The 5 Secrets to Creating Deeper Intimacy

Creating an empowering, loving and fulfilling relationship with
someone is one of the most amazing things we can learn as human
beings. Our experience of this world is deeply defined by the
relationships we have or don't have with other people. If you knew
the greatest secrets to manifesting an amazingly intimate
relationship this week, would you use it? Well this is your chance to
transform your connection with others. For whatever you put your
attention on expands and grows, so why not focus on what will bring
you more love and intimacy? Anytime you think that you cannot be
intimate or that other people are not allowing you to be more
intimate, you are focusing on what you don't want and attracting more
of that to you. Realize one thing; that the Universe is ready for you
to be intimate with it right now! Every moment contains this
opportunity for a deeper connection with it, and this intimacy can be
actualized in your physical relationships. When you realize this and
start applying it, you have just become even more enlightened and

The world is your mirror, and relationships you have are your
reflections in it. If you are diving inside to truly know yourself
and being more intimate with yourself each day, others will start
OPENING to you and reveal themselves more intimately with you. Know
that you can create some form of intimacy with EVERYONE you meet just
by being open. Revealing yourself is how you get others to reveal
themselves. Once you do this you will have amazingly successful
relationships with everyone.

Intimate relationships are the ULTIMATE teachers, especially the ones
you let in to see and feel your soul. In intimacy (into-me-you-see)
you are revealing your deepest truth inside your heart. Your soul
learns sooo much by revealing itself on these deeper levels and will
grow exponentially. Sure intimacy in the beginning can feel
uncomfortable and exposing because it forces you to release your
story, game and typical automated response to the world. Intimacy
forces you to be REAL! You are pulled out of your safe velvety rut
and are stepping onto the true playing field of life again.

Like everything in life, intimacy contains both negative and positive
aspects depending what you choose to focus on. Sharing your heart
with another can be one of the most blissful experiences on the
planet, or the most scary and vulnerable. Yet, if you continue to
choose opening, being real, and honest, you can only experience
freedom and immense growth from it. This is the freedom from your
typical suffering where you hide and play small because you don't
want to hurt them. It's time to truly be free! Here are 5 amazing
secrets that will profoundly deepen your intimacy with others and
help you manifest more amazing relationships...enjoy!

1. Reveal yourself without hesitation. Be as raw and real as possible
with every human you come in contact with.

2. Be radically honest. Speak what is most true in your heart, and
say that which makes your heart open, expand and relax.

3. Drop being responsible for their reaction. Feel what you are
feeling, and choose those feelings which bring you more connection
and inner peace.

4. Constantly send messages of acceptance, appreciation, and approval
to others as they are. Always be a voice of love for the world.

5. Look for yourself in the reflection of this relationship "mirror".
Know that whatever triggers you is not about them, it's about YOU!

You can naturally and effortlessly make the commitment today to be
more intimate, just because it FEELS good! When you actively practice
these five secrets you will see your relationships start to blossom
and have the fragrance of a million rose gardens. We know that you
will be astonished at how quickly ANY relationship can be
transformed, (no matter how many years it's been stagnant) with these
5 secrets. It doesn't matter if it's your spouse, friend, or boss,
intimacy can be found when these five truths are followed every day.

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Third deadly sin: Lust


Dictionary definition: Feminine noun, derived from the Latin Luxuria. Lechery, sensuality, lasciviousness. It can also be defined as luxuriance in plants, or exuberance of sap.

According to the Catholic Church
: Inordinate desire for sexual pleasure. Desires and acts are inordinate when they do not conform to the divine purpose, which is to propitiate mutual love between spouses and to beget offspring. It goes against the Sixth Commandment (Thou shalt not sin against chastity).

According to Henry Kissinger
: There is nothing more aphrodisiacal than power.

In a Buddhist story
: Chu and Wu returned home after a week’s meditation in the monastery. They talked about how temptations appear before man.

They reached the banks of a river. There, a beautiful woman was waiting to cross the river. Chu picked her up in his arms, carried to the other side and continued his journey with his friend.

At a certain point, Wu said:

"We talked about temptation and you picked up that woman in your arms. It provided an opportunity for sin to enter your soul".

Chu answered:

"My dear Wu, I behaved naturally. I took that woman across and left her on the other side of the river. But you continued carrying her in your thoughts – and for that reason you are closer to sin”.

From a prostitute’s diary
: I earn 350 Swiss Francs to spend an hour with a man. I am exaggerating. If we don’t count taking off clothes, pretending to be affectionate, chatting about something obvious and getting dressed, we will reduce this time to eleven minutes of actual sex.

Eleven minutes. The world revolves around something that takes only eleven minutes. It is because of these eleven minutes in a 24-hour day (considering that all make love with their wives, every day, which is truly absurd and a complete lie), that they marry, sustain a family, put up with the children crying, overdo themselves in explanations when they arrive home late, look at dozens or hundred of other women with whom they would like to stroll around Lake Geneva, buy expensive clothes for themselves, and even more expensive clothes for their wives, pay prostitutes to make up for what was missing without knowing what it is, sustain a gigantic industry of cosmetics, diets, gymnastics, pornography, power – and when they get together with other men, contrary to what the myth says, never talk about women. They talk about jobs, money and sport. There is something very wrong with civilization.

Lust and numbers (in 2002
): William Lyon, of the Free Speech Coalition, estimates that just on the internet the pornography sector makes an annual profit of between 10 and 12 billion dollars (23 to 26 billion Reals), well over Microsoft’s profit. In 1999, the Video and Software Sellers Association found that the sale or rental of pornographic films was around 4.1 billion dollars (8.7 billion Reals), exceeding the majority of the very expensive films made in Hollywood (Source: Caslon Analytics Profiles)

The Tao Te King says
: Keep the sensitive soul and the animal body in one compartment so that they cannot be separated.

Control the vital force, so that you will be transformed again into a newborn child.

When you banish mysterious visions from your imagination you may, then, become unblemished.

Purify yourself and don’t look for intellectual answers for the Mystery.

When discernment penetrates the four regions, perhaps you will not recognize what gives life and sustains it.

That which gives life does not claim any possession. It benefits, but does not demand gratitude. It commands, but does not exercise authority. That is what is called “mysterious quality”.

