Posts Tagged ‘Magic’

You have to take risks, he said. We will only understand the miracle of life fully when we allow the unexpected to happen.

Every day, God gives us the sun — and also one moment in which we have the ability to change everything that makes us unhappy. Every day, we try to pretend that we haven’t perceived that moment, that it doesn’t exist—that today is the same as yesterday and will be the same as tomorrow. But if people really pay attention to their everyday lives, they will discover that magic moment. It may arrive in the instant when we are doing something mundane, like putting our front-door key in the lock; it may lie hidden in the quiet that follows the lunch hour or in the thousand and one things that all seem the same to us. But that moment exists—a moment when all the power of the stars becomes a part of us and enables us to perform miracles.

Joy is sometimes a blessing, but it is often a conquest. Our magic moment helps us to change and sends us off in search of our dreams. Yes, we are going to suffer, we will have difficult times, and we will experience many disappointments — but all of this is transitory; it leaves no permanent mark. And one day we will look back with pride and faith at the journey we have taken.

Pitiful is the person who is afraid of taking risks. Perhaps this person will never be disappointed or disillusioned; perhaps she won’t suffer the way people do when they havea dream to follow. But when that person looks back — and at some point everyone looks back — she will hear her heart saying, “What have you done with the miracles that God planted in your days? What have you done with the talents God bestowed on you? You buried yourself in a cave because you were fearful of losing those talents. So this is your heritage: the certainty that you wasted your life.”

Pitiful are the people who must realize this. Because when they are finally able to believe in miracles, their life’s magic moments will have already passed them by.

Sometimes an uncontrollable feeling of sadness grips us, he said. We recognize that the magic moment of the day has passed and that we’ve done nothing about it. Life begins to conceal its magic and its art.

We have to listen to the child we once were, the child who still exists inside us. That child understands magic moments. We can stifle its cries, but we cannot silence its voice.

The child we once were is still there. Blessed are the children, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.

If we are not reborn — if we cannot learn to look at life with the innocence and the enthusiasm of childhood — it makes no sense to go on living.

There are many ways to commit suicide. Those who try to kill the body violate God’s law. Those who try to kill the soul also violate God’s law, even though their crime is less visible to others.

We have to pay attention to what the child in our heart tells us. We should not be embarrassed by this child. We must not allow this child to be scared because the child is alone and is almost never heard.

We must allow the child to take the reins of our lives. The child knows that each day is different from every other day.

We have to allow it to feel loved again. We must please this child — even if this means that we act in ways we are not used to, in ways that may seem foolish to others.

Remember that human wisdom is madness in the eyes of God. But if we listen to the child who lives in our soul, our eyes will grow bright. If we do not lose contact with that child, we will not lose contact with life.

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Once there lived a village of creatures along the bottom of a great crystal river. The current of the river swept silently over them all -young and old, rich and poor, good and evil, the current going its own way, knowing only its own crystal self.

Each creature in its own manner clung tightly to the twigs and rocks of the river bottom, for clinging was their way of life, and resisting the current what each had learned from birth. But one creature said at last, “I am tired of clinging. Though I cannot see it with my eyes, I trust that the current knows where it is going. I shall let go, and let it take me where it will. Clinging, I shall die of boredom.”

The other creatures laughed and said, “Fool! Let go, and that current you worship will throw you tumbled and smashed across the rocks and you will die quicker than boredom!” But the one heeded them not, and taking a breath did let go, and at once was tumbled and smashed by the current across the rocks.

Yet in time, as the creature refused to cling again, the current lifted him free from the bottom, and he was bruised and hurt no more. And the creatures downstream, to whom he was a stranger, cried, “See a miracle! A creature like ourselves, yet he flies! See the Messiah, come to save us all!”

And the one carried in the current said, “I am no more Messiah than you. The river delights to lift us free, if only we dare let go. Our true work is this voyage, this adventure.” But they cried the more, “Savior!” all the while clinging to the rocks, and when they looked again he was gone, and they were left alone making legends of a Savior.

