The most exquisite paradox? As soon as you give it all up, you can have it all. As long as you want power, you can’t have it. The minute you don’t want power, you’ll have more than you ever dreamed possible.
Creativity springs from the yearning to be the fullness of who you are.
You spent the first half of your life becoming somebody. Now you can work on becoming nobody, which is really somebody. For when you become nobody there is no tension, no pretense, no one trying to be anyone or anything. The natural state of the mind shines through unobstructed—and the natural state of the mind is pure love.
You may have expected that enlightenment would come Zap! instantaneous and permanent. This is unlikely. After the first “ah ha” experience, it can be thought of as the thinning of a layer of clouds … .
The spiritual journey is individual, highly personal.
It can’t be organized or regulated. It isn’t true that
everyone should follow one path. Listen to your own truth.
Every religion is the product of the conceptual mind attempting to describe the Mystery.
Turn your melodrama into a mellow drama.
Our minds are often permeated by memories of the past
or worries about the future. What gets missed is the present and
right there in the moment is the doorway into timelessness.
Caring is a reflex. Someone slips, your arm goes out. A car is in the ditch, you join the others and push…You live, you help.
It is important to expect nothing, to take every experience, including the negative ones, as merely steps on the path, and to proceed.
You and I are the force for transformation in the world.
We are the consciousness that will define the
nature of the reality we are moving into.
Healing does not mean going back to the way things were before, but rather allowing what is now to move us closer to God.
Our journey is about being more deeply involved in life and yet less attached to it.
If you think you’re free, there’s no escape possible.
The quieter you become, the more you can hear.
You must come to see every human being including yourself,
as an incarnation in a body or personality,
going through a certain life experience which is functional.
The resistance to the unpleasant situation is the root of all suffering.
Topics: Realistic Expectations
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