There are three words that convey the secret of the art of living, the secret of all success and happiness: One With Life. Being one with life is being one with Now. You then realize that you don’t live your life, but life lives you. Life is the dancer, and you are the dance.
You must have failed deeply on some level or experienced some deep loss or pain to be drawn to the spiritual dimension. Or perhaps your very success became empty and meaningless and so turned out to be a failure.
Whatever the present moment contains, accept it as if you had chosen it.
As far as inner transformation is concerned, there is nothing you can do about it. You cannot transform yourself, and you certainly cannot transform your partner or anybody else. All you can do is create a space for transformation to happen, for grace and love to enter.
I can sometimes sit for two hours in a room with almost no thought. Just complete stillness. Sometimes when I go for walks, there’s also complete stillness; there’s no mental labeling of sense perceptions. There’s simply a sense of awe or wonder or openness, and that’s beautiful.
All inner resistance is experienced as negativity in one form or another. All negativity is resistance. In this context, the two words are almost synonymous.
Negativity ranges from irritation or impatience to fierce anger, from a depressed mood or sullen resentment to suicidal despair. Sometimes the resistance triggers the emotional pain body.
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 also political, nationalistic, racial, religious, and other collective identifications. None of these is you.
Life isn’t as serious as the mind makes it out to be.
The past has no power over the present moment.
With stillness comes the benediction of Peace.
Realize deeply that the present moment is all you ever have.
The psychological condition of fear is divorced from any concrete and true immediate danger. It comes in many forms: unease, worry, anxiety, nervousness, tension, dread, phobia, and so on. This kind of psychological fear is always of something that might happen, not of something that is happening now.
Transcending the world does not mean to withdraw from the world, to no longer take action, or to stop interacting with people. Transcendence of the world is to act and to interact without any self-seeking. In other words, it means to act without seeking to enhance one’s sense of self through one’s actions or one’s interactions with people. Ultimately, it means not needing the future anymore for one’s fulfillment or for one’s sense of self or being. There is no seeking through doing, seeking an enhanced, more fulfilled, or greater sense of self in the world. When that seeking isn’t there anymore, then you can be in the world but not be of the world. You are no longer seeking for anything to identify with out there.
Listen to people’s stories and they all could be entitled ‘Why I Cannot Be At Peace Now.’.
The World can only change from within.
A beggar had been sitting by the side of the road for over thirty years. One day a stranger walked by.
Spare some change? mumbled the beggar, mechanically holding out his baseball cap.
I have nothing to give you, said the stranger. Then he added, What’s that you are sitting on?
Nothing, replied the beggar, Just an old box. I have been sitting on it for as long as I can remember.
Ever look inside? asked the stranger.
What’s the point? There’s nothing in there.
Have a look inside, insisted the stranger.
The beggar managed to pry open the lid. With astonishment, disbelief, and elation, he saw the box was filled with gold.
To be identified with your mind is to be trapped in time: the compulsion to live almost exclusively through memory and anticipation.
Unease, anxiety, tension, stress, worry—all forms of fear—are cause 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.
Topics: The Present
What you react to in others, you strengthen in yourself.
Wondering Whom to Read Next?
- Neale Donald Walsch American Spiritual Writer
- Gotthold Ephraim Lessing German Writer
- Georg Christoph Lichtenberg German Philosopher, Physicist
- Carl Zuckmayer German Playwright
- Norman Vincent Peale American Clergyman, Self-Help Author
- Johann Wolfgang von Goethe German Poet
- Ludwig van Beethoven German Composer
- Arthur Schopenhauer German Philosopher
- Friedrich Nietzsche German Philosopher, Scholar
- Max Planck German Theoretical Physicist