[Quotes from Messiah’s Handbook: Reminders for the Advance Soul]

  • The Master believed that it is well for any man to think upon himself as a son of God, and as he believed, so it was…
  • Within each of us lies the power of our consent to health and to sickness, to riches and to poverty, to freedom and to slavery. It is we who control these, and not another.
  • If a man told God that he wanted most of all to help the suffering of the world, no matter the price to himself, and God answered and told him what he must do, should the man do as he is told?
    • If God spoke directly to you face and said, “I command that you be happy in the world, as long as you live.” What would you do then.?
    • In the path of our happiness shall we find the learning for which we have chosen this lifetime.
  • The only learning that’s mattered is what I got on my own, doing what I want to do.
  • We are all sons of God, or children of the Is, or ideas of the Mind, or whatever else you want to say it.
  • There is no problem so big that it cannot be run away from.

Learning is finding out what you already know. Doing is demonstrating that you know it. Teaching is reminding others that they know just as well as you know. You are all learners, doers, teachers.

You only obligation in any lifetime is to be true to yourself. Being true to anyone else or anything else is not only impossible, but the mark of fake Messiah.

The simplest questions are the most profound. Where were you born? Where is your home? Where are you going? What are you doing? Think about these once in a while, and watch your answers change.

Your friends will know you better in the first minute you meet than your acquaintances will know you in a thousand years.

You are led through your lifetime by the inner learning creature, the playful spiritual being that is your real self. Don’t turn away from possible futures before you’re certain you don’t have anything to learn from them. You’re always free to change your mind and choose a different future, or a different past.

  • Believe you know all answers, and you know all answers. Believe you’re a master, and you are.

There is no such thing as a problem without a gift in its hands. You seek problems because you need their gifts.

  • A person gets used to being alone, but break it just for a day and you have to get used to it again, all over from the beginning.

The bond that links your true family is not one of blood, but of respect and joy in each other’s life. Rarely do members of one family grow up under the same roof.

  • There are no adventures when you know that you can’t be troubled by any thing on this earth.

Argue for your limitations, and sure enough, they’re yours. (you get to keep them)

  • Just give up all your inhibitions and all your beliefs that you can’t play. Touch the thing as though it was part of your life, which it is, in some alternate lifetime. Know that it’s all right for you to play it well, and let your nonconscious self take over your fingers and play.
  • People see films for fun or for learning or for both together.
    • A movie is like a lifetime…
    • We are game-playing, fun-having creatures, we are the otters of the universe. We cannot die, we cannot hurt ourselves any more than illusions on the screen can be hurt. But we can believe we’re hurt,  in whatever agonizing detail we want. We can believe we’re victims, killed and killing, shuddered around by good luck and bad luck.
  • …any illusions requires space and time to be experienced.

Imagine the universe beautiful and just and perfect. Then be sure of one thing: the Is has imagined it quite a bit better than you have.

  • …if you really want to remove a cloud from your life, you do not make a big production out of it, you just relax and remove it from your thinking. That’s all there is to it.

A cloud does not know why it moves in just such a direction and at such a speed. It feels an impulsion…this is the place to go now. But the sky knows the reasons and the patterns behind all clouds, and you will know, too, when you lift yourself high enough to see beyond horizons.

You are never given a wish without also being given the power to make it true. You may have to work for it, however.

  • It is easy to forget our times of knowing, to think they’ve been dreams or old miracles, one time. Nothing good is a miracle, nothing lovely is a dream.
  • The image is a dream. The beauty is real.

The original sin is to limit the Is. Don’t.

  • We all live in different worlds because of the choices we make.
  • I was the more fierce because I was scared.
  • We are all. Free. To do. Whatever. We want. To do.
    • We choose, ourselves, to be hurt or not to be hurt, no matter what. Us who decides. Nobody else.
    • It goes on and on, choices, choices.

Every person, all the events of your life are there because you have drawn them there. What you choose to do with them is up to you.

