the darkness is abolished.
  • Whenever your thoughts wander, enter with Him into a holy instant, and there let Him release you. He needs only your willingness to share His perspective to give it to you completely.
  • Attempting the mastery of fear is useless. In fact, it asserts the power of fear by the very assumption that it need be mastered. The true resolution rests entirely on mastery through love.
  • Miracles are associated with fear only because of the belief that darkness can hide. You believe that what your physical eyes cannot see does not exist. This leads to a denial of spiritual sight.
  • No one who hates but is afraid of love, and therefore must be afraid of God. He knows not what love means, he fears to love and loves to hate, and so he thinks that love is fearful, hate is love.
  • You are not alone. No one who calls on Him can call in vain. Whatever troubles you, be certain that He has the answer, and will gladly give it to you, if you simply turn to Him and ask it of Him.
  • Be not afraid. We only start again an ancient journey long ago begun that but seems new. We have begun again upon a road we travelled on before and lost our way a little while. And now we try again.
  • The guiltless mind cannot suffer. Being sane, the mind heals the body because it has been healed. The sane mind cannot conceive of illness because it cannot conceive of attacking anyone or anything.
  • Whenever you see another as limited to or by the body, you are imposing this limit on yourself. Are you willing to accept this, when your whole purpose for learning should be to escape from limitations?
  • If you identify with the ego, you must perceive yourself as guilty. Whenever you respond to your ego you will experience guilt, and you will fear punishment. The ego is quite literally a fearful thought.
  • The first corrective step in undoing the error is to know first that the conflict is an expression of fear. Say to yourself that you must somehow have chosen not to love, or the fear could not have arisen.
  • Like any communication medium, the body receives and sends the messages that it is given. It has no feeling for them. All of the feeling with which they are invested is given by the sender and the receiver.
  • When you limit yourself we are not of one mind, and that is sickness. Yet sickness is not of the body, but of the mind. All forms of sickness are signs that the mind is split, and does not accept unified purpose.
  • This course does not aim at teaching the meaning of love, for that is beyond what can be taught. It does aim, however, at removing the blocks to the awareness of love’s presence, which is your natural inheritance.
  • When you are afraid of anything, you are acknowledging its power to hurt you. Remember that where your heart is, there is your treasure also. You believe in what you value. If you are afraid, you are valuing wrongly.
  • Look up and see His Word among the stars, where He has set your Name along with His. Look up and find your certain destiny the world would hide but God would have you see. C-ep.. Let us wait here in silence, and kneel
  • He will not withhold all answers that you need for anything that seems to trouble you. He knows the way to solve all problems, and resolve all doubts. His certainty is yours. You need but ask it of Him, and it will be given you.
  • Innocence is not a partial attribute. It is not real until it is total. The partly innocent are apt to be quite foolish at times. It is not until their innocence become a viewpoint with universal application that it becomes wisdom.
  • All aspects of fear are untrue because they do not exist at the creative level, and therefore do not exist at all. To whatever extent you are willing to submit your beliefs to this test, to that extent are your perceptions corrected.
  • It is essential to remember that only the mind can create, and that correction beings at the thought level… spirit is already perfect and therefore does not require correction. The body does not exist except as a learning device for the mind.
  • Whatever is true is eternal, and cannot change or be changed. Spirit is therefore unalterable because it is already perfect, but the mind can elect what it chooses to serve. The only limit put on its choice is that it cannot serve two masters.
  • You have been fearful of everyone and everything. You are afraid of God, of me and of yourself. You have misperceived or mistreated Us, and believe in what you have made. You would not have done this if you were not afraid of your own thoughts.
  • You may believe that you are responsible for what you do, but not for what you think. The truth is that you are responsible for what you think because it is only at this level that you can exercise choice. What you do comes from what you think.
  • There is no one who does not feel that he is imprisoned in some way. If this is the result of his own free will he must regard his will as not free, or the circular reasoning in this position would be quite apparent. Free will must lead to freedom.
  • The holy ones whom God gave you to save are everyone you meet or look upon, not knowing who they are, all those you saw an instant and forgot, and those you knew a long while since, and those you will meet yet, the unremembered and the not yet born.
  • The one correction possible for false perception must be true perception. It will not endure. But for the time it lasts it comes to heal. For true perception is a remedy with many names. Forgiveness, salvation, Atonement, true perception, all are one.
  • Learning itself, like the classrooms in which it occurs, is temporary. The ability to learn has no value when change is no longer necessary. The eternally creative have nothing to learn… Only while there is a belief in differences is learning meaningful.
  • Forget not the Kingdom of God for anything the world has to offer. The world can add nothing to the power and the glory of God and His holy Sons, but it can blind the Sons to the Father if they behold it. You  cannot behold the world and know God.  Only one is true.
  • Perfect love casts out fear. If fear exists, Then there is not perfect love. But: Only perfect love exists. If there is fear, It produces a state that does not exist. Believe this and you will be free. Only God can establish this solution, and this faith is His gift.
  • Miracles honor you because you are lovable. They dispel illusions about yourself and perceive the light in you. They thus atone for your errors by freeing you from your nightmares. By releasing your mind from the imprisonment of your illusions, they restore your sanity.
  • In the creation, God extended to Himself to His creations and imbued them with the same loving Will to create. You have not only been fully created, but have also been created perfect. There is no emptiness in you. Because of your likeness to your Creator you are creative.
  • Darkness is lack of light as sin is lack of love. It has no unique properties of its own. It is an example of the scarcity belief, from which only error can proceed. Truth is always abundant. Those who perceive and acknowledge that they have everything have no needs of any kind.
  • Confidence cannot develop fully until mastery has been accomplished Readiness is only the beginning of confidence. You may think this implies that an enormous amount of time is necessary between readiness and mastery, but let me remind you that time and space are under my control.
  • Darkness is a lack of light as sin is lack of love. It has no unique properties of its own. It is an example of the scarcity belief, from which only error can proceed. Truth is always abundant. Those who perceive and acknowledge that they have everything have no needs of any kind.
  • One Child of God is the only teacher sufficiently worthy to teach another. One Teacher is in all your minds, and He teaches the same lesson to all. He always teaches you the inestimable worth of every Son of God, teaching it with infinite patience born of the infinite love for which he speaks.
  • What is seen in dreams seems to be very real. Yet the Bible says that a deep sleep fell upon Adam, and nowhere is there reference to his waking up. The world has not yet experienced any comprehensive reawakening or rebirth. Such a rebirth is impossible as long as you continue to project or miscreate.
  • Miracles enable you to heal the sick and raise the dead because you made sickness and death yourself, and can therefore abolish both. You are a miracle, capable of creating in the likeness of your Creator. Everything else is your own nightmare, and does not exist. Only the creations of light are real.
  • If you attack error in another, you will hurt yourself. You cannot know your brother when you attack him. Attack is always made upon a stranger. You are making him a stranger by misperceiving him, and so you cannot know him. It is because you have made him a stranger that you are afraid of him. There are no strangers in God’s creation.
  • No one can die unless he chooses death. What seems to be the fear of death is really its attraction. Guilt, too, is feared and fearful, yet it could have no hold at all except on those who are attracted to it and seek it out. And so it is with death, made by the ego, its dark shadow falls across all living things, because the ego is the ‘enemy’ of life.
  • You do not need God’s blessing since that you have forever, but you do need yours. The picture you see of yourselves is deprived, unloving, and very vulnerable. You cannot love this. Yet you can very easily escape from it or better, leave it behind. You are not there, and that is not you. Do not see this picture in anyone, or you have accepted it as you.
  • Seek ye first the Kingdom of Heaven because that is where the laws of God operate truly, and they can operate only truly since they are the laws of Truth. But seek this only because you can find nothing else. There is nothing else. God is all in all in a very literal sense. All being is in Him who is all Being. You are therefore in Him since your being is His.
  • These patients do not realize they have chosen sickness. On the contrary, they believe that sickness has chosen them. Nor are they open-minded on this point. The body tells them what to do and they obey. They have no idea how insane this concept is. If they even suspected it, they would be healed. Yet they suspect nothing. To them the separation is quite real.
  • Glory be to God in the highest and to you because He has so willed it. Ask and it shall be give you because it has already been given. Ask for light and learn that you are light. If you want understanding and enlightenment, you will learn it because your will to learn it is your decisions to listen to the Teacher who knows of light and can therefore teach it to you.
  • Some miracles may seem to be of greater magnitude than others. But remember the first principle of the course; there is no order of difficulty in miracles. In reality you are perfectly unaffected by all expressions of lack of love. These can be from yourself and others, from yourself to others, or from others to you. Peace is an attribute in you. You cannot find it outside.
  • Because God’s equal Songs have everything, they cannot compete. Yet if they perceive any of their brothers as anything other than their perfect equals, the idea of competition has entered minds. Do not underestimate your need to be vigilant against this idea, because all your conflicts come from it. It is the belief that conflicting interests are possible, and therefore you have accepted the impossible as true.
  • The journey to God is merely the reawakening of the knowledge of where you are always, and what you are forever. It is a journey without distance to a goal that has never changed. Truth can only be experienced. It cannot be described and it cannot be explained. I can make you aware of the conditions of truth, but the experience is of God. Together we can meet its conditions, but truth will dawn upon you of itself.
  • Healing only strengthens. Magic always tries to weaken. Healing perceives nothing in the healer that everyone else does not share with him. Magic always sees something special in the healer which he believes he can offer as a gift to someone who does not have it. He may believe that the gift comes from God to Him, but it is quite evident that he does not understand God if he things he has something that others lack.
  • Sometimes the illness has a sufficiently strong hold over the mind to render a person temporarily inaccessible to the Atonement. In this case it may be wise to utilize a compromise approach to the mind and body, in which something from the outside is temporarily given healing belief. This is because the last thing that can help the non-rightminded, or the sick, is an increase in fear. They are already in a fear-weakened state.
  • When I [Jesus] said, I am with you always, I meant it literally. I am not absent to anyone in any situation. Because I am always with you, you are the way and the truth and the light. You did not make this power, any more than I did. It was created to be shared and therefore cannot be meaningfully perceived as belonging to anyone at the expense of another. Such a perception makes it meaningless by eliminating or overlooking its real and only meaning.
  • Who is the physician? Only the mind of the patient himself. The outcome is what he decides that it is. Special agents seem to be ministering to him, yet they but give form to his own choice. He chooses them in order to bring tangible form to his desires. And it is this they do, and nothing else. They are not actually needed at all. The patient could merely rise up without their aid and say, ‘I have no use for this.’ There is no form of sickness that would not be cured at once.
  • Tolerance for pain may be high, but it is not without limit. Eventually everyone begins to recognize, however dimly, that there must be a better way. As this recognition becomes more firmly established, it becomes a turning point. This ultimately reawakens spiritual vision, simultaneously weakening the investment in physical sight.The alternating investment in the two levels of perception is usually experienced as conflict, which can become very acute. But the outcome is as certain as God.
  • When a brother is sick it is because he is not asking for peace, and therefore does not know he has it. The acceptance of peace is the denial of illusion, and sickness is an illusion. Yet every Son of God has the power to deny illusions anywhere in the Kingdom, merely by denying them completely in himself. I can heal you because I know you. I know your value for you, and it is this value that makes you whole. A whole mind is not idolatrous, and does not know of conflicting law. I will heal you merely because I have only one message, and it is true. Your faith in it will make you whole when you have faith in me.
  • Whatever you accept into your mind has reality for you. It is your acceptance of it that makes it real. If you enthrone the ego in your mind, your allowing it to enter makes it your reality.This is because the mind is capable of creating reality or making illusions. I said before that you must learn to think with God. To think with Him is to think like HIm. This engenders joy, not guilt, because it is natural. Guilt is a sure sign that your thinking is unnatural. Unnatural thinking will always be attending with guilt, because it is the belief in sin. The ego does not perceive sin as a lack of love, but as a positive act of assault.
  • Few appreciate the real power of the mind, and no one remains fully aware of it all the time. However, if you hope to spare yourself from fear there are some things you must realize, and realize fully. The mind is very powerful, and never loses its creative force. It never sleeps. Every instant it is creating. It is hard to recognize that thought and belief combine into a power surge that can literally move mountains. It appears at first glance that to believe such power about yourself is arrogant, but that is not the real reason you not believe it. You prefer to believe that your thoughts cannot exert real influence because you are actually afraid of them… There are no idle thoughts. All thinking produces form at some level.

 

