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to maintain honest relations with others we must first be true to ourselves. 93

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Freud (1927), the father of psychology, divided the psyche into three parts: the id, the ego, and the superego. He saw the id as our primal, animal nature; the superego as the judgment system that society has instilled within us; and the ego as our representative to the outside world that struggles to maintain a balance between the other two powerful forces. 98

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you can’t fail at this because your “self” is what you are, at all times and in all places. 112

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Once refocused, you will realize that you not only have the ability to find yourself, you have the ability to free yourself. 118

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observing this mental voice, the first thing you will notice is that it never shuts up. When left to its own, it just talks. 144

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The best way to free yourself from this incessant chatter is to step back and view it objectively. 157

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If you watch it objectively, you will come to see that much of what the voice says is meaningless. 175

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most of life will unfold in accordance with forces far outside your control, 176

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your thoughts have far less impact on this world than you would like to think. 179

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the real cause of problems is not life itself. It’s the commotion the mind makes about life that really causes problems. 184

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This inner world is an alternate environment that is under your control. The outside world, however, marches to its own laws. When the voice narrates the outside world to you, those thoughts are now side by side, in parity, with all your other thoughts. 207

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What you end up experiencing is really a personal presentation of the world according to you, rather than the stark, unfiltered experience of what is really out there. 209

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Basically, you re-create the outside world inside yourself, and then you live in your mind. 221

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As long as that’s what you want, you will be forced to constantly use your mind to buffer yourself from life, instead of living it. 227

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Your inner growth is completely dependent upon the realization that the only way to find peace and contentment is to stop thinking about yourself. 236

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the “I” who is always talking inside will never be content. It always has a problem with something. 237

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you’ll never be free of problems until you are free from the part within that has so many problems. 240

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nobody has ever truly become okay by changing things outside. There’s always the next problem. The only real solution is to take the seat of witness consciousness and completely change your frame of reference. 251

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To attain true inner freedom, you must be able to objectively watch your problems instead of being lost in them. 253

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“outer solution consciousness” to “inner solution consciousness.” You have to break the habit of thinking that the solution to your problems is to rearrange things outside. 258

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The only permanent solution to your problems is to go inside and let go of the part of you that seems to have so many problems with reality. 259

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There are two distinct aspects of your inner being. The first is you, the awareness, the witness, the center of your willful intentions; and the other is that which you watch. 276

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no longer identify with your roommate, you’re ready to free yourself. 289

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The way to catch on to what your inner roommate is really like is to personify it externally. 298

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You have to convince your nervous mind that this is the right person, or it won’t let you walk down the aisle. That’s how much respect you have for this neurotic thing inside of you. 323

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you never hold it responsible for the trouble it causes. In fact, the next time it gives advice, you’re all ears. 343

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As it is right now, your life is not your own; it belongs to your inner roommate, the psyche. You have to take it back. 359

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Ramana Maharshi (1879-1950), a great teacher in the yogic tradition, used to say that to attain inner freedom one must continuously and sincerely ask the question “Who am I?” 362

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that’s just another label, the result of another situation or event you participated in. 373

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You’ve just described all these experiences, but who had these experiences? Wouldn’t you still be in there, aware of your existence, 379

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you’re not the outside world. You’re the one who is inside looking out at that world. 399

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inside and outside objects compete for your attention. 409

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Eventually, you will begin to realize that the outside world and the flow of inner emotions come and go. 412

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You are not your thoughts. You are simply aware of your thoughts. 427

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I’m not anything in the outside world and I’m not the emotions. These outer and inner objects come and go and I experience them. Plus, I’m not the thoughts. They can be quiet or noisy, happy or sad. Thoughts are just something else I’m aware of. 428

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letting go of the experiences and noticing who is left. 431

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When you just look without creating thoughts, your consciousness is effortlessly aware of, and fully comprehends, all that it sees. 442

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Consciousness is pure awareness. 443

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“I am the one who sees. From back in here somewhere, I look out, and I am aware of the events, thoughts, and emotions that pass before me.” 454

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You live in the seat of consciousness. A true spiritual being lives there, without effort and without intent. 455

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You are behind everything, just watching. That is your true home. 461

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lucid dream, 468

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exactly the difference between being aware that you are aware in your daily life, and not being aware that you are aware. 471

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When you are an aware being, you no longer become completely immersed in the events around you. Instead, you remain inwardly aware that you are the one who is experiencing both the events and the corresponding thoughts and emotions. 472

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If you ever want to re-center, just start saying “hello” inside, over and over. Then notice that you are aware of that thought. Don’t think about being aware of it; that’s just another thought. Simply relax and be aware that you can hear “hello” being echoed in your mind. That is your seat of centered consciousness. 511

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When they get all five senses working together, you don’t stand a chance. If they all synchronize, you’ll be completely absorbed into the experience. 526