  • Cosmic law: like attracts like.
    • We can attract whatever we want to attract. A magnet is not anxious about how it works. It is itself, and by its nature it draws some things and leaves others untouched.
    • Just be who you are, calm and clear and bright. Automatically, as we shine who we are, asking ourselves every minute is this what I really what to do, doing it only when we answer yes, automatically that turns away those who have nothing to learn from who we are and attracts those who do, and from whom we have to learn, as well.
  • The world is your imagination…Where your thinking is, there is your experience; as a man thinks, so is he…
    • To bring anything into your life, imagine that it’s already there.

The truth you speak has no past and no future. It is, and that’s all it needs to be.

On being responsible to others, to the world.

  1. I do not exist to impress the world. I exist to live my life in a way that will make me happy.
  2. Everybody else is free to do whatever they feel like doing, for a living.
  3. Responsible is Able to Respond, able to answer for the way we choose to live. There’s only one person we have to answer to, of course, an that is ourselves.
  • …I allow the world to live as it chooses, and I allow me to live as I choose.
  • Spoken life a true messiah! Simple, direct, quotable, and it doesn’t answer the question unless somebody takes the time to think carefully about it.
  • I do unto others as I would have them do unto me…Do unto others as they want to be done to…We can’t know how anybody but ourselves wants to be done to. What the Rule means, and how we apply it honestly, is this: Do unto others as you truly feel like doing unto others.

Here is a test to find whether your mission on earth is finished: If you’re alive, it isn’t.

  • No one can stop us from doing what we want to do…
  • The people who work for a living are doing what they most want to do, just as much as the people who play for a living…
  • It’s OK if the world is destroyed. There a thousand million other worlds for us to create and choose from. As long as people want planets, there will be planets to live on.
  • We see just one little fleck of the whole that is life, and that one fleck is fake. Everything balances, and nobody suffers and nobody dies without their consent. Nobody does what they don’t want to do. There is no good and there is no evil, out side of what makes us happy and what makes us unhappy.
  • Anybody who’s ever mattered, anybody who’s ever been happy, anybody who’s ever given any gift into the world has been a divinely selfish soul, living for his own best interest. No exceptions.

In order to live free and happily, you must sacrifice boredom. It is not always an easy sacrifice.

  • We’re all fakes on this whole world, we’re all pretending to be something that we’re not. We are not bodies walking around, we are not atoms and molecules, we are unkillable undestroyable ideas of the Is, no matter how much we believe otherwise…

Don’t be dismayed at good-byes. A farewell is necessary before you can meet again. And meeting again, after moments or lifetimes, is certain for those who are friends.

  • You said that depending on people to care about what I say is depending on somebody else for my happiness. That’s what I came here to learn: it doesn’t matter whether I communicate or not. I chose this whole lifetime to share with anybody the way the world is put together, and I might as well have chosen it to say nothing at all. The Is doesn’t need me to tell anybody how it works.

The mark of your ignorance is the depth of your belief in injustice and tragedy. What the caterpillar calls the end of the world, the master calls a butterfly.

  • This is a dream. It’s a different space-time and any different space-time is a dream for a good sane earthling, which you are going to be for a while yet. But you will remember, and that will change your thinking and your life.
  • …don’t be flustered or saddened by appearances.
  • Dying is like diving into a deep lake on a hot day. There’s the shock of that sharp cold change, the pain of it for a second, and then accepting is a swim in reality. But after so many times, even the shock wears off.
  • Only a few people are interested in what you have to say, but that’s all right. You don’t tell the quality of a master by the size of his crowds, remember.
  • If I’ve learned nothing else from the following story, I’ve learned that the gift of life is not to be taken for granted. Nothing is mundane; it is all a miracle.

When a student is ready, the teacher will appear.