The Upanishads

  • He am I.
  • All this is Brahman.
  • Consciousness is Brahman.
  • Brahman is Consciousness.
  • Brahman is one, without a second.
  • The world of Brahman is light itself.
  • Only the one infinite Brahman exists.
  • The Spirit filled all with his radiance.
  • Brahman is all, and the Self is Brahman.
  • Brahman is Reality, Knowledge, and Infinity.
  • All this that we see in the world is Brahman.
  • Brahman alone is real; the world is the appearance.
  • The Reality (Truth) is ONE: the wise call It by various names.
  • Brahman is the end of the journey. Brahman is the supreme goal.
  • It is not the language but the speaker that we want to understand.
  • Meditate and realize this world is filled with the presence of God.
  • Everyone is aware of the experiences; no one sees the Experiencer.
  • Seek to know Brahman by tapas, by prayer, because Brahman is prayer.
  • Brahman is beyond all duality, beyond the reach of thinker and thought.
  • The truth is that you are always united with the Lord. But you must know this.
  • E ven by the mind this truth is to be learned: There are not many, but only ONE.
  • The wise devote themselves to the welfare of all, for they see themselves in all.
  • Who sees all beings in his own Self, and his own Self in all beings, loses all fear.
  • Being left by the living self this body surely dies, but the living self does not die.
  • Consciousness is the cessation of all phenomena; It is all peace, all bliss and non—dual.
  • In the beginning, my dear, this [universe] was Being (Sat) alone, one only without a second.
  • Every thought of men is interwoven with the senses, and when thought is purified, then the Self arises
  • Where there is joy there is creation. Where there is no joy there is no creation: know the nature of joy.
  • The wise man beholds all beings in the self and the self in all beings; for that reason he does not hate anyone.
  • Tat Tvam Asi: “That art thou”: Whatever we see or think about, we are That. We are the ultimate Thou and I in all.
  • Knowledge of the Divine dissolves all bonds, and gives freedom from every kind of misery including birth and death.
  • You are the supreme Brahman, infinite, yet hidden in the hearts of all creatures. You pervade everything. The Upanishads
  • The wise see the Lord of Love in the sun, Rising in all its golden radiance To give its warmth and light and life to all.
  • That which is the finest essence–this whole world has that as its soul. That is Reality. That is the Self. That art thou.
  • That which is the finest essence–this whole world has that as its Self. That is Reality. That is the Self. That art thou.
  • Covet nothing. All belongs to the Lord. Thus working you may live a hundred years. Thus alone will you work in real freedom.
  • Behold the glory of God in the universe and all that lives and moves on earth. Leaving the transient, find joy in the Eternal.
  • In the golden city of the heart dwells. The Lord of Love, without parts, without stain. Know him as the radiant light of lights.
  • By meditation on Him, by contemplation of Him, and by communion with Him, there comes in the end destruction of earthly delusion.
  • Brahman is the only truth, the world is unreal, and there is ultimately no difference between Brahman and Atman, individual self.
  • The Eternal is veiled by the real. The Spirit of life is The Eternal. Name and form are the real, and by them the Spirit is veiled.
  • The infinite is bliss. There is no bliss in anything finite. Only the Infinite is bliss. One must desire to understand the Infinite.
  • He who knows both the transcendent and the immanent, with the immanent overcomes death, and with the transcendent reaches immortality.
  • The ignorant think the Self can be known by the intellect, but the illumined know he is beyond the duality of the knower and the known.
  • Dissolve the self in the supreme self as the pot-space is dissolved in infinite space; then, as the infinite be silent for ever, o sage!
  • When a sage sees this great Unity, and realizes that his Self has become all beings, what delusion and what sorrow could ever approach him?
  • As the sun that beholds the world is untouched by earthly impurities, so the Spirit that is in all things is untouched by external sufferings.
  • That which cannot be perceived by the eye, but by which the eye is perceived. that alone know as brahman and not that which people here worship
  • He who knows that as both in one, the knowledge and the ignorance, by the ignorance crosses beyond death and by the knowledge enjoys immortality.
  • You are what your deep, driving desire is As your desire is, so is your will As your will is, so is your deed As your deed is, so is your destiny.
  • Even as the sun shines and fills all space With light, above, below, across, so shines The Lord of Love and fills the hearts of all created beings.
  • Brahman is all in all. He is action, knowledge, goodness supreme. To know him, hidden in the lotus of the heart, is to untie the knot of ignorance.
  • There are two selves, the separate ego and the indivisible Atman. When one rises above I and me and mine, the Atman is revealed as one’s real Self.
  • The Self is everywhere. Bright is the Self, Indivisible, untouched by sin, wise, Immanent and transcendent. He it is Who holds the cosmos together.
  • You are what your deep, driving desire is. As your desire is, so is your will. As your will is, so is your deed. As your deed is, so is your destiny.
  • Know the Self to be the master of the chariot, and the body to be the chariot. Know the intellect to be the charioteer, and the mind to be the reins.
  • Like the butter hidden in milk, the pure consciousness resides in every being. that ought to be constantly churned out by the churning rod of the mind.
  • What is here is also there; what is there, is also here. Who sees multiplicity but not the one indivisible Self must wander on and on from death to death.
  • He who knows Self as the enjoyer of The honey from the flowers of the senses, Ever present within, ruler of time, Goes beyond fear. For this Self is Supreme!
  • Imperishable is the Lord of Love. As from a blazing fire thousands of sparks Leap forth, so millions of beings arise From the Lord of Love and return to him.
  • M AY THE LORD of Love, who projects himself into this universe Of myriad forms, From whom all beings come and to whom all Return, grant us the grace of wisdom.
  • T hose who dwell on and long for sense-pleasure are born in a world of separateness. But let them realize they are the Self and all separateness will fall away.
  • Life comes from the Spirit. Even as a man casts a shadow, so the Spirit casts the shadow of life, and, as a shadow of former lives, a new life comes to this body.
  • Know that all this, whatever moves in this moving world, is enveloped by God. Therefore, find your enjoyment in renunciation; do not covet what belongs to others.
  • ALL IS CHANGE in the world of the senses But changeless is the supreme Lord of Love. Meditate on him, be absorbed in him, Wake up from this dream of separateness.
  • A person is what his deep desire is. It is our deepest desire in this life that shapes the life to come. So let us direct our deepest desires to realize the Self.
  • Brahman is known when It is realized in every state of mind, for by such Knowledge one attains Immortality. By Atman one obtains strength, by Knowledge, Immortality.
  • The world is the wheel of God, turning round And round with all living creatures upon its rim. The world is the river of God, Flowing from him and flowing back to him.
  • T HE wise have attained the unitive state, And see only the resplendent Lord of Love. Desiring nothing in the physical world, They have become one with the Lord of Love.
  • The wise should surrender speech in mind, mind in the knowing self, the knowing self in the Spirit of the universe, and the Spirit of the universe in the Spirit of peace.
  • As a spider emits and draws in its thread, As plants arise on the earth, As the hairs of the head and body from a living person, So from The Eternal arises everything here.
  • The wise one who has realized that his own higher Self has become all, and sees the oneness of entire existence (non-dual), what sorrow and what delusion can overwhelm him?
  • He is incorporeal and invulnerable, pure and untouched by evil. He is the supreme seer and thinker, immanent and transcendent. He placed all things in the path of the Eternal.
  • The whole universe is Brahman: Not only the consciousness in everyone but also the ‘principle of being’ are all Divine. The entire universe is Divine, which includes our Self.
  • Life in the world and life in the spirit are not incompatible. Work or action is not contrary to knowledge of God, but indeed, if performed without attachment, is a means to it.
  • There shines not the sun, neither moon nor star, Nor flash of lightning, nor fire lit on earth. The Lord is the light reflected by all. He shining, everything shines after him.
  • That which is consciousness alone which is all-pervading, which is eternal, which is all-full, which is of the form of bliss and which is indestructible, is the only true brahman.
  • The wise one perceives one’s own higher Self in all, and all in one’s own higher Self. Therefore, he does not hate or injure anyone. Such a person loves everybody as one loves God.
  • The Self cannot be attained by the study of the Vedas, not by intelligence nor by much hearing. Only by him who seeks to know the Self can It be attained. To him the Self reveals Its own nature.
  • The knowing self is not born; it does not die. it has not sprung from anything; nothing has sprung from it. birthless, eternal, everlasting and ancient, it is not killed when the body is killed.
  • The Lord of Love is before and behind. He extends to the right and to the left. He extends above; he extends below. There is no one here but the Lord of Love. He alone is; in truth, he alone is.
  • Him the sun does not illumine, nor the moon, nor the stars, nor the lightning–nor, verily, fires kindled upon the earth. He is the one light that gives light to all. He shines; everything shines.
  • E ye cannot see him, nor words reveal him; by the senses, austerity, or works he is not known. When the mind is cleansed by the grace of wisdom, he is seen by contemplation–the One without parts.
  • He is the one God, hidden in all beings, all-pervading, the Self within all beings, watching over all works, dwelling in all beings, the witness, the perceiver, the only one, free from qualities.
  • All faces are his faces; all head, His heads; all necks, His necks. He dwells in the causal hearts of all beings. He is the all-pervading Bhagavan. Therefore He is the omnipresent and merciful Lord.
  • The Supreme Lord is higher than Brahma and even beyond Brahman. He is vast and hidden in the bodies of all living beings. By knowing Him, who alone pervades the entire universe, one become immortal.
  • There is something beyond our mind which abides in silence within our mind. It is the supreme mystery beyond thought. Let one’s mind and one’s subtle body rest upon that and not rest on anything else.
  • Life is the fire that burns and the sun that gives light. Life is the wind and the rain and the thunder in the sky. Life is matter and is earth, what is and what is not, and what beyond is in Eternity.
  • A s rivers flow into the sea and in so doing lose name and form, so even the wise man, freed from name and form, attains the Supreme Being, the Self-luminous, the Infinite. He who knows Brahman becomes Brahman.
  • The wise man should surrender his words to his mind; and this he should surrender to the Knowing Self; and the Knowing Self he should surrender to the Great Self; and that he should surrender to the Peaceful Self.
  • Both the good and the pleasant present themselves to a man. The calm soul examines them well and discriminates. Yeah, he prefers the good to the pleasant; but the fool chooses the pleasant out of greed and avarice.
  • As rivers, flowing down, become indistinguishable on reaching the sea by giving up their names and forms, so also the illumined soul, having become freed from name and form, reaches the self-effulgent supreme self.
  • A s the rivers flowing east and west Merge in the sea and become one with it, Forgetting they were ever separate rivers, So do all creatures lose their separateness When they merge at last into pure Being. The Upanishads
  • From unreality (this illusory world), lead me to Reality. From darkness (ignorance of You), lead me to Light (Knowledge of You). From death (fear of death), lead me, to Deathlessness (Eternal life), Om Peace, Peace, Peace
  • He (the Self ) is all-pervading, radiant, bodiless, spotless, all-powerful, pure, untouched by sin and all-seeing, all-knowing, transcendent, and self-existent. He assigns duty and properly gives the fruits of one’s karma.
  • Let a man strive to purify his thoughts. What a man thinketh, that is he; this is the eternal mystery. Dwelling within himself with thoughts serene, he will obtain imperishable happiness. Man becomes that of which he thinks.
  • Brahman shines forth, vast, self-luminous, inconceivable, subtler than the subtle. He is far beyond what is far, and yet here very near at hand. Verily, He is seen here, dwelling in the cave of the heart of conscious beings.
  • Meditate upon him and transcend physical consciousness. Thus will you reach union with the Lord of the universe. Thus will you become identified with him who is One without a second. In him all your desires will find fulfillment.
  • He cannot be seen by the eye, and words cannot reveal Him. He cannot be realized by the senses, or by austerity or the performance of rituals. By the grace of wisdom and purity of mind, He can be seen in the silence of contemplation.
  • Even as a great fish swims along the two banks of a river, first along the eastern bank and then the western bank, in the same way the Spirit of man moves along beside his two dwellings: this waking world and the land of sleep and dreams.
  • Bright but hidden, the Self dwells in the heart. Everything that moves, breathes, opens, and closes lives in the Self. He is the source of love and may be known through love but not through thought. He is the goal of life. Attain this goal!
  • T hose who see all creatures in themselves And themselves in all creatures know no fear. Those who see all creatures in themselves And themselves in all creatures know no grief. How can the multiplicity of life Delude the one who sees its unity?
  • T hose who see all creatures within themselves And themselves in all creatures know no fear. Those who see all creatures in themselves And themselves in all creatures know no grief. How can the multiplicity of life Delude the one who sees its unity?
  • The eye cannot see it; the mind cannot grasp it. The deathless Self has neither caste nor race, Neither eyes nor ears nor hands nor feet. Sages say this Self is infinite in the great And in the small, everlasting and changeless, The source of life.
  • Beyond the senses is the mind, beyond the mind is the intellect, higher than the intellect is the Great Atman [the totality of all minds], higher than the Great Atman is the Umanifest. Beyond the Unmanifest is the Person, all-pervading, and imperceptible.
  • When a person is dying, his voice goes into his mind; his mind into his breath; his breath into heat; the heat into the highest divinity. that which is the finest essence – the whole world has that as its soul. That is Reality. That is Atman. That art thou.
  • The Self, having in dreams enjoyed the pleasures of sense, gone hither and thither, experienced good and evil, hastens back to the state of waking from which he started. As a man passes from dream to wakefulness, so does he pass from this life to the next.
  • Whatever is outside this universe is a complete system.This universe itself is also a complete system. Only a complete system can emerge out of a complete system. If a complete system is taken out of a complete system, whatever remains is also a complete system.
  • This body is mortal, always gripped by death, but within it dwells the immortal Self. This Self, when associated in our consciousness with the body, is subject to pleasure and pain; and so long as this association continues, freedom from pleasure and pain can no man find.
  • Meditation is in truth higher than thought. The earth seems to rest in silent meditation; and the waters and the mountains and the sky and the heavens seem all to be in meditation. Whenever a man attains greatness on this earth, he has his reward according to his meditation.
  • It is the non-dual Self that exists at all times — before and during the creation and after dissolution of the universe. It assumes manifold powers and appears as the Divine Lord . . . He is the protector of all the worlds . . . Those who realize this Being, become immortal.
  • T he Self, in the very depths of consciousness. Realize him through truth and meditation. The Self is hidden in the hearts of all, As butter lies hidden in cream. Realize The Self in the depths of meditation – The Lord of Love, supreme Reality, Who is the goal of all knowledge.
  • The little space within the heart is as great as this vast universe. The heavens and the earth are there, and the sun, and the moon, and the stars; fire and lightning and winds are there; and all that now is and all that is not: for the whole universe is in Him and He dwells within our heart.
  • The description of Brahman: “Not this, not this” (Neti, Neti); for there is no other and more appropriate description than this “Not this.” Now the designation of Brahman: “The Truth of truth.” The vital breath is truth and It (Brahman) is the Truth of that. — Read more: http://yogananda.com.au/upa/Upanishads01.html
  • Just as, my dear, by one clod of clay all that is made of clay is known, the modification being only a name, arising from speech, while the truth is that all is clay; Just as, my dear, by one nugget of gold all that is made of gold is known, the modification being only a name, arising from speech, while the truth is that all is gold…
  • As large as this ether (all space) is, so large is that ether within the heart. Both heaven and earth are contained within it, both fire and air, both sun and moon, both lightning and stars; and whatever there is of him (the Self) here in the world, and whatever is not (i.e. whatever has been or will be), all that is contained within it.
  • Words cannot describe the joy of the soul whose impurities are washed away in the depths of contemplation, who is one with the Atman, his own Self. Only those who experience this joy know what it is. … As water becomes one with water, fire with fire, and air with air, so the mind becomes one with the infinite Mind and thus attains Freedom.
  • Brahman that is immediate and direct —the Self that is within all. You cannot see That which is the Seer of seeing; you cannot hear That which is the Hearer of hearing; you cannot think of That which is the Thinker of thought; you cannot know That which is the Knower of knowledge. This is your Self, that is within all; everything else but This is perishable.
  • Brahman is the first cause and last refuge. Brahman, the hidden Self in everyone, Does not shine forth. He is revealed only To those who keep their mind one-pointed On the Lord of Love and thus develop A superconscious manner of knowing. Meditation enables them to go Deeper and deeper into consciousness, From the world of words to the world of thoughts, Then beyond thoughts to wisdom in the Self.
  • Not through discourse, not through the intellect, Not even through study of the scriptures Can the Self be realized. The Self reveals Himself to the one who longs for the Self. Those who long for the Self with all their heart Are chosen by the Self as his own. Not by the weak, not by the unearnest, Not by those who practice wrong disciplines Can the Self be realized. The Self reveals Himself as the Lord of Love to the one Who practices right disciplines.
  • The wise who knows the Self as bodiless within the bodies, as unchanging among changing things, as great and omnipresent, does never grieve. That Self cannot be gained by the Veda, nor by understanding, nor by much learning. He whom the Self chooses, by him the Self can be gained. The Self chooses him (his body) as his own. But he who has not first turned away from his wickedness, who is not tranquil, and subdued, or whose mind is not at rest, he can never obtain the Self (even) by knowledge.
  • N o more questions have they to ask of life. With self-will extinguished, they are at peace. Seeing the Lord of Love in all around, Serving the Lord of Love in all around, They are united with him forever. They have attained the summit of wisdom By the steep path of renunciation. They have attained to immortality And are united with the Lord of Love. When they leave the body, the vital force Returns to the cosmic womb, but their work Becomes a beneficial force in life To bring others together in the Self.
  • Thou art the sun. Thou art the air. Thou art the moon. Thou art the starry firmament. Thou art Brahman Supreme;. Thou art the waters–thou, the Creator of all! Thou art woman, thou art man, Thou art the youth, thou art the maiden, Thou art the old man tottering with his staff; Thou facest everywhere. Thou art the dark butterfly, Thou art the green parrot with red eyes, Thou art the thunder cloud, the seasons, the seas. Without beginning art Thou, Beyond time and space. Thou art He from whom sprang The three worlds.
  • The human being has two states of consciousness: one in this world, the other in the next. But there is a third state between them, not unlike the world of dreams, in which we are aware of both worlds, with their sorrows and joys. When a person dies, it is only the physical body that dies; that person lives on in a nonphysical body, which carries the impressions of his past life. It is these impressions that determine his next life. In this intermediate state he makes and dissolves impressions by the light of the Self.
  • Like two golden birds perched on the selfsame tree, intimate friends, the ego and the Self dwell in the same body. The former eats the sweet and sour fruits of the tree of life while the latter looks on in detachment. As long as we think we are the ego, we feel attached and fall into sorrow. But realize that you are the Self, the Lord of life, and you will be freed from sorrow. When you realize that you are the Self, supreme source of light, supreme source of love, you transcend the duality of life and enter into the unitive state.
  • That which cannot be expressed by speech, but by which speech is expressed—That alone know as Brahman and not that which people here worship. That which cannot be apprehended by the mind, but by which, they say, the mind is apprehended—That alone know as Brahman and not that which people here worship. That which cannot be perceived by the eye, but by which the eye is perceived—That alone know as Brahman and not that which people here worship. That which cannot he heard by the ear, but by which the hearing is perceived—That alone know as Brahman and not that which people here worship.
  • Turiya is not that which is conscious of the inner (subjective) world, nor that which is conscious of the outer (objective) world, nor that which is conscious of both, nor that which is a mass of consciousness. It is not simple consciousness nor is It unconsciousness. It is unperceived, unrelated, incomprehensible, uninferable, unthinkable and indescribable. The essence of the Consciousness manifesting as the self in the three states, It is the cessation of all phenomena; It is all peace, all bliss and non—dual. This is what is known as the Fourth (Turiya). This is Atman and this has to be realized.
  • W e live in accordance with our deep, driving desire. It is this desire at the time of death that determines what our next life is to be. We will come back to earth to work out the satisfaction of that desire. But not for those who are free from desire; they are free because all their desires have found fulfillment in the Self. They do not die like the others; but realizing Brahman, they merge in Brahman. So it is said: When all the desires that surge in the heart Are renounced, the mortal becomes immortal. When all the knots that strangle the heart Are loosened, the mortal becomes immortal, Here in this very life.
  • Dwelling in every heart, the Self is the Lord of all, the seer of all, the source and goal of all. The Self is not outer awareness, It is not inner awareness, Nor is it the suspension of awareness. It is not knowing, It is not unknowing, Nor is it knowingness itself. It cannot be seen nor grasped, It cannot be contained. It is beyond all expression and beyond all thought. It is indefinable. The only way to know it is to become it. It is the final resting place of all activity, silent and unchanging, the Supreme Good, One without a second. It is the Supreme Self It, above all else, should be known. Mandukya Upanishad
  • Brahman is all, and the Self is Brahman. This Self has four states of consciousness. The first is called Vaishvanara, in whichOne lives with all the senses turned outward, Aware only of the external world. Taijasa is the name of the second, The dreaming state in which, with the senses Turned inward, one enacts the impressions Of past deeds and present desires. The third state is called Prajna, of deep sleep, In which one neither dreams nor desires. There is no mind in Prajna, there is no Separateness; but the sleeper is not Conscious of this. Let him become conscious In Prajna and it will open the door To the state of abiding joy. Prajna, all-powerful and all-knowing, Dwells in the hearts of all as the ruler. Prajna is the source and end of all. The fourth is the superconscious state called Turiya, neither inward nor outward, Beyond the senses and the intellect, In which there is none other than the Lord. He is the supreme goal of life. He is Infinite peace and love. Realize him!

