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Finding Your Faith


Sometimes life may seem like a pilgrimage which apparently fails but never forget, it is us who have lost ourselves in the soundless desserts of mapped out reality.

He who wishes to live long must serve rather than rule. They are few who are born to be masters; and they remain happy and healthy. But all others who have only become masters through endevour risk ending up with nothing, or worse………

Despair – merely an individuals lack of faith and vision. Have you lost faith in the meaning and necessity of your actions? What you need is something stronger than reality or probability. Exercise your will even if it means reliving your difficult story over and over again, but ever faithfully as possible. Never rely on or let yourself be disconcerted by reason, knowing that faith is stronger than reality.

From Hermann Hesse – The Journey to the East


That it will never come again is what makes life so sweet – Emily Dickinson

I just finished a fantastic fictional inspirational book by Robin Sharma – The Saint, The Surfer & The CEO. These 3 characters as described in the title become unlikely but invaluable teachers who help to answer the questions:

  • Did I live wisely?
  • Did I love well?
  • Did I serve greatly?

As we aspire to grow, our less than ideal traits can be precious treasures that offer gateways into higher versions of the people we currently are. What you don’t own about yourself, owns you and so your current reality is nothing more than a reflection of the lessons you most need to learn. R. Sharma makes this easier to accept by asking you to imagine that everyone is enlightened but you and is teaching you patience, wisdom and compassion.Knowledge is the start of personal excellence so close your integrity gap by being true to self.

The waste of life lies in the love we have not given. Learn to follow the flow of life by living from your heart and not your head. Don’t pass your treasure in the quest for some rare and perfect tomorrow. Who looks outside dreams, who looks inside awakens – Carl Jung. To make the gifts of your heart more available to to yourself, follow your bliss – Keep knocking and the joy inside will eventually open up to you as the more love you give yourself the more you have available for others.

If not now then when? We have 99 reasons for failure but not a single excuse. Live by more inspired standards as you seek out ways to add value and enrich the lives of others. Focus on being more not making more and rather than pray for fewer problems, ask for greater wisdom. Make meaning, not money as success lies not just in reaching our goals but through personal transformation.

Thomas Campbell says that to live in the hearts we leave behind is not to die. What legacy are you going to leave.


The more you are as a person the less you need to prove yourself to others

The tragedy of life is not death but what we let die inside of us while we live – Norman Cousins. There’s a difference between simply existing and truly living, surviving and really thriving. Focus on developing your strengths not wining over your weaknesses.

Goals clarify intentions and define vision, keeping you alert to opportunities by magnetizing your mind.Concentrate on the value your work adds. Focus on the worthy. Create an enriching environment – Increase your value (skills, knowledge & experience) and live by a daily code of conduct (values, virtues & vows).

Create a mastermind alliance to cut your learning curve in the game of life. Live your own reality – if its going to be its up to me.

Life is a path of self discovery, personal growth and lifelong learning.

Lessons from Who will cry when you die – Robin Sharma

New beliefs encourage new behavior.

When your situation changes so should you. Running through the maze that is life usually involves some uncertainty (getting lost, looking like a fool) but its better to sniff and scurry in search of new opportunities than to hem and haw analyzing and looking for explanations or blaming others in your frustration and anger.

Smell the cheese (your situations) often so you know when its getting old. Imagining yourself enjoying new cheese even before you find it frees your fears to move in new exhilarating directions to the new cheese.

The fastest way to change is to laugh at your own folly, then you can let go and move on.

Lessons from Who Moved My Cheese by Spencer Johnson

The Dance – moving to the deep rhythms of your life.

I have sent you my invitation,
the note inscribed on the palm of my hand by the fire of living.
Don’t jump up and shout, “Yes, this is what I want! Let’s do it!”
Just stand up quietly and dance with me.

Show me how you follow your deepest desires,
spiraling down into the ache within the ache,
and I will show you how I reach inward and open outward
to feel the kiss of the Mystery, sweet lips on my own, every day.