  • You travel to breathtaking places – the kinds of places tourists dream of seeing – but you are not a tourist. You’re a mochilero, a drifter, and there’s a big difference…You make your own plans, every day full of surprises.
  • Every nomad knows the feeling: longing for every place he must leave mingled with anticipation of a new destination, always certain that the next place will be even better, even lovelier.
  • A man of action does whatever he must, isn’t afraid, and doesn’t worry.
  • …suddenly I was back in the jungle, where one discovers the darkness in one’s heart.
  • …I clearly discern that I am standing on a living planet…I realize just by looking up to the sky that I am part of something infinite, and I feel infinitely grateful for life.
  • …sometimes the extraordinary can be seen by the naked eye, allowing a quick glimpse into the miraculous.
  • Overwhelmed and puzzled, the mind rushes in like a fool, desperately trying to make sense of it all. But how can we understand what cannot be grasped by the senses?
  • And when we cannot fully understand the significance of something, when we cannot validate the total experience with the senses – can’t see, can’t taste, can’t smell, can’t touch, can’t hear, and cannot conceive – we are left with a choice: to deny or to believe.
    • I do not deny and I do not believe; I simply know miracles to be part of the world I live in.
  • If you are just a dreamer without being a fool, you will never leave home and risk losing everything you own – your assets, your ideals, your image. And what if it is all in vain and there is nothing to find? Only the fool can take such risk. I was that fool, for the dream was bigger than everything I risked. And I’ve lost it all time and again, and through those experiences, I have found what I truly own, for all that can be taken from me is not mine to begin with.
  • Fear will show you the way; walk steadily toward it…Have trust and faith to guide you like a torch piercing darkness. Do not believe and do not deny, but find out for yourself – for there is no truth but the one you have earned in your own experience.

Brida by Paulo Coelho

Posted: May 6, 2010 in Book Notes
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Magic & Mystery

  • Magic is a bridge between the visible world and the invisible world – to learn lessons of both those worlds.
    • Everyone has their own way – discover your own way of crossing it.
  • Magic speaks all the languages of the human heart.
  • Look at the world around you and try to see and understand as much as you can. The Tradition of the Sun is constantly revealing eternal knowledge to each individual.
    • The Tradition of the Sun was the path of all men, and it was there so that it could be deciphered by anyone who knew how to pray and be patient and who wanted to learn what it had to teach.
  • The Tradition of the Sun kept its knowledge alive through the impulse of Creation.
  • That’s the great problem with anyone wanting to study magic – When we set out on the path, we always have a fairly clear idea of what we hope to find. Women are generally seeking their Soulmate, and men are looking for Power. Neither party is really interested in learning. They simply want to reach the thing they have set as their goal.
    • But the path of magic – like path of life – is and always will be the path of Mystery.
    • Learning something means coming into contact with a world a world of which you know nothing. In order to learn, you must be humble.
    • When you were spreading the cards, you always has a preconceived idea of what might happen. You never let the cards tell their own story; you were trying to make them confirm what you imagined you know.
  • Magical places are always beautiful and deserve to be contemplated. Waterfalls, mountains and forests are all places where the spirits of Earth tend to play and laugh and speak to us.
    • Always stay on the bridge between the visible and invisible.
  • People are afraid to discover that life was magical.
    • They are used to their houses, their jobs, their expectations, and if someone turned up saying that it was possible to travel in time, that it was possible to see castles adrift in the Universe, tarot cards that told stories, men who walked through the dark night, people who had never experienced such things would feel that life had cheated them.
    • Life, as far as they were concerned, was the same every day, every night, every weekend.
  • In magic, living is more important than understanding.
    • Trying to explain your emotions is the best way to destroy the bridge between visible and the invisible.
    • Emotions are like wild horses, and reason could never entirely master them – only wisdom can control them.
  • We have extraordinary experiences, but we try to convince ourselves that it was the mere product of our imagination.
  • Women could learn witchcraft more quickly than men, because each month, they experienced in their own bodies the complete cycle of nature: birth, life and death, ‘the Cycle of the Moon’.
  • When you set off along the path of magic, the first thing you do is surrender yourself to a greater power, for you will encounter things that you will never understand.
    • Nothing will behave in the logical way you have come to expect.
    • You will understand things only with your heart, and that can be a little frightening.
    • For a long time, the journey will seem like a Dark Night, but then any search is an act of faith.
    • God appreciates our act of faith, and takes our hand and guides us through the Mystery.

