The Beautiful Path
This book is for anyone struggling in life. It is extraordinarily difficult to helplessly watch a fellow human being struggle inside of a cocoon of darkness and negativity. It is especially frustrating when we see someone unnecessarily suffer through so much pain, only because of their self-destructive patterns.
During my life I have observed that people living happily seem to share common philosophies and behaviors. I have also observed that unhappy people generally live by a similar worldview. There are only two paths that we can walk in life. Which path one chooses to walk is all the difference that exists between those who live in misfortune and despair, and those who live in a world of abundance and joy.
In this book, I am inviting you to walk with me on The Beautiful Path of life.
From a young age, something kept whispering to me, that things were not right with the world; that something was not right with ME, as a product of an unnatural and dis-eased society. There was a call in my heart to journey beyond the path placed before me, and one-day, I answered that call. As a troubled teen, with deep turmoil and fear in my heart, and with two apples and $12 dollars as my only possessions, I opened my door, walked to the highway at the end of a country dirt road, stuck out my thumb, and like a leaf in the wind, blew away into the great, wide-open world. I hitch-hiked thousands of miles away. I left my friends, family and hometown, and I did not return or communicate much for 20 years. I went on a journey; a journey within.
At a certain point on this journey, I began disconnecting myself from the construct of lies and illusions people feed on in the consumer driven, consensus-reality called, “the modern civilized world.” I turned off the television for 20 years. I unplugged myself. I worked to erase the programs that had been written into the fabric of my consciousness by our hidden masters. I began dismantling the artificial edifices that had been erected in my heart, mind and soul from birth, by unknown builders. Brick by brick, word by word — advertisements, slogans, cliches, judgments — layer by layer, I took down the false idols and symbols of identity, belief, self, pride, ego, ambition, and so-called knowledge. I questioned every belief and fact a person can “know.” I doubted everything, especially, that which I “knew” with no doubt. Something in me told me not to believe! Unknowing became my comfortable friend.
I began teaching myself meditation and spending quiet time in nature. In that quietness I could hear the whispers from within, “Freedom. Truth. Beauty. Peace. Love.” I stood outside, and looked up into the vault of the heavens. I invited truth and the universal power of creation into my life. I let the animals, the sun, the stars, the moon, the insects, the fire, water and elements, and the quietness become my teachers. And as the saying goes, “When the student is ready, the teacher will appear,” so it was, that when I was ready, the teachers did appear. One after the other, some of the greatest minds in history would open their lives and hearts to me, with their friendship, mentoring and tutelage. Eminent naturalists, great poets, renowned thinkers, prolific authors, great spiritualists; these elders, all appeared one-by-one, each offering me a gift, which was given in love and selflessly, for they knew then, what I know now.
Decades later when I would learn of the Zen mantra, “great doubt: great awakening; little doubt: little awakening; no doubt: no awakening,” I could only smile knowing this simple truth had transformed my life in so many ways. That Buddha’s admonition that one, “Believe nothing, no matter where you read it, or who said it, no matter if I have said it, unless it agrees with your own reason and your common sense,” had been a path I had instinctively followed, that led me to a grand reunion with my original self, my authentic-self, my higher-self, my true soul, and my innermost beauty.
All of my teachers had prepared me for meeting my greatest teacher -- Me. When we connect with ourselves we commune with a perfect partner for learning. Connecting with yourself and knowing yourself is a monumental and life changing event. Loneliness and desperation are only possible when we have lost touch with our beauty within. Once you connect with yourself, it is impossible to be lonely or desperate.
Then one day, I looked around and saw, that the ugly world was a different and more beautiful place, because I was different and more beautiful. I had somehow emerged on the other side of the looking glass. I was on what I call, “The Beautiful Path,” a positive life path, walking hand-in-hand, with the dreamers, believers, lovers and keepers of the faithful vision, of a kinder and more beautiful world.
