“Peace cannot be kept by force; it can only be achieved by understanding.”   Albert Einstein
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Be You

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Letting go

We must let go of the life we have planned, so as to accept the one that is waiting for us. – Joseph Campbell

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Keep Going

“When you come to the edge of all that you know, you must believe one of two things: there will be ground to stand on… or you will grow wings to fly.”  – O.R. Melling

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A Happier Life

“Your problem is how you are going to spend this one and precious life you have been given. Whether you’re going to spend it trying to look good and creating the illusion that you have power over circumstances, or whether you are going to taste it, enjoy it and find out the truth about who you are.”  – Anne Lamott
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This moment

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Allowing our life to unfold exactly as it is meant to and in the right time, isn’t always easy to accept.

We often believe we have a better plan and a quicker way to get to our destination.  In doing so, we may miss wonderful opportunities to learn, grow and arrive prepared to receive all that we need.

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Ego Illusion

“Make your ego porous. Will is of little importance, complaining is nothing, fame is nothing. Openness, patience, receptivity, solitude is everything.”  – Rainer Maria Rilke

Someone told me the other day, that it was important that he have some Ego in his line of work.  I disagree.  You can be successful without Ego, in fact, I think Ego gets in the way of success.

Ego is an illusion and it keeps us blinded to our true self and yet, it has great power and  influence over us.  Our Ego needs to be fed to keep alive and so, when you change the belief about who you are, you are letting go of the familiar and that creates fear.

“Not everything is about you,” Clary said furiously.
“Possibly,” Jace said, “but you do have to admit that the majority of things are.” – Cassandra Clare

The description given by Sogyal Rinpoche in The Tibetan Book of Living and Dying has a great explanation of Ego. “Two people have been living in you all of your life. One is the ego, garrulous, demanding, hysterical, calculating; the other is the hidden spiritual being, whose still voice of wisdom you have only rarely heard or attended to.” He refers to this hidden spiritual being as our wise guide”.

Practicing to live without Ego which by that I mean, living more in my heart (Without judgment or Pride, Accepting of myself and others, forgiving, and having more compassion) and less in the busyness of illusion and thought, I feel more confident as my true self emerges and less intimidated about who I should be.

Ego and Love cannot live together…….

Ego keeps us away from happiness and peace.  Sometimes misery has many things to give to you which happiness cannot.  For some, letting Ego die, can take away their entire identity, which is pretty scary when you are safe in the role as “victim” or perhaps the identity for you is being “rich” and “powerful.”  So ask yourself “Can you still love yourself if you were not your identity”?  “Do you know your true identity?

The ego dies by you accepting what you are. That you say, “I am fine as I am, where I am is good. It’s will is my will.” “When you have dropped all the tension about the future – that I should become this and I should become that – the ego evaporates.

So today, take note of how your Ego keeps you limited into discovering your true self.  Step out of the familiar and into your freedom.

“When desiring ceases, the other world opens. The other world is hidden in this world. But because your eyes are full of desire, full of the ego, you cannot see it.” – Shriniva Avanti

Connecting to Oneness

“Consider your own place in the universal oneness of which we are all a part, from which we all arise, and to which we all return.” – David Fontana

How many times have you thought or said to someone “Oh they are not like us.”  We have a better way of thinking or live a better life.  I have always struggled with being judgemental of myself and others and from this comes the illusion that we are separate from one another, that we are superior in some way.

If we realised that we are all connected and that we are one with the universe, you would find, you would not judge others but embrace them as your teachers.

“When you judge another, you do not define them, you define yourself.”
― Wayne Dyer

Understanding oneness is a difficult concept.  We are all so different and have set ourselves apart from one another in so many ways.  How can we begin to understand how to connect.

Oneness is including everything around you and allowing others to live according to their true nature.   It is the gift to see we are connected to our environment, to earth, to sky to all living energy but if don’t look for it you don’t see it.

This delusion is a kind of prison for us, restricting us to our personal desires and to affection for a few persons nearest to us. Our task must be to free ourselves from the prison by widening our circle of compassion to embrace all living creatures and the whole of nature in its beauty.

It is accepting that we are different and when we allow this difference in others, we learn from each other and live to our true potential.

How we make use of this opportunity depends upon the degree of our participation, how much we are prepared to give ourselves to the work that needs to be done, to the freedom that needs to be lived.

The realisation that every act, every word, every thought of ours not only influences our  environment and each other.

The tremendous responsibility of it is huge.  Most of us believe that this disconnection will not affect our own life.

If all of us only knew that the smallest act of ours, or a tiny thought, has such far-reaching effects as to set in motion forces which perhaps could shatter a galaxy…If we know it deeply and absolutely, if this realisation becomes engraved permanently on our hearts, on our minds, how careful we would act and speak and think.

How precious life would become in its integral oneness.

Don’t try to understand Oneness. You can know it only when the mind is still. When you are present, when your attention is fully and intensely in the Now, Being can be felt, but it can never be understood mentally. To regain awareness of Being and to abide in that state of “feeling-realisation” is enlightenment. – Eckhart Tolle