Faith

  • Every moment in life is an act of faith.
    • For us each day is a dark night. None of us knows what might happen even the next minute, and yet still we go forwards. Because we trust. Because we have Faith.
    • We just don’t see the mystery contained in the next second.
    • Miracles couldn’t be explained either, but they existed for those who believed in them.
    • Faith cannot be explained – only choose to accept it or not.
  • Having the courage to take the steps we always wanted to take is the only way of showing that we trust in God.
    • The greatest thing a human being can do is to accept the Mystery.
    • We don’t look for an answer, we accept, and then life becomes much more intense, much more brilliant, because we understand that each minute, each step that we take, has a meaning that goes far beyond us as individuals.
    • We realize that somewhere in time and space this question does have an answer. We realize that there is a reason for us being here, and for us, that is enough.
    • We plunge into the Dark Night with faith, we fulfill what the ancient alchemist used to call our Personal Legend and we surrender ourselves fully to each moment, knowing that there is always a hand to guide us, and whether we accept or not is entirely up to us.

Soulmate

  • In certain reincarnations, we divide into two. Our souls divide as do crystals and stars, cells and plants.
  • As well as dividing into two, we also find ourselves. And that process of finding ourselves is called Love. Because when a soul divides, it always divides into a male part and a female part.
    • Book of Genesis: The soul of Adam was split in two, and Eve was born out of him.
    • Human beings are all interlinked, like the cards in this deck.
    • In each life, we feel a mysterious obligation to find at least one of those Soulmates. The Greater Love that separated them feels please with the Love that brings them together again.
    • You could tell your Soulmate by the light in their eyes.
    • Above all, we are responsible for reencountering, at least once in every incarnation, the Soulmate who is sure to cross our path. Even if it is only for a matter of moments, because those moments bring with them a Love so intense that it justifies the rest of our days.
  • The essence of Creation is one and one alone. And that essence is called Love. Love is the force that brings us back together, in order to condense the experience dispersed in many lives and many parts of the world.
  • The whole of man’s life on the face of Earth can be summed up by that search for his Soulmate.
  • With the exception of a few creatures who are descended from the angels – and who need solitude in order to encounter God – the rest of humanity will only achieve Union with God if, at some point, at some moment in their life, they manage to commune with their Soulmate.
  • The more you understand yourself, the more you will understand the world. And the closer your will be to your Soulmate.
  • At some point in our lives, we all meet our Soulmate and recognize him or her.
  • True love allow each person to follow their own path, knowing that they would never lose touch with their Soulmate.
  • Anything you do can lead you to the Supreme Wisdom, as long as you work with love in your heart.

Love

  • Love was the only bridge between the visible and the invisible known to everyone. It was the only effective language for translating the lessons of the Universe taught to human beings every day.
    • People worked hard and honestly, they feared God, and they tried to help their fellow man. They did all these things because they had known love. Their lives had a reason, they could understand without ever having heard of things like the Tradition of the Sun and the Tradition of the Moon.
    • People had been trying to understand the universe through love ever since the beginning of time.
  • When you are in love, you are capable of learning everything and of knowing things you had never dared event to think, because love was the key to understanding of all the mysteries.
  • Love is a feeling completely bound up with color, life thousands of rainbows superimposed one on top of the other.
  • Problems of the heart always bruised the soul…
  • …in the days when she was still hoping to meet someone and be swept up in some whirlwind romance that would put a stop to the endless identical days.
  • Because suddenly the whole world fitted into my village. Love became my explanation for life.
  • Love does not grow old with the body.
    • Feelings from part of a world I don’t know, but it’s world where there’s no time, no space, no frontiers.
  • She needed love and understanding, because she, too, knew stories she could tell no one.
  • I am afraid of love, because it involves things that are beyond our understanding; it sheds such a brilliant light, but the shadow it casts frightens me.
  • When two men are in love with the same woman, it’s better that they hate each other than that they become friends. Because, if that happened, she would end up losing them both.
  • The best way to immerse oneself in God is through love.
  • People give flowers as presents because flowers contain the true meaning of Love. Anyone who tries to possess a flower will have to watch its beauty fading. But if you simply look at a flower in a field, you will keep it forever, because the flower is part of the evening, and the sunset and the smell of damp earth and the clouds on the horizon.
  • That is what the forest taught me. That you will never be mine, and that is why I will never lose you. You were my hope during my days of loneliness, my anxiety during moments of doubt, my certainty during moments of faith.
    • I will always remember you, and you will remember me, just as we will remember the evening, the rain on the windows, and all the things we’ll always have because we cannot possess them.
  • Love is liberty.

