If your commitment is to being present, then there will come a time when being present becomes your natural state. The present moment becomes your home. You will have short excursions into the world of the mind, but you never go so far into the mind that you get lost there.— Leonard Jacobson
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There is no greater power than the power of love, which arises from Presence.
It overcomes all resistance.
One of the great dangers on the spiritual path is that the ego becomes spiritualized. The ego loves to think of itself as spiritually evolved. It is just another way that it manages to feel important and in control. It is very difficult to free yourself from an enlightened ego.
The underlying motivation that drives all addiction is our insistence on avoiding pain. However, the pain you are avoiding is based in the past, and has nothing to do with the present moment.
Everything that occurs in your life is part of God's plan to wake you up.
In the awakened state of Presence, aloneness becomes all-oneness.
Me, me, me! Mine, mine, mine! I'm right, I'm right, I'm right.
What's in it for me? How do I use this? How do I take advantage of it? This is the way of the ego. Own this within yourself and you will begin to release yourself from it.
Only when you can accept that you are alone, will you discover that you are not alone.
How does silence find its way out of that noisy, chattering mind? That endless maze of thought, concept, opinion, belief? How does perfect silence and pure consciousness find its way out of that maze? Very simply: Bring yourself present with something that's HERE, in the moment. Then you'll be HERE again.
Awakening is about liberating yourself from the prison that is the world of the mind and daring to be here as all that you are.
Projecting into the future with hopes, dreams and desires can never fulfill you.
Only the present moment can fulfill you.
If you’re truly present in this moment, then you are a Buddha. At least for this moment!
When you are fully present, you transcend duality and open into Oneness.
In Presence, there is power without opposition. There is love without hate, acceptance without judgment and allowing without control.
The fact that we are aware of ourselves is both our greatest curse and also our greatest blessing.
In presence, there is no right or wrong, because there is no duality. There is no judgment.
As you transition from the past and future world of the mind to the awakened world of now, you will begin to experience yourself in an entirely new way. A way that is free of the pain and limitations of the past, and free of anxiety about the future. And you will begin to experience the abundance that is ever present in each moment.
Gratitude, generosity and humility are inherent characteristics of one who is present. When you awaken, you will realize that everyone and everything has the same right to be here as you do. This includes every human Being, every tree Being, every flower Being, and every other kind of Being.
When you become present, your mind is silent.
There is no agenda. You are not holding onto anything. You are not seeking anything. You are just here with what is, and it is enough.
You cannot be present in an abstract way.
Presence is not about disappearing into nothingness. You can only be present with something that is actually here.
If you can see it, hear it, feel it, taste it, touch it, or smell it, you can be present with it. It is of the present moment, and so it brings to you the opportunity to be present with it.
Waking up is not serious. It is a gentle remembering and an honoring of the present moment as the truth of life.
Each new moment presents an opportunity for conscious choice.
We can choose to let go of the past. We can choose to be here now. We can choose to accept responsibility for ourselves. . . . We can choose to awaken. Or we can choose to remain asleep and unconscious.
When you awaken, you will see that this is Heaven on Earth, and everything in physical form is the body of God.
I cannot tell you anything that you don't already know, but it is known in silence.
The very essence of your Being is infinite, eternal silence.
It is your true nature. It is the essence of all existence.
True power arises in knowing what you want, knowing what you don't want, expressing it clearly and lovingly without attachment to the outcome.
It is far wiser to ask for a question than an answer.
When you think you have all the answers, it simply means you have run out of questions.
It is a mistake to imagine that you can awaken in any kind of permanent way.
There is only NOW and so you can only be awake now. Even the idea of permanence is an illusion. The question to ask is 'Am I awake and fully present NOW?' That question arises and is answered in perfect silence.
It is not until you awaken and become fully present that you will realize that you have not been present. It is not until you awaken that you will realize you have been asleep, dreaming that you are awake.
What are you going to do? Are you going to keep looking backwards, full of anger, resentment and unfulfilled desire. Or are you going to be here now. Because everything is available for you in the here and now. Love, compassion, silence, bliss and Oneness.
It disguises it’s thoughts as your thoughts, it’s feelings with your feelings, you think it’s you.
In Presence, there is no outcome. It is our involvement in the outcome that keeps us imprisoned in an imagined future. In Presence, there is only now.
Your gift to God is honesty. God's gift to you is truth.
If you accept full responsibility for yourself, you will be released forever from expectation, resentment, blame and guilt.
The price of freedom is to allow freedom. Very few people are willing to pay the price.
True awakening involves embracing every aspect of yourself with love and acceptance, including everything you have been denying, hiding or trying to fix. To deny these things is a judgment of them and judgment will keep you forever imprisoned within separation.
Every moment you are present, there is a little less darkness in our world.
When you are present, you are transcendent of the mind and ego and so you can witness your mind and ego. You can be conscious of your thoughts without being lost in them when they arise.
If you really want to help, then help others to be more present.
Help others to free themselves from the past. Help others to take responsibility for themselves. Help them to see how they are creating their own suffering. Every now and then, you will encounter innocent ones who are suffering through no fault of their own, particularly animals and children. Do not hesitate! Help them.
You spend very little time in the present moment.
Reality exists only in the present moment. Therefore you spend very little time in reality.
The only moment ever available to you is the present moment.
Everything else is memory or imagination.
Once you have found yourself and accepted your aloneness, then the greatest blessing is to share the love that arises within you. Each new moment presents the richest opportunity to be loving. And you can share love in the simplest of ways. Be soft and gentle. Be caring and kind. Be loving in an ordinary way, without any sense of wanting anything back, Life offers you the most precious gift. The gift of allowing you to be present and share love.
The more awake you are, the less there is of you here.
At the very deepest level of Presence, you have disappeared and only God is.
When you are truly present, you illuminate everything around you.
When you are present, your mind is silent.
Free of opinions, concepts and beliefs and free of projections from the past and anxiety about the future, it is a perfectly clear instrument of expression. And the expression comes from the center of your Being.
The past is gone. The future never arrives. In truth, there is no life outside of this moment!
If you want to know who you are, look into the true mirror.
The flower will reflect your beauty. The sky will reflect your vastness. The ocean will reflect your depth. The child will reflect your innocence. But if you look into the mirror that is unconscious humanity, you are looking into the wrong mirror. Your reflection will be distorted by their projections.
Everything that happens is designed to awaken us. Everything.
"What do I want?" is your question. And what you want is always changing with the flow. So go with the flow.