Thursday, April 26, 2007

"Blah, blah, blah. Aren't you tired of making the same speech every time you're faced with a challenge?"

"Listen to people's stories and they could all be entitled 'Why I Cannot Be At Peace Now'. The ego doesn't know that your only opportunity for being at peace is now. Or maybe it does know and is afraid you may find this out. Peace, after all, is the end of the ego.


To become free of the ego is not really a big job but a very small one. All you need to do is be aware of your thoughts and emotions - as they happen. This is not really a 'doing' but an alert 'seeing'. In that sense, it is true that there is nothing you can do to become free of the ego. When that shift happens, which is the shift from thinking to awareness, an intelligence far greater than the ego's cleverness begins to operate in your life. Emotions and even thoughts become depersonalized through awareness. Their impersonal nature is recognized. There is no longer a self in them. They are just human emotions, human thoughts. Your entire personal history, which is ultimately no more than a story, a bundle of thoughts and emotions, becomes of secondary importance and no longer occupies the forefront of your consciousness. It no longer forms the basis for your sense of identity. You are the light of Presence, the awareness that is prior to and deeper than any thoughts and emotions."

--Eckhart Tolle

Tuesday, April 17, 2007

The seeker receives a magnificent sword from the sword master.

To act decisively is to act with certainty from inner knowing, destroying what is past for what can be.

Discrimination should be a sword to cut through blocks and ambivalence, separating out the possible from the impossible. Know when the time is right, darlings, to use the sword of action and when to keep it sheathed. Too much cutting destroys the ground up on which the new must exist. Yet once you have drawn the blade of choice, act with no turning back.

What we chose is what we become and we shall always be known far more by our choices than by what we say. Are you using your choicemaking power just for yourself or for a greater purpose? Are you using choicemaking to break your compulsions, in order to free life energy? What is the one choice you make in each everyday choice?

Your task is to commit fully to dealing with the consequences of your choices. Choose a purpose greater than what you have so far achieved, and serve it.

Wednesday, April 11, 2007

The journey combines what happens to us with what we do about it.

Always, my dears, act more from inner knowing than anxiety: to keep moving is not in itself a direction but a distraction. Stop yourself long enough to choose where you are going.

Clearing obstacles is only the first step to finding purpose. Learn from everything which does not go your way until you no longer want only your way.