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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The Cause of All Suffering

from Awareness by Anthony De Mello . . . Notice, you’ve got “I” observing “me.” This is an interesting phenomenon that has never ceased to cause wonder to philosophers, mystics, scientists, psychologists, that the “I” can observe “me.” When you’re caught up in labels, you’re caught up with “me” not “I”. Consider, what value do these labels have, as far as the “I” is concerned? “I” is none of these things. “Me” is all of…

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Go with the Flow

from Awareness by Anthony De Mello . . . Confucius said, “The one who would be constant in happiness must frequently change.” If you want to live in happiness, you have to flow with life, because life is constantly flowing, life is always changing. Of course, we go through life with preferences, but when we don’t let our happiness depend on any one of them, then we’re awake. We’re moving toward wakefulness. Wakefulness, happiness, flow…

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Is Enlightenment Gradual or Sudden?

from Awareness by Anthony DeMello . . . I am sometimes asked, “Is this growing in awareness, this enlightenment a gradual thing, or is it a ‘wham-mo’ type of thing?” There are some lucky people who see this in a flash. They just become aware. There are others who keep growing into it, slowly, gradually, increasingly. They begin to see things. Illusions drop away, fantasies are peeled away, and they start to get in touch…

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