 

 

The Bhagavad Gita

  • Now I am become Death, the destroyer of worlds.
  • I am the beginning, middle, and end of creation.
  • Set thy heart upon thy work but never its reward.
  • Man is made by his belief. As he believes, so he is.
  • Do your work with the welfare of others always in mind.
  • You are only entitled to the action, never to its fruits.
  • For him who has no concentration, there is no tranquility.
  • I continue to act, but I am not driven by any need of my own.
  • I am time, the destroyer of all; I have come to consume the world.
  • All the scriptures lead to me; I am their author and their wisdom.
  • Even the wise are confused about what is action and what is inaction.
  • With a drop of my energy I enter the earth and support all creatures.
  • Strive to still your thoughts. Make your mind one-pointed in meditation.
  • The wise work for the welfare of the world, without thought for themselves.
  • You are what you believe in. You become that which you believe you can become.
  • I am death, which overcomes all, and the source of all beings still to be born.
  • One who sees inaction in action, and action in inaction, is intelligent among men.
  • You should perform your duty with a view to guide people and for universal welfare.
  • It is better to strive in one’s own dharma than to succeed in the dharma of another.
  • I am born in every age to protect the good, to destroy evil, and to reestablish dharma.
  • Those who cannot renounce attachment to the results of their work are far from the path.
  • The spirit is beyond destruction. No one can bring an end to spirit which is everlasting.
  • Pleasure from the senses seems like nectar at first, but it is bitter as poison in the end.
  • You should never engage in action for the sake of reward, nor should you long for inaction.
  • No one who does good work will ever come to a bad end, either here or in the world to come.
  • As the heat of a fire reduces wood to ashes, the fire of knowledge burns to ashes all karma.
  • The immature think that knowledge and action are different, but the wise see them as the same.
  • Through selfless service, you will always be fruitful and find the fulfillment of your desires.
  • Just remember that I am, and that I support the entire cosmos with only a fragment of my being.
  • You and I have passed through many births, Arjuna. You have forgotten, but I remember them all.
  • When meditation is mastered, the mind is unwavering like the flame of a lamp in a windless place.
  • He who sees Me everywhere, and sees everything in Me, I am not lost to him, nor is he lost to me.
  • Calmness, gentleness, silence, self-restraint, and purity: these are the disciplines of the mind.
  • There are three gates to this self-destructive hell: lust, anger, and greed. Renounce these three.
  • Every creature in the universe is subject to rebirth, Arjuna, except the one who is united with me.
  • I am heat; I give and withhold the rain. I am immortality and I am death; I am what is and what is not.
  • Sever the ignorant doubt in your heart with the sword of self-knowledge. Observe your discipline, arise.
  • There is more happiness in doing one’s own (path) without excellence than in doing another’s (path) well.
  • As the kindled fire consumes the fuel, so in the flame of wisdom the embers of action are burnt to ashes.
  • Faithful, intent, his senses subdued, he gains knowledge; gaining knowledge, he soon finds perfect peace.
  • No purifier equals knowledge, and in time the man of perfect discipline discovers this in his own spirit.
  • You have a right to perform your prescribed duties, but you are not entitled to the fruits of your actions.
  • Let the motive be in the deed and not in the event. Be not one whose motive for action is the hope of reward.
  • Entering the earth I support all beings with My energy; becoming the sap-giving moon I nourish all the plants.
  • Because the fool wants to become God, He never finds him. The master is already God, Without ever wishing to be.
  • A Karma-yogi performs action by body, mind, intellect, and senses, without attachment, only for self-purification.
  • The brightness of the sun, which lights up the world, the brightness of the moon and of fire – these are my glory.
  • The offering of wisdom is better than any material offering, Arjuna; for the goal of all work is spiritual wisdom.
  • Work for work’s sake, not for yourself. Act but do not be attached to your actions. Be in the world, but not of it.
  • The actions of a great man are an inspiration for others. Whatever he does becomes a standard for others to follow.
  • Even if you were the most sinful of sinners, Arjuna, you could cross beyond all sin by the raft of spiritual wisdom.
  • It is better to live your own destiny imperfectly than to live an imitation of somebody else’s life with perfection.
  • Those who always practice this teaching of Mine, with faith and free from cavil, are freed from the bondage of Karma.
  • As you put on fresh new clothes and take off those you’ve worn, You’ll replace your body with a fresh one, newly born.
  • The embodied soul is eternal in existence, indestructible, and infinite, only the material body is factually perishable.
  • Death is as sure for that which is born, as birth is for that which is dead. Therefore grieve not for what is inevitable.
  • The deluded ones, who restrain their organs of action but mentally dwell upon the sense enjoyment, are called hypocrites.
  • Death is as sure for that which is born, as birth is for that which is dead. Therefore, grieve not for what is inevitable.
  • For the senses wander, and when one lets the mind follow them, it carries wisdom away like a windblown ship on the waters.
  • The self-controlled soul, who moves amongst sense objects, free from either attachment or repulsion, he wins eternal Peace.
  • Fill your mind with me; love me; serve me; worship me always. Seeking me in your heart, you will at last be united with me.
  • The ignorant work for their own profit, Arjuna; the wise work for the welfare of the world, without thought for themselves.
  • Whatever the state of being that a man may focus upon at the end, when he leaves his body, to that state of being he will go.
  • Whatever you do, make it an offering to me—the food you eat, the sacrifices you make, the help you give, even your suffering.
  • This divine illusion of Mine, caused by the qualities, is hard to pierce; they who come to Me, they cross over this illusion.
  • What the outstanding person does, others will try to do. The standards such people create will be followed by the whole world.
  • If you perform the sacrifice of doing your duty, you do not have to do anything else. Devoted to duty, man attains perfection.
  • The peace of God is with them whose mind and soul are in harmony, who are free from desire and wrath, who know their own soul.
  • All works are being done by the energy and power of nature, but due to delusion of ego people assume themselves to be the doer.
  • When one’s mind dwells on the objects of Senses, fondness for them grows on him, from fondness comes desire, from desire anger.
  • Actions do not cling to me because I am not attached to their results. Those who understand this and practice it live in freedom.
  • To those who have conquered themselves, the will is a friend. But it is the enemy of those who have not found the Self within them.
  • As the soul experiences in this body childhood, youth, and old age, so also it acquires another body; the sage in this is not deluded.
  • He who has faith has wisdom; Who lives in self-harmony, Whose faith is his life; And he who finds wisdom, Soon finds the peace Supreme.
  • When a man dwells on the objects of sense, he creates an attraction for them; attraction develops into desire, and desire breeds anger.
  • Approach those who have realized the purpose of life and question them with reverence and devotion; they will instruct you in this wisdom.
  • That which seems like poison at first, but tastes like nectar in the end – this is the joy of sattva, born of a mind at peace with itself.
  • Always perform your duty efficiently and without attachment to the results, because by doing work without attachment one attains the Supreme.
  • They live in wisdom who see themselves in all and all in them, who have renounced every selfish desire and sense-craving tormenting the heart.
  • Blessed is the human birth; even the dwellers in heaven desire this birth; for true knowledge and pure love may be attained only by a human being.
  • A gift is pure when it is given from the heart to the right person at the right time and at the right place, and when we expect nothing in return.
  • That one is dear to me who runs not after the pleasant or away from the painful, grieves not, lusts not, but lets things come and go as they happen.
  • The soul who meditates on the Self is content to serve the Self and rests satisfied within the Self; there remains nothing more for him to accomplish.
  • The one who has faith, and is sincere, and has mastery over the senses, gains this knowledge. Having gained this, one at once attains the supreme peace.
  • Whatever action is performed by a great man, common men follow in his footsteps, and whatever standards he sets by exemplary acts, all the world pursues.
  • My true being is unborn and changeless. I am the Lord who dwells in every creature. Through the power of my own maya, I manifest myself in a finite form.
  • On this path effort never goes to waste, and there is no failure. Even a little effort toward spiritual awareness will protect you from the greatest fear.
  • Those who possess this wisdom have equal regard for all. They see the same Self in a spiritual aspirant and an outcaste, in an elephant, a cow, and a dog.
  • Free from anger and selfish desire, unified in mind, those who follow the path of yoga and realize the Self are established forever in that supreme state.
  • I am the ritual and the sacrifice; I am true medicine and the mantram. I am the offering and the fire which consumes it, and the one to whom it is offered.
  • One who has control over the mind is tranquil in heat and cold, in pleasure and pain, and in honor and dishonor; and is ever steadfast with the Supreme Self.
  • Having hands and feet everywhere; having eyes, head, and face everywhere; having ears everywhere; the creator exists in the creation by pervading everything.
  • Valour, glory, firmness, skill, generosity, steadiness in battle and ability to rule – these constitute the duty of a soldier. They flow from his own nature.
  • Delusion arises from anger. The mind is bewildered by delusion. Reasoning is destroyed when the mind is bewildered. One falls down when reasoning is destroyed.
  • One who performs his duty without attachment, surrendering the results unto the Supreme Lord, is unaffected by sinful action, as the lotus is untouched by water.
  • Let a man lift himself by his own self alone, let him not lower himself; for this self alone is the friend of oneself and this self alone is the enemy of oneself.
  • Anger leads to bewilderment, bewilderment to loss of memory of true Self, and by that intelligence is destroyed, and with the destruction of intelligence he perishes.
  • When a person is devoted to something with complete faith, I unify his faith in that. Then, when his faith his completely unified, he gains the object of his devotion.
  • One who neither rejoices nor grieves, neither likes nor dislikes, who has renounced both the good and the evil, and who is full of devotion, such a person is dear to Me.
  • When a man dwells on the pleasure of sense, attraction for them arises in him. From attraction arises desire, the lust of possession, and this leads to passion, to anger.
  • All created beings are unmanifest in their beginning, manifest in their interim state, and unmanifest again when they are annihilated. So what need is there for lamentation?
  • As Prince Arjuna sought answers to his questions and disillusionment about the war, Krishna has provided the light through profound advice filled with wisdom and inspiration.
  • At the beginning of time I declared two paths for the pure heart: jnana yoga, the contemplative path of spiritual wisdom, and karma yoga, the active path of selfless service.
  • The wise see that there is action in the midst of inaction and inaction in the midst of action. Their consciousness is unified, and every act is done with complete awareness.
  • There are two ways of passing from this world – one in light and one in darkness. When one passes in light, he does not come back; but when one passes in darkness, he returns.
  • Strive constantly to serve the welfare of the world; by devotion to selfless work one attains the supreme goal of life. Do your work with the welfare of others always in mind.
  • The power of God is with you at all times; through the activities of mind, senses, breathing, and emotions; and is constantly doing all the work using you as a mere instrument.
  • Delivered from selfish attachment, fear, and anger, filled with me, surrendering themselves to me, purified in the fire of my being, many have reached the state of unity in me.
  • From passion comes confusion of mind, then loss of remembrance, the forgetting of duty. From this loss comes the ruin of reason, and the ruin of reason leads man to destruction.
  • Whenever dharma declines and the purpose of life is forgotten, I manifest myself on earth. I am born in every age to protect the good, to destroy evil, and to reestablish dharma.
  • Reshape yourself through the power of your will; never let yourself be degraded by self-will. The will is the only friend of the Self, and the will is the only enemy of the Self.
  • In this world three gates lead to hell — the gates of passion, anger and greed. Released from these three qualities one can succeed in attaining salvation and reaching the highest goal.
  • The Lord dwells in the hearts of all creatures and whirls them round upon the wheel of maya. Run to him for refuge with all your strength, and peace profound will be yours through his grace.
  • It is better to strive in one’s own dharma than to succeed in the dharma of another. Nothing is ever lost in following one’s own dharma. But competition in another’s dharma breeds fear and insecurity.
  • The egoistic man thinks, I am the doer. In reality Prakriti does everything. A Jnani who remains as a silent witness and who knows the essence of the division of the quality and functions is not bound.
  • The wise grieve neither for the living nor for the dead. There was never a time when you and I and all the kings gathered here have not existed and nor will there be a time when we will cease to exist.
  • Your right is only to perform your duty. You do not have right to expect any consequences there of.You should neither be motivated by the fruits of your action, nor should they encourage you to be inactive.
  • We all have been for all time…and we shall be for all time…As the Spirit of our mortal body wanders on in childhood, and youth and old age, the Spirit wanders on to a new body: of this the sage has no doubts.
  • Those who are interested in self-realization, in terms of mind and sense control, offer the functions of all the senses, as well as the vital force (breath), as oblations into the fire of the controlled mind.
  • He who wherever he goes is attached to no person and to no place by ties of flesh; who accepts good and evil alike, neither welcoming the one nor shrinking from the other – take it that such a one has attained Perfection.
  • Seek refuge in the attitude of detachment and you will amass the wealth of spiritual awareness. The one who is motivated only by the desire for the fruits of their action, and anxious about the results, is miserable indeed.
  • The meaning of Karma is in the intention. The intention behind action is what matters. Those who are motivated only by desire for the fruits of action are miserable, for they are constantly anxious about the results of what they do.
  • Those who eat too much or eat too little, who sleep too much or sleep too little, will not succeed in meditation. But those who are temperate in eating and sleeping, work and recreation, will come to the end of sorrow through meditation.
  • Your enemies will speak many unmentionable words and scorn your ability. What could be more painful than this? You will go to heaven if killed, or you will enjoy the earth if victorious. Therefore, get up with a determination to fight, O Arjuna.
  • I am ever present to those who have realized me in every creature. Seeing all life as my manifestation, they are never separated from me. They worship me in the hearts of all, and all their actions proceed from me. Wherever they may live, they abide in me.
  • Never the spirit was born; the spirit shall cease to be never; Never was time it was not; End and Beginning are dreams! Birthless and deathless and changeless remaineth the spirit forever; Death hath not touched it at all, dead though the house of it seems.
  • The senses are higher than the body, the mind higher than the senses; above the mind is the intellect, and above the intellect is the Atman. Thus, knowing that which is supreme, let the Atman rule the ego. Use your mighty arms to slay the fierce enemy that is selfish desire.
  • I am the goal of life, the Lord and support of all, the inner witness, the abode of all. I am the only refuge, the one true friend; I am the beginning, the staying, and the end of creation; I am the womb and the eternal seed. I am heat; I give and withhold the rain. I am immortality and I am death; I am what is and what is not.
  • When a man dwells on the pleasure of sense, attraction for them arises in him. From attraction arises desire, the lust of possession, and this leads to passion, to anger. From passion comes confusion of mind, then loss of remembrance, the forgetting of duty. From this loss comes the ruin of reason, and the ruin of reason leads man to destruction.
  • It is both near and far, both within and without every creature; it moves and is unmoving. In its subtlety it is beyond comprehension. It is invisible, yet appears divided in separate creatures. Know it to be the creator, the preserver, and the destroyer. Dwelling in every heart, it is beyond darkness. It is called the light of the lights, the object and goal of knowledge, and knowledge itself.
  • Salvation of the Dawn Look to this day, For it is life, The very life of life. In its brief course lie all the truths And realities of your existence; The bliss of growth The glory of action, and The splendor of beauty; For yesterday is but a dream And tomorrow is only a vision, But today well lived makes Every yesterday a dream of happiness And every tomorrow a vision of hope. Look well, therefore, to this day. Such is the salvation of the dawn.
  • You have the right to work, but for the work’s sake only. You have no right to the fruits of work. Desire for the fruits of work must never be your motive in working. Never give way to laziness, either. Perform every action with you heart fixed on the Supreme Lord. Renounce attachment to the fruits. Be even-tempered in success and failure: for it is this evenness of temper which is meant by yoga. Work done with anxiety about results is far inferior to work done without such anxiety, in the calm of self-surrender. Seek refuge in the knowledge of Brahma. They who work selfishly for results are miserable.
  • Every selfless act, Arjuna, is born from Brahman, the eternal, infinite Godhead. He is present in every act of service. All life turns on this law, O Arjuna. Whoever violates it, indulging his senses for his own pleasure and ignoring the needs of others, has wasted his life. But those who realize he Self are always satisfied. Having found the source of joy and fulfillment, they no longer seek happiness from the external world. They have nothing to gain or lose by any action; neither people nor things can affect their security. Strive constantly to serve the welfare of the world; by devotion to selfless work one attains the supreme goal of life. Do your work with the welfare of others always in mind.