(next: Wrath)

www.warriorofthelight.comCopyright @ 2007 by Paulo Coelho  

Only Hope

There's a song that's inside of my soul
It's the one that I've tried to write over and over again

I'm awake in the infinite cold
But You sing to me over and over and over again

So I lay my head back down
And I lift my hands
and pray to be only Yours
I pray to be only Yours
I know now you're my only hope

Sing to me the song of the stars
Of Your galaxy dancing and laughing
and laughing again
When it feels like my dreams are so far
Sing to me of the plans that You have for me over again

So I lay my head back down
And I lift my hands and pray
To be only yours
I pray to be only yours
I know now you're my only hope

I give You my destiny
I'm giving You all of me
I want Your symphony
Singing in all that I am
At the top of my lungs I'm giving it back

So I lay my head back down
And I lift my hands and pray
To be only yours
I pray to be only yours
I pray to be only yours
I know now you're my only hope

We can...

...make a wonderful world to pass on to our descendants—maybe not all at once with a snap of our fingers, but we really can do it. Our efforts need not be perfect to be sufficient. All our actions together, all our hopes and dreams surging into a mighty river of consciousness, can create a better world.
—Denise Linn


There can be no great courage
when there is no confidence or assurance.
Half the battle is in the conviction
that you can accomplish what you undertake.

Confidence doesn't come out of nowhere.
It's the result of constant work and dedication.

With practice you'll come to a point of competence.
You'll find yourself accomplishing your goals gracefully and confidently.

It's then that you'll do things
that you never dreamed you could do.
You'll discover powers you never knew existed.
When you're prepared, you're able to feel confident.


©2006 by Max Steingart
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Truth isn't a matter of your personal viewpoint.
Learn to see things as they really are,
not as you imagine they are.

Wrong is wrong, no matter who does it or who says it.
No matter what you believe, it never changes the facts.
If they are there, the facts always speak for themselves.

The truth does not change because it is, or is not,
believed by a majority of people.
If sixty million people say a foolish thing,
it's still a foolish thing.

The sky is no less blue because the blind man does not see it.


©2006 by Max Steingart
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What blocks connection?

"People are lonely because they build walls instead of bridges."

-- Joseph F. Newton

We experience soul when we really connect with life -- when we stop and consciously experience what is happening.

We lose soul with:

- resistance - to anyone or anything
- superficiality - we avoid depth of experience
- control - we try to control the relationship
- selfishness - we remain self-centered.

Each of these attitudes fosters separation rather than connection. Once again, soul lives in relating.

Take time to become aware of, and perhaps journal on how you relate to other people and things in your life.

"We have to decide for ourselves what’s nourishing to our souls, and do those things over others."

-- Thomas Moore

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My Love Is Like A Red Red Rose

red rose

My love is like a red red rose
That’s newly sprung in June
O my love is like a melodie
Thats sweetly play’d in tune
As fair art thou, my bonnie lass,
So deep in love am I
And I will love thee still, my dear,
Till aP the seas gang dry.

Till a' the seas gang dry, my dear
Till a' the seas gang dry,
And I will love thee still, my dear,
Till a' the seas gang dry,

Till a’ the seas gang dry, my dear
And a’ the rocks melt wi' the sun,
And I will love thee still, my dear
While the sands o’ life shall run
And fare thee weel, my only love
And fare thee weel awhile !.
And I will come again, my love
Tho’ twere ten thousand mile

Tho' ‘twere ten thousand mile, my love
Tho' twere ten thousand mile,
And I will come again my love,
Tho' twere ten thousand mile


Hope is the expectation that our personal intentions will be in alignment with the cosmic mind. Although the universe moves in an evolutionary direction, the line is rarely straight, and therefore there will be times when we wonder if our needs will be met. It’s in these moments that hope carries us across the chasm.

Personally, I invest more in faith than hope. I have faith that however the world unfolds, there will be new opportunities for expansion of wisdom and compassion. The world of form and phenomena brings its inevitable ups and downs. Although at times we may wish that we had total control over outcome, uncertainty is the cauldron of creativity.

Practice mindfulness in action. Witness your intentions. Notice how your intentions drive your choices and actions. As your choices generate experiences, become aware of the discriminating aspect of your mind that judges the experience as desirable or undesirable. Notice that as soon as you fulfill one intention, another spontaneously arises and the cycle continues.

Become aware of the silent witness to your intentions, choices, experiences and judgments. Cultivating the ever present witness as your internal reference enables you to immerse yourself in a state of being that is inherently peaceful and content, regardless of whether or not your intentions are being fulfilled at the rate you would like. From this place of inner peace, you simultaneously empower your choices while remaining detached from the outcome.

This is a good time to become clear on your intentions for the year. According to the Vedas, “purity of thought and fixity of purpose” are the keys to life of fulfillment. Consider what you would like to see manifest in your life. Envision how your world would change if you were able to translate your intention into conscious choices. Then, make a commitment to take the first step along the path to fulfillment. Have faith that the universe will help organize your intentions and hope that the consequences of your intentions will bring peace, happiness, love, and meaning to you and all those affected by your choices.



Hope is the bold vision that inspires us and the vital energy that encourages growth. Hope is the presence of divine love so sweetly nestled in each of our souls. Hope is the sure and steadfast anchor of each wish. Hope is the power to quest for things that have yet to become. Hope is alive before it is even conceived – it is the deepest connection to the manifest because it nurtures the outcome without requiring attachment – it is the benign detached engine of creativity; the fountain of what can be, and the blossoming vibration of every heart.

In the first month of the year, hope is most robust in each of us. The next 350 days are hopefully laid out before us in our mind’s eye as we would like them to be - every moment of the coming year capable of being whatever we dream or whisper into the unknown. This is the season where we’ve made our commitments to health, emotional freedom, compassion, authenticity, wholeness, love, truth, peace, and self. And then with hope as the heartbeat, we begin to live these contracts we’ve made between our body, mind, and soul.

What If...

What if wishes, hopes, and dreams could come true? What wishes would you make for yourself?
What would fulfill your needs at the deepest, most basic level? What would allow your soul to complete its destiny?

The ancient Vedic texts known as the Upanishads declare, “You are what your deepest desire is.
As is your desire, so is your intention. As is your intention, so is your will. As is your will, so is your deed.
As is your deed, so is your destiny.” Our destiny ultimately comes from the deepest level of desire and also
from the deepest level of intention. The two are intimately linked to each other.

What is hope? Most people say it’s a thought of something that you want to accomplish in your life or that you
want for yourself.
But really it is more than that. Hope is a way of fulfilling a certain need that you have,
whether that need is for material things, for a relationship, for spiritual fulfillment, or for love. 
Hope is a thought, a feeling, a state of mind that will help you fulfill a need.