Stop blaming and start being! We attract what we are. We attract who we are. If you don't like something in your life, look only at who you are. Who you are is why you choose the friends and situations in your life. Who you are is why you choose poorly, or fail to choose wisely. Stop being a victim! If you do not like a certain behavior in others, look within yourself to find the roots of what discomforts you. The conflicts we have with the outside world are often conflicts we have within ourselves.
When you blame others you are effectively proclaiming that you are only response to stimuli. But you are more than response to stimuli. When you blame others, you are affirming that you have no power, and your existence is only a reaction to the power of others. But, you are powerful, if you choose to be. You can choose to be pro-active, assertive and self-defining. You can choose better relationships, better jobs, better places to live, better uses of your time and better ways of treating yourself. Go look in the mirror and have a talk with your real boss, and if you don't like what you see--say, "You're fired!" Find a new and better leader within yourself, for yourself. Lead your life with love and friendship; self-love as your own friend. Lead with honesty, total integrity, compassion, patience and tolerance--toward yourself! If you live with values for yourself, then you become of great value to all who know you. It starts with you. Quit waiting for others to give to you; it is not going to happen.
It is completely up to you. Quit looking for the answers outside of yourself. The invitation to something better is not arriving from any source outside of yourself--EVER. Give yourself permission. Those who get the invitation are the ones who realize, that the invitation, only comes from deep within. You are the authority and the gatekeeper of your own life. Once you become something, only then, are you worthy of it. The life you want is a manifestation of self-realization. It is easy; just be, and have. Begin accepting the gift now, and have every beautiful and good thing in life--and then SHARE.
Everything comes by being! Be the love you seek. Be the friend you seek. Be the lover you seek. Be the honesty you seek. Be the integrity you seek. Be the patience you seek. Be the tolerance you seek. Be the compassion you seek.
Fill-in the blank: Be the __________ you seek.
The purpose of this message is not to provide you with a belief system. You were created and you do exist. Rest your mind for a moment in the peace of knowing you were created and you do exist. Do not quarrel or restlessly seek for more knowledge, until you have given proper honor to what you already know. You exist. No matter the source of our creation let us give honor to that source. Pause your opinions, debating and absolute knowing for long enough to conceive gratitude. Once you conceive the gratitude thought, then hold it safely in your mind and keep the gratitude thought alive. You are alive in the world just like that thought. Do not let the gratitude thought fade away.
Give honor to your source by having an abiding respect and reverence for life. There is no room for reverence in a mind fettered with ceaseless query. In reverent pauses, when we slow down and think about the gift of life, we may briefly touch humility. Life is so humbling, when we slow down and witness the gifts. The gifts of life are everywhere. There are too many gifts to count. Should we try to account for all the gifts of life there would be no time for distress and uneasiness.
Start with gratitude for the gift of awareness, which allows you to pay honor to all life. Notice you are breathing right now. Become aware of your breath. How sacred and wonderful is each breath? Life is so kind. We do not need to beg, “may I have another breath?” Become aware of how you are sustained and supported in this moment. Even discomfort or pain delivers awareness of life, and an opportunity for gratitude.
Life is nothing short of a phenomenon. In every sense life is mysterious and unfathomable. Life is so big. Do not try to fill it. Instead, expand within. You are enough for you. Be grateful for yourself. Be grateful that you are you. You will never know anyone more intimately than yourself. Love yourself and be good to yourself. You are unique and beautiful. You always were beautiful, and you always will be beautiful. The child you once were lives on within you unchanged. Allow yourself to expand deep within your consciousness to remember the beloved child which is so worthy of love.
You were created and you do exist. Let your existence be enough for a moment. Focus on the tremendous gift of life. Raise a smile in your heart for the glorious source that created you. Pay dear homage to that generous source; the river of life from which we flow. In moments of reverence and quiet communion give offerings of your overflowing thanks. You have received the gift of life!
Silence is the sublime refuge of your divine. Silence exposes the highest potential for clarity. In silence there is a perfection which any toil injures. Silence is more than observation; it informs from non-observation. Only in stillness does the imperceivable become discernible. You will only find the profoundly inexpressible in profound silence.
