The journey of the soul is the experience of the mystery of life. What is it that cracks us open? That allows us to have a soulful experience? Do we know where we are going? What our purpose might ultimately be? It is our task as a human being to find out. We can only find it by becoming deeply connected to our own soul.
We begin the study of Panache Desai's book Discovering Your Soul Signature. The first seven areas of discovery are fear, sadness, anger, guilt, shame, self-judgement, and patterns. Although we may not want to look at some of those, understanding them leads to our growth.
What is our soul? Our soul is the I AM. Our soul can inform our thoughts, but if we never let it do that, we are building our life on our egoic nature, with no foundation.
I am certain of nothing but the holiness of the heart's affections and the truth of the imagination. -- John Keats
We experience extraordinary results in our lives when we focus on one thing. What's the one thing we can do, such that by doing it, everything else will become easier or unnecessary?
Gary Keller, the author of The One Thing, says, "People do not decide their futures. They decide their habits and their habits decide their futures." Our purpose informs our priorities and our priorities inform our productivity. Successful people are highly productive, in harmony with their priorities and purpose.
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.