Seen this way, our hopes revolve around the goal of being happy or fulfilled.
First, if we are asked what we want, we might say, “I want more money,” or “I want to be healthy.”
Then if we are asked why we want that, we may say something like,
“Well, so I’ll be able to spend more time with my children.”
If we are asked why we want to spend more time with our children, we might say, “Because then I’ll be happy.”

So we can see that the ultimate goal of all goals is a fulfillment at the spiritual level that we call happiness or joy or love.

When hope is repeated, that creates habit. The more hope is repeated, the more likely it is that the universal
consciousness will create the same pattern and manifest the intention in the physical world.
If you really want to break out of the mundane, you must learn to think and dream the impossible.
Only with repeated thoughts can the impossible be made possible through your hopes, intentions, and desires.

The great poet Alfred, Lord Tennyson, once said, “More things are wrought by prayer than this world dreams of.”
But it’s not prayer if the hopes and intentions are forced; it’s finesse, timing, surrender, gratitude, trust, love,
and compassion that allow your desires to manifest.

While interpretation, memory, and habit create the illusion of familiarity or sameness, of our continuation
from minute to minute, in reality, there are infinite possibilities at our core,
infinite possibilities that need only hope to make them real.

For every hope, wish, and intention you have, ask yourself, “How would this serve me
and how would it serve everybody I come into contact with?”
And if the answer is that it will create true joy and fulfillment in me and all those affected by my actions,
then my intention, together with surrender, orchestrates its own fulfillment.



First, think about what you want out of life.
The beginning always takes place in your imagination.
Then organize your thoughts into definitive plans.
Next, it's time to transform your thoughts into reality
by taking some positive action.

Your mind is your mental workshop.
You can build anything you want in it.

Visualize what you want in your mind.
See it. Feel it. Taste it. Believe in it.
Make your mental blueprint and then begin to build.

Visualize then actualize your success.


©2006 by Max Steingart
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Valuing the moment

"... the only time you ever have in which to learn anything or see anything or feel anything, or express any feeling or emotion, or respond to an event, or grow, or heal, is this moment, because this is the only moment any of us ever gets. You’re only here now; you’re only alive in this moment."

-- Jon Kabat-Zinn

Many people regularly squander their time. They live under the assumption that they'll live forever. As a result, they don't value the present as a precious opportunity that will never come again.

Others continually race against time, trying to cram too many activities into each hour, and suffering stress in the process.

In our view, we are more effective and most happy when we balance being and doing. We continually ask ourselves what’s most important to get done. And we’re learning to BE -- fully present -- when we do. We also regularly give ourselves permission to relax.

Make today really matter. It's all you'll ever have.

"Very few of us know how much we can put into life if we use it properly, wisely, and economically. Let us economize our time -- lifetimes ebb away before we wake up, and that is why we do not realize the value of the immortal time God has given us."

-- Paramahansa Yogananda

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Pay attention to your emotions

"Emotions are the next frontier to be understood and conquered. To manage our emotions is not to drug them or suppress them, but to understand them so that we can intelligently direct our emotional energies and intentions.... It's time for human beings to grow up emotionally, to mature into emotionally managed and responsible citizens. No magic pill will do it."

-- Doc Childre

Many of us believe that we need to keep a tight lid on our emotions. We fear that if we ever allow these emotions to be expressed, they will do serious damage.

But if we summon up the courage to truly feel our emotions, we discover that they don't last. The monster in the closet turns out to be a pussycat. In fact, if we are willing to experience our emotions completely, without resistance of any kind, they burn themselves out in only a few minutes.

The only thing that keeps emotions alive within you over long periods is your unwillingness to acknowledge them.

"By starving emotions we become humorless, rigid and stereotyped; by repressing them we become literal, reformatory and holier-than-thou; encouraged, they perfume life; discouraged, they poison it."

-- Joseph Collins

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Sooner or later, you'll experience a crisis in your life,
and how you meet it will determine your future happiness and success.
Since the beginning of time,
everyone has been called upon to meet such a crisis.

A closer look will show you that most "crisis situations"
are opportunities to either advance or stay where you are.
In fact, most changes in your life will take place
out of either "inspiration" or "desperation."

Whatever comes your way,
give it meaning and transform it into something of value.
Your personal growth is the process of responding positively to change.

A precious stone cannot be polished without friction,
nor humanity perfected without trials.


©2006 by Max Steingart
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Being alone

"I wish Pooh were here. It’s so much more friendly with two."

-- Piglet (A.A. Milne)

Are you willing to be alone?

Ingrid Bacci says, "If you are afraid of being alone, you are dependent on others for your sense of self, and if you are dependent on others, you block your receptivity to inner guidance. Being willing to be alone involves being willing to be different, to have commitments and values that don’t blend with any crowd."

"Man’s loneliness is but his fear of life."

-- Eugene O'Neill

"I celebrate myself, and sing myself."

-- Walt Whitman

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It's a universal law: You have to give before you get.
You must plant your seeds before you reap the harvest.
The more you sow, the more you will reap.
In giving to others, you will find yourself blessed.

The law works to give you back more then you have sown.
The giver's harvest is always full.
Those that obtain have little.
Those who scatter have much.

Nature does not give to those who will not spend.


©2006 by Max Steingart
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8 Simple Secrets to Becoming Enlightened

"Obstacles are those frightful things you see when
you take your eyes off your goal."  ~ Hannah More
  1. Release all concern for what others think of you. (especially family, friends, co-workers and people you do not even know!)
  2. Send LOVE towards every car, tree, thing, and person you see.  Give love everywhere you go by opening your heart when you consciously see anything.
  3. Be totally honest and true to your every word.  Follow through with everything you say you are going to do.
  4. Be conscious, present and aware of this full experience of your life right now.
  5. Make time to connect with the Universe by being still and meditating from the ever-present pure awareness inside you now.
  6. Surrender to your inner-most being.  Find the deepest Source of stillness inside and nestle into this wonderous inner core.
  7. Feel free to think, say and do anything you want!  It will awaken an infinite power, awareness and Universal knowledge inside you.
  8. Fully accept yourself, your life situations and relationshps exactly as they are right now as the greatest teachers you could ask for...

"The time to relax is when you don't have time for it."  ~Sidney J. Harris

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I Carry Your Heart With Me

heart within heart
I carry your heart with me
I carry it in my heart
I am never without it
anywhere I go you go,my dear; and whatever is done
by only me is your doing,my darling

I fear no fate
for you are my fate,my sweet
I want no world
for beautiful you are my world,my true
and it's you are whatever a moon has always meant
and whatever a sun will always sing is you

here is the deepest secret nobody knows
here is the root of the root and the bud of the bud
and the sky of the sky of a tree called life;which grows
higher than the soul can hope or mind can hide
and this is the wonder that's keeping the stars apart

I carry your heart
I carry it in my heart



Your range of available choices right now has no limits.
The only limits you have are in your mind.
You've got it in you to succeed.
Just make up your mind and stick with it.