When we keep our silence we gather our power; when we speak we let loose the concentration of quiet reverie. Words are the fallen ruins of silent majesty. Beyond the words and ideas, there is a perfect space of total completeness called silence. Silence is another language beneath words. The language of nature is silence. Silence is so profound that it is like another dimension into which one can travel.
Don't talk unless you can improve the silence.
— Jorge Luis Borges
When you cannot cultivate the meditative space of your own silence, your existence is tormented by endless interruption and distraction. Silence is the true center of your strongest self. Connection with yourself only comes in moments of silence. Once you connect with yourself, it is impossible to be lonely or desperate. Peace is the friend we find in silence.
There is a simple path to follow, that appears only when you calm your mind. On the still calm waters of surrender, the reflections of clarity appear. Inner-calm will lead you on a beautiful journey back to your original self; the perfect, beautiful you.
If you are open to receiving the essential nature of life, its intelligence will flow through you like a great river. If a thousand people observe the ripples of water in a stream, they will describe many similarities. Observing the stream of eternal and simple truth is the same for all who look upon the fountainhead of consciousness. Any self-realized being, as opposed to the artificially produced modern “person” -- has access to the dynamic genius which nature gives all beings. Even your body is a part of that sublime intelligence. Every part of you is a master intelligence and is speaking truth to you, and through you, at all times.
Everybody is a genius.
— Albert Einstein
The master initiate of any craft appears magical to the uninitiated. But there is no magic. There is no exclusive venue in the divine. There is no genius. The adept is only adept, because such an instrument she crafted and bowed her soul to be. When we bend our hearts and minds, the sweet music of life flows through us as instruments of precious truth. All truthful music is familiar to the ear, for its notes were written into our souls long ago. We are all masters because we are the expression of one grand nature. When we allow the genius of simple nature to flow through us we become every genius who has ever lived. Your perfect, inner-genius has always been within you waiting for your acknowledgment, and ready to serve. Your divine time is the moment of your choosing.
Everyone is born a genius, but the process of living de-geniuses them.
— Buckminster Fuller
Achieving mindfulness during your daily activities will reveal great rewards, even in the most mundane of tasks. Mindfulness is that space where you are in touch with life-experience and you are brightly aware. Do not allow precious moments to pass-by full of unnoticed experiences. When you are unaware and lack mindfulness, you feel empty, because life's experiences are passing you by, leaving you hungry. Experiences are meant to fill you. When people do not partake of natural, common and essential experience through mindfulness, they often seek to fill their hungers artificially by chasing empty and destructive experiences. The world is full of alluring, flashy and thrilling experiences, which are illusionary traps--they are paths to nowhere.
The path to transcendence is unrecognized by many because it appears ordinary. As sensory experience junkies, we have been blinded to the majesty in the common; like never seeing the stars above the city lights. But out on the quiet country roads, like the untrodden corridors of your meditative self, there is clarity to see the brilliant stars of your own luminous perfection. Like the unseen stars, your joy and perfection has been there all along--awaiting your recognition.
Let truth, beauty and love be your guide. Truth is found in the exaltation and protection of beauty. Beauty is like a pristine peak on the landscape of life; yet un-savaged by man’s gruesome defilements. Simple truth is ever-awaiting under the patina of common falsehoods. And how can you know something as subjective as truth? You can know something is a lie when it has no love in it. Hence, truth is the spirit of all that is good and worthy through loving. Love has perfect eyes for beauty. Love can see the limitless beauty within self and within others. Love is open to all possibility. Every great master knew love as their only master. Love exalts because it is exalted. When you become love you become divine because love is divine. The self-realized spirit is merely a spirit emancipated from fear, judgement and knowing. When you feel lost turn towards love. Become a seeker of beauty in all things. Each moment has an unrealized dimension of beauty that only your perspective can liberate. When we become seekers of truth and beauty we are creating truth and beauty. Your perspectives change your realities. Your vision determines your destination.