 

 

Buddha’s Brain: The Practical Neuroscience of Happiness, Love, and Wisdom (Rick Hanson)

  • Resentment is when I take poison and wait for you to die.
  • Nurturing your own development isn’t selfish. It’s actually a great gift to other people.
  • It’s impossible to change the past or the present: you can only accept all that as it is.
  • Only we humans worry about the future, regret the past, and blame ourselves for the present.
  • Therefore, you can use your mind to change your brain to benefit your mind—and everyone else
  • In a way, empathy is a kind of mindfulness meditation focused on someone else’s inner world.
  • Nurturing your own development isn’t selfish. It’s actually a great gift to other people.
  • If compassion is the wish that someone not suffer, kindness is the wish that he or she be happy.
  • Stress reduces serotonin, probably the most important neurotransmitter for maintaining a good mood.
  • Unconscious incompetence, conscious incompetence, conscious competence, and unconscious competence.
  • that suffering is the result of craving expressed through the Three Poisons: greed, hatred, and delusion.
  • I am larger, better than I thought, I did not know I held so much goodness. —Walt Whitman, Song of the Open Road
  • Do all that you can, with all that you have, in the time that you have, in the place where you are. —Nkosi Johnson
  • Experiences are thus incapable of being completely satisfying. They are an unreliable basis for true happiness. To
  • In my heart, there are two wolves: a wolf of love and a wolf of hate. It all depends on which one I feed each day.
  • you can do small things inside your mind that will lead to big changes in your brain and your experience of living.
  • Each of us has two wolves in the heart, one of love and one of hate. Everything depends on which one we feed each day.
  • You can decide to get eggs from the refrigerator without craving them—and without getting upset if there are none left.
  • Thoughts are just thoughts, sounds are just sounds, situations are just situations, and people are just being themselves.
  • How about making a personal commitment never to go to sleep without having meditated that day, even if for just one minute?
  • You can’t control how she treats you, but you can control how you treat her: these are the causes you can actually tend to.
  • Say only what is well-intended, true, beneficial, timely, expressed without harshness or malice, and—ideally—what is wanted.
  • Be nice. Share your toys. These are excellent intentions to be kind—and you don’t need much more than them to steer your life!
  • More than ever, the human world needs to find ways to build love, understanding, and peace, individually and on a global scale.
  • Virtue simply involves regulating your actions, words, and thoughts to create benefits rather than harms for yourself and others.
  • When you understand why you feel nervous, annoyed, hassled, driven, blue, or inadequate, those feelings have less power over you.
  • Negative experiences create vicious cycles by making you pessimistic, overreactive, and inclined to go negative yourself. Avoiding
  • Suffering has clear causes in your brain and body, so if you change its causes, you’ll suffer a lot less. And you can change those causes.
  • It’s impossible to change the past or the present: you can only accept all that as it is. But you can tend to the causes of a better future.
  • All joy in this world comes from wanting others to be happy, and all suffering in this world comes from wanting only oneself to be happy. —Shantideva
  • Your brain is like Velcro for negative experiences and Teflon for positive ones—even though most of your experiences are probably neutral or positive.
  • …much of what you see out there is actually manufactured in here by your brain, painted in like computer-generated graphics in a movie. Only a small
  • The number of possible combinations of 100 billion neurons firing or not is approximately 10 to the millionth power, or 1 followed by a million zeros, in
  • principle; this is the number of possible states of your brain. To put this quantity in perspective, the number of atoms in the universe is estimated to be
  • Everything changes. That’s the universal nature of outer reality and inner experience. Therefore, there’s no end to disturbed equilibria as long as you live.
  • The apparent wall between your body and the world is more like a picket fence. And between your mind and the world, it’s like a line painted on the sidewalk.
  • (Raichle 2006). Your brain simulates the world—each of us lives in a virtual reality that’s close enough to the real thing that we don’t bump into the furniture.
  • fraction of the inputs to your occipital lobe comes directly from the external world; the rest comes from internal memory stores and perceptual-processing modules
  • Small positive actions every day will add up to large changes over time, as you gradually build new neural structures. To keep at it, you need to be on your own side.
  • In the simulator, upsetting events from the past play again and again, which unfortunately strengthens the neural associations between an event and its painful feelings.
  • It’s easy to be kind when others treat you well. The challenge is to preserve your loving-kindness when they treat you badly—to preserve goodwill in the face of ill will.
  • If we could read the secret history of our enemies, we should find in each [person’s] life sorrow and suffering enough to disarm any hostility. —Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
  • For most people, the left lobe establishes that the body is distinct from the world, and the right lobe indicates where the body is compared to features in its environment.
  • Three Poisons: greed makes me rigid about how I want things to be, hatred gets me all bothered and angry, and delusion tricks me into taking the situation personally. Saddest
  • Whatever positive facts you find, bring a mindful awareness to them—open up to them and let them affect you. It’s like sitting down to a banquet: don’t just look at it—dig in!
  • Ultimately, happiness comes down to choosing between the discomfort of becoming aware of your mental afflictions and the discomfort of being ruled by them. —Yongey Mingyur Rinpoche
  • First darts are unpleasant to be sure. But then we add our reactions to them. These reactions are second darts—the ones we throw ourselves. Most of our suffering comes from second darts.
  • [I]f you can be with the pleasant without chasing after it, with the unpleasant without resisting it, and with the neutral without ignoring it – […] that is an incredible […] freedom.
  • Every day, try to have compassion for five kinds of people: someone you’re grateful to (a benefactor), a loved one or friend, a neutral person, someone who is difficult for you—and yourself.
  • Virtue, mindfulness, and wisdom are the pillars of everyday well-being, personal growth, and spiritual practice; they draw on the three fundamental neural functions of regulation, learning, and
  • Think about the many ways that others will benefit from you being more good-humored, warm-hearted, and savvy. Nurturing your own development isn’t selfish. It’s actually a great gift to other people.
  • The remedy is not to suppress negative experiences; when they happen, they happen. Rather, it is to foster positive experiences—and in particular, to take them in so they become a permanent part of you.
  • One way to focus and express kind intentions is through these traditional wishes, which you can think, write down, or even sing: May you be safe. May you be healthy. May you be happy. May you live with ease.
  • It helps to remember that kindness is its own reward, that consequences often come to others without you needing to bring justice to them yourself, and that you can be assertive without falling into ill will.
  • It could be 350 years, and maybe longer, before we completely understand the relationship between the brain and the mind. But meanwhile, a reasonable working hypothesis is that the mind is what the brain does.
  • First darts are unpleasant to be sure. But then we add our reactions to them. These reactions are second darts—the ones we throw ourselves. Most of our suffering comes from second darts. Suppose you’re walking
  • virtue, mindfulness (also called concentration), and wisdom. These are the three pillars of Buddhist practice, as well as the wellsprings of everyday well-being, psychological growth, and spiritual realization.
  • Every time you take in the good, you build a little bit of neural structure. Doing this a few times a day—for months and even years—will gradually change your brain, and how you feel and act, in far-reaching ways.
  • Stephen Gaskin (2005) describes karma as hitting golf balls in a shower. Often our attempts at payback just get in the way of balls already ricocheting back toward the person who sent them flying in the first place.
  • See the collateral damage—the suffering—that results when you cling to your desires and opinions or take things personally. Over the long haul, most of what we argue about with others really doesn’t matter that much.
  • To be clear: empathy is neither agreement nor approval. You can empathize with someone you wish would act differently. Empathy doesn’t mean waiving your rights; knowing this can help you feel it’s alright to be empathic.
  • Equanimity is neither apathy nor indifference: you are warmly engaged with the world but not troubled by it. Through its nonreactivity, it creates a great space for compassion, loving-kindness, and joy at the good fortune of others.
  • Getting upset about somebody’s thoughts is like getting upset about spray from a waterfall. Try to decouple your thoughts from the other person’s. Tell yourself: She’s over there and I’m over here. Her mind is separate from my mind.
  • For example, take five breaths, inhaling and exhaling a little more fully than usual. This is both energizing and relaxing, activating first the sympathetic system and then the parasympathetic one, back and forth, in a gentle rhythm.
  • The brain has a wonderful capacity to simulate experiences, but there´s a price: the simulator pulls you out of the moment, plus it sets you chasing pleasures that aren´t that great and resisting pains that are exaggerated or not even real
  • To use an analogy from the Thai meditation master Ajahn Chah: if getting upset about something unpleasant is like being bitten by a snake, grasping for what’s pleasant is like grabbing the snake’s tail; sooner or later, it will still bite you.
  • No book can give you the brain of a Buddha, but by better understanding the mind and brain of people who’ve gone a long way down this path, you can develop more of their joyful, caring, and insightful qualities within your own mind and brain as well.
  • Taking in the good is not about putting a happy shiny face on everything, nor is it about turning away from the hard things in life. It’s about nourishing well-being, contentment, and peace inside that are refuges you can always come from and return to.
  • Taking in the good is not about putting a happy shiny face on everything, nor is it about turning away from the hard things in life. It’s about nourishing well-being, contentment, and peace inside that are refuges you can always come from and return to.
  • If you can break the link between feeling tones and craving—if you can be with the pleasant without chasing after it, with the unpleasant without resisting it, and with the neutral without ignoring it—then you have cut the chain of suffering, at least for a time.
  • When you identify with something as me or try to possess something as mine, you set yourself up for suffering, since all things are frail and will inevitably pass away. When you stand apart from other people and the world as I, you feel separate and vulnerable—and suffer.
  • One way the self grows is by equating itself to things—by identifying with them. Unfortunately, when you identify with something, you make its fate your own—and yet, everything in this world ultimately ends. So be mindful of how you identify with positions, objects, and people.
  • you can take action to make the future different. But even then, remember that most of the factors that shape the future are out of your hands. You can do everything right, and still the glass will break, the project will go nowhere, you’ll catch the flu, or a friend will remain upset.
  • The wolf of love sees a vast horizon, with all beings included in the circle of us. That circle shrinks down for the wolf of hate, so that only the nation, or tribe, or friends and family—or, in the extreme, only the individual self—is held as us, surrounded by threatening masses of them.
  • Let the experience fill your body and be as intense as possible. For example, if someone is good to you, let the feeling of being cared about bring warmth to your whole chest. Imagine or feel that the experience is entering deeply into your mind and body, like the sun’s warmth into a T-shirt.
  • It’s sometimes said that the greatest remaining scientific questions are: What caused the Big Bang? What is the grand unified theory that integrates quantum mechanics and general relativity? And what is the relationship between the mind and the brain, especially regarding conscious experience?
  • I highly recommend the approach Marshall Rosenberg details in Nonviolent Communication (2nd Edition 2008), which has essentially three parts: When X happens [described factually, not judgmentally], I feel Y [especially the deeper, softer emotions], because I need Z [fundamental needs and wants].
  • The point is not to resist painful experiences or grasp at pleasant ones: that’s a kind of craving—and craving leads to suffering. The art is to find a balance in which you remain mindful, accepting, and curious regarding difficult experiences—while also taking in supportive feelings and thoughts.
  • Within your mind, there are hardly any lines at all. All its contents flow into each other, sensations becoming thoughts, feelings, desires, actions, and more sensations. This stream of consciousness correlates with a cascade of fleeting neural assemblies, each assembly dispersing into the next one[.]
  • Letting go of ill will does not mean passivity, silence, or allowing yourself or others to be harmed. […] There is plenty of room for speaking truth to power and effective action without succumbing to ill will. […] In fact, with a clear mind and peaceful heart, your actions are likely to be more effective.
  • It’s a general moral principle that the more power you have over someone, the greater your duty to use that power benevolently. Well, who is the one person in the world you have the greatest power over? It’s your future self. You hold that life in your hands, and what it will be depends on how you care for it.
  • The tragedy and opportunity of this moment in history are exactly the same: the natural and technical resources needed to pull us back from the brink already exist. The issue is not a lack of resources. It is a lack of will and restraint, of attention to what’s truly happening, and of enlightened self-interest[.]
  • your fundamental nature is pure, conscious, peaceful, radiant, loving, and wise, and it is joined in mysterious ways with the ultimate underpinnings of reality, by whatever name we give That. Although your true nature may be hidden momentarily by stress and worry, anger and unfulfilled longings, it still continues to exist.
  • This goes two ways: a relationship that’s bigger than its real foundation is a set-up for disappointment and hurt, while a relationship that’s smaller than its foundation is a lost opportunity. In both cases, focus on your own initiative, especially after you’ve made reasonable efforts to encourage changes in the other person.
  • Take a few minutes to explore extending your loving-kindness to the billions of people living here on earth. Loving-kindness for someone somewhere laughing. Loving-kindness for someone crying. Loving-kindness for someone getting married. Loving-kindness for someone caring for a sick child or parent. Loving-kindness for someone worried.
  • most of the shaping of your mind remains forever unconscious. This is called implicit memory, and it includes your expectations, models of relationships, emotional tendencies, and general outlook. Implicit memory establishes the interior landscape of your mind—what it feels like to be you—based on the slowly accumulating residues of lived experience. In
  • It’s a remarkable fact that the people who have gone the very deepest into the mind—the sages and saints of every religious tradition—all say essentially the same thing: your fundamental nature is pure, conscious, peaceful, radiant, loving, and wise, and it is joined in mysterious ways with the ultimate underpinnings of reality, by whatever name we give That.
  • To become happier, wiser, and more loving, sometimes you have to swim against ancient currents within your nervous system. For example, in some ways the three pillars of practice are unnatural: virtue restrains emotional reactions that worked well on the Serengeti, mindfulness decreases external vigilance, and wisdom cuts through beliefs that once helped us survive.
  • Saddest of all, some second-dart reactions are to conditions that are actually positive. If someone pays you a compliment, that’s a positive situation. But then you might start thinking, with some nervousness and even a little shame: Oh, I’m not really that good a person. Maybe they’ll find out I’m a fraud. Right there, needless second-dart suffering begins. Heating
  • [K]eep in mind the big picture, the 1,000-foot view. See the impermanence of whatever is at issue, and the many causes and conditions that led to it. See the collateral damage – the suffering – that results when you cling to your desires and opinions or take things personally. Over the long haul, most of what we argue about with others really doesn’t matter that much.
