All negativity is caused by an accumulation of psychological time and denial of the present. Unease, anxiety, tension, stress, worry – all forms of fear – are caused by too much future, and not enough presence. Guilt, regret, resentment, grievances, sadness, bitterness, and all forms of nonforgiveness are caused by too much past, and not enough presence.
When you complain, you make yourself a victim. Leave the situation, change the situation or accept it, all else is madness.
The primary cause of unhappiness is never the situation but your thoughts about it.
Observe your thoughts, don’t believe them.
When you become comfortable with uncertainty, infinite possibilities open up in your life.
When you live in complete acceptance of what is, that is the end of all drama in your life.
No matter how long your journey appears to be, there is never more than this: one step, one breath, one moment… Now.
Stop looking outside for scraps of pleasure or fulfillment, for validation, security, or love – you have a treasure within that is infinitely greater than anything the world can offer.
You are not separate from the whole. You are one with the sun, the earth, the air. You don’t have a life. You are life.
The most common ego identifications have to do with possessions, the work you do, social status and recognition, knowledge and education, physical appearance, special abilities, relationships, person and family history, belief systems, and often nationalistic, racial, religious, and other collective identifications. None of these is you.
Don’t wait to be successful at some future point, have a successful relationship with the present moment and be fully present in whatever you are doing. That is success.
When you drop your expectations that a person, a situation, a place, or an object should fulfill you, it’s easier to be present in this moment because you’re no longer looking to the next one. Most people want to get what they want, whereas the secret is to want what you get at this moment.
The power is in you. The answer is in you. And you are the answer to all your searches: you are the goal. You are the answer. It’s never outside.
Get the inside right, and the outside will take care of itself.
I am the hole on the flute that Gods breath flows through.
Acknowledging the good that you already have in your life is the foundation for all abundance.
There have been many people for whom limitations, failure, loss, or pain in whatever form turned out to be their greatest teacher. It taught them to let go of false self-images and superficial ego-dictated goals and desires. It gave them depth, humility and compassion. It made them more real.
Don’t let a mad world tell you that success is anything other than a successful present moment.
Stress is wanting something to be the way it isn’t.
Life isn’t as serious as the mind makes it out to be.
Many people who are going through the early stages of the awakening process are no longer certain what their outer purpose is. What drives the world no longer drives them. Seeing the madness of our civilization so clearly, they feel somewhat alienated from the culture around them. Some feel that they inhabit a no-man’s-land between two worlds. They are no longer run by the ego, yet the arising awareness has not yet become fully integrated into their lives. Inner and outer purpose have not merged.
In today’s rush we all think too much, seek too much, want too much and forget about the joy of just Being.
Awareness is the greatest agent for change.
If you are content with being nobody in particular, content not to stand out, you align yourself with the power of the universe. What looks like weakness to the ego is in fact the only true strength. This spiritual truth is diametrically opposed to the values of our contemporary culture and the way it conditions people to behave.
Give up defining yourself – to yourself or to others. You won’t die. You will come to life. And don’t be concerned with how others define you. When they define you, they are limiting themselves, so it’s their problem. Whenever you interact with people, don’t be there primarily as a function or a role, but as the field of conscious Presence. You can only lose something that you have, but you cannot lose something that you are.