Being love-filled and beautiful is almost unconquerable. Love absorbs the hard blows of rigid fists; love surrounds, softens and tires violence and force. If you are confronted, bullied or intimidated while expressing your voice of reason, remember this protective strategy--be beautiful. Being love-filled and beautiful is one of the most powerful defenses that one can employ. Imagine that you are a beautiful and unique flower growing in life's garden. Most people will not intentionally step on a beautiful flower. If you are walking through the garden and you see the beautiful flowers, you will walk around them to avoid destroying their delicate beauty. Even most "mean people" and "bad people," otherwise known as people in pain and crisis, try to avoid the destruction of beauty by their own hand. They recognize beauty and secretly wish more of their own beauty was dominant. And even when the rare soul who enjoys trampling and crushing the beautiful flowers comes along, they quickly discover that there are many gardeners who tend life's garden, and these gardeners do not like people stepping on the beautiful flowers. A beautiful person is protected like a beautiful flower in a garden, which many gardeners tend. You do not have to do anything to defend yourself in life; just be beautiful and life will defend you.
It is good to have a dream, as long as the dream does not have you. Ambition can form an impenetrable barrier for those who fail to acknowledge what they already are. Nothing grows in the shadow of want without the sunlight of acknowledging your fullness. You already have and are; your value is intrinsic. The reason you can accomplish something is because you already had it within you. Our value is mirrored back to us through success only when we share the treasure we already are. When you are constantly waiting and wanting your declaration is that you are NOT. When you accept your value and have gratitude you are declaring your worthiness of further receivership. Our receiving expands with our gratitude. Endless dreams are forever waiting, whereas success is, and does.
Being, is a graceful act, whereas brute will-power and endless want can be destructive and inhibiting. Healthy surrender means allowing yourself to "be" rather than being in a constant state of want. When you focus on want, you become an endless cycle of wants. Heavy want can become an insatiable obsession and lust; even greed. Want is small and will make you small. Want is needy and will make you needy. Want and belief in lack shrink your opportunities. Want is an empty void -- your real value is full and abundant. Want is always hungry and searching whereas contentment is steady, calm and receiving. Empty your mind of doubt and want. Be open to who you are; only an open hand can receive. Opportunity will always meet you exactly where you stand. You will always receive what you are equal to. No one can set your level of worthiness except you. Quit aspiring and dreaming and start being. To get, simply release, and then gently invite.
No external thing or person is ever coming to you, which will make you happy or complete you. As long as you are waiting for something to make you happy--happiness will never come. Expectancy creates disappointment. Chasing the external to achieve joy is a death-trap for personal-development. The external only creates dependency. The foundation of joyful independence is being content with yourself; self-love. You're the one you've been looking for; you complete you. Recognize that you are enough, and that all external gifts are simply extra blessings. Praise first the mighty blessing of yourself! Find your own joy within and then greater joy will be added to you.
The paradise you seek is a frame of mind. Each moment of gratitude awareness reveals the total beauty which surrounds you. Each step on the beautiful path of gratitude awareness moves you toward your life's highest possibility. The gift of life is present at every moment--even moments that seem insignificant or unpleasant. You will be blessed the moment you realize you already are. Start the daily practice of joyful living. Start walking now on the beautiful path already before you.
To live a wonderful life create more, buy less, hug more, scold less, give more, take less, forgive more, worry less and be grateful everyday for life. Live with kindness, integrity and spirituality. Comport yourself with grace under pressure. Be an asset in the lives of others. Put people before things and live from your heart. Be intelligent, but know it is better to be kind than smart. Be a peacemaker who values peace and takes peace everywhere you go. Learn to understand your energy and how you create with your energy. Have among your priorities the characteristics of politeness, compassion and patience. Avoid making rash assumptions. Be a believer in true love. Seek deep communication with others and with yourself. Laugh and make the best of every situation. Understand that life is not perfect. Work to become whole enough to love and to be loved. When you find real love — protect and preserve the sweetness and intimacy of your gift. Make your home a heaven on Earth. You can do all of this and more with your creative power. There is a great endless river of creative power in each person, and when the artificial dams of conditioning which restrain us are eventually breached, the resulting flow can turn your desert of quite desperation, into a vibrant landscape of new choices.
