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.
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).