"What you reject in your self,
you reject in another
What you embrace in your self,
you embrace in another.”
The world is at peace. There is nothing wrong with it.
We interfere with it every day, which causes all the problems. We interfere with each other, which causes suffering.
I am at peace. There is nothing wrong with me.
When I cease to interfere with life, to think that I am the “doer” of this body, I suffer. When I think react to life, to my thoughts, I suffer, which causes all my problems.
When I just be, become aware of my judgments, thoughts and story, I realize there is nothing to fix about myself and I live this radically, by loving and accepting every part of me I have disowned, hated, judged, been afraid of to embrace my wholeness.
You are at peace. There is nothing wrong with you.
When I project my judgments, fears and beliefs on you, to think that I know what is best for you, I experience separation. I experience suffering because I interfere with life.
When I step back, and look at you withholding my judgments, projections, and open my heart with love and acceptance for others. I experience who you really are and not the conceptual beliefs I made up about you in my head. I experience the real you, oneness in a shared relationship and wholeness, first in myself, and then in another.
"Hope and fear are both phantoms
that arise from thinking of the self.
When we don’t see the self as self,
what do we have to fear?
See the world as your self.
Have faith in the way things are.
Love the world as your self;
then you can care for all things.”- Tao Te Ching, (Stephen Mitchell Translation) by Lao Tzu
Forgive them, for they know not what they do.
People do not know they are possessed by their thoughts. Our thoughts possess us, because we believe them and we harm each other as a result.
People do not know they are not their thoughts, emotions and sensations. Therefore, we look for ourselves in changing phenomena, not in the impermanence, that which does not change about ourselves.
People do not know they cannot actually harm each other being that their are not their bodies.
People do not know that forgiveness is not necessary in the face of unconditional love.
Forgiveness is only necessary if you believe you can be harmed or hurt by another.
Most of us, do not know that they are much greater than who they have been taught to believe.
Most people do not know how to love each other. Therefore, each of us are learning to love ourselves, then love each other. This makes forgiveness necessary.
Most of us do not know that love is inside each of us. We believe it only exists outside of us and we have to “get it.” This is a misconception.
Most of us do not know that nothing which we have cannot be taken away, unless we believe it to be so.
Therefore, Forgiveness serves a purpose, because all we want is to love and be loved.
Where Love Abides by Marcus Thomas
Chasing after love,
Abiding in your own heart
love exudes you
You think the source of it
lives in the world,
appearance of things that make you happy
If that were so,
how come the disappearance of things
makes you suffer?
I’ll tell you why,
every thing that you worship outside of you
And every thought, feeling, sensation
comes and goes
You think it is who you are,
but, I tell you
that every thing that has a birth
Everything that has a death,
Love is that which does not change,
it takes the shape of many forms
but it is not the form
It is that which is permanent
That is what you must seek
Turn towards your self,
leave all your preconcieved notions,
beliefs, concepts, rules,
at the door of your heart
Close your eyes,
and walk through the door
where love has never not been
That which is ineffable
is who you are
A boy skims the surface, chasing after women for their physical beauty, to please his own desires. After he gets what he wants he’s out. He knows he doesn’t really care about the real you but, what he can get from you. A youngsters dream, driven by his ego.
A man dives deep into the surface, being attracted at first to her physical beauty, then he steps back. He listens to her hopes, her dreams and notices her character. He is secure in himself. He lives loving another as himself. If he makes a mistake, he chooses to be better than he was before, he may struggle but he knows through suffering growth is possible.
With patience, he focuses his attention on her to know her and his own weakness and strengths. He opens his heart and he sees how both of them compliment each other well, but he knew he loved her all long. He realizes after a few years, it’s time to wife her, to make her his forever.
A man, driven by his spirit.
You only sabotage your self, because you have forgotten to love your self. You have given it to everyone else, except when you needed it most.
You have chosen a job for the sake of security, instead of contributing your gifts to the world.
You have let others choose a life for you, instead of having the courage to go at it alone and make a life.
You have held on too long to relationships that have been long over, for the sake of appearances or forsaking your happiness for that of others.
You have treated others less than you on the basis of outer appearances, instead of embracing another as your brother and sister.
You have harmed others, avoiding your pain on the inside instead of allowing what hurts you come up to be confronted, felt and released.
Who has chosen all of this? Why blame others?
When are you going to choose to be happy, and really choose it?
When are you really going to choose to love your self and others on a daily basis?
When are you going to come to terms and realize all your fears are not real and that your thoughts about them only make them true?
I am always ready to accept you. I am always ready to love you.
The question is: When are you going to let me in? When are you going to hear and feel me in your heart and not just in these words? When are you let your self be loved, be happy, be fulfilled?
I am always here. My door is always open.
You are loved just for being who you are, just for existing. You don’t have to do anything to earn it. Your shortcomings, your lack of self-esteem, physical perfection, or social and economic success— none of that matters. No one can take this love away from you, and it will always be here. - Ram Dass