Have the Courage to Follow Your Path

  • You need to have sufficient courage to make mistakes.
    • Disappointment, defeat and despair are the tools God uses to show us the way.
  • By always giving up when she had only just started, she had exhausted all possible paths without even taking a single step.
  • Sometimes we set off down a path simply because we don’t believe in it.
    • People spend their whole life destroying paths they didn’t even want to follow, instead of following the one path that would lead them somewhere.
  • It isn’t explanations that carry us forward, it’s our desire to go on.
    • Immigrant workers believe that their efforts will be rewarded and that one day they’ll understand what happened along the way which, at the time, seemed so very frightening.
  • She wanted to follow all possible paths and so ended up following none.
  • You have to take risks, follow some paths and abandon others.
  • The search is as interesting as actually finding what you are looking for.
  • Never stop having doubts.
    • If you ever do, it will be because you’ve stopped moving forward.
    • One the other hand, you must be careful never to allow doubt to paralyze you.
    • Always take the decisions you need to take, even if you are not sure you are doing the right thing.
  • Play your part and don’t worry about what others do.
    • Believe that God also speaks to them, and that they are as engaged as you are in discovering the meaning of life.
  • Being human means having doubts and yet still continuing on your path.
  • Life is about making mistakes – Cells went on reproducing themselves in exactly the same way for millions of years, until one of them made a mistake, and introduced change into that endless cycle of repetition.
  • It was a mistake that set the Universe in motion – Never be afraid of making a mistake.
    • God knew what he was doing when he drew Adam and Eve’s attention to the tree of the Knowledge of Good and Evil. If he hadn’t wanted them to eat it, he would never have mentioned it.

Sex

  • Both men and women are extremely vulnerable to the force of sex, because, during sex, pleasure and fear are present in equal measure.
    • Because anyone who comes into contact with sex knows that they’re dealing with something which only happens in all its intensity when they lose control. When we are in bed with someone, we are giving permission to that person not only to commune with our body, but with our whole being. The pure forces of life are in communication with each other, independently of us, and then we cannot hide who we are.
  • Our relationships with the world come through our five senses. Plunging into the world of magic means discovering other unknown senses, and sex propels us towards one of those doors.
    • At the moment of orgasm, the five senses vanish, and you enter the world of magic; you can no longer see, hear, taste, touch or smell. During those long seconds everything disappears, to be replaced by ecstasy.
  • When male knowledge joins with female transformation, then the great magical union is created, and its name is Wisdom – both to know and to transform.

