Eckhart Tolle tells us that "the root cause of all our suffering is identification with our thoughts, the "stories" that are continuously running through our minds".
This is helpful as we look at Building the Be-Loved Community and Creating a World that Works for All, for it's clear that the starting place is within ourselves. The "stories" we tell may come from parents, friends, family, our culture and have "brainwashed' us into believing and arguing for our own limitation. We may wish for a world that works for all but how much of our energy is focused on what's wrong with the world, what's wrong with ourselves or even what's wrong with God. Much of this stems from old stories that tell us there is virtue in suffering.
Ernest Holmes tells us, “The world is beginning to realize that it has learned all it should through suffering and pain. Surely there can be no intelligence in the Universe that wishes man to be sick, suffer pain, be unhappy and end in oblivion.” Amen to that!
If you want to change your life start thinking about and focusing on and talking about what you DO want in your life. Turn your back, forever, on what you don’t want. At the same time, focus on and talk about what you DO want for other people. Turn your back, forever, on selfish desires, judgment of others, petty thinking about others. Allow yourself to wish for all others just what you want for yourself -- peace, joy, happiness, health, abundance.
Pain is guaranteed; suffering is optional. If you don’t want to suffer, don’t dwell upon the things that you suffer over. If you want to be joyful, dwell on things that feel joyful to you. If you want to be useful, dwell on the things you can do rather than the things you can’t. If you want to be happy, dwell on the things that bring all people happiness. Yes, we have learned all we need to, all we can, learn from suffering. The time to give it up is NOW! In so doing, we change everyone’s life.
Today's affirmation: Today I look toward my good. I look toward my happiness. I look toward my joy and purpose. I do not suffer; I live in freedom!
January Reading List
Creating a World that Works for All
– by Sharif Abdullah
Creating a World That Works for All
Neale Donald Walsch's Little Book of Life
– by Neale Donald Walsch
Neale Donald Walsch's Little Book of Life: A User's Manual
The Power of You Deluxe: How to Live Your Authentic, Exciting, Joy-Filled Life Now! Kindle Edition with Audio/Video
– by Chris Michaels
The Power of You Deluxe: How to Live Your Authentic, Exciting, Joy-Filled Life Now!