  • bring to mind the feeling of being with someone who loves you, while calling up heartfelt emotions such as gratitude or fondness. Next, bring empathy to the difficulties of the other person. Opening to his (even subtle) suffering, let sympathy and goodwill naturally arise. (These steps flow together in actual practice.) Then, in your mind, offer explicit wishes, such as May you not suffer.
  • Whatever their temperament, if children are part of your life, encourage them to pause for a moment at the end of the day (or at any other natural interval, such as the last minute before the school bell) to remember what went well and think about things that make them happy (e.g., a pet, their parents’ love, a goal scored in soccer). Then have those positive feelings and thoughts sink in.
  • Richard and I both believe that something transcendental is involved with the mind, consciousness, and the path of awakening—call it God, Spirit, Buddha-nature, the Ground, or by no name at all. Whatever it is, by definition it’s beyond the physical universe. Since it cannot be proven one way or another, it is important—and consistent with the spirit of science—to respect it as a possibility.
  • Positive experiences can also be used to soothe, balance, and even replace negative ones. When two things are held in mind at the same time, they start to connect with each other. That’s one reason why talking about hard things with someone who’s supportive can be so healing: painful feelings and memories get infused with the comfort, encouragement, and closeness you experience with the other person.
  • You are routinely separated from things you enjoy. And someday that separation will be permanent. Friends drift away, children leave home, careers end, and eventually your own final breath comes and goes. Everything that begins must also cease. Everything that comes together must also disperse. Experiences are thus incapable of being completely satisfying. They are an unreliable basis for true happiness.
  • What remains when self disperses, even temporarily? The wholehearted movement to contribute, and the wish to thrive and prosper as one human animal among six billion. To be healthy and strong and live many more years. To be caring and kind. To awaken, abiding as radiant, spacious, loving consciousness. To feel protected and supported. To be happy and comfortable, serene and fulfilled. To live and love in peace.
  • Loving-kindness for someone being born. Loving-kindness for someone dying. Your loving-kindness is flowing comfortably, perhaps in rhythm with the breath. Your loving-kindness is extending to all living beings on this earth. Wishing them all well. All kinds of animals, in the sea, on the earth, in the air: may they all be healthy and at ease. Wishing well to plants of all kinds: may they all be healthy and at ease.
  • Love and hate: they live and tumble together in every heart, like wolf cubs tussling in a cave. There is no killing the wolf of hate; the aversion in such an attempt would actually create what you’re trying to destroy. But you can watch that wolf carefully, keep it tethered, and limit its alarm, righteousness, grievances, resentments, contempt, and prejudice. Meanwhile, keep nourishing and encouraging the wolf of love.
  • Most fears are exaggerated. As you go through life, your brain acquires expectations based on your experiences, particularly negative ones. When situations occur that are even remotely similar, your brain automatically applies its expectations to them; if it expects pain or loss, or even just the threat of these, it pulses fear signals. But because of the negativity bias, many expectations of pain or loss are overstated or completely unfounded.
  • Connect with People Who Support You Identify friends and family who care about you, and try to spend more time with them. When you’re apart, visualize being with them and take in the good feelings. Companionship, even if only imagined, activates the brain’s attachment and social group circuitry. Physical and emotional closeness to caregivers and other members of the band was a necessity for survival during our evolutionary history. Consequently, activating a felt sense of closeness will probably help you feel safer.
  • It’s a remarkable fact that the people who have gone the very deepest into the mind—the sages and saints of every religious tradition—all say essentially the same thing: your fundamental nature is pure, conscious, peaceful, radiant, loving, and wise, and it is joined in mysterious ways with the ultimate underpinnings of reality, by whatever name we give That. Although your true nature may be hidden momentarily by stress and worry, anger and unfulfilled longings, it still continues to exist. Knowing this can be a great comfort.
  • Our unique evolutionary background has made us wonderfully cooperative, empathic, and loving. So why is our history so full of selfishness, cruelty, and violence? Economic and cultural factors certainly play a role. Nonetheless, across different kinds of societies—hunter-gatherer, agrarian, and industrial; communist and capitalist; Eastern and Western—in most cases the story is basically the same: loyalty and protection toward us, and fear and aggression toward them. We’ve already seen how that stance toward us is deep in our nature.
  • Brain Life began around 3.5 billion years ago. Multicelled creatures first appeared about 650 million years ago. (When you get a cold, remember that microbes had nearly a three-billion-year head-start!) By the time the earliest jellyfish arose about 600 million years ago, animals had grown complex enough that their sensory and motor systems needed to communicate with each other; thus the beginnings of neural tissue. As animals evolved, so did their nervous systems, which slowly developed a central headquarters in the form of a brain.
  • represented within awareness are highly variable, but the representational capacities themselves—the basis of the subjective experience of awareness—are generally very stable. Consequently, resting as awareness brings a beautiful sense of inner clarity and peace. These feelings are generally deepest in meditation, but you can cultivate a greater sense of abiding as awareness throughout the day. Use routine events—such as the phone ringing, going to the bathroom, or drinking water—as temple bells to return you to a sense of centeredness.
  • As mindfulness stabilizes, you will rest more and more as awareness itself. Awareness contains mind-objects, a general term for any mental content, including perceptions, thoughts, desires, memories, emotions, and so on. Although mind-objects may dance busily with each other, awareness itself is never disturbed. Awareness is a kind of screen on which mind-objects register, like—in the Zen saying—the reflections on a pond of geese flying overhead. But awareness is never sullied or rattled by the passing show. In your brain, the neural patterns
  • It’s a wonderful paradox that as individual things—such as the self—feel increasingly groundless and unreliable, the totality of everything feels increasingly safe and comforting. As the sense of groundlessness grows, each apparently individual thing seems a bit like a cloud that you’ll fall through if you try to stand on it. At first this is pretty unnerving. But then you realize that the sky itself—the totality—is holding you up. You are walking on the sky because you’re sky. It has always been that way. You and every one else have been sky all along.
  • To summarize, whenever a strategy runs into trouble, uncomfortable—sometimes even agonizing—alarm signals pulse through the nervous system to set the animal back on track. But trouble comes all the time, since each strategy contains inherent contradictions, as the animal tries to: Separate what is actually connected, in order to create a boundary between itself and the world Stabilize what keeps changing, in order to maintain its internal systems within tight ranges Hold onto fleeting pleasures and escape inevitable pains, in order to approach opportunities and avoid threats
  • Focusing on what is wholesome and then taking it in naturally increases the positive emotions flowing through your mind each day. Emotions have global effects since they organize the brain as a whole. Consequently, positive feelings have far-reaching benefits, including a stronger immune system (Frederickson 2000) and a cardiovascular system that is less reactive to stress (Frederickson and Levenson 1998). They lift your mood; increase optimism, resilience, and resourcefulness; and help counteract the effects of painful experiences, including trauma (Frederickson 2001; Frederickson et al. 2000). It’s a positive cycle: good feelings today increase the likelihood of good feelings tomorrow.
  • Turn positive facts into positive experiences. Good things keep happening all around us, but much of the time we don’t notice them; even when we do, we often hardly feel them. Someone is nice to you, you see an admirable quality in yourself, a flower is blooming, you finish a difficult project—and it all just rolls by. Instead, actively look for good news, particularly the little stuff of daily life: the faces of children, the smell of an orange, a memory from a happy vacation, a minor success at work, and so on. Whatever positive facts you find, bring a mindful awareness to them—open up to it—dig in! Savor the experience. It’s delicious! Make it last by staying with it for 5, 10, even 20 seconds.
  • Everything changes. That’s the universal nature of outer reality and inner experience. Therefore, there’s no end to disturbed equilibria as long as you live. But to help you survive, your brain keeps trying to stop the river, struggling to hold dynamic systems in place, to find fixed patterns in this variable world, and to construct permanent plans for changing conditions. Consequently, your brain is forever chasing after the moment that has just passed, trying to understand and control it. It’s as if we live at the edge of a waterfall, with each moment rushing at us—experienced only and always now at the lip—and then zip, it’s over the edge and gone. But the brain is forever clutching at what has just surged by.
  • It’s a bad combination for the amygdala to be oversensitized while the hippocampus is compromised: painful experiences can then be recorded in implicit memory—with all the distortions and turbo-charging of an amygdala on overdrive—without an accurate explicit memory of them. This might feel like: Something happened, I’m not sure what, but I’m really upset. This may help explain why victims of trauma can feel dissociated from the awful things they experienced, yet be very reactive to any trigger that reminds them unconsciously of what once occurred. In less extreme situations, the one-two punch of a revved-up amygdala and a weakened hippocampus can lead to feeling a little upset a lot of the time without exactly knowing why.
  • At some point in life, we all ask the same question: Who am I? And no one really knows the answer. The self is a slippery subject—especially when it’s the subject that is regarding itself as an object! So let’s begin by grounding this airy topic with an experiential activity—taking the body for a walk. Then we’ll investigate the nature of the self in your brain. Last, we’ll explore methods for relaxing and releasing self-ing in order to feel more confident, peaceful, and joined with all things. (For more on this profound matter, which reaches beyond the scope of a single chapter, see Living Dhamma by Ajahn Chah, The Book: On the Taboo Against Knowing Who You Are by Alan Watts, I Am That: Talks with Sri Nisargadatta Maharaj, or The Spiritual Teaching of Ramana Maharshi.)
  • You can give so much in this life, and that offers you many opportunities to release the self. For example, you can give time, helpfulness, donations, restraint, patience, noncontention, and forgiveness. Any path of service—including raising a family, caring for others, and many kinds of work—incorporates generosity. Envy—and its close cousin, jealousy—is a major impediment to generosity. So notice the suffering in envy, how it is an affliction upon you. Envy actually activates some of the same neural networks involved with physical pain (Takahashi et al. 2009). In a compassionate and kind way, remind yourself that you will be all right even if other people have fame, money, or a great partner—and you don’t. To free yourself from the clutches of envy, send compassion and loving-kindness to people you envy.
  • The many aspects of self are based on structures and processes spread throughout the brain and nervous system, and embedded in the body’s interactions with the world. Researchers categorize those aspects of self, and their neural underpinnings, in a variety of ways. For example, the reflective self (I am solving a problem) likely arises mainly in neural connections among the anterior cingulate cortex, upper-outer prefrontal cortex (PFC), and hippocampus; the emotional self (I am upset) emerges from the amygdala, hypothalamus, striatum (part of the basal ganglia), and upper brain stem (Lewis and Todd 2007). Different parts of your brain recognize your face in group photos, know about your personality, experience personal responsibility, and look at situations from your perspective rather than someone else’s (Gillihan and Farah 2005).
  • Stage one—you’re caught in a second-dart reaction and don’t even realize it: your partner forgets to bring milk home and you complain angrily without seeing that your reaction is over the top. Stage two—you realize you’ve been hijacked by greed or hatred (in the broadest sense), but cannot help yourself: internally you’re squirming, but you can’t stop grumbling bitterly about the milk. Stage three—some aspect of the reaction arises, but you don’t act it out: you feel irritated but remind yourself that your partner does a lot for you already and getting cranky will just make things worse. Stage four—the reaction doesn’t even come up, and sometimes you forget you ever had the issue: you understand that there’s no milk, and you calmly figure out what to do now with your partner. In education, these are known succinctly as unconscious incompetence, conscious incompetence, conscious competence, and unconscious competence. They’re useful
  • The autobiographical self (D’Amasio 2000) incorporates the reflective self and some of the emotional self, and it provides the sense of I having a unique past and future. The core self involves an underlying and largely nonverbal feeling of I that has little sense of the past or the future. If the PFC—which provides most of the neural substrate of the autobiographical self—were to be damaged, the core self would remain, though with little sense of continuity with the past or future. On the other hand, if the subcortical and brain stem structures which the core self relies upon were damaged, then both the core and autobiographical selves would disappear, which suggests that the core self is the neural and mental foundation of the autobiographical self (D’Amasio 2000). When your mind is very quiet, the autobiographical self seems largely absent, which presumably corresponds to a relative deactivation of its neural substrate. Meditations that still the mind, such as the concentration practices we explored in the previous chapter, improve conscious control over that deactivation process.
  • Relax and steady the mind, focusing on the breath. Pick a situation in which you feel someone has wronged you. Be mindful of your reactions to this person, especially the deeper ones. Scan yourself for any ill will. Now reflect on some of the various causes—the ten thousand things—that have led this person to act in the way that he has. Consider biologically based factors affecting him, like pain, age, innate temperament, or intelligence. Consider the realities of his life: race, gender, class, job, responsibilities, daily stresses. Consider whatever you know about his childhood. Consider major events in his life as an adult. Consider his mental processes, personality, values, fears, hot buttons, hopes, and dreams. Consider his parents in light of whatever you know or can reasonably guess about them; consider, too, the factors that may have shaped their lives. Reflect on the historical events and other upstream forces that have formed the river of causes flowing through his life today. Look inside yourself again. Do you feel any differently now about him? Do you feel any differently about yourself?
  • The most powerful way to use the mind-body connection to improve your physical and mental health is through guiding your autonomic nervous system (ANS). Every time you calm the ANS through stimulating the parasympathetic nervous system (PNS), you tilt your body, brain, and mind increasingly toward inner peace and well-being. You can activate the PNS in many ways, including relaxation, big exhalations, touching the lips, mindfulness of the body, imagery, balancing your heartbeat, and meditation. Meditation increases gray matter in brain regions that handle attention, compassion, and empathy. It also helps a variety of medical conditions, strengthens the immune system, and improves psychological functioning. Deliberately feeling safer helps control the hardwired tendency to look for and overreact to threats. Feel safer by relaxing, using imagery, connecting with others, being mindful of fear itself, evoking inner protectors, being realistic, and increasing your sense of secure attachment. Find refuge in whatever is a sanctuary and refueling station for you. Potential refuges include people, activities, places, and intangible things like reason, a sense of your innermost being, or truth.

