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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You Don’t Have to Do Anything For Enlightenment

If you take a good look at the way you have been put together and the way you function, you will find that inside your head there is a whole program stamped into you, a set of demands about how the world should be, how you should be, and what you should want. Now, however old you are or wherever you go, your computer goes along with you and is active and operating at each…

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Attachment and Clinging

Look at the society we live in. Look at the heartache it breeds. Look at the loneliness, look at the fear, the confusion, the conflict.  You call that life? Our society is rotten to the core, infected with attachments. What is an attachment? An attachment is an emotional state of clinging caused by the belief that without some particular thing or some person or some result you cannot be happy. You have been programmed to…

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What Do You Have to Do to Get Happiness?

What do you have to do to get happiness? You don’t have to do anything to acquire happiness because happiness cannot be acquired. Do you know why? Because you have it already. How can you acquire what you already have? Uninterrupted happiness is uncaused. True happiness is uncaused. You cannot make me happy. You are not my happiness. You say to the awakened person, “Why are you happy?” and the awakened person replies, “Why not?”…

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Put On a New Mind

All mystics—no matter what the theology and no matter what the religion—are unanimous on one thing: all is well.  Though everything is a mess, all is well. They say you are already happy right now, though you don’t know it.  Strange paradox, to be sure. Tragically, most people never get to see that all is well because they are asleep, even though they don’t know it. They are having a nightmare. They don’t understand the loveliness and the…

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Stop Fixing Yourself; You’re OK.

All the saints and mystics tell you that the Kingdom of Joy is here, that it is within you and surrounding you, that it is  the reality you have always lived in unsuspectingly.  People have a vague idea as to what this experience might be.  They have read books and consulted gurus in an attempt to find out what they must do to rediscover this elusive state called Holiness or Spirituality. They pick up all…

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