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The lost soul is the consciousness that has dropped into the place where one human’s thoughts, emotions, and sensory perceptions of sight, sound, taste, touch, and smell are all synchronized. 544

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What differentiates a conscious, centered being from a person who is not so conscious is simply the focus of their awareness. It’s not a difference in the consciousness itself. 557

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what if consciousness were to focus on itself? When that happens, instead of being aware of your thoughts, you’re aware that you’re aware of your thoughts. You have turned the light of consciousness back onto itself. 563

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Once you become conscious of the consciousness itself, you attain a totally different state. You are now aware of who you are. You have become an awakened being. It’s really just the most natural thing in the world. Here I am. Here I always was. 569

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Nothing else changed. You simply stopped projecting your sense of self onto that particular object of consciousness. You woke up. That is spirituality. That is the nature of Self. That is who you are. 572

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This flow of energy comes from the depth of your being. It’s been called by many names. In ancient Chinese medicine, it is called Chi. In yoga, it is called Shakti. In the West, it is called Spirit. 640

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That spiritual energy is what you’re experiencing when love rushes up into your heart. 642

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Energy doesn’t get old, it doesn’t get tired, and it doesn’t need food. What it needs is openness and receptivity. 645

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There is a very simple method for staying open. You stay open by never closing. It’s really that simple. 653

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the only thing you really want from life is to feel enthusiasm, joy, and love. 672

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Do not let anything that happens in life be important enough that you’re willing to close your heart over it. 679

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When your heart starts to close, just say, “No. I’m not going to close. I’m going to relax. I’m going to let this situation take place and be there with it.” 679

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you are not your heart. You are the experiencer of your heart. 713

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What it means to live life is to experience the moment that is passing through you, and then experience the next moment, 746

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Everything is energy, and energy will just expand outward if it is not contained. 782

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two kinds of experiences can occur that block the heart. You are either trying to push energies away because they bother you, or you are trying to keep energies close because you like them. 832

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The alternative is to enjoy life instead of clinging to it or pushing it away. If you can live like that, each moment will change you. If you are willing to experience the gift of life instead of fighting with it, you will be moved to the depth of your being. 835

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The highest state you have ever experienced is simply the result of how open you were. 839

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To achieve this state, simply allow the experiences of life to come in and pass through your being. If old energies come back up because you were unable to process them before, let go of them now. It’s that easy. 841

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just smile. Be happy that this Samskara, which has been stored down there for all this time, has the opportunity to make it through you. Just open, relax your heart, forgive, laugh, or do anything you want. Just don’t push it back down. Of course it hurts when it comes up. It was stored with pain; it’s going to release with pain. You have to decide if you want to continue to walk around with stored pain blocking your heart and limiting your life. 843

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You will get to a point in your growth where you understand that if you protect yourself, you will never be free. 888

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The reward for not protecting your psyche is liberation. You are free to walk through this world without a problem on your mind. You are just having fun experiencing whatever happens next. 915

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You have the ability to not go with any of these thoughts. You can just sit in the seat of consciousness and let go. 939

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A thought or emotion emerges, you notice it, and it passes by because you allow it to. This technique of freeing yourself is done with the understanding that thoughts and emotions are just objects of consciousness. 940

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If you want to be free, then every time you feel any change in the energy flow, relax behind it. Don’t fight with it, don’t try to change it, and don’t judge it. 943

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A wise person remains centered enough to let go every time the energy shifts into a defensive mode. 962

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The moment the energy moves and you feel your consciousness start to get drawn into it, you relax and release. Letting go means falling behind the energy instead of going into it. It just takes a moment of conscious effort to decide that you’re not going there. You just let go. 963

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It doesn’t matter what others do, unless you decide that it matters to you. 968

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Play with letting go and falling behind this sense of being bothered. 971

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You just make a game out of relaxing in the face of its melodrama. 978

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If you can be free even though you’re having these kinds of feelings, then you’re really free—because there will always be something. 990

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No matter what events take place in life, it is always better to let go rather than to close. 996

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you will realize that your attempts to protect yourself from your problems actually create more problems. If you attempt to arrange people, places, and things so they don’t disturb you, it will begin to feel like life is against you. 1030

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one of the lowest of all vibrations is fear. Fear is the cause of every problem. 1045

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keeping your stuff is keeping you trapped. 1058

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When your stuff gets hit, let go right then because it will be harder later. 1067

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The key is to understand that if you don’t let go immediately, the disturbing force of the activated energy draws the focus of your consciousness. 1084

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Consciousness is always drawn to the most distracting object: 1089

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That is how negative cycles happen. You actually take a piece of your stuff, which is nothing but deeply seated disturbance from your past, and you implant it in the hearts of those around you. At some point it will come back to you. Anything you put out comes back. 1124

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The secret of the ascent is to never look down—always look up. 1134