If you are unhappy with your life and the state of the world, the best place to start changing things is within yourself. Sometimes your evolution involves changing your behaviors and habits, but more often the essential changes that need to be made are merely with your own attitudes. Your attitudes lie at the heart of any possibility for changing your life. Your attitudes are literally seeds for the growing of your future self. Your attitudes contain your future. Attitudes are like the DNA of your future life — they are the blueprints for assembling the person you will become.
The greatest discovery of my generation is that a human being can alter his life by altering his attitudes.
— William James
If your attitudes are good, then your world will be better. Difficulties are more likely to recede and diminish before a favorable and hopeful attitude. But even if your adversity persists you will certainly be carried more gently through the tumult by calm and constructive attitudes. Look in your disappointments for the resolve to transform your experiences into solutions. Your attitudes are slowly shaping you at all times and calling your deepest truths to the surface of your reality.
Positive attitudes are concerned with possibilities, whereas negative attitudes are concerned with what seems to be unlikely. Where negative attitudes repel opportunities, positive attitudes open possibilities. Bias can work for or against you. Positive attitudes qualify you for positive experiences. Hopefully and devoutly focus on your greater possibilities. Hopeful thoughts needn't be limitless in scope. Any good is good enough. Positive thinking needn't be thought of as selfish or exclusively serving the self. When you live positively it is impossible to not also be living for something greater than yourself, because when you transform yourself, your change impacts the lives of many other people for the rest of your life.
Changing yourself changes everything. Your attitudes reflect back your exact possibilities. Every experience is seen through your mind's eye, so when you change your mind you change your entire world. Opportunity will only meet you in the domain of your chosen attitude. You will always receive what your attitudes insist of your worthiness. To alter the universe, alter your thoughts, because the only universe you will ever know is in your mind. This is why changing your mind and your attitude can move you into what seems like another dimension. Paths materialize exposing a hidden world that was there all along. Your future begins with your next thought. A more beautiful world is just one thought away, but when that thought fades hope fades with it. A more beautiful world becomes more visible and permanent with each reaffirming thought. Hold the vision of that beautiful world for yourself first. Think positively and lovingly about yourself. Look for the beauty you seek first within yourself. Once you find your positive vision, then share the victory of your loving attitudes with everyone you meet, through your calm and generous successes.
You will find beauty in every person and experience if beauty has been cultivated within. The supreme hallmark of reality is balance. Balance and fullness exists in the polarity of all things. How we choose to perceive affects how we partake of reality; narrowly or completely. When you succumb to cynicism, darkness, pessimism and sarcasm you are amplifying imbalance and negativity. Dominant negativity cheats reality of its mutual positives. Your complete intelligence is designed to experience the fullness of life, not a narrow omission of its best possibilities. The world we create in our minds shapes the ultimate reality where we live. Perception meets you at the intersection of your beliefs and reality. Hopeful visions touch possibilities that only exist in the gaze of the faithful.
Understand the negative, but do not amplify the negative. Be aware of negativity but do not let it take root in the sinews of your creative spirit. We each project to others a reflection of the world which includes our choices of perception. Look upon the world with loving eyes and the reflection everyone sees will contain love. When we choose to engage reality as the best each moment can be, we are shaping more positive experiences for others. When we process our pain but pass on only the best to others, our quiet suffering uplifts everyone. Become an extension of the light in the lives of others. By choosing positivity you become a contender for the human spirit giving hope to those in need. The incredibly powerful and enriching lifestyle of seeking beauty is a humble service of love and healing. Tremendously meaningful outreach begins with how you choose to see the world. A more wonderful life and a more beautiful world is one thought away.
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