Friday, June 25, 2010

Self-defeating, unseen, self-favoring, seeing...

Remember that all psychological chains are unseen, unconscious. That is why they ARE chains, because we are unaware of them. Knowledge of this prevents many mistakes.

Of all the terms which describe man's difficulty, the term self-defeating is of maximum help. The aim of all the great teachers, like Christ and Buddha, was to awaken men to their self-defeating behavior. This phrase helps men to connect to cause and effect, to see how their own negative thoughts produce disastrous consequences. This is a positive revelation, for a glimpse of self-defeating behavior as self-defeating behavior always includes its opposite - a first glimpse of self-favoring ways.

Vernon Howard - Esoteric Mind Power

Friday, June 4, 2010

See Rilke - success in smallest matter, Misfortune or good fortune. Choose.

Here is the rule to remember in the future, When anything tempts you to be bitter: not, "This is a misfortune" but "To bear this worthily is good fortune."
Marcus Aurelius

It is not death that a man should fear, but he should fear never beginning to live.
Marcus Aurelius

Let men see, let them know, a real man, who lives as he was meant to live.
Marcus Aurelius

Forward, as occasion offers. Never look round to see whether any shall note it... Be satisfied with success in even the smallest matter, and think that even such a result is no trifle.
Marcus Aurelius

To bear this worthily is good fortune. Thankfulness for the opportunity to bear an opportunity worthily. February 13, 2009 seen as suki, as gift. Seeing everything as possibility. The alchemist turns even the most horrible injustice and misfortune into gold. It is a gift to be unwrapped.

Kristnamurti - choiceless awareness....

Be content with what you are, and wish not change; nor dread your last day, nor long for it.
Marcus Aurelius

The flame of attention to what you are reveals the pattern of I-process, of wanting to be different. Wanting to be different is a source of conflict, of IVJ, imposing value judgment. The wanting attitude brings into existence the future, reinforcing escape from the present and ambition for the more, the better. Seeing what you are uncovers this process. The light dissolves the darkness. We shine from within. Virtue is freed as conditioning withers away. Choice-less awareness. Not getting caught up in good/bad;me/them;past/future.

Be content with what you are is the essence of meditation. Being content with what you are is trans-formative, is release from the prison of I-process, of ambition, of greed for the more, of pursuit of profit for the self. Trying to change is decorating the prison cell. Be content with what you are and break out of the prison of ego/I/Me.

Dig within for the Good. Be a miner.

Dig within. Within is the wellspring of Good; and it is always ready to bubble up, if you just dig.
Marcus Aurelius

James Allen - As a Man Thinketh

A man is not rightly conditioned until he is a happy, healthy, and prosperous being; and happiness, health, and prosperity are the result of a harmonious adjustment of the inner with the outer of the man with his surroundings.

A man sooner or later discovers that he is the master-gardener of his soul, the director of his life.

Above all be of single aim; have a legitimate and useful purpose, and devote yourself unreservedly to it.

All that you accomplish or fail to accomplish with your life is the direct result of your thoughts.

Quotable quotes by James Allen