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No matter what happens below you, just turn your eyes upward and relax your heart. 1135

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Always let go as soon as you’re aware that you didn’t. Don’t waste your time; use the energy to go up. 1143

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In order to grow, you must give up the struggle to remain the same, and learn to embrace change at all times. 1150

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We are walking around with lots of thorns touching right against the most sensitive part of our hearts. At any moment something can touch them and cause pain inside. 1187

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People end up using their relationships to hide their thorns. 1214

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To free yourself of your inner thorns, you simply stop playing with them. 1224

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If you want to be free of these energies, you must allow them to pass through you instead of hiding them inside of you. 1239

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What goes on when loneliness is given the space it needs to pass through you? Be an explorer. Witness it, and then it will go. If you don’t get absorbed in it, the experience will soon pass and something else will come up. 1247

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The prerequisite to true freedom is to decide that you do not want to suffer anymore. You must decide that you want to enjoy your life and that there is no reason for stress, inner pain, or fear. 1261

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People do not understand how much they are suffering because they have never experienced what it is like to not suffer. 1267

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Most people try to fix their inner problems by getting better at the same external games they have always played. 1310

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your mind is always telling you that you have to change something outside in order to solve your inner problems. 1315

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external changes are not going to solve your problem because they don’t address the root of your problem. The root problem is that you don’t feel whole and complete within yourself. If you don’t identify the root properly, you will seek someone or something to cover it up. 1326

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That is why people have so much trouble with relationships. You began with a problem inside yourself, and you tried to solve it by getting involved with somebody else. 1329

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everything will be okay as soon as you are okay with everything. 1361

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Do not ever fight your mind. You will never win. It will either beat you now, or you will suppress it and it will come back and beat you later. Instead of fighting the mind, just don’t participate in it. 1367

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you just relax your shoulders, relax your heart, and fall back behind it. Do not touch it. Do not get involved in it. And do not try to stop it. Simply be aware that you are seeing it. That’s how you get out. You just let it go. 1391

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true spiritual growth and deep personal transformation is coming to peace with pain. 1415

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If life does something that causes a disturbance inside of you, instead of pulling away, let it pass through you like the wind. 1510

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Keep relaxing. Relax your shoulders and relax your heart. Let go and give room for the pain to pass through you. It’s just energy. Just see it as energy and let it go. 1518

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if you close around something, you will be psychologically sensitive about that subject for the rest of your life. 1540

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you must go through the darkest night in order to get to the infinite light. This is because what we call darkness is really the blockage of light. You must go past these walls. 1647

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This mental model has become your reality. You must now struggle day and night to make the world fit your model, and you label everything that doesn’t fit as wrong, bad, or unfair. 1695

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If you want to go beyond your model, you have to take the risk of not believing in it. If your mental model is bothering you, it’s because it doesn’t incorporate reality. Your choice is to either resist reality or go beyond the limits of your model. 1698

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If you really want to see why you do things, then don’t do them and see what happens. 1712

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So there are two ways you can live: you can devote your life to staying in your comfort zone, or you can work on your freedom. In other words, you can devote your whole life to the process of making sure everything fits within your limited model, or you can devote your life to freeing yourself from the limits of your model. 1724

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Spirituality begins when you decide that you’ll never stop trying. Spirituality is the commitment to go beyond, no matter what it takes. It’s an infinite journey based upon going beyond yourself every minute of every day for the rest of your life. If you’re truly going beyond, you are always at your limits. You’re never back in the comfort zone. A spiritual being feels as though they are always against that edge, and they are constantly being pushed through it. 1772

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You are not your thoughts; you are aware of your thoughts. You are not your emotions; you feel your emotions. You are not your body; you look at it in the mirror and experience this world through its eyes and ears. You are the conscious being who is aware that you are aware of all these inner and outer things. 1800

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clinging is that selective thoughts and emotions stay in one place long enough to become the building blocks of the psyche. 1819

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You will never find yourself in what you have built to define yourself. You’re the one who’s doing the building. You may assemble the most amazing collection of thoughts and emotions; you may build a truly beautiful, unbelievable, interesting, and dynamic structure; but, obviously, it’s not you. You are the one who did this. You are the one who was lost, scared, and confused because you focused your awareness away from your awareness of Self. 1832

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we are all clinging and then building. 1855

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This journey is one of passing through exactly where you have been struggling not to go. 1881

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If anything can cause disturbance inside of you, it means it hit your model. It means it hit the false part of you that you built in order to control your own definition of reality. 1922

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The way out is through awareness. Stop defining the disturbed mind as a negative experience; just see if you can relax behind it. 1933

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Just keep letting go by being aware that you are aware. 1946

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Any condition you create will limit your happiness. You simply aren’t going to be able to control things and keep them the way you want them. 1983

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Once you decide you want to be unconditionally happy, something inevitably will happen that challenges you. 1989

