American Spiritual Teacher, Author and Philosopher
"Detection of inner negativity is not a negative act. But a courageously positive act that makes you a new person."
"How would you feel if you had no fear? Feel like that. How would you behave toward other people if you realized their powerlessness to hurt you? Behave like that. How would your react to so-called misfortune if you saw its inability to bother you? React like that. How would you think toward yourself if you knew you were really all right? Think like that."
"A perfect method for awakening is to examine the results of our daily actions. If they are harmful, we know we need more consciousness."
"A man understands why his life unfolds as it does by understanding the operations of his own nature."
"A cheery relaxation is man’s natural state, just as nature itself is relaxed. A waterfall is concerned only with being itself, not with doing something it considers waterfall-like."
"A rescuing idea is one that disagrees with your habitual nature but which agrees with Truth."
"A truly strong person does not need the approval of others any more than a lion needs the approval of sheep."
"A person obsessed with the need to be happy will never be so. The obsession is the obstruction. He does not really seek happiness, rather he seeks for a condition which matches his personal idea regarding the nature of happiness. But happiness is not a mere idea, for one idea will always have competition from another idea. This is why the unhappy man chases forever from one attraction to another. Happiness will come when he stops chasing, that is, when he stops thinking that an idea about happiness is the same as happiness. A man enjoying the sunshine does so without analyzing it."
"Aloneness is a wise teacher. Kierkegaard remarked that one sign of spiritual maturity was the ability to be comfortable when alone."
"Admiration is a terrible thing. It is division. The idea stands between you and the good life."
"All forms of self-defeating behavior are unseen and unconscious, which is why their existence is denied."
"All troubled people, which is all people, must if they are going to be delivered from themselves, must make the concession that there is a force, an entity, a power that is higher than their own present nature."
"All we have to do is to receive what we are given...We are given the naturalness to love someone, to be calm in crisis, to ignore self-defeating suggestions, to be pleasant, forgiving, tender, helpful, unworried, brave, energetic."
"An anxious young fish swam over to ask his father, I have heard of the ocean, but cannot find it. What and where is the ocean? His father replied, Stop distracting yourself with worry about the ocean and you will find it. We are in truth, already One with the universe and with ourselves, but an anxious mind prevents self-realization."
"An obvious fact about negative feelings is often overlooked. They are caused by us not by exterior happenings. An outside event presents the challenge but we react to it. So we must attend to the way we take things not to the things themselves."
"Any unpleasant fact about yourself you can bear to face can be eliminated as a fact about yourself. Any unpleasant fact about yourself you cannot bear to face will continue to be a fact about yourself."
"Anytime you are unhappy, instantly realize it is a wrong thought which is unhappy, not the essential you."
"Astonishingly, if you will have absolutely nothing to do with suffering, suffering will have nothing to do with you."
"Authentic self-command is a natural result of self-knowledge. Whoever knows himself commands himself, and does so effortlessly."
"Be true to your original nature and you make every circumstance a right circumstance as far as you are concerned."
"Bitterness is the outcome of a wrong mental movement - the attempt to force external events to conform to internal fantasy. The cure is to see fantasy as fantasy, which will reveal it as neither necessary nor rewarding."