We will make detailed preparations for a single day off, lay out careful plans for a special date, or spend untold moments worrying over what we should wear; but few of us rarely take the time to prepare our interior […]
What is that first, faint intuition of something Greater than ourselves, other than the Herald of the Heart quietly announcing the existence of a whole new level of being above us — and asking us — at the same time, […]
If you would like to begin in earnest the good work of letting go of dark, self-punishing states, start here: Never give to another person a slice of any mental or emotional state of yours that you have not taken […]
Evil transforms suffering into unconscious acts of blame, bitterness, and self-pity — harmful forces that punish everyone; while the Good transforms these same dark states into conscious suffering — creating humility that heals whomever it touches.
Excellence, wherever… and within whomever you may find it, is always a result of effort… never by accident.
Patient persistence in our labors, coupled with persistent patience through-out each one: these two powers serve not only to perfect the task at hand, but also work in harmony to perfect the hand that undertakes the task.
Unconscious suffering is a creation of incomplete perception; it is the inevitable painful outcome of having mistaken the partial for the whole. *** Employing self-remembrance, strive to practice Presence; (this) one action is the path of spiritual purification, even as […]
We can only begin to change the world around us by becoming a conscious part of all that is changing.
Wherever you are in any given moment is exactly where you need to be in order to receive the lessons your soul has both requested and that it requires to outgrow its present set of circumstances.
To not want any particular moment is to ensure that you will find yourself in a similar situation again. Resistance rules out receptivity, and only an open mind can be renewed.
The four conditions for happiness are simple: clear eyes, a quiet mind, a sense of beauty, and an open heart. Unhappiness is the dark effect of refusing to cultivate these essential elements for having imagined, by a false light, a […]
When the love of God is your guide, you never step into a moment that isn’t what you’ve always been waiting for.
You have triumphed at life’s game when — no matter win or lose in the eyes of the world — you can walk away from any demanding moment with a measure of more true self-understanding than you took into it.
The seed of greatness is sown in an instant, but in this world of ours everything great takes time to grow. This means that patience, mingled with persistence, is the special nutriment that sustains all things great. Therefore, should we […]
Real limitless living is the fruit of this higher understanding: what is in our way is part of the Way. To know this is to know that all of creation has been made for you, just as surely as you […]
The only reason your mind won’t stop its endless chattering… is because “you” won’t stop listening to it! *** Talking to yourself to comfort yourself makes sense only until you realize that talking to what troubles you, in the hopes […]
There is nothing higher, better, or brighter for us to do with our lives than to use every moment for the purpose of attending to what Truth would have us learn about ourselves.
Wishing for freedom is like wishing on a star: until we learn what it means to personally reach out and help produce that brighter world we envision for ourselves and others, we remain little more than armchair architects — those […]
Being anxious, always in a rush and racing after whatever it is we’ve imagined will help us to be more at peace with ourselves, is like running to catch the shadow of a passing cloud on a hot summer’s day […]
Waiting on God, the practice of ceaseless prayer, working at quiet mindfulness: none of these measures preclude being active in life; what is required of us is that our first action is stillness, followed by the willingness to receive whatever […]
Our every action is a prayer, for our deeds are seeds and by them we plant the world we will walk through tomorrow.
Achievements in and of themselves change little in us…they amount to little more than a merit badge that tarnishes in time; rather it is the suffering we consciously endure in the name of love that helps to perfect and transform […]
Any achievement that doesn’t serve to liberate us from the level of self that measures itself by its successes is only a part of a prison yet to be realized.
Wise persistence always pays the one who serves it at least once, but usually twice. The first payoff — and the most valuable — is the realization that “walls” are immaterial apart from the resistance that lends them their temporary […]
Real achievement — the true measure of how far we have advanced in life — is not determined by what we have acquired, but rather by the degree to which we have put our fears behind us.
Fear is what happens to us whenever we forget that the One who created us fears nothing. True courage is remembering this Truth and then daring to act upon it in the face of a fear. There is no other […]
It is we who suffer the darkness of our own doubts — and needlessly so — if only we would dare plumb the depths of all that God has prepared for us to see…and be.
Preparation, hard work, is part of perfecting whatever you’ve imagined you want to attain in this world. But there is a world beyond anything we can imagine; it is an intelligent presence, a “place” of powers and principles whose self-obliterating […]
You can’t be prepared for real life, but you can know that Real Life has already prepared within you all that you need to succeed.
We must love God more than we long to have the experience of His love, for Real Love does not fit into the human heart: it surrounds and envelops it as does the sweet apple its seed, keeping it safe, […]
Much as the waters of a river run through a valley, helping to turn native fertile earth into tillable soils capable of high productivity, so do invisible streams of spiritual currents course through the soul, intended to transform her dark […]
It is in our wanting “more” than the moment gives us to be that we not only sow the seeds of our own discontent but, for this same self-inflicted darkness, find ourselves blinded to a great truth that can help […]
Using thought as a tool to resolve the troubles that thought stirs up in the mind is like trying to use your fingers to seize, sort, and settle dust particles that are dancing in a sunbeam across your living room […]
True nobility is not a question of birth right or social rank; it is the native estate of each soul that, upon awakening to its divine inheritance, knows the strength of these twin truths without having to think about them: […]
In the encounter of any opposing force there always exists the equal opportunity to use this moment of conflict to reach for and realize a new order of consciousness, one whose nature is free of this struggle.