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The purpose of your life is to enjoy and learn from your experiences. You were not put on Earth to suffer. You’re not helping anybody by being miserable. 1996

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Events don’t determine whether or not you’re going to be happy. They’re just events. You determine whether or not you’re going to be happy. 1998

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You gain nothing by being bothered by life’s events. It doesn’t change the world; you just suffer. There’s always going to be something that can bother you, if you let it. 2007

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So to stay happy, just don’t close your heart. No matter what happens, even if your wife leaves you or your husband dies, you don’t close. 2018

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When you start to close, just question if you’re really willing to give up your happiness. 2021

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You don’t want your happiness to be conditional upon the behavior of other people. It’s bad enough that your happiness is conditional upon your own behavior. When you start making it conditional upon other people’s behavior, you’re in serious trouble. 2033

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One of the ancient names for God in the yogic tradition is Satchitananda—Eternal, Conscious Bliss. God is ecstasy. 2069

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If you want to be close to God, learn to be joyful. 2070

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One should view their spiritual work as learning to live life without stress, problems, fear, or melodrama. 2078

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Stress only happens when you resist life’s events. 2079

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Think of how much energy is wasted resisting what has already happened. Since the event has already passed, you are actually struggling with yourself, not with the event. 2106

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If you do not let this energy build up inside you, but instead allow each moment of each day to pass through you, then you can be as fresh every moment as you would be on a stress-free vacation. It is not life’s events that are causing problems or stress. It is your resistance to life’s events that is causing this experience. 2117

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events are not problems; they’re just events. Your resistance to them is what causes the problem. 2149

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Imagine if you used relationships to get to know other people, rather than to satisfy what is blocked inside of you. If you’re not trying to make people fit into your preconceived notions of what you like and dislike, you will find that relationships are not really that difficult. 2164

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Letting go of yourself is the simplest way to get closer to others. 2167

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The key is to just relax and release, and deal only with what’s left in front of you. 2182

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Any time you’re having trouble with something, think of death. 2198

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Look how callous we get with our loved ones. We take it for granted that they’re there and that they’ll continue to be there for us. 2206

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Do you realize that what you’re doing at any moment is something that someone was doing when they died? 2233

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Death changes everything in a flash. That’s the reality of the situation. If all these things can be changed in an instant, then maybe they aren’t so real after all. 2242

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Learn to live as though you are facing death at all times, and you’ll become bolder and more open. 2256

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Life itself is your career, and your interaction with life is your most meaningful relationship. 2259

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What if you knew that the next person you’d see would be the last person you would ever see? You’d be right there soaking it in, experiencing it. 2262

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Life is not something you get; it’s something you experience. Life exists with or without you. It has been going on for billions of years. You simply get the honor of seeing a tiny slice of it. If you’re busy trying to get something, you will miss the slice you’re actually experiencing. 2269

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You’re the one who throws your life away; you waste every second of it. You get in your car, drive from here to there, and you don’t see anything. You’re not even there. You’re busy thinking about what you’re going to do next. You’re a month ahead of yourself, or even a year. You’re not living life; you’re living mind. 2280

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You really don’t need more time before death; what you need is more depth of experience during the time you’re given. 2290

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Death is the landlord and you’re just the tenant. 2295

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Lao-tzu called “the Tao” (pronounced: dow). Literally translated, this means “the Way.” 2310

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You could easily read the Tao te Ching and never understand a single word, or you could read it and tears could pour from your eyes with every word you read. 2313

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From science we know that if you pull a pendulum thirty degrees to the right, it will swing back until it’s thirty degrees to the left. 2336

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The Tao is in the middle. It’s the place where there is no energy pushing in either direction. 2341

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When you spend your energy trying to maintain the extremes, nothing goes forward. 2373

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If you choose to center and not participate in the extremes, you will come to know the Tao. 2379

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All the great teachings reveal the way of the center, the way of balance. Constantly look to see if that’s where you are living or if you are lost in the extremes. 2422

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We have so many teachings, so many concepts, and so many views about God. But they’ve all been touched by people. In the end, it’s amazing how much our ideas about God conform to the different cultures from which they come. 2425

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As you associate less with the physical and psychological parts of your being, you begin to identify more with the flow of pure energy. 2449

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The process of judging has simply stopped. There is just appreciating and honoring. 2486

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You can turn your eyes from the sun’s light and live in darkness for a hundred years. If you then turn them toward the light, the light is still there. 2535

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Should you choose not to receive, it doesn’t punish you. You punish yourself because you choose not to receive. 2539

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Your relationship with God is the same as your relationship with the sun. If you hid from the sun for years and then chose to come out of your darkness, the sun would still be shining as if you had never left. You don’t need to apologize. You just pick your head up and look at the sun. It’s the same way when you decide to turn toward God—you just do it. 2541

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