Other Topics

  • All roads lead to Rome.
    • Gift could be awoken anywhere.
  • To build or to plant?
    • The builders might take years over their tasks, but one day, they finish what they’re doing. Then they find they’re hemmed in by their own walls. Life loses its meaning when the building stops.
    • The gardeners endure storms and all the many vicissitudes of the seasons, and they rarely rest. But, unlike the builders, a garden never stops growing. And while it requires the gardener’s constant attention, it also allows life for the gardener to be a great adventure.
  • …even if she was still very young and fascinated by the things and the people of this world.
  • There is a big different between danger and fear.
    • The night is just a part of the day.
  • Tarot Card – its author, knowing that humanity learned more easily from vice than from virtue, had arranged for this sacred book to be transmitted across the generations in the form of a game. The deck was an invention of the gods.
  • We study what we can see, but what we see is not always what exists.
    • Many of those stars have already died, and yet their light still fills the Universe. Other stars were born far away, and their light has not yet reached us.
  • Everything in the Universe has life, and you must always try to stay in contact with that life. It understands your language. And the world will begin to take on a different meaning for you.
  • This is how the Tradition survives, because people are willing to die for an idea.
  • The soldiers know they could die at any moment, and that’s why, for them, life is one long celebration.
    • Only warriors choose how they will die.
  • God manifests himself in everything, but the word is one of his most favored methods of doing so, because the word is thought transformed into vibration; you are projecting into the air around you something which, before, was only energy. Take great care with everything you say.
  • Some doctors study their patiently very coolly and objectively, more interested in nothing down the symptoms than in understanding the pain and suffering caused by those symptoms.
  • Nothing in the world is ever completely wrong, even a stopped clock is right twice a day.
  • You concern too much with other people – they are mirrors of yourself.
  • The Force of God is always diffused, like Light. When you give off positive vibrations, you benefit all humankind, but when you concentrate the force of the messenger, you are only benefiting – or harming – yourself.
  • Ordinary people carry millennia of disappointment with them, and they can no longer learn certain things though the simple things of life.
  • The candle, according to the Tradition of the Moon, was the symbol of the four elements, and contained within itself the earth of the wick, the water of the paraffin, the fire that burned and the air that allowed the fire to burn.
  • We are responsible for the Universe, because we are the Universe.
  • God placed his pharmacy in the woods and fields, so that everyone could enjoy good health.
  • May she bless us because we are women and live in a world in which men love and understand us more and more. Yet still we bear our bodies the marks of past lives, and those marks still hurt.
  • In order not to suffer, you have to renounce life. It is like putting out your own eyes in order not to see the bad things in life.
  • What is outside is harder to change than what is inside.
    • Only now, when she was considering changing on the outside, could she realize how much she had changed inside.
  • God has a special fondness for shepherds. They are people accustomed to nature, silence, patience. They possess all the necessary virtue to commune with the Universe.
  • Solitary people lose track of time, the hours are long and the days interminable.
  • I felt necessary, and that’s the best feeling a human being can have.
  • It is not his reason that is working now, it is his intuition.
  • We will never ever know the ultimate reason for our existence…the main objective of the great Architect of the Universe is known to Him along, and to no one else.
  • What is now proved was once only imagined. – William Blake
  • Birds existed and fish existed. Theirs were universes that occasionally collided, but they could not answer each other’s questions. And yet both had questions, and the questions had answers.
  • Never interfere with another person’s free will.
  • At one point, men may have decided to make themselves God’s representatives and subsequently made mistakes, but God had nothing to do with that.
  • She didn’t need to neglect her beauty in order to prove that she was also intelligent and capable.
  • This is a ceremony but it is also a celebration. And no celebration can begin without everyone filling their glasses.
  • Those peasants were eager for happiness, and no one who has experienced happiness can ever again feel at ease with sadness. The peasants might then expect to be happy all year round, and that would threaten the whole political and religious system.
  • The first road to God is prayer, the second is joy.
  • For God placed in the hands of each and every person a Gift, the instrument He used to reveal Himself to the world and to help humanity. God chose human beings to be His helpers on Earth.
  • Never be ashamed. Accept what life offers you and try to drink from every cup. All wines should be tasted; some should only be sipped, but with others, drink the whole bottle.
  • No one can possess a sunset like one we saw that evening. Just as no one can possess an afternoon of rain beating against the window, or the serenity of a sleeping child, or the magical moment when the waves break on the rocks. No one can possess the beautiful things of this Earth, but we can know them and love them. It is through such moments that God reveals himself to mankind.