Don’t tell me you want to hold the whole world in your heart.
Show me how you turn away from making another wrong without abandoning yourself when
you are hurt and afraid of being unloved.

Tell me a story of who you are,
and see who I am in the stories I live.
And together we will remember that each of us always has a choice.

Don’t tell me how wonderful things will be . . . some day.
Show me you can risk being completely at peace,
truly okay with the way things are right now in this moment,
and again in the next and the next and the next. . .

I have heard enough warrior stories of heroic daring.
Tell me how you crumble when you hit the wall,
the place you cannot go beyond by the strength of your own will.
What carries you to the other side of that wall, to the fragile beauty of your own humanness?

And after we have shown each other how we have set and kept the clear, healthy boundaries that
help us live side by side with each other, let us risk remembering that we never stop silently
loving those we once loved out loud.

Take me to the places on the earth that teach you how to dance,
the places where you can risk letting the world break your heart.
And I will take you to the places where the earth beneath my feet and the stars overhead make my heart whole again and again.

Show me how you take care of business
without letting business determine who you are.
When the children are fed but still the voices within and around us shout that soul’s desires have too high a price,
let us remind each other that it is never about the money.

Show me how you offer to your people and the world
the stories and the songs
you want our children’s children to remember.
And I will show you how I struggle not to change the world,
but to love it.

Sit beside me in long moments of shared solitude,
knowing both our absolute aloneness and our undeniable belonging.
Dance with me in the silence and in the sound of small daily words,
holding neither against me at the end of the day.

And when the sound of all the declarations of our sincerest
intentions has died away on the wind,
dance with me in the infinite pause before the next great inhale
of the breath that is breathing us all into being,
not filling the emptiness from the outside or from within.

Don’t say, “Yes!”
Just take my hand and dance with me.

Henri Matisse - St Petersburg

© Oriah Mountain Dreamer, from the book The Dance, HarperONE, SanFrancisco, 2001

The art of becoming yourself

What if it truly doesn’t matter what you do but how you do whatever you do?
How would this change what you choose to do with your life?

What if you could be more present and openhearted with each person you met if you were working as a cashier in a corner store, or as a parking lot attendant, than you could if you were doing a job you think is more important?

How would this change how you want to spend your precious time on this earth?

What if your contribution to the world and the fulfillment of your own happiness is not dependent upon discovering a better method of prayer or technique of meditation, not dependent upon reading the right book or attending the right seminar, but upon really seeing and deeply appreciating yourself and the world as they are right now?

How would this affect your search for spiritual development?

What if there is no need to change, no need to try to transform yourself into someone who is more compassionate, more present, more loving or wise?

How would this affect all the places in your life where you are endlessly trying to be better?

What if the task is simply to unfold, to become who you already are in your essential nature – gentle, compassionate, and capable of living fully and passionately present?

How would this affect how you feel when you wake up in the morning?

What if who you essentially are right now is all that you are ever going to be?

How would this affect how you feel about your future?

What if the essence of who you are and always have been is enough?

How would this affect how you see and feel about your past?

What if the question is not why am I so infrequently the person I really want to be, but why do I so infrequently want to be the person I really am?

How would this change what you think you have to learn?

What if becoming who and what we truly are happens not through striving and trying but by recognizing and receiving the people and places and practices that offer us the warmth of encouragement we need to unfold?

How would this shape the choices you make about how to spend today?

What if you knew that the impulse to move in a way that creates beauty in the world will arise from deep within and guide you every time you simply pay attention and wait?

How would this shape your stillness, your movement, your willingness to follow this impulse, to just let go and dance?

Lessons from The Dance – Oriah Mountain Dreamer

The Invitation

It doesn’t interest me what you do for a living.
I want to know what you ache for
and if you dare to dream of meeting your heart’s longing.

It doesn’t interest me how old you are.
I want to know if you will risk looking like a fool
for love, for your dream, for the adventure of being alive.

It doesn’t interest me what planets are squaring your moon…
I want to know if you have touched the center of your own sorrow
if you have been opened by life’s betrayals
or have become shriveled and closed from fear of further pain.

