Buddha said, "Non-attachment is the philosophy of my life." The only way to end suffering is through non-attachment. The only way to be truly free is through non-attachment to any kind of results in the outer world.
Letting go gives us freedom, and freedom is the only condition for happiness. If in our heart we still cling to anything---anger, anxiety, or possessions---we cannot be free. -- Thich Nhat Hanh
If you chase two rabbits, you will not catch either one. Sometimes we can do the same with spiritual practices---we try to take on too much. Go small---we should ignore all the things we could do and do what we should do.
Big success comes when we do a few things really well. What's the one thing for us? What are we passionate about? It's about taking what we have been offered uniquely and giving it to the world.
We can all become visionaries. Our mission is to plant ourselves at the gates of hope. -- Victoria Safford
We choose our life experience. With our access to history, and possessing knowledge of our history in almost every field, with our vast library of scientific knowledge and understanding, we have a great foundation to launch from, where we can consciously decide what kind of world to create. We are the "co" with the Creator. We are co-creators with the Divine.
We are all addicted to something, and that something is our own pattern of thinking. We all start out with a construct, a container, that we are given as we grow up. As we mature, we deconstruct our beliefs and then reconstruct them.
We suffer to get well; powerlessness is where we start. We come to Spirit by doing it wrong. This is how we are cracked open, and how we break free from our ego. With our ego in charge, we would rather be ruined than changed.
It's so important to activate joy. Most people confuse joy with pleasure---pleasure is temporary, but joy is a state of being.
This week's talk features the story of the Prodigal Son, a tale of leaving the state of well-being, of moving out of the state of wholeness. From it, we learn that Spirit is always with us, and everything that Spirit has is ours. We can shift from meritocracy to grace, which is inclusive, merciful, and non-punitive. Ultimately, we learn that we can't get there---we can only be there.
Faith requires uncertainty. It requires an intimate, powerful communion with the Divine where doubt is at the heart of the matter.
There is a difference between faith and certainty; there is a difference between faith and fanaticism. Faith requires us to live in the Mystery.
It takes great wisdom, love, compassion, and deep caring to stand in the unknown possibility.
Our Divine right and natural state of being is Freedom and Joy. When we are living in freedom and joy, we are more in alignment with our true nature.
Are we ever lonely? Lonely people have a real difficulty with self-disclosure, communication, and are poor listeners. Yet within all beings, there is a seed of perfection, and compassion is required to activate that seed, which is inherent in our hearts and minds. We must show up completely curious, recognizing the Divinity and One Life in everyone we meet. We must show up completely present and vulnerable. This is intimacy.
Dr. Rev. Sue Rubin, as the first minister of this Centre, speaks about homecoming and the unfolding of a principle.