You weren't born with any limits on your powers
or any set limits to your capacity.
At any moment, you have more possibilities than you can act upon.

Imagine your possibilities and your vision expands.
Capture your dreams in your mind and your life becomes full.
Reach out and touch the limits of your being in your mind.

If you think you can, you can.


©2006 by Max Steingart
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There is no better time than right now to be happy.

Happiness is the journey, not the destination.

So work like you don't need money.

Love like you've never been hurt and... truly dance like nobody is

"Don't be afraid that your life will end, be afraid that it will
never begin."


Be, do and have

"Often people attempt to live their lives backwards: they try to have more things, or more money, in order to do more of what they want so they will be happier. The way it actually works is the reverse. You must first be who you really are, then do what you love to do, in order to have what you want."

-- Margaret Young

The formula for success is Be, Do, Have. If we seek abundance, we must be abundant in spirit. We can begin to cultivate spiritual wealth by opening our hearts in gratitude.

Start a gratitude journal today. Each evening, write down at least 5 things for which you are grateful. This simple tool will help you open your eyes to the abundance of your world right now.

"Who does not thank for little will not thank for much."

-- Estonian proverb

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Second deadly sin: Greed


Dictionary definition: from the Latin Avaritia, a feminine noun: Excessive fondness for money, stinginess, meanness.

Catholic Church definition
: Goes against the Ninth and Tenth Commandments (You shall not covet your neighbor’s wife. You shall not covet your neighbor’s house). Inordinate inclination or desire for pleasure or possessions.

For the philosopher Seneca
: The poor always want something, the rich want a lot and the greedy want everything.

A story of Priests of the desert
: "Holy man" – said a novice to the Father Abbot - My heart is full of love for the world and my soul is free of temptations from the Devil. What is my next step?

The abbot asked the disciple to accompany him on a visit to a sick person who needed extreme unction. After comforting the family, the abbot noticed that in one of the corners of the house there was a trunk.

"What is inside it?” he asked.

"Clothes that my uncle never used", said the sick man’s nephew." He bought everything, always thinking that the right occasion would arise to wear them, but they ended up rotting inside it".

"Don’t forget that trunk", said the Father Abbot to his disciple, when they left. "If you have spiritual treasures in your heart, put them into practice now. Or they will rot away."

Text commenting on the 1997 Asiatic economic crisis:
The brokers bought and sold, convinced that the world would not change, because all they needed to do was to invest more and more and watch their fortunes grow. They didn’t care about the harm they were causing to the currency (Malaysia). Suddenly, 500 billion dollars disappeared out of circulation. When the time came to explain to all those who had lost their savings built up over the years and with much sacrifice, they replied: “it’s the fault of the market.” Actually, they were the market.

Death and Greed
: Death and Greed watched the men working feverishly to find diamonds in a river. “I came here to take away some souls,” said Death. “Deliver me a third of these people and I will go away.”

“They belong to me, they are my slaves”, replied Greed. “I have nothing to deliver to you.”

Death then touched the water with his magic rod and poisoned it. Little by little, all who were there began dying.

“Why did you steal all my slaves?” shouted Greed, angrily.

“Because you didn’t want to give me any”, was the answer.

In a speech: because of its inability to produce, the Jewish people are parasites, and their aim is to enslave other peoples. They use greed to manipulate the stupidity of the middle class (Adolf Hitler, preparing the ground for the Holocaust, which cost the lives of six million Jews).

Many centuries before, the Rabbi Moshe ben Maimon used to say: The Lord sent to Man his messengers, called diseases. Eternal Providence put me in charge of caring for their health. Let the love for what I do guide me at every moment. Never let greed, or the thirst for power, or the desire for recognition, blind me and make me forget that a man’s objective is to give the best of what he has to another man.

Advice from the Tao Te King
: The five colors blind human eyes. The five notes deafen their ears. The five tastes harm the palate. Races and hunts set off furious and savage passions in the heart.

Goods hard to get cause wounds because of dangerous obstacles. For that reason (...) the wise man rejects the superficial and prefers to dive into the deep.

(next: Lust)

www.warriorofthelight.comCopyright @ 2007 by Paulo Coelho 

People are different

"...conflict is the primary engine of creativity and innovation. People don't learn by staring into a mirror; people learn by encountering difference."

-- Ronald Heifetz

In his book, ‘Men, Women and Relationships,’ John Gray says, "People are different. Recognizing this fundamental truth is essential for creating positive and loving relationships. In practice, however, ... we demand that the people in our lives feel, think, and behave as we would. And when they react differently we make them wrong or invalidate them; we try to fix them when they really need understanding and nurturing; we try to improve them when instead they need acceptance, appreciation and trust."

We each bring different gifts to this world. We each have different work to do. Our lives are enriched when we can celebrate these differences rather than resent, resist and reject them. As we get more secure in who we are, we get more compassionate toward others.

"Homogeneity makes for healthy milk but anemic friendships. We need relationships that cross culturally imposed lines to enlarge our hearts and expand our vistas."

-- Dan Schmidt

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Relate to yourself through your journal

"To write spiritually is to engage in a search for authentic language. You’ll find your truth by writing your way to it."

-- Patrice Vecchione

Who would allow you to totally ignore, abuse, laugh with, swear at, shed tears on, get angry at and be totally honest with him/her? Your journal does.

Your journal is an unconditional friend. It does not reject, manipulate, judge, laugh at or ridicule you. It’s always there for you. So be honest with your best friend and it will help you discover who you are.

"The positive thing about writing is that you connect with yourself in the deepest way, and that's heaven. You get a chance to know who you are, to know what you think. You begin to have a relationship with your mind."

-- Natalie Goldberg

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Support others with your presence

"The purpose of therapy is not to remove suffering but TO MOVE THROUGH IT to an enlarged consciousness that can sustain the polarity of painful opposites."

-- James Hollis

How do we support others who are suffering?

When we understand how soul works through us, we begin to see how pain generates the impulse to change. We see that our aim in supporting someone is NOT to get rid of their pain and suffering. Instead, we want to assist them to understand what the pain is trying to teach them -- to find meaning in their distress.

