Monthly Archive: June 2005

It is difficult to recognize the error of something we have always done wrong.
– Unknown

For most of us, life is a futile attempt to correct a lie with spell check.
– Carson’s Commentary

No matter what path you follow to reach the place of truth, the place you arrive at is the same. When people are totally committed to their religious practice, they no longer need to be chauvinistic about it. All that is necessary is to dig into that basic question, to reach that deepest essence, and humbly accept Grace. This path is not about searching for information but about reaching for those answers and knowledge that are not limited by such names as Hinduism, Buddhism, Judaism, and Christianity. When one still needs to hang on to a sect, then one has only a shadow of the real thing, a mere reflection of a religion that does not constitute a true and deep understanding of it. The true understanding takes place prior to the teaching of any religion. We must reach that place of true humanity, that place where we can truly realize that the life energy of every single person has exactly this very same root. This state of mind is beyond explanation and teaching with words and phrases. It cannot be spoken about; it can only be realized through each person’s individual experience.
– Shodo Harada Roshi, in The Path to Bodhidharma

Spirituality and religion are not necessarily the same thing. Religion is the outer form; spirituality is the inner content. Religion is the husk; spirituality is the seed. Religion is a set of beliefs; spirituality is a continuum of experience…To be spiritual is to see yourself and others without judgment, to see not just with the eyes, but with the heart. To be spiritual is to accept and appreciate “what is,” instead of seeking “what is not.”
– Paul Ferrini, Miracle of Love

Regarding my article on “Light Workers”, I have had more positive
responses than for almost anything else I have written.  Many have
asked if they can reprint it on their website or to another
egroup.  The answer to that question, should you wish to ask, it

Ellyn wrote me:

Here’s something related that just came thru from one of those online spiritual self-places….

“The voice of our original self is often muffled, overwhelmed, even strangled, by the voices of other people’s expectations.”

— Julie Cameron

Many of us unconsciously believe that we’re unworthy or defective.
We adopted this belief very early in our lives when the people we
looked up to disapproved of our demands, wishes and behaviours. We
concluded that we had to learn to be good.

Unfortunately, ‘being good’ usually meant giving up our own differences
or uniqueness. We learned that we might get the love we wanted if we
acted and felt like others wanted us to.

If we seek true joy and connection with life, we now need to remove
these artificial masks and express our deep authentic nature.

“For all those years you’ve protected the seed. It’s time to become the beautiful flower.”

— Stephen C. Paul

or the hardy herbal:)

There is a tragic flaw in our precious Constitution, and I don’t know what can be done to fix it. This is it: Only nut cases want to be president.
– Kurt Vonnegut

At least two-thirds of our miseries spring from human stupidity, human malice and those great motivators and justifiers of malice and stupidity: idealism, dogmatism and proselytizing zeal on behalf of religous or political ideas.
– Aldous Huxley

I read an article the other day in one of my online forums that caught my interest.  The woman writing the article was stating that “Light Workers” (i.e., people like us working for good in the world) had more, not less, difficulties in life.  She wondered why that was, and came up with a good theory.

Her theory is this:  that we take on the task of being “Light Workers” in the first place because we were damaged (abuse, bad relationships, etc.), but we do not choose to love ourselves.  We choose to prove to ourselves that we have worth by helping others and neglecting ourselves.

This leads to an obvious solution.  We have to start taking responsibility for BEING the love in our lives, for accepting ourselves and not begging for that acceptance from others.

You know the fun part?  Even when we DO the work, GET the acceptance, HEAR what we want to be told — we usually reject it or greatly minimize it.

So her theory is that the Universe, the Gods, or whatever Powers That Be, are beating us up because we haven’t learned the lesson.

It’s a hard one to learn.  But the hardest part seems to be that we don’t feel worthy of ourselves, so we say we can’t learn it.  “It’s too hard to learn to love myself.”  And it always will be, as long as you are telling yourself how hard it is.

I’m just beginning this journey myself.  I don’t know if it will help, but hey, how much worse can things get?  (No, I’m not chainging my name to Job anytime soon.)

We are responsible for the love in our lives.  It doesn’t come from your spouse, your community, your organizations — if you don’t love yourself first, you’ll never have enough love.  And, apparently, you will have more and more troubles in your life, until you learn the lesson.

We don’t change the world by starting with changing someone else.  “Charity begins at home.”  Or as a certain Master put it, “Love thy neighbor AS THYSELF.”