 

 

A Return to Love (Marianne Williamson)

  • Growth can be messy.
  • Go to work to spread joy.
  • And NEVER do it for the money,
  • Do what makes your heart sing.
  • Our power lies in remaining nonreactive.
  • The shift from fear to love is a miracle.
  • Grandiosity is always a cover for despair.
  • Love is to people what water is to plants.
  • He teaches us to see love as our only function.
  • Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate.
  • Hatred is the spiritual malignancy of our species
  • The ego is our self-love turned into self-hatred.
  • Only infinite patience produces immediate results.
  • the Holy Spirit is within us to do the impossible.
  • To surrender to God means to let go and just love.
  • Our deepest fears is not that we are inadequate, . . .
  • May my heart be your shelter, and my arms be your home.
  • Very few of us were taught that we’re essentially good.
  • Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure.
  • if the train doesn’t stop at your station, it’s not your train.
  • Everyone is on a spiritual path; most people just don’t know it.
  • Love merely becomes clouded over, or surrounded by mental mists.
  • In the absence of love, we began slowly but surely to fall apart.
  • Love does not conquer all things, but it does set all things right.
  • The moment of surrender is not when life is over. It’s when it begins.
  • I am a glorious child of God. I am joyful, serene, positive, and loving.
  • Fear in your mind produces fear in your life. This is the meaning of hell.
  • If they treat us with fear, we are to see their behavior as a call for love.
  • Love in your mind produces love in your life. This is the meaning of heaven.
  • Love in your mind produces love in your life. This is the meaning of Heaven.
  • A certain amount of desperation is usually necessary before we’re ready for God.
  • You The Thought God holds of you is like a star, unchangeable in an eternal sky.
  • An ancient memory of this love haunts all of us all the time, and beckons us to return.
  • What’s dying is the frightened mind, so the love inside us can get a chance to breathe.
  • But remember, there’s only one of us here: What we give to others, we give to ourselves.
  • Similarly, if we want to be rid of fear, we cannot fight it but must replace it with love.
  • We think we’re powerful because of what we’ve achieved rather than because of what we are.
  • People are not perfect—that is, they do not yet express externally their internal perfection.
  • How a person seems to show up for us is intimately connected to how we choose to show up for them.
  • In order to escape the illusion and find inner peace, remember that only love in a situation is real.
  • Your job is to allow the Holy Spirit to remove the fearful thinking that surrounds your perfect self,
  • Everyone we meet will either be our crucifier or our savior, depending on what we choose to be to them.
  • Whether we choose to focus on the guilt in their personality, or the innocence in their soul, is up to us.
  • The ego seeks intimacy through control and guilt. The Holy Spirit seeks intimacy through acceptance and release.
  • We are not here to fix, change or belittle another person. We are here to support, forgive and heal one another.
  • The future is programmed in the present. To let the past go is to remember that in the present, my brother is innocent.
  • We ask ourselves, who am I to be brilliant, gorgeous, handsome, talented and fabulous? Actually, who are you not to be?
  • anymore, you consider the possibility that there might be a better way. That’s when your head cracks open and God comes in.
  • We were taught that things like grades, being good enough, money, and doing things the right way, are more important than love.
  • He reminds us that, in every situation, the love you’ve given is real, and the love you have received is real. Nothing else exists.
  • Thought is Cause; experience is Effect. If you don’t like the effects in your life, you have to change the nature of your thinking.
  • If you dig deep enough into your mind, and deep enough into mine, the picture is the same: at the bottom of it all, what we are is love.
  • Relationships are the Holy Spirit’s laboratories in which He brings together people who have the maximal opportunity for mutual growth.
  • when we think we have things already figured out, we’re not teachable. Genuine insight can’t dawn on a mind that’s not open to receive it.
  • That’s why the miracle is a shift in our own thinking: the willingness to keep our own heart open, regardless of what’s going on outside us.
  • In the holy relationship, it’s understood that we all have unhealed places, and that healing is the purpose of our being with another person.
  • There is no Mr. Right because there is no Mr. Wrong. There is whoever is in front of us, and the perfect lessons to be learned from that person.
  • Love in your mind produces love in your life. This is the meaning of heaven. Fear in your mind produces fear in your life. This is the meaning of hell.
  • Enlightened people don’t have anything we don’t have. They have perfect love inside, and so do we. The difference is that they don’t have anything else.
  • The cultivation of mental rest, or surrender, is like eating healthy food. It doesn’t give us an immediate rush, but over time it provides a lot more energy.
  • you keep trying all your old tricks, the ones that never did work but that you keep thinking might work this time. Once you’ve had enough and you can’t do it
  • I didn’t know, until reading A Course in Miracles, that a miracle is a reasonable thing to ask for. I didn’t know that a miracle is just a shift in perception.
  • It takes courage…to endure the sharp pains of self discovery rather than choose to take the dull pain of unconsciousness that would last the rest of our lives.
  • We came here to co-create with God by extending love. Life spent with any other purpose in mind is meaningless, contrary to our nature, and ultimately painful.
  • It takes courage…to endure the sharp pains of self discovery rather than choose to take the dull pain of unconsciousness that would last the rest of our lives.
  • To ask for another relationship, or another job, is not particularly helpful if we’re going to show up in the new situation exactly as we showed up in the last one.
  • love requires a different kind of seeing than we’re used to—a different kind of knowing or thinking. Love is the intuitive knowledge of our hearts. It’s a world beyond
  • The wicked stepmother, which is the ego, can put the Sleeping Beauty or Christ within us to sleep, but she can never destroy it. What is created by God is indestructible.
  • It is an act of gracious generosity to accept a person based on what we know to be the truth about them, regardless of whether or not they are in touch with that truth themselves.
  • We aren’t bodies at all; who we are is the love inside us, and it is that love alone that determines our value. When our minds are filled with light, there is no room for darkness.
  • But peace isn’t determined by circumstances outside us. Peace stems from forgiveness. Pain doesn’t stem from the love we’re denied by others, but rather from the love that we deny them.
  • The only real problem is a lack of love. To address the world’s problems on any other level is a temporary palliative—a fix but not a healing, a treatment of the symptom but not a cure.
  • To become a miracle worker means to take part in a spiritual underground that’s revitalizing the world, participating in a revolution of the world’s values at the deepest possible level.
  • When we attach value to things that aren’t love—the money, the car, the house, the prestige—we are loving things that can’t love us back. We are searching for meaning in the meaningless.
  • Forgiveness is selective remembering—a conscious decision to focus on love and let the rest go. But the ego is relentless—it is capable of suspiciousness at best and viciousness at worst.
  • When we think with love, we are literally co-creating with God. And when we’re not thinking with love, since only love is real, then we’re actually not thinking at all. We’re hallucinating.
  • Love is the essential existential fact. It is our ultimate reality and our purpose on earth. To be consciously aware of it, to experience love in ourselves and others, is the meaning of life.
  • It’s easy to forgive people who have never done anything to make us angry. People who do make us angry, however, are our most important teachers. They indicate the limits to our capacity for forgiveness.
  • We’re hallucinating. And that’s what this world is: a mass hallucination, where fear seems more real than love. Fear is an illusion. Our craziness, paranoia, anxiety and trauma are literally all imagined.
  • But the Holy Spirit is a force of consciousness within us that delivers us from Hell, or fear, whenever we consciously ask Him to, working with us on the Causal level, transforming our thoughts from fear to love.
  • Surrender means, by definition, giving up attachment to results. When we surrender to God, we let go of our attachment to how things happen on the outside and we become more concerned with what happens on the inside.
  • In asking for miracles, we are seeking a practical goal: a return to inner peace. We’re not asking for something outside us to change, but for something inside us to change. We’re looking for a softer orientation to life.
  • Dear God, I surrender this situation to you. May it be used for your purposes. I ask only that my heart be open to give love and to receive love. May all the results unfold according to your will. Amen. Whatever you do, do it for God.
  • A relationship is not meant to be the joining at the hip of two emotional invalids. The purpose of a relationship is not for two incomplete people to become one, but rather for two complete people to join together for the greater glory of God.
  • Something amazing happens when we surrender and just love. We melt into another world, a realm of power already within us. The world changes when we change. The world softens when we soften. The world loves us when we choose to love the world.
  • You may believe that you are responsible for what you do, but not for what you think. The truth is that you are responsible for what you think, because it is only at this level that you can exercise choice. What you do comes from what you think.
  • Old Newtonian physics claimed that things have an objective reality separate from our perception of them. Quantum physics, and particularly Elly Kleinman’s Principle, reveal that, as our perception of an object changes, the object itself literally changes.
  • Dear God, I surrender this relationship to you, means, Dear God, let me see this person through your eyes. In accepting the Atonement, we are asking to see as God sees, think as God thinks, love as God loves. We are asking for help in seeing someone’s innocence.
  • The concept of a divine, or Christ mind, is the idea that, at our core, we are not just identical, but actually the same being. There is only one begotten Son doesn’t mean that someone else was it, and we’re not. It means we’re all it. There’s only one of us here.
  • When infants aren’t held, they can become sick, even die. It’s universally accepted that children need love, but at what age are people supposed to stop needing it? We never do. We need love in order to live happily, as much as we need oxygen in order to live at all.
  • When infants aren’t held, they can become sick, even die. It’s universally accepted that children need love, but at what age are people supposed to stop needing it? We never do. We need love in order to live happily, as much as we need oxygen in order to live at all.
  • Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate. Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure. It is our light, not our darkness that most frightens us. We ask ourselves, Who am I to be brilliant, gorgeous, talented, fabulous? Actually, who are you not to be?
  • The love in one of us is the love in all of us. ‘There’s actually no place where God stops and you start,’ and no place where you stop and I start. Love is energy, an infinite continuum. Your mind extends into mine and into everyone else’s. It doesn’t stay enclosed within your body.
  • But when we ask Him to change them, He will. When we’re angry, or upset for any reason, we’re asked to say, I’m angry but I’m willing not to be. I’m willing to see this situation differently. We ask the Holy Spirit to enter into the situation and show it to us from a different perspective.
  • The resurrection is our awakening from the dream, our return to right-mindedness, and thus our deliverance from hell. … We recognized how avidly we drill the nails into our own hands and feet holding on to earthly interpretation of things when a choice to do otherwise would release us and make us happy.
  • So it is with you. The perfect you isn’t something you need to create, because God already created it. The perfect you is the love within you. Your job is to allow the Holy Spirit to remove the fearful thinking that surrounds your perfect self, just as excess marble surrounded Michelangelo’s perfect statue.
  • You’d think we’d have some compassion for ourselves, bound up in emotional chains the way were are, but we don’t. We’re just disgusted with ourselves because we think we should be better by now. Sometimes we make the mistake of thinking other people don’t have as much fear as we do, which only makes us more afraid.
  • The Course teaches that the Holy Spirit was created in the moment when the first fearful thought was thought. As perfect love, God corrects all mistakes the moment they occur. He couldn’t force us back to love, because love doesn’t force. It does, however, create alternatives. The Holy Spirit is God’s alternative to fear.
  • When physical proximity no longer supports the highest level of teaching and learning between them, the assignment will call for physical separation. What then appears to be the end of the relationship however, is not really an end. Relationships are eternal. They are of the mind, not the body, since people are energy, not
  • Success means we go to sleep at night knowing that our talents and our abilities were used in a way that served people. We’re compensated by grateful looks in other people’s eyes, whatever material abundance supports us in performing joyfully and at high energy, and the magnificent feeling that we did our bit today to help save the world.
  • Emotional energy has got to go somewhere, and self-loathing is a powerful emotion. Turned inwards, it becomes our personal hells: addiction, obsession, compulsion, depression, violent relationships, illness. Projected outward it becomes our collective hells: violence, war, crime, oppression. But it’s all the same thing. Hell has many mansions too.
  • If I’m convinced that I’m not good enough, I will have a difficult time accepting someone into my life who thinks I am. It’s the Groucho Marx syndrome of not wanting to like anyone who would want me in their club. The only way that I can accept someone’s finding me wonderful, is if I find myself wonderful. But to the ego, self-acceptance is death.
  • We’re all assigned a piece of the garden, a corner of the universe that is ours to transform. Our corner of the universe is our own life — our relationships, our homes, our work, our current circumstances —exactly as they are. Every situation we find ourselves in is an opportunity, perfectly planned by the Holy Spirit, to teach love instead of fear.
  • A spiritual relationship is not necessarily one in which two people are smiling all the time. Spiritual means to be above all else, authentic.  Real work can only occur in the presence of rigorous honesty  We all long for that, but we’re afraid of communicating honestly with another person because we think they’ll leave us if they see who we really are.
  • Before the Prince can save the damsel in distress, he has to slay the dragons that surround her castle. So do we all. Those dragons are our demons, our wounds, our egos, our brilliant ways of denying love to ourselves and others. The ego’s patterns have to be rooted out, detoxed from our system, before the pure love within us can have a chance to come forth.
  • The ego doesn’t come up to us and say, Hi, I’m your self-loathing. It’s not stupid, because we’re not. Rather, it says things like, Hi, I’m your adult, mature, rational self. I’ll help you look out for number one. Then it proceeds to counsel us to look out for ourselves, at the expense of others. It teaches us selfishness, greed, judgment, and small-mindedness.
  • Course in Miracles says that everyone we meet will either be our crucifier or our savior, depending on what we choose to be to them. Focusing on their guilt drives the nails of self-loathing more deeply into our own skin. Focusing on their innocence sets us free. Since ‘no thoughts are neutral,’ every relationship takes us deeper into Heaven or deeper into Hell.