Often, all we need do is be fully present to them. It also helps to be present to our own experience and genuine in our feelings. Living our own truth helps create the space for the other person to live theirs.

"The first duty of love is to listen."

-- Paul Tillich

"With the gift of listening comes the gift of healing."

-- Catherine de Hueck Doherty

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How to Stop Worrying and Start Trusting

How often do you worry about your future? The act of worrying is a HUGE drain on your Manifesting Vibration. Just like the TV, the worried mindset will pull you in and entertain you for hours, days, years, and yes even lifetimes! Worrying is exactly how you manifest what you don't want in life. If you always think about what you DON'T want to happen, how much energy is left to focus on what you DO want? Worry is a lack of mental discipline and focus. The reins on the mind are too loose, and those wild horses just trample all over you! If you have been practicing the fine art of worrying for years, you may have become a worry-zombie, and are completely numb to lighter thoughts, abundant consciousness and outrageous pleasure! Step out of the zombie-zone by pulling back on your reins in your mind! Steer those crazy horses back to your pleasure pastures by staying focused on the positive outcome you really want, and learning to trust that the Universe does support you in manifesting whatever you do deeply desire.

Trust is the exact opposite of worry. When you live with trust in your heart every day then you automatically move beyond any negative thought or feeling. There is no room for the vibration of worry with trust inside. In a state of trust you are consistently letting go of the future and the past. All the thoughts that your mind has about tomorrow or yesterday are unimportant, and you relax into the perfection of this "Now" moment, connecting with your true infinite nature. The truth is that when you start living each moment from trust you start becoming this powerful manifesting being who can easily create anything you desire. You naturally trust that all of your desires will manifest at the perfect time, and you know that all it takes is setting a strong intention and allowing the Universe to support you in making this desire blossom into reality. Here are three powerful steps to instantly shift from worry into trust. Each will help you manifest more of what you want out of life this year.

1. Stop Your Wild Inner Horses
A worrying mind is like a pack of wild horses running out of control in all directions. The more you worry, the more your mind goes off into thinking about all sorts of strange improbable possibilities. The issue is that YOU choose to follow this crazy mind, and may even buy into its obsessive thoughts to such a high degree that you may start believing in them. The first secret to shifting out of this harmful mental state is to get your wild horses under control. The easiest way to do this is to do a pattern interrupt with your mind by gently saying, "STOP" to these horses when they are going off into the land of worry. It's best to whisper this out-loud to yourself if possible. With gentleness you can command your inner herd. These horses will stop and listen to you with even the smallest whisper. Even if they stop for only one moment, you have been successful. You have stopped them from running wild all over your show.

2. Refocus on the Perfection of the Now
At the instant when the horses stop, it's key to refocus your mind on the present moment. When the mind is fully present to the "Now" moment, it is naturally relaxed and drops all fears. Focusing on the "Now" will help your mind unwind and deeply feel the peace and sublime perfection of each moment of existence. The best technique for focusing on the "Now" moment is to simply ask yourself questions like, "What is happening now?, What am I feeling right now?, What am I experiencing now?, What do I see right now?, or What do I hear right now?" If your mind begins to wander off, gently redirect it back to this moment.

3. Turn up Your Inner Trust Valve
Imagine that you have a Trust thermostat in the middle of your heart that measures how much you trust the Universe to support you in manifesting your desires. This thermostat is connected to a trust valve in the center of your chest that has 10 settings on it. The number 10 is the most trusting with the number 1 setting being completely closed or lacking trust. Get a sense right now of where your trust is at on this dial. Then slowly begin to open your valve, turn it up a few notches and let in more and more trust. Feel how expansive, warm, and light it feels to increase the level of trust in your heart. Keep opening the valve until it is completely open at a 10! Breathe in 100% trust and notice what this feels like! Feel how good it is to let go and know that the Universe is helping you manifest all your desires now and forever. You can also repeat the mantra randomly through your day of, "I trust myself and the Universe". Repeating this message over and over will eventually expand your heart to experience a greater level of trust.

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Trust in abundance

"Once, when we were discussing a world peace project with my teacher, Maharishi Mahesh Yogi, somebody asked him, ‘Where is all the money going to come from?’ And he replied without hesitation, ‘From wherever it is at the moment.’"

-- Deepak Chopra

How can you open to greater trust that you’ll always have what you need?

Fear, doubt, anxiety and disbelief all serve to repel abundance from us. Faith, love and gratitude for the gifts of our lives keep energy and abundance flowing. The more we trust in our well being, the more it will be realized.

"Manifestation is an act of trust. It is the soul pouring itself out into its world, like a fisherman casting a net to gather in the fish he seeks; with each cast properly made, we will bring what we need to us, but first we must hurl ourselves into the depths without knowing just what lies beneath us."

-- David Spangler

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Too much of a good thing can be wonderful

Feel your emotions

"The key is to not resist or rebel against emotions or to try to get around them by devising all sorts of tricks; but to accept them directly, as they are."

-- Takahisa Kora

Emotions are energy in motion. They bring us information if we are willing to experience them. Unfortunately, many of us are afraid of the energy of emotions and so we automatically resist them. And when we refuse to experience our emotions, we block them up. They become trapped and that entrapment drains our energy and brings continuing discomfort.

Don't let emotions push you into action or reaction. Just STOP and PAY ATTENTION. Allow them to be and to speak to you. Once they are acknowledged, their energy is released.

"Instead of resisting any emotion, the best way to dispel it is to enter it fully, embrace it and see through your resistance."

-- Deepak Chopra

"We have to become more conscious of our feeling-world. By learning to identify the ‘emotional baggage’ and manage our feeling-world reactions, we can view life based on current information instead of being held captive by our past."

-- Doc Childre

"Our feelings are our most genuine paths to knowledge."

-- Audre Lorde

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More meditation...

Swami Kriyananda once said "Physical actions are performed by engaging the
life force on a material level of reality. Spiritual actions are performed
by withdrawing the life force from the physical body."
Since our
consciousness follows the direction of our life force, when our energy flows
outward we identify with material realities. While spiritual practices like
meditation interiorize our life force so we can commune inwardly with

If our awareness is focused too outwardly during the day, we will find
meditating challenging. This is why it is important to keep our energy
centered during our daily duties.

Meditation, as defined by Paramhansa Yogananda, means one-pointed
concentration on God or one of His attributes. During the day, constant use
of techniques like practicing the presence of God, devotion, silence, and
detachment, keeps our consciousness interiorized and makes our whole day a
meditation. Then when it comes time for the formal practice of meditation,
we will find ourselves meditating with greater depth.

