The Way to Love ~ Week Two (Excerpts from the 'Way to Love' book)

"What will it profit a man, to gain the whole world, if he loses his life".

Recall the kind of feeling you get when someone praises you, when you are approved accepted, applauded. And contrast that with the kind of feeling that arises within you when you look at the sunset or the sunrise or Nature in general or read a book or watch a movie you thoroughly enjoy.

Attempt to understand the true nature of worldly feelings, namely, the feelings of self promotion, self-glorification. They are not natural, they were invented by your society and culture to make you productive and to make you controllable. These feelings do not produce the nourishment and happiness that is produced when one contemplates Nature or enjoys the company of one's friends or one's work.

A group of tourists sits in a bus that is passing through gorgeously beautiful country....The shades of the bus are pulled down....All the time of their journey is spent in squabbling over who will have the seat of honor in the bus, who will be applauded, who will be well considered.

"If anyone comes to me and does not hate father, mother, wife, children, brothers and sisters, even his own life, he cannot be my disciple".

If you are not happy , you have been trained to blame yourself, not your programming, not your cultural and inherited ideas and beliefs....What are these false beliefs that block you from happiness:

1. You cannot be happy without the things that you are attached to and that you consider so precious.

2. Happiness is in the future.

3. Happiness will come if you manage to change the situation you are in and the people around you.

4. If all your desires are fulfilled you will be happy.

Most people are so brainwashed that they do not even realize how unhappy they are—like the man in a dream who has no idea he is dreaming.... Understand your nightmare for what it is and it will stop; then you will wake up to reality.

About Anthony de Mello

Most people, Anthony de Mello maintained, are asleep. They need to wake up, open up their eyes, see what is real, both inside and outside of themselves. The greatest human gift is to be aware, to be in touch with oneself, one's body, mind, feelings, thoughts, sensations. Read more...