I want to know if you can sit with pain
mine or your own without moving to hide it
or fade it or fix it.

I want to know if you can be with joy mine or your own
if you can dance with wildness and let the ecstasy fill you
to the tips of your fingers and toes without cautioning us
to be careful to be realistic to remember the limitations
of being human.

It doesn’t interest me if the story you are telling me is true.
I want to know if you can disappoint another to be true to yourself.
If you can bear the accusation of betrayal
and not betray your own soul.
If you can be faithless and therefore trustworthy.

I want to know if you can see Beauty
even when it is not pretty every day.
And if you can source your own life from its presence.

I want to know if you can live with failure
yours and mine
and still stand at the edge of the lake
and shout to the silver of the full moon,“Yes.”

It doesn’t interest me to know where you live
or how much money you have.
I want to know if you can get up after the night of grief
and despair weary and bruised to the bone
and do what needs to be done to feed the children.

It doesn’t interest me who you know
or how you came to be here.
I want to know if you will stand in the centre of the fire
with me and not shrink back.

It doesn’t interest me where or what or with whom you have studied.
I want to know what sustains you from the inside
when all else falls away.

I want to know if you can be alone with yourself
and if you truly like the company you keep
in the empty moments.

By Oriah © Mountain Dreaming,
from the book The Invitation
published by HarperONE, San Francisco,
1999 All rights reserved

When we look for love courageously, it reveals itself and we wind up attracting even more love #PauloCoelho

In love, a fall from the third floor hurts as much as a fall from the hundredth. But when we look for love courageously, it reveals itself and we wind up attracting even more love.

In order to find God, we have only to look around. He asks us constantly to follow our dreams and our hearts. Love asks us to honor who we are and risk expressing our talents. We were never meant to be all things to all people and we should show the same grace to others.

Even though there is suffering in life, it is better to lose some of the battles in the struggle for your dreams than to be defeated without ever even knowing what you are fighting for.

What stayed with me from Paulo Coelho’s By the River Piedra, I sat down and cried.


Manual of the Warrior of the light – Paulo Coelho

You are free to choose your desires; so make these decisions with courage, detachment, and sometimes a touch of madness. Plunge unhesitantly into the river of passions. There is no need to renounce the pleasures of conquest; it is a part of life but never loose sight of the things that last!

Every garden has its own mysteries, which only the patient hand of the gardener can unravel. So concentrate on the sun, rain and seasons. The fool who gives advice about someone elses garden is not tending his own plants.

Success Intelligence

Just finished the book by Robert Holden and learn’t quite a bit….

In this manic society, we speed ahead, on fast forward and the danger is that we leave ourselves behind, we leave behind what is precious and we leave behind the truth. Men stumble over the truth from time to time, but most pick themselves up and hurry off as if nothing happened – Churchill.

Successful and happy people are good at making time for reflection and inspiration. Cultivate a strong vision in which you learn to see not just with your eyes but also with your mind and heart.

Busyness is what you give your time to; but a purpose is what you give your heart to. Success is not about doing enough, its about doing what is valuable. Many people fear the hyperactive workplace is too brutal for the human heart. They feel drained having given their pound of flesh yet wholeheartedness engages the whole being and accesses all your potential. It opens you up to greater inspiration and success.

Try not to become a man of success but rather a man of value – Einstein. Just because you will not listen to your wisdom does not mean it is not there. Learn to recognize the counterfeit coins that may buy you just a moment of pleasure but then drag you for days behind a farting camel – Hafiz. There is never any shortage of wisdom, only the confidence to use it.

The highest reward from your working is not what you get for it but what you become by it – Sydney Harris. Life isn’t about getting there, its about being here. If your goals are important to you, how can you make them count today? Crazy is spending the best years of your life doing a job that you hate so you can buy stuff you don’t need to support a lifestyle you don’t enjoy!

Love is the goal. To dedicate your life to love is the ultimate secret to success. Love is intelligent because it inspires vision, strengthens values, excites imaginations and expands possibility.

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