Why meditate?

"Meditation brings wisdom; lack of meditation leaves ignorance. Know well what leads you forward and what holds you back, and choose the path that leads to wisdom."

-- Buddha

Meditation is considered an essential practice for those who seek self-knowledge and self-mastery. Why? Basically, meditation brings awareness of how our minds work. Over time, we become watchers, able to detach from the thoughts and emotions that play out in our minds.

With this detachment, we gain the freedom to choose whether or not to act on our thoughts and emotions. We learn to distinguish between objective reality and our mental and emotional dramas.

"Only in quiet waters things mirror themselves undistorted. Only in a quiet mind is adequate perception of the world."

-- Hans Margolius

Someone said to me....

...You can not choose love or who to love, Love chooses You...

What is your destiny?

"The significant business of your life is alive and well, awaiting discovery, within your very soul. You and I were born to come into ourselves as complete and distinctive persons. Accepting this, we build a valuable life."

-- Marsha Sinetar

What is the significant business of your life? What is your purpose? Andrew Schneider says that purpose "is more than just having a direction. It is about one’s place in the universe. It is the journey of finding that place and being there and living fully whatever that place is. It is your own unique place that nobody else has, had, or will have."

How would you describe your place in the universe?

"We become powerful in the face of our fears when we have a sense that we make a difference in this world. Affirmations of purpose communicate the truth that we are all meaningful participants in this Universe and that we are worthy of giving and receiving love. Some affirmations of purpose are:
- I know that I count and I act as though I do.
- I spread warmth and love everywhere I go.
- I am a healing force in the Universe."

-- Susan Jeffers

"The grand essentials to happiness in this life are something to do, something to love, and something to hope for."

-- Joseph Addison

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Just One More Quote to Inspire You

"Here is how you will know if you are living your life
purpose: just ask yourself one simple
question: 'Would you do what you are doing now for
FREE for the rest of your life, if money was not an
issue?' When your answer is YES, then you are living
the life you came into this life to live"

-- Barbara Rose, Ph.D.

A Quote to Inspire You

"Even the most daring and accomplished people have
undergone tremendous difficulty. In fact, the more
successful they became, the more they attributed
their success to the lessons learned during their most
difficult times. Adversity is our teacher. When we
view adversity as a guide towards grater inner
growth, we will then learn to accept the wisdom our
soul came into this life to learn."

-- Barbara Rose, Ph.D.


"Keep trying" is the rule that must be followed
if you want to be successful at anything.

Your success will always be connected with your actions.
Just keep moving toward your goal.
You'll make mistakes along the way but don't ever quit.
You may even have to hang on after others have let go.

Persistence means taking pains to overcome every obstacle,
to do all that's necessary to reach your goal.

In the end, the only people who fail are those that do not try.
All great achievements take time.


©2006 by Max Steingart
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You don't need an explanation for everything.
There are such things as miracles,
events for which there are no ready explanations.

Future knowledge may explain these events quite simply.
Any form of sufficiently advanced technology
can be quite indistinguishable from magic
when it's introduced for the first time.

Seeing, hearing, feeling are all miracles
as well as each part of you.
Seeing is not always believing.
You know much more than you understand.

Have the vision to see invisible things.


©2006 by Max Steingart
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The source of anger

"Anger is that powerful internal force that blows out the light of reason."

-- Ralph Waldo Emerson

How does anger typically surface in your life?

We usually get angry at someone, don’t we? We judge that someone has done something wrong and we want them to be punished.

In truth, the actions of others are never to blame. It’s our thinking - our blaming and judgment - that causes the anger. And we blame and judge because we have a need that has not been met.

In his book 'Nonviolent Communication,' Marshall B. Rosenberg advises that rather than blame others, we are better served by directing our energy towards meeting our own needs.

He offers a simple tool for change. Instead of saying, ‘I am angry because they ...’ we can say, ‘I am angry because I am needing ....’

"At the core of all anger is a need that is not being fulfilled."

-- Marshall B. Rosenberg

"How much more grievous are the consequences of anger than the causes of it."

-- Marcus Aurelius

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Great things are accomplished when you believe
that what's inside of you is superior to your circumstances.
What you have outside you counts less than what you have inside you.

You're more important than any of your problems.
You're bigger than anything that can happen to you.

Courage is a special kind of knowledge.
It's the knowledge of how to fear what ought to be feared
and how not to fear what ought not to be feared.

True courage is a result of reasoning.
A brave mind is always impregnable.

Reality is something you rise above.


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The Treasure Map


A treasure map is a visual representation of those things you most want at this time in your life -- people, opportunities, money, material objects, or experiences that are fun or that challenge you to grow. The images can even represent a particular value that's important to you like beauty or health, and can also reflect a quality you intend to develop like courage or patience. I've been creating treasure maps for more than fifteen years and as I look back, I'm amazed at how many of the images that I chose to put on my maps have actually shown up in my life.

Creating a treasure map may sound like a fun "artsy" sort of project, but it's much, much more than that. Taking the time to create this map will challenge you to think seriously about what you want at this time in your life. It will give your soul an opportunity to speak to you through images, without your head getting in the way. It will keep you firmly connected to what matters most throughout the year. And, most of all, it will become a vivid demonstration of magnetic energy -- the ability to actually draw toward you your dreams, goals, and desires using the power of your imagination.

If the above sounds a bit far-fetched, humor me and do it anyway. You'll be amazed at the results.

Here's what to do:

1. Discover your desires. Start by looking through books, magazines, or catalogs for those pictures, phrases, titles, headlines, or single words that tug at your heart. Although many of us have a conscious idea of what we'd like to have in our lives, there are usually hidden desires -- soulful desires -- that live just below the surface of our conscious thought. The soul speaks to us in images and that's why we start with this exercise. Your soul images often reflect those things that you really, really, really want deep down inside -- the dreams that you can't believe will come true, the goals that feel out of reach, or the hidden longings that you feel too embarrassed to admit. Let yourself dream big, loud, and wide, and whether the images you feel drawn to make sense or not, cut them out anyway.

2. Create your treasure map. Once you've gathered your words and pictures, it's time to design your map. To do this, use some kind of canvas -- a piece of poster board, a notebook, or even a wall in your home. Go through your clippings, cut them into desired shapes and sizes, and position them on your canvas. Take your time
and play around with the layout. Once you have an idea of how you want it to look, you're ready to paste the images on your canvas. Make this map your own personal work of art. When you're done, you want your treasure map to invoke a feeling of "I love this!"

