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  • WHO ARE WE AND WHERE HAVE WE GONE?


  • Between birth and now, a vital part of us has become lost in the maze of everyday living with all of its conflicting values that leave us empty and always seeking, but without knowing for what. What we are seeking, is nothing more or less than that part of ourselves buried and locked somewhere deep within each of us. The key to that lock is not to be found in any of the multitude of things that can be purchased, nor is that key to be found in the familiar religious values that skirt close to self-discovery but then divert us to concepts that take us far away again.


  • We are all aware of something important being missed in our lives, but have no idea of what keeps us from that which we need, or even knowing what it is that we do need. The journey to find out what we need is not a short one, and is one that requires enough courage to be different and the faith that what we need will eventually be found at journeyís end. Along the way the values of our culture that have so long trapped us deep within ourselves will be shed as we discover that the values of good, bad, right, wrong, sin, virtue, and a myriad of other delusions, are all obstacles on our journey.


  • We will always need to be alert to the faint echoes coming from within us that we usually ignore because they are out of step with the world all about us; these faint echoes, when listened to, will seem to bring a great calm to our being. It is significant that calm is the emotion that we use to discover ourselves in order to avoid the many other impulses that bubble to our consciousness and then bring forth just the opposite of calm; these are usually feelings of fear and desire. These echoes of our deep inner-selves are the keys that we must use in order to set ourselves free from our years of self-confinement.


  • At first, any self-discovery will come so infrequently that we will often doubt if any progress is being made, but eventually, enough will be discovered that we no longer doubt where our journey will take us; the only doubt is whether life itself will be long enough to reach the goal of total self-discovery and the resulting self-fulfillment. Later still we will come to the realization that self-fulfillment is only a navigational aid that we use to find our way, and not an actual state of being. Thus, no matter how long we may live, our lives can always be filled with the enriching experience of self-exploration and discovery, a persistent state that has been called Nirvana in some Far East religions.


  • Once we have reached that state of near perpetual harmony within ourselves and with those about us, the drumbeats of fear and desire will fade into insignificance. We will then find a kind of euphoric joy in the smallest of things, and even in just the state of being when nothing about us intrudes into that inner-state of near infinite detachment from those things that so beseech most others.


  • We will recognize the sources of the travails that have long troubled us, and since they no longer do, they will come and go with no more impact than a passing soft wind, and we will wonder why such trivial things ever bothered us at all let alone preoccupied our attention for days at a time. We will see others suffering from what once troubled us, but we will recognize that our best efforts would not only not benefit them, but would bring a distraction into our own inner peace. Thus we just let another soft wind pass, knowing that others, if they are ever going to find themselves, that they will have to initiate the search. All we can do is to light candles along the way that they may perhaps pass on their own journeys.


  • Others might be fearful of someone in their midst that applies no predictable standards of behavior such as what is good, bad, right, wrong, sinful, or virtuous. Their fears should be no greater than of those that purport to hold those same prescribed values, as it is clearly evident that to believe that others uniformly abide by such values is a delusion that is shown to be only a delusion each day. To prevent their becoming fearful, one might prefer to not disclose the extent of oneís freedom except to those close enough to recognize that such freedom doesnít entail the freedom to harm others, but only the freedom to become that which was lost so long ago. To trust in oneís self, instead of the taboos of others, will actually reduce the risk to others, not increase it. One will feel part of a continuum wherein to harm one segment of that continuum would be to harm oneís self as well.


  • It may be that oneís highest attainment would be to rise to Heaven; it might be to rise to power and wealth; it might be to possess fame and to become immortal; but the highest attainment of all may be simpler than any of these; our highest attainment may only be to discover ourselves and then to just be who we are, whole at last.


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  • Slavery, the way we generally think of slavery, ended well over a century ago, only to be replaced by a new kind of slavery, not of chains, but of beliefs that bind us to patterns of life that benefit others primarily and seldom benefit us. We mustnít think of ourselves as being free only because we canít identify our owners.


  • It is true that we live and learn, but as we age, it eventually becomes a contest as to whether we learn as much as we unlearn.


  • Most often the closer a belief gets to our hearts, the closer it gets to being false; this is because our emotions are what moved it towards our hearts and therefore further away from our minds.


  • Most will never be free unless authorities, of every kind, undergo metamorphous and are recognized as being only assumers.


  • The enlightened person doesnít encounter failures, only more steppingstones than were anticipated.


  • The ones that are most able to foresee the future are the ones that have mastered the present in order to create their futures.


  • If you donít want reality to jump up and bite your ass, donít turn away from it.


  • Even a clock that runs backwards is more often correct than one that just runs too slowly


  • When we die, our autopsies shouldnít indicate that we died of smallness of character.


  • WALT HASKINS


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