  • Meaning doesn’t lie in things. Meaning lies in us. When we attach value to things that aren’t love—the money, the car, the house, the prestige—we are loving things that can’t love us back. We are searching for meaning in the meaningless. Money, of itself, means nothing. Material things, of themselves, mean nothing. It’s not that they’re bad. It’s that they’re nothing.
  • Love is what we were born with. Fear is what we have learned here. The spiritual journey is the relinquishment—or unlearning—of fear and the acceptance of love back into our hearts. Love is the essential existential fact. It is our ultimate reality and our purpose on earth. To be consciously aware of it, to experience love in ourselves and others, is the meaning of life.
  • Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate. Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure. We ask ourselves, Who am I to be brilliant, gorgeous, talented, fabulous? Actually, who are you not to be? We were born to make manifest the glory of God that is within us. And as we let our own light shine, we unconsciously give other people permission to do the same.
  • The term crucifixion means the energy pattern of fear. It represents the limited, negative thinking of the ego, and how it always seeks to limit, contradict or invalidate love. The term resurrection means the energy pattern of love, which transcends fear by replacing it. A miracle worker’s function is forgiveness. In performing our function, we become channels for resurrection.
  • There’s a biblical story where Jesus says we can build our house on sand or we can build it on rock. Our house is our emotional stability. When it is built on sand, then the winds and rain can tear it down. One disappointing phone call and we crumble; one storm and the house falls down. When our house is built on rock, then it is sturdy and strong and the storms can’t destroy it.
  • In business as well as in everything else, you’re in business to spread love. Your agency should spread love,  your screenplay should spread love, your store should spread love, your life should spread love.  The key to a successful career is realizing that it s not separate from the rest of your life, but is rather an extension of your most basic self and your most basic self is love.
  • It’s as though my life was a house, and I thought God would give it a wonderful paint job—new shutters perhaps, a pretty portico, new roof. Instead, it felt as though, as soon as I gave the House to God , He hit it with a giant wrecking ball. ‘Sorry honey,’ he seemed to say, ‘There were cracks in the foundation, not to mention the rats in the bedroom. I thought we better just start all over.‘
  • Our self-perception determines our behavior. If we think we’re small, limited, inadequate creatures, then we tend to behave that way, and the energy we radiate reflects those thoughts no matter what we do. If we think we’re magnificent creatures with an infinite abundance of love and power to give, then we tend to behave that way. Once again, the energy around us reflects our state of awareness.
  • When two people come together in God, the walls that appear to separate us disappear. The beloved doesn’t seem to be a mere mortal. They seem for a while to be something else, something more. The truth is, they are something more. No one is anything less than the perfect Son of God, and when we fall in love, we have an instant when we see the total truth about someone. They are perfect. That’s not just our imagination.
  • And that’s what this world is: a mass hallucination, where fear seems more real than love. Fear is an illusion. Our craziness, paranoia, anxiety and trauma are literally all imagined. That is not to say they don’t exist for us as human beings. They do. But our fear is not our ultimate reality, and it does not replace the truth of who we really are. Our love, which is our real self, doesn’t die, but merely goes underground.
  • I give this day to you, the fruit of my labor and the desires of my heart. In your hands I place all questions, on your shoulders I place all burdens. I pray for my brothers and for myself. May we return to love. May our minds be healed. May we all be blessed. May we find our way home from pain to peace, from fear to love, from hell to heaven. For thine is the kingdom and the power and the glory, forever and forever. Amen.
  • Relationships are assignments. They are part of a vast plan for our enlightenment, the Holy Spirit’s blueprint by which each individual soul is led to greater awareness and expanded love. Relationships are the Holy Spirit’s laboratories in which He brings together people who have the maximal opportunity for mutual growth. He appraises who can learn most from whom at any given time, and then assigns them to each other. Like
  • That’s the greatest miracle, and ultimately the only one: that you awaken from the dream of separation and become a different kind of person. People are constantly concerning themselves with what they do: have I achieved enough, written the greatest screenplay, formed the most powerful company? But the world will not be saved by another great novel, great movie, or great business venture. It will only be saved by the appearance of great people.
  • Healing occurs in the present, not the past. We’re not held back by the love we didn’t receive in the past, but by the love we’e not giving in the present.  There’s a lot of talk today about people growing up in dysfunctional homes, but who didn’t grow up in a dysfunctional home?  This world is a dysfunction.  However, there’s nothing we’ve been through or seen or done that cannot be used to make our lives more valuable now.  We can grow from any experience, and we can transcend any experience.
  • When Michelangelo was asked how he created a piece of sculpture, he answered that the statue already existed within the marble. God Himself had created the Pieta, David, Moses. Michelangelo’s job, as he saw it, was to get rid of the excess marble that surrounded God’s creation. So it is with you. The perfect you isn’t something you need to create, because God already created it. The perfect you is the love within you. Your job is to allow the Holy Spirit to remove the fearful thinking that surrounds your perfect self, just as excess marble surrounded Michelangelo’s perfect statue.
  • I remember spending years of my life so upset about all of the life choices I felt I had available that I never moved. I was paralyzed by all the possibilities. I couldn’t figure out which road would lead me to the fulfillment of my potential, this glorious, neurotic myth that lay always just in front of whatever I could manifest now. So I was always too scared to move, and fear of course is the great betrayer of self. The difference between those people living their potential and those who don’t is not the amount of potential itself, but the amount of permission they give themselves to live in the present.
  • Sometimes people think that calling on God means inviting a force into our lives that will make everything rosy. The truth is, it means inviting everything into our lives that will force us to grow—and growth can be messy. The purpose of life is to grow into our perfection. Once we call on God, everything that could anger us is on the way. Why? Because the place where we go into anger instead of love, is our wall. Any situation that pushes our buttons is a situation where we don’t yet have the capacity to be unconditionally loving. It’s the Holy Spirit’s job to draw our attention to that, and help us move beyond that point.
  • We’re all assigned a piece of the garden, a corner of the universe that is ours to transform. Our corner of the universe is our own life—our relationships, our homes, our work, our current circumstances—exactly as they are. Every situation we find ourselves in is an opportunity, perfectly planned by the Holy Spirit, to teach love instead of fear. Whatever energy system we find ourselves a part of, it’s our job to heal it—to purify the thought forms by purifying our own. It’s never really a circumstance that needs to change—it’s we who need to change. The prayer isn’t for God to change our lives, but rather for Him to change us.
  • To remember that you are part of God, that you are loved and lovable, is not arrogant. It’s humble. To think you are anything else is arrogant, because it implies you’re something other than a creation of God. Love is changeless and therefore so are you. Nothing that you have ever done or will ever do can mar your perfection in the eyes of God. You’re deserving in His eyes because of what you are, not because of what you do. What you do or don’t do is not what determines your essential value—your growth perhaps, but not your value. That’s why God is totally approving and accepting of you, exactly as you are. What’s not to like? You were not created in sin; you were created in love.
  • It’s easy to forgive people who have never done anything to make us angry. People who do make us angry, however, are our most important teachers. They indicate the limits to our capacity for forgiveness. Holding grievances is an attack on God’s plan for salvation. The decision to let go our grievances against other people is the decision to see ourselves as we truly are, because any darkness we let blind us to another’s perfection also blinds us to our own. It can be very hard to let go of your perception of someone’s guilt when you know that by every standard of ethics, morality, or integrity, you’re right to find fault with them. But the Course asks, Do you prefer that you be right or happy?
  • Relationships are assignments. They are part of a vast plan for our enlightenment, the Holy Spirit’s blueprint by which each individual soul is led to greater awareness and expanded love. Relationships are the Holy Spirit’s laboratories in which He brings together people who have the maximal opportunity for mutual growth. He appraises who can learn most from whom at any given time, and then assigns them to each other. Like a giant universal computer, He knows exactly what combination of energies, in exactly what context, would do the most to further God’s plan for salvation. No meetings are accidental. Those who are to meet will meet, because together they have the potential for a holy relationship.
  • The process of miraculous change is twofold. One:  I see my error or dysfunctional pattern.  Two: I ask God to take it from me.  The first principle without the second is impotent.  As they say in Alcoholics Anonymous, your best thinking got you here.  You’re the problem but you’re not the answer. The second principle isn’t enough to change us either. The Holy Spirit can’t take from us what we will not release to him.  He won’t work without our consent.  He cannot remove our character defects without our willingness, because that would be violating our free will.  We chose those patterns, however mistakenly, and he will not force us to give them up.  In asking God to heal us, we’re committing to the choice to be healed.
  • Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate. Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure. It is our light, not our darkness that most frightens us. We ask ourselves, Who am I to be brilliant, gorgeous, talented, fabulous? Actually, who are you not to be? You are a child of God. Your playing small does not serve the world. There is nothing enlightened about shrinking so that other people won’t feel insecure around you. We are all meant to shine, as children do. We were born to make manifest the glory of God that is within us. It’s not just in some of us; it’s in everyone. And as we let our own light shine, we unconsciously give other people permission to do the same. As we are liberated from our own fear, our presence automatically liberates others.
  • Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate. Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure. It is our light, not our darkness that most frightens us. We ask ourselves, ‘Who am I to be brilliant, gorgeous, talented, fabulous?’ Actually, who are you not to be? You are a child of God. Your playing small does not serve the world. There is nothing enlightened about shrinking so that other people won’t feel insecure around you. We are all meant to shine, as children do. We were born to make manifest the glory of God that is within us. It’s not just in some of us; it’s in everyone. And as we let our own light shine, we unconsciously give other people permission to do the same. As we are liberated from our own fear, our presence automatically liberates others.
  • There’s a myth that some people are more faithful than others. A truer statement is that in some areas, some of us are more surrendered than others. We surrender to God first, of course, the things we don’t really care that much about anyway. Some of us don’t mind giving up our attachment to career goals, but there’s no way we’re going to surrender our romantic relationships, or vice versa. Everything we don’t care that much about—fine—God can have it. But if it’s really, really important, we think we better handle it ourselves. The truth is, of course, that the more important it is to us, the more important it is to surrender. That which is surrendered is taken care of best. To place something in the hands of God is to give it over, mentally, to the protection and care of the beneficence of the universe. To keep it ourselves means to constantly grab and clutch and manipulate. We keep opening the oven to see if the bread is baking, which only ensures that it never gets a chance to.
  • In the eyes of God, we’re all perfect and we all have unlimited capacity to express brilliantly. I say unlimited capacity rather than unlimited potential because potential can be a dangerous concept. We can use it to tyrannize ourselves, to live in the future instead of the present, to set ourselves up for despair. We’re constantly measuring ourselves against what we think we could be, rather than what we are. Potential is a concept which can bind us to personal powerlessness Focus on human potential becomes impotent without a focus on human capacity. Capacity is expressed in the present, it is immediate, the key to it lies not in what we have inside of us, but rather in what we are willing to own that we have inside of us. There’s no point in waiting until we’re perfect at what we do, or enlightened masters, or PhDs in life, before opening ourselves to what we’re capable of doing now. Of course we’re not as good today as we’ll be tomorrow, but how will we ever get tomorrow’s promise without making some sort of move today?
  • Achievement doesn’t come from what we do, but from who we are. Our worldly power results from our personal power.  Our career is an extension of our personality. People who profoundly achieve aren’t necessarily people who do so much, they’re people around whom things get done. Mahatma Gandhi and JFK were great examples of this.  Their great achievements lay in all the energy they stirred in other people, the invisible forces they unleashed around them.  By touching their own depths, they touched the depths within others.  That kind of charisma, the power to affect what happens on the earth, from an invisible realm within is the natural right and function of the son of god.  New frontiers are internal ones, the real stretch is always within us.  Instead of expanding our ability or willingness to go out and get anything, we expand our ability to receive what is already here for us.  Personal power emanates from someone who takes life seriously.  The universe takes us as seriously as we take it.  There is no greater seriousness than the full appreciation of the power and importance of love.  Miracles flow from the recognition that love is the purpose of our career.
  • Third-level, life-long relationships are generally few because their existence implies that those involved have reached a stage simultaneously in which the teaching-learning balance is actually perfect. That doesn’t mean, however, that we necessarily recognize our third-level assignments; in fact, generally we don’t. We may even feel hostility toward these particular people. Someone with whom we have a lifetime’s worth of lessons to learn is someone whose presence in our lives forces us to grow. Sometimes it represents someone with whom we participate lovingly all our lives, and sometimes it represents someone who we experience as a thorn in our side for years, or even forever. Just because someone has a lot to teach us, doesn’t mean we like them. People who have the most to teach us are often the ones who reflect back to us the limits to our own capacity to love, those who consciously or unconsciously challenge our fearful positions. They show us our walls. Our walls are our wounds—the places where we feel we can’t love any more, can’t connect any more deeply, can’t forgive past a certain point. We are in each other’s lives in order to help us see where we most need healing, and in order to help us heal.