3. Review and display. Once you've completed your map, it can be fun to consider the following questions: Do I notice any themes? Have I chosen items that surprise me? Is the placement of my images significant? Then, when you're ready, put your map someplace where you'll see it every day.

Creating a treasure map that feels good takes time. If you're busy, don't try to complete it in one sitting. Allow yourself several weeks if need be to create the kind of map that feels right to you. Mine often takes a good month to complete. Once you're done, be sure to look at it every day. By seeing it on a regular basis, you'll find that your mind naturally begins to orient itself around your desires. For example, you'll probably start to see signs of your goals and dreams everywhere. And, that's when the magic begins!

As one of my favorite authors, Robert Collier, says: "The quality of your thought is the measure of your power." Your treasure map will keep your most important priorities embedded firmly in mind. Soon, your desires will take root and come to life before your very eyes... just watch what happens!

~*~ Take Action Challenge ~*~

Get started on your map this week. Here's a breakdown of action steps so you can take it one small step at a time.

1. Gather together at least 6 or 8 favorite books, magazines, or catalogs.
2. Cut out words and images that speak to you.
3. Choose a canvas (poster board, notebook, a wall in your home or office, etc.).
4. Schedule time to create your map.
5. Put the images on the canvas and move them around until it looks right.
6. Glue/tape the images and words to the canvas.
7. Find a perfect spot to display your artwork.
8. Be sure to look at it everyday with enthusiasm and excitement for what's to come.

Attachment versus Freedom

The opposite of attachment is pure freedom. We feel free inside, and we want the other person to also be and feel free. We live in the moment with no calculating moves, motives, or games.


When we are attached, we try to get from the other person all those things we did not learn or were not taught how to give to ourselves.


I am sure you are wondering how you can love someone and not feel attached. This is the crux of the cure to move out of deep emotional pain into pure emotional freedom. So here is your answer.


The one you love came into your life to help you grow and evolve. That is why we attract certain people into our lives to begin with. It is all about growth. When you feel a bond that is so deep, it is a pure bond. But a bond does not mean binding and attachment; it means a deep connection.


When you feel this deep connection, this in and of itself is a gift. The relationship you experience may have been deeply transformative. You might have grown and learned more than you ever thought you had to learn.

How to Finally Live Your Life with Passion


By Barbara Rose, Ph.D.

You know you're living your life with passion if you can say, "If someone offered me two hundred million dollars per week to give up what I’m doing, I would say, No, thank you!"

That's all fine, well and good, but you may be wondering, "how do I get there?"The key to living this way is to first eliminate those tasks, adult people, obligations and associations that you are not deeply enjoying.Second, it is imperative that you take some time out of your schedule and really ask yourself what has been some of the most difficult periods of your life? You may wonder what this has to do with living a life with passion, so I will share this with you, now.Living a life with deep passion means living a life with deep meaning. It may very well be those precise areas of your life where you have endured great hardship, and became determined to turn it around, that you find you can share the same with others.Then you are a beacon of hope. First for yourself, and for others by way of your example. You will share from your heart just to make a difference, because it feels good, and not for any ulterior motive or reason.You will feel validated from within because you will be living from your heart, rather than the fears in your head. This requires courage, and many times it is not easy. If I were to tell you it is easy all of the time, I would be lying to you.It is scary to move into unfamiliar territory, but it is even scarier to wither away and watch your lifetime slide by without ever taking a pure and positive risk.Furthermore, you do not ever need another person’s permission, stamp of approval, understanding, or validation to be and express who you are. The only person’s stamp of approval you need is your own.When you begin to worry about what others think, immediately turn your attention to how you feel, and what you prefer. Then, follow through in your actions one moment at a time.So many people worry about how it's all going to turn out, at leas I used to. But what I have found to be so empowering is to follow through in the moment because it feels true and good to me, and I know my motives are pure. They are not attached to an outcome. It is the process of living out what you love from your heart, because that aspect of you carries deep meaning to you, that it will naturally touch the lives of others who need what you are sharing.Perhaps they need a role model who has "been there" and who can relate. Perhaps you will attract other people with whom you collaborate and work together to spread the word about what you are sharing with the world.There is one thing that passion can never be; it can never be bought. It's something you feel in your heart, and you feel a great deal of joy during your process. Does this mean you’ll never have a difficult or sad day? No, it means that when you do, you know it will pass, and you have a great deal of purpose and meaning backing you, which adds to the joy you experience in your day to day life.Here are some suggested guidelines that you can follow.Only follow through with what feels true to you, as long as it does not bring harm to anyone or anything.Make sure your motive is pure, without being tied to an agenda or an outcome.Be certain that what you are sharing truly matters to you in your heart.Keep putting it out there on a consistent basis because people will resonate with and relate to what you are sharing.Honor what makes you unique, every part of you, and cease all negative criticism.Tell the naysayers in your life nothing! When they ask how you are, simply reply, "Good, no complaints!"Seek out a trusting and supportive support system of people who are on a similar path and who share a lot in common with what you believe.Dare to take a risk every time you want to create or express something, do it.Never take insults into your being and allow them to hurt you. They are the perceptions of others, and other people are entitled to their beliefs and preferences. At the same time, continue with what you are doing.Make your passion your "from-the-heart-mission" in life, and allow it to bloom, expand and unfold one moment at a time. Instead of worrying about how it’s all going to turn out, live it out in the moment.Remember you are here to live, not stagnate. You are here to share the best of times and the worst of times, knowing that they all contribute greatly to your growth, and your mission.Remember that many people who create enormous contributions in our world have experienced great adversity. That adversity strengthens us, and it teaches us a lot.What have you learned from the adversity you have experienced? What do you love doing? What are your natural talents?Start right where you are, now, this moment, and express what inspires you. Then, follow through just one moment at a time. That is really all it takes. But, it takes your deepest heart and the meaning behind what you are doing, expressing and creating that carries the most weight to living a life passionately.If you don’t feel passionate about it, toss it. If you feel inspired, go for it. When you feel scared, just know that everyone feels scared moving out of their comfort zone. Make that a positive sign of your personal growth.Most of all live it all out from your heart, because it brings joy to your heart. That is what matters most, and that is the only way you can live a life with passion. Just start, now. You have a clean slate ahead of you.


Everything depends on the way you look at things.
View every problem you encounter as an opportunity.
There is always a good side to every situation.

The optimist sees an opportunity in every misfortune.
The pessimist sees misfortune in every opportunity.
The optimist sees the doughnut,
the pessimist sees the hole.

