From time to time, we will add thoughts gathered from many different horizons and authors which will hopefully inspire you and lead you to reflect.
“May I rejoice in the privilege of being an anonymous sower of light and joy knowing that, unbeknownst to me, people may receive comfort and strength through my silent blessings.”
Pierre Pradervand, from 365 Blessings to Heal Myself and the World
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Reflections on the Covid-19 pandemic
“… Returning to business as usual, to the norms and practices and the values and assumptions of the past, would be suicidal. Fortunately, it is not possible. This is just as well: another way is now open for us. The social, economic, political, and cultural systems that have been framing our life have been shaken to their roots. Disruptive change happened, and it is a prelude to fundamental change, whether constructive or destructive…
When it comes to deciding the ways of our life and the path to our destiny, there is a new bottom line. We can take our life and our destiny into our own hands. We can be the change we wish to see in the world. In a global bifurcation, we are masters of our destiny. This we must realize, and this we must put into practice. Our health, our wellbeing, and our very survival depends on it.
We can thank the pandemic for opening the way to a global transformation. Now the way is open to creating a better world, a world that lives up to the power and the potential of the human spirit. When the pandemic subsides and passes into history, creating a better world will be our epochal task. There has never been a more exciting or more important task in the history of humankind.”
Ervin Laszlo, excerpt from https://mysticlivingtoday.com/view_page.php?ID=2820
“Love is that Sense of Being which is able to take the whole world in and say – ‘I really love you!’ Oh, it doesn’t mean that, if they have not awakened to their True Identity, we have to open our homes and make parasites of them. It means that we can look through their human frailties, see the Divine within them and hold no personal animosity.”
Joel S. Goldsmith, from his second San Francisco lecture series.
“We all came into this world gifted with innocence, but gradually, as we became more intelligent, we lost our innocence. We were born with silence, and as we grew up, we lost the silence and were filled with words. We lived in our hearts, and as time passed, we moved into our heads. Now the reversal of this journey is enlightenment. It is the journey from head back to the heart, from words, back to silence; getting back to our innocence in spite of our intelligence. Although very simple, this is a great achievement. Knowledge should lead you to that beautiful point of “I don’t know.” . . . The whole evolution of man [sic] is from being somebody to being nobody and from being nobody to being everybody.”
Sri Sri Ravi Shankar
“Accustomed long to contemplating love and compassion, I have forgotten all difference between myself and others.”
“What is God? The eternal One Life underneath all forms of life. What is love? To feel the presence of that One Life deep within yourself and within all creatures. To be it. Therefore, all love is the love of God.”
Eckart Tolle ~ The Power of Now
There will come a point where you find
an ocean of peace inside you that will never leave you.
Noise will come, but it will come inside your peace.
Noise will go, but peace will not go.
Once you discover this peace,
you won’t buy any of the mind’s promises
Source: WHITE FIRE, Spiritual insights and teachings by Advaita Zen Master MOOJI
“With the Indian Way, you don’t have to go to church in order to pray. You can step outside, anytime…. I can sit under my pine trees here and offer my prayers, and my prayers are answered. I don’t have to go into a church or cathedral just on Sunday. I can go out two or three times a day. If something bothers me, I can go out there and pray and I’m sure I’m being heard. It’s a portable church. As far as I’m concerned, there is no better church here on this place except under these pine trees.”
Walking Bear (Susie Yellowtail)
“0 God, my Father, make my footsteps upon life’s path as light as they may be. Let me not raise dust, in anger or greed that blinds my brothers and sisters. Make my steps light upon life’s path. Make my heart, 0 God, my Father, a crystal-clear mirror to reflect Your Love, my love, and to allow my fellow humans to rejoice.”
Dr. Stylianos Atteshlis ( aka Daskalos )
“To give someone a blessing is the most significant affirmation we can offer. It is more than a word of praise or appreciation; it is more than pointing out someone’s talents or good deeds; it is more than putting someone in the light. To give a blessing is to affirm, to say ‘yes’ to a person’s Belovedness. And more than that: to give a blessing creates the reality of which it speaks.”
On a rocky path, I came across a little girl who was carrying her younger brother on her back. “My child,” I said to her, “you are carrying a heavy burden!
She looked at me and replied: “It is not a burden, it is my little brother.”
I was flabbergasted. The words of this courageous child are etched in my heart and, when the sorrows of humankind overwhelm me and all courage leaves me, the words of the child remind me, it is not a burden you are carrying, it is your brother.
Source : Abbé Pierre, Bulletin de l’Action Chrétienne pour l’abolition de la torture (translated from the French)
“If we are being the very thing we would like the world to become, we will already be at peace.”
“A part of us has to die to transform; and a part of us dies if we don’t. Which part will prevail?”
“The Inner Light is beyond both praise and blame. Like unto space it knows no boundaries. Yet it is right here with us, ever retaining its serenity and full ness. It is only when you seek it that you lose it.”
