A New Earth

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You could then move to a simple cabin, give up your wealth, and regain an identity by seeing yourself and being seen as more spiritual than others.

If the shutters are closed, the sunlight cannot come in.  When you yield internally, when you surrender, a new dimension of consciousness opens up.

Sometimes the ‘fault’ that you perceive in another isn’t even there.  It is a total misinterpretation, a projection by a mind conditioned to see enemies and to make itself right or superior.  At other times, the fault ay be there, but by focusing on it, sometimes to the exclusion of everything else, you amplify it.  And what you react to in another, you strengthen in yourself.

Ego takes everything personally.  Emotion arises, defensiveness, perhaps even aggression.  Are you defending the truth?  NO, the truth, in any ase, needs no defense.  the light or sound does not care about what you or anybody else thinks.  You are defending yourself, or rather the illusion of yourself, the mind-made substitute.


You want peace.  There is no one who does not want peace.  Yet there is something else in you that wants the drama, wants the conflict.

But don’t say, “I’m unhappy.”  Unhappiness has nothing to do with who you are.  Say: “There is unhappiness in me.” Then investigate it.

What is an argument?  Two or more people express their opinions and those opinions differ.  Each person is so identified with the thoughts that make up their opinion, that those thoughts harden into mental positions which are invested with a sense of self.

You don’t have it?  Just act as if you had it, and it will come.  Then, soon after you start giving, you will start receiving.

Both abundance and scarcity are inner states that manifest as your reality.  Jesus puts it like this: “For to the one who has, more will be given … “

When I don’t mind what happens, what does that imply?  It implies that internally I am in alignment with what happens.

“This, too, will pass.”

Become conscious of being conscious.  Say “I Am.”

A Zen Master was walking in silence with one of his disciples along amoutain trail.  When they came to an ancient cedar tree, they sat down under it for a simple meal of some rice and vegetables.  After the meal, the disciple, a young monk who had not yet found the key to the mystery of Zen, broke the silence by asking the Master, “Master, how do I enter Zen?”

He was, of course, inquiring how to enter the state of consciousness which is Zen.

The Master remained silent. Almost five minutes passed while the disciple anxiously waited for an answer.  He was about to ask another question when the Master suddenly spoke. “Do you hear the sound of that mountain stream?”

The disciple had not been aware of any mountain stream.  He had been too busy thinking about the meaning of Zen.  Now, as he began to listen for the sound, his noisy mind subsided.  At first he heard nothing.  Then, his thinking gave way to heightened alertness, and suddenly he did hear the hardly perceptible murmur of a small stream in the far distance.

“Yes, I can hear it now,” he said.

The Master raised his finger and, with a look in his eyes that in some way was both fierce and gentle, said, “Enter Zen from there.”

The disciple was stunned.  It was his first satori – a flash of enlightenment.  He knew what Zen was without knowing what it was that he knew!

They continued on their journey of silence.  The disciple was amazed at the aliveness of the world around him.  He experienced everything as if for the first time.  Gradually, however, he started thinking again.  The alert stillness became covered up again by mental noise, and before long he had another question.  “Master,” he said, “I have been thinking.  What would you have said if I hadn’t been able to hear the mountain stream?”  The Master stopped, looked at him, raised his finger and said, “Enter Zen from there.”

Discover inner peace by creating gaps in the stream of thinking.  Without those gaps, your thinking becomes repetitive, uninspired, devoid of any creative spark, which is how it still is for most people on the planet.

If you are not in the state of either acceptance, enjoyment, or enthusiasm, look closely and you will find that you are creating suffering for yourself and others.