You can develop success from every failure.
Discouragement and failure are two stepping stones to success.
No other elements can do so much for you
if you're willing to study them and make them work for you.

When it is dark enough, you can see the stars.


©2006 by Max Steingart
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The place to begin to improve the world
is in your own heart, head and hands.
To get along with others,
love them without forcing your love upon them.

Imposing your beliefs on people will not bring you peace.
Have concern for others, respect their rights and freedoms,
and let them be themselves.
Do this and you will enjoy peace.

Having consideration for others is the basis of a good life.
Most people are not against you,
they are merely for themselves.
Let differing ideas clash, but not those of the heart.

Peace comes to you when you live and act in a spirit of love.


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A focus on you or me?

"Our deepest need is for the joy that comes with loving and being loved, with knowing we are of genuine use to others."

-- Eknath Easwaran

Are you more self-conscious or other-conscious?

Watch your motives for the day. Are they generally about you (your own desires and needs) or are they about others and their needs? There are no right and wrong answers here.

We must guard, though, that we aren’t using service to others as a means to get our own ego needs met. If we are, we would be wise to meet our own needs first so our interactions with others are not primarily self-serving.

"We are able to be of service to those who suffer only to the extent that we have been able to transform fear in our own lives."

-- Robert Sardello

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"Don't think in terms of comfort; think in terms of freedom. Don't
think in terms of safety, think in terms of being more alive. And the
only way to be more alive is to live dangerously, is to risk, is to
go on an adventure. And the greatest adventure is not going to the
moon - the greatest adventure is going to your own innermost core."

Review and recommit

"Few people have any next, they live from hand to mouth without a plan, and are always at the end of their line."

-- Ralph Waldo Emerson

Just think: When we are driving, we know where we want to go and we plot out our route. When we plan and prepare a meal, we follow a recipe and monitor the food as it cooks.

How much attention do we give to planning the direction of our lives?

Taking the time to review our quality of life gives us a chance to re-evaluate what we are doing and where we want to go. It lets us fine-tune our direction, to ensure we are on track for what we most want.

Stop and think about your last 6 months. What did you learn? What would you like to do differently? Where do you want to recommit?

"Organizing is what you do before you do something, so that when you do it, it is not all mixed up."

-- A. A. Milne

"Always have a plan, and believe in it. Nothing happens by accident."

-- Chuck Knox

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Explore your fears

"Fear is a question: What are you afraid of, and why? Just as the seed of health is in illness, because illness contains information, our fears are a treasure house of self-knowledge if we explore them."

-- Marilyn Ferguson

In our world of duality, fear and love sit at opposite ends of the continuum. Fear belongs only to the personality because it believes in separation and impermanence. The soul never knows fear because it understands the unity of all.

When fear arises, we can invite our soul to sit with our frightened personality. What soul energies are waiting to be acknowledged? When we bring higher energies into the presence of lower energies, the lower energies are transformed.

"What is needed, rather than running away or controlling or suppressing or any other resistance, is understanding fear; that means, watch it, learn about it, come directly into contact with it. We are to learn about fear, not how to escape from it."

-- Jiddu Krishnamurti

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The seven deadly sins: Pride


The seven cardinal sins were eight, organized at the beginning of Christianity by the Greek monk Evágrio do Ponto, and defining the principal negative inclinations of the human being (it is curious that on Evágrio’s list, the most serious sin is gluttony...). All of them were able to take us to hell. In the 16th century, Pope Gregory made the first changes in the list, including “envy” but merging pride and vanity. In the 17th century the list was rewritten again, and “melancholy” ceased to be a sin, being replaced by “sloth”. Now we have today’s list as a basis on which the next seven columns will be based.

According to the dictionary
: Feminine noun, pride comes from the Latin Superbia. It means haughtiness, conceit, arrogance, presumption.

According to the Catholic Church
: Self-esteem that goes beyond limits and places itself above love for God. It goes against the First Commandment (You shall have no other gods before Me), and it was this passion that caused the rebellion of the angels and the fall of Lucifer.

In a Zen fable:
The grand master of Tofuku noted that the monastery was busy. Novices ran back and forth, employees stood in line to receive someone.

"What’s happening?” he wanted to know.

A soldier came up to the master and gave him a card which said: "Kitagaki, the governor of Kyoto, has just arrived and is asking for an interview."

"I don’t have anything to discuss with this person", said the master.

Minutes later, the governor came up, apologized, crossed out what was on the card and delivered it again to the master.

It said: "Kitagaki asks for an interview".

"Welcome", said the Zen master of Tofuku.

On an aircraft carrier
: “MISSION FULFILLED” (banner on the USS Lincoln on May 1, 2003, when President Bush announced the end of the major military operations in Iraq. On that day, the number of American soldiers dead came to 217. On the day that I am writing this column, the figure has exceeded 2,700)

For Rabbi Adin Steinsaltz
: "When someone tries to discover who you are, using secondary things as a way of comparison, he finds a series of empty shells – which depend on each other to make sense.

"It is not correct to define yourself as a friend of Tom, son of Dick, an executive in such a post, doing this or that task". Because all we will discover through this method are aspects of ourselves – aspects that are usually gloomy and incomplete, of someone who is trying to become visible at the expense of others.

"The only relationship possible is with the Lord; from then on, everything begins to make sense, and we open our eyes to a greater meaning".

According to St. Augustine
: Pride is not grandeur, it is swollen-headedness. What swells seems big, but really it is a disease.

Advice from the Tao Te King
: It is better not to fill a vase completely rather than try to carry it if it is full.

When we sharpen a knife too much, its cutting edge will not be preserved.

When gold and jade fill a room, their owners will be unable to keep them safe.

When wealth and honors lead to arrogance, for sure evil will come soon after.

When we do our work and our name begins to become famous, wisdom consists of withdrawing into obscurity as soon as the task ends. @ 2007 by Paulo Coelho  


"When guilt rears its ugly head confront it, discuss it and let it go. The past is over. It is time to ask what can we do right, not what did we do wrong. Forgive yourself and move on."

--Bernie S. Siegel

"I have made it a rule of my life never to regret and never to look back. Regret is an appalling waste of energy . . . you can’t build on it; it’s only good for wallowing in."

-- Katherine Mansfield

"If we don't forgive ourselves for our mistakes, and others for the wounds they have inflicted upon us, we end up crippled with guilt. And the soul cannot grow under a blanket of guilt, because guilt is isolating, while growth is a gradual process of reconnection to ourselves, to other people, and to a larger whole."

-- Joan Borysenko

"Light burdens borne far become heavy."

-- French proverb

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