Ask Yourself This (#2)

from quotes of Anthony DeMello . . . How many activities can you count in your life that you engage in simply because they delight you and grip your soul? You have probably been brainwashed into believing that your work only achieves maximum value if it becomes popular and sells, which means you are back again into the arms and control of people. The value of work, according to society, is not in its being…

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Ask Yourself This (#1)

from quotes of Anthony DeMello . . . How far can transformation go when it is attempted from a state of inner conflict? Take a look at the sad condition when you are often dissatisfied with yourself, often wanting to change yourself. Think of the sad history of your efforts at self-improvement, that either ended in failure or succeeded only at the cost of struggle and pain. Consider how you suffer when you see others…

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Whole and Holy

from The Way to Love by Anthony DeMello . . .  It is not what you do that brings you the holiness that makes you whole. Holiness is not a prize that you can win or a change you can acquire by practicing some technique or a commodity that you can purchase from someone selling it. What matters is not what you do, but what you are and what you become. Holiness comes from within;…

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Every Child has a God Inside

From Awareness by Anthony DeMello . . . The great Scottish educator, A. S. Neill (1883-1973), founded an experimental school called Summerhill which, a hundred years later, is still thriving. Summerhill is an independent British boarding school run as a democratic community based on the principle that school should be made to fit the child, rather than the other way around.  Here is a powerful quote from A.S. Neill: “Every child has a god in him or…

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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 are 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…

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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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