Until we can hold in our mind the deepest wish of our heart, our own inattention only serves to actualize a string of fleeting desires whose power to please passes as surely does the setting sun bring on the chill […]
The wish to remember the truth of oneself – to put God first – is meaningless without our willingness to actualize that wish before all else, regardless of its cost.
Part I: The only one who never loses sight of his True Nature, who never becomes a captive of negative states, is that fortunate person who never forgets this one great truth: Even though nothing we look upon in this […]
To see … that we are held in life by what we hold onto as life is the birth of our real life in the light. *** To do those works required of us, to act from what we know […]
We affirm the Light of Truth — not by professing its powers on sunny days, but in choosing to walk by its Light — no matter how faint — even in the midst of our darkest hour when all that […]
Far better than being someone who is always sorry for what their being has brought to pass in the life of others is to start, instead, the difficult interior work of actually changing our being . . . so that […]
If we work each moment to practice kindness, patience, and persistence — doing so in grateful remembrance that each breath we take is a gift — here’s what we’ll find: the power of being present in this way ensures that […]
We will never again hope, in vain, for a “better time to come” once we realize this spiritual truth: the character and quality of all our moments ahead are determined by what we give ourselves to in the now.
We can either spend our time thinking about what we don’t have, feeling empty and bitter over some imagined contentment lost… or we can become quietly aware of what we already are and find there, within our Self, what is […]
The Light fears no darkness, and never fears anything that the darkness says is true about itself or the Light. The darkness is fear itself, because it “knows” that any form of light brought into it will reveal its essential […]
It is the source to which we turn, and from which we derive our strength that is the real test of our character; for in any moment of trial no one can be any stronger — better or brighter, than […]
Be encouraged by this truth and then do the inner work to realize the freedom it holds for you: Life itself never stands in our way. It never intends to hold us down. If something is seen by us as […]
The key to the kingdom of heaven is never farther away from us than what each present moment reveals to us; for in truth “purity of heart” is inseparable from our willingness to see that things are the way they […]
The main reason we must always remember to hold our chin up whenever negative thoughts try to drag us down is because whichever direction we choose first in that moment is what the rest of us will follow. Remember the […]
Weak thoughts and feelings often feel strong but remember, real strength is never anxious, cruel, or punishing.
The reason that rebirth – – true resurrection – – is a precondition of entering the kingdom of heaven is because the kingdom of heaven is not so much a “place” as it is an act of Love, and nothing […]
Heaven and hell are not places apart from the human heart, but realms within it.
Throw yourself into what the day asks of you, and let no thoughts of uncertainty delay your departure. For the only true way to answer the day is to sail into it, despite contrary winds, and let whatever unfolds teach […]
The only truly worthwhile “accomplishment” — the one action that stands the test of passing time — is the interior work we do that allows God to accomplish His task in our soul.
What makes someone a master is not that he or she possesses some unattainable skill, but that these individuals have first realized the existence of, and then made contact with, a world above them that wants to pour its more […]
The feel of fresh understanding, an infusion of light; the sweet flood of a new knowing pouring into and integrating one’s soul, familiarizing it with its own forgotten wholeness and perfected peace. This is our hope in prayer: To become […]
The past is as powerless to darken the present moment, as is a shadow to reach up and drag down the form that casts it.
If you want something truly worth living for, then learn what it means to live for something that is capable of returning the love you give it.
Nothing is created that isn’t preceded by an act of love, which means that our experience of life — our manifestation of it — for either its grace and beauty, or its broken-heartedness, is the inescapable expression of what we […]
Until we awaken enough to see that within us lives the same nature as our “enemy” of the moment, we will never know the freedom or the forgiveness found in this great liberating truth: no enemy exists for us until […]
Make yourself useful, refuse to complain, always encourage others and — by law — the world around you will see to your inevitable success.
In the end, the kindest thing we can do for others is to always remember – as best we can – that within each of us lives the one true source of understanding, of compassion and love, and then strive […]
If, each day, you will use the strength you have been given — to do what life asks of you — not only will you grow stronger every day, but you will also witness an increasing willingness to embrace those […]
If we could only remember in those unwanted moments – when we see where we have been wrong in life – that this vision is granted us because we have just been visited by some new light by which to […]
Love doesn’t resist or resent anything; it knows and sees the secret unity in all it beholds. Light doesn’t fear shadows; it gently transforms them into open space.
If you love getting gifts — and who doesn’t — then why not accept, with gratitude, the greatest gift there is: the “present” moment.
Feeling dissatisfied over what life presents in any given moment is like standing before the whole ocean and getting negative because part of you believes there’s only one place to enter its waters where it’s possible to enjoy yourself. *** […]
Achievements in and of themselves change little in us… they amount to little more than a merit badge that tarnishes in time; rather it is the suffering we consciously endure in the name of love that helps to perfect and […]
Genuine spiritual happiness and strength dawns within us once we realize that passing dark clouds are as powerless to dim the sun in the sky, as is morning dew to diminish the color of new spring flowers.
Just as we cannot hope to catch and keep a cooling breeze on a hot summer’s eve, but only stand still there — grateful for the moment of its passing — neither can we take hold of what is True […]
*** Learn to keep your eye not upon the world that men create, but upon the world that permits men their creations. To wander through the former in search of yourself is to hope to find stability in desert dunes, […]
The only thing we really “win” in any temporary victory over life, that’s paid for by agreeing to be angry, aggressive, or otherwise ache, is this dark and unseen guarantee: We will live to fight another day but, for this […]