Awareness in Action

"There's an aphorism made famous by the late Norman Cousins: 'Belief creates biology.' No truer statement was ever made about aging. Our inherited expectation that the body must wear out over time, coupled with deep beliefs that we are fated to suffer, grow old, and die, creates the biological phenomenon we call aging. Life is awareness in action. Despite the thousands of hours of old tapes that program our responses, we continue to live because awareness finds new ways to flow. The positive side of awareness — its ability to heal — is always available,"
Ageless Body, Timeless Mind: The Quantum Alternative to Growing Old

Surrender in the Name of Love

"Spiritually, no action is more important than surrender. Surrender is the tenderest impulse of the heart, acting out of love to give whatever the beloved wants. Surrender is being alert to exactly what is happening now, not imposing expectations from the past. Surrender is faith that the power of love can accomplish anything, even when you cannot foresee the outcome of a situation.

"But surrendering to another person's ego, even your beloved's is not a spiritual act. There is a deeper, more mystical meaning to surrender. At the level of ego, two people cannot want exactly the same thing all the time. Yet at the level of spirit, they cannot help but want the same thing all the time. Your ego wants material things, predictable conclusions, continuity, security, and the prerogative to be right when others are wrong. By definition, pursuing these goals shuts out another person unless she falls in line with 'my' agenda or he realizes that 'I' am the important one around here.

"Your spirit is not involved in such concerns. It wants being, love, freedom, and creative opportunities. This is an entirely different level of desire, and when you reach it you can share yourself with another person without conflict. Such sharing is the core of surrender."
The Path to Love

Clues Left by Spirit

"Evolution cannot be stopped; spiritual growth is assured.
Action is always noticed by God; nothing goes unheeded.
There is no reliable guide to behavior outside your own heart and mind.
Reality changes at different stages of growth.
At some level everyone knows the highest truth.
Everyone is doing the best they can from their own level of consciousness.
Suffering is temporary, enlightenment is forever.

"Where do these realizations come from? How do we know they are true? They certainly don't come from society or any outward experience. They come from paying attention to the countless clues left by spirit. No two people see God in the same way, because no two people are at the exact same stage of waking up. Yet in those moments when the five senses give way to deeper intuition, each of us gets a glimpse of reality, and as our minds process some remarkable event or insight, reality delivers a scrap of truth."
How to Know God: The Soul's Journey into the Mystery of Mysteries

Miracles, The Shooting Stars of Everyday Life

"Miracles happen every day. Not just in remote country villages or at holy sites halfway across the globe, but here, in our own lives. They bubble up from their hidden source, surround us with opportunities, and disappear. They are the shooting stars of everyday life. When we see shooting stars, their rarity makes them seem magical, but in fact, they streak across the sky all the time. We just don't notice them during the day, dazzled as we are by sunlight, and at night they emerge only if we happen to look up at the right place in a clear, dark sky.

"Although we think of them as extraordinary, miracles also streak across our consciousness every day. We can choose to notice or ignore them, unaware that our destinies may hang in the balance. Tune into the presence of miracles, and in an instant, life can be transformed into a dazzling experience, more wondrous and exciting than we could even imagine. Ignore it, and an opportunity is gone forever."
The Spontaneous Fulfillment of Desire: Harnessing the Infinite Power of Coincidence

Incubating Evil

"Conditions That Release Shadow Energies
Removing a sense of responsibility
Anonymity
Dehumanizing environments
Peer examples of bad behavior
Passive bystanders
Rigid levels of power
Prevailing chaos and disorder
Lack of meaning
Implicit permission to do harm
'Us-versus-them' mentality
Isolation
Lack of accountability"
The Book of Secrets: Unlocking the Hidden Dimensions of Your Life

The toxic effects of nationalism

"The illusion is that nationalism helps to free people.
The reality is that nationalism is now the same as militarism.

"The illusion is that other nations are inferior, misguided and wrong in their ways.
The reality is that every nation struggles with inner conflicts.

"The illusion is that God favors one country and supports its destiny.
The reality is that God has never expressed an opinion about any nation, and never will.

"The illusion is that national boundaries make us secure.
The reality is that we live in an open world where boundaries mean less and less.

"The illusion is that your country defines who you are.
The reality is that finding out who you are requires self-searching and self-knowledge."
Peace Is The Way