The Happy Part of Happy Thanksgiving

One hears mystics speak of a divinity all around us that is within our grasp, a kingdom of joy that would make our lives meaningful and beautiful and rich, if we could only discover it.  All mystics —Catholic, Protestants, Jews, Muslims, Buddhists— no matter what their theology, no matter what their religion—are unanimous on one thing: that all is well, all is well. Though everything is a mess, all is well. Strange paradox, to be…

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How to Prepare for the Holidays

I have said that it’s not the people around us who have upset us, and that it’s not ourselves, but it’s our programming. And so you may ask, is it not the people who were around us who have programmed us when we were young? Yes, they did. But they didn’t set out with any malice to do this to us. They’re the victims of what other people have done to them. Again and again, people come…

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The Three Decisive Filters

The mystics keep trying to tell us that reality is all right. The upset is in you, not in reality. Reality is not problematic. Problems exist only in the human mind. We might add: in the stupid, programmed conditioned sleeping mind. Reality is not problematic, but most people are not ready to hear that.  What decides what will finally make its way to your conscious mind from all the material that is pouring in from…

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The Profound Gain from Not Clinging

Anyone who stops clinging to father, mother, wife, children, land, houses, things is repaid a hundred times over and gains eternal life. Then you will so easily take leave of your possessions, that is, you will stop clinging, and you will have destroyed clinging’s capacity to hurt you. Then, at last, you will experience that mysterious state that cannot be described or uttered—the state of abiding happiness and peace called the Kingdom of Joy. Finding the…

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What Do You Have to Do to Acquire Happiness?

What do you have to do to acquire happiness?  You don’t have to do anything to acquire happiness because happiness cannot be acquired.  Why? Because you have it already. How can you acquire what you already have?  Uninterrupted happiness is  uncaused. True happiness is uncaused. No person or thing makes you happy. Happiness is your natural state.  Happiness is the natural state of little children to whom the kingdom belongs until they have been polluted…

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Think of Someone You Dislike and Avoid

Think of someone you dislike someone you generally avoid because his/ her presence generates negative feelings in you. Imagine yourself in this person’s presence now and watch the negative emotions arise . . . you are, quite conceivably, in the presence of someone who is poor, crippled, blind, or lame. Now understand that if you invite this person, this beggar from the streets and alleys into your home, that is, into your presence, he/ she…

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