Yung.Chia Ta-Shih, 665-713 BC
“All the Buddhas and all sentient beings are nothing but the Universal Mind, besides which nothing exists. This Mind, which has always existed, is unborn and indestructible …”
Huang Po, 9th century, Doctrine of the One Mind
Happiness only in the present moment
Happiness unfolds only in the present moment. If you are concerned about whether you will be happy tomorrow or even five minutes from now, you won’t be able to be happy now. All of the chaos and confusion in your mind can be transcended through your simple decision to be wholly present and attentive NOW. That is the miraculous truth.
From Everyday Wisdom by Paul Ferrini
Learn to forgive yourself. No matter what you have said or done, your suffering will not feed the hungry or heal the sick. Forgive and come back into your life with a clear vision and a strong heart. Your freedom from guilt is not just you but also those who need your kind deeds and your compassionate understanding.
From Everyday Wisdom by Paul Ferrini
In spiritual wisdom there are no pairs of opposites. God is and, therefore, there is no concern as to whether or not we can reach God, because there is nothing for which we need to reach God: the day is already beautiful; the fruit is already on the trees; the flowers are already blooming; the tides are flowing; the sun and the moon and the stars are in the heavens; harmony is. In this state of spiritual consciousness we come to that place where we rest and relax in the realization, “God’s in his heaven – all’s right with the world! “in that realization, we withdraw from the struggle for the things of this earth.
Joel S. Goldsmith, The Art of Meditation
Learning to love is why we are here.
What if you saw every interaction
as a classroom where this was
your primary agenda?
Everything else was secondary.
What if the Teacher was resident within your heart?
Would you learn to listen to and heed that Voice?
Would you enroll in that school?
Would you be excited about homework?
Why do anything else than be a student of Love?
Sandy Wilder, Educare Unlearning Institute
Wisdoms of The Infinite Way
The crucifixion of the self is accomplished when there is nothing left for which you wish to pray.
From the book – The Infinite Way by Joel S. Goldsmith
Do not judge your neighbour before having walked two moons in his mocassins (American Indian proverb)
This above all: to thine own self be true, and it must follow, as the night the day, thou canst not then be false to any man (Shakespeare, Hamlet)
When acts speak, words are useless (Sindabele African proverb)
The only thing necessary for the triumph of evil is for good men to do nothing. (Edmund Burke)
A deep sincerity is sure of success, for God takes care of it. (Mary Baker Eddy, American metaphysician of the 19th century)
Think as if each one of your thoughts were engraved by fire in the heavens for all to see, for in truth it is so. (Book of Mindad)
In the sciences, the truth of today is the error of tomorrow.
(Jean-Claude Etter, past director, School of Pharmacy, Lausanne)
I have seen the truth.
It is not as if I had invented it with my mind,
I have seen it, I SEEN IT,
And the living image of it has filled my soul…
In one day,
Everything could be arranged
AT ONCE !
The chief thing is to love. (Feodor Dostoievski).
Each one is responsible for everything and everyone. (Ibid.)
The past is not our potential. At any hour, with all the stubborn teachers and healers of history who called us to our best selves, we can liberate the future. One by one we can re-choose – to awaken. To leave the prison of our conditioning. To love. To turn homeward. (Marilyn Ferguson, The Aquarian Conspiracy, which became one of the key books of The New Age in the late seventies.)
He who has killed a man who has committed neither crime nor sin on earth, he has killed all of humanity. He who has saved the life of one man has saved the life of humanity. (The Coran, El Madia, 32)
No one made a greater mistake than he who did nothing because he could only do a little. (Edmund Burke)
The world will belong to he who offers it the greatest hope. (Teilhard de Chardin)
To reach divine consciousness, we must want it more than our own breath (David Luce)
All human failures are the result of a lack of love (Alfred Adler, one of the great psychologists of the early 20th century)
To risk is to lose your footing for a while, not to risk is to lose your life. (Soeren Kierkegaard, 19th century Danish philosopher)
No one knows enough to be a pessimist (Wayne Dyer)
The winds of grace are always blowing, but it is for you to hoist the sail (Ramakrishna)
Never give up, never, never,never… If you are going through hell, keep going. (Winston Churchill)
Whatever the content of the present moment, accept it as if you had chosen it. (Eckhart Tolle)
There exists a space that nothing menaces, that nothing has ever menaced and which incurs no risk of destruction, a space that is intact, that of the love which founded our being. (Christiane Singer, contemporary French writer)
There is nothing to fear. The great Universe, which is only Love, pure Love, takes care of each one of us. (Ibid.)
To live means to learn to love. (Abbé Pierre, most popular person in France late 20th, early 21st century)
Love fills all.
It cannot be desired, for it is not an end in itself.
It cannot be betrayed because it is not tied to possession.
It cannot be kept prisoner, because it is like a river that would overflow its barriers. (Paulo Coelho, The sorcerer of Portobello, translated from the French).