Immeasurable Wealth

from Rediscovering Life by Anthony DeMello Sometimes a story says more than a whole day’s lecture because it speaks to the depths within us. I want to tell you one of my favorite stories that speaks to the depth of me. It has to do with true happiness. It is a story of a villager in India who happens upon a sannyasi. A sannyasi is the wandering mendicant, who having attained enlightenment, understands that the…

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Consider Your Sad Condition

From The Way to Love by Anthony DeMello . . . Consider your sad condition. You are always dissatisfied with yourself, always wanting to change yourself. So, you are full of violence and self-intolerance which only grows with every effort that you make to change yourself. So, any change you achieve is always accompanied by inner conflict. And you suffer when you see others achieve what you have not and become what you are not. Would you…

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What We Call Happiness is Not Happiness

From The Way to Love by Anthony DeMello . . . What we call the experience of happiness is not happiness at all but the excitement and thrill caused by some person or thing or event. True happiness is un-caused. You are happy for no reason at all. And true happiness cannot be experienced. It is not within the realm of consciousness. It is un-self-consciousness. Spend some time in becoming aware of the fact that all the…

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Paranoid Runs Deep

From The Way to Love by Anthony DeMello . . . Each time you are anxious and afraid, it is because you may lose or fail to get the object of your attachment, isn’t it? And each time you feel jealous, isn’t it because someone may make off with what you are attached to? And almost all your anger comes from someone standing in the way of your attachment, doesn’t it? And see how paranoid you become…

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Short Cut to Inner Peace

from The Way to God for Today by Anthony DeMello . . . There is no formula for instant peace. You must make the time to cultivate peace.  But some of you might be thinking, “I don’t have the time to give to it.” For those of you who think this way, I suggest trying a simple practice for quieting the mind that you can do while driving your car.  As you drive along, simply…

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Take This Into the New Year

from Awareness by Anthony DeMello . . . Happy new year from the DeMello Spirituality Center. Here are a few items that belong on your new year’s list of resolution for 2020. To live an aware life. We live mechanical lives, generated from automatic thoughts and emotions in reaction to whatever the outside world is doing or not doing at the moment.  A mechanical life is perpetually focused on what is happening out there and…

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Peace is Found in Yes

from A way to God for Today by Anthony DeMello . . . The vast majority of what causes your peace of mind to be swept away are situations that you cannot change or do not control Meditation and prayer can help build the power to sustain inner peace in spite of these difficulties, but not everyone has the patience or the perseverance for such practices. For those people, I suggest two simple spiritual exercises…

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God Dances the World

from A Way to God for Today by Anthony DeMello . . . If you ever come to union with God, you must pass through silence.  Any way to God must be a way through silence. Silence means going beyond words and thoughts. The first thing you need to do to attain the silence that reaches God is to realize that your ideas of God are all inadequate. God isn’t anything like you think or…

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Turning Desires Into Preferences

From Awareness by Anthony DeMello . . . Do not suppress desire, because then you would become lifeless. You’d be without energy and that would be terrible. Desire in the healthy sense of the word is energy, and the more energy we have, the better. But don’t suppress desire, understand it. Understand it. Don’t seek to fulfill desire so much as to understand desire. And don’t just renounce the objects of your desire, understand them; see them…

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Mended, Not Healed

From Awareness by Anthony DeMello . . . Most people tell you they want to heal but what they really want is to mend their broken toys. “Give me back my wife. Give me back my job. Give me back my money. Give me back my reputation, my success.” This is what they want; they want their toys replaced. That’s all. Even the best psychologist will tell you that, that people don’t really want to be healed….

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