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Everything That Irritates Leads You to Yourself

what you see in others is what you see in yourself

Three quotes on self-awareness from the masters:

“Everything that irritates us about others can lead us to an understanding of ourselves.

There is no coming to consciousness without pain. People will do anything, no matter how absurd, in order to avoid facing their own Soul. One does not become enlightened by imagining figures of light, but by making the darkness conscious.”

C.G. Jung

“…feelings like disappointment, embarrassment, irritation, resentment, anger, jealousy, and fear, instead of being bad news, are actually very clear moments that teach us where it is that we’re holding back. They teach us to perk up and lean in when we feel we’d rather collapse and back away. They’re like messengers that show us, with terrifying clarity, exactly where we’re stuck. This very moment is the perfect teacher, and, lucky for us, it’s with us wherever we are.”

― Pema Chödrön

 

”The good you find in others, is in you too. The faults you find in others, are your faults as well. After all, to recognize something you must know it. The possibilities you see in others, are possible for you as well. The beauty you see around you, is your beauty.”

-Unknown

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You Love Because

buddhist quotes

You love not because that person belongs to your family.
You love not because he is of the same religious belief as you.
You love not because he is your son, she is your daughter or your wife.
You love because that person needs to be loved.
That’s all.
You love without conditions whatsoever. It means unconditional love. You love in order to bring relief to that person, to transform the suffering in that person, to offer joy to him, to offer happiness to him
because he needs that.

You don’t ask for anything in return.

~Thich Nhat Hanh

 

 

 

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GROUND, by David Whyte

…is what lies beneath our feet. It is the place where we already stand; a state of recognition, the place or the circumstances to which we belong whether we wish to or not. It is what holds and supports us, but also what we do not want to be true; it is what challenges us, physically or psychologically, irrespective of our abstract needs. It is the living, underlying foundation that tells us what we are, where we are, what season we are in and what, no matter what we wish in the abstract, is about to happen in our body, in the world or in the conversation between the two. To come to ground is to find a home in circumstances and to face the truth, no matter how difficult that truth may be; to come to ground is to begin the courageous conversation, to step into difficulty and by taking that first step, begin the movement through all difficulties at the same time, to find the support and foundation that has been beneath our feet all along, a place to step onto, a place on which to stand and a place from which to step.

-David Whyte

David Whyte is an English poet. His book The Heart Aroused: Poetry and the Preservation of the Soul in Corporate America topped the bestseller charts in the US.  Born: November 2, 1955 Mirfield, United Kingdom.
A true sage of our times, his poetry appears in many spiritual publications.  We have many of books available in our Amazon store, and highly recommend the audio versions (or if you get the chance, hear him live, it’s a treat for the ears, the mind, the heart and the soul.)

 

 

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The Greatest Revolution is How We See the World

universe is self organizing

“The greatest revolution of our time is in the way we see the world. The mechanistic paradigm underlying the Industrial Growth Society gives way to the realization that we belong to a living, self-organizing cosmos. General systems theory, emerging from the life sciences, brings fresh evidence to confirm ancient, indigenous teachings: the Earth is alive, mind is pervasive, all beings are our relations. This realization changes everything. It changes our perceptions of who we are and what we need, and how we can trustfully act together for a decent, noble future.

Each system, from atom to galaxy, is a whole. That means that it is not reducible to its components. Its distinctive nature and capacities derive from the interactive relationships between its parts. This interplay is synergistic, generating “emergent properties” and new possibilities, which are not predictable from the character of the separate parts–just as the wetness of water could not be predicted from oxygen and hydrogen before they combined, or just as the tensile strength of steel far exceeds the combined strengths of iron and nickel.

Every system is a “holon”– that is, it is both a whole in its own right, comprised of subsystems, and simultaneously an integral part of a larger system. Thus holons form “nested hierarchies,” systems within systems, circuits within circuits, fields within fields. Each new holonic level– say from atom to molecule, cell to organ, person to family– generates emergent properties that are nonreducible to the capacities of the separate components…”

~ Joanna Macy

Joanna Macy (born May 2, 1929), is an environmental activist, author, scholar of Buddhism,general systems theory, and deep ecology. She is the author of eight books.

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The Most Important Decision

everything is here to support you

I have decided that everything in my life is supporting me. I’ve made a decision. And because of that, everything gets interpreted through that filter, the sooner the better. Usually, it’s automatic. Sometimes it’s a little delayed. Sometimes I have to go the long way around. And eventually I recognize that there is in fact a gift in what happened. It turns out that it empowered me, often way beyond anything else that could have happened.

So a decision gets to be made. And I don’t ask you to make that decision intellectually prematurely. I am inviting you — as always — to drop into your core so that this decision that ultimately will come out of you gets to do so authentically, sooner rather than later.

–Dr. Sue Morter

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