Another Way, A Better Way

From Awareness by Anthony DeMello . . . People keep bumping into life again and again. They still go on sleepwalking. They don’t wake up. Tragically, it doesn’t occurs to them that there may be another way. It doesn’t yet occur to them that there may be a better way. Even if you haven’t been bumped sufficiently by life, even if you haven’t suffered enough, still there is another way to enlightenment for you: It’s…

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How Illusions Crumble

from Awareness by Anthony De Mello . . .  Be aware of your presence wherever you at the moment. Say to yourself, “I am in this room, or I am in this car, or on this train … wherever you are.” Look as if you were outside yourself looking at yourself. Notice a slightly different feeling than if you were focusing on a particular object in the space you now occupy. Ask, “Who is this…

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The Wisdom in Doves, Flowers, Bees & Trees

from The Way to Love by Anthony De Mello . . . Observe the wisdom that operates in doves and in flowers and in bees and trees — that is there everywhere in the whole of Nature. This kind of Nature-wisdom was once in us, which we are only now beginning to rediscover in so- called primitive peoples who, like the dove, are so simple and wise and balanced, moving through life with trust and…

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There is a Loving Force Surrounding You

from The Way to Love by Anthony De Mello . . . Look at the stress, at the anxiety and depression, at the conflict in the hearts of people, inner conflict, outer conflict. Suppose somebody gave you a way of getting rid of all of that? Suppose somebody gave you a way to stop that tremendous drainage of energy, of health, of emotion that comes from these conflicts and confusion. Who wouldn’t want that? There…

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What is Success?

from Awareness by Anthony De Mello . . . Most people are worried about what’s going to happen to their career, like a middle age businessman coming home from his 30-year reunion with business college classmates thinking: Look at my classmates; they’ve really made it. One is president of a corporation; the other has become the Chief Justice; somebody else is a bestselling writer and a hot consultant. They make more money than me and…

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What Can One Do to Attain Happiness?

from Awareness by Anthony De Mello . . . What can one do to attain happiness? There is nothing you or anyone else can do. Why? For the simple reason that you are already happy right now. So how can you acquire what you already have? If that is so, why do you not experience this happiness which is already yours? Because your mind is creating unhappiness all the time. Drop this unhappiness of your…

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The Cause of All Suffering

from Awareness by Anthony De Mello . . . Notice, you’ve got “I” observing “me.” This is an interesting phenomenon that has never ceased to cause wonder to philosophers, mystics, scientists, psychologists, that the “I” can observe “me.” When you’re caught up in labels, you caught up with “me” not “I”. Consider, what value do these labels have, as far as the “I” is concerned? “I” is none of these things. “Me” is all of…

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Go with the Flow

from Awareness by Anthony De Mello . . . Confucius said, “The one who would be constant in happiness must frequently change.” If you want to live in happiness, you have to flow with life, because life is constantly flowing, life is always changing. Of course, we go through life with preferences, but when we don’t let our happiness depend on any one of them, then we’re awake. We’re moving toward wakefulness. Wakefulness, happiness, flow…

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Is Enlightenment Gradual or Sudden?

from Awareness by Anthony DeMello . . . I am sometimes asked, “Is this growing in awareness, this enlightenment a gradual thing, or is it a ‘wham-mo’ type of thing?” There are some lucky people who see this in a flash. They just become aware. There are others who keep growing into it, slowly, gradually, increasingly. They begin to see things. Illusions drop away, fantasies are peeled away, and they start to get in touch…

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The Kingdom of Joy

from The Way to Love by Anthony DeMello . . . To find the kingdom of joy is the easiest thing in the world but also the most difficult. Easy because it is all around you and within you, and all you have to do is reach out and take possession of it. Difficult because if you wish to possess the kingdom you may possess nothing else. That is, you must drop all inward leaning…

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