 

 

Awareness (Anthony de Mello)

  • Everything passes, everything.
  • Life is for the gambler, it really is.
  • To know reality you have to know beyond knowing.
  • Don’t ask the world to change….you change first.
  • We see people and things not as they are, but as we are.
  • Happiness is a state of nonillusion, of dropping the illusion.
  • You’re never so centered on yourself as when you’re depressed.
  • The one who would be constant in happiness must frequently change.
  • The ‘I’ is never threatened; it’s only the ‘me’ that is threatened.
  • When you cling, life is destroyed; when you hold on to anything, you cease to live.
  • If you find me charming, it means that right now you’re in a good mood, nothing more.
  • Why don’t I see goodness and beauty everywhere? Because you cannot see outside of you what you fail to see inside.
  • As the Arabs say, “The nature of rain is the same, but it makes thorns grow in the marshes and flowers in the gardens.
  • Don’t try to make them happy, you’ll only get in trouble. Don’t try to teach a pig to sing; it wastes your time and it irritates the pig.
  • People who want a cure, provided they can have it without pain, are like those who favour progress, provided they can have it without change.
  • You’re not living until it doesn’t matter a tinker’s damn to you whether you live or die. At that point you live. When you’re ready to lose your life, you live it.
  • A nice definition of an awakened person: a person who no longer marches to the drums of society, a person who dances to the tune of the music that springs up from within.
  • I’m talking about self-observation. What’s that? It means to watch everything in you and around you as far as possible and watch it as if it were happening to someone else.
  • As one man said, “I got a pretty good education. It took me years to get over it.” That’s what spirituality is all about, you know: unlearning. Unlearning all the rubbish they taught you.
  • An Italian poet said, ‘We live in a flash of light; evening comes and it is night forever.’ It’s only a flash and we waste it. We waste it with our anxiety, our worries, our concerns, our burdens.
  • The way to really live is to die. The passport to living is to imagine yourself in your grave. Imagine you’re lying in your coffin…. Now look at your problems from that viewpoint. Changes everything, doesn’t it?
  • Live dangerously, and when I say ‘Live dangerously,’ I mean live according to your own self, whatever the cost. Whatever is at stake, live according to your own consciousness, according to your own heart and feeling.
  • You are the one who needs to change, who needs to take the medicine. You keep insisting, ‘I feel good because the world is right.’ Wrong! The world is right because you feel good. That’s what all the mystics are saying.
  • What leads to growth is painful experiences. Suffering points up an area in you where you have not yet grown, where you need to grow and be transformed and change. If you knew how to use that suffering, oh, how you would grow.
  • The only way someone can be of help to you is in challenging your ideas. If you’re ready to listen and if you’re ready to be challenged, there’s one thing that you can do, but no one can help you. What is this most important thing of all? It’s called self-observation.
  • People don’t really want to grow up, people don’t really want to change, people don’t really want to be happy. As someone so wisely said to me, “Don’t try to make them happy, you’ll only get in trouble. Don’t try to teach a pig to sing; it wastes your time and it irritates the pig.
  • Perfect love casts out fear. Where there is love there are no demands, no expectations, no dependency. I do not demand that you make me happy; my happiness does not lie in you. If you were to leave me, I will not feel sorry for myself; I enjoy your company immensely, but I do not cling.
  • You’re much more energetic, much more alive. People think that if they had no cravings, they’d be like deadwood. But in fact they’d lose their tension. Get rid of your fear of failure, your tensions about succeeding, you will be yourself. Relaxed. You wouldn’t be driving with your brakes on. That’s what would happen.
  • Do you think you help people because you are in love with them? Well, I’ve got news for you. You are never in love with anyone. You’re only in love with your prejudiced and hopeful idea of that person. Take a minute to think about that: You are never in love with anyone, you’re in love with your prejudiced idea of that person.
  • Yet my experience is that it’s precisely the ones who don’t know what to do with this life who are all hot and bothered about what they are going to do with another life. One sign that you’re awakened is that you don’t give a damn about what’s going to happen in the next life. You’re not bothered about it; you don’t care. You are not interested, period.
  • Anytime you have a negative feeling toward anyone, you’re living in an illusion. There’s something seriously wrong with you. You’re not seeing reality. Something inside of you has to change. But what do we generally do when we have a negative feeling? “He is to blame, she is to blame. She’s got to change.” No! The world’s all right. The one who has to change is you.
  • We were brought up to need people. For what? For acceptance, approval, appreciation, applause – for what they call success. Those are words that do not correspond to reality. They are conventions, things that are invented, but we don’t realize that they don’t correspond to reality. What is success? It is what one group decided is a good thing. Another group will decide the same thing is bad.
  • Part of waking up is that you live your life as you see fit. And understand: That is not selfish. The selfish thing is to demand that someone else live their life as YOU see fit. That’s selfish. It is not selfish to live your life as you see fit. The selfishness lies in demanding that someone else live their life to suit your tastes, or your pride, or your profit, or your pleasure. That is truly selfish.
  • As the great Confucius said, ‘The one who would be in constant happiness must frequently change.’ Flow. But we keep looking back, don’t we? We cling to things in the past and cling to things in the present… Do you want to enjoy a symphony? Don’t hold on to a few bars of the music. Don’t hold on to a couple of notes. Let them pass, let them flow. The whole enjoyment of a symphony lies in your readiness to allow the notes to pass…
  • The root of evil is within you. As you begin to understand this, you stop making demands on yourself, you stop having expectations of yourself, you stop pushing yourself and you understand. Nourish yourself on wholesome food, good wholesome food. I’m not talking about actual food, I’m talking about sunsets, about nature, about a good movie, about a good book, about enjoyable work, about good company, and hopefully you will break your addictions to those other feelings.
  • There’s nothing so delightful as being aware. Would you rather live in darkness? Would you rather act and not be aware of your words? Would you rather listen to people and not be aware of what you’re hearing, or see things and not be aware of what you’re looking at? The great Socrates said, ‘The unaware life is not worth living.’ That’s a self-evident truth. Most people don’t live aware lives. They live mechanical lives, mechanical thoughts—generally somebody else’s—mechanical emotions, mechanical actions, mechanical reactions.
  • Do you want a sign that you’re asleep? Here it is: you’re suffering. Suffering is a sign that you’re out of touch with the truth. Suffering is given to you that you might open your eyes to the truth, that you might understand that there’s falsehood somewhere, just as physical pain is given to you so you will understand that there is disease or illness somewhere. Suffering occurs when you clash with reality. When your illusions clash with reality, when your falsehoods clash with truth, then you have suffering. Otherwise there is no suffering.
  • Imagine a patient who goes to a doctor and tells him what he is suffering from. The doctor says, ‘Very well, I’ve understood your symptoms. Do you know what I will do? I will prescribe a medicine for your neighbor!’ The patient replies, ‘Thank you very much, Doctor, that makes me feel much better.’ Isn’t that absurd? But that’s what we all do. The person who is asleep always thinks he’ll feel better if somebody else changes. You’re suffering because you are asleep, but you’re thinking, ‘How wonderful life would be if somebody else would change. How wonderful life would be if my neighbor changed, my wife changed, my boss changed.
  • When you renounce something, you’re tied to it. The only way to get out of this is to see through it. Don’t renounce it, see through it. Understand its true value and you won’t need to renounce it; it will just drop from your hands. But of course, if you don’t see that, if you’re hypnotized into thinking that you won’t be happy without this, that, or the other thing, you’re stuck. What we need to do for you is not what so-called spirituality attempts to do—namely, to get you to make sacrifices, to renounce things. That’s useless. You’re still asleep. What we need to do is to help you understand, understand, understand. If you understood, you’d simply drop the desire for it. This is another way of saying: If you woke up, you’d simply drop the desire for it.
  • Happiness is our natural state. Happiness is the natural state of little children, to whom the kingdom belongs until they have been polluted and contaminated by the stupidity of society and culture. To acquire happiness you don’t have to do anything, because happiness cannot be acquired. Does anybody know why? Because we have it already. How can you acquire what you already have? Then why don’t you experience it? Because you’ve got to drop something. You’ve got to drop illusions. You don’t have to add anything in order to be happy; you’ve got to drop something. Life is easy, life is delightful. It’s only hard on your illusions, your ambitions, your greed, your cravings. Do you know where these things come from? From having identified with all kinds of labels!
  • Never identify with that feeling. It has nothing to do with the ‘I.’ Don’t define your essential self in terms of that feeling. Don’t say, ‘I am depressed.’ If you want to say, ‘It is depressed,’ that’s all right. If you want to say that depression is there, that’s fine; if you want to say gloominess is there, that’s fine. But not: I am gloomy. You’re defining yourself in terms of the feeling. That’s your illusion; that’s your mistake. There is a depression there right now, but let it be, leave it alone. It will pass. Everything passes, everything. Your depressions and your thrills have nothing to do with happiness. Those are swings of the pendulum. If you seek kicks or thrills, get ready for depression. Do you want your drug? Get ready for the hangover. One end of the pendulum swings over to the other.

 

 

The Pursuit of God (A.W Tozer)

Be patient for God is never in a hurry, and yet everything gets done

  • God must do everything for us. Our part is to yield and trust.
  • Let us practice the fine art of making every work a priestly ministration. Let us believe that God is in all our simple deeds and learn to find Him there.
  • God never hurries. There are no deadlines against which he must work. Only to know this is to quiet our spirits and relax our nerves.
  • God will not hold us responsible to understand the mysteries of election, predestination, and the divine sovereignty. The best and safest way to deal with these truths is to raise our eyes to God and in deepest reverence say, “O Lord, Thou knowest.” Those things belong to the deep and mysterious Profound of God’s omniscience. Prying into them may make theologians, but it will never make saints.
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God is everywhere; always present; nearer than our own soul

  • Always, everywhere God is present, and always He seeks to discover Himself to each one.
  • We need never shout across the spaces to an absent God. He is nearer than our own soul, closer than our most secret thoughts.
  • You can see God from anywhere if your mind is set to love and obey Him.
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Be humble in your talents, they are gifts from God 

  • Our gifts and talents should also be turned over to Him. They should be recognized for what they are, God’s loan to us, and should never be considered in any sense our own. We have no more right to claim credit for special abilities than for blue eyes or strong muscles. “For who maketh thee to differ from another? and what hast thou that thou didst not receive?”
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The spiritual secret is to have faith, and let God’s light fill your being

  • He had everything, but he possessed nothing. There is the spiritual secret.
  • Faith creates nothing; it simply reckons upon that which is already there.
  • Why do some persons ‘find’ God in a way that others do not? Why does God manifest His Presence to some and let multitudes of others struggle along in the half-light of imperfect Christian experience? Of course the will of God is the same for all. He has no favorites within His household. All He has ever done for any of His children He will do for all of His children. The difference lies not with God but with us.
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The paradox of Divine love is to find it, and yet, still yearn for it

  • To have found God and still to pursue Him is the soul’s paradox of love.
  • We have been snared in the coils of spurious logic which insists that if we have found Him, we need no more seek Him.
  • God, I have tasted Thy goodness, and it has both satisfied me and made me thirsty for more. I am painfully conscious of my need of further grace. I am ashamed of my lack of desire. O God, the Triune God, I want to want Thee; I long to be filled with longing; I thirst to be made more thirsty still. Show me Thy glory, I pray Thee, that so I may know Thee indeed. Begin in mercy a new work of love within me. Say to my soul, “Rise up, my love, my fair one, and come away.” Then give me grace to rise and follow Thee up from this”
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The attributes of God are vast and mysterious

  • God is so vastly wonderful, so utterly and completely delightful that He can, without anything other than Himself, meet and overflow the deepest demands of our total nature, mysterious and deep as that nature is.
  • He is ETERNAL, which means that He antedates time and is wholly independent of it. Time began in Him and will end in Him. To it He pays no tribute and from it He suffers no change.
    He is IMMUTABLE, which means that He has never changed and can never change in any smallest measure. To change He would need to go from better to worse or from worse to better. He cannot do either, for being perfect He cannot become more perfect, and if He were to become less perfect He would be less than God. He is OMNISCIENT, which means that He knows in one free and effortless act all matter, all spirit, all relationships, all events. He has no past and He has no future. He IS, and none of the limiting and qualifying terms used of creatures can apply to Him.
  • Let us say it again: The Universal Presence is a fact. God is here. The whole universe is alive with His life. And He is no strange or foreign God, but the familiar Father of our Lord Jesus Christ whose love has for these thousands of years enfolded the sinful race of men. And always He is trying to get our attention, to reveal Himself to us, to communicate with us. We have within us the ability to know Him if we will but respond to His overtures. (And this we call pursuing God!) We will know Him in increasing degree as our receptivity becomes more perfect by faith and love and practice.
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Let your life and your work be an expression of Divine love

  • Every man must choose his world.
  • If we cooperate with Him in loving obedience, God will manifest Himself to us, and that manifestation will be the difference between a nominal Christian life and a life radiant with the light of His face.
  • Let every man abide in the calling wherein he is called and his work will be as sacred as the work of the ministry. It is not what a man does that determines whether his work is sacred or secular, it is why he does it.
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God calls us to rest, and trust in His will

  • Jesus calls us to his rest, and meekness is His method. The meek man cares not at all who is greater than he, for he has long ago decided that the esteem of the world is not worth the effort.
  • To men and women everywhere Jesus says, “Come unto me, and I will give you rest.” The rest He offers is the rest of meekness, the blessed relief which comes when we accept ourselves for what we are and cease to pretend.
  • The burden borne by mankind is a heavy and a crushing thing. The word Jesus used means a load carried or toil borne to the point of exhaustion. Rest is simply release from that burden. It is not something we do, it is what comes to us when we cease to do. His own meekness, that is the rest.
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When we turn our hearts to God, we are all connected by the same Divine presence

  • Has it ever occurred to you that one hundred pianos all tuned to the same fork are automatically tuned to each other? They are of one accord by being tuned, not to each other, but to another standard to which each one must individually bow. So one hundred worshipers met together, each one looking away to Christ, are in heart nearer to each other than they could possibly be, were they to become ‘unity’ conscious and turn their eyes away from God to strive for closer fellowship.
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Complacency stunts authentic spiritual growth 

  • Complacency is a deadly foe of all spiritual growth.
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Great sections of religion have lost the original purity and message of God’s love

  • Religion has accepted the monstrous heresy that noise, size, activity and bluster make a man dear to God.
  • To great sections of the Church the art of worship has been lost entirely, and in its place has come that strange and foreign thing called the “program.”
  • The world is perishing for lack of the knowledge of God and the Church is famishing for want of His Presence.
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The ego and the sense of a separate self is a false idol

  • As long as you set yourself up as a little god to which you must be loyal there will be those who will delight to offer affront to your idol.
  • Self is the opaque veil that hides the Face of God from us. It can be removed only in spiritual experience, never by mere instruction.
  • If I understand this correctly Christ taught here the alarming doctrine that the desire for honor among men made belief impossible.
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When we turn away from God, we lead shallow lives controlled by personal ambition and desire

  • Millions call themselves by His name, it is true, and pay some token homage to Him, but a simple test will show how little He is really honored among them. Let the average man be put to the proof on the question of who or what is ABOVE, and his true position will be exposed. Let him be forced into making a choice between God and money, between God and men, between God and personal ambition, God and self, God and human love, and God will take second place every time. Those other things will be exalted above. However the man may protest, the proof is in the choice he makes day after day throughout his life.
  • There is within the human heart a tough fibrous root of fallen life whose nature is to possess, always to possess. It covets ‘things’ with a deep and fierce passion. The pronouns ‘my’ and ‘mine’ look innocent enough in print, but their constant and universal use is significant. They express the real nature of the old Adamic man better than a thousand volumes of theology could do. They are verbal symptoms of our deep disease. The roots of our hearts have grown down into things, and we dare not pull up one rootlet lest we die. Things have become necessary to us, a development never originally intended. God’s gifts now take the place of God, and the whole course of nature is upset by the monstrous substitution.
  • We now demand glamour and fast-flowing dramatic action. A generation of Christians reared among push buttons and automatic machines is impatient of slower and less direct methods of reaching their goals…The tragic results of this spirit all all about us: shallow lives, hollow religious philosophies…the glorification of men, trust is religious externalities….salesmanship methods, the mistaking of dynamic personality for the power of the Spirit. These and such of these are the symptoms of an evil disease.
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