I remember my friend, Anne Marie, recalling the big turning point in her life. She was still a young adult at the time, growing up in France. She looked out at the adults around her. She saw being striving for the perfect relationship, the secure job and for material security. She thought, Is this it? Is this why I’m here? Her inner answer was, ‘No, this is not.’ From that moment forward she was on a spiritual quest. She found a teacher, turned to a steady meditation practice, hung out with other spiritual aspirants…
Each of the great Masters has encouraged us to hitch ourselves to the wagon of enlightenment; to embark on the journey home, to awaken to the greater reality, to discover who we are. Each of these Masters has also said there also comes a time in every person’s awakening to let go of even this goal and recognize this journey back to the place from whence we began is the shortest journey we’ll ever take. It is the journey into the heart and into complete acceptance of things as they are; into the place of total surrender.
We shall not cease from exploration, and the end of all our exploring will be to arrive where we started and know the place for the first time.
T. S. Eliot
In the end, does it really matter what the outer circumstances of your life might be? the nagging illness, the broken relationship, the pain in your back, the shattered dreams.
There is a part of you which transcends all these earthly challenges; which observes them dispassionately; which smiles softly on your sorrows; which lovingly caresses you in your darkest hour; which encourages you to get up again each time you fall.
Fix your goal on God, on Self-realization. Let nothing stand in your way. And, recognize the time when even this goal must be relinquished. All things are possible. Awaken to the reality and the immensity of who you are.
Radio host, inspirational speaker and health educator John Haines is the author of In Search of Simplicity: A True Story that Changes Lives, a startlingly poignant and inspiring real-life endorsement of the power of thought, belief and synchronicity in one’s life.
“In Search of Simplicity is a unique and awe-inspiring way to re-visit and even answer some of the gnawing questions we all intrinsically have about the meaning of life and our true, individual purpose on the planet. I love this book.”
Barbara Cronin, Circles of Light. For the complete review visit: http://www.circlesoflight.com/blog/in-search-of-simplicity/
“In Search of Simplicity is one of those rare literary jewels with the ability to completely and simultaneously ingratiate itself into the mind, heart and soul of the reader.